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OnStage Display Wrap Up!

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

 

OnStage Display Wrap Up!

 

 

Today I’m sharing the last of the OnStage Displays that I created.  If you have missed them, I hope you will take a minute and scroll through my blog to visit.  Today is the OnStage Display wrap up.

I’ve been a display stamper for many years and I’ve always enjoyed the challenge.  I remember the first time I was sent a new box of products to create with almost 9 years ago.  I always get the jitters on how I’m going to create so many displays with only a few products.  Once I feel the pressure of creating, the challenge is on.

 

It’s Literally a Wrap!

My projects I’m sharing today literally speak to wrapping it up! This year I didn’t do as many 3D projects as I have in the past.  That part of my mojo department was not clicking I guess.

One project I loved was this sweet little cone.

OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

I’ve always loved making these cones because they are super simple and easy to fill with the tasty treat you desire.  I created the cone by simply using a 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper folded into a cone.  I always take the top and fold it over and then add a pretty topper.

When I created the topper for this cone I fell in love with the color combination just as much as the actual products.  The Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Bunch, and Bermuda Bay scream spring/summer.  This combination is so fresh and fun and I can see using it on so many other projects.  My favorite product on this cone is the Lemon Lime Twist ribbon.  Isn’t that a beautiful pop of color?

If you are looking to create favors and need something quick and easy, this cone is one I always fall back on.  They are quickly duplicatable and always have a wow appeal.

Tip: To keep the cone sealed I used the Tear Tape Adhesive.  This adhesive is great for keeping boxes and favors sealed.  

 

Quick and Easy Pocket Bag

My last project is another quick and easy favor and can be used to hold a gift card or a candy bar.

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To create this fun bag, I simply cut down both the edges of the bag and folded the top portion over and attached it using Fast Fuse.  I placed a piece of the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper on the inside and embellished the front.

I reverted back to a few of my favorite thinlits, Sunshine Wishes and the Stitched Shapes Framelits along with the Label Me Pretty stamp set.

Tips & Tricks

 

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  • Once I die cut the heart from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits using Watercolor Paper, I watercolored over the heart using Berry Bunch.
  • I die cut a piece of the Bundle of Love DSP using the Stitched Shapes Framelits then attached it to a Delicate White Doily.  I folded the doily over so only 3/4 of the doily was seen on the outside of the pocket.  The Hearts and Stars Elements coordinated perfectly with the other hearts.  Notice that I attached the wooden heart using a stapler.
  • The greeting was stamped using Fresh Fig ink onto Fresh Fig cardstock and punched out using the Sweetheart Punch.  This punch is on sale and retiring.  Click HERE to order this punch before it’s gone.
  • Lastly, I used a sponge dauber to sponge over the tiny wooden heart.  After I finished sponging the heart I placed the tiny heart next to the greeting using a Mini Glue Dot.

 

A HUGE Thank You!

I want to say a big thank you for taking the time to read and comment on these projects.  Time is precious, and I appreciate you taking the time.  I hope that you have been inspired to create not only from my blog but the amazing Artisans that have shared over the last ten days.

I have many more projects to share now that I’m steadily back in my stamp room.  Plus I have a gazillion ideas in my head that I’m ready to see come to life.  So stick with me, there is much more to come.

If you have followed over the last ten days, which project was your favorite? What product are you most excited about?

 

Be Inspired

Are you ready to be inspired by the other Artisans? Take a trip with me around the world and see what others created. Just click the button below to follow the hop.

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Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen  YOU ARE HERE!
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Paula Dobson
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

 

IMPORTANT!

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April is Autism Awareness month.

If you haven’t had a chance, make sure to see THIS post on Autism Awareness.

There is still time to donate to this worthy cause.

Click the button below to donate!

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New and Exciting-Eastern Palace

Eastern Palace

I love when Stampin’ Up! releases new products out of the blue.  It creates a ton of excitement for everyone! Today the Artisan Team, and I have the pleasure of showcasing the new Eastern Palace Suite that will be available to customers on May 1st.

A few tidbits for customers and demonstrators looking to get their hands on this beautiful suite…

For customers: “Here is a sneak peek of the Eastern Palace Suite. Exclusive for a limited time are the Starter and Premier Bundles, designed for both the beginning and avid crafters.”

For demonstrators: “Preorder the Eastern Palace Suite Starter and Premier Bundles April 4-30. Get your hands on these colorful and exotic products to prepare for customer launch May 1.”

 

Beautiful Patterns 

Love at first glance, the biggest thing that caught my eye with the Eastern Palace Suite is the gorgeous designs in the designer paper.  Not to mention the color combinations which showcases new In-Colors.

Eastern Palace, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I love the touches of gold added to this card.

Eastern Palace, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Tips & Tricks

  • Most noteworthy, this stamp set has many gorgeous images that are perfect for creating beautiful medallions. You can see that I added a few stamped images to the card that were also die cut to add more emphasis.
  • The color combination I chose for this card uses Gold from the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper, Fresh Fig Cardstock and Classic Stamp Pad, and lastly Bermuda Bay cardstock.  I love how the Bermuda Bay looks so vivid on the Fresh Fig cardstock.

Add Gold Accents

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  • The gold florals are from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers. These are beautiful and coordinate perfectly.
  • Lastly, I added Gold Metallic Thread under the Bermuda Bay die cuts as well as Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Eastern Palace, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

Lovely Circles

Eastern Palace, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

At first glance of the new Lemon Lime Twist In Color, I thought it was bright and cheerful, but totally not a color that I would see myself using.

Then, of course, I started playing around with it.  Now I can’t stop using it.

You’ve been there, right?

Eastern Palace, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Honestly, I’m blown away by the different color combinations you can create with the Lemon Lime Twist.  It’s going to be an outstanding color to use this coming year.

Consequently, while I love all of the beautiful images in the Eastern Beauty stamp set, the fonts used for the greetings are a highlight for me.  Plus I love all of the greetings.

Eastern Palace, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips & Tricks

  • I stamped the circle images onto Crumb Cake cardstock using Whisper White Craft ink.  To speed up the drying time, I simply used my heat tool over the images.
  • The greeting was stamped using the new In Color, Tranquil Tide.  Tranquil Tide has a lovely blue-green hue and I’m sure will be a big hit this year.  After stamping the greeting, I  die cut the image using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  • Lastly, the designer paper was folded to create a unique banner for this card.

 

Fall In Love 

Typically I do not showcase three cards for a hop, but I couldn’t stop using this stamp set and wanted to make sure I showed you how beautiful the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies are.

 

Eastern Palace, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • To create the medallion I stacked three of the thinlits together and ran them through the Big Shot using Shimmer Paper. Once die cut, I used my Aqua Painter and Lemon Lime Twister ink and watercolored gently over the medallion.  I loved how this turned out.
  • I placed a 3 x 3 piece of the designer paper behind the medallion to add more color.

  • Additionally, each of the star images I stamped used the new Fresh Fig Classic Ink.  I also used this same color for the card base.
  • Lastly, I placed a piece of the designer paper along the left side of the card.  The color in the designer paper created a nice contrast to the color combinations.

 

 

Again, I have to say I’m in love with the Eastern Palace Suite and the new colors that are getting ready to launch.

Be Inspired!

Finally,  it’s time to be inspired by our Artisan Design Team with Louise Sharp up first.  Just click the button below to see what she has created. Louise always makes me smile with her beautiful artwork.  Have a FANTASTIC hop!

 

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

 

Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser

 

 

Fun with Basket Bunch

Basket Bunch 

Happy Thursday!

Before I dive into the Artisan blog hop for today, I thought I would let you know where I’ve been.  Not much creativity has happened over the last few weeks.

 

What’s Happening!

Last Wednesday my dad had surgery to repair a hernia.  Since then it’s been one complication after another, and he’s still in the hospital.  My family has been taking shifts to be there with my dad during his entire hospital stay.  I’ve been there at night with him.  Night shifts bring me back to my nursing days years and years ago.  I worked many night shifts back in the day.  However, I was much younger and didn’t have kids.  Needless to say, my body only wants to sleep ALL the time when I’m not with my dad.

I keep praying that we will see a change for the better.  It’s been a roller coaster ride.

 

Chocolate & Bunnies

Thankfully I had this Artisan project done way ahead of time to share.  I haven’t stamped anything in a few weeks with Alexis competition schedule and now my dad.

I’m sharing a fun project using the Basket Bunch stamp set with the Basket Builder Framelits.  This bundle is so fun and has the cutest little images.

 

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

 

I love the color combination of  Mint Macaron with Kraft cardstock.  That little bunny sure makes a statement.

 

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Favors using Basket Bunch

I wanted to create a simple party favor for Alexis to hand out to her friends at school.  I love that I can still do this.

 

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Creating these are super simple.  I used the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper and wrapped in a cone shape.

 

Tips & Tricks

Keeping them together is easy using the Tear and Tape Adhesive.  Once the cone was created I folded the top over,  stacked the two doilies together and lastly stapled the Sale-a-Bration ribbon over the doilies.  I love the soft pastel color combinations the designer series paper offers.  I added a simple banner across the top and of course a little bunny.

The finishing touch was the tassel.  This tassel comes from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit.

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

I simply tied the tassel around the ribbon using Linen Thread.

Of course, don’t forget to fill your bunny cone favor with a fun chocolate or jelly beans.

You can see all of the products I used for this project below in the clickable links.  

 

I hope you have enjoyed this little Easter project for today.  There are many more projects to see from our Artisan Team.  Simply click the button below and enjoy the blog hop.  First up is Louise Sharp.  I’m sure she will have something amazing to share.

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser

For now, it’s time for me to go back to the hospital… please keep my dad in prayer. His name is Donnie.  We would appreciate it.

Lift Me Up-Artisan Blog Hop

Lift Me Up-Artisan Blog Hop

Exciting blog hop today with the Artisan Team using the Lift Me Up Bundle.  I love hot air balloons and this set not only has beautiful balloon images, but it also has great greetings to go with it.

 

On Cloud Nine!

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I’m definitely on cloud 9 with this card.  One of the tools I used to inspire me when creating this card was pattern paper.  The coordinating paper, Carried Away,  is filled with bright, beautiful colors.

The Carried Away Designer Paper Pack is FREE with a $50 purchase from any of our current Stampin’ Up! catalogs.  You can find this paper on page 7 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

 

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I would have never paired these colors together on my own.  I love how we can be inspired by different pattern papers or by using the catalogs from Stampin’ Up!

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips & Tricks 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

  • Die cut the clouds using Watercolor Paper and the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  Once I die cut the clouds, I used Mint Macaron ink and my Aqua Painter to watercolor.
  • I created a unique background by die cutting four squares using the Stitched Shapes framelits and Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  Once these were die cut, I attached each of squares onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using dimensionals.
  • Lastly, I created a fun look by die cutting the intricate balloon image from Whisper White cardstock.  After die cutting, I positioned the balloon onto Watermelon Wonder cardstock and die cut using Stitched Shapes largest circle die cut.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Using Subtle Tones

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I decided to use more subtle tones for my second card still using the Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Crumb Cake cardstock is a perfect color to add with any of Stampin’ Up! coordinates with all colors.  I used White Craft Ink to stamp the balloon image.  Make sure the ink is completely dry before die cutting.
  • To create a rolled edge on the banner, wrap the cardstock around your Paper Piercing Tool.  To keep the cardstock in place, add a Mini Glue Dot to the end.
  • Create layers by using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Find all the products used for today’s projects in the clickable links below. 

Be Inspired

The Lift Me Up bundle is a great set for all occasions and especially if you love to create handmade cards to send uplifting messages to friends and family.

In addition to what I’m shared with you today, there are more inspiring projects to see from the Artisan Team.

Up next is my dear friend Louise, who creates the most beautiful projects all the way from Austraila.  Her projects always have the most elegant touch to them.  Click the button below and enjoy this hop from artists around the world.

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Sale-a-Bration Inspiration

 

Today’s Artisan blog hop is an explosion of Sale-a-Bration inspiration.

Let’s face it, Sale-a-Bration is a huge hit this year with a fantastic product line up.

I love looking on Pinterest and seeing all of the great ideas.  I’m even more excited to see what the Artisan team has up their sleeves today.  Let’s get busy.

 

Avant Garden

When I saw the samples in the Sale-a-Bration catalog, I couldn’t wait to use the Avant Garden stamp set.

Typically I don’t reach for a floral set, but the samples were so inspiring I couldn’t wait to ink this set myself.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

First thought when I inked up this gorgeous flower was water coloring.  I love how this card turned out with a few simple water coloring techniques.

Tips & Tricks

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

  • Create a watercolor wash using Crumb Cake ink and Aqua Painter onto the Watercolor Paper (2-1/2″ x 4″) first.  Let the ink absorb and dry.
  • Stamp flower image using Archival Basic Black ink then watercolor image using Pear Pizzaz and Flirty Flamingo inks. Stamp the dots image over flower image using Crumb Cake ink.  To achieve a soft look, I stamped off several times before stamping over the flower.
  •  Tear the bottom of the Watercolor paper and curl one end. I like to use my Aqua Painter to saturate the paper, making tearing very easy.  Once torn, attach this piece to another piece of Watercolor Paper measuring 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ using dimensionals.
  • Stamp greeting and die cut using Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Attach with a small doily and twine underneath the die cut.

 

 

Finally, attach the watercolor paper to your card front of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and then onto your Whisper White thick cardstock base (4-1/4″ x 11″).

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

Solid Flower Image

I wanted to try my inking hands using the solid flower image, and I love how this card came out.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

I kept this card pretty simple, so the focus was on the beautiful flower.

Tips & Tricks 

  • The flower was stamped using Calypso Coral ink, then watercolored around the image using Sahara Sand.
  • I fell in love with the beautiful Metallic Ribbon on page 11 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Not only does is look fantastic with the shiny gold and silver accents, but also it’s very pliable.   I’m totally impressed, and this is FREE (one silver, one gold) with a $50 purchase.
  • Lastly, the Petal Burst embossing folder was a perfect background addition for this card.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

No doubt, the Avant Garden stamp set will provide a delicate touch to any handmade cards with the beautiful floral images and fonts.  Let’s not forget the FREE factor as well.  Every $50 you spend in my online store you can receive a free product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

Look at all of the great products available this year.  

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

Be Inspired! 

The inspiration doesn’t stop here.  It’s time to see what the Artisan Team has created.

Your next stop is with my friend Louise Sharp.  Oh boy, are you going to love this gals designs?  She has the art of bringing a soft, beautiful look at every single project.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

 

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