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Merry Patterns Artisan Hop

Merry Patterns Artisan Hop

I love a great promotion and Stampin’ Up! has a great one for you! For a limited time starting September 1st, get the Merry Patterns Stamp Set FREE when you host a party with $300 in sales.

The beautiful thing about this promotion is getting this exclusive holiday stamp set in addition to your Stampin’ Rewards when you host a qualifying Stampin’ Up! party.  This promotion runs until October 31st.

Now let me share a sneak peek of this fun new stamp set along with our amazing Artisan Team.

 

Gorgeous Holiday Images

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When I first had a glance at this stamp set my eye balls quickly was drawn to the beautiful deer.  I love both of these beautiful images.  I also love the large greeting fonts.

 

Outlines and Patterns

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You will notice this is a two step stamp set with lots of outlines and patterns.  This gave me so many options to play around with colors to coordinate or mix and match.

 

Quick Tips

  • When I started stamping with the Merry Pattern stamp set, I grabbed my Stamp-a-ma-jig to help layer the greetings for two step stamping.  This doesn’t have to be done, but it definitely helped to get things perfectly straight.
  • While the fussy cutting was a little intricate, I do love how this looks.  I stamped the deer onto Whisper White cardstock using Soft Sky ink.
  • The bow was created using a thread from the Burlap Ribbon.  I doubled the thread and then tied a bow and secured it with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

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Be Inspired

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Now it’s time to be inspired by the Artisan Team.  Simply click the button below and enjoy the gorgeous projects using the Merry Patterns stamp set. Your next stop is Louise Sharp.  Always creative in the most beautiful way.

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Artisan Blog Hop 

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

 

Products Used

 

Price: $110.00

New & Exciting…  

I have a sneak peek of the September Holiday Edition Tutorial. Oh, MY word… AMAZING! Subscribers will have this tutorial emailed to them on September 1st.  Not a subscriber? Click HERE and become one. Today is the LAST day to subscribe to this 6-month tutorial.   You will receive the August tutorial immediately once you have signed up!
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Artisan Hop- Carols of Christmas

Artisan Hop- Carols of Christmas

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It’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop and I’m excited to share the fun new Carols of Christmas Bundle.  The best news is you can order this new bundle and save 10% the entire month of August.

 

Mix it Up!

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One of the things I love is looking through my stamp collection and putting stamps together to create a card.  While I love the bigger greetings in the Carols of Christmas, I wanted to focus on the FANTABULOUS Card Front Builder Thinlits that comes with this bundle and pair it with the Star of Light stamp set.

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I love, love, love these beautiful trees and even more fun to add a little Dazzling Diamonds to the trees for a little sparkle.

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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips to create this card:

  • I used the moon and stars thinlit at the top of the Crumb Cake cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) using the Big Shot, then I placed a piece of Whisper White cardstock the same size behind the Crumb Cake.  The card base is Whisper White Thick Cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″.
  • The greeting was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White scrap cardstock and die cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits.
  • The label was placed on top of a piece of White Delicate Doily, 3/8″ Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon and a small 1/4″ sliver of Silver Foil.
  • I added a small strip of the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper for a little pop of color on the Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • The sweet little deer was stamped from the Carols of Christmas stamp set and then die cut using the coordinating Thinlits.

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Be Inspired!

Now be inspired by the Artisan Design Team and see more greatness using the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  First up is the great Lousie Sharp.  Simply click the button below to start the hop.

Don’t forget, save 10% on the Carols of Christmas bundle. Click HERE to order today.

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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

Don’t Forget!

Looking for more inspiring ideas? Become a subscriber to my new Exclusive Tutorials.  Click HERE to find out more information,  or HERE to become a subscriber. These tutorials are exclusive and not seen anywhere on the internet.

 

 

 

Price: $110.00

New Products & Artisan Hop

New Products & Artisan Hop

 

Is there any stamper that doesn’t love NEW products? I don’t think so. What about a new Christmas bundle?   Stampin’ Up! has released a brand new product that demonstrators can pre-order from July 1st-31st.

I have lots to tell you and a fun card to share using this new stamp set.  PLUS,  the Artisan blog hop will inspire you with you lots of great ideas using this stamp set.

 

A Fantastic Promotion!

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The Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Dies are the perfect way to get ahead start on your Christmas cards this year. There are a few great promotions with this stamp set.

Demonstrators can purchase this bundle now and save 10% when you purchase the bundle.

Even more exciting… right now customers can earn coupons during our Bonus Days Promotion.  For every $50 you spend from July 1st-31st you will get a $5 coupon to use from August 1st-31st.  Customers can then use your coupons to order the Carols of Christmas stamp set.

But wait… there is more!

Become a demonstrator now until July 31st, and you can also get your hands on this fun stamp set and MUCH more!  Click HERE to see the July Recruiting promotion you don’t want to miss out on.  Click HERE to join my team!

 

Carols of Christmas = Versatile!

When I first started playing with this stamp set, I was drawn to the two large greetings included with the set. At first glance, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the peace on earth image.

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I love how this image fits perfectly inside one of the Layering Circles Framelits.  Instantly I thought to create a globe. This was super simple using Watercolor Paper and a little Gold Embossing Powder.

Once I had the image embossed, I watercolored over the gold embossing using Pool Party, Bermuda Bay inks to create the water.  Then I used Crumb Cake and Soft Suede to create the land.  This was simple to watercolor using my Aqua Painter.

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I layered the die cut onto another piece of Watercolor Paper along with a few of the trees that I die cut from Whisper White cardstock. The trees were die cut from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies that coordinate with the Carols of Christmas stamp set.   A few layering additions such as a Delicate White Doily and twine finished off the card front.

Of course, I couldn’t help but add a little more splash of color by adding the Pool Party scallop edge from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  I love that big scallop, and it’s perfect to add along the edge of a card.

The last detail I added was some Perfect White Accents. I love how these look on any project I create.

 

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Be Inspired!

The Carols of Christmas bundle will be a favorite in our upcoming Holiday Catalog.  The good news is you don’t have to wait! Grab this set now and get a head start on your Christmas card planning.

Now be inspired by the rest of the Artisan Design Team.  Just click the button below to see what my friend Louise Sharp has designed and enjoy the rest of the blog hop using this fantastic bundle.

 

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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

 

 

Supply List

Need more ideas? Inspiration? 

Make sure to check out my digital tutorials!

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Post Christmas Happenings

Post Christmas Happenings

 

Christmas day was amazing spent with family.

After we attended our morning church service we came home to unwrap the gifts.

Brandon and Alexis enjoyed all of their gifts and the day couldn’t have been more perfect.

It’s the day after Christmas that cracks me up.  We are typically low key, relaxing around the house playing with our new toys.

It also brings on a post Christmas purge.  Not just for me but for the kids too.

I’ve already cleaned out my closest, and my office.  Oh my WORD.  The stuff… the STUFF!!!

 

Relax and Unwind

These last few weeks we have been on overdrive.  I’m sure each of us could say this same thing.  I adore the Christmas season, but I have to admit that the “busy” gets overwhelming.

I wish I could fit in all of the festivities that I want, but the closer we get to Christmas the more exhausted I feel.

It’s nice to chill out at home without an agenda.

Although we have some scheduled events coming up, the big plan is to RELAX.

I’m looking forward to some peaceful creating time.

 

Hello …Vertical Garden

I wanted to share another card I created for the display at OnStage using the Vertical Garden stamp set.

This big hello image is perfect to use with our Ombre’ stamp pads.

 

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The image is a two step stamp.  I stamped the solid hello image first, then added the second image which outlines the word hello using Bermuda Bay ink.

 

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I love how the Vellum butterflies added a soft touch to this card.  The butterflies were punched using the Elegant Butterfly punch.

 

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Quick Tips 

  • Attaching Vellum to cardstock can be tough because you don’t want to see the adhesive.  To overcome this little problem, I try to find a way to hide the adhesive.  I placed a Mini Glue Dot in the center of the Vellum butterfly and attached to the card.  Then I attached the gold Enamel Dot over the same area where you could see the Mini Glue Dot.  This was a perfect way to hide the adhesive.
  • The Ombre’ stamp pads are a fantastic addition to our inks. To get a perfect Ombre’ look when using these pads, simply tap your stamp image in tiny circles onto the pad and then stamp your image.  The small circular motion will allow a nice even and clean image when stamping.

This stamp set has been a joy to create with and one that you can use for many different projects.  If you are looking for more ideas using this set make sure to check out this post HERE.

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You can find great stamp sets, ink, cardstock and amazing embellishments in my online store.

Click HERE and see the possibilities for creating fabulous projects this year.

I’d love to be your creative coach and share with you as you begin this hobby or if you are ready to step it up a notch.

Stamp with Me! See Online Classes Available!

Purchase $50 from my Online Store and receive my December Tutorial FREE.   

All online orders will receive a hand stamped card with a little surprise inside.

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.

It’s AMAZING!!

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Wrapping Christmas With Love

Wrapping Christmas With Love

This past weekend I was busy wrapping Christmas gifts and baking.

Baking is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays but I tend to eat more than I give.

Wrapping Christmas gifts is not one of my favorite things to do, but I turn up the Christmas music and get into it.

 

Wrapped in Warmth

One of the other things I’ve been working on is my Christmas cards.  I thought I had enough created and BOOM- I need many more.

AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!  How can this be??????

Not going to lie… I really thought I had created enough.

I guess you know what I’ll be doing over the next week plus I need to make my Christmas tags.

It will all get finished.  It ALWAYS does.

Today I have a fun card to share created using the Wrapped in Warmth stamp set.

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The Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Pack helped to make this card super easy to create.  LOVE this paper.  I’m a huge fan of the Crumb Cake color tone and this paper is full of it.

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Another fun element used is the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  It is DEFINITELY Dynamic.  WOW.

The last little element I used was the Bakers Twine Trio Pack.  Absolutely fell in love with the Gold Twine.  This twine can compliment any project.

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From Our Home To Yours

 

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Here is another version using the same set and paper.

Again, I used lots of the designer series paper.

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I stamped the greeting twice and created a little paper piecing to add a little more color to the greeting.  I could have achieved this same look with markers by coloring the images in the colors I wanted and stamping.  Paper piecing the greeting added a little more texture to the card.

 

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The Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder definitely adds the dynamic touch to these cards.

 

Add Warmth to Your Holidays

The Wrapped in Warmth stamp set is currently on sale during Stampin’ Up!’s close out sale.  It’s a promotion not to be missed.  Imagine these great greetings added to your Christmas packages.  They are perfect for creating tags.

I’ll be challenging myself to create tags using this stamp set as I can see they will be perfect touch to wrapping Christmas with love.

 

Here are a few more samples created by Stampin’ Up!  The possibilities are endless.

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Stamp with Me! See Online Classes Available!

Purchase $50 from my Online Store and receive my December Tutorial FREE.   

All online orders will receive a hand stamped card with a little surprise inside.

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.

It’s AMAZING!!

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale