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Count My Blessings Artisan Hop

Count My Blessings 

It’s exciting to start feeling the crisp fall air here in Florida.  It’s only been about a week of cooler weather, but already I’m enjoying it.  The artisans are sharing a little taste of fall with you today.  I’m super happy to share the Count My Blessings stamp set.

 

Count My Blessings, Stampin' Up! Artisan Hop

Count My Blessings, Stampin' Up! Artisan Hop

 

 

Feeling Like Fall

When the temps get below 60 at night that is a signal for me that fall is either near, or here.  Just a little over a week ago we were getting our house ready for a hurricane.  Fortunately, we only had a little rain and wind.  However, the humidity was off the hook.  It was awful.  Normally I hate to see summer leave, but after that week of crazy humidity, I’m grateful for cooler nights.

Of course, once I get the sense that fall is here, it always sends me in a fury to get my house decorated for fall.  I hate to admit that I literally still had a sign up that said, “Schools Out”.  The funny part is the kids have been back in school for 8 weeks.  It tells a real story of the crazy fun we live.

Fall is also one of my favorite times of year to create.  There are so many great stamp sets with fall themes.  The Count My Blessings set not only has gorgeous images, but the fonts are AMAZING!

Count My Blessings, Stampin' Up! Artisan Hop

 

This stamp set begged to be watercolored with inks and my Aqua Painter.

Creative Quick Tips

  • I did simple watercoloring over the leaf and acorn images after using Archival Basic Black ink to stamp the image.  I used Early Espresso, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake inks. Fussy cut the leaf images.
  • I created a watercolor wash onto watercolor paper using Pumpkin Pie ink, then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Once the paper is dry, stamp the greeting onto the watercolor paper using Archival Basic Black ink.
  • Sponge over a Delicate White Doily using Early Espresso ink.  Attach to the back of the circle die cut.
  • Wrap Linen Thread to look like a bow, staple to the stamped image and onto the die cut circle.
  • Attach the stamped images to the card base.  The card base has layers of the Wood Textures DSP attached to a Whisper White Thick cardstock.

 

Count My Blessings, Stampin' Up! Artisan Hop

 

You will notice one small little detail that I loved adding to my cards. The tiny scallop is created using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

Count My Blessings, Stampin' Up! Artisan Hop

Be Inspired!

Now it’s time to be inspired by fall designs by the Artisan team.  First up is Louise Sharp.  I love the way Louise always has a delicate feel to all her projects.  Click the button below to continue with the hop or click the links below.

Merry Patterns, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Artisan Blogs

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

Tutorial Library

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Painted Harvest Artisan Hop

Painted Harvest 

It doesn’t seem possible that my summer is coming to an end.  If there is one thing I do love about the upcoming season it’s the beautiful images that Stampin’ Up! produces for fall and the holidays.  The new Painted Harvest Stamp Set is one that I fell in love with quickly.

As you know, I love a stamp set that has versatility. One that I can use over and over again throughout the year.  Painted Harvest is that set!  It’s time to get inspired by the Artisan Team!

 

Vibrant Colors

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I love sunflowers and the vibrant colors you can use to stamp them. The  Painted Harvest Suite was perfect to use when creating this card and Mini Treat Bag.

Tips & Tricks 

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  • The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits creates the perfect mini treat bag for quick favors.  I used the Painted Autumn Cardstock Pack (Kraft Cardstock) to create the bag.
  • Watercolor Paper was die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits largest circle, then watercolored using Daffodil Delight Classic Ink.   I stamped the sunflowers using Pumpkin Pie, and Peekaboo Peach Classic Inks, once the area was dry.
  • I stamped the greeting using Early Espresso ink.
  • To create a thinner Jute Twine, I simply separated the twine to three threads.  Then I wrapped this around the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper belly band.
  • Lastly, I stamped the tissue paper for the inside of the mini treat bag using the same classic inks mentioned above.  Love how this brings the entire project together.

 

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  • I created the background using Whisper White cardstock punched from the Leaf Punch.  I love how this gave texture to the card front along with a unique look.
  • Stamping the sunflowers, I used Daffodil Delight, then I used the rock n roll technique with a touch of Pumpkin Pie ink.  The inside of the flower was stamped using Early Espresso.
  • There is a little fussy cutting for a few of the leaves and one sunflower.
  • I added a few wood flowers from the Touches of Nature Elements.  I love how this all coordinates.

 

Gather Together & Give Thanks

Whether you are looking to create beautiful fall handmade cards or have a love affair with the sunflowers, the Painted Harvest stamp set is a perfect addition to your stamp collection from the Holiday catalog.

It’s time to be inspired by the rest of the Artisan Team. The next stop is my friend Louise Sharp.  Simply click the button below to see what the creative Louise has created.

Painted Harvest, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Click the links below for amazing ideas!

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

 

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Products Used

 

Price: $16.00

Price: $110.00

Colorful Seasons Artisan Hop

Colorful Seasons Artisan Hop

It’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop, and it’s all about the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  YAY! I can’t wait to show you what I created for today’s hop.

Let me add in something really quick because I know a few of you are wondering.  I’m ALIVE.  I know I’ve been absent and for many reasons.  I have some splaining to do and that is coming, soon!

But first… a pretty!

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Colorful Seasons

I’m not sure you can look at this stamp set and NOT think about all of the beautiful seasons wrapped into ONE set. This bundle rocks my stampin’ world for a few reasons.

  • Fabulous greetings with wonderful fonts!
  • Stamps that coordinate!
  • Layering Framelits that are so beautiful!
  • A beautiful scallop Framelit that makes me happy happy happy!

As I started to create these cards, I chose the colors for each of the seasons first and then ran with the theme.  Each card has a layer of Watercolor Paper and a finely placed color wash for a background.  Nothing is too fancy, yet simple and elegant for each card.

Next, I stamped the “just breathe” onto a layer of coordinating cardstock.  I love how this greeting pops on the card.

Lastly, I layered the coordinating die cuts onto the Watercolor Paper.  You will notice that many of the layered die cuts I dabbled with a little watercolor on them. Note, I used Watercolor Paper for the die cuts as well.  I love the texture of Watercolor Paper.

Now let’s take a peek at each of the cards.  I would love to hear what your favorite is.

Summer

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I can’t help but start with summer.  It’s blistering hot here in Florida.  Thankfully I live close to a beach.  Sadly, I haven’t seen it enough.  More on that later.

 

Fall

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The fall card was so fun as I used the gorgeous Fresh Fig color palette.  I love how vibrant this color looks.

 

Winter

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I always enjoy a fun snowflake card.  Living in Florida, it’s the only snowflakes I’m going to see.  I love how this card looks so “icy” using the Bermuda Bay and a mix of Pool Party for the water coloring.

 

Spring

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Spring always brings such a fresh look.  The new Berry Burst was the perfect addition to the flowers along with the soft Powder Pink.

 

What’s Your Favorite?

I would love to hear what your favorite season is and which card you love the most.  I love how we can all love a different season for different reasons.  It’s what makes us all unique, right?

Artisan Hop, Colorful Seasons, Stampin' Up!

Make sure to see click the next button below and be inspired by the great Lousie Sharp.  You can also click any of the links below to hop around and stay on track.  Maybe even share this post so others can be inspired as well from the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team.  This team is filled with amazing artists from around the world.

You can find all of the products I used for these cards in the links below.

Artisan Hop, Colorful Seasons, 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

 

 

Price: $110.00

Need more ideas? Inspiration? 

Make sure to check out my digital tutorials!

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

Forgive Me, I Can’t Stop! Jar of Haunts

Jar of Haunts

Forgive me because I can’t stop.  The Jar of Haunts has been one of my favorite Halloween stamp sets!

I put the stamp set on the shelf.  I told myself it was time to move on.

What happened?

Well, it was time for an Artisan blog hop and I couldn’t help to pull out this cute stamp set.

 

Cute Always Gets Me!

The fact is, if something is cute I’m going to love it.

Jar of Haunts cute factor sold me right away.

xJar of Haunts, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Now if you add in the Pool Party to this entire Halloween mix… I have now hit the edge of Halloween glory.

Jar of Haunts, Stampin' Up!

 

Jar of Haunts, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Start coloring of the jars with a blender pen.  When blending color on Whisper White with a Blender Pen, be careful not to blend the pen in one area for too long.  This will create what I love to call “paper boogers!” The paper will begin to peel.
  • To create  brighter color after using a blender pen, try taking a Sponge Dauber and sponge lightly over images.
  • The Everyday Jar Framelits coordinates perfectly with the Jar of Haunts stamp set.

 

 

Nothing Haunted Here!

Jar of Haunts, Stampin' Up!

 

There was nothing haunted about this next card.  The pumpkins were stamped onto Watercolor Paper, then watercolored using an Aqua Painter.

Jar of Haunts, Stampin' Up!

 

The pumpkins were masked to give the illusion of the pumpkins stacked to gather.

Tips & Tricks

  • To achieve the look of the pumpkins stacked together, stamp a pumpkin onto a post in note.  Cut around the image as close as possible.
  • Stamp one pumpkin onto Watercolor Paper.  When stamping the next pumpkin, apply mask over first pumpkin.  Now stamp the pumpkin next to the first one.  Do you see how the pumpkin you just stamped looks like its behind the other?
  • Watercolor the pumpkins using Pumpkin Pie ink first.  Then watercolor using Tangerine Tango around the edges to darken the color.
  • Watercolor the sky using Soft Sky ink.

Jar of Haunts, Stampin' Up!

 

There is Still Time!

There is still time to create plenty of Halloween and fall projects.

Whether it’s mummies, ghosts, witches or pumpkins, Stampin’ Up! has a variety of fun halloween sets to choose from.

Click the links below to see all the supplies used for the projects I shared today and continue to enjoy the Artisan’s inspiring projects on the hop.

Take a hop over to Krista Frattin’s blog to see her amazing project.

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Check out these fun ideas and card templates using Designer Series Paper HERE.

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Simple Halloween Cards

Simple Halloween Cards

Are you wanting to create simple Halloween cards?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the holiday fast approaching, these two simple halloween cards can help you.

Today’s cards are totally the same, with one slight change.

 

Jar of Haunts

Simple Halloween Cards, Stampin' Up!

 

Do you own the Everyday Jars Framelits?  The Jar of Haunts stamp set is the perfect addition to stamp collection.  This set coordinates perfectly.

 

Simple Halloween Cards, Stampin' Up!

 

The first image that caught my eye right away was the mummy.

To get a realistic color of the mummy, stamp the image using Archival Basic Black onto Watercolor Paper and use an aqua painter with Sahara Sand ink to color image.

 

Looking for Versatility? 

One of the best parts about using the Jar of Haunts stamp set-NO fussy cutting.  This stamp set coordinates with the Everyday Jar Framelits.

 

Stampin’ Up! has a few more sets that the Everyday Jar Framelits works with:

  • Jar of Cheer
  • Jar of Love

 

Spooky Fun

Simple Halloween Cards, Stampin' Up!

 

If you are looking for a Halloween stamp set with incredible fonts, the Spooky Fun stamp set is it.

This set has cute little Halloween images that are perfect for your simple Halloween cards.

 

Simple Halloween Cards, Stampin' Up!

 

Don’t forget about the fun Halloween Night Specialty Designer Paper.  Great patterns for Halloween and Fall.

Simple Halloween Cards, Stampin' Up!

Start Creating Today

There are great Halloween and fall products in the Stampin’ Up! online store for you to choose from and get your fall crafting started.  Click HERE to visit the Online Store and get started!

 

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XOXOXOXO