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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!

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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.

 

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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.

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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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May Tutorial Design Team Hop

May Tutorial Design Team Hop

It’s time to see the creativity unleashed from the Tutorial Bundle Team.  This is always a fun blog hop filled with great inspiration.

Today’s blog hop is all about the Eastern Palace Suite.

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Shimmer & Pizzaz

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One of the things I’ve been using a lot with the Eastern Palace Bundle is the Shimmer White Cardstock.  I love how this cardstock looks when you watercolor.

Once I added the Lemon Lime Twist Ink watercolored over the medallion, it was love at first sight.  The picture never does Shimmer paper any justice because you cannot see the shimmer in the photo.  I promise it’s shimmery and beautiful.

 

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • I created the medallion by stacking the largest circle from the Layering Circles Framelits along with the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies using Shimmer White Cardstock.  The Eastern Medallion dies stack so beautifully together.  I also die cut another large layering circle using Whisper White cardstock.
  • Once I watercolored the medallion using my Aqua Painter and Lemon Lime Twist Ink, I layered it over the Circle die cut.  I found using a sponge dauber with Tombow Multipurpose glue to be most effective to keep the medallion adhered to the Whisper White cardstock.  I simply placed a small dab of the glue onto a sponge dauber, then dabbed over the back of the medallion.  It worked like a charm.
  • To keep the label with the greeting in place along with the twine, I used a staple.

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  • Creating the card front I stamped the 3 main circle images along with the star design in the center of each circle.  I love how the Fresh Fig, Dapper Denim and Lemon Lime Twist Ink coordinate together.
  • Lastly, don’t forget to add a little pizzaz to your medallion by using the Basic Rhinestones.  I love how this created attention to this intricate medallion.

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Did You Know? 

Every month this team of demonstrators comes together to create one of the best tutorials I’ve ever seen. This tutorial is unlike others.  It’s beautifully put together with great projects, step by step directions and fantastic photography!  Every month I’m blown away by the artwork and creativity from this team.

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Our May Tutorial features the Eastern Palace Suite and OH MY WORD… it’s amazing.  If you love cards and 3D projects, this tutorial will INSPIRE you!

Did you know you can get this tutorial for FREE? Yes, if you purchase either of the Eastern Palace Bundles available as seen HERE, you will receive this tutorial for free.  -OR- You can purchase the tutorial for $15.  Either way, don’t miss this!

Check out this sneak peek…

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Be Inspired!

Next, it’s time to be inspired by the other Tutorial Bundle Design Team.  My dear friend Kylie has an amazing project for you.  Simply click the button below to see her project and the rest of the design team.

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Blog Hop List

Allison Okamitsu
Angela McKay
Cornelia Janssen
Erica Cerwin
Janneke de Jong
Juana Ambida
Kimberly Van Diepen
Kylie Bertucci
Louise Sharp
Rachel Tessman

 

Extra Tutorial… 

Lastly, this month I have an exciting tutorial I’m giving FREE to anyone that purchases the Eastern Palace Bundle this month.  This tutorial has 27 projects using only the Eastern Palace Bundle and ONLY what the bundle comes with.  Yes, that is two tutorials you will receive free when you purchase the Eastern Palace Bundle this month.  YAY!

 

May Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

 

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

Exquisite Berry Burst

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Exquisite Berry Burst

It’s been so fun sharing all of my display samples with you so far, and I can’t believe we are on Day 9!  I’m sharing another card using the exquisite Berry Burst and Label Me Pretty stamp set.

 

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There are many great color combinations I think Berry Burst will look fantastic with, however today I kept with the purple hues and I love how it turned out.

Here is the color combination I used for this card.

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The Rich Shades of Purple

I’ve never been a fan girl of purples.   In fact, it took forever for me to warm up to the Sweet Sugarplum InColor.  Berry Burst appears to be brighter, but as you can see the rich shades of each of these colors really stand out together. The Berry Burst looks especially rich next to the Fresh Fig.  WOW!

 

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When I started creating this card I wanted to work around the wooden heart element from the Hearts & Stars Elements.  I love how the wood elements have detail added to them.  Although the Summer Sorbet stamp set is retiring, it worked perfectly for this card and coordinated with the wooden heart.

 

Tips & Tricks

I’ve shared many projects using the Label Me Pretty stamp set, and once again I loved how this set worked for this card.

  • If you look closely, the thank you greeting has a tiny heart.  Adding the other heart elements to this card created the perfect balance.
  • When I use the Enamel Shapes, I love to add 3 shapes around the focal area to give the card balance.

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Elegant Pink & Gold

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Lastly, I created an elegant but simple card using layers of the Bundle of Love Designer Series Paper.  Undoubtedly, the gold in this designer series paper packs a mighty punch and the heavier weight will be great to create boxes.

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The new Basic Black 3/8? Shimmer Ribbon is so soft and shimmery.  I love how this ribbon can be wrapped and placed under any element.  To keep the ribbon set in place I simply staple it before attaching the card front to the card base.

 

 

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Be Inspired

It’s time to be inspired by the other Artisans and their displays.  The last 8 days have been incredible to see their work.

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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

 

Don’t forget! 

One more thing, are you looking for new ideas?

Check out my tutorial library with tons of fantastic ideas to get your creative mojo moving all in the comfort of your home!  Simply click the image below to check it out.  

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Bold Bright Color Combination

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Bold Bright Color Combination

It’s Day 4 of the Display Stamper blog hop, and today I have a beautifully bold, bright color combination.  More and more these days I gravitate towards the more brilliant colors.  If you took a journey back over the years on my blog, you would see that I was a steady Eddie for neutral color schemes.

I guess as I’ve aged, the brights are keeping me young.  They are so fresh looking.  Of course when you add in the new Lemon Lime Twist, it becomes even fresher!!!

 

 

Bold Bright Color Combination, OnStage Display Stamper, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Orange Blossom with a Twist

I made a small comment the other day about a funny with the Orange Blossom set. Here’s the thing,  I had no idea the name of this stamp set when I received it.   I had no idea the circle image you see above stamped in Bermuda Bay ink was an orange.  This is one of the reasons I love stamps.  It’s awesome to use an image in a different way, and I love how it turned out for this card.

 

New products used on this card: 

Here are a few of the new products I used for this card.

  • Orange Blossom stamp set
  • Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and ink
  • Berry Burst cardstock
  • Pick a Pattern Washi Tape

One of my favorite new products on this card is the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape.  First, I love the black and white.  Second, there are two of the washi tapes that are beautiful and wide.

Bold Bright Color Combination, OnStage Display Stamper, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • Whisper White Thick cardstock 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ was used for the card base, scored at 5-1/2″ and folded in half.
  • I stamped the circle image using Bermuda Bay ink on the top left of the card front.  Then I added the little dots around the circles using Lemon Lime Twist Ink.
  • I used the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape was layered on the bottom half of the Whisper White cardstock.
  • Next, the greeting was stamped onto Berry Burst cardstock using Archival Basic Black ink then die cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits. I couldn’t help myself… I added a little piece of Delicate White Doily and some twine underneath.  You can also see a 1/4″ strip of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.  I love that little pop of color.  Color makes me happy pants.

Try This- Color Combination

Bold Bright Color Combination, OnStage Display Stamper, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Bold Bright Color Combination, OnStage Display Stamper, Stampin' Up!

You can find AVAILABLE products in the clickable links below. 

Be Inspired

Hopefully, you haven’t missed all of the inspiring ideas using new products from the previous hops.  If so, catch up on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

Finally, it’s time to hop and see what Maike has created.  Simply click the NEXT button below and hop along.  If the link doesn’t work, just click on the blog roll links below.

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

New Tutorial Available!

Every month I release a new EXCLUSIVE tutorial.

April’s tutorial is filled with out of the box ideas you will love.

Simply click the photo below to purchase -OR- Spend $50 and receive the Tutorial for FREE!

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Speaking of retiring click HERE to download the retired list.

 

Hearts & Stars Elements

Hearts & Stars Elements

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When I start creating for OnStage displays, I try to have a mix of occasions if I can.  Creating this card worked out perfect when creating this baby card and using the Hearts & Stars Elements.

Remember, expect to be inspired for the next nine days with the Artisan Display Stampers from OnStage.

 

Superstar Stamp Set

 

Hearts & Stars Elements, Superstar Stamp Set, Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

This sweet baby card ended up showcasing many new products and was an easy way for me to fall in love with each of them.

The Superstar stamp set is one that is retiring.  It’s laden with great images of stars as well as the circle of words that I used for the focus of my card.

 

So What’s New?

  • The pattern paper comes from the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It’s beautiful with soft blues and pinks on one side and gold on the other.  You can see I added a small banner using the gold across the card.
  • The wooden elements are a called Hearts & Stars Elements.  Here you will find different sizes of hearts and stars.  What I love about them are the open and solid images.
  • Lastly, you will see a new ribbon.  This 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon comes in three different colors- Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, and Whisper White.  This ribbon is pliable and easy to use on cards.  I love that it can be pressed relatively flat making cards not so bulky.

Hearts & Stars Elements, Superstar Stamp Set, Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • A quick way to add the wooden elements to a project (especially the open stars and hearts) is to take a sponge dauber lightly glazed with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  Simply tap the backs of the wooden pieces and attach.  This way you do not have excess glue dripping everywhere.
  • The clouds were die cut using the Up & Away Thinlits from Watercolor paper.  I used my Aqua Painter over the clouds with Pool Party ink to give the clouds a soft look.
  • The card base was created using Kraft Cardstock.  This cardstock is retiring and only available until May 31st.

Hearts & Stars Elements, Superstar Stamp Set, Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

Hearts & Stars Elements, Superstar Stamp Set, Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

Don’t Wait, Order Now!

This time of year is exciting for avid crafters that love Stampin’ Up! products.  It’s a season where we see tons of fresh new products making way to a brand new catalog.  It can also be sad as we say goodbye to many other products.  My advice, if there is something you love, don’t wait.  Order your favorites before May 31st.  Many times our retiring products are gone QUICKLY!

Click HERE to download the retired list. Don’t miss the sneak peek of the Eastern Palace Suite. Click HERE to see three fun ideas!

The Superstar stamp set is on the retired list along with the Stars Framelits Dies.  The framelits are also on sale.  Grab these dies for only $21.60!

You can find the AVAILABLE product in the clickable links below.  

Be Inspired 

Now enjoy more beautiful artwork from the Artisan Design Team.  Click the next button below to enjoy!

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