Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Celebrate Everyday - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 

We are just starting on our July 2015 box from Stampin' UP. 
This box was FULL of more BRAND NEW products 
from the Stampin' UP 2015-2016 Annual Catalog!!!!! We are going to do a little peak into 5 of the 10 occasion sections from the NEW catalog this month! So you do not want to miss any of the projects this week! We are showcasing the "Everyday" section on page 73-110. Remember that every Thursday of each week, all 16 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. 

Speaking of all 16 of us....this is our last post as a complete 16. Usually the next Artisan Design Team would be selected and our term would be over but with the next Artisan Design Team not being announced until this November, this team was given the option to continue thru October. Lisa Harlow and Vicky Hayes made the hard and difficult decision to not continue on. Please be sure to leave them some love and congrats for their creativity for the past year. We will surely miss them both! 

Now on to my 5th project for July....
 This week we were to use the Bold Butterfly Framelits and the Watercolor Wings Stamp Set. I could have gone wild and used each stamp image but I choose to stick to the single large butterfly images. A tip I got from Erica Cerwin on this stamp and framelits was to stamp the body after you cut it with the framelit. Because it it a photopolymer clear stamp then it is easy to line up. I still had the Tag a Bag Accessory Pack (paper doilies, linen thread and tags) from last week on my work space, so I used it again. I love using up all of supplies in the kits! I punched another hole on the other end of tag using another one for a guide and a 1/4" circle punch. I took the new Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags and embossed them with the Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder thru my Big Shot. Then I just cut the bag and made two layers for my cards. I roughed them up on the edges a little. Then I took one whole Kraft Gift Bag and just added the embellished tag to the bag. 
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you! 
Cindy
You saw my friend, Becky Cowley before me and now move on to my friend, 
Helene Legrand by clicking on the next button below! 
Be sure to stop by all 16 of us for one last time!
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tag a Bag Notecards - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 
We are just starting on our July 2015 box from Stampin' UP. 
This box was FULL of more BRAND NEW products 
from the Stampin' UP 2015-2016 Annual Catalog!!!!! We are going to do a little peak into 5 of the 10 occasion sections from the NEW catalog this month! So you do not want to miss any of the projects each week! We are showcasing the "Gift Packaging" section on page 55-66. Remember that every Thursday of each week, all 16 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. Now on to my 4th project for July....
We were to use the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit, Stamp a Bag Stamp Set, Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags or the Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bags. I know that I could show you some super sweet gift packaging with these items, but I wanted to show how you can take some of those items and make some super sweet notecards instead. I paired it with the addicting Greeting Thinlits. I just love them! Seriously!
The Stamp a Bag stamp set has some great stamps that you can use for a background. This first one shows the lines stamp image that I made an ombre look with the Crushed Curry, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral inks. I just stamped three times for a lighter color with each stamp. 
This one is using the chevron lines stamp image. I used Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry and Night of Navy inks. 
And this final one uses the large dots stamp image. Here the colors are Crushed Curry, Garden Green and Night of Navy. With all of them, I used pieces of the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit (doilies are smaller and are in the kit). These were super quick to make and I now have a few cards ready to go!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you to look outside the gift box so to speak! 
Cindy
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Words of Truth - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 
We are just starting on our July 2015 box from Stampin' UP. 
This box was FULL of more BRAND NEW products 
from the Stampin' UP 2015-2016 Annual Catalog!!!!! I am pretty proud and humble to say that I was asked to pick the contents of this box as well as our weekly themes! (Of course, my teammates helped me with telling me what was on their wish list!) We are going to do a little peak into 5 of the 10 occasion sections from the NEW catalog this month! So you do not want to miss any of the projects this week! We are showcasing the "Kids" section on page 39-48. Remember that every Thursday of each week, all 16 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. Now on to my 3rd project for July and the Facebook Monthly Artisan Showcase....
I loved the sayings in this stamp set called Words of Truth. They are so fun! Especially the "I love you more than grilled cheese" so I HAD to make something to go with the idea. So I grabbed the NEW Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bag (psst...they are food safe so I added a grilled cheese in there!) and added a Tangerine Tango pattern strip of Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper. My favorite part was the heart. I covered the back of heart with Fast Fuse. Then I did a technique I like to called "miniature string art". I took the Metallic Gold Thread and wrapped it around and around and around the heart. You have to keep it pulled tight and make sure it sticks to the back to keep it in place.  
Then just for some more fun, I made a super simple card using much of the same items. I used more patterns from the Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper, Star Collection Framelits, more Metallic Gold Thread and Brights Sequins on Crumb Cake card base. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you! 
Cindy
You saw my friend, Becky Cowley before me and now move on to my friend, Helene Legrand by clicking on the next button below! Be sure to stop by all 16 of us!
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Love & Rainbows - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 
We are just starting on our July 2015 box from Stampin' UP. 
This box was FULL of more BRAND NEW products 
from the Stampin' UP 2015-2016 Annual Catalog!!!!! I am pretty proud and humble to say that I was asked to pick the contents of this box as well as our weekly themes! (Of course, my teammates helped me with telling me what was on their wish list!) We are going to do a little peak into 5 of the 10 occasion sections from the NEW catalog this month! So you do not want to miss any of the projects this week! We are showcasing the "Love & Sympathy" section on page 19-30. Remember that every Thursday of each week, all 16 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. Now on to my 2nd project for July....

I must confess...this week I was stumped on what to make. I worked on about 5 cards and none of them worked for me. I was drawn to this saying in the Over The Rainbow Photopolymer Stamp Set. It gives me a peaceful feeling and I knew I wanted to use it. I just got the Fluttering Textured Embossing Folder and was itching to play with it. Then it struck me....a rainbow of butterflies! How should I color them? I selected my rainbow colors - Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay and Perfect Plum. Of course, I went right to my Aqua Painters. I love watercoloring with these! But instead of filling it with water, I filled it with rubbing alcohol. By using the alcohol, I could color the ink on Whisper White cardstock because it dries instantly. Anyone missing Blendibilities yet? Here is how you can get that look without the marker part. True you need to do several layers of coloring to get these brighter colors. See the orange butterflies? They have two colors mixed, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie. These were so fun to color!

Here is a nifty trick that I did on this card. I first found a framelit from Chalk Talk Framelits that fit my image in width. However I did not want it to cover up a good part of my butterflies. So I just trimmed it down on the top and bottom. Now it works perfectly! I used a strand of the White Jute Ribbon again here.
I started making a few of these to have on hand to send to 
friends and family in need of some hope and love!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you! 
Cindy
You saw my friend, Becky Cowley before me and now move on to my friend, Helene Legrand by clicking on the next button below! Be sure to stop by all 16 of us!
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Endless Thanks - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 
We are just starting on our July 2015 box from Stampin' UP. 
This box was FULL of more BRAND NEW products 
from the Stampin' UP 2015-2016 Annual Catalog!!!!! I am pretty proud and humble to say that I was asked to pick the contents of this box as well as our weekly themes! (Of course, my teammates helped me with telling me what was on their wish list!) We are going to do a little peak into 5 of the 10 occasion sections from the NEW catalog this month! So you do not want to miss any of the projects each week! We are showcasing the "Thanks" section on page 13 - 18. Remember that every Thursday of each week, all 16 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. Now on to my 1st project for July....
We were given the sweet little Photopolymer Stamp Set called Endless Thanks to use in this theme. I am in love with these "Endless" stamp sets. We also have Endless Birthday Wishes shown in the Birthday section of the catalog. And because it is clear photopolymer, you can flex the rubber images to curve with the banner. You want to place it on your clear block and move slightly to the curve you want. Also because it is clear, you can place it perfectly. Double thanks Stampin' UP!
I used the Brushstrokes Stamp Set for this striped background. To get the washed color effect even more muted, I just took my Mint Macaron ink pad and swiped it on the stamp. I am liking this color combo of Mint Macaron, Hello Honey and Watermelon Wonder. 
Another great item I used are the Expressions Natural Elements. You get Congrats, Celebrate and Thanks. The natural wood texture works so well with the new Corrugated Paper shown here in Kraft. I just cut it out with the Ovals Collection Framelits. 
On this card, I used the Candy Dots for the center of my Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack flowers. I used the Tangerine Tango dot for the Watermelon Wonder flower center. Funny, it is such a close match! The leaves are cut Old Olive image from the Endless Thanks stamp set. I took the White 1-1/4" Jute Ribbon and cut away the single strands and used them for my twine. I love the texture of the strands on these cards.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you! 
Cindy
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fancy Friday - NEW Products Challenge!

Welcome to the FANCY FRIDAY BLOG HOP 
for a "NEW PRODUCTS" challenge!
My fancy friends and I are BACK! We loved working with each other so much that we decided to continue on with an all new blog hop to inspire you in fun new ways! Each month on the last Friday, we will bring to you new challenges of all kinds (color,sketch, stamp focus, etc) that you can even participate in!  Use #fancyfriday with your challenge project!


I am sharing some more cards made with the Layered Letters Stamp Set and the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack as well as the Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape. You can see my first card I made for the Artisan Blog Hop HERE. Yeah, I went overboard but I seriously could not stop! It is so easy to make your own words to match those cute sayings from the Age Awareness Stamp Set!  
 DANG! I think this one is pretty sassy but pretty funny too!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspire you today!
Cindy

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

RHMC Sprinkles of Life - Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 
We are just finishing on our June 2015 box from Stampin' UP. 
This box was FULL of more BRAND NEW products 
from the Stampin' UP 2015-2016 Annual Catalog!!!!! 
 You do not want to miss any of the projects this week! We are showcasing the BEST EVER Ronald McDonald House Charities Stamp Set called Sprinkles of Life! Remember that every Thursday of each week, all 16 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. Now on to my RMHC cards for this 4th and final week of June...
One of the reasons I love to create is for the Stampin' UP demonstrators out there to get ideas for their classes and clubs. With just a few products, you can create a perfect project for your customers! This stamp set is very versatile and you can create many different cards with these images. I used the same basic card layout of each card. 
You will need the following to make this card set:
Sprinkles on Life Stamp Set
Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack
Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry and Tip Top Taupe Cardstock
Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Cucumber Crush, Tip Top Taupe Ink pads and Memento Ink.
2.5 Circle Punch
Banner Triple Punch
Sweetheart Punch
Tree Builder Punch
Crushed Curry Baker's Twine
Designer Buttons - Neutrals and Brights
Blender Pen
 

 Another reason why I love Stampin' UP is their "Make a Difference" company campaign. When you buy the Sprinkles of Love Stamp set, they will donate $3.00 to RHMC. Ronald McDonald House Charities keeps families together and surrounded by love when their children are receiving medical treatment far from home. This is certainly very special to me right now. One of my church youth is in Orlando, FL today prepping for brain surgery on this Friday. She will be staying with her family for a month or so after in the local Ronald McDonald House. Please pause a minute to pray for Kenna.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you to get your Sprinkles of Life! 
Cindy
You saw my friend, Becky Cowley before me and now move on to my friend, Helene Legrand by clicking on the next button below! Be sure to stop by all 16 of us!

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