Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Seasonally Scattered Cafe Bags - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

It's Thursday! That means it is time for another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! This week we are sharing our projects that will be featured on Stampin' Up!'s Facebook tomorrow. So you are getting a little sneak peek today! Remember that there are sixteen of us on the team; just hit the next button at the end of each post to visit everyone.

The new Petite Cafe Gift Bags are absolutely perfect for gift giving this coming holiday season! They are poly-lined, which is ideal for giving some homemade treats. I love how the images from the Seasonally Scattered stamp set fills up the front of the bag.

Do you see how the image just pops off of the bag? I heat embossed the "Merry" in Cherry Cobbler, and it gives a richness and shine that just stamping doesn't provide on the darker color. The "Christmas" comes from the Merry Everything stamp set. I stamped the whole image in Old Olive and trimmed around the portion that I wanted.

I was so pleased with the first bag, I decided to make another using the "Thanks" image. This time though, I went with more autumn-like colors by using Crushed Curry Embossing Powder paired with Blackberry Bliss. This would be a sweet gift any time of the year!

Just a little bit of ribbon tied around the tops of the bags finishes them off nicely. I am loving the combination of Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon with the Venetian Crochet Trim. It is such a pretty and elegant look. How would you decorate these gift bags?

Stampin' Supplies:
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Don't forget to hit the next button below to head on over to Kate's blog!

Smiles :)

More Kinda Eclectic

Hi everyone! I still have a couple of cards that I want to share with you featuring the Kinda Eclectic stamp set. I made these cards a while ago, but they kept getting pushed down the to blog list. This first card is really fun!

One of the things that I love about the Kinda Eclectic set is that you can just stamp all over and it still looks good! As you will notice, I also used all of the newest In Colors on this card. Love these colors together with the addition of some Kraft Card Stock! To get two tones of the same color, just simply ink the stamp up once and stamp twice.

This shape from the Chalk Talk Framelit Dies crop the sentiment out so nicely. It is great to separate the sentiment onto another layer to bring attention to it. A little bit of Lost Lagoon Ribbon and my favorite Rhinestones are perfect for this collage style card!

Remember to stop by tomorrow for another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!

Smiles :)

Stampin' Supplies:
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Super Easy Watercoloring - Monday Montage

Yay! It's time for a Monday Montage Blog Hop! The card I have to share with you today has a definite spring and summer feel despite the very fall like weather. I LOVE it!

I started building this card with that beautiful watercolored background. Now you could do that by hand, but that is a lot of work! Just grab the Handcarved stamp, sponge some Rose Red and Hello Honey ink onto it, spritz it with some water, and stamp it on watercolor paper. Ta-da! You have a beautiful piece of watercoloring that took you seconds to make!

I then pulled out two of my favorite stamp sets, Bravo and @SoSocial, and just started building some fun layers. I added some flowers from the Flower Flair Framelits and a mess of Basic Gray Baker's Twine. I embossed "Hip Hip Hooray" on Vellum Card Stock so that you could see the flowers and twine behind it. The overall bright and happy feel of this card is great!

Stampin' Supplies:
  • Bravo, @SoSocial, Handcarved, and Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Sets
  • Rose Red and Hello Honey Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Versa Mark
  • Hello Honey, Whisper White, Kraft, and Vellum Card Stock
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Silver Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, and Heat Tool
  • Basic Gray Baker's Twine
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Stampin' Spritzer filled with water
  • Flower Fair Framelit Dies
  • Perfect Polka Dots and Woodgrain Embossing Folders
  • Handheld Stapler with Mini Staples
  • Sewing Machine with White Thread
Now click the "Next" button to continue the hop to the awesomeness everyone else has created!

Smiles :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thankful Banner Mini Album - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Hey everyone! Can you believe that it is already time for another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop??? Well it is! You should have just arrived from the fabulous Inge. If not, be sure to click the "Next" button at the end of each post until you have visited everyone. I know I say this a lot, but I really love the project that I have to share with you today.

When I seen the I'm Thankful For stamp in my box, it got me thinking about what I'm thankful for. I realized that I have a lot to be thankful for, but that I am most thankful for today and the people in my everyday. I thought it would be great to make a little mini album to remind me of this. I decided to use five of the pieces from the Simply Created Banner Refill Kit as my pages.

The color scheme of Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss, and Gold turned out to be really elegant. I wanted to keep a very organic feel to the entire album, so I added touches of the Wood Grain Embossing Folder and some flowers from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. The Blackberry Bliss patterns from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper also have a great organic feel, so it was a perfect fit!

As you can see, I kept the pages fairly simple. I just layered different sized pieces of the Designer Series Paper, Blackberry Bliss Card Stock, Gold Fancy Foil Vellum, and Venetian Crochet Trim. Some Gold Sequins and Gold Buttons provided beautiful finishing touches. The only tip I have for you is that if you are going to sew like I did, be sure to plan both sides of the page first as the stitiches will be visible on both sides. I am in love with the feel of this album and the photos in it!

What would you include in your "I'm thankful for" album?

Stampin' Supplies:
  • I'm Thankful For Stamp
  • Project Life Holiday Cheer Stamp Set
  • Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Write Marker
  • Blackberry Bliss and Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper
  • Gold Foil Sheets
  • Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum
  • Simply Create Banner Refill Kit
  • Venetian Crochet Trim
  • Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon
  • Gold Sequin Trim
  • Gold Baker's Twine
  • Gold Basic Metal Buttons
  • Pearl Jewels
  • Banner Punch
  • Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack 
  • Wood Grain Embossing Folder 
  • Little Letters Thinlit Dies
  • Big Shot
  • Sewing Machine
Now click the "Next" button below to hop over to Kate's blog to see what she has created for you!

Smiles :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happy Halloween PLxSU Style - CCC#047

Hi everyone! Sorry for not posting yesterday; it just totally slipped my mind! The good news is that I do have a post for you today. There is a new card challenge on Catherine & Cathy Create. Again the challenge is to create something for Halloween, but we had a specific color challenge. What stood out to me in the picture (see it on Catherine & Cathy Create) was that green chair. Who would have ever thought to use green for Halloween??? Lime green is my favorite color though, so I ran with it!

I flipped though the cards in the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection and found this one that says "Happy Halloween" with an Old Olive spider. A perfect starting point! I trimmed the Project Life card down and paired it with another card from the same collection. I distressed the edges of the second card like crazy to create a more Halloween feel. To get an even more distressed Halloween feel, I also sponged some black ink over the Old Olive layer that was embossed with the Wood Grain Embossing Folder.

There is also some purple in the picture that inspired this color challenge, so I just stapled a piece of Blackberry Bliss Ribbon to the card. Those color sequins are so adorable! They come from the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack. To adhere sequins to your projects, I suggest using just a small dot of the Liquid Multipurpose Glue.

Stampin' Supplies:
  • Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection
  • Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack
  • Old Olive Card Stock
  • StazOn Ink
  • Sponge
  • Blackberry Bliss Stitiched Satin Ribbon
  • Handheld Stapler with Mini Staples
  • Stampin' Distress Tool
  • Sewing Machine
Now head on over to Catherine & Cathy Create to join in on all the Halloween fun!

Smiles :)
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