Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Giving Thanks with a Gift Box - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop


Welcome to the weekly Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop!


I created the cutest corrugated box using the Gift Box Punch Board. The new corrugated paper is a match made in heaven for this punch board.



I tried a couple of new things when I was dolling up my box. First, I layered Velum over the Designer Series Paper to soften the look. You may want to make sure that your script on the Designer Series Paper is right side up .... I noticed when I was photographing my box that the script is upside down. oops!


Second, I sewed the Brights Sequin Assortments with the Metallic Silver Thread. I used the Old Olive Sequins to match the color scheme of this box. I hand stitched the sequin by hand to the cardstock and vellum butterflies.


Behind the butterfly I layered a bunch of Filter Paper that I cut with the Big Shot and the Flower Fair Framelits. I also hand stitched these together with the Metallic Silver Thread. 


I think that my special friend will be thankful to receive this little gift ... I know I would be!

Next on the blog hop is Lisa Harlow
Click over to Lisa and see what she has created to say a little Thanks!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Watercolor Remix - TGIF Challenges - #TGIFC09


Friday & the last day of school??? Wooooweeeeeee!!!!

If you are a stay at home parent you will know that excitement will last only about a week. Then I will spend the next 7 weeks following that counting the days until they return and things go back to normal.

Today the TGIF Challenge is the monthly Remix! The challenge ... choose two layout sketches from the month of June and remix them together! 

This is what I cooked up using the watercolor sketch (TGIFC06) and the layout sketch (TGIFC07) ... 




Can't remember all of the challenge layouts this month? Take a peek ... 

To join the weekly challenge fun click over to TGIF Challenges. Here you can see the entry details, see what the rest of the design team have created and see what the followers are creating and posting. Remember follow the #TGIFC09 trend on social media!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ronald McDonald House - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop


This week the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team will be celebrating a very special stamp set ...
Did you know that each year Stampin' Up! releases a stamp set to raise money for this charity? And that Stampin' Up! has contributed over $1,000,000 to date! Did you know that by purchasing this stamp set you can help contribute?


I had so much fun creating with this stamp set ... I have used it in a few events and it has been very popular. Trust me, after this blog hop you will NEED to have this stamp set (and the coordinating punch, of course!).


I wanted to do some simple cards to showcase this stamp set. Here in Canada are wrapping up school this week. If you have children you will know that this is a very busy time! I needed something quick to create for a number of card giving occasions coming up. Take a closer peek ...







Don't you just love them?!?! I have to run today ... we have a grade 1 class party, a final day at preschool and a fun day for grade 1 and 3. Phew, I am tired just thinking about it!

Next on the hop is Lisa Harlow.
See what she has done with the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Stitched wedding card - TGIF Challenges #TGIFC08


This weekend is the first official weekend of summer. Wedding season is upon us and this weeks TGIF Challenge is perfect! 

Are you new to the TGIF Challenge? Each Friday the design team will share our creations from the challenge sketch. Then it is up to you to play along! Create your version, snap a pic and share it using the weekly hash tag! Visit the TGIF site for more details and to see what everyone else is creating.

This is what I whipped up this week...





First, skip the adhesive. That will gum up your needle and make it a hot mess.

Second, play with your stitch length. A small stitch length on paper will just chew the paper. 

Third, experiment with your tension. If your thread is making a tangled mess on the back side of the cardstock this will fix that. 

I always grab some scrap cardstock and run a few tests before I start the real deal. Trust me, this will make this much less stressful. 

For the small hearts I did not use my foot peddle. I did not want it to go too fast so I used the hand wheel. This way you can add one stitch at a time and slowly add each heart to the queue by lifting the pressure foot. 

The boarder stitching was done using the foot peddle .. but easy on the gas. Use a gentle, gentle foot and go slow. I used the side of the pressure foot as my guide to get a straight edge. You do not want to push or pull the cardstock. Let the feed dogs roll the paper through on their own. 

Am I speaking a foreign language for you? This might help! I found this great blog post from Sewing School that breaks it down.


Click on over to TGIF Challenges and check out all of the fun! 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Host with the most! - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop


Welcome to the weekly Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop!


I am always very grateful when someone hosts a party. It means that they want to share Stampin' Up! with their friends and that they love ME and want me to demonstrate for them. 

Being a host has many rewards ... great make and take projects, craftyness, fun, laughs and great free Stampin' Rewards! A host can choose to shop with their Stampin' Reward dollars by choosing anything that Stampin' Up! offers. And as an added host perk, there are exclusive stamp sets that are available only to the host. As if that is not incentive enough ... these sets are also at a discounted value. That way the host can get even more free rewards with their credits! 

The design team task this week was to use these exclusive host stamp sets on our projects. Take a look ... 







I used watercolor paper and classic ink to watercolor the two backgrounds. I did a TGIF Challenge post with my tips for watercoloring last week. See that blog post here.

After I watercolored, I let the paper dry. I stamped the greetings with Versamark and embossed with gold and silver Embossing Powder and a Heat Gun. The butterfly was fussy cut .. no punch or die for this one. Do you love the new metallic doilies I tucked behind? I knew you would!

Did you know that there are many ways you can earn Stampin' rewards and these amazing host stamp sets?



Here is the Stampin' Reward chart. The bigger the order or party = the bigger the reward!

So what are you waiting for? Contact me today?!

Next on the blog hop is Lisa Harlow
Keep clicking through the hop to see what all of 
the 16 designers created using Host Stamp Sets!

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