Friday, July 31, 2015

Amazing color combination - TGIF Challenges #TGIFC14


Welcome to my weekly TGIF Challenges blog post! Each Friday I get to share a design inspired by the TGIF Challenge sketch.


This week is the monthly remix challenge. The idea is that you choose two or more sketches from previous challenges during the past month. Mix them together and create a project! Here is a look at the sketches from July:



I wanted to mix the Color Challenge (#TGFIC10) and the Layout Challenge (#TGIFC11). I have to say that this color combination is amazing! Here is what I remixed for you ...




To learn more about this weekly challenge site visit TGIF Challenges. Join the fun and get creating! Remember to share your project with #TGIFC14!

Want to see my other creations from the month of July?
TGIFC11
TGIFC12
TGIFC13

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Celebrate the everyday - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop


Welcome to the weekly Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!


Over the month of July we have had a team theme each week. Where do these theme's come from you ask? Well ... the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue is divided into "chapters" to help you find what you need for the occasion you are creating for. Check out page one of your catalgoue!


Can you see how loved my catalogue is? I take it to get coil bound each year. I add flags on pages to sort my favorite sections. Do you take extra care of your catalogue? Mark it, flag it, organize it?

So this week we are creating with the everyday chapter in mind (page 73).

If you follow my blog you will know that I love to create with wood. This is not the first time I have used a chunk of a 2x6 piece of lumber to create something. In fact, I always have lumber in my craft room ready for when inspiration strikes. (Of course my wonderfully handsome husband has them all cut for me!).



The Watercolor Wings stamp set is a beautiful set! It comes with stamps that layer so that you can create a butterfly with very little ease. 

Of course this stamp set comes as a bundle with the matchy matchy Big Shot Bold Butterfly Framelits! This will save you 15%. You can not have this set without the die! Trust me! 

I took it a step further and added a watercolor technique. Stamp your images onto dry watercolor paper. Fill your Aqua Painter with water and use it to watercolor over the stamped image. So easy, right?


Okay ... one more project. I used a 2x6 piece of lumber again. This time I stamped with Classic Stampin' Up! ink directly on the lumber! This technique worked great on this type of wood as this lumber was relatively smooth. The grainier the wood the harder it would be to make image turn out. I would think that oak, a smooth pine or maple would be good to stamp on (just more expensive!). You can't get much cheaper than a 2x6! 



Can you believe that I have been creating and blogging with the Artisan Design Team for a year now? Today is our last post with the 16 designers that you have followed all year. We will say good-bye to two amazing designers - Lisa Harlow & Victoria Hayes. The team was asked by Stampin' Up! if we wanted to extend our duties until October when a new team will be appointed. 14 of us will continue blogging each Thursday. Lisa and Victoria have created amazing projects each week and I will miss their contribution to the team! But do not worry!! You can still follow Victoria and Lisa on their blogs and see there beautiful projects! 

So for the final week ... click on over to Lisa Harlow!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Simple Simon - TGIF Challenges #TGIFC13


Finally Friday!!! Summer always feels so busy. Too much to do and so little time ... swimming, boat rides, floating in the river, soccer to play, walks to take, parks to play in. The theme today is the perfect fit for these wonderful summer days.

The TGIF team will be sharing projects with the clean and simple sketch.


Crafting is in my blood. Even with all of the summer fun to be had I still long for my craft room and some time to get my craft on! A clean and simple card can fill my bucket!



Now you just have to accept this challenge! How can you not play along with something clean and simple! 

Visit the TGIF Challenges site to see what the design team has created and to learn out how you can play along. Remember to share your creations and #TGIFC13!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Presents, Packages and ... cookies! - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop


Welcome to the weekly Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!

You may have heard me say it before, one of my favorite things to create is a little gift package. I like to give chocolates, treats, gift cards or cookies! I love how cute and sweet they look. I love how quick they can be to create. I love how good it feels to make someones day. 


Stampin' Up! has the best product line for creating gift packaging. Check out the Tag a Bag products ... 

Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags
(4-3/4" x 6-1/2")

Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bags
(4-3/4" x 6-1/2")

Tag a Bag Accessory Kit

Creating treat bags with the Tag a Bag line is quick & easy! Of course, I wanted to step it up a wee bit ... 





I used both styles of treat bags for these two projects. In fact, I was able to use just one Kraft bag for both projects. When I created the first pocket treat bag I had to trim about a 2" strip off of the top of the bag. When this scrap piece was sitting on my desk I was inspired to create a second treat bag using this scrap as a belly band! (You know that a stamper hates to waste a good scrap!).



I also busted out a couple of techniques when I created these treat bags. Both of the techniques I am super excited to share! Hold onto you seats!!!!!

I used a needle to help me separate the threads.
It did not take too long and the result was worth it!
I needed black for the design!

With this technique I used a black Sharpie,
but we all know that Sharpies are sold in a 
rainbow of fun colors! 

I hope that you have been inspired to use the Stampin' Up! Tag a Bag products to whip up your own little gifts! 

Keep clicking through the blog hop
and see what the rest of the Artisan Design Team has created!
Next up is Lisa Harlow.

Thank-you so much for visiting! Have a creative day!


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Friday, July 17, 2015

My fave new things - TGIF Challenges #TGFIC12


Welcome to the Stampin' Dolce blog. Each Friday I share a project for the TGIF Challenges site. I am lucky enough to be a part of the design team for this site!

Each week there is a challenge sketch issued. The design team shares projects on their blogs to inspire you. Then it is up to up to you to accept the challenge, get stampin' and share!


Choosing a brand new product to stamp with this week was difficult! Of course I wanted to choose my fave things to use ... but how could I possibly narrow that down!!! I did manage to do just that. Here you go!





The new products I used on this card (and three of my new favorite things) are:

Metal Rimmed Pearls
These self adhesive accents are so stinking beautiful!
(psst - they are sale until July 20th! Only $4.38 for 24!)

Greetings Thinlit Dies
I love a word thinlits and these do not disappoint! Ohhhhh that font!

Elegant Dots Texture Impression Embossing Folder
You had me at elegant ... this textured pattern is just that! 


So now it is your turn ... what are you loving from the new Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue?? Share your comments below! 

To join the challenge click over to TGIF Challenges for all the details! Don't forget when you are sharing your creations to use #TGIFC12!!

Thank-you for visiting! Have a creative day!

 
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