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Monday, November 7, 2016

An Exciting Announcement & Sneak Peek!

Last Monday night my parents drove to Minnesota from Pennsylvania for a week long visit.  My mom and I had wanted to attend OnStage earlier in the year and we had put it off too long.  When I told her I was able to find 2 tickets, they planned their visit around last Saturday so that I could attend OnStage with my mom (who is also my upline).  I had a little surprise I was bursting at the seams to share with her! We drove to Madison Friday and had a nice mother/daughter visit and then Saturday we had some more fun!

I am so honored and privileged to have been named on of the new members of Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Design Team!!! This is such a dream come true and I am still on cloud 9!  If you are unfamiliar with the Artisan Design Team (ADT), Stampin' Up! selects a limited number of demos worldwide from submissions of cards, project life pages, etc.  There are 20 demos worldwide (7 from the US).  To be chosen by SU! to make samples for the blog hop and SU's homepage is so amazing and humbling!  For my friends that didn't make it this year - keep reaching for your dream! <3

Isn't this box gorgeous?!

I received a beautiful bracelet too!

And honestly, my favorite thing - this personalized stamp! Whoop whoop!

I shared the excitement in Madison with Mindy B too who was also named an Artisan!  So well deserved too!  Love her!

I also got to see some great stamping friends (but we've never met in person!)

I want to thank my husband (who will most likely never read this) for being my biggest support!  My mother has been a very close second and I'm so grateful for her too!  Thanks to all my customers and online friends that have encouraged me along the way!  I cannot wait to share with you the exciting products SU! is releasing soon!

In fact, do you want to see a sneak peek??

I won a beautiful new stamp set called Beautiful You.  It has some great sentiments and 3 pretty sketched girls.  It reminds me of an old set - Seaside Sketches?  I knew I wanted to play along with it and the new Stitched Shapes Framelits as soon as I got back home.  Here is what I came up with using the color challenge from the Global Design Project.

When I first saw this set pop up on the Prize Patrol screen, I was kind of hoping my letter wouldn't be called - but boy am I delighted it was the set I won!  This set gets better then more I look at it.  I can't wait to create more with it!  For these two cards, I used a sheet of Emerald Envy DSP from the Fiesta DSP pack.  I also wanted to highlight the new Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The girl is actually framed with the largest square framelit but I "stretched" it by only cutting half at a time and elongating it.

My favorite sentiment from this set is this one.  So so pretty!

The other perk about having my mom here to visit is that she was able to fix my sewing machine!  Love the look of real stitching mixed with the faux stitching. :)

Here is another version of the card - a little simpler.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  

Be a blessing,


  1. Gorgeous Holly! Congratulations!

  2. These are gorgeous Holly! Congrats on being chosen as an Artisan - I can see why!

  3. Congrats on being chosen for the ADT Holly. I love your creations and can't wait to see what you get up to with those surprise boxes each month. So so happy for you.

  4. So happy that you've been chosen as an Artisan for 2017! Such exciting news :) I love these cards, not a stamp set I'd add to my list but boy you've used it perfectly xo

  5. Congratulations!!!! So happy for you & so glad that I am following your blog! Love your cards today.

  6. Congrats Holly! I am so happy that you were chosen! You are great person & have amazing creativity to boot! I am so happy to have met you in this world of stamping my friend.

  7. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and this sneak peek is a clear example of why you were chosen on the team. Simply beautiful work.

  8. I am so glad you won that stamp set Holly and I get to see your beautiful creation this week for our Global Design Challenge. I love it! I am beyond thrilled at your ADT appointment - we get to work together for the next 12 months! I can't wait to see your creations xox

  9. Hi Holly! You don't know me but I am also a SU! demonstrator and live in Iowa. I can't remember how I discovered you but I now follow you on Facebook, Instagram and your blog. I absolutely love your style. I also appreciate how you share your priorities of faith and family as I feel the same. I am thrilled that you were chosen to be part of the Artisan Team. You are very deserving and I am sure it will be a fun and exciting adventure for you.

  10. Congratulations Holly, I look forward to seeing more of your gorgeous creations xx

  11. Congratulations Holly! I'm so happy for you and your sneak peek is a true example of why you were chosen on the team. Simply beautiful. How beautiful is this Stamp Set?

  12. Holly.. I'm in love with your work. This card is a.......... no words!! just a faboulus piece of art. Plese share it on Stampin Network !Hugs from Scotland. x Bibi

  13. Congratulations on be selected for the 2017 Artisan Design Team. Your blog is beautiful. Hold onto your hat, because it is going to be an amazing ride!

  14. Congrats, Holly! You are very talented and deserving of this award. 🎉

  15. Congrats to you Holly I so love your card and i will try to case it ♥

  16. Congrats!!!!
    YOU SO deserve it!!
    I found your blog because you are a Artisan DT...and I am going through your blog posts now and pinning all your SUPER Gorgeous cards and work..LOVE IT!!!!!!
    Greetings from the Netherlands,