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Monday, July 24, 2017

Here for You - GDP097

Happy Monday friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  We've settled into our new home quite nicely and I've had more time to stamp than I thought I would.  I'm trying to play along with more challenges to give me reasons to play with new stamp sets!

This week I've decided to play along with the Global Design Project's color challenge.

I went through my stamp collection and picked a set I had yet to ink.  The Always & Forever might be a set you've overlooked if you think aren't looking for a wedding set - but it's more than just a wedding set.  It has a sweet "I'll always be here for you" sentiment that you can use too - which is exactly what I did!


For the glossy look on the Berry Burst heart, I took my Fine Tip Glue Pen and used it like Crystal Effects.  Unfortunately I dropped my sentiment onto it and messed up the gloss!  It does take a bit to dry!

I also used some Clear Embossing Powder on the wood ring to give it extra texture.


The wood grain background is made with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and wrapped with some 1/2" Finely Woven Berry Burst Ribbon.


The leaves were stamped separately onto Wild Wasabi cardstock and fussy cut.  I decided to add them at two different dimensions using Stampin' Dimensionals.


Sure hope you like this card! If you have any questions about this card, let me know!

Have a great day!
-Holly



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Colorful Seasons Welcome Home Basket - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the second hop for July from the Artisan Design Team!  We are a group of 20 demonstrators from all over the globe that are fortunate enough to represent Stampin' Up!  We are so glad you're here hopping along with us today!  Be sure to use google translate or the translate buttons on the blogs that are not in your preferred language so that you can get all of the great info and details!  You should have come from the lovely Dani Dziama - isn't she awesome?

This week we are highlighting the Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating products.

A month ago yesterday, we said goodbye to our home in Minnesota and handed the keys over to the new owners.  It was very bittersweet leaving a home we thought would be our forever home.  I wanted to leave a little something for the new family - a fruit basket with popcorn and a candle - and a note to welcome them.


The card itself is a smaller card - I cannot remember exactly, but I believe it was a 3"x4" card.  I used the Color Theory DSP Stack for the background with an Old Olive card base.


The leaves are diecut from the same paper stack using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  I like the ombre look of the leaves - gives it a natural "always changing" look.  I added a few of the Glitter Enamel Dots that coordinate so well with this set, some Linen Thread and I also added some Dapper Denim washi tape from the Basic Pack 3 Washi Tape collection.



For the inside, I used the "congratulations" sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and paired it with "on your new home" from the At Home With You stamp set.  I added a few leaves to the corners to finish the card.


I sure hope they were pleased with the gift, but even more so, I hope they felt at home right away.

I hope you take a few moments to check out the rest of the hop.  I'm excited to see what the rest of the team has made with this bundle!  Next up is the very talented Jennifer Sootkoos from New Jersey!


As always, you can find the full list of bloggers below as well as the items used for this project.

Have a wonderful day!
-Holly



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Two for Tuesday - Embossing Paste Highlight

Happy Tuesday!  I have 2 fun cards today that I made with the same background.  I actually made this last week but I have had some camera issues and had to buy a new card reader.

Long story short, yay for Amazon Prime!  Shopping in Texas heat with 3 kiddos and pregnant with a 4th is just so not worth it sometimes.

The two cards I made feature the new Embossing Paste.  Now, embossing paste has been around the crafting industry for awhile, but I am so excited that Stampin' Up! is now carrying it!  I've made a few cards so far with the paste using the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and Palette Knives and I've barely scratched the surface of the amount of paste you get.  

These two cards I made using the "brick" pattern.  The first one is a birthday card I made for one of my nieces.  I have two nieces who have birthdays back to back next week - just haven't decided who will get this card.


The color combo I chose for this card is from the current color challenge at Fab Friday Challenges.  It's a lot of bold colors so it was certainly a challenge to get all of them on one card.


I colored the fairy and berry branch with my Stampin' Write Markers.  You could easily use Aqua Painters or Blender Pens with your ink pads too.

I added all of the colors using various diecuts, ribbon and enamel dots.  I love the Stampin' Up! has perfectly coordinating products.  It really makes your cards look complete!


The Embossing Paste dries within a few minutes (like 2?) - very quick!  It doesn't get hard and crumbly either - you can easily bend the cardstock... It's almost like a soft clay - but it does harden enough that it doesn't rub off.  I hope that makes sense!  I also love the fact that you get a different look each time unless of course you fully fill in each brick. 


The second card I made features some of the beautiful Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.  I really like the floral print and hated to cut it up, but I'm really happy with how this card came out.  Kylie Bertucci says if you "love it, chop it" - so don't be like me and hoard all that paper - USE IT!

I fussy cut 3 flowers from a 4x6 sheet.  I then framed them around the sentiment from Window Shopping.

I added Stampin' Dimensionals to 2 of the flowers and middle portion of the sentiment.  I really like the pop it gives!



So glad you stopped by today!  What do you think about the embossing paste?  Have you tried it?  I've read that some people are just not seeing the big deal about it, but it really is fun product completely different than embossing powder.  You can add color by using Reinkers and even some shimmer with Stampin' Glitter.  I love the texture it gives to cards!  If you're on the fence about it, I encourage you to give it a try!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Blessings,
Holly
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