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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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Friday, July 14, 2017

Jumpin' Back in with TGIF Challenges!

Hey everyone! Thanks for swinging by today!  It's Friday and I'm ready for a nice relaxing weekend.  And by relaxing, I mean organizing the garage - booooring!  But it needs done.  It's the only area of the house that isn't unpacked and organized.

Friday also means there is a new challenge over at TGIF Challenges!  I had to take about 2 months off while we planned our move and I figured I'm settled in enough to jump back in.  So, what do you say? Want to join the fun this week?

Here's this week's challenge - a fun sketch!


(now please excuse my photos... my camera is not connecting to my computer, so I had to email pictures from my cellphone.)

I wasn't sure how to tackle this sketch at first.  I'm usually someone that puts the focus on the bottom right third of the card, or in the middle - not the top portion.  I suppose I could've just flip flopped the sketch (you are welcome to) - but I thought I might as well do the actually sketch.

I decided to highlight some of this gorgeous floral DSP from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.  This particular sheet is bold and beautiful for sure!


The banner matches the card base (Crushed Curry) and was embossed with the Layered Leaves DTIEF (Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder).  I added some ribbon and a few die cut leaves made with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.


The Stylized Birthday stamp was stamped in black ink on a watercolor wash piece of Shimmery White Cardstock.  I simply used my Aqua Painter and some Pool Party Ink.  

Simple enough, right?

I sure hope you join us this week over at TGIF Challenges! We'd love to have you participate!

Remember too that this month you can earn $5 towards your August orders with every $50 you spend in July!  Contact me if you have any questions!  It's a great time to buy!

Have a great weekend - 
Holly





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