TGIFC142 - Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome back! It's time for another TGIF Challenge, and this week it's a versatile sketch.


I'm currently obsessed with the Fruit Basket Photopolymer Bundle, and the cute little fruit stamps with matching punches! And, look at that beautiful patterned paper. There are some fun fruity patterns, with really nice simple geometric patterns on the reverse.


So, I stamped several strawberries in the background, masking the bowl as I did. Then, I stamped and punched 3 more strawberries, and adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals. There are some cute greetings in this set as well, and I combined two of them to say "hello friend".


I added some of the new glitter epoxy shapes and a piece of Dapper Denim Baker's twine to complete the focal point. A piece of Night Of Navy 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon scrunched up serves as the side accent.

Well, that is all for me today. But, please head over to the TGIF Challenge Blog and show us your take on our sketch!

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Sale A Brate The Occasion OSAT Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back! It’s time for the first One Stamp At a Time Blog Hop of 2018. Our theme is Sale-a-Brate the Occasion, and we’re featuring projects and products from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs.


For my card set today, I used the Fruit Basket Photopolymer Bundle. I love the cute little fruit stamps with matching punches.


For my first card, I stamped the pretty bowl in Pool Party and Bermuda Bay. Then, I stamped a few pineapples above the bowl, and two more to punch out. I adhered the punched pineapples with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Have you seen the pretty sequins in the new catalog? They come in beautiful, bright colors and are already attached to glue dots for easy application. I love them! I used some Pool Party Baker’s Twine and Daffodil Delight Double-Stitched Ribbon to add more texture and complete the card.


Next, I played with the little strawberries, and stamping the basket in Bermuda Bay ink and then filling it in with strawberries.


I punched three out to adhere with dimensionals, and used Pool Party Baker’s Twine and the red washi from the Tutti-Frutti Washi Tape pack to complete this card.


Well, that is all for me today. But, please move on to the next stop on the hop at Andrea!


Full Blog Hop List:

  1. Barb Mullikin -
  2. Melissa Davies -
  3. Elizabeth Jeanne -
  4. Dani Dziama
  5. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  6. Jenny Hall -
  7. Maria Willis -
  8. Jessie Holton -
  9. Candy Ford -
  10. Pam Staples -
  11. Cathy Caines -
  12. Kelly Acheson -
  13. Jay Soriano -
  14. Sara Levin -
  15. Tina Rackley Riddle -
  16. Claudia Perry -
  17. Jennifer Hill -
  18. Dena Rekow -
  19. Lori Mueller --
  20. Marisa Gunn - **That’s me!**
  21. Andrea Tracy Tucker -
  22. Raquelle Clifton -
  23. Renee Ondrajka -
  24. Rick Adkins -

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Guest Designer for Crafty Carrot Collective

Hello and Happy New Year! I'm starting off 2018 with the fun "task" of being a Guest Designer for my friends at the Crafty Carrot Collective. These four lovely ladies were on the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team with me, and I also had the chance to meet all of them in person in Canada last November. Left to right, there is Cindy from the US, Krista from Canada, Jen from Australia and Susan from New Zealand. I'm so excited to be guest designing with my talented friends this month!

The crafty carrot collective (1)

And here I am! I just figured out that I have been a Stampin' Up Demo since 2002! I'm also a two-time Artisan Design Team member. I really have made so many wonderful friends through this hobby of mine.

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Here is one of my projects for this month's program. The Party Pandas Stamp Set is a set you can earn for free when you purchase their February Crafty Carrot program. Aren't these pandas so cute?




We're a group of four past Stampin' Up! Artisan award winners. Every month we bring an interactive online program for stampers all over the globe. The whole idea is to help you decide which products to buy and equip you to get the most out of them. We'd love you to be an active part of our wonderful crafting community!

Each month we have at least four online classes within a private Facebook group. These classes are live, interactive and specific so you can craft along right beside us. Projects range from beginner level to advanced and are based around four different themes so you can really get the most out of your stamps. By the way - we know you'll get a lot out of the program even if you don't have the focus products AND you can still join by email even if you're not on Facebook (classes not live in this instance)!

Entries for our February online program close 31st January 2018
Celebration Time Stamp Set
Celebration Thinlits Dies (bundle with stamps for 10% off)
Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper

Party Pandas
Sweet Soiree Memories & More Card Pack
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Our customers receive FREE access - our little (big) gift to you! Just place a Stampin' up! order greater than US$15 with your local Crafty Carrot Demonstrator anytime in the month to get free access to the next full calendar month's online classes.
(Just copy and paste into your order!)
US - Cindy Schuster - F3JN7M4E
CAN - Krista Frattin - coming soon
AUS - Jennifer Frost - FNG4V2SP
NZ - Susan Wong - 6ZBWUF9Z
ELSEWHERE - Subscription option only (see below)
You can subscribe for one, three, or six months (making more savings the longer you go). Click on your choice below to be directed to Paypal and we'll be in touch within 24hrs! You can also pay directly to your Crafty Carrot demonstrator if you wish.

1 month subscription - $15 USD
3 month subscription - $40 USD
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Please note in whichever month you sign up, your subscription will start on the 1st of the following month. Please watch your inbox for an invitation to the Facebook group or let us know if you're not on Facebook.

Our Stampin' Up! team members get FREE access to our programs, for their own enjoyment (especially the hobby demos) but also as an aid in their business planning processes. These gals are pretty special - email your country's Crafty Carrot demonstrator for more information on joining Stampin' Up! by clicking below.
And, now move on to my friend Susan. I know you will love her project as much as I do!
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TGIFC138 - Christmas Carol Theme

Hello there! It's time for another TGIF Challenge, this week with a timely theme of Christmas Carols! Stampin' Up! has terrific paper this year with this theme, and in trendy black and white.


I started with the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, which is lightweight and comes 24 sheets to a package. It's great for layering and all kinds of other fun things.

Christmas tags featuring the Merry Music Specialty DSP from Stampin' Up! by Marisa Gunn

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Fancy Friday - Mixed Metallics Challenge

Hello and welcome back! It's time for the October Fancy Friday Blog Hop with my fancy friends (all current or former members of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team)! This month we're featuring projects with a Mixed Metallics theme. You're in for a creative treat, so be sure to circle all the way around the hop. We also have a Pinterest board that you can follow. You might have just arrived from Jeanna's blog. I know you enjoyed her project!


 So, I took the same design elements, and made 3 different cards with them. I started with a Smoky Slate Cardstock base, Shimmer White Cardstock rectangle that was die cut and backed with Silver Foil Paper, a row of diecuts from Champagne Foil Paper, another row of diecuts from Gold Glimmer Paper and small focal images stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in Copper. The greetings were stamped in Versamark, heat embossed in Copper and backed with Copper Metallic Thread. I also added some texture with the embossing paste on the front white layer.

Christmas cards featuring mixed metallics supplies from Stampin' Up by Marisa Gunn for Fancy Friday Dec2017.

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TGIFC136 - Color Scheme

Hello and welcome back! It's time for a color challenge this week at the TGIF Challenges blog. It's a color combo that lends itself to holiday projects, so I created a set of Christmas tags.


Last week's challenge was about the ombre technique, so I decided to use that too. Did you see the projects last week? They were amazing, weren't they?


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Fancy Friday - Sketch Inspiration

Hello and welcome back! It's time for the October Fancy Friday Blog Hop with my fancy friends (all current or former members of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team)! This month we're featuring projects inspired by the Painted Autumn suite of products. We could be inspired by the colors, the patterns, etc. You're in for a creative treat, so be sure to circle all the way around the hop. We also have a Pinterest board that you can follow. You might have just arrived from Susan's blog, my friend from the South Pacific. Didn't you just love her project?!


Our inspiration this month is a sketch. This was based on a super cute card by Holly!


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