You Can Have Your Cake, and Make Birthday Projects Too, Part 2

Hello and welcome back! Recently I created some projects using a bundle of products including the Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies and the Party with Cake Stamp Set. Today I have two more cards and a gift box to share with you.

For this project, I wanted to make a card that would work for a masculine birthday, so I left off the bright pink and stuck with more neutral colors. I water-colored over my greeting again, but this time it was heat embossed in black. I added a little fringe, this time using the 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper. In addition to making personalized envelopes, it’s thinner than our normal patterned paper so it works well with the Fringe Scissors too.

Birthday cards, gift bag and box featuring the Party with Cake Stamp Set and Party Pop-Up Thinlits dies from Stampin' Up! by Marisa Gunn

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You Can Have Your Cake, and Make Birthday Projects Too, Part 1

Hello and welcome back! Recently I created some projects using a bundle of products including the Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies and the Party with Cake Stamp Set. I made six birthday projects to share with you. Birthday cards and gift packaging are always handy to have on hand, right?

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Artisan Design Team Blog Hop - Watercolor Florals

Hello and welcome back! It's time for another Artisan Design Team blog hop, this time sharing our floral projects from the Stampin' Up Facebook page. You're in for a treat because we have so much talent and so many different styles represented by these 20 women from around the globe. Please keep hopping through all 20 so you don't miss a thing! Be sure to use something like Google Translate for those blogs not in your native language. Also, you can find all of our projects for the year in one easy place, on our Pinterest board. You might have just arrived from Krista Frattin, and I know you loved her fresh designs as much as I did.

We had several different flower stamp sets to choose from this month, and my projects today feature the Botanical Blooms Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.

Watercolor cards for all occasions featuring the Botanical Blooms and Silhouettes & Script stamp sets and Botanical Builder dies from Stampin' Up by Marisa Gunn

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OSAT Blog Hop - May Flowers

Hello and welcome back! I'm back today with the monthly One Stamp at a Time Blog Hop. Our theme this month is May Flowers. Hopefully you're not sick of flower projects yet! But it is spring, so you're probably going to see a few more around here. I have had the Grateful Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Blossom Bunch Punch since last November, and I still hadn't used either of them on a project. So, I pulled them out and decided to show them some crafty love. I've got 3 different cards, and a small gift box to share with you.

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OSAT Blog Hop May Flowers, cards and box featuring the Grateful Bunch stamp set, Blossom Bunch Punch and Shine On paper from Stampin' Up by Marisa Gunn

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Simple Cards with Shine On Paper Part 2

Hello and welcome back! Today I'm sharing the other two cards using the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper as the focal point. I sponged the patterned papers with the matching inks again. I cut the wavy Bermuda Bay pattern along the wave pattern, which was perfect for water for this boat. The bottom of the boat was a circle punch cut in half (or a little less than half). The sails was a square punch cut in half, and one half trimmed down even more. The background was made from Soft Sky Cardstock and the circles dies, and again I layered it over a Vellum Cardstock circle.

Simple friendship cards featuring the Shine On Specialty  paper from Stampin' Up by Marisa Gunn

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Simple Cards with Shine On Paper Part 1

Hello and welcome back! I have two cards to share today featuring the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper. I decided to make a set of cards using this fun paper to make some small scenes. One other thing I did to the paper was to sponge it with the corresponding ink color, to cover a bit of the kraft background and give it more of a tone on tone look. The colors of ink used that match the paper are Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Bermuda Bay.

Simple friendship cards featuring the Shine On Specialty  paper from Stampin' Up by Marisa Gunn

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Artisan Design Team Blog Hop - May Flowers

Hello and welcome back! It's time for another Artisan Design Team blog hop, this time focusing on May Flowers. I love flower stamps! If you could see my stash of stamps, I wouldn't have to tell you that. 

You're in for a treat because we have so much talent and so many different styles represented by these 20 women from around the globe. Please keep hopping through all 20 so you don't miss a thing! Be sure to use something like Google Translate for those blogs not in your native language. Also, you can find all of our projects for the year in one easy place, on our Pinterest logo board. You might have just arrived from Krista Frattin, and I just know you loved her beautiful project as much as I did.

For this post, I chose to focus on the Helping Me Grow stamp set. I've been having a lot of fun with this set, and you can see some other projects I created with it here and here. For today's project I made two cards and two art pieces for my spring mantle decorations. You can see them all below.

May Flowers and water-coloring cards and spring home decor using the Helping Me Grow Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! by Marisa Gunn

 

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Fancy Friday - Something Different

Hello and welcome back! We're a group of current and former Artisans, and you're sure to find some inspiration here every month. Sometimes we feature colors, a sketch or like this week a theme of "anything but a card". You might have just arrived from Erica Cerwin.

I've had this project on my to-do list for a couple of years now. My parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2012, and I wanted to make an album that featured a photo of them from each year of their married life. I know...quite an ambitious project! Since I missed the original deadline of the anniversary itself, I had some more time to decide how to complete the project. My original intention was to make a digital album, but recently I decided that using the current (and soon to be retired!) Love Story Project Life by Stampin' Up! card collection and accessory pack was the perfect way to complete this project. Another issue that makes the project challenging is that all of the pictures from the earlier years are located at my parents house 500 miles away from me! So, having pockets that I can slip photos in as I collect them will also make the project more doable. I can complete all of the pages for pictures I have, and then take it to my parents house on my next visit with minimal supplies and finish the album! I call that a win-win.

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Playing along with TGIFC51 Get Your Shine On Challenge

Hello and welcome back! I'm popping in tonight with a quick card for the TGIF Challenge Blog, and their 51st Challenge to "get your shine on". The idea was to use silver, gold, glitter, pearls...anything shiny and fancy. I can certainly do that!

I've been wanting to put this diamond die cut from the You're So Lovely Project Kit with the gemstone print from the Shine On paper, and today was the day! This is the perfect challenge for it. I backed the diamond die cut with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and put that over a layer of the White Filter Paper to help it stand out from the background a little more.

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