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Welcome back! I'm so glad you could join the Stampin' Up! 2012 Artisan Design Team for our final blog hop of July and of our year together! It has been an honor and a treasured experience to be a member of this team. I'm so glad that our team has formed friendships that will last beyond this year.

Today we are featuring our July Facebook projects which use several new products from the 2013-2014 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! You might have just arrived from Jeanna’s blog. If not, make sure you go all the way around the hop to get to her project!

There are so many beautiful items in the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog. I love the Butterfly Collection Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel. It is such a bold design element all by itself, so I wanted to feature it on my cards. I love watercoloring, and it's so easy to use our Aqua Painter and ink pads to get an ombre watercolor effect. I just squeezed the ink pad so the ink would transfer to the lid, and picked it up with the Aqua Painter, adding more color at the bottom of the piece!


I really love the new Modern Medley Designer Series Papers also. There are so many great patterns that will give all of your projects an extra touch of class. I used the newsprint, polka-dot, mosaic and antique prints here.


Add in some pretty colored ribbon, some glimmer (from the paper and the brads) and some beautiful sentiments, and you have yourself a set of trendy cards to send to your friends or give as a gift.


All of the greetings are from the A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set. The font below is my absolute favorite!


Here are close-ups of the remaining two cards.


The colors I used for this set of cards are Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Real Red.


Well, that is all for today. I have lots of fun things planned for my blog in the coming year, so you can expect to continue to find regular posts and lots of creative projects here. I hope you'll continue to join me on a regular basis! And don't forget to follow the 2013 Artisan Design Team as they continue the weekly blog hops. Now, don’t forget to click below to get to Sarah’s Blog for the next stop on the hop. You won’t want to miss her amazing projects. Thanks for stopping by!

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131056 (wood-mount) or 131059 (clear-mount): A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set
130112: Butterfly Collection Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel

131171: Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad
126948: Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad
126949: Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
126953: Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
101406: Jet Black Stāzon Pad
102283: Versamark Pad

131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
115320: Melon Mambo 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
100702: Old Olive 8-1/2X11 Card Stock
102482: Real Red 8-1/2X11 Card Stock
126926: Modern Medley Designer Series Paper
122959: 6 X 9 Watercolor Paper
124005: Silver Glimmer Paper

Accessories & Tools
119882: Scallop Edge Border Punch
121812: Fun Flowers Bigz L Die
121003: Basics Glimmer Brads
131206: Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
131207: Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
119256: Old Olive 1/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon
119251: Real Red 1/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon
103954: Aqua Painter
109130: Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder

SU Convention Swap 2

Welcome back! Today I'm sharing my second Convention Swap card. I made this one to swap with the rest of the 2012 Artisan Design Team, and I also gave a few to some of the employees of Stampin' Up that I was able to work with this year. I left it blank inside so they can use it to give to someone else. And, I added a card that I made in My Digital Studio to the back with the supplies I used and a thank you note. I'll share it here as well.

On to the details. The card base is So Saffron Cardstock, and the top layer is Naturals White Cardstock. I punched out lots of little circles from cardstock using the small circle punch from the Punch Pack, and added some gold sequins from the craft store. I piled these at the bottom of the Naturals White layer, put just a little adhesive on each side, and attached the Vellum Cardstock piece over the top. I think this piece is about 1 1/2" by 4". Then, I stitched around all sides of the vellum and continued around the top of the white layer.



Next, I stamped the greeting from A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set in Versamark Ink onto more Naturals White Cardstock, and then embossed it in Gold Embossing Powder. Then, I punched it out with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch, and pierced the outer edge of the circle.



For the final touch, I used two of the feather punches from the Feathered Woodcuts Kit - Digital Download in My Digital Studio, pulled them into my Silhouette Designer Software and cut them with my Silhouette e-cutter! This was so much fun. Ever since we had the kit with the cute feathers in the Spring Catalog I have been wanting some more die-cut feathers that I could decorate. For the larger feather, I stamped it with the Dictionary Background Stamp in Stazon Jet Black ink. For the smaller feather, I dipped the tip in Versamark Ink, and then heat embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder. Then, I sponged the rest of the feather with So Saffron Ink using a Sponge Dauber. I stacked the two feathers, adhered them together, and adhered them to the card with Stampin Dimensionals. Then I glued on a small bow made with White Baker's Twine. (I thought gluing it down would be easier than trying to wrap it around the small feather ends.) **I'm working on a video showing how to die cut thes feathers. Stay tuned.**



I used two different images that I had pinned to Pinterest as my inspiration for this card. First, these feathers dipped in gold. So pretty!

.8 Fave DIY Projects for July by decor8, via Flickr

And next, this beautiful color combo including spots of gold glitter. Aren't these yummy colors?

inspired by these colors!


And, here is the small card from My Digital Studio that I included with the swap cards, that also lists the supplies that I used. I also want to thank you, my blog readers, for joining me on this wonderful journey this year! I hope you've enjoyed my creations, and that you are able to join me in the coming year for additional creations and blog features. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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SU Convention Swap 1

Hello, and welcome back! Today I have one of my Stampin' Up! Convention 2013 swaps to share. I participated in one organized swap that was for 20 full cards, using all new sets. I got some beautiful cards in return. Here was my card using the new set Notable Notions. I also featured the new Etcetera Designer Series Paper. Love both of these! I used a lot of details on this card. The base card is Crumb Cake, and I stamped the writing in three of the corners. I made a string of three banners from piecs of the patterned paper, and I also tore and roughed up the lower edges of the banners and strung them on Linen Thread.



Here is a close-up of the tag. It's stamped in Night of Navy and diecut with the Chalk Talk Framelits. The top has a piece of Natural Trim Ribbon tied with more Linen Thread. One button is stamped in Old Olive and punched with 1/2" Circle punch. The second button is from the Subtles Designer Buttons. The third and largest button is using the Simply Pressed Clay and the Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds. I left the clay natural and colored it after it was dry.

Tip #1: When you fill the molds with clay, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then pop out the buttons or flowers, and let them air dry for 24 hours. Freezing makes them much easier to get out of the mold. But, don't handle them too much or they will stick to your hands or each other. After this, you can color them with our markers and glue them to your project with Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive.



For the image below, I stamped the greeting in Old Olive Ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock, and then punched it out with a circle punch. I also used a larger circle punch on the Vanilla Coaster Board and then sponged the edges with ink. A lot of the other edges on the layers are sponged also.



Well, that is all for today! Please see the complete supply list below. I'll share my other swap card tomorrow, including a short video on how to cut MDS shapes with an e-cutter. Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: Notable Notions
Ink: Old Olive, Pool Party Marker, Calypso Coral Marker, Night of Navy
Paper: Etcetera Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Coaster Board
Accessories & Tools: Linen Thread, Subtles Designer Buttons, Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds, 1/2" Circle Punch, Chalk Talk Dies, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 7/16" Natural Trim

My First Undefined Stamp Creation

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm featuring my first Undefined stamp creation using Stampin' Up!'s new Undefined Stamp Carving Kit. This new line was unveiled at convention last week, and all of us were given a sample kit to begin with. I was able to carve this stamp during convention last week!

Here is the official description. "Have you ever wanted a stamp but couldn’t find the perfect image? Maybe you have a special family logo or a sketch you’d like to have as a stamp. Well now you can! Undefined is Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp any way you want." I drew a pie chart as I've been wanting a stamp with this theme for a while now. It must be the mathematician in me!



And, here are a couple of cards I made with the stamp. For the first card, I colored the sections of the pie chart with markers in Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Strawberry Slush and Bermuda Bay. The greeting is made from the Show & Tell 1 & 2 Photopolymer Stamp Sets in Bermuda Bay. The card base is Daffodil Delight Cardstock, and the patterned paper is in Bermuda Bay from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack. I used Calypso Coral washi tape from the Epic Day This And That Designer Washi Tape set to complete the card. I love how it turned out!



For my second card, I stamped my custom stamp in Island Indigo Ink onto the Naturals White Cardstock. The card base is Melon Mambo Cardstock, and the patterned paper layer is the tiny triangle print from the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper. I used the floral washi tape from the Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape set on this card. To complete the card I used a Pear Pizzazz Marker to write what each section represented, and coordinate with the theme of the greeting from the Yippee-Skippee! Stamp Set which is colored in Pear Pizzazz and Melon Mambo Markers.



If you would like to purchase your own Undefined Stamp Carving Kit, click on the image below to purchase it through my online store.

Undefined Stamp Carving Kit

There is also a refill kit that allows you to purchase the supplies to make more stamps without having to repurchase the carving tools.

Undefined Stamp Carving Refill Kit


That is all for today. I'll be sharing the two cards I made for swaps at Convention over the next couple of days. One of them features a die cut that I made with my Silhouette e-cutter. There should also be a video to go with that so you can see the process I use to cut MDS images with my e-cutter! Thanks for stopping by.

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Welcome back! I'm so glad you could join the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team for our next blog hop of July! Today we are featuring more projects which use new products from the 2013-2014 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! You might have just arrived from Jeanna’s blog. If not, make sure you go all the way around the hop to get to her project!

Today I decided to share a scrapbook page that I just created with photos from the Stampin' Up! Convention 2013. It was this past week, and it was a huge celebration as the company just passed its 25th Anniversary! I took my inspiration from the colors that were the theme of convention: So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Coastal Cabana, Basic Gray and Whisper White. The theme was "Be The Difference."


Here are some close-ups. I used the crepe filter paper, and colored it with a brayer and Real Red ink. The center is Strawberry Slush cardstock and an In Color Boutique Detail. I also cut circles with a 1/2" Circle Punch from the Silver Glimmer Paper, and stitched them together.


The page has a grid that I also stitched on my sewing machine in white. I printed each picture at 2.5" x 2.5", and put them on Whisper White Cardstock layers that are 2.75" x 3.5" for an instant print style look. I repeated the same type of banner element with flower and silver on the right side of the layout. This was totally inspired by the whole look of the amazing convention decorations.


One more close-up of the title and journaling. I used the 7/8" scallop circle punch on some of the Strawberry Slush colored Crepe Filter Paper, with a So Saffron Candy Dot in the matching brad. I also used the Chalk Talk Framelits for the patterned banners above and the banners underneath the "BE" letters in the title. The rest of the title is written on vellum and folded into a another style of banner. I used a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper for the top, and then wrote my journaling.


Well, that is all for today. You’ll want to join us again next Wednesday as we feature another hop with all new projects featuring lots of new products from the new catalog! And, don’t forget to click below to get to Sarah’s Blog for the next stop on the hop. You won’t want to miss her lovely project. Thanks for stopping by!

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Artisan Entry 2013 Part 10

Welcome back! Today is the last of my 2013 Artisan Entry projects, my 3rd scrapbook page.

I chose to use 3 of my favorite photographs of Spring flowers and trees. The lilac bushes are in my neighborhood, and the daffodils in the woods and crab apple trees are from the Morton Arboretum.



I made another flower from the Crepe Filter Paper sprayed with Melon Mambo ink. I stamped the small butterfly in Crumb Cake ink on the background, but decided it needed more highlighting. So, I punched it from Vellum Cardstock, and then stitched them to the page with White Baker's Twine.



The banner is made from the Paper Patterns Stacks and more White Baker's Twine. For the title, I diecut the letters, and then splattered them with Rich Razzleberry, Gumball Green and Melon Mambo ink and an Aqua Painter. They are stitched to the page with my sewing machine, and I added lines of stitching at the top and bottom of the layout.



I made my own "washi tape" using the Crepe Filter Paper. I stamped it in Basic Gray ink with the Travel Journal Stampin' Around Builder Wheel, and then applied the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the paper. I trimmed it into strips, and tore the edges. I really like working with the Crepe Filter Paper. It's much more sturdy than tissue paper.


Well, that is all for my 2013 Artisan Entry Projects. Please join me tomorrow for the next 2012 Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. This is the next to the last one! What a wonderful year it has been. I'll have a few things to share soon from Convention, and a digital book that I created about last year's Convention. Thanks for stopping by.


Spring Scrapbook Page #1 Supplies:

Stamps: Bloomin' Marvelous, Travel Journal Stampin' Around Builder Wheel

Ink: Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Crumb Cake, Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Naturals White Cardstock, 2012-2014 In Color Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack, Brights Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack, Gumball Green Cardstock, Vellum Cardstock

Accessories: Crepe Filter Paper, Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, Secret Garden Framelits Dies, Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die, Little Leaves Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Die, Subtles Designer Buttons, White Baker's Twine, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Paper-Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack

Artisan Entry 2013 Part 9

Welcome back! Today I'm sharing my last card from my Artisan 2013 Entry.

A few new things I tried on this card. The patterned paper is from the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper. First I sponged on Whisper White Craft Ink, and then I sponged on Summer Starfruit Classic Ink over that. It maked the color stand out a little more and not soak into the background quite so much. For the jar, I die cut it from Whisper White Cardstock, applied some Delicate Details Lace Tape,covered the whole piece with Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with Pool Party Stampin' Emboss Powder. I love how it turned out!



Here's a close-up of the flower. I actually stamped it using the Secret Garden Stamp Set several times, die cut them all and then stacked them and spritzed them with water. I tied it together with White Baker's Twine, and then "roughed it up" a bit. I am really going to miss the Jewerly Tag Punch. It was a great way to add a little greeting to finish off a project!



Here is the inside of the card. Another flower, and sentiment made using the Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set.



Well, that is all for today. I have one more project in this series to share tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!


Hello Flower Jar Card #1 Supplies:

Stamps: Secret Garden Clear Mount, Tiny Tags Clear Mount, Fabulous Phrases Clear Mount

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White Craft, Versamark, Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Crumb Cake Cardstock, Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Summer Starfruit Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper

Accessories & Tools: Secret Garden Framelits Dies, White Baker's Twine, Pool Party Stampin' Emboss Powder, Delicate Details Lace Tape, Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies, Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, Pool Party Core'dinations Cardstock, Jewerly Tag Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Artisan Entry 2013 Part 8

Welcome back! Today I'm sharing my second 3d project.

I started with a blank artist's canvas, and added a couple of different papers from the Tea for Two pack. I white-washed it with some watered down white acrylic paint. The cake and cupcake images are from the Cake & Ice Cream Stamp Brush Set from My Digital Studio. I printed them out on vellum, and then used them as patterns to cut out the pieces from different patterned papers. The lollipops are stamped Sweets for the Sweet Stamp Set, and the pinwheels were made from a square punch. It's finished off with the perfect saying from the Carry On Stamp Set. This set stayed in my stash, even though it retired! I just couldn't part with it.



Here is the first close-up. I used the Island Indigo Baker's Twine as the wicks for the birthday candles. I really love the images in that digital set.



The banner pieces were squares from one of the patterned papers that I cut out folded diagonally in half. I added some more Island Indigo Baker's Twine for the ends of the banners.



Well, that is all for today. Tomorrow I'll share another card. Thanks for stopping by!


Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake Art Piece 3D #2 Supplies:

Digital: Cake & Ice Cream Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download, Make A Cake Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download

Stamps: Sweets for the Sweet Clear Mount, Carry On Clear-Mount

Ink: Crumb Cake, Jet Black Stazon, Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze

Paper: Tea for Two Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Vellum Cardstock, 2011-2013 In Color Paper Stack, First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper

Accessories: white acrylic paint, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Cannery Set Framelits Dies, 3/16" Brads Neutrals Collection, Stampin' Sponges

Artisan Entry 2013 Part 7

Welcome back! Today I'm sharing another card today from my 2013 Artisan Entry projects.

This one has a lot of white space...literally! For the background, I pierced the label shape using the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack. I colored the roses with markers, and cut them out. I colored the "love" image with markers too, and punched it out with the Large Oval Punch. It's layered on Riding Hood Red Cardstock punched with the Scallop Oval Punch, and I pierced each scallop too. The last layer is the Decorative Label Punch.



Here is a close-up. The card base and this layer are using the Shimmer White Cardstock. It's so pretty in real life. I added some Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, a button and some pearls. The top layer was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.



Here is the inside of the card. It's a strip of patterned paper, the fancy heart image stamped in Riding Hood Red ink and pierced, and the same label shape stamped in Old Olive and Basic Gray ink with a couple more pearls.



Well, that is all for today! Join me tomorrow for another 3d project. Thanks for stopping by.


Love Roses Card #2 Supplies:

Stamps: You Are Loved Clear-Mount, Four Frames Clear Mount

Ink: Riding Hood Red Stampin' Write Marker, Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker, Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker, Baja Breeze Stampin' Write Marker, Riding Hood Red Classic Ink, Basic Gray Classic Ink

Paper: Shimmer White Cardstock, Riding Hood Red Cardstock, Twitterpated Designer Series Paper

Accessories & Tools: Riding Hood Red 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Designer Buttons Regals Collection, Pearls Basic Jewels, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Decorative Label Punch, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals

Artisan Entry 2013 Part 6

Welcome back! I have another scrapbook page to share today from my 2013 Artisan Entry.

This page features the handsome, furry gent in my life, my dog Monty! I selected 4 of my favorite photos of him to highlight on this page. He loves, loves, loves to be outside. Even if he is on a leash, he'll just sit happily in the grass, either in the sun or the shade, look around, smell the air, watch for rabbits and chipmunks, etc. As long as he is outside, he has a great big smile on his face! So, I made this page to help me remember just how much we both the love the outdoors. Since having him the past 6 years, I've been outside everyday walking him which has made me a happier person too. It's hard to be mad or stressed when you're following a happy little dog, hearing the birds chirp, feeling the sun and the breezes, smelling the flowers and berries, etc. Good times indeed.



Here is a close-up of the background. I spritzed the whole thing with a Basic Gray marker. I made a hexagon mask using the Hexagon Punch from MDS, repeated in a honeycomb pattern, exported to an .svg file, and but out of a Window Sheet with my Silhouette e-cutter. I sprayed Pool Party ink through the mask, and then spritzed Calypso Coral and Pool Party markers over that. The hexagons were also cut using the e-cutter from the This and That Epic Day Designer Series Paper. Arrows were stamped from the Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set.



Here is what the mask looked like. It is 8x8, and I spritzed through it twice, after flipping it over, at the top and bottom of the scrapbook page.

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I made a small title, just above the row of pictures using the Morning Post Alphabet and the Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set.



Here is a close-up of the journaling. I added a little geotag stamp with the letter M inside! Love the new photopolymer stamp sets. They are so many trendy images included.



Well, that is all for today. Tomorrow I'll be posting another card. Thanks for stopping by!


Go Outside Scrapbook Page #2 Supplies:

Digital: Hexagon Punch - Digital Download

Stamps: Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set, Morning Post Alphabet Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Ink: Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, Gumball Green, Pool Party, Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, Pool Party Stampin' Write Marker, Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Calypso Coral Cardstock, Naturals White Cardstock, This and That Epic Day Designer Series Paper, Pool Party Core'dinations Cardstock, Medium Window Sheets, Vellum Cardstock

Accessories: Epic Day This And That Designer Washi Tape, Sycamore Street Button and Ribbon Pack, Stampin' Spritzer, Color Spritzer, ecutter