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December 2015

Artisan Design Team Blog Hop - Sunburst Sneak Peek

Hello and welcome back! I'm here with the next Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. There are 20 of us from around the world, so you'll want to use Google Translate and follow all of the team. You might have just arrived after viewing Krista Frattin's lovely project(s). You can also follow the Artisan Design Team on Pinterest here.

Today I have two cards to share using sneak peek products from the upcoming Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs. Only a few more days until they are live on January 5th! I'm featuring the Sunburst Thinlits Die and the Sunburst Sayings Stamp Set from the Occasions catalog as well as the Hello Stamp Set from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. I'm just warning you right now that you're going to see a lot of sunny projects on my blog in the upcoming weeks. These are some of my favorite products, and I was so excited that the Sunburst items were included in our first Artisan box.

I started with our Thick Whisper White Cardstock for the card base. I spritzed a 1/4 size piece of Shimmery White Cardstock with Crushed Curry Ink mixed in alcohol, and then die cut with the Sunburst Thinlits Die. After adhering the rays to the card front, I stamped in every other opening with the Sunburst Sayings Stamp Set (the line of dots) and Crushed Curry Ink.

Cards made with the Sunburst Thinlits Die, Sunburst Sayings Stamp Set and Hello Stamp Set from Stampin' Up, by Marisa Gunn

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Thankful Forest Friends Birthday Cards

Hello and welcome back! Just a quick post for today. I used my Thankful Forest Friends to make two birthday cards for my Dad and brother, one with the fox for my brother and one with the bear for my Dad. I also used the Cupcake Party Clear-Mount Stamp Set to add to the scenes. I cut the green hills with the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies.

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Fancy Friday - December 2015 Edition

Hello and welcome back! My fancy friends and I are back with some NEW fancy friends too! These are a group of past and current Artisans that have become fast friends thru the Artisan journey. Each month on the last Friday, we will bring you new challenges of all kinds (color,sketch, stamp focus, etc)! This month and next will be one week early due to the holidays. You might have just arrived from Krista Frattin's blog.

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This month we are having fun with last minute fancy Christmas tags! I decided to use one of my favorite alphabets to get this party started, along with a modern color combo. I was inspired by this gift bag that I saw at Target.

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I adapted the colors to Watermelon Wonder, Melon Mambo, Cucumber Crush, Tempting Turquoise and Night of Navy, and I left off the gold. 

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Here are some close-ups of the tags. I varied the height of the stamped letters to fit them onto the tags, and overlapped them to add some interest to the design. The tags are 2" wide and 4 1/4" long.

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Fancy Friday Dec15 last minute Christmas tags using Larger than Life Alphabet from Stampin' Up! by Marisa Gunn

 

I used the Cucumber Crush 1" Dotted Lace Trim and the Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim, trimmed the corners of the tag and punched a 1/8" hole for the ribbon.

Fancy Friday Dec15 last minute Christmas tags using Larger than Life Alphabet from Stampin' Up! by Marisa Gunn

 

Fancy Friday Dec15 last minute Christmas tags using Larger than Life Alphabet from Stampin' Up! by Marisa Gunn

Well, that is all for me today. Next stop on the hop is Allison Okamitsu with some more fanciness for you!

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Introducing the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team 2015-2016 and Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back! You might have just arrived from the talented Krista Frattin, a returning Artisan from 2014. Today I am so excited to finally officially share this news! Some of you may have seen this announcement in person at the OnStage Milwaukee event, or on my social media sites.

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Can you believe it? Let me tell you a little story. Back in April or May, I applied to be on the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team again. (I had the privilege of being on the 2012-2013 team before.) I think originally the team was to be selected and notified in late June or early July, but then the Stampin' Up special event schedule changed. So, the previous team continued on, and the new team was to be selected later and announced at the OnStage events on November 14. I think by October, I had decided that I probably wasn't selected and I had made my peace with it. I was mentally making a list of the demonstrators who I thought would be chosen, as it's a fun guessing game. So, on October 6th I was sitting at home on my couch, wrapped in a blanket with a horrible cold. Then, my cell phone rings. At first I thought it was work, but then I looked down to see a call from the 801 area code in Utah. My heart skipped a beat, and I answered the phone. Next, Becky Foster-Cowley introduces herself, and asks if I am home by myself. I say yes, except for my dog, who promises to keep quiet. Next, she says that I have been selected for this year's team, and did I want to accept. I said, "Really, are you serious? Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!" and I threw my hands in the air. The tricky part was I didn't know who else was on the team, how they were going to announce it at OnStage, and I had to keep that secret until November 14th.

So, finally, November 14th rolls around, and I drove to Milwaukee for the OnStage event. As they show Sara from the live event in Brussels talking about the Artisan Design Team, my heart starts pounding and my hands start shaking. So, I hid them under the table while my friend Julie asks me casually, "Did you apply for that this year?" I casually respond, "Uhhuh." Then they announce all of the names, most of which I missed in all of the commotion, and I got to stand up and claim my prize -- cash, a shopping spree and a beautiful Tiffany bracelet (that I put on right away).

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I also got to meet Sue Plote at Milwaukee who was the other Artisan announced there.

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So, a little bit more about me. My name is Marisa Gunn, and I live in West Chicago, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I’m single, and have one furry roommate named Monty, an energetic, rescued Labrador mix. You'll see him on my Facebook and Instagram pages often. I joined Stampin’ Up! in the summer of 2002 without ever attending a workshop. I loved the coordinating products, the variety of stamp styles and the quality. I have a full-time job in the computer industry, so creating helps me unwind and use the creative side of my brain. I am the classic definition of a “hobby demonstrator”, and get together regularly with my friends to share our creative time and inspire each other. I also love photography, travel and spending time with family and friends.

I have been a “maker” since I was very young, and I have always loved the whole process of creating something with my hands. You could say that I have spent my life collecting hobbies and corresponding craft supplies. I have been stamping and scrapbooking for many years now, so these two hobbies in particular continue to inspire me. Currently my favorite things to design with are Project Life, watercolor, graphic elements and products that can be used to create a scene. This is my second time being selected as an artisan, and I am very excited to embark on this year with other creative demonstrators from around the world (it's an impressive group!).

Anyone who applied for the team was invited to bring a card to post at the OnStage event. I thought I would share that card with you today. I used the Peaceful Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies to make this card. First, I stamped the tree in Versamark ink onto watercolor paper, heat embossed it in clear and then colored over it with Mossy Meadow ink and my Aqua Painter. I also cut the word "peace" from watercolor paper (two layers), and water-colored the top layer with Real Red ink. The rest of the greeting was heat embossed in white onto Cherry Cobbler Cardstock.

Christmas card using Peaceful Pines and Christmas Greetings Thinlits from Stampin' Up!, by Marisa Gunn, 2015-2016 Artisan Design Team

 

I added some red star sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment, some Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details to complete this part of the card.

Christmas card using Peaceful Pines and Christmas Greetings Thinlits from Stampin' Up!, by Marisa Gunn, 2015-2016 Artisan Design Team

 

I also added a piece of the poinsettia print from the Season Of Cheer Designer Series Paper, and the striped tape from the Season of Cheer Designer Washi Tape along with some Silver Metallic Thread and a staple. This was all mounted to a Soft Sky card base.

Christmas card using Peaceful Pines and Christmas Greetings Thinlits from Stampin' Up!, by Marisa Gunn, 2015-2016 Artisan Design Team

 

We hope you'll join us every two weeks for our blog hop. You can also follow our team board on Pinterest here.

Well, that is all for me today. I promise, my other posts won't normally be THIS long! Your next stop on the hop is Michelle Long. I hope you'll join us every two weeks for the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop with all designers from across the globe. Thanks for stopping by!

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Can You Case It #99 - Color Challenge

Hello and welcome back! Today I'm back with the next Can You Case It challenge, this time for any holiday color combo.

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I was inspired by this display that I saw at Target, where I had to take a picture. I really like the mix of the neutral kraft color with all of the metallics.

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Here is what I came up with this week. I decided to make another set of Christmas tags with the color combo of Crumb Cake, silver and gold inspired by the image above. I used the Peaceful Pines Photopolymer Bundle and some printed vellum from a few different sets of printed vellum.

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Here area  few closeups of the tags. I layered the patterned vellum over the Crumb Cake Cardstock on the tag base. Then, I diecut circlss from Silver Foil Paper, a piece of Vellum Cardstock and silver thread. I stamped the tree in Veramark, then heat embossed it in silver.

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This one follows the same design, except for the gold color and different patterned paper.

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Well, that is all for today! I hope you can join us at Can You Case It, and share your favorite holiday color combo. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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OSAT Blog Hop - Thank You

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm here with the One Stamp At a Time group for our monthly Blog Hop. Today we're focusing on thank you projects, which will come in handy after the holidays are over, don't you think?

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I made a set of note cards and a gift bag to hold them. You could make two sets, one for yourself and one for a friend! The cards come together pretty quickly as they are all simple layouts. I used two stamp sets for this project, the Project Life Hello December 2015 Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Endless Thanks Photopolymer Stamp Set. I also used the Season Of Cheer Designer Series Paper. Several of the patterns can be used past the holidays for winter projects. I took my color scheme from this paper as well.

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I used the Gift Bag Punch Board to make my bag with. It was easy to use, and even punches the holes for the ribbon! And, it holds all 5 note cards and matching envelopes. To get the reverse image of the hot cocoa cup, I stamped it on one of the larger stamps from the What's Your Type? Stamp Set, and then stamped it onto the cardstock. It's a little lighter than the original image, but it works pretty well.

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I fussy cut the bow here, and added some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to the greenery.

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It's hard to see, but I added some Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details to the ornament.

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Here I stamped the trees in Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow, and stamped more than once before re-inking. I also added Real Red stars from the Brights Sequin Assortment.

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I added gold sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.

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Here I added silver sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment. All the greetings were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad.

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Well, that is all for today. Please move on to the next stop, Justin, by clicking on the button below. You'll find the full supply list below. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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1. Ginger - https://myheartspleasure.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/osat-thank-you-blog-hop/

2. Maggie - https://www.maggiemadecards.com/osat-blog-hop-thank-you/

3. Elizabeth--https://craftsbyhappystamper.com/2015/12/10/thank-you-osat-blog-hop/ 

4. Martie - https://martie-pollard.squarespace.com/welcome/2015/11/17/osat-blog-hop-thank-you 

5. AJ - https://rutabagapiedesigns.blogspot.com/2015/12/osat-blog-hop-thank-you.html

6. Raquelle - https://ladyandherstamps.blogspot.com/2015/12/osat-blog-hop-thank-you-theme.html

7. Wynne - https://cropsscissorspaper.blogspot.com/2015/12/osat-thank-you-blog-hop.html

8. Marisa - https://dzinesbymeg.typepad.com/dzines_by_meg/2015/12/osat-blog-hop-thank-you.html

9. Justin - https://wp.me/p5dZez-4L1

10. Renee - https://stampinwithrenee.blogspot.com/2015/12/osat-december-blog-hop-thank-you.html

11. Dena - https://www.thecreativitycave.com/my_weblog/2015/12/osat-blog-hop-thank-yous.html

12. Andrea - https://onestampinmothertucker.blogspot.com/2015/12/osat-blog-hoppers-end-of-year-thank-you.html

13.  Tina - https://www.tinascropshop.com/2015/12/osat-blog-hoppers-thank-you.html

14. Megan - https://meganttstamps.blogspot.com/2015/12/osat-blog-hop-thank-you.html

15. Kim - https://craftingbuddy.blogspot.com/2015/12/osat-december-blog-hop-thank-you.html

16.  Lori -- https://www.stampindreams.com/my-blog/2015/12/osat-blog-hop-a-holiday-thank-you.html

 

 

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Playing Along With the All About Glitter Challenge

Hello and welcome back! Today I have a Christmas card to share for Virginia's View Challenge site and the All About Glitter Challenge. The holidays are the perfect time to bring out the sparkle.

 

I made two cards that I'm entering into this challenge, and here is the first. I used the Happy Scenes Photopolymer Stamp Set, but without the coordinating Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies. I just water-colored the scene, and added some glitter over streaks of glue. I think the color combo is Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky and Real Red. I also stamped the scene in the new Basic Black ink pad that doesn't bleed when water-colored.

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To finish the card, I stamped the greeting on a piece of Vellum Cardstock, and made a banner at the top of the card. I also added the red striped ribbon and the glitter over lines of glue. The whole watercolor piece is mounted to Soft Sky Cardstock, and to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Well, that is all for today. I'll have another glittery card to share in a couple of days. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Can You Case It #98 - A Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome back! I'm here with another challenge from Can You Case It, this time featuring the sketch below. It's a card and a tag in one!

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I started with a Crumb Cake card base, and added some of the music paper from the Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper. I covered it with a piece of Vellum Cardstock, just to separate it a little more from the tag and greeting. The poinsettia is also from a piece of the Home For Christmas DSP, and I cut 3 of them, with progressively smaller pieces and adhered them together with Stampin' Dimensionals to make a 3D type of flower. I also added a piece of the washi tape on the bottom of the Very Vanilla tag, and finished it with Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker's Twine.

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Here you can see the dimension in the flower better.

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The greeting is colored with Real Red, Delightful Dijon and Mossy Meadow and then stamped onto Very Vanilla Cardstock. The banner piece was colored in Mossy Meadow, stamped on the same color of cardstock, trimmed out and adhered with more Stampin' Dimensionals. It's layered on a piece of Real Red Cardstock die cut with the scallop circle from the Circle Card Thinlits Dies, and the edged sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink. A yellow star button completes the card.

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Well, that is all for today! I hope you'll join us at Can You Case It, and share a project with your interpretation of our sketch. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Christmas Card - Soft and Subtle

Hello and welcome back! Today I have another card featuring the last style from Online Card Classes Holiday Style, a soft and subtle card.

 

This card features the Project Life Hello December 2015 Photopolymer Stamp Set. I stamped the two snowflakes in Versamark, and then heat embossed them in white onto a piece of Shimmer White Cardstock. Next, I water-colored over them with Pool Party, Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder inks and my aqua painter. I covered this layer with a piece of Vellum Cardstock, after heat embossing the banner in white and stamping the greeting (from the Oh What Fun Stamp Set ) inside the banner in Basic Gray ink. I stitched the vellum to the snowflake piece at the top and bottom with gray sewing thread. I added three silver sequins over the centers of the snowflakes as my last embellishment.

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For the card, I applied Pool Party ink to the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and used it to stamp the card front made of Pool Party Cardstock. I stamped it twice at the top and bottom of the card. The snowflake piece was adhered to a layer of fun foam, and that was adhered to the center of the card.

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Well, that is all for today. I have one more batch of projects that was inspired by the Holiday Style class that I'll be sharing next week. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by!

 

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