Thursday, November 15, 2018

All is Bright Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

All is becoming merry and bright with three big holidays coming soon.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years 2018 are sure to be a hit with family and friends near and far.  To ring in this joy filled season it seems so fitting for an Artisan Design Team Blog Hop that features the All is Bright Suite of products from the Holiday Catalog.

I thought it would be fun to make ornaments using the awesome products from the suite and then pack them in the Distressed Tin to give as a gift to my mom.  Her birthday is this week and she enjoys new Christmas decor, especially when it's handmade.  These fancy ornaments are created on a Mason jar lids.  I used both the ring and the seal as a base for each ornament and then blinged them up with lots and lots of Stampin' Up! gorgeousness.  I will go live on Facebook for a close up look and class to make these beauties.  Watch for an announcement here, on my Seeinginkspots page, and on Instagram/ebeth9267.

First let's take a look at the packaging.  The Red Distressed Card Tin is perfect to create a keepsake box in which to store the ornaments.  I created a two layered belly band and a festive double-ribbon bow to wrap the box.  In keeping with the aged feel of the tin I added the Merry Christmas text to pump up the retro vibe.

Tips for the packaging:
  • Cut (2) 2" x 12" pieces of All is Bright DSP and glue them together to form a 23" strip.
  • Cut (2) 2 1/4" x 12" pieces of Very Vanilla Cardstock and glue them to form a 23" strip.
  • Layer the DSP on top of the Very Vanilla, wrap around the tin to create a belly band, trim off excess, and glue the ends together.  
  • Using the 3/8" Mixed Real Red Ribbon and the White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon tie an eight loop  bow and attach it to the top of the belly band.
  • Make a matching 2" wide tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper and Tab Punches.
  • Embellish tag with a Sparkle Paper deer, flourishes, and Red Rhinestones.
  • Tie tag to bow with an All is Bright Paper Clip and Linen Thread.
  • Cut "Merry" from Gold Foil and "Christmas" from Gold Glimmer Paper and adhere to tin with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

These ornaments are a fun project for an afternoon of crafting.  Just turn on some Christmas music, light a pine scented candle, and create for the holiday.  With the exception of the Mason jar lids these keepsake ornaments are made with 100% Stampin' Up! products.  If you are an avid stamper and crafter these are for you to try--I had a blast.

Tips for making the ornaments:
  • Trace the Mason jar seal two times on a piece of All is Bright DSP and cut them out.  I used the wide mouth size.  Adhere one cut circle to each side of the seal.
  • Adhere covered seal into the Mason jar ring.  I used hot glue for a fast fix.
  • Use Mini Glue Dots to line the inside of the ornament with Gold Mini Sequin Trim.  This step takes a patience, but it pays off and is a detail that finishes off the inner edge.
  • Use a palette knife to spread a layer of Shimmery White Embossing Paste on the rim of the lid. Let fully dry and repeat.
  • Use hot glue to adhere a Frosted Iridescent Wreath around the rim.  It takes two to get almost all around the rim.  I leave that little gap at the top and cover it with the bow.
  • Fill the inside of the ornament with decorative die cut shapes to your liking.  I focused on the Merry Christmas Thinlits backed with a sparkling Dashing Deer.
  • Use stacked Mini Stampin' Dimensionals when adding your decorative elements to create depth and interest.

My wish is that you have been inspired to craft and create for the season.  Make something pretty and spread the love of hand crafting.  I will close this post with a big hug and by saying "Merry Christmas and happy creating."

Thanks for hopping through our Artisan Hop.  You will next be visiting with Emma Goddard.  She has a little something bright, cheery, and fun which is sure to make you smile.

2018 Artisan Design Team

Shopping List
Merry Christmas to All Stamp Set | Merry Christmas Thinlits | Red Distressed Card Tin
Detailed Deer Thinlits | Beautiful Promenade Thinlits
All is Bright DSP | Gold Foil | Gold, Silver, and Sparkle Glimmer Papers
Whisper White, Real Red, and Shaded Spruce Cardstocks
All is Bright Paper Clips | Red Rhinestones | Iridescent Boxwood Wreath Elements
Real Red 3/8" Mixed Satin Ribbon | 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Whisper White Ribbon
Gold Mini Sequin Trim | Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon
Shimmery White Embossing Paste | Gold Embossing Powder | Mini Stamping' Dimensionals

Friday, November 9, 2018


I LOVE this sketch challenge!  I think it's fun and a bit funky; it's a layout that I am sure to use again.    You should pop over to play along with #TGIF185.

I started with a Merry Merlot card base with a top fold.  For some reason top folds seem to be my preference lately.  Then I simply layered a piece of the Joyous Noel DSP and tied a shoestring bow of Silver and White Bakers' Twine around the card to match the sketch.  

This gorgeous greeting, from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set, is stamped in both Cajun Craze and Merry Merlot ink.  It is flanked with die cuts from the Dashing Deer Thinlits cut from White Velvet Paper, Copper Foil, and Cajun Craze cardstock.  Finishing details include one Snowflake Trinket and a couple Basic Rhinestones.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Rooted in Nature for HSS #302

It is time for a color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  For me the colors seemed perfect for creating some gorgeous fall leaves.  So, I grabbed my Rooted in Nature Stamp Set, the challenge color ink pads, an Aquapainter, and Shimmery White Cardstock.

My first step was to splatter Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie ink all over a panel of Shimmery White Cardstock.  Once it was dry I spritzed the paper with Frost White Shimmer Paint.  Yup, I added more shimmer.  Why?  Because I can.  Next, I stamped the skeleton leaves in a random layout.  I inked the stamps with a mix of all three colors for added interest.  I also did lots of stamping off for second, third, and even fourth generation images.

To perfectly frame the greeting I used the largest piece from the Stitched Labels Framelits.  Last touch was Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for even more sparkle.  Why?  Because I can ;0)  No, really I have a passion, maybe even a sickness, for shimmer, sparkle, and shine.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Creation Station In All Things Give Thanks

I have a huge place in my heart for all the goodness that is heaped upon myself and my family. Our theme for this month's Creation Station Blog Hop is "In All Things Give Thanks."  I am grateful for all the many blessings, opportunities, friends, family, furry four legged friends, foods, finds, talents, and well everything.  Everyday I get to be wowed by how miraculous nature is as I work with all sorts of glorious flowers.  I work as an event designer at a high end European style florist.

I am thankful for real flowers most definitely, but flower themed stamp sets and papers bring me sweet happiness too.  The Share What You Love DSP is so SO stunning it seemed fitting for today's post.  A few DSP detail cut flowers arranged in a bouquet fills the focus of my card.  The Stitched Label gives the eye a place to rest and land on a thoughtful greeting from the Country Home Stamp Set.  A bit of Petal Pink & Silver Bakers Twine and Dazzling Diamonss Glitter, two embellishments I love and am thankful for, finish up my card.

Thank you for hopping with us today.  The lovely Sara Levin is hosting the next stop along our hop.  She is always stamping pretty things and gives such helpful tips.  I am thankful she is my friend :0)

Product List
Country Home Stamp Set | Stitched Labels Framelits | Share What You Love DSP
Pool Party Cardstock | Petal Pink Cardstock | Jet Black Stazon Ink
Petal Pink & Silver Bakers Twine | Dazzling Diamonds Glitter | Dimensionals

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Happiness Surrounds Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Happiness Surrounds is one mighty cool stamp set!  It's filled with options galore and is an all occasion/all season stamp set.  Just scroll down and I will show you.

First, I will let you know that anybody can get this stamp set and coordinating products this month and this month only.  So, act quick get your order placed.  When placing your order you will want the stamps, dies, embellishments and lots of the velvet paper.  

This beautiful card is A-MA-ZING and super awesome.  The star of the show is the White Velvet Paper.  This paper is a must have product (I am crossing my fingers that SU! brings it back in the future) get it now while you can.  It can be die cut, sponged, inked, embossed, stamped, folded, layered--it's paper with lots of irresistible fuzzyiness that is sure to please.

My first card features the White Velvet paper and an ombre of Coastal Cabana Ink.  I used a Sponge Brayer to add the ink to the paper which was so easy.  This paper takes ink so well and blends like a charm.  Once I brayered the color, I stamped the largest image from the Happiness Surrounds stamp set in a repeated pattern to fill the entire piece.

I really wanted the background paper to be the focus of my card, so I added minimal layers, a clip, and twine.  The greeting is stamped twice on a banner cut piece of White Velvet Paper, once with Jet Black Stazon and then again with Petal Pink to create a shadow effect.

Add to the fabulous Happiness Surrounds stamp set the coordinating Snowfall Thinlits and the possibilities to create are crazy huge!  Here'a a look at all the dies in the set.

I mentioned the possibilities being extreme with these stamps and dies.  I also said they were "all occasion/all season" so I decided to try my idea and create for each season.

Winter "Surround Yourself in Happiness"
  • Main cardstock colors include Basic Black, Tranquil Tide, and Petal Pink.
  • Brayer White Velvet Paper snowflakes with Flirty Flamingo, Tranquil Tide, & Pool Party Inks.
  • Use the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF then spritz with Frost White Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol.
  • Untwist metallic thread from Petal Pink & Silver Bakers Twine to add behind the greeting.
  • Adhere Snowflake Trinket with a Mini Glue Dot.

 Spring "Here's to New Beginnings"
  • Main cardstock colors include Grey Granite, Pool Party, and Petal Pink.
  • Use the Basket Weave Dynamic TIEF and then spritz with Frost White Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol.
  • Stamp the shadow of the greeting with Pool Party Ink and then again slightly askew with Jet Black Stazon Ink.
  • Untwist metallic thread from Petal Pink & Silver Bakers Twine to add behind the greeting.

Summer "Hello Friend"
  • Main cardstock colors include Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, and Smokey Slate.
  • Use Petal Burst TIEF and then spritz with Frost White Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol.
  • Stamp shadow of greeting with Flirty Flamingo before stamping the Jet Black.
  • Arrange flowers, leaves, and berries on a Whisper White snowflake flurry die cut.

Fall "It's Your Day"
  • Main cardstock colors include Basic Grey, Blushing Bride, and Bermuda Bay.
  • Use the Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF and then spritz with a mix of Frost White Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol.
  • Cut a Stitched Label die cut and use as a guide to create a wreath of leaves and berries.

There you have a card for all seasons using the Snowfall Thinlits and the Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set.  Along with the Velvet Paper these products are such awesome additions to my stamp stash and I am sure you will love them too.

Are you ready for some more ideas?  Your next click will take you to Emma Goddard where she has a fabulous mix for the holidays with sparkle and purple swaths of watercolor.

2018 Artisan Design Team

Product List
Stamps & Dies:  Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set | Snowfall Thinlits | Stitched Labels Framelits
Inks & Cardstocks:  White Velvet Paper | Basic Black | Basic Grey | Smokey Slate | Grey Granite Tranquil Tide | Bermuda Bay | Coastal Cabana | Pool Party | Flirty Flamingo
Blushing Bride | Petal Pink | Whisper White | Sparkle Glimmer Paper
Embossing Folders:  Pinewood Planks | Basket Weave | Petal Burst | Cable Knit
Embellishments:  Snowflake Trinkets | Petal Pink & Silver Bakers Twine | Basic Rhinestones
Galvanized Clips | Frost White Shimmer Paint
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals | Sponge Brayer | Mini Glue Dots | Rubbing Alcohol