Thursday, December 20, 2018

First Frost Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

When you stamp or craft do you crank up the music?  I do.  If I am stamping for the holidays then I play Christmas music.  I match the music to my mood.  Many days I listen to music of the 60s or even early jazz, most other days I enjoy alternative rock.  I have a range of genres that appeal to me and I don't go a day without music and a bit of stampin'.  With all that said--

And now the end is near, and so I face the final blog hop...

For this hop I have created an accordion style mini-album filled with gorgeous embellishments from the Frosted Floral Suite.  I have included a repetition of elements and techniques to provide continuity through the book and beautiful details.  This is a little something pretty for me to cherish a pretty amazing year.

To start I wrapped 8" x 6" chipboard rectangles with shimmery Frosted Floral DSP and added in cardstock pages to match.  Both the front and back covers include envelope pockets to hold more photos and memorabilia.  A gorgeous Tranquil Tide 1/4" Velvet Ribbon tie holds it all together and lends to all the rich texture that fills the pages of the album.

Each page spread includes Champagne Foil accents cut with either the Frosted Bouquet Framelits or the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.  I found these where the perfect way to set the stage for the stamped focal floral embellishments.  I used the same technique for all the floral stamping.  I stamped on colored cardstock with Whisper White Ink and then heat embossed each with White Embossing Powder. With an array of coordinating Stampin' Blends I colored directly over the white embossed images.

I made my own stencils to add texture to a few of the pages with Shimmering Embossing Paste.  I wish you could see these pages in person as the paste is stunning.  It's something I'm going to do more in the future.  

This last picture included in the album was taken of the Artisans who attended Onstage in Orlando. How I wish the picture included all 16 members of the team!  What a blast it was to meet in person with friends I had been working together online for the past year.   Photoed from left to right: Rhoda McPherson, Jenni Pauli, Cindy Schuster, Charlet Mallett, me, Connie Collins, Cathy Caines, and Lauren Alarid.  Maybe someday I will get to stamp in the same room with Emma Goddard, Jessica Winter, Linda van Wely, Kayla MacAulay, Kim McGillis, Sarah Lancaster, Sylwia Schreck, and our FANTASTIC leader Susan Wong.

I'll close this post by saying that this has been a true joy and honor to have stamped with fifteen Artisans from around the world on behalf of Stampin' Up!.  I thank the team for their friendship, encouragement, and inspiration.  It is with a huge heart that I share my unending gratitude to Stampin' Up! for their generosity this year,  They have trusted me to craft with their amazing products in my own style.

... and I did it my way!

2018 Artisan Design Team

Introducing the 2019 Artisan Design Team

Products Used for this Mini-Album
First Frost Stamp Set | Frosted Florals Framelits | First Frost DSP | First Frost Cardstock Pack
Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon | Iridescent Boxwood Wreaths | Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets
Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Seafoam, and Soft Suede Cardstocks
Whisper White Ink | Jet Black Stazon Ink | Labeler Alphabet | Circle Tab Punch
Follow Your Dreams Bundle | Swirly Scribbles Thinlits | Champagne Foil Sheets
Whisper White Cardstock | Whisper White Embossing Powder | Heat Tool
Berry Bliss Light & Dark, Old Olive Light & Dark, Flirty Flamingo Light & Dark,
Balmy Blue Light & Dark Stampin' Blends
Shimmering Embossing Paste | Palette Knife | Dazzling Diamond Glitter
Copper Trim | 1/8" Old Olive Sheer Ribbon


  1. I literally just don't have words to tell you how beautiful this is!! What an amazing keepsake - such special memories of what has been the most incredible year - Hugs xo

  2. That is absolutely gorgeous! I've enjoyed all your posts through this year :)

  3. Oh my goodness ... this is an utterly gorgeous project ... no, this isn't a project than a wonderful keepsake of your awesome year. The detail and care taken on each and every page is just outstanding. Way to go girl. Thank you so much for all of your inspiration this past Artisan Year and all that preceded it. I look forward to continuing to see your beautiful work my dear friend. Merry Christmas to you and yours xx

  4. Oh Elizabeth, what a beautiful keepsake.

  5. This stunning album made my eyeballs sweaty! What a stunning keepsake of your adt year. I'm SO thankful for you and the honour of calling you friend.

  6. This is really stunning, wondering if you could detail how you you joined the chipboard pieces together, it looks very professional. Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. This is ridiculously perfect! I just LOVE each and every detail you poured into it. So much time and affection went into preserving these amazing memories - a keepsake you'll hold onto for a lifetime!

  8. This is amazing and I actually had tears thinking of the wonderful projects you’ve created through the year. Just a perfect ending Liz!

  9. SO SUPER gorgeous!!
    In love with your album..a Masterpiece!
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy 2019!

  10. A BIG! WoW! I'm in love!
    I love the color combination and your memories!
    The year with you was so wonderful!

  11. Beautiful album and crafted with love ❤️

  12. First of all, Elizabeth, WOW! This absolutely breathtaking keepsake makes me tear up a little. So many sweet and precious memories and how you’ve showcased them is (as always) completely brilliant! You are an amazing and creative person and I feel so blessed to have been able to spend time with you in person twice. You are the best! đŸ˜˜

  13. Wow Elizabeth!! What a great way to end this amazing year! I feel so honoured to have been part of this team with you together my friend! This album says it all, I love it, it's just a big wow!!!!!!

  14. What a beautiful blog post and a gorgeous album to end your term on the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design!

  15. So lovely. A true work of heart. I hope you will continue to post wonderful things even though your Artisan year is finished! I so admire your work!

  16. Elizabeth, that project is STUNNING! i am really loving that technique you did with the frosted flowers stamps and framelits! any chance you could post a tutorial on that technique? what a fabulous technique! Also, i love flower arranging, and this year i have decided to try my hand at making a bunch of floral arrangement cards. your projects are very inspring!! technique post, please!!!