Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Fluffiest Friends for a Sketch Challenge

Is this happy bear totally cute or what? I used the Fluffiest Friends Stamp set to put this card together for our latest sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

The printed paper is from the upcoming Bee Mine 12" x 12" DSP. Did you notice the three small enamel flowers? Those are also new and will be available in the Jan-April Mini Catalog. They are called Adhesive Backed Hearts and Flowers.

Friday, November 24, 2023

Artisan Post #17 - Meandering Meadow

In November Stampin' Up! released an online exclusive suite collection called Meandering Meadow. I think it's a great juxtaposition of painted Designer Series Papers and open line images. I created these three projects for an Artisan Design Team assignment. I totally enjoyed making them and I've made lots more since.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Artisan Post #16 - Modern Garden

Give texture to solid style images. I've used the florals from the Modern Garden Stamp Set to make a beautiful fall themed greeting card.

This first tip is super simple. Ink up your solid image, lightly or barely stamp off on scratch paper, then stamp. Each image will be unique and will have an organic mottled look.

These two tips are easy as well. Ink up your solid image, press inked image onto an embossing folder, then stamp. Or, combine the first tip of barely stamping off with pressing into a folder for a third textural look.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Joy of Noel

Welcome stampin' friends to another Monday Montage Blog Hop. For this go 'round I thought I would share a card I made using the Joy of Noel Bundle. I love the mix of Pebbled Path with Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake, Soft Seafoam, and Gold Glimmer.

I love how the Joy of Noel Dies includes a piece that is designed to accentuate the NOEL letters. The die has five leaf branches. Three are straight and two are curved to fit the letter O. It's so smart on Stampin' Up!'s part to make this cool addition to the design of these dies. 

There is also a small circle die that is perfect for making berries. I die cut five to accent the letters. After I had them adhered to my card I applied Fine Tip Liquid Glue to them. Once the glue was dry the finished look is like an enamel dot.

Next up in our hop is Wendy or if you're moving in the opposite direction you can go back to Dani.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

#TGIF447 Gratitude & Blessings

For our latest challenge at #TGIF447 I chose to mix Christmas with wishing a blessing. What nicer way to express gratitude than to wish someone the "blessings of Christmas."

This card is made using the Modern Garden Stamp Set, the Paper Florist Dies, Countryside Corners Dies, and Modern Garden DSP. I based my card on a Poppy Parade and gave it a gate fold. I also made a clean and simple belly band to give the card an extra special touch.

Here's a look at the inside of my card. I included a pocket so I could tuck a gift card to give an extra special thank you. I kept the stampin' simple and added just a touch in the corner.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Best Wishes & Happy Thoughts

I used the Nature's Print Stamp Set to create this "best wishes and happy thoughts" card for our latest color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments. For this color mix up we are stampin' and creating with Pebbled Path, Berry Burst, and Mossy Meadow. I made a Z fold style card that features a die cut wreath with accents.

What would you make using these colors?

It's hard to tell, but I did color the black and white gingham ribbon with a Bubble Bath Stampin' Blend. It added just a hint of color which softened the stark contrast between the black and the white. Also, I included a strip of Cheerful Daisies DSP. It was a quick way to give a bit of textural and visual interest to the front of the card and it highlights the Z fold of the card.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Artisan Post #15 - Rustic Crate

The Rustic Crate Bundle was my Artisan Design Team assignment for October. I totally enjoy collecting vintage and antique accessories like soda bottle boxes, fruit crates, tin boxes and stuff like that. When I saw this stamp set and set of dies I was totally lovin' the 3D crate. 

I thought this card was pretty clever. I used the crate image to make a fence. And on that fence I added pumpkins and sunflowers. It reminds me of this house near where I lived growing up. Every fall they decorated their fence with a bunch of scarecrows and dried corn stalks.

The details included in the set of dies is super awesome. I love the wood grain, which I enhanced by pressing the die into an ink pad before I ran it through the Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine. I also love the little dies to make the crates even more detailed.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Artisan Post #14 - Joy of Noel

The Joy of Noel Bundle was my Artisan Design Team assignment for September. It's a classic Christmas stamp set and coordinating dies that warms my heart. The noel image and matching die is reminiscent and retro while the hand drawn greenery and holly sprays are fresh and fashion forward.

For this first card I used one of the Basics Embossing Folders to bring out the small red berries and the red faceted gems. Each of the berries is covered with a small dot of Fine Tip Glue. The glue dries clear and adds a gorgeous glossy dimension.

I fussy cut images from the Joy of Christmas DSP to decorate this small gift box.  All of the pieces are adhered to a belly band which makes it easy to slip off and fill the package with something special.

Accenting the box is some of the gold ribbon from the Gold & Silver 1/8" Ribbon Combo Pack. That pack is part of the online exclusives, so you won't find it in any of SU!'s catalogs. I think it's one of the best combo packs for Christmas and holiday paper crafting.

The Joy of Noel Bundle is perfect for making wreaths! I mounted this wreath on a Pebbled Path 2023-2025 In Color Treat Bag.

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Diamond Fold Bag/Box

I made this cool diamond fold bag/box with two pieces of 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" Cherry Cobbler Cardstock and my two hands! It looks super fancy, but it really is rather simple to put together. I taught how to make this in my last Technique Time! Stamp Class.

I decorated the box with the Joy of Noel Bundle and the Joy of Christmas DSP. My ink colors include Tuxedo Black Memento and Poppy Parade Ink Pads. I colored the stamped image with Bubble Bath, Flirty Flamingo, and Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends. I think my favorite added detail on this project is the ultra thin mat of Basic Black behind the DSP. It's actually not cardstock. I used a Basic Black Stampin' Blend to edge the paper. It's super easy and totally effective--try it someday.

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