Friday, December 15, 2017

April Display Stamper Post

Hi stampers!  I'm never quite sure what to call these things...auditions, tryouts, submissions?  :-)  Anyway, I'm submitting these projects in hopes to be picked as a display stamper at OnStage in April!

It's six projects,  that's quite a lot in one post, so I'll keep the chit chat short for this one and I won't be making a product list as it's just too much.  And I'm off soon to watch Star Wars past my bed time as I'm blogging this thanks to my hubby!  If you should happen to have any questions, please let me know and I can answer them for you!  You can comment or email me!

Anyway, we were tasked with sharing six projects so this is what I've got!

For my scrapbook page I just HAD to use the rollercoaster from the Let the Good Times Roll Bundle!  It's really for pop-up cards but there's so much more you can use it for!  I documented Ian and I's trip to Six Flags this summer with my parents.  And I had to use lemon lime twist, just look at those shorts!

For this card I actually used the Merry Little Christmas DSP to make a tie for Father's Day!  I used a Sponge Brayer to ink up the normally black and white paper!  The base of the tie I free hand cut but can you see what the knot it???  It's the diamond shape from the Eclectic Layers Framelits.  I'm pretty proud of that clever little trick ;-)

How about a wedding or a shower card?  Got that covered with my favorite bundle this year, the Celebration Time Bundle!  How sweet is that little cake, flowers, and topper?

For my last card, I used the SAB set Lots of Lavender.  It's pretty and feminine but I love how it looks with the  Wood Textures DSP!

For my first 3-D project I went really simple because sometimes simple things are the best things, like this tag!  I really wanted to bow to stand out and I think it does.  It's so cool how it's stamped to look like a real bow!  

And I just couldn't NOT stamp something for Christmas since it's coming up SO SOON!  So, I made this little treat box with the new die from the Occasions catalog.  Someone is going to love getting it filled with chocolate goodies! 

I made a belly band with the Merry Music DSP and went to town from there!

And there you have it!  Wish me luck!  It's always such an honor and so much fun to make display samples!

Happy stamping!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Merry Cafe Red Cup Cards - Stampin Up Global Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Hi stampers!  Welcome to the last 2017 ADT blog hop!  HOW can this year be over so fast!?!?  It seems like I was just bursting to tell you all I made the team and here it is over.  And then we moved in the middle of it all!  I feel like we just got to Oklahoma and that we've been here for years all at once!  Anyway,  it's been amazing to create with this great group of artists and I will forever be grateful to Stampin' Up for the opportunity showcase my work and to make life long friends!

For this month's focus, we were tasked with using the Merry Cafe Stamp Set and the coordinating Coffee Cups framelits that are actually not found in the Holiday Catalog, but the annual one.  I just LOVE how many of our products are made to work together, even across catalogs!  Isn't this set just the cutest!?  If you want it, jump on it since it's on it's way out with the Holiday Catalog (again, how is that time upon us either????).

Do you remember those little red cups that stirred up all the controversy last year?  Ahem...the GASP, solid red ombre cups :-)  Personally, I thought they were gorgeous the way they went from a deep, dark red to a merry and lighter shade at the bottom or at the top?  I don't really remember, but anyway...  So, when we got the assignment, I wanted to make my own ombre cups!  Enter the Blends Markers!  It was the perfect medium for such a technique.

All I had to do was use the two shades in Cherry Cobbler to make the perfect ombre cup.  You don't even need to worry about blending the middle too much since it's covered by the coffee sleeve.  You know I'm a lazy crafter so this made me happy, LOL!

For my Christmas card, I added a few "coffee rings" from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set.  Again, it's wonderful how many things we offer go together!

I also brought in a couple of holly leaves from Holly Berry Happiness for an extra festive touch.  For my berry, I VERY carefully colored in one of our White Perfect Accents with my Blends marker.  Be very careful when you do this as you don't want to damage your marker.  Stampin' Up may have advised against this kind of thing but sometimes I'm a rebel like that ;-)  And it just looks so stinking perfect!

And I couldn't just stop with the one card, I had to make a Valentine's Day card as well because I love this set and I love coffee!  This one is pretty simple, but the red card is perfect once again.  I embossed my whip cream with a mix of Dazzling Diamonds and some Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Did you know you can do that?

I hope you enjoyed my projects today and maybe you'll try to color something with the Blends for an ombre effect!  It doesn't come across in the photos near as well as in real life!  And I hope you've enjoyed our hops all year long!  Please make sure to come back to visit me, ok?

Now it's time to hop on over to Miriam!  She's going to amaze you, as usual!

And congratulations to the new team for 2018!  I can't wait to see what they create and I'm so happy to see so many talented stampers on the list! Check them out!

United States
Connie Collins (returning)

Cathy Caines (returning)

United Kingdom



Sylwia Schreck (returning)

Jessica Winter (returning)

New Zealand
Susan Wong (returning)

Jennifer Frost (returning)

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Merriest Christmas Wishes and Merry Music

Hi stampers!  I'm feverishly trying to use ALL of my Christmas and holiday stuff!  There's so much and so little time!  I came up with this one over the weekend and I kind of love it!

Edited to add:  I've had a lot of questions and comments about the music paper.  This is actually one of the patterns in the DSP and I didn't piece it together.  We all know I'm way too lazy for that ;-)  It's really a fun and unique pattern!  But, it's also a great idea for your scraps if you're so inclined to make your own version ;-)

Happy stamping!
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Smitten Mittens

Hi stampers!  Winter in Oklahoma SURE is different than Illinois!  It was almost 70 the other day!  I see that it snowed in Chicago yesterday right around rush hour.  Nope, don't miss that  :-)   I don't know if I'll ever need mittens here...aside from the ones on this card!

I haven't used the mitten set so I pulled it out the other day.  I pulled my colors from the front cover of the catalog.  Do you use pear pizazz much?  I can't tell you the last time I used it but I really need to use it more! I did a watercolor wash and some splatters in pool party after it dried to look like snow.  I also pulled my sentiment in from Hearts Come Home and it's PERFECT to use with mittens, is it not?

Also, WHY haven't I been taking pictures of my Christmas cards in front of the Christmas tree????  It's perfect isn't it?

I'm attempting to finish my Christmas shopping while Ian's at school today.  I went to Oklahoma City on Saturday and while I did well at the outlet mall, I didn't find everything I needed and then the actual regular mall was SO nuts that I spent over 30 minutes just stuck in the parking lot looking for a spot and then saying NO WAY and trying to get back OUT of the lot!  I think I'll stick to weekday shopping from now on!

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