Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fun and Bright Birthday Cards: Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog hop. There are 20 of us from around the world so be sure to follow along to see everyone's projects. You should have just come from Holly's blog.


This month we are focusing on the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and thinlit. This thinlit is great!! I can see me using this so much! And I’m in love with the flowers from the stamp set. I love any and all flowers! Plus the rest of the images from the set are awesome too. Such a versatile birthday set.


My first card features the fabulous thinlit, the balloon punch and Foil Frenzy DSP. Oh and this paper is awesome too! There are so many great new things in this catalog. I am in love with everything.


I decided to do something a little different with this card by having a clear layer on the front. So you can see the fun little party going on, on the inside of the card.


I die cut Happy Birthday in 2 different colors and cut them apart. I put the Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay cardstock on the new multipurpose adhesive sheets and then ran it through the big shot. So once it was cut out, it was ready to be glued to the card. Those adhesive sheets made it so much easier to glue to the card. Plus since the word “birthday” was on the window sheet, I didn’t want any messy glue to show through on the other side. The front of the card also uses 2 different sheets from the Foil Frenzy pack. And to jazz up the card a bit more I added 2 balloons. The smaller balloon is stamped with the dot image from the set and the larger balloon was stamped with the flower image several times. Doesn’t it give the balloon a fun look?? To finish off the front of the card I added 2 Black Baker’s twine bows to the balloons and some Glitter Enamel shapes.


And now look at how fun the inside is! I stamped the dot image balloon several times in Peekaboo peach then added some fun little swirls in Powder Pink and Lemon Lime twist. After I added them I thought that they may be used for the string on the balloons instead but I think they look cute like this as well.


My next card features the pretty flower stamps from the set. I stamped them and some leaves several times on watercolor paper, embossed them with white embossing powder and watercolored them with Sweet Sugarplum, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist. I cut them out and placed them around the Fresh Fig square frame. How pretty is the new Fresh Fig color?


I used more of the Foil Frenzy DSP. I added some vellum over the chevron looking piece to soften it a bit and then added a strip of the polka dot one. I think the polka dot one is my favorite from the pack. What's yours??

I hope you enjoyed today's post and make sure you check out what the rest of the team has in store.

Next up is Jessica Winter. Click below to check out her amazing projects!



Here is the link list of the full Artisan Design team for you to browse:



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

May Swap



Hello! I am going to quickly share my May swap with you. I think I am behind on sharing my swaps so I'll have to put another post together of the ones I haven't shown yet. I just had these pictures ready so I figured I'd share it now. This month we were to use a recycled item on our card or for the technique for our card. I decided to use a used dryer sheet. For this technique you stamp your images on your cardstock, add some sort of glue (I used the multipurpose adhesive sheets), and then add the dryer sheet on top. Then I sprinkled dazzling diamonds on top to make it nice and sparkly.


Hopefully you can see some of the sparkle in this picture. This was a fun technique to try. It's something different for your card and who doesn't love some extra sparkle!

Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow for the Artisan Design Team blog hop! It's a fun one this month!!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Global Design Project Challenge GPP090 - Hot Air Balloons

Well it's a cold dreary Tuesday here in NJ. It makes me want to be at home on the couch binge watching Shameless on Netflix. I just started that the other day and now it's all I want to watch. But before I got back into it last night, I had a bit of time after the kids went to sleep to play along with this weeks Global Design Project challenge. This week was a sketch challenge. I have fun with sketch challenges too. It helps me try to use different layouts instead of always going back to the same things I always do.

This is a pretty basic sketch so lots of ways you can interpret it. I decided to keep exactly to the sketch. 

Here is my take.

I used the Lift Me Up stamp set along with the new Pattern Party decorative masks and embossing paste. The embossing paste is so fun!! It gives a fun texture to your cards. Last week I used them with sponge daubers for a colorful background. This time I kept it simple and just used the masks with the paste. I can't wait to do more backgrounds with the embossing paste.


Hopefully you can see in this picture the texture the paste gives. The rest of the card is fairly simple just using the stamps from the set. The card was finished off with some bakers twine and metallic shapes.

And I'm excited to say that my card from last week's challenge was picked as one of the additional winners. Stop by to check out the other winners from last week and try out this week's challenge!

Have a nice day!


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