Friday, April 21, 2017

MOTHER'S DAY SUCCULENTS

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop.  You have probably just arrived from Miriam van Eyden's beautiful blog.  I just love everything Miriam makes!  If you are starting here, just hit the "Next" button at the end of this post to continue on the hop.  You won't want to miss a thing!

The design team are featuring the Oh So Succulent stamp set in our projects this hop.  I have seen so many wonderful creations with this set but I really wanted to feature something a little different.  This bundle will be leaving us at the end of May, and all but the Succulent Garden DSP is still available on the retiring list if you are in Australia or New Zealand.  If you love what you see on this hop, order your stamps and dies now before they leave us forever.


I settled on making a different kind of card fold than my normal top folding tent card and also make it my card for Mum on Mother's Day.  Nothing like being prepared!


I still have the card folded over at the top, but I have also added a bottom hinge so when the card fronts come together they interlock.  I die cut many of the flowers using the coordinating Succulent Framelit Dies.  I popped a couple of the flowers up on dimensionals which is how I created the lock on the front of the card.  A Rich Razzleberry flower on the top of the card slips in behind a small Marina Mist flower on the bottom half to keep the card closed.


As a family, we don't normally give gifts on Mother's Day, just a card.  I had a lucky find recently when I came across some dinky little white pails in a local shop.  The size was just perfect to whip up a little home decor piece Mum can keep beside her on the coffee table!  It will last that much longer than real flowers, for sure!

Next up on the hop is my good friend Rochelle Blok from across the ditch in Australia!


Artisan DT Blog Roll

Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson - You are here!
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser

All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator. When you shop Online with me, please the current host code (in my side bar) and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

BALLOON ADVENTURES - STAMP TO SHARE BLOG HOP


Welcome to the Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop! You have probably just arrived here from the amazingly talented Sandi MacIver.  Make sure you continue on the hop by selecting the Next button at the bottom of this post.  You don't want to miss a thing!

Stamp to Share is a monthly blog hop featuring nine designers from around the world.  Once every month we will each feature two projects showcasing one Bundle of Stampin' Up! product to inspire you.  This month (and next month) we are doing things a little different as we transition from a retiring catalogue to a new one.  Exciting times!


This month we are featuring a Balloon/Birthday theme.  I made my projects really early, to be prepared, with the Balloon Adventures Bundle!  Initially I saw it as a bundle suited to a child and not having any littlies around myself, never gave it a second glance.  How wrong I was!


My darling MIL celebrated her 92nd birthday at the beginning of the month, so I made the decision to use this bundle for her card.  I teamed it up with the Party Animal DSP and chose her favourite colour, green, as my starting point.  I think I have managed to achieve a fun birthday card suited to an older person.  The gold foil of the balloon, the gold embossed sentiment and the gold detail in the Washi Tape lend elegance and a feminine touch!  I also gold embossed the sentiment on the inside and made it nice and bold.  92 years on this earth is quite an achievement, after all!


My second project is a fun little pocket card, again featuring a great DSP, Pop of Pink.  I adore this bold stripe and used it to make my own Mini Treat Bag to hold my card.


The Balloon Adventures stamp set has fantastic fonts that really scream "celebration" and I used these to create a fun stylie tag for the front of my bag.  Once again, I chose to use gold elements to add a bit of pizzazz as it works really well with the hot pink - Melon Mambo!  The Balloon Adventure stamp set features fantastic images and the Balloon Pop Up Thinlit Dies are the same.  Not only does it have great balloon dies and a pop up element, but there are a couple of dies that make great present toppers too.


I have used the largest "present" or bow die to create my tag topper.  It gives you something to pull to help slide the card from the bag, but it also looks really pretty!  

I hope I have given you a little food for thought if you are like me and don't have any kiddies to create for.  This bundle is so versatile that it can be used to celebrate anyone!

Next up on the hop is Caroline van der Straaten from the Netherlands.


Monica Gale - UK
Amy Koenders - USA
Kylie Bertucci - Australia
Sandi MacIver - Canada 
Paula Dobson - New Zealand (You are here)
Caroline van der Straaten - Netherlands
Barbara Becker - Austria
Nadine Koeller - Germany
Moira McIlroy - France

All product used in this project are listed below.  Shop Stampin' Up! Products with me!
If you live New Zealand, I would love to be your Demonstrator. When you shop Online with me, please the current host code (in my side bar) and allow Demonstrator contact, so I can thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.