Friday, October 20, 2017

COUNTING MY BLESSINGS - STAMPIN' UP! ARTISAN BLOG HOP

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


I am using the Count My Blessings stamp set this month and have created a set of cards.  I just love the beautiful big fonts in this set.  I like to make multiples of either the same card or use the same stamps sets while everything is out on my desk.  I have found that if it is in front of me, I will use it!

Every card is completely different, but one thing that ties them all together is the beautiful Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper and the Count My Blessings stamp set.  I either used the DSP on the card or used the colours from it as inspiration.


Each card has different levels of difficulty.  My first card is relatively simple, with the DSP being the major focus, a layered sentiment panel and a little bit of ribbon and we were done.  My second card would have to be the most time consuming, especially if you don't like colouring in!  Lots of stamping, colouring with the wonderful Stampin' Write Markers and then finished with minimal embellishments.


My last card uses that gorgeous DSP again and lots of layers!  Repeat stamping and sponging on the base card, bow tying (again, not everyone's cuppa) and then a few subtle Glitter Enamel Dots to finish with.


I love that each of these cards is so different and yet I have used the same stamp set, the same DSP and the same colour combinations to create each one.  Stampin' Up! products are just so versatile when put together, and yet no two projects will look alike.

Next on the hop this month is the lovely Rochelle Blok in Australia.


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 products used in these projects are listed below.  Click on the pictures below to shop 24/7!
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 invite you to my exclusive VIP Facebook Group and thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

FIT FOR REPURPOSE! - LET'S GET HOPPING


A few months back, my friend Jennifer Frost took the "leap" (see what I did there?) and created a fantastic group on Facebook for people wanting to learn more about blogging.  While I have been blogging for many years now, I have leant a few things I didn't know!  If you want to know more about this group, then visit Jenn's blog HERE.  

Once you have a blog, then why not join in a blog hop!  And that's just what 10 of us are doing today.  Our theme is "Gift Jars", any kind!  You may have just come from Tracy Bish, or you may be starting with me.  Just make sure you select the "next" button at the end of the post to continue on the hop!


I love this little jar.  It reminds me of the local Dairy when I was a kid, that used to have rows of these jars stocked full of eye catching lollies!  It doesn't sit flat, but rather, on an angle, making it easier to get your mitts in there!  I filled mine with peppermints, my Sweethearts favourites!  To decorate it up as a gift, I simply add ribbon and a small piece of DSP.


No gift jar would be complete without a coordinating card to go with it.  I have used the same ribbons and DSP on my card that I used on the jar. I am really loving this monotone look at the moment.

For more gift jar ideas, please click on the "next" button below and continue on the hop with your next stop, Eva Pottsova.

Sherry Espinoza
Verity Biddlecombe
Tanya Rees
Nina McMillan
Tracy Bish
Paula Dobson - You are here!
Eva Pottsova
Cathy Caines
Jennifer Frost
Diana Tillery

All products used in these projects 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 invite you to my exclusive VIP Facebook Group and thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

GARDEN GIRL - BLENDED

I can't keep this under my hat!  I am in love with my new Stampin' Blends!!  These alcohol markers are so lovely to use.  Available only to Stampin' Up! Demonstrators at the moment, I want to get plenty of practice in before they are released to our loyal customers.  While we don't have a release date just yet, I have every confidence it won't be too far away!

When the new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual catalogue was released back in June, I purchased this cute Garden Girl stamp set with colouring in mind.  It has sat on my shelf ever since while other things have taken priority.  When my order of Stampin' Blends arrived, I got that set down, dusted it off and made this card........


Now, I am no alcohol marker artist, but even I am delighted with how this card turned out! I used Shimmery white cardstock to colour on, although, in hindsight, I think Whisper White Original would have worked better.  I am still playing, so the dury is out on that one.

Blends come in a Dark and a Light pen of the same colour, with 12 colours available, plus a Colour Lifter, Bronze and Ivory for skin tones.  I used the Light Pool Party to colour the sky.  It coloured beautifully, with no lines showing for smooth coverage.  I used the Dark and Light Old Olive markers for the grass, using a flicking motion to create the blades of grass.


I stamped Garden Girl on a separate scrap of card before colouring in.  I wanted to see how different colours blended together and used four different colours in her hair!  They all played together nicely!
The Colour lifter was the star of the show for me.  I used it to create the texture on her denim dress and to create a lighter blue than the Light pen gave me.  I also used it to add highlights on her gumboots, on the carrot, the basket and on her chin.  After fussy cutting the image, I popped it up on Dimensionals, after first stamping my greeting on the card front.

What can I say except that I am totally impressed with the new Stampin' Blends.  They are easy to use and the colours all blend well.  It's been a long time coming, but I am excited and can't wait til I can get them in your hands too!  In the meantime, everything else I have used you can purchase now!  Just click on the product photo's below to go to my online store.  Don't forget to use this months Host Code for more rewards!

All products used in these projects are listed below (except Blends, not yet available).  
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 invite you to my exclusive VIP Facebook Group and thank you properly with the gift of a card when you place an order.