Friday, December 15, 2017

MERRY CAFE - STAMPIN' UP! ARTISAN BLOG HOP

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan blog hop.  We are a group of 20 Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world who have had the privilege of bringing you inspiration all of 2017.  My time as an Artisan has been amazing and I couldn't have worked with a more lovely bunch of people, both as Artisans and those working behind the scenes at head office.  So it is with a tinge of sadness that this will be our last hop together as a team.


We are featuring the Merry Cafe stamp set this month.  This is a stamp set that has all the holidays covered, but I had a little creative fun to bring you a rather striking and BRIGHT Christmas card.  

I used some masking tape on my card front to mask off diagonal lines and then sponged each from bold to barely there, in Lemon Lime Twist.  I adore that colour!


The Coffee Cups Framelits were perfect to die cut out my cup elements.  Two of the stamps in this set are so tiny, it would be easy to overlook them, but they certainly made my coffee cup look and feel festive.


I love to decorate my cards all the way through and showed the same love to the inside of this card before finishing with coordinating embellishments.


So that's it folks, my last post for this Artisan year.  But before I go, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome in the 2018 Artisan Design Team, one of whom is my amazingly talented friend, Susan Wong, who is returning to share her beautiful work with us again!  I can't wait to see what this new look team have in store for us all.  I just know they will knock it out of the park in 2018!

Introducing the new 2018 Artisan Design Team

Connie Collins (returning)
Cathy Caines (returning)
Sylwia Schreck (returning)
Jessica Winter (returning)
Susan Wong (returning)
Jennifer Frost (returning)
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, December 14, 2017

GIFT PACKAGING - STAMP TO SHARE


Join the Stamp to Share Design Team as we feature Gift Packaging in this months blog hop.  You may be joining me after visiting my good friend, Rochelle Blok in Australia, or you may be starting the hop here.  Just make sure to click on the "Next" button to continue around the rest of this amazing team.


Sometimes you just want to decorate up something little and you really don't have to look very much further than your Designer Series Paper!  Come on, how many of you are sitting on a mountain of DSP cause it is just too pretty to use?  Wrap that gift!!


I am featuring a sneak peek of a sweet suite (see what I did there?) which will be available January 3rd, when the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue goes live!  The Picture Perfect Party Suite of products is bright and vibrant, just perfect for gift giving.


After wrapping my gift of chocolate in Picture Perfect Party DSP, I completed this simple gift with a Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon.  No gift is complete without a card and I just love the new Narrow Notecards and Envelopes.  Such a perfect little size!


I had fun picking out the colours in this suite to use on my card and envelope and the stamp set had so many great sentiments to choose from.  Placing the sequins was made easy as these ones are adhesive backed!

I hope you will now look at your DSP stash in a new light and use some of it at least, to dress up your own sweet gifts!

For more inspirational packaging ideas head on over to visit Caroline van der Straaten from the Netherlands!


Monica Gale - UK
Amy Koenders - USA
Rochelle Blok - Australia
Paula Dobson - New Zealand (You are here)
Caroline van der Straaten - Netherlands
Barbara Becker - Austria
Moira McIlroy - France

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.

Friday, December 1, 2017

COLOR ME HAPPY - STAMPIN' UP! ARTISAN BLOG HOP

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan blog hop.  You have may have 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 can't stop playing with Stampin' Up!'s new alcohol markers, Stampin Blends.  They absolutely colour like a dream.  The Color Me Happy Project kit and stamp set work beautifully with the Blends and you can't help but feel like an artist!  The kit features 16 cards, four each of four designs, which are just stunning.  I thought I would change it up a bit and design my own take using only the product in the kit!


I adore the Lantern images in the stamp set and used those as my focus.  I love the Gold Foil tape in the kit and used that to frame my artwork.  Just cut to length, peel the backing and stick - so easy!


 I then challenged myself to make a small box from just one card base!  This box started life as a 4" x 4" card, but I love how cute it turned out once I had finished with it!  I used the Gold Foil tape again around the outside of the lid to tie my projects together.


Inside the box is a little (very little lol) chocolate bar.  A sweet treat in a sweet box!

Click the "next" button below to visit with my awesomely talented Aussie mate, Rochelle Blok!


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 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.