Welcome to December and to another week of Artisan Wednesday Wow!!! How did December sneak up on us so quickly?! Every week, I’m amazed at how quickly another week has gone by! .. not to mention, I’m amazed every week at the talent each of the girls has to share! While it never ceases to amaze me how quickly December comes, I always love it as soon as it’s here! I love the peace, joy, love and kindness that December brings! This year is no exception! It’s already been a busy but wonderful few days of December! ..speaking of wonderful, Jeanna’s creations for our blog hop buttons are too adorable! Now, let’s get into our paper creations that we’ve come up with for you today!
I’ve seen plenty of these envelope-liner gift card holders floating around but haven’t had a chance to create any gift card holders with them myself so I was happy that these were among our products to create with this month! Here’s the version I came up with for you today.
I kept it fairly simple as I wanted the wreath image from Wonderful Wreath to take the stage! I stitched the two sides of the liner together with my sewing machine and with that, there was very little to glue onto this project. I adhered the wreath with a few dimensionals and added a Vintage Faceted Button with a Cherry Cobbler bow tied with seam binding.
To keep the front clean and simple, I chose to use a tag from the Stamp-a-Tag kit and just tucked that into the pocket to go along with the gift card! This way the recipient can also re-use the gift card holder. .. I think this one will be one our creations for my Gift Card Holder class next week! Do you want to join me?!
December always turns into a time of reflection, a time to reflect on the blessings we are grateful for as the year comes to an end (and perhaps it’s even a time to be thankful that we can treat the new year as a time to leave some things in the year behind us as we look forward to beginning anew). There is definitely plenty on my list of blessings this year! I am grateful that 2013 has brought this team of amazing artists into my life, girls that are not only artists but who have become my friends! Each week, I get to look forward to their creations, to applauding their talents and to sharing friendships with them along the way. Now, let’s go see what they have to share this week! It’s always one of my favorite times of the week! Becky is up next but be sure to hop all the way through to Mercedes!
Welcome back to this 2nd special edition blog hop showcasing the Pop & Place Gift tag set in all it’s glory! We’ve all got projects to share that are created with the Pop & Place gift tags and/or Christmas Tagables Photopolymer stamp set. I’m once again looking forward to seeing what all of the other team members have to share with us!
Well after a slew of computer issues, a hard drive that is inaccessible, an external hard drive not working (because I knocked it to the floor) and poor Mac needing to go back to the Apple store, I finally have a post that I hope will work and hopefully you’ll all forgive the tardiness of this post and enjoy what I have to share.. now on with the regular post… sigh.. it really could be worse! There’s much more to life than computer issues, right?! We just get along much better when they work with how dependent we can be on technology .. and it actually working the way we need it to! .. now, we’ll really get on with things!
My project today uses the tag frames, a little ribbon and that’s about it.. well besides some school photos of these cute boys of mine! .. what Grandparent doesn’t love a photo ornament of their grandchildren to hang upon the tree?! These will make a cute addition to the tags on their gifts this year. I created these photo ornaments using the negative spaces from the tags. My kids were thrilled with them and want to keep a set for our own tree.. looks like I have some more sewing to do!
I used two of each negative space for each ornament. One ‘frame’ for a photo of each of my boys so that the ornament is double-sided. I adhered the photo in the frame and then stitched around the edge with my sewing machine. I sewed the ribbon right into the top of one side as a hanger. Once I had both sides of the ornament stitched, I adhered the photos back to back and finished them off by tying a knot in the top of the ribbon and then I tied a Bakers Twine bow on each side of the ornament. They turned out pretty cute and I’ll definitely have to oblige the boys and add some to our tree this year as well. I think I’ll have to try a couple out in black and white! Here’s a peek at the individual ornaments.
Let’s go see what Becky had to share today! Be sure to hop along all the way to Mercedes! The hop is always a bright spot in my week and I never want to miss a project! See you next week!
Welcome back to another week of Artisan Wednesday Wow! Each week, I’m so excited to see what the entire team has come up with and hope that we inspire you to get out your stamps and create! Since next week is another special edition of our hop, today is our last post using the products we’ve been featuring in November. .. one stamp that many of the other girls have featured and I was sure I would NEVER use myself, has made it’s way to my stamp table and I have to admit after seeing all of their inspiration, I was actually excited to put a little bit of ink on this guy!
There’s not much more that can put you into a festive mood than hearing the sound of children singing, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ or a host of other Christmas Carols! As soon as my boys saw today’s project, they both burst into song and I couldn’t help but join in with them! Today’s project is a perfect little companion to take along with you to keep you in the mood and to keep track of your shopping while hustling and bustling around this shopping season! This cute little Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Notebook is what I’ve created to share with you today.
I stamped the deer image from the Remembering Christmas stamp set with Versamark Ink on Early Espresso Coredinations Cardstock and then heat embossed it with Early Espresso Embossing powder. I ‘fussy’ cut the image with my favourite Paper Snips and then stamped the image up again and heat embossed the same way on a piece of window sheet to lay over top of the hand cut image.
The hand cut image is actually adhered to a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock that has the lyrics to ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ on it. I received a super cute card from the talented Catherine Sanders in my Founders Circle swaps. She had typed up the lyrics to Santa Claus is coming to town to create background paper and used it with the Santa image from Santa’s List. I love her card so much that I’ve added it to my Santa’s List stamp-a-stack next week. Come stamp with me and make your own next Tuesday Nov. 26th. Thanks Catherine for the inspiration that I used here to create this Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer background.
To finish off the overlay of my notebook and to lend to the feel of a Christmas Carol, I layered a piece of the music note paper from Modern Medley DSP on the Window Sheet and then ‘bound’ the cover to the notepad with a strip of DSP from Season of Style DSP.
I hope this little notebook has put you in a festive spirit.. I know all of us in my family have ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ stuck in our heads right now! Let’s go see what Becky has to share.. perhaps her or one of the other girls on the way through to Mercedes will have something that will put a new song in my head! What’s your favourite Christmas Carol?
Welcome to the Artisan Wednesday Wow.. Facebook FRIDAY edition! We’re back for a second time this week with the projects that were featured on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook page today!
Even though our winters are full of the real kind of snowflakes, I still love to craft with them. A recent issue of our demonstrator magazine featured a technique called ghosting. The article used Halloween stamps but I created this card to show how pretty the technique is with a winter theme.
I stamped two samples to show you a couple of different ways you can achieve this technique. You can keep it simple with white ghosted snowflakes, or create snowflakes stamped in a darker color and offset a little to add some extra dimension. Here are some closer up looks of the two different versions.
To get this look, you begin with white cardstock and stamp your image using Whisper White ink. Next, you brayer over top of the white images with a light colored ink (I used Pool Party). As you brayer over top of the white ink, the white images pop through the color. It’s a really neat transformation to watch.
Here is the second version with the snowflake (from Festive Flurry) stamped with Island Indigo Ink that adds a little more dimension.
I guarantee you all of the projects are amazing and super fabulous this week. Be sure to hop all the way through after me from Becky right through to Mercedes!
Welcome Back to another week of Artisan Wednesday Wow! As always, I’m really excited to see what everyone has to share today! I’ve got some pretty gift packaging to share and am looking forward to wrapping up something special in this box to gift at Christmas time this year!
I wrapped one of the Extra Large Gift Boxes with a band of Cardstock Vellum that I had covered in embossed polka dots. I stamped the polka dots with a Dauber and Versamark ink and then used a variety of colors of embossing powder (Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Gold… gotta love a pop of gold!). For a little extra detail I stitched around the edges of the band with my sewing machine. I actually cut two long pieces of Vellum and adhered them together first. (they were cut at 4″ x 11″).
The Bow on top is cut from the Bigz Bow Die (and it’s 25% off this week, just in time for your gift wrapping needs!) and is embellshed with just a little bit of gold there too! Easy, cute and fun! Can’t wait to share this box with someone special this Christmas!
Now, lets run off to see what Becky has to share! Be sure to hop all the way through to Mercedes!
Welcome back to another week of Artisan Wednesday Wow! I can NOT believe it’s NOVEMBER! Where has the year gone?! It’s hard to believe it but we are practically right in the thick of the Christmas Season! I know I’m definitely in full-on Christmas crafting mode and I’m excited to see what Christmas-y things the other girls have come up with!
I really love the Festive Flurry ensemble and was inspired to create something soft, neutral and elegant for you today! Here’s what I came up with. .. a shimmery, shiny snowflake card!
I chose not to put a greeting on this card. I wanted it to be suitable for any fancy Winter occasion.. I really wish I had a Winter Wedding to go to.. I think this would be perfect for a Winter Wonderland Wedding. There’s a lot of shimmer and shine to this one. The card base is Shimmery White, the Dictionary stamp is stamped with the Silver Metallic Encore pad and I’ve used Silver Foil and Silver Glimmer paper as well. Shimmery, but neutral.. I’m happy with how it came together!
Here’s a closer look at the snowflake. It is suspended in the framed circle (cut out of Silver Foil Paper).
I do hope the real life snowflakes stay away for awhile.. as long as they are here in time for Christmas!
Let’s go see what Becky has to share with us today! Don’t miss a stop, be sure to go all the way through to Mercedes!
Welcome back to this week’s edition of Artisan Wednesday Wow. We’re all back this week to share projects we’ve created using the Pop & Place Gift Tags and Christmas Tagables set!
I’ve got a few ideas floating around in my head or in the works but today I’ve got a tiny but cute creation to share with you. It took a couple different turns from where it started but I’m happy with how it turned out. Does that ever happen to you? Do you ever dream something up in your head and it just doesn’t turn out as planned. I won’t complain since I’m happy with the result but it definitely goes the other way sometimes too, where things just don’t come together like I imagined them before putting ink to paper! Hopefully this one inspired you to get creative with the Pop & Place kit!
Here’s what I came up with for this week’s project! A tiny little gift tag holder.
I used one of the top note shapes from the Pop & Place tag set to create a folder.
Inside the top note folder, I attached an envelope created with a piece of Season of Style DSP (made with the Envelope Punch Board).
I was originally going to create pockets with the matching frame to go with the tags and make a little window with Window Sheets so that you could see the tags through them. I liked the look of just the square window (cut with the square framelits) though so I photographed both options for you so that you could see a variety of ways to frame window pockets inside your folders.
Here is the version with the frame around the window. Having both options is always great and it gives you another use for the frames… I might just have another project in the works for those?!?!
I rolled up some Cherry Cobbler Bakers twine and wrapped it with some matching ribbon to the closure on the folder so that the recipient of this cute little gift will have string ready to attach the tags to gifts. I kept all of the stamping simple by stamping in single colors of ink and matching the stamps right up to the matching punched out tag! This little set is going to be a great set to make gifts out of OR to just give as a gift in itself. Did you know you could buy the Pop & Place Tags as a bundle with the Christmas Tagables stamp set, a clear block and a little ink spot. Are you making your Christmas shopping list yet?! I think this bundle just crossed a few people off of my list whom I can buy this bundle for! (it’s only $27.95 for the whole deal!)
I’m looking forward to everyone’s creations today (as always)! Let’s go see what Becky has to share first but let’s hop all the way through to Mercedes. It’ll be fun to see what everyone came up with with the same stamp and tag set!
Stamps & Ink: Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink, Old Olive Classic Ink, Early Espresso Classic Ink, Christmas Tagables Photopolymer stamp set
Paper: Season of Style DSP
Accessories: Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags, Stamping Sponges, Square Framelits, Envelope Punch Board, Simply Scored
Welcome back! The projects we have to share with you today appeared on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook page last Friday! I’m excited to be able to share it with you here today! I’ll give a little warning that this post is long and has lots of photos. I always love to see a lot of photos so I tend to share a lot of photos. I hope you enjoy them!
Although I’m excited to share my project and love how it turned out, it’s a bit tough to write for exactly the same reason that I love the project so much. While this project reminds me of what my family and I are thankful for, it’s also a reminder of what and who we miss so much … my Dad and all of the holidays, special days and plain old regular days that we had with him. He passed away 4 yrs ago and I love how this project helped to let me still feel like he is a part of the holidays with us. I wrote on my Facebook after Thanksgiving while we were departing from Family to head back home, that it was a good time to be reminded of a quote by Dr. Seuss, ‘don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’… I miss my Dad, but I’m truly grateful for each day that we got to spend with him and when I think of those days, I smile because they happened. I don’t know about you but a great project can almost always cheer me up so before this post becomes too sad I’ll cherish it for how special the project is and I’ll move onto sharing this ‘Harvest of Blessings’ ensemble.
In Canada, we’ve already celebrated Thankgiving this year. My project this week was all about Thankgiving and Harvesting our Blessings. In this project, you’ll see how my garland gave my family (including my Mom, all of my brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews) all a chance to record and share what they are thankful for.
This ensemble started with the burlap placemat & candle with the garland and grew from there. While parts of it were simple and quick to put together other parts although easy, were tedious. It really was a labour of love. In the Holiday Catalogue, Stampin’ Up! has a sample with a string of circles sewn together and wrapped around a candle. I incorporated that idea into my Harvest of Blessings ensemble and created this garland of circles out of Sweater Weather DSP to represent our family tree. Each size of circle represents a generation in the family. The largest circles represent my Mom and Dad and from there, each smaller size represents a new generation in the family. There is a family garland connecting the pennants on the banner and there is a matching family garland wrapped around the candle. The candle is to represent my Dad and the family garland is to represent that he is still embraced in our love.
Here’s a closer look at the garland. I chose the word ‘love’ from the expressions thinlits because of the significance of the candle and garland.
To create this burlap placemat that ties the ensemble together, I used the Harvest of Thanks digital stampbrush set as well as the Truly Grateful digital stampbrush set. I mirror imaged them and printed them on an iron-on transfer and then ironed them onto the burlap. The whole ensemble began with the idea of the placemat and just kept growing into a more significant & meaningful project that I hope to use at Thanksgiving in the years to come.
The placemat held the candle and a paint tin. In the paint tin were the chalkboard pieces from the Thankful Tablescape kit and extra pieces of Basic Black cardstock that were cut with a variety of framelits. Each family member took a piece of cardstock from the tin and wrote what they are thankful for and then clipped their ‘blessings’ onto the circle that corresponds with their place on the family tree. I LOVED watching and listening to all the nieces and nephews as they wrote their blessings down and read what each other wrote on their card.
Here is the card that my 6 yr old wrote on. Some of you are well aware of how he prays for the people in the desert.. for them to have food and homes (more specifically, for them to ‘get a chicken’) and so it came as no surprise that he wrote that he is thankful for, ‘the people in the desert’. As his mom, I thought this was rather sweet!
Here is the garland before we clipped all of our ‘blessings’ onto it.
You can see at the top of my post how it turned out with all of the pieces clipped to it… not everyone had written on theirs yet when I took the photo but you get the idea. I need somewhere in my home so that I can keep it up as a reminder of my family and our blessings. We don’t have a mantle so I’m not sure just where it will go but I’d like to find somewhere. Here is another view of the cards all clipped up.
I used more of the Thankful Tablescape Kit to create the pennants at each end of the garland. I tied in both ‘thankful’ and ‘love’ from the Expressions Thinlits dies.
While this ensemble truly was a labour of love, it was a fun and tangible way to truly harvest our blessings. I hope you are inspired to create a family garland of blessings, it really was enjoyable to hear what each of the kids and adults counted in their blessings this year!
Now, let’s go see what Becky has to share today! I saw all the projects on Facebook last week and they are pretty fabulous so be sure to hop on through to see every one, don’t stop until you get back to Mercedes!
Paper: Sweater Weather DSP, Basic Black Cardstock
Stamps & Ink: Truly Grateful Stamp Set, Versamark, Early Espresso
Accessories: Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Chevron Ribbon, Naturals Buttons, Burlap Ribbon, Thankful Tablescape Kit, White Emboss Powder, Signo Gel Pen, Chalk Marker, Stamping Sponges
Tools: Big Shot, Apothecary Art Framelits, Chalktalk Framelits, Expressions Thinlits, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, 1/2″ Circle Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch
My Digital Studio: Truly Grateful Stampbrush Set, Harvest of Thanks Stampbrush Set
Other: Sewing Machine, Burlap, Iron-on Transfers, Printer
Welcome back to another round of Artisan Wednesday Wow! It’s always fun to come back each week to share with you and to see what the other designers on team have to share with you!
With Fall being my favorite time of year, this box of products we’ve had to work with this month have been a lot of fun for me. You might be looking forward to next month and something different after all of the chalkboard banners, leaves and the Thankful Tablescape kit elements that have been sprinkled all over my projects this month! Watch for the elements of this kit to be put to a really meaningful use in our next blog hop (and on the SU Facebook page this Friday!). It goes to show how versatile that kit can really be! I have a scrapbook page to share with you today and must admit that I case’d it from a page I found on Pinterest! When I saw the page there, I knew it would work well with this kit and some of the MANY fall photos I take.
I had loved the barn board feel of the paper on the page I cased this from so I wanted to use the bark paper in the kit to recreate the look. I adhered the bark paper to Whisper White cardstock first to give it more stability and attached some Vintage Trinket brads. The chalkboard banner elements were also an easy add on.
Sweater Weather DSP was the go to DSP to create the banners with and co-ordinates with the leaves from the Tablescape kit. The letters are cut from the Bigz Alphabet Typeset die set. It’s been awhile since I created a completely traditional page and this one came together pretty quickly. I hope you’re inspired to create your own! The photos are actually from last fall but they are some of my favorites and I hadn’t yet scrapbooked any of the photos of myself with the boys. I think I’ll do another take on this to create a page of the boys with Dad. .. I think this may just end up being one of my Scrapbook Club pages this month too!
I’m off to see what Becky and all of the other girls have created. Hop along with me!
Paper: Crumb Cake (12×12), Whisper White, Sweater Weather DSP, Early Espresso Coredinations Cardstock
Stamps & Ink: Thankful, Versamark, Early Espresso Classick Ink, Early Espresso Reinker
Accessories: Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit, White Emboss Powder, Heat tool, Distressing Tool, Stamping Sponges, Bigz Alphabet Typset, Vintage Trinkets, Spritzer Bottles, Naturals Buttons
Welcome back to another week of Artisan Wednesday Wow! I’m a little more accepting this week that October is in full force and Fall is here to stay. It’s always been my favorite time of year so I am loving creating Fall projects and am excited to see what all of the other girls on the team have come up with this week!
I created some projects with the Thankful Tablescape kit and am really loving how they turned out. My wreath is super simple but I like the simplicity of it. The banner is a little more Frilly but is also fairly simple to make. Have a look!
I started with the wreath since I was on a wreath making frenzy and then added the banner since the wreath seemed like such a simple project to share today! I wrapped the wreath in our Burlap Ribbon and then used the Thankful Tablescape kit to embellish it. I created my own banner to resemble the one in the kit but made it large enough to suit the wreath. I just used Basic Black Cardstock and my Signo Gel Pen.
Here’s a look at the leaves and the banner. I used a technique that my sister-in-law and fellow demonstrator Kari-lyn share with the Sleepless Stampers team a couple of weeks ago to add some detail to the leaves. I flipped the leaf upside down on my Stampin Pierce Mat and ran the stylus over the leaf to create veining and then crumpled and sponged it to make it look more realistic… remember my 9 yr old stampin’ critic.. he thought the leaf was REAL.. I guess passed the test! The word ‘thankful’ is cut out of the rolls of bark paper that come in the kit. I adhered it to white cardstock first using the multi-purpose adhesive sheets so that it wasn’t so fragile when using the thinlits and to help be able to adhere it to my banner. It worked like a charm!
Those little chalkboard details in the Tablescape Kit are fun and quick to work with so I knew they were the go to pieces to create a banner with. I stamped them with Whisper White craft ink and the Dictionary background stamp (I stamped off first) and then cut more letters out of the bark paper to create the word, ‘FALL’.
I used the same technique on the leaves here and embellished them with Naturals buttons, Tea Lace Doilies and the twine in the kit and strung it all together with Linen Ribbon.
I’ll include photos of the details and hope that you’re inspired to create your own Fall banner! The Linen Ribbon is strung through the Burlap Ribbon behind each piece of the banner. With the section of ribbon that is folded behind each piece I used sticky strip to tape off a section to string the Linen through. I hope that makes sense!
I’m sure the other girls have been busy with this kit too and whether they created with it for this week or another week, I’m looking forward to hopping along through to see what they have to share! Becky is next but be sure to hop along all the way through to Mercedes!