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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Introducing the new 2017-2019 In Colors!

Happy Saturday!  I hope that you're having a great weekend so far.  Today I wanted to share with you the new in colors for Stampin' Up!  Every 2 years there are 5 new colors that are introduced that experts predict are or will be trending.  These new colors are replacing Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush and Mint Macaron.

The stamp set featured today is a new set coming out in the new catalog (June 1st) called Bright Wishes.  Each card is colored with all 5 new colors with the addition of some neutrals.












Do you have a new favorite color?  I love the Fresh Fig - reminds me a lot of Blackberry Bliss and I surprised myself and really like the Lemon Lime Twist! It's a very versatile color that coordinates with more than you would think.

I'd love to here what you think of this new stamp set and the in colors!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

-Holly

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Celebrations Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to another blog hop with the Artisan Design Team!  I hope that you've been following along with us all year, but if not and this is your first time, welcome!  We are a group of 20 demonstrators from all over the globe that have the priveledge of representing Stampin' Up! on their design team.  If you came from my talented friend Dani, thanks for continuing on to me!  And if along the way you need translate a blog, you can use google translate so you won't miss any details!

Today we are sharing with you creations that we have made with either the Happy Celebrations stamp set and the coordinating embossing folders or products from the Cool Treats suite! 

I chose to work with the Happy Celebrations stamp set 
and here is what I have created:


My sister Kelly is a high school teacher and her birthday is a week from today!  So I thought this would be the perfect card!  Unfortunately for her, the m&m's won't ship, so I will have to enjoy her little snack. :)

I thought the font for the word happy looked like chalk lines and decided to make a chalkboard.  For the "chalkboard" look I embossed the word happy using Versamark and White Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I then took Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad and my Stamping Sponge and lightly swirled around the Basic Black cardstock.  
Tip: Avoid pressing too hard while swirling the white ink or you will get more concentrated ink spots.  Lighting swirl the sponge around and add more if you like.


For the apple, I took the smaller circle stamp and stamped red on red and fussy cut it out.  The wooden embellishment leaves (available June 1st) were sponged with Lemon Lime Twist.


I also wanted to make a little gift.  Again, I'll be eating it since we live states away from each other - but at least you have an idea!  I used the new Wood Crate Framelits to create this cute treat holder.  The awesome wood DSP is also a sneak peek at something you can order June 1st (or now if you're a demo!).  I love the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.


The candies are in a 3"x 6" Gusseted Cellophane Bag and the tag is simply a circle punched with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch. 


I hope you enjoyed my creations! Don't forget to pin your favorites! (or follow the SU! Artisan Design Team Pinterest board)  Make your way around the blog too - we love to hear from you!

Next up is the very talented Jennifer Sootkoos from New Jersey!  Click the next button below to start or go off the full list of blogs below!


Have a wonderful day!
-Holly


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Donut Forget - Paper Pumpkin Alternative

I'm not normally a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, but have really enjoyed the last two months.  When I heard May's kit was going to be cards, I signed up again for another month.  SU! also shared some clues for this month's theme which so happened to be DONUTS!  Awesome!  I decided to make an alternate card for this month's kit to share with you.


Earlier last month I created this donut using another stamp set, but didn't really have any sentiment to go with it.  When my kit arrived today I immediately went to my craft space and made this card!

If you're wondering where the glossy look comes from, it is simply a thin layer of glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I sprinkled some of the Sprinkles Embellishments from the Occasions Catalog.


The gold thread and striped paper is also from the Paper Pumpkin kit this month.  The pink that you see is Powder Pink - one of the new in colors. :)


So since you're probably wondering where the donut came from - it's a set called Oh So Eclectic.  A few weeks back I shared with you a sneak peek at the new set coming out in June.  Some of you that have your hands on the new catalog will see it grace the cover.  I borrowed my MIL's set that she won last month at OnStage - since I don't have the set to show you, I hope you can get an idea from this card.


The watercolored flower layer (Bermuda Bay) is the same as the Early Espresso layer of icing in the donut card.  Pretty neat, huh?

I hope that you enjoyed this fun creation!  I am anxious to get the rest of my Paper Pumpkin kit put together and share that with you as well.

Hope you have a wonderful day!
-Holly

Monday, May 15, 2017

In the City - Hostess Sneak Peak!

Friends, it's been awhile hasn't it?

I haven't posted in almost 2 weeks which is just crazy to me and I miss it!  I held 3 classes this month - probably my last until our move - and haven't sat down to stamp much for fun.

Well, at least I hadn't until this awesome stamp set showed up at my door last week!  I usually don't purchase hostess sets as I don't hold many parties, but I had to get this set for my boys.  They loved the 2-step bug set in the occasions catalog and I knew they'd like this too!

This set is called In the City - a 60 stamp photopolymer set!! Lots of cute buildings, vehicles, nature and sentiments.  No need to color really.  The colored images are stamps!


The only coloring I did here was the cakes in the bakery, the stained glass windows and the blue/white awning.  Even the little doors are stamps!  I did add a road with the swipe of my Smoky Slate Stampin' Write Marker and a few birds with the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.  I think I'll leave this card for the family that purchased our home.


I fussy cut the cars and added them on with the new Mini Dimensionals.  They are awesome!


As I said, there are some cute sentiments in this set - but I actually changed one up a bit.  We recently had a friend visit us so I took the "thanks for letting us visit!" sentiment and made my own custom sentiment!

I love photopolymer for this reason!  And the new sentiment fit perfectly inside the Classic Label Punch.


I love the little church in this stamp set.  My father has been a minister for the last 25+ years and I wanted to make a special card just for him.  I paired this with the sentiment from the Lift Me Up stamp set and stamped it on the large circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies.


I added some of the building images as a background which I think really helped with the otherwise boring Smoky Slate card base.  I added a panel of Wild Wasabi cardstock embossed with the Seaside Textured Embossing Folder.  A few Pumpkin Pie Enamel Shapes, new 3/8" Bermuda Bay Mini Chevron Ribbon, Crushed Curry Cardstock and Dimensionals and the card is complete!


Pretty cute huh?

If you'd like to earn your own In the City stamp set - you need a $150 minimum order OR host a party and earn it free with qualifying party orders!

I hope you like these cards!  I have a feeling I'll be sharing more soon!

Blessings,
Holly





Thursday, May 4, 2017

Eastern Palace Highlight - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to another blog hop with Stampin' Up's Artisan Design Team!  We are a group of 20 global demonstrators chosen by SU! to represent their awesome products in hopes to inspire you with our creations!  If you came from Dani's page - thanks for continuing to me!  I love her work - but sometimes she is a tough act to follow :)  I hope you like what I've made for you today.

Last month another ADT member (Tanya Boser) stayed at my house the night before OnStage.  She spilled the beans on here awesome watercoloring (maybe she can explain it best).  I absolutely loved how the backgrounds turned out on a few cards we made and I couldn't help but make some more watercolor cards to highlight the three in-colors that you will get with the purchase of either bundle!


This color combo is:  Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim.  I used a strip of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Dapper Denim 3/8" Ruched Ribbon and the fringe from the Mini Tassels Assortment (more on that below).


I wanted to show off these beautiful Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies and thought they looked so pretty in Vellum.  Neither the diecut or the watercolor overshadow each other.  I think the soft look of the Vellum helps.  A few gold enamel shapes from the Metallic Enamel Shapes pack and the card is complete.


The second card is very similar to the first as far as supplies go.  A different medallion and sentiment, but that's it.  The color combo here is Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum and Fresh Fig. (LOVE this new color!!)



Now you may notice the Tranquil Tide and the Fresh Fig twine sticking out from behind the medallions.  This was a very simple trick.  I think these tassels are adorable, but aren't they even cuter as "mini" Mini Tassels?  You can get two uses out of each tassel this way! Just snip half of the twine off and adhere it to the back of your cardstock.  Save the little tassels for later!


I hope you enjoyed my creations!
Demonstrators have been able to order these products for a month now.  You may have seen some beautiful projects so far with the Eastern Palace Suite and I hope that this hop helps sway you! :)  I have seen many projects - from simple to stunning!

Here's the GOOD NEWS!
Customers can now order these gorgeous products!  
Exclusive for a limited time are the Starter and Premier Bundles, designed for both the beginning and avid crafters.  You can even get your hands on 3 of the new In-Colors!  Contact your local demo for more information or shop online!

Next up is the lovely and talented Jennifer Sootkoos from New Jersey!  Simple click on the button below to continue on the hop!  And as always, below is the full list of Artisan Design Team members.  
You can also see the list of supplies used for today's cards. 


Have a wonderful day!
-Holly

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
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser 


Friday, April 28, 2017

TGIF Challenges Turns TWO! Let's Celebrate!


We are celebrating a birthday over at TGIF Challenges today!  We are TWO years old already as a challenge site.  I remember playing along with the first challenge - it was a color challenge and I submitted two different cards.  But what is really neat is that Stampin' Up! had both of my cards featured on their homepage!  I may not have won the challenge over at TGIF, but the highlight from SU was huge for me! Fast forward two years and here I am as a design team member.
So much fun!

So since we are celebrating a birthday, we have a fitting challenge theme this week!  Click on the image below to go to our homepage to see the rest of the design team's creations and join the fun this week!

For this challenge I decided to make a birthday card.  It's a little stretch from the "party" theme - but a birthday is a reason to party - so it fits!

This card was actually cased almost to the T from the new catalog.  I won the Special Celebrations stamp set at OnStage earlier this month.  It's a wonderful stamp set with sentiments for both the front and inside of the card.


The flowers are from the Blooms & Wishes stamp set.  If you've followed me for awhile, you may remember that I'm not much of a floral stamp set fan, but this set is my favorite floral set.


I added some Brights Enamel Shapes - both Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay.



When I made a second card, I decided to add a little bling instead.  (I was also short on the Bermuda Bay enamel shapes!)  I actually like both looks.  

A little shabby and chic - which one do you like best?



I hope that you like the cards I shared with you today.  Please head on over to TGIF Challenges and check out all of the fabulous creations the team made!  You won't be disappointed!

Have a wonderful weekend!

-Holly