Friday, December 29, 2017

A Card for Someone Special.....Sara!

Good afternoon! The card I'm sharing tonight was created for a very special person.  Sara Douglass.  AKA the CEO of Stampin' UP!  Earlier this fall the Artisan Design Team was invited to create a card for Sara that would be displayed in the Legacy Room at Stampin' UP!   I wanted to create something that was really special because let's face it- Sara is pretty amazing.   I was so worried about how my card would turn out.  Would it be special enough?  Would Sara like it?  Would it be worthy of the Legacy Room?  I had all these questions racing through my mind and no answers!  

Can you guess which one is mine?

I was SO excited to create this card.  I mean after all black, white and little splashes of color are my idea of the perfect card!  So the challenge was accepted and this is what I created!
I began with a standard A2 Basic Black card base.  I then added a Whisper White/Basic Black striped layer.   Next- I created my favorite part of the card....the Berry Burst ribbon rose with Lemon Lime Twist leaves.  I layered it all upon a Delicate White Doilie, added a square Vellum frame and various other embellishments and BAM!  Done!

Here's a closeup of the Berry Burst Ribbon Rose.  Isn't it gorgeous?  It measures approximately an inch and a half in diameter possibly a little larger.  I can't remember exactly  but it was pretty good sized.
To create the sentiment- I stamped the You're Just Lovely stamp from the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set 3 times.  Why 3 times you ask?  Simply because the sentiment is actually in a stack on the stamp- meaning that each word is on it's own separate line. To create the look I wanted- I needed to stamp the sentiment in two straight lines.  Thankfully the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig came to the rescue!

Overall I love this card.  It's beautiful and totally my style!  I love everything about it!  I hope you have enjoyed my card!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Monday Montage #106

Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop. I'm so happy you joined us!  Be sure to visit all 9 stops to see what other amazing designers have created to share with you.

A quick heads up- tonight will be our final hop for 2017.  We will pick up again just after the New Year on Sunday January 7th 2018!

My project tonight is a gift bag that was created using two sheets of 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper.  These bags are really simple to create and are extremely durable.  This makes them perfect for all kinds of gifts!

Here's a closeup of the front of the bag.  It's a little difficult to see in the pictures- but for the shiny layer behind the tree I used the Champagne Foil Sheets and the Silver Metallic Thread.  I then layered a tree cut from the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies and a piece of Gold Glimmer Paper.  The sentiment is embossed with VersaMark and the Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder.

Do you use Designer Series Paper to create gift bags or gift wrap?  If not you totally should give it a try!  You will LOVE the results!

Won't you join us for the rest of the hop?  Simply click the NEXT button to go to the fabulous Elizabeth Price or click the BACK button to head on over to the lovely Cathy Casey.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fancy Friday Blog Hop- Mixed Metallic Challenge

Hello there stampin' friends!  Tonight I'm hopping along with the Fancy Friday Design Team!  I am thrilled to be able to hop with such an amazingly talented group of ladies! 

For this hop- we are having a Mixed Metallic Challenge.  Let me just start out by saying that I love metallics.  There's no other way to put it!  They are gorgeous.  Every single color- whether it be gold, silver, copper or champagne- they all add a "little something" that just makes projects special.  
Tonight's card is just that!  Special!  

To create this card- I began with two pieces of Window Sheets that measure 4" x 5-1/4" and a piece of 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" of Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper (I used the sheet with snowflakes).  I then sewed the Window Sheets together leaving an opening at the top so that I could insert the DSP and the Metallic Sequins.  I then sewed the pocket shut.  The rest was just some simple layering and embellishing!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have enjoyed my project!  Please click the NEXT button below to be taken to one of my stampin' heroes- Cindy!  There are several fabulous artists in this hop so please continue to click NEXT to travel along with us!  You'll be happy you did!


Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop- Merry Cafe Treat Tubes

Hey there stampers!  Welcome back to another Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog hop!  If you are hopping with us today then you may have arrived here from the fabulous Cathy Caines.  Isn't she amazing? As we are a group of 20 demonstrators from around the world- our blogs are written in many different languages.  Please be sure to use Google Translate so that you can follow along in your language.  You don't wanna miss out on any of the fabulous details!

Our hop today features the Merry Cafe Stamp Set and coordinating Coffee Cup Framelits Dies.  I just love this set!  It is so versatile and fun!  A few short months ago I created a set of four cards that was showcased on the Stampin' UP! Corporate Blog.  If you missed them- you can head on over to the Stampin' UP! Corporate Blog and check them out! (You may need to do a quick search to find them).

One of my favorite products in the Holiday Catalog is the Treat Tubes.  Some may think that these tubes were made for Halloween but I say they are for every season!  Especially when these little cuties are paired with the Merry Cafe Stamp Set!

Sadly I only have one picture of them.  It seems I couldn't wait to give them away!  I had made a bunch of these little holiday favors for my coworkers at my day job.  These treats are a card and a treat all combined into one!  Perfect for quick gifts!

Today is our last hop as the 2017 Artisan Design Team.  Although I'm sad to say goodbye- I'm very excited to introduce you to the new 2018 Artisan Design Team.  I know they will have lots of inspiration to share with you all throughout the coming year so I hope that you will continue to follow along with their hops!  As for me- I'm not going anywhere! I'll still be posting to my blog as well as a few other places.  I'm happy to now be a part of the Fancy Friday Design Team as well as the OSAT Blog Hop Team.  Please watch for these hops coming soon!


United States
Connie Collins (returning)
Cathy Caines (returning)

United Kingdom



Sylwia Schreck (returning)

Jessica Winter (returning)

New Zealand
Susan Wong (returning)

Jennifer Frost (returning)

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will join us on our journey around the world today!  The fabulous Holly Stene will be your next stop on the hop.  Check it out!  She has a gorgeous project in store!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sneak Peek! Petal Palette

Good evening stampers!  It's been nearly a month since I received my Occasions Catalog preorder and can you believe that I literally just opened it?   I've been in full swing craft show mode so I haven't really had much time to play with my new goodies.  Until now.  

The first set I chose to use was the gorgeous new stamp set called Petal Palette.  This stamp set is absolutely amazing.  There are tons of sentiments and lots of fancy images.  There is coordinating black and white Designer Series Paper called Petal Passion and I am in love.  I absolutely adore black and white DSP.  It's so versatile and it truly makes classy projects!

As I sat down to play- I grabbed the rose stamp and stamped it in all four corners.  Using the Stampin' Blends I began to color all the images in.  My rose color combinations consisted of Light Daffodil Delight, Light Pumpkin Pie, Light Calypso Coral,  Dark Calypso Coral and the Color Lifter.  The leaves were colored with both Light and Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  
Each rose was colored just a little bit differently to allow for varation.

I'm thrilled that there's black and white striped DSP!  It's so beautiful ❤  
I used the Layering Circles Collection Framelits and the Stitched Shapes Framelits to create the circle centerpiece.  The sentiment was stamped in VersaMark Ink onto a piece of Basic Black Card Stock and heat embossed in White Stampin' Emboss Powder.

A tiny piece of Lace Trim  and some Gold Metallic Thread to add interest.  Pearl Basic Jewels were added for a bit of "extra".  

I hope you have enjoyed my project for tonight! Thanks for stopping by!