Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop: Cool Treats

Hello and welcome to another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. This week we are featuring the Cool Treats Bundle and Happy Celebrations.

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So as you can see, I got the Cool Treats Bundle! Which I absolutely love! It's fun and playful and reminds me of summer. And Summer is exactly what inspired me to make these cute little drink charms, for those fancy summer beverages.

My charms are made from shrink plastic, which in Canada, we call it "Shrinky Dinks". It can be found at most craft stores.

These were really easy to make. I simply cut out a circle, die cut the images out and then brayerd the rough side with 2 different ink colours. Once that dried, I stamped the sayings on the shiny side and followed the directions to shrink them.

I decorated my rings with the co-oridinating Sprinkles Embellishments and used two crimp beads at either end to keep them from falling off. The rings and crimp beads can be found in the jewelry section of major craft stores.

Up Next is the Talented Mercedes Weber. Enjoy the rest of the hop!


Artisan Design Team:
Martha Inchley - That's me!

Kylie's International Blog Highlight! Masculine Theme

Hello and Welcome!

This morning I woke up to an email, reminding me that I still had time to participate in Kylie's International Blog Highlights and I thought: Why not!?! I've been wanting to participate, but never have... I have a card that fits the theme AND... (and this was the big one) I ACTUALLY have time to blog it! So that's what I'm doing today.

It's kind of like a blog hop... but not really. You get to see a ton of amazing samples and ideas but there's no hopping line-up, with a button from blog to blog. Instead, I link you to the Highlights page where you can see all the samples at once. From there, you can pick and choose what projects/blogs you would like to visit.

Another fun aspect: is you can vote for your favourite samples! Give those creators some love and brighten up their day. Then at the end, the top 10 get to blog hop with Kylie, the following month. Pretty cool idea, if you ask me.

So here we go: the theme this time around is Masculine.

On my last Artisan Design Team hop, I featured a card using the "Eastern Palace" Bundle and Brayering (you can see it HERE). I really liked the look and decided to keep with the same idea   and create a few more cards for my Coffee and Create class this past week.

When designing my classes, I always try to have a masculine design included. I know that people struggle with masculine cards and never seem to have enough of them on hand. So keeping with the Brayered Background, stamping over top, and the Eastern Palace Bundle, this is what I came up with for a more Masculine design.

It uses the colours: Dapper Denim and Tranquil Tide brayered together on the background and stamped on top with the Eastern Palace Stamps. I also used the co-ordinating dies and the new gold vinyl stickers.

I really like the look of the stamping on top of the brayering.

OH! ... and can I tell you, how much I LOVE the Sponge Brayers!?! Like, LOVE LOVE! I may or may not have a few boxes... hehe. They are easy to use, I can have one for each colour when working on a project (no having to clean each time between colours! Seriously who has time for that!?!), AND when you're all done... pull them apart, run them under water until the water runs clear. wring them out and let dry! LOVE them!



So, I thought I would share my third and final card for my Coffee & Create class, as I thought you might be curious. I kept with the same idea: Brayered background, stamping over top and the Eastern Palace Bundle, but this time I used Dapper Denim and Fresh Fig and a little strip of DSP.



Thanks for stopping in today. For more Masculine themed projects head over to the Highlights page with this button. Make sure to check out all the entries and vote for your favourite! Happy Creating everyone!


Fancy Folds Blog Hop: Buckle Card

Hello and Welcome to another Fancy Folds Blog Hop! We are an International team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators, who have come together to showcase different folding projects each month. Today our design team is excited to showcase the Large Buckle Card. To learn this fold I watched THIS VIDEO.

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Today I'm featuring a NEW stamp set from the up coming, 2017-2018 Annual Idea Book & Catalogue! It's a New Hostess set called: In the City and I LOVE IT! In fact, I wish it wasn't a hostess set!
The set contains 60 Photopolymer images and contains Houses, buildings, vehicles, trees and a few things in between. You can colour the images in yourself or use the coordinating solid images to fill them in. I love the look they create, especially if you don't quite line them up. 

Thanks for stopping in and checking out my Buckle Card. Up Next is the Talented Shannean Moncrieff. Enjoy the rest of the hop! 


Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop: Eastern Palace

Hello and welcome to another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. This week we are once again featuring the Eastern Palace Suite! Available now in 2 exclusive bundles,


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The Eastern Palace Suite is a colourful and exotic suite and is now available! (A whole month before the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue!!!) There is a Starter Bundle and Premier Bundle available, and they are designed for both the beginner and avid crafter.

In both bundles, you get 3 of the New 2017-2019 IN Colours! The 3 new colours are Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, and Tranquil Tide! My card features the 3 of them and they are awesome!

One more exciting thing... with each bundle, you'll receive Very Vanilla notecards and envelopes for Free! Gotta love FREE!

My colour combo today is Whisper White (cardstock), Lemon Lime Twist (ink), Tranquil Tide (ink), and Fresh Fig (cardstock). I created my background with the Lemon Lime Twist ink, Tranquil Tide ink and sponge brayers.

For the greeting circle, I simply cut it from my background and then placed the medallion die cuts overtop. No need to make more work!

Thanks for hopping in, next up is the Talented Mercedes Weber! Enjoy!



Artisan Design Team:
Martha Inchley - That's me!

Stamp Review Crew: Nailed It!


Hello and Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop! This week's featured stamp set is Nailed It!

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So... funny story... sort of. I didn't realize the "Nailed It" hop was... well... now. For some reason I had it in my head that it was later in May. Soooo... When I went and check the hop list for this weekend, I quickly realized my mistake: I lent my Nailed It Bundle to one of my downline and had yet to get it back! Oops!

Well, luckily my procrastination skills have saved the day again. It just so happens, that I created this card, A LONG TIME AGO, and I never got around to posting it. Yeah! See... sometimes it's beneficial to procrastinate. LOL

I actually created this card for one of my downline meetings. Not only were we learning this fancy fold (Center Step Fold), but I was also sharing this NEW stamp set, as I had just received it from OnStage Ottawa... yep, I created it way back!

My colour combo is Whisper White (cardstock), Real Red (cardstock and marker), Basic Black (cardstock, ink and baker's twine), Smokey Slate (cardstock, marker and ink, and Daffodil Delight (marker).

To add a little extra detail to my card, I used the Fine Tip glue and covered the yellow sections of my screwdrivers. The glossiness adds a bit of dimension and really makes the image pop.

Thank you for hopping in today. Up next is the talented Yapha Mason! Enjoy the rest of the hop. Happy Creating!

 

ADT Display Stamper Blog Hop: Final Day

Hello and Welcome to the Final ADT Display Stampers Blog Hop (DAY 10)!

As you know, our hops feature NEW products that will be in the 2017-2018 Idea Book & Catalogue, so if you missed any of our hops, go back and check them out! DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3, DAY 4, DAY 5, DAY 6, DAY 7, DAY 8, DAY 9

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My final project is a bunch of 3"x3" cards. Well, 10 to be exact. They are all the same layout and they all have the same greeting, but each one features a different beverage. That's how versatile the "Beverage Bar" stamp set is. I made 10 different combinations of drinks and I could have kept going. The possibilities are endless with this 44 piece stamp set!

Wouldn't these be cute little tags to attach to a bottle of the receivers favourite beverage?

Thank you so much for hopping with us for 10 days! I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of product to come. Up Next is the talented Shannon Lane! Enjoy the rest of the hop.



Participants:
Martha Inchley - That's me!

ADT Display Stamper Blog Hop: Day 9



Hello and Welcome to Day 9 of the ADT Display Stampers blog hop; 10 Days worth of sneak peeks!

Our hops feature NEW products that will be in the 2017-2018 Idea Book & Catalogue, so make to sure to join us for all 10 hops! Missed a day? Check out: DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3, DAY 4, DAY 5, DAY 6, DAY 7, DAY 8

If you're already hopping then you just came from the Talented Maike Ulbrich's blog. If you're just joining, no problem! Just follow the button below and hop all the way around!

Today I'm sharing a couple of projects using the NEW, Up Coming Eastern Palace Suite. DID YOU KNOW, that you can get your hands on this suite starting May 1st! Message me, if you would like more details.



For my peek through, gift box, I used the retiring <insert sad face here> White Gift Boxes. In order to die cut through the actual box you have to take it apart. But don't worry, it's actually really easy. All you do is take your Heat Tool, heat up the seam and then gently pull it apart. Once you're done designing, just glue the seam back together.

After running it through my big shot, I applied my ink colour with a sponge dauber. You have to give it a few minutes to let the ink dry and you may have to apply it several times to get your desired intensity.

My card today is VERY similar to these... This one is a little bigger and I also added a window sheet backing to turn it into a shaker card. My shaker items are just sequins that I pulled apart from the Gold Sequin Ribbon.


Well, that's it for today. Thanks for stopping in and enjoy the rest of the hop. Up next is the talented Shannon Lane! Happy Creating!

Participants:
Martha Inchley - That's me!

ADT Display Stamper Blog Hop: Day 8

Hello and Welcome to Day 8 of the ADT Display Stampers blog hop; 10 Days worth of sneak peeks!

Our hops feature NEW products that will be in the 2017-2018 Idea Book & Catalogue, so make to sure to join us for all 10 hops! Missed a day? Check out: DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3, DAY 4, DAY 5, DAY 6, DAY 7

If you're already hopping then you just came from the Talented Maike Ulbrich's blog. If you're just joining, no problem! Just follow the button below and hop all the way around!

My project today once again, features the NEW stamp set: Beverage Bar. Hopefully this time though, you'll get a better idea of what the 44 piece stamp set is all about. (Funny enough... my card STILL only uses 15 of the 44 stamps! LOL)




Today's card is actually a shaker card. I stamped the "beverage cart" onto Smokey Slate cardstock  and then cut it out to create the window.

I made it a shaker card so I could show off the NEW Iridescent Sequin Assortment! These sequins are faceted (to reflect the light better... I think...) and super pretty! The colours in this assortment are: Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Powder Pink and So Saffron. So as you can tell... I really did make the card for them. 

Since my "cart" looked like it was all set for a party. I decided to dress it up a bit more with the NEW, Whisper White, 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon that I stamped the greeting onto with Basic Black ink.

So what do you think? Are the new sequins on your list? They're definitely on mine!

Up Next is the Talented Shannon Lane, so hop on over and enjoy the rest of the hop. Thanks for stopping in! See you tomorrow for Day 9!

Participants:
Martha Inchley - That's me!



Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop: Oh So Succulent

Hello and welcome to another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. This week we are featuring the stamp set: Oh So Succulent!

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So I have to admit, that I... really, kind of... dreaded doing this particular feature...  You see, I always like to try and bring something new to the table, something different each time (I know, no pressure eh?)... But have you seen the samples out there using this Bundle!?! THEY ARE AMAZING!!!

When the occasions catalogue first came out, you could not go a day, without seeing a new picture of succulents, made with this bundle. So... how do you add to that!?! Yep... that was the struggle.

Well, after many brainstorming sessions, inking sessions and paper wasting sessions... I realized that all the succulent creations I've seen, have been life like... A.K.A. real size, die cut size.... so what about creating mini succulents? and Voila! my project was born. A miniature succulent pot and a succulent garden necklace.

To create my mini succulents, there was A LOT of same image stamping, colouring, and cutting. I took several of the same succulent and layered them, only each time I cut one out, I eliminated a few petals. (Just like I did here, only with a bigger flower stamp).

All of my Succulents are coloured on Whisper White cardstock with an ink colour of choice and an aqua painter. The combinations that I used are: Mint Macaron and Perfect Plum. Old Olive and Cajun Craze. Old Olive and Perfect Plum. Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz. Garden Green and Pear Pizzazz.

Before assembling each succulent, I "edged" each cut out layer with a basic black marker to eliminate the bright, white edges of the paper.  Not sure what I mean? Check out this post for a visual.

For the necklace, I found the perfect little locket at the local craft supply store in their jewelry section. It reminded me of a little green house box and I couldn't resist. I measured the inside and created a little insert, allowing me to remove and change it out! It made it a lot easier to assemble too.

Now, you might have noticed my purple tassel and you might think that its from the up and coming Eastern Palace suite... but it's not. In fact, at the time of creating my project, I knew nothing of the Eastern Palace suite. This is actually a tassel from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment kit and I dyed it.

I used a large, clear stamp block and dropped a bunch of Perfect Plum re-inker on it. I then squeezed my Aqua painter brush, allowing more water to flow and diluted the ink. I mixed it all together and then applied it onto the tassel. Let it dry over night... and done. A Perfect Plum Tassel.

Well, that's it from me today, I think... did I miss anything? There's so many details...

Thank you for hopping and checking out my creation for today. Up next is the Talented Mercedes Weber. Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Happy Creating Everyone!



Artisan Design Team:
Martha Inchley - That's me!