Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Window Shopping

Hello and Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop! This week's featured stamp set is: Window Shopping.

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So... truth time... I've had this stamp set since it first came out, and THIS is the first time I've used it... Yikes! Horrible, I know!!! (Is that an indication that I have too many stamp sets!?! Don't answer that! LOL)

For my card today, I stamped the polkadots and heart image onto four different colours of cardstock and cut them out with the layering square framelits. I then arranged the squares together (held together with washi tape on the back) and die cut them with the Lovely Words Thinlits. I then used the negative cut outs and pieced it back together on a larger, Basic Black circle that I cut out with the layering circle framelits.
My colour combo is Flirty Flamingo (ink and cardstock), Peekaboo Peach (ink and cardstock), Daffodil Delight (ink and cardstock), Lemon Lime Twist (ink and cardstock), Basic Black (ink & cardstock) and Whisper White (cardstock & embossing paste)

Well, there you go... my first card with the Window Shopping stamp set. Thanks for stopping in, up next is the talented Dawn Tidd! Enjoy the rest of the hop


Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop: Sharing Sweet Thoughts

Hello and welcome to another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. This week we are featuring the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set: Sharing Sweet Thoughts.

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Have you seen this adorable set? It's at the back of the catalogue and can sometimes be missed. This set is great on it's own, but it's also a perfect addition to the "Jar of Love" stamp set and Everyday Jar Framelits.

Today I'm sharing a shaker card created with the "Sharing Sweet Thoughts" stamp set. I absolutely love the bugs, branches and butterflies available in this set, as this is my life right now. I have 2 little boys full of wonder and awe. We are constantly filling a jar with leaves and branches and catching little creatures to observe.

The greeting: Always here for you was a big inspiration for this card. Even though one bug is captured the other one is staying by their side... Aww. That's when I decided to make a shaker card; have one bug IN the jar (shaker space) and one on the out side. I love how it turned out. 

I decided to add even more dimension to my card, by popping up the bug and branch within the shaker card. I was able to do this by using the Foam Adhesive Strips for the border/body of my shaker card and then the Mini Stampin' Dimensionals for the items inside. It works because the strips are taller then the dimensionals.

Did you notice what I used inside my shaker card? leaves... Leaves from the Boxwood Wreath Embellishments! How perfect is that!?!

Thanks for hopping in for our Artisan Hop. Up next is the Talented Mercedes Weber. Enjoy today's hop and Happy Creating as always.

Artisan Design Team:

Christmas! It's Coming!

Ok, So maybe Christmas isn't coming anytime soon...

But are you seeing a lot of sneak peeks of the 2017 Holiday Catalogue lately?

Are you getting antsy? Wanting to get your hands on that NEW holiday product?

I know, It's hard to wait, but don't forget that there are some great Christmas sets available in the Annual Idea Book & Catalogue... which means: You can order anytime, no waiting!

One set I like is: Santa's Sleigh and coordinating framelits. I was really happy to see this set carry over into the annual catalogue. I didn't manage to get it into my stash the first time around, so I wasn't missing it this time!
I know at first glance my card may seem a little under whelming or maybe even odd as it's a little shorter, but don't fret. There is SO much more to it.

The card I'm sharing today is a 3 Tier Pull Card and it was surprisingly, really easy to put together. To learn this fold, I looked on Pinterest for tutorials and the one I referenced the most was by Dawn Griffith. I did change a few minor measurements but nothing major. You can find her tutorial HERE.

As I was designing my card, I noticed the greeting included in the set: Hope your season brings one good thing on top of another. So I decided to play on that with the gifts... one on top of another.

My colour combo is Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Whisper White. and... I used the Christmas DSP (Be Merry) from the annual catalogue as well. I told you... No waiting!

Well... thanks for stopping in day, only a couple more weeks until the Holiday catalogue is released. Until then Happy Creating!

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop: Special Guest!

So I must admit, that it's a little weird to be taking part of blog hop where... where I'M the special guest! But I was flattered when THE Kylie Bertucci asked me to hop with her Crazy Crafters, so how could I say no!?!

If you haven't seen one of Kylie's Special Guest blog hop before, the objective is for each participant to choose one of the special guests creations and case it (Copy And Selectively Edit) to make it their own. I can't wait to see how I have inspired them.

I wasn't quite sure what I was suppose to post today, so I decided to play along. My card today is a new take on my last year's Merry Mice card. (miss these mice... sniff sniff) This was one of my favourite cards and I really liked the layout.

So you might not recognize the stamp set, DSP or embellishment that I used today, and that would be because they are from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue! Yep! It's almost that time of year again!

Right now demonstrators are pre-ordering all new goodies and getting ready for the catalogue's Sept. 1st release. Well, mine arrived and I couldn't resist using it.

My card features a very, very small portion of the Iconic Christmas photopolymer stamp set. It contains 34 stamps, including a large tree made up of tiny Christmas images. There are also coordinating dies to go with the set, but I didn't use them today.

The DSP is actually NOT a new Christmas DSP.  It is from a NEW pack called: Painted Autumn DSP. But I liked the greens and it also reminded me of knitted socks or sweater, so I went with it.

My accessory today is the NEW Green Sprigs! How fun is that!?! I think they are actually for packaging and gift wrapping... but there was no way, that I wasn't going to use them on a card. Now I will admit, that it's pretty bulky on a card. But to help with that, I cut all the "needles" off the back of the embellishment, allowing it to lay flat on the one side.

Thanks for hopping in today, It has been a pleasure hopping with the Crafty Crafters Team! Make sure to use the links below to hop over to each participants post. You will find the list at the bottom of each post. Enjoy the Hop! Happy Creating!

Fancy Folds Blog Hop: Magic Colouring 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 Magic Colouring Card. I actually did this for a card class a while back and used this video as reference, however, I believe I altered the dimensions.

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So as I said, I actually made this card a while back for   a card class, but never got around to posting it. (my procrastination at its finest)

It's really fun watching people's faces when they pull the tab and the picture magically colours itself. It's also funny, how their expressions go from amazement to curiosity. Lol

One thing I like to do, when making a Magic Colouring Card is to mount it onto a card front. That way there is still a spot to leave a special note for the recipient, and it stands nicely on display.

My colour combo is Whisper White, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz.

I used the Photopolymer Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams (so glad this one continued into the main catalogue) and the Labeler Alphabet for my card. Do you like how I altered the inside greeting?


Well, Thanks for hopping in today! I hope you enjoy my take on the Magic Colouring Card. Up next is the Talented Satomi Wellard. Enjoy the rest of the hop!


1. Martha Inchley (Canada) That's Me!
2. Satomi Wellard (Japan)
3. Tanja Kolar (Germany)
4. Aude Barbara (France)
5. Miranda Mols (Netherlands)
6. Astrid Hofmann (Austria)
7. France Martin (USA)

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: This Little Piggy

Hello and Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop! I can not believe how long its been since I've hopped with the Stamp Review Crew!!! Its been over 3 months, 3 MONTHS!!! Craziness! The Occasions Catalogue was still out the last time I hopped! Anyways... It's nice to be back hopping with this talented group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world. This week's featured stamp set is This Little Piggy!

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Okay... So how cute is this stamp set!?! When I first saw the 2017-2018 Annual Idea Book & Catalogue at OnStage in April, I knew these little piggies would be on the top of my list. However, by the end of the event we received it as an all attendee give away and I got to take those piggies "Wee Wee Wee, all the way home!"

For today's hop, I've created a really clean and simple treat bag tag. I absolutely love the greeting "Hogs & Kisses" and designed my project based on it.

I knew I wanted to repeat the pig image, but the pinks just weren't doing it for me. So I pulled out my scraps and my affinity for pop art and this is what I came up with. What do you think? Too wild?

The cardstock colours that I used were: Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay, and Whisper White.

One thing you may have noticed about my project, is that all my little piggies are cut out in the same placement or position within the square. This is quite easy to do: Place you square framelit (cutting side down) on top of your image, and position it into place. Take a permanent marker and draw in the lines that are covered by your framelit, onto your framelit. The next time you cut, position you framelit over top and line up the lines. Easy Peasy! After several trips through the Big Shot, the lines may start to wear off, so keep an eye on them and re-draw when necessary.

Well, that's it from me today, I hope you like my out of the box idea. Up next is the talented Juan Ambida's! Enjoy the rest of the hop and Happy Creating as always!

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop: Carols of Christmas

Hello and welcome to another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. This week we are featuring the early release Christmas bundle: Carols of Christmas! YES! You read that right! EARLY RELEASE! You can purchase this bundle NOW and start your Christmas crafting early! Who doesn't love Christmas crafting!?!

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The last time the Artisan Design Team featured the Carols of Christmas Bundle, I used the "Deck the Halls" greeting, the tree dies, the moon and star die, the holly: stamp and die, and the doe: stamp and die. So... for this round, I decided to focus on the other items available in this bundle. I love all the different options in this set.

I went with the traditional, red/green colour scheme: Real Red (cardstock & ink), Tranquil Tide (ink), Old Olive (ink), Crumb Cake (cardstock), Very Vanilla (cardstock) and Gold (cardstock & glitter)!

I started my card, by cutting out the poinsettia "square" on the background. To do this, I took the 2 poinsettia corner dies and put them side by side (butt together), and ran them through the big shot. I then moved them and cut again, making sure the cuts lined up and the dies were side by side. A little tip: once you make your first cut with the 2 corner dies, move one corner die first and line it up (butt it together) with the corner die still in place. Then move the second corner die and line it up (butt it together) with the corner die just placed. If you're not using the magnetic plate, you may need to secure in place.

Once I was done my background, I needed to add my greeting... but I was finding it a little large for the work I just did... (I was NOT covering my poinsettia square!) So... I cut my greeting out with a smaller circle from the Layering Circle Framelit Dies, eliminating some of the image. I then stamped my greeting again on another piece of cardstock and cut out the letters that were missing limbs. Then I simply glued them over top of the original letter. Simple as that... no fancy techniques here.

Thanks for hopping in, I hope you liked seeing more of the Carols of Christmas Bundle (Psst... get it now! It's awesome!) Up Next is the Talented Mercedes Weber! Enjoy the rest of the hop. Happy Creating!

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