Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop: Merry Café

Hello and Welcome to the 2017 - Artisan Design Team's Final blog hop. I cannot believe that it has been a year already, since I started hopping with such a talented group of ladies. It has been a wonderful experience and I feel that my creativity has grown so much because of it.

For our final hop we are featuring the Merry Café stamp set. How fun is this little set!?! It's Perfect for all you Holiday treat giving and it coordinates perfectly with Coffee Cups Famelits.

Speaking of holiday treat giving,  I found these plastic, little "Mason" jars at my local dollar store and couldn't resist creating little hot chocolate treat packages with them.

My colour combo is Crumb Cake (cardstock), Early Espresso (cardstock), Real Red (cardstock, ink, and marker), Garden Green (ink and marker) and Gold (foil snowflake). I also used Basic Black ink and Whisper White cardstock.

Do you like my little coffee cup sleeve? Do you know how I did it? If you guess with the Corrugated Elements, you would be correct! I simply used the tiny coffee cup die and die cut the sleeve portion out of the embellishment. It works perfectly!

Well that's it from me, but before I pass you on to the Talented Mercedes Weber, let me introduce you to the NEW Artisan Design Team for 2018! Congratulations to all the new team members. I can't wait to see what you create!

United States
Connie Collins (returning)

Cathy Caines (returning)

United Kingdom



Sylwia Schreck (returning)

Jessica Winter (returning)

New Zealand
Susan Wong (returning)

Jennifer Frost (returning)

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop: Colour Me Happy

Hello and welcome to another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop; our second last hop! Where has the time gone!?! This week we are featuring the "Colour Me Happy" Bundle and Blend Markers.

If you're already hopping, then you've just come from the Talented Maike Ulbrich's Blog. If you're just joining, No Problem! Start here and Hop around with the button below!

Today I've created a cute little framed sampler with the "Colour Me Happy kit"

It is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" (not including the frame) and each square is 1-1/2" with a 1-/16th mat.

Majority of my project is created with the kit. I cut up card bases and envelopes for my DSP squares. I used the sequins, stars and gold foil tape for embellishments. 

I did add in a few extra elements, such as the Heart & Stars and Touches of Nature wooden elements, which I coloured with my old Olive Blends.

I also used the Lovely Word Thinlits to add in the word "Friend"

Thanks for hopping in today, next up is the talented Mercedes Weber! Enjoy the rest of the hop and Happy Creating!

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Painted Harvest

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

If you're already hopping, then you've just come from the Talented Mike Funke's Blog. If you're just joining, No Problem! Start here and follow the buttons below!

So I really wanted to create a nice fall or Thanksgiving themed project for you today, but I couldn't... I tried, but It felt weird. The Canadian Thanksgiving has been over for weeks, It was snowing today, I've started my Christmas shopping and I've been crafting Christmas for eons now, so my crafting conscience was like: "nice try, not happening... fall is over". So instead I just created a regular, no theme card, and I'm actually quite happy with it. 

My colour combo today is Pool Party (cardstock & ink), Lemon Lime Twist (cardstock), Tranquil Tide (ink) and Crumb Cake (cardstock).

I also used Versamark ink of the leaves in the background and a piece of Foil Frenzy speciality DSP for the shiny border around my card.

Thanks for hopping in. Next up is the Talented Bronwyn Eastley's Blog. Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop: Merry Little Labels

Hello and welcome to another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. This week we are featuring the stamp set: Merry Little Labels.

If you're already hopping, then you've just come from the Talented Maike Ulbrich's Blog. If you're just joining, No Problem! Start here and Hop around with the button below!

Have you seen the Merry Little Label stamp set yet? It's really nice and the possibilities are endless. It's a great set to quickly stamp out a bunch of Christmas tags for those busy crafters, but also a great set to create some amazing decorative tags for those with a little more time.

Today I'm sharing, one way, you can take your Merry Little Label stamps beyond the tag. I have created a gift bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board. I measured and cut out my cardstock for the bag size I wanted, but before punching it, I repetitively stamped the "No Peeking" across it. I love how perfectly the stamp image fits together with it's own stamp image! Does the sentence even make sense? LOL!

On the front of my bag, I created a detail tag, allowing the recipient to know that it's come from the Northpole. I mounted it onto a DSP flap that goes over the top of the bag and is held close with a clip. On the back, I created a clean and simple tag, allowing me to put the recipients name on the back.

Thanks for hopping in today. I hope you enjoyed seeing how you can do clean and simply tags, elaborate tags and not a tag at all! Happy creating everyone! Up next is the Always Talented Mercedes Weber!

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Hello, and thanks for joining me today. My name is Martha Inchley and I am a 2017 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Member. I had the privilege to be a guest-blogger on Scrapbook & Cards Today and I thought I would share it here too. BUT... make sure to pop over there and leave a comment, for a chance to win the Iconic Christmas Bundle!

Today I’m sharing the ever versatile, Stampin’ Up! Bundle: Iconic Christmas. This bundle is chock full of creative opportunities! It has large images, small images, colouring images (YES! you don’t even need to colour it in yourself) greetings and more! Not to mention the coordinating dies!

One of my favourite things to create are cute little gift packages. So when it came to this set, I couldn’t resist making an adorable tree box, using the Ornamental Christmas Framelits Dies and Thick Whisper White Cardstock. The tree is the perfect size to fit on the front of a card or make a 3D item with. Two sides of my box are the large tree cut outs, which I stamped in Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad and coloured in with the coordinating stamp using Real Red, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Smokey Slate ink.

To close up my gift box, I used the Old Olive 3/8” Mini Chevron Ribbon and Mini Tinsel Trim. I love how it completes the look and eliminates the need for a star.
Another thing I love about this set is the little Christmas Icon stamps with coordinating framelits. They are the perfect size to create adorable Christmas tags for all those Christmas treat packages. The bundle comes with a tag framelit and coordinating sentiments to make your tag making easy.

To dress my tags up, I layered my tags with the Corrugated Elements, added the gold and silver Year of Cheer Embellishment and finished them off with snippets of leaves from the Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments and Linen Thread.

So not only are the Christmas Icons perfect for tags, but they are also perfect for embellishing other Christmas projects, including Christmas cards! Whether you’re repetitive stamping or piecing and gluing, the little stamps in this bundle can be used for so many creative possibilities. Can you say “Santa and his Reindeers”?

Thanks for joining me today and have a very creative weekend! ~ Martha Inchley

Ok, So now... hop over to the SCT blog post and leave a comment there for a chance to win the Iconic Christmas Bundle!

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop: Stampin' Blends

Hello and welcome to another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. This week we are featuring... THE ALL NEW STAMPIN' BLENDS! (I'm so excited about them!)

If you're already hopping, then you've just come from the Talented Maike Ulbrich's Blog. If you're just joining, No Problem! Start here and Hop around with the button below!

So, if you haven't heard, Stampin' Up! has released it's own brand of alcohol markers (squeal!) These premier alcohol markers, Stampin’ Blends are high-quality, dual-tip markers that come in 12 of Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors, each with a light and dark shade. Maybe you don’t think of yourself as an artist, but you don’t need to be because these markers make it super easy to blend colors and create gorgeous works of art!

For today's hop, I was asked to use the Smitten Mittens bundle along with the Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry and Pool Party Stampin' Blends. I have to admit that this one was a challenge, a BIG challenge... but I think, I finally came up with something that I like. It was really tough to craft Christmas without the more traditional colours.

Today, I'm sharing a gift card holder. It starts out as a cute little folded up package, but then you open it up, to reveal two warm, little mittens holding a gift card. How perfect is this gift card for this holder?

I used the new Stampin' Blends to colour in my die cuts. For the large fancy mittens, I die cut them out first and then coloured them. For the snowflakes, I stamped them in Rich Razzleberry ink and then coloured and die cut them.

Thanks for hopping in today, I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop. Up next is the Talented Mercedes Weber! Happy Creating.