Saturday, January 19, 2019

Stampin' Up! Artisan Corporate Blog Post | All My Love Valentine's Gift Packaging

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome to my first Stampin' Up! Artisan Corperate Blog Post for 2019.

All My Love
Hello stamping friends.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought I would share some gift packaging ideas using some of the Packaging Basics from the 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalogue, found on pg.’s 192 – 193, teamed up with the gorgeous products from the All My Love Suite from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue, pg.’s 4 – 6, really incorporating the Forever Lovely Stamp Set (148624) and the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies (148527). 

These gift packaging ideas are a gorgeous way to share some love to your loved one this coming Valentine’s Day mixing some of the old with the new.

The first is the gift bag using the Striped Treat Bags (144255). These white treat bags have a gold foil stripe and are food safe, so you could even bake your significant other their favourite treat and present it to them in a beautifully decorated treat bag. To die cut the heart out of the bag, and so as not to cut through both layers of the bag, I put the largest heart inside the bag and had the die facing up on the Big Shot Platform (142802) and then placed the Standard Cutting Pad (113475). I then die cut a heart from the All My Love Designer Series Paper (148576) and inlaid that in the heat outline in the Striped Treat Bag. To hold all the layers together I adhered a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (106549) inside the treat bag, just so there was something to adhere the die cut heart to. Alternatively, you could just die cut the heart out and then adhere it to the front of the bag. I just wanted the die cut pieces to be flush on the bag.

The next packaging project uses the Mini Pizza Boxes (144645). These are also food safe and are a perfect size for holding a cookie but it is also the perfect size for things like jewellery, just saying.  Because I’m such a sucker for anything with stripes, especially the large stripes in the Striped Treat Bags, I cut some up and used them as DSP for the base layer to decorate the Mini Pizza Boxes. Then using the squares from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372) I die cut a square from the same pattern of the All My Love Designer Series Paper as used on the treat bag. All embellished with some of the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack (148584) and the beautifully detailed heart die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies cut on Gold Foil Sheets (132622). The detail in that heart is just stunning and it is a beautiful addition to any paper craft project. I can see a new favourite product in those Framelits Dies.

The last gift packaging project is the Kraft Pillow Boxes. These printed, die-cut pillow boxes and perfect for gifts and wrapped goodies. Again using most of the same products as the Treat Bag and Mini Pizza Boxes I’ve accented and embellished them to make a gorgeous pillow box. Did you notice the ‘floral’ hearts on the pillow boxes? These are one of the patterns in the All My Love Designer Series Paper and can be die cut with some of the dies from  the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies. Don’t you just love when products co-ordinate like that? I’m a happier person when there is less fussy cutting! Who is with me? This time on the Pillow Boxes I used some of the left over Striped Treat Bags to die cut the detailed heart die. I just love the two tone look to the heart and it really adds another dimension to the die cut! Pretty! 

All of the gift packaging projects have been finished off and layered with Vellum (106584),Whisper White 5/8” Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon (146912), Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109129) or Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Emboss Powder from the 2018 – 2020 In Color Stampin’ Emboss Powder (146955) as well as the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack and some of the DSP from the All My Love Designer Series Paper.

It still may feel like Valentine’s Day is a while away, we are all still getting over Christmas, right? But if you want to make something special for your Valentine, you may want to start now so that you have something made in time.

I hope that I’ve inspired you today for ways you can create some gorgeous gift packaging and to show ‘All your love’ this Valentine’s Day.
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Friday, January 18, 2019

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop | Forever Lovely

Hello there stamping friends. Welcome to the first Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop for 2019. I'm so excited for this day, that it has finally arrived and I'm super excited to be finally sharing my creations with you.

This day has been a long time coming since I got the call last year to be on the Artisan Design Team. I'm so excited to be sharing this year with this amazing group of sixteen demonstrators from around the globe. I'm still pinching myself that I have been chosen for round 2 of being a Stampin' Up! Artisan and I'm so honoured to be one of the 5 chosen from the South Pacific Region (Australia and New Zealand).

What do the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team do?
We are all experienced craft bloggers who create and share inspiration with you all once or twice a month using Stampin' Up! Products. As well as hopping on a regular basis through out the year we also provide tips for Stampin' Up!s Instagram page and as well as have projects posted on the Stampin' Up! Corporate Blog Facebook Page. It's a big gig but its so rewarding and worthwhile.

If you haven't hopped on to my blog before, just a little bit about me before we move on to the projects. My name is Rochelle Blok and I live in the South-Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. I’ve been married for 17 fabulous years to Wayne and we have 3 amazing children, 2 boys and a girl, aged 15, 13, and 10.

I fell in love with Stampin’ Up! about 8 years ago when my mum showed me my first Stampin’ Up! catalogue and I just “had to have it all”! I just celebrated my 5-year anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator but you could say that I have enjoyed papercrafting since I was a little girl. I’ve always been crafty and have tried many different forms—cross stitch, scrapbooking, knitting, and embroidery—but I have to say that cardmaking and papercrafting have always been No.1.

I would have to say that my creative style is lots of layers, lots of ribbon and trim, and all things delicate and pretty—sometimes putting things together that don’t necessarily go together but still look good. Everything has to have some sparkle or bling. I just love crafting and creating and I don’t know how I would cope if I didn’t have that creative outlet, even if it is just colouring something in. I have to be creating/crafting something.

Now on to my creations! This months hop we are focusing on the Forever Lovely Stamp Set, Lovely Flowers Edgelits Dies, Meant to Be Stamp Set and the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies. Just in time to have some projects made for Valentine's Day.I've strayed away a little bit from my usual style of creating but have really love how the cards have turn out.

I've made three cards for you today, incorporating and intertwining all the focus products. All the focus products are fabulous and fantastic on their own but really are even more fabulous when you use them all together.

My first card, I was really drawn to the heart image in the Forever Lovely Stamp Set and instantly was drawn to repeatedly stamping the hearts to make my own background piece. I first, using a sponge brayer, sponged the colours for and Ombre look, graduating from darkest to lightest, and then using the same in colours down the card stock repeatedly stamped the hearts for and 'heartfilled' card. A bit of Ombre and stamping and you have your own custom background.

How gorgeous are those dies from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies? Just love the stitched outline edge and the hearts outline piece with all the different sized hearts all together would have to be one of my favourite dies at the moment. Super pretty and super fun. 

My last card I die cut four of he longer heart outline die and the using all the different colours, infilled the hearts to create a fun and different look. Putting all the different coloured heart pieces back in and then adhering them does take a little bit of time but it really does create a gorgeous effect. Why not try it with a different colour combo?

All a little bit something different for my style but all a bit fun! The Artisan Design Team will be hopping again in a few weeks so be sure to check back often. Make sure that you follow us on our blogs, on Instagram or on Facebook. Let's get social!

The ever amazing Stesha Bloodhart is next up on the hop. I love Stesha's creations and am so thrilled to be sharing this Artisan year with her and all the other amazing Artisans. Be sure to head on over and check out what she and the rest of the Artisan Team have to show you by clicking the next button below.
Blog Roll Artisan Design Team 2019

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Just Add Ink #440 | Just Add Something New Blog Hop

Hello there stampers! Welcome to my first blog post back for 2019! I've had a very well deserved and needed Christmas Break with my family and some time away camping in our caravan, with 5 other families. Lots of fun in the sun, swimming in the pool, swimming in the river, swimming at the beach, boating, knee-boarding, 4WD in the sand dunes, lots of all round summer fun!

Over at Just Add Ink, to kick off the first challenge for the year we are commencing 2019 with a blog hop to go with the challenge. With the theme being Just Add Something New.

With the new Stampin' Up! 2019 Occasions Catalogue going live a couple of weeks ago, this has given me plenty of products to use for my 'Something New'. I've gone with and chosen products from the Stampin' Up! Floral Romance Suite and combined with it the Well Said Bundle.

The Floral Romance Suite just screams 'Rochelle' and really goes with my 'pretty' card making style. The gorgeous Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the Wonderful Romance Stamp Set, the Petal Pink/Whisper White Variegated Ribbon, Floral Romance Seals, Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper. Need I say more! Pretty, Pretty, Pretty! Even the colour combo in the DSP is so pretty! 

How amazing does the Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder look? It is such a statement piece on its own and really doesn't need much else to go with it. But in true 'Rochelle' style I had to add some texture and layers. The stamped image from the Wonderful Romance Stamp set has been stamped and embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder on Vellum cardstock and the die cut with the Wonderful Floral Framelits Dies. I love how simply stunning the image is embossed on the vellum but it looks equally as stunning coloured in with ink, water colour pencils or Stampin' Blends.

This time the image from the Wonderful Romance Stamp set has again been embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder but this time it has been used as part of the layering effect with the die cut leaves. Again I'm loving the embossed leaves as they are, embossed straight on the cardstock. With minimal fuss you have a stunning look as the basis for your card. How gorgeous are the Floral Romance Seals? I can see me using a lot of those. They would look fabulous to be used as a 'wax' seal on the back of your envelopes. I know I would get excited if the Floral Romance Seal was used to embellish an envelope. Sometimes its all in the little details.

I hope that I've given you some inspiration with these new products and a different take on using them. I can see me using lots of these products on just about everything. They are all just so stunning!

Now to get one of these cards written and addressed to get in the post. I'm making it one of my goals this year to actually get the cards sent rather than just making them and putting them in a box for and store them away for 'later'.

Now on to the fabulous Di Barnes and her 'Something New' and remember to check the Just Add Ink Blog for this week and join in the fun challenge. Can't wait to see your 'new' creations.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Just Add Ink #439 | Just a Gift Box

Hello there stamping friends! Happy Friday! The second last Friday of the year and the last Just Add Ink Challenge for 2018! Where did that year go? It's crazy to think how fast the year went. It was almost blink and you'll miss it.

For the last challenge of the year we are asking you to Just Add Ink #439| Just Add a Gift Box as suggested by fellow JAI team member Patrice.

This challenge this week is perfect for those last minute gifts that you just need a quick gift box and decorating some of Stampin' Up!s Packaging Basics, like the Mini Pizza Boxes, make it even quicker when you're in a hurry to wrap those last minute gifts.

I've teamed up the Mini Pizza Box with some of the products from the Festive Farmhouse Suite, from the soon to be retiring 2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue, and the Merry Christmas to All bundle.

Some layering of some DSP, die cut and embossed shapes, accents of ribbon, trim and embellishment and you've got yourself a gorgeous little gift box. Perfect for things like jewellery 😉 or even to dress up a gift card, or because these pizza boxes are food safe, they are perfect to for those baked Christmas goodies that you want to make look extra special in a gorgeously decorated box. You are only limited by your imagination!  

Make sure that you check out all the fabulous inspiration for this weeks Just Add a Gift Box Challenge and then come and join in the fun. And because we know that things can be a little crazy this time of year the challenge will run for two weeks. Perfect if you need some crafting time out from all the busyness of the festive season. Can't wait to see your creations!

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Just Add Ink #437 | Just Add 'I'

Hello stampers and crafters! Well aren't the weeks rolling around. Too fast I say! We are nearing the end of the Just Add Ink Challenges for the year with this one being the third last one for the year. This challenge that we have for your is one of our favourites by Just Adding a letter, with this one being Just Add 'I'. It could be icing, icicles, ice cream, stamp sets beginning with I, anything that incorporates the 'I'.

I've stepped away from the Christmas creations for this one making a card with the Itty Bitty Birthday's stamp set, available to purchase Jan 3rd, and also adding some insects (butterflies) and some iridescent glitter and sequins for all my 'I' elements.

I stamped the 'Happy Birthday' repeatedly on some Shimmery White cardstock with Blushing Bride ink, sometimes stamping the second and third time before re-inking. Once I had enough of the 'Happy Birthday's' stamped out I then die cut the cardstock with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.

Layered under the die cut circles is my new favourite DSP Botanical Butterfly that you can earn for FREE come Jan 3rd 2019 in the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration promotion. Just spend $90 on any products (not including postage and handling) and this amazing DSP is all yours. The coloured butterfly patterns are just amazing but what I love the most is the black and white patterns on the other side. I'm such a sucker for a black and white pattern.

It's hard to see in the photos but the butterflies card covered in the Dazzling Diamonds Iridescent Glitter. I just covered them with the Fine-Tip Glue and the sprinkled over the glitter. The sparkle and shine on the glitter is just gorgeous! So much better in real life.

There are plenty of other gorgeous designs by the team this week with their Just Add 'I', so do pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and check them out!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Global Design Project #GDP167 | Theme Challenge

Hello friends! I hope you are having a fabulous day! The sun is out here in Melbourne and I've spent some time in the crafting corner to try and get through my list of things I have to create before Christmas. I may or may not have gotten a little distracted with this weeks challenge over at the Global Design Project #GDP167 and thought I would join in and play along.

This weeks challenge is the theme : 'Tis the Season. Anything for the Christmas season. I've made a party favour that I plan to put on the table on Christmas Day, when my in-laws and my husbands family come around for lunch. They will also act as a place setting as well. It's nice to put in the little extra touches to make the table look extra special on Christmas Day. I plan to fill the pillow boxes with a little treat that each guest can take home as well. Lucky there will only be 16 of us in total on Christmas Day for lunch. I wont have to make too many. Phew!

I've started with the Kraft Pillow Boxes. These gorgeous pillow boxes come pre-printed and are the perfect size, being 12.7cm x 7 cm, for for gifts and goodies. How cute do they look as place settings?

All the DSP used comes from the Dashing Along DSP pack. I love the old style newsprint mixed with the other patterns. The DSP circle was punched out with the 2-1/4" Circle Punch and then the Gold Foil Circle was die cut with the Layering Circle Dies. For some added texture I embossed the Gold Foil Circle with the Corrugated Dynamic Embossing Folder. Jut run the gold foil through the Big Shot with the Corrugated folder just once otherwise you will crack the circle and it will tear apart.

To finish off the pillow box I die cut the jumping deer from the Detailed Deer Thinlits Dies. How festive does the deer look die cut with the Gold Glimmer? So sparkly and pretty! I'm such a sucker for the gorgeous sparklyness (if that is a word. HA!) of the Gold Glimmer.  Pretty! 5 made, 11 to go!

If you want some amazing 'Tis the Season inspiration check out all the fabulousness the Global Design Project team have for us. They are one amazing team and have outdone it again this week!

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Fancy Friday Blog Hop | My Christmas Card

Hello there stampers! It's the last Friday of the month so that can mean only one thing, it's Fancy Friday time. Yay!

This challenge is to make some Christmas cards! To show what we are sending to our family and friends. It gives us a good excuse to make some Christmas cards and actually mail them out this year...on time! Fingers crossed I can get them out on time! I love making cards but am terrible at sending them. What date do you send Christmas cards out by? Are you an early sender or are you late to send each year?
If you've not see us before, the Fancy Friday team are past and present Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Members. still love creating and blogging and sharing what we love, so we have a blog hop once a month with everything fun and fancy. We've added some new members to the Fancy Friday team, Elizabeth, Teneale and Charlett, so make them feel welcome as you hop along through the blogs.

I must admit that part of these cards were for my swaps for the recent Stampin' Up! On Stage that was held at the start of November. Even though I started my swaps quite early, I ran out of time to finish them them all. I had all these left over coloured images that I spent so much time and effort in. I wasn't going to put them into the UFO (unfinished object) pile and decided put them together for some of my Christmas cards to post out.

When all the colouring was finished, I layered the images on oval embossed die cut shapes and then layered under the ovals was ribbon, trim, DSP and paper.

To give more of a snow feel, once the Pool Party oval was die cut and then embossed, I swiped Whisper White Craft Ink over the over to give that softer look.

How fun are those Santa's Workshop Enamel shapes? Perfect to add a little something extra to any creation.

To see all the blends used to colour the Sign's of Santa images check out the product used list. Even though I only coloured three of the images, they used lots of colours! 

Now on to the fabulous Susan Wong in New Zealand for her Christmas Cards.

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