Friday, July 3, 2020

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Corporate Blog Post | Forever Greenery Suite


This post originally appeared on the Stampin' Up! Facebook Page in the Notes section on 2nd July, 2020. You can see the original post here.

Hello there, stamping friends! Rochelle Blok here from Melbourne, Australia. I have the pleasure of sharing my projects with you today for the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team.
Today I’m showing off the beautiful and amazing Forever Greenery Suite Collection from the 2020–2021 Annual Catalogue. This suite makes beautiful projects that can be used for any project, all year round.


I am featuring three cards for you using the same “fun fold” or “fancy fold” window gatefold cards. It’s one technique with three different looks. I don’t always use a “fancy fold” when making my cards, but when I do, they really add a nice touch to any card.

 Most of you know how to make a gatefold or “double Z” card; to make a window gatefold, line your die up centrally with the first score line and die cut. You fold the two halves of the card back together to position the die on the second side while at the same time lining the die up with the first cut. This will ensure that your die lines up evenly on both sides of the card. Use whatever shape you like to make the window. For my three cards today, I used one of the circles from the Layering Circles Dies.

For those of you that are more visual check out the tutorial HERE on how to make these Window Gatefold Cards. 


My first card for you today starts with a Pretty Peacock Cardstock base. I embossed the front of the “z” fold with one of the Greenery Embossing Folders. How beautiful are those leaves embossed on the Pretty Peacock Cardstock? And then when you add some gold splatter on top of that using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The double embossing really adds that extra WOW.
The Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper belly band holds the card shut. To finish the band, I layered a Vellum Cardstock die- cut circle, a piece from the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper, a Mint Macaron Cardstock die-cut piece using the Tasteful Labels Dies, Just Jade In Color 1/4" (6.4 mm) 2020–2022 In Color Ribbon, gold thread from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack, and a Shimmery White Cardstock, Stitched Shapes circle stamped with Pretty Peacock Classic ink and the Forever Fern Stamp Set. Last but not least is the “Hello” sentiment embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Basic Black Cardstock.




Once you slide the belly band off, there is a sentiment inside. Lift the flap to write a personalized message that can’t be seen through the window.


My second card uses Just Jade Cardstock for the base layers and then one of the panel pieces from the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Speciality Paper. I held the card closed and adhered the panel piece to the front. Once adhered, I cut the panel piece down the center with the Paper Trimmer so that the gold panel piece became two pieces. The Just Jade, Shimmery White, and gold accent pieces are so stunning together. I think that will be a color combo I’ll be using a lot in the near future! I’m loving it!!!


This time the belly band was made with Shimmery White Cardstock and embossed with one of the embossing folders from the Greenery Embossing Folders. To the side is a cluster of pieces using the Forever Flourishing Dies, Forever Gold Laser-Cut pieces, leaves cut from the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper, and some gold trim from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack. I finished it off with a Shimmery White Cardstock banner die cut using the Tasteful Labels Dies, finished off with an embossed sentiment on Basic Black Cardstock.


My last card for you today uses the same window gatefold “fun fold,” but this time I used a square format. The base layers start with Shimmery White Cardstock. I layered over that with a striped pattern from the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper. This would have to be my favorite pattern in the Designer Series Paper. The stripes in all of those Stampin’ Up! green colors are so gorgeous. It’s a pity there are only two sheets in the pack! I splattered Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder over the Designer Series Paper.



I love the Shimmery White Cardstock card base and the Pretty Peacock on the inside. The contrast between the white and a darker color like Pretty Peacock is beautiful!
With the belly band for this card, I layered some die-cut circles, the fern fronds from the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Speciality Paper, die cuts from the Forever Flourishing Dies, and some stamped images from the Forever Fern Stamp Set. The Just Jade In Color 1/4" Ribbon and the gold trim from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack are a perfect addition to any project or card using the colors and products from this amazing suite.



I do hope that I’ve inspired you today with the Forever Greenery Suite and “fun folds” to change up the look to your cards. The belly bands and the layering of die cuts and embellishments really make for some truly beautiful cards to send to that extra-special friend or loved one.
Why not make a lovely matching envelope with your cards? I’m sure the recipient will appreciate the extra love and attention.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop | Flowers for Every Season Suite

Hello stamping friends. It's so good to have you here. Thanks so much for stopping by! Welcome to another Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. We are showcasing for you the beautiful and oh so stunning Flowers for Every Season Suite from the 2020 - 2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. If you weren't sure about this suite you will be after you see all the amazing projects from the rest of the team.

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The Flower for Every Season Suite is jammed packed full of amazing new products. And as the name suggest full of pretty, pretty flowers.


Flower stamps and floral patterned paper are some of the most loved and well used craft products. They’re great for all-occasion handmade cards and projects. The Flowers for Every Season Suite features beautiful flowers representing each of the four seasons, making it an excellent choice for all-year projects. 

Products in this suite include - 

The product colours focus on the new 2020 - 2022 In Colors -  Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight as well as Poppy Parade and Whisper White to accent the gorgeous In Colors.


I've got three cards for you today one with Jars of Flowers Bundle, one
with Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle and then one mixing the Bundles together.


My first card uses the Flowers for Every Season DSP on Basic Black Cardstock for a bright and gorgeous layer. How gorgeous is the Basic Black with the Bumblebee? They are so fabulous together! To give the DSP some more texture I embossed it first with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. Embossing the DSP adds another layer without really adding another layer. It turns the DSP into something extra.


I made a Basic Black frame by cutting a rectangle with my Paper trimmer and then using the trimmer again to carefully cut out the inside. I die cut some of the sunflowers and placed them under the frame to overlay on the DSP. Finish the card off with some Vellum, some of the sunflowers from the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set, some Linen Thread and some Bumblebee In Color Ribbon.


My next card again starts with the Basic Black and then another pattern of the Flowers for Every Season DSP. I felt the DSP was too busy with the coloured stamped image so I added a piece of Vellum over the DSP to soften the look. This tones down the print, but still lets some of the colour of the DSP to show through.


I stamped the jar and flowers on to so Shimmery White Cardstock and then watercoloured the image using Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Misty Moonlight, Just Jade and Pool Party. Finish the card off with some Linen Thread, an Embossed Sentiment , Magenta Madness In Color Ribbon and some Magenta Madness Enamel Dots.


The last card uses another of the pattern from the DSP again embossed with the Subtle 3D embossing folder. This card I've created a 'border' using one of the stamps from the Jar of Flowers Stamp Set. This was done by using the Masking Technique. I stamped the first image on the cardstock and then stamped the image again on a Post it Note, fussy cut the Post It Note and then overlaid it over the first stamped image on the cardstock. While the Post It Note over the first stamped image, you stamp the next image to make it look like they are overlapping with out the image lines covering themselves. This 'masking' makes the image look like its one not serveral images repeately stamped over each other. How fun does the 'border' look?


I've watercoloured the stamped images using Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, Bumblebee and Cinnamon Cider. Over the images I've splattered some Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and then finished the card off with Line Thread, Misty Moonlight In Color Ribbon, Misty Moonlight Enamel Dots. All these elements together make for a gorgeous creation.


I do hope that I've given you some inspiration with the Flowers for Every Season Suite. I know that when you start creating with it you will love it just as much as I do. It's just stunning!

Next up for you today is the super wonderful Stesha Bloodhart from Stampin' Hoot. She has some fantastic projects for you, so head on over and check out her creations.  There are so many amazing projects with this suite. I do hope that you take the time to check out all 16 blogs. We have so much to show you so I don't want you to miss out!


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Just Add Ink #510 | Just Add A Fancy Fold

Hello there stamping friends. Welcome and thanks for joining me today. I hope you are having a fabulous day! Happy Friday! The sun is out, the birds are singing, is a beautiful (but crisp) winters day.The perfect way to start the weekend! Another perfect way to start the weekend to to shar with you all the new challenge over at Just Add Ink.

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 This week we are all about those 'Fancy Folds' or 'Fun Folds'. Whatever you call them you sure are in for a treat this week with lots of different and fancy creations. I most of the time forget about using some of these fun and different folds but they really make for some amazing and special creations. 
Have you tried a fany fold? Here are some I've tried to name a few - Diamond Fold Card, Z Fold Card, Joy Fold Card, Napkin Fold Card, Pop Up Gift Card Holder Card, Pop Out Swing Card. Just search Fancy Fold Cards in Pinterest or Google and a million possiblities and tutorials come up.

While my card looks like a standard card on the outside the magic and fancy fold is on the inside with a Twist and Pop Card. I've made one of these, a few years ago, HERE and thought it would be fun to revisist this technique. I found this SUPER EASY, yes SUPER EASY, tutorial HERE on You Tube to make this card. And it really isn't as hard as it looks.


Most of the products that I've used today come from the Flowers for Every Season Suite  and I've combined those products with Basic Gray Cardstock, Magenta Madness Cardstock, Just Jade Carstock and Shimmery White Cardstock.


I've layered some of the Flowers for Every Season DSP  as the main DSP layer and then used the reverse pattern from the tulips in the Stiched Shapes Circle and then on the inside as well. The Just Jade die cut is cut using the Forever Flourishing Dies and then the Gold Trim and Gold Leaf used in the layering come from the Forever Greenery Suite. Then in the rest of the layering uses some of the stickers from the Flowers for Every Season Memories and More Card Pack. These stickers make it quick and easy to make it gorgeous creations. Team them with the DSP and there you have a beautiful creation!


Upon opening that's when this card goes from being a normal card to a 'Twist and Pop' card. The mechanics of the card make it so that the 'pop' up middle section lies flat inside when the card is closed and then as you open it the middle section twists and pops open to reaveal the scored decorated panel.


I've continued the same Just Jade DSP on the inside that I used on the inside for a continuation of same and similar products. Got to have matchy matchy! On each panel, over the DSP is a Stiched Nested Label and then some more of the stickers from the Flowers for Every Season Memories and More Card Pack to decorate each panel.


I do hope that I've given you some inspiration for this weeks Just Add a Fancy Fold Challenge. I've given you plenty of ideas for you to come and join us this week so come and check out the Just Add Ink Blog for more inspiration and an opportunity to come and join in the Fancy Fold Fun! We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week for your amazing creations!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Global Design Project #244 | CASE the Designer | Forever Greenery

Hello friends! I hope you are having a fabulous day! The sun has been shining here in Melbourne the past few days, which I love, and I've spent some time in the craft room playing with some new catalogue goodies. My kids went to back school this week after being at home for 11 weeks due to the current Global Pandemic. So it was so nice to get my crafting space, in peace, after not having much time to myself. I didn't mind having the kids at home at all but it did make it difficult to get my things done.

I thought joining a challenge would get the card making mojo going and this weeks challenge over at the Global Design Project #244 | CASE the Designer, looked like the perfect opportunity.

This weeks challenge is to CASE the Designer, Krista Frattin. I love Krista's  amazing creations. She is always a source of inspiration with her projects and I love the way she puts products together that aren't always made to go together. 

In CASEing Krista's project today, I love the 'fun fold' of her card and layering of the pieces on the front panel, incorporating the circle on the front. And that's what inspires me for my project today.

I've finally got the chance to create with some of the products from the amazing Forever Greenery Suite in the new Stampin' Up! 2020 - 2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue.


I've started with a Shimmery White base and then cut 3cm off the front flap to create the 'fun fold' on the front. I've them layered some of the beautiful Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper on the front for a gorgeous look. Because there are lots of elements on my card today I added a Vellum  overlay over the DSP to soften the pattern.


The front of the card has been embellished with some die cuts from the Forever Flourishing Dies and a beautiful piece of the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Speciality Paper. Have you seen this Gold Laser-Cut Paper? It is just amazing! It has precut card fronts and greenery accents all in either gold on one side or white on the other. It would be such a shame to turn the gold over and use the white side, as the gold side is just so beautiful and lifts any project.


Also added in the cluster of embellihsments is some Linen Thread and the Gold Thread from the Forever Greenery Ribbon Combo Pack.


Finishing off the card is a 2" Circle punch out, piece of vellum die cut using the Tasteful Labels Dies, an embossed sentiment, part from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set and the other part from the Forever Fern Stamp Set, and last but by no means least a few of the Gilded Gems.

If you want some amazing 'CASE the Designer inspiration, check out all the fabulousness the Global Design Project team has for us. Gosh, they are amazing and have outdone it again this week!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Stampin' Fancy Friday | CASE a Fancy Friend Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome, welcome! So good to have you here. I've got a project for you today for the Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team. This month the challenge is to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) a Fancy Friend. CASEing is where you are inspired by a fellow artists work and then use that as inspiration to make your own project.You use some of the similar elements of the original creation and then change it up with your own personal touch to make it your own.


I'm CASEing the amazing Stampin' Fancy Friday friend Connie Collins for this month's challenge. She has this beautiful 'pretty' style that usually involves Florals and some form of colouring. Every time I see one of her creations I'm always WOWed. And if you've ever seen her colouring on her projects, well it's just amazing!


This is Connie's original creation. I just love stripes and Florals so I wanted to keep those two elements and then the rest is changed up to give it a 'Rochelle' look and feel.


When looking at Connie's original card I noticed that her stripes had stitching on the edges. The stitching comes from the handle from the All Dressed Up Dies that make the gorgeous little bag. So instead of having the stripes on an angle I turned them straight as I love straight lines, layered the Smoky Slate and Shimmery White on a piece of cardstock, die cut the whole piece using the Stitched Rectangle Dies and then embossed the panel with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.


I coloured the Magnolia using Rococo Rose, Blushing Bride and Old Olive Ink Refills. I put a few drops of each colour on a Clear Stamping Block and then picked up the colour using and Aqua Painter. The colouring is just done quickly by 'painting' on a little bit of colour and really the aim is not to be perfect and not to go all the way to the edges either. Start with the lightest colour and then layer on top the darker colours. It's such a fun and quick way to colour and I love that it really doesn't have to be perfect. You really are just 'slapping' the colour on.


I've finished off  my card with some Gold Embossing splatter, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, a sentiment from the To A Wild Rose Stamp Set and then layering the magnolia on some die cut circles to make it stand out.

I do hope that you like my CASE on Connie's card.  Just remember when CASEing start with the initial inspiration of the original project and then really try to change it up to make it your own, with your personal touch.

Check out the rest of the CASEing creations that the Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team have made on the Stampin' Fancy Friday Instagram Account. This is where all their creations will be shared throughout the month , so make sure that you are following them to get all of the amazing ideas!

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Just Add Ink #508 | Just Add 'F'

Hello there stamping friends. Welcome and thanks for joining me today. I hope you are having a fabulous day! It is Friday so that means that it's time for the new challenge over at Just Add Ink.

 This week we are all about the letter 'F'. Could be for a card for a friend, Florals, fancy fold, a colour beginning with F like Flirty Flamingo. There are so many possibilities.

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I've gone for a pretty obvious choice for my Just Add "F" today - Flowers, using the new Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle from the new 2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalouge that you can now purchase from and get this gorgeous bundle! Yay!


I've gone for a Basic Black and Bumblebee colour combination and I love the gorgeous contrast! The bold outline of the sunflowers in Basic Black is so striking and then the pops of Bumblebee through the Basic Black is so eye catching! Love it!

Click on the colour name to see all the Stampin' Up! products in that colour.


I've used the Flowers for Every Season DSP for the sunflowers and the pattern on the DSP really gives some added dimension to the sunflower. I've also embossed the DSP with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. This gives your DSP some added texture without adding more layers and elements. It really gives you DSP that something 'extra'.


Because the sunflowers are quite busy in the background, I really didn't need much else to finish the card of other than the Stitch Nested Label Die, die cut in Vellum, some more of the Flowers for Every Season DSP, some Linen Thread and the Bumblebee In Color Ribbon and some of the 2020 - 2022 In Color Enamel Dots, also in Bumblebee.

I do hope that I've given you some inspiration for this week's Just Add "F" challenge and that you will come and join in the fun. Make sure you check out the Just Add Ink Blog to see the rest of the gorgeous projects from the JAI Design Team. We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using this week's theme. We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week to see your fabulous projects.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Just Add Ink #507 | Sketch Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome, Welcome. It's so good to have you here. It is Friday so that means that it's time for the new challenge over at Just Add Ink.

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This week its a fantastic sketch designed by fellow JAI team member Jackie Aitken. It's fairly straightforward but enough to get those creative ideas going and that creative brain working. I've pulled out some new sneak peek goodies to play with and my 'craft' on this week.

Today I'm using the new Designer Series Paper, Flowers for Every Season, that is in the new Stampin' Up! 2020 Annual Catalogue. It's bright, cheery, super pretty and fun and incorporates all of the new 2020 - 2022 In Colors - Magenta Madness, Cinnamon Cider, Bunblebee, Just Jade and Misty Madness. Check out my blog post HERE to see the sneak peak of the new In Colors. 

The Flowers for Every Season DSP and the new In Colors will be available to purchase 3rd June 2020, so put them on your wish list to be ready to place your order first thing!


I've started the card with a Whisper White and then combined two of the patterns from the DSP.  I don't normally combine different patterns together, but I actually like the look of the Just Jade together with the floral  pattern. The Whisper White base and card layers really give the card that crisp, fresh look.


The vellum circle was first die cut with the Stitched Lace die and then one of the circles from the Stitched Shapes dies. Layered on that is some other sneak peak products - Gold Hoop Embellishments, In Good Taste Elements, Gold Metallic Trim from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack and the Just Jade Mini Ribbon. Lots of fun new products to create with. I've then finished off the card with the sentiment from Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set.

I hope you like my take on this weeks sketch and hopefully you like the little sneak peek to some new products. Make sure you check out the Just Add Ink Blog to see the rest of the gorgeous projects from the JAI Design Team. We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using this weeks sketch. We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week to see your fabulous projects.

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