Friday, November 16, 2018

2019 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook you may have already seen my super exciting news! I've been waiting for what feels like forever for this to be announced and last weekend at the Stampin' Up!® On Stage Local demonstrator only event that was held in Melbourne, my now not so little secret was let out of the bag.

I have the great honour of being selected to be on the 2019 Stampin' Up!® Artisan Design Team and I am beyond thrilled to be chosen again! To have been on it once was unbelievable but now to have been chosen a second time is an opportunity of a life time. I'm still pinching myself to have been asked again! I'm feeling so blessed, so grateful and so thankful to be part of this amazing team with an amazing talented bunch of 16 Stampin' Up!® demonstrators from all over the world. I can’t wait to get creating and just sharing what I love. 

This is the beautiful, personalised memento that all the Artisan Design Team Members were awarded which included a Welcome letter, a beautiful engraved bracelet from Tiffany's and a personalised Artisan Design Team stamp.


 What does it mean to be on the Artisan Design Team? As an Artisan, we have been selected by the Stampin' Up!® company themselves and then Stampin' Up!® will provide myself, and my 15 fellow teammates, with current goodies so that we might create beautiful things to inspire you! We have a once a month blog hop, that will begin in January 2019. We also will be creating blog posts for the Stampin' Up!® Corporate Blog and also sharing some tips and tricks using Stampin' Up!® products for the Stampin' Up!® Instagram account.

This year's team includes 16 demonstrators from all over the world.

I really do hope that you'll follow along with the monthly hops throughout 2019 and be inspired by what we share!

A BIG thank you to all who sent me messages of congratulations! I am very overwhelmed by every one's love and support and I can't wait to get creating and share this Artisan year with you all!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Just Add Ink #434 | Just Add A Big Bold Sentiment

Hey there stamping friends! Here's to Friday and it nearly being the weekend. The gals and I over at Just Add Ink have a new challenge for you! Our challenge for you is to use a big bold sentiment as the main focal point to your creation.

I've gone with a very non-traditional but on trend Christmas colour combination for a fun Christmas card using the Snow is Glistening Stamp set from the Snowflake Showcase Promotion that is on till 30th Nov.

The colour combo from this card came from the suite of decorations at my local Target Australia, mainly a gift bag. I saw it and said 'I can make that using Stampin' Up! products'! I took a photo of it and then used the snowflakes from the Snow is Glistening Stamp set to recreate it. Its amazing what gives us inspiration when out and about!

I just randomly stamped Mint Macaron and Highland Heather (stamped off once) around the edge of the card front and then the smallest snowflake is embossed with Silver Stampin' Emboss powder. To make the sentiment the main focus of the card I used the 'Merry' from the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies, die cut out of Silver Glimmer Paper and then stamped the 'Christmas' in Mint Macaron Ink on Mint Macaron cardstock for a tone on tone look.

The Silver with the Mint Macaron and the Highland Heather is a beautiful colour combo and I'm sure that I'll use it again.I finished off the card with Silver Sequins, Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, Silver Metallic Thread and a gorgeous Snowflake Trinket. Super fun and super gorgeous!

To see all the Big, Bold Sentiment creations make sure you check out the amazing work from the Just Add Ink Design Team and while you are there check out the details for this weeks challenge and then come and join in this weeks fun. Can't wait to see what you create.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Live in Australia?
 Shop for Stampin' Up! with me 24/7

 Recreate this card at home using the following Stampin' Up! products. Click on the images below to see the product information and to shop from my online store.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop | Making Christmas Bright

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome to this months Stamp to Share International Design Team Blog Hop. We are bringing you lots of Christmas creations as we lead up to the festive season using the Making Christmas Bright Bundle from the Stampin' Up!® 2018 Holiday Catalogue.

If you haven't hopped with us before, Stamp to Share is a monthly blog hop featuring Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from the Stampin' Up! markets around the world. Once a month we feature projects made with one Stampin' Up! bundle to inspire you.

This is such a fun set with it's play on the Christmas/Fairy Lights and one of the most fabulous thing about this bundle is that there is a co-ordinating punch to punch out those fun lights. I love the sets that have the co-ordinating, beautiful, detailed and delicate dies but the sets that have a co-ordinating punch make it just so quick and easy stamp and put your card together. Stamp and punch and your done.

I've made the string of lights image as the main focus for both my cards today. I've stamped the string of lights with Versamark, on both cards, and then heat embossed them with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. Once the embossing powder cooled I coloured the lights, using an Aqua Painter, with the colours  Call Me Clover, Real Red and Daffodil Delight. This colour combo is so fun for a bright take on the traditional Christmas colours.

When stamping the string of lights, the Stamparatus Stamp Positioning Tool is your best friend to line up the stamp and then to evenly space the image across the card front. I love the string of lights running vertical down the card

To accent both cards I used the larger light image from the set and also used Call Me Clover 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Grosgrain Ribbon, Gold Metallic Thread and the All is Bright DSP.  

I hope that I've given you another idea to use with this stamp set and given you some creative inspiration.
Next on the hop is the fabulous Sandi MacIver. Please welcome her back after her break from the Stamp to Share team.

Rochelle Blok - You are here

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!
Live in Australia?
 Shop for Stampin' Up! with me 24/7

 Recreate these cards at home using the following Stampin' Up! products. Click on the images below to see the product information and to shop from my online store.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fancy Friday Blog Hop | Christmas-y Challenge

Hey there stampers! Welcome to this months Fancy Friday Blog Hop. It's acutally the October hop but things have been pretty busy for the whole team so the hop got pushed back a week, landing it in November. You may have joined me from the gorgeous Sylwia in Germany or you have started with me here in Melbourne, Australia. Either way your in for a fancy and festive treat!

If you've not see us before, the Fancy Friday team are past and present Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Members. We still love creating and blogging and sharing what we love, so we have a blog hop once a month with everything fun and fancy.
The challenge of this blog hop for us is to create ANYTHING with a Christmas-y feel! Home decor, a FANCY card, a scrapbook page, pocket memory keeping, etc. So it's really going to be a fun and festive blog hop.

I've made a wreath for today's hop using some of Stampin' Up!s amazing ribbon and trim for a Ribbon Wreath. It's got a Vintage/Shabby Chic/Rustic feel and can be hung on your front door or as a home decor piece to hang inside. If hanging outside you might want to make sure that your front door is well secluded and away from the weather.

I started with a 14" Metal Wire Wreath that I picked up from the Florist Section at my local Spotlight (Craft Store). The metal wreath was really inexpensive and comes in various sizes. The wreath has two rows of wire, and I originally was going to fill the two rows with ribbon all the one colour, but quickly found out I would not have nearly enough ribbon and then had to go to Plan B. You could probably just use a single wire metal hoop or even an embroidery hoop if you were wanting to make something like this yourself.

After soon realising that I needed other colours to make the wreath, I then went to the traditional 'Reds' and 'Greens' with the Merry Merlot & Copper 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Reversible Ribbon and the Tranquil Tide 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Velvet Ribbon. Adding to these two colours with Burlap Ribbon and the Very Vanilla/Copper Ribbon from the Tea Room Ribbon Combo Pack. While all these ribbons where looking fabulous together I still felt the wreath needed something else. In came the non-tradition Christmas colour - Pink.

Aren't the pink colours a beautiful addition to the 'traditional' Christmas Colours? To fill the wreath out more I added the Petal Pink ribbon from the Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack, Braided Linen Thread and Very Vanilla Lace Trim. Each length of ribbon was cut to 15 cm in length, with 25 lengths of each colour. So in total 175 lengths of ribbon are looped on to the wreath. You'll need about 4m of each colour to fill this sized wreath (if my maths is correct).

To make the 'Merry' banner I cut 2" strips of Powder Pink card stock and created a banner end on each piece Banner Triple Punch. I also embossed the Powder Pink Banner Pieces with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and then stuck on to that the Large Letters Die Cut letters, cut out of the Tranquil Tide Glimmer Paper from the Joyous Noel 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Pack. That glimmer paper is just amazing! If I could have the Tranquil Tide glimmer paper in full 12" x 12" sheets, I would be one happy woman! To finish off the banner pieces I added a few copper sequins here and there, continuing on with the copper colour throughout the whole wreath.

How gorgeous are those deep, rich, luxe colours against my white door? What a beautiful contrast! I might hang this one in my house somewhere for a gorgeous handmade home decor piece. Makes me want to set up my tree now. Not before Dec1st in this household.

I really didn't think it needed much else to finish it off, except the 'Christmas' from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set and a layering of some snowflakes from this months Snowflake Showcase Promotion.

Next up on the Fancy hop is fellow Aussie Jennifer Frost with her fancy and festive creations! Love your work Jen!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Live in Australia?
 Shop for Stampin' Up! with me 24/7
 Recreate this project at home using the following Stampin' Up! products. Click on the images below to see the product information and to shop from my online store.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Just Add Ink #432 | Just Choose Two

Hey there stamping friends! It's that time again for another Just Add Ink Challenge. We've got a fun Just Choose Two Challenge - Buttons, Bows or Bling. But if you're like me you might not be able to decide which two to use and just use them all instead.

Buttons, Bows and Bling are perfect for any Christmas Card creation and that's what I've gone with today for this weeks challenge. I've combined the Festive Farmhouse DSP with the Merry Christmas to All stamp set and die bundle.

I've combined two of the patterns from the Festive Farmhouse DSP for a fun look. I really love mixing different DSP patterns together. The Christmas words mixed with the plaid/tartan pattern really gives an ecletic look.

For the bling component of my card I die cut the word 'Merry' out of Copper Glimmer Paper from the Joyous Noel 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper. How stunning is that Copper sparkle? Just pretty! I've also used Copper Metallic Thread, Copper Sequins from the Metallic Sequin Assortment and Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder. That's all counts as bling, right?

The button comes from the True Gentlemen Buttons and, it is a little bit hard to see but, the bow is tied out of the Copper Metallic Thread in the button, so it gives a really fine and soft bow.  I really love how all the elements of this card came together and the Copper with the Cherry Cobbler colour combo. Anything with a bit of sparkle and glitter is gorgeous in my eyes!

More details about this challenge are on the Just Add Ink Blog. Check it out and play along! Can't wait to see your creations and which two elements you choose!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Crafting!
Live in Australia?
 Shop for Stampin' Up! with me 24/7
 Recreate this card at home using the following Stampin' Up! products. Click on the images below to see the product information and to shop from my online store.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Just Add Ink #431 | Sketch Challenge

Hello crafters and stamping friends! Welcome to the new challenge that we have for you over at Just Add Ink #431. We have a fabulous sketch, suggested by DT member Tina. It's a pretty straight forward sketch and really you are only limited by your imagination.
I bought the Dashing Deer Bundle, from the Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogue, a few weeks ago and have been wanting to create with it for a little bit now and this weeks sketch was the perfect opportunity. I've gone with a metallic and rustic look for today's card. Using the Wood Textures DSP for the base of the card with Early Espresso, Merry Merlot, Gray Granite and Copper for the colour combo. Its a gorgeous deep, rich and luxe colour combo.

I cut out the piece of Wood Textures DSP, sponged Early Espresso Ink around the edges and then layered it on Early Espresso cardstock.  Over the Wood Textures I've used a strip of the Joyous Noel DSP. The Merry Merlot colour goes fantastically with the Early Espresso colour. I'm really loving this colour combo.

I've layered a piece of Vellum over the Joyous Noel strip, that I die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and then embossed with the Corrugated Dynamic Embossing Folder. Over the Vellum is another DSP pattern from the Joyous Noel DSP.  The deer pattern from the DSP is a good match to the Dashing Deer Bundle, don't you think?

For the deer, I've gone with a tone on tone look by using Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder on Copper Foil Sheets and then this Copper picks up the Copper Foil in the DSP patterns. How beautiful are the swirly antlers on the deer? Really gives a elegance and Christmas feel to the deer. 

While I changed up some of the elements of the sketch I really love all the layers and elements that brought this card together and anything with beautiful metallic elements and you've got me.

You can see what the rest of the team has done with this sketch challenge at the Just Add Ink blog. How will you join in the fun with us this week?

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Crafting!
Live in Australia?
 Shop for Stampin' Up! with me 24/7

 Recreate this card at home using the following Stampin' Up! products. Click on the images below to see the product information and to shop from my online store.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TGIF Challenges | #tgifc181 Sketch Challenge | Snowflake Showcase

Hello there stamping and crafting friends! Welcome, welcome! I'm joining in with this weeks challenge over at TGIF Challenges #tgifc181. Its a gorgeous sketch with lots of layering elements which just screams 'Rochelle' but as with most sketches I've changed it up. I've turned the sketch on its side while still trying to keep the same design elements as what the sketch has.

Today I'm using some products from the Snowflake Showcase Special Release, which is on pre-order now for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and will be available for customers to purchase 1st - 30th November 2018. There are two fabulous stamp sets, one amazing set of Thinlits, Snowflake Trinkets and the beautiful White Velvet Paper which is like a whole sheet of flocked paper. The whole showcase is just AMAZING! Check out the flyer at the bottom of the post to see all the fabulous products. I've used on my card today the Snow is Glistening Stamp Set, Snowfall Thinlits, White Velvet Paper and the Snowflake Trinkets.

I started with the spotty image from the stamp set that looks like snow falling and stamped a boarder around the Pool Party cardstock with Whisper White ink. The Pool Party piece is layered on a piece of DSP from the All is Bright Designer Series Paper. The white card base is just Shimmery White cardstock.

How gorgeous is the white snowflake? Super pretty and super soft! It's really hard to tell but it has been die cut out of the new White Velvet Paper. It is just stunning. This is one paper that you will have to see in real life just to touch it for that beautiful velvet feel. 

The smaller snowflakes come from the same thinlits set as the larger one, Snowfall Thinlits Dies. There are 20 dies in this set and they are perfect for layering. Some of the dies even die cut around some of the images from the two new stamp sets. So versatile. I've used some of the smaller snowflake dies, cut them out of Pool Party cardstock, sponged the edges with Whisper White Ink and then coloured over them with Clear Wink of Stella. The subtle shimmer of the Clear Wink of Stella goes perfectly with the subtle shimmer of the Shimmery White cardstock base.

The card is then finished off with the sentiment from the Snow is Glistening Stamp set, embossed in Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, White Solid Baker's Twine, Braided Linen Thread, Copper Metallic Thread, Metallic Assortment Sequins and the Snowflake Trinket. All just so pretty!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy crafting! 
Live in Australia?
 Shop for Stampin' Up! with me 24/7
 Recreate this card at home using the following Stampin' Up! products. Click on the images below to see the product information and to shop from my online store.

Available for customers to purchase 1st - 30th November 2018