Friday, December 20, 2019

Fancy Friday Blog Hop | No White Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome to this months Fancy Friday Blog Hop. I'm so thrilled to have you here today to share my projects with you and hopefully inspire you. I'm hopping with my fancy friends today- all are either current or former members of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team. We just love getting creative and sharing our projects.

The the theme for us this month is 'No White Challenge'.  What this means is we have to create a project using ONLY color cardstock and inks! NO ink or cardstock or anything else WHITE! Eek! What a challenge!! After much thinking about what I would do, I remembered that you can use the Stampin' Blend Alcohol Markers on Crumb Cake Cardstock! So out came still my favourite stamp set - Good Morning Magnolia, for some more colouring love! I thought this challenge would be really difficult as I love using lots of white too but once the idea came to me it was all systems go and came together quite easily.

To be able to see the colouring on the Crumb Cake cardstock, the darker colours work the best to still get that intensity and depth of colour. Here for my card today, the blends I used are -
  • Magnolia: Rococo Rose Dark ; Rococo Rose Light; Flirty Flamingo Light
  • Leaves: Mossy Meadow Dark; Mossy Meadow Light
  • Branch: Crumb Cake Dark; Crumb Cake Light
  • Shadow - Crumb Cake Light 

I love that by colouring on the Crumb Cake, the cardstock changes up the colours for a different look.  Start by stamping your image with Memento Ink and then using your chosen blends to colour in your image. Maybe test your chosen colours on a scrap piece of Crumb Cake to see what the colours will look like when coloured on the cardstock.

Once the magnolia was coloured I used the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker for some black ink splatters and also to rule a border around the card to 'frame' it. I probably would have used some black cardstock and White Stamppin' Emboss Powder for the sentiment as it would have been a gorgeous contrast, but as this is a no white challenge I used Crumb Cake carsdstock and Black Stampin' Emboss Powder which works as well. 

Finish the card off with Linen Thread, Rococo Rose Scalloped Linen Ribbon and Basic Rhinestone Jewels. 

Have you used the Stampin' Blends on Crumb Cake cardstock before? I hope I've inspired you to give it a go. Why not try it for your next project. I really does give that WOW look.

Next up on the hop is my fancy friend in New Zealand, the amazing Paula Dobson! Click on the next button to see her fabulous creations.

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Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team Corporate Blog Post | To a Wild Rose

This post originally appeared on the Stampin' Up! Facebook Page in the Notes section on 20th December, 2019. You can see the original post here.

Hello there, stamping friends. Rochelle Blok from Melbourne, Australia, here. I have the pleasure of sharing the last projects with you from the 2019 Artisan Design Team.

Today I'm sharing one of my all-time, most favorite coloring techniques: “no line” watercoloring. If you follow me on my blog/Facebook or Instagram, you'll know that I just love anything to do with coloring, and today’s technique is no exception.

The “no line” watercoloring technique is still fairly new to me, but with more practice and time I'll be able to master this technique a whole lot more.

All my cards today use the To a Wild Rose Stamp Set (item 149452), Wild Rose Dies (item 149547), Sahara Sand ink (item 147117), Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper (item 149612), Shimmery White Cardstock (item 101910), Mossy Meadow Cardstock (item 133676), Basic Black Cardstock (item 121045), Very Vanilla 3/8" Scalloped Lace Trim (item 149593), Silver Metallic Thread (item 138402), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (item 109132), Aqua Painters (item 103954), and Rhinestone Basic Jewels (item 144220).

To begin, ink your image with Sahara Sand ink, then stamp off once before stamping the image you want to color. This will leave a faint outline of your stamped image.

To color the image, put a drop of ink in the lid of the ink pad, mix in a drop or two of water, then pick up the color from the lid using an Aqua Painter.

If you mix a tiny amount of ink with water on the Aqua Painter brush and then wash out the color, you’ll end up with a lighter variation of the ink. Though this process takes a little time, the results definitely give you that “WOW” look.

After stamping, there will still be lines where you colored the image, but they will be light. And once you color the image with your chosen ink color, the light outline of the image will practically disappear, giving you the “no line” watercolor look.

When I colored each rose, I started with the center petals and colored every second one. I waited until they were all dry, then moved on to coloring the rest of the petals. If you try to color all the petals at once—all right next to each other—the petals will bleed into each other and you may end up with a “hot mess.” Trust me, I know! Ha!

For my first card, I used Blackberry Bliss ink (item 147092) to color the roses. When watercoloring I use the “wet on wet” coloring technique. This is where you go over the portion of the image that you are want to color with water first, then go over the water with your desired color. The water helps to pull and move the ink around, making it easier to color your image.

I sponged some Pool Party ink (item ) on the Shimmery White Cardstock base layer, added some leaves, ribbon, and trim to accent the roses, then finished the card off with an embossed sentiment and some Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

For my second card, I used Gorgeous Grape ink (item 147099) on the rose, then used the “trellis” die cut as an accent base layer. I die cut a frame using the Stitched Rectangle Dies (item 148551) and then adhered it to the die-cut shapes frame for a fun background look.

I then adhered it to the card base layers. How beautiful is the contrast of the bold, dark colors against the white card base. Love it!

For my last card, I went with a softer look using Highland Heather Ink (item 147103) to color the rose. The lighter purple really gives the project a softer look against the Shimmery White, but it still gives you a “WOW” look.

I used the inner piece of cardstock left over from cutting the frame in the second card and embossed it with the beautiful and very versatile Scripty 3D Embossing Folder (item 149634). I've added some layers of Scalloped Lace Trim and Silver Metallic Thread over the base cardstock layers and then finished the card off with the beautiful Mossy Meadow leaves, heat-embossed sentiment, and some Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

While this technique looks fabulous, you will need to take your time to practice. Practice makes perfect, right? Practicing this technique is the perfect way to de-stress and unwind. Why not try it with other colors and see what you end up with?
I hope I have inspired you with this technique and that you’ll give it a try, too!

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Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop | Tiny Keepsakes

Hello Stamping Friends! Welcome to our very last 2019 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop for December and for the year. I can't believe we are at our last post already! Just feels like yesterday when the 2019 Artisan Team was announced. It feels just like yesterday when this amazing journey began. While this year has been at times a little crazy I have truly loved every minute of it and still cant believe that I was give this opportunity of a life time to represent Stampin' Up! on the ADT for a second time. I am so very grateful for everything that this team has brought. Also a big thank you to all of you who have supported me along the way! 

I'm a bit sad that this Artisan year has come to an end and I'll be finishing up with the 2019 team but I'm also super excited that I'll be continuing on with the ADT, with the 2020 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team. Eek!!! If you haven't seen my announcement. Check out my blog post HERE

Now on to my project for today, we are using either the Tags, Tags, Tags Bundle and/or the
Tiny Keepsakes Bundle from the Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue. Two fabulous bundles to create amazing projects on their own or using them both together. I'm using the Tiny Keepsakes Bundle to show you a quick and easy project to make some fun party favours for your Christmas Day gatherings. If you are still looking for an idea this might just be for you. In this fantastic bundle is the Tiny Keepsakes stamp set and the Mini Curvy Keepsakes Box Dies. Fun!

I've gone for some traditional Christmas Colours - Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow. How cute are these little boxes? The Tiny Keepsakes stamp set that is part of this bundle is fabulous for quickly decorating this sides of the gorgeous little box, with either a plaid/tartan pattern or a striped pattern.

Also in this stamp set is some fun sentiments to create some gorgeous, coordinating tags. Cute! The die shapes for the tags come in the Mini Curvy Keepsakes dies so everything is coordinated and fits together. Got to love everything matching.

For some extra shimmer and sparkle, splatter some Clear Wink of Stella over your cute boxes and tie the tags with some of Stampin' Up!'s ribbon and trim. There is lots to choose from!

Create these little boxes and fill with some sweet treats as a place setting on each plate for Christmas Day or pile them up on a platter for each of your guests to take at the end of your event. Change up the colours to suite your Christmas decor.

Here is the complete list of 2020 Artisans. Make sure you visit their Blogs/Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest and follow them! You won’t want to miss their amazing creations! A whole lot of talent right there that's for sure!

Now for the last time for 2019 please hop on to the amazing Stesha Bloodhart in the U.S. with her super gorgeous creations! Lots of fun and fabulous ideas from Stesha!! Stesha will be back on the ADT for 2020 also so you'll see her amazing ADT creations for another year.

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

On Stage Prize Patrol | Under My Umbrella Blog Hop

Hello there stamping friends. Welcome to a special blog hop showing one of the amazing new stamp sets from the 2020 Jan - June Mini Catalogue - Under my Umbrella. We are Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world who won the Under my Umbrella at the recent On Stage demonstrator event back in Nov. We were all lucky badge no. 6!

International readers please use the translate feature to translate to your language.

 Even though the stamp set is called Under My Umbrella, what stood out to me the most was the gorgeous pair of what we call here in Australia 'gumboots'. The next thing that drew my eye was all the cute little flowers. And because these images are what we call open line artwork I felt they were perfect for a soft water colour look.

I've use a Spring/Summer colour combo for my card using Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight. These colours are gorgeous together and really make for a fun and pretty project.

I've started with a Coastal Cabana water colour wash base on my favourite cardstock - Shimmery White and then embossed that layer with the Subtle 3D Embossing folder for some added texture.

I heat embossed all the images with White Stampin' Emboss powder and then coloured them in using an Aqua Painter and picking the colour up off the lid of the ink pad. Once all the images were coloured in I then fussy cut them all out with paper snips and arranged the images on the Shimmery White Panel for a fun and pretty arrangement.

I just love the soft and spring like look to this project and the sentiment on the Basic Black panel makes for a fabulous contrast against the soft look. Super gorgeous and super pretty!

Please hop on next to the fabulous Lotte Noordzij in the Netherlands for her amazing creations. Make sure you follow the whole hop around for all the fantastic projects using this set. You won't be disappointed!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop | Sale-a-bration 2020 Sneak Peak

 Hello there stamping friends. A big welcome to you today for our special Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop showing you what is on offer for 2020 Sale-a-bration and the products that you can get for FREE!

Sale-A-Bration pre-earn for is finally here from 3 December 2019 to 2 January 2020! This means that demonstrators can earn items in the Sale-A-Bration Shop offering early. For every $90 AUD/$110 NZD or $180 AUD/$220 NZD you spend, you choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure that matches the level you spent. Demonstrators can even use the pre-order of the January–June Mini catalogue and purchase items from that catalogue or any other current catalogue, and earn free Sale-A-Bration products! If you aren’t a demonstrator yet, this is a great sneak peek to see what is in store for Sale-A-Bration beginning 3 January 2020!

We've got so many projects to show you and you'll want to get all the 2020 Sale-a-bration offerings!

I've got two cards for you today using the Happy Birthday to You Sale-a-bration stamp set. Spend $90 AUD, between 3rd Jan - 31 March 2020, and you can get this gorgeous cake stamp set for FREE. It's all pretty and florally and all round gorgeous.

I've used all the same products on both cards but changed up the layout and have shown how you can use just some of the flowers that are on the beautiful cake.

I just love to colour on coloured cardstock but sometimes when you try to do this with the ink colour straight onto the cardstock the ink colour changes and even gets a little lost into the cardstock background. The best way to colour onto coloured cardstock is to cover your image first with a Whisper White Craft Ink 'undercoat' layer and then add your chosen colour over top. Check out my Instagram Step-By-Step Tip HERE on how you can achieve this different look.

I first embossed the image with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and then 'white washed' the image with Whisper White Craft Ink and an Aqua Painter. I left the actual 'cake' part of the image white to make it look like it is covered in 'fondant' icing and then used Gorgeous Grape, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, for the flowers, and Crumb Cake for the cake stand base. For some added layering and dimension I fussy cut some of the flowers that I had heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder on Vellum and then layered them behind the flowers in the main image. Pretty!!

For my second card using this gorgeous set, I've made it a bit more intricate and avid by only using the flowers from the cake image. I stamped and heat embossed 4 of the cake images and then using the same colouring technique as the first card I coloured in the flowers. Once coloured in I then fussy cut them out and then arranged them on the card as an accent to the rectangle sentiment panel. How gorgeous do the flowers look with the Crumb Cake colour underneath and then the pretty colour on top?

This set is perfect for those that love to colour, like me, and can be used with any colouring medium. Why not try colouring the cake with Stampin' Blends or Watercolouring to really change up the look. You'll be surprised at each different look with each different colouring medium.

Just a reminder that pre-order/pre-earn is an exclusive benefit for demonstrators to get their hands on products earlier, so they are ready to go for the launch of the fabulous Sale-a-bration promotion. If you want to get your hands on prouct earlier than everyone else why not join up. You've got nothing to loose. Just ask me how or join up HERE with me! 

Next up on the hop is the fabulously amazing Stesha Bloohart in the U.S showing you the super gorgeous Little Ladybug Stamp set. Her super cute projects will have you wanting to get the stamp set ASAP! Click on the next button below to see what she has for you!

Angela Meiritz-Reid
Ashley Van Camp
Aurélie Fabre
Emma Goddard
Jackie Aitken
Jennifer Picard
Kaylee van Es
Lauren Alarid
Maike Beimler
Manuela Geiswinkler
Mikaela Titheridge
Narelle Farrugia
Rochelle Blok
Stesha Bloodhart
Sylwia Schreck
Tanya Rees

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