Friday, January 17, 2020

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop | From My Heart

Hello there stamping friends. Welcome to the first official Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop for 2020. I'm so excited for this day, that it has finally arrived and I'm super excited to be sharing my creations with you for this year.

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For our first official blog hop for the 2020 Artisan Design Team we are sharing all the love with the gorgeous products from the From My Heart Suite which can be found in the 2020 Stampin' Up! Jan - June Mini Catalogue, Pgs. 8 - 10.

This stunning suite is full of the gorgeous Real Red and Flirty Flamingo colours and is so very perfect for Valentines Day cards, packaging, treat bags and more with fun and playful products.

While the suite is full of red and pink colours I wanted to team the suite products up with Smoky Slate and Basic Black to tone down those 'pretty colours' for projects that you could give to your boyfriend or Husband with out being too in your face pink and red.

For my card I started with the Smoky Slate card base and then layered on that some of the From My Heart Specialty DSP and then some more layers of Smoky Slate. I stamped repeatedly the word 'Love,' from the Heartfelt Stamp Set and then flicked over that the brush tip end of the Smoky Slate Stampin' Write Marker.

How gorgeous is the Heart Doily? These come in Colour on the front - Flirty Flamingo and Real Red, and then white on the other side which you can colour to use on any project you desire. Layered over the Heart Doily is a Vellum heart punched out using the Heart Punch Pack Punches, some more DSP, Real Red 3/8" Double- Stitched Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread and Silver Metallic Thread and then Happy Valentines Day Heart also from the Heartfelt stamp set which I heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder on Basic Black cardstock.

My mini white Pizza Box has been created in a similar way to my card. This makes the projects a bit 'matchy-matchy', which I love and really adds to the coordination of the card and the treat box. I just changed up the DSP in the box as to what I used on the card. The colours in both DSP patterns are the same so you still get that colour coordination but by changing up a few little things you get a bit of a different look.

Both projects were finished off with the super pretty and super gorgeous From My Heart Faceted Gems, which are so perfect to finish off any project when you want that added bling.

I hope that you like both my projects today and you have been inspired to get creating with this stunning suite. 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. 

While these products do lean towards Valentine's Day, you don't have to exclusively use them just for that day. Make a project for your best friend or even for your children to convey how much you love them. I'm sure they would appreciate a card or treat from you using these products too.

Click on the picture to purchase all the products from this suite in one hit from my online store or click on the individual products used below to purchase them individually.

  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, on Facebook, on all the socials so that you don't miss a thing! Let's get social!

 The so very amazing and super talented Stesha Bloodhart is next up on the hop. I'm sure you will 'love' her so very gorgeous projects.

Zsuzsanna Balazs

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop | Coordination Campaign

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome to the very first Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop for 2020 and welcome to the Stampin' Up! Coordination Campaign Promotion Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. 

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We are showing you today the products on offer for the Coordination Campaign Promotion. For a limited time now (3rd Jan - 3rd Feb 2020) demonstrators can pre-order these exclusive products now before they go live 4th Feb 2020 for customers to order. These products coordinate with products from both the Sale-a-bration and the Jan - Jun 2020 Mini. So grab yours now so you can start planning your Sale-a-Bration and Jan - June 2020 Mini Coordination Classes.

The Coordination Campaign promotion features Brand New products that coordinate perfectly with select Sale-A-Bration items and select Jan - Jun Mini Catalogue Items, for you to purchase. The Coordination Product Release is an exclusive, limited-time collection of products that has everything you need to let you celebrate your creativity.

These Coordination Products really add to the versatility of the products they coordinate with and really make it easy for all types of crafters - Beginner, Casual and Avid; to have a positive crafting experience. The other point to note about these products is that there is no more fussy cutting to the products they coordinate with! All I can say is YAY, YAY, YAY! No more fussy cutting!! The dies coordinate with stamps from Sale-a-bration and the Jan-Jun Mini Catalog, and the DSP Coordinates with a Punch!

My projects today a using the Pleased as Punch DSP #153558 and the Builder Umbrella Punch. This DSP also coordinates with the Heart Punch Pack and the Tulip Builder Punch all from the 2020 Jan - June Mini Catalogue. So much versatility!

For my first project I've started with my all time, most used DSP Shimmer White and given it a watercolour wash background using Pool Party Ink. Once the ink was dry I then splattered droplets of water over the ink for that splatter look and to also make the background layer look like it was raining.

For some more added texture I embossed the water colour background layer with the Subtle 3D embossing folder. Once this was all dry I arranged the umbrellas on the card that I had punched out from the Pleased as Punch DSP with the Builder Umbrella Punch, for a fun layered look. The card was finished off with some linen thread and a sentiment embossed on Basic Black with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.

My second project again uses the Shimmery White Cardstock and again I've run the background layer through my die cutting machine with the Subtle 3D embossing folder but this time I've made a Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder Splatter on the background layer, again to create the look of rain drops.

To make the 'glue' for the embossing powder splatter, mix a little Multipurpose Glue with Water - I usually squeeze a little out of an Aqua Painter, on your Silicon Mat. Pick up the 'glue' mix with your Aqua Painter Brush and then splatter it over your card front. Pour over your chosen embossing powder colour and then pour off the excess. Heat the embossing powder splatters on your card with your heat tool until the splatters have all melted. Once cooled you have a fun background layer for your cards.

Finish the card off with your punched out umbrellas, linen thread and your chosen sentiment. You could add more ribbon, trim and embellishments to step the card up more or you can leave as is for a quick and gorgeous project.

By punching out all the elements from the DSP you have some quick cards that you could easily make and easily reproduce if you had to make multiples. Team your cards up with the pattern side of the DSP for more of a layered look.

Make sure you as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator get these exclusive products on your preorder NOW! The sooner you get these fabulous products in your hands the sooner you'll be able to make beautiful samples and cards.

Preorder Details:
  • All orders must be placed as demonstrator orders.
  • Limit one per demonstrator for non-consumable items.
  • Limit two per demonstrator for consumable
  • Products are not part of Sale-A-Bration, and they must be purchased individually or redeemed as Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders. 
 Customers will be able to purchase Coordination Product Release products on February 4th, 2020. Or if you join the Stampin' Up! family today you too can get your hands on these products. Ask me how or Join Up with me HERE today. 

Just remember demonstrators this is a limited time offer or while stocks last so get the Coordination Product Release products today. Don’t wait until tomorrow!

Next up on the hop is my Artisan hop neighbour from 2019, the ever amazing Stesha Bloodhart in the U.S. This gal is amazingly creative and I'm sure will spark your imagination with her Coordination Campaign projects. Click on the next button below to visit Stesha's blog

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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!

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 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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