Birthday Blooms- Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

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Hello, friends! How are you today? Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. I’m so happy you’ve joined us!

It has been such a dream to create with all the newest products from Stampin’ Up! This Occassion Catalog has to be one of my favorites ever, and one stamp set I find myself turning to again and again is Birthday Blooms.

For today’s card, I paired Island Indigo with silver. The rose was embossed on vellum and then I used a sponge dauber in circular motions to color it in. After that, I gently wiped the white embossing with a tissue to remove any ink and brighten the white embossing.

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When I finished the card, my hubby gave me another lesson on how to achieve the bokeh effect with his very fancy camera. It’s so much fun and I think I’m getting better!

Thank you for joining us today. I hope you’ll leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my Birthday Blooms Card. If you are interested, you can find a complete supply list for the card below.

Now it’s time to hop over to see Rachel Grandin-Torchet. She amazes me every time!

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Shine On Birthday Set- Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

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Hello, friends, and welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. I’m so glad you’re here!

This is our “open” week where we were free to chose anything from our Artisan box. While I was going through my goodies, (for the 100th giddy time) my eye was especially drawn to the beautiful Cucumber Crush leaf pattern from the Shine On Designer Series Paper pack.

I started out with a birthday card, mixing the bright leaf background with the gorgeous new Rose Garden Thinlits Die in Watermelon Wonder and one of my favorites ever, Typeset Designer Series Paper.

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Another delight from our Artisan box was the new Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon- oh, this stuff is dreamy! As I played with ideas, I decided to “rough it up” with my trusty fringe scissors to give it a vintage feel.

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For the Typeset paper, I wanted it to look like gathered ribbon, so I gently broke down the fibers by pulling on it with my bone folder and then glued the loops in place with my low temp hot glue gun. I didn’t want it perfect, so I made the loops uneven on purpose.

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After I finished the card, I created a matching gift bag. The awesome thing? These little Petite Café Gift Bags are lined and food safe, making them perfect for giving a tasty treat to someone special.

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Stampin’ Up! makes it so fun to wrap up the perfect gift and show someone just how much they are loved. A complete supply list for today’s projects can be found below.

Thanks for joining me today. Now it’s time to hop over to see what the lovely and talented Rachel Grandin-Torchet has created for you. Just click on the button below.


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Picture Perfect- Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

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Hi, friends! Welcome to the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop.

When the Picture Perfect stamp set was revealed at Onstage, I fell in love with that gorgeous rose, so I chose it for today’s project.

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The Love Blossoms DSP stack has several patterns that don’t have to be used for Valentine’s Day, including the one I chose for the matching envelope. I added a thin scrap to the card, too.

Can you see the bit of sparkle on the embellishments? They are so pretty!

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The Picture Perfect stamp set is full of possibilities and I already have my next project brewing. While I head off to my craft room, you can head over to visit Rachel Grandin-Torchet, the next designer on the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop, to see what amazing things she has been up to!

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Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

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Welcome to the first 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! (EEEK! Did I just type that?) As I’m sure you can tell, the honor of being on the Artisan Design Team with so many amazing ladies from around the globe has me over the moon. Hip Hip Hooray, for sure!

I have met so many dear friends here on my blog- big hugs to everybody! Let me take a minute to introduce myself and tell a bit of my stampin’ story for those of you who are new here.

First, a little bit about my family. I married my high school sweetheart and we have four beautiful children, ages 19, 17, 6 and 2. Our two youngest were adopted from China. Here we all are in our recent adoption announcement photo:

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I absolutely love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and  I first heard about the Artisan Design Team at Convention in 2013, not long after I signed up. My upline leaned over to me and whispered that I could do that, and a dream was born.

In the meantime, I was a busy mom of three, in the process of adopting number four and a middle school teacher with over 200 students- whew! In June of 2014 I was able to retire from teaching and devote my time to my growing family and Stampin’ Up! business. I started my blog with the primary purpose of applying for the Artisan Design Team and in May of 2015, I nervously filled out the online application.

Fast forward to November Onstage where my dream came true with the announcement that I was on the team. I literally shook for an hour! Each team member received a beautifully decorated box. Inside was a Tiffany bracelet and my very own Artisan stamp!

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Team members also received $500 in cash and a $500 Stampin’ Up! shopping spree. Be still my stamp lovin’ heart!

In addition, each quarter we will receive a box full of the latest Stampin’ Up! products. Our first one arrived in early December, and there is nothing I’d rather see under the tree. Just look at all these goodies!

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For my first Artisan project, I chose the “hooray” from the Watercolor Words stamp set and the “hip hip” from Endless Birthday Wishes because it perfectly describes how I feel. Can you see the scattered, embossed stars? It’s so fun to achieve that look. Just hammer your embossing folder in a few places, and viola! A bit of added texture!

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I cut out the hip hip for some whimsy and used my aqua painter with watered down multipurpose glue to splatter the card and then added glitter. We learned that technique at convention and I am in love. Can you spot the sneak peak? The gold doily and sequins are from the upcoming Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit.

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I wanted to extend my congratulations to the other fabulous team members, so I added a special message to them on the inside. Way to go everybody! I have already enjoyed getting to know you and seeing your amazing talent in action!

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And, of course, I could not wait to use my new Artisan stamp on the back. I had to wipe away happy tears of joy when I did!

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If you are new here, I hope you will click the follow button on the top right so you won’t miss this Stampin’ Up! adventure as it unfolds. Also, please leave me a comment so I can get to know you. I would really love that!

Don’t forget to enjoy all of the incredible projects from the rest of the team on today’s blog hop. Just before me was the amazing Marisa Gunn and next comes the equally amazing Rachel Grandin-Torchet. Click the button below to go visit her!

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