Monday, May 15, 2017

Crafty Carrot Co Blog Hop with Touches of Texture

Welcome to The Crafty Carrot Collective Blog Hop! A selection of former Stampin' UP! Artisans from all over the world got together to form this interactive rewards program where you can learn and participate with us each month! Today we are bringing you some sneak peaks into what our June month will bring in advance so you can purchase the stamp set called Touches of Texture. If you have that stamp set, then purchase another wish list stamp set of the same value to enter the program.
 This next month we are using the carryover stamp set called Touches of Texture. Look at all that lovely vintage like layering images! Swoon!
I used a new color combination showing a new In-Color called Powder Pink. It is the PERFECT shade of light pink! My color combination is:

Night of Navy - flower bundle image and greeting
Crushed Curry - New Chevron ribbon and bee image
Pool Party - alphabet splatter and card layer
Powder Pink - long flower smeared image, splatter image on card base

What I like about this card is the easy stamping layers and using one stamp per ink color. It is great for quick make and takes for your customers OR makes mass production super easy for the customer! I whipped up about 12 of these in no time!

Here is how our program works... during the month of MAY you purchase the Touches of Texture stamp set (OR product of equal or greater value) from a participating Crafty Carrot Collective demonstrator using the host code shown below. Then, in June, you will receive the program completely FREE!


  This program brings video tutorials and written instructions by 5 very talented global Stampin' UP! demonstrators into your own home so you can stamp in your own time. 
What is not to love about that? 
PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY!

Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy

The uber talented Jennifer Frost over in Australia is next! Hop on over there and say hello!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fancy Friday Blog Hop - A Piece of Art

Welcome back to the Fancy Friday Blog Hop!
My fancy friends and I are back!!! We loved working with each other so much that we decided to continue on with an all new blog hop to inspire you in fun new ways! These are a group of past and current Artisans that have become fast friends thru the Artisan journey. Glad to have you here! We have 10 of us this month so don't miss a one!
 
Each month on the last Friday, we will bring to you new challenges of all kinds (color,sketch, stamp focus, etc)! This month we were to create a card WITHOUT adding a greeting or any wording on the front. Shocker I know! The idea is to make it a piece of art!
I first took the Shimmery White Cardstock and ran it thru the Big Shot with the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The four ink colors I then watercolored with are Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst. The later two are the BRAND NEW In-Colors coming out June 1st! I can just say very loudly.....
LOVE LOVE LOVE them! The Shimmery White piece becomes pretty saturated so I let it dry completely and then even add it on top of a layer of cardstock for strength before popping it on card base with Stampin' Dimensionals. The Butterflies Thinlits and Bold Butterfly Framelits are still a favorite of mine to use and completes the whimsical feel of this card. 
I stamped the greeting on the inside of the card instead. This one is a sneak peak from a BRAND NEW stamp set called Just Add Text. Love this quote from one of the most famous artist! (I did a huge project on him when going thru college back in the day) 
Today especially, I love this quote as I love all my Artisan friends who join me on this blog hop team! They make my world better with their art!

Would love to have you join us in the Fancy Friday Challenge so make a card or two and let us know in the comments if you did or post on social media somewhere and add the #FANCYFRIDAYBLOGHOP

Thanks for stopping by my post for the Fancy Friday blog hop!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy
Now move on to my fun and talented friend Shannon Lane
 by clicking on the next button below! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop - A Sara Thing Kit

Welcome to the A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop!
A group of talented and creative Stampin' UP! Demonstrators have come together to showcase some alternative projects of the Paper Pumpkin Monthly Kit program! This month was a kit designed with Stampin' UP CEO Sara Douglass!
I highly recommend watching Sara's video on how to put together the kit if you have it! She demonstrates how to watercolor the pieces with the pencils and gives great tips! 
For my first card, I just colored the heart with the Melon Mambo watercolor pencil only and blended the color together with the paint brush. I then cut the envelope open to use the inside liner pattern for a layer on my card. I stamped the greetings on the sticky strip and cut smaller to adhere to the heart shape. I stamped the BEST right on to the embossed heart. I placed all of this on the NEW Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. (by far my favorite new in color ever!)
Here is just one more card...again just using one color - Daffodil Delight watercolor pencil - I colored in the other embossed pattern. I cut it down to 4x4 as well as the Basic Black card base to 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". 

So what did you think about this kit? I am very excited about the direction Stampin' UP is taking to step up the technique side of Paper Pumpkin!  Perfect for that beginner stamper to try watercoloring! 

Want to get a complete "A Sara Thing" Paper Pumpkin Kit for FREE?
BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY: To be entered into a drawing for a FREE "A Sara Thing" Paper Pumpkin Kit, you must leave a comment on EVERY blog. Drawing closes on Saturday, April 29th at 9 PM EST. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 1, 2017. Open to international participates as well which is AWESOME because it is only in US and Canada markets!

Thanks for stopping by!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy
Now move on to the super talented Maria
 by clicking on the next button below! 
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Crafty Carrot Blog Hop with Nailed It

Welcome to The Crafty Carrot Collective Blog Hop! A selection of former Stampin' UP! Artisans from all over the world got together to form this interactive rewards program where you can learn and participate with us each month! Today we are bringing you some sneak peaks into what our April month will bring in advance so you can purchase the stamp set called Nailed It or a similar masculine stamp set just in time for the men in our lives.
 This was the perfect time to create some cards for Father's Day and get ahead! I love quick and easy cards so I think this stamp set mixed with some recently retired DSP from the Annual Catalog is a great combination for just that.
The first card is stamped in Crumb Cake. You can use the Build it Framelits to cut out the hexagon greeting or wing it yourself and hand cut it. I popped the layered DSP with Dimensionals. The Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine adds a pop of color while the Urban Underground embellishments finish it off. 
Same layout completely but used Bermuda Bay Ink and used a different wood pattern from the Serene Scenery DSP Pack. 
Do not forget to do the inside of your card!
Also stamp the envelope! The tool images scattered across the envelope is fun!

Here is how our program works... during the month of April you purchase the Nailed It stamp set (OR product of equal or greater value) from a participating Crafty Carrot Collective demonstrator using the host code shown below. Then, in May, you will receive the program completely FREE!
  This program brings video tutorials and written instructions by 5 very talented global Stampin' UP! demonstrators into your own home so you can stamp in your own time. 
What is not to love about that? 
PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY!


Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy

The uber talented Jennifer Frost over in Australia is next! Hop on over there and say hello!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Nurture Nature with the Creation Station Blog Hop

Welcome back this month with the Creation Station Design Blog Hop! I was beyond thrilled to join this group of talented women that inspires me! We plan to inspire you each month with Stampin' UP! creative top of the line projects with a theme from all around the globe! We hope that you hop thru each blog and leave comments as we all love to hear praise about our creations!

This month our theme was Nurture Nature or Flowers to Showers. 
Well.....a cactus count as nature, right? I was at my friend Monika's Stamp, Scrap and Create Retreat last weekend and one of the lady there had the Birthday Fiesta Photopolymer Bundle which I have been on the fence about getting myself. I mean I bought the bright and fun Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper so what is the hold up?
I love a good shaker card but making them is time consuming. This was super easy to create with the Fringe Scissors, cardstock and the Clear Envelopes. I just slide a piece of Whisper White in one half of the envelope, added the cut pieces of cardstock and folded the envelope in half. I secured it with washi tape and use my bone folder to make the folded edge crisp. I stamped the cactus in Emerald Envy on Emerald Envy cardstock. The greeting comes from Sunshine Sayings Stamp Set.
Why not make a matching gift box too? This is a 3.25 x 3.25 x 2.5 size box made with the Gift Box Punch Board. I have a whole spool of this Melon Mambo 1/8" Stitched Ribbon and it is stiff enough to make a large bow with it. 
Thanks for stopping by my post for the Creations Station Blog Hop!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy
You saw Dena's awesome project before me and now move on to 
Denita's incredible project by clicking on the next button below! 
Dena Rekow

Denita Wright

Come join us in May to get free tutorials, live video classes and more!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fancy Friday Blog Hop - Step Up Sketch Challenge

Welcome back to the Fancy Friday Blog Hop!
My fancy friends and I are back!!! We loved working with each other so much that we decided to continue on with an all new blog hop to inspire you in fun new ways! These are a group of past and current Artisans that have become fast friends thru the Artisan journey. Glad to have you here! We have 14 of us this month and many new fresh faces...my dream team of Artisans!
 
Each month on the last Friday, we will bring to you new challenges of all kinds (color,sketch, stamp focus, etc)! This month we are going with a simple theme: Step Up Sketch Challenge!
Take our simple sketch created by our own Jen Timko shown below and create two cards showing how to take a simple card and stepped it up.
My first card is the simple or Beginner's card with technique, lots of stamping and low key but still elegant and eye catching. I stamped the Birthday Blooms Stamp image with Archival Basic Black on a piece of 3.5" x 3" Shimmery White Cardstock. I took another piece of Shimmery White and stamped the greeting from Window Shopping Stamp Set. Then I added some color on top with the Calypso Coral Watercolor Pencil and a Blender Pen. Finish off with a Calyspo Coral layer and the Pool Party 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.
My second card is the step up version or Avid Stamper which takes a step up with a big WOW! This involves using the Watercolor Pencils to color in the stamped image this time. I would color with the pencil first and then use the blender pen to spread the color around. Working in layers to add darker areas. I used the Old Olive, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral pencils. My friend Jen Campbell and Janet Wakeland recently did a live video on Facebook that shared the technique and well I HAD to try it! OMGeez! LOVE to the max! I am hooked! I finished my card by adding the Calypso Coral Ribbon from the Cupcakes & Carosel Embellishment Kit, the Sunshine Sayings Stamp greeting, the Sunshine Wishes Thinlit Die in Basic Black, and the Brushstrokes Stamp in Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake card base.

Would love to have you join us in the Fancy Friday Challenge so make a card or two and let us know in the comments if you did or post on social media somewhere and add the #FANCYFRIDAYBLOGHOP

Thanks for stopping by my post for the Fancy Friday blog hop!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy
Now move on to my fun and talented friend Sue
 by clicking on the next button below! 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Crafty Carrot Blog Hop with Crazy Cake

Welcome to The Crafty Carrot Collective Blog Hop! A selection of former Stampin' UP! Artisans from all over the world got together to form this interactive rewards program where you can learn and participate with us each month! Today we are bringing you some sneak peaks into what our April month will bring in advance so you can purchase the stamp set Crazy Cake knowing you are going to get plenty of ideas and have fun creating with all of us! THIS MONTH WILL BE THE BEST YET! SO many great birthday ideas!
 I had such a fun time creating this project with this stamp set called Crazy Cake! You can do SOOOOOO much with it as you can see by our blog hop this month. And this is just a taste of what we will bring in April! All 5 of us are so excited about this stamp set! We might even go CRAZY!!!!

Here are the products I used to create my card:
Crazy Cake Stamp Set
Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit
Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
Watercolor Paper
Sprinkles Embellishments
Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Peekaboo Peach Inks
Here is how our program works... during the month of March you purchase the Crazy Cake stamp set (or product of equal or greater value) from a participating Crafty Carrot Collective demonstrator using the host code shown below. Then, in April, you will receive the program completely FREE!
  This program brings video tutorials and written instructions by 5 very talented global Stampin' UP! demonstrators into your own home so you can stamp in your own time. What is not to love about that? 
PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY!

Still not sure this program is for you?  Throughout this past January we offered a taste of this wonderful program for FREE for all to enjoy.  This teaser program features the Weather Together stamp set.  Like us on Facebook HERE to access it today.

Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy

The uber talented Jennifer Frost over in Australia is next! Hop on over there and say hello!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Boxes, Baskets, and Bags Oh My! with the Creation Station Blog Hop

 Welcome back this month with the Creation Station Design Blog Hop! I was beyond thrilled to join this group of talented women that inspires me! We plan to inspire you each month with Stampin' UP! creative top of the line projects with a theme from all around the globe! We hope that you hop thru each blog and leave comments as we all love to hear praise about our creations!

This month our theme was Boxes, Baskets, and Bags! OH MY! I thought this would be a perfect chance to the rarely used Stampin' UP Simply Scored! I have a gift for my mom's birthday coming up soon and I needed a special size box for it. The talented Connie Stewart made this fantastic VIDEO showing how to make a custom size box as well as the handy dandy Simply Simple Box Making Shim! I even made one of my own with the help of her VIDEO here! 

My box was 6" x 8" and 1 1/2" in depth so I cut two pieces as 9" x 11". The bottom is Kraft cardstock while the top was from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.
 I added some tissue into the bottom of the box and add my gift into the box. It fit perfectly! I used the Saleabration Metallic Gold Ribbon and the Whisper White 3/8" Ribbon from the Succulent Garden Combo Pack to hold the box closed.

Of course, I need a card and matching envelope to complete the gift packaging. My mom loves daffodils so I grabbed my Basket Bunch Stamp Set and the Basket Builder Framelits Dies. I stamped the Daffodil image with Crushed Curry on Daffodil Delight cardstock and die cut out. 
In case you are wondering what the gift frame does...you add a straight pin with a pearl end into the burlap fabric and hang your ring from it. Here is the one I made for myself and it sits on my nightstand. I thought my mom would like to have one too. A few years back my Dad got my Mom a new wedding band set so I thought she would like to display her first wedding band set. I found this large version at my local home decor store.

Thanks for stopping by my post for the Creations Station Blog Hop!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy
You saw Mikaela's awesome project before me and now move on to 
Julie's incredible project by clicking on the next button below! 
http://thecraftyoinkpen.blogspot.com/2017/03/creation-station-design-team-boxes.html
 Mikaela Titherigdge
Julie Beltramo


Then you will need to purchase just one stamp set from me (for USA customers)
to get access to our exclusive April group! We are talking 5 detailed tutorials, numerous how to videos and fun challenges with prizes! Worth it!