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Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Holidays

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Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it was a choice, and I picked Christmas!!

Before I get to my projects, if you’ve come here from Lorene’s blog you already know… but, we have a special guest this month!  It’s Brian King! YAY!
A while back, I shared a picture <click here to see that post> of when I got to meet up with him at one of our Stampin’ Up Events. I didn’t want to only share the same picture again, so I dug around a bit, and found an older one! July 2014 to be exact. Brian is quite the character and I believe this was a “quick, Brian’s gonna grab the camera and do a selfie” type of picture. . LOL.

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Welcome Brian!  And now…. here are a few of the projects I’ve put together for this month’s hop!

Since it’s almost the end of the Christmas craft fair season for me, I thought I’d share a few of the cute little treat holders and tags that I’ve put together:

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These all use the adorable Cookie Cutter Christmas set with the coordinating punch. I’ve seen a lot of projects like these floating around the web, and I just had to make some myself! I bet folks will love them!

The next project is a super quick card I put together using the Merry Mice set. I found a cute card I had in my sample box from a while back (with retired items) and decided to update it with the mice, sequins, and Wink of Stella! The snowflakes come from the Tin of Tags set, and the sequins are the Fancy Frost Sequins. All of these can be found in the Holiday Catalog. 🙂

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The next cards I will share are from a recent Stamp Camp I atended. I am so glad I get the opportunity to go to these, as they are a blast!
Many of these use the new copper foil sheets, I love the copper in them, it gives them such a nice shine and regal look.
This one highlights the Pretty Pines Thinlets Dies with the pine cone and pines. The background uses the Cable Knit embossing folder.

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The next one also uses the pine cones – along with the Merry Medley background stamp embossed in copper.:

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Isn’t the copper so pretty?  Here is one that uses the Copper Foil with the Brick Wall embossing folder:

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The holly swag is from the Holly Berry Happiness set. It has a coordinating punch for the bow and leaves! The mini pine cones are also copper and hang from the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine.

This next one is one of my favorites!  It’s using the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set with matching Thinlit die set.

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It’s hard to see in the picture, but it’s actually put together so it looks like a picture frame! The shiny copper sleigh really makes the card pop. The sentiment is from the Wonderful Year stamp set, which is perfect for all your holiday cards!

This last project doesn’t use copper, instead it gets the sparkly-ness from the glimmer paper! Both red and gold glimmer paper here on top of an ornament from the Merriest Wishes Stamp set and Merry Tags Framelits. Add some pines with the Pine Bough embossing folder, and you’re all set.

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I hope you enjoyed these projects! Many of these products are in the Holiday Catalog, which will end on January 3rd. So – if you want anything from it, don’t delay!
Stampin’ Up will be starting their Year End Closeout today, and you’ll want to check out the store to see all the discounts – but hurry because some items will be as only as supplies last.

You can click here to get to my online store.  🙂


Now…. Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, you will be heading over to Tammy, and I hope you have fun looking through all their projects, too!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

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Participating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Rick Adkins
Guest Blogger: Brian King
Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Jenny Gauthier

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Blogging Friends Blog Hop – New Holiday Catalog

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Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it’s: The new Holiday Catalog!!

So…. what I have decided to do is show off a few projects made at my recent classes!  I know just looking at the Holiday Catalog, you see a lot of Christmas and Halloween.. but, if you keep looking, you will find all occasions!  Here is a great example.  This one uses a few new accessories – the Pretty Paisleys Embossing folder and the Fancy Frost sequins:

www.stampinmak.comI also used the adorable Baby Bear and the Banners for You with the coordinating Bunch of Banners Framelits. I sponged some of the Pacific Point ink onto the embossed design to make it stand out more then added some silver metallic thread. You could switch out the phrase for almost any occasion!


This next one is right out of the catalog (with minor changes). It uses the Jolly Friends stamp set moose and hat. The hat was punched out with the coordinating Jolly Hat Builder punch:

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I love the mini jingle bells added to the hat! You can also see how easy it is to use the catalog as inspiration – and then adjust to accommodate what you like! Oh, and the “Merry Wishes” is from the “Oh, What Fun” set in the Annual catalog in case you’re looking for it.


This next one I love because the basic layout can be used so many ways:

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This uses the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamps with the Cookie Cutter Builder punch. The pretty swirly candy is from the Candy Cane Lane Designers Series Paper (DSP). And to top it all off with the sweet theme is the Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape. The Real Red designs can go with almost anything.


Here’s a cutie for all those mice lovers out there:

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The mice in this set, Merry Mice, are absolutely cute. And the best part is that you can color them which ever way you like. I used a few different markers with a blender pen on an acrylic block. It gives the colors a more subtle look than a full strength marker. The DSP is from the Annual Catalog, and check it out! It’s This Christmas and it’s a specialty paper since it’s a little thinner, and you get twice as much! To top it off with bling, I added some gold metallic thread, as well as a gold star from the Metallic Enamel shapes.


This last one I struggled with deciding if I wanted to include it or not, as it is a  direct copy from one of the wonderful Stampin’ Up Artisan Design Team Members, Allison Okamitsu, over on NicePeopleStamp. First I’ll show you the card, then I’ll show why I decided to include it after all!  Here is her cute original layout:

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I added some Wink of Stella to make the antlers sparkle. 🙂
I did this for a class since I thought it was so cute, and the Cable Knit Dynamic embossing folder was a hit! I stapled the red metallic Candy Cane Baker’s twine to the card with our stapler.  I even gave the class attendees options… here’s the moose they could swap out:

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It works well both ways!

So, here’s what brings me to keeping this one on here….
One of the class members decided to make it a birthday card in the holiday season, and switched out a few things… which I always encourage – if you need a different sentiment, we can do that!  However, it the was end result that had me laughing…  The folks in class realized they could also use the Cookie Cutter punch to make the bow tie.. so they dressed their reindeer up a bit… and then this showed up:

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Oh My Goodness. I laughed. and HAD to take a picture! It’s the ‘cool’ reindeer that looks like he’s had a few too many! 🙂  I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing her lovely creation with the world – we all loved it.

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour through some of the cool new products available in the new Holiday Catalog!  If you need to order anything, just hop over to my store and order away!!  There are a few specials going on this month, so take a peek at those, too!  If you have questions – just let me know!


Now…. Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, you will be heading over to Tammy, and I hope you enjoy everyone’s projects!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

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Participating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Reber
Jenny Lane Gauthier

 

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Celebrate our Blogiversary

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Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it’s: Celebration!!
This is our one year anniversary for this blog hop! YAY!!! It’s a doozy, too!

Here’s what we have going on this month…
Not only is it our ONE YEAR Blog-iversary….
and… the start of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog…
and… the start of 3 weeks of Special Offers from Stampin’ Up!…
and… I’ve added a new class to the calendar…
but… we have a SPECIAL GUEST this month!  You will never guess who it is!! OK, well, if you came over from Lorene’s post, you already know.. but for those that didn’t…  drum roll please… <pretend there is some type of drum roll here, because really, how do you spell that sound??>….

It’s Shelli Gardner!! She’s Co-founder and Board Chair of Stampin’ Up!
How cool is that?!?  We are so thrilled and honored to have her join us this time around!

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to meet Shelli several times through the years. Here is the most recent photo I think I have (or was able to find right now), from about two years back, at Convention in Salt Lake City:

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So… make sure you make it all the way through the hop this time around and check out her awesome projects, too!

<SQUEEEEEEE>… ok.. breathe. 🙂

For my projects, I’ve decided to do a few cards in honor of celebrating our anniversary! I have a celebrate card, and an anniversary card. 🙂

Here’s the first one:

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Since it’s the start of the new Holiday catalog, I’ve used some of the new Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I only added a few pearls to the design for bling, because there is no need to cover up this paper, it’s gorgeous. 🙂 I used Rich Razzleberry and Night of Navy for the borders. The sentiment comes from Banners for You, with the coordinating framelits.

I also used some of the copper embossing powder for the banner. It’s so shiny in person! Here’s a close up so you can see how the copper metallic thread really glistens with it:

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My next card is using a set most would use for Christmas, the Star of Light. But guess what… pair it up with Here’s to Cheer, and you have a whole new look!

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These are both new in the Holiday Catalog. YAY! I used the matching Starlight Thinlits to cut some stars, and then added Wink of Stella for some extra sparkle. I love the black and white look on this one – it stays elegant and can be used for any occasion that way. Smokey slate gives it a subtle, almost silver look to it. Rhinestones are added to the smaller stars.  Here’s a close up of the sparkle on the black paper and the silver metallic thread:

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I hope you like the projects, and take a look over on the Current Promotions tab for info and links to the new specials going on right now. I’ll have more info on those in some new posts over the next few days!

Now…. Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, you will be heading over to Tammy, and I hope you enjoy everyone’s projects!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

Continue on Blog Hop IconParticipating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Guest Blogger:  Shelli Gardner
Anna Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Reber
Jenny Lane

 

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Taste of the Tropics

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Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it’s: Taste of the Tropics!!

Apparently, I’m not a ‘beachy’ kinda person… I have the kind of skin that burns even thinking of going in the sun…  So I don’t have pineapple stamps, or flip flop stamps, or even beach scene stamps! But you know what.. that’s ok!
I was still able to come through with flying colors for this month because… Stampin’ Up is that awesome. 🙂  What I DO have is a spectacular Designer Series Paper Stack, called Serene Scenery, that has beachy stuff. YAY!  If you have not checked it out yet, you should.. It’s got designs that look like PHOTOS! So incredibly pretty… and are great for more than cards!
That brings me to my creation for this month…  it’s not a card… it’s a hanging wall plaque!
I picked the ‘sand and water’ looking piece of DSP, and added some stamps, and voila! Instant wall decoration!  I love this one:

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I used an 8″ x 8″ picture frame from the local big box store, a few layers of cardstock (Bermuda Bay, White, Black) for the mats, the 6″ x 6″ DSP and some stamps to create this wonderful piece. I was so glad I had the new “Labeler Alphabet” stamp set, since you can make any saying with it! The grassy flowers are from the “In the Meadow” stamp set.  I stamped the Letters on white, then cut them out, and layered them on Vellum.

Here’s the trick to this one!  I was so worried I would not stamp the flowers in the right spots, and I did not want to mess up my DSP.. so I took a window sheet, and put it over the dsp, stamped on that with Memento (so I could re-do it if needed), and moved it around until I was happy with it to see what it would look like:

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Then, I was so thrilled with my creative idea LOL… that I decided to cut the window sheet to match the DSP, and just put it right on top! Once you put the frame back together, you can’t even tell it’s there!  And of course, when I stamped it again in Stazon to make it permanent, I stamped it in a different spot. Oh well – that’s how it always goes, right? I still love how it turned out.

I also wanted to share some of the other images in the DSP stack, as I plan on making a few more projects like this, since these are so pretty:

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I hope you enjoyed this, and don’t forget to check out my class schedule, as I have some classes coming up in the next two weeks.. both for All-Occasion and Christmas Holiday Cards!
Mak


Now…. Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, and I hope you enjoy their projects, too!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

Continue on Blog Hop IconParticipating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Danica Ferrante
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Summer Fun!

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Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it’s: Summer Fun!!

So, I was actually drawing a blank on this one for a while… until the other night. It was super nice weather outside, nice enough for a small bonfire, which we started up, ate dinner out in the backyard, hung out with family and friends.

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Then, when it got really dark I looked over to the far side of the yard – and that’s when I saw the coolest thing. Ok, first of all, I grew up in Ohio. Fireflies are not new to me. But this, this was pretty cool. There were a TON of them… all blinking over in the fields, and it actually looked like there were holiday lights set up in the back yard. We joked about aliens… but seriously. it was cool. 🙂
Oh, and second…  we used to call them lightning bugs….

Anyway, that’s where I got the inspiration for this month’s project. Fireflies! Fireflies remind me of summer, and they were out in full force! So, I made a card with them. Not the actual fireflies. That would be gross. So I stamped them and used plenty of Wink of Stella to make them shimmer.
BTW – Here is what happens when you use too much Wink of Stella:

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Poor, poor little lightning bug.

So, after a little bit of cleanup…. on to my card….  I though a shaker card would be appropriate, as well as not actually keeping the buggies all locked up. This is what happens when you set them free:

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I used the new Jar of Love bundle, with the Jar of Love stamp set and the Everyday Jars Framelits. I stamped a bunch of fireflies, and used the dies to cut them out. They are all up on dimensionals.
There is a window sheet over the jar so they don’t fly through the jar AND so the sequins from the most recent Paper Pumpkin kit don’t fall out! I thought they would go great with all the colors from the background Designers Series Paper – The Playful Palette DSP Stack. I used the Peekaboo Peach and Emerald Envy for the card to match the DSP.
To pop up the jar and make it the shaker card, I used the new foam adhesive strips… fantastic things!  I then used the fringe scissors for the grass and some of the white baker’s twine for the tag.

Here is a close up of the grass… I did several random trimmings with some scissors so the top didn’t look flat:

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Here are the cute ‘glowing’ bugs up close too:

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I like the way it turned out! I hope to make many more projects with these jars.. so many possibilities!!  I hope you liked this,too,  and enjoy your summer, wherever you are! (if it’s winter where you are.. enjoy your winter!)
Mak


Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, and I hope you enjoy their projects, too!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

Continue on Blog Hop IconParticipating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jessica Mink
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Reber