Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions + SAB Display Stamper Blog Hop 1

Welcome to the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions + Sale-A-Bration Display Stamper Blog Hop. We are Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from all around the world who were chosen as display stampers at our recent OnStage events that took place all across the globe. Over the 7 days of the hop we will show you all the projects we made using the brand new products in the 2018 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogues. Today is the 1st day of the hop.

Whether you are starting with me - Lou Kitzelman from the Sunshine Coast, Australia - or have hopped over from the uber talented and member of the current Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team, Tanya Boser, strap yourself in - you are about to see so many new products you just have to have! Better get that wish list handy!

Before I show you my first lot of projects I just need to pinch myself. Have seen the talent of the line up. I broke into a minor sweat when I saw most of my Stampin' Idols in the line up? Major fan girl moment! So time to wipe my brow, put my big girl pants on and dive right in!

My favourite projects were these embroidery hoop wall decorations. So simple - a bit like me! They add a great touch to your home decor and are embarrassingly easy.

I actually shared them last week before I knew about this hop but wanted to add them in because I love them! Thought I would lead with my favourites! Hoop wall art is right on trend at the moment and who knew it would be so easy to do! The stamp set is called Petal Palette. I have heaps of other projects to show you over the next few days that I have made using it.

After a lot of experimentation, I found the best combination was rubber backed curtaining and Basic Black Archival ink. I coloured with watercolour pencils and  used an Aqua Painter to blend. Of course you could add way more detail but I liked the white space - I felt it helped highlight the stamped images.

Can you see the cute little leaves? They are called Petal Passion Embellishments and add a great touch to projects like this.

To top off each embroidery hoop I have added some Calypso Coral Ombre ribbon to match the watercolouring and some black and silver mini sequin trim for no other reason than I am addicted to using them - oh and I think they look great too!

Once the stamped and watercoloured images were dry, I simply placed in a 4" embroidery hoop, tightened and trimmed away excess fabric.

Make sure you hop around to each blog. Be prepared to be amazed! Next up is the incredibly talented member of the current Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team, Mindy Backes.

Blog hop participant list
Lou Kitzelman - You are here!

Product List
Petal Palette 145788 - Available from January 3, 2018
Petal Passion embellishments 145591 - Available from January 3, 2018

Monday, 20 November 2017

What Will You Stamp? - #143 - Text ya later

Welcome to this week's challenge at What Will You Stamp? Each week we feature a different stamp set and start off the challenge by sharing our ideas for using it and then it is over to you. So check out all of the Design Team projects and if you are up for the challenge you can add your projects too. You might even be chosen as our next Guest Designer!

This week we are showcasing Text Ya Later.

I thought I would make a fun Christmas card. Cracks me up every time I look at it!

All I had to do was a bit of masking to cut off the words I didn't want to stamp. I have used the greeting from Santa's Sleigh. For the coloured green speech bubbles I have stamped off with Garden Green. It is a bit patchy but I decided to go with it - time crunches happen!

Add in some ribbon and a few sprigs left over from another project and you have a quick and easy card that I think would be perfect for a teenager - or anyone really.

This stamp is really easy to adapt to any occasion. It already has so many great phrases but by adding in some occasion specific words you get so much more mileage from it.

Make sure you check out all of the other projects from the other Design Team members and enter your project. We'd love to see what you create.

Product List

Stamp Review Crew - Painted Harvest

Welcome back to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop. The Stamp Review Crew is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world that get together on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month for a blog hop. Each hop we will showcase one stamp set and show you just how much you can do with it.

For this hop we are featuring Painted Harvest. It also coordinates with the Leaf punch.
I must admit I took a while to buy this set. I just didn't love it as much as some others on my wish list. It wasn't until I read a post by my friend and fellow SRC member Kelly Kent where she mentioned that she always buys a 'peer pick'. So I followed the advice from the wise one, bought it and got on board. How did I live without it for so long! It wasn't until I started playing with it that I realised that it was so much more than just for Thanksgiving. You can see how I have used it on some other cards here.

Today I have gone a bit 'out there' to show just how versatile this stamp set is. 

My eldest niece is chicken mad and has a birthday coming up. Poor Auntie Lou is running out of chicken card designs so I thought I would have a go at using Painted Harvest to make it. The fussy cut images were perfect. I have used a half flower for the comb and wing ......

 ....... some tail leaves feathers ......

 ...... and finished it off with some adorable gangly chicken legs and claws made from jute twine.

It stands up and has some room inside for a message.

So I think Auntie Lou will have another hit on her hands this birthday! What do you think? Every time I look at her she makes me smile! I love to have a bit of fun with kid's cards.

To make the chicken I used a template that I had from when I used to teach preschool. I always keep templates - you never know when they will come in handy.

Make sure you hop around to see all the fab ideas from the crew. Next up is Natalie. Can't wait to see her creative take on this stamp set! If you get lost you can head to the Stamp Review Crew blog to see the full line up.

Product List
Leaf Punch
Jute Twine

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