August 30, 2016

A Pop of Pineapple for GDP051!

Today I played along with the Global Design Project Challenge 051.  The Global Design Project this week is all about FOOD! There is so much inspiration we can get from food and using our stamp sets that are food related. What better food then the pineapple stamp?  Pineapples happen to be so popular right now and are super sweet! Check out all of this week's projects or play along:
My card this week uses some flirty flamingo and mint macaron along with the new copper foil sheets that will be available for purchase on Thursday from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog :)  
Card Details:
  • The flirty flamingo card base dimensions are 10-1/4 inch by 5-1/2 inch.  Then scored at one end at 3-1/4 inch and then on the other end at 2-1/2 inch to make the off center fold that wraps over the front.
  • I then cut a 3 inch by 5 inch piece of mint macaron striped design series paper and 2-1/4 inch by 5 inch piece of mint macaron design series paper.
  • Then cut diagonally across at 1-1/4 inch on the 3x5 piece.  Then I cut diagonally across at 2-1/4 inch on the 2-1/4x5 inch piece.
  • I stamped the tropical leaves using versamark ink onto mint macaron design series paper from the Pop of Paradise Stamp Set and heat embossed them using the copper embossing powder. 
  • The flirty flamingo ruched ribbon is attached underneath the mint macaron ds paper so that you can tie the a bow to close the front of the card.
  • I then attached the mint macaron ds paper pieces to the front flaps of the card and diagonally cut them with 1/4 inch of flirty flamingo border left.
  • I stamped the pineapple from the Pop of Paradise stamp set in versamark ink and heat embossed it with copper embossing powers.  Then I punched it out using the 1-1/2 inch circle punch.  Then using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies, I layered the pineapple over a copper foil heart, mint macaron heart, and flirty flamingo heart and attached it to the left side on the front of the card.
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August 24, 2016

2016 Grand Vacation Achievers August Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop for August. This month our theme is the Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek. We are so excited to be able to show you these amazing BRAND NEW products that you will be able to purchase from September 1, 2016.

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog: Stamping Serenity or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting Jennifer Michalski @ Stamping Serenity
For this card I used the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits Dies and Photopolymer Stamp Set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up!.  I love the intricate detail of the thinlits!  I created the sleigh in cherry cobbler and then created the overlay in dazzling diamonds glimmer paper.  With the precision base plate this project is a snap. 
To get the sentiment I wanted I cut the three words Merry Christmas Wishes into three separate pieces.  This way I can use the entire sentiment or just Merry Christmas or just Christmas Wishes!  The Merry Christmas fits perfectly to be punched out using the classic label punch and then I layered it over one of the bunch of banners framelits. 
The Candy Cane Lane Design Series Paper is just the thing for that added snowy background.  Using the swirly scribbles thinlits I made that cute snowdrift on the bottom of the card with dazzling diamonds glimmer paper.  Just a few snowflake sequins and some rhinestones for that added sparkle makes this such a fun and easy card.
Here is a close up of the sleigh showing you how nicely the two pieces fit together.  I cannot say how much easier it is when using the precision base plate with these intricate dies.
Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don't want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog - Jennifer Michalski @ Stamping Serenity, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.

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August 23, 2016

Hear The Seasonal Bells Ringing for GDP050!!!

Today I played along with the Global Design Project Challenge 050.  The Global Design Project sketch this week was super sweet! I loved how I could use some of my Holiday Catalog pre-order items to make this fabulous wedding card.  As soon as I saw the Seasonal Bells stamp set and coordinating punch, I knew it was a must have item for me. Check out all of this week's projects or play along:
My card this week uses a fun color trio to match this dazzling sweet sugarplum glitter ribbon :) 
Card Details:
  • I stamped the Mr. & Mrs. bells using sweet sugarplum ink onto smoky slate cardstock from the Seasonal Bells Stamp Set and punched them out using the coordinating Bell Punch. 
  • I also used some Fancy Frost Specialty Design Series Paper.  It comes textured in 6 different designs, you can choose to use it as white or add your favorite ink to it for some added dimension.
  • For the sentiment I stamped it from the Seasonal Bells stamp set in sweet sugarplum ink.  Then I cut it out using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Then I layered it over a scallop layering oval using sweet sugarplum cardstock.
  • Then I used some glitter ribbon in sweet sugarplum from the glitter ribbon combo pack and added a sweet little bow as a finishing touch.

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August 16, 2016

Bloomin' Flourishes for GDP 049!

Today I played along with the Global Design Project Challenge 049.  The color challenge this week was pretty fun!  My card turned out so pretty using the Bloomin' Love and Flourish Thinlits dies.  Check out all of this week's projects or play along:
Card Details:
  • I stamped the banner stamp from the Bloomin'  Love stamp set onto daffodil delight card stock in flirty flamingo ink.  I fussy cut out the banner using my paper snips.
  • For the sentiment I stamped it from the Bloomin' Love stamp set onto flirty flamingo card stock in flirty flamingo ink.  Then I punched it out using the retired word window punch and layered it over the daffodil banner using stampin' dimensionals.
  • Then I made the heart in flirty flamingo with the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits and the flowers in daffodil delight.  The leaves are made from the Flourish Thinlits in old olive. 

I cannot tell you how clean the thinlits cut out when you use the precision base plate with your big shot.  Here is a close up of the die cuts.

I finished the card with a little bling using the rhinestone basic jewels. 
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August 13, 2016

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop

I’m so honored to be the guest stamper for today’s Crazy Crafters Blog Hop.  I am also hopping with Kylie Bertucci and her amazing and talented team from Australia, and the entire group is CASEing cards that I’ve made.  I’m excited to see which cards they’ve chosen to CASE – but I’m just as excited to see the projects with their twist. 

I went with a little monster/dinosaur theme and the colors of blue, green and red.  Here is the CASE card I made:

When you CASE (Copy and Share Everything OR Copy and Selectively Edit) a card, you aren’t recreating a card in its entirety – you are taking one or more elements (colors, layout, stamp set, embellishments, technique) and creating your own card with that inspiration.

I’ve never been asked to be the Guest of a blog hop, I’m so excited! I have made a lot of cards these last few years, so I wanted to showcase one of my favorites.  Here is the card I cased from:

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure you check out the next hopper for lots of fun project ideas :)

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August 12, 2016

Cable Knit Sneak Peek for PPA313

For today's card I used the new Cable Knit Embossing Folder from the Stampin'  Up! Holiday Catalog.  I played along with the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge 313, which is a color challenge from my friend Mary Fish.  Here is the color challenge, head over to play along or just to check out all of the cool projects:
On this card, there is a trick to using the new cable knit embossing folder and I have provided a video from Stampin' Up! for you to see how it works.

Project Details:
  • I started with Tip Top Taupe card stock for the card base and added layers of peekaboo peach, tip top taupe, and flirty flamingo.
  • Then I took a piece of tip top taupe and stamped the flourish stamp from Timeless Textures in tip top taupe ink.  Then I ran that piece of card stock through my big shot using the new Cable Knit Embossing Folder from the upcoming Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  Special note, with this folder being thicker, you use the base plate, the folder and then just one of your clear plates to run it through the big shot.  (See the video)
  • The sentiment is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and is stamped in Tip Top Taupe onto peekaboo peach card stock. I punched it out using the Decorative Label Punch and then punched out two flirty flamingo decorative labels and cut each one in half to layer behind the sentiment.
  • I added two leaf branches from the Flourish Thinlits Dies behind the sentiment as well.
  • For finishing touches I added some Tip Top Taupe 5/8 inch mini striped ribbon.
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August 11, 2016


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August 10, 2016

Swirly Scribble Snowman for Pals Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for August 2016.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects using our favorite Stampin’ Up! cutting tools. There are so many wonderful punches, framelits, thinlits and edgelits available that help make paper crafting more detailed and fun! We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

For today's card I chose to use the swirly scribbles thinlits, tags & labels framelits and layering circles framelits as my favorite cutting tools.
 Project Details:
  • I started with Cherry Cobbler card stock for the card base and added a piece of striped cherry cobbler background ds paper from the Regals Design Series Paper Stack.
  • The Layering Circles Framelits worked great to cut out the snowman circles in cherry cobbler. Then the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits perfectly layer in dazzling diamonds over the snowman circles.
  • The sentiment is from the Peaceful Pines stamp set and is stamped in Cherry Cobbler. It is cut out using the Tags and Labels framelits.
  • For a finishing touch I added some bling from the Metallic Sequin Assortment.

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Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!  

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August 9, 2016

Swirly Birds For GDP048

Today I played along with the Global Design Project Challenge 048.  The Global Design Project Case the designer Challenges the definition for us is Copy and Selectively Edit. Its a great way to see something in the card that inspires you to make your own project and make it your own. It might be the colors, the layout, the stamp set, the theme whatever you like that inspires you to make your own card. Check out all of this week's projects or play along:
My CASE of this week's designer was the color trio to make a fun swirly card of pinwheels.  I found this wonderful pinwheel idea on pinterest from Jenny Hayward :)
Card Details:
  • I stamped the pinwheels using old olive and melon mambo ink from the Swirly Bird Stamp Set. 
  • For the sentiment I stamped it from the Happy Happenings stamp set in melon mambo ink.  Then I cut it out using the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies.
  • Then I added some pool party enamel shapes for added dimension on the front of this fun card.

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