Balloon Celebration + Shine On - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

On the eve of the New Year,  I'm so excited to bring you a sneak peek of some of the fabulous products coming up in the new Occasions Catalogue. We have stacks of goodies in our first Artisan box to share with you. Such fun!

Remember every month we will be having two Artisan blog hops. This is our 'anything goes' project and next time our projects will be themed around a selected group of products. Stay tuned and enjoy the ride! :)

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You Brighten My Day Card (detail) ~ Susan Wong

You Brighten My Day Card ~ Susan Wong

Tips for this card:
Sponge Daffodil Delight in circular motions onto the Shine On Designer Paper for a sunny glow.
Get the watercolour cloud by running an Aquapainter over your inked stamp and then stamping onto watercolour paper.
Use a Daffodil Delight marker to make subtle sun beams.

Next up on the hop is the amazing Valerie Moody!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Sunburst Sayings, Balloon Celebration
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Tangelo Twist 
Papers: Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Watercolour Paper, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Balloon Bouquet Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Silver Metallic Thread, Basic Black Baker's Twine

As Shepherds Watched Their Flocks... - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another year full of inspiration from the Stampin' Up! Global Artisan Design Team!! I'm so excited and honoured to be representing New Zealand again. Join us for two blog hops each month and prepare to get crafty!

A bit about me:
I'm a stay-at-home Mum of (almost) four. Due to pop in January! I've been a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! since 2009 and I love all the connections I have made with many talented people along the way. Before I go any further - thank you to all those who have supported me thus far and a big HELLO if you're new around here :)

Here's a little table inspiration for December 25th. Sheep are sort of a national icon around here and of course part of the Christmas story so I made this flock of place name treats with my kids.

Curvy Keepsake Christmas Sheep ~ Susan Wong

Curvy Keepsake Christmas Sheep ~ Susan Wong

These sheep are my own take on a few different ones from Pinterest. To make yours you'll need the following punches:
1 3/4" Scallop Circle
Cupcake Builder
1 1/4" Circle
3/4" Circle
Word Window

We also sponged a bit of Smoky Slate around any white edges.

Curvy Keepsake Christmas Sheep ~ Susan Wong

Don't they look cute together? I used Tip Top Taupe, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Smoky Slate for the base colours. This Curvy Keepsake thinlit never seems to get old. Such a perfect size and shape.

This year on the Artisan Design Team are 20 amazingly talented ladies. Check out our blog list below and make sure to follow us all. Google Translate will come in really handy ;)

Follow our brand new Pinterest board *here*. 

Allison Okamitsu –
Amy O’Neill –
Chantal de Kaste -
Cindy Schuster -
Connie Collins –
Inge Groot -
Jennifer Frost -
Jessica Williams -
Jessica Winter -
Joyce Fowler -
Kimberly Van Diepen -
Krista Frattin -
Marisa Gunn –
Michelle Long –
Rachel Grandin-Torchet -
Shannon Lane -
Steffi Helmschrott -
Sue Plote -
Susan Wong -  YOU ARE HERE
Valerie Moody -

Next up is my new friend Valerie Moody!

Products used in today's project:
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As You Wish Events - 12 Days of Christmas

I'm so excited for this little collab with my talented and dedicated event-planner cousin over at As You Wish Events. Check out Nadine's blog **here** for my special guest post.

The Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit in our Holiday Catalogue is perfect for dressing your own gifts but I've divided the kit into three equal parts and have boxed them up ready for my daughter's kindy teachers. Best thing yet? The Oh, What Fun stamp set is fun and versatile enough to use anywhere including the packaging which doubles as a luminaire with a little faux candle included.

Oh, What Fun Gift Box/Luminaire ~ Susan Wong

To make this box (supplies below):
1) Using a 12x12" sheet of Kraft card, follow the instructions on the Gift Box Punch board for a 4x4" box.
2) Measure 1/2" in from the score lines on one of the squares. Cut out using craft knife and steel ruler.
3) Stamp your chosen sentiment using White Stampin' Emboss Powder on a 3 3/4" square of vellum card.
4) Flatten vellum for a while in a book then adhere to the inside of your box.
5) Use Tear & Tape to stick the inner flaps to make up the box. Take care not to stick any over your vellum!
6) Tie off with Silver Cording Trim, Snowflake Elements and a little jingle bell.

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