Christmas in July - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Ok, bit of a cultural fusion on this post. Our theme this week on the Artisan Blog Hop is Christmas in July and I've come up with some Asian-inspired decorations to add that finishing touch to your mid-year festivities.

Hi if you've come through from our July Facebook showcase! So glad you stopped by :)

Because This Christmas Specialty designer paper is lighter weight than our usual packs, I decided to have a go with some origami. The best thing is, there are 24 sheets per pack. Pretty awesome if you need to mass produce anything! So here's my origami fortune cookie. This is made using three of the basic origami sonobe units and has a ribbon through the middle you can use to hang it.

Origami Fortune Cookie / This Christmas DSP ~ Susan Wong

Origami Fortune Cookie / This Christmas DSP ~ Susan Wong

I used 6x6" squares in different patterns and embellished with some fussy cut, gold-embossed stamps from the Peace This Christmas stamp set. You could easily pop a chocolate inside along with your 'fortune'. 

And now for some REALLY quick and easy fortune cookie place names. I used the biggest circle in the new Layering Circle Framelits...
Easy Fortune Cookie / This Christmas DSP ~ Susan Wong

Click on the image below to see Jessica Hill's fortune cookie tutorial in more detail.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Peace This Christmas
Inks: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Accessories: Linen Thread, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Gold 1/8" Ribbon, Layering Circles Framelits

Next we're hopping over to Val. Happy 'Christmas' to you...

Introducing Thoughtful Branches

Here's a sneak peek into a new exclusive and limited-time stamp set that will be available for purchase next month.

If you're a demonstrator, pre-order the bundle during July and receive a Bonus Day coupon that you can use toward the Holiday Catalogue pre-order during August.

All of the Stampin' Up! Artisans have been going wild with great ideas for this stamp set and thinlits - we can't wait to show you! Have a hop through our blogs and join us for ANOTHER Thoughful Branches blog hop on August 2nd (August 3rd NZT).

Thoughtful Branches 3x3 Boxed Set ~ Susan Wong

Did you see Artisan Joyce Fowler's tip on the @stampinup Instragram? Colour on your clear block with markers, spritz with water then stamp. Great for backgrounds and no two cards are the same! Once the backgrounds were dry I embossed with copper, flicked on some extra colour with the markers and Gold Wink of Stella Brush.

Thoughtful Branches 3x3 Boxed Set ~ Susan Wong

This Emerald Envy box for 3x3" cards and 3 1/4" envelopes is easy to make.

Open Box for 3x3 Cards ~ Susan Wong

Thoughtful Branches 3x3 Boxed Set ~ Susan Wong

3x3" Set Supplies:
Stamps: Thoughtful Branches
Inks: 2016-2018 In Color Stampin' Write Markers, Versamark, Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush
Papers: 2016-2018 In Color A4 Cardstock, Shimmery White
Accessories: Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Basic Black Baker's Twine, Stampin' Spritzer, Envelope Punch Board

And here's a thank you card! When I looked at the tree I thought Flirty Flamingo and cherry blossoms blowing away in the breeze. I sponged Soft Suede behind the blossoms to make them pop and added a layer of designer paper from the A Little Foxy paper stack.

Thoughtful Branches Thank You Card ~ Susan Wong

Thank You Card Supplies:
Stamps: Thoughtful Branches
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Soft Suede, Pool Party
Papers: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper
Accessories: Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Linen Thread

Next we're hopping through to Val. Ready to be inspired? Let's go!

Foxy Friends Fun

I have not been THIS ga-ga over a stamp set for a long time. Foxy Friends, I love you! As my ladies made their frames up at class last night, I played with this Christmas version of the project we were doing. You should have seen me giggling over how cute these little legs are. Really! I know you'll love it too...

Christmas Reindeer Frame with Foxy Friends by Stampin' Up! ~ Susan Wong

Christmas Reindeer Frame with Foxy Friends by Stampin' Up! ~ Susan Wong

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Foxy Friends, Labeler Alphabet
Inks: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Real Red, Cucumber Crush
Papers: Whisper White
Accessories: Fox Builder Punch, White 8x10" Frame

Here's the project I cased from the Stampin' Up! Concept Artists. It has mostly punch work and the reindeer version has more stamping work. Such a hugely versatile range. Loooove it!!

Foxy Friends Frame by Stampin' Up!

And just for my Aussie friends (and especially my koala-mad friend Cindy), here's a little guy in a Eucalyptus tree. The nose is hand cut and lacquered with glue from the fine tip glue pen. He's sweet don't you think?

Koala with Foxy Friends by Stampin' Up! ~ Susan Wong

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Labeler Alphabet
Inks: Early Espresso
Papers: Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach
Accessories: Fox Builder Punch, Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape, Linen Thread, Fine Tip Glue Pen

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Hope you have fun with Foxy Friends. It's not too hard ;)