Friday, September 20, 2019

Here’s to Strong Women for FF0043

Hello and Happy Friday to you! It’s time for another fun challenge over on the Festive Friday blog. For this challenge, our festivity is National Stop Bullying Day, which is on Oct 9th. How do you play along? Use the Inspo List (below) of 10 items you can choose from to create your project. Incorporate THREE (or more) of the items in your project and link up! The project does NOT have to focus on the festivity itself, just the elements in the list. Easy, right? 
I’m loving our new Inspo List for the challenges and I hope you are as well. It’s such a great way to get the creativity going!  For my card, I used the following as my inspiration: Encouragement - Blue - Orange - Stars - Superheros. The list made it really easy to pick a stamp set, color combo and embellishment to work with. I love that! 


Color Combo: 

I knew I wanted to use the Here’s to Strong Women stamp set because the sentiments are super encouraging and let’s be honest, we all can use a little more of that in our lives, right?  I was having a little bit of a struggle coming up with a layout though. So, I looked to Stampin’ Up to see ideas with this stamp set. Well, I loved the layout they shared so much I decided to CASE it with some different colors and elements. 

This card comes together pretty easily. I used the Stitched Stars Dies to cut out stars in various sizes in Sparkle Glimmer Paper, because everything is better with a touch of sparkle. I heat embossed the sentiment in white on a Lovely Lipstick Stitched Nested Labels Die. Then I embossed the word “superpower” on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock and cut it out and popped it up to make it stand out a little more. To add the white “border” on either side of the Stitched Nested Label, I simply cut another one out in the same size, cut it in half and popped that little edge out on either side. Super easy, yet a fun detail. 
For the background, I used the star stamp in the set to randomly stamp the image throughout, some of the images were stamped-off once to make them a little lighter. 

Card Measurements: 
  • Night of Navy Card Base - 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” , scored at 4-1/4” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 5-1/4” x 4” 
  • Mango Melody Cardstock - 5-1/8” x 3-7/8” 
  • Neutrals DSP - 5” x 1-1/4” 
  • Scraps of Night of Navy, Lovely Lipstick and Whisper White cardstock for stamped and die cut pieces
  • Whisper White (inside card) - 5-1/4” x 4” 
There you have it, a fun card full of bright and cheery encouragement! I like how it turned out and I hope you you do as well. Hop on over to the Festive Friday blog to see what the rest of the Design Team shared this week. We’d love to have you join us with your project! The challenge is open from today through Monday September 30th at 8:00 PM CST, so you have plenty of time to play along. 


Festive Friday Design Team: 

Anne Marie Hile (you are here!) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

This month’s Host Code is: S2BQYC32. If you place an order over $50 (before tax and shipping) using this host code, you will also receive a gift from me: a free exclusive project tutorial bundle. (see the sneak peek below)

If your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping), do NOT use the host code. You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive the gift from me. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Have a HAPPY day today! 
-Anne Marie


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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Third Thursdays Blog Hop - 2019 Holiday Catalog

Welcome once again to our Third Thursdays Blog Hop! This month, our theme for the hop is Holiday Catalog Goodies. Everyone on the hop will be featuring projects using the fabulous products featured in this catalog. So many beautiful goodies for fall and winter occasions, it really is one of my favorite times of the Stampin’ Up!® year!  
Today, I am featuring a “fancy fold” card using the Christmas Gleaming stamp set and coordinating Gleaming Ornaments punches. I also used other coordinating products in this suite including the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP, the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements and the 1/2” Classic Weave Ribbon. I just love the colors in this suite, especially with copper foil accents. They are a little more non-traditional but so elegant at the same time. 

I may have mentioned before how much I LOVE stamp sets that have coordinating punches. So easy to use, especially if you are cranking out a whole bunch of holiday cards. The stamp set and punches can be purchased separately, or you can get them together in the Christmas Gleaming Bundle and save an extra 10%. 

Featured Colors:


This style of card is called a Gate Fold and it is really easy to make, yet still has that wow factor. The “belly band” simply slides on and off which makes it a little more interactive, which I think is really fun. Measurements for this card are listed below along with the full supply list. 
With all of those copper accents in the DSP and ribbon, I decided to heat emboss the ornaments and sentiment is Copper Embossing Powder. Metallic embossing powder is so beautiful and the added texture and shine really step up the stamping quite a bit. 
Once I added the ornaments and the sentiment to the oval, I popped a single little pearl on one of the ornaments to dress it up. Still, I felt like it needed just “one more thing” (famous last words in crafting) and finally decided on the little leaf accent from the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements. I trimmed the leafy accent down so it wasn’t too much and I like how it just filled the space a bit. 

Card Measurements: 

  • Night of Navy Card Base - 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”
  • On 8-1/2” side, score at 2-1/8” and 6-3/8” 
  • Pretty Peacock Cardstock - 2” x 5-3/8” (2 pieces)
  • Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper - 1-7/8” x 5-1/8” (2 pieces)
  • Night of Navy Cardstock (for “belly band”) - 1-1/2” x 9” 
  • On 9” side, score at 2-3/8” and 6-3/4” 
  • Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper - 1-1/8” x 9” 
  • Scraps of Copper Foil, Night of Navy, Pretty Peacock and Very Vanilla Cardstock for stamping, punches and die cuts
  • Very Vanilla (inside card) - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (inside card) - 1” x 5-1/4”  

Here is a peek inside the card. I added more of that beautiful Brightly Gleaming DSP and embossed the sentiment in copper to compliment the embossing on the front of the card. The sentiment is from the Greatest Part of Christmas stamp set, which is set that can only be purchased with Host Rewards. (earned with a minimum $150 order or party)

I hope you have enjoyed my card today. Please leave a comment to say hello and let me know that you stopped by. Make sure to check out all of the awesome projects featured in our Third Thursdays Blog Hop for September

From here you will be headed to visit the wonderfully talented Angie McKenzie. Click the button below to hop on over to her blog. Have a great day! 


September 2019 Third Thursdays Blog Hop

Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

This month’s Host Code is: S2BQYC32. If you place an order over $50 (before tax and shipping) using this host code, you will also receive a gift from me: a free exclusive project tutorial bundle. (see the sneak peek below)

If your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping), do NOT use the host code. You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive the gift from me. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Have a HAPPY day today! 
-Anne Marie



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