Thursday, July 18, 2019

Stampin Friends July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop! I am super-excited to join this AMAZING group for the first time this month. We share on the third Thursday of every month with fun projects from all around the world! 
This month, our theme is Anything Goes, so I decided to create with the Magnolia Lane Product Suite. Not sure if everyone is aware of this, but Stampin’ Up!® has created a “mini-catalog” for the beginner stamper featuring a few stamp sets exclusive to that publication. (Click HERE to check it out!) One of those stamp sets is Magnolia Blooms. It coordinates with the Magnolia Lane Suite in the Annual Catalog, but is kind of a slimmed-down version  of the stamp set offered in the suite. The stamps in the suite offer coordinating dies, but this stamp set does not. No dies? No worries! Grab a pair of Paper Snips and this set really comes to life! 
This stamp set was designed for the BEGINNER stamper, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be stepped-up for the AVID crafter, too. With Stampin’ Blends, Wink of Stella and embossing, you can achieve a lot of detail with this stamp set. Or you can keep it simple. It’s totally up to you! 

Today’s Colors: 

 Card Measurements: 
  • Basic Black Card Base - 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2
  • Petal Pink Cardstock - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Mossy Meadow Cardstock - 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper  - 3-3/4” - 5” 
I dressed up the coordinating box with more of the striped Magnolia Lane DSP and then fussy cut a little flower from the DSP. The shading in the paper is gorgeous, so this little bloom stood out, popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. I tied a double-bow using the Mossy Meadow Twine in the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack. I added more pearls to coordinate with the card. I didn’t go over-the-top with embellishing the box because sometimes less is more. 
So, what’s in the box? Well, it holds a Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream. I was gifted one of these a few months back and let me tell you, I’m hooked on them. It’s NOT magnolia, I get it…but it’s floral, so it counts, right? This box would also fit a Bath & Body Works Hand Cream, you’d just have to adjust the measurements slightly for a little more height. If hand cream isn’t your thing, you could also fill the box with chocolates as an alternative. Everyone loves a sweet treat! 

Box Measurements: 
  • Basic Black Cardstock - 6-3/4” x 7” 
  • On 6-3/4” side, score at 1-1/4”, 3”, 4-1/4” and 6” 
  • On 7” side, score at 1”, 5-1/4” and 6-1/2” 
  • Petal Pink Cardstock - 1-5/8” x 4-1/8” 
  • Magnolia Lane DSP - 1-1/2” x 4” 
 Once you have the box scored, trim as shown in the photo above.
Then, trim off the tabs, as shown in the photo above. Don’t stress about them being even, they are going inside the box. Next, fold the box together and adhere using Liquid Glue (or Tear ’n Tape) for a secure hold. 
Because I just can’t stop with ONE fussy-cut image, here is another step you can take to step-it-up a little more. I stamped the magnolia images one more time, colored and cut the centers of the images and popped them up on the other fussy-cut flowers. Full disclosure, I am NOT a fussy-cutter. I just happened to have a Venti Starbucks in-hand when I created this card, so I felt like a fussy-cutting superhero and decided that another layer was necessary. Why not, right?  
Here is a look at the embossed sentiment and the Wink of Stella detail in the center of the flowers. This card has a lot of elegant detail, but this stamp set is also VERY elegant on its own. I love that it is aimed at beginners but avid stampers, like myself, can also step it up. There is no right or wrong way to stamp! Just do your thing! Create! 
Here is a little peek at the inside of the card, left blank for a handwritten sentiment. The Petal Pink layer is 4” x 5-1/4”. The Whisper White layer is 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” and the DSP is 1-1/2” x 5-1/8”. 

Keep on hopping along to see all of the beautiful projects this month. From here, you will head to Melissa Thomas’ blog. I met Melissa in-person at On Stage San Antonio back in April where we both shared presentations at the event. 

  1. Sue Vine
  2. Ellen Woodbridge
  3. Anastasia Radloff
  4. Katja Ettig
  5. Barbara Welch
  6. Maureen Rauchfuss
  7. Cheryl Taylor
  8. Steph Jandrow
  9. Anne Marie Hile (you are here!)
  10. Melissa Thomas
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: KGJCCPJR. If you place an order over $50 (before tax and shipping) using this host code between now and June 30th, you will receive a gift from me: a free exclusive project tutorial bundle with 12 awesome projects. (see the sneak peek below) You will ALSO get a $5 coupon from Stampin’ Up!® to use on your order in August. 

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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  1. Beautiful job on your projects - thanks for sharing the box pattern - I love it!

  2. Wow Anne Marie, these are so pretty!

  3. Oh Anne Marie, your card and the matching box are gorgeous! Just so pretty. Thank you a lot for sharing your inspiration and also thank you a lot for the short tutorial!

  4. Love how you have added the 3D effect to your cards, and I'm always a sucker for anything that coordinates, fab projects, tfs

  5. I love this box as a way to give a gift without wrapping it. Thank you for the wonderful idea and instructions! - Kristal Bell

  6. Fabulous showcasing of this set. The box is the perfect size! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern.


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Anne Marie