Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop for May. You might have just joined, or you might have found your way here from Helene in the Netherlands. Either way, you'll see that our focus this month is on the about-to-retire Host Sets and on ideas for Host Gifts.
It won't take you long to see that I'm only showing you Host Gifts. The deadline for the submissions for this hop fell while New Zealand was still in Level 4 lockdown, which meant that non-essential packages were not being delivered - and sadly, that included Stampin' Up! products.
However, I've tried to make up for that by showing you two host gift ideas. You'll see them here: a set of matching cards with a presentation box and a set of treat boxes.
In addition to thanking your hostess, the gift is also a nice way to show off other Stampin' Up! products.
I've based the whole project on one of my favourite stamp sets, Very Versailles and a favourite colour-way - the 2019-21 In Colours. The host gift is such a nice way to show off the In Colours to customers as well.
In the close-up, you can see the design more clearly: the script stamp in Crumb Cake, the foliage stamp in two generations, and the copper embossed foliage and lace strip. The card front is embossed using the Subtle folder. There's a narrow mat of Crumb Cake between the base and the white front. Each card is finished with a strip of co-ordinating DSP and coordinating scallop-edged ribbon. The champagne rhinestones work well with the copper foil and embossing.
The five cards fit perfectly into an acetate card box. I've picked up the same motifs and materials for the front panel of the box, as you can see in the close-up below.
I made up these little gifts using our Clear Tiny Treat Boxes. They are very quick and easy to make. By having little treats like this, it's a nice way to show people that Stampin' Up! is about more than cards. In order to make the Purple Posy box to match the others, I used the Purple Posy Stampin' Write marker to directly colour the stamp.
Even though I haven't shown you one of our beautiful Host Sets, you can see them for yourself near the end of every catalogue along with details of other Host rewards. The Host Sets are exclusive: only hosts can get them and they are only available for the life of the catalogue. The ones you've seen on this hop will be going on 2 June so if you want them, organise a party with your demonstrator as soon as you can. The other way to earn them is to place an individual qualifying order - if your order is large enough to attract Stampin' Rewards, these can be used to buy the Host Sets.
Next up on the hop, you'll see what the amazing Lauren Alarid, aka The Crafty Little Peach, has to offer.
If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar or by clicking on any of the products below.
If you get lost along the way, here's a list of blog participants and links.