Friday 17 July 2020

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop - Nothing's Better Than Bundle

This month, the Artisan Design Team have the pleasure of sharing with you something from either the Blossoms in Bloom bundle or the Nothing's Better Than bundle.

I'm delighted to be able to share with you a couple of projects made using the Nothing's Better Than bundle, which is a set of stamps and matching dies. As you can see, there's something for everyone: chocolate, cookies or cocktails. Yum to all three, I think!

It seemed to me that this set would be great for those times when you want to give someone something rather than just for card making, so each of my projects is a gift.

My first project is a gift wrapped block of chocolate and a greeting all in one.

I wrapped the chocolate bar in Early Espresso card. I added a layer of gold foil, embossed with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder, which is rapidly becoming my go-to folder.

The label is a die cut from the new Tasteful Labels set. I've white embossed the words and tiny stars around a stacked die cut. I toyed with the idea of colouring the words but decided that it had more impact treated simply and for contrast with the Early Espresso background.

The background is created using the polka dot mask from the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks set. Firstly, I sponged over the mask in Early Espresso ink. Then I moved the mask slightly over and down, then used a Basic Black Stampin' Write marker to outline the polka dots. I like the 3D effect created. I used the base of my Stamparatus and the magnets to hold everything in place while I worked.

My second project is a gift card holder, perfect for holding a coffee card to a favourite cafe.

I used the same design for the gift-holder front as I did for the chocolate bar but this time using Basic Black and Bermuda Bay. I love these little retro coffee cups and I also like that the 'steam' is separate so you can choose to use it or not.

On the inside, there's room for a message and a pocket to slip the cafe voucher into.  To add to the drama of the gift, the whole card ties at the side using the Whisper White Crinkle Seam Binding.

Next up on the hop is the wonderful Lauren Alarid, aka The Crafty Peach.

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 clicking on any of products below.

If you get lost around the Hop, here's a list of everyone -  along with a link to their project.

Caroline van der Straaten 

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  1. Love both of these projects using one of my favourite new sets Jan. I think the real revelation for me is that amazing background - so effective! I’m off to dig out my much neglected stencils!

    1. Thanks, Joanne. I've been enjoying the things you've made with this set too.

  2. Wow, both projects are awesome. I love your background technique! I must try it myself. You are so clever!

  3. So clever Jan. I really love how you wrapped the chocolate- and the card is beautiful (so cool inside, I like that)

  4. These projects are my favorite of the whole blog hop! wow, i love that polka dot background, just wonderful idea of the double effect. Thanks for sharing the technique with us all. Stay well, enjoy the day, Teresa

    1. Thank you so much! It's always lovely to know that someone enjoyed the projects.

  5. Super fun cards Jan! What a clever way to make your background! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous projects! Rochelle xo

  6. Your projects are amazing, Jan!!! Love the technique you used to create the background! Brilliant! :)