Monday, November 13, 2017

Super Exciting News!!!! Plus Bonus Christmas Card

Okay guys, this may be a bit longer of a post than usual because I have so much to share! Today is the day that I can finally share with the world that I have been chosen to be a part of Stampin’ Up!’s elite 2018 Artisan Design Team! Ahhhhhhhh! I got the call back in September, asking me if I’d like to be a part of the team and of course I said yes! Well, I’m pretty sure there was a “yes” in there somewhere amidst the screaming, lol. If you’re wondering, “What/Who is/are the Artisan Design Team and what do they do?” Well, they are a very talented group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who create, blog about, and share inspiring projects. Additionally, I’ll be participating in a monthly blog hop with the design team, so keep an eye out for those starting in January. Each year Stampin’ Up! selects a handful (16 this year) of members from around the world and I’m so honored to be one of them!!! It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m so excited to be a part of it! I will include a list of the names of the other 15 members at the end.

As a new member, I received an absolutely amazing welcome gift. It was a lovely white box, decorated in gorgeous SU product of course, and inside this beautiful box was a welcome letter, along with my own personalized stamp (eeeeeeeeeeh!!!) and a little blue box from Tiffany’s. This is actually my first blue box ever! Inside was a stunning charm bracelet with a heart charm that was engraved with the lovely Artisan Design Team logo. I’ve included pictures below.









 Now that I’ve shared my big news, I’ll move on to my card. I’m just going to go over one aspect of it as I’ve already made this post long enough, lol.

Have you ever thought, “Darn! If I only had some patterned paper in THAT color or pattern.” Well, I do this on occasion. Luckily, one of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is that the products all are designed to coordinate effortlessly so it takes all the guess work out of crafting. However, some days I’m looking for something specific or that I might have run out of and that’s when I get the most creative. I have to come up with clever ways to get a look I’m going for. For example in today’s card, I wanted black paper with white polka dots, but I didn’t have any on hand. So...I just made my own! I took one of the round stamps from the Paisleys and Posies Stamp Set (pictured below) to make my polka dots. But I didn’t want the pattern to stamp, so I just flipped it over and stamped on its backside. Did you know you could do that? Now you’ve just doubled your stamp possibilities!




I inked it up in Versamark ink and stamped all over my Basic Black Cardstock until I was happy with the design. Then I added White Embossing Powder on top, heat set it, and voila, you have your very own polka dot patterned paper! Don’t forget to check out the backside of your stamps. The solid image they can create can give you a totally different look and add so much versatility to your projects.






I even got to try out my new personalized stamp! I LOVE it!




I’m so happy you stoped by and so excited for the upcoming year! Prepare to be inspired! See you next post!

Here’s the list of my fabulous fellow team members 
(In alphabetical order)

2018 Artisan Design Team:
Susan Wong

Get your friends together and host a party to earn Stampin' rewards during the month of September! Contact me to book an event!


To order online: 
November 2017 Hostess Code:
CPV3WPVY


 If you’ve considered joining, it's a truly great time! For just $99, you can select $125 of your choice of product AND earn a 20% discount on purchases from the Annual Catalog.  This is an amazing deal! If you want to join my team, click here or please email me!
Say hello to a new world of colorful creativity! Meet Stampin’ Blends, artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. To cover all the blending bases, we’re also offering a limited-time 16-card project kit and stamp set with beautiful line-art images.

Stampin’ Blends Product Features:

  • Add just the right amount of color where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point. 
  • Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack. 
  • We have done in-house testing for evaporation and life testing and are really happy with the results, so you can feel confident sharing them with your customers. 
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation. 
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting color.



Check out the video below to see these amazing markers in action:



14 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS Lauren!
    I am so excited to be sharing my first Artisan experience with you beautiful. I love your work and have been a long time admirer of your blog. So well deserved and can't wait to work with you over the next year. xx

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    1. Awe, Kayla, thank you! I feel the same way! I’m so honored to be on the team with you!

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  2. I couldn't be more thrilled for you - you are a magnificent papercrafter and a perfect fit for the Artisan team! And you're in GREAT company. So happy for you - congratulations, Lauren!

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    1. Thanks Shannon! I certainly have big shoes to fill with so much talent from the previous team. I’m so excited to be a part of such a talented group!

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  3. So excited for you!!! Love following your blog! :)

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  4. Eeeee! I'm so excited for you! You are going to be totally awesome!

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    1. Thanks so much, Natalie! It’s truly a dream come true! I’m beyond thrilled!

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  5. Congratulations! This is going to be the experience of a lifetime! Super excited for all that is coming your way!

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    1. Thanks, Jen! I’m totally looking forward to soaking every moment in! It’s such an amazing honor!

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  6. Congratulations! I'm excited to get to know you through your Artisan year :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Katye! I can’t wait! It’s going to be an awesome year!

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  7. Congrats Lauren! You create beautiful projects that are uniquely yours! I can't wait to see all of the fabulous artwork that you pump out this next year!💖

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    1. Awe, thanks so much, Carolynn! That means so much coming from a talented lady such as yourself! I’m truly honored and look forward to an amazing year!

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