Thursday, June 14, 2018

Abstract Impressions - Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Well, hello peaches! Welcome to the Abstract Impressions Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! Each month our very talented and creative team of designers will be bringing you inspiration, so get comfortable and have a ton of fun hopping along with us. You may have just arrived from Kim McGillis' Blog. I just can't wait to see the gorgeous projects she has created! She always has the most beautiful creations. 

Today, I will be showcasing the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set and Springtime Impressions Thinlits Des (DSP) from the Garden Impressions Suite of products. All of the products in this suite are so unique. I had so much fun coming up with designs for these products! I made so many different things and STILL felt like I had only scraped the surface of the potential for them, so you'll definitely be seeing more from me with this suite.

For today's projects, I created a matching card set. Sometimes I like to start with a color scheme when playing with new stamps. This strategy helps me to focus on the stamps and dies and the possibilities they offer and I don't have to think to much about what might look good together because I already have the most difficult step (for me, it's always deciding what colors I want to use) done. I pulled out some Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Balmy Blue, and Blueberry Bushel Inks and started to stamp a few flowers in a few of those ink colors. Since many of the flowers in this set are designed for layering,some were stamped in full strength, while others in second generation. This set is photopolymer so it's very easy to add the layers. However, because of the artistic nature of this stamp set, I didn't have to work too hard to try to line them up perfectly.   

For the card below, I created a fun textured background by wrapping Blueberry Bushel 1/8 inch Grosgrain Ribbon repeatedly around a piece of Blueberry Bushel Cardstock. I like how the ribbon acts as a sort of subtle stripped pattern on this bold color.

 For the stunning little card below, I created my own background by using the "grass-like" stamp in a vertical pattern. I used Coastal Cabana Ink (my personal favorite returning color) on Coastal Cabana Cardstock. I love how the coordinating dies can be cut apart into smaller pieces (which I cut from Granny Apple Green Cardstock) and tucked into my layering for even more versatility. And just LOOK at the sweet sentiments in this set! I mean they are totally my type of words. I tell my daughter practically every day how just a little kindness can make a huge difference in someone's day. 

Abstract Impressions Photopolymer Stamp Set

Now my favorite piece from the coordination die set is this beautifully detailed little butterfly. I'm always a sucker for anything butterfly (my daughter's nursery-turned-girl's-room is completely butterfly themed) and as soon as I saw it at Onstage I knew it was on my "must have" list.

I know that I will be returning to this set time and again. It's got it all, gorgeous images, artistic designs, beautiful sentiments, and stunning dies. I think you will too. I hope you have enjoyed all of today's cards and designs. Keep hopping along and check out my other fellow teammates’ pages. They have some pretty amazing projects to share. I’ve listed them, along with all products used below or you can just click the link below to hop to Linda Van Wely-Zwolle

Don't forget: Stampin' Up! features a corporate blog post each Thursday of the month where we Artisans share creative tips, tricks, and strategies. You can find these posts in the "notes" section of the Stampin' Up! Facebook Page. Each Tuesday of the month Stampin' Up features fun creative tips on their Instagram Page as well so don't miss those! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next post!

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  1. Oh I love them all Lauren, just gorgeous! The background you have created in the Coastal Cabana would also make a perfect water background too! So much potential with this set xo

  2. Oh Lauren! Blue is my favourite colour! you have outdone yourself with these beauties. xo

  3. I love how you got this set to work in your favourite colours!! These are all amazing! Linda xx

  4. So beautiful Lauren. I love the layered stamping at the back and that sweet blue butterfly! Pretty, bright photos too

  5. These are beautiful Lauren! I love that you have used blues and's just stunning in those colours! So gorgeous. x

  6. A+ on each of these beauties!! I am so drawn to your color palette and all the layers of stamped images. You're amazing, Elizabeth

  7. Soooo beautiful!!!
    I love these color combinations!

  8. Love seeing these drip on instagram. This way I can absorb each card and all of it's lovely details. Love how you've mixed up the colors for a completely unique look.


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