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8.18.2017

Carols of Birthdays


Welcome to another month in our Blog Hop! We've got a new hopper this time around so be sure to scroll down to check us all out...


This month, we've got an early release from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue (live September 1st) - the Carols of Christmas Bundle. It includes an awesome stamp set and coordinating Framelits set. I wanted to show you though that it's not just for Christmas!


I die cut the trees and moon/stars (how awesome are those?!) from my layer and then I embossed it using the Woodlands Texture Impressions Embossing Folder. I added some Silver Glimmer Paper in behind the starry sky and Old Olive behind the trees. I then popped up the die cut trees with Dimensionals... the mini ones are perfect for the tops.

I added some ribbon to the bottom and tied a couple of knots for interest. The birthday sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.


On the inside, I die cut a couple of trees and then popped on up. Easy-peasy, right?! And not just for Christmas either. ;)

Here's a closure look at this awesome bundle:



Make sure you check out the other hoppers:

1. Hofkissed (Steph) << You Are Here
2. A La Cards (Leena)
3. Lolly & Sand (Sandy)
4. justBstamping (Barb)

Until next time, stay crafty!
Steph

If you would like to purchase Stampin' Up! or take a class, visit www.hofkissed.stampinup.net or check me out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hofkissed

8.15.2017

Rainbow Decor & Embossing Paste Tip

Hello! I don't know about you, but my months are just flying by! Life with small kids, especially in the summer months, is quite busy. I love creating all these memories, but unfortunately it means my blog has been ignored. Not to fret though, my youngest will be starting school in the fall, which means I'll have more time to dedicate to blogging. ;)


Here's a decor piece I came up with. If you've been following me on Facebook or on Instagram, you've probably seen that I've been purging and in a "use it or lose it" kind of mood. This is another example of just that! I used a frame I purchased about two years ago and some leis that I picked up secondhand, also a while back. I don't know why I bought them, but I finally put them to use. ha.


I cut a roll of brown paper down to size and them started by adding some clouds with Embossing Paste. I had to move the stencil around several times because the area was quite large and then (not so) patiently wait for it to dry.

To both cover some "boo boo's" and add more interest, I punched some more clouds from brown paper with the Tree Builder Punch and then added some detail with my White Gel Pen. I glued some flat and popped some up.


Lastly, I created this cloud piece using my retired Little Letters Thinlits and my Labeler Alphabet stamp set. I really love how this turned out.

Overall, I'm happy with how this piece came together, but my 7yo did point out that my rainbow colours weren't in the correct order. ha.


Lastly, I wanted to share this tip with you. Sometimes a spill-out can happen with Embossing Paste and you may feel like throwing out the entire project. However, once it has dried, grab some fine sandpaper and just gently start sanding away the "boo boo's". It's less noticeable on lighter paper, but as you can see, works on dark paper also. It's not perfect, but certainly better.

Until next time, stay crafty!
Steph

If you would like to purchase Stampin' Up! products, want more info or to take a class, check me out at www.hofkissed.stampinup.net or find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hofkissed

7.15.2017

Christmas in July - Double Whammy!


I can't believe it's mid-July already! That not only means that it's time for another Blog Hop (yay!), but it's also Christmas in July (double yay!!). If you can believe it, this is the time of year that I start crafting and thinking up Christmas projects... and I've got TWO for you today!


Ok, seriously, how cute are these pigs?! I just couldn't resist dressing this guy up in a little Santa suit and hat, complete with cotton trimming. :) The stamp set is called This Little Piggy and the paper is from the Coffee Break DSP.


On the inside, I used Labeler Alphabet and a strip of DSP. Did you know that if you cut your 12" x 12" DSP down to 4" x 6" pieces, you can have a piece for the front and one for the inside when you cut 3/4" off. ;)


Here's a closer look at this cutie. Don't you just love when you're able to take your products further?! Did you think I could take some coffee paper and a pig and make a Christmas card??

Speaking of using "non-Christmas" products to make Christmas cards... my Paper Pumpkin arrived today and the kit was so cute, I just couldn't wait to play! However, I didn't create as intended. If you follow me, this shouldn't come as a surprise. haha


I used a few pieces from the kit, but then mixed it with the Oh, What Fun and Flurry of Wishes stamp sets and played a little with the Embossing Paste. That stuff is so cool!! When I saw the wooden mountains contained in the kit, I just thought of white tips and the paste was the perfect thing to make that happen, along with some falling snow. If you're wondering about that braided accent... it was created with the tissue paper that Paper Pumpkin kits come wrapped in.


On the inside, I mixed an image from the stamp set I received in the kit, along with one from Flurry of Wishes. I kept it pretty simple.


Here's a closer look at some of the detail. I did add some paste to areas on the stamped snowflakes, however, I'm not sure that really added much to the project.

Thanks for tuning into this long-winded post! I hope you enjoyed the two projects I shared with you today. I'd love to hear what you think!

Don't forget that this is a Blog Hop... so hop on over to my friends too:

1. Leena at A La Cards
2. Sandy at Lolly & Sand
3. Me, Steph at Hofkissed <<You Are Here

Until next time, stay crafty!
Steph

To purchase Stampin' Up! and to view all my classes & upcoming events, visit me at hofkissed.stampinup.net

6.15.2017

Tri-City Stampers Blog Hop - Month #2


Hello! Welcome back to a new month and our Blog Hop - happens on the 15th of every month! Thanks for checking in. If this is your first stop, be sure to scroll down and continue moving through the tour. You won't be disappointed!


Today's card focuses on the Birthday Memories Suite. I really have been loving this one! Perfect for kids projects and for someone who loves fussy cutting (me!!). These poodles are pretty sassy and you get an entire page filled with them in the Designer Series Paper pack. One of them you can even cut out with the Framelits.

I chose three of my favourites and then accessorized them with more fussy cut images - a party hat, present and balloons.This suite is so fun and colourful that I think you'll fall in love too!



I hope you've liked today's project - don't forget to jump on over to my other amazingly talented friends too. ;)

1. You are here >> Hofkissed - Steph VanDorp
2. A La Cards - Leena Girsa
3. Lolly & Sand - Sandy McCullough

Until next time, stay crafty!
Steph

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6.13.2017

Quick & Easy Tuesdays

Hello! Welcome to another week of Quick and Easy. Today I'm sharing several cards I made with one of the new Memories & More suites from Stampin' Up!. I used the Colour Theory Pack. It includes over 70 double-sided cards in 3x4 and 4x6, plus some acetate sheets and sticker sheets. What's awesome about this line is that there are also several coordinating products (something Stampin' Up! does so well) that include paper, stamps, dies and embellishments.


Above is the first card. I simply used two of the 3x4 cards, some twine and one of the stickers from the kit. Quick & easy, right?! No stamping required!


For card two, I again used one of the included cards and some stickers, but then also stamped the sentiment with the coordinating stamp set - Colourful Seasons.To give the camera some dimension, I punched the white circle out with a 2" Circle Punch, glued that flat on the card base and then popped the rest up.


Card three builds on one of the printed cards. I simply cut one of the 4x6 cards down and stamped the sentiment on it. To add some dimension, I cut some cherry blossoms using the coordinating Thinlits, Seasonal Layers.



For card four, I created a shaker card. Did you see that one coming when I told you above that the kit includes acetate sheets? ;) Again using one of the 4x6 cards (that happened to have a blank square on it), I carefully cut it and glued my acetate sheet to it. The snowflakes are cut from the same Thinlits as above - you get 17 dies in that set! Not only did I add a few of the snowflakes in the shaker compartment, but I also layered them together on the front of the card.

Hope you liked today's samples... I feel a class coming soon with this kit. You really can do so much with it. I've only begun to explore (and used a mere 6 pieces from it!).

Until next time, stay crafty!
Steph

To purchase Stampin' Up!, subscribe to my newsletter, or request a catalogue, visit www.hofkissed.stampinup.net You can also check out my events while there, or visit me on Facebook.

5.30.2017

Quick & Easy Tuesday

Hello! Welcome to another "quick & easy" Tuesday. I'm happy to get back to creating! To be honest, I've been going through a huge creative block for several weeks. I think I just needed a good break & rest because when I held a class last Friday, it all came back and I can't tell you what a relief that was!

Anyway, today I'm showing you a quick home decor project (with some new products, available June 1st). Home decor doesn't have to be complicated. Several years ago I framed some Designer Series Paper (DSP) in colours that match my other decor and get complimented on it all the time. How simple, right?!

Here's my newest creation and also very simple when you have the right tools:


I got the idea from some Muskoka Chairs (as they're referred to here in Ontario, Canada, Adirondack Chairs elsewhere) that my brother built years ago with a maple leaf back. These chairs remind me of summer, cottage life and relaxation. So peaceful! Not only does this piece fit my decor in my living room, but it also symbolizes the Canadian Flag... very fitting since it'll be Canada's 150th birthday on July 1st. ;)

All the pieces were die cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits that can be purchased alone or as part of a bundle with the coordinating stamp set - Colourful Season. I also featured some of the set in this post.

Until next time, stay crafty!
Steph

For a listing of all my classes and to purchase Stampin' Up! products, please visit my page at www.hofkissed.stampinup.net You can also find me on Facebook - www.facebook.com/hofkissed

5.15.2017

Sneak Peek Blog Hop!


Hello! Welcome to my first ever Blog Hop! I'm so excited to be participating with some other very talented ladies. Together, we're showcasing some new products that are coming out on June 1st! I decided to focus on one of the suites entitled Color Theory. At first glance, it didn't really inspire me, but once I took a deeper look, I realized how much potential there was!


I've been playing around a lot with this suite - there are thinlits, stamps, ribbon, paper, and embellishments! Not only is this suite focused on colour, but also the seasons! While I didn't end up using the stamp set for this card, you can create projects all year long with just this one suite... how awesome is that?!


For this card, I used a new 6x6 Paper Stack that has several Ombre patterns. I used one sheet and cut it using a scallop edge from the Thinlits. The branches and cherry blossoms are cut from the same set. Don't you just love them?!


I created lots of depth by curling the scallops and layering the blossoms and of course adding some jewels, coloured in various pinks (with Sharpie Markers) to match the ombre look.


Don't forget the inside of your card! Since I didn't use the stamp, I added some more die cuts to the inside too. I just can't get enough of them!!


Be sure to follow along as I continue showcasing this amazing suite of products in the weeks ahead. This is just the beginning! In the meantime though, catch some more sneak peeks as you hop on over to my friends...

1. You are here >> Hofkissed - Steph VanDorp
2. A La Cards - Leena Girsa
3. Lolly & Sand - Sandy McCullough

Until next time, stay crafty!
Steph

If you'd like more information on Stampin' Up!, the products I used and/or my class offerings, head on over to www.hofkissed.stampinup.net

5.02.2017

Quick & Easy Tuesdays

I know it's been a few Tuesdays since you've heard from me and I apologize for that. I was taking a trip and got busy planning for that and finishing up a few orders before I left. Anyway, here's a pretty little gift package I created that holds 6 mini note cards & envelopes. Choose your favourite double-sided paper (I recommend Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper) and pull your colour scheme from the paper to create your cards.



Here are all the cards I created. I used the Timeless Textures stamp set and I'm happy to report is in the new Annual Catalogue! It's such a versatile set and as you can see below, you can create all sorts of collage stamping with just one set! I had a lot of fun just stamping and then added a few small embellishments to a some of the cards. To coordinate, I added some paper to the flaps of all the envelopes. I love doing that for special projects!


Lastly, here's a better look at my favourite design. I just love all the different types of stamp images that come in this set and how you use them to "colour" different aspects of each stamp set.


Here's a quick video on how to put together the little pouch. I've added the written dimensions in the YouTube description.... just take note that one of the measurements I said in the video is wrong - the right measurement is 1-3/4", not 2-1/4". ;)



Until next time, stay crafty!
Steph

If you would like to purchase Stampin' Up!, or view my list of classes and events, please visit www.hofkissed.stampinup.net