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Back to Basics, Let's Get Hopping Round #3

Busy!  We are all so busy.  Particularly at this, the tail end of the year, and the start of the hectic festive season.

It's the perfect time to simplify, especially with our craft projects!  So I've challenged the Let's Get Hopping team to go back to basics and inspire you to create beautiful projects quickly and easily without all the gadgets!

Stamps, ink and paper - with a few pretty embellishments thrown in.  That’s it!

For my card, I've gone with a Christmas theme.  Very soon I'll need to create a stack of Christmas cards to hand out these holidays!  This layout is one that could very easily be mass produced.  Just a little patterned paper, some very quick stamping and a scatter of embellishments for wow factor and done!

I craft mostly for myself - it's a form of therapy for me.  Because it's a creative outlet I tend to go heavy on the techniques, fussy cutting, colouring and layers.  I found going simple a real challenge!

While in Canada earlier this month, I had the pleasure of crafting besides the amazing Krista Frattin (I'm still star struck)!  She pumped out beautiful project after beautiful project so fast.  When I asked her what her secret was, she confessed she was a lazy stamper.  I was not expecting that!  Whenever I look at any of her projects I'm totally in love.  But after her confession I looked closer - she has a very simple style, employs lots of patterned papers for effect and is clever with layering embellishments.  So when I was struggling with this theme I looked to her for inspiration and was drawn to this layout she shared last July *HERE*.

Whether you are a looking for ideas for new crafters or inspiration for quick, achievable ideas, do be sure to follow the 'next' button below to see the 'Simple yet Stunning' idea my friend Tracy has to share with you!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Hearts Come Home
Inks: Memento Black, Soft Sky
Papers: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, This Christmas Designer Series Paper (retired)
Accessories/Tools: Metallic Doily, Solid Bakers Twine Basic Black, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

We are celebrating the Tabs for Everything stamp set all January long within a private Facebook community! Exclusive video project tutorials, plenty of inspiration and fun challenges!  Secure your subscription today!

Tabs for Everything, The Crafty Carrot Co Blog Hop

Just over 12 months ago I had an idea...
I wanted a fun, unique way to thank my customers for shopping with me.
I wanted to lead better and give my Stampin' Up! team members more frequent interaction.
And I wanted to inspire all these beautiful people to invest in great Stampin' Up! product and encourage them to get creative with that product in a variety of ways!

I knew that for real variety, I'd need help!  So I approached some of my talented Artisan award-winning friends and together we created the Crafty Carrot Co.


Every month the Crafty Carrot team carefully selects a product focus and some matching recommendations. Then we celebrate those products all month long within a private Facebook community! We do this by offering exclusive video project tutorials, plenty of inspiration and fun challenges. That will not change!  But we do have some exciting ideas that we are going to start implementing in our next program - Tabs for Everything, January 2018!

I initially picked up this stamp set because I thought it would be really cool for journaling and planning.  But for today's hop, I was inspired to make a birthday card.  The gold embossing Susan used in her beautiful card for this hop really wowed me.  I was drawn to play with mine too.

It's a great example of how working and creating with friends can help you make pretty things you might not have otherwise!  I do so hope you'd like to be one of those crafty friends.  Please come and play along!


Option 1.  SHOP $20AUD ($15US) of SU product from the Crafty Carrot demo in your market in November or December.  And get free access for the month of January (don't forget to use your host code!  For those in Australia, it is JQC3H9JV)

Option 2.  SUBSCRIBE (perfect for our demo friends or UK/European followers). 

1 month - $15US.
And new in 2018 - we're launching 3 month ($40 US) and 6 month ($75 US) options starting January. Pay once and let us take care of the rest!


Option 3.  SIGN UP If being a Stampin' Up! demo is something you're curious about, get in touch with the Crafty Carrot rep from your region.  We love our teams and it's such a pleasure to be able to offer them access to this program as a perk!


Our dear Val Moody has decided to move on from her permanent role with the Crafty Carrot team at the end of this year.  She wrote a very touching blog post recently to share her situation with everyone *HERE*. Pop over and leave her a little love!  She will most definitely be missed!
Wishing you all the very best for a happy 2018 Val.  Thank you so much for jumping on board with this crazy idea and for all your time, input and friendship throughout the journey - I'm so grateful you were able to play, share and inspire us all in 2017! xxx


Next on this Tabs for Everything hop is my clever Canadian friend, Krista Frattin.  I can't wait to see what she has to share with us!

Sketch Challenge, Fancy Friday Blog Hop

I love my parents.

No really, they are just the BEST!

If you had told me this time last year that I would go to Canada to meet my Artisan friends, I'd never have believed it possible!  It's rare that I get away on my own, let alone travel to the opposite end of the globe!  But my amazing Mum and Dad stepped in and invited my kids to stay with them in their home for the nine days I'd be away so that it could happen.

There are no words for how grateful I am!

No automatic alt text available.The fabulous Allison Okamitsu had just about every stamp set available for us to play with at her crafting retreat.  Whilst flicking through her stamp collection, I was drawn to the At Home with You set.

I wanted to make a special card for my parents and it seemed like the perfect fit!

I used today's Fancy Friday sketch and modelled the front door scene off my parent's actual home for this design.

The red brick texture was made using textured embossing paste which I'd coloured with a little Cherry Cobbler and Cajun Craze ink refills.  Such a fun technique!

I hope that you enjoy this project.  If you're inspired, play along with the sketch - we would love to see your creation!

For more gorgeous sketch inspired designs, click the link below!  Next up is my very Fancy Friend Cathy Caines!  I can't wait to see what she has made for this challenge!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: At Home with You, Timeless Textures
Inks: Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler reinkers, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, VersaMark, Memento Black, Smoky Slate
Papers: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Smoky Slate
Accessories/Tools: Aqua Painter, Bakers Twine, White Heat Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, At Home Framelits Dies, Stampin Sponge, Texture Embossing Paste, Stencils and Palette Knives. 


Whilst in Canada I got to catch up with my amazing Crafty Carrot Co girls in person!  I'm so excited about the plans we've hatched for 2018.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Facebook for all the goss!