Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pals January 2015 Blog Hop: Hello Occasions!

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop of 2015. We hope our new year is off to a great creative start. To celebrate the start of a new Stampin' Up! year, we are showcasing products from our newest catalog this month-the Occasions catalog. You may also see new Sale-A-Bration products too. If you don't know how to earn free Sale-A-Bration products-contact your Stampin' Up! demonstrator. 

You may just be starting the blog hop or you may have come from Martie Pollard's The Crafty Bandit Blog, #22 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full line up below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations. 

In. Love. With. Trees. Specifically the Sheltering Tree stamp set from the 2015 Occasions Catalog. I saw some artwork last week on Pinterest that inspired me to create both of these cards. The artist had painted the simple tree in the center of her canvas, then she had this explosion of color around the tree. 

In addition to using reinkers for my watercolors, I also accented and deepened the colors on the edges with some sponging. Don't you just love the way the embossed portion of the tree jumps out at you?

I ended up using a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set to put some added specks of white. 

I just love Real Red mixed with Mossy Meadow. Such a rich combination! I only used a few of the images from the Sheltering Tree. There are several great word stamps and even a cuter than cute bicycle! "How to" slideshow and product list below. 

The next stop is Beth Beard's My Little Craft Blog, #24 on the Pals Blog Hop. 

Final Line Up:
  1. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  2. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  3. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  6. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  7. Rae Harper at
  8. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  12. Jane Knudsen at
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  14. Michelle Quinno at Shell's Life
  15. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  16. Karen Hallam at Karen's Blog
  17. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  19. Laurie Chilton at Stampin' Ink
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Peggy Noe at
  22. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  23. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully
  24. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  25. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  26. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  27. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  28. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  29. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  30. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  31. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  34. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  35. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  36. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  37. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  38. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  39. Pamela Sadller at Stampin Pink Rose
  40. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  41. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
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Hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any questions. 

Artfully Yours,


  1. Kim, your cards are STUNNING works of art. Wow!

  2. Kim, I am definitely trying this out! It is definitely an explosion of color and I love it!! Thanks for sharing..

  3. Simply AMAZING! I am in love with what you've done here! It's definitely on my list of techniques to try out!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. They look like canvas prints. Gorgeous!

  5. Wow! Your cards look amazing!

  6. Both are so lovely!

  7. So pretty! Love all the color and texture.

  8. This is incredible - the technique for the background really "makes" this card!!

  9. Your card are stupendous!!! Thanks so much for sharing your creative genius.

  10. Fabulous technique with a stunning result. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Cynthia StenquistMarch 1, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    These are the most gorgeous cards using this set that I've seen!!!

  12. Hey Kim! Love this style of cards! Did you emboss the tree itself too? Or just the foliage? Love the addition of the white splatters. Are they embossed as well? I have yet to try Stampin Up inks so think that will be my next purchase!

  13. Melissa...thank you so much for the comment! I did not emboss the tree itself, just the foliage and the white splatters. The white splatters are from one of my favorite stamp sets from Stampin' Up!, Gorgeous Grunge. It is a MUST HAVE in my opinion! I love our inks. The colors are amazing. Please subscribe to this page if you haven't already, so you will know what my monthly specials are.


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