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Woohoo!!  Can you believe it?!  This is our 1 Year Anniversary of the Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  

It was one year ago when our Crystal Komara put out a call for demonstrators interested in forming a group, to publish a monthly blog hop.  Well, we’ve had a few people leave, and some new people join over the year, but we’re still here, and still  having fun!   I  hope that we are still providing you with lots of fun projects and inspiration for your own projects.

To make this celebration even more special, we have a VERY, VERY SPECIAL GUEST BLOGGER joining us – our very own SHELLI GARDNER – that’s right, the CoFounder and Board Chair of Stampin’ Up! 🙂  We are so honoured to have Shelli join us for this special occasion; 1 year in our ‘sharing what we love’ with you, dear stamping friend!

So – since this is a special occasion – our 1st ‘Blog-iversary’ – we’ve decided that our projects will be about celebrations.  That leaves us with a lot of creative leeway, so I’m sure you’ll find lots to inspire you!

If you’re not familiar with how a blog hop works – no problem!  This is how it works; each blog is linked to the blog in front of it.  So, as long as you click on the ‘Continue’ button at the end of each post, you’ll be taken forward, to the next blog in the hop.  Of course, we all know that the best laid plans *may* have a technical glitch – so at the bottom of my post, and some other blogs, you’ll find a complete list of participants, where you can click on their name, and go directly to their post.  You may have arrived here from the talented Danica Ferrante’s blog – weren’t her projects terrific!

I decided to choose one of my favourite Bundles from the Annual Catalogue to showcase – it’s the Jar of Love stamp set and Everyday Jar Thinlits Dies.

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I came up with my projects by thinking of sharing a special occasion with friends (like our blogiversary), and how I could decorate, using the Jar of Love Bundle.

First, there’s the card for the special person:

double z fold jar of love

I love this new Double Z Fold that is so popular right now!  By adding the extra band of cardstock to join the folds, you get extra space for embellishments and decorating.

My card starts with a base of Dapper Denim cardstock.  I then added panels selected from the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper.  I then added panels of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped the airy leaf image onto the bottom of each panel, as well as the Z Fold band.  I used Mint Macaron ink, but I stamped off once, before stamping onto the panels, to keep a light, airy feeling.

On the front panel, I used the sentiment from the lovely Thoughtful Branches stamp set (still available!), stamped in Dapper Denim Ink; the sentiment on the last panel is from the so-versatile Tin of Cards stamp set.  

I just love creating these jars full of flowers!  I guess that harkens back to my days as a florist – but hey, who doesn’t love flowers?!  Each of the jars was stamped in Pool Party ink, and the water added in Soft Sky ink.  For the flowers, I used a combination of Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral for the smaller ones, and Sweet Sugarplum, stamped off once, then stamped full strength, for the larger flowers.  I love how you can extend the use of our inks simply by stamping off once, twice, or more.  Talk about bang for your buck! 🙂  The leaves were stamped in Mint Macaron onto Mint Macaron cardstock, and the bows are Sweet Sugarplum ink stamped onto Whisper White.

Die cutting the jars, flowers, leaves and bow was made super easy by using my Big Shot and the coordinating Everyday Jar Thinlits.  Glue Dots were perfect for putting the pieces together, and the jars were then attached to the card with Tear & Tape for a nice, secure hold.

In this next picture, taken from above, you can see the Double Z:


Next I thought – how would I decorate the tables?  Well, how about a special place card for each special guest?

place cards Jar of Love

Since Shelli is our special blog guest, I thought it would be only natural that she would be accompanied by her daughter, and our CEO, Sara Douglass:)

Aren’t these cute?  And they are so easy to make!  I stayed with the same colour theme (continuity is important; you don’t want to blind your guests with too many colours); Pool Party for the jars, Dapper Denim for the sentiment, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral and Sweet Sugarplum for the flowers.  I did change it up a bit by adding a lid to each jar; I stamped each in Versamark ink, then heat embossed them with the new gorgeous Copper Embossing Powder.

Of course, you have to add your guests’ name, so I stamped the banner shape from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set in Dapper Denim, and used the Duet Banner Punch for easy punching.  I used the Peekaboo Peach Stampin’ Write Marker to write the names, and everything was attached to the place card front using Glue Dots.

In this next picture, you can see how I die cut the jars:

jar placecards side view

I folded the cardstock in half, then placed the Thinlit just above the top of the jar outline, so that they can stand in a ‘tent’ fashion.  Above, you can see that I added another ‘hello’ to the back of the jar, and a little flower; that way the person on the other side of the table is looking at something other than a plain jar 🙂

I don’t know about your friends, but mine like to party into the night, so if you’re outside on a nice summer night, you may need a little extra light:


You’ve seen me make luminaries before, (you can see them HERE and HERE and HERE)  so you can’t be too surprised to see this one!

I just love the soft light that shines from the little battery-operated tea light (safety first), through the Vellum cardstock.  It gives a little extra help to those little fireflies!

Before assembly, but after scoring, on each of the 4 sides, I die cut the shape of the tallest jar using the Everyday Jar Thinlits.  For an extra touch, I used the little hearts border die also in these thinlits, and die cut them around the top.  Just to let a little more light peek out!  On 4 separate pieces of Vellum, I stamped the jar outline and fireflies with StazOn black ink.  After making sure the ink was dry, I then added the little ‘glow’ to each of the fireflies using the small circle image from the Jar of Love set using Daffodil Delight ink.  (Note – be sure to let the ink dry on the Vellum; even after setting it aside, I then turned the Vellum over and carefully blotted it on my Grid Paper, to avoid smudging).  The lids were again stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Versamark ink, and heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder.

After attaching the stamped jars to the inside of the luminary, I assemble it with Tear & Tape, and then wound some of the new Copper Metallic Thread around the bottom of the luminary.  I think this nicely brings together the top & bottom of the luminary.   I then added a few more stamped and die cut fireflies to the outside -did you notice some of them escaping from the jars?

Here’s another picture of the other 2 sides:

luminary 2nd side

This one cheeky bunch of fireflies knocked the lid right off!

For my last project, I wanted to make a little gift that I would give my guests as they leave the celebration:

clear tiny treat boxes

These new Clear Tiny Treat Boxes (pg. 176) are just adorable!  The perfect size for some chocolate kisses (or jewelry!), they are 2″ square when assembled, and are super sturdy.

I created a band using one of the pretty flower patterns from the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper, then had to decide how to top it off.  Well, I could have easily used the beautiful Botanical Builders Framelits, but instead I wanted to use the Thoughtful Branches Thinlits again, before they retire.

I stamped the large flower image in Sweet Sugarplum ink onto Sweet Sugarplum cardstock twice, and die cut each flower.  The leaves were die cut from Pear Pizzazz cardstock.

To create the flower, I  snipped the 2 large blossoms into smaller pieces, then crumpled and layered them together, to create one larger, fuller flower.  I  then attached the leaves on the bottom, glued it all to a 1 3/4″ Circle punched from Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, and attached it to the box band using Tear & Tape.

Here’s a picture of the band removed, and the box open:

tiny clear treat box open

Stamping and chocolate just seem to go together so naturally, don’t they? 😉  Well, at least on my table they do!

Well, that’s the last of my projects for this very special Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  I do hope you’ve enjoyed  yourself; please do click through to ALL of the blogs – everyone has worked very hard to make this an extra special celebration for you 🙂  Just click on the ‘Continue ‘ button below, and you’ll be taken directly to Jessica Mink’s post – I know you’ll  love her projects!

One final thing to make this celebration complete – BLOG CANDY!  That’s right – one lucky person* will be chosen from all the comments left on this post as the lucky winner of a $20 Gift Certificate from ME, to spend with me, on whatever Stampin’ Up! products you want!  *winner must be a Canadian resident, per Stampin’ Up! demonstrator agreement/gift certificate redeemable only through me, Deborah Smart, by December 31st, 2016. 

I’d like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Shelli Gardner for making our 1st year ‘Blog-iversary’ a very special one; without you Shelli, we wouldn’t all be here, loving what we do, and sharing what we love!

Thanks for spending some time with me today – I’d love to leave any comment you care to leave for me.  Until next time – happy stamping!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

26 thoughts on “Blogging Friends 1 Year ‘Blog-aversary’!

  1. Deborah, you have really outdone yourself! All amazing, over-the-top projects. And what a genius way to use the Thoughtful Branches. I’d love to be a guest at that party!!

    1. You’d be a welcome guest at any party, Gail! Thanks for such a lovely comment; I’m glad you enjoyed my party projects 🙂

    1. I can’t wait to see your Double Z Fold card, Lisa – I know you’ll make a great one! They’re much easier to make than they look 🙂

    1. Thanks Danica, for such wonderful comments! I’d be thrilled if you CASE’d some of my projects 🙂

    1. Thanks for taking the time to visit, and leave such a nice comment, Susan! I can always count on my friends for wonderful support! 🙂

  2. OMG, love it all Deb! Having two placards for Shelli and Sara was super creative and that luminary is just darling. I’ve been wanting to try one of those myself. What an awesome blogiversary for us all! Hugs, Crystal

    1. Thanks for the kind comment, Anna! You’ll love the Double Z Fold card – it’s fun, and easy!

  3. Congrats Deb on the 1 year Anniversary for Blogging Friends! What an awesome celebration and the projects you’ve made are simply off the charts! My goodness you know your way around that Jar of Love stamp set. Every single one of your ensemble is fantastic. I’m particularly partial to the z-fold……love it!

  4. Deborah, oh my goodness, your project are all so very beautiful, fun, creative….. They’re gorgeous, I truly love each one!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! XO

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