Sunday, May 4, 2014

Introducing: The Creation Station!

Howdy!  I have something SUPER fun for you guys today!  

I've put together a team of 12 talented, inspiring, creative individuals to join me in a bi-monthly blog hop.  We've got creative geniuses from all around the States AND Australia!  You'll see that we all have styles that are different from one another.  This will help YOU in your creative process, by showing you many different ways you can use your stamps.

We will be posting as a group every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.  Each time we'll showcase 2 different Stampin' Up! stamp sets and a Stampin' Up! product (like gift boxes, punches, specialty paper, etc.)  We want you to see all of the possibilities!

So, come on into The Creation Station!

First up, The Creation Station team is following trends!  Today's trend is all about TRIANGLES!  It seems that they are everywhere:

Stars and 4-Patches Quilt Inspiration | Modern Quilting  Triangle Party Kit | Carousel Triangle Pattern Throw Pillow

Stampin' Up! has some great products that are right on this triangle trend:

I've created a couple of cards using triangles, and the Geometrical Stamp Set.

This first card is flirty and fun.  I simply stamped the triangle images in Pumpkin Pie and Strawberry Slush and punched them with the coordinating punch.  This made is easy to line up in a pattern on my card.

I stamped the sentiment in the same two colors at the bottom.  I like this sentiment because it's really versatile - Birthday, Graduation, any celebration really....

This one is simple and a great "mailer".  I stamped the same image repeatedly in Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate.  Then I punched a few in Bermuda Bay and popped them up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

We thought we'd soften things up with our next highlighted stamp set: Stippled Blossoms.  After all, it is spring, and after the winter most of us have had, I think we are all ready to smell the roses!

Here's some inspiration:

Roses - gorgeous photos! Lakehouse Irish Rose Quilt very pretty.  When I began quilting, I thought roses passe'.  Gradually I saw the beauty and merit of using them in quilts. After all, artists' have been using them in their varied crafts for Hundreds, if not Thousands, of years. Raindrops On Roses - Species, cultivars and hybrids of roses are all widely grown for their beauty and often are fragrant. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach 7 meters in height. Different species hybridize easily, and this has been used in the development of the wide range of garden roses.

The Stippled Blossoms set is so striking because you can create stamped flowers that are quite realistic:

I just think these flowers turn out so beautiful.  A Stamp-a-ma-jig is a must for creating these!  You'll line up the stippled part perfectly that way.

Doesn't this make for a gorgeous card?  I pulled in the sentiment from Blessings from Heaven (retiring) and used the On Film dies to create the frame.  The patterned paper is Eastern Elegance (retiring).  This card could easily become a card for any occasion - just swap out the sentiment.  Mother's Day, Birthday, you name it!

Lastly, some of us are showing uses for the Tag-a-Bag gift boxes.  Pretty wrapping seems to be all the rage - just look on Pinterest for some gift wrapping ideas. 

I decided to keep mine rather simple - in fact I Case'd mine from the upcoming new Stampin' Up! Catalog, but swapped out the DSP so the box would coordinate with my card:

I think the tag is sweet with it's little vellum flower!

Alrighty.....That's today's inspiration from me!  Now, go see what Ilina has up her uber talented sleeve!


If you happen to get lost along your way here is a full listing of those participating in our Blog Hop:

Creation Station Design Team:

Jen Arkfeld – You are HERE!
Justin Krieger

Learn to create your own embossing paste, make your own stencils, and lots more!

New Online Class - Envelope Punch Board Class
Create 5 boxes! Not envelopes!  Using the EPB!

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Sharon said...

I just found your blog by hopping from Justin's Blog and am so excited about Creation Station and all the Great ideas I have seen today. I didn't really care for the triangle set until today and now I see it in a whole new way, THANKS SO MUCH FOR STARTING THIS! Can't wait to see the rest of the hop!

kkstamper said...

Jen: I'm with Sharon--I didn't like the Geometric set until today. Your examples a wonderful!! The color combos are so fresh! Wowza!

inkspell said...

Lovely!! Awesome card! Doing the hop along!...GinaF

Jennifer Downey said...

All I can is GORGEOUS Jen! I couldn't pick a favorite cause I like them all! I'm so happy to be on this blog hop journey with you and your creative talent! =)

Cyndi G said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea Jen! We all get stuck in a rut and this is the perfect way to see a great variety of uses for our stamp sets. Your blog hop will definitely be a great inspiration as I prepare for my clubs and I can't wait til the next hop in 2 weeks! Also, as always, love your samples ... beautiful and perfect in every way. :)

Deborah Smart said...

Love all your projects, Jen - your colour combinations are fabulous! I'm thrilled to be part of this amazing blog hop group :)

Terri said...

Great projects! Thanks to Deoborah for letting us know about the blog hop. I am a fellow demonstrator. Feel free to check out my blog too!

Heidi Weaver said...

Great projects and hop, Jen. Hope to see more of the Creation Station.

Jenn said...

Jen, these are all beautiful. So glad that I joined this Creation Station journey with you. There has been so much amazing feedback so far! Can't wait to play with the next concept x

Teneale Williams said...

So Blessed to be part of this team. WOW to all the samples. :)

Anonymous said...

Jen, I love how you featured the triangles in the first card, the black ribbon just makes the color pop! Perfect touch! I love the colors from the flower card! Beautiful! Thank you so much for choosing me to hop with you guys!

karen huber said...

hi jen, congratulations to you & all the amazing crafters you have gathered for this inaugural hop! i'm just getting started & looking forward to everyone's creations!

i really love what you did with the triangle designs & the gift box! tfs your creativity ~ smiles, karen ;-)