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Country Home, Crafty Carrot Co Blog Hop

I just love the rustic, comfortable, shabby chic modern farmhouse decorating style. With its warmth and simplicity, it's certainly been a big influence in our home renovation decisions here this past year.

Stampin' Up! have also picked up on the trend and now have a gorgeous Country Lane product suite in their latest holiday catalogue.  The Crafty Carrot Co will be featuring this suite all month long in our October class series.  Our blog hop today is an excuse for us to warm up for the upcoming classes.  As with every month, participants will join four multi-Artisan award winners in weekly workshops held LIVE in our exclusive facebook group.

For my projects today, I mixed Country Lane designer series paper patterns with stamped floral arrangements coloured with a range of Stampin' Blends.  Whilst galvanized steel would usually be the farmhouse decorators jug of choice, I've paired my flowers with a bright, bold pool party - gray Stampin' Blend markers are still on my wishlist lol...  but luckily it turns out as I just love that pop of blue.

Whether you go for something classic, modern or unexpected, our experienced, diverse team of Crafty Carrot Co tutors are certainly going to have a project that fits your style. 

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Need more tempting?  Hop along and see what teasers my friends have to share with you.  Next up is the lovely Krista Frattin!

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Dashing Deer, Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to a special Stampin' Up! Artisan Showcase! Today we are sharing news of an exclusive promotion with you all.

Hosting a holiday catalogue event is always fun—and Stampin' Up! have made it even more delightful with their exciting Dashing Along Host Promotion. Host a party with $400 AUD in sales from 1–30 September and you'll earn the exclusive Dashing Along Designer Series Paper for FREE!

This Christmas paper collection features a mix of old favourite and brand new designs.  For my card today, I've featured my favourite of the patterns - this newsprint.  I wanted a project that would be pleasing for both new crafters and avid designers alike. I've allowed the paper to shine and simply added some layers for texture and a panel of white with basic stamping.

Want to make a Christmas card like this for yourself? Gather some friends and book a workshop of your very own!  *Contact me* to learn more.  OR join me as I teach this project LIVE over on my facebook page next Tuesday at 11am AEST.

In the meantime, click the link below for some beautiful Christmas inspiration from the Artisan team.  Next up is the clever Jessica Winter.

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Stamp: Dashing Deer
Card: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Garden Green
Patterned paper: Dashing Along Designer Series,  Broadway Bound Specialty
Ink: Sahara Sand, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools and accessories: Detailed Deer Thinlets, Big Shot, Everyday Label Punch, Black Bakers Twine, some ribbon (something with a little gold through it).


Attend live online classes with at least four multi-award-winning Stampin' Up! Artisans! Join our Crafty Carrot Co program from anywhere in the world, from the comfort of your own home!  Follow video-based tutorials, be inspired and see behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to bring your cardmaking to the next level, whether you're a beginner or have years of experience there is something for you! 

Find more information, and subscribe to join us today at http://craftycarrotcollective.blogspot.com.au/

Some of my fellow Artisan friends are sharing their projects in live classes this month too.  Join the fun here:

Cards of All Shapes and Sizes, Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop

Today the Let's Get Hopping crew are sharing cards of all different shapes and sizes!

There are some occasions that call for an extra special project - something a bit different than our usual A6 card design.  Milestone Birthdays definitely fall in this category!  This week my beautiful Mum celebrates her 60th birthday and so I made this double z-fold card just for her.

A big thank you to Natalie from Stamp Witch Blog.  I was grateful for her template.  I adjusted the size to make my square a bit bigger than Natalie's original design, but having her template to work off made the whole process so simple!

The colour scheme was inspired by my friend Cindy Schuster.  I found a piece of gorgeous retired Watercolor Wonder designer series patterned paper in my stash.  Its soft florals are a close match to the pretty Petal Pink, which I found to be a great tone-on-tone tie in with the Cajun in this palette.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my card today!  Click the 'next' link below to see what unusual sized card my crafty friend Teresa has to share today!

Supplies Used (*denotes retired item)
Stamps: Number of Years*, Picture Perfect Birthday
Card: Whisper White, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Gray Granite
Paper: Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper*, Natures Poem Designer Series Paper 
Ink: VersaMark, Daffodil Delight, Gray Granite
Accessories & Tools: Stitched Labels Framelits, Heat Tool, White Emboss Powder, Stitched Shapes Framelits, White Bakers Twine
Adhesives: SNAIL or double sided tape, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals (Mini)

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I put together a handy blog post planner, especially for paper-crafters! With this printable bundle, you can make sure that every blog post you write is brought together smoothly and is working hard to serve you and your audience well. Learn more *HERE*