Celebrating with TGIF Team

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

Celebrating with TGIF Team

I’m celebrating with the TGIF team today as they turn two! You might remember back over a year ago I was part of the TGIF team.  They are a team of demonstrators which create challenges and sketches every week.  I’m honored to play along for their 2nd birthday!

 

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

Let’s Create!

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

I pulled out some of the new InColors for this card.  I’m noticing that I’m using a ton of bright colors lately. Maybe it’s becasue summer is around the corner? I loved how bright the Lemon Lime Twist looks with any color you pair it with.

I used the Happy Celebrations stamp set and the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Folders.  Tip: When stamping over the textured impressions area on my card, I used the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.  The mat helps me to get a very clean image when stamping over the embossed area.  

 

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • I created the smallest polka dot by using a pencil eraser and Archival Basic Black Ink.
  • Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper has some of my favorite patterns. I especially love all of the black and white because I can pair it with any color.  I love how the black polka dots balance the other stamped polka dots on my card.

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

Happy Celebrations is a stamp set that will be carrying over into the new Annual Catalog along with the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Folders.  They are a must have in my book.

You can see all of the products I used for this card in the clickable links below.  

One Last Card

I want to share one more card that I created for my club last month that we all loved creating. Once again I used bright colors, but I think the colors are a perfect match for this playful stamp set.

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

Happy 2nd Birthday!

I want to congratulate the TGIF team on hitting this great milestone with their website.  I know that keeping up with a website can be challenging, but the TGIF team has done a fantastic job inspirng and challenging crafters all over.

Challenges are something I love and I encourage you to seek them.  Seek a sketch or color challenge and create.  Let’s face it, at some point our creative flow hits a stopping point.  These types of challenges are perfect to help get the creative process flowing again.  Congratulations TGIF and thank you for inviting me for a guest spot.  I’m honored and grateful.  XOXOXO

 

 

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Favorite Season-Be Inspired

Favorite Season-Be Inspired 

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

 

It’s a blog hop with the Be Inspired team and I’m super excited because our project centers around our favorite season.  This was SUPER easy for me… HELLO SUMMER!

Okay, truth be told I love something about every season.  Summer holds a special place in my heart because I’m a beach girl and I love to be warm!  I’ve spent many years in cold weather areas and I tend to enjoy the warmer climates especially Florida!

My project was inspired by fun summer days and one of my favorite stamp sets, Day at the Beach.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

Let’s Create!

 

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

One of my favorite things about the Day at the Beach stamp set is the open beach images.  They are perfect to color using any of your favorite coloring mediums.

Here are a few Quick Tips to create this card:

  • I started this card by beginning with my Watercolor Paper.  First, I used Pool Party ink and an Aqua Painter to create a watercolored area in the center of the paper.  I heat set with my heat tool to speed up the drying time.
  • Next, I embossed the sun image with VersaMark ink and White Embossing Powder down the right side of the paper. This has become one of my favorite design techniques.  I love the look of embossing on Watercolor Paper.
  • To create the letters, I used the Large Letters, Framelits Dies.  I used Watercolor Paper to die cut and then watercolored each letter using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  I added small drops of watery ink to add more emphasis to my letters.  Once again, I heat set the letters for two reasons.  First, I wanted to speed up the drying time.  Second, when I add drops of ink, the heat tool moves the water in different directions and gives the paper a unique look.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

Finish It!

  • I stamped the sunglasses using Archival Basic Black ink onto Shimmery Cardstock.  Shimmery Cardstock is a fun cardstock to use for water coloring.  Once the image was colored, I fussy cut. I stapled the glasses to the last letter and added a piece of twine.
  • The word summer was stamped from the Project Life Date It stamp set (AWESOME stamp set, by the way!).  I simply stamped the image using VersaMark ink and heat embossed using White Embossing Powder onto Basic Black cardstock. Once embossed, I used my Paper Snips to cut as close to the edge as possible.  I attached the greeting using a dimensional.
  • Once I had finished embellishing the watercolor paper, I attached it to a piece of Pop of Pink DSP using dimensionals and then onto a piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock.
  • I wanted to make sure that Lemon Lime Twist popped on the card. By simply adding a 1/4″ strip of the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock across the Watercolor Paper, it was complete.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

Don’t Forget the Splatter!

Probably one of the biggest questions I get asked in relation to the cards I create is how to create the splatter effect.

Here are a few tips:

  • Load your Aqua Painter with ink.  Using your bone folder, tap gently over selected area that you want to create splatter.  The harder you tap, the more ink will splatter.  I highly recommend tapping over a “throw away” surface before trying this on your own card.  Get the feel of how light or hard you need to tap.
  • Another way to achieve splatter is by taking your finger through the brush once loaded with ink. I’m not a particular fan of this way of adding splatter because of the mess it creates.  Although I don’t use this technique, it works.
  • My biggest tip- Don’t OVER splatter.  You can make a card really ugly very quick by over doing it.  A little goes a long way.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

See all of the supplies used for today’s card in the clickable links below.  

 

Be Inspired!

It’s time to be inspired by more amazing artists.  Click the button below to follow along with the blog hop. Your first stop is Nadine.  Her work is always incredible.

WAIT! Before you go, what is YOUR favorite season? I’d love to hear by leaving me a comment.

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Louise Sharp
Brian King
Allison Okamitsu
Kylie Bertucci
Katy Harrison
Maike Ulbrich
Carolynn Sander
Kimberly Van Diepen
Nadine Hößrich
Sarah Berry

 

Don’t Forget!

Below are the products I used for today’s project.

Looking for more project ideas using the Day at the Beach stamp set? Take a peek at this card HERE and HERE.

Color Combination

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

Price: $110.00

Special Reason For Special People!

Special Reason For Special People!

Special Reason, Stampin' Up!

Although I never need a special reason to stamp with friends, every month I do get an extra special reason to stamp with a group of ladies I love.  My stamp club meets once a month at my home, and it’s always so exciting to have them.  To hear them laugh and enjoy the company of friends all while stamping is so good for the soul.

This month at stamp club I was excited to use a stamp set I had not used, Special Reason.  After I had created the project and cut all of the supplies, I found out this was a stunning bundle, and it was sold out.

At first, I wanted to cry. I loved how the card turned out and wanted my stampers to create it.  The thought of changing the project crossed my mind, but then I said no way.  We went ahead with the project, and I added another project to their list of cards to create.

 

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • I stamped the flowers using Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride ink.  The leaves were stamped using Pear Pizzaz.
  • I used the largest flower from the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and die cut the flower in the center.  To add color to the flower, I used a 3 x 3 piece of Watercolor Paper, then watercolored the paper using Calypso Coral.  To create dimension, I placed dimensionals on the back of the Whisper White cardstock.
  • There is two label dies in this framelit set.  I die cut both of the labels, then attached them together to create a faux embossed look.  The greeting was stamped onto the smallest label.

Special Reason, Stampin' Up!

 

  • Lastly, I added pearls and splatter to the card front.  I also added dew drops by taking my Fine-Tip Glue pen and dropping small dots of the glue randomly around the flowers.  I set this piece to the side until the drops dried on their own.

 

Surprise on the Inside

One thing I’m typically not good at is stamping the inside of a card.  Not the case for this card.  The greeting I used for this card was meant for a surprise on the inside.  I love how it turned out.

Special Reason, Stampin' Up!

 

I stamped the flowers using Blushing Bride ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″.  The greeting was stamped using the Archival Basic Black ink.

 

While I’m disappointed this stamp set and framelits are no longer available, I can see why.  This set has beautiful floral images and greetings.

I’m sure many of you have this stamp set, and if anything I have inspired you to create another card using it.  If you do not have this set, the design itself can be duplicated with the many floral sets Stampin’ Up! does have available.

You can see a list of the products I used for this card in the clickable links below.  

IMPORTANT!

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April is Autism Awareness month.

If you haven’t had a chance, make sure to see THIS post on Autism Awareness.

There is still time to donate to this worthy cause.

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Product Supplies

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Price: $110.00

OnStage Display Wrap Up!

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

 

OnStage Display Wrap Up!

 

 

Today I’m sharing the last of the OnStage Displays that I created.  If you have missed them, I hope you will take a minute and scroll through my blog to visit.  Today is the OnStage Display wrap up.

I’ve been a display stamper for many years and I’ve always enjoyed the challenge.  I remember the first time I was sent a new box of products to create with almost 9 years ago.  I always get the jitters on how I’m going to create so many displays with only a few products.  Once I feel the pressure of creating, the challenge is on.

 

It’s Literally a Wrap!

My projects I’m sharing today literally speak to wrapping it up! This year I didn’t do as many 3D projects as I have in the past.  That part of my mojo department was not clicking I guess.

One project I loved was this sweet little cone.

OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

I’ve always loved making these cones because they are super simple and easy to fill with the tasty treat you desire.  I created the cone by simply using a 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper folded into a cone.  I always take the top and fold it over and then add a pretty topper.

When I created the topper for this cone I fell in love with the color combination just as much as the actual products.  The Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Bunch, and Bermuda Bay scream spring/summer.  This combination is so fresh and fun and I can see using it on so many other projects.  My favorite product on this cone is the Lemon Lime Twist ribbon.  Isn’t that a beautiful pop of color?

If you are looking to create favors and need something quick and easy, this cone is one I always fall back on.  They are quickly duplicatable and always have a wow appeal.

Tip: To keep the cone sealed I used the Tear Tape Adhesive.  This adhesive is great for keeping boxes and favors sealed.  

 

Quick and Easy Pocket Bag

My last project is another quick and easy favor and can be used to hold a gift card or a candy bar.

OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

To create this fun bag, I simply cut down both the edges of the bag and folded the top portion over and attached it using Fast Fuse.  I placed a piece of the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper on the inside and embellished the front.

I reverted back to a few of my favorite thinlits, Sunshine Wishes and the Stitched Shapes Framelits along with the Label Me Pretty stamp set.

Tips & Tricks

 

OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

  • Once I die cut the heart from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits using Watercolor Paper, I watercolored over the heart using Berry Bunch.
  • I die cut a piece of the Bundle of Love DSP using the Stitched Shapes Framelits then attached it to a Delicate White Doily.  I folded the doily over so only 3/4 of the doily was seen on the outside of the pocket.  The Hearts and Stars Elements coordinated perfectly with the other hearts.  Notice that I attached the wooden heart using a stapler.
  • The greeting was stamped using Fresh Fig ink onto Fresh Fig cardstock and punched out using the Sweetheart Punch.  This punch is on sale and retiring.  Click HERE to order this punch before it’s gone.
  • Lastly, I used a sponge dauber to sponge over the tiny wooden heart.  After I finished sponging the heart I placed the tiny heart next to the greeting using a Mini Glue Dot.

 

A HUGE Thank You!

I want to say a big thank you for taking the time to read and comment on these projects.  Time is precious, and I appreciate you taking the time.  I hope that you have been inspired to create not only from my blog but the amazing Artisans that have shared over the last ten days.

I have many more projects to share now that I’m steadily back in my stamp room.  Plus I have a gazillion ideas in my head that I’m ready to see come to life.  So stick with me, there is much more to come.

If you have followed over the last ten days, which project was your favorite? What product are you most excited about?

 

Be Inspired

Are you ready to be inspired by the other Artisans? Take a trip with me around the world and see what others created. Just click the button below to follow the hop.

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen  YOU ARE HERE!
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Paula Dobson
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

 

IMPORTANT!

Autism Matters, Stampin' Up!

April is Autism Awareness month.

If you haven’t had a chance, make sure to see THIS post on Autism Awareness.

There is still time to donate to this worthy cause.

Click the button below to donate!

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One more thing, are you looking for new ideas?

Check out my tutorial library with tons of fantastic ideas to get your creative mojo moving all in the comfort of your home!  Just click the image below to check it out.  

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Exquisite Berry Burst

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Exquisite Berry Burst

It’s been so fun sharing all of my display samples with you so far, and I can’t believe we are on Day 9!  I’m sharing another card using the exquisite Berry Burst and Label Me Pretty stamp set.

 

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

There are many great color combinations I think Berry Burst will look fantastic with, however today I kept with the purple hues and I love how it turned out.

Here is the color combination I used for this card.

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

The Rich Shades of Purple

I’ve never been a fan girl of purples.   In fact, it took forever for me to warm up to the Sweet Sugarplum InColor.  Berry Burst appears to be brighter, but as you can see the rich shades of each of these colors really stand out together. The Berry Burst looks especially rich next to the Fresh Fig.  WOW!

 

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

 

When I started creating this card I wanted to work around the wooden heart element from the Hearts & Stars Elements.  I love how the wood elements have detail added to them.  Although the Summer Sorbet stamp set is retiring, it worked perfectly for this card and coordinated with the wooden heart.

 

Tips & Tricks

I’ve shared many projects using the Label Me Pretty stamp set, and once again I loved how this set worked for this card.

  • If you look closely, the thank you greeting has a tiny heart.  Adding the other heart elements to this card created the perfect balance.
  • When I use the Enamel Shapes, I love to add 3 shapes around the focal area to give the card balance.

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

Elegant Pink & Gold

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

Lastly, I created an elegant but simple card using layers of the Bundle of Love Designer Series Paper.  Undoubtedly, the gold in this designer series paper packs a mighty punch and the heavier weight will be great to create boxes.

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

The new Basic Black 3/8? Shimmer Ribbon is so soft and shimmery.  I love how this ribbon can be wrapped and placed under any element.  To keep the ribbon set in place I simply staple it before attaching the card front to the card base.

 

 

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Be Inspired

It’s time to be inspired by the other Artisans and their displays.  The last 8 days have been incredible to see their work.

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen  YOU ARE HERE!
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Paula Dobson
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

 

Don’t forget! 

One more thing, are you looking for new ideas?

Check out my tutorial library with tons of fantastic ideas to get your creative mojo moving all in the comfort of your home!  Simply click the image below to check it out.  

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