Be Inspired- Sending Love

Be Inspired- Sending Love

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

I’m super excited about today’s Be Inspired Blog Hop with a theme all about sending love.  You might have just come from Carolynn’s blog.  What a fun hop we have in store for today!

The past two weeks I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants with EVERYTHING in my life. I’m having one of those months where I completely over-scheduled events.  Not so much stamping events, but life events.  Have you experienced this?

Typically I do not find the month of February causing this much angst, more like the month of December.  However, Alexis gymnastic meets have added busy-ness to our schedule with the traveling.  In fact, we just came back from a competition in Orlando over the weekend, and I’m steadily trying to catch up.

 

Two Ships Sailing Different Directions

I’ve been feeling like Russ, and I are two passing ships with the crazy schedule we’ve created.

Obviously, this is a season in our lives when raising two teenagers.  We totally get it, but as you know when schedules get chaotic the lines of communication are drastically reduced, and this only causes tension.  This tension is what I like to call, communication chaos.

Luckily for me, I can get a little creative in my communications to Russ.

 

Creative Love

As you know, stamping gives us a way of communicating a simple sweet love message.  I like leaving Russ love notes, and I love when I have a stamp set that has the perfect words to convey my message.

I couldn’t have said this any better…. “You’re My Person!”

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

As much as my Prince can get on my nerves, he’s my person.  He gets me.  He still loves me when I’m grouchy, and I love him although it can be hard.  Know what I mean?

The stamp set Falling for You summed it all up!  It’s a great set for all types of LOVE occasions such as anniversaries, bride & grooms and of course a simple love message.

 

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

 

Keeping it Simple

Keeping things simple for me is always difficult.  I wanted to keep this card simple. However, I also wanted to use a different flower for the focal point of this card.

I loved the flower from the So in Love stamp set.  It’s a beautiful flower to watercolor.

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

 

Tips & Tricks

  • The flower was stamped using Archival Basic Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock then watercolored using my Aqua Painter with Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder ink.
  • I watercolored the image using the Blushing Bride ink first and then heat set with my Heat Tool.  Then I added the Watermelon Wonder ink over a few of the petals to add contrast.
  • I loved the So Detailed Thinlits die cut and placed this under the circle die cut.  I love how this individual die cut adds a very delicate look to the entire card.

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

Find all of the products used for today’s project in the clickable links below.

 

  • Save 10% by purchasing the So in Love Bundle.  Look at the beautiful details found in the So Detailed Thinlits.

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

 

 

While Russ and I continue to plug along with our scheduled chaos, I know something simple like this card can bring a smile to his face and he will know how much I love him despite our ships passing in the wind.

 

Be Inspired

While I hope today’s card and message inspires you to do the same, there is more inspiration to see.  The Be Inspired Team has a great line up of beautiful projects for you to see.  Click the button below to see Nadine’s project.

Cupcakes Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set& Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Louise Sharp

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Lift Me Up-Artisan Blog Hop

Lift Me Up-Artisan Blog Hop

Exciting blog hop today with the Artisan Team using the Lift Me Up Bundle.  I love hot air balloons and this set not only has beautiful balloon images, but it also has great greetings to go with it.

 

On Cloud Nine!

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I’m definitely on cloud 9 with this card.  One of the tools I used to inspire me when creating this card was pattern paper.  The coordinating paper, Carried Away,  is filled with bright, beautiful colors.

The Carried Away Designer Paper Pack is FREE with a $50 purchase from any of our current Stampin’ Up! catalogs.  You can find this paper on page 7 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I would have never paired these colors together on my own.  I love how we can be inspired by different pattern papers or by using the catalogs from Stampin’ Up!

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips & Tricks 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

  • Die cut the clouds using Watercolor Paper and the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  Once I die cut the clouds, I used Mint Macaron ink and my Aqua Painter to watercolor.
  • I created a unique background by die cutting four squares using the Stitched Shapes framelits and Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  Once these were die cut, I attached each of squares onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using dimensionals.
  • Lastly, I created a fun look by die cutting the intricate balloon image from Whisper White cardstock.  After die cutting, I positioned the balloon onto Watermelon Wonder cardstock and die cut using Stitched Shapes largest circle die cut.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Using Subtle Tones

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I decided to use more subtle tones for my second card still using the Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Crumb Cake cardstock is a perfect color to add with any of Stampin’ Up! coordinates with all colors.  I used White Craft Ink to stamp the balloon image.  Make sure the ink is completely dry before die cutting.
  • To create a rolled edge on the banner, wrap the cardstock around your Paper Piercing Tool.  To keep the cardstock in place, add a Mini Glue Dot to the end.
  • Create layers by using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Find all the products used for today’s projects in the clickable links below. 

Be Inspired

The Lift Me Up bundle is a great set for all occasions and especially if you love to create handmade cards to send uplifting messages to friends and family.

In addition to what I’m shared with you today, there are more inspiring projects to see from the Artisan Team.

Up next is my dear friend Louise, who creates the most beautiful projects all the way from Austraila.  Her projects always have the most elegant touch to them.  Click the button below and enjoy this hop from artists around the world.

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

 

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Always My Love Bug-Valentines

Always My Love Bug

I’m working on a few Valentines for my kids and making one for my son is never easy. I always want to create the frilly, fluffy card with lots of hearts and love all over it.  Then I thought about what I love to call him… my love bug.  Instantly I knew exactly which stamp set I was going to choose, Beetles & Bugs!

 

Creating For My Son

Love Bug, Beetles & Bugs stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

I’ve called Brandon my love bug since he was little.  Even at fifteen, he’s still my love bug.  Even during the most trying times as a teenager, he’s still my love bug.

Ironically, when I first caught my eyes on this stamp set, it reminded me so much of who he is and what he loves.  Bugs, bugs, bugs.

Since he was a toddler, he has always loved bugs.  I remember sitting on the soccer field watching all the little boys run after the soccer ball, and there my boy sat… on the grass finding bugs.  He was always proud of his latest catch.  At the time I can remember Russ and I thinking, “ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Chase the ball!”  Now those are precious memories, and he still loves bugs.

He still sends me pictures of ginormous spiders or creepy crawly things he finds while camping with the scouts.  Each picture makes me itch and gives me a tiny freak out because I do not like bugs.  I instantly think, “Is this poisonous? Are you touching that? Please stop!”

 

Beetles & Bugs- Perfect Valentines

Love Bug, Beetles & Bugs stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

The Beetles & Bugs stamp set is perfect for any BIG or little boy’s birthday party favors, but what about a Valentine?

With a few added greetings and embellishments, this became a perfect Valentines card for my teenage love bug.

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • The Beetles & Bugs stamp set has 32 Photopolymer stamp images.  This is a two-step stamp set which makes it so fun to create any color bugs you desire.
  • Today’s card uses inks from Stampin’ Up!’s Brights collection.
  • Sunshine Wishes Thinlits created the perfect “LOVE” die cut for this card.  Once die cut, I watercolored over the image using Bermuda Bay ink.
  • Looking for a fun way to add personalized names or word images to cards? The Labeler Alphabet is the ticket.  This alphabet comes with two different fonts you can use to create the perfect word or greeting for any card.
  • Lastly, I added the Enamel Shapes around the bugs.  I love how these looked dispersed amongst the bugs.

Love Bug, Beetles & Bugs stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

Of course, my son knows my love of crafting and also is quite aware of my love for frilly.  I’m sure he will be okay with my doily I had to add.

 

Valentines or Not?

Whether you are creating the perfect Valentines or a simple “buggy” card, the Beetles & Bugs stamp set will provide endless opportunities to create fun cards.

I’m sure Brandon will enjoy it, and this will go with the many other cards his mama has made over the years.

Love Bug, Beetles & Bugs stamp set, Stampin' Up!

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Cupcakes & Carousels-Be Inspired

Cupcakes & Carousels

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

I love cupcakes and carousels, so what better way to start out the day than with cupcake & carousel overload.

I have more birthday inspiration to share with you from the Be Inspired Design team.  You probably just came from Carolynn’s blog, and her project was exquisite.

Now be inspired by a few more cards and projects using the Cupcakes & Carousels Suite.  I can’t get enough of it this week!

 

Mix it Up!

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Many of you know my love for mixing stamp sets especially if I fall in love with a particular font.

To create this card, I chose to use the big top tent image along with a greeting from Big on Birthdays stamp set.

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

I re-created the card above only this time I changed out the color combination.

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Tips & Tricks

  • To create the star die cut, I placed two-star framelits together to create a frame using Bermuda Bay and So Saffron cardstock.
  • Each card used a strip of the Party Animal Designer Washi Tape on the right side of the card base (Whisper White 4-1/4″ x 11).
  • The happy birthday greeting comes from the Big on Birthdays stamp set (page 6-Occasions Catalog).

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

Layer Designer Series Paper

 

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

One of the reasons I love Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers is for the coordinating colors within the packs.  Not only does it take the guess work out of which colors to use, but it’s also seamless to layer different patterns together from one pack.  Plus we know that all of the colors match.

Layering colors and patterns from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer, Series Paper Stack was effortless because the patterns and colors coordinated.

The Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack comes with 48 Sheets of 12 double-sided designs. This paper stack is 6 x 6 and only $10!  Totally WORTH it.

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Notice the banner in the top right corner of the card? The Bunch of Banners Framelits has a tiny banner perfect for creating a fun element such as the one on this card.

 

Celebrate Birthdays!

This week I’ve shared many inspiring birthday cards and projects that you can duplicate.  If you are in need of a few fun birthday stamp sets or products to help you create, make sure to check out the clickable links below to find the perfect products for you.

Let’s wrap up this celebration on a great note.  Continue to be inspired by the Be Inspired Design Team and see what other great projects they are sharing with the Cupcakes & Carousels theme.  I have no doubt you will leave feeling inclined to create someone a fun birthday card.

Simply click the button below to see Nadine’s project.

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

With all the cards shared, let me know what inspired you the most.  I love to hear your feedback.

 

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

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Big Top Birthday

Big Top Birthday

I’m always in need of birthday cards, and today I have five fun birthday cards to share.  You may even feel like you are celebrating a big top birthday with these cards with the fun circus theme.

Cupcakes & Carousels Suite

One of the eye-catching suites in the Occasions catalog for me is the Cupcakes & Carousels Suite.  I love the vintage vibe the designer paper has, and the stamp set Carousel Birthday has fonts I adored.

Today I want to share five cards using this suite that is quick and easy to duplicate.

 

Mixing Pattern Paper

Don’t be afraid to mix the designer papers together.  One of the greatest things about the 6 x 6 Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Pack is the coordinating colors and fun patterns.

 

Big Top Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Early Espresso has always been a favorite color of mine, and I love this color paired with pinks or blue tones.  Bringing all of these colors together was even better.

Quick Tip: Try fussy cutting the carousel horse to add a more dramatic look to the focal point.  Attach the carousel horse to the card front using dimensionals for a 3D appeal.

 

 

Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit

 

The Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit has a variety of fun elements to add to cards including tassels, bows, twine and sequins.  My favorite from this kit are the gorgeous labels with gold highlights around the filigrees.

 

Big Top Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Quick Tip: VersaMark Ink is perfect to add a tone on tone to your Kraft cardstock.  I love how the carousel image quietly sits in the back of the pattern papers, and the focus can be on the greeting with the label.

 

Cupcakes & Birthdays 

I love cupcakes and carousels, so when the two are combined, it’s perfection.

Big Top Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Quick Tip: Stamp the Carousel onto Very Vanilla cardstock using Flirty Flamingo ink, then die cut using the Layering Circles Dies.  Attach the circle die cut over another stamped carousel to create a more dramatic look.  Once again, VersaMark was used to stamp the carousel onto the Flirty Flamingo cardstock.

 

Bold & Bright

While many of the papers are more subtle tones in the Cupcakes & Carousels paper pack, a few of the colors will coordinate with more of the Brights Collection.

I love how the big top tent looks stamped in Real Red.

Big Top Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

 

 

Gather Your Supplies

 

Big Top Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Quick Tips

Are you ready to create your big top birthday cards? With a few simple supplies, you can be on your way.

  • Kraft Cardstock
  • VersaMark
  • Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Pack
  • Early Espresso Ink

Other ink choices can be added to make the cards more unique for yourself.

You will find all of the supplies for these cards below in the clickable links.

Ready to re-create these cards? Click HERE and download a FREE tutorial to create each of these cards.  

Stay tuned for more fun cards using the Carousel Birthday tomorrow.  

YES, I have three more cards to share this week and a fun blog hop coming up on Thursday.  

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