Greeting Overflow with Flourishing Phrases

Greeting Overflow with Flourishing Phrases 

Flourishing Phrases is one stamp set that will leave you overflowing with greetings.  Today I have a few fun card samples and it’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop that will leave you inspired!

 

Oh the Phrases!

There are a vast number of greetings right at your fingertips with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

What word or phrase are you looking for?

If you are looking for a thank you, love, comfort, congratulations, marriage, sympathy, or even a quick HELLO- Flourishing Phrases covers it all.

 

Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

 

Bundle It!

Creativity is even better when you can bundle a stamp set and coordinating framelits together and save money.

Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

 

Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • The solid flower image does not have a thinlit.  This flower needs to be fussy cut but don’t fret… it’s a simple fussy cut.
  • I placed a die cut flower in Smoky Slate over the top of the stamped solid flower image and then placed a Metallic Enamel Shape in the center to give it a little more pop.  These inexpensive embellishments have a WOW factor for any project.
  • The greeting was stamped using Smoky Slate ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  I die cut the image using the Lots of Labels Framelits, then cut the label as close to the greeting as possible and tucked it underneath the patterned paper.
  • The Dapper Denim and Smoky Slate color combination is a winner.

Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

 

Same Concept-Added Benefits

Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

 

This card  has the same layout as the first one, but there are a few changes in the embellishments and colors.

Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

 

Tips & Tricks

  • A simple addition of adding Cucumber Crush ink on the contrasting Whisper White cardstock was a complete different look for this card. I love how the leaves pop and the Affectionately Yours Washi Tape just added to the WOWSA factor.
  • I added a little Silver Metallic Thread behind the flower and pulled in another Metallic Enamel Shape to the center flower.  Love how it all comes together and looks matchy matchy.  That is success in my book.

 

Artisan Blog Hop 

It’s time to hop along and be inspired with our Artisan Team.  I love this team and their amazing creativity.

Click the link below to see what my friend Krista has in store for us today.

 

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Bundle and Save!

Don’t forget to bundle and save with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and Flourish Thinlits Dies on page 49 of the Idea Book & Catalog.  You can click HERE to order your bundle today or HERE to shop my Online Store for all of your creativity needs.

All supplies for the cards shared today are in the clickable links below. 

 

Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

 

 

Supply List

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Back at Home…

Wanted to say a quick BIG thank you for your prayers for my dad.  He’s back at home after having a cardioversion on Monday.  He’s doing well but very tired.  He’s been given orders to rest so lets hope he does that.  He’s a man with his own agenda clearly…

XOXOXOXO

 

Falling Flowers is Irresistible!

Falling Flowers is Irresistible!

The Falling Flowers stamp set is becoming more and more irresistible the more I play around with it.

 

As you know from reading my blog over time, I’m not typically a flower person but this set becomes irresistible when you factor in the gorgeous framelits that coordinates with the set are endless.

 

Coordinating with Falling Flowers

Irresistible, Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

I fell in love with this set the first time I stamped with it HERE.  I love the way the die cuts coordinate and the possibilities with this set.

One of the things that attracted me the most was the ability to layer the die cuts with the stamped images.

Irresistible, Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

Create it!

Creating this card is fun and easy once you have all the layers at your finger tips.

  1. Start with a piece of Night of Navy cardstock 4-1/4 x 11.  Adhere a piece of Whisper White cardstock  (4-1/8 x 5-3/8) to the card front using Fast Fuse.
  2. Stamp the flower image randomly onto a Night of Navy cardstock 4 x 5-1/4 using Night of Navy ink.  Using a piece of scrap Night of Navy cardstock, stamp  3 flowers and die cut using the May Flowers Framelits.  Using a sponge dauber, lightly sponge around the die cut flowers using Night of Navy ink.  Sponging the edges lightly make these flowers pop a wee bit more on the card.  Adhere two of the die cut flowers to the Night of Navy cardstock front directly using Fast Fuse.
  3. Stamp the berry twig image onto Daffodil Delight cardstock scrap using Daffodil Delight ink 3 times and die cut images.
  4. Adhere a piece of 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper (Dapper Denim- 1 x 4-1/4) across the Night of Navy stamped cardstock using Fast Fuse. Adhere a piece of Burlap ribbon over the Designer Paper as well as a piece Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon.    This ribbon is delightful and easy to tie in a bow or fold in half.
  5. Attach 3 of the Daffodil Delight  berry twig die cuts to the underside of the die cut flower framelit.
  6. Staple the ribbon, burlap and die cut flower  using a handheld stapler.  Attach to the card front using dimensionals.
  7. Stamp the greeting from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set using Night of Navy ink.  Die cut the greeting using the Tags & Labels framelits.  Place the stamped label die cut under the Designer Paper using Fast Fuse.
  8. Attach the Night of Navy cardstock to the Whisper White cardstock base using dimensionals.
  9. Enjoy!

Irresistible, Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks  

  • Stamp and die cut all of your flower pieces prior to putting your card together.  This will give you and idea if you want more or less flowers on your card.
  • Either a sponge or a Sponge Dauber can be used to sponge around the flowers.  I use a Sponge Dauber because I like to have more control when sponging around an area and especially when the area isn’t big.

Irresistible, Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

You can see this entire product bundle and collection HERE.  I love how crisp these images look on a card.  Definitely a beautiful combination.

Save money when you purchase the Falling Flowers bundle and you will be on your way to creating this fun technique using this bundle.

Click HERE to view and purchase.  See below how you can earn rewards when you purchase from me.

Love Flower stamps?

If you love flowers and feel overwhelmed with choices, this is a set I would definitely start with.  Keep in mind this stamp set does not have greetings, but I love having this option open so I can add my own.  Is this set, Falling Flowers irresistible to you as much as it is to me?

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Have an AWESOME Monday and thank  you for taking time to visit.  Tell me what you think of today’s card.  Will you be trying this technique? I’d love to hear from  you.

XOXOXOXO

PS- My dad has been in the hospital since Saturday.  He and my mom just came home from their vacation to Tennessee. They were literally home less than hour and my dad had not been feeling well all day.  The culprit was his heart beating about 140 beats per min.  He has a history of a-fib. I’m wondering if this has anything to do with the roller coasters he was riding on Friday.  Good GRIEF.   He wasn’t happy to be  admitted but he’s getting great care.   He’s expecting to have a cardio version tomorrow.  That’s a fancy word for getting the shock treatment.  His spirits are up despite the hospital adventure.  It’s never a dull moment around here.  <sigh>
XOXOXO

Pineapple Express!

Pineapple Express!

Every time I turn around I see  either a pineapple or flamingo.  They are EVERYWHERE.

 

I know Pineapples have always been “around” but I think I’m seeing them more and more now since the release of the new Idea Book & Catalog from Stampin’ Up! I feel like I’ve boarded the pineapple express and I’m ready to fill my home with pineapples and flamingos.

 

 Stampin’ Up! is On Board!

It was no surprise that we have a beautiful Pineapple stamp set in our new catalog with the historic meaning the pineapple has- warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality.

Those words- warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality go hand in hand with Stampin’ Up! and creativity.

The question is HOW do we use this pineapple stamp to convey warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality?

 

Let’s find out!

Pineapple, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Inviting Warmth with the Pineapple Stamp

There is no question if I was to receive any hand stamped card in my mail box it brings warmth to my heart.  I know the person behind the creativity of the card took the time to make the card which gives me the warm fuzzy’s knowing they care enough to spend time on ME to make it.

When I was creating my card I’m sharing today, warmth was definitely on my mind.  I want the recipient to know how much I care- hence my DOUBLE pineapple and a big thank you greeting to go with it!

 

Pineapple, Stampin' Up!

Get started with this fun Pineapple set today! Click HERE to purchase.

 

Adding a Warm Welcome with Color

The colors are inviting and welcoming.  Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush and Delightful Dijon inks compliment each other so well.  These fresh colors with a touch of gold to the mix instantly create that welcomed feeling.  I can imagine this pineapple being used on treat bags for all occasions such as birthday party’s, family gatherings, and even a wedding.  The beautiful thing about stamping is imagination.  Our imaginations is the force behind the creativity.  While I might have the traditional colors of a pineapple, don’t be surprised if you see me stamping a pink one next.  This image is screaming to be stamped with Flirty Flamingo and Cucumber Crush.

 

Pineapple, Stampin' Up!

 

Creating Hospitality & Friendships

Hospitality & Friendships- these are the two words that stood out the most to me pertaining to the pineapple.  When I think of stamping I instantly think of friendships and the lasting friendships I’ve created during my 13 years with Stampin’ Up! In fact… I’m celebrating 13 years as a demonstrator this month.

Gathering with friends to create is a highlight for me and relaxing.  It’s our creativity that binds us together.  I can’t think of a better stamping project to be created with a group of friends.  Pineapple cards, treat bags, boxes… or even a home decor piece as a Christmas gift for a friend or family.  This pineapple is sure to get a ton of stamping mileage throughout the year.

Pineapple, Stampin' Up!

 

Expand Your Creativity

When I started creating this card I literally let my thoughts of the purpose behind the card guide me.  I wanted to create something that was warm & inviting and something that spoke to the hospitality that was given to me.  As you know- I love to go over board at times when creating a card but this pineapple image is one that can stand alone.  You can stamp it and add a small embellishment and let it be. Now, if I can only learn to DO that.

 

Pineapple, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

  • The small pineapple comes from the Pop of Paradise stamp set.  The green leaves also come from that stamp set.  There is a little fussy cutting that needed to be done.
  • The greeting is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  If you are looking for a greeting stamp set that covers many occasions, this is the set to pick.
  • I die cut the circle and scallop circle from the new Layered Circles Framelits.  You will find this collection of framelits has many sizes to choose from and will cover many of your “circle” needs.
  • Here are a few measurements for of the Scallops and Circles.                                                                                                          Scallops ~ 3-1/16, 2-13/16, 2-9/16, 2-1/2, 2, 1-3/4, 1-1/2, 1-3/16. These measurements are the cutting sizes and not the die sizes.
    Circles ~ 2-15/16, 2-11/16, 2-7/16, 2-1/8, 1-7/8, 1-5/8, 1-3/8, 1-1/8. Again, these are the cutting sizes.
  • The greeting is punched out using the Classic Label Punch.  This is a new punch and excellent for smaller greetings.

 

Click HERE to purchase the Pineapple stamp and start creating FUN projects!!

It’s Not Always About Being Foxy!

It’s Not Always About Being Foxy!

The new Stampin’ Up! stamp set Foxy Friends is a HUGE hit in the new Idea Book & Catalog and if you haven’t heard the buzz, just take a peek on Pinterest and you are bound to see it.  

When I first had a glimpse of Foxy Friends I knew it was a must have.  Little critters are SO popular in the stamping community and Stampin’ Up! did a great job with the cuteness factor with this set.

My Favorite Thing -Foxy Friends!

 

  • Tons of critters! It’s not just about a fox.  Cat, Raccoon, Deer… these are just a few.
  • Fantastic coordinating products- Designer Paper and punch!
  • No greetings- GASP!  You might think I’m nuts but I love that I can choose what greeting to mix and match with this set.

These are just a few of my favorite things.  I’m excited to have this set in my collection and I know it’s going to be one that I’ll grab frequently with so many options to create.

 

How About a Raccoon?

Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!

 

When I started creating this card I started with the Designer Paper.  I love colors of this particular sheet and I wanted to build my card around it.  Normally I start with the image, but this Designer Series Paper stack is filled with fun colors and patterns.

Once I found the paper, I decided the raccoon would be a perfect match.

Creating him Mr. Raccoon was simple and I love is little face.  What do you think?

 

Tips & Tricks 

Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!

 

Here are a few tips & tricks when creating the Mr. Raccoon.

  • The body was stamped in Smoky Slate ink.  The mask around his eyes was stamped using Basic Gray.  Eyes and nose (one image) was stamped using Basic Black along with his tale.
  • I used the Layering Circles Collection framelits to create the circle and scallop around the circle.  These Circles Collection framelits are quickly becoming one of my favorites.  The big circle measures 2-7/8.
  • The Hello image is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  This has a fantastic collection of greetings in this set.  Once again my eyes are drawn to the wonderful fonts used.
  • The ribbon is brand new- Pool Party 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon.  I zig zagged the ribbon and then placed my Hello tag over the ribbon and the entire layer of circles, ribbon, and tag were stapled together.
  • I used a small portion of the Delicate White Doily underneath the scallop circle.
  • The trees were stamped using Pear Pizzaz ink, and die cut using the Perfect Pines Framelits.

Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!

Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!

 

Save with the Bundle!

Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!

 

When you bundle this adorable stamp set and punch together you can save 10%.  The punch is versatile and I am SURE we will see many more punch art pieces being created with this punch.

Click HERE to save on this bundle today.

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

 

Products Used Today

Supply List

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Great Time to Join Stampin’ Up!? 

  • If you love all of the products you see in our new Idea Book & Catalog, you can save money and get the Starter Kit and join Stampin’ Up! today.  For only $99 you can customize your Starter Kit with the products YOU want and until June 30th, you can add TWO more stamp sets of your choice to your starter kit.  That’s another $104 value to the starter kit.  SERIOUSLY??? This is an amazing deal with no strings attached.  You can continue to be a happy shopper, and enjoy all of the perks Stampin’ Up! demonstrators enjoy like a discount on your favorite crafty items.  It’s a WIN WIN.
  • If this is something that you are thinking about, give me a call and let’s chat on the phone about it.  Click HERE to contact me.  I have an amazing team of demonstrators and would love to help you get started.

Have an AWESOME Monday and thank  you for taking time to visit.  Tell me what you think of today’s card.  Will you be trying this technique? I’d love to hear from  you.

XOXOXOXO

 Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!

Try This Technique Using Framelits!

Try This Technique Using Framelits!

I have a fun technique that I played with over the weekend that I want to share.

 

I’ve used this technique before on a few cards but this weekend it really POPPED on the card I’m sharing today.

 

Weekend Catch Up!

This weekend Russ and Alexis left for a mission trip to Harlan, Kentucky. Brandon was paddling his way down a river with the Boy Scouts which left me …. ALONE.

This hasn’t happened in a long time.  I took full advantage of my time and did a mix of work and relaxing.  I was able to get a tremendous amount of stamping done which always makes me feel accomplished.

 

I had new stamp sets piled by my desk and each one of them was getting some inky love. That’s when this technique came into play.

 

May Flowers Framelits

 

I started my card using the new Big Shot Platform.

At first glance I didn’t think I needed this NEW platform but after using it I can understand WHY everyone was so excited about it.

This platform die cuts your intricate dies with EASE.

The truth is, I don’t use these dies often because I am busy.  As much as I love them, I find I don’t have the time to punch out each little piece of cardstock when they don’t cut passing through the Big Shot.  The problem has been SOLVED.

The new Platform has an area in the middle section that is slightly raised making for an even distribution of pressure when the cardstock & die passes through.

As you can see in the short video below, I then took my Die Brush and gently (it doesn’t sound gentle but it is) went over the die and WHAM- all of the small “chads” fell out.

 

 

This was brilliant and I used this platform ALL weekend long cutting intricate dies.  I even went back into my older intricate dies to play with them.  WOW.

 

Putting the Pieces Together

Technique, May Flowers Framelits, Stampin' Up!

 

If you look closely you can see the layered die cuts on the large flower to the left.  

Technique, May Flowers Framelits, Stampin' Up!

 

Layering Die Cuts

Now let me tell you about the fun technique.

If you love to see more pop from your framelits, try layering your die cuts on top of each other to give a more thickness to the actual die cut.

How To:

  • die cut 3-4 of your favorite framelit that you will use on your card.  I used 3 layered die cuts to get the look I wanted for this card.
  • Layer your die cuts on top of each other using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere each die cut together.  Let dry.

Yes, it’s that simple.  The results however are beautiful and easy to achieve.

Technique, May Flowers Framelits, Stampin' Up!

 

Will You Try It? 

The technique is simple, now I hope you will try it and see what results you can achieve from this simple technique.  It’s a great way to create a simple card into a WOW card.

 

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you create this card.

  • The Fine-Tip Glue pen is essential when layering intricate die cuts.  It makes layering easy and not messy.  The fine tip on the glue pen keeps your glue on the tiny pieces you need to adhere.
  • To create this card I die cut 8 flowers.  I adhered flowers onto a piece of the same color cardstock for the base of the card.  This gave the card a beautiful texture finish.  Don’t worry if each little piece is not stuck down to the base of the card. It gives the card character.  Once you have all of the flowers adhered to the card base (Daffodil Delight cardstock) you can trim around the edges creating a clean edge.
  • I added two more stamps and coordinating die cuts to this card from the May Flowers Framelits and Falling Flowers stamp set using Watermelon Wonder and Old Olive inks.
  • The greeting was stamped using the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

Ready to have your OWN new Big Shot Platform? Click HERE to order yours today!

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

Technique, May Flowers Framelits, Stampin' Up!

Did you know this stamp set and framelit is a bundle?

Save money when you purchase the Falling Flowers bundle and you will be on your way to creating this fun technique using this bundle.

Click HERE to view and purchase.  See below how you can earn rewards when you purchase from me.

New to My Website? 

  • If you are new to my site you will learn I love to thank my customers when they purchase from my Online Store.  You will receive a special gift and a free class tutorial when you make a purchase.  You will also receive a hand stamped card from me in the mail.  I do appreciate you!  Click HERE to browse new Stampin’ Up! products.
  • Are you looking for new ideas to keep you inspired? Sign up for my email Newsletter.  I have projects with tutorials you can save and enjoy when you want.  Click HERE to subscribe.

Have an AWESOME Monday and thank  you for taking time to visit.  Tell me what you think of today’s card.  Will you be trying this technique? I’d love to hear from  you.

XOXOXOXO