Vertical Garden Stamp Set-Sneak Peek

Vertical Garden Stamp Set-Sneak Peek

I have another fun sneak peek from the Occasions Catalog today!

This time I’m pulling out one of the samples I created using the Vertical Garden stamp set.

This stamp set coordinates with a project kit, however I created a ton of projects not using the kit.

This goes to show how versatile a stamp set can be and the many other ways you can use it.

 

Hello Friend 

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One of the great things about this set is the fonts.  There are 7 photopolymer images that come with this set.  There are two words (Hello & Welcome) as well as a few other beautiful images.

The Vertical Garden stamp set is a two step stamp set, however today I’m using it “one way!”

 

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Tips & Tricks

  • The “hello” image was stamped using the Bermuda Bay Ombre Stampin’ Pad.  To achieve the Ombre look with these pads simply tap the image to the ink in tiny circular motions.  It works every single time!
  • The “friend” image is from the Crazy About You stamp set.  Tons of greetings to choose from and I love the sweet and simple fonts in this stamp set.
  • I paired the Fabulous Foil Designer Series Paper over the Serene Scenery Designer Series paper.  I love how this created a beach look.
  • To keep the Foil and DSP intact, I stapled them to the Whisper White cardstock layer.  This way no adhesive shows through your Fabulous Foil Acetate.
  • The banner scallops were created using the Layering Squares Framelits.  Die cut a scallop square and then cut to fit your banner.  These tiny scallops create a beautiful embellishment.

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Embellishments I Love

 

A few simple embellishments were added to finish the card:

  • Delicate White Doilies
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon

 

The Vertical Garden stamp set will be available on January 4th, 2017.  This set will be perfect for card makers and scrapbookers with these large word images.  I have a scrapbook page I’ll share soon.  It’s a favorite of mine already.

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

The stamp set Vertical Garden stamp set is not shown in the product list below until the stamp set is available on January 4th.

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Document Your December 

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Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class!

Happy Sunday!

Congratulations On a Winning Monday!

Congratulations On a Winning Monday!

Typically Monday is one of my favorite days of the week.

I’m sure most people are the complete opposite of me, but Mondays  mean a FRESH start for me.

On a typical Monday I jump out of bed all happy pants and ready to face the day.

Today I should have stayed in bed.

While today was frustrating to say the least, there is humor weaved throughout the day.  I even made myself laugh hysterically at one point.

My goal today is that if you are someone who is having a bad day… this will make you smile and feel better about yourself.

If your new to my website… it’s just one of those random days I write on a more personal level.  Don’t be scared.

And OF COURSE I have a card to share… a congratulations card. More on this card at the end of the post.

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Morning Rituals

In our home the Prince gets Brandon off to school each morning and I get up with Alexis to see her off to school.  Basically I have the late shift.  Russ has to get up at the crack of dawn with Brandon…. that is not my cup of tea.

This morning I took a longer snoozie and noticed that my house was unusually quiet.  I decided to check on Alexis.  This is where the day starts to go downhill.

Alexis was still in the bed and had 5 minutes to get ready for school.

The daughter I know was not who jumped out of bed in a panic.

She screamed.  “WHAT? I’m late???”  She looked like a crazy person. Kinda frightening.

Honestly I was kinda scared.  I decided to let her pull herself together while I grabbed coffee.

A few minutes later she comes to me with tears flowing.  The drama was magical.  I’m pretty sure she has been taking acting on the side without me knowing it.  This was not my girl. She normally has it all together.

After a little mama pep talk I told her to get herself together… it’s not the end of the world that she would be late.  All will be okay.

 

Remembering Your Own Advice

As I drove Alexis to school I wanted to remind her that just because she woke up late, don’t let this ruin the rest of her day.  As she walked into the school building she turned to me, smiled and waved.  Total attitude change.

Honestly, I felt a little puffed up.  Kinda like a moment of “super mom.”  I had given her great advice this morning.  It was time to really get my awesome Monday started.

 

I decided to run a few errands before heading home.  Simple things like returning an expired  1/2 gallon of creamer that I bought on Saturday.  Evidently 10 other women decided to do their returns at the same time of day.  Really?  I never realized so much happened that early in the morning.

As I opened the back hatch of my car to put my groceries in, there in the back corner was the fresh sweet tea I had purchased on Saturday.  The one I looked everywhere for.  Now its sour and in the trash.

 

Creative in the Kitchen

Getting creative in the kitchen is not my happy place.  The entire process is overwhelming to me unless I’m making something I really enjoy.

I decided on a Tortilla soup that the entire family loves.  It was only 1030 in the morning and I had dinner on track.  This is HUGE. Seriously, it never happens. This Monday was definitely on track for #winning!

I continued to work and let my soup simmer.  The house smelled so good.

Work was a disaster.  Anything I touched was breaking.  The printer jammed, the paper I was cutting was completely wrong and to top off this day… the card I tried to create was going no where.    No biggie because this happens, right?

Moving on…

 

Retirement Blues

Russ was in the living room watching something on the TV and while waltzing past the TV I got sucked in.  45 minutes passed, the show ends and I had a complete hissy fit.

Wish I was kidding.

I was so mad at myself.  My list of to-do’s is long.   There I sat on the couch sucked into some stupid TV show.  Typically I never watch TV.  Nothing!!

I’m struggling with our new routines.  Actually,  I’m struggling with HIS routine.   For 20 years he went to work….  Now he’s home 24/7, watching TV and lots of other things….   and sometimes I’m watching TV with him.

I could write a novel on the hissy fit, but the scaled down version is I felt awful for feeling the way I do.  It’s just a HUGE adjustment.  Working at home takes discipline. Something I’ve had for long time… until now it seems.

I Don’t Remember Adding These Bits To My Soup!

After getting over my hissy fit, apologizing to Russ and getting all of that off my chest… it was time to check on my soup and add some other ingredients.

As I was getting ready to add my extra ingredients, I noticed something floating in my soup… lots of them.

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After further investigating, there was an extra protein that I did not intend to be in my soup- BUGS!

At this point I was freaking frantic.  Where did these come from?  Oh my word.

Ya’ll! HOW and WHERE?  I’m almost speechless.

The only thing it could have come from was one of the spices I used… YEP!

Sure enough I opened the Chili Powder and there they were.

I know…  disgusting.

Needless to say the soup was dumped.  I cried.  Then I gave myself the same pep talk I gave my daughter this morning.  Don’t let this ruin your day Kimberly…. then I laughed so hard I cried again.

My entire dinner in the trash…

 

As This Day is Ending…  

It definitely hasn’t been the best day, but it’s not been the worst day either.

Obviously the family will eat something like hot dogs or PB&J. Nothing out of the ordinary to be truthful.

I will try not to feel overwhelmed by the laundry that is sitting in my bedroom waiting to be folded and tackle that problem tomorrow.  Along with cleaning out my spice cabinet.  YAY!

I will be kind to my Prince…

I’ll think about all of this tomorrow and pray that next Monday I’m back to my happy pants again.

 

Back to the Bird… 

The stamp set Best Birds is one of my favorites.  Timeless set that you can use forever!

If you are a brand new stamper, this stamp set is a perfect set to start with.

Why?

  • You can color the images using markers and a Blender Pen.
  • The images can be fussy cut if you do not have the Big Shot (highly recommend the Big Shot!)
  • Greetings for many different occasions.

 

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End of Year Close Out Sale 

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It’s AMAZING!!

 

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Christmas Glamper Greetings

Christmas Glamper Greetings 

When I first laid my eyes on the Glamper Greetings stamp set, I knew I had to have it.

This stamp set was FIRST on my wish list and first to be opened.

Then it sat on my craft table forever.

It wasn’t until I was asked to share this stamp set in Atlanta that it finally was used.

Do you have a similar story? I’d love to know what set is patiently waiting for you to use.

 

Two Cards Two Ways

My goal for sharing this set included sharing a wow version and a simple version.

Both versions are completely duplicatable.

 

 

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WOW Factor

The only reason I’m going to give this card a label of “WOW” is because of the extra elements I used.

Plus it does have some fussy cutting.

Be honest… are you a lover or hater of fussy cutting?

I love fussy cutting… but I know it’s not everyones favorite.

I find fussy cutting relaxing. Call me CRAZY!!

A few of the extra’s I included consisted of the following:

  • Mini Jingle Bells
  • Red Metallic Thread
  • Designer Series Paper

 

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One of my favorite elements on this card includes the Mini Jingle Bells.  I’ve definitely used these on many projects this year.

Glamper Greetings, Stampin' Up!

 

One thing that is hard to capture in the photo is the Red Glitter Embossing Powder.

It’s just enough sparkle and fun to watch that glitter get shiny when you heat it. That’s a WOW!

I used Kraft cardstock for the base of my card.  A very simple background was created using the glamper image and VersaMark.

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Simple and Fun

Now let me share a little skimmed down version.  It’s not much of a change, but notice the subtle differences.

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What you probably notice right away  is there is no Designer Series Paper.  It’s a simple change, but one that I thought made a pretty big difference.

One other bling factor I added to this card is the sequins.  A simple yet fun way to spruce up any card.

Glamper Greetings, Stampin' Up!

 

The Red Glimmer Paper was a perfect addition for both card.

 

Glamper Greetings, Stampin' Up!

 

 

The Glamper Greetings stamp set has REALLY cute and tiny images to create holiday cards for all seasons and can be used all year long.

Regardless of a wow or simple version using this stamp set, the card is going to be darling.

I mean… the glamper… HELLO! SO cute!

I have a few more cards I’ll be sharing using this stamp set over the next week.

See all of the products used for this stamp set in the clickable links below.

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Creative Gift Packaging Ideas

Creative Gift Packaging Ideas

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Do you struggle at this time of year with creative gift packaging ideas?

Today the Creation Station team has a blog hop filled with creative packaging and gift gifting ideas.

Creative gift packaging can mean all sorts of things.  A few things that come to mind are tags, bows, and boxes.

I thought I would show you a little of each today and one is a fun project you can create in no time that can serve as an ornament and a pretty embellishment to a package.

 

Wreath Ornament 

Every year my mother places a new Christmas ornament on each of our packages and they are so pretty hanging from the gifts.

I wanted to use her idea as my inspiration to get started.  Then I found a fun idea on Pinterest and ran with it.

A simple wreath created using Ball Jar Lids. It’s SO fun and EASY!

 

 

Creating the Wreath 

You only need a few supplies to get started and embellishing the wreath can be very simple.

Here are the supplies you will need to create the wreath:

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How To Create the Wreath

  1. Simply take any burlap ribbon or in my case the Kraft rope ribbon, and begin by placing a little hot glue inside the jar lid to hold your ribbon in place.  Once you have gone around the entire lid, wrap a few more times to create a finished look.  Hot glue will keep the ribbon in place.
  2. Wrap a piece of Bakers Twine or Gold thread so you can hang your wreath from a Christmas tree or your gift packaging.
  3. Be creative with embellishing.  I used the Pretty Pines thinlits to create the pine needles at the top of one the wreaths.  Then I finished off the wreath using Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim to create the bow.

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I used the Holly Builder Punch to create the holly leaves for the other wreath.  Very simple, yet elegant.

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Quick & Simple  Gift Tag

One of my go to products from the Holiday Catalog this year has been the White Gift Boxes.  They are the perfect size and easy to embellish.

 

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The best part of these boxes are the clear belly band that comes with each box.

The boxes measure 3″ all around.  I took a 3″ x 12″ piece of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate and wrapped inside of the clear belly band.  It was a perfect fit and gave this box a little more fancy.

Creating the Tag

  • Adhere a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3″ x 3″) to the top of the box (over the clear belly band).
  • Stamp a few pines onto the Whisper White using Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz inks using the Christmas Pines stamp set.
  • Create pine needles using the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Attach to the Whisper White cardstock using a glue gun.

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  • Create a tag by using the Lots of Labels Framelits with your Big Shot.
  • Stamp the greeting from the Christmas Pines stamp set using Whisper White Craft ink.  Heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Punch a small hole at the top.
  • Wrap the Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Silky Taffeta ribbon into a bow a few times and attach to box using a glue gun.
  • Attach Gold thread to the tag and thread a few of the Mini Jingle Bells to the thread.  Attach tag to box with a glue gun.

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What Will You Create?

While I’ve only given you a few ideas for creative gift packaging I hope these inspire you to be creative when it comes time to wrap those gifts.

As always… enjoy the process.  It’s the love behind the packaging that means the most.

 

Time to Hop Along

Now enjoy a few more packaging ideas from the Creation Station Designers. Simply click the next button and hop along!

Is there anything better than enjoying a Sunday of inspiration?  As you enjoy these, I’ll be putting up the Christmas tree with the family.  We will blast the Christmas music, I will sing loudly…. and the kids will put ornaments up FASTER.  Works every year!

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Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

 

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.

It’s AMAZING!!

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New Tutorial Available

The December Tutorial is now available.

Purchase $50 in my Online Store in December and get the tutorial FREE.

SUBSCRIBERS: Tutorial was emailed on Saturday, December 3rd. Email me if you DID NOT receive it.

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Document Your December 

 

Hello December Online Class, Stampin' Up!

Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class!

 

Happy Sunday!

 

 

More Sneak Peeks & Jolliness

 More Sneak Peeks & Jolliness

Happy Friday!  This was a FAST week and I’m ready for the weekend.

There is going to be a whole lot of jolliness if I can get my Christmas tree up!

Tree decorating is #1 on the agenda and I’m hoping the people in my house are ready.

Today I have another sneak peek and a Christmas card.  We’ll call today Double Whammy Day!

 

Let’s Be Jolly By Golly!

Before we get started… I have to give a shout out to my readers.

I am still cracking up over the comments and emails I received from Wednesday’s post… and my procrastination.

Seriously I was laughing out loud over them.  The panic I caused over a missing doily had me laughing in tears.  Oh the joy you bring me.  NOT kidding.

I love this community.

The other day Stampin’ Up! posted a video on the Chalkboard Technique you can see HERE.  I’ve done this technique before but it totally inspired me to create a card using the technique.

As I searched for a stamp set to use for this technique,  the Be Jolly, By Golly stamp set came to mind right away.

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This modern holiday stamp set has awesome typography that is perfect to create a fun chalkboard art card.

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Tips & Tricks

This was a very quick and simple card to create and perfect use of the Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape.  The exciting news… the Washi Tape is on sale too.  YES!

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  • The background was created by watercoloring Cherry Cobbler ink over Watercolor Paper (3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″).
  • I added Splatter over the watercoloring once the ink was dry.
  • Washi Tape was added to the edges of a piece of Whisper White cardstock (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″).  The Whisper White cardstock was added to the card base using dimensionals.

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  • Create the chalkboard art by using Whisper White ink onto Basic Black cardstock then heat emboss using White Stampin’ Embossing Powder.
  • The cardstock was die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
    • NOTE: The Stitched Shapes Framelits is currently on backorder but will be back in my Online Store in January.
  • Wrap Red Metallic Thread several times to create a bow.  Tie in the center and add small jingle bells.  Attach to the  card front using a Mini Glue Dot.

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Click the clickable links below to purchase any of the products used to create this card.

Another Sneak Peek & Gift Bag

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I shared a sneak peek of the Oh So Succulent stamp set HERE a few days ago.

Today I’m sharing a card and gift bag combo.

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One of the many reasons I love this stamp set is the two step stamping.

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The entire suite of products that coordinate include one of my new favorite colors- Sweet Sugarplum.

OH MY I love this color.  You can see how I used this color in this card.

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Keeping with the same color scheme, I created a gift bag to coordinate with the card.

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Now… for my embellishment lovers…

You will notice that on both the card and the coordinating bag I’m using two of my favorites

  • Delicate White Doilies
  • Enamel Shapes

Another AWESOME product that I’m using and loving is the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  I used this product on the banner find the flowers on the gift bag.  This Foil Acetate is gorgeous and makes for a really fun background on any project.

 

Remember… 

Starting December 1st Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators get to PRE-ORDER from the new Occasions catalog.

This is a BIG deal and a huge perk of being a demonstrator -and- the Oh So Succulent stamp set bundle can be a part of your stamping starter kit.

The good news is you can PRE-ORDER too.  If you have been on the fence about becoming a demonstrator why not start now and fill your starter kit with NEW products from the Occasions catalog.

This could be the perfect Christmas gift to yourself.  Start the new year off with an amazing opportunity of becoming a demonstrator.

 

No Obligation! Ever!

Remember, you are never under any obligation to do anything except HAVE FUN.

You never know what that mighty box of stamping supplies may become and it’s only $99!

PLUS… you will join a community of stamping friends that are amazing.  We love to share creative ideas, business tips and most of all we have fun.

If you are interested but have questions, simply contact me. I would love to talk with you.

You can see my information in the top right of my blog or click HERE and get started.

 

Don’t Miss This Sale!

Make sure to check out this close out sale.  For instance… the Layering Circles Framelits is 50% off.  OH MY WORD! Awesome!!

Click the photo below and start shopping.  Receive my December Tutorial FREE when you purchase $50.

 

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