Celebrating Little Things

Celebrating Little Things 

I’m a firm believer in celebrating the little things.

 

Sometimes that means celebrating getting off the couch to accomplish a small task. I’ve even clapped for myself.

 

Sometimes it’s celebrating being together as a family. Our kids have been busy and away most of the summer.

 

Or it could be I’m celebrating watching Russ find his way through this new thing we call “Retirement!”

 

They are small things in the grand scheme of life, but non the less, I’m celebrating.

 

Weird Summer!

This summer has been weird for so many reasons.  The kids have been away almost every single week embarking on new opportunities.  Russ and I have been so excited for them, but a little heart sick as well.

 

The weirdness has been having one home and the other gone.  Leaving a lot of one on one time with each of the kids…. it’s awesome, but so weird too.

 

This past week everyone has been back home.  It’s amazing the changes I can see in both of our teenagers.  A lot of growth, both physically and mentally.   Slightly more independent and a lot more love being shared…. for the most part.

 

Alexis and I have one last summer time vacation to embark on tomorrow and then it will be time for the kids to get ready to return to school.  Something I’m personally dreading.

 

Still Stamping 

I’ve been in my stamp room although not as busy as I’ve normally been.  As my kids are getting older, I find myself enjoying being right in their business instead of my own and especially this summer.

 

I’ve needed to be more present in my kids business of “life!”  Quite frankly it’s easier to run my stamping business than to parent any day.  Especially hormonal, technology worshipping beasts like my own. It’s exhausting if I have to be brutally honest.

 

When I’m not in the midst of my teens… I am completely drawn into my wonderful therapeutic area called my stamping place.

 

That place I can let go of the insanity of parenting for an hour or so,  and create something that doesn’t talk back, or push my  mom-o-meter to it’s breaking point.  I’m sure some of you can totally relate.

 

Celebrating Birthday’s

I was doing fantastic about sending cards earlier this year and then the summer hit and I’ve created beautiful birthday cards and not sent one.  *face palm*

I get so flustered with myself over this.  I have beautiful cards piling up just waiting to cheer someone up and they are sitting nice and tidy on my desk.  Waiting… for a stamp and encouraging words.

Once I get back from this next trip I plan to take a few days to catch up on some much needed mail love.  It’s important, and something I fail miserably at.  Do you need encouragement too?

 

Here is a recent birthday card I created.  It’s been sitting on my desk waiting to be shared and tucked away in an envelope.

Celebrating, Stampin' Up!,

 

The Stylized Birthday Wood Mount stamp set is one of my favorite in the new catalog because of the gorgeous font.  Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Stylized Birthday

Cursive…. I swoon over little things like this.

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This stamp set was perfection alone, but me being me… I needed to add a few things.

 

Quick Tips & Tricks 

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  • I embossed the Metallic Doily using VersaMark and Bronze Embossing Powder.  I love the Pool Party and Bronze together.  It’s a classy look.
  • The Very Vanilla Lace Trim, Linen Thread and Pool Party Stitched Satin Ribbon are stapled to the stamped Whisper White circle to keep it in place.
  • Lastly I added the doilies for a little extra frill.  By far my favorite embellishment.

 

Celebrating, Stampin' Up!,

 

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Bunch of Blossoms- Stampin’ Up!

Bunch of Blossoms- Stampin’ Up!

I think these peachy blossoms can fill anyones day with happiness.

I’m working through a stack of new stamps and the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set was next in line.

 

There is a Bunch!

When you first look at this stamp set you can see there is a variety of options to create a bunch of flowers.  From small to large petals, and even the leaves.

I kept this card quick & simple and didn’t use a “bunch” of blossoms to create it. Hee Hee.  Well, I did use the stamp set- Bunch of Blossoms.

I’m making myself giggle….

Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Tips & Tricks

Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

  • Try pairing Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder when stamping the petals for this card.  It’s a beautiful color combination and perfect for a flower.
  • Note there are few cardstock layers.  The layers came from the embellishments.  A simple piece of Washi Tape and coordinating In Color Doily ties perfectly with the Cucumber Crush leaves.
  • Enamel Shapes add small details to any project.

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  • To give the petals dimension and not add a lot of height, place a Mini Glue Dot at the base of each of the petals when layering to make your flower bunch.  This way the flowers are not flat against the cardstock.
  • Click HERE for a quick step by step tutorial to create this card.

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Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Christmas? One of my favorite holidays… but not in July.

 

Right now I’m thinking about beach, sun, pool…. and ice cold drinks.  It’s HOT here in the Florida Panhandle.

 

BUT… It’s never to late to chat about Christmas projects.  If we can get a head start then we won’t be scrambling as it get’s closer.  I could only WISH that I would be ahead of the game, but let’s be serious- this is Kimberly.  She’s never ahead and always scrambling.

 

Artisans Christmas 

Today the Artisans are sharing a ton of Christmas LOVE. I hope you are ready.  Grab your drink of choice and let’s get started.

Christmas, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

 

Peace This Christmas

I couldn’t think of anything better we need at Christmas- PEACE!  The Peace This Christmas stamp set has beautiful artwork, greetings and a few border images that will be fun to use on projects.

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The Christmas Suite on page 26 of the Idea Book & Catalog showcases all of the great products that coordinates with this stamp set.  The Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper is one of my favorites.

This year the music paper has no words, which opens up the options for you to use besides a Christmas project.

 

Christmas, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

The focal area of my card was created using the Designer Paper. Time permitted and I decided to fussy cut the intricate details.  The greeting comes from the stamp set Oh, What Fun.  A fun stamp set perfect for creating tags, cards or to use on gift packaging.

Gift Tags or Sweet 3 x 3 Cards 

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They are the same card, 3 different colors pulled from the Christmas Specialty paper– Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Early Espresso.

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The Details

  • Delicate White Doilies at the bottom of the scallop add to the delicate touch of this card.
  • Metallic Enamel Shapes as well as the Regal Enamel Shapes add the perfect embellishment on this little project.
  • A new favorite you will find is the 1/4″ Natural Trim with a speck of gold running through it.  Fine details, yet so fun.
  • Layering Squares Framelits fit the stamp greeting perfectly and the tiny scallops around the edge added to the detail.

 

Tiny Gift Packaging

Christmas, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

 

The Clear Tiny Treat Boxes will be the perfect party favor or an awesome little treat.  Either way you use it, the clear packaging makes it fun and colorful depending on the inside.

Christmas, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

 

Wrapped up inside my little treat box holds the perfect little holiday Glamper ornament.  If you heard a squeal, it was me.  Cute + Glamper = Happiness.

The outside belly band was wrapped with the music pattern from This Christmas Specialty Paper.  The tiny berry die cut was cut using the Flourish Thinlits.

 

Christmas, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

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You know I love layers and this little piece was fun to build.  Ribbon, die cuts, doilies, and a greeting.  Perfection all wrapped up into the tiniest little giftie.  I love it.

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Oh, The Places You Will Go for Pokemon

Oh, The Places You Will Go for Pokemon

Pokemon Go, have you heard about this latest craze?

When I noticed my Facebook feed lighting up with people chasing Pokemon, I had to do a little research.  It was pretty much all downhill from there.

 

Places You’ll Go

I’ve never been a Pokemon lover, but after playing with this silly app and watching my kids get outside and play I had a change of heart.  The real change of heart came yesterday while the Prince and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at Panera Bread and he was catching Pokemon.

 

Now wait- I know this seems a bit crazy. The fact that we are having lunch and he’s shooting poke balls at invisible creatures.  I sat there holding my sides from the amount of laughing I was doing.  The craziest thing was the conversation started while OTHER people were doing the same thing next to us.  We were TALKING to strangers.

 

Game Changer!

Friends, this silly game that people are laughing at (myself included) is genius.

Russ and I are pretty social people and we will talk to anyone but on a normal day, sitting at a restaurant we would sit quietly, eat and leave.  Not this time. As he was playing his silly game and I was laughing, the people around us were doing the same thing. We started laughing together.  We started talking about the game.

 

This is where the game changer comes into play.  You see this game has special places (monuments) that you can collect poke balls and such (I don’t quite understand all of it) but these special places are churches.

We started to talk about this part of the game which led us to talking about the churches we attend which led to even more conversation. There was dialogue.  Folks, this doesn’t normally happen to us at a restaurant.

Social Game = Truly Social!

When Russ and I got back into our car (after catching many Pokemon of course) we sat and looked at each other giggling.  To sit in a restaurant where everyone minds their own business and no one speaks to each other and we just witnessed the opposite.  Not to mention as my kids were playing they had to walk OUTSIDE to catch these silly Pokemon things.  They had to MOVE.

Seriously, my kids (when home) sit on their devices and watch YouTube- all day if I let them. They were excited to walk around the block and farther to catch a Pokemon.  Wait… there is more.  There are other kids (and adults) outside doing the same thing.  Now they are being social. Actually talking to REAL LIVE people.

 

This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen…

 

Be Happy

I’ve already seen some negative postings about this silly game but I have to tell you, I’m kinda giddy.  I have found joy in watching these people catch Pokemon and be happy.  With so much sadness around the world lately, people are happy catching a Pokemon!

Let me tell you about happy…. This morning my husband woke up and as he walked into the kitchen his first statement to me was, “I just caught a Pokemon before my first cup of coffee! Today is going to be a great day!”  Mind you, I about spit out my coffee over the silliness of this but the day did turn out to be amazing. The fact that my 45 yr old husband is catching Pokemon that early is hysterical.

Yes, we need to be careful.  No, you shouldn’t  drive and catch Pokemon.  But lets not forget that the silly game is bringing happiness.  Lets not forget it’s getting kids to MOVE.  Yes, they might still have their devices, but at least they are outdoors.  At least they are conversing and having fun with other people.  Just be happy folks.  Life is SHORT.

 

Be Crafty!

When I’m not searching for Pokemon I can be crafty.  What better set than the Places You’ll Go stamp set?

Pokemon, Stampin' Up!

 

 

This stamp set rocks my crafty world.

First, the greetings.  They are fantastic and the fonts make me want to dance, a lot.  They are perfection. Look at how the letters flow!  AHHHHHHHH!!!!

Second, the globe.  I love love love vintage globes and own a few to many.  I love this globe and how creative you can be with it.

 

 

Tips & Tricks

 

Pokemon, Stampin' Up!

 

I didn’t want to take away too much from the images because I love them so much.  I did add a few of my favorite things to the globe.

  • The inside of the globe was colored using 3 sponge daubers and the following inks: Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, and Pool Party.  I wanted the effect of land and water.  Easy enough with a little sponging.
  • I added a very small piece of a Delicate Doily and Linen Thread.  I also added a button from our Classy Designer Buttons.
  • The Enamel Shapes are perfect for adding a small embellishment with a great WOW factor.

Pokemon, Stampin' Up!

 

Oh, the Places You Will Go…. 

If you are hunting Pokemon or just needing a fun card to encourage your Pokemon lover friends… this stamp set would be perfect.  You can shop online for this set HERE.  Just a few supplies are needed and you will be on your way to creating happiness.

 

Pokemon, Stampin' Up!

 

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Thoughtful Branches

Thoughtful Branches

I’ve got BIG news- a NEW and exclusive stamp set… Thoughtful Branches!

I’m super excited about a sneak peek product I get to share with you today with our Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team and a jam packed Blog Hop using this set.

 

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A Bundle of Trees

First of all,  I was completely overjoyed with the intricate tree designs bundled with the matching framelits.  This means creating projects with ease. Therefore, no fussy cutting and easy release of the cardstock when using Stampin’ Up!’s Die Brush.

 

Thoughtful Branches, Stampin' Up!

 

Most noteworthy of this stamp set is the greetings and fonts.  They are sophistacated making this set easy to use for your stamping projects.

Tips & Tricks 

  • All of images were stamped on Whisper White cardstock and the coordinating framelits to die cut them.
  • The tree branch was stamped using Early Espresso Ink. The tree leaves stamped with Bermuda Bay ink, and the bird was stamped using Real Red ink.
  • Smoky Slate cardstock was added as it coordinates beautifully with the Bermuda Bay.  When you take the Real Red and Bermuda Bay together, Smoky Slate is a perfect color match  to coordinate with.
  • The designer paper is from the A Little Foxy DSP Pack.  This is a wonderful collection of patterns in this pack.

Thoughtful Branches, Stampin' Up!

 

 

A simple piece of Linen Thread was added behind the bird along with a few white sequins around the tree.

 

Thoughtful Branches, Stampin' Up!

 

Just look at the beautiful fonts used for the greeting.  This makes me EXTREMELY happy to see the beautiful fonts Stampin’ Up! has been including in our stamp sets.  WOW.

Adding Woodgrain to the Scene

Thoughtful Branches, Stampin' Up!

 

The second card I decided to create more of a scene with the trees and birds.  I also incorporated the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on Kraft cardstock to give the card more of the “wood” feel.  I love how it added just enough texture for this card.

Thoughtful Branches, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • I stamped all of the images onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then die cut the image using the Layering Squares Framelits (2-7/8 square).  I then layered with a scallop square (3″ scallop) using Dapper Denim.
  • The grass was stamped using Cucumber Crush ink.  I love how fresh this color looks next to the Dapper Denim.  The birds were stamped using Dapper Denim and Daffodil Delight.
  • The Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper added a little sunshine to the card.
  • Enamel Shapes (Regals) were added around the square die cuts for a finished look.

Thoughtful Branches, Stampin' Up!

 

Click the button below to tour the Artisan Blog Hop using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.

Up next is the amazing Krista Frattin.

 

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