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Let’s Celebrate-Artisan Blog Hop

Let’s Celebrate-Artisan Blog Hop

Its time for an Artisan blog hop and I say let’s celebrate!

Shoot, I think we should celebrate every single day.

It creates instant happiness when we celebrate so why do we only keep it to holidays?

 

Procrastination… My Middle Name

Let me get this off my chest first…

I’m sure many do not like to admit their faults but I’m not shy and I’m pretty known for airing my dirty laundry for all to read about.

Heavens know’s why… but I do.

I was getting my supplies ready last night so I could stamp and I wasn’t in the mood.  This was problem #1.  I was tired, cranky and evidently didn’t have enough coffee on board.

As usual I had procrastinated the project so there was no time for a mood… It was time to get REAL.

The products were all laid out on my desk, and now panic sets in.

This was problem #2- I had NOTHING creative coming out of my brain.

Normally I’m great under pressure.  Not last night, my procrastination was about to get the best of me.

That overwhelming feeling of “I’m about to ugly cry” was about to begin.   I knew the next day I would not have time to create, its tonight or bust.

Lesson from Kimberly

WHY do I procrastinate? WHY?

I’m not sure I’ll ever understand why I do it, but the one thing I’ve learned from my own procrastination is to have grace with my kids when they procrastinate.

They get it honestly.

Of course I try to teach them to rise up and not procrastinate, but I’m starting to wonder if its genetic.

So… last night I said…

HELLO COFFEE!! … and so the creative craziness began!

Here’s to Cheers

I stamped the background of this card at least 3 times using the Paisley & Posies Stamp set, all of which landed in the trash.

Every color combo I was working with was U. G. L. Y.

Finally something came together.

Then I kinda sorta fell in love.

This is when I remember why working under pressure is my thing and I forget about all of the anxiety I had an hour ago.

 

Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Here's to Cheers

 

 

The love affair with the card happened when I stamped those beautiful ornate circles.  I was  pretending they were snowflakes and it was working.

After placing a piece of Vellum cardstock over the stamped images it made everything soft and pretty.

It was MAGIC.

Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Here's to Cheers

 

Hands down I think Vellum is one of my favorites to add to a project.

Stampin’ Up! Vellum Cardstock has a thick texture and heavy weight.  It’s AMAZING.

 

Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Here's to Cheers

 

I loved how the greeting from the Here’s to Cheers stamp set looked against the Stitched Framelits with a pop of color (Watermelon Wonder) in between.

Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Here's to Cheers

 

My color combination was totally random but I loved how this turned out.

 

Cheers to a Sparkling Season

Look at the beautiful images in this stamp set- Here’s to Cheers! This set also comes in a bundle with GORGEOUS framelits. Make sure to check them out HERE.

 

Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Here's to Cheers

 

Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Here's to Cheers

 

The greeting on this card can be used for so many great projects.  You could make this a tag and hang on a bottle of sparkling champagne, or use it on a card like I created here.

 

Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Here's to Cheers

 

 

Tips & Tricks

  • I used the Decorative Label punch to create the long Whisper White Tag.
  • The Stitched Shapes Framelits created a perfect frame for the greeting.  I also used the Layering Squares Framelits to create frames.
  • I used the Snow Flurry Punch to punch out the silver Glimmer Paper to create a few snowflakes around the greeting.

Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Here's to Cheers

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

 

Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Here's to Cheers

This color combination screams formal party!

 

Celebrate All the Time!

While last night I didn’t feel like celebrating  because I was a big procrastinator loser… I DID feel like celebrating once I had finished creating.

I would like to tell you I’ve learned my lesson.  The truth is… that isn’t the truth.

It’s not my first rodeo with procrastinating… but each time it happens I learn to get a little better organized so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming the next time.

Now let’s celebrate the other Artisans.  They have beautiful projects to share.  First up is my friend Krista.  Her work has amazed me every single time and I’m always blown away with her beautiful color combinations.

Just click the button below to start the hop and ENJOY!!

Remember, we love to hear from YOU.  Leave a comment and let us know what you think.  Or… tell me one of your fun procrastinating stories.  Misery always loves company.  <wink>

Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Here's to Cheers

 

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale

 

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!

Price: $110.00

Creating Christmas Stockings Stampin’ Style

Creating Christmas Stockings 

Creating Christmas stockings is easy with Stampin’ Up!

This years new stamp set-Hang Your Stocking has a variety of stocking images.

 

 

Creating Christmas Stockings, Stampin' Up!

 

The coordinating thinlits,  Christmas Stockings make this set even more enjoyable.

 

Hang Your Stockings

Creating Christmas Stockings, Stampin' Up!

 

Try this Color Combination!

 

 

Creating this card started off with a mistake in my color choices.  That mistake ended up being a happy mishap.

Watermelon Wonder creates a beautiful vintage red that I love and perfect for creating Christmas stockings.

 

Create It!

Creating Christmas Stockings, Stampin' Up!

 

Card Measurements:

  • Whisper White card base: 4-1/4″ x 11″
  • Whisper White 3-7/8″ x 5-3/8″; 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″; 1″ x 4-1/4″
  • Cherry Cobbler 1-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, scrap piece for greeting
  • Whisper White scrap cardstock for stocking images

 

 

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • Stamp and die cut all of your stockings using Watermelon Wonder.  Use a 1/4 hole punch to thread your twine through each hole. Keep stockings in place using a dimensional.
  • Create a nice visual effect by overlapping some of the Christmas stockings.
  • Add a few Rhinestones or sequins for extra texture on your card.  Add splatter using an Aqua Painter with Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder ink.

Creating Christmas Stockings, Stampin' Up!

 

Many Possibilities

The highlight for this stamp set is the many possibilities besides just using it for Christmas.

Think of the many color combinations of the stockings that you  can create.

Imagine using the smaller stocking image outside of Christmas colors to create a fun clothesline of stockings.  Wouldn’t’ that be adorable?

The possibilities are endless.

 

Don’t forget, this set comes as a bundle which means you can save money.  That’s the best part.

Creating Christmas Stockings, Stampin' Up!

Simply click the links below to add to your cart or click HERE to shop in my Online Store.

Start Creating Christmas Stockings today by ordering your stamp set.

Click HERE to view the stamp set in my Online Store, or click the links below to shop.

 

Stampin’ Up! Promotions

Designer Series Paper promotion, Stampin' Up!

 

Awesome Designer Paper Promotion happening now.  

If you are a paper lover, stock up!  Click the photo to SHOP NOW.  

Check out these fun ideas and card templates using Designer Series Paper HERE.

Don’t forget! When you spend $50 in my Online Store, you will receive my September Tutorial FREE.

One Wild Ride-Stampin’ Up!

One Wild Ride-Stampin’ Up!

 

Life is one WILD ride, but it’s fun when we can stamp a wild RIDE.

 

One Wild Ride

Today’s stamp set I’m sharing is so fun and perfect for making a dude card.

 

One Wild Ride is filled with masculine images but don’t let that stop you from taking this set and remembering all of our women who love to ride motorcycles.  This could turn into a fun chick card quickly.

One Wild Ride, Stampin' Up!

 

I love the texture images that are included in this set and the greetings are perfect for men and women.

One Wild Ride, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

One Wild Ride, Stampin' Up!

 

I knew from the start I wanted to start with the following color combination-Black, Pumpkin Pie, Sahara Sand and a splash of Silver.

  • The largest Layering Circle Framelits were used to keep the motorcycle as the focus.  The scallop is set snug against the circle die cut, making this a hit in my book.
  • Basic Black Metallic Thread is set behind the scallop circle die.  I like to fold this thread in half twice.  Then I wrap around in a messy circle and keep in place with a single dimensional.
  • The banner was die cut using the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  There is no need to fussy cut a banner anymore.  This banner framelit set provides the perfect solution to the perfect banner for many stamp sets in the catalog.

One Wild Ride, Stampin' Up!

 

See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links and shop Online 24/7!

Camping, Stampin' Up!

Price: $110.00

Supply List

Create It!

There are many men in my life that love to ride motorcycles. I’m sure this stamp set will receive a ton of stampin’ love from me.

If you were born to ride, make sure to add this stamp set to your collection.

One Wild Ride, Stampin' Up!
Have a FANTABULOUS Monday!
XOXOXO

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

Please Pinch Me- Dream Come True

Please Pinch Me- Dream Come True

As you are reading this I’m on my way to the airport and dreams are about to come true.

We may appear to look like the Clampett’s as we roll down the road heading to the airport. Not kidding.

Dreams, Stampin' Up!

 

Okay, maybe not that bad… but we are off. We are excited and WE thank YOU for being our support during our family craziness.

We are headed here first….. Barcelona Spain.  WOWSA.  SO pretty.  Brandon could probably tell you everything to know about this church.  Me… I’ll be learning from him in flight.  HA HA.

Dream, Stampin' Up!

 

We’ll have a few short hours to play in Barcelona before we board this EPIC ship…

Dream, Stampin' Up!

 

It’s all so exciting.  Just pinch me.  Dreams come true.  It’s a beautiful thing.

Stay tuned.  I have a few fun things to share while I’m away.  I promise I’m not working while I’m gone.  I’m going to enjoy every single moment with my family.  I owe it to them.

XOXOXO

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