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Special Reason For Special People!

Special Reason For Special People!

Special Reason, Stampin' Up!

Although I never need a special reason to stamp with friends, every month I do get an extra special reason to stamp with a group of ladies I love.  My stamp club meets once a month at my home, and it’s always so exciting to have them.  To hear them laugh and enjoy the company of friends all while stamping is so good for the soul.

This month at stamp club I was excited to use a stamp set I had not used, Special Reason.  After I had created the project and cut all of the supplies, I found out this was a stunning bundle, and it was sold out.

At first, I wanted to cry. I loved how the card turned out and wanted my stampers to create it.  The thought of changing the project crossed my mind, but then I said no way.  We went ahead with the project, and I added another project to their list of cards to create.

 

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • I stamped the flowers using Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride ink.  The leaves were stamped using Pear Pizzaz.
  • I used the largest flower from the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and die cut the flower in the center.  To add color to the flower, I used a 3 x 3 piece of Watercolor Paper, then watercolored the paper using Calypso Coral.  To create dimension, I placed dimensionals on the back of the Whisper White cardstock.
  • There is two label dies in this framelit set.  I die cut both of the labels, then attached them together to create a faux embossed look.  The greeting was stamped onto the smallest label.

Special Reason, Stampin' Up!

 

  • Lastly, I added pearls and splatter to the card front.  I also added dew drops by taking my Fine-Tip Glue pen and dropping small dots of the glue randomly around the flowers.  I set this piece to the side until the drops dried on their own.

 

Surprise on the Inside

One thing I’m typically not good at is stamping the inside of a card.  Not the case for this card.  The greeting I used for this card was meant for a surprise on the inside.  I love how it turned out.

Special Reason, Stampin' Up!

 

I stamped the flowers using Blushing Bride ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″.  The greeting was stamped using the Archival Basic Black ink.

 

While I’m disappointed this stamp set and framelits are no longer available, I can see why.  This set has beautiful floral images and greetings.

I’m sure many of you have this stamp set, and if anything I have inspired you to create another card using it.  If you do not have this set, the design itself can be duplicated with the many floral sets Stampin’ Up! does have available.

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

IMPORTANT!

Autism Matters, Stampin' Up!

April is Autism Awareness month.

If you haven’t had a chance, make sure to see THIS post on Autism Awareness.

There is still time to donate to this worthy cause.

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Day at the Beach-Stampin’ Up!

Day at the Beach-Stampin’ Up!

After so much traveling happening, I can’t express enough my excitement that I can STAMP! Cathy and I traveled home yesterday from Savannah after our OnStage event.  It was a great event, great city and overall we had a BLAST!  Cathy is spending another week here with me, and one of the things we will be doing is going to the beach.  It’s a perfect chance for me to share with you a very fun stamp set in the Occasions Catalog called Day at the Beach!  

Great Line Art

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   I love the beautiful line art in this stamp set.  It’s perfect for cards and scrapbooking.  Here are a few ideas I thought about immediately when using this stamp set.

  • watercolor
  • scrapbooking, pocket pages
  • use to create background patterns

When I created this card, I used the sun to create a pattern on the Whisper White cardstock for my background.  I used a Blender Pen to color the inner circle of the sun.  It was quick and easy coloring with Crushed Curry ink. Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!  

Mixing Images & Products Together

One of my favorite things to do is pull products and images together.  One of my favorite products to add to this card was the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies. I die cut the sunshine thinlit using Watercolor Paper, then used the Crushed Curry to watercolor over it.  Again, a simple wash of color that takes just a second to do.

 

Tips & Tricks 

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   A few tips & tricks for this card.

  • After the Sunshine image was watercolored with a simple wash of Crushed Curry ink, I wanted a few darker shades of the color to stand out.  Simply load your Aqua Painter with ink, then hold the Aqua Painter over the image and let gravity do its thing. The drops of ink will give your image a unique look every single time.
  • I cut the clouds (Up & Away Framelits) from Watercolor Paper.  I colored these images using Smoky Slate ink.
  • One of my favorite detail on this card is the Tangerine Tango scallop edge.  This scallop was created using the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies. NOTE: This thinlit is retiring.  They are only available while supplies last.  
  • Lastly, I loaded my Aqua Painter using Tangerine Tango ink, using my Bone Folder I tap the Aqua Painter over the image to create a little splatter.

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!  

Create Your Own Sunshine

I enjoyed creating this card and I have one more to share with you tomorrow.  The Day at the Beach stamp set is on the retired list.  You will want to grab this set quick if it’s on your list.  All retiring items are while supplies last. Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

You can find all of the products in the clickable links below.  

 

Speaking of retiring… Click HERE to download the retired list. Don’t miss the sneak peek of the Eastern Palace Suite. Click HERE to see three fun ideas!

New Tutorial Available!

Every month I release a new Exclusive tutorial.  April’s tutorial is filled with out of the box ideas you will love.

April Tutorial, Stampin' Up! April Exclusive Tutorial    

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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!

See all the products used for today’s card in the clickable links below. 

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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.  

Price: $110.00

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Be Inspired- Inside The Lines

Be Inspired- Inside The Lines 

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

We all know that inspiration can be found everywhere when it comes to paper crafts. Today, that inspiration is coming from the Be Inspired Design Team, and you may have just hopped here from Carolynn’s blog.  Our theme today is Sale-a-Bration, which means a FREE product for every $50 purchase from Stampin’ Up!

 

Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper

I am sure as a paper crafter you might be aware of the popular new craze called adult coloring books.  While I am sure they have been around forever, this girl who lives under a rock discovered them last fall.

When I found them at a local craft store I instantly did not think of myself using them, but more so for my daughter who loves to color.  However, the images in these coloring books were breathtaking, and it did look fun.

Fast forward to our new Sale-a-Bration catalog and what do my eyes see? Yes, a designer paper just waiting to be colored.

The Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper leaves you with the opportunity to make the colors of each paper your own.

 

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

Be Creative and Color

To my surprise, I ended up loving each of these cards, and I am eager to share them with you.

The creative process started with only taking 1 of each of the four designs and cutting each 12 x 12 designer paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″.

Each card is colored using a different tool such as the following:

  • Sponging
  • Watercoloring
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Markers

You will notice that each method of coloring provided a different look to the designer paper and gave more insight on how the paper would hold up using each of these tools.  While each card is different, they are very simple with only a few additional layers of embellishments.  All of the greetings came from one stamp set, Suite Sentiments.

Let’s see how this paper comes to life.

Sponging 

First, let’s take a look at how a simple sponge can create a beautiful look to this card.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

I sponged the leaves with Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz Classic Ink.

After I had sponged the leaves, I only fussy cut the image and layered onto another piece of the designer series paper.

 

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

Next, stamp the greeting from the Suite Sentiments stamp set onto a Lots of Labels framelit dies.

Watercoloring

Watercoloring on designer series paper added an entirely new appreciation for this beautiful paper.

 

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

Quick Tips:

  • I used an Aqua Painter to color the flower using Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Classic Ink.
  • Heat set the paper using a Heat Tool.
  • Due to the watercolor, you might notice the paper will wrinkle. Use Fast Fuse adhesive so that the paper will lay flat onto the card base.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

Sponge Daubers

This next card uses one of my favorite sponging tools, Sponge Daubers.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

Rather than using the entire sponge to color the images as I utilized in the first card, the Sponge Dauber highlighted the flowers all over the paper using Crushed Curry Classic Ink.

The leaves were colored using Pear Pizzaz Ink and an Aqua Painter.  Finally, to finish the card, I added the greeting with a few die cuts and ribbon.

 

Markers

Last, but certainly not least I used markers to color the images.

One of the greatest coloring tools you will find in the Stampin’ Up! product line is the Many Marvelous Markers.  What sets these markers apart from any other marker is the color coordination with all of Stampin’ Up! products.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

I used the brush tip of the marker and quickly colored the flower using Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, and Tangerine Tango.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

A few things to note about each of the four cards:

  • All the colors coordinate together.
  • The coloring techniques only highlight a piece of the designer series paper.
  • Each card uses a greeting from the same stamp set, Suite Sentiments.
  • Embellishments are simple pieces of ribbons or doilies.

 

Crafting with the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper brought back great memories of coloring in color books all the while creating beautiful cards.  This product will not disappoint and will provide hours of crafting enjoyment.

Leave a comment and tell me which card catches your eye the most.

 

Time to Hop! Be Inspired 

Lastly, it’s time to be inspired by more Sale-a-Bration products from our creative Be Inspired Team.

Click the button and be inspired by my friend Sarah Berry.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

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