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Be Inspired-Favorite Celebration

Favorite Celebration, Stampin' Up!

Is it hard to think about a favorite celebration? When I sat and thought about this, I thought about all of the great parties we’ve had in our home.  I’d say the reality of our favorite celebrations boils down to everyday life.  We celebrate the littlest things along with the big.

I can’t say that I’ve thought this way all my life. In fact, it took Russ having a stroke for me to even think about how short our lives are and how we should celebrate every day.

Today, I’m going to share a birthday card because that is where it all begins for us.

 

Celebrating Life

I should probably tell you right off the bat that when it comes to celebrating birthday’s, I kind of suck at it.  I’ve longed to be THAT mom who goes over the top with birthday decorations, amazing birthday cakes, and parties that everyone talks about for days.

That’s not me.

Never has been.

Instead, I’m the mom who:

  • Puts together something last minute.
  • I’m typically the mom running to the grocery store grabbing the cake 30 minutes before the friends and family start arriving.
  • Yes, I’m the mom who waits until the very last minute to send all invites and sometimes it’s a phone call invitation.
  • My birthday decor is quite shameful, but somehow my family enjoys it.
  • I’m even the mom who has forgotten to make a card, and instead of making something super unique and personal, I grab something from the “already created” box.

While I’m not the award winning party planner, the party remains fun, my kids never complain and regardless of the card being personal or “already created” they always love my handmade card with a personal message inside.  That’s my “WIN!”

 

Happy Birthday, Friend

 

Birthday Celebration, Be Inspired, Stampin' Up!

When I started this card, I was in a colorful mood.  I had an idea of the colors I wanted to use which included Lemon Lime Twist, and Fresh Fig. I love how these two colors look together.  However, adding the third color became a bit more challenging until I put the Calypso Coral next to them.  I loved how this looked together.

 

Tips & Tricks 

Birthday Celebration, Be Inspired, Stampin' Up!

 

  • I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits with Watercolor Paper then watercolored the die cut using Lemon Lime Twist and my Aqua Painter.  Tip: Wet the entire die cut with your Aqua Painter first, then add your ink color of choice.  Adding the water first makes the blending of the ink and water beautiful every single time.  
  • To create the square, I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits largest square.  Then I watercolored the die cut using Calypso Coral ink and an Aqua Painter.  Tip: Add drops of ink to the square, then using a Heat Tool, move the water around to create a unique look.  
  • I stapled the Linen Thread, die cut and Delicate White Doily together to help keep in place.  I used one tiny glue dot on the Happy Birthday die cut to help it lay down flat.

Birthday Celebration, Be Inspired, Stampin' Up!

 

  • Attach the happy birthday layer to a piece of Fresh Fig (2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″) at a slight angle.
  • One of my favorite greeting stamp sets is Thoughtful Banners.  The Thoughtful Banners is a great set that includes so many greeting choices.  Once all of my layers were attached, I stamped the friend greeting using Basic Black ink.

The Finished Product 

Birthday Celebration, Be Inspired, Stampin' Up!

 

See all supplies used for this card below in the clickable links. New products available June 1st. 

I love how this turned out, and it will make it into my basket of created birthday cards.  They are always great to have on hand, and from the looks of my basket, I need to start sending some.

Don’t forget to add a little touch of pizzaz to your card by using the NEW Glitter Enamel Dots.  I love the colors, and they coordinate with so many of our Stampin’ Up! colors.

Try This Color Combination 

 

Birthday Celebration, Be Inspired, Stampin' Up!

 

Be Inspired

I hope I’ve inspired you in a few ways today.  First, it’s totally okay being a non-party planner.  Kids and adults are still going to have a magnificent time.  Second, I hope this card inspires you not only to create but also to step outside your usual color combinations.  I would love to hear what your favorite celebration is.  Enlighten me if party planning is your thing.  I could use the help.

Be Inspired on the hop by just clicking the button below.  Next up is Nadine.  She always inspires me with her beautiful work.

 

Favorite Celebration, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Louise Sharp
Allison Okamitsu
Kylie Bertucci
Katy Harrison
Maike Ulbrich
Carolynn Sander
Kimberly Van Diepen
Nadine Hößrich
Sarah Berry

Don’t Forget!

Now you see why I called this Friends and Flamingos.  Everyone needs a friend, and I think we can’t live without a flamingo.

A few things to remember, the retired products are going fast.  Make sure to check out the Retired products before it’s too late.

Another thing to check out is the Clearance Rack.  There are SO many great things to grab on this list.  WOWSA!

Eastern Palace Bundle

One last thing… the Eastern Palace Bundles are only available until May 31st.  Don’t miss out on this incredible deal.  Click HERE to see the bundles.  Remember, if you purchase these bundles through my Online Store, you will receive TWO tutorials with a total of 39 cards, 3D projects for you to create.  Click HERE to read more and see a sneak peek of the tutorial.

Need ideas? Check out my Tutorial Library.  Create in the comfort of your home.

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Price: $110.00

Happy Celebrations-Artisan Hop

Happy Celebrations-Artisan Hop

Happy Artisan hop day.  That means lots of inspiring projects are about to be shared using the Happy Celebrations and Cool Treats stamp set.

I’m over the moon to share another project using the Happy Celebrations stamp set.  I have enjoyed this stamp set and coordinating embossing folders more than I ever thought I would.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

So Very Happy

Actually, I’m sitting at Starbucks as I write this post and I’m not so very happy.  I’m outside sitting at the tables because it’s a comfortable 80 degrees and no humidity (that’s a miracle) and inside the Starbucks, it feels like -30! I didn’t bring a jacket so I figured sitting outside would be fine. That’s until I started feeling ants biting.  I’m guessing this is a no win situation… however I’ll make it a winner because the weather is gorgeous.

Okay, back to happy.

This card really made me happy because I love Watercolor Paper.  There is lots of watercolor paper on this card and a few other fun details.  Let’s get started.  I’m excited to share with you.

 

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

Tips & Tricks

  • I started this card using a piece of Watercolor Paper 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Using my Aqua Painter, I added a quick watercolor wash in the center using Rich Razzleberry ink.
  • Using the Stitched Shapes Framelits, I cut 3 different size circles then watercolored each using Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, and Old Olive inks.  WHOA! These colors knock my socks off.  I love how they blend. Each of the circles was attached to the main Watercolor Paper.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

  • One of the details I fell in love with on this card is the doily.  We all know how much I love the little details, but this doily peeking above the circle makes me squeal.
  • The sweet scallop edge comes from the Cutie Pie Thinlits which is being discontinued.  I’ve loved this thinlit and mostly used it for the scallop.  Make sure to grab it if you love it.  It’s only available until the end of the month.
  • The best news about the Happy Celebrations stamp set… it’s being carried over into the NEW catalog.
  • Notice how that small strip of Basic Black cardstock really pops next to these colors? Love that.

 

Be Happy with Happy Celebrations

You can click the photos to see more details on each of the products in my Online Store.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

Here is the coordinating texture embossing folders- Celebrations Duo.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

 

The Last Details

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

Lastly, I had a few details to finish the card.  Sequins are one of my favorite quick and easy embellishments and don’t forget the Enamel Shapes.  I love that our Enamel Shapes coordinate with our colors.  One more thing, I love how that little clip is holding on to my greeting.

 

Be Inspired!

It’s time to be inspired and see more inspiration using the Happy Celebrations and Cool Treats stamp set.  Your first stop is the creative Louise Sharp.  Simply click the button below to enjoy the hop.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

Eastern Palace Bundle

One last thing… the Eastern Palace Bundles are only available until May 31st.  Don’t miss out on this incredible deal.  Click HERE to see the bundles.  Remember, if you purchase these bundles through my Online Store, you will receive TWO tutorials with a total of 39 cards, 3D projects for you to create.  Click HERE to read more and see a sneak peek of the tutorial.

Need ideas? Check out my Tutorial Library.  Create in the comfort of your home.

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

Make today GREAT and stamp something pretty.

You can find links to the CURRENT products I used for today’s projects below.

 

Price: $110.00

Be Inspired- Favorite Color

Be Inspired- Favorite Color

Favorite Color, Stampin' Up!

 

I love a good challenge and today’s Be Inspired blog hop definitely was a CHALLANGE for me.  Our Be Inspired Team put together today’s theme, our favorite color.  At first I was completely stumped.  I love so many colors it was hard to settle on just one.

I gave this a lot of thought and decided to thumb through my blog and see what color stood out most over the last few weeks.  Lemon Lime Twist was hands down a winner.

Every time I looked at a card made with the Lemon Lime Twist my heart skipped a beat.  So today, that is the color I will choose.

 

Hello Lemon-Lime Twist

Favorite Color, Pieces & Patterns, Stampin' Up!

 

I decided to go full on Lemon Lime Twist using the cardstock, designer series paper and ink.  Oh my! It was a little slice of heaven having all of these products together.

The products I used is a new release available June 1st from the Pick a Pattern Suite.  This suite includes the stamp set Pieces & Patterns, Designer Series Paper, Washi Tape, and Electic Shaped Paper Clips.

 

Tips & Tricks

Favorite Color, Pieces & Patterns, Stampin' Up!

 

  • I used a new embossing folder called Oh My Stars.  I love how playful this embossing folder is and it will coordinate with so many great stamp sets.
  • The large piece of pattern paper is from the Eastern Palace Suite called Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.  When you purchase this bundle now, you will receive this gorgeous designer series paper.  Click HERE to see the bundles available until May 31st and get a free gift with purchase.
  • I added another layer of designer series paper (black & white pattern) from the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper.  I love how this paper added a stark contrast to the card.

Favorite Color, Pieces & Patterns, Stampin' Up!

 

  • When I stamped the greeting I was so excited when the Stitched Shapes Framelits fit perfectly around the greeting.  I added another scallop die cut underneath the stitched circle using the Layering Circles Dies.
  • To create a little pop of color, I added a small strip of Bermuda Bay cardstock punched using the Ticker Tear Border. I love the little bitty scallop it creates.
  • Lastly, I added a few of my favorite embellishments like the Delicate White Doily and a small piece of Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon.

Favorite Color, Pieces & Patterns, Stampin' Up!

Be Inspired

Now it’s time to be inspired by the other Be Inspired team. First stop is my friend Sarah Berry.  Simply click the button below to see what she’s created and continue along the hop.  I would love to know what your favorite color is right now.  Leave a comment to let me know.

Favorite Color, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Don’t Forget!

Now you see why I called this Friends and Flamingos.  Everyone needs a friend and I think we can’t live without a flamingo.

A few things to remember, the retired products are going fast.  Make sure to check out the Retired products before it’s too late.

Another thing to check out is the Clearance Rack.  There are SO many great things to grab on this list.  WOWSA!

 

Eastern Palace Bundle

One last thing… the Eastern Palace Bundles are only available until May 31st.  Don’t miss out on this incredible deal.  Click HERE to see the bundles.  Remember, if you purchase these bundles through my Online Store, you will receive TWO tutorials with a total of 39 cards, 3D projects for you to create.  Click HERE to read more and see a sneak peek of the tutorial.

Need ideas? Check out my Tutorial Library.  Create in the comfort of your home.

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

 

Make today GREAT and stamp something pretty.

 

Friends and Flamingos

Friends and Flamingos

Sounds like a funny combination, but today that is exactly what I have in store for you today, friends and flamingos!

The truth is, I have a fun flamingo card and a beautiful friendship card.  One is using new products, and the other card is current products.

 

Tickled Pink Flamingos

With the new catalog launching very soon, I’ve been making a long list of stamps that I must have.  At the top of my list is the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set on page 177.

While I was at the OnStage Local event in Savannah, GA, my bestie won the Fabulous Flamingo set. I truly coveted this set because I LOVE Flamingos.  She was so sweet to let me stamp away when we came home to my house.  I loved it so much I used it for a swap that I participated in.

Friends and Flamingos, Fabulous Flamingos, Stampin' Up!

 

Lately, I’ve been so inspired to stamp because of the colors set before me.  I stamped this gorgeous Flamingo using Blushing Bride Ink for the solid layer of the flamingo and then the outline was stamped using Calypso Coral.  I love how these two colors look together.

 

Watercolor and Spritz

Friends and Flamingos, Fabulous Flamingos, Stampin' Up!

 

Since I used Shimmery White Cardstock for the stamping layer of my card, I was able to watercolor first, then I stamped the grass and water images over the water coloring.  I added a little spritz around the grassy images by tapping my Aqua Painter over the images once loaded with Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide ink.

The greeting was also watercolored first using Calypso Coral ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock, then stamped.  I folded the banner over and then added a doily underneath.  To color the doily, I used my Aqua Painter and Calypso Coral ink.  After I colored the doily, I like to heat set to make the drying time faster.

Friends and Flamingos, Fabulous Flamingos, Stampin' Up!

 

What’s That Beautiful Paper?

Lastly, the one thing that really rocks my world is a beautiful patterned paper.  The new Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper has a fun watercolored look, as well as beautiful colors.  The piece I used for the Flamingo card is the Tranquil Tide pattern that really made this card complete.

Friends and Flamingos, Fabulous Flamingos, Stampin' Up!

Color Combination

Here is a quick reference of the color combination I used for my card.  I love these colors together.  

 

Everyone Needs a Friend

Last month I was excited to create this card for the club night.  I love how the vellum butterfly looks over the embossed flowers.  Don’t you think it looks elegant?

Friends and Flamingos, Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!

 

I love the beautiful floral image from Flourishing Phrases.

A few of these accessories are being discontinued such as the ribbon and doilies and of course the gorgeous Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.  Here’s the thing, this card can be re-created with the white doilies and any other ribbon and pattern paper.  Don’t be discouraged if these accessories are already sold out.

Now, with all of that said, there is a stamp set I encourage you to grab before it’s too late.  The Suite Sentiments stamp set on page 54 of the Occasions Catalog is fantastic.  GREAT greetings for so many occasions.  Check it out below:

 

I love the fonts in this set, and of course the greetings.  This set is a definite to grab!  Click the photo above to grab yours.

Friends and Flamingos, Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!

 

Friends and Flamingos, Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!

 

Don’t Forget!

Now you see why I called this Friends and Flamingos.  Everyone needs a friend and I think we can’t live without a flamingo.

A few things to remember, the retired products are going fast.  Make sure to check out the Retired products before it’s too late.

Another thing to check out is the Clearance Rack.  There are SO many great things to grab on this list.  WOWSA!

 

Eastern Palace Bundle

One last thing… the Eastern Palace Bundles are only available until May 31st.  Don’t miss out on this incredible deal.  Click HERE to see the bundles.  Remember, if you purchase these bundles through my Online Store, you will receive TWO tutorials with a total of 39 cards, 3D projects for you to create.  Click HERE to read more and see a sneak peek of the tutorial.

Need ideas? Check out my Tutorial Library.  Create in the comfort of your home.

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

Make today GREAT and stamp something pretty.

You can find links to the CURRENT products I used for today’s projects below.

Price: $110.00

Supply List

This Happened Yesterday!

Lastly, one last quick note.  I’m now the mother of a 16-year-old.  I know they grow up fast, I’m not ready for it.

I know Brandon wanted the keys to Russ’ 67′ Mustang, but that wasn’t happening. He’s now the proud owner of Russ’ truck.  It was a very special day.

Friends and Flamingos, Fabulous Flamingos, Stampin' Up!

 

Inspiring Monday-Card Buffet

Inspiring Monday-Card Buffet

This weekend I did a little cleaning purge of my desk.  It’s amazing what I find laying around when I finally sift through all of the piles of papers sitting around.  In fact, as I was sifting through my piles I found three cards I had to share.  I feel like I have a little card buffet to share with the cards that I found.

 

A Quick & Simple Technique

Recently I created a card using a fun technique that Stampin’ Up! posted on Instagram. If you haven’t followed them on Instagram, you should.  This feed is nothing but happiness and great eye candy. They share tips from the Artisans that are eye-opening and fun.

With that said, I don’t think my tip is AWE dropping, but I believe that it’s a quick and straightforward wow card you can create using the Big on Birthdays stamp set.  This stamp set will carry over to the new Annual Catalog which is super exciting.

Card Buffet, Big on Birthdays, Stampin' Up!

 

Use Your Markers

I find that I don’t use my markers enough.  Not because I don’t love them, but I forget about them.  I just stamped the Happy Birthday image onto Whisper White cardstock, then outlined the image using my markers.  Believe it or not, I created six fun cards using this technique, and the cards were SO simple and fast to create.

I love this stamp set because of the big bold images.  They are simple to color, and each had their unique look with the marker.  Isn’t that fun?

 

 

Everyday Hero

My next card uses the Everyday Hero stamp set.

I jokingly talk about being superwoman, and I bet we can all think of many women in our lives that we could give this title.  While I also jokingly say I’ve buried my cape in the backyard, I think I’ve had to put it back on a few times the last six weeks.  I don’t know; I believe this card is super fun and one that would make a mom smile.

Card Buffet, Everyday Hero, Stampin' Up!

 

Of course, I had to add a little frilly to the card.  A doily made it all the more feminine, and the ribbon as well.

Card Buffet, Everyday Hero, Stampin' Up!

 

There is one thing retiring on this card that I probably did cry over- the Tags & Labels Framelits.  I’ve loved these dies and used them for SO SO many cards.  Make sure to check them out while they are still available.  The Everyday Hero’s set is one that is retiring also.  I’m sad to see it go as well but I think this will be a keeper for when I remind my friends what a hero they are.

Download a FREE tutorial to create this card HERE.

Love Sparkles

The last one I’m sharing for today’s card buffet is from the stamp set Love Sparkles.

Card Buffet, Love Sparkles, Stampin' Up!

 

One of my favorite things I love to add to a card is using a greeting for the background.  It’s something very simple, but it always gives a fun look to a card. For this card, I used the Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder inks and alternated the colors with the greeting.  I added a touch of the Delightful Dijon for a pop of color.

Card Buffet, Love Sparkles, Stampin' Up!

 

Another die cut that is retiring and seen a ton of use in my stamp room is the Stars, Framelits Dies.  These are on sale, so get them before they are gone.  I love how the three layers of stars and the colors look together.
Card Buffet, Love Sparkles, Stampin' Up!

 

Lastly, I added the tiny greeting by stamping the greeting onto Basic Black cardstock using VersaMark ink. Then I placed White Embossing Powder over it and heated.  Again, this gave a little pop to the card.

 

I have a FREE tutorial for this last card that you can download HERE.

 

Inspiring Monday

I guess the moral of my story today is I should clean my desk more often.  Who knew these gems were hiding under stacks of papers.

The last thing these cards need on them is a matching stamped envelope with a stamp and address.  They are ready to leave my house for good and bring a smile to someone’s face.

A couple of reminders…

Check out the retiring list HERE.  Lots of great sales.  AND… another must check is the Clearance Rack.  GREAT buys and tons of fun things to stock up on.  Click HERE to see it.

Card Buffet, Eastern Palace, Stampin' Up!

I’ve had a BALL with the Eastern Palace Suite.  Ths is one promotion I wouldn’t miss out on.  You can see all of the cards I’ve created using this bundle below.  Click HERE to see the bundles and get your free gifts before May 31st.  Remember, you get TWO tutorials when you purchase this bundle from my Online Store.  Combined together, these tutorials have 39 cards and 3d projects you don’t want to miss.

Card Buffet, Eastern Palace, Stampin' Up!

Looking for fun tutorials that will knock your socks off? Click the photo below to see my tutorial library.

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!