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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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Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

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Looking for more ideas using this year Sale-a-Bration products?

Make sure to see THIS post using the Tasty Trucks stamp set and FREE tutorial.

Hello, I Miss You!

Hello, I Miss You!

Over the years and many moves due to the military, I’ve left behind the dearest of friends.

While we may be miles apart the friendships stay fresh always.  One way to keep the friendship fresh is through a handmade card.

Today, I’m sharing a card using the Vertical Garden stamp set and one of my favorite Sale-a-Bration sets, Hey Chick.

 

Vertical Garden

The Vertical Garden stamp set is now available and perfect for many projects.  Make sure to check out the Vertical Garden Project kit, a home decor kit you will adore.

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!

 

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Begin stamping the hello image using Delightful Dijon ink by stamping off several times and then stamping.  Each time you stamp, the image should get darker as you work your way towards the bottom of the card.
  • The small scallops were created by die cutting a large scallop square from Calypso Coral cardstock.
  • Attach the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate over the Delightful Dijon cardstock.

 

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!

 

  • Attach the ribbon, acetate and cardstock using a stapler.

 

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!

 

Lastly, one of my favorite kits in the Occasions catalog is the Vertical Garden Project Kit.

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!

 

This is a perfect kit for spring,  I’m thinking a lot about spring with the recent cold snap here in Florida.  Click HERE to view the Vertical Garden Project kit and order yours to create today.

Be sure to see this kit in the video below.

 

Be inspired with more ideas using the Vertical Garden stamp set HERE  and HERE.

Plus don’t miss my favorite card using this stamp set HERE.

Take Advantage of Sale-A-Bration!

Sale-a-Bration is here and in full swing.  The Sale-a-Bration catalog is filled with great products to fit all different types of projects.

You may have seen this recent post using the Hey, Chick stamp set.  This set has become one of my favorites from the Sale-a-Bration catalog and you will find tremendous inspiration on Pinterest using this set.

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Use Watercolor Pencils to color each of the stamped images.
  • Archival Basic Black ink is perfect to use for all of your watercolor needs. Heat set the image before you watercolor.
  • My favorite tool to use for watercolor is the Aqua Painter.  Two pens come in a pack with a medium and fine brush tips.

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!

 

  • The Urban Underground Suite offers the perfect coordinating products to compliment the Hey, Chicks stamp set. My favorite is the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This folder creates a deeply embossed image.
  • Use the Tags & Label dies for the greeting.

 

The Hey, Chick stamp set is FREE with a $50 purchase of products from my Online Store.

Click HERE and start shopping and earning FREE stamp sets.

New Exclusive Tutorial Available!

Exciting news.  The January Exclusive tutorial is available and it’s AWESOME.

12 beautiful projects to inspire your creativity.  Each project has step by step instructions.

You can receive this tutorial 2 ways:

  1. Purchase $50 in my Online Store and this tutorial will be sent to you for FREE- 59 pages of AMAZING creativity.
  2. Purchase the tutorial HERE for $15.  You will automatically receive the tutorial download after purchasing.

If you are a tutorial subscriber, this tutorial was emailed yesterday to you.  Please email me directly if you did not receive it.  

 

Price: $110.00

Mix It Up with Stampin’ Up!

Mix It Up with Stampin’ Up!

One of the fun things about a new catalog getting ready to launch is the mixing the old with the new.

In my case today, I’m mixing new and newer.  Ha.

I’ve been dying to use the Wherever You Go stamp set and finally had the opportunity.

This stamp set is awesome for a collage looking card, but I had another idea.

 

Create It!

Mix it up, Stampin' Up!, Wherever You Go

 

The images in the Wherever You Go stamp set are perfect and it was an excellent set to pair with the new Sending Thoughts stamp set.

Another perfect mix it up product is the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper.  WOW! I’ve been playing with this designer paper the entire day and I love it.

Finally a perfect designer paper to create manly cards.

To create this card:

  • The designer paper measurements: 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″, 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″.  These pieces are placed onto a Basic Black cardstock measuring 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • Place a strip of Basic Black cardstock between the designer series papers measuring 1/2″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Cardstock base is Whisper White Thick cardstock measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″.
  • Main focal point is Whisper White cardstock measuring 3″ x 4″.  Stamp images using Basic Black and Delightful Dijon Classic Inks.
  • Stamp greeting using the Sending Thoughts stamp set, die cut using the Tags & Labels Framelits.

Mix it up, Stampin' Up!, Wherever You Go

 

Tips & Tricks

 

Mix it up, Stampin' Up!, Wherever You Go

  • The small scallop comes from the Shaker Shapes Framelits Dies (currently on sale marked down to $18.90).
  • Place a small doily under the die cut tag.
  • Ink the sun rays using the Delightful Dijon ink and stamp off before stamping image.

 

 

Mix it up, Stampin' Up!, Wherever You Go

 

 

Mix it up, Stampin' Up!, Wherever You Go

 

Here is another sample created by the Concept Artists at Stampin’ Up!.  I love the colors they used to create this card.

 

Mix it up, Stampin' Up!, Wherever You Go

All products used for today’s card can be seen in the clickable links below.  

Products not listed will be available on January 4th, 2017.  

The Wherever You Go stamp set has a few greetings that come with the set but remember this set could be used with a wide variety of other great greeting sets.

 

You can find great stamp sets, ink, cardstock and amazing embellishments in my online store.

Click HERE and see the possibilities for creating fabulous projects this year.

I’d love to be your creative coach and share with you as you begin this hobby or if you are ready to step it up a notch.

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All online orders will receive a hand stamped card with a little surprise inside.

End of Year Close Out Sale 

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

It’s AMAZING!!

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale