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Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

I realize I’ve been absent.  I’ll save that post for another day. Not entirely enough stamping happening but when I do, I rejoice. Sometimes it takes a commitment to the Tutorial Bundle Design Team to get me motivated enough to create.

Each month I create a tutorial with a group of dynamic demonstrators that is by far one of the BEST creative collaborations I’ve done.  It’s filled with fantastic ideas, beautiful photography and great instructions that any crafter from beginner or advanced can understand.

 

If you need ideas, be inspired today by this incredible team of crafters.

 

Feathery Friends

Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!, Feathery Friends

This month I used the hostess stamp set Feathery Friends.  You can find this stamp set on page 221 in the new catalog.  As soon as my eyes made contact with the little birds, I fell in love. These cute chubby birds are darling, and I loved the remaining open lined images.

Keep in mind, none of the cards shared today are in this tutorial. The projects in the tutorial are EXCLUSIVE, not found on the internet and they are SO good!  You can either purchase the tutorial for $15 or place an online order of $50 in my Online Store and receive it FREE.   Here is a sneak peek of this month’s tutorial below.

Tutorial Bundle Design Team

Tips & Tricks 

Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!, Feathery Friends

Below you will find tips to create today’s card.

  • I started with a Whisper White Thick Cardstock  (4-1/4″ x 11) for the card base.
  • One of my favorite looks right now is the White Embossing Powder on Shimmery White cardstock.  Oh my word, embossing on this paper is so pretty.  It’s a very subtle look, and the Shimmer cardstock just makes it even more beautiful.  You will notice that I stamped the flower at the top and right side of the Shimmery cardstock using VersaMark ink, then coated the images with White Embossing Powder.  After I heat set the embossing powder with my heat tool, all I could say was WOW!
  • I stamped the Old Olive cardstock (2″ x 2″) with VersaMark, then embossed using White Embossing Powder.
  • I stamped the birds using Archival Basic Black ink onto Watercolor Paper, then colored the images using Calypso Coral ink using an Aqua Painter and fussy cut the birds.
  • Lastly, I added a few wrapped twine pieces and new ribbon, 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon that is perfect and pliable for folding and tying into a bow.

 

Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!, Feathery Friends

Be Inspired!

Now it’s time to be inspired by the other design team and see what amazing ideas these ladies have in store for you today.

Simply click the button below to follow along.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Delivery-Artisan Blog Hop

Birthday Delivery

What an exciting day this is.  Not only is it an Artisan Blog Hop but today the new catalog goes live at noon Mountain Time.

I have an extensive list of stamping goodies I’m ready to mark off my wish list and get them into my hands.

Finally today, I was able to sit down and use one of the sets from my pre-order called Birthday Delivery.  I love how sweet and vintage this stamp set looks.  It’s from the Birthday Memories Suite and one of the new bundles you can purchase starting today.

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Watercoloring on Crumb Cake Cardstock

When I started creating this card I pulled out all of the beautiful patterns from the coordinating suite, Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.  Instantly my eyes went to the crumb cake background and the sweet little chef.  This was the key piece that inspired me to create this card.

I started with a fun technique I love to use from time to time-watercoloring on Crumb Cake cardstock.

Here are a few tips when coloring the chef:

  • I stamped the chef image using Archival Basic Black ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock.  I like to let the Archival ink dry for a few minutes or heat set using a Heat Tool.
  • Whisper White Craft ink created the perfect muted white background I was trying to achieve for the chef coat and hat.
  • I colored the remainder of the images using Pacific Point, Crushed Curry and Real Red inks.
  • Something I have found useful when coloring on regular cardstock with my Aqua Painter is to load the pen with a light coat of ink.  This way I don’t have too much water over the image making blending easier and less pilling of the paper.

 

Birthday Friends Framelits Dies

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

One of my favorite things about this bundle besides the adorable images is the coordinating framelits. One of the big reasons I’m drawn to the framelits is the size of the images along with how many of the framelits fit perfectly over the Designer Series Paper.

Normally I find myself very frugile when I use designer paper, but I love how each of the pieces in this pack of paper coordinates so well, making my layering attempts so easy.

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

You can see how each of the layers coordinate together and I’ve added a few dimensionals to create depth for this project.

 

Be Inspired- Artisan Blog Hop

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

You can find all of the products I used for this project in the clickable links below.  

 

Now it’s time to be inspired by the rest of the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team.  Simply click the button below to be inspired on your first stop, Louise Sharp.  Seriously, this girl rocks my world with her amazing projects EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!

 

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!

 

You will find the entire blog hop list below!

 

Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser

HAPPY JUNE- NEW Exclusive Tutorial!

Click the photo to purchase the June Tutorial -OR- Receive this tutorial FREE when you purchase $50 in my online store.

June Exclusive Tutorial

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

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

Be Inspired-Favorite Celebration

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

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.

 

Creation Station-Urban Underground

Creation Station-Urban Underground

Urban Underground, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

 

I’m quite aware that the Occasions catalog will be coming to an end soon. There are so many products I need to play with.   One product I haven’t used enough and I’m quite giddy over is the Urban Underground Suite.  I love the paper especially.  It has an eclectic feel, and the blacks, grays, and silver are perfect to use with any color of my choosing.

Today I’m sharing a card using the Urban Underground Suite.  I realize some of these products are discontinued. I hope you will be inspired by not only the products but the design elements of the card as well.

Today’s blog hop will also inspire you with a more masculine style for projects.

So Eclectic!

Urban Underground, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

One of the things I was drawn to with the Urban Underground Suite is the fun patterns in all of the products.  The pattern paper is by far my favorite.  Because I planned to use this card for one of my Fathers day cards, I kept with a blue color tone for my card. Maybe I should have made the Prince a pink one…  I’m sure he would still enjoy it.

 

Urban Underground, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

As the transition of catalogs happens over the next month, my FAVORITE thing is mixing retired and new products together.  I used a new thinlits for this card called Seasonal Layers.  Honestly, I’ve already worn this die cut OUT.  I love the scallop die cut within this Thinlits set.  You can see the scallop I added to this card on the left side.  It’s hard to see because it was die cut using Basic Black cardstock.

 

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

Urban Underground, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

  • I ran the small strip of Urban Underground DSP through my Big Shot using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  To get a deeper impression try spritzing your paper with water first, then run through your Big Shot.
  • The Urban Underground Embellishments are self-adhesive. There is a total of 24 in a package, 8 each of 3 designs.  Truly a fun embellishment to add to any man card you desire.
  • The card front layer includes both designer series paper and the Urban Underground Washi Tape.  The Washi Tape is perfect for coordinating with the designs of the DSP.

 

Think Outside the Box

One last thought I will add to this product suite, it doesn’t have to be all about the man.  I think when we see products built around each other or especially with certain color choices, we tend to think it’s only for one gender.  I can see so many great ways the designer series paper can be used for very girlie cards.  Don’t forget, the stamp set can be used outside of Father’s day too.

Urban Underground, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

Great news…The Urban District stamp set is on SALE… only $15.20 until the end of May.

Did YOU Know?

Eastern_Elegance_Promo

The new Eastern Palace Suite is the hot item Stampin’ Up! released to customers on May 1st.  This new suite is pretty awesome, and I’ve created a ton of fun projects with it. There are two bundles available- The Premier and the Starter Bundle.  Each fantastic and include a free gift.  Purchase either of the bundles through my Online Store and receive 39 tutorials FREE.

Click HERE to be inspired by this suite and see what I’m talking about.

Click HERE to purchase the May Exclusive Tutorial or spend $50 in my Online Store to receive FREE!

Be Inspired

Now it’s time to be inspired by the others in the Creation Station team. Simply click the buttons below and see what other great manly projects this team has up their sleeves.

Urban Underground, Creation Station, Stampin' Up! Urban Underground, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!