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Basket Bunch 

Happy Thursday!

Before I dive into the Artisan blog hop for today, I thought I would let you know where I’ve been.  Not much creativity has happened over the last few weeks.

 

What’s Happening!

Last Wednesday my dad had surgery to repair a hernia.  Since then it’s been one complication after another, and he’s still in the hospital.  My family has been taking shifts to be there with my dad during his entire hospital stay.  I’ve been there at night with him.  Night shifts bring me back to my nursing days years and years ago.  I worked many night shifts back in the day.  However, I was much younger and didn’t have kids.  Needless to say, my body only wants to sleep ALL the time when I’m not with my dad.

I keep praying that we will see a change for the better.  It’s been a roller coaster ride.

 

Chocolate & Bunnies

Thankfully I had this Artisan project done way ahead of time to share.  I haven’t stamped anything in a few weeks with Alexis competition schedule and now my dad.

I’m sharing a fun project using the Basket Bunch stamp set with the Basket Builder Framelits.  This bundle is so fun and has the cutest little images.

 

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

 

I love the color combination of  Mint Macaron with Kraft cardstock.  That little bunny sure makes a statement.

 

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Favors using Basket Bunch

I wanted to create a simple party favor for Alexis to hand out to her friends at school.  I love that I can still do this.

 

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Creating these are super simple.  I used the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper and wrapped in a cone shape.

 

Tips & Tricks

Keeping them together is easy using the Tear and Tape Adhesive.  Once the cone was created I folded the top over,  stacked the two doilies together and lastly stapled the Sale-a-Bration ribbon over the doilies.  I love the soft pastel color combinations the designer series paper offers.  I added a simple banner across the top and of course a little bunny.

The finishing touch was the tassel.  This tassel comes from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit.

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

I simply tied the tassel around the ribbon using Linen Thread.

Of course, don’t forget to fill your bunny cone favor with a fun chocolate or jelly beans.

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

 

I hope you have enjoyed this little Easter project for today.  There are many more projects to see from our Artisan Team.  Simply click the button below and enjoy the blog hop.  First up is Louise Sharp.  I’m sure she will have something amazing to share.

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

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

For now, it’s time for me to go back to the hospital… please keep my dad in prayer. His name is Donnie.  We would appreciate it.

Glittered Dragonfly Wings

Glittered Dragonfly Wings

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Today I am overloading you with inspiration.  I hope you don’t mind.  I’m a very lucky girl who gets to design with talented demonstrators each month for a bundled tutorial.

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

We started the blog hops to give our viewers and customers an idea of our designing.

This month’s tutorial is over the top filled with not only cards but beautiful 3-D box ideas.

This tutorial might be my favorite yet!

Here is a sneak peek of the March tutorial.

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

This month I used the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle for my tutorial project.  I love how majestic dragonflies look, and this set gives you so many opportunities to create a beautiful dragonfly any way you wish.

Below you will see another project I created using this set.  Dragonfly Dreams is a very fun set to create with.

Dragonfly Dreams

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

One of my favorite die cuts from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies is the stack of dragonflies together.  I love the detail and how the change in direction.

Look how beautiful they display when using Glimmer Paper! I used the NEW 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper Assortment Stack (FREE Sale-a-Bration item) for my dragonflies.  This stack includes three colors of Glimmer Paper: Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, and  Sweet Sugarplum.

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • The base of the card is Mint Macaron 4-1/4″ x 11, scored at 5-1/2″.
  • The first layer is Watercolor Paper, with a watercolor wash using Pool Party ink.
  • I watercolored the Delicate White Doily using Pool Party ink.  Use an Aqua Painter to watercolor over the doily, then heat-set with a heat tool.
  • I used a staple to keep the ribbon, doily, and dragonflies in place and stapled onto a Stitched Shapes Square die cut.

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

  • I wrapped a small strip of Mint Macaron cardstock (1/2″ x 4-1/2″) across the card with my greeting.

My project for this month’s tutorial was so much fun to create.  I created a beautiful box and four cards to go inside.  I was a little giddy over the project.

If you are looking for inspiration this month, look no further and see what this tutorial is all about.  Dare to be amazed. You can find past tutorials HERE for only $15.

*Remember* When you spend $50 in my Online Store you receive the tutorial for FREE! 

 

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

Time to Be Inspired!

Finally, I’m excited about this hop!!   First up is my friend Kylie.  Kylie has a very clean style that is eye-catching for every project she creates.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Allison Okamitsu

Price: $110.00

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See more ideas using the Dragonfly Dreams HERE.

Be Inspired- Sending Love

Be Inspired- Sending Love

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

I’m super excited about today’s Be Inspired Blog Hop with a theme all about sending love.  You might have just come from Carolynn’s blog.  What a fun hop we have in store for today!

The past two weeks I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants with EVERYTHING in my life. I’m having one of those months where I completely over-scheduled events.  Not so much stamping events, but life events.  Have you experienced this?

Typically I do not find the month of February causing this much angst, more like the month of December.  However, Alexis gymnastic meets have added busy-ness to our schedule with the traveling.  In fact, we just came back from a competition in Orlando over the weekend, and I’m steadily trying to catch up.

 

Two Ships Sailing Different Directions

I’ve been feeling like Russ, and I are two passing ships with the crazy schedule we’ve created.

Obviously, this is a season in our lives when raising two teenagers.  We totally get it, but as you know when schedules get chaotic the lines of communication are drastically reduced, and this only causes tension.  This tension is what I like to call, communication chaos.

Luckily for me, I can get a little creative in my communications to Russ.

 

Creative Love

As you know, stamping gives us a way of communicating a simple sweet love message.  I like leaving Russ love notes, and I love when I have a stamp set that has the perfect words to convey my message.

I couldn’t have said this any better…. “You’re My Person!”

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

As much as my Prince can get on my nerves, he’s my person.  He gets me.  He still loves me when I’m grouchy, and I love him although it can be hard.  Know what I mean?

The stamp set Falling for You summed it all up!  It’s a great set for all types of LOVE occasions such as anniversaries, bride & grooms and of course a simple love message.

 

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

 

Keeping it Simple

Keeping things simple for me is always difficult.  I wanted to keep this card simple. However, I also wanted to use a different flower for the focal point of this card.

I loved the flower from the So in Love stamp set.  It’s a beautiful flower to watercolor.

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

 

Tips & Tricks

  • The flower was stamped using Archival Basic Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock then watercolored using my Aqua Painter with Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder ink.
  • I watercolored the image using the Blushing Bride ink first and then heat set with my Heat Tool.  Then I added the Watermelon Wonder ink over a few of the petals to add contrast.
  • I loved the So Detailed Thinlits die cut and placed this under the circle die cut.  I love how this individual die cut adds a very delicate look to the entire card.

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

Find all of the products used for today’s project in the clickable links below.

 

  • Save 10% by purchasing the So in Love Bundle.  Look at the beautiful details found in the So Detailed Thinlits.

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

 

 

While Russ and I continue to plug along with our scheduled chaos, I know something simple like this card can bring a smile to his face and he will know how much I love him despite our ships passing in the wind.

 

Be Inspired

While I hope today’s card and message inspires you to do the same, there is more inspiration to see.  The Be Inspired Team has a great line up of beautiful projects for you to see.  Click the button below to see Nadine’s project.

Cupcakes Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set& Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Louise Sharp

Price: $110.00

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Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Order $50 in products from my Online Store and receive a FREE tutorial packed with exclusive projects.

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

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques? 

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Lift Me Up-Artisan Blog Hop

Lift Me Up-Artisan Blog Hop

Exciting blog hop today with the Artisan Team using the Lift Me Up Bundle.  I love hot air balloons and this set not only has beautiful balloon images, but it also has great greetings to go with it.

 

On Cloud Nine!

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I’m definitely on cloud 9 with this card.  One of the tools I used to inspire me when creating this card was pattern paper.  The coordinating paper, Carried Away,  is filled with bright, beautiful colors.

The Carried Away Designer Paper Pack is FREE with a $50 purchase from any of our current Stampin’ Up! catalogs.  You can find this paper on page 7 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I would have never paired these colors together on my own.  I love how we can be inspired by different pattern papers or by using the catalogs from Stampin’ Up!

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips & Tricks 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

  • Die cut the clouds using Watercolor Paper and the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  Once I die cut the clouds, I used Mint Macaron ink and my Aqua Painter to watercolor.
  • I created a unique background by die cutting four squares using the Stitched Shapes framelits and Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  Once these were die cut, I attached each of squares onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using dimensionals.
  • Lastly, I created a fun look by die cutting the intricate balloon image from Whisper White cardstock.  After die cutting, I positioned the balloon onto Watermelon Wonder cardstock and die cut using Stitched Shapes largest circle die cut.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Using Subtle Tones

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I decided to use more subtle tones for my second card still using the Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Crumb Cake cardstock is a perfect color to add with any of Stampin’ Up! coordinates with all colors.  I used White Craft Ink to stamp the balloon image.  Make sure the ink is completely dry before die cutting.
  • To create a rolled edge on the banner, wrap the cardstock around your Paper Piercing Tool.  To keep the cardstock in place, add a Mini Glue Dot to the end.
  • Create layers by using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Find all the products used for today’s projects in the clickable links below. 

Be Inspired

The Lift Me Up bundle is a great set for all occasions and especially if you love to create handmade cards to send uplifting messages to friends and family.

In addition to what I’m shared with you today, there are more inspiring projects to see from the Artisan Team.

Up next is my dear friend Louise, who creates the most beautiful projects all the way from Austraila.  Her projects always have the most elegant touch to them.  Click the button below and enjoy this hop from artists around the world.

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

 

Price: $110.00

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Time is Running Out!

Are you a subscriber?

Becoming a subscriber to receive the monthly Tutorial Bundle is only available until the end of February.

Read all the news about becoming a subscriber HERE.

 

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Order $50 in products from my Online Store and receive a FREE tutorial packed with exclusive projects.

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

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques? 

Click HERE to see my online class tutorials and stamp in the comfort of your home!

See more ideas using the Lift Me Up Bundle HERE.

Cupcakes & Carousels-Be Inspired

Cupcakes & Carousels

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

I love cupcakes and carousels, so what better way to start out the day than with cupcake & carousel overload.

I have more birthday inspiration to share with you from the Be Inspired Design team.  You probably just came from Carolynn’s blog, and her project was exquisite.

Now be inspired by a few more cards and projects using the Cupcakes & Carousels Suite.  I can’t get enough of it this week!

 

Mix it Up!

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Many of you know my love for mixing stamp sets especially if I fall in love with a particular font.

To create this card, I chose to use the big top tent image along with a greeting from Big on Birthdays stamp set.

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

I re-created the card above only this time I changed out the color combination.

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Tips & Tricks

  • To create the star die cut, I placed two-star framelits together to create a frame using Bermuda Bay and So Saffron cardstock.
  • Each card used a strip of the Party Animal Designer Washi Tape on the right side of the card base (Whisper White 4-1/4″ x 11).
  • The happy birthday greeting comes from the Big on Birthdays stamp set (page 6-Occasions Catalog).

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

Layer Designer Series Paper

 

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

One of the reasons I love Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers is for the coordinating colors within the packs.  Not only does it take the guess work out of which colors to use, but it’s also seamless to layer different patterns together from one pack.  Plus we know that all of the colors match.

Layering colors and patterns from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer, Series Paper Stack was effortless because the patterns and colors coordinated.

The Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack comes with 48 Sheets of 12 double-sided designs. This paper stack is 6 x 6 and only $10!  Totally WORTH it.

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Notice the banner in the top right corner of the card? The Bunch of Banners Framelits has a tiny banner perfect for creating a fun element such as the one on this card.

 

Celebrate Birthdays!

This week I’ve shared many inspiring birthday cards and projects that you can duplicate.  If you are in need of a few fun birthday stamp sets or products to help you create, make sure to check out the clickable links below to find the perfect products for you.

Let’s wrap up this celebration on a great note.  Continue to be inspired by the Be Inspired Design Team and see what other great projects they are sharing with the Cupcakes & Carousels theme.  I have no doubt you will leave feeling inclined to create someone a fun birthday card.

Simply click the button below to see Nadine’s project.

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

With all the cards shared, let me know what inspired you the most.  I love to hear your feedback.

 

Louise Sharp
Brian King
Allison Okamitsu
Kylie Bertucci
Katy Harrison
Maike Ulbrich
Carolynn Sander
Kimberly Van Diepen YOU ARE HERE!
Nadine Hößrich
Sarah Berry

Supplies Used

Price: $110.00

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Order $50 in products from my Online Store and receive a FREE tutorial packed with exclusive projects.

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

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques? 

Click HERE to see my online class tutorials and stamp in the comfort of your home!

Be Inspired by these birthday card ideas HERE and a FREE tutorial featuring five cards HERE.