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Favorite Season-Be Inspired

Favorite Season-Be Inspired 

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

 

It’s a blog hop with the Be Inspired team and I’m super excited because our project centers around our favorite season.  This was SUPER easy for me… HELLO SUMMER!

Okay, truth be told I love something about every season.  Summer holds a special place in my heart because I’m a beach girl and I love to be warm!  I’ve spent many years in cold weather areas and I tend to enjoy the warmer climates especially Florida!

My project was inspired by fun summer days and one of my favorite stamp sets, Day at the Beach.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

Let’s Create!

 

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

One of my favorite things about the Day at the Beach stamp set is the open beach images.  They are perfect to color using any of your favorite coloring mediums.

Here are a few Quick Tips to create this card:

  • I started this card by beginning with my Watercolor Paper.  First, I used Pool Party ink and an Aqua Painter to create a watercolored area in the center of the paper.  I heat set with my heat tool to speed up the drying time.
  • Next, I embossed the sun image with VersaMark ink and White Embossing Powder down the right side of the paper. This has become one of my favorite design techniques.  I love the look of embossing on Watercolor Paper.
  • To create the letters, I used the Large Letters, Framelits Dies.  I used Watercolor Paper to die cut and then watercolored each letter using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  I added small drops of watery ink to add more emphasis to my letters.  Once again, I heat set the letters for two reasons.  First, I wanted to speed up the drying time.  Second, when I add drops of ink, the heat tool moves the water in different directions and gives the paper a unique look.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

Finish It!

  • I stamped the sunglasses using Archival Basic Black ink onto Shimmery Cardstock.  Shimmery Cardstock is a fun cardstock to use for water coloring.  Once the image was colored, I fussy cut. I stapled the glasses to the last letter and added a piece of twine.
  • The word summer was stamped from the Project Life Date It stamp set (AWESOME stamp set, by the way!).  I simply stamped the image using VersaMark ink and heat embossed using White Embossing Powder onto Basic Black cardstock. Once embossed, I used my Paper Snips to cut as close to the edge as possible.  I attached the greeting using a dimensional.
  • Once I had finished embellishing the watercolor paper, I attached it to a piece of Pop of Pink DSP using dimensionals and then onto a piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock.
  • I wanted to make sure that Lemon Lime Twist popped on the card. By simply adding a 1/4″ strip of the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock across the Watercolor Paper, it was complete.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

Don’t Forget the Splatter!

Probably one of the biggest questions I get asked in relation to the cards I create is how to create the splatter effect.

Here are a few tips:

  • Load your Aqua Painter with ink.  Using your bone folder, tap gently over selected area that you want to create splatter.  The harder you tap, the more ink will splatter.  I highly recommend tapping over a “throw away” surface before trying this on your own card.  Get the feel of how light or hard you need to tap.
  • Another way to achieve splatter is by taking your finger through the brush once loaded with ink. I’m not a particular fan of this way of adding splatter because of the mess it creates.  Although I don’t use this technique, it works.
  • My biggest tip- Don’t OVER splatter.  You can make a card really ugly very quick by over doing it.  A little goes a long way.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

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

 

Be Inspired!

It’s time to be inspired by more amazing artists.  Click the button below to follow along with the blog hop. Your first stop is Nadine.  Her work is always incredible.

WAIT! Before you go, what is YOUR favorite season? I’d love to hear by leaving me a comment.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

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

 

Don’t Forget!

Below are the products I used for today’s project.

Looking for more project ideas using the Day at the Beach stamp set? Take a peek at this card HERE and HERE.

Color Combination

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

Price: $110.00

OnStage Display Wrap Up!

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

 

OnStage Display Wrap Up!

 

 

Today I’m sharing the last of the OnStage Displays that I created.  If you have missed them, I hope you will take a minute and scroll through my blog to visit.  Today is the OnStage Display wrap up.

I’ve been a display stamper for many years and I’ve always enjoyed the challenge.  I remember the first time I was sent a new box of products to create with almost 9 years ago.  I always get the jitters on how I’m going to create so many displays with only a few products.  Once I feel the pressure of creating, the challenge is on.

 

It’s Literally a Wrap!

My projects I’m sharing today literally speak to wrapping it up! This year I didn’t do as many 3D projects as I have in the past.  That part of my mojo department was not clicking I guess.

One project I loved was this sweet little cone.

OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

I’ve always loved making these cones because they are super simple and easy to fill with the tasty treat you desire.  I created the cone by simply using a 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper folded into a cone.  I always take the top and fold it over and then add a pretty topper.

When I created the topper for this cone I fell in love with the color combination just as much as the actual products.  The Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Bunch, and Bermuda Bay scream spring/summer.  This combination is so fresh and fun and I can see using it on so many other projects.  My favorite product on this cone is the Lemon Lime Twist ribbon.  Isn’t that a beautiful pop of color?

If you are looking to create favors and need something quick and easy, this cone is one I always fall back on.  They are quickly duplicatable and always have a wow appeal.

Tip: To keep the cone sealed I used the Tear Tape Adhesive.  This adhesive is great for keeping boxes and favors sealed.  

 

Quick and Easy Pocket Bag

My last project is another quick and easy favor and can be used to hold a gift card or a candy bar.

OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

To create this fun bag, I simply cut down both the edges of the bag and folded the top portion over and attached it using Fast Fuse.  I placed a piece of the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper on the inside and embellished the front.

I reverted back to a few of my favorite thinlits, Sunshine Wishes and the Stitched Shapes Framelits along with the Label Me Pretty stamp set.

Tips & Tricks

 

OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

  • Once I die cut the heart from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits using Watercolor Paper, I watercolored over the heart using Berry Bunch.
  • I die cut a piece of the Bundle of Love DSP using the Stitched Shapes Framelits then attached it to a Delicate White Doily.  I folded the doily over so only 3/4 of the doily was seen on the outside of the pocket.  The Hearts and Stars Elements coordinated perfectly with the other hearts.  Notice that I attached the wooden heart using a stapler.
  • The greeting was stamped using Fresh Fig ink onto Fresh Fig cardstock and punched out using the Sweetheart Punch.  This punch is on sale and retiring.  Click HERE to order this punch before it’s gone.
  • Lastly, I used a sponge dauber to sponge over the tiny wooden heart.  After I finished sponging the heart I placed the tiny heart next to the greeting using a Mini Glue Dot.

 

A HUGE Thank You!

I want to say a big thank you for taking the time to read and comment on these projects.  Time is precious, and I appreciate you taking the time.  I hope that you have been inspired to create not only from my blog but the amazing Artisans that have shared over the last ten days.

I have many more projects to share now that I’m steadily back in my stamp room.  Plus I have a gazillion ideas in my head that I’m ready to see come to life.  So stick with me, there is much more to come.

If you have followed over the last ten days, which project was your favorite? What product are you most excited about?

 

Be Inspired

Are you ready to be inspired by the other Artisans? Take a trip with me around the world and see what others created. Just click the button below to follow the hop.

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Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen  YOU ARE HERE!
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Paula Dobson
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

 

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.

Click the button below to donate!

Autism Matters, Stampin' Up!, Autism Awareness

One more thing, are you looking for new ideas?

Check out my tutorial library with tons of fantastic ideas to get your creative mojo moving all in the comfort of your home!  Just click the image below to check it out.  

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Exquisite Berry Burst

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

Exquisite Berry Burst

It’s been so fun sharing all of my display samples with you so far, and I can’t believe we are on Day 9!  I’m sharing another card using the exquisite Berry Burst and Label Me Pretty stamp set.

 

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

There are many great color combinations I think Berry Burst will look fantastic with, however today I kept with the purple hues and I love how it turned out.

Here is the color combination I used for this card.

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

The Rich Shades of Purple

I’ve never been a fan girl of purples.   In fact, it took forever for me to warm up to the Sweet Sugarplum InColor.  Berry Burst appears to be brighter, but as you can see the rich shades of each of these colors really stand out together. The Berry Burst looks especially rich next to the Fresh Fig.  WOW!

 

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

 

When I started creating this card I wanted to work around the wooden heart element from the Hearts & Stars Elements.  I love how the wood elements have detail added to them.  Although the Summer Sorbet stamp set is retiring, it worked perfectly for this card and coordinated with the wooden heart.

 

Tips & Tricks

I’ve shared many projects using the Label Me Pretty stamp set, and once again I loved how this set worked for this card.

  • If you look closely, the thank you greeting has a tiny heart.  Adding the other heart elements to this card created the perfect balance.
  • When I use the Enamel Shapes, I love to add 3 shapes around the focal area to give the card balance.

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

Elegant Pink & Gold

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

Lastly, I created an elegant but simple card using layers of the Bundle of Love Designer Series Paper.  Undoubtedly, the gold in this designer series paper packs a mighty punch and the heavier weight will be great to create boxes.

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

The new Basic Black 3/8? Shimmer Ribbon is so soft and shimmery.  I love how this ribbon can be wrapped and placed under any element.  To keep the ribbon set in place I simply staple it before attaching the card front to the card base.

 

 

Berry Burst, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Be Inspired

It’s time to be inspired by the other Artisans and their displays.  The last 8 days have been incredible to see their work.

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen  YOU ARE HERE!
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Paula Dobson
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

 

Don’t forget! 

One more thing, are you looking for new ideas?

Check out my tutorial library with tons of fantastic ideas to get your creative mojo moving all in the comfort of your home!  Simply click the image below to check it out.  

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

Shop the retired and discounted products! Click HERE to download the retired list.

Click HERE to shop!

Autism Matters- Make a Difference!

Autism Matters- Make a Difference!

Autism Matters, Stampin' Up!

Autism Matters, Stampin' Up!, Autism Awareness

 

Happy Saturday! Today I’m sharing something near and dear to my heart, and I would love for you to help me make a difference. I’ve teamed up with other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators to Stamp Out Autism.  Today we have a blog hop dedicated to Autism Awareness.  Our hope is two-fold- educate our viewers on autism, and raise funds to help support programs for families impacted by Autism.  You will find all of the links for this blog hop at the end of my post. The bonus for crafters will be the beautiful artwork shared by demonstrators.

 

I’ve started my post over a dozen times trying to speak from my heart.  The truth is, Autism had never impacted my life until a year and a half ago.  I had no idea of the effects that Autism has on families. So why would I start this post over a dozen times? I believe in my heart; I still lack the knowledge about Autism.

Meet Sarah & Grace

A year and a half ago my family was blessed when we met Sarah and her family.  They had been a part of our church and eventually joined our Missional Community.  As time went on and Sarah and I became closer friends I was able to learn more about their daughter Grace who has Autism and the impacts it had on her family.  Because of my lack of knowledge and understanding, it was eye opening.  I’m grateful Sarah shared her story with me, the friendship we have formed as well as the opportunity to learn more about Autism and the many ways in which we can help other families with Autistic children.

 

Make a Difference

Believe it or not, in this crazy busy world we can assist in the smallest of ways.  For instance, our faith family came together and created a special needs room for kids to attend during worship.  Our special needs class allows parents to sit together in church and enjoy worship, knowing their children are in good hands. Not only did we develop a nice special needs class on Sunday mornings, but another missional community developed a program for special needs parents to have a day/night out. Being a caregiver to anyone can be exhausting, and this night out gives parents a time to be together and relax.  It gives our faith family a time to love and enjoy these amazing kids.  These families need our love and support.

 

 

Faith & Love

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Sarah has enormous faith, and today my card is dedicated to her and Grace.  Although she faces days of uncertainty, her faith is strong.  Even on the hardest days with Grace, when Autism has so many unknowns, she still has faith and hope.  I’m in awe of her steadfast faith, hope, and love.  My days do not hold that many unknowns, and uncertainties. She consistently teaches me not just about autism, but how to continue to have faith, hope, and love.

 

What Makes My Heart Happy

One more thing,  I can’t help but tell you one of my favorite things about Grace. She loves her iPad, and she’s wicked smart using it.  She loves to FaceTime, and we are grateful to be on her contact list.   I love when she FaceTimes me out of the blue.  As soon as I answer her call,  I see her bright smiling face.  When she hears my voice, she smiles. “Hi, Mrs. Kimberly!”  <insert 1000 hearts>

We love this family so much, and I love that Sarah has given my family the opportunity to learn more about Autism by letting us become part of their family.  I’m so grateful our lives crossed paths.

 

Autism Matters, Stampin' Up!, Autism Awareness

How can YOU help? 

Maybe you are like me and had no idea how Autism impacts families? If it weren’t for Sarah, I wouldn’t have known.   Your donation to the Autism Speaks Organization can help fund programs and support families like Sarah’s.  It’s a BIG deal.  Need more information on this organization? Click HERE to read.

I’ve set up a donation link below for the Autism Speaks Organization.  Just click the button to donate. For every person that donates $25, I will be sending this handmade card as a thank you. Seriously, I can’t thank you enough!!!

Autism Matters, Stampin' Up!, Autism Awareness

 

Before You Go- Did You Know?

  • Autism is the fastest growing disability among children in the US
  • There is no blood test, no scan, and no image that can detect autism. Diagnosis relies on behavioral observation and screening.
  • Approximately 67 million people worldwide are affected by autism

 

Learn More and Be Inspired!

Learn more about Autism from the rest of the crew on this blog hop.  You will also enjoy beautiful hand stamped artwork.  Just click through the list below to learn and be inspired.

 

                                1- Kimberly Van Diepen – YOU ARE HERE!

2- Kylie Bertucci

3- Lee Conrey

4- Rachel Bronson Yukanin

5- Heather Wright-Porto

6- Susan Best

7- Louise Sharp

8- Candy Rattray

9- Maureen Rauchfuss

10- Tammy Fite

11- Billie Moan

12- Monika Davis

Ribbon of Courage

You might be wondering where this fun new stamp set came from.

Ribbon of Courage is in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog from Stampin’ Up!  This set of 9 rubber images arrives in both wood and clear mount.  The beautiful fonts, greetings, and beautiful ribbons will be the perfect addition to any cause.  The best part about this stamp set is the matching Support Ribbon Framelits that will also be available.

Imagine the possibilities with this beautiful stamp set!!

 

Lemon Or Lime? You Choose!

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Lemon Or Lime? You Choose!

When I started to create with the products for OnStage, I was a little stumped with the Lemon Builder Punch.  No lemon stamps so what in the world will I create??  After a little thought (or maybe a lot) I thought about my cocktail tree I have in my backyard. The tree is called a cocktail tree because it produces three types of Fruit: Lemons, Limes and Naval Oranges. It’s pretty impressive, and we have lemons and limes growing already.

I gathered some supplies and went to work.

 

Tips for a Simple Lemon Card

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

 

Starting off this card I think I was more excited to use the Lemon Lime Twist ink. Seriously, it’s my favorite ink color right now.

Here are some quick and easy tips for creating this card:

  • I used an Aqua Painter to brush over the center of the Watercolor Paper to get my paper nice and wet.  Then I go over the center again using the Aqua Painter loaded with Lemon Lime Twist ink.  When you have the surface of the Watercolor paper nice and wet, this makes the blending much easier.   I love how the ink moves beautifully over the paper by using this trick.
  • When I stamped the greeting from the Label Me Pretty stamp set I used Daffodil Delight cardstock and then used the Lemon Builder punch.  I punched the leaves of the lemon using the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and added to the Lemon punched image using a Mini Glue Dot.

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

  • Another fun addition to this card is the Lemon Lime Twist 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon.  When I used this ribbon, I love how easy it is to fold, and my card is not bumpy at all.  I know this makes my mailing a bit easier and my postal lady happy.  I used a staple to keep it in place.  Super simple and fast.
  • Lastly, after I added the lemon image to my card with dimensionals, I used a new Sequin Assortment called Iridescent. Want to know my favorite part about these sequins? Look at the tiny sequin.  That made me squeal.  Not kidding.

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

 

Mix it Up!

One of the things I love being a display stamper is the challenge.  Like I said in the beginning, I didn’t have the coordinating stamp set for the Lemon Builder Punch.  I was left wide open to think outside of the box and create.  Don’t get me wrong; this can be scary at times. I mean really, what greeting would work with this lemon?

Interestingly enough, I thought the Label Me Pretty greeting, “You’re the Best” worked perfectly.  I think of making lemonade out of lemons… it’s simply the best! Right?

Consequently, I should tell you that my eyes spotted a fun lemon/lime stamp set in the new catalog.  It’s going to be one that I will use frequently!

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

 

Lemonade or Limeade?

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

 

After I had created the lemon card, I knew I needed to make a lime.  I’m not sure if lime’s looked much like this, but I have a great imagination, and I hope you do as well.

As I started this card I pulled out my Orange Blossom stamp set again and made a fun polka dot background using Lemon Lime Twist ink onto Whisper White.  Remember, the polka dot image is really an orange… imagination friends, imagination!

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

 

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a couple of tricks to create this card. Remember, even if you do not have these stamps or punches, imagine the card with products you do have.  Think of my card as a sketch!

  • I layered a piece of Vellum Cardstock over the Whisper White card base.  I love how this looks on a card.  If you haven’t worked with Vellum, I strongly suggest trying it.  I have found that Stampin’ Up!’s Vellum cardstock has a perfect weight and it’s easy to use.
  • When adding a bow to the lime’s, I didn’t want anything bulky.  I started by taking a piece of Linen Thread and White Thick Bakers Twine and pulling apart some of the thread.  This made the bow nice and flat.  I love the mix of color, too.

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

  • Lastly, I used the new Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper to punch the lime’s from the Lemon Builder Punch.  The Eastern Palace DSP is SO beautiful.

 

Be Inspired!

You know the old saying, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade! While I definitely didn’t get handed lemons, starting this project was not easy.  I think I made a little lemonade and I’m excited how these projects turned out.

Can you believe we are on Day 8 of sharing? I have to say, this blog hop has been over the top with the projects being shared and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.  If you have missed a few days, click HERE to start.  You won’t be disappointed.

Next, hop over to see what the rest of the Artisan Display Stampers have created.  Simply click the button below.

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Sylwia Schreck
Dani Dziama
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

One more thing, are you looking for new ideas?

Check out my tutorial library with tons of fantastic ideas to get your creative mojo moving all in the comfort of your home!  Simply click the image below to check it out.  

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!