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Painted Harvest Artisan Hop

Painted Harvest 

It doesn’t seem possible that my summer is coming to an end.  If there is one thing I do love about the upcoming season it’s the beautiful images that Stampin’ Up! produces for fall and the holidays.  The new Painted Harvest Stamp Set is one that I fell in love with quickly.

As you know, I love a stamp set that has versatility. One that I can use over and over again throughout the year.  Painted Harvest is that set!  It’s time to get inspired by the Artisan Team!

 

Vibrant Colors

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I love sunflowers and the vibrant colors you can use to stamp them. The  Painted Harvest Suite was perfect to use when creating this card and Mini Treat Bag.

Tips & Tricks 

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  • The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits creates the perfect mini treat bag for quick favors.  I used the Painted Autumn Cardstock Pack (Kraft Cardstock) to create the bag.
  • Watercolor Paper was die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits largest circle, then watercolored using Daffodil Delight Classic Ink.   I stamped the sunflowers using Pumpkin Pie, and Peekaboo Peach Classic Inks, once the area was dry.
  • I stamped the greeting using Early Espresso ink.
  • To create a thinner Jute Twine, I simply separated the twine to three threads.  Then I wrapped this around the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper belly band.
  • Lastly, I stamped the tissue paper for the inside of the mini treat bag using the same classic inks mentioned above.  Love how this brings the entire project together.

 

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  • I created the background using Whisper White cardstock punched from the Leaf Punch.  I love how this gave texture to the card front along with a unique look.
  • Stamping the sunflowers, I used Daffodil Delight, then I used the rock n roll technique with a touch of Pumpkin Pie ink.  The inside of the flower was stamped using Early Espresso.
  • There is a little fussy cutting for a few of the leaves and one sunflower.
  • I added a few wood flowers from the Touches of Nature Elements.  I love how this all coordinates.

 

Gather Together & Give Thanks

Whether you are looking to create beautiful fall handmade cards or have a love affair with the sunflowers, the Painted Harvest stamp set is a perfect addition to your stamp collection from the Holiday catalog.

It’s time to be inspired by the rest of the Artisan Team. The next stop is my friend Louise Sharp.  Simply click the button below to see what the creative Louise has created.

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Click the links below for amazing ideas!

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

 

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September Tutorial Bundle Hop

September Tutorial Bundle Hop

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It’s time for another Tutorial Bundle Hop and this month it’s all about the Holiday catalog. The September tutorial is amazing filled with detailed projects.

Let’s get started!

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Click the photo above to purchase the Holiday Edition Tutorial

Spooky Cat

This month I used the Spooky Cat Bundle to create my project for the tutorial and today’s project.  If you have been around my blog for some time, you already know Halloween is one of my favorite times to create.  Not only do I love the images, but I also love the color combinations you can use for Halloween.

 

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The Spooky Cat Bundle makes me smile with the Cat Punch.  Especially because you can use the Cat Punch past the holidays.

 

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Quick Tips

Below are a few quick tips creating this card.

  • I stamped seven cats onto Fresh Fig cardstock using the Spooky Cat image with Fresh Fig ink.  Once punched, I attached the punched images to Fresh Fig cardstock (3-3/4 x 5-1/2″).
  • The designer paper is a 1″ strip using the Spooky Night DSP.
  • I embossed the greeting onto Basic Black cardstock using White Embossing Powder.
  • I  stamped the mouse onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock onto a Circle Tab punched.  SOOO cute.

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Be Inspired!

Finally, let’s get started on this sensational blog hop! Up next is the creative Lorri Heiling. Simply click the next button to continue the hop or make sure to use the blog roll of participants below to follow along.

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Merry Patterns Artisan Hop

Merry Patterns Artisan Hop

I love a great promotion and Stampin’ Up! has a great one for you! For a limited time starting September 1st, get the Merry Patterns Stamp Set FREE when you host a party with $300 in sales.

The beautiful thing about this promotion is getting this exclusive holiday stamp set in addition to your Stampin’ Rewards when you host a qualifying Stampin’ Up! party.  This promotion runs until October 31st.

Now let me share a sneak peek of this fun new stamp set along with our amazing Artisan Team.

 

Gorgeous Holiday Images

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When I first had a glance at this stamp set my eye balls quickly was drawn to the beautiful deer.  I love both of these beautiful images.  I also love the large greeting fonts.

 

Outlines and Patterns

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You will notice this is a two step stamp set with lots of outlines and patterns.  This gave me so many options to play around with colors to coordinate or mix and match.

 

Quick Tips

  • When I started stamping with the Merry Pattern stamp set, I grabbed my Stamp-a-ma-jig to help layer the greetings for two step stamping.  This doesn’t have to be done, but it definitely helped to get things perfectly straight.
  • While the fussy cutting was a little intricate, I do love how this looks.  I stamped the deer onto Whisper White cardstock using Soft Sky ink.
  • The bow was created using a thread from the Burlap Ribbon.  I doubled the thread and then tied a bow and secured it with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

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Be Inspired

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Now it’s time to be inspired by the Artisan Team.  Simply click the button below and enjoy the gorgeous projects using the Merry Patterns stamp set. Your next stop is Louise Sharp.  Always creative in the most beautiful way.

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Artisan Blog Hop 

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

 

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Price: $110.00

New & Exciting…  

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Sharing Sweet Thoughts- Artisan Blog Hop

Sharing Sweet Thoughts

It’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop! Today I’m sharing a card created using the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.

Not only do I think this is a cute stamp set, it holds a special place in my heart, the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  If you turn your catalog to page 233, you will find this fun stamp set.

Each time a purchase is made of the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set, $3 is donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

What’s exciting to note is Stampin’ Up! has donated $1.5 million dollars to the RMHC to date.

 

Sweet and Simple

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I kept this card very simple and it made me fall in love with this particular card even more.  I don’t know about you, but I tend to struggle using pattern paper. There is a ton of gorgeous patterns sitting on my paper shelf and I always migrate to using a small piece rather than be bolder.

I love the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper and this was a perfect color and match for this card using the Powder Pink pattern. I was so excited to be bold and brave using a nice sized piece of pattern paper.

 

Coordinating Product

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Another favorite I have with this set is the coordinating products such as the Everyday Jar Framelits.  In fact, the Everyday Jar Framelits has coordinated with many sets making this die cut well worth every penny.  That’s what I like to call a great bang for your buck.

 

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • I stamped the Jar onto Watercolor Paper using Archival Basic Black ink. Then I watercolored the inside of the jar with Pool Party Ink.  Trick- Once I’ve applied a layer of color to the inside of the jar, I take my Aqua Painter and drop color onto the image.  I use my Heat Tool to move the drops around creating a very fun watercolored look.
  • Next, I colored the Strawberry’s using a mix of Calypso Coral and Flirty Flamingo inks.
  • I stamped the greeting onto Pool Party cardstock and then die cut the image using the Lots of Labels Framelits. I then took a sponge dauber with Pool Party ink and lightly went over the tag to brighten the color a tad bit more.

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Giving Heart

I hope after you take a tour of today’s Artisan Blog Hop you will consider adding this stamp set to your collection.

Not only do you get a fun stamp set, but your contribution from the sale of this set will be greatly appreciated.  Simply click the photo to order your set today!

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Be Inspired!

It’s time to be inspired by the rest of the amazing Artisan Design Team.  Next on the hop is the talented Louise Sharp.  Simply click the button below to see what she has created today.

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Follow along the rest of the hop by clicking any of the Artisan links 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

 

Products Used

Below you can find the links to all the products I used for today’s project.

 

Price: $110.00

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Turning Upside Down

Turning Upside Down

I’ve been meaning to blog for awhile about what’s going on in my world, but every time I start I just end up deleting.  I guess that is par for the course when you feel like everything around you is turning upside down.

Have you ever felt like you are constantly in a raging war with life? I guess that is the best possible way I can describe my thoughts.  A raging war… every single day!

Even as I start to write this, I have the compulsion to just delete and start again another day.  Although I know it may be therapeutic to get a little bit of my raging war off my chest, as I know I can’t possibly be the only one feeling the way I am.  In fact, I know thousands and thousands suffer from the same thing.  It’s called anxiety!

 

The Vicious Cycle

Interestingly enough in June, I decided that I wanted to go back to school.  I started the process to complete my bachelor’s degree in Religion with a minor in Christian Counseling.  But as with anything I’ve done over the last 3 years the inevitable happens.  Something in life blows up and it feels like the devil is standing in front of me saying, “Not so fast, lady!”

I cannot tell you how many times this has been the case with my business.  I start something great, then an illness, life crisis or something chaotic happens preventing me from following through.  Time and time again this has happened, and if I’m honest I believe it’s one of the sources that brought on some of the anxiety I’ve felt the last 6 weeks.  Although this time it really did me in.

 

Time to Cancel

The beginning of July Russ and I were set to board a plane to Thailand with our first stop in Hawaii for a few days of rest before meeting up with all of our Stampin’ Up! family. We look forward to being reunited with our friends and spending quality quiet time with them.  This year there was a change in plans.

Two days prior to the trip I felt like I had a sinus infection brewing. That turned into actually being a dental issue (the big battle I’ve had for 4 years) and there was no way flying 30+ hours was going to happen.  Telling Russ to “unpack” his suitcase was awful and I cried for days with disappointment. More disappointment in myself than anything.

Russ was amazing as any good husband should be, but how could he not be disappointed?

It was time to push past that and take care of the issue at hand.  A trip to the oral surgeon, one tooth extracted and I was hopeful the issue was cleared.

Not so fast….

4 days later that sinus infection I felt brewing was rearing its ugly head. This started a trip to the doctor, then back to the dentist and then to the doctor again. It wasn’t until about 2 weeks ago when my internal volcano finally erupted.

 

Impending Doom

I was sitting in the church nursery about two weeks ago when all of a sudden I felt really odd.  I could feel my heart rate climbing out of control and everything around me felt like it was fading. My first reaction was to jump up from my chair.  I felt like I was dying.  It was panic.  This horrible feeling of impending doom.

As awful as I felt, I couldn’t bring myself to tell the other nursery worker what was happening from sheer embarrassment. I know, ridiculous.  You don’t have to tell me that.  Thankfully, church ended quickly I grabbed my kids and we headed home. Russ had just left for a business trip that morning so I was alone with the kids.

We weren’t home 20 minutes when a friend called from church to ask if I was okay.  I guess my abnormal quick exit was a clue.  Typically I am one of the last ones to leave because of my Chatty Cathy self.  Not that day.  I ran to my car.

So here I was on the phone with my friend and I couldn’t even tell her what I was feeling.  But she could sense I wasn’t my normal self. Not long after she offered to come grab my kids.

 

Alone and Panic

After the kids left I sat to try and gather my thoughts.  Only I couldn’t do that.  In fact, I noticed my heart rate was a steady race, and I just felt like crap.  With no one around, I was starting to panic more.  My parents were just driving in from Kentucky after being away on a mission trip.  How was I going to explain this with a phone call?

Literally, as they pulled into their driveway I was calling.  My mom knew something was wrong just in my voice. They were on their way to get me.

I sat with them for a few hours before agreeing to be seen just in case this was something more than anxiety, and I’m thankful I did.

Of course with my heart rate sky high, I was quickly shuffled into a room as a cardiac patient. My heart was running a race but my feet were not.  Truly exhausting.  This is clearly why I don’t run.

I was blessed with the kindest doctor, and for once in 3 weeks I felt like someone was listening to me.  I shed many tears, and my thoughts were overcome with worry.  What if something was wrong with me? I couldn’t shake that thought.  What was happening to me? What happened to this strong girl I’ve always been?

Dr. Lucky

Even though I was scared out of my mind,  I knew God was with me every second.  Dr. Lucky (yes, that was his name) spoke with the softest voice, showed concern, held my hand and I was able to calm down.  I was also thankful to have my mother sitting next to me.

With a diagnosis of anxiety, continued sinus infection and labs drawn I was given some great meds and I was on my way home.   I followed up with my regular doctor last week and went over my labs.  That was interesting.  It appears that my hormones are in FULL swing and menopause has begun.  All I can say is poor Russ.  This probably explains why my kids are running around the house with hoodies and I’m half naked in my house.  Who knew?

 

Light at the End of the Tunnel

This past Saturday was the first day I felt GOOD in 6 weeks! It was like a Christmas miracle.  I spent 4 hours at the beach with my kids enjoying the sunshine, laughter and the kids from our youth group.  I loved every minute.

While the last 6 weeks have been extremely trying, I am thankful for a God that never leaves me. I am thankful for the love of friends who have prayed every single day, sent cards, texted, called and lifted my spirits.  The past 6 weeks felt like an eternity at times, but the light is bright at the end of my tunnel and I feel better! Now to get my cheerful self back in the groove of life and get back to my happy self.

 

Something Pretty

Lastly, I have something pretty to share.  It felt great to stamp and use products collecting dust on my shelf.  I thought I would start with a set that made me smile, Message in a Bottle.

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This set brought a smile to my face with the whimsical sea images.

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I added the gorgeous Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I love how the planked wood looks with this set.  So pirate!  I ran the Crumb Cake cardstock through the Seaside Textured Impressions Folder and I love how this looked in the background.

 

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Lastly, one of my favorite embellishments I added to this card was the Copper Trim. I love how it pulls apart and reminded me of fish netting.

 

I hope this sheds some light on my absence.

 

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