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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 

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  • 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.

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  • 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 

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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 

 

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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.

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Inspiring Monday-Card Buffet

Inspiring Monday-Card Buffet

This weekend I did a little cleaning purge of my desk.  It’s amazing what I find laying around when I finally sift through all of the piles of papers sitting around.  In fact, as I was sifting through my piles I found three cards I had to share.  I feel like I have a little card buffet to share with the cards that I found.

 

A Quick & Simple Technique

Recently I created a card using a fun technique that Stampin’ Up! posted on Instagram. If you haven’t followed them on Instagram, you should.  This feed is nothing but happiness and great eye candy. They share tips from the Artisans that are eye-opening and fun.

With that said, I don’t think my tip is AWE dropping, but I believe that it’s a quick and straightforward wow card you can create using the Big on Birthdays stamp set.  This stamp set will carry over to the new Annual Catalog which is super exciting.

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Use Your Markers

I find that I don’t use my markers enough.  Not because I don’t love them, but I forget about them.  I just stamped the Happy Birthday image onto Whisper White cardstock, then outlined the image using my markers.  Believe it or not, I created six fun cards using this technique, and the cards were SO simple and fast to create.

I love this stamp set because of the big bold images.  They are simple to color, and each had their unique look with the marker.  Isn’t that fun?

 

 

Everyday Hero

My next card uses the Everyday Hero stamp set.

I jokingly talk about being superwoman, and I bet we can all think of many women in our lives that we could give this title.  While I also jokingly say I’ve buried my cape in the backyard, I think I’ve had to put it back on a few times the last six weeks.  I don’t know; I believe this card is super fun and one that would make a mom smile.

Card Buffet, Everyday Hero, Stampin' Up!

 

Of course, I had to add a little frilly to the card.  A doily made it all the more feminine, and the ribbon as well.

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There is one thing retiring on this card that I probably did cry over- the Tags & Labels Framelits.  I’ve loved these dies and used them for SO SO many cards.  Make sure to check them out while they are still available.  The Everyday Hero’s set is one that is retiring also.  I’m sad to see it go as well but I think this will be a keeper for when I remind my friends what a hero they are.

Download a FREE tutorial to create this card HERE.

Love Sparkles

The last one I’m sharing for today’s card buffet is from the stamp set Love Sparkles.

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One of my favorite things I love to add to a card is using a greeting for the background.  It’s something very simple, but it always gives a fun look to a card. For this card, I used the Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder inks and alternated the colors with the greeting.  I added a touch of the Delightful Dijon for a pop of color.

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Another die cut that is retiring and seen a ton of use in my stamp room is the Stars, Framelits Dies.  These are on sale, so get them before they are gone.  I love how the three layers of stars and the colors look together.
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Lastly, I added the tiny greeting by stamping the greeting onto Basic Black cardstock using VersaMark ink. Then I placed White Embossing Powder over it and heated.  Again, this gave a little pop to the card.

 

I have a FREE tutorial for this last card that you can download HERE.

 

Inspiring Monday

I guess the moral of my story today is I should clean my desk more often.  Who knew these gems were hiding under stacks of papers.

The last thing these cards need on them is a matching stamped envelope with a stamp and address.  They are ready to leave my house for good and bring a smile to someone’s face.

A couple of reminders…

Check out the retiring list HERE.  Lots of great sales.  AND… another must check is the Clearance Rack.  GREAT buys and tons of fun things to stock up on.  Click HERE to see it.

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I’ve had a BALL with the Eastern Palace Suite.  Ths is one promotion I wouldn’t miss out on.  You can see all of the cards I’ve created using this bundle below.  Click HERE to see the bundles and get your free gifts before May 31st.  Remember, you get TWO tutorials when you purchase this bundle from my Online Store.  Combined together, these tutorials have 39 cards and 3d projects you don’t want to miss.

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Special Reason For Special People!

Special Reason For Special People!

Special Reason, Stampin' Up!

Although I never need a special reason to stamp with friends, every month I do get an extra special reason to stamp with a group of ladies I love.  My stamp club meets once a month at my home, and it’s always so exciting to have them.  To hear them laugh and enjoy the company of friends all while stamping is so good for the soul.

This month at stamp club I was excited to use a stamp set I had not used, Special Reason.  After I had created the project and cut all of the supplies, I found out this was a stunning bundle, and it was sold out.

At first, I wanted to cry. I loved how the card turned out and wanted my stampers to create it.  The thought of changing the project crossed my mind, but then I said no way.  We went ahead with the project, and I added another project to their list of cards to create.

 

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • I stamped the flowers using Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride ink.  The leaves were stamped using Pear Pizzaz.
  • I used the largest flower from the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and die cut the flower in the center.  To add color to the flower, I used a 3 x 3 piece of Watercolor Paper, then watercolored the paper using Calypso Coral.  To create dimension, I placed dimensionals on the back of the Whisper White cardstock.
  • There is two label dies in this framelit set.  I die cut both of the labels, then attached them together to create a faux embossed look.  The greeting was stamped onto the smallest label.

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  • Lastly, I added pearls and splatter to the card front.  I also added dew drops by taking my Fine-Tip Glue pen and dropping small dots of the glue randomly around the flowers.  I set this piece to the side until the drops dried on their own.

 

Surprise on the Inside

One thing I’m typically not good at is stamping the inside of a card.  Not the case for this card.  The greeting I used for this card was meant for a surprise on the inside.  I love how it turned out.

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I stamped the flowers using Blushing Bride ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″.  The greeting was stamped using the Archival Basic Black ink.

 

While I’m disappointed this stamp set and framelits are no longer available, I can see why.  This set has beautiful floral images and greetings.

I’m sure many of you have this stamp set, and if anything I have inspired you to create another card using it.  If you do not have this set, the design itself can be duplicated with the many floral sets Stampin’ Up! does have available.

You can see a list of the products I used for this card in the clickable links below.  

IMPORTANT!

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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!

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Oh So Succulent

 Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Oh So Succulent

Welcome to another Artisan Blog Hop! Be inspired by the Oh So Succulent bundle.

I was reflecting back on this stamp set and how long I’ve been using it and how many fun projects I’ve created with it.  In fact, this stamp set is hands down the one I used the most from the Occasions Catalog.

I was able to start using this stamp set back in October of 2016.  I started using it for the last November OnStage for my display samples.  The irony of this stamp set,  I had no idea at that time this stamp set had matching framelits.  When I was creating samples for the November OnStage, I hand cut each of the succulents.  It didn’t matter at the time because I fell in love with the stamp set.

 

The Power of the Sponge Dauber

Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

The Sponge Dauber has become one of my favorite tools to use with the Oh So Succulent stamp set.  When I researched the colors of different succulents, I noticed many had a variation of color.  Honestly, I was taken back by the many shades of colors I found of succulents.  Some were vivid with color and others very neutral.

For my card today I wanted a blend of colors.  The best way to get a combination of colors is to use a Sponge Dauber.

Tips & Tricks

You might be asking why I would use a Sponge Dauber over our regular stamping sponges? I found that the Sponge Dauber was a smaller sponge that gave me more control when blending colors.

  • I created the variation of color by taking my Sponge Dauber and adding the lightest shade of ink first.  The first color I added was Mint Macaron.  I sponged over the entire flower, then added shades of Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and lastly, Rich Razzleberry.  I applied this technique with only two of the larger flowers.
  • To create the circle, I  die cut Watercolor Paper using the largest of the Stitched Framelits.  After die cutting, I applied a layer of Pool Party ink, then Mint Macaron.  The Watercolor Paper was layered onto a Delicate White Doily.

Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

  • Lastly, I stamped the Happy Birthday onto Basic Black cardstock using VersaMark ink, then embossed with White Embossing Powder.  I love the pop of black to make the greeting stand out.  Once my focal area was complete I layered the circle die cut onto layers of the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.
  • One last embellishment added was sequins and enamel dots.  I love how these add texture to a project, and the card isn’t too lumpy, bumpy.

 

The Bouquet of Succulents

Have you ever created a card where you need to tell yourself just to STOP?

This next card I had to mentally tell myself to WALK AWAY! Kimberly, seriously, WALK AWAY!

I couldn’t help myself because I love these flowers. To be fair, succulents are pretty darn trendy right now.  Take a peek at your local plant nurseries, and you will see tons of succulents.

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Tips & Tricks

As I was creating this card, I started with a Whisper White cardstock and started stamping different flowers with different shades of color.  Once the flowers were cut, I started building my bouquet.

  • After I stamped and die cut my flowers I brushed many of them using the Wink of Stella Clear pen.  This gave the succulents a nice shimmer.
  • The two larger succulents were created using a Sponge Dauber as I explained in the card above.

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  • A few of the colors I used to stamp the flowers include Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Pear Pizzaz.  Remember, there are many shades of succulents.  You can do a quick search on the internet to find the different shades of colors for succulents.

 

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Do You Love Succulents? 

If you find yourself in love with the succulents trend, take note and get the Oh So Succulents Bundle while it’s available.  This bundle is on the retiring list and once it’s gone… it’s gone.  Don’t miss out, get it NOW! Unfortunately, the coordinating designer paper is sold out.  You can see all of the coordinating products for this bundle on page 21 of the Occasions Catalog.

 

Prepare to Be Inspired! 

Now it’s time to take a tour with the Artisan Design Team and see what they have designed using the Oh So Succulent stamp set.  First up on this hop is Louise Sharp.  Click the button below and be inspired from Artisans all over the world.

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Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen—> You Are HERE!
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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Succulents Inspiration 1

Mix it Up!- Oh So Succulents Inspiration 2

More fun with Sponge Daubers Inspiration 3

Inspiration 4

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Have an AWESOME day!!

Label Me Pretty

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Label Me Pretty

It’s day 5 of the Display Stamper blog hop and today I sharing a new stamp set called Label Me Pretty.  The Label Me Pretty stamp set has a coordinating punch called Pretty Label.  While this set has a coordinating punch,  I wanted to show you that other punches or dies work just as well with this stamp set.

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I paired the Label Me Pretty stamp set with an annual catalog favorite of mine, Falling Flowers.  I loved all of the florals together and especially the framelits behind the greeting.

 

New Products 

Some of my new favorite products I used on this card:

  • Label Me Pretty Stamp Set
  • Orange Blossom Stamp Set
  • Touches of Nature Elements (wood elements)
  • Berry Burst Cardstock & Ink
  • Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Lemon Lime Twist Ink

Label Me Pretty, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • To start this card I used Whisper White Thick Cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″, then I added a 1″ strip of the beautiful gold chevron pattern from the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.
  • I stamped the floral images onto Whisper White cardstock and then die cut using the May Flowers Framelits.  I love this die set! When stamping the florals, I used Old Olive, Daffodil delight and Berry Burst Classic Ink. Most noteworthy, I stamped the small flower in Daffodil Delight which comes from the Orange Blossom stamp set.  I added a small 1/4″x 5-1/2″ strip of Berry Burst cardstock was added to the very edge of the Whisper White card layer 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • Instead of using the coordinating punch, I stamped the greeting onto Dapper Denim cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and then used the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I stamped the greeting again, and fussy cut the banner and added it to the die cut using Mini Glue Dots.  I love how Mini Glue Dots add just enough dimension.
  • Lastly, I added Rhinestones around the focal image for a little bling.

Label Me Pretty, OnStage Displays, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Be Inspired!

I’ll be sharing many more samples using the Label Me Pretty stamp set in the next few days. I love the versatility this set has with or without the coordinating punch.

Time to hop along and be inspired by the other Artisans and their incredible work.  Simply click the next button or use the links below.  Most of all, enjoy it. Be inspired, and create something fun and exciting today.

Have you missed the start of these displays? Click HERE and catch up!

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

You can find AVAILABLE products in the clickable links below. 

New Tutorial Available!

Every month I release a new EXCLUSIVE tutorial.

April’s tutorial is filled with out of the box ideas you will love.

Simply click the photo below to purchase -OR- Spend $50 and receive the Tutorial for FREE!

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Speaking of retiring click HERE to download the retired list.