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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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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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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.

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  • 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.

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

 

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.

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

  • 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.

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

 

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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Looking for more ideas using the Oh So Succulent stamp set? Click the links below for more ideas.

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!

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

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Speaking of retiring click HERE to download the retired list.

Be Inspired Blog Hop-Party Animal

Party Animal

Party Animal, Stampin' Up!

Gosh, I think I went from no sharing to overshare!! I hope you don’t mind.  The party is about to get real today as I share a fun card using the Party Animal Suite.

Prepare to be inspired by the Be Inspired design team and this amazing blog hop!

 

Balloons and Bright Colors!

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There are times when I’m designing cards that a particular stamp set will completely stump me.  In fact, the card I’m sharing today is one that took me a bit longer to create.  The original card I created went to the dumpster.  So, why does this happen?

As much as I love bright colors, I think this is where I was stumped.  They are not the typical bright colors I gravitate towards.  Once I get in my groove it all comes together. I’m pretty excited about how this card came together and the products that I used.

Party Animal, Stampin' Up! Be Inspired Blog Hop

 

Party Animal Suite

One of the great things about the Party Animal Suite is the coordination of products.  Even down to the fine details of Washi Tape and the Party Animal Embellishments.  SO SO cute.

I used the colors from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper to pull my card together.

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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few helpful tips when creating this card.

  • The card base is Whisper White Thick Cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11.  The main card layer adheres to a piece of Pacific Point cardstock 4″ x5-1/2″. Whisper White card layer is 4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • I used the Party Animal Designer Series paper along with the Party Animal Washi Tape to create a few different patterns across the Whisper White cardstock. I love how this turned out.
  • The Stitched Shapes Framelits is perfect for the greeting which is stamped using Tangerine Tango ink, onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock.

Party Animal, Stampin' Up! Be Inspired Blog Hop

 

  • I love how the Balloon Bouquet Punch coordinates with the Balloon Adventures stamp set to punch the balloons.  I used the 5/8″ Burlap Twine behind the balloons by separating the Burlap Twine and wrapping several times behind the balloons.
  • To create the bow on the Party Animal Embellishment I used Linen Thread and adhered the party hat onto the balloon using Mini Glue Dots.
  • Lastly, I added the Brights Enamel Shapes.  Certainly one of my favorite details on this card.

 

Time to Be Inspired!

Party Animal, Stampin' Up! Be Inspired Blog Hop

You can find all of the products in the clickable links below.  

 

A couple things to note! Everything in the Party Animal Suite is being retired.

You can find this Suite on page 5 of the Occasions catalog or click HERE.

Make sure to see THESE projects I created using the Party Animal Suite.

Download the retiring list HERE.  

 

Click the button to see the next party animal… Nadine!  She’s an amazing designer!

Party Animal, Stampin' Up!

 

 

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

Price: $110.00

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Happy Happy Thursday!! Create something pretty today!

Let’s Splurge-Cool Treats

Let’s Splurge-Cool Treats

As I said a few days ago, I have another fun Cool Treats card to share with you.  I’ve had a ball with this set.  Make sure to see the other card I created HERE.

My favorite part of this suite is the Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper.  The images on this paper are so so FUN!!

Let’s Splurge with a Big Bowl of Ice Cream

Let's Splurge, Cool Treats, Stampin' Up!

 

I love ice cream, a lot! I try not to keep much ice cream in the house because I would eat it up every day.  If I’m going to have ice cream… I’m going to have a big bowl.  Creating this card reminded me of the big bowl that I make at home.  So delicious.

Again, I love how the paper coordinates with the stamp images.  It’s perfect.

 

Let's Splurge, Cool Treats, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Tips & Tricks

  • I die cut a square from the Stitched Framelits using Watercolor Paper.  I used the following ink colors to watercolor: Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Calypso Coral.  Reminds me of a big bowl of sherbert.  YUMMY!!
  • The Kraft cardstock was perfect to die cut the bowl for the ice cream.
  • Silver (or Gold) Foil Paper is perfect to die cut the spoon.
  • The sprinkles on the ice cream were created using White Craft Ink.

Let's Splurge, Cool Treats, Stampin' Up!

 

No bowl of ice cream is complete without a cherry on top.  Okay, that’s sorta not true for me. I’m not a fan of those cherries.  Blech.

Let's Splurge, Cool Treats, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Cool Treats

One of the great things about this stamp set, you can create something super simple or really fancy.  Either way, it’s going to be super cute.

Let's Splurge, Cool Treats, Stampin' Up!

 

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

Price: $110.00

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Another Road Trip

I arrived in Savannah, GA tonight and I’m ready for the big Stampin’ Up! OnStage event this weekend.  The best part is spending stamping time with my best friends.

I’ll be filling you in with the news I can share on my Facebook Page.  Click the link to keep informed.

Meanwhile, have a great weekend and stamp something pretty.  XOXO