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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!

Party Animal, Stampin' Up! Be Inspired Blog Hop

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.

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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.

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  • 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!

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

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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.  

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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

Be Happy and Celebrate

Be Happy and Celebrate

Are you filled with happiness? Is there something you want to celebrate? Today I’m all about being happy and celebrating the little things.  I’m happy to share with the artisans today, and I’m especially glad that I was able to get time to stamp.

While my time as a mama has kept me from my stamp room the past few weeks I celebrate the tiny gaps of time, I can stamp. It makes my heart happy!

Today, be inspired by the artisan team.  Let us celebrate the little things.

 

Happy Celebrations

Today I’m sharing a few cards using the Happy Celebrations stamp set.  I love the word art in this stamp set.  Plus, I am in love with the coordinating Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Celebrations Duo.  If you heard a loud squeal, it was me!  I embossed my first piece and let out a big SQUEAL! Oh my word, they are FANTASTIC!

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

The deep impression that the Celebrations Duo creates is great.  Even better is when you add a little watercolor to the embossed area.  HOLY MOLY!

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

Here’s the thing, when I applied the watercolored ink over the embossed area I put it on very wet.  I love how the ink pooled and created a shadow around the letters on its own.

 

Tips & Tricks

  • I cut the 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon in half to create a thinner piece.  You will notice that the ribbon started to unravel, but this created such a fun look.
  • The Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder looks fantastic on Watercolor paper as I used on this card.
  • I created an Ombre on the watercolor paper using Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, and Watermelon Wonder inks.

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

So Very Happy 

I realize I’ve been pretty absent from my usual blogging.  I have so much to tell you and promise to let you in on the happiness soon.

My next card made me giggle with joy.  It describes how I’m feeling lately.  Although I’ve been pretty overwhelmed with “things” happening, the happy meter has been high. Being happy is a great thing, and I think I will frame this card as a reminder of the days my happy meter is low.

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

Tips & Tricks

  • I stamped the word happy onto Watercolor paper using Archival Basic Black ink.  Then I watercolored over the entire image using Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, and Watermelon Wonder inks.  Then I fussy cut the letters.
  • I used the “Happy” from the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders on Whisper White cardstock.  I then stacked the words over, so there was a whole lot of happy coming from this card.
  • The polka dots were stamped using Calypso Coral and stamped off once before stamping on the Whisper White cardstock.
  • I used the leftover ribbon from the last card to add to this card.
  • Look closely, and you can see I watercolored my Delicate White Doily to Calypso Coral.  Boy, can this make you happy quick?  Isn’t it wonderful we can make these doilies ANY color we want???  YES!

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

 

Celebrate Your Happiness

 

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

I don’t know about you, but many times I have to remind myself of all the goodness that surrounds me.  I can quickly get caught up in a lot of negative Nellie stuff.  It’s not healthy.  Let’s remind us to put on our happy pants and spread that happiness to others.

Now be inspired and HAPPY by seeing what the other artisans are sharing today.  If anything, find a little time to create, and I’m quite sure you will find happiness.

Click the button below to see what the amazing Lousie Sharp has created today.  Be prepared to be amazed by her soft, delicate touch she puts on every single project.

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

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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Always My Love Bug-Valentines

Always My Love Bug

I’m working on a few Valentines for my kids and making one for my son is never easy. I always want to create the frilly, fluffy card with lots of hearts and love all over it.  Then I thought about what I love to call him… my love bug.  Instantly I knew exactly which stamp set I was going to choose, Beetles & Bugs!

 

Creating For My Son

Love Bug, Beetles & Bugs stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

I’ve called Brandon my love bug since he was little.  Even at fifteen, he’s still my love bug.  Even during the most trying times as a teenager, he’s still my love bug.

Ironically, when I first caught my eyes on this stamp set, it reminded me so much of who he is and what he loves.  Bugs, bugs, bugs.

Since he was a toddler, he has always loved bugs.  I remember sitting on the soccer field watching all the little boys run after the soccer ball, and there my boy sat… on the grass finding bugs.  He was always proud of his latest catch.  At the time I can remember Russ and I thinking, “ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Chase the ball!”  Now those are precious memories, and he still loves bugs.

He still sends me pictures of ginormous spiders or creepy crawly things he finds while camping with the scouts.  Each picture makes me itch and gives me a tiny freak out because I do not like bugs.  I instantly think, “Is this poisonous? Are you touching that? Please stop!”

 

Beetles & Bugs- Perfect Valentines

Love Bug, Beetles & Bugs stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

The Beetles & Bugs stamp set is perfect for any BIG or little boy’s birthday party favors, but what about a Valentine?

With a few added greetings and embellishments, this became a perfect Valentines card for my teenage love bug.

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • The Beetles & Bugs stamp set has 32 Photopolymer stamp images.  This is a two-step stamp set which makes it so fun to create any color bugs you desire.
  • Today’s card uses inks from Stampin’ Up!’s Brights collection.
  • Sunshine Wishes Thinlits created the perfect “LOVE” die cut for this card.  Once die cut, I watercolored over the image using Bermuda Bay ink.
  • Looking for a fun way to add personalized names or word images to cards? The Labeler Alphabet is the ticket.  This alphabet comes with two different fonts you can use to create the perfect word or greeting for any card.
  • Lastly, I added the Enamel Shapes around the bugs.  I love how these looked dispersed amongst the bugs.

Love Bug, Beetles & Bugs stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

Of course, my son knows my love of crafting and also is quite aware of my love for frilly.  I’m sure he will be okay with my doily I had to add.

 

Valentines or Not?

Whether you are creating the perfect Valentines or a simple “buggy” card, the Beetles & Bugs stamp set will provide endless opportunities to create fun cards.

I’m sure Brandon will enjoy it, and this will go with the many other cards his mama has made over the years.

Love Bug, Beetles & Bugs stamp set, Stampin' Up!

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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

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