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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.

Special Reason, Stampin' Up!

 

  • 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.

Special Reason, Stampin' Up!

 

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!

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!

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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.

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.

 

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

 

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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So In Love-April Tutorial Bundle Hop

So In Love-April Tutorial Bundle Hop

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Did you know that one of my favorite things I create every month is the exclusive tutorial with the Tutorial Bundle Design Team? This tutorial has been an incredible journey!  Each month we share 12 exclusive projects that are WOW WOW WOW!  I’m sharing another fun blog hop, and this month I’m using the So In Love Bundle.

 

Just imagine… 12 incredible designers coming together to create the most beautiful tutorial of 12 projects! Meet the designers!

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

So In Love Bundle 

Tutorial Bundle Hop, So In Love Bundle, Stampin' Up!

 

This month I used the So In Love Bundle for my tutorial. You can find this bundle in the Occasions Catalog on page 52.  Keep in mind the card you see above is NOT the card in the tutorial.  Same stamp set, different project.  YAY!

 

Tutorial Bundle Hop, So In Love Bundle, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips & tricks when creating this card:

  • I stamped the flower onto Pool Party cardstock using Archival Basic Black ink. Next, heat set the ink so you can watercolor right away.  I used my Aqua Painter with Pool Party ink and watercolored the petals.  I love how this brightens the flower, and if you look closely, you can see that the flower looks watercolored.
  • Once the watercolor was dry, I used the Wink of Stella pen over the petals.  Now there is a beautiful sparkle over the flower.
  • Whisper White Thick cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″ was used for the card base.  Score at 5-1/2″.  The Crumb Cake cardstock is 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • I placed a small piece of Pool Party cardstock 1″ x 5-1/2″ alongside the Crumb Cake cardstock to add contrast to the colors.

 

Tutorial Bundle Hop, So In Love Bundle, Stampin' Up!

 

  • Add elegance to your projects using the So Detailed Thinlits Dies.  I love how this die cut wraps around the Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • The final detail for this card uses the White Perfect Accents.  I love these embellishments as they are inexpensive and easy to apply.  It’s a fine detail I love to see on a card.

Grab the So In Love Bundle Quickly

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

 

There is a bit of sad news about the So In Love Bundle.  This bundle is retiring as of May 31st.  You can save 10% when you purchase the bundle NOW.  Keep in mind that retiring merchandise is only available while supplies last.

Download the retiring list HERE.  

 

Be Inspired 

Here is a sneak peek of the projects in the April Tutorial.  They are Dyn-a-Mo!!

Click the photos below for more details about the tutorials.

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My team receives this tutorial FREE every month.

Click the button to purchase the tutorial for $15.  

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Now it’s time to be inspired by the Tutorial Bundle Design Team and see projects created using the stamp sets and bundles used this month.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

BLOG HOP LINE UP LIST

Kylie Bertucci 
Erica Cerwin
Rachel Tessman
Becky Roberts
Ange McKay
Juana Ambida
Allison Okamitsu
Kimberly Leggett Van Diepen

Have a SUPER amazing day!! XOXOXO

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Sweet Little Popsicles from Cool Treats

Sweet Little Popsicles from Tasty Treats

I can barely contain my excitement as I sit down to write. It’s been forever since I posted something pretty! No blogging is what happens when you spend more time in a car than your actual stamping space.  I’ll catch you up to speed on what’s been going on here, and I have a fun card using the Cool Treats Photopolymer Bundle from Stampin’ Up!

In a span of two weeks, I’ve traveled 2200 miles back and forth across Florida for spring break with the family as well as a State Gymnastics meet for Alexis.  WHOA!  I have one more road trip this week, and then I am praying for some normalcy in my household.

 

Sweet Little Popsicles

After being gone for so long, I had a pile of stamps needing attention.  There is nothing like going from zero stamping to creating about 18 pretties in one day.  Yes, true story.  I spent about 12 hours in my stamp room yesterday stamping like a crazy woman.  I had 15 projects to create for a Stampin’ Up!  event I’m attending in Savannah, GA this weekend as well as a few other projects.

After creating projects that had a deadline, it was nice to reset my brain and just create something for fun.  It also looks rather tasty! Sweet Little Popsicles.

Tasty Treats, Stampin' Up!

 

I’ve used this set several different times, and each time I do, I grow more and more fond of the images and die cuts.  This card especially made me want to hunt down the ice cream truck to grab one of these delicious popsicles.  Can you imagine the visual? Me… running down the street chasing the ice cream truck. Ha ha ha… oh dear.  This makes me laugh!

 

Tasty Treats, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few of my favorite things about this card.

  • A simple watercolored background using Sahara Sand Ink and Aqua Painter makes the popsicles stand out on this card.  I added a little-splattered ink using Early Espresso ink.
  • The coordinating pattern paper of popsicles makes this card even more delicious.  Make sure to grab the Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper before the end of the Occasions Catalog, May 31st.  It’s the perfect paper for spring/summer projects.
  • One of my favorite additions to this card is the scalloped edge behind the watercolor paper.  This scallop edge was created using the Cutie Pie Thinlits.  *LOVE THIS!*
  • Lastly, the Cool Treats stamp set has great greetings and fonts.  I love the simple and tiny fonts on this special greeting.  I created a 1/2″ banner to go across the popsicles using Pool Party cardstock and Early Espresso Ink.

Tasty Treats, Stampin' Up!

 

What’s Your Favorite Cool Treat?

After a few weeks of being on the road and too many dole whips, Dairy Queen stops… honestly, I think I could stand not to have any more cold treats.  What is your favorite cold treat?

I have another card I’ll be sharing using this set soon.  The Cool Treats stamp set has so many opportunities to use and especially with the change of seasons coming up.

 

 

Tasty Treats, Stampin' Up!

 

Like I said in the beginning, I hope to be back to my normal blogging schedule and spending less time in my car. Not being able to stamp has been a BIG fat bummer.  Although I’ve had a blast with my kids, mama needs some stamping fun.

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

Price: $110.00

Glittered Dragonfly Wings

Glittered Dragonfly Wings

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Today I am overloading you with inspiration.  I hope you don’t mind.  I’m a very lucky girl who gets to design with talented demonstrators each month for a bundled tutorial.

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

We started the blog hops to give our viewers and customers an idea of our designing.

This month’s tutorial is over the top filled with not only cards but beautiful 3-D box ideas.

This tutorial might be my favorite yet!

Here is a sneak peek of the March tutorial.

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

This month I used the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle for my tutorial project.  I love how majestic dragonflies look, and this set gives you so many opportunities to create a beautiful dragonfly any way you wish.

Below you will see another project I created using this set.  Dragonfly Dreams is a very fun set to create with.

Dragonfly Dreams

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

One of my favorite die cuts from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies is the stack of dragonflies together.  I love the detail and how the change in direction.

Look how beautiful they display when using Glimmer Paper! I used the NEW 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper Assortment Stack (FREE Sale-a-Bration item) for my dragonflies.  This stack includes three colors of Glimmer Paper: Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, and  Sweet Sugarplum.

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • The base of the card is Mint Macaron 4-1/4″ x 11, scored at 5-1/2″.
  • The first layer is Watercolor Paper, with a watercolor wash using Pool Party ink.
  • I watercolored the Delicate White Doily using Pool Party ink.  Use an Aqua Painter to watercolor over the doily, then heat-set with a heat tool.
  • I used a staple to keep the ribbon, doily, and dragonflies in place and stapled onto a Stitched Shapes Square die cut.

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

  • I wrapped a small strip of Mint Macaron cardstock (1/2″ x 4-1/2″) across the card with my greeting.

My project for this month’s tutorial was so much fun to create.  I created a beautiful box and four cards to go inside.  I was a little giddy over the project.

If you are looking for inspiration this month, look no further and see what this tutorial is all about.  Dare to be amazed. You can find past tutorials HERE for only $15.

*Remember* When you spend $50 in my Online Store you receive the tutorial for FREE! 

 

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

Time to Be Inspired!

Finally, I’m excited about this hop!!   First up is my friend Kylie.  Kylie has a very clean style that is eye-catching for every project she creates.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Allison Okamitsu

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