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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

Price: $110.00

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Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

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See more ideas using the Dragonfly Dreams HERE.

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

 

Price: $110.00

Lift Me Up-Artisan Blog Hop

Lift Me Up-Artisan Blog Hop

Exciting blog hop today with the Artisan Team using the Lift Me Up Bundle.  I love hot air balloons and this set not only has beautiful balloon images, but it also has great greetings to go with it.

 

On Cloud Nine!

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I’m definitely on cloud 9 with this card.  One of the tools I used to inspire me when creating this card was pattern paper.  The coordinating paper, Carried Away,  is filled with bright, beautiful colors.

The Carried Away Designer Paper Pack is FREE with a $50 purchase from any of our current Stampin’ Up! catalogs.  You can find this paper on page 7 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I would have never paired these colors together on my own.  I love how we can be inspired by different pattern papers or by using the catalogs from Stampin’ Up!

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips & Tricks 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

  • Die cut the clouds using Watercolor Paper and the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  Once I die cut the clouds, I used Mint Macaron ink and my Aqua Painter to watercolor.
  • I created a unique background by die cutting four squares using the Stitched Shapes framelits and Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  Once these were die cut, I attached each of squares onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using dimensionals.
  • Lastly, I created a fun look by die cutting the intricate balloon image from Whisper White cardstock.  After die cutting, I positioned the balloon onto Watermelon Wonder cardstock and die cut using Stitched Shapes largest circle die cut.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Using Subtle Tones

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I decided to use more subtle tones for my second card still using the Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Crumb Cake cardstock is a perfect color to add with any of Stampin’ Up! coordinates with all colors.  I used White Craft Ink to stamp the balloon image.  Make sure the ink is completely dry before die cutting.
  • To create a rolled edge on the banner, wrap the cardstock around your Paper Piercing Tool.  To keep the cardstock in place, add a Mini Glue Dot to the end.
  • Create layers by using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Find all the products used for today’s projects in the clickable links below. 

Be Inspired

The Lift Me Up bundle is a great set for all occasions and especially if you love to create handmade cards to send uplifting messages to friends and family.

In addition to what I’m shared with you today, there are more inspiring projects to see from the Artisan Team.

Up next is my dear friend Louise, who creates the most beautiful projects all the way from Austraila.  Her projects always have the most elegant touch to them.  Click the button below and enjoy this hop from artists around the world.

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

 

Price: $110.00

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Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Order $50 in products from my Online Store and receive a FREE tutorial packed with exclusive projects.

Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques? 

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See more ideas using the Lift Me Up Bundle HERE.

Birthday Bonanza-Creation Station

Birthday Bonanza

I’m so excited about my birthday bonanza projects I’m sharing today.  I love the Party Animal Suite and have 3 projects to share.

Get ready for a great blog hop with the Creation Station team with inspiring birthday projects today!

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

Are You a Party Animal?

No doubt I love a good party, and while I’m not so much the party animal, I’m all about having fun.

I do love celebrating birthday’s and funny enough Russ, and I called my uncle on Friday to wish him a happy birthday.  We both struggle with remembering someone’s big day.   As soon as he picked up the phone, we were singing happy birthday.  Unfortunately, we were about five days too early.  Whoops! We all laughed, and we’ll be making the phone call again next week.

The Party Animal Suite is perfect for any age and so many great coordinating products to choose from.

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

I pulled out one my favorite cardstock colors, Crumb Cake.  I love how Whisper White Craft ink looks on this cardstock.

Then I pulled some of the colors from the Party Animal Designer Series Papers.

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks 

  • One of my favorite coordinating products in this suite is the Washi Tape.  I love the SKINNY tape.  This was perfect to place along the edge of the card base.
  • Whisper White Craft ink is a pigment ink which takes a little longer to dry.  I use the heat tool to make the drying times faster when I’m impatient.
  • The Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was a perfect addition to this card.

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

The Perfect Box

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

Excuse me; I’m a little giddy over this box.  It’s perfect for a birthday bonanza! The colors, ribbon, banner and a peek of doily fit perfectly together.

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

You can find the Window Box Thinlits Dies on page 43 in the new Occasions catalog.  I love this box for it’s unique design.

Tips & Tricks

  •  The box was created using Kraft Cardstock.  Kraft cardstock is a fantastic heavy cardstock that keeps shape when creating boxes.  I love the weight of this cardstock, especially when creating boxes.
  • The Party Animal Designer Series Paper was used to create the belly band around the box.
  • I added the Gold 1/4″ Natural Trim with a flowing tail on each side of the box.  I love the small glimmer of gold in this beautiful ribbon.

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

YAY, Time to Celebrate!

Because of my love for vintage and fonts, I am completely drawn to the Super Duper stamp set.  I love the marquee look to the fonts and it was perfect for this next card.

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

Once again, I relied on my Party Animal Designer Series Paper to pull my color combinations together.  These bright colors are beautiful together.

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

  • The ribbons were folded like an accordion, then stapled to the Designer Series Paper to keep in place.
  • While I used the coordinating inks with the cardstock (Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango) don’t forget you can get a similar look using a VersaMark pad.  The tone on tone looks beautiful!
  • I couldn’t get away without using a doily.  I found a perfect place…

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Find all of the products used today in the clickable links below.  

 

Get Your Party Started!

If you are planning a party, Stampin’ Up! has everything you need to create the perfect cards and favors for the perfect party.

Now lets’s see what the other Creation Station designers have up their sleeve for a birthday bonanza.  Your first blog is Dena and she never disappoints.  Simply click the NEXT button below and be inspired.

 

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Hot News-Don’t Forget!

Order $50 in products from my Online Store and receive a FREE tutorial packed with exclusive projects.

Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques? 

Click HERE to see my online class tutorials and stamp in the comfort of your home!

Looking for more ideas using this year Sale-a-Bration products?

Did you see the last Artisan Blog Hop? Lots of GREAT Sale-a-Bration inspiration! Click HERE to see!

Price: $110.00

The Joys of Parenting!

The Joys of Parenting!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but parenting is not always a joy.

This week has been tough with my teenagers. Lucky for them they are cute!

You might be new to my blog and don’t let this title scare you.  I have something crafty and fun to share at the end of this post.

 

Let Them Fall

Over the last few months, Brandon has been struggling with one particular class, Honors Algebra 2.  I was watching his grades and asking him frequently what plan he had in place to get help.  I even went as far as contacting the teacher about tutoring.  However, Brandon felt like he could handle this struggle on his own.  That’s when I watched him fall flat on his face.  It was time he learned the hard way.

Don’t get me wrong.  This was not an easy task on my part.  I don’t particularly enjoy watching my kids fail at something, but when they seem to know EVERYTHING… it was time to let him be in control so he could finally see I’m not as stupid as he thinks.

 

Taking the Easy Road

This week Brandon approached Russ and I that he was going to drop out of Honors Algebra 2 and take the regular Algebra 2.  I, as well as the school counselor, might have considered this an option if he had done the class assignments and showed an ounce of effort.  Sadly, not the case and Brandon was sure his idea of switching classes was EASY PEASY.

Not so fast Mister! The school counselor called me, and we both chatted that he is SUPER smart and the underlying problem is not spending an ounce of time on this class.  It appears the X-box was slightly hindering his attention.

 

The Meet Up!

I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t disappointed.  When parenting issues come up, I immediately think about the things I could have done differently.  I picked up Brandon at the bus stop and decided to take him to Starbucks.  I knew I couldn’t get CRAY CRAY in public. This was good for both of us.

He was mopey because his idea of switching classes was not happening.  Obviously,  this was ALL my fault. I let him spill his guts.  I shut my mouth (never happens) and listened.  Once he was done telling me how he should be able to switch classes, tutoring was a lost cause, and he was only going to fail… I stepped in.

When ZERO effort is applied, failure is going to happen.  Had my kid showed a little effort he wouldn’t be in this pickle.  But just like many adults I know, he wanted to QUIT because it didn’t go his way.  If I quit, I can take the easy way out.  That suited him fine. Dang! Only 15 and just like that you want the easy road? WHERE did you learn this, son?

Thankfully we were in a public setting.  It was a genius moment on my part.

Here is the problem, there is no easy way.  Life is not easy and quitting is not an option!

Over and over Brandon kept telling me he failed.  In my eyes failing was changing that class when you never put an ounce of effort into it.  What happened to FIGHTING for something you want?  Even if we do fail at the task, we learn to get back up and start over.

The Solution!

Obviously, Brandon did not get the solution he was hoping for.  Switching classes was not an option.  Had he made an effort, but struggled that would have been an entirely different situation.  However, you chose the easy road of NOT doing anything and expecting to get off easy.

Our house will be quiet with the gaming console in the off position for a little while.  Well, until we see an improvement in the grades and attitude.  Brandon seems to think the gaming community could end due to his parents whacko thinking.  I guess time will tell.

Meanwhile… I’ll be on tutoring pick up duty on Wednesdays and watching my young man learn how to gain control of his work ethic.

Alexis and I are heading to another gymnastics meet.  There is nothing better than spending a car ride with my daughter as she makes her selfies into strawberry, dog, and a fox face at least 100x and then falls asleep.  YAY me.

Parenting has not been a joy this week, but I love them more than they will ever understand.  While they may think I’m an awful parent  (this was said earlier this week) I will march on and know that I’m developing kinder, hard working human beings.  Life is not about taking the easy road.  They must learn to try and if you don’t succeed, try again.  Don’t give up!

 

Big Monster Hugs

This card couldn’t be more perfect!  Despite Brandon being angry over the situation, he is loved.  A giant monster hug will be perfect for him.  I created this card using the Yummy in My Tummy stamp set.

Parenting, Yummy in My Tummy, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

  • Create the large polka dot background by using the center piece of rubber in the Monster’s belly.  I used Pool Party and Smoky Slate ink.
  • The monster was stamped onto Watercolor Paper and colored using the Aqua Painter.
  • Download the instructions to create this card HERE.

Parenting, Yummy in My Tummy, Stampin' Up!

 

Don’t miss out on this adorable stamp set for Valentines.

Parenting, Yummy in My Tummy, Stampin' Up!

Price: $110.00

Supply List

Hot News-Don’t Forget!

Order $50 in products from my Online Store and receive a FREE tutorial packed with exclusive projects.

Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques? 

Click HERE to see my online class tutorials and stamp in the comfort of your home!

Looking for more ideas using this year Sale-a-Bration products?

Looking for Valentine ideas? Make sure to check out this post HERE with a fun box and card idea.