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Celebrating with TGIF Team

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

Celebrating with TGIF Team

I’m celebrating with the TGIF team today as they turn two! You might remember back over a year ago I was part of the TGIF team.  They are a team of demonstrators which create challenges and sketches every week.  I’m honored to play along for their 2nd birthday!

 

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

Let’s Create!

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

I pulled out some of the new InColors for this card.  I’m noticing that I’m using a ton of bright colors lately. Maybe it’s becasue summer is around the corner? I loved how bright the Lemon Lime Twist looks with any color you pair it with.

I used the Happy Celebrations stamp set and the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Folders.  Tip: When stamping over the textured impressions area on my card, I used the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.  The mat helps me to get a very clean image when stamping over the embossed area.  

 

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • I created the smallest polka dot by using a pencil eraser and Archival Basic Black Ink.
  • Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper has some of my favorite patterns. I especially love all of the black and white because I can pair it with any color.  I love how the black polka dots balance the other stamped polka dots on my card.

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

Happy Celebrations is a stamp set that will be carrying over into the new Annual Catalog along with the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Folders.  They are a must have in my book.

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

One Last Card

I want to share one more card that I created for my club last month that we all loved creating. Once again I used bright colors, but I think the colors are a perfect match for this playful stamp set.

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

Happy 2nd Birthday!

I want to congratulate the TGIF team on hitting this great milestone with their website.  I know that keeping up with a website can be challenging, but the TGIF team has done a fantastic job inspirng and challenging crafters all over.

Challenges are something I love and I encourage you to seek them.  Seek a sketch or color challenge and create.  Let’s face it, at some point our creative flow hits a stopping point.  These types of challenges are perfect to help get the creative process flowing again.  Congratulations TGIF and thank you for inviting me for a guest spot.  I’m honored and grateful.  XOXOXO

 

 

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Favorite Season-Be Inspired

Favorite Season-Be Inspired 

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

 

It’s a blog hop with the Be Inspired team and I’m super excited because our project centers around our favorite season.  This was SUPER easy for me… HELLO SUMMER!

Okay, truth be told I love something about every season.  Summer holds a special place in my heart because I’m a beach girl and I love to be warm!  I’ve spent many years in cold weather areas and I tend to enjoy the warmer climates especially Florida!

My project was inspired by fun summer days and one of my favorite stamp sets, Day at the Beach.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

Let’s Create!

 

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

One of my favorite things about the Day at the Beach stamp set is the open beach images.  They are perfect to color using any of your favorite coloring mediums.

Here are a few Quick Tips to create this card:

  • I started this card by beginning with my Watercolor Paper.  First, I used Pool Party ink and an Aqua Painter to create a watercolored area in the center of the paper.  I heat set with my heat tool to speed up the drying time.
  • Next, I embossed the sun image with VersaMark ink and White Embossing Powder down the right side of the paper. This has become one of my favorite design techniques.  I love the look of embossing on Watercolor Paper.
  • To create the letters, I used the Large Letters, Framelits Dies.  I used Watercolor Paper to die cut and then watercolored each letter using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  I added small drops of watery ink to add more emphasis to my letters.  Once again, I heat set the letters for two reasons.  First, I wanted to speed up the drying time.  Second, when I add drops of ink, the heat tool moves the water in different directions and gives the paper a unique look.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

Finish It!

  • I stamped the sunglasses using Archival Basic Black ink onto Shimmery Cardstock.  Shimmery Cardstock is a fun cardstock to use for water coloring.  Once the image was colored, I fussy cut. I stapled the glasses to the last letter and added a piece of twine.
  • The word summer was stamped from the Project Life Date It stamp set (AWESOME stamp set, by the way!).  I simply stamped the image using VersaMark ink and heat embossed using White Embossing Powder onto Basic Black cardstock. Once embossed, I used my Paper Snips to cut as close to the edge as possible.  I attached the greeting using a dimensional.
  • Once I had finished embellishing the watercolor paper, I attached it to a piece of Pop of Pink DSP using dimensionals and then onto a piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock.
  • I wanted to make sure that Lemon Lime Twist popped on the card. By simply adding a 1/4″ strip of the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock across the Watercolor Paper, it was complete.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

Don’t Forget the Splatter!

Probably one of the biggest questions I get asked in relation to the cards I create is how to create the splatter effect.

Here are a few tips:

  • Load your Aqua Painter with ink.  Using your bone folder, tap gently over selected area that you want to create splatter.  The harder you tap, the more ink will splatter.  I highly recommend tapping over a “throw away” surface before trying this on your own card.  Get the feel of how light or hard you need to tap.
  • Another way to achieve splatter is by taking your finger through the brush once loaded with ink. I’m not a particular fan of this way of adding splatter because of the mess it creates.  Although I don’t use this technique, it works.
  • My biggest tip- Don’t OVER splatter.  You can make a card really ugly very quick by over doing it.  A little goes a long way.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

See all of the supplies used for today’s card in the clickable links below.  

 

Be Inspired!

It’s time to be inspired by more amazing artists.  Click the button below to follow along with the blog hop. Your first stop is Nadine.  Her work is always incredible.

WAIT! Before you go, what is YOUR favorite season? I’d love to hear by leaving me a comment.

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

Louise Sharp
Brian King
Allison Okamitsu
Kylie Bertucci
Katy Harrison
Maike Ulbrich
Carolynn Sander
Kimberly Van Diepen
Nadine Hößrich
Sarah Berry

 

Don’t Forget!

Below are the products I used for today’s project.

Looking for more project ideas using the Day at the Beach stamp set? Take a peek at this card HERE and HERE.

Color Combination

Favorite Season, Stampin' Up!

 

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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

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

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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Place a $50 order and receive the tutorial for FREE.  

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

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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