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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

Are You a Happy Stamper?

Are You a Happy Stamper?

Is that a loaded question or what? Are you a happy stamper?

I love a stamp set that makes me giggle and especially when Stampin’ Up! creates a stamp set that can go 1000 different ways.

The Custom Tee stamp set is perfection.

 

Happy Stamper, Custom Tee stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

All the Details

The Custom Tee stamp set comes with 35 Photopolymer stamps that you can create any custom tee.  Imagine good luck tees to birthday boy and girl tees, the options are endless.

Three great things to note about this stamp set.

  1. This set is a bundle so you can save 10% when purchasing the stamp set and the coordinating framlits.
  2. There is a Tie Dyed set that you can create your own custom Tie Dyed tees.  See page 31 of the Occasions Catalog.
  3. The best for last… there is another coordinating Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Designer Tee.  This set coordinates with the Custom Tee stamp set with 10 different greetings you can put on the tee’s or alone on a project.  This stamp set is FREE with every $50 purchase in my Online Store HERE.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock -4-1/4″ x 11″
  • Card front is Whisper White cardstock- 4″ x 5-1/2″.

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  • The Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper has amazing designs wrapped up in this paper pack.  Measurements for the designer paper include: 4″ x 4″ and 1-1/2″ x 4″.
  • Basic Black Solid Bakers Twine was wrapped several times around the designer paper then secured on the back.
  • Silver Enamel Shapes were used around the focal area along with a Delicate White Doily.
  • The T-Shirt Builder Framelits Dies made creating this card a breeze because there was no fussy cutting.

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What Tee Will You Design?

Like I’ve said before, the options are endless with the Custom Tee stamp set.  What tee will you design?

Whether it’s a happy stamper or a birthday girl, this set will have you covered.

 

 

Happy Stamper, Custom Tee stamp set, Stampin' Up!

All supplies can be found in the clickable links below.  

Birthday Girls

Finally, speaking of birthdays, I must tell you today is a big day for my baby girl.

 

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Today Alexis turns 14.  I can’t even believe it.  Where has the time gone?

This weekend she will compete in her first gymnastics meet of the competitive season.  We are heading to Knoxville, TN.  I love traveling with her and perhaps she might be my favorite shopping partner.

Although she’s growing up fast I know this time I get to spend with her one on one is precious.  I am savoring every single second.

Wish her luck this weekend, and say a prayer for me because I have a hard time watching. I’m that mom!!

 

Happy Tuesday friends and hopefully you are a happy stamper!

XOXOXOXO

 

 

Glamper Greetings Stamp Set

Glamper Greetings Stamp Set

Happy New Year!

I spent all of New Year’s day taking down our Christmas decorations and making my family crazy while I put up Valentine’s decorations.

Every time they would take the Christmas decorations out to the shed… another heart shaped decoration went up.

It’s okay.  These people I live with know I’m crazy and know I’d get CRAZY if they made fun of me.

Regardless of my crazy, I’m super excited for the new year.  Not because last year wasn’t great, I just love fresh starts like I love Monday’s.

 

Don’t Miss Out!

In other news… today I’m sharing a great selection of cards with you using the Glamper Greetings stamp set.

It’s crazy how time flies and soon this stamp set will not be available for purchase.

 

Let’s Get Started!

First of all, the Glamper Greetings stamp set was one of the first sets from the Holiday catalog on my must have list.

Being a huge fan of this type of “glamper” I love all of the options included in this stamp set.

Remember, this stamp set is only available until January 3rd.  There are only a few more days left to grab this stamp set.

 

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!

 

While any style card would be easy to create using this set, I thought a fun fold would be perfect.

Tricks & Tips

  • Create the card base using Whisper White cardstock measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″.  
  • Score cardstock at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″. Fold at the 2-3/4″ mark and adhere.  

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!

 

The front panel measures 3″ x 3-3/4″ using Watercolor Paper.  

The Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper is a perfect match with this stamp set. Have you noticed how the cactus is a very trendy image in stores? Check out Target right now and see how many Cactus images you can spot.  It’s a pretty hot item.

Mixing Cardstock 

 

 

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!

 

Mixing different colors of cardstock is one of my favorites.  Most of all, using Crumb Cake cardstock to watercolor.

Tricks & Tips

  •  Stamp the glamper onto the base of the Whisper White cardstock.  Then stamp the glamper again onto a Whisper White circle die cut.  Once again,  stamp the glamper onto Crumb Cake cardstock and fussy cut this image. 
  • While this may seem like a little overkill, this will create great dimension for the focal image.

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

  • Timeless Textures is a fantastic stamp set to add texture below the glamper.  
  • Use Moroccan Designer Washi Tape on the right side of the card.  
  • The glamper was watercolored using Bermuda Bay ink and an Aqua Painter.  

 

Simple or Dramatic

One of the things I love about this set is the options you have to create simple or a more dramatic scene with this set.

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!

 

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!

 

This pink glamper is the cutest. Whether you are using pink or another one of the many color choices Stampin’ Up! offers there are many great options to create a fun glamper image.

Fewer embellishments and a simple watercolored background are used to create this card.

 

Below you will notice the same card using a few more embellishments.

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

  • Add glitter to the card by taking an OLD Aqua Painter, dipping it into a mixture of Tombow Multipurpose Glue and a little water.  Create splatter with the glue mixture by flicking the Aqua Painter bristles over your cardstock, add the glitter, shake off excess.
  • Adding sequins is easiest by using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  The small point on this glue pen provides a precision of each small embellishment without getting glue everywhere.

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!

 

Wrapping it Up!

Whether you are a big camper or not, the Glamper Greetings has a place for everyone.  While I’m not a huge camper at all, there is something about the cuteness factor glamping brings. Probably because glamper’s are glamorized many ways just like stamping.

Add this great set to your stamping collection HERE.

Lastly, are you looking for more ideas using the Glamper Greetings stamp set? Click HERE and be inspired.

 

Edited January 3rd: WHOOPS… Looks like I missed this stamp set on the carryover list from the Holiday Catalog.  This stamp set will continue to be available.  Sorry for the confusion.

Don't Miss Out, Valentines, Stampin' Up!, Fresh Fruit

You can find great stamp sets, ink, cardstock and amazing embellishments in my online store.

Click HERE and see the possibilities for creating fabulous projects this year.

I’d love to be your creative coach and share with you as you begin this hobby or if you are ready to step it up a notch.

Stamp with Me! See Online Classes Available!

Purchase $50 from my Online Store and receive my December Tutorial FREE.   

All online orders will receive a hand stamped card with a little surprise inside.

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.

It’s AMAZING!!

These great deals will only last until January 3rd, 2017.

 

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale

 

 

 

Vintage Fonts Always Rock My World

Vintage Fonts Always Rock My World

I can look through the entire Stampin’ Up! catalogs and *think* I’ve seen it all.  Then all of a sudden I see something that pops off the catalog page.  Then I see a vintage font and it completely rocks my world.

This is exactly what happened when I stumbled upon the Super Duper stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  Fonts sweet fonts, how I love thee.

A simple “YAY” had me singing…  YAY!

 

Vintage Fonts, Stampin' Up!, Super Duper stamp set

 

What Do You Look For?

I’m curious what creates that love affair when you see a stamp set you can’t live without? Could it be images? Design? Fonts? Greetings?

As I was creating this card using the Super Duper stamp set, I knew right away how I wanted to use the YAY greeting.  In fact, several ideas started popping in my head. I know it’s going to be a great stamp set when the ideas keep coming.

Vintage Fonts, Stampin' Up!, Super Duper stamp set

 

Instantly I was drawn to this color combination.  It’s one of my favorites to use.

 

 

I love how the Cucumber Crush and Bermuda Bay brightens the entire card.  Typically I don’t reach for the bright ink colors, but this color combination is a winner every single time.

 

Create It!

The one thing to keep in mind when creating this card is the little bit of fussy cutting for the focal area.  The good news, the fussy cutting is super duper easy.  <giggle…. I made a funny!>

Vintage Fonts, Stampin' Up!, Super Duper stamp set

 

  • The card base uses Whisper White Thick cardstock – 4-1/4″ x 11.
  • Dapper Denim cardstock (4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″) was stamped using the YAY greeting with Dapper Denim ink.
  • Stamp the star image using Pool Party ink onto Pool Party cardstock 3/4″ x 4-1/4″.
  • Stamp the greeting “super duper” onto Whisper White cardstock twice, once using Cucumber Crush ink, and once more using Cucumber Crush ink.  Fussy cut both images, pop up the super duper greeting using a dimensional.
  • Attach a Delicate White Doily to the back of the greeting.  Attach to the Pool Party cardstock using Fast Fuse.
  • Add Metallic Silver Enamel Dots to the card.
  • Add a little color splash using an Aqua Painter and Dapper Denim ink.

 

Make sure to check out these sneak peek blog posts for more ideas using stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog HERE and HERE.

What’s On Your Wish List

With just days left before the New Year and when the Occasions Catalog products become available, what is on your wish list?

Do you have the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs to look at? If not, make sure to fill out this form below and let me get one in your hands so you can see all of the great products available on January 4th.  Sale-a-Bration is all about earning FREE stamp sets.

If you love vintage fonts, make sure to add the Super Duper stamp set to your wish list.  It’s going to be an eye catcher for SURE.

 

If you are reading this post in email form, make sure to fill out the form from my actual website. 

Vintage Fonts, Stampin' Up!, Super Duper stamp set

All products used can be found in the clickable links below.  

Note: The Super Duper stamp set will be available on January 4th, 2017.  

Don't Miss Out, Valentines, Stampin' Up!, Fresh Fruit

You can find great stamp sets, ink, cardstock and amazing embellishments in my online store.

Click HERE and see the possibilities for creating fabulous projects this year.

I’d love to be your creative coach and share with you as you begin this hobby or if you are ready to step it up a notch.

Stamp with Me! See Online Classes Available!

Purchase $50 from my Online Store and receive my December Tutorial FREE.   

All online orders will receive a hand stamped card with a little surprise inside.

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.

It’s AMAZING!!

These great deals will only last until January 3rd, 2017.

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale

 

Congratulations On a Winning Monday!

Congratulations On a Winning Monday!

Typically Monday is one of my favorite days of the week.

I’m sure most people are the complete opposite of me, but Mondays  mean a FRESH start for me.

On a typical Monday I jump out of bed all happy pants and ready to face the day.

Today I should have stayed in bed.

While today was frustrating to say the least, there is humor weaved throughout the day.  I even made myself laugh hysterically at one point.

My goal today is that if you are someone who is having a bad day… this will make you smile and feel better about yourself.

If your new to my website… it’s just one of those random days I write on a more personal level.  Don’t be scared.

And OF COURSE I have a card to share… a congratulations card. More on this card at the end of the post.

Congratulations, Stampin' Up!

 

Morning Rituals

In our home the Prince gets Brandon off to school each morning and I get up with Alexis to see her off to school.  Basically I have the late shift.  Russ has to get up at the crack of dawn with Brandon…. that is not my cup of tea.

This morning I took a longer snoozie and noticed that my house was unusually quiet.  I decided to check on Alexis.  This is where the day starts to go downhill.

Alexis was still in the bed and had 5 minutes to get ready for school.

The daughter I know was not who jumped out of bed in a panic.

She screamed.  “WHAT? I’m late???”  She looked like a crazy person. Kinda frightening.

Honestly I was kinda scared.  I decided to let her pull herself together while I grabbed coffee.

A few minutes later she comes to me with tears flowing.  The drama was magical.  I’m pretty sure she has been taking acting on the side without me knowing it.  This was not my girl. She normally has it all together.

After a little mama pep talk I told her to get herself together… it’s not the end of the world that she would be late.  All will be okay.

 

Remembering Your Own Advice

As I drove Alexis to school I wanted to remind her that just because she woke up late, don’t let this ruin the rest of her day.  As she walked into the school building she turned to me, smiled and waved.  Total attitude change.

Honestly, I felt a little puffed up.  Kinda like a moment of “super mom.”  I had given her great advice this morning.  It was time to really get my awesome Monday started.

 

I decided to run a few errands before heading home.  Simple things like returning an expired  1/2 gallon of creamer that I bought on Saturday.  Evidently 10 other women decided to do their returns at the same time of day.  Really?  I never realized so much happened that early in the morning.

As I opened the back hatch of my car to put my groceries in, there in the back corner was the fresh sweet tea I had purchased on Saturday.  The one I looked everywhere for.  Now its sour and in the trash.

 

Creative in the Kitchen

Getting creative in the kitchen is not my happy place.  The entire process is overwhelming to me unless I’m making something I really enjoy.

I decided on a Tortilla soup that the entire family loves.  It was only 1030 in the morning and I had dinner on track.  This is HUGE. Seriously, it never happens. This Monday was definitely on track for #winning!

I continued to work and let my soup simmer.  The house smelled so good.

Work was a disaster.  Anything I touched was breaking.  The printer jammed, the paper I was cutting was completely wrong and to top off this day… the card I tried to create was going no where.    No biggie because this happens, right?

Moving on…

 

Retirement Blues

Russ was in the living room watching something on the TV and while waltzing past the TV I got sucked in.  45 minutes passed, the show ends and I had a complete hissy fit.

Wish I was kidding.

I was so mad at myself.  My list of to-do’s is long.   There I sat on the couch sucked into some stupid TV show.  Typically I never watch TV.  Nothing!!

I’m struggling with our new routines.  Actually,  I’m struggling with HIS routine.   For 20 years he went to work….  Now he’s home 24/7, watching TV and lots of other things….   and sometimes I’m watching TV with him.

I could write a novel on the hissy fit, but the scaled down version is I felt awful for feeling the way I do.  It’s just a HUGE adjustment.  Working at home takes discipline. Something I’ve had for long time… until now it seems.

I Don’t Remember Adding These Bits To My Soup!

After getting over my hissy fit, apologizing to Russ and getting all of that off my chest… it was time to check on my soup and add some other ingredients.

As I was getting ready to add my extra ingredients, I noticed something floating in my soup… lots of them.

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After further investigating, there was an extra protein that I did not intend to be in my soup- BUGS!

At this point I was freaking frantic.  Where did these come from?  Oh my word.

Ya’ll! HOW and WHERE?  I’m almost speechless.

The only thing it could have come from was one of the spices I used… YEP!

Sure enough I opened the Chili Powder and there they were.

I know…  disgusting.

Needless to say the soup was dumped.  I cried.  Then I gave myself the same pep talk I gave my daughter this morning.  Don’t let this ruin your day Kimberly…. then I laughed so hard I cried again.

My entire dinner in the trash…

 

As This Day is Ending…  

It definitely hasn’t been the best day, but it’s not been the worst day either.

Obviously the family will eat something like hot dogs or PB&J. Nothing out of the ordinary to be truthful.

I will try not to feel overwhelmed by the laundry that is sitting in my bedroom waiting to be folded and tackle that problem tomorrow.  Along with cleaning out my spice cabinet.  YAY!

I will be kind to my Prince…

I’ll think about all of this tomorrow and pray that next Monday I’m back to my happy pants again.

 

Back to the Bird… 

The stamp set Best Birds is one of my favorites.  Timeless set that you can use forever!

If you are a brand new stamper, this stamp set is a perfect set to start with.

Why?

  • You can color the images using markers and a Blender Pen.
  • The images can be fussy cut if you do not have the Big Shot (highly recommend the Big Shot!)
  • Greetings for many different occasions.

 

Congratulations, Stampin' Up!

 

 

 

Congratulations, Stampin' Up!

 

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.

It’s AMAZING!!

 

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale