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Lemon Or Lime? You Choose!

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Lemon Or Lime? You Choose!

When I started to create with the products for OnStage, I was a little stumped with the Lemon Builder Punch.  No lemon stamps so what in the world will I create??  After a little thought (or maybe a lot) I thought about my cocktail tree I have in my backyard. The tree is called a cocktail tree because it produces three types of Fruit: Lemons, Limes and Naval Oranges. It’s pretty impressive, and we have lemons and limes growing already.

I gathered some supplies and went to work.

 

Tips for a Simple Lemon Card

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

 

Starting off this card I think I was more excited to use the Lemon Lime Twist ink. Seriously, it’s my favorite ink color right now.

Here are some quick and easy tips for creating this card:

  • I used an Aqua Painter to brush over the center of the Watercolor Paper to get my paper nice and wet.  Then I go over the center again using the Aqua Painter loaded with Lemon Lime Twist ink.  When you have the surface of the Watercolor paper nice and wet, this makes the blending much easier.   I love how the ink moves beautifully over the paper by using this trick.
  • When I stamped the greeting from the Label Me Pretty stamp set I used Daffodil Delight cardstock and then used the Lemon Builder punch.  I punched the leaves of the lemon using the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and added to the Lemon punched image using a Mini Glue Dot.

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

  • Another fun addition to this card is the Lemon Lime Twist 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon.  When I used this ribbon, I love how easy it is to fold, and my card is not bumpy at all.  I know this makes my mailing a bit easier and my postal lady happy.  I used a staple to keep it in place.  Super simple and fast.
  • Lastly, after I added the lemon image to my card with dimensionals, I used a new Sequin Assortment called Iridescent. Want to know my favorite part about these sequins? Look at the tiny sequin.  That made me squeal.  Not kidding.

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

 

Mix it Up!

One of the things I love being a display stamper is the challenge.  Like I said in the beginning, I didn’t have the coordinating stamp set for the Lemon Builder Punch.  I was left wide open to think outside of the box and create.  Don’t get me wrong; this can be scary at times. I mean really, what greeting would work with this lemon?

Interestingly enough, I thought the Label Me Pretty greeting, “You’re the Best” worked perfectly.  I think of making lemonade out of lemons… it’s simply the best! Right?

Consequently, I should tell you that my eyes spotted a fun lemon/lime stamp set in the new catalog.  It’s going to be one that I will use frequently!

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

 

Lemonade or Limeade?

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

 

After I had created the lemon card, I knew I needed to make a lime.  I’m not sure if lime’s looked much like this, but I have a great imagination, and I hope you do as well.

As I started this card I pulled out my Orange Blossom stamp set again and made a fun polka dot background using Lemon Lime Twist ink onto Whisper White.  Remember, the polka dot image is really an orange… imagination friends, imagination!

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

 

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a couple of tricks to create this card. Remember, even if you do not have these stamps or punches, imagine the card with products you do have.  Think of my card as a sketch!

  • I layered a piece of Vellum Cardstock over the Whisper White card base.  I love how this looks on a card.  If you haven’t worked with Vellum, I strongly suggest trying it.  I have found that Stampin’ Up!’s Vellum cardstock has a perfect weight and it’s easy to use.
  • When adding a bow to the lime’s, I didn’t want anything bulky.  I started by taking a piece of Linen Thread and White Thick Bakers Twine and pulling apart some of the thread.  This made the bow nice and flat.  I love the mix of color, too.

Lemon or Lime, Stampin' Up!, OnStage Display

  • Lastly, I used the new Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper to punch the lime’s from the Lemon Builder Punch.  The Eastern Palace DSP is SO beautiful.

 

Be Inspired!

You know the old saying, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade! While I definitely didn’t get handed lemons, starting this project was not easy.  I think I made a little lemonade and I’m excited how these projects turned out.

Can you believe we are on Day 8 of sharing? I have to say, this blog hop has been over the top with the projects being shared and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.  If you have missed a few days, click HERE to start.  You won’t be disappointed.

Next, hop over to see what the rest of the Artisan Display Stampers have created.  Simply click the button below.

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Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Sylwia Schreck
Dani Dziama
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

One more thing, are you looking for new ideas?

Check out my tutorial library with tons of fantastic ideas to get your creative mojo moving all in the comfort of your home!  Simply click the image below to check it out.  

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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!

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So In Love Bundle 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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  • 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.  

-OR-

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

Price: $110.00

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.  

Price: $110.00

Supply List

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

 

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.

 

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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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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