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Happy Celebrations-Artisan Hop

Happy Celebrations-Artisan Hop

Happy Artisan hop day.  That means lots of inspiring projects are about to be shared using the Happy Celebrations and Cool Treats stamp set.

I’m over the moon to share another project using the Happy Celebrations stamp set.  I have enjoyed this stamp set and coordinating embossing folders more than I ever thought I would.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

So Very Happy

Actually, I’m sitting at Starbucks as I write this post and I’m not so very happy.  I’m outside sitting at the tables because it’s a comfortable 80 degrees and no humidity (that’s a miracle) and inside the Starbucks, it feels like -30! I didn’t bring a jacket so I figured sitting outside would be fine. That’s until I started feeling ants biting.  I’m guessing this is a no win situation… however I’ll make it a winner because the weather is gorgeous.

Okay, back to happy.

This card really made me happy because I love Watercolor Paper.  There is lots of watercolor paper on this card and a few other fun details.  Let’s get started.  I’m excited to share with you.

 

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Tips & Tricks

  • I started this card using a piece of Watercolor Paper 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Using my Aqua Painter, I added a quick watercolor wash in the center using Rich Razzleberry ink.
  • Using the Stitched Shapes Framelits, I cut 3 different size circles then watercolored each using Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, and Old Olive inks.  WHOA! These colors knock my socks off.  I love how they blend. Each of the circles was attached to the main Watercolor Paper.

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  • One of the details I fell in love with on this card is the doily.  We all know how much I love the little details, but this doily peeking above the circle makes me squeal.
  • The sweet scallop edge comes from the Cutie Pie Thinlits which is being discontinued.  I’ve loved this thinlit and mostly used it for the scallop.  Make sure to grab it if you love it.  It’s only available until the end of the month.
  • The best news about the Happy Celebrations stamp set… it’s being carried over into the NEW catalog.
  • Notice how that small strip of Basic Black cardstock really pops next to these colors? Love that.

 

Be Happy with Happy Celebrations

You can click the photos to see more details on each of the products in my Online Store.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

Here is the coordinating texture embossing folders- Celebrations Duo.

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The Last Details

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

Lastly, I had a few details to finish the card.  Sequins are one of my favorite quick and easy embellishments and don’t forget the Enamel Shapes.  I love that our Enamel Shapes coordinate with our colors.  One more thing, I love how that little clip is holding on to my greeting.

 

Be Inspired!

It’s time to be inspired and see more inspiration using the Happy Celebrations and Cool Treats stamp set.  Your first stop is the creative Louise Sharp.  Simply click the button below to enjoy the hop.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

Eastern Palace Bundle

One last thing… the Eastern Palace Bundles are only available until May 31st.  Don’t miss out on this incredible deal.  Click HERE to see the bundles.  Remember, if you purchase these bundles through my Online Store, you will receive TWO tutorials with a total of 39 cards, 3D projects for you to create.  Click HERE to read more and see a sneak peek of the tutorial.

Need ideas? Check out my Tutorial Library.  Create in the comfort of your home.

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Make today GREAT and stamp something pretty.

You can find links to the CURRENT products I used for today’s projects below.

 

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Inspiring Monday-Card Buffet

Inspiring Monday-Card Buffet

This weekend I did a little cleaning purge of my desk.  It’s amazing what I find laying around when I finally sift through all of the piles of papers sitting around.  In fact, as I was sifting through my piles I found three cards I had to share.  I feel like I have a little card buffet to share with the cards that I found.

 

A Quick & Simple Technique

Recently I created a card using a fun technique that Stampin’ Up! posted on Instagram. If you haven’t followed them on Instagram, you should.  This feed is nothing but happiness and great eye candy. They share tips from the Artisans that are eye-opening and fun.

With that said, I don’t think my tip is AWE dropping, but I believe that it’s a quick and straightforward wow card you can create using the Big on Birthdays stamp set.  This stamp set will carry over to the new Annual Catalog which is super exciting.

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Use Your Markers

I find that I don’t use my markers enough.  Not because I don’t love them, but I forget about them.  I just stamped the Happy Birthday image onto Whisper White cardstock, then outlined the image using my markers.  Believe it or not, I created six fun cards using this technique, and the cards were SO simple and fast to create.

I love this stamp set because of the big bold images.  They are simple to color, and each had their unique look with the marker.  Isn’t that fun?

 

 

Everyday Hero

My next card uses the Everyday Hero stamp set.

I jokingly talk about being superwoman, and I bet we can all think of many women in our lives that we could give this title.  While I also jokingly say I’ve buried my cape in the backyard, I think I’ve had to put it back on a few times the last six weeks.  I don’t know; I believe this card is super fun and one that would make a mom smile.

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Of course, I had to add a little frilly to the card.  A doily made it all the more feminine, and the ribbon as well.

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There is one thing retiring on this card that I probably did cry over- the Tags & Labels Framelits.  I’ve loved these dies and used them for SO SO many cards.  Make sure to check them out while they are still available.  The Everyday Hero’s set is one that is retiring also.  I’m sad to see it go as well but I think this will be a keeper for when I remind my friends what a hero they are.

Download a FREE tutorial to create this card HERE.

Love Sparkles

The last one I’m sharing for today’s card buffet is from the stamp set Love Sparkles.

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One of my favorite things I love to add to a card is using a greeting for the background.  It’s something very simple, but it always gives a fun look to a card. For this card, I used the Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder inks and alternated the colors with the greeting.  I added a touch of the Delightful Dijon for a pop of color.

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Another die cut that is retiring and seen a ton of use in my stamp room is the Stars, Framelits Dies.  These are on sale, so get them before they are gone.  I love how the three layers of stars and the colors look together.
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Lastly, I added the tiny greeting by stamping the greeting onto Basic Black cardstock using VersaMark ink. Then I placed White Embossing Powder over it and heated.  Again, this gave a little pop to the card.

 

I have a FREE tutorial for this last card that you can download HERE.

 

Inspiring Monday

I guess the moral of my story today is I should clean my desk more often.  Who knew these gems were hiding under stacks of papers.

The last thing these cards need on them is a matching stamped envelope with a stamp and address.  They are ready to leave my house for good and bring a smile to someone’s face.

A couple of reminders…

Check out the retiring list HERE.  Lots of great sales.  AND… another must check is the Clearance Rack.  GREAT buys and tons of fun things to stock up on.  Click HERE to see it.

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I’ve had a BALL with the Eastern Palace Suite.  Ths is one promotion I wouldn’t miss out on.  You can see all of the cards I’ve created using this bundle below.  Click HERE to see the bundles and get your free gifts before May 31st.  Remember, you get TWO tutorials when you purchase this bundle from my Online Store.  Combined together, these tutorials have 39 cards and 3d projects you don’t want to miss.

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Looking for fun tutorials that will knock your socks off? Click the photo below to see my tutorial library.

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Lemon Or Lime? You Choose!

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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

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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.  

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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.

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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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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

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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