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Oh, The Places You Will Go for Pokemon

Oh, The Places You Will Go for Pokemon

Pokemon Go, have you heard about this latest craze?

When I noticed my Facebook feed lighting up with people chasing Pokemon, I had to do a little research.  It was pretty much all downhill from there.

 

Places You’ll Go

I’ve never been a Pokemon lover, but after playing with this silly app and watching my kids get outside and play I had a change of heart.  The real change of heart came yesterday while the Prince and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at Panera Bread and he was catching Pokemon.

 

Now wait- I know this seems a bit crazy. The fact that we are having lunch and he’s shooting poke balls at invisible creatures.  I sat there holding my sides from the amount of laughing I was doing.  The craziest thing was the conversation started while OTHER people were doing the same thing next to us.  We were TALKING to strangers.

 

Game Changer!

Friends, this silly game that people are laughing at (myself included) is genius.

Russ and I are pretty social people and we will talk to anyone but on a normal day, sitting at a restaurant we would sit quietly, eat and leave.  Not this time. As he was playing his silly game and I was laughing, the people around us were doing the same thing. We started laughing together.  We started talking about the game.

 

This is where the game changer comes into play.  You see this game has special places (monuments) that you can collect poke balls and such (I don’t quite understand all of it) but these special places are churches.

We started to talk about this part of the game which led us to talking about the churches we attend which led to even more conversation. There was dialogue.  Folks, this doesn’t normally happen to us at a restaurant.

Social Game = Truly Social!

When Russ and I got back into our car (after catching many Pokemon of course) we sat and looked at each other giggling.  To sit in a restaurant where everyone minds their own business and no one speaks to each other and we just witnessed the opposite.  Not to mention as my kids were playing they had to walk OUTSIDE to catch these silly Pokemon things.  They had to MOVE.

Seriously, my kids (when home) sit on their devices and watch YouTube- all day if I let them. They were excited to walk around the block and farther to catch a Pokemon.  Wait… there is more.  There are other kids (and adults) outside doing the same thing.  Now they are being social. Actually talking to REAL LIVE people.

 

This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen…

 

Be Happy

I’ve already seen some negative postings about this silly game but I have to tell you, I’m kinda giddy.  I have found joy in watching these people catch Pokemon and be happy.  With so much sadness around the world lately, people are happy catching a Pokemon!

Let me tell you about happy…. This morning my husband woke up and as he walked into the kitchen his first statement to me was, “I just caught a Pokemon before my first cup of coffee! Today is going to be a great day!”  Mind you, I about spit out my coffee over the silliness of this but the day did turn out to be amazing. The fact that my 45 yr old husband is catching Pokemon that early is hysterical.

Yes, we need to be careful.  No, you shouldn’t  drive and catch Pokemon.  But lets not forget that the silly game is bringing happiness.  Lets not forget it’s getting kids to MOVE.  Yes, they might still have their devices, but at least they are outdoors.  At least they are conversing and having fun with other people.  Just be happy folks.  Life is SHORT.

 

Be Crafty!

When I’m not searching for Pokemon I can be crafty.  What better set than the Places You’ll Go stamp set?

Pokemon, Stampin' Up!

 

 

This stamp set rocks my crafty world.

First, the greetings.  They are fantastic and the fonts make me want to dance, a lot.  They are perfection. Look at how the letters flow!  AHHHHHHHH!!!!

Second, the globe.  I love love love vintage globes and own a few to many.  I love this globe and how creative you can be with it.

 

 

Tips & Tricks

 

Pokemon, Stampin' Up!

 

I didn’t want to take away too much from the images because I love them so much.  I did add a few of my favorite things to the globe.

  • The inside of the globe was colored using 3 sponge daubers and the following inks: Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, and Pool Party.  I wanted the effect of land and water.  Easy enough with a little sponging.
  • I added a very small piece of a Delicate Doily and Linen Thread.  I also added a button from our Classy Designer Buttons.
  • The Enamel Shapes are perfect for adding a small embellishment with a great WOW factor.

Pokemon, Stampin' Up!

 

Oh, the Places You Will Go…. 

If you are hunting Pokemon or just needing a fun card to encourage your Pokemon lover friends… this stamp set would be perfect.  You can shop online for this set HERE.  Just a few supplies are needed and you will be on your way to creating happiness.

 

Pokemon, Stampin' Up!

 

You can find all of the supplies for this card in the clickable links below.  

 

 

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Stopping In To Say Hello

Stopping In To Say Hello

 

A quick hello today and another card using the Pop of Pink Suite.

Hello, Pop of Paradise, Stampin' Up!

 

Keeping it Simple!

I kept this card very simple and I think the colors and images pack a great punch.

I love the Cucumber Crush, Melon Mambo and Basic Black together.  It’s so classy.

Hello, Pop of Paradise, Stampin' Up!

The Pop of Pink Specialty paper creates the background for this card with another strip of the paper giving the pop of pink.  I love how bright the Cucumber Crush is against the pink and black. WOW.

Hello, Pop of Paradise, Stampin' Up!

 

A few circle punches and a little fussy cutting of the leaf and this card was complete.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the Pop of Pink Suite?

It’s available now in my Online Store.

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Hello, Pop of Paradise, Stampin' Up!

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It Really Wasn’t a Secret!

Splitcoaststampers- Are you a Member?

I realize that inspiration comes from EVERYWHERE.  We are so lucky we have the resources for crafters today.

 

I remember when I first started with Stampin’ Up! my main source of inspiration was my Stampin’ Up! catalog or a crafting magazine.  In fact I never left a grocery store without picking up the latest issue of a magazine.

 

I miss the days of coming home with that magazine and brewing a cup of coffee and enjoying a few hours of being inspired on my couch!

 

Online Communities

Many moons ago (I think 2004) I became a part of an online community called SplitcoastStampers.  I was a huge part of the community and loved seeing so much inspiration.  Get this… I was even a gallery moderator back in the day.

 

When my business started to rise and time started to decrease, I spent less time there.

Over the last couple of years I became more involved and started uploading my projects again and use Splitcoast as a source of inspiration when I need a kick start to my own creative process.

 

Now… I didn’t mean to keep this a secret but somehow I missed telling anyone about this exciting news that happened 5 months ago.  Yes- back in January.

 

In January I was asked to be a part of SplitcoastStampers Dirty Dozen Design Team.  WHOA!

 

This was HUGE for me.

 

A little back story…. 

 

I remember when the Dirty Dozen was introduced on SplitcoastStampers.  It was the elite stampers that we as community gushed over.  It was crafters that WOW’d you to an incredible level and pushed you to try new things.  Every month on the 15th we would wait for the unveiling of WHO the next member of this ELITE group would be joining the team.

Now I had been asked to join this team 12 years later after joining SplitcoastStampers.

 

I’m completely humbled and continue to be after the last 5 months.  It’s a 6 month term and it’s almost over.  It’s flown by.

Now the projects that I’ve created for this team are nestled into a private gallery.  It’s part of being a Splitcoast Fan Club Member.  If you are a member, you have access to the Dirty Dozen Gallery every month.  Each month the theme changes and there are TONS of challenges that YOU can take part in.

There are lots of benefits for being a fan club member besides seeing this gallery.  There are tons (like LOTS AND LOTS) of challenges and tutorials that you can play along with as well.

Sneak Peek

Today I wanted to share a few pieces that I’ve shared over the last 5 months.  It’s just a sneak peek.  I’ve uploaded tons of projects to my main gallery but there are a little over 30 projects that are exclusive.  If you are not a member of the Fan Club, I would look into it.  If you have stamp sets from years gone by, you would be able to see a ton of inspiration for that stamp set and MUCH more.  It’s a gem of a place to hang and you are bound to make a few friends along the way there too.

 

Just in case you are wondering… No, I get nothing if you join except a smile on my face.  I’m only telling you about it because I love to share.  I love to tell you about great resources that can inspire you.

Some of these projects below have products that will be retiring.

 

 

Dirty Dozen, Splitcoast Stampers, Stampin' Up!

Textured Embossed Vellum and Watercoloring on the same card almost makes me SQUEAL!

I die cut the butterfly using the Butterflies Thinlits on Watercolor paper and then did a quick brush of colors using my Aqua Painter over the butterfly.

 

Dirty Dozen, Splitcoast Stampers, Stampin' Up!

I haven’t used this Bear Hugs stamp set much, but these bears are adorable and the options are endless.

 

Dirty Dozen, Splitcoast Stampers, Stampin' Up!

Miss Lion sits on my desk.  When I look at her I say, “Hear me ROAR!”  She’s reminding me to be strong during times I feel defeated.

Hey, it happens. Pyramid Pals Thinlits are the bombdiggity.

 

Dirty Dozen, Splitcoast Stampers, Stampin' Up!

 

Shine bright like a diamond.  If you listen to Rhianna, then you know the song.  I believe our theme that month was music. Talk about stretching my creativity. OH WOW.

I have one more month on the team and then I become an Alumni. Once a DD always a DD.

 It’s been an incredible ride and I’m grateful for SplitcoastStampers and the members who contribute their work.

If you want to become a Fan Club Member, click HERE and see the benefits.

I hope you had an amazing holiday weekend and thanks for letting me spill the beans.

XOXOXO

Important News!

SHOP May 21st-June 5th and you will receive a FREE InColor Ribbon sampler and a sample of MY favorite NEW Designer Series Paper.  Keeping that part a surprise… but you are going to LOVE! Minimum order $25.  
Free gifts will be shipped once I return from my big trip. 
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Crazy for Blooms-Botanical Blooms

Crazy for Blooms-Botanical Blooms

 

Blooms on the flowers are in full force here in Florida.  My allergies can tell you for sure.

I think this could be the worst year I’ve had for allergies living here.  The pollen is outrageous, but the blooms are beautiful.

I’m excited you are visiting today as the Artisans are sharing flowers galore.  They are pollen free and pretty to look at and for this I’m grateful.

Botanical Blooms

From the beginning that I laid eyes on Botanical Blooms I had a feeling I would struggle with this suite.  It’s interesting how this entire suite has grown on me and I can honestly say I love the framelits that coordinate with the Botanical Blooms stamp set.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

Same Set-Different Colors

I’ve created to cards to share today both using the Botanical Blooms but both using different color schemes.  I love how they both turned out.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

My inspiration for the colors on this first card started with the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper.  I started the first layer with stamping the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set on the Shimmer White cardstock and then started to build the card from there.

 

 

 

Quick Tips to Create 

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

  • Having a Sponge Dauber on hand was perfect to darken the color of the cardstock using the coordinating ink.
  • I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets large splatter image over the Mint Macaron flower for added texture.
  • The It’s My Party Enamel Dots make for a perfect flower center.
  • I used the Grateful Bunch stamp set for the greeting.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

Bright Blooms Color Change 

I couldn’t help but try using the Botanical Blooms using brighter colors.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

 

The little tiny flower image just made me giggle with joy.  I love when a stamp does that for me.  It’s so tiny and CUTE.  I love how it looks in the different colors coming down the cardstock.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

Quick Tips to Create

  • I used the Oh So Lovely stamp set for the greeting.
  • Once the tiny flowers were stamped, I started building up my flower bouquet using Mini Glue dots to keep in place.
  • I added a thread from the White Jute ribbon under the flowers.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

Botanical Blooms can be used so many different ways.  I love when you can look at a stamp set and see more than just a flower.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

I hope you are inspired to create using the Botanical Blooms Bundle.  It’s definitely a keeper and will be carrying over to the new catalog.  That’s AWESOME news.

 

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

You can see all products used in the clickable links below.

Hop Along & Be Inspired!

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

 

 

Price: $110.00

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Important News!

  • New month- New Hostess Code!
  • The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 
  • Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.
  • Place an order in my Online Store and receive an EXCLUSIVE Online Class and a FREE gift for choosing me as your demonstrator.  The May gift is GORGEOUS!
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This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

 Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

Happy Home – Stampin’ Up!

Happy Home – Stampin’ Up!

The Happy Home stamp set has been sitting in my stamp stash since November.  I believe this was a stamp set that I had received for free at one of our OnStage events.  The key phrase here- sitting on my shelf! What the What?

 

It’s was only discovered to be untouched as I went through pulling my retired stamp sets.  I took a peek at it and could only shake my head.

 

You see, I have a problem.

It’s a true stamp addiction.

I have to have all of the cuteness.  Then I get the said cuteness and like a true hoarder I put it in a safe place only to be found months later.

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

 

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

 

You can click on the image above and see the wood mount bundle for this product.  

This set comes in a bundle that is pretty stinkin’ awesome.  Now the Happy Home stamp set will retire on May 31st.  The Hearth & Home Thinlits Die will be in the NEW catalog.  This little thinlit is a FUN and also versatile.

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

I kept the card simple and only added a few layers (well maybe more than a few-I got carried away!) of cardstock and ribbon.  Both of the ribbons that I used are also retiring.  AHHHH.  These were my MOST used ribbons- Venetian Lace and the Chevron Natural ribbon.

I wanted to add a little texture to the card so I used the Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Folder.

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

If you look closely you will also notice that the piece that I textured embossed is also one of the new In Colors.  That Flirty Flamingo coordinates perfectly with the other pink tones I have- Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder.  Oh so PRETTY!

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

One of my new crafting habits is cutting small greetings like you see above and placing next to a focal image on my projects.  Well, it seems like I’ve been doing this a lot.  I see a trend anyways… I kinda like it.

The coloring for this card was easily done with a Sponge Dauber for the tree.  I used a Blender Pen for the grass and flowers.

You can see all products used in the clickable links below.

Supply List

Can you think of a stamp set that needs attention today? Open up your stash and look for the one screaming your name.  If the Happy Home stamp set is on your wish list, remember it’s going bye bye on May 31st.  Don’t let this cute stamp set slip away.

Important News!

  • New month- New Hostess Code!
  • The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 
  • Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.
  • Place an order in my Online Store and receive an EXCLUSIVE Online Class and a FREE gift for choosing me as your demonstrator.  The May gift is GORGEOUS!
  •  Click HERE to shop!

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global, May Hostess Code

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!