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Begin Your New Year With Creating

Begin Your New Year With Creating

There are so many great things you can start in the New Year.

Have you thought about crafting and creating handmade cards or other projects?

With Stampin’ Up! you can create beautiful projects with a few simple tools.

The new year brings new beginnings and new hobbies.

Maybe this will be your year to create new beginnings and a new hobby.

 

Simple or Experienced

All crafters start somewhere.

13 years ago I had never heard of Stampin’ Up! and had no clue what rubber stamping was.  It’s amazing to see where I’ve come from that point.

 

I enjoy the simplest of projects to the more complex.  As long as I’m stamping, I’m a happy girl.

Today I want to share with you two stamping projects, one very simple and the other a little more complex.

 

Paper Pumpkin 

 

Regardless of where your experience falls with crafting, Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Pumpkin subscription is perfect to meet many needs.

You might be someone who is just starting to find the joy of rubber stamping.  Or maybe you are someone that loves to craft but find very little time to enjoy it.

Paper Pumpkin is a stamping kit that comes to your door with everything cut and ready to go for you to create unique projects each month.

Creating, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

 

This is a little sneak peek of the December Paper Pumpkin kit.  The new crafter can create a beautiful Year End Scrapbook or you can use the project contents to create a project more to you’re liking such as a card.

I don’t know about you, but I love OPTIONS!

As a Paper Pumpkin subscriber with me, you will receive up to 12 tutorials each month with ideas to use with you’re monthly kit. These tutorials can be used with your kit or you can simply use these tutorials to learn new stamping ideas.  It’s completely free to you as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber with me.

You can learn more about being a subscriber HERE.  Try it out and see why everyone loves Paper Pumpkin.

Click HERE for the instructions to create this project.

 

Step it Up!

If you have been a crafter for a while, stepping up a project is always fun.

Keep in mind, stepping it up doesn’t mean its difficult.  It could mean just a few extra layers of cardstock or embellishments.

It could also mean learning a fun new technique.

 

Create, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

 

This card was created using the Oh So Succulent stamp set available from the Occasions Catalog available on January 4th.

 

Create It!

Whether you are using the Oh So Succulent stamp set, the simple technique used below can be used with other lined image stamps.

Each flower has ink color added using a Sponge Dauber stamped into the center of each flower.

The colors used for the centers of the flowers include:

  • Cucumber Crush
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Sweet Sugarplum
  • Mint Macaron

 

Create, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

 

The flowers can be die cut (coordinating die cut) or fussy cut with scissors and then layered onto the card front.

The Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate adds a beautiful touch to any project.

You will also see a simple technique using cardstock to create a felt ribbon.  Click HERE to watch a video on this technique.

 

Finish it Up!

 

Create, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

 

Enamel Dots, the last embellishment added to the card front for a finishing touch.  These come in a variety of colors that coordinate with Stampin’ Up! cardstock, inks and other embellishments.

Color coordination of products makes creating simple with Stampin’ Up! and one of my favorite things about our products.

 

Let’s CREATE!

I’m super excited to create fun projects this coming year using so many great products from Stampin’ Up!

What will you be doing? Are you ready to create fun and exciting projects?

I would love to be your creative coach and help you learn how to you use your supplies and get your started.  From simple to advance, I’m here to help you.

 

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!!

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale

 

 

Oh So Succulent- Sneak Peek

Oh So Succulent- Sneak Peek

Happy Friday! I’m sharing a fun sneak peek of the Oh So Succulent stamp set today.

This stamp set is part of the Succulent Garden Suite made up of fresh florals and endless options of creativity.

Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!

 

 

 

Oh So Succulent Tips

Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!

 

One of my favorites about this stamp set is the greetings.  Especially the one on this card.

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • Stamp the solid image using So Saffron ink, then lightly tap the edges of the image onto the Mint Macaron ink onto Whisper White cardstock.
  • The outlined image is stamped using Bermuda Bay ink.
  • Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate was placed over Bermuda Bay cardstock and placed along the edge of the card.
  • Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes were added to the center of the flowers and around the floral arrangement.

Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!

  • Wrap the banner around the Whisper White cardstock and staple in place.

 

 

 

Mix it Up!

The Oh So Succulent stamp set is perfect to mix with a few favorites from the Holiday Catalog.

 

Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!

 

The basket image stamped in this card comes from the Basket of Wishes stamp set.

Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Use a sponge inked with Pool Party ink, sponge in a circular motion to create a background.   Then use Cucumber Crush ink sponging over the Pool Party ink blending the inks together.
  • Stamp the basket, color using Soft Suede ink and Early Espresso ink using a Blender Pen.
  • Add the Metal Rimmed Pearls to accent the card.

 

Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!

Find the products I used above in the clickable links below.

Did you see THIS Sneak Peek of the Oh So Succulent stamp set?

Here is another fun card using the Oh So Succulent stamp set.  Can you tell I love this stamp set?

Don’t forget to PIN it!  Just hover over the card images and save to your pin boards.

 

Be Inspired 

Start creating your wish list of NEW Occasions Catalog items. These items will be available on January 4th which will also kick start Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion of the year- Sale-a-Bration.  For every $50 you spend you can receive a free product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

 

Click HERE to see new product videos featuring the new Occasions catalog products.

If you have purchased products from my Online Store within the past year you should be receiving your complementary catalog in the mail soon.  If you do not receive by the end of December, let me know right away.  I will gladly send you one.  Fill out the form to receive a copy of the catalog.  

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Did you miss the latest Artisan Team Blog Hop? It was the last one for the 2015-16 Team.  Click HERE to be inspired.

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!!

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale

 

 

 

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. 
 Click HERE to shop! Use the hostess code below.  This Hostess Code (see below) will be good until June 6th.  

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.

PS-Thanks for stopping by today. XOXO

Picture Perfect Rose

Picture Perfect Rose

I did it again! I pulled out my Picture Perfect stamp set and this time worked with the rose image.

 

Today’s card is sweet and simple and involves a perfect little rose.  It also has a new In Color used- Flirty Flamingo!

Rose, Picture Perfect, Stampin' Up!

 

I’ve played with this rose image many times with many different color combinations and I have to say this was my favorite.

The only color not listed above is the Flirty Flamingo.  

Tips & Tricks

  • The rose image has 3 steps to stamp.  The first image I used Blushing Bride.  Second was Flirty Flamingo, and third Watermelon Wonder.
  • The Vellum leaves were die cut using the retiring Bouquet Bigz L Die Cut.

Rose, Picture Perfect, Stampin' Up!

Rose, Picture Perfect, Stampin' Up!

  • The greeting was stamped and then die cut using the Banners Framelits.
  • The striped designer paper is from the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper and then matted on a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock.

Rose, Picture Perfect, Stampin' Up!

 

This rose has so many color combinations that you can create plus the other images in the set Picture Perfect are amazing as well.  You can see a few other cards using the other images in the set by clicking HERE and HERE.

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

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.

Mother’s Day Box & Mini Album

Mother’s Day Box & Mini Album

Mother’s Day is around the corner and this could be the first time I’m ahead of the game in preparation of my sweet Mother’s gift.

Welcome to another Artisan Blog Hop too. Boy, will you be inspired by these talented ladies.

A Packaged Deal

Mother's Day, Gift Box, Stampin' Up!

I’ve known for awhile what I wanted to create for my mom on Mother’s Day.  Since she doesn’t keep up with scrapbooking herself, I love to create little mini albums filled with “short stories” so she can remember little moments in time.   She has these scattered in her home and we all love to look back on these memories.

I started with the box using the Gift Box Punch Board from Stampin’ Up!

What was once a dust bunny collector is becoming a well loved treasure in my stamp room.  Today’s box is my favorite because the size is perfect and it’s universal for SO many small trinkets.  Just happened that it was perfect for a Mini Album too.  WIN!

Mother's Day, Gift Box, Stampin' Up!

Mother’s Day Box

Create It!

Today’s video will teach you how to create the box and a few tips and tricks when embellishing the outside of the box.

 

Mother's Day, Gift Box, Stampin' Up!

 

Supplies needed to create the box and embellish:

  • 8 x 8 Kraft cardstock
  • Birthday Bouquet Designer Paper 2 x 12
  • Blushing Bride cardstock 1 x 11
  • Watermelon Wonder 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 (Punch 2-1/2″ circle)
  • Typeset Designer Paper 1/4 x 6
  • Kraft Corrugated cardstock 1/4 x 4-1/4
  • Vellum Cardstock (die cut circle using Circles Framelits) I also textured embossed with the Softly Falling TIEF.
  • Basic Black cardstock scrap
  • Shimmer Paper 5 x 5
  • Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizzaz, Daffodil Delight, and Mossy Meadow inks
  • Blender Pen
  • Tea Lace Doilies
  • Jute Ribbon
  • Gift Box Punch Board

 

Supplies needed for the Mini Album:

  • Kraft cardstock 3-1/2 x 10-1/2 (2 pieces needed)
  • Basic Black cardstock 3-3/8 x 3-3/8
  • Whisper White cardstock 3 x 2-1/2

Here is the inside of the box.  The mini album is attached to the bottom of the box with dimensionals.

Mother's Day, Gift Box, Stampin' Up!

Mother's Day, Gift Box, Stampin' Up! Mother's Day, Gift Box, Stampin' Up!

 

As I state in the video, I wanted to keep the mini album fun with a bit of humor.  Most of the time when I create mini albums for my mom they are sappy and then she is a mess with tears.  I wanted her to chuckle a bit and a few of these photos/journaling will definitely do that.

 

The best part about this box is there is still plenty of room to put a bracelet inside that I purchased for her.

 

Mother's Day, Gift Box, Stampin' Up!

 

Creating the Card

The card was created to coordinate with the belly band of the box.

Here is how to create card:

  1. Fold Whisper White cardstock (4-1/4 x 11) in half.   Attach Birthday Bouquet DSP (3-7/8 x 5-3/8) to a piece of Whisper White cardstock (4 x 5-1/4) using Fast Fuse.  Adhere to card front using dimensionals.
  2. Adhere a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock (1 x 4-1/4) across the DSP using dimensionals.  Adhere Kraft corrugated cardstock (1/4 x 4-1/4) across Blushing Bride cardstock.
  3. Tear a Doily in half.  Layer 1/2 of doily over corrugated cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Using the Circles Framelit (3-1/8″ diameter) die cut a piece of Vellum.  Attach over doily.  Attach the remaining doily over the Vellum using a dimensional.  Using a thread from Jute ribbon, coil and attach over doily.
  4. Punch a 2-1/2″ circle from Watermelon Wonder cardstock.  Layer over doily.
  5. Stamp wreath image using the Circle of Spring stamp set using Archival Basic Black ink onto Shimmery White cardstock.  Die cut using Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies.  Color wreath using a Blender Pen and the following inks: Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizzaz, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight.
  6. Create a banner using Typeset DSP (1/4 x 6). Fold Typeset DSP in half and attach to the Wreath.  Using a thread from Jute ribbon, coil and attach to Typeset DSP.
  7. Stamp “Mother’s Day” from the Crazy about You stamp set using Whisper White craft ink.  Emboss with White Embossing Powder and Heat.  Trim “Mother” from greeting.  Adhere over coiled thread using a dimensional.
  8. Splatter Watermelon Wonder ink over image using an Aqua Painter.

Mother's Day, Gift Box, Stampin' Up!

Click the product links below to shop for your favorites from this project.  

Artisan Hop!

I hope this inspires you to create your own fun box for Mother’s Day.  This project took less time that anyone could imagine and the reason was the Gift Box Punch Board is a GEM.  It’s a product that packs a lot of punch (ha ha) and creates beautiful boxes.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Next on the hop is Krista.  I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us today.

Mother's Day, Gift Box, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Supply List

Important News!

  • 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!

Mother's Day, Gift Box, Stampin' Up!