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Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Welcome to the first tutorial bundle blog hop.  You have seen me post many times about an exclusive tutorial created each month.  This tutorial has been amazing.  The delight is working with eleven other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who are MAD talented when creating this tutorial.

Specially Designed 

Why are we coming together for a blog hop? It’s simple.  To inspire you.

Each designer will be using the stamp set or technique they chose to use for the February tutorial so you can get a taste of their creative design. It’s not the same idea thats listed in our tutorial, only the technique or stamp set.

Meet the designers…. they are all pretty amazing!

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Tutorial Facts

You can become a subscriber,  you get 12 tutorials every month for six months – that is 72 tutorials all together for the next six months! These tutorials are EXCLUSIVE.  They are NOT seen anywhere else on the internet.  Cost to become a subscriber is $75. Basically, you are receiving the sixth tutorial FREE.

Subscribers receive the monthly tutorial on the first of each month delivered straight to their email.  Interested in becoming a subscriber? Click HERE to read more information and become a subscriber.

Not interested in becoming a subscriber but would like to purchase the tutorials individually? No problem.

Each month the tutorials are available for $15 HERE.  You will find current and past exclusive tutorials and the tutorials are automatically sent your email ready for download.

-OR-

Purchase $50 in my Online Store and you will receive the tutorial for FREE for the current month.

My team receives this tutorial for FREE each month. It has been a fantastic resource for my team to use for business with the diverse projects shared in each tutorial.  Sale-a-Bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! and I’d love to have you be a part of the Stampin’ by the Sea stamping community.

Below is a little sneak peek of our February tutorial.  The projects are fantastic!!

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Now, let’s create!!

Nailed It!

For the February tutorial, I chose to use the Nailed It stamp set. I picked this stamp set more for a challenge than anything.  Seeing how I’m not much of a “tool” girl.  It was the perfect challenge, and I took it one step further.

I decided to create one card that was more frilly and another card with a splash of man! Let’s see how they came together.

 

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The addition of the doily was the perfect addition of girly I was trying to achieve.

My favorite part of this card is the greeting.  It’s not just a simple thanks, but thanks for building “ME” up.  I LOVE this!

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Tips & Tricks 

  • Watercolor using Dapper Denim and Smoky Slate ink onto Watercolor Paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • Save 10% by purchasing the Nailed It bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set (clear or wood) and the Build It Framelits Dies.  Click HERE to see this bundle.
  • Two pieces of the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper was added to the card front.  This paper is fresh with modern designs perfect for the man card or an eclectic look with the great designs.
  • Don’t forget to add the self-sticking Urban Underground Embellishments.  You will see these are used on both card designs.

 

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The Man Version 

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I wish making “man” cards would come easy for me to create.  The fact is- they are NOT.

Once I got my groove on, the idea started to flow.

Tips & Tricks 

  • Using Crumb Cake cardstock, texture emboss the cardstock using the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder.  Then die cut using the Build It Framelit (hexagon die).  Finally, attach the hexagons onto the Crumb Cake cardstock at the top.
  • Stamp the hammer onto Smoky Slate and Dapper Denim cardstock with coordinating ink and die cut.  Cut the bottom handle of the Dapper Denim hammer’s and attach to the stamped Smoky Slate hammers.

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You will find all of the products used for todays cards in the clickable links below.  

 

I’ve enjoyed working with the Nailed It bundle.  Surprisingly I’ve made more girlie cards using this set than cards for a man.  I guess a girl who loves a doily can turn any man set into something universal.

 

Be Inspired!

Now it’s time to see what the rest of the team has created.  Your next stop is a dear friend and incredible designer, Kylie Bertucci.

I’ve always been inspired by Kylie’s work which is a clean simple style. Click the button below to follow the hop and see the work of this fun design team.  You can see the entire line-up of designers for the tutorial bundle blog hop below.

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Allison Okamitsu
Ange McKay

Price: $110.00

This Almost Landed In The Trash

Trash and Trashed Again!

I guess its time for a little trash talk.  Yes, it landed in the trash but I kept trying.

 

How Does It Happen? 

Let’s face it, there are times as creative people that the inner most creative juices come to a screeching halt.

How can this happen when we have the most resources known to mankind available to us?

Why is it when we have a new shiny stamp set at our disposal we are unsure where to start?

And why in the world would a creation land in the trash?

 

Well, this happened to me and I’m pretty sure you’ve had it happen too.

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Resources At My Fingertips

As crazy as this sounds I know I have resources at my fingertips waiting to be used.

However I am one stubborn bird.  I think I have to constantly come up with the new and amazing ideas.

When I started to create this card using the Banners & Badges stamp set,  I had already made one card and I loved the images inside the entire set.  Easy peasy, right?

I picked a few colors I wanted to use, the stamp set is in front of me and BAM- not a single idea.

Then I started playing with a few images, and supplies.  Nothing.

Finally I put something together.  HATED it.  To the trash it went!

I started over and felt like my creative capsule in my brain was DRY.

Seriously, this is a nightmare for me and any crafter.

 

Don’t Give Up- Start Over 

Sometimes you have to start over.   Sometimes you have to start over many times.

That’s exactly what happened with this card I’m sharing today.  This card managed to find the trash can a few times but I didn’t let it defeat me.

Maybe you are a brand new stamper, I hope I can encourage you to keep on trying even when you are unsure of where to start.

Or maybe you are a seasoned stamper and your creative capsule in your brain has taken a sabbatical.

It’s OKAY!

 

Keep Moving Forward

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Ideas That Can Help

 

Even when your idea is not going in the direction you would like try a few of these ideas… its helped me.

  • Start over
  • Give yourself permission to trash it too!
  • Try to change the colors.
  • Maybe you need to change the sketch.
  • MAYBE you need to put that stamp set back on the shelf and try something new.
  • Don’t let it defeat you! Walk away.
  • Eat some chocolate. Usually it’s on my desk for me to make something pretty with.  Sometimes it never makes it to that stage because I ate it.  Sometimes I eat the whole bag.  Not kidding.
  • Let it go!

Whatever you do in the midst of a dry spell, giving up should not be the solution.  Walking away for a bit lets your brain rest from the chaos.

 

I’m sharing one of my least favorite cards I’ve created in a long time.  I’m letting it go.  I love some of the elements on the card, but ya know what… it’s OKAY.  I’m still sharing it today because JUST MAYBE there is something on this card that will inspire someone else.  It will be a source of inspiration.

 

Use Your Resources

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There are so many resources available to stampers.  Pinterest, Splitcoaststampers, blogs, magazines to name only a few.

These resources are there for a reason.  For stampers to use when the creative capsule hits a dry spell.  These are the things we can use to jump start our creativity. I  use them all the time and if it wasn’t for these resources available, my stamps would be dried rubber.  We can all use a little inspiration.

 

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See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links and shop Online 24/7!

Be Inspired & Create 

Today I hope you pull out some stamp sets and create.   Find something that inspires you and let the stamps, ink and paper work together to create your new masterpiece.  If it lands in the trash a couple of times, it’s OKAY.

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Add Interest Using Stampin’ Up! Punches

Add Interest Using Stampin’ Up! Punches

Punches are one of the most used tools in my stamp room and especially my circle punches.

Of course my Big Shot gets a ton of use but punches make my crafting life easy.  Don’t you think?

I really can’t get bored with punches and because I’m such a lazy crafter, punches make my crafting world even more spectacular because they save me time.

 

What I love is through the years Stampin’ Up! has made it more and more easy for us to create with the wide selection of punches.  While I’m sad to see some of our punches retire, I’m also excited for the new ones that are coming.

 

Layering Punched Pieces

One of the things I’ve been enjoying with punches is adding depth to a handmade card using multiple layers of a punched image.

I had tried this with a few die cuts recently and then thought – why not a punched image.

Punches, Stampin' Up!, You're So Lovely Kit

 

 

 

Today I grabbed the remaining pieces of my You’re So Lovely kit and put together 9 cards.  I loved all of them but as I was getting near the end of my creative streak, I felt the urge to try something different.

Create It!

Let’s jump in and I’ll share with you how to create the card above and most importantly show you how to create depth using your punches.

  1. Fold your cardstock base in half to create your card.  Using the sponge roller (or you can use a Sponge Dauber) and Dapper Denim ink (coming soon), sponge over the star mask from the You’re So Lovely kit.  *Note* You can rinse the sponge roller under water and squeeze out the water and pat dry and it’s ready to use again.  LOVE!
  2. Stamp congrats and banner image onto the Kraft cardstock label die cut using Basic Black ink. Images from the You’re So Lovely stamp set.
  3. Punch out 10 stars using Star Punch. I used the new InColor- Dapper Denim.  Layer 5 star punches onto one another using Liquid Multipurpose Glue.  Let this dry.
  4. Adhere the stars to the card as seen above.
  5. Add a strand of White Jute ribbon behind the congrats banner.
  6. Add Gold metal stars to card front from the kit.
  7. Enjoy!

 

 

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You can see how the punched images stacked together create great depth.  I think I will use this as a graduation card.  Perfect for a young male.  Actually, I might give this to Russ.  He retires from the Navy on June 10th.  That’s another story for another day.

 

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Mission Accomplished!

As you can see, I was on a mission yesterday.  I couldn’t let this kit go to waste.  It’s been one of my favorites and I’m a  hoarder.  As I was cleaning and purging yesterday I knew I wanted to finish these.

 

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Punches, Stampin' Up!, You're So Lovely Kit

 

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

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 a FREE gift from me as well as a FREE class tutorial in the month of April.

I’m not foolin’ ya! Click HERE to shop!

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. 

April Hostess Code, Stampin' Up!

 

I Challenge YOU!

I have a pile of stamps I’m getting ready to tackle this weekend for projects.  I am pretty excited to use them because some have not EVER seen ink. Why do I do that???  Let’s challenge each other to create using a stamp set that hasn’t been used OR one that hasn’t seen a lot of ink.  Will you join me?? Share if you do.  I’d love to see.

Have an AWESOME weekend.  XOXOXOXO

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You’re So Lovely-Quick & Easy

You’re So Lovely-Quick & Easy

Lovely is the first word I said after creating today’s card.  It’s striking, yet lovely because it was definitely quick and easy.

Sometimes I can apply tons of layers and elements to a card and that word “lovely” always pops into my mind.  It’s when I can create a quick and easy card that I struggle with the lovely.

I am sure it’s because I’m a creature of habit, so the more layers and elements I add increases my “lovely” ticker.

 

But that’s not always the case, nor should it be.

 

Sometimes time is the relative factor that keeps me from adding and adding another piece of cardstock or element.

Sometimes it’s the mood I’m in.

 

Today, it was the stamp set that led me to this quick and easy card.

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I love the You’re So Lovely Project Kit and the stamp set that goes along with it has been neglected.  I pulled it out last night and before you know it I had a card created in less than 10 minutes.

 

Now that is LOVELY!

 

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The colors couldn’t be more happy and spring.  It was the perfect combination of many things.  Perfect for the recipients that will receive it as well.

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Tips & Tricks

To create this card you will only need a few products.

  • I stamped the circle image 4 times offsetting each one using Pear Pizzaz ink.
  • The tiny flowers come from the Tree Builder punch (this is my new favorite punch!!) The tiny flowers are perfection and WHY WHY WHY am I just now figuring this out???
  • The main piece of Whisper White cardstock measures 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.  The card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock 4-1/4 x 11.  The small piece of Schoolhouse  Designer paper that you see measures 2 x 5-1/2″.  Another fav for me.

You can see all of the supplies I used for this card in the clickable links below.

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I’m leaving on a jet plane EARLY in the morning headed for Salt Lake City for a Stampin’ Up! conference.  I’m always excited to see my girlfriends, my team and just be in the lovely state of Utah.  I might be a bit quiet this week because I can never work ahead, and I talk to much when I’m away to finally sit down to blog.  BUT… I’m going to try and keep you posted on the fun things I see. I am looking forward to seeing my bestie.  This always fills my cup.
XOXOXO
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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. 

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