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Craftiness in the Kitchen

Craftiness in the Kitchen

If it’s one thing I’m not good at, craftiness in the kitchen! While I love to bake, I don’t do it often.  Honestly, I feel lately I don’t even cook often.  Having teenagers in the house we seem to spend more time on the road than in our home.  I’m quite sure our dinner options would make a clean eater go crazy.

Somethings in life you have to embrace.  Not cooking is an easy one for me to embrace.

 

Crafting with The Perfect Mix

While I may not be baking and cooking, I did mix up a fun card using the Perfect Mix stamp set.

I was totally drawn to this card because of the images and fonts.  The images have that retro fun appeal.

Craftiness in the Kitchen, Perfect Mix, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Tips & Tricks

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I wanted the baking images to stand out really and what better way than to emboss.

Each of the baking images was stamped on cardstock, embossed with White Emboss Powder and then fussy cut.  Fussy cutting these images is not difficult and only takes a few minutes.

Craftiness in the Kitchen, Perfect Mix, Stampin' Up!

 

One of my long time favorite stamping techniques is using VersaMark to create a background.  Not sure you would even call it a technique, however, the fun watermark the VersaMark leaves on cardstock always amazes me. I created a fun background using the oven mitt image on the Watermelon Wonder cardstock.

VersaMark is a great stamp pad for any new stamper as well.  You can create fun backgrounds with this simple ink pad, and of course, it’s the perfect stamp pad to emboss images with.

 

Layers and More Layers

 

Craftiness in the Kitchen, Perfect Mix, Stampin' Up!

 

As always, I love to layer images and that was easily accomplished with this card and the baking images.

The images were layered onto a circle that was die cut using Kraft Cardstock and the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I also added a small circle die cut from Watercolor Paper to add the greeting.

 

Many More Options

Craftiness in the Kitchen, Perfect Mix, Stampin' Up!

The Perfect Mix stamp set has many more options and I am only showing a few here today.  Instantly I can think of fun gift ideas to use this fun stamp set with.  A fun scrapbook page would be another fun option.

 

 

Here is another card I created using this stamp set.

Craftiness in the Kitchen, Perfect Mix, Stampin' Up!

 

You can download the instructions to create this card HERE.

Supply List

Update on My Dad!

Thank you so much for your continued prayers for my dad.  He was discharged from the hospital on Friday night.  I wasn’t really happy about it as there were a few issues that were not resolved, but we put our trust in the professionals.  Well, that lasted for not even two days.  My dad ended up being re-admitted to the hospital on Sunday night.  

Overall he looks better and getting stronger every single day.  The big risk for him is a stroke. As of today, he’s headed back home and we are praying his anti-coagulants are back in check.   Let’s hope this time for good.  Thank you for all of your prayers.  I appreciate you so much.  XOXOXOXO

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration-Artisan Blog Hop

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration

 

Today’s Artisan blog hop is an explosion of Sale-a-Bration inspiration.

Let’s face it, Sale-a-Bration is a huge hit this year with a fantastic product line up.

I love looking on Pinterest and seeing all of the great ideas.  I’m even more excited to see what the Artisan team has up their sleeves today.  Let’s get busy.

 

Avant Garden

When I saw the samples in the Sale-a-Bration catalog, I couldn’t wait to use the Avant Garden stamp set.

Typically I don’t reach for a floral set, but the samples were so inspiring I couldn’t wait to ink this set myself.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

First thought when I inked up this gorgeous flower was water coloring.  I love how this card turned out with a few simple water coloring techniques.

Tips & Tricks

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

  • Create a watercolor wash using Crumb Cake ink and Aqua Painter onto the Watercolor Paper (2-1/2″ x 4″) first.  Let the ink absorb and dry.
  • Stamp flower image using Archival Basic Black ink then watercolor image using Pear Pizzaz and Flirty Flamingo inks. Stamp the dots image over flower image using Crumb Cake ink.  To achieve a soft look, I stamped off several times before stamping over the flower.
  •  Tear the bottom of the Watercolor paper and curl one end. I like to use my Aqua Painter to saturate the paper, making tearing very easy.  Once torn, attach this piece to another piece of Watercolor Paper measuring 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ using dimensionals.
  • Stamp greeting and die cut using Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Attach with a small doily and twine underneath the die cut.

 

 

Finally, attach the watercolor paper to your card front of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and then onto your Whisper White thick cardstock base (4-1/4″ x 11″).

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

Solid Flower Image

I wanted to try my inking hands using the solid flower image, and I love how this card came out.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

I kept this card pretty simple, so the focus was on the beautiful flower.

Tips & Tricks 

  • The flower was stamped using Calypso Coral ink, then watercolored around the image using Sahara Sand.
  • I fell in love with the beautiful Metallic Ribbon on page 11 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Not only does is look fantastic with the shiny gold and silver accents, but also it’s very pliable.   I’m totally impressed, and this is FREE (one silver, one gold) with a $50 purchase.
  • Lastly, the Petal Burst embossing folder was a perfect background addition for this card.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

No doubt, the Avant Garden stamp set will provide a delicate touch to any handmade cards with the beautiful floral images and fonts.  Let’s not forget the FREE factor as well.  Every $50 you spend in my online store you can receive a free product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

Look at all of the great products available this year.  

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

Be Inspired! 

The inspiration doesn’t stop here.  It’s time to see what the Artisan Team has created.

Your next stop is with my friend Louise Sharp.  Oh boy, are you going to love this gals designs?  She has the art of bringing a soft, beautiful look at every single project.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

 

Hot News-Don’t Forget!

Order $50 in products from my Online Store and receive a FREE tutorial packed with exclusive projects.

Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques? 

Click HERE to see my online class tutorials and stamp in the comfort of your home!

Looking for more ideas using this year Sale-a-Bration products?

Did you see the last Artisan Blog Hop? Click HERE to see gorgeous Valentines projects.

Be Inspired- Inside The Lines

Be Inspired- Inside The Lines 

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

We all know that inspiration can be found everywhere when it comes to paper crafts. Today, that inspiration is coming from the Be Inspired Design Team, and you may have just hopped here from Carolynn’s blog.  Our theme today is Sale-a-Bration, which means a FREE product for every $50 purchase from Stampin’ Up!

 

Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper

I am sure as a paper crafter you might be aware of the popular new craze called adult coloring books.  While I am sure they have been around forever, this girl who lives under a rock discovered them last fall.

When I found them at a local craft store I instantly did not think of myself using them, but more so for my daughter who loves to color.  However, the images in these coloring books were breathtaking, and it did look fun.

Fast forward to our new Sale-a-Bration catalog and what do my eyes see? Yes, a designer paper just waiting to be colored.

The Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper leaves you with the opportunity to make the colors of each paper your own.

 

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Be Creative and Color

To my surprise, I ended up loving each of these cards, and I am eager to share them with you.

The creative process started with only taking 1 of each of the four designs and cutting each 12 x 12 designer paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″.

Each card is colored using a different tool such as the following:

  • Sponging
  • Watercoloring
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Markers

You will notice that each method of coloring provided a different look to the designer paper and gave more insight on how the paper would hold up using each of these tools.  While each card is different, they are very simple with only a few additional layers of embellishments.  All of the greetings came from one stamp set, Suite Sentiments.

Let’s see how this paper comes to life.

Sponging 

First, let’s take a look at how a simple sponge can create a beautiful look to this card.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

I sponged the leaves with Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz Classic Ink.

After I had sponged the leaves, I only fussy cut the image and layered onto another piece of the designer series paper.

 

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Next, stamp the greeting from the Suite Sentiments stamp set onto a Lots of Labels framelit dies.

Watercoloring

Watercoloring on designer series paper added an entirely new appreciation for this beautiful paper.

 

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Quick Tips:

  • I used an Aqua Painter to color the flower using Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Classic Ink.
  • Heat set the paper using a Heat Tool.
  • Due to the watercolor, you might notice the paper will wrinkle. Use Fast Fuse adhesive so that the paper will lay flat onto the card base.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

Sponge Daubers

This next card uses one of my favorite sponging tools, Sponge Daubers.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

Rather than using the entire sponge to color the images as I utilized in the first card, the Sponge Dauber highlighted the flowers all over the paper using Crushed Curry Classic Ink.

The leaves were colored using Pear Pizzaz Ink and an Aqua Painter.  Finally, to finish the card, I added the greeting with a few die cuts and ribbon.

 

Markers

Last, but certainly not least I used markers to color the images.

One of the greatest coloring tools you will find in the Stampin’ Up! product line is the Many Marvelous Markers.  What sets these markers apart from any other marker is the color coordination with all of Stampin’ Up! products.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

I used the brush tip of the marker and quickly colored the flower using Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, and Tangerine Tango.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

A few things to note about each of the four cards:

  • All the colors coordinate together.
  • The coloring techniques only highlight a piece of the designer series paper.
  • Each card uses a greeting from the same stamp set, Suite Sentiments.
  • Embellishments are simple pieces of ribbons or doilies.

 

Crafting with the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper brought back great memories of coloring in color books all the while creating beautiful cards.  This product will not disappoint and will provide hours of crafting enjoyment.

Leave a comment and tell me which card catches your eye the most.

 

Time to Hop! Be Inspired 

Lastly, it’s time to be inspired by more Sale-a-Bration products from our creative Be Inspired Team.

Click the button and be inspired by my friend Sarah Berry.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

Hot News-Don’t Forget!

Order $50 in products from my Online Store and receive a FREE tutorial packed with exclusive projects.

Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques?

Click HERE to see my online class tutorials and stamp in the comfort of your home!

Looking for more ideas using this year Sale-a-Bration products?

Make sure to see THIS post using the Tasty Trucks stamp set and FREE tutorial.

Technique Lovers- Dragonfly Dreams

Technique Lovers- Dragonfly Dreams

Do you love trying new stamping techniques? What about old techniques we tend to forget about?

At first glance of the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set my first thought was techniques.  It instantly reminded me of collage style creating.  As soon as I pulled it out to use, that was my goal.

Then the reality of creating happens and the course of creating changed.  Now I couldn’t stop thinking about an old favorite technique, masking!

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It Doesn’t Always Have to Be New!

Here’s the thing, many times our crafty brains are always trying to come up with the next big idea or the next great technique but the reality is we miss out on the oldies that are tried and true.

Masking is one technique that always brings that WOW factor when I’m stamping.  Like, “OH MY GOSH… I created this!” These are the ideas that many times I say to myself… “Been there done that… need to try something new!”

I’m so glad I let my creative brain go with the flow.

While the Masking technique is and “oldie” it may just as well be a “new” technique to others.

Today I’m sharing an EASY card using a few post-it notes and a beautiful stamp set, Dragonfly Dreams.

Let’s get started!

Grab Your Supplies

Here are a few supplies to grab so you can create this card:

  • Dragonfly Dreams stamp set
  • Whisper White cardstock 4″ x 5-1/2″
  • Post-it Notes (I used a large size post-it note 6 x 8- you can find in any office supply store)
  • Ink Pad
  • Sponge

 

 

Create It!

Below I created a step by step tutorial on the masking technique.

Here are a few tips that might help you.

 

Masking Technique, Dragonfly Dreams, Stampin' Up!

 

  • Tear the Post-it note in half which will create a dynamic look for your background.  Place over your Whisper White cardstock.
  • Keep your fingers placed on the post-it note when you are sponging. This will help so that the ink doesn’t creep under the post-it note.
  • Stamp directly over the area you sponged while the post-it note is still in place to create a more dramatic background.  I used So Saffron classic ink pad.

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Once you have created your masked background, stamp the dragonfly and greeting.

I added the dragonfly die cut over my stamped dragonfly to create a 3D look.  I love the details of the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies.

Lastly, a few other embellishments for the card were added such as a doily, Metallic Gold Enamel Dots and a small strip of the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Pack (one of my favorites!!)

 

Masking Technique, Dragonfly Dreams, Stampin' Up!

 

Grab the Bundle!

Whether the technique is old or new, the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set will offer many ways you can stamp with it.  This gorgeous stamp set is part of a bundle where you can purchase the stamp set and thinlits together, saving you 10% on your purchase.

 

If you are a technique lover, make sure to see THIS technique using framelits.  I loved creating this card.

Masking Technique, Dragonfly Dreams, Stampin' Up!

You will find all of the supplies used for this project below in the clickable links.  

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Over the last 6 months, I’ve offered a fun tutorial bundle each month which included 12 tutorials from designers all over the world.  This tutorial has been a huge hit.  The projects are ALWAYS  using Stampin’ Up! current products and different projects such as cards and 3D items.

I’m starting a new 6 month subscription of this tutorial with NEW designers.  They are AMAZING artists.

Exclusive Tutorial Bundle

You can get this tutorial a few different ways, let me explain. 

  • Spend $50 from my Online Store- recieve it FREE
  • Subscribe for 6 months (Feb-July) and you will pay for 5 months, getting the 6 month FREE. Subscription is $75.
  • Purchase the tutorial individually each month for $15.

Subscribers receive the tutorial automatically on the first of each month.

Tutorials are automatically downloaded after purchase.   You can see past monthly tutorials HERE.

Become a Subscriber and BE Inspired!!

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Post Thanksgiving Coma and Falling Flowers

Post Thanksgiving Coma and Falling Flowers

Thanksgiving has passed but my food coma hasn’t.

The day was incredible with a house full of family, a ton of food and then mapping my Black Friday shopping.

Friday started my whirlwind weekend.  I thought Thanksgiving prep was tough… ha!

We ran hard on Friday morning all the way to the afternoon and then headed downtown to watch Alexis participate in a parade.

She was an awesome snowflake tumbler and the parade was fantastic.  We watched the city lights turn on downtown and it was  quite magical!

While the weekend was filled with amazing adventures, my office is calling my name and I’m excited to share a bundle of beautiful cards today.

Hope you bare with me as I take a small break from the Christmas cards and share a load of florals that I’ve fallen in love with.

 

Falling Flowers

While I was in Atlanta I was honored to present at Brian Kings local demonstrator event.  I shared two sets of cards both using some of my favorite accessories to embellish cards.

Today I’m sharing the first bundle using the Falling Flowers stamp set.

A couple of things you will notice about these cards…

  • All of them have the same color combinations with a few added colors here and there.
  • Each card has a technique.  You will see the technique name under each card.
  • You will notice my love for embellishments.  These are simple, inexpensive ways to add layers to a card.

 

Decorative Masks

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

This card uses two techniques:

  • Decorative Masks – simply lay the decorative mask over a piece of Watercolor Paper, use an Aqua Painter to add color only in the area of the Decorative mask.  Notice it’s not perfectly colored, it’s more of a splash of colors creating a fun background.
  • Reverse Embossing- emboss a flower onto Vellum Cardstock, die cut using the May Flowers Framelits. Then on the reverse side, lay the Vellum onto a mouse pad, use a stylus to press into the open areas of the floral image.  When you turn it over you will notice the area turns white and looks 3D.

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

Other embellishments that I loved to use on this card:

  • The scallops were die cut using the Layering Squares Framelits.  I simply cut an edge and use it to layer on a card.
  • Delicate White Doilies
  • Pearls… they make any card delicate and pretty.

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Emboss Resist

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

Emboss resist is a technique that I’ve always loved.  I love how it looks on Watercolor Paper.  I embossed the beautiful filigree image onto the Watercolor Paper using White Embossing Powder, then watercoloring over the embossing using Sweet Sugarplum.

Because Falling Flowers does not have greetings with this stamp set, I used the Perfectly Wrapped Photopolymer stamp set.  It was perfect for these cards.

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

Another fun product I love to use-Enamel Shapes.  They come in a ton of colors and always a perfect addition for any project.

 

Splatter & Twine

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

Two ways I layer my cards LOTS… splatter created using my Aqua Painter and any color from my ink pads and my favorite thread from the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.  Oh my word I love this ribbon when you separate the threads.  It’s a must try.

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

Other things I love to add to my cards- Sequins.  I have them in little saucers on my table always ready to use.  The Fine-Tip Glue Pen is the perfect adhesive to adding these sequins.

 

Tone on Tone Embossing

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

If you are looking to create quick elegance on a card, try stamping and embossing with clear embossing powder for a tone on tone look.  I love how this looks on the Whisper White.  Pure elegance when you see it and super simple to create.

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

I love how these tiny pearls add to the elegance of the card.

 

Overall, each of the cards have fun layers and embellishments added to each one.

A Few Secrets… 

Can I tell you a little secret when it comes to creating cards with layers?  It’s not hard, and it’s not time consuming.

Another secret…. many times my cardstock layers are attached with a stapler.  This always saves me time and my layers always stay in place.

I realize that Stampin’ Up! will not carry our beloved stapler anymore, but friends… you can still use it.  It’s a GREAT tool and by far one that I use almost every single day.

 

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

Clickable links to all the products used at the end of this post.  

Falling Flowers is a timeless stamp set that you can create gorgeous cards and projects with.

Here is the color combinations I tried to stick with for all of the cards.

 

 

Give some of these techniques a try and if you have questions or need assistance, leave me a comment.

I love to help spark your creativity.

Document Your December 

Hello December Online Class, Stampin' Up!

Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

A few products are on sale- ENDS TODAY!

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class and the offerings available.  

New Exclusive Tutorial Available

Its time for the November Exclusive Tutorial Release.  YAY!

I have enjoyed these tutorials and all of the creativity packed into each one.

If you an Online Order of $50 you will receive this tutorial for FREE.  

You can also purchase the tutorial for $15 HERE.  

Most Wonderful Time of Year, Stampin' Up!, Christmas 

Online Extravaganza Time

Promotion ends TODAY!!!

Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up!

CLICK HERE to view the entire product line on sale for this Extravaganza!

Don’t miss this on November 28th!  AWESOME SALE on Select Products!!

 

 

Most Wonderful Time of Year, Stampin' Up!, Christmas

Don’t Forget….

You can get 25% off select stamp sets today until November 30th.  YAY.

Click HERE to see all the stamp sets available.  Get yours today.

I hope you had a magical Thanksgiving.  I’m still counting my blessings.