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Just Breathe-Colorful Seasons

Just Breathe-Colorful Seasons

I had a wonderful Mother’s day weekend despite a few events.  I’m not sure I’d call it relaxing but definitely enjoyed my kids this weekend.   I created this card for a swap and honestly, I think I’m going to frame it as a reminder to do this more and clearly after this weekend.

Colorful Seasons, Stampin' Up!

Russ is on a trip with his parents to Disney World.  Honestly, thank God he is there with them, more on that in a minute.  They took off earlier last week and my first thought was, lots of stamping time.  Well, wishful thinking maybe.

 

The Weekend

Friday night I was so tired I felt like a limp vegetable laying on my couch.  I had zero energy.  The great week had finally caught up with me.   Saturday I decided to test drive cars since we are in the market for one.  I had no idea that would turn out to be an all day affair but it was.

Sunday I spent at church and then with family all day only to come home to no Air Conditioning.  The house was 84 degrees.  Needless to say, the kids and I were panting.  Thankful for my parents as they came to my rescue, but it was a no go.  It was broke and we had to wait until Monday.  It was time to pull a few fans out.

I was sitting on the couch trying to find a cool spot… Brandon says, “Mom, now don’t worry, it’s going to be okay and it felt good… but there is no hot water when I took a shower!” WHAT? FOR REAL?

I called Russ to help me light the pilot light on the water heater. Yes, I’m a wimp.  Yes, I don’t like lighting that stupid thing.  After he walked me through it I thought for sure I was going to blow up the house.  UGH.  Poor Russ…

Seriously.. the man is gone a few days and everything breaks.  Just breathe, Kimberly.

 

Monday Comes

I looked over at this card laying on my desk and thought to myself… it’s Monday… just breathe.  You know that I normally love Mondays.  It’s my fresh start.  It was a fresh start alright.

 

Colorful Seasons, Stampin' Up!

Monday clearly started with calling the AC company to come rescue us from a VERY hot house.  For the most part, my Monday was heading in the right direction.

Russ texted me fairly early from Disney and told me his mother had fallen in the hotel.  Somehow she tripped and fell on her face, literally.  Unfortunately, she hit so hard she broke her nose.  This became complicated because the bleeding wouldn’t stop and they had to take her to the ER.  Because she is on a blood thinner, AND she hit her head my poor Mother in Law was admitted to the hospital. ICU.  They needed to reverse the blood thinner and watch her for any more bleeding.  The last update she was resting, and very sad this had messed up her Disney trip. This was really on her bucket list.

Not only was I telling myself to just breathe, I was telling Russ the same thing.

 

Perspective 

As Monday progressed, and a few other things occurred, I had to put it all in perspective.  Luckily the air conditioner was a minor repair and the house was cooled.  The water heater is working and most importantly, my mother in law didn’t have any major bones broke.  Praise God for that! I sat again last night in a vegetative state from the busy day and I couldn’t help but thank God Russ was with his parents. It was the exact reason he went with them.

Just breathe!

Colorful Seasons, Stampin' Up!

 

I can’t tell you how many times I sit and feel guilty for not getting everything done in a timely fashion or on my schedule.  I am so glad I had this card sitting on my desk.  It’s absolutely the best reminder.  Life is MESSY! I need to remember to just breathe because let’s face it.. it will all work out.

Card Details

I won’t leave you hanging about this card and the AMAZING stamp set this is.  The Colorful Seasons stamp set I believe will be one of the most popular stamp sets for this catalog year. Here are a few reasons why:

  • All 4 seasons have images and the coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits is perfect to eliminate any fussy cutting with 17 dies included.  I love the scalloped edge.  Look how beautiful that is!!
  • It’s all about the details.  This stamp set, available June 1st or now for new demonstrators has incredible details. Detailed snowflakes and leaves that you will enjoy.
  • I’m a sucker for good greetings and this set caught my eye right away wtih the beautiful just breathe image.
  • You will notice I used two new In Colors, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist.  That tiny pop of Lemon Lime Twist brings a smile to my face.

I’m happy to tell you this stamp set and the coordinating thinlits will be a bundle, which means you can save 10%.

 

Just Breathe!

Colorful Seasons, Stampin' Up!, Just Breathe

I realize the weekend and my Monday didn’t go as planned, but today is a fresh start to a new day.  I’m sure something esle will not go as planned.  This is life.  My goal for today is to stamp a few pretty things and to relax and meditate on my favorite new greeting- Just Breathe!

What is your goal for the week? For today? How do you handle when things get messy?

Lastly, will you keep my mother in law in prayer?  I’ll update once I know more.

 

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.

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

Make today GREAT and stamp something pretty.

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

Be Inspired- Favorite Color

Be Inspired- Favorite Color

Favorite Color, Stampin' Up!

 

I love a good challenge and today’s Be Inspired blog hop definitely was a CHALLANGE for me.  Our Be Inspired Team put together today’s theme, our favorite color.  At first I was completely stumped.  I love so many colors it was hard to settle on just one.

I gave this a lot of thought and decided to thumb through my blog and see what color stood out most over the last few weeks.  Lemon Lime Twist was hands down a winner.

Every time I looked at a card made with the Lemon Lime Twist my heart skipped a beat.  So today, that is the color I will choose.

 

Hello Lemon-Lime Twist

Favorite Color, Pieces & Patterns, Stampin' Up!

 

I decided to go full on Lemon Lime Twist using the cardstock, designer series paper and ink.  Oh my! It was a little slice of heaven having all of these products together.

The products I used is a new release available June 1st from the Pick a Pattern Suite.  This suite includes the stamp set Pieces & Patterns, Designer Series Paper, Washi Tape, and Electic Shaped Paper Clips.

 

Tips & Tricks

Favorite Color, Pieces & Patterns, Stampin' Up!

 

  • I used a new embossing folder called Oh My Stars.  I love how playful this embossing folder is and it will coordinate with so many great stamp sets.
  • The large piece of pattern paper is from the Eastern Palace Suite called Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.  When you purchase this bundle now, you will receive this gorgeous designer series paper.  Click HERE to see the bundles available until May 31st and get a free gift with purchase.
  • I added another layer of designer series paper (black & white pattern) from the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper.  I love how this paper added a stark contrast to the card.

Favorite Color, Pieces & Patterns, Stampin' Up!

 

  • When I stamped the greeting I was so excited when the Stitched Shapes Framelits fit perfectly around the greeting.  I added another scallop die cut underneath the stitched circle using the Layering Circles Dies.
  • To create a little pop of color, I added a small strip of Bermuda Bay cardstock punched using the Ticker Tear Border. I love the little bitty scallop it creates.
  • Lastly, I added a few of my favorite embellishments like the Delicate White Doily and a small piece of Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon.

Favorite Color, Pieces & Patterns, Stampin' Up!

Be Inspired

Now it’s time to be inspired by the other Be Inspired team. First stop is my friend Sarah Berry.  Simply click the button below to see what she’s created and continue along the hop.  I would love to know what your favorite color is right now.  Leave a comment to let me know.

Favorite Color, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Don’t Forget!

Now you see why I called this Friends and Flamingos.  Everyone needs a friend and I think we can’t live without a flamingo.

A few things to remember, the retired products are going fast.  Make sure to check out the Retired products before it’s too late.

Another thing to check out is the Clearance Rack.  There are SO many great things to grab on this list.  WOWSA!

 

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.

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

 

Make today GREAT and stamp something pretty.

 

Bunch of Blossoms

Bunch of Blossoms

Yesterday I finally felt “caught” up with tons of work that has been sitting in front of me.  I looked at my desk and had a sudden urge to stamp something just for ME! Thankfully, I ended up pulling out the perfect stamp set, Bunch of Blossoms.

I fell in love with the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set for many reasons, but there is one reason inparticular.  It’s a simple greeting but one I believe has a ton of impact. Let me share.

 

You Matter

Bunch of Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

 

You might be wondering, why would this little greeting be such a big deal?

Every morning I sit with a hot cup of coffee scrolling through my social media.   The more I scroll through social media I see more and more how little I think of myself and how little I love on the ones that matter most to me.  This greeting created such an impact for me because it made me think of how many times I become “busy” and forget to reach out to friends and family that really matter to me.

Fakebook Drama

I’m fascinated by the “drama” on Fakebook, and perplexed at what I see on Instagram.  I find myself scrolling and hitting the like, or love button. At times I’ve had emotions that felt like a roller coaster.  Hurt, angry, happy, depressed, laughing, belly laughing, and times I scratch my head thinking what is WRONG with people.  Then silence… and I’m trolling to the next thing.  This repeats for long periods of times.  A little embarrassing to admit, but it’s the truth.

Inadequate Feelings

That scrolling, liking, loving, laughing and sad faces… sometimes I walk away from that little piece of electronic in my hand and feel utterly inadequate.  Let me tell you that I’m quick to give myself a reality check, but I’m afraid one day I may fall into the trap of not seeing reality.

Why would I feel inadequate?

In one simple morning of scrolling, I was reminded of…

  • How horrible I eat and how little exercise I accomplish.
  • I might be a hoarder with the amount of crap I see laying around my house
  • I’m a horrible parent because I let my kid do something someone else thinks is wrong
  • My FOMO disease kicked in. (Fear of Missing Out)
  • Comparing my business to others- complete failure at times
  • Oh, and I probably shouldn’t fly any airline because they are all awful

This was not even the tip of the iceberg!

Let’s Talk Reality

While some of the above might be true, 95% are NOT. Although my house is a wreck and I hate exercising, the others are feelings that arise from reading too much into what people post. Thankfully, I can shake myself out of the crazy talk and remind myself that I am not all of those things nor do I believe all of those things.  The reality is, I live a fantastic life filled with a lot of joy. Sometimes I cannot see the joy because of the silly stuff I fill my brain with.  I also deal with a lot of life struggles, because that is LIFE! Life is messy, right?

With all the negative I feed my brain, I needed a big wake up call to the fact that I matter and so do you! Not everything I read on social media is factual.  Sometimes I wonder why I have anxiety.  I believe it comes from social media.  Reading the doomsday, life sucks and comparing myself to others quickly triggers it.  The scariest thing for me, my teenagers live for social media.  No telling what they are feeding their own minds with. That scares me big time.

What Now?

I guess the easiest solution would be to walk away from social media, but the realist in me says that probably will not happen. Obviously, I can’t save the social media world, but I can love people more.  I can let others know more often they matter and I’m lucky enough to have the perfect job that lets me create pretty things to send to others and let them know they matter. You can do the same.

Bunch of Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

Create!

All that talk finally leads me back to my card.  The card that got me thinking about myself and those of YOU reading this.  It’s the gentle reminder to let people know they matter.  Put down the phones, and create. Create a simple card and mail it.

Bunch of Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

 

 

I feel better already!

If I haven’t told you lately, I’m grateful that you stopped by to see something pretty and especially today as I share a few thoughts (maybe more).  Sometimes I have to get these things off my chest.  Today was one of those days.

If you love this stamp set, Bunch of Blossoms.. check it out HERE in my Online Store.

That is where you will find all kinds of crafty pretty things that bring crafty people JOY!

Stay tuned for tomorrow.  I’m sharing a MAN card!  Sometimes I forget to make something masculine.

 

 

Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite

Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite

Although I see very cloudy skies outside, I see bold brights inside.  Join me today for a fun Artisan Blog Hop where I’m sharing a fun Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite card.  I’m SO happy with these cards and the inspiration from the Artisans.

Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!, Eastern Beauty

 

Watercoloring with Shimmer White Cardstock

When I placed these bold, bright colors together, I felt like they made a bold statement.  The colors just pop off the card.

One thing important to note on this card is my use of Shimmer White Cardstock.  I love how the shimmer shows through the water coloring.  It’s hard to see this in a photo, but I promise it’s there.

 

Tips & Tricks

I have many fun tips when creating this card.

  • The bold colors I used for this card are Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, and Lemon Lime Twist.  I stamped each of the flowers using Archival Basic Black ink then watercolored using an Aqua Painter.

Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!, Eastern Beauty

 

  • One of my favorite elements on this card is the layer of the Gold Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate that I die cut using the Layering Circles Framelits which I placed under the greeting.  Confession,  I hoard my Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  It’s so pretty that I let it sit.  This design element was inspired by one of my fellow Artisans.  I’ve looked for the last 30 minutes trying to find the actual card and who created it, but I can’t find it.  It’s such a fun addition.

Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!, Eastern Beauty

 

  • I’m in love with the greetings in the Eastern Beauty stamp set.  Not only are they great greetings, the fonts are amazing.  I watercolored using Berry Burst ink onto Shimmer White Cardstock and then stamped my greeting.  Then I die cut the greeting using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  • I added the gold flowers from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers around the watercolored flowers.

Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!, Eastern Beauty

 

Bold & Bright with Watercolor Paper

I continued working with the same bold, bright colors for my second card, but this time I used Watercolor Paper.

Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!, Eastern Beauty

 

Tips & Tricks

Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!, Eastern Beauty

 

  • I stamped the flowers using Archival Basic Black onto Watercolor Paper, then watercolored using my Aqua Painter. It was easier to add splatter over the flowers before attaching them to the card front.  Once they were watercolored and splattered, I die cut using the Eastern Medallion Thinlits.
  • Each of the die cut flowers was attached with Mini Glue Dots to the top half of the card.  The Mini Glue Dots adds a slight and perfect dimension to the flowers.

Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!, Eastern Beauty

 

  • I added the gold star stickers from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers. I placed a gold Metallic Enamel Shape into the center of each of the stickers.
  • Lastly, I stamped the greeting onto Watercolor Paper then die cut using the smallest circle from the Stitched Shapes. I placed Linen Thread under the greeting.

Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!, Eastern Beauty

 

Be Inspired!

The Eastern Palace Bundle is now available to order!  Experience Eastern-inspired opulence—plus get a free gift and three of the new 2017-2019 In Colors included in one of your exclusive bundles! There are two bundles available to choose from.  You can see both of the bundles available HERE. You can also download the PDF of what’s included in the bundles HERE.

This bundle has endless possibilities and you can get it now!

Scroll to the bottom of this post to see how you can get TWO free tutorials with 39 projects using this bundle. 

Now be inspired by the Artisan team using the Eastern Palace Suite.  First up is my friend Louise Sharp.  She always inspires me with her soft beautiful creativity.  Click the button below to hop.

Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser

Looking for more ideas using the Eastern Palace Suite, make sure to check out these posts HERE, HERE and HERE.

Products Used

 

Supply List

FREE Tutorial

Did you know you can get this tutorial for FREE? Yes, if you purchase either of the Eastern Palace Bundles available as seen HERE, you will receive this tutorial for free.  -OR- You can purchase the tutorial for $15.  Either way, don’t miss this!

Check out this sneak peek…

May Exclusive Tutorial, Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!

Extra Tutorial… 

Lastly, this month I have an exciting tutorial I’m giving FREE to anyone that purchases the Eastern Palace Bundle this month.  This tutorial has 27 projects using only the Eastern Palace Bundle and ONLY what the bundle comes with.  Yes, that is two tutorials you will receive free when you purchase the Eastern Palace Bundle this month.  YAY!

XOXOXO

May Tutorial Design Team Hop

May Tutorial Design Team Hop

It’s time to see the creativity unleashed from the Tutorial Bundle Team.  This is always a fun blog hop filled with great inspiration.

Today’s blog hop is all about the Eastern Palace Suite.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Shimmer & Pizzaz

May Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

 

One of the things I’ve been using a lot with the Eastern Palace Bundle is the Shimmer White Cardstock.  I love how this cardstock looks when you watercolor.

Once I added the Lemon Lime Twist Ink watercolored over the medallion, it was love at first sight.  The picture never does Shimmer paper any justice because you cannot see the shimmer in the photo.  I promise it’s shimmery and beautiful.

 

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • I created the medallion by stacking the largest circle from the Layering Circles Framelits along with the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies using Shimmer White Cardstock.  The Eastern Medallion dies stack so beautifully together.  I also die cut another large layering circle using Whisper White cardstock.
  • Once I watercolored the medallion using my Aqua Painter and Lemon Lime Twist Ink, I layered it over the Circle die cut.  I found using a sponge dauber with Tombow Multipurpose glue to be most effective to keep the medallion adhered to the Whisper White cardstock.  I simply placed a small dab of the glue onto a sponge dauber, then dabbed over the back of the medallion.  It worked like a charm.
  • To keep the label with the greeting in place along with the twine, I used a staple.

May Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

  • Creating the card front I stamped the 3 main circle images along with the star design in the center of each circle.  I love how the Fresh Fig, Dapper Denim and Lemon Lime Twist Ink coordinate together.
  • Lastly, don’t forget to add a little pizzaz to your medallion by using the Basic Rhinestones.  I love how this created attention to this intricate medallion.

May Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

 

Did You Know? 

Every month this team of demonstrators comes together to create one of the best tutorials I’ve ever seen. This tutorial is unlike others.  It’s beautifully put together with great projects, step by step directions and fantastic photography!  Every month I’m blown away by the artwork and creativity from this team.

May Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

Our May Tutorial features the Eastern Palace Suite and OH MY WORD… it’s amazing.  If you love cards and 3D projects, this tutorial will INSPIRE you!

Did you know you can get this tutorial for FREE? Yes, if you purchase either of the Eastern Palace Bundles available as seen HERE, you will receive this tutorial for free.  -OR- You can purchase the tutorial for $15.  Either way, don’t miss this!

Check out this sneak peek…

May Exclusive Tutorial, Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!

 

Be Inspired!

Next, it’s time to be inspired by the other Tutorial Bundle Design Team.  My dear friend Kylie has an amazing project for you.  Simply click the button below to see her project and the rest of the design team.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Blog Hop List

Allison Okamitsu
Angela McKay
Cornelia Janssen
Erica Cerwin
Janneke de Jong
Juana Ambida
Kimberly Van Diepen
Kylie Bertucci
Louise Sharp
Rachel Tessman

 

Extra Tutorial… 

Lastly, this month I have an exciting tutorial I’m giving FREE to anyone that purchases the Eastern Palace Bundle this month.  This tutorial has 27 projects using only the Eastern Palace Bundle and ONLY what the bundle comes with.  Yes, that is two tutorials you will receive free when you purchase the Eastern Palace Bundle this month.  YAY!

 

May Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

 

You can find all of the products I used for this project in the clickable links below.