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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

Be Inspired- Sending Love

Be Inspired- Sending Love

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

I’m super excited about today’s Be Inspired Blog Hop with a theme all about sending love.  You might have just come from Carolynn’s blog.  What a fun hop we have in store for today!

The past two weeks I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants with EVERYTHING in my life. I’m having one of those months where I completely over-scheduled events.  Not so much stamping events, but life events.  Have you experienced this?

Typically I do not find the month of February causing this much angst, more like the month of December.  However, Alexis gymnastic meets have added busy-ness to our schedule with the traveling.  In fact, we just came back from a competition in Orlando over the weekend, and I’m steadily trying to catch up.

 

Two Ships Sailing Different Directions

I’ve been feeling like Russ, and I are two passing ships with the crazy schedule we’ve created.

Obviously, this is a season in our lives when raising two teenagers.  We totally get it, but as you know when schedules get chaotic the lines of communication are drastically reduced, and this only causes tension.  This tension is what I like to call, communication chaos.

Luckily for me, I can get a little creative in my communications to Russ.

 

Creative Love

As you know, stamping gives us a way of communicating a simple sweet love message.  I like leaving Russ love notes, and I love when I have a stamp set that has the perfect words to convey my message.

I couldn’t have said this any better…. “You’re My Person!”

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

As much as my Prince can get on my nerves, he’s my person.  He gets me.  He still loves me when I’m grouchy, and I love him although it can be hard.  Know what I mean?

The stamp set Falling for You summed it all up!  It’s a great set for all types of LOVE occasions such as anniversaries, bride & grooms and of course a simple love message.

 

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

 

Keeping it Simple

Keeping things simple for me is always difficult.  I wanted to keep this card simple. However, I also wanted to use a different flower for the focal point of this card.

I loved the flower from the So in Love stamp set.  It’s a beautiful flower to watercolor.

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

 

Tips & Tricks

  • The flower was stamped using Archival Basic Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock then watercolored using my Aqua Painter with Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder ink.
  • I watercolored the image using the Blushing Bride ink first and then heat set with my Heat Tool.  Then I added the Watermelon Wonder ink over a few of the petals to add contrast.
  • I loved the So Detailed Thinlits die cut and placed this under the circle die cut.  I love how this individual die cut adds a very delicate look to the entire card.

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

Find all of the products used for today’s project in the clickable links below.

 

  • Save 10% by purchasing the So in Love Bundle.  Look at the beautiful details found in the So Detailed Thinlits.

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

 

 

While Russ and I continue to plug along with our scheduled chaos, I know something simple like this card can bring a smile to his face and he will know how much I love him despite our ships passing in the wind.

 

Be Inspired

While I hope today’s card and message inspires you to do the same, there is more inspiration to see.  The Be Inspired Team has a great line up of beautiful projects for you to see.  Click the button below to see Nadine’s project.

Cupcakes Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set& Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Louise Sharp

Price: $110.00

Time is Running Out!

Are you a subscriber?

Becoming a subscriber to receive the monthly Tutorial Bundle is only available until the end of February.

Read all the news about becoming a subscriber HERE.

 

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

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!

Lift Me Up-Artisan Blog Hop

Lift Me Up-Artisan Blog Hop

Exciting blog hop today with the Artisan Team using the Lift Me Up Bundle.  I love hot air balloons and this set not only has beautiful balloon images, but it also has great greetings to go with it.

 

On Cloud Nine!

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I’m definitely on cloud 9 with this card.  One of the tools I used to inspire me when creating this card was pattern paper.  The coordinating paper, Carried Away,  is filled with bright, beautiful colors.

The Carried Away Designer Paper Pack is FREE with a $50 purchase from any of our current Stampin’ Up! catalogs.  You can find this paper on page 7 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I would have never paired these colors together on my own.  I love how we can be inspired by different pattern papers or by using the catalogs from Stampin’ Up!

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips & Tricks 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

  • Die cut the clouds using Watercolor Paper and the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  Once I die cut the clouds, I used Mint Macaron ink and my Aqua Painter to watercolor.
  • I created a unique background by die cutting four squares using the Stitched Shapes framelits and Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  Once these were die cut, I attached each of squares onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using dimensionals.
  • Lastly, I created a fun look by die cutting the intricate balloon image from Whisper White cardstock.  After die cutting, I positioned the balloon onto Watermelon Wonder cardstock and die cut using Stitched Shapes largest circle die cut.

 

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Using Subtle Tones

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I decided to use more subtle tones for my second card still using the Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Crumb Cake cardstock is a perfect color to add with any of Stampin’ Up! coordinates with all colors.  I used White Craft Ink to stamp the balloon image.  Make sure the ink is completely dry before die cutting.
  • To create a rolled edge on the banner, wrap the cardstock around your Paper Piercing Tool.  To keep the cardstock in place, add a Mini Glue Dot to the end.
  • Create layers by using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Find all the products used for today’s projects in the clickable links below. 

Be Inspired

The Lift Me Up bundle is a great set for all occasions and especially if you love to create handmade cards to send uplifting messages to friends and family.

In addition to what I’m shared with you today, there are more inspiring projects to see from the Artisan Team.

Up next is my dear friend Louise, who creates the most beautiful projects all the way from Austraila.  Her projects always have the most elegant touch to them.  Click the button below and enjoy this hop from artists around the world.

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

 

 

Price: $110.00

Supply List

Time is Running Out!

Are you a subscriber?

Becoming a subscriber to receive the monthly Tutorial Bundle is only available until the end of February.

Read all the news about becoming a subscriber HERE.

 

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

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!

See more ideas using the Lift Me Up Bundle HERE.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

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!

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

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!!

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

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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Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

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.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Allison Okamitsu
Ange McKay

Price: $110.00

Crafting Encouraging Words

Crafting Encouraging Words 

Have you ever thought about being the light by crafting encouraging words?

This past week, after too much time spent on social media I’ve had to reel myself back into the reality that we still can love each other and encourage each other.

I’ve found myself in the trenches of different emotions after reading too many posts that pertain to politics.

Don’t worry; this is NOT a political post! I wouldn’t touch that with a 10-foot pole.  However, it’s one that I hope to encourage you to support others with kindness, love and crafting something encouraging.

 

Never Enough Kindness

I’ve always thought social media as a blessing more than a curse.  It was the very thing I used to keep many friends updated after Russ had his stroke.  It was the very thing that kept my spirits high when reading the prayer chains, encouraging words and most of all the love and support we received during that time.

Over the last few months, however, I have found myself feeling discouraged and sad.  I’ve heeded the advice of others by skipping over posts, hiding posts, and have even done the very thing I said I would never do- remove a person from my feed…. that ugly word, unfriend!  I’m the girl that loves friends but can take on someone’s emotions in a Mississippi minute.

 

 

I don’t have all the answers, but my heart keeps telling me to SEND the encouragement.  If there was EVER a time to send a card and uplift others, it’s now.

You as a crafter and myself, have that ability to send the sunshine through the mail.  One simple card in the mail can send a powerful message with lasting effects.  Social media only provides the sun for a split second.

Can we be the light? 

I believe we can.  Just like the fantastic #imbringingbirthdaysback campaign, we need a new campaign- #bethelight

Let’s encourage each other and uplift each other more.

I shared a card last week using the High Tide stamp set, which is perfect for shining the light on others.

The good news- Stampin’ Up! has plenty of stamp sets with encouraging words.  Here are a few of my favorites in the Occasions Catalog.  Be sure to check them out!

  • High Tide #143006 Photopolymer
  • Beautiful You #143004 Wood, #143637 Clear
  • Sending Thoughts #142962 Wood, #142965 Clear
  • Special Reason #142899 Wood, #142902 Clear

 

 

High Tide- Encourage Others

Crafting Encouraging, Stampin' Up!, High Tide

 

By far my favorite stamp set to use right now is High Tide.  Shoot, just stamping with it helps encourage me!

Crafting Encouraging, Stampin' Up!, High Tide

 

Incorporating my love of watercolor with this set makes it even more fun.

To recreate this card you can download my free tutorial HERE.

 

Crafting Encouraging, Stampin' Up!, High Tide

 

Instead of flooding social media with words, let’s flood the postal service by crafting encouraging words.  Let’s get busy stamping and sharing the sunshine with each other.

Can I count on you? Can we do this together?

Do you need encouragement? Can I send you some sunshine? I realize this could be an overwhelming task, but I’m ready to send encouraging words through my crafting!

 

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

Price: $110.00

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?

See another great idea using the High Tide stamp set HERE.

Personal Update: 

I wanted to say a quick thank you to each of you for your comments based on my joy in parenting post last week.  You know how to encourage a mama, and I appreciate your words of encouragement and hearing your struggles.  Parenting can be so hard, yet rewarding at the same time.

Currently, Brandon is still pretty angry with Russ and me over the actions we’ve taken.  We are hoping that during his gaming sabbatical his eyes will be open to new and exciting things as well as prioritizing important issues.

In other news, Alexis had a good gymnastics meet in Birmingham, Alabama.  Overall, she placed a tiny bit higher than the last event.  That means improvement, but there is always room for more improvement.  I cherish these times I get to spend with her.