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Glimpse of the OnStage Displays

Glimpse of the OnStage Displays

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

One of the best things about going to OnStage are the beautiful displays that you can see using the new product.  There is one problem, however.  OnStage locals are happening all over the world.  There are display stampers ALL over the world which means we can’t see all of the beautiful displays.    Over the next week or so, I’m going to be sharing my OnStage displays along with the Artisans who were display stampers.

 

Orange Blossom

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

I wanted to use the beautiful Orange Blossom stamp set with the new Lemon Lime Twist In Color.  In typical Kimberly fashion, my first glimpse of the new colors I’m not overjoyed.  Then I stamp with the colors, and I fall in love.  The Lemon Lime Twist has me smitten.  Already I can think of many color combinations.

You will notice a few new products used for this card.

  • Eastern Palace Designer Specialty Paper
  • Lemon Lime Twist Classic Ink
  • 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon
  • Iridescent Sequin Assortment

 

Beautiful Color Combinations

Below is the color combination I used for today’s card.  I love how the blues and yellows provide a fresh look and especially fun for spring and summer.

 

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks

A few tips when creating this card.

  • The greeting was stamped onto a piece of Dapper Denim Cardstock and then die cut using the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  There is a special little thinlit within the dies that cuts a beautiful banner.
  • Using my sewing machine, I created a straight stitch across the banner and ribbon to keep in place. I also added a small piece of a Delicate White Doily under the ribbon.

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

  • The flowers were stamped onto Whisper White cardstock 4″ x 5-1/2″ using Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party inks.  This gave me a small space to add a 1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of designer series paper along the edge of the card for a little pop of color.
  • The new sequins are perfection.  Why do I love them so much? Look at the different sizes of the sequins.  Look at the tiny little sequin.  This makes my heart pitter patter.  They have a nice iridescent look you will love.

 

Much More OnStage Displays To Come

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

Be ready to see many more displays and ideas to inspire you.  The best part is being able to see all of the beautiful designs up close and from around the world at the different OnStage events.  SO stinking exciting.

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Sylwia Schreck
Dani Dziama
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Paula Dobson
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

 

 

You can find AVAILABLE products in the clickable links below. 

 

Speaking of retiring… Click HERE to download the retired list. Don’t miss the sneak peek of the Eastern Palace Suite. Click HERE to see three fun ideas!

New Tutorial Available!

Every month I release a new EXCLUSIVE tutorial.  April’s tutorial is filled with out of the box ideas you will love.

Simply click the photo below to purchase.

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

Speaking of retiring… Click HERE to download the retired list.

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

Don’t miss the sneak peek of the Eastern Palace Suite. Click HERE to see three fun ideas!

This is available to customers on May 1st.

Day at the Beach-Stampin’ Up!

Day at the Beach-Stampin’ Up!

After so much traveling happening, I can’t express enough my excitement that I can STAMP! Cathy and I traveled home yesterday from Savannah after our OnStage event.  It was a great event, great city and overall we had a BLAST!  Cathy is spending another week here with me, and one of the things we will be doing is going to the beach.  It’s a perfect chance for me to share with you a very fun stamp set in the Occasions Catalog called Day at the Beach!  

Great Line Art

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   I love the beautiful line art in this stamp set.  It’s perfect for cards and scrapbooking.  Here are a few ideas I thought about immediately when using this stamp set.

  • watercolor
  • scrapbooking, pocket pages
  • use to create background patterns

When I created this card, I used the sun to create a pattern on the Whisper White cardstock for my background.  I used a Blender Pen to color the inner circle of the sun.  It was quick and easy coloring with Crushed Curry ink. Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!  

Mixing Images & Products Together

One of my favorite things to do is pull products and images together.  One of my favorite products to add to this card was the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies. I die cut the sunshine thinlit using Watercolor Paper, then used the Crushed Curry to watercolor over it.  Again, a simple wash of color that takes just a second to do.

 

Tips & Tricks 

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   A few tips & tricks for this card.

  • After the Sunshine image was watercolored with a simple wash of Crushed Curry ink, I wanted a few darker shades of the color to stand out.  Simply load your Aqua Painter with ink, then hold the Aqua Painter over the image and let gravity do its thing. The drops of ink will give your image a unique look every single time.
  • I cut the clouds (Up & Away Framelits) from Watercolor Paper.  I colored these images using Smoky Slate ink.
  • One of my favorite detail on this card is the Tangerine Tango scallop edge.  This scallop was created using the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies. NOTE: This thinlit is retiring.  They are only available while supplies last.  
  • Lastly, I loaded my Aqua Painter using Tangerine Tango ink, using my Bone Folder I tap the Aqua Painter over the image to create a little splatter.

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!  

Create Your Own Sunshine

I enjoyed creating this card and I have one more to share with you tomorrow.  The Day at the Beach stamp set is on the retired list.  You will want to grab this set quick if it’s on your list.  All retiring items are while supplies last. Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

You can find all of the products in the clickable links below.  

 

Speaking of retiring… Click HERE to download the retired list. Don’t miss the sneak peek of the Eastern Palace Suite. Click HERE to see three fun ideas!

New Tutorial Available!

Every month I release a new Exclusive tutorial.  April’s tutorial is filled with out of the box ideas you will love.

April Tutorial, Stampin' Up! April Exclusive Tutorial    

Price: $110.00

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

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

 

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

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Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

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

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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.

 

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

 

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.