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Oh So Succulent

Welcome to another Artisan Blog Hop! Be inspired by the Oh So Succulent bundle.

I was reflecting back on this stamp set and how long I’ve been using it and how many fun projects I’ve created with it.  In fact, this stamp set is hands down the one I used the most from the Occasions Catalog.

I was able to start using this stamp set back in October of 2016.  I started using it for the last November OnStage for my display samples.  The irony of this stamp set,  I had no idea at that time this stamp set had matching framelits.  When I was creating samples for the November OnStage, I hand cut each of the succulents.  It didn’t matter at the time because I fell in love with the stamp set.

 

The Power of the Sponge Dauber

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The Sponge Dauber has become one of my favorite tools to use with the Oh So Succulent stamp set.  When I researched the colors of different succulents, I noticed many had a variation of color.  Honestly, I was taken back by the many shades of colors I found of succulents.  Some were vivid with color and others very neutral.

For my card today I wanted a blend of colors.  The best way to get a combination of colors is to use a Sponge Dauber.

Tips & Tricks

You might be asking why I would use a Sponge Dauber over our regular stamping sponges? I found that the Sponge Dauber was a smaller sponge that gave me more control when blending colors.

  • I created the variation of color by taking my Sponge Dauber and adding the lightest shade of ink first.  The first color I added was Mint Macaron.  I sponged over the entire flower, then added shades of Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and lastly, Rich Razzleberry.  I applied this technique with only two of the larger flowers.
  • To create the circle, I  die cut Watercolor Paper using the largest of the Stitched Framelits.  After die cutting, I applied a layer of Pool Party ink, then Mint Macaron.  The Watercolor Paper was layered onto a Delicate White Doily.

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  • Lastly, I stamped the Happy Birthday onto Basic Black cardstock using VersaMark ink, then embossed with White Embossing Powder.  I love the pop of black to make the greeting stand out.  Once my focal area was complete I layered the circle die cut onto layers of the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.
  • One last embellishment added was sequins and enamel dots.  I love how these add texture to a project, and the card isn’t too lumpy, bumpy.

 

The Bouquet of Succulents

Have you ever created a card where you need to tell yourself just to STOP?

This next card I had to mentally tell myself to WALK AWAY! Kimberly, seriously, WALK AWAY!

I couldn’t help myself because I love these flowers. To be fair, succulents are pretty darn trendy right now.  Take a peek at your local plant nurseries, and you will see tons of succulents.

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Tips & Tricks

As I was creating this card, I started with a Whisper White cardstock and started stamping different flowers with different shades of color.  Once the flowers were cut, I started building my bouquet.

  • After I stamped and die cut my flowers I brushed many of them using the Wink of Stella Clear pen.  This gave the succulents a nice shimmer.
  • The two larger succulents were created using a Sponge Dauber as I explained in the card above.

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  • A few of the colors I used to stamp the flowers include Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Pear Pizzaz.  Remember, there are many shades of succulents.  You can do a quick search on the internet to find the different shades of colors for succulents.

 

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Do You Love Succulents? 

If you find yourself in love with the succulents trend, take note and get the Oh So Succulents Bundle while it’s available.  This bundle is on the retiring list and once it’s gone… it’s gone.  Don’t miss out, get it NOW! Unfortunately, the coordinating designer paper is sold out.  You can see all of the coordinating products for this bundle on page 21 of the Occasions Catalog.

 

Prepare to Be Inspired! 

Now it’s time to take a tour with the Artisan Design Team and see what they have designed using the Oh So Succulent stamp set.  First up on this hop is Louise Sharp.  Click the button below and be inspired from Artisans all over the world.

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

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Looking for more ideas using the Oh So Succulent stamp set? Click the links below for more ideas.

Succulents Inspiration 1

Mix it Up!- Oh So Succulents Inspiration 2

More fun with Sponge Daubers Inspiration 3

Inspiration 4

Check out my Tutorial Library. Enjoy learning from the comfort of your home.

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Have an AWESOME day!!

So In Love-April Tutorial Bundle Hop

So In Love-April Tutorial Bundle Hop

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Did you know that one of my favorite things I create every month is the exclusive tutorial with the Tutorial Bundle Design Team? This tutorial has been an incredible journey!  Each month we share 12 exclusive projects that are WOW WOW WOW!  I’m sharing another fun blog hop, and this month I’m using the So In Love Bundle.

 

Just imagine… 12 incredible designers coming together to create the most beautiful tutorial of 12 projects! Meet the designers!

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So In Love Bundle 

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This month I used the So In Love Bundle for my tutorial. You can find this bundle in the Occasions Catalog on page 52.  Keep in mind the card you see above is NOT the card in the tutorial.  Same stamp set, different project.  YAY!

 

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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips & tricks when creating this card:

  • I stamped the flower onto Pool Party cardstock using Archival Basic Black ink. Next, heat set the ink so you can watercolor right away.  I used my Aqua Painter with Pool Party ink and watercolored the petals.  I love how this brightens the flower, and if you look closely, you can see that the flower looks watercolored.
  • Once the watercolor was dry, I used the Wink of Stella pen over the petals.  Now there is a beautiful sparkle over the flower.
  • Whisper White Thick cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″ was used for the card base.  Score at 5-1/2″.  The Crumb Cake cardstock is 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • I placed a small piece of Pool Party cardstock 1″ x 5-1/2″ alongside the Crumb Cake cardstock to add contrast to the colors.

 

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  • Add elegance to your projects using the So Detailed Thinlits Dies.  I love how this die cut wraps around the Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • The final detail for this card uses the White Perfect Accents.  I love these embellishments as they are inexpensive and easy to apply.  It’s a fine detail I love to see on a card.

Grab the So In Love Bundle Quickly

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

 

There is a bit of sad news about the So In Love Bundle.  This bundle is retiring as of May 31st.  You can save 10% when you purchase the bundle NOW.  Keep in mind that retiring merchandise is only available while supplies last.

Download the retiring list HERE.  

 

Be Inspired 

Here is a sneak peek of the projects in the April Tutorial.  They are Dyn-a-Mo!!

Click the photos below for more details about the tutorials.

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My team receives this tutorial FREE every month.

Click the button to purchase the tutorial for $15.  

-OR-

Place a $50 order and receive the tutorial for FREE.  

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Now it’s time to be inspired by the Tutorial Bundle Design Team and see projects created using the stamp sets and bundles used this month.

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BLOG HOP LINE UP LIST

Kylie Bertucci 
Erica Cerwin
Rachel Tessman
Becky Roberts
Ange McKay
Juana Ambida
Allison Okamitsu
Kimberly Leggett Van Diepen

Have a SUPER amazing day!! XOXOXO

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Starting Fresh Again- It’s a Challenge!

Starting Fresh Again- It’s a Challenge!

If I could restart the month of March, I would.  The old story of March coming in like a lion has held 100% true for me.

 

From the beginning of the month it’s been a challenge and one I would like to personally erase or at least try to stand tall and MOVE forward.

 

Russ and I always say it’s the little things that add up.  We typically keep this quote to financial situations but I believe this month it holds true to life situations.  From helping our friends with the tornado disaster and then getting really sick.  EEK.

 

Every little thing added up this month and kept setting me back.  Nothing that I can’t spring back from, but enough that you can get so overwhelmed with your own “to do” list it paralyzes you.  In my case when this happens, I get nothing done except talking about the things that need to be done.  Anyone relate?

 

I guess as I get older recovering from life’s hiccups are harder for me to deal with.  It’s the reality and it’s a big struggle.

 

Creating Again

I told my family this past weekend that I needed to close my stamp room and hibernate inside for little while.  I had a massive amount of deadlines that needed to be completed and wasn’t sure exactly where to start.

 

I started with the most important thing- coffee.  My brain needed to fire off at a high rate of speed….

 

I have felt like I’ve had a creative block since November when they read my name for the Artisan Award.  I’m not kidding.  It’s like they said…. “Hey Kimberly! We like your work, but here is the real challenge…. can you keep it up?”

I’d like to answer that with a quick…. “Umm. NO!”  Every bit of creative mojo I had has taken a sabbatical.  Gone. Bye bye.  What happened to all of my ideas?? Where are you??? Hello Mojo…. please come BACK.

 

This has happened before and I’ve even discussed this creative block here before. The key is finding the mojo….

Finding Your Creative Mojo

 

Sometimes when I’m trying to find my creative mojo again I actually copy myself, or put a bunch of products on my desk that I want to use and see where it all ends up.  I did a little bit of both for today’s card.

It is no surprise that I have a ton of Designer Paper waiting to be used.  One of the patterns I have loved but haven’t used much is the Farmers Market DSP.  Adorable paper, yet so challenging for me.

When I opened my cabinet with all of my stamps I was drawn to one of our hostess sets called Silhouettes & Script. I loved the pear image and I also loved the pear image in the Farmers Market DSP.

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I wanted to keep the card a little more “Farmers Market” so I went with a few more rustic colors that I pulled from the Designer Paper.

 

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One of the great stress relievers when making this card was pulling the strings on the Burlap Ribbon to make it more “tattered” looking.  I love how the ribbon and corrugated cardstock came together and it reminded me of a basket of fruit.

 

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I added the Vellum to the card as a paper layer only because I love Vellum and the soft look it provides.

 

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To create the different colors on the pear image I used a sponge dauber to apply the ink.  This was perfect to add the Old Olive ink around the pear.  I also used another stamp set, Timeless Textures for a few more rustic elements to the card and lastly sponged Tip Top Taupe around the edges very lightly.

 

I kept things very simple but I love how the images all came together.

 

Challenge Yourself

Sometimes we need to challenge ourselves to get out of our creative funk.  While this technique doesn’t always work for me, I can also grab a few other resources like my own card stash or a few looks on Pinterest to bring things together.  I’m still looking for my full on creative mojo.  I believe the one thing that helped this weekend was to let go and create.  Giving myself that freedom felt good and I made a card for a sweet couple.  No clue who that couple is, but I’m ready when I find them.

 

Thank you for the get well wishes.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciated them and the prayers.  I felt your love as I sat quietly and peacefully on my couch.  I don’t know exactly what I had but I do know it zapped every bit of energy this girl had and I’m still not 100%!  That’s crazy.

 

XOXOXOXO

 

Can You Find Happiness?

Happiness…

I think that everywhere we look we can find happiness in something.  Don’t you?

I say this because even in my darkest of times I still found joy in small things. When I mean small… I mean like really small.  Somedays just getting out of the bed was joy.

I bring this up because I think we tend to focus on to much of the negative and not enough of the positive. Plus, my card inspired the emotions.

Tonight at dinner (9 pm mind you) we finally had the chance to sit at the dinner table together. Our lives with these teenagers keeps the pace on a level that I don’t particularly like but I know it’s a season.

Casual conversation was happening and then all of a sudden we were a family of 4 arguing about the stupidest things.

I continued to eat as the others decided to argue.  Just as casual as the conversation had been I looked up at my family and asked a simple question.

“Does this bring you joy?”

You could of heard a pin drop.

Faces of my children are now long and they could see mom was quite annoyed but I repeated, “Does this bring you joy?”

I proceeded to tell my kids and husband that during dinner it was the one time I had each of them captive to sit and enjoy each other.  Time to ask the little things about the day and how it went.  Arguing was not joyful and despite their better judgement I was sure it was not bringing them joy but tension instead.

In that moment I asked another question. “What brings YOU joy?”

Our conversation changed around the table tonight as we talked about this and the dialogue between the kids and Russ and I turned from ugly to a bit more enjoyable.  This isn’t always the case but I will tell you I was firm in my decision that at my dinner table we would speak kindly and find joy in the small things.

I don’t know where most of you are in your family life but I can bet you have been in this “mama” position I was in tonight.  I will say that raising teenagers is definitely been trying on most days, but I think we are going to survive.

I think.

 

My Joy

While raising my kids is joyful (let’s be real… they are hormonal teenagers) my joy comes from creating.  I love seeing how people react to something handmade.  It’s happiness for me.

Today I am sharing a little Valentine for my prince.  This is when I love to shower him with tons of cards leading up to Valentines day.  In short it’s my way of showing my love and guilting him a bit.  (just keeping it real!)

It’s also a TGIF Challenge so you can play along too!!

Happiness, Project Life, Stampin' Up!

I decided to pull out my Project Life stash to create this card.  I was so surprised how quickly this came together.

Remember this- if you are in a pinch and need a card, pull out your Project Life stash.

Memories in the Making- Project Life

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I pulled out my latest addition to my Project Life stash- Memories in the Making.  I used the Accessories kit on page 43 of the Occasions Catalog and the Specialty Card Collection that is FREE in the Sale-a-Bration catalog with every $50 order.  See page 8.

Tips & Tricks

I started this card with the Whisper White Thick cardstock.  I love using the thick cardstock for my card bases.

My greeting came from the Accessory Pack and was a 2 x 2 Project Life card.  I simply punched the card using my 1-3/4″ Circle punch.  The Gold Acetate card was die cut using the Circles Framelits.  The acetate is a little too thick for your punch.

The elements were adhered onto the Project Life card and then I added a Basic Black matte to the back of the card to give it a pop of color.

The sweet enamel shapes were a simple addition to also give a pop of color.

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I wanted quick and simple today and that’s exactly what I created.  In the process, I created happiness for myself knowing that my special someone, my Prince will enjoy it.  He really is my HAPPY.

I hope this encourages you in a few ways today.  First, find joy in the small things even when times are tough and you are struggling.  Second, pull out your Project Life stash if you have it.  Use it to capture those memories or make a quick card.  Either way, enjoy the process and find happiness.

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Want to play along with the TGIF Design team this week? It’s simple.  Our challenge this week is Valentines.  Visit the TGIF challenge blog and be inspired. Create and Share… Let others find joy in your happiness too.

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New Month- New Gift with Purchase!

Any $25 order placed in January will receive a FREE gift from me PLUS  my Exclusive January Inspiration Project Tutorials. Use the hostess code below. 

Paper Pumpkin is on SALE. Click HERE to read all the news…

Become part of something EPIC… a community of stampers that is amazing… Join My Team!

 

 

Gift with Purchase, Stampin' Up!,

Click the links below to view the products in my Online Store.  Products with the price of $0 means they are Sale-a-Bration products. 

For every $50 you spend from the Idea Book & Catalog or the NEW Occasions catalog you can choose a product FREE from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. 

 

Monday Blues? Have a Party!

Monday Blues? Have a Party!

Monday blues got you down? Maybe it’s time we have a party!

Although I work from home and I’m the boss I could essentially make everyday feel like a Friday, right?

Not really.  My Monday is just like most of yours.  Alarm goes off, hit the snooze a few times and roll out of the bed with the worst possible bed hair EVER.

 

I drag myself to the coffee pot and yawn 100x until the first cup is ready to pour.  Alexis is talking non stop to me and I’m catching every other word she says as I’m still half asleep.

 

First sip of that coffee and BAM, I’m officially awake.

 

Monday blues are not typical for me as I love the fresh start to the week.  It’s refreshing.  It’s new.  It’s my attitude.  It’s like a party.  It’s all what I make of it.

 

Maybe we should think of Monday’s as a big ole party.   All we need is cake!

Today’s share makes me giggle because I love the greeting.  It’s fun and perfect for a party or birthday.

 

Party Wishes

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Any party needs some CAKE and this fantastic Designer Paper, It’s My Party.

This is by far one of my favorite Designer Series Paper in the Occasions catalog. This paper fits ANY celebration!

 

Monday Blues, Party Wishes, Stampin' Up!

I love how all of the designs coordinate with each other yet it’s not all “party” related.  You could use these patterns and designs on any card.

Monday Blues, Party Wishes, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • I layered 4 pieces of the Designer Paper together with each piece off set slightly.
  • The scallop border you see comes from the EDGE of the Striped Scallop Thinlits.  I had used the die cut on another card and seen this piece just laying on my big shot.  If you heard a scream it was ME.  I love scallops and love adding them to my cards.  It doesn’t matter the size, I love them.
  • The cake was stamped twice, once in Basic Black for the cake stand and once again for the actual cake.  I stamped the cake using Daffodil Delight.  This is an easy fussy cut.  Then popped it up using dimensionals.
  • The circle was cut using the Circles Framelits.
  • Can you spot the doily? It was like a addiction… I had to sneak it in.  Just a very tiny piece…
  • The candle was punched using the new Party Punch Pack! LOVE the simplicity when using this bundle.  See product links below.

 

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Monday Blues, Party Wishes, Stampin' Up!

This Occasions catalog is bursting with celebration stamps to meet the needs of Birthday, Anniversary’s and many more celebrations.

 

I added a bit of Gold Metallic Thread behind the circle for a bit more pizzaz.

Monday Blues, Party Wishes, Stampin' Up!

 

I hope this card brightens your Monday instead of having the Monday blues.   I’ve now finished a few cups of coffee, can see the entire screen clear and I’m ready to make this great week happen.  How about you?

The big question… what is your morning GO TO drink? Coffee? Tea? Soda? I’d love to know.

 

 

New Month- New Gift with Purchase!

Any $25 order placed in January will receive a FREE gift from me PLUS  my Exclusive January Inspiration Project Tutorials. Use the hostess code below. 

Paper Pumpkin is on SALE. Click HERE to read all the news…

Become part of something EPIC… a community of stampers that is amazing… Join My Team!

It’s a great time to join Stampin’ Up! and my team of stampers is nothing short of AMAZE-ING! Many of these beautiful people have been with me for close to 10 years. We love the product, we love to share and I love to train women both creatively and the business side.  Maybe you are thinking about starting your own adventure this new year… I’d love for you to be a part of this epic journey with us.  Click HERE or contact me today so we can talk one on one.  No experience necessary.  We are ordinary people doing EXTRAORDINARY things!  

 

Gift with Purchase, Stampin' Up!,

Click the links below to view the products in my Online Store.  Products with the price of $0 means they are Sale-a-Bration products. 

For every $50 you spend from the Idea Book & Catalog or the NEW Occasions catalog you can choose a product FREE from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.