Birthday Delivery-Artisan Blog Hop

Birthday Delivery

What an exciting day this is.  Not only is it an Artisan Blog Hop but today the new catalog goes live at noon Mountain Time.

I have an extensive list of stamping goodies I’m ready to mark off my wish list and get them into my hands.

Finally today, I was able to sit down and use one of the sets from my pre-order called Birthday Delivery.  I love how sweet and vintage this stamp set looks.  It’s from the Birthday Memories Suite and one of the new bundles you can purchase starting today.

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Watercoloring on Crumb Cake Cardstock

When I started creating this card I pulled out all of the beautiful patterns from the coordinating suite, Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.  Instantly my eyes went to the crumb cake background and the sweet little chef.  This was the key piece that inspired me to create this card.

I started with a fun technique I love to use from time to time-watercoloring on Crumb Cake cardstock.

Here are a few tips when coloring the chef:

  • I stamped the chef image using Archival Basic Black ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock.  I like to let the Archival ink dry for a few minutes or heat set using a Heat Tool.
  • Whisper White Craft ink created the perfect muted white background I was trying to achieve for the chef coat and hat.
  • I colored the remainder of the images using Pacific Point, Crushed Curry and Real Red inks.
  • Something I have found useful when coloring on regular cardstock with my Aqua Painter is to load the pen with a light coat of ink.  This way I don’t have too much water over the image making blending easier and less pilling of the paper.

 

Birthday Friends Framelits Dies

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One of my favorite things about this bundle besides the adorable images is the coordinating framelits. One of the big reasons I’m drawn to the framelits is the size of the images along with how many of the framelits fit perfectly over the Designer Series Paper.

Normally I find myself very frugile when I use designer paper, but I love how each of the pieces in this pack of paper coordinates so well, making my layering attempts so easy.

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You can see how each of the layers coordinate together and I’ve added a few dimensionals to create depth for this project.

 

Be Inspired- Artisan Blog Hop

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

 

Now it’s time to be inspired by the rest of the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team.  Simply click the button below to be inspired on your first stop, Louise Sharp.  Seriously, this girl rocks my world with her amazing projects EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!

 

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You will find the entire blog hop list below!

 

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

HAPPY JUNE- NEW Exclusive Tutorial!

Click the photo to purchase the June Tutorial -OR- Receive this tutorial FREE when you purchase $50 in my online store.

June Exclusive Tutorial

Need ideas? Check out my Tutorial Library.  Create in the comfort of your home.

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Be Inspired-Favorite Celebration

Be Inspired-Favorite Celebration

Favorite Celebration, Stampin' Up!

Is it hard to think about a favorite celebration? When I sat and thought about this, I thought about all of the great parties we’ve had in our home.  I’d say the reality of our favorite celebrations boils down to everyday life.  We celebrate the littlest things along with the big.

I can’t say that I’ve thought this way all my life. In fact, it took Russ having a stroke for me to even think about how short our lives are and how we should celebrate every day.

Today, I’m going to share a birthday card because that is where it all begins for us.

 

Celebrating Life

I should probably tell you right off the bat that when it comes to celebrating birthday’s, I kind of suck at it.  I’ve longed to be THAT mom who goes over the top with birthday decorations, amazing birthday cakes, and parties that everyone talks about for days.

That’s not me.

Never has been.

Instead, I’m the mom who:

  • Puts together something last minute.
  • I’m typically the mom running to the grocery store grabbing the cake 30 minutes before the friends and family start arriving.
  • Yes, I’m the mom who waits until the very last minute to send all invites and sometimes it’s a phone call invitation.
  • My birthday decor is quite shameful, but somehow my family enjoys it.
  • I’m even the mom who has forgotten to make a card, and instead of making something super unique and personal, I grab something from the “already created” box.

While I’m not the award winning party planner, the party remains fun, my kids never complain and regardless of the card being personal or “already created” they always love my handmade card with a personal message inside.  That’s my “WIN!”

 

Happy Birthday, Friend

 

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When I started this card, I was in a colorful mood.  I had an idea of the colors I wanted to use which included Lemon Lime Twist, and Fresh Fig. I love how these two colors look together.  However, adding the third color became a bit more challenging until I put the Calypso Coral next to them.  I loved how this looked together.

 

Tips & Tricks 

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  • I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits with Watercolor Paper then watercolored the die cut using Lemon Lime Twist and my Aqua Painter.  Tip: Wet the entire die cut with your Aqua Painter first, then add your ink color of choice.  Adding the water first makes the blending of the ink and water beautiful every single time.  
  • To create the square, I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits largest square.  Then I watercolored the die cut using Calypso Coral ink and an Aqua Painter.  Tip: Add drops of ink to the square, then using a Heat Tool, move the water around to create a unique look.  
  • I stapled the Linen Thread, die cut and Delicate White Doily together to help keep in place.  I used one tiny glue dot on the Happy Birthday die cut to help it lay down flat.

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  • Attach the happy birthday layer to a piece of Fresh Fig (2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″) at a slight angle.
  • One of my favorite greeting stamp sets is Thoughtful Banners.  The Thoughtful Banners is a great set that includes so many greeting choices.  Once all of my layers were attached, I stamped the friend greeting using Basic Black ink.

The Finished Product 

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See all supplies used for this card below in the clickable links. New products available June 1st. 

I love how this turned out, and it will make it into my basket of created birthday cards.  They are always great to have on hand, and from the looks of my basket, I need to start sending some.

Don’t forget to add a little touch of pizzaz to your card by using the NEW Glitter Enamel Dots.  I love the colors, and they coordinate with so many of our Stampin’ Up! colors.

Try This Color Combination 

 

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Be Inspired

I hope I’ve inspired you in a few ways today.  First, it’s totally okay being a non-party planner.  Kids and adults are still going to have a magnificent time.  Second, I hope this card inspires you not only to create but also to step outside your usual color combinations.  I would love to hear what your favorite celebration is.  Enlighten me if party planning is your thing.  I could use the help.

Be Inspired on the hop by just clicking the button below.  Next up is Nadine.  She always inspires me with her beautiful work.

 

Favorite Celebration, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Louise Sharp
Allison Okamitsu
Kylie Bertucci
Katy Harrison
Maike Ulbrich
Carolynn Sander
Kimberly Van Diepen
Nadine Hößrich
Sarah Berry

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!

 

 

Price: $110.00

Happy Celebrations-Artisan Hop

Happy Celebrations-Artisan Hop

Happy Artisan hop day.  That means lots of inspiring projects are about to be shared using the Happy Celebrations and Cool Treats stamp set.

I’m over the moon to share another project using the Happy Celebrations stamp set.  I have enjoyed this stamp set and coordinating embossing folders more than I ever thought I would.

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So Very Happy

Actually, I’m sitting at Starbucks as I write this post and I’m not so very happy.  I’m outside sitting at the tables because it’s a comfortable 80 degrees and no humidity (that’s a miracle) and inside the Starbucks, it feels like -30! I didn’t bring a jacket so I figured sitting outside would be fine. That’s until I started feeling ants biting.  I’m guessing this is a no win situation… however I’ll make it a winner because the weather is gorgeous.

Okay, back to happy.

This card really made me happy because I love Watercolor Paper.  There is lots of watercolor paper on this card and a few other fun details.  Let’s get started.  I’m excited to share with you.

 

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Tips & Tricks

  • I started this card using a piece of Watercolor Paper 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Using my Aqua Painter, I added a quick watercolor wash in the center using Rich Razzleberry ink.
  • Using the Stitched Shapes Framelits, I cut 3 different size circles then watercolored each using Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, and Old Olive inks.  WHOA! These colors knock my socks off.  I love how they blend. Each of the circles was attached to the main Watercolor Paper.

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  • One of the details I fell in love with on this card is the doily.  We all know how much I love the little details, but this doily peeking above the circle makes me squeal.
  • The sweet scallop edge comes from the Cutie Pie Thinlits which is being discontinued.  I’ve loved this thinlit and mostly used it for the scallop.  Make sure to grab it if you love it.  It’s only available until the end of the month.
  • The best news about the Happy Celebrations stamp set… it’s being carried over into the NEW catalog.
  • Notice how that small strip of Basic Black cardstock really pops next to these colors? Love that.

 

Be Happy with Happy Celebrations

You can click the photos to see more details on each of the products in my Online Store.

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Here is the coordinating texture embossing folders- Celebrations Duo.

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The Last Details

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Lastly, I had a few details to finish the card.  Sequins are one of my favorite quick and easy embellishments and don’t forget the Enamel Shapes.  I love that our Enamel Shapes coordinate with our colors.  One more thing, I love how that little clip is holding on to my greeting.

 

Be Inspired!

It’s time to be inspired and see more inspiration using the Happy Celebrations and Cool Treats stamp set.  Your first stop is the creative Louise Sharp.  Simply click the button below to enjoy the hop.

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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.

 

Price: $110.00

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.

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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.

 

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.