Oh So Succulent

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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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Mix it Up!- Oh So Succulents Inspiration 2

More fun with Sponge Daubers Inspiration 3

Inspiration 4

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Elegant Thank You-Label Me Pretty

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Elegant Thank You-Label Me Pretty

 

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I love how the new Label Me Pretty stamp set has playful and elegant images mixed in this set.  Today’s card is all about elegance, and simple.

One of my favorite additions to this card is the gold pattern from the Bundle of Love Designer Series Paper.  The gold, black and white depicts the elegance.

 

Keeping it Simple

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I’m pretty much a complicated girl.  Ask my friends and family and they will tell you that. Well, they may not because they want to be nice, but the truth is I am.  Simple is hard for me to accomplish because I always want to add one more thing.  When I say add one more thing, I mean in all facets of my life, not just a card.

When I was creating this card, I’m pleased to tell it came easy to keep it simple.  I think an elegant card is just that, simple.  In this case, less was best.

 

Tips & Tricks

Here are few creative tips for today’s card.

  • I started this card using Whisper White Thick cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11.  The main layered piece is Whisper White cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Nine out of ten times I always use Whisper White Thick for a card base, and our smooth Whisper White cardstock for stamping.  I find there is a big difference when stamping on the thicker cardstock.
  • The Pick a Pattern Washi Tape created the perfect pattern and pop of color I needed for this card.  I especially love the designs of this Washi Tape.
  • Next, I added a 1/2″ x 3-3/4″ strip of the Gold Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper across the Washi Tape, and the Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon to the card front.  To keep these elements in place, I used a staple.
  • I stamped the label image using Archival Basic Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock and punched the image out using the Pretty Label Punch.  The greeting was stamped using the same ink onto Whisper White cardstock then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I love these framelits and I love the layered look this gives to the punched image.
  • Lastly, I added a few gold Metallic Enamel Shapes for accents.

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Be Inspired

I hope this elegant card inspires you to create something with a touch of elegance today.

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Hopefully, you haven’t missed all of the inspiring ideas using new products since we started this hop.  We are now on Day 7. You can catch up by clicking HERE.

Finally, it’s time to hop and see what Maike has created today. Her work is amazing and fresh.    Simply click the NEXT button below and hop along.  If the link doesn’t work, just click on the blog roll links below.

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Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen  YOU ARE HERE!
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Paula Dobson
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

New Tutorial Available!

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April’s tutorial is filled with out of the box ideas you will love.

Simply click the photo below to purchase -OR- Spend $50 and receive the Tutorial for FREE!

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Speaking of retiring click HERE to download the retired list.

 

Return of Glossy Paper

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Return of Glossy Paper

The return of glossy paper in the Stampin’ Up! catalog is going to make many paper crafters happy.  While it’s been a long time since I used Glossy Paper, I felt accomplished remembering a few techniques.

I think having this paper on hand again will help both customers and demonstrators enjoy more stamping techniques that only work with this type of paper.

 

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Working with Glossy Paper

Like I said, it’s been awhile since I had worked with Glossy Paper.  I started with the very basic technique I remembered… re-inkers.  Long ago one of my favorite techniques was called Polished Stone.  The basics of this technique involves re-inkers, a sponge, Rubbing Alcohol and a metallic re-inker.

Since I didn’t have a metallic re-inker on hand, I kept it even more basic and used all of the above supplies except for the metallic.

 

Grab Your Supplies

To create the background of this card, grab the following supplies:

  • Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim re-inkers and Lemon Lime Twist Classic Ink Pad.
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Sponge

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When I created this background I wanted to add the Lemon Lime Twist ink but did not have the re-inker.  I simply added color to my sponge from the Lemon Lime Twist ink pad and then added a few drops of Bermuda Bay and Dapper Denim Re-inkers to the sponge.

Once I added all of the ink to the sponge I added the Rubbing Alcohol to the sponge.   Then swirl the sponge around the Glossy Paper to see the different inks move together.  Something to note, I was very generous with the ink. This made the inks have a fun swirly look.  If I wasn’t achieving the effect, I added a little more rubbing alcohol.

Once you have added the ink, you will want to let the paper dry.  Because I’m impatient, I carefully heated with my heat tool.  The paper did curl a little bit, but once I layered it onto the Whisper White Thick cardstock it was fine.

 

Finishing the Card

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  • Now that my background was finished and layered onto the card base, it was time to finish the card.  I added a piece of the new Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper along with a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.
  • The greeting was stamped from the Label Me Pretty stamp set.  I then die cut the image using Stitched Shapes framelits and layered this onto a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock punched from the Pretty Label punch.
  • I added a few stitches from my sewing machine over the Lemon Lime Twist 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon and a Delicate White Doily.

 

Be Inspired!

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It’s time to hop along and be inspired by the other Artisans and their incredible work.  Simply click the next button or use the links below.  Most of all, enjoy it. Be inspired, and create something fun and exciting today.

 

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

 

Did you miss the last few days of OnStage Display samples?  Click HERE for the first day to get started!

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April’s tutorial is filled with out of the box ideas you will love.

Simply click the photo below to purchase -OR- Spend $50 and receive the Tutorial for FREE!

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Speaking of retiring click HERE to download the retired list.

Label Me Pretty

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Label Me Pretty

It’s day 5 of the Display Stamper blog hop and today I sharing a new stamp set called Label Me Pretty.  The Label Me Pretty stamp set has a coordinating punch called Pretty Label.  While this set has a coordinating punch,  I wanted to show you that other punches or dies work just as well with this stamp set.

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I paired the Label Me Pretty stamp set with an annual catalog favorite of mine, Falling Flowers.  I loved all of the florals together and especially the framelits behind the greeting.

 

New Products 

Some of my new favorite products I used on this card:

  • Label Me Pretty Stamp Set
  • Orange Blossom Stamp Set
  • Touches of Nature Elements (wood elements)
  • Berry Burst Cardstock & Ink
  • Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Lemon Lime Twist Ink

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Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • To start this card I used Whisper White Thick Cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″, then I added a 1″ strip of the beautiful gold chevron pattern from the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.
  • I stamped the floral images onto Whisper White cardstock and then die cut using the May Flowers Framelits.  I love this die set! When stamping the florals, I used Old Olive, Daffodil delight and Berry Burst Classic Ink. Most noteworthy, I stamped the small flower in Daffodil Delight which comes from the Orange Blossom stamp set.  I added a small 1/4″x 5-1/2″ strip of Berry Burst cardstock was added to the very edge of the Whisper White card layer 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • Instead of using the coordinating punch, I stamped the greeting onto Dapper Denim cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and then used the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I stamped the greeting again, and fussy cut the banner and added it to the die cut using Mini Glue Dots.  I love how Mini Glue Dots add just enough dimension.
  • Lastly, I added Rhinestones around the focal image for a little bling.

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Be Inspired!

I’ll be sharing many more samples using the Label Me Pretty stamp set in the next few days. I love the versatility this set has with or without the coordinating punch.

Time to hop along and be inspired by the other Artisans and their incredible work.  Simply click the next button or use the links below.  Most of all, enjoy it. Be inspired, and create something fun and exciting today.

Have you missed the start of these displays? Click HERE and catch up!

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen  YOU ARE HERE!
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Paula Dobson
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

You can find AVAILABLE products in the clickable links below. 

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 -OR- Spend $50 and receive the Tutorial for FREE!

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Speaking of retiring click HERE to download the retired list.

Bold Bright Color Combination

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Bold Bright Color Combination

It’s Day 4 of the Display Stamper blog hop, and today I have a beautifully bold, bright color combination.  More and more these days I gravitate towards the more brilliant colors.  If you took a journey back over the years on my blog, you would see that I was a steady Eddie for neutral color schemes.

I guess as I’ve aged, the brights are keeping me young.  They are so fresh looking.  Of course when you add in the new Lemon Lime Twist, it becomes even fresher!!!

 

 

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Orange Blossom with a Twist

I made a small comment the other day about a funny with the Orange Blossom set. Here’s the thing,  I had no idea the name of this stamp set when I received it.   I had no idea the circle image you see above stamped in Bermuda Bay ink was an orange.  This is one of the reasons I love stamps.  It’s awesome to use an image in a different way, and I love how it turned out for this card.

 

New products used on this card: 

Here are a few of the new products I used for this card.

  • Orange Blossom stamp set
  • Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and ink
  • Berry Burst cardstock
  • Pick a Pattern Washi Tape

One of my favorite new products on this card is the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape.  First, I love the black and white.  Second, there are two of the washi tapes that are beautiful and wide.

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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • Whisper White Thick cardstock 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ was used for the card base, scored at 5-1/2″ and folded in half.
  • I stamped the circle image using Bermuda Bay ink on the top left of the card front.  Then I added the little dots around the circles using Lemon Lime Twist Ink.
  • I used the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape was layered on the bottom half of the Whisper White cardstock.
  • Next, the greeting was stamped onto Berry Burst cardstock using Archival Basic Black ink then die cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits. I couldn’t help myself… I added a little piece of Delicate White Doily and some twine underneath.  You can also see a 1/4″ strip of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.  I love that little pop of color.  Color makes me happy pants.

Try This- Color Combination

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You can find AVAILABLE products in the clickable links below. 

Be Inspired

Hopefully, you haven’t missed all of the inspiring ideas using new products from the previous hops.  If so, catch up on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

Finally, it’s time to hop and see what Maike has created.  Simply click the NEXT button below and hop along.  If the link doesn’t work, just click on the blog roll links below.

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen  YOU ARE HERE!
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Paula Dobson
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

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 -OR- Spend $50 and receive the Tutorial for FREE!

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

Speaking of retiring click HERE to download the retired list.