Friends and Flamingos

Friends and Flamingos

Sounds like a funny combination, but today that is exactly what I have in store for you today, friends and flamingos!

The truth is, I have a fun flamingo card and a beautiful friendship card.  One is using new products, and the other card is current products.


Tickled Pink Flamingos

With the new catalog launching very soon, I’ve been making a long list of stamps that I must have.  At the top of my list is the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set on page 177.

While I was at the OnStage Local event in Savannah, GA, my bestie won the Fabulous Flamingo set. I truly coveted this set because I LOVE Flamingos.  She was so sweet to let me stamp away when we came home to my house.  I loved it so much I used it for a swap that I participated in.

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Lately, I’ve been so inspired to stamp because of the colors set before me.  I stamped this gorgeous Flamingo using Blushing Bride Ink for the solid layer of the flamingo and then the outline was stamped using Calypso Coral.  I love how these two colors look together.


Watercolor and Spritz

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Since I used Shimmery White Cardstock for the stamping layer of my card, I was able to watercolor first, then I stamped the grass and water images over the water coloring.  I added a little spritz around the grassy images by tapping my Aqua Painter over the images once loaded with Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide ink.

The greeting was also watercolored first using Calypso Coral ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock, then stamped.  I folded the banner over and then added a doily underneath.  To color the doily, I used my Aqua Painter and Calypso Coral ink.  After I colored the doily, I like to heat set to make the drying time faster.

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What’s That Beautiful Paper?

Lastly, the one thing that really rocks my world is a beautiful patterned paper.  The new Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper has a fun watercolored look, as well as beautiful colors.  The piece I used for the Flamingo card is the Tranquil Tide pattern that really made this card complete.

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Color Combination

Here is a quick reference of the color combination I used for my card.  I love these colors together.  


Everyone Needs a Friend

Last month I was excited to create this card for the club night.  I love how the vellum butterfly looks over the embossed flowers.  Don’t you think it looks elegant?

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I love the beautiful floral image from Flourishing Phrases.

A few of these accessories are being discontinued such as the ribbon and doilies and of course the gorgeous Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.  Here’s the thing, this card can be re-created with the white doilies and any other ribbon and pattern paper.  Don’t be discouraged if these accessories are already sold out.

Now, with all of that said, there is a stamp set I encourage you to grab before it’s too late.  The Suite Sentiments stamp set on page 54 of the Occasions Catalog is fantastic.  GREAT greetings for so many occasions.  Check it out below:


I love the fonts in this set, and of course the greetings.  This set is a definite to grab!  Click the photo above to grab yours.

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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.

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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

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This Happened Yesterday!

Lastly, one last quick note.  I’m now the mother of a 16-year-old.  I know they grow up fast, I’m not ready for it.

I know Brandon wanted the keys to Russ’ 67′ Mustang, but that wasn’t happening. He’s now the proud owner of Russ’ truck.  It was a very special day.

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Inspiring Monday-Card Buffet

Inspiring Monday-Card Buffet

This weekend I did a little cleaning purge of my desk.  It’s amazing what I find laying around when I finally sift through all of the piles of papers sitting around.  In fact, as I was sifting through my piles I found three cards I had to share.  I feel like I have a little card buffet to share with the cards that I found.


A Quick & Simple Technique

Recently I created a card using a fun technique that Stampin’ Up! posted on Instagram. If you haven’t followed them on Instagram, you should.  This feed is nothing but happiness and great eye candy. They share tips from the Artisans that are eye-opening and fun.

With that said, I don’t think my tip is AWE dropping, but I believe that it’s a quick and straightforward wow card you can create using the Big on Birthdays stamp set.  This stamp set will carry over to the new Annual Catalog which is super exciting.

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Use Your Markers

I find that I don’t use my markers enough.  Not because I don’t love them, but I forget about them.  I just stamped the Happy Birthday image onto Whisper White cardstock, then outlined the image using my markers.  Believe it or not, I created six fun cards using this technique, and the cards were SO simple and fast to create.

I love this stamp set because of the big bold images.  They are simple to color, and each had their unique look with the marker.  Isn’t that fun?



Everyday Hero

My next card uses the Everyday Hero stamp set.

I jokingly talk about being superwoman, and I bet we can all think of many women in our lives that we could give this title.  While I also jokingly say I’ve buried my cape in the backyard, I think I’ve had to put it back on a few times the last six weeks.  I don’t know; I believe this card is super fun and one that would make a mom smile.

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Of course, I had to add a little frilly to the card.  A doily made it all the more feminine, and the ribbon as well.

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There is one thing retiring on this card that I probably did cry over- the Tags & Labels Framelits.  I’ve loved these dies and used them for SO SO many cards.  Make sure to check them out while they are still available.  The Everyday Hero’s set is one that is retiring also.  I’m sad to see it go as well but I think this will be a keeper for when I remind my friends what a hero they are.

Download a FREE tutorial to create this card HERE.

Love Sparkles

The last one I’m sharing for today’s card buffet is from the stamp set Love Sparkles.

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One of my favorite things I love to add to a card is using a greeting for the background.  It’s something very simple, but it always gives a fun look to a card. For this card, I used the Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder inks and alternated the colors with the greeting.  I added a touch of the Delightful Dijon for a pop of color.

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Another die cut that is retiring and seen a ton of use in my stamp room is the Stars, Framelits Dies.  These are on sale, so get them before they are gone.  I love how the three layers of stars and the colors look together.
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Lastly, I added the tiny greeting by stamping the greeting onto Basic Black cardstock using VersaMark ink. Then I placed White Embossing Powder over it and heated.  Again, this gave a little pop to the card.


I have a FREE tutorial for this last card that you can download HERE.


Inspiring Monday

I guess the moral of my story today is I should clean my desk more often.  Who knew these gems were hiding under stacks of papers.

The last thing these cards need on them is a matching stamped envelope with a stamp and address.  They are ready to leave my house for good and bring a smile to someone’s face.

A couple of reminders…

Check out the retiring list HERE.  Lots of great sales.  AND… another must check is the Clearance Rack.  GREAT buys and tons of fun things to stock up on.  Click HERE to see it.

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I’ve had a BALL with the Eastern Palace Suite.  Ths is one promotion I wouldn’t miss out on.  You can see all of the cards I’ve created using this bundle below.  Click HERE to see the bundles and get your free gifts before May 31st.  Remember, you get TWO tutorials when you purchase this bundle from my Online Store.  Combined together, these tutorials have 39 cards and 3d projects you don’t want to miss.

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Looking for fun tutorials that will knock your socks off? Click the photo below to see my tutorial library.

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Creation Station-Urban Underground

Creation Station-Urban Underground

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I’m quite aware that the Occasions catalog will be coming to an end soon. There are so many products I need to play with.   One product I haven’t used enough and I’m quite giddy over is the Urban Underground Suite.  I love the paper especially.  It has an eclectic feel, and the blacks, grays, and silver are perfect to use with any color of my choosing.

Today I’m sharing a card using the Urban Underground Suite.  I realize some of these products are discontinued. I hope you will be inspired by not only the products but the design elements of the card as well.

Today’s blog hop will also inspire you with a more masculine style for projects.

So Eclectic!

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One of the things I was drawn to with the Urban Underground Suite is the fun patterns in all of the products.  The pattern paper is by far my favorite.  Because I planned to use this card for one of my Fathers day cards, I kept with a blue color tone for my card. Maybe I should have made the Prince a pink one…  I’m sure he would still enjoy it.


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As the transition of catalogs happens over the next month, my FAVORITE thing is mixing retired and new products together.  I used a new thinlits for this card called Seasonal Layers.  Honestly, I’ve already worn this die cut OUT.  I love the scallop die cut within this Thinlits set.  You can see the scallop I added to this card on the left side.  It’s hard to see because it was die cut using Basic Black cardstock.


Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

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  • I ran the small strip of Urban Underground DSP through my Big Shot using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  To get a deeper impression try spritzing your paper with water first, then run through your Big Shot.
  • The Urban Underground Embellishments are self-adhesive. There is a total of 24 in a package, 8 each of 3 designs.  Truly a fun embellishment to add to any man card you desire.
  • The card front layer includes both designer series paper and the Urban Underground Washi Tape.  The Washi Tape is perfect for coordinating with the designs of the DSP.


Think Outside the Box

One last thought I will add to this product suite, it doesn’t have to be all about the man.  I think when we see products built around each other or especially with certain color choices, we tend to think it’s only for one gender.  I can see so many great ways the designer series paper can be used for very girlie cards.  Don’t forget, the stamp set can be used outside of Father’s day too.

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Great news…The Urban District stamp set is on SALE… only $15.20 until the end of May.

Did YOU Know?


The new Eastern Palace Suite is the hot item Stampin’ Up! released to customers on May 1st.  This new suite is pretty awesome, and I’ve created a ton of fun projects with it. There are two bundles available- The Premier and the Starter Bundle.  Each fantastic and include a free gift.  Purchase either of the bundles through my Online Store and receive 39 tutorials FREE.

Click HERE to be inspired by this suite and see what I’m talking about.

Click HERE to purchase the May Exclusive Tutorial or spend $50 in my Online Store to receive FREE!

Be Inspired

Now it’s time to be inspired by the others in the Creation Station team. Simply click the buttons below and see what other great manly projects this team has up their sleeves.

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Bunch of Blossoms

Bunch of Blossoms

Yesterday I finally felt “caught” up with tons of work that has been sitting in front of me.  I looked at my desk and had a sudden urge to stamp something just for ME! Thankfully, I ended up pulling out the perfect stamp set, Bunch of Blossoms.

I fell in love with the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set for many reasons, but there is one reason inparticular.  It’s a simple greeting but one I believe has a ton of impact. Let me share.


You Matter

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You might be wondering, why would this little greeting be such a big deal?

Every morning I sit with a hot cup of coffee scrolling through my social media.   The more I scroll through social media I see more and more how little I think of myself and how little I love on the ones that matter most to me.  This greeting created such an impact for me because it made me think of how many times I become “busy” and forget to reach out to friends and family that really matter to me.

Fakebook Drama

I’m fascinated by the “drama” on Fakebook, and perplexed at what I see on Instagram.  I find myself scrolling and hitting the like, or love button. At times I’ve had emotions that felt like a roller coaster.  Hurt, angry, happy, depressed, laughing, belly laughing, and times I scratch my head thinking what is WRONG with people.  Then silence… and I’m trolling to the next thing.  This repeats for long periods of times.  A little embarrassing to admit, but it’s the truth.

Inadequate Feelings

That scrolling, liking, loving, laughing and sad faces… sometimes I walk away from that little piece of electronic in my hand and feel utterly inadequate.  Let me tell you that I’m quick to give myself a reality check, but I’m afraid one day I may fall into the trap of not seeing reality.

Why would I feel inadequate?

In one simple morning of scrolling, I was reminded of…

  • How horrible I eat and how little exercise I accomplish.
  • I might be a hoarder with the amount of crap I see laying around my house
  • I’m a horrible parent because I let my kid do something someone else thinks is wrong
  • My FOMO disease kicked in. (Fear of Missing Out)
  • Comparing my business to others- complete failure at times
  • Oh, and I probably shouldn’t fly any airline because they are all awful

This was not even the tip of the iceberg!

Let’s Talk Reality

While some of the above might be true, 95% are NOT. Although my house is a wreck and I hate exercising, the others are feelings that arise from reading too much into what people post. Thankfully, I can shake myself out of the crazy talk and remind myself that I am not all of those things nor do I believe all of those things.  The reality is, I live a fantastic life filled with a lot of joy. Sometimes I cannot see the joy because of the silly stuff I fill my brain with.  I also deal with a lot of life struggles, because that is LIFE! Life is messy, right?

With all the negative I feed my brain, I needed a big wake up call to the fact that I matter and so do you! Not everything I read on social media is factual.  Sometimes I wonder why I have anxiety.  I believe it comes from social media.  Reading the doomsday, life sucks and comparing myself to others quickly triggers it.  The scariest thing for me, my teenagers live for social media.  No telling what they are feeding their own minds with. That scares me big time.

What Now?

I guess the easiest solution would be to walk away from social media, but the realist in me says that probably will not happen. Obviously, I can’t save the social media world, but I can love people more.  I can let others know more often they matter and I’m lucky enough to have the perfect job that lets me create pretty things to send to others and let them know they matter. You can do the same.

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All that talk finally leads me back to my card.  The card that got me thinking about myself and those of YOU reading this.  It’s the gentle reminder to let people know they matter.  Put down the phones, and create. Create a simple card and mail it.

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I feel better already!

If I haven’t told you lately, I’m grateful that you stopped by to see something pretty and especially today as I share a few thoughts (maybe more).  Sometimes I have to get these things off my chest.  Today was one of those days.

If you love this stamp set, Bunch of Blossoms.. check it out HERE in my Online Store.

That is where you will find all kinds of crafty pretty things that bring crafty people JOY!

Stay tuned for tomorrow.  I’m sharing a MAN card!  Sometimes I forget to make something masculine.



Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite

Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite

Although I see very cloudy skies outside, I see bold brights inside.  Join me today for a fun Artisan Blog Hop where I’m sharing a fun Bold Bright Eastern Palace Suite card.  I’m SO happy with these cards and the inspiration from the Artisans.

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Watercoloring with Shimmer White Cardstock

When I placed these bold, bright colors together, I felt like they made a bold statement.  The colors just pop off the card.

One thing important to note on this card is my use of Shimmer White Cardstock.  I love how the shimmer shows through the water coloring.  It’s hard to see this in a photo, but I promise it’s there.


Tips & Tricks

I have many fun tips when creating this card.

  • The bold colors I used for this card are Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, and Lemon Lime Twist.  I stamped each of the flowers using Archival Basic Black ink then watercolored using an Aqua Painter.

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  • One of my favorite elements on this card is the layer of the Gold Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate that I die cut using the Layering Circles Framelits which I placed under the greeting.  Confession,  I hoard my Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  It’s so pretty that I let it sit.  This design element was inspired by one of my fellow Artisans.  I’ve looked for the last 30 minutes trying to find the actual card and who created it, but I can’t find it.  It’s such a fun addition.

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  • I’m in love with the greetings in the Eastern Beauty stamp set.  Not only are they great greetings, the fonts are amazing.  I watercolored using Berry Burst ink onto Shimmer White Cardstock and then stamped my greeting.  Then I die cut the greeting using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  • I added the gold flowers from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers around the watercolored flowers.

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Bold & Bright with Watercolor Paper

I continued working with the same bold, bright colors for my second card, but this time I used Watercolor Paper.

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Tips & Tricks

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  • I stamped the flowers using Archival Basic Black onto Watercolor Paper, then watercolored using my Aqua Painter. It was easier to add splatter over the flowers before attaching them to the card front.  Once they were watercolored and splattered, I die cut using the Eastern Medallion Thinlits.
  • Each of the die cut flowers was attached with Mini Glue Dots to the top half of the card.  The Mini Glue Dots adds a slight and perfect dimension to the flowers.

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  • I added the gold star stickers from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers. I placed a gold Metallic Enamel Shape into the center of each of the stickers.
  • Lastly, I stamped the greeting onto Watercolor Paper then die cut using the smallest circle from the Stitched Shapes. I placed Linen Thread under the greeting.

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Be Inspired!

The Eastern Palace Bundle is now available to order!  Experience Eastern-inspired opulence—plus get a free gift and three of the new 2017-2019 In Colors included in one of your exclusive bundles! There are two bundles available to choose from.  You can see both of the bundles available HERE. You can also download the PDF of what’s included in the bundles HERE.

This bundle has endless possibilities and you can get it now!

Scroll to the bottom of this post to see how you can get TWO free tutorials with 39 projects using this bundle. 

Now be inspired by the Artisan team using the Eastern Palace Suite.  First up is my friend Louise Sharp.  She always inspires me with her soft beautiful creativity.  Click the button below to hop.

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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

Looking for more ideas using the Eastern Palace Suite, make sure to check out these posts HERE, HERE and HERE.

Products Used


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FREE Tutorial

Did you know you can get this tutorial for FREE? Yes, if you purchase either of the Eastern Palace Bundles available as seen HERE, you will receive this tutorial for free.  -OR- You can purchase the tutorial for $15.  Either way, don’t miss this!

Check out this sneak peek…

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Extra Tutorial… 

Lastly, this month I have an exciting tutorial I’m giving FREE to anyone that purchases the Eastern Palace Bundle this month.  This tutorial has 27 projects using only the Eastern Palace Bundle and ONLY what the bundle comes with.  Yes, that is two tutorials you will receive free when you purchase the Eastern Palace Bundle this month.  YAY!