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Be Happy and Celebrate

Be Happy and Celebrate

Are you filled with happiness? Is there something you want to celebrate? Today I’m all about being happy and celebrating the little things.  I’m happy to share with the artisans today, and I’m especially glad that I was able to get time to stamp.

While my time as a mama has kept me from my stamp room the past few weeks I celebrate the tiny gaps of time, I can stamp. It makes my heart happy!

Today, be inspired by the artisan team.  Let us celebrate the little things.

 

Happy Celebrations

Today I’m sharing a few cards using the Happy Celebrations stamp set.  I love the word art in this stamp set.  Plus, I am in love with the coordinating Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Celebrations Duo.  If you heard a loud squeal, it was me!  I embossed my first piece and let out a big SQUEAL! Oh my word, they are FANTASTIC!

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

The deep impression that the Celebrations Duo creates is great.  Even better is when you add a little watercolor to the embossed area.  HOLY MOLY!

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

Here’s the thing, when I applied the watercolored ink over the embossed area I put it on very wet.  I love how the ink pooled and created a shadow around the letters on its own.

 

Tips & Tricks

  • I cut the 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon in half to create a thinner piece.  You will notice that the ribbon started to unravel, but this created such a fun look.
  • The Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder looks fantastic on Watercolor paper as I used on this card.
  • I created an Ombre on the watercolor paper using Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, and Watermelon Wonder inks.

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

So Very Happy 

I realize I’ve been pretty absent from my usual blogging.  I have so much to tell you and promise to let you in on the happiness soon.

My next card made me giggle with joy.  It describes how I’m feeling lately.  Although I’ve been pretty overwhelmed with “things” happening, the happy meter has been high. Being happy is a great thing, and I think I will frame this card as a reminder of the days my happy meter is low.

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

Tips & Tricks

  • I stamped the word happy onto Watercolor paper using Archival Basic Black ink.  Then I watercolored over the entire image using Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, and Watermelon Wonder inks.  Then I fussy cut the letters.
  • I used the “Happy” from the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders on Whisper White cardstock.  I then stacked the words over, so there was a whole lot of happy coming from this card.
  • The polka dots were stamped using Calypso Coral and stamped off once before stamping on the Whisper White cardstock.
  • I used the leftover ribbon from the last card to add to this card.
  • Look closely, and you can see I watercolored my Delicate White Doily to Calypso Coral.  Boy, can this make you happy quick?  Isn’t it wonderful we can make these doilies ANY color we want???  YES!

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

 

Celebrate Your Happiness

 

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

I don’t know about you, but many times I have to remind myself of all the goodness that surrounds me.  I can quickly get caught up in a lot of negative Nellie stuff.  It’s not healthy.  Let’s remind us to put on our happy pants and spread that happiness to others.

Now be inspired and HAPPY by seeing what the other artisans are sharing today.  If anything, find a little time to create, and I’m quite sure you will find happiness.

Click the button below to see what the amazing Lousie Sharp has created today.  Be prepared to be amazed by her soft, delicate touch she puts on every single project.

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

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

 

Price: $110.00

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration-Artisan Blog Hop

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration

 

Today’s Artisan blog hop is an explosion of Sale-a-Bration inspiration.

Let’s face it, Sale-a-Bration is a huge hit this year with a fantastic product line up.

I love looking on Pinterest and seeing all of the great ideas.  I’m even more excited to see what the Artisan team has up their sleeves today.  Let’s get busy.

 

Avant Garden

When I saw the samples in the Sale-a-Bration catalog, I couldn’t wait to use the Avant Garden stamp set.

Typically I don’t reach for a floral set, but the samples were so inspiring I couldn’t wait to ink this set myself.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

First thought when I inked up this gorgeous flower was water coloring.  I love how this card turned out with a few simple water coloring techniques.

Tips & Tricks

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

  • Create a watercolor wash using Crumb Cake ink and Aqua Painter onto the Watercolor Paper (2-1/2″ x 4″) first.  Let the ink absorb and dry.
  • Stamp flower image using Archival Basic Black ink then watercolor image using Pear Pizzaz and Flirty Flamingo inks. Stamp the dots image over flower image using Crumb Cake ink.  To achieve a soft look, I stamped off several times before stamping over the flower.
  •  Tear the bottom of the Watercolor paper and curl one end. I like to use my Aqua Painter to saturate the paper, making tearing very easy.  Once torn, attach this piece to another piece of Watercolor Paper measuring 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ using dimensionals.
  • Stamp greeting and die cut using Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Attach with a small doily and twine underneath the die cut.

 

 

Finally, attach the watercolor paper to your card front of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and then onto your Whisper White thick cardstock base (4-1/4″ x 11″).

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

Solid Flower Image

I wanted to try my inking hands using the solid flower image, and I love how this card came out.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

I kept this card pretty simple, so the focus was on the beautiful flower.

Tips & Tricks 

  • The flower was stamped using Calypso Coral ink, then watercolored around the image using Sahara Sand.
  • I fell in love with the beautiful Metallic Ribbon on page 11 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Not only does is look fantastic with the shiny gold and silver accents, but also it’s very pliable.   I’m totally impressed, and this is FREE (one silver, one gold) with a $50 purchase.
  • Lastly, the Petal Burst embossing folder was a perfect background addition for this card.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

No doubt, the Avant Garden stamp set will provide a delicate touch to any handmade cards with the beautiful floral images and fonts.  Let’s not forget the FREE factor as well.  Every $50 you spend in my online store you can receive a free product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

Look at all of the great products available this year.  

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

Be Inspired! 

The inspiration doesn’t stop here.  It’s time to see what the Artisan Team has created.

Your next stop is with my friend Louise Sharp.  Oh boy, are you going to love this gals designs?  She has the art of bringing a soft, beautiful look at every single project.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

 

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Fresh New In Colors- Artisan Blog Hop

Fresh New In Colors- Artisan Blog Hop

Hooray for FRESH & NEW! The In Colors are now available and I’m excited to share a project that really shows their beauty!

First, let me tell you that I kept these cards simple, and quickly duplicatable for mass production.  If you ever hear the words MASS production from me, it will always be followed by the word- QUICK!  I am a lazy stamper so it has to be that way.

In Colors, Stampin' Up!, Artisan

 

I pulled out my new stamp set Love & Affection and wanted to see how this set looked with all of the new In Colors.  WOWSA. I don’t know what I love the most… the colors, the embossing folder or the beautiful cardstock.  They all made my heart do a little pitter patter.

In Colors, Stampin' Up!, Artisan

Dapper Denim…. isn’t it so Dapper?

 

Create It!

Each of the cards are the same design with the only difference being the colors used.

  • Start with your card base of Whisper White 4-1/4 x 11.  Mat with another piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4-1/8 x 5-3/8 using dimensionals.
  • Stamp the flower image and center pieces onto a the top portion of a Whisper White cardstock 4 x 5-1/5.  Each of the center flowers used Crushed Curry ink.  Layer a piece of Vellum cardstock 4 x 5-1/4 over the Whisper White using Fast Fuse.  Make sure to place Fast Fuse around the middle of the Vellum so that the adhesive does not show.
  • Texture emboss using the Floral Affection Impressions Folder using the Big Shot with each of the new In Color cardstock measuring 2-7/8 x 4. Mat each of the embossed cardstock pieces onto another piece of cardstock the same color measuring 3-1/8 x 4.
  • Stamp the greeting (which I love by the way!) onto Basic Black cardstock (3/4 x 3-3/4) using VersaMark ink and then heat emboss with White Embossing powder.  Create a banner on the end of the Basic Black cardstock and attach to the Texture Embossed layers using a Handheld Stapler and then onto card front using Fast Fuse.

In Colors, Stampin' Up!, Artisan

 

Loving that Peekaboo Peach! SWOON!

I love how the greeting looks embossed with White Embossing powder on Basic Black cardstock.  WOWSA!

Here are a few more of the NEW In Colors:

In Colors, Stampin' Up!, Artisan

Emerald Envy… so bright!

 

In Colors, Stampin' Up!, Artisan

Flirty Flamingo… A beautiful pink that you will fall in love with!

What is your favorite? 

I would love to hear from you… What is your favorite? I noticed I was stingy and didn’t share a full card of the Sweet Sugarplum In Color.  It’s a beautiful shade of purple that I guarantee is going to be a hit.  So which one does your eye capture first? AND a big question… Which one do you think is MY favorite??

 

Time to Hop! 

It’s time to hop along over to Krista’s blog and see what inspiring project she will be sharing with us today.  Just click the button below and it will take you to her inspiring project.  Make sure to hop along all of the Artisan blogs to see what amazing projects they have lined up today.

In Colors, Love & Affection, Stampin' Up!

 

 

PS- I can’t wait to share all of the news from my trip.  XOXOXO

Crazy for Blooms-Botanical Blooms

Crazy for Blooms-Botanical Blooms

 

Blooms on the flowers are in full force here in Florida.  My allergies can tell you for sure.

I think this could be the worst year I’ve had for allergies living here.  The pollen is outrageous, but the blooms are beautiful.

I’m excited you are visiting today as the Artisans are sharing flowers galore.  They are pollen free and pretty to look at and for this I’m grateful.

Botanical Blooms

From the beginning that I laid eyes on Botanical Blooms I had a feeling I would struggle with this suite.  It’s interesting how this entire suite has grown on me and I can honestly say I love the framelits that coordinate with the Botanical Blooms stamp set.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

Same Set-Different Colors

I’ve created to cards to share today both using the Botanical Blooms but both using different color schemes.  I love how they both turned out.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

My inspiration for the colors on this first card started with the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper.  I started the first layer with stamping the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set on the Shimmer White cardstock and then started to build the card from there.

 

 

 

Quick Tips to Create 

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

  • Having a Sponge Dauber on hand was perfect to darken the color of the cardstock using the coordinating ink.
  • I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets large splatter image over the Mint Macaron flower for added texture.
  • The It’s My Party Enamel Dots make for a perfect flower center.
  • I used the Grateful Bunch stamp set for the greeting.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

Bright Blooms Color Change 

I couldn’t help but try using the Botanical Blooms using brighter colors.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

 

The little tiny flower image just made me giggle with joy.  I love when a stamp does that for me.  It’s so tiny and CUTE.  I love how it looks in the different colors coming down the cardstock.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

Quick Tips to Create

  • I used the Oh So Lovely stamp set for the greeting.
  • Once the tiny flowers were stamped, I started building up my flower bouquet using Mini Glue dots to keep in place.
  • I added a thread from the White Jute ribbon under the flowers.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

Botanical Blooms can be used so many different ways.  I love when you can look at a stamp set and see more than just a flower.

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

I hope you are inspired to create using the Botanical Blooms Bundle.  It’s definitely a keeper and will be carrying over to the new catalog.  That’s AWESOME news.

 

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

You can see all products used in the clickable links below.

Hop Along & Be Inspired!

Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

 

 

 

Price: $110.00

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This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

 Blooms, Botanical Blooms, Stampin' Up!

Artisan Blog Hop-First One!

Artisan Blog Hop-First One!

This is it.  The very first Artisan Blog Hop for me.  Hang on… how in the world did I get to be doing this?

 

If you’re new to my blog let me give you a quick fill in about me, Kimberly. Just a girl who loves to craft.

For those of you that have been reading my blog for quite some time… hang with me.  This could be information you didn’t even know. <grin>

 

Who Am I? 

Currently I live in Pensacola, Florida.  Home of the most beautiful white sandy beaches.  I’ve been married to my Navy guy for 19 years and we have two crazy teenagers we are raising, Brandon (14) and Alexis (13 next month).  I started my journey with Stampin’ Up! in 2003.  When my daughter was only 4 months old.  Never in a million years did I imagine the ride I’ve taken with this company. I also didn’t realize I would get to be a demonstrator in 5 different states over the last 13 years thanks to my husband Russ.

 

This company has brought abundant blessings to my family including 9 trips to places I never would have seen otherwise. I’ve been awarded the Top 100 Demonstrator 8 years in a row and taken  8 trips to Founders Circle, truly a dreamy trip.  In 2009-10 I was honored to be on Stampin’ Up!’s Advisory Board. Pretty incredible year that was. All of this because I loved to stamp and teach others to stamp.  Not kidding. The funniest part of this journey is I had never heard of Stampin’ Up! nor had I stamped before when I began.  True fact.

 

Besides stamping I also love to go to the beach,  and my favorite thing to do when I have a little extra time on my hands is to go antiquing.  I love to find vintage treasures for my home or use in my crafty place.

 

Artisan? Me? 

How did I land here… being a Stampin’ Up! Artisan?

Last year was the first year I had submitted for Artisan.  It was kinda on a whim.  My best friend and I had discussed it and I was truly rooting for her and we were so excited when she was an honorable mention.  I was not selected, but felt at the time and what was going on in my life it was not in God’s plan at the time.

Fast forward to this year.

When it came time for submissions I decided not to submit.  I have always tried to be realistic with my priorities and during the time submissions were being taken I was going through a hardcore depression and trying to find myself again after a very tough 2 years after my husbands stroke.  I literally had taken 4 months off from everything March-June to just find ME. I eventually found me and I’m thankful I listened to myself for once.  That does NOT happen often.

 

In July once I felt back to myself I started back to the things I loved, stamping and my business. My friends, family, team and customers were incredible to me during this time and such a blessing to have by my side.

 

When Stampin’ Up! asked me to be a part of the Artisan Team this year I totally felt this was God’s timing.  Typically I’m the one that pushes God to the side and says… hold on… I’ve got this.  Like I’ve got some super power over God.  I know better.  I didn’t take control of this.  He did.

 

I am so honored that Stampin’ Up! has chosen me.  More blown away than anything.  I started 13 years ago never stamping before. Just a girl who loved art and loved sharing it with you.  I’ve made some pretty awful things over the last 13 years but I’ve also had a lot of growth during that time.  Making pretty things is what I love to do.  In doing that I love to inspire and uplift you along the way.

 

 

What’s Next

I’m pretty excited you are here.  If you are new to my blog… I hope you will continue to check it out and put up with my crazy antics.  I’ve always got a story or two and I love to share my crafty self with you.  What’s next will be another year of growth. Another year of stretching my personal creativity and I hope you are along for the ride with me.  I can guarantee there will be some fun things along the way and possibly a trash can filled with flubs.  This is how we grow.  So grow with me, will you?

 

Birthday Blooms

To start the first Artisan Blog Hop I thought I would start with something that is most challenging for me.  Flowers.  Who knows why I feel this way and honestly I think I psych myself out more so that I tell you it’s a challenge.  The new Birthday Blooms stamp set in our upcoming Occasions Catalog is a gorgeous set and I fell in love with the fonts in the greetings.  I am a sucker for a good font and this set has amazing fonts.

Artisan Blog Hop, Birthday Blooms, Stampin' Up!

The flower in this set, Birthday Blooms is amazing.  Look at how beautiful the font is in this greeting, “For You!”  Oh my.  I typically do not use an entire sheet of Designer Series Paper but this paper from the Birthday Bouquet is just as stunning and I promised myself I would not hoard it.

 

 

Artisan Blog Hop, Birthday Blooms, Stampin' Up!

The Details

I started this card by die cutting the largest framelit from the Lots of Labels framelits.  I trimmed off one end so the label would be flush with the right side of the card.  I added a few pieces of layering which included the Blush Blossom Glimmer Paper and the strip of Burlap Ribbon.  You will notice the ribbon is much slimmer.  To achieve this look just cut down the center of the ribbon using your ribbon scissors.

I also added one of my latest favorites- the scallop edge.  This die cut can be found in the Cutie Pie Thinlits.  It’s a little treasure in that package of die cuts.  To keep the elements together  I used my Handheld Stapler.

 

Artisan Blog Hop, Birthday Blooms, Stampin' Up!

The flower was watercolored using a blender pen and a few inks that you can see down below in the supply list.  While I did have to fussy cut this flower, it was not hard.  You can see in the photo above I layered a flower on top of the original flower to give it more of a 3D effect.  I love how this turned out.

Artisan Blog Hop, Birthday Blooms, Stampin' Up!

To finish this card off I added a few green sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment.  These can be placed simply by using our Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

 

Time to Hop!

Thank you for taking the time to come along and view my first Artisan Blog Hop.  It’s time to see what the rest of the gals have to share.  It’s going to be an amazing year of talent and our hopes are to inspire you.

Click the buttons below to follow the hop.  Next up is Krista Frattin, a previous artisan and incredibly talented.  She’s a hoot too.

Make sure to tell us what you think.  You know I love to hear from you.

XOXOXOXO

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