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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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Emerald Envy… so bright!


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 

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  • 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.

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Bright Blooms Color Change 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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

Hop Along & Be Inspired!

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Price: $110.00

Supply List

Important News!

  • New month- New Hostess Code!
  • The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 
  • Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.
  • Place an order in my Online Store and receive an EXCLUSIVE Online Class and a FREE gift for choosing me as your demonstrator.  The May gift is GORGEOUS!
  •  Click HERE to shop!

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Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

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

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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.

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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.



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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.


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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.


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Artisan Design Team- WHAT?

Artisan Design Team- WHAT?

There are a million things going on in my mind tonight as I write this post.

This weekend was a whirlwind.  Complete whirlwind.  The On Stage event was amazing and while the presentations were fantastic and the catalog was amazing …hands down the best is always seeing my team and friends from all over the United States.


Getting together with your friends is just spectacular and add in the crafting it makes it 500% better.


Then something else spectacular happened.  Something unexpected.


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I could feel every ounce of blood pumping as my heart raced.  My name up on the big screen for Artisan Design Team? WHAT?

The process….

Where do I begin? Remember back in April or so when I fell off the crafting cliff because I snuggled up into a depression cocoon? That was around the time frame for demonstrators to enter their submissions for the Artisan Design Team.  I thought about entering, but during that time frame I had put every ounce of my energy to finding Kimberly again.  Believe me, it took every ounce of energy I had.


While being an Artisan has always been a dream of mine, sometimes God has a different plan.  I felt that He was leading me to just heal after so much had happened and I did.  I put 100% into myself which I had NOT been doing.


Being selected by Stampin’ Up! was God’s plan and I am humbled they chose me.

How Did This Happen? 

It makes me giggle when I think back to 13 years ago when I first started stamping.  I had never heard of stamping or Stampin’ Up!.  I knew that what I had seen in their catalog was awesome and I wanted all of it.  I was the girl who loved stationary and pens after all.  This “stamping thing” was right up my alley.

Once I received my starter kit I had NO clue what I was doing but I didn’t care. The box was filled with pretty things that made my heart go pitter patter! I stamped what I wanted and back then there was NO inspiration except their beautiful catalog. I was just excited and wanted to share with everyone what I created.  This still holds true today!

My First Card…

I can remember going to a demonstrator meeting and putting my card in a contest.  Again, I thought it was smashing and for sure a winner.  While I am sure it wasn’t in the eyes of others (I could tell a few didn’t like my card) I honestly didn’t care.  I loved it because I created it.  I knew that Stampin’ Up! and I were now an item… the rest is really history.


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Artist, Who Me?

Why am I sharing this with you?


Because I want you to believe in yourself.  Who in the world would have thought THIS girl would become an Artisan? Truly, not me.  It was over time, lots of trial and error, lots of copying others, lots of projects in the trash, LOTS and LOTS of TRYING, that in TIME it would flow on it’s own.


Funny thing… I’m still learning, still inspired by others and STILL lots of projects fall into the trash.  I’m still trying all the time.  It’s just part of the creative process of an artist.  And GUESS what?  We are all artists when we get to use the amazing tools Stampin’ Up! provides.


13 years ago I never would have put the word “artist” behind my name.  Today, I do feel like an artist because Stampin’ Up! has given me the tools.   These are tools that anyone can feel like an artist to uplift and inspire others. Tools I’m sure you have at your fingertips.  YOU are an artist, never let anyone tell you differently.

Overwhelmed & Gratitude

I’m overwhelmed.  I don’t know how else to explain it.  I’m overwhelmed with your kind words. Dang. It all started with the Birthday Giveaway from last week (winner to be announced today!) and then lots of interaction between my blog, Facebook and my Facebook Fan page over Artisan.   I honestly wish I could have a big gathering and invite all of you over to have coffee.  We could sit for hours and chat, laugh, cry, pray.  I know that it would be a glorious day.

I don’t think my dream of gathering is too far fetched.  I picture you right now with your coffee in hand and you are listening intently like you always do. So let me share a few pictures with you from Saturday.

I received a beautiful decorated gift box from Stampin’ Up! It was so beautiful I didn’t want to open it.

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Then I opened the box and a loud squeal happened….

These two beautiful pieces where tucked inside.

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The fact that they didn’t misspell my name is pretty amazing AND the fact they didn’t use my nickname…

“deep in trouble” was more amazing. <grin>


This little stamp… sigh…. I’m grateful.

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I’m not sure about you but my coffee pot is now empty.  It’s time for me to get my day started.  My bestie is here for this week and we have a lot of creating to do.

If you are new to Stampin’ Up!, check out the amazing products that we have in my Online Store.  YOU can be an artist.  We have the tools.

Want to start your own journey with Stampin’ Up!?  Click HERE to learn more about the amazing Starter Kit and how you can do this too. There is NO obligation but there it IS a lot of fun and you will love my team of amazing demonstrators.

I’ll leave you with this today…

Remember God’s timing is not our own timing.  Remember to continue to believe in yourself and make something pretty!!