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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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Looking for more ideas using the Oh So Succulent stamp set? Click the links below for more ideas.

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More fun with Sponge Daubers Inspiration 3

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Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Christmas? One of my favorite holidays… but not in July.


Right now I’m thinking about beach, sun, pool…. and ice cold drinks.  It’s HOT here in the Florida Panhandle.


BUT… It’s never to late to chat about Christmas projects.  If we can get a head start then we won’t be scrambling as it get’s closer.  I could only WISH that I would be ahead of the game, but let’s be serious- this is Kimberly.  She’s never ahead and always scrambling.


Artisans Christmas 

Today the Artisans are sharing a ton of Christmas LOVE. I hope you are ready.  Grab your drink of choice and let’s get started.

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Peace This Christmas

I couldn’t think of anything better we need at Christmas- PEACE!  The Peace This Christmas stamp set has beautiful artwork, greetings and a few border images that will be fun to use on projects.

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The Christmas Suite on page 26 of the Idea Book & Catalog showcases all of the great products that coordinates with this stamp set.  The Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper is one of my favorites.

This year the music paper has no words, which opens up the options for you to use besides a Christmas project.


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The focal area of my card was created using the Designer Paper. Time permitted and I decided to fussy cut the intricate details.  The greeting comes from the stamp set Oh, What Fun.  A fun stamp set perfect for creating tags, cards or to use on gift packaging.

Gift Tags or Sweet 3 x 3 Cards 

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They are the same card, 3 different colors pulled from the Christmas Specialty paper– Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Early Espresso.

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The Details

  • Delicate White Doilies at the bottom of the scallop add to the delicate touch of this card.
  • Metallic Enamel Shapes as well as the Regal Enamel Shapes add the perfect embellishment on this little project.
  • A new favorite you will find is the 1/4″ Natural Trim with a speck of gold running through it.  Fine details, yet so fun.
  • Layering Squares Framelits fit the stamp greeting perfectly and the tiny scallops around the edge added to the detail.


Tiny Gift Packaging

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The Clear Tiny Treat Boxes will be the perfect party favor or an awesome little treat.  Either way you use it, the clear packaging makes it fun and colorful depending on the inside.

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Wrapped up inside my little treat box holds the perfect little holiday Glamper ornament.  If you heard a squeal, it was me.  Cute + Glamper = Happiness.

The outside belly band was wrapped with the music pattern from This Christmas Specialty Paper.  The tiny berry die cut was cut using the Flourish Thinlits.


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See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links. 

You know I love layers and this little piece was fun to build.  Ribbon, die cuts, doilies, and a greeting.  Perfection all wrapped up into the tiniest little giftie.  I love it.

Time to Hop!

Take a tour of the most incredible artists I know – Stampin’ Up! Artisans. We’ll start with my friend Krista Frattin and see the amazing work she has created.  Click below to start the inspiration overload.

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