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Vertical Garden

Vertical Garden- More Great Ideas

There is nothing like starting the week with a bang.

Today I’m sharing three ideas using the Vertical Garden stamp set.

The Vertical Garden images can make quite an impact on ANY project.


Let’s Get Started!


One of the great things about the Vertical Garden stamp set is how the images can fit any type of project.

For instance, I’ve created three different projects today including a welcome baby card, hello card and even a scrapbook page.


Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!


Creating this first card, I was a little giddy with the frames in the background.

I love the Pop of Pink Designer Paper and it was perfect addition to this card.  Realizing the black and white stripe would probably be a little too drastic in color I decided to place a piece of Vellum over the designer paper to soften the look.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!


The Vertical stamp set, a two step stamp set was fun to use with Whisper White craft ink and the Watermelon Wonder ink.  SO pretty and SO soft.

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Vertical Garden- Welcome Baby


Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!


Finally, a stamp set with an image that can open many doors.  Welcome baby, welcome home, welcome love… the list can go on with a simple “welcome!”

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!


This stamp set worked beautifully with the Made with Love stamp set.  The baby onesies were stamped and then die cut using the Baby’s First Framelits.  A quick and simple card for a beautiful new baby.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!



Scrapbook it!

Finally, the scrapbook page.  Wow, it’s been a long time since I created a traditional scrapbook page.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!


Vertical Garden stamp set provided the perfect title and background for this layout about Paris.  Just like the welcome image, you can only image the phrases you can create with the hello image.  Hello Paris created a perfect title for my layout.

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I paired the hello image with the Labeler Alphabet to spell “Paris”.  Think of all of the words you can create to pair with both the hello and welcome stamp images.  WOW.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!

See all of the products used for these projects in the clickable links below.


Your Choice with Vertical Garden 

When I create with any stamp set, I’m always looking for the different ways it can be used.  This simple stamp set, created to pair with the Vertical Garden Project Kit has so much more to give.  Truly a set that can be used on many great projects.

Vertical Garden will be available on January 4th when the Occasions Catalog goes LIVE.  It will be an exciting day as we start a BIG promotion with Sale-a-Bration at the same time.  I’ve heard through the grapevine that the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs are rolling into mail boxes.  ohhhhwwwweeeeee.  This is so exciting.  It’s almost here.  It’s almost HERE!!!

Meanwhile… may your Monday be spectacular as we head into this last week before Christmas.  I’m still working on a few projects and hoping that I’ll be finished in time.

My secret this week will be this…  a big attitude of “let it be!”  In other words, I know there will be things that WILL NOT get done.  L


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Creating for Baby- Artisan Hop

Creating for Baby- Artisan Hop

Creating the precious cards for a baby can be so fun and easy with Stampin’ Up! products.


One of the things I love to create for a new mom is thank you cards.  They are showered with gifts as they wait for the precious baby to arrive and it’s nice to have a hand stamped thank you card ready to go when you need it.


Normally I create 8-12 thank you cards for the new mom and bundle with a nice ribbon around the cards.  Today I have another way that you can keep the cards together in a fun box using the Gift Box Punch Board.


Gift Box Punch Board

This has been one of my least used punch boards and I had to giggle at myself when I started to use it.  I was totally intimidated by this product.  WHY on EARTH?? It’s so simple.  I should have known because Stampin’ Up! always tries to make things easier for crafters like us.

It was only a matter of pulling the punch board OUT and playing with it.  It’s the perfect addition to a craft room.  I am crazy for not using this sooner.


Get Crafty

Let me share what I created today.


Baby, Made with Love stamp set, Stampin' Up!


The box was created using the Shine On Designer Series Paper from the Occasions catalog.  This paper is thick and perfection when creating any type of box.  Plus the designs are fun for any baby project.

The cards are quick and easy using the Made with Love stamp set and Baby’s First Framelits Dies.


Baby, Made with Love stamp set, Stampin' Up!


I made two versions of the card using the colors Bermuda Bay and Cucumber Crush.

These are created using our White Notecards, however I trimmed them down 1/2″ across the bottom to fit in my box (3 x 5).  Normally the Notecards measure 3-1/2″ x 5″.

Each card is layered with another piece of Whisper White cardstock and embellished using the Made with Love stamp set onesie image and a strip of coordinating cardstock.  I love how these turned out.  Simple but cute.

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The greeting on the onesie came from the stamp set Happy Happenings.  Awesome greetings included with this set.


Creating the Box

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Here is a video below on creating the box.  



Supplies Needed to create box:

Optional is the tag I created using the Tags & Labels Framelits attached using Linen Thread.

Ribbon to tie around the box (I used Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon -retiring)

12 x 12 Shine On Designer Series Paper

Cut your DSP down to the following sizes:

  • 8 x 8 (box)
  • 3-1/8″ x 4-3/4″ (inside back piece)
  • 1-1/2″ x 12″ (belly band)


Use the chart on the punch board =  3.25 x 3.25 x 1.75

Your start line will be (L) and your diagonal line will be (S).

  • Edge 1: Vertical, Horizontal
  • Edge 2: Vertical, Horizontal, Diagonal
  • Edge 3: Vertical, Horizontal, Diagonal
  • Edge 4: Vertical

Once your box template is created, fold on all the score lines using your Bone Folder.  Remember that when you create a box you want to make nice folded creases.  This makes a huge difference in how your finished box will look.

Wrap a 1-1/2″ x 12″  piece of the Shine On Designer Series Paper around the box to create a belly band.

Tie a ribbon around the belly band and create a small tag for the box.


Baby, Made with Love stamp set, Stampin' Up!

You can see all the products I used for this project on the clickable links below.  

You might be asking… What do I do with the envelopes Kimberly? They will not fit into the box.  I bundled the envelopes together and tied ribbon around them.

As crafters we can make it easy for a new mom to send her thank you notes for all the fun baby gifts that she receives.

Time to be Inspired!


Be inspired today by visiting one of my favorites – Krista Frattin.  Her work is always amazing and I can’t wait to see what she shares today.

Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!



Baby, Made with Love stamp set, Stampin' Up!

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A New Journey- Babies

A New Journey- Babies!

Before you get too excited let me say this is NOT a new journey for me.

Oh no!

Having a baby is definitely a new journey, isn’t it? I know all the mom’s out there are shaking their head YES!

Crafting is a Journey!

I’m chuckling as I write this tonight because this card was such a JOURNEY!

I was cooking  up another card with a completely different stamp set and all of a sudden I had an idea.

I pushed all of the other supplies aside and jumped on the idea while it was fresh in my mind.  I honestly didn’t need a baby card but when you have an idea you just RUN with it.

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!

The idea started with the Designer Paper- Sweet Li’l Things.  My girlfriend Debbie was using it and I was so embarrassed I didn’t recognize the pattern she was using.  In fact, I thought she was using paper from another company.  When she told me that it was Sweet Li’l Things I looked on my paper shelf and there it SAT.  All alone.  Dust bunnies growing on it.


The clouds, animals, stars… oh my the cuteness is overload.

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!

As I was building the card and adding the clouds I wanted something other than the typical “baby” greeting.  I went on the great search in my stamp collection and immediately the stamp set Beautiful Ride stood out.

A Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up!


My eye was instantly drawn to the greeting “The Journey Begins!”


Tips & Tricks 

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!

There are a few helpful tips when creating this card.

  • The baby onsie, was die cut using the Baby’s First Framelits Dies using Shimmery Paper.  I gently watercolored the die cut using Tangerine Tango ink and an Aqua Painter.
  • The Greeting was heat embossed using Basic Black ink and Clear Embossing powder.  Then I watercolored over the greeting using Hello Honey Ink and trimmed closely to each of the words using my snips.
  • There are strips of Designer Paper under the Vellum square.
  • The clouds were punched using the Tree Builder punch.  I punched the clouds and then layered two clouds together and sponged over them using Pool Party ink to darken the color.  Layering punches is my new favorite thing to do.

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!


The stamp set Beautiful Ride can be used for so many occasions besides weddings and couples.  Think about graduation, new job, babies… These are just a few ideas.


You can see all of the supplies I used for this card in the clickable links below.

Price: $110.00

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!

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

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Cutest Lamb Ever!

Cutest Lamb Ever!

I can’t get over this sweet little lamb and I can’t get enough of him.

The Easter Lamb is as single wood stamp in the Occasions catalog that I personally have a crush on.  I love that you can use this little guy for both Easter and Baby cards.  SCORE!!


Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter


I recently did a swap with my team and this is my card I created for it.  Simple enough to create in mass quantities and I love that the Easter Lamb doesn’t need much coloring.  His cute little face says enough.


Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

I dolled this card up with a few doilies because he reminds me of something very delicate just like doilies are.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, EasterI love using Texture Embossing folders and this one I used the negative side of the polka dots. It’s different and I loved how the circles all came together- circles on his little body, the circle punch, the White Perfect Accents. A balance of circles.

I did use a Blender Pen to color in his face, ears and legs using Blushing Bride.  I also added a little Dazzling Diamonds over his body using a Two-Way Glue Pen.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

This last photo I wanted to show you something else I did to give it just a WEE bit more texture.  I didn’t use this for my swaps only to keep them a bit more simple, but I love how the Striped Scallop Thinlits added a bit more texture to the card.  It wasn’t the entire card, just the focal area.  I didn’t want to take away from the cutest lamb ever.


This might go down as the shortest post ever but great things are going on here at home…


I’ve been spending a little more time at the gym watching Alexis do her routines for her upcoming gymnastics meet this weekend.  She is looking fantastic although really beating herself up as the level she is competing at is 2 levels higher than her normal. We had to have a little chat tonight about expectations. I love that she is shooting for the moon, but at the same time want her to realize this is the FIRST time she has competed at this level.  In other words- hope for the best but don’t get your pants in a pinch if you score low.

Totally easy for mom to say.  I am pretty sure she rolled her eyeballs at me.  Thirteen is such a LOVELY age.

We are heading to Orlando on Friday for this gym meet.  It’s a big one at the ESPN center.  Wish her luck and pray she that I stay calm.  The best part is we will celebrate regardless of the outcome on Sunday at Disney.  YAY.  I feel like a little girl.


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Friday Sketch- TGIF Challenge

Friday Sketch- TGIF Challenge

Oh boy!  Get ready for a Friday Sketch!

I decided last week I did not have enough baby cards on hand so I used this sketch to create a neutral baby card.


TGIF, Challenges, Stampin' Up!

TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Sketch Challenge, TGIF, Stampin' Up!

I worked with the Go Wild DSP stack that has been sitting on my shelf collecting a bit of dust.  Hello!  What is WRONG with me.  This is the cutest paper stack.  So many cute designs and perfect for my giraffe.

Sketch Challenge, TGIF, Stampin' Up!

I used the Zoo Babies stamp set and the animals in this set are adorable.  I love how the giraffe coordinates with the paper and the circles on the giraffe coordinates with my Tangelo Twist Washi.  Win Win.

Sketch Challenge, TGIF, Stampin' Up!

Play Along!

Join us this week and play along with the TGIF design team.  See what the designers have created and be inspired.  Then play along with us and share your creativity.

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Don’t forget!

Don’t forget to enter my Birthday Giveaway.  I am overwhelmed with the gratitude shown in the comments.  I have read every single one of them and many have brought me to tears.  Your kindness, your genuineness and your uplifting messages for ALL are simply amazing.  For those of you struggling, know I am praying.  I love you guys and you made my birthday exceptionally better.

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Have a FANTASTIC weekend!! I’m playing in Tampa… I’ll keep you posted on great news coming.


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