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Glittered Dragonfly Wings

Glittered Dragonfly Wings

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Today I am overloading you with inspiration.  I hope you don’t mind.  I’m a very lucky girl who gets to design with talented demonstrators each month for a bundled tutorial.

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

We started the blog hops to give our viewers and customers an idea of our designing.

This month’s tutorial is over the top filled with not only cards but beautiful 3-D box ideas.

This tutorial might be my favorite yet!

Here is a sneak peek of the March tutorial.

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

This month I used the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle for my tutorial project.  I love how majestic dragonflies look, and this set gives you so many opportunities to create a beautiful dragonfly any way you wish.

Below you will see another project I created using this set.  Dragonfly Dreams is a very fun set to create with.

Dragonfly Dreams

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

One of my favorite die cuts from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies is the stack of dragonflies together.  I love the detail and how the change in direction.

Look how beautiful they display when using Glimmer Paper! I used the NEW 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper Assortment Stack (FREE Sale-a-Bration item) for my dragonflies.  This stack includes three colors of Glimmer Paper: Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, and  Sweet Sugarplum.

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • The base of the card is Mint Macaron 4-1/4″ x 11, scored at 5-1/2″.
  • The first layer is Watercolor Paper, with a watercolor wash using Pool Party ink.
  • I watercolored the Delicate White Doily using Pool Party ink.  Use an Aqua Painter to watercolor over the doily, then heat-set with a heat tool.
  • I used a staple to keep the ribbon, doily, and dragonflies in place and stapled onto a Stitched Shapes Square die cut.

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

  • I wrapped a small strip of Mint Macaron cardstock (1/2″ x 4-1/2″) across the card with my greeting.

My project for this month’s tutorial was so much fun to create.  I created a beautiful box and four cards to go inside.  I was a little giddy over the project.

If you are looking for inspiration this month, look no further and see what this tutorial is all about.  Dare to be amazed. You can find past tutorials HERE for only $15.

*Remember* When you spend $50 in my Online Store you receive the tutorial for FREE! 

 

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

 

Time to Be Inspired!

Finally, I’m excited about this hop!!   First up is my friend Kylie.  Kylie has a very clean style that is eye-catching for every project she creates.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Allison Okamitsu

Price: $110.00

Supply List

Order $50 in products from my Online Store and receive a FREE tutorial packed with exclusive projects.

Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques? 

Click HERE to see my online class tutorials and stamp in the comfort of your home!

See more ideas using the Dragonfly Dreams HERE.

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

Cupcakes & Carousels-Be Inspired

Cupcakes & Carousels

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

I love cupcakes and carousels, so what better way to start out the day than with cupcake & carousel overload.

I have more birthday inspiration to share with you from the Be Inspired Design team.  You probably just came from Carolynn’s blog, and her project was exquisite.

Now be inspired by a few more cards and projects using the Cupcakes & Carousels Suite.  I can’t get enough of it this week!

 

Mix it Up!

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Many of you know my love for mixing stamp sets especially if I fall in love with a particular font.

To create this card, I chose to use the big top tent image along with a greeting from Big on Birthdays stamp set.

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

I re-created the card above only this time I changed out the color combination.

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Tips & Tricks

  • To create the star die cut, I placed two-star framelits together to create a frame using Bermuda Bay and So Saffron cardstock.
  • Each card used a strip of the Party Animal Designer Washi Tape on the right side of the card base (Whisper White 4-1/4″ x 11).
  • The happy birthday greeting comes from the Big on Birthdays stamp set (page 6-Occasions Catalog).

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

Layer Designer Series Paper

 

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

One of the reasons I love Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers is for the coordinating colors within the packs.  Not only does it take the guess work out of which colors to use, but it’s also seamless to layer different patterns together from one pack.  Plus we know that all of the colors match.

Layering colors and patterns from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer, Series Paper Stack was effortless because the patterns and colors coordinated.

The Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack comes with 48 Sheets of 12 double-sided designs. This paper stack is 6 x 6 and only $10!  Totally WORTH it.

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Notice the banner in the top right corner of the card? The Bunch of Banners Framelits has a tiny banner perfect for creating a fun element such as the one on this card.

 

Celebrate Birthdays!

This week I’ve shared many inspiring birthday cards and projects that you can duplicate.  If you are in need of a few fun birthday stamp sets or products to help you create, make sure to check out the clickable links below to find the perfect products for you.

Let’s wrap up this celebration on a great note.  Continue to be inspired by the Be Inspired Design Team and see what other great projects they are sharing with the Cupcakes & Carousels theme.  I have no doubt you will leave feeling inclined to create someone a fun birthday card.

Simply click the button below to see Nadine’s project.

Cupcakes & Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

With all the cards shared, let me know what inspired you the most.  I love to hear your feedback.

 

Louise Sharp
Brian King
Allison Okamitsu
Kylie Bertucci
Katy Harrison
Maike Ulbrich
Carolynn Sander
Kimberly Van Diepen YOU ARE HERE!
Nadine Hößrich
Sarah Berry

Supplies Used

Price: $110.00

Supply List

Hot News-Don’t Forget!

Order $50 in products from my Online Store and receive a FREE tutorial packed with exclusive projects.

Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques? 

Click HERE to see my online class tutorials and stamp in the comfort of your home!

Be Inspired by these birthday card ideas HERE and a FREE tutorial featuring five cards HERE.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Welcome to the first tutorial bundle blog hop.  You have seen me post many times about an exclusive tutorial created each month.  This tutorial has been amazing.  The delight is working with eleven other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who are MAD talented when creating this tutorial.

Specially Designed 

Why are we coming together for a blog hop? It’s simple.  To inspire you.

Each designer will be using the stamp set or technique they chose to use for the February tutorial so you can get a taste of their creative design. It’s not the same idea thats listed in our tutorial, only the technique or stamp set.

Meet the designers…. they are all pretty amazing!

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Tutorial Facts

You can become a subscriber,  you get 12 tutorials every month for six months – that is 72 tutorials all together for the next six months! These tutorials are EXCLUSIVE.  They are NOT seen anywhere else on the internet.  Cost to become a subscriber is $75. Basically, you are receiving the sixth tutorial FREE.

Subscribers receive the monthly tutorial on the first of each month delivered straight to their email.  Interested in becoming a subscriber? Click HERE to read more information and become a subscriber.

Not interested in becoming a subscriber but would like to purchase the tutorials individually? No problem.

Each month the tutorials are available for $15 HERE.  You will find current and past exclusive tutorials and the tutorials are automatically sent your email ready for download.

-OR-

Purchase $50 in my Online Store and you will receive the tutorial for FREE for the current month.

My team receives this tutorial for FREE each month. It has been a fantastic resource for my team to use for business with the diverse projects shared in each tutorial.  Sale-a-Bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! and I’d love to have you be a part of the Stampin’ by the Sea stamping community.

Below is a little sneak peek of our February tutorial.  The projects are fantastic!!

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Now, let’s create!!

Nailed It!

For the February tutorial, I chose to use the Nailed It stamp set. I picked this stamp set more for a challenge than anything.  Seeing how I’m not much of a “tool” girl.  It was the perfect challenge, and I took it one step further.

I decided to create one card that was more frilly and another card with a splash of man! Let’s see how they came together.

 

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

The addition of the doily was the perfect addition of girly I was trying to achieve.

My favorite part of this card is the greeting.  It’s not just a simple thanks, but thanks for building “ME” up.  I LOVE this!

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Watercolor using Dapper Denim and Smoky Slate ink onto Watercolor Paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • Save 10% by purchasing the Nailed It bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set (clear or wood) and the Build It Framelits Dies.  Click HERE to see this bundle.
  • Two pieces of the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper was added to the card front.  This paper is fresh with modern designs perfect for the man card or an eclectic look with the great designs.
  • Don’t forget to add the self-sticking Urban Underground Embellishments.  You will see these are used on both card designs.

 

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

The Man Version 

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

I wish making “man” cards would come easy for me to create.  The fact is- they are NOT.

Once I got my groove on, the idea started to flow.

Tips & Tricks 

  • Using Crumb Cake cardstock, texture emboss the cardstock using the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder.  Then die cut using the Build It Framelit (hexagon die).  Finally, attach the hexagons onto the Crumb Cake cardstock at the top.
  • Stamp the hammer onto Smoky Slate and Dapper Denim cardstock with coordinating ink and die cut.  Cut the bottom handle of the Dapper Denim hammer’s and attach to the stamped Smoky Slate hammers.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

You will find all of the products used for todays cards in the clickable links below.  

 

I’ve enjoyed working with the Nailed It bundle.  Surprisingly I’ve made more girlie cards using this set than cards for a man.  I guess a girl who loves a doily can turn any man set into something universal.

 

Be Inspired!

Now it’s time to see what the rest of the team has created.  Your next stop is a dear friend and incredible designer, Kylie Bertucci.

I’ve always been inspired by Kylie’s work which is a clean simple style. Click the button below to follow the hop and see the work of this fun design team.  You can see the entire line-up of designers for the tutorial bundle blog hop below.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Allison Okamitsu
Ange McKay

Price: $110.00

Be Inspired- Inside The Lines

Be Inspired- Inside The Lines 

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

We all know that inspiration can be found everywhere when it comes to paper crafts. Today, that inspiration is coming from the Be Inspired Design Team, and you may have just hopped here from Carolynn’s blog.  Our theme today is Sale-a-Bration, which means a FREE product for every $50 purchase from Stampin’ Up!

 

Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper

I am sure as a paper crafter you might be aware of the popular new craze called adult coloring books.  While I am sure they have been around forever, this girl who lives under a rock discovered them last fall.

When I found them at a local craft store I instantly did not think of myself using them, but more so for my daughter who loves to color.  However, the images in these coloring books were breathtaking, and it did look fun.

Fast forward to our new Sale-a-Bration catalog and what do my eyes see? Yes, a designer paper just waiting to be colored.

The Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper leaves you with the opportunity to make the colors of each paper your own.

 

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

Be Creative and Color

To my surprise, I ended up loving each of these cards, and I am eager to share them with you.

The creative process started with only taking 1 of each of the four designs and cutting each 12 x 12 designer paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″.

Each card is colored using a different tool such as the following:

  • Sponging
  • Watercoloring
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Markers

You will notice that each method of coloring provided a different look to the designer paper and gave more insight on how the paper would hold up using each of these tools.  While each card is different, they are very simple with only a few additional layers of embellishments.  All of the greetings came from one stamp set, Suite Sentiments.

Let’s see how this paper comes to life.

Sponging 

First, let’s take a look at how a simple sponge can create a beautiful look to this card.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

I sponged the leaves with Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz Classic Ink.

After I had sponged the leaves, I only fussy cut the image and layered onto another piece of the designer series paper.

 

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

Next, stamp the greeting from the Suite Sentiments stamp set onto a Lots of Labels framelit dies.

Watercoloring

Watercoloring on designer series paper added an entirely new appreciation for this beautiful paper.

 

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

Quick Tips:

  • I used an Aqua Painter to color the flower using Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Classic Ink.
  • Heat set the paper using a Heat Tool.
  • Due to the watercolor, you might notice the paper will wrinkle. Use Fast Fuse adhesive so that the paper will lay flat onto the card base.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

Sponge Daubers

This next card uses one of my favorite sponging tools, Sponge Daubers.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

Rather than using the entire sponge to color the images as I utilized in the first card, the Sponge Dauber highlighted the flowers all over the paper using Crushed Curry Classic Ink.

The leaves were colored using Pear Pizzaz Ink and an Aqua Painter.  Finally, to finish the card, I added the greeting with a few die cuts and ribbon.

 

Markers

Last, but certainly not least I used markers to color the images.

One of the greatest coloring tools you will find in the Stampin’ Up! product line is the Many Marvelous Markers.  What sets these markers apart from any other marker is the color coordination with all of Stampin’ Up! products.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

I used the brush tip of the marker and quickly colored the flower using Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, and Tangerine Tango.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

 

A few things to note about each of the four cards:

  • All the colors coordinate together.
  • The coloring techniques only highlight a piece of the designer series paper.
  • Each card uses a greeting from the same stamp set, Suite Sentiments.
  • Embellishments are simple pieces of ribbons or doilies.

 

Crafting with the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper brought back great memories of coloring in color books all the while creating beautiful cards.  This product will not disappoint and will provide hours of crafting enjoyment.

Leave a comment and tell me which card catches your eye the most.

 

Time to Hop! Be Inspired 

Lastly, it’s time to be inspired by more Sale-a-Bration products from our creative Be Inspired Team.

Click the button and be inspired by my friend Sarah Berry.

Be Inspired, Inside the Lines, Stampin' Up!

Hot News-Don’t Forget!

Order $50 in products from my Online Store and receive a FREE tutorial packed with exclusive projects.

Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques?

Click HERE to see my online class tutorials and stamp in the comfort of your home!

Looking for more ideas using this year Sale-a-Bration products?

Make sure to see THIS post using the Tasty Trucks stamp set and FREE tutorial.