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Artisan Inspiration- Frosted Medallions

Artisan Inspiration

The Artisan Team has a special line up of inspiration today.

The Artisan team is winding down from a fantastic year of sharing our projects with YOU.

I could go on and on how this team has been so AMAZING, but I’ll save that for another day when I can get really sappy with you. I know, I know… you can barely wait.  Ha Ha Ha.


Quick Update

I’m back from a whirlwind trip to the Western Caribbean.  Oh my!  What an amazing trip with my best friends!

The highlight of my trip was many, but this picture below could sum it all up!  I’ll be sharing more pics soon.

Frosted Medallions, Kimberly Van Diepen


This was in Roatan, Honduras on a private beach.  The day was beautiful, but the fun was these crazy monkeys.  I have never been this close to a monkey- EVAH.  This was a memorable moment and made me smile the ENTIRE day!

Let’s Stamp! 

Today I’m sharing another set that was jumping out of my stamp cabinet to be used- Frosted Medallions.

Both of the cards I’m sharing were tough cookies to photograph with all of the white.

Frosted Medallions, Stampin' Up!, Artisan


I have to admit that New Year cards are might be the least occasion I create cards for.  Not sure why?

I do love the beautiful fonts in the Frosted Medallion stamp set and of course the gorgeous snowflakes.

Ha, I actually love stamps with snowflakes now that I’m in Florida.  Its the only type of snowflake I see.


Frosted Medallions, Stampin' Up!, Artisan


Create It!

When I started creating this card I was instantly drawn to the colors Black, White and Silver.

I couldn’t help but grab the beautiful snowflake pattern paper from the This Christmas Designer Series Speciality Paper. It’s GORGEOUS and this is just ONE pattern I love.  This paper pack also has the beloved music notes.  It’s beautiful.


Tips & Tricks 

  • Card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″).  A small strip of Silver Glimmer Paper (1″ x 5-1/2″) is attached on the far right side.
  • Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/2″).  Add a small strip of Basic Black cardstock (1/4″ x 5-1/2″) to the right side.  Adhere to card base using Dimensionals.
  • Add the This Christmas strip (1-3/4″ x 4-1/4″) across the Fancy Frost DSP.
  • Stamp the Happy New Year greeting at the bottom of the Whisper White cardstock (2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″) using Basic Black ink.
  • Stamp the snowflakes using Basic Black ink, then emboss using Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Wrap Basic Black twine along with the Silver thread.  Add two Jingle Bells by threading them using the Silver Thread.  Tie securely into place then add another knot just below the bells.  Trim ends.  Add a small piece of the Silver Glitter Ribbon and staple into place.
  • Attach a doily behind the Whisper White cardstock then attach to card front using dimensionals.
  • Add sequins to finish the card.

Frosted Medallions, Stampin' Up!, Artisan


Big Big Snowflakes!

This card definitely was NOT easy to photograph, hopefully you can see the gorgeous white embossed snowflakes from the Frosted Medallion stamp set.

It could be my aging eyes….

Frosted Medallions, Stampin' Up!, Artisan


I love the white on white look and how elegant the snowflakes look embossed.

Frosted Medallions, Stampin' Up!, Artisan


The colors remind me of a beautiful snowy day…. but with a touch of elegance.  I love the Silver Glimmer Paper added with the Silver Glitter Ribbon.  Just brings it all together.


Frosted Medallions, Stampin' Up!, Artisan

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

The last little bit that I added was the Christmas Trinket embellishment to the Glitter Ribbon.  This was a simple task using a sewing needle and the Silver Thread.  Once attached I tied the thread in bow.

Tip: Double the thread will make it easier to tie the bow.  It’s a very very thin thread.


Wrapping it Up!

The Frosted Medallion stamp set is perfect for winter cards or New Year’s.  Truly a beautiful set with gorgeous snowflakes.

The Frosted Medallion has a beautiful suite of other products that coordinate.  Make sure to check it out HERE.


Be Inspired!

Now most importantly go and view the beautiful projects from the other Artisans.  Click the button below and see what the amazing Krista Frattin has created today.

Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


Stampin’ by the Sea News!

It’s a NEW month and a BRAND NEW product release.

Seriously over the moon about this product- Stitched Dies!


These new Framelits are ONLY available in November.  BUT… they will come back in the new Idea Book & Catalog coming out in June 2017.  If you want to play with them now… grab them HERE.

WAIT…. There is MORE greatness!!

You can get 25% off select stamp sets today until November 30th.  YAY.

Click HERE to see all the stamp sets available.  Get yours today.


Don’t forget…  

Available NOW…. 

Exclusive Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

Read more about this great tutorial and the back issues HERE.

Get the October Tutorial FREE when you purchase $50 in my Online Store.

Click HERE to start shopping!

Price: $110.00

Creation Station- Get Well

Creation Station- Get Well 

Get well cards and packaging came at a perfect time.  Some of my family has come down with the good ole summer cold.

Get Well, Stampin' Up!, Creation Station



Just two weeks ago I was off to the Doctor for a sinus infection and my sweet mom came with me.  There is nothing better when your mom comes to your aid when your feeling sicky.


In less than 24 hours she came down with a dreadful cold and literally has been on the couch for days.  It was only a matter of time when I would get a phone call that my dad had come down with the same thing.  Now they are both on the couch!


Pick Me Up

I’ve been out of town for most of the time they’ve been sick. I figured a sweet card and a little soup would be the perfect pick me up.  I hope it helps but even more so I hope they know I want them well and I love them.


Get Well, Stampin' Up!, Creation Station


Weather Together Stamp Set

While the words Get Well are not found in the Weather Together stamp set, I thought it was the perfect set to use for someone not feeling well.  This set along with the summer colors made it all come together.

Get Well, Stampin' Up!, Creation Station


Get Well, Stampin' Up!, Creation Station


Tips & Tricks


  • A quick watercolor background using Pool party, Bermuda Bay and a very small amount of Cucumber Crush ink was used using an Aqua Painter on Watercolor Paper.
  • Behind the negative die cuts of the clouds I created texture using the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder.
  • The Umbrella Weather Framelits was used to add the edged die cuts for the umbrella’s.  These are so unique as they not only die cut, but they have a light embossing to them that is beautiful.
  • Did you know this stamp set comes as a bundle? That means you can save MONEY.  Check out the bundle HERE.

Get Well, Stampin' Up!, Creation Station


Soup Makes it All Better


We all know soup makes everything better.

Soup in a bag must be 100x better and could make someone smile.

Get Well, Stampin' Up!, Creation Station


Tips & Tricks- Soup Bag 

  • The soup was placed in a Glassine Bag.  Once again the bag is embellished using the Weathered Together stamp set.

Get Well, Stampin' Up!, Creation Station

  • Create the topper using the largest framelit in the Layering Circle Framelit Dies.  Fold a piece of Old Olive cardstock in half.  Place the framelit above the folded edge so it will cut a half scallop circle.
  • Using a Sponge Dauber, create dots using Old Olive ink.
  • Add a little White Delicate Doily to add a little frill (I’m sure my dad will love this piece! Ha Ha!)
  • The greeting is perfect for my parents as they weather the cold together.  <giggle>

See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links and shop Online 24/7!

Give a Little Get Well Love

Creating handmade love is bound to cheer someone up and for someone that isn’t feeling well, this could be the perfect solution.

Take a few minutes to see more ideas on creating Get Well love from our Creation Station Designers.  Just click the buttons below to take a hop around and enjoy on this awesome Sunday Morning.

Get Well, Stampin' Up!, Creation Station

Get Well, Stampin' Up!, Creation Station



Click the Links and Shop!  

Touches of Texture, Stampin' up!



Have a GREAT Sunday!!!

Creation Station -From the Garden

Creation Station -From the Garden

There is nothing better than Fresh Fruit from the garden, right?

The new Fresh Fruit stamp was excellent to use for a few thank you cards and a gift and even better for a new Creation Station blog hop.

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global


Fresh Fruit

Garden, Fresh Fruit, Stampin' Up!


Russ and I don’t have a garden but we do have a little orchard we are pretty proud about.

Last year we planted 2 plum trees and 2 orange trees.  One of our orange tree’s didn’t make it this year due to a cold snap, but the other orange tree is flourishing.  We are so excited to see all of the oranges on this tree.

I told Russ I’m ready for a lemon tree and I’ll be happy as a clam.

Garden, Fresh Fruit, Stampin' Up!


My first thought when I started stamping with the Fresh Fruit set was Strawberry Jam.  Homemade!!  My mom use to make homemade fruit jams when I was little and they were SO yummy.  I’ve never ventured into making homemade jam, so the next best thing is my strawberry thank you card.

Garden, Fresh Fruit, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks

  • This card has many layers, most of which is cardstock and designer paper.  The Fresh Fruit set has the coordinating Fruit Stand Designer Paper- it’s SO fun.
  • Burlap ribbon was added by folding in accordion style and then stapled onto the circle die cut to stay in place.
  • The new Enamel Dots are perfect to add a small embellishment to your projects. Typically when I place these on my cards I always use 3.  If you follow your finger to each Enamel Dot, you can see it will form a triangle.  This keeps the card elements well balanced.

Garden, Fresh Fruit, Stampin' Up!


Basket of Fruit

Garden, Fresh Fruit, Stampin' Up!


Another idea I couldn’t get off my brain was a basket of fruit.  Except I didn’t want to make a basket.

The next best thing was to create a smaller version of a basket by weaving a few pieces of Kraft cardstock.

Garden, Fresh Fruit, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

  • To create the basket, I cut 12 strips of Kraft cardstock at 1/4″ x 3-1/2″.
  • Lay all of the strips vertically by placing only a small amount of adhesive at the top.  Then weave each of the remaining strips and adhere to the card front.
  • Underneath the Kraft cardstock I used the stamp set Touches of Texture to create the splatter background.
  • The added touches include a Delicate White Doily, a small strip of the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper and the Enamel Dots.

Garden, Fresh Fruit, Stampin' Up!


Sweet Thank You Gift

Garden, Fresh Fruit, Stampin' Up!


Lastly, I was at the ice cream shop the other day and this little shop has an entire wall of sweet candies that I can never resist.  The best part is the way they are displayed.  You can fill a mason jar with your desired candy.  I found the yummiest fruit slices and instantly thought about creating a thank you tag for the jar- perfect gift for a friend.

Garden, Fresh Fruit, Stampin' Up!


Wrapping it Up!

The Fresh Fruit stamp set is perfect for the garden lover or the paper crafter at heart.  Strawberries, pears, peaches, lemons, oranges, flowers… so many great ideas wrapped up into this one stamp set.


Click HERE to purchase the Fresh Fruit stamp set.

You can see all of the products used in today’s projects in the clickable links below.  

Now it’s time to see what all of the other great designers have in their garden.  Click the links below follow along on the blog hop.

Bringing Birthdays Back, Stampin' Up!

Bringing Birthdays Back, Stampin' Up!

Supply List

New to My Website? 

If you are new to my site you will learn I love to thank my customers when they purchase from my Online Store.  You will receive a special gift and a free class tutorial when you make a purchase.  You will also receive a hand stamped card from me in the mail.  I do appreciate you!  Click HERE to browse new Stampin’ Up! products.

Have a wonderful 4th of July!  XOXOXO

Garden, Fresh Fruit, Stampin' Up!

World Scrapbooking Day

World Scrapbooking Day

Happy World Scrapbooking Day to you!

Today is a bit exciting as I have a fun  International World Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop to share with you.

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

You may be just starting here or have come from the amazing Ilse van Vliet blog.

Either way you can make your way around by using the list at the bottom of this blog post, so that you don’t miss a blog and a chance to be inspired by the scrap lay-outs, Project Life pages and/or scrap mini-albums our talented group of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators have created!

Let the fun begin!

I decided I would work on an scrapbooking album for each of the kids and wanted to start with a cover page for the album.

I loved building this page and started with a clean blank slate.  I had tons of ideas when starting this layout and then it just evolved.  I LOVE when that happens.  After being in a creative rut for a bit, it felt great to find a bit of mojo.

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!


Building the Page

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

Starting this scrapbooking layout I began with a few products on my desk and then started layering working on the left side first to showcase my photos.  Here are a few of the products I had on hand.

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!



I uploaded my photos to the Becky Higgins Project Life App and used a template to create 2 x 2 photos.  I love how tiny and fun these photos are and they are a direct reflection of my sweet Alexis and her infectious laugh.  You can see my post from Wednesday HERE where I share how to use the Becky Higgins App to print your own photos using a Canon Selphy Printer.


The Shine On Designer Paper with gems speaks to my page as she truly is a gem.  I love the polka dots on the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum because it adds “fun” to the layout.  The clip and die cut you see around the photo come from the You’re So Lovely Project Kit.  <—— It’s a MUST buy.  Truly one of the best kits.

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

The tiny little blue triangles come from the Memories in the Making Project Life Kit.  It’s one that you will swoon over.  Think Ice Cream, Good Times, and Balloons. Perfect to capture birthdays and so much more.


World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!


Moving over to the right side of the layout, you can see I added a few more strips of designer paper and then stamped the “Life” onto Whisper White cardstock to sum up the entire page.  This will be Alexis’ life.  This stamp set comes from the Project Life This is the Life stamp set.  GREAT set for scrapbookers.


World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!


Another favorite I added was the Silver Glitter Tape that you can receive FREE with a $50 product order.  Oh this tape is a piece of heaven.  Easy to tear and add’s so much to a project.


World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

Another fun piece I did for this scrapbooking layout was added a little watercoloring using Soft Suede ink and my Aqua Painter.  It was a quick brushing of color, nothing fancy.  Another favorite I added was the gold balls and stars from the You’re So Lovely Project Kit.  These are little gems in that kit. WOW!


Now it’s time to visit the rest of the hop and see the amazing scrapbooking talent from all over the world.  This is my favorite part.  Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite drink and take in the inspiration.  If you are not much into scrapbooking, look at it from a crafting point of view.  Take snippets and see how you can apply it to a handmade card.


You can see all of the products I used for this layout at the end of this post. Use the clickable links to shop online.


World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up! World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

If you get lost on the hop, just click one of the links below to follow along.

Caroline van der Straaten            

Nadine Buhl   

Nina Janssen

Angélique Nederpel  

Kylie Bertucci

Dominique Bergen     

Diana van Otterlo        

Tanja Rath      

Eveline van Heijst       

Jolanda Meurs

Constanze Wirtz          

Hélène den Breejen  

Sandra Korten

Michelle Last

Monique de Kok         

Lotte Noordzij-Walther            

Lina Landmeyer           

Carolien Boone            

Hilde Suykerbuyk        

Cornelia Janssen         

Linda den Besten        

Leoni v.d.Bas-Geertsema       

Krista Frattin  

Annette Koolmees     

Diana Besemer

Regine Semmelhaak  

Ilse van Vliet  

Kimberly Van Diepen     

Danielle Bennenk

These are the main colors I used for today’s layout.

Creation Station- Something New!

Creation Station- Something New!

Creation Station…something new I’ve dipped my hands into and I think you will love the creative sparks that come from it.

Creation Station, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


You know I’m always up for something new and exciting.  I was asked to be a part of the Creation Station- a Global once a month blog hop team and thought, WHY NOT?

November, Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

First, Happy November!  This is my favorite month.  It’s my birthday month, thanksgiving AND my bestie is coming into town to craft like a manic with me.  OH MY WORD… hang on to your pants.  It’s going to be FUN!



This month for the Creation Station the theme is “thankful” and we’re using the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set and Washi Tape.  I didn’t feel the sting of the challenge until they said Washi.


WHAT? You want me to use my beloved, hoarded WASHI Tape? Oh dear…

Do you hoard Washi Tape like I do? This could possibly be worse than my Designer Paper hoarding issue.  I have baskets, drawers and this cool looking ring thing-a-ma-bob that holds my Washi Tape.  I have a Washi problem.  Here is the bigger problem… sometimes I am stuck because I’m not sure how to use it.

You might remember last Friday I did a cool trick with my Washi Tape for THIS card…

That’s really once in a blue moon that I come up with a cool idea using the Washi.  Otherwise, I’m pretty BORING with my Washi Tape.

For instance… let’s talk about todays card.

Creation Station, Lighthearted Leaves, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

I knew when I started to design this card I wanted to use Vellum and Gold.  I love that combination.  The tricky part about Vellum is getting it to stick and not seeing the adhesive.  I took the easy way out (not unusual for this lazy stamper) and did a quick straight stitch down the center of the leaves.  You can see I added a bit of color to make the leaves stand out a little more.

Creation Station, Lighthearted Leaves, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


I wanted to use a different “thanks” so I used the Cottage Greetings stamp set for this greeting.

Creation Station, Lighthearted Leaves, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

You can see how I laid three different pieces of the Washi Tape behind the leaves.  Simple Dimple and gives the card  dimension and a great background.

You can find all the supplies for this card at the end of this post.

Now get ready to take a tour and see what the other team created using this stamp set and Washi.  I’ll bring my notepad to take notes on this hop.  I’m sure I’m going to learn a thing or two about Washi Tape.

Creation Station, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Creation Station, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator