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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.

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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.

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Be a Ray of Sunshine

Ray of Sunshine

I couldn’t help it.  I pulled out the Ray of Sunshine stamp set again and needed another round of playtime.

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!


While I love the sun, especially this big ole sun… I love that little banner at the top of the card.

It’s just a few layers but these are the little things that make me happy as can be.

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!


They are all held together with a simple staple.

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!


I’m pretty sure this greeting could be one of my all time favorites.  I used a Sponge Dauber around the circle punch to brighten it just a bit more.

Do you own Stampin’ Up!’s new Archival Basic Black ink? It’s one of my favorites.  The ink is excellent, no smudging and it’s a crisp image all the time.  Especially on our Whisper White cardstock.


Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!


One of the retiring In Colors that I will miss greatly is the Tangelo Twist ink.  It’s a cross between our Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Twist.  Sigh… I really love this color.

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

I hope your Monday is going fantabulous.  We are counting the days before the trip.  Brandon is walking on the clouds.  He has truly been our trip guide giving us extensive tips that he’s read on every cruise critic site he can read.  Alexis is only worried about the packing process.  How many shoes can she possibly fit into her suitcase??

As for me, I’m in typically mama mode.

  • Where do I begin?
  • How can my list be this long?
  • I’m 100% sure I will not get it all done.
  • Why do we have SO much scheduled this week?
  • I need a vacation!

This week I am going to try and squeeze in everything possible that needs to be done without hitting the exhaustion stage.  This includes the 27 swaps that I have procrastinated until NOW.  Why do I do this?  The pressure is ON!

Wish me luck!




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

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!

Flowers and Celebrations

Flowers and Celebrations

I stamped flowers and I’m celebrating.

Honestly, I’m really celebrating that we survived the horrible weather yesterday.

Small town Pensacola has seen some particularly bad weather over the last 2 weeks.

Two weeks in a row tornadoes have come through our town.  Truly unheard of.

From the last weather report I heard 4 tornadoes touched down in our area.  We are fine and no damage that I can see around me.

Interestingly enough the tornado formed off the beach near us.  Then once on land it basically broke apart only to reform further inland.

Scary night and I’m glad it’s passed.


Let’s Stamp…. 

I pulled out my Flowering Fields stamp set and the Fabulous Four set for the greeting.  I love how this card turned out.

Flowers, Flowering Fields, Stampin' Up!

I love this one particular flower in the Flowering Fields stamp set and had this idea to stamp across the Whisper White and then have a stamped Vellum overlay.

My choices for greetings were pretty wide open since there are no greetings in the Flowering Fields stamp set.  I wanted something big enough to stretch over the flowers and Fabulous Four worked out perfect.



Create It!

Flowers, Flowering Fields, Stampin' Up!


To create this card-

  • I stamped the flower across the Whisper White cardstock (2-3/4 x 4-3/4) Using Delightful Dijon Ink.
  • I stamped the greeting across Vellum Cardstock (1-3/4 x 4-3/4) using VersaMark ink and embossed using Black Embossing Powder.
  • I added 1/2 of a Gold Foil Doily under a small strip of Typeset DSP (4-1/2″ long) that I folded in half and tucked the Gold doily inside the fold.
  • To keep the layers in place I stapled them together.
  • Adhere a piece of Wildflower Fields DSP (3/4 x 5-1/2) across a piece of Whisper White cardstock (5-1/2 x 8-1/2).
  • Attach a piece of Burlap Ribbon 3-3/4″ across the Wildflower Fields DSP using Multipurpose Tombow Glue (works the best with this burlap).
  • Attach stamped flowers over the ribbon and DSP using dimensionals.
  • Attach sequins using Fine-Tip Glue Pen


Tips & Tricks



Flowers, Flowering Fields, Stampin' Up!


  • I cut the burlap ribbon in half so it wasn’t as wide.  I also like the look of a rough edge.  Feels vintage.
  • The sequins I used come from a Project Life Accessory Pack.  I’ve said before that I love these sequins because they are larger than our normal ones and the colors are awesome.
  • Folding the Typeset DSP created a fun way to tuck the Gold Foil Doily snug between the layers.
  • Flowering Fields is a FREE stamp set that you can choose from the Sale-a-Bration catalog when you spend $50 in merchandise.


Flowers, Flowering Fields, Stampin' Up!


I love vellum and I love how it helps soften any project.  I love how you can see the flowers through the vellum on this card.


Flowers, Flowering Fields, Stampin' Up!


You can see all of the products I used to create this card below in the clickable links below.

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Monday Blues? Have a Party!

Monday Blues? Have a Party!

Monday blues got you down? Maybe it’s time we have a party!

Although I work from home and I’m the boss I could essentially make everyday feel like a Friday, right?

Not really.  My Monday is just like most of yours.  Alarm goes off, hit the snooze a few times and roll out of the bed with the worst possible bed hair EVER.


I drag myself to the coffee pot and yawn 100x until the first cup is ready to pour.  Alexis is talking non stop to me and I’m catching every other word she says as I’m still half asleep.


First sip of that coffee and BAM, I’m officially awake.


Monday blues are not typical for me as I love the fresh start to the week.  It’s refreshing.  It’s new.  It’s my attitude.  It’s like a party.  It’s all what I make of it.


Maybe we should think of Monday’s as a big ole party.   All we need is cake!

Today’s share makes me giggle because I love the greeting.  It’s fun and perfect for a party or birthday.


Party Wishes

Monday Blues, Party Wishes, Stampin' Up!


Any party needs some CAKE and this fantastic Designer Paper, It’s My Party.

This is by far one of my favorite Designer Series Paper in the Occasions catalog. This paper fits ANY celebration!


Monday Blues, Party Wishes, Stampin' Up!

I love how all of the designs coordinate with each other yet it’s not all “party” related.  You could use these patterns and designs on any card.

Monday Blues, Party Wishes, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks 

  • I layered 4 pieces of the Designer Paper together with each piece off set slightly.
  • The scallop border you see comes from the EDGE of the Striped Scallop Thinlits.  I had used the die cut on another card and seen this piece just laying on my big shot.  If you heard a scream it was ME.  I love scallops and love adding them to my cards.  It doesn’t matter the size, I love them.
  • The cake was stamped twice, once in Basic Black for the cake stand and once again for the actual cake.  I stamped the cake using Daffodil Delight.  This is an easy fussy cut.  Then popped it up using dimensionals.
  • The circle was cut using the Circles Framelits.
  • Can you spot the doily? It was like a addiction… I had to sneak it in.  Just a very tiny piece…
  • The candle was punched using the new Party Punch Pack! LOVE the simplicity when using this bundle.  See product links below.



Monday Blues, Party Wishes, Stampin' Up!

This Occasions catalog is bursting with celebration stamps to meet the needs of Birthday, Anniversary’s and many more celebrations.


I added a bit of Gold Metallic Thread behind the circle for a bit more pizzaz.

Monday Blues, Party Wishes, Stampin' Up!


I hope this card brightens your Monday instead of having the Monday blues.   I’ve now finished a few cups of coffee, can see the entire screen clear and I’m ready to make this great week happen.  How about you?

The big question… what is your morning GO TO drink? Coffee? Tea? Soda? I’d love to know.



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Happy New Year- 2016!!

Happy New Year!!

New Year? Already? It’s hard to believe we are now into 2016 and I say that every New Year.

Where does the time go? Why does it seem to be flying way TOO fast?


I remember waiting for my 21st birthday because I couldn’t wait to be the legal age to do anything and it seemed like I was waiting an eternity for that.  Now, time whizzes before my eyes and all I see are my two children growing so fast.  Way too fast.


Of course today I will reflect on all the great things that happened in 2015.  There was a lot of GREAT and some bad.  What a year it has been.  I prefer to focus on the good as I’m sure you do.  I think I would label the year 2015 as the year of overcoming.  Overcoming a lot of everything.


I don’t know about you, but I am ready for 2016.  This year is going to be big for Russ and I.  Russ will retire from the military this year. That is really hard to believe.


Friends, we will continue on this great journey of life together and make 2016 AMAZING.  The one thing I know that can get us through the many obstacles we are guaranteed to face is to stay positive throughout it all.  Together, we can do it and nothing is better than stamping together.


TGIF Challenge- Color & Remix

Today we not only celebrate ringing in a new year, but it’s also FRIDAY which means it’s time for a new TGIF Challenge.  YAY!


TGIF, Challenges, Stampin' Up!



It’s the perfect color challenge for this week with these colors.  I can see champagne glasses clinking together with this color combination.  However, I didn’t have two glasses clinking together so I went with a star theme.

Happy New Year, Stampin' Up!, Fabulous Four stamp set


Honestly this card was a doozie to make only because I kept messing it up over and over again.  I had the stars to big, the number dies crooked, then the entire card was crooked… Basically a HOT mess.

After being torn a part a few times it finally came together.  Unfortunately this has been a bit of a problem for me lately.  It seems like everything I am creating is not going as planned.  A creative crooked rut.

Happy New Year, Stampin' Up!, Fabulous Four stamp set


I won’t let that scare me away.  I just keep plugging along until I do get it right.  Plus I’m happy to say this did not end in the trash.  YAY.  That IS something to celebrate. HA HA HA

Happy New Year, Stampin' Up!, Fabulous Four stamp set


Create it!

This card can be used not only for New Years but birthday’s too.  For instance, you could use the following instead of 2016:

  • Celebrate Baby
  • Celebrate (Insert year born)
  • Celebrate (Insert Age)
  • Celebrate NEW or OLD
  • Celebrate YOU

The list could go on and on.  I love that the Little Number Dies have the hashtag included in the dies.  SO fun.  Now you could go #crazy!

The word CELEBRATE came from the stamp set Fabulous Four.  I omitted the words beneath the celebrate.  The word Celebrate was the perfect size.  You can see a video on the Omitting Technique in this post HERE.


I instantly thought of stars and fireworks for the new year and it this was a perfect card to create a shaker card.  I used foam tape on the back with a window sheet to keep the sequins in place.  I love that they are Gold, Silver, White and Clear and of course there are some stars mixed in.  Perfect coordination by adding the Die Cut stars.


Join the Challenge

Join us this for this challenge or the Remix challenge.  Check out the TGIF blog to see what the other designers created and play along by clicking HERE.  It’s fun and EASY.


Tell me… what are you excited about for the new year? One thing for sure, I hope you are excited to