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Sale-a-Bration Inspiration-Artisan Blog Hop

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration

 

Today’s Artisan blog hop is an explosion of Sale-a-Bration inspiration.

Let’s face it, Sale-a-Bration is a huge hit this year with a fantastic product line up.

I love looking on Pinterest and seeing all of the great ideas.  I’m even more excited to see what the Artisan team has up their sleeves today.  Let’s get busy.

 

Avant Garden

When I saw the samples in the Sale-a-Bration catalog, I couldn’t wait to use the Avant Garden stamp set.

Typically I don’t reach for a floral set, but the samples were so inspiring I couldn’t wait to ink this set myself.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

First thought when I inked up this gorgeous flower was water coloring.  I love how this card turned out with a few simple water coloring techniques.

Tips & Tricks

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

  • Create a watercolor wash using Crumb Cake ink and Aqua Painter onto the Watercolor Paper (2-1/2″ x 4″) first.  Let the ink absorb and dry.
  • Stamp flower image using Archival Basic Black ink then watercolor image using Pear Pizzaz and Flirty Flamingo inks. Stamp the dots image over flower image using Crumb Cake ink.  To achieve a soft look, I stamped off several times before stamping over the flower.
  •  Tear the bottom of the Watercolor paper and curl one end. I like to use my Aqua Painter to saturate the paper, making tearing very easy.  Once torn, attach this piece to another piece of Watercolor Paper measuring 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ using dimensionals.
  • Stamp greeting and die cut using Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Attach with a small doily and twine underneath the die cut.

 

 

Finally, attach the watercolor paper to your card front of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and then onto your Whisper White thick cardstock base (4-1/4″ x 11″).

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

Solid Flower Image

I wanted to try my inking hands using the solid flower image, and I love how this card came out.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

I kept this card pretty simple, so the focus was on the beautiful flower.

Tips & Tricks 

  • The flower was stamped using Calypso Coral ink, then watercolored around the image using Sahara Sand.
  • I fell in love with the beautiful Metallic Ribbon on page 11 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Not only does is look fantastic with the shiny gold and silver accents, but also it’s very pliable.   I’m totally impressed, and this is FREE (one silver, one gold) with a $50 purchase.
  • Lastly, the Petal Burst embossing folder was a perfect background addition for this card.

 

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

No doubt, the Avant Garden stamp set will provide a delicate touch to any handmade cards with the beautiful floral images and fonts.  Let’s not forget the FREE factor as well.  Every $50 you spend in my online store you can receive a free product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

Look at all of the great products available this year.  

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden

 

Be Inspired! 

The inspiration doesn’t stop here.  It’s time to see what the Artisan Team has created.

Your next stop is with my friend Louise Sharp.  Oh boy, are you going to love this gals designs?  She has the art of bringing a soft, beautiful look at every single project.

 

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Begin Your New Year With Creating

Begin Your New Year With Creating

There are so many great things you can start in the New Year.

Have you thought about crafting and creating handmade cards or other projects?

With Stampin’ Up! you can create beautiful projects with a few simple tools.

The new year brings new beginnings and new hobbies.

Maybe this will be your year to create new beginnings and a new hobby.

 

Simple or Experienced

All crafters start somewhere.

13 years ago I had never heard of Stampin’ Up! and had no clue what rubber stamping was.  It’s amazing to see where I’ve come from that point.

 

I enjoy the simplest of projects to the more complex.  As long as I’m stamping, I’m a happy girl.

Today I want to share with you two stamping projects, one very simple and the other a little more complex.

 

Paper Pumpkin 

 

Regardless of where your experience falls with crafting, Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Pumpkin subscription is perfect to meet many needs.

You might be someone who is just starting to find the joy of rubber stamping.  Or maybe you are someone that loves to craft but find very little time to enjoy it.

Paper Pumpkin is a stamping kit that comes to your door with everything cut and ready to go for you to create unique projects each month.

Creating, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

 

This is a little sneak peek of the December Paper Pumpkin kit.  The new crafter can create a beautiful Year End Scrapbook or you can use the project contents to create a project more to you’re liking such as a card.

I don’t know about you, but I love OPTIONS!

As a Paper Pumpkin subscriber with me, you will receive up to 12 tutorials each month with ideas to use with you’re monthly kit. These tutorials can be used with your kit or you can simply use these tutorials to learn new stamping ideas.  It’s completely free to you as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber with me.

You can learn more about being a subscriber HERE.  Try it out and see why everyone loves Paper Pumpkin.

Click HERE for the instructions to create this project.

 

Step it Up!

If you have been a crafter for a while, stepping up a project is always fun.

Keep in mind, stepping it up doesn’t mean its difficult.  It could mean just a few extra layers of cardstock or embellishments.

It could also mean learning a fun new technique.

 

Create, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

 

This card was created using the Oh So Succulent stamp set available from the Occasions Catalog available on January 4th.

 

Create It!

Whether you are using the Oh So Succulent stamp set, the simple technique used below can be used with other lined image stamps.

Each flower has ink color added using a Sponge Dauber stamped into the center of each flower.

The colors used for the centers of the flowers include:

  • Cucumber Crush
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Sweet Sugarplum
  • Mint Macaron

 

Create, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

 

The flowers can be die cut (coordinating die cut) or fussy cut with scissors and then layered onto the card front.

The Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate adds a beautiful touch to any project.

You will also see a simple technique using cardstock to create a felt ribbon.  Click HERE to watch a video on this technique.

 

Finish it Up!

 

Create, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

 

Enamel Dots, the last embellishment added to the card front for a finishing touch.  These come in a variety of colors that coordinate with Stampin’ Up! cardstock, inks and other embellishments.

Color coordination of products makes creating simple with Stampin’ Up! and one of my favorite things about our products.

 

Let’s CREATE!

I’m super excited to create fun projects this coming year using so many great products from Stampin’ Up!

What will you be doing? Are you ready to create fun and exciting projects?

I would love to be your creative coach and help you learn how to you use your supplies and get your started.  From simple to advance, I’m here to help you.

 

You can find great stamp sets, ink, cardstock and amazing embellishments in my online store.

Click HERE and see the possibilities for creating fabulous projects this year.

I’d love to be your creative coach and share with you as you begin this hobby or if you are ready to step it up a notch.

 

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Post Thanksgiving Coma and Falling Flowers

Post Thanksgiving Coma and Falling Flowers

Thanksgiving has passed but my food coma hasn’t.

The day was incredible with a house full of family, a ton of food and then mapping my Black Friday shopping.

Friday started my whirlwind weekend.  I thought Thanksgiving prep was tough… ha!

We ran hard on Friday morning all the way to the afternoon and then headed downtown to watch Alexis participate in a parade.

She was an awesome snowflake tumbler and the parade was fantastic.  We watched the city lights turn on downtown and it was  quite magical!

While the weekend was filled with amazing adventures, my office is calling my name and I’m excited to share a bundle of beautiful cards today.

Hope you bare with me as I take a small break from the Christmas cards and share a load of florals that I’ve fallen in love with.

 

Falling Flowers

While I was in Atlanta I was honored to present at Brian Kings local demonstrator event.  I shared two sets of cards both using some of my favorite accessories to embellish cards.

Today I’m sharing the first bundle using the Falling Flowers stamp set.

A couple of things you will notice about these cards…

  • All of them have the same color combinations with a few added colors here and there.
  • Each card has a technique.  You will see the technique name under each card.
  • You will notice my love for embellishments.  These are simple, inexpensive ways to add layers to a card.

 

Decorative Masks

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

This card uses two techniques:

  • Decorative Masks – simply lay the decorative mask over a piece of Watercolor Paper, use an Aqua Painter to add color only in the area of the Decorative mask.  Notice it’s not perfectly colored, it’s more of a splash of colors creating a fun background.
  • Reverse Embossing- emboss a flower onto Vellum Cardstock, die cut using the May Flowers Framelits. Then on the reverse side, lay the Vellum onto a mouse pad, use a stylus to press into the open areas of the floral image.  When you turn it over you will notice the area turns white and looks 3D.

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

Other embellishments that I loved to use on this card:

  • The scallops were die cut using the Layering Squares Framelits.  I simply cut an edge and use it to layer on a card.
  • Delicate White Doilies
  • Pearls… they make any card delicate and pretty.

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Emboss Resist

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

Emboss resist is a technique that I’ve always loved.  I love how it looks on Watercolor Paper.  I embossed the beautiful filigree image onto the Watercolor Paper using White Embossing Powder, then watercoloring over the embossing using Sweet Sugarplum.

Because Falling Flowers does not have greetings with this stamp set, I used the Perfectly Wrapped Photopolymer stamp set.  It was perfect for these cards.

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

Another fun product I love to use-Enamel Shapes.  They come in a ton of colors and always a perfect addition for any project.

 

Splatter & Twine

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

Two ways I layer my cards LOTS… splatter created using my Aqua Painter and any color from my ink pads and my favorite thread from the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.  Oh my word I love this ribbon when you separate the threads.  It’s a must try.

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

Other things I love to add to my cards- Sequins.  I have them in little saucers on my table always ready to use.  The Fine-Tip Glue Pen is the perfect adhesive to adding these sequins.

 

Tone on Tone Embossing

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

If you are looking to create quick elegance on a card, try stamping and embossing with clear embossing powder for a tone on tone look.  I love how this looks on the Whisper White.  Pure elegance when you see it and super simple to create.

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

 

I love how these tiny pearls add to the elegance of the card.

 

Overall, each of the cards have fun layers and embellishments added to each one.

A Few Secrets… 

Can I tell you a little secret when it comes to creating cards with layers?  It’s not hard, and it’s not time consuming.

Another secret…. many times my cardstock layers are attached with a stapler.  This always saves me time and my layers always stay in place.

I realize that Stampin’ Up! will not carry our beloved stapler anymore, but friends… you can still use it.  It’s a GREAT tool and by far one that I use almost every single day.

 

Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!

Clickable links to all the products used at the end of this post.  

Falling Flowers is a timeless stamp set that you can create gorgeous cards and projects with.

Here is the color combinations I tried to stick with for all of the cards.

 

 

Give some of these techniques a try and if you have questions or need assistance, leave me a comment.

I love to help spark your creativity.

Document Your December 

Hello December Online Class, Stampin' Up!

Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

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New Exclusive Tutorial Available

Its time for the November Exclusive Tutorial Release.  YAY!

I have enjoyed these tutorials and all of the creativity packed into each one.

If you an Online Order of $50 you will receive this tutorial for FREE.  

You can also purchase the tutorial for $15 HERE.  

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I hope you had a magical Thanksgiving.  I’m still counting my blessings.

Bunch of Blossoms- Stampin’ Up!

Bunch of Blossoms- Stampin’ Up!

I think these peachy blossoms can fill anyones day with happiness.

I’m working through a stack of new stamps and the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set was next in line.

 

There is a Bunch!

When you first look at this stamp set you can see there is a variety of options to create a bunch of flowers.  From small to large petals, and even the leaves.

I kept this card quick & simple and didn’t use a “bunch” of blossoms to create it. Hee Hee.  Well, I did use the stamp set- Bunch of Blossoms.

I’m making myself giggle….

Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Tips & Tricks

Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

  • Try pairing Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder when stamping the petals for this card.  It’s a beautiful color combination and perfect for a flower.
  • Note there are few cardstock layers.  The layers came from the embellishments.  A simple piece of Washi Tape and coordinating In Color Doily ties perfectly with the Cucumber Crush leaves.
  • Enamel Shapes add small details to any project.

Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

 

  • To give the petals dimension and not add a lot of height, place a Mini Glue Dot at the base of each of the petals when layering to make your flower bunch.  This way the flowers are not flat against the cardstock.
  • Click HERE for a quick step by step tutorial to create this card.

Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

 

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Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

 

Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

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

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Have an amazing Saturday and enjoy stamping a few blossoms today!! XOXOXO

Delightful Dijon with Sunshine Sayings

Delightful Dijon with Sunshine Sayings

If there is sunshine involved with a stamp set, it’s almost always guarantee’d to be on my stamping shelf.

Sunshine Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Sunshine Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Getting Started with Sunshine Sayings

Do you ever struggle getting started when you begin to stamp?

I thought I would share one of the ways I start a project that helps give my stamping a boost.

I started with the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, although I wasn’t sure of the products I wanted to start the card.

 

I decided to choose a color that I wanted to focus on, in this case Delightful Dijon, and then pulled products that were in the same color scheme or like it.  In this case I pulled the following products:

  • Delightful Dijon Cardstock & Ink
  • 2015-2017 In Color Doilies (Delightful Dijon is one of the color choices)
  • Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim
  • 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon
  • Delicate White Doilies

Although a few of the products were not the color of Delightful Dijon, they were neutrals which definitely blend with my color choice.

Sunshine Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

 

Putting it All Together

As I began to put this card together I decided to keep the card monochromatic (meaning the same color either light, or dark).

  • I started by stamping the flower at the top of the Whisper White cardstock and continued stamping without re-inking.  This created an Ombre look which I love.
  • The die cut was created using Watercolor Paper and the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  Once the flower was die cut, I loaded my Aqua Painter with Delightful Dijon ink and gently brushed the flower starting in the center of the flower and worked outward.  You will notice not every piece of the flower has ink on it.  It was more of a hit or miss type of coloring.

 

Layer the Embellishments 

Sunshine Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • I started by adding the Delicate White Doily (only 1/4 piece), topped with 1/2 of the Delightful Dijon Doily.  I placed a piece of Burlap Ribbon with the Very Vanilla Lace over the die cut flower.  Lastly, the Linen Thread was wrapped in a circle twice then all the layers were stapled with the Handheld Stapler onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
  • My greeting was stamped using Basic Black ink onto Delightful Dijon cardstock.  The words were trimmed closely then added onto the  layered embellishments using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  This glue is PERFECT when you want to adhere something to ribbon.  It dries quickly and it stays.
  • One of the last embellishments I added was the Metallic Enamel Dots to the card front. The gold accents blended excellent with the Delightful Dijon color.

 

Use Your Stash!

Take a minute today to look around your stamp room for embellishments that you can layer.  You will be surprised at how many products are sitting there waiting to be used for a simple layering technique like I’ve shared today.

 

I’d love to hear and see what you came up with.  Don’t be shy and share.

Click the links below to shop for the products used for today’s card.  

 

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Have an awesome Friday! Check back this weekend for a little family update… It’s been awhile.

XOXOXO