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Always My Love Bug-Valentines

Always My Love Bug

I’m working on a few Valentines for my kids and making one for my son is never easy. I always want to create the frilly, fluffy card with lots of hearts and love all over it.  Then I thought about what I love to call him… my love bug.  Instantly I knew exactly which stamp set I was going to choose, Beetles & Bugs!

 

Creating For My Son

Love Bug, Beetles & Bugs stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

I’ve called Brandon my love bug since he was little.  Even at fifteen, he’s still my love bug.  Even during the most trying times as a teenager, he’s still my love bug.

Ironically, when I first caught my eyes on this stamp set, it reminded me so much of who he is and what he loves.  Bugs, bugs, bugs.

Since he was a toddler, he has always loved bugs.  I remember sitting on the soccer field watching all the little boys run after the soccer ball, and there my boy sat… on the grass finding bugs.  He was always proud of his latest catch.  At the time I can remember Russ and I thinking, “ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Chase the ball!”  Now those are precious memories, and he still loves bugs.

He still sends me pictures of ginormous spiders or creepy crawly things he finds while camping with the scouts.  Each picture makes me itch and gives me a tiny freak out because I do not like bugs.  I instantly think, “Is this poisonous? Are you touching that? Please stop!”

 

Beetles & Bugs- Perfect Valentines

Love Bug, Beetles & Bugs stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

The Beetles & Bugs stamp set is perfect for any BIG or little boy’s birthday party favors, but what about a Valentine?

With a few added greetings and embellishments, this became a perfect Valentines card for my teenage love bug.

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • The Beetles & Bugs stamp set has 32 Photopolymer stamp images.  This is a two-step stamp set which makes it so fun to create any color bugs you desire.
  • Today’s card uses inks from Stampin’ Up!’s Brights collection.
  • Sunshine Wishes Thinlits created the perfect “LOVE” die cut for this card.  Once die cut, I watercolored over the image using Bermuda Bay ink.
  • Looking for a fun way to add personalized names or word images to cards? The Labeler Alphabet is the ticket.  This alphabet comes with two different fonts you can use to create the perfect word or greeting for any card.
  • Lastly, I added the Enamel Shapes around the bugs.  I love how these looked dispersed amongst the bugs.

Love Bug, Beetles & Bugs stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

Of course, my son knows my love of crafting and also is quite aware of my love for frilly.  I’m sure he will be okay with my doily I had to add.

 

Valentines or Not?

Whether you are creating the perfect Valentines or a simple “buggy” card, the Beetles & Bugs stamp set will provide endless opportunities to create fun cards.

I’m sure Brandon will enjoy it, and this will go with the many other cards his mama has made over the years.

Love Bug, Beetles & Bugs stamp set, Stampin' Up!

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

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Refreshed and Renewed!

Refreshed and Renewed!

Happy day friends.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday and like me are coming back refreshed and renewed.

 

I don’t know about you but I needed the last few days off.  I enjoyed being with my family and absolutely loved sitting on my couch taking long naps and doing NOTHING.  I thought about doing a lot but ended up enjoying the fact that nothing was pressing.

 

We had a wonderful Christmas and have enjoyed extended family that traveled from Colorado and Iowa.  It’s been all about the food and being together, for that I’m grateful.  It’s been great having my kids home too.  It’s been a stressful school year for both of them.  I think the four of us can say we are feeling refreshed and renewed.

Renewed

I walked into my stamp room tonight and it was quite the disaster.  The Christmas aftermath was pretty evident and I felt a bit overwhelmed walking into the disaster.  I spent a few hours cleaning up and then started clearing out the old and getting ready for the new Occasions Catalog toys.  Oh BOY!

 

Time to Stamp

I’m excited to share another card using one of the new sets I’m head over heels for.  I recently shared a card HERE using the stamp set Beautiful Ride. What an awesome stamp set with excellent options in this set.

Refreshed and Renewed, Beautiful Ride Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

I watercolored using my Aqua Painter and Watercolor Paper.  I had to do a little fussy cutting but I’ve found when watercoloring this love bug I get better results when using my Aqua Painter and Watercolor paper.  I also watercolored the surf board using the same technique and then once cut I placed it carefully on top of the car.

Refreshed and Renewed, Beautiful Ride Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

Finish it Up!

To finish this card I added a few strips of the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper.  This is the party paper to have.  Bright and happy and great for any celebration.

I placed the car on top of the Designer Paper using dimensionals.  Lastly, I added the greeting onto a banner.  Isn’t this a fun greeting? Life is a beautiful ride, isn’t it?

Refreshed and Renewed, Beautiful Ride Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

I think this is going to be a stamp set you will love especially if you love to watercolor.

This and the many awesome new products coming in the new catalog will be available on January 5th and that’s just around the corner.

Meanwhile, there is still time to grab the fun products from the Holiday Catalog and don’t forget…

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Have a GREAT start to your week and I hope you feel refreshed and renewed like I do.  I have lots of fun things to share this week.  YIPPIE!!!

XOXOXOXO

Love Bug and Weddings!

Love Bug and Weddings!

Oh dear!  Quite possibly I found a stamp set that rocked my world in a crazy way.

 

I’ve secretly always wanted a bug car.  I think they are the cutest cars ever.  Typically its not so much the body of this car that intrigues me but the colors and of course the added eye lashes that I see people add always make me want it even more.  Yes. That stays between me and you.

 

I was creating Saturday and had a wedding card on my list of “need to create.”  When I was going through my pile of stamps there were many that stuck out and were easy to use for a wedding card but this couple that is getting married are young and hip.  They needed young and hip.  They needed a bug car.  <grin>

 

Beautiful Ride

Love Bugs, Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up!

Can this bug car stamp be any cuter? I love the greetings and the accessories that go along with the this car. The trailing cans was added perfection for this card.

Create It!

This stamp set, Beautiful Ride will be available on January 5th.  I used another stamp set called Timeless Textures that I’ve featured a few other times this month and it’s going to be a MUST HAVE stamp set for your collection.

I stamped the love bug and luggage onto Watercolor paper and then used my Aqua Painter along with inks to watercolor.  Before stamping the “love bug” onto the car door I used my heat tool to make sure the ink was good and dried.  I fussy cut the car and was able to stamp the trailing cans easily before I adhered the car down.  You can see the Timeless Texture images under the car to give the road effect as well as a few splatter areas.

Love Bugs and Weddings, Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up!

I loved that luggage on top of the love bug.

Love Bugs and Weddings, Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up!Of course a card is never complete without an envelope.  It was stamped and ready to deliver.

While this set has some time before it’s availability you CAN get your hands on this set if you want.

 

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Special Gift for Online Orders

This month for all online orders of $25 or more, you will receive a very special gift from me.  I’m pretty excited about it and I know you will be too.  You might squeal a little bit.  Just a little. Okay… maybe a lot.

Make sure to use the Hostess Code given below.

Don’t forget that some of your favorites might be GONE FOREVER.  Check out the products retiring from the Holiday Catalog HERE.

Don’t forget you get my December Customer Appreciation Tutorial with your order as well. YAY YAY YAY!!!

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Well friends, I’m pretty sure I probably won’t be sporting a bug car anytime soon but I can live vicariously through the people that are driving them.  They may wonder why I stare.  I’ll be dreaming its me behind the wheel.

Thanks for stopping by and tell me what you think of this card today.

XOXOXO

 

You can see all the supplies used for this card below.