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Creative With Color Using Best Birds Stamp Set

Best Birds Stamp Set

Have you ever started creating with colors and think to yourself this could be bad?

Sometimes one of the hardest parts for starting a project is color choices.

I have this mentality that I have to be “different!”  Like someone else hasn’t used the colors I’m about to use EVER.

Over time I’m learning that I don’t have to be different so to speak… but I can be creative.

I started out with a completely different color scheme for today’s card because I wanted to keep it traditional.

That idea quickly wound up in the trash and I unleashed the creativity.

Sometimes this works, others not so much.

 

It Doesn’t Always Have to Be Traditional

The card I’m sharing today is one that I had shared at an event at OnStage using the Best Birds stamp set.

This is another timeless set like I shared yesterday.  I’m branching out of the traditional blue bird so bare with me!

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I’m in love with the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper and the gorgeous backgrounds this paper can create for projects.

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This is where the creative coloring came into full play when I started this card using this paper.

I started with three ink colors and my Sponge Brayer.

The first color used was Peekaboo Peach.  Without cleaning my Sponge Brayer I added Calypso Coral and then Watermelon Wonder.  The beautiful thing about the Sponge Brayer is the clean up.  Simply place the brayer under water and rinse.  Let the brayer air dry and then its ready to be used again.

This brayer places a smooth coat of color every single time.  I love it.

 

Tips & Tricks

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Here are a few tips and tricks to create this card.

 

  • The bird was stamped onto Watercolor paper then colored  using and Aqua Painter with Watermelon Wonder, and Flirty Flamingo Classic Ink.
  • Texture emboss a 1-1/2″ x 4″ piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock using the Woodgrain Texture Embossing Folder.
  • After coloring the bird and branch,  use the Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies to die cut the stamped images.
  • Add a small 1/2″ piece of Moroccan Designer Series Paper across the Woodgrain Texture along with a 1/2″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock.
  • Lastly, the greeting was stamped and die cut using the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies- one of my favorite die cuts.

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Add your favorite accessories to the card to complete and give it the finishing touches.  A few products I used were the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (one thread), a few sequins, and of course a small piece of a doily.

 

Be Creative

Like I’ve always expressed, it doesn’t matter if you have a pink bird or a blue bird.  As long as you are happy with the creative process that’s all that counts.

One thing for sure, the Best Birds stamp set is timeless.  Regardless of what colors you love to use this can be a stamp set you can run to for years.

 

Save MONEY!  Remember that this stamp set is a bundle therefore you can save money when you purchase the bundle.

Click the photo to see more details and pricing on this stamp set.

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Click the clickable links below to purchase any of the products used to create this card.

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….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

A few of these products are on SALE this week only!

 

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class!

Have an amazing Tuesday!!

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

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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.

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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.

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Emboss Resist

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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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….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

A few products are on sale- ENDS TODAY!

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class and the offerings available.  

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.  

Most Wonderful Time of Year, Stampin' Up!, Christmas 

Online Extravaganza Time

Promotion ends TODAY!!!

Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up!

CLICK HERE to view the entire product line on sale for this Extravaganza!

Don’t miss this on November 28th!  AWESOME SALE on Select Products!!

 

 

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Don’t Forget….

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.

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

The Most Wonderful Time of Year!

The Most Wonderful Time of Year!

Can you feel the excitement of the most wonderful time of year?

Running through Walmart yesterday to find the perfect turkey was not as exciting…

BUT- I sure did love seeing all the holiday foods making their way to the isles.

 

What Makes This Time So Magical?

The magic of the season is different for all of us, but for me I love everything about this season.

My only dislike is how rapidly the time flies during the holiday season.  I want to take everything in and make it last a long long time.

I brought Alexis with me yesterday to hunt for the perfect turkey.  My form of hunting is walking into Walmart just so you know.

In fact, my mother was having a hissy fit because it was Monday and I had not bought the turkey for our big family gathering.

Mr. Turkey is now safe in the fridge…  Pray it thaws in time…

Anyway, another reason I love this time of year is the creativity that lets loose.

I’m inspired by so many new project ideas and want to make a gazillion things.  There is only one problem… TIME.

 

Helping You Save Time

I have a few time saving solutions for you today that I’m pretty excited about.  This has been huge week of CREATING.

First, I have to share this fun card that’s super simple and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year!”

 

Most Wonderful Time of Year, Stampin' Up!, Christmas

The Wonderful Year stamp set let’s you express the magic of the season.

 

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Tips & Tricks

  • The main focal point of this card is created on Watercolor Paper.  Once the watercolor wash was created using Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder I heat set the colors so I could then immediately emboss the greeting over it.
  • The paper ribbon was stapled over the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and doily.  To create the paper ribbon see this video HERE.
  • The card base is Blushing Bride cardstock with Watermelon Wonder layered on top.
  • Super simple and easily duplicatable saving you time.

 

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You can see all of the products used for this card in the clickable links below. 

 

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….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

 

 

A few of these products are on SALE this week only!  

 

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class and the offerings available.  

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.  

 

Subscription members should have received their tutorial today in their email.  YAY!!

You can also purchase the tutorial for $15 HERE.  

 

Most Wonderful Time of Year, Stampin' Up!, Christmas

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Promotions NOT to Miss!

Online Extravaganza Time

 

Promotion ends November 28th

Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up!

 

CLICK HERE to view the entire product line on sale for this Extravaganza!

Don’t miss this on November 28th!  AWESOME SALE on Select Products!!

Most Wonderful Time of Year, Stampin' Up!, Christmas

 

Don’t Forget…. 

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.

Enjoy this week and let’s remember all of our blessings.  Even better, let’s tell others why they are a blessing to us.

 

Can’t Believe I Forgot- Project Life

Can’t Believe I Forgot- Project Life

I must be loosing my mind lately.  I totally spaced on sharing a fun Project Life project with you.

It’s been awhile since I pulled the Project Life cards out!

Recently I completed a blog post for Stampin’ Up! using the Project Life You’re So Lovely Kit.

Did you see it?

If you missed it you can view it HERE.

 

Let’s Dig Deeper!

I shared a lot of the pictures on the blog post link above but I thought I would share a few here so you can see a few more close up.

Every scrapbooker has their preferred method and favorite album size.  Mine happens to be the 6 x 8 albums. I love the smaller canvas size to work with.  I’m a big fan of individual event albums only because the size is smaller and Project Life makes the process so easy.

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The album that Stampin’ Up! sells and the one I adore is the Espresso 6 x 8 Album.  I especially love the idea I can make the cover unique for each album I create.

 

For this album I’m using the Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection.

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An album like this makes a coffee table look splendid.  Notice that the cover is created using two Project Life cards then embellished using the contents from the coordinating kit and stamp set.

 

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Keep Your Memories Alive

After taking over 1900 pictures while we were in Europe I was so excited to get the pictures off my computer and into an album.

Obviously, all 1900  photos will not be used.  I have gone through and tabbed pictures I want for the album.

While all the pictures tell a story, there are a some that really stand out making journaling easier.

 

Going through the pictures of our latest vacation was hysterical.  Taking teenagers overseas created some hilarious moments that I had to stop several times and journal immediately.

Time to Create the Inside

 

The Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection makes a perfect vacation album.  The stamp set that coordinates with this collection will provide you with plenty of ideas to use for titles or journaling prompts.

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I added a few extra products when creating the layouts such as the Sunshine Wishes Thinly Dies and ribbon elements.

You will notice that these extra elements are minimal.  Keeping the project simple with less embellishments created the freedom of dropping the photos and Project Life cards with ease essentially completing this album in a few hours.

 

 

 

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What Should You Do First? 

One of the biggest questions I receive about Project Life is where do I start?

Here is the process I start when getting ready to create an album like this one:

  • Gather all photos, sort and place in envelopes with prompts on the outside of the envelope to remind me of which photos to use first as well as journaling prompts.  By using envelopes I can stick notes in them as reminders of events.
  • Pick a Project Life Collection Kit and Embellishment Kit that coordinates.
  • Choose other embellishments, stamp sets that coordinate with the kit to use in the album.
  • Select inks that I want to use for the album.
  • Start creating by placing photos into my album pockets and choosing Project Life cards.
  • Embellish the layouts as I see fit.

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One of my favorite pocket sleeves in the Variety Pack for the 6 x 8 album includes a sleeve without pockets.  Essentially you are creating a 6 x 8 layout.  I’m still able to use Project Life cards and sometimes cut the cards to fit the layout.

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These single pocket layouts are perfect to add as title pages or the ending page for your album.  I chose to scatter these pages throughout this album to add a little flare to it.

 

Keep it Simple 

Many of you know that I love to add layers to projects.  This is a project that by all means you can add many layers, but most of the time when I’m creating layouts for Project Life, I keep it simple.  I keep the supplies to a minimum and keep my eye on finishing the project.

Don’t get discouraged and just start.  That seems to be the biggest hurdle when starting a Project Life Album.

 

What to purchase? 

If you are just starting out with Project Life, HERE is a simple handout to get you started.

Visit my Online Store 24/7 and choose a Project Life kit and album that will suite your needs and then start creating.

Remember, this is a PERFECT Christmas gift that you can have done in a few hours for a friend or family.

 

 

 

 

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

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Thank you for joining us today for our International Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Blog hop. You may be just starting here or have come from Julie’s blog. Either way you can make your way around by using the list below so that you don’t miss a blog. We have and incredible group of talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who wanted to highlight Project life by Stampin’ Up!® Memory keeping. At the moment you are currently in the United States and you are about to go around the world to different locations.

It’s Your Story

 

If you have followed me for some time you know I’m big into memory keeping.  It goes down as my first love in the papercrafting world.  Currently my family could entertain themselves for hours looking through books and books of their cute little faces and me telling our story.
That’s exactly what it is- your story.
While there are many different ways you can keep those memories alive, Project Life makes it fast and easy.  It’s NOT time consuming and a thrill to look at the completed projects.
Being a fan of Stampin’ Up! products I’ve been thrilled to use the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! for the simple coordination.  While Project Life is incredibly simple, Stampin’ Up! makes it even easier with coordinating products outside of the kits.

Where Do I Start? 

Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

The big question I’m always asked, where do I start Kimberly?
Here’s the thing- there is no hard fast rule on where you need to start.  Open your camera, pull a few pictures off of it and begin RIGHT THERE.  Sometimes we can over analyze something to the point it keeps us from starting.  Just grab a few pics and start.
Here is a quick guide to help when you get started.  Click HERE to download it.

Let’s Create!

Last night I pulled out my Happy Times Project Life kit and completed three layouts in 20 minutes.  Below you will see a few of the close shots of the layout, keep in mind all of the products came from the Happy Times Project Life Kit and Accessory Pack except for a couple of pieces of ribbon, staples and star punches.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
I love to capture the out of the ordinary moments.  Yes, I scrapbook events of things that happen in our family but I also love capturing moments like the ones above.
The Happy Times kit was perfection when it came time to scrapbook these moments.  The cards and accessories are fun and make memory keeping quick and easy.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
A few layered elements using stars, twine, and a 2 x 2 Project Life Card.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
I layered the 2 x 2 cards onto the 4 x 6 Project Life card  and secured it all with a staple.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Printing Your Photos

This past Christmas I started a December Daily album.  The nature of the album is about daily life.  I love this album!  To make my daily story telling easier, I purchased a Canon Selphy so I could print my photos quickly and create a layout every single day.  it was awesome.
I created a quick video on how to print photos from your iPhone using the Project Life App from Becky Higgins.  This would also work for Android users.

 

Take a Tour- Be Inspired

I hope you’re ready to be inspired by a fantastic crew of designers using Project Life.  Grab a drink and take a stroll around the world.  Next up is my fellow Artisan friend Krista Frattin.  LOVIE her and her work.

Blog Hop Guest List

Patty Bennett
Allison Okamitsu
Bruno Bertucci
Constanze Wirtz

You can see all the supplies I used by clicking the clickable links below.

Place an order in my Online Store and receive a FREE gift from me as well as a FREE class tutorial in the month of April. 

I’m not foolin’ ya! Click HERE to shop!