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Inspiring Monday-Card Buffet

Inspiring Monday-Card Buffet

This weekend I did a little cleaning purge of my desk.  It’s amazing what I find laying around when I finally sift through all of the piles of papers sitting around.  In fact, as I was sifting through my piles I found three cards I had to share.  I feel like I have a little card buffet to share with the cards that I found.

 

A Quick & Simple Technique

Recently I created a card using a fun technique that Stampin’ Up! posted on Instagram. If you haven’t followed them on Instagram, you should.  This feed is nothing but happiness and great eye candy. They share tips from the Artisans that are eye-opening and fun.

With that said, I don’t think my tip is AWE dropping, but I believe that it’s a quick and straightforward wow card you can create using the Big on Birthdays stamp set.  This stamp set will carry over to the new Annual Catalog which is super exciting.

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Use Your Markers

I find that I don’t use my markers enough.  Not because I don’t love them, but I forget about them.  I just stamped the Happy Birthday image onto Whisper White cardstock, then outlined the image using my markers.  Believe it or not, I created six fun cards using this technique, and the cards were SO simple and fast to create.

I love this stamp set because of the big bold images.  They are simple to color, and each had their unique look with the marker.  Isn’t that fun?

 

 

Everyday Hero

My next card uses the Everyday Hero stamp set.

I jokingly talk about being superwoman, and I bet we can all think of many women in our lives that we could give this title.  While I also jokingly say I’ve buried my cape in the backyard, I think I’ve had to put it back on a few times the last six weeks.  I don’t know; I believe this card is super fun and one that would make a mom smile.

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Of course, I had to add a little frilly to the card.  A doily made it all the more feminine, and the ribbon as well.

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There is one thing retiring on this card that I probably did cry over- the Tags & Labels Framelits.  I’ve loved these dies and used them for SO SO many cards.  Make sure to check them out while they are still available.  The Everyday Hero’s set is one that is retiring also.  I’m sad to see it go as well but I think this will be a keeper for when I remind my friends what a hero they are.

Download a FREE tutorial to create this card HERE.

Love Sparkles

The last one I’m sharing for today’s card buffet is from the stamp set Love Sparkles.

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One of my favorite things I love to add to a card is using a greeting for the background.  It’s something very simple, but it always gives a fun look to a card. For this card, I used the Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder inks and alternated the colors with the greeting.  I added a touch of the Delightful Dijon for a pop of color.

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Another die cut that is retiring and seen a ton of use in my stamp room is the Stars, Framelits Dies.  These are on sale, so get them before they are gone.  I love how the three layers of stars and the colors look together.
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Lastly, I added the tiny greeting by stamping the greeting onto Basic Black cardstock using VersaMark ink. Then I placed White Embossing Powder over it and heated.  Again, this gave a little pop to the card.

 

I have a FREE tutorial for this last card that you can download HERE.

 

Inspiring Monday

I guess the moral of my story today is I should clean my desk more often.  Who knew these gems were hiding under stacks of papers.

The last thing these cards need on them is a matching stamped envelope with a stamp and address.  They are ready to leave my house for good and bring a smile to someone’s face.

A couple of reminders…

Check out the retiring list HERE.  Lots of great sales.  AND… another must check is the Clearance Rack.  GREAT buys and tons of fun things to stock up on.  Click HERE to see it.

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I’ve had a BALL with the Eastern Palace Suite.  Ths is one promotion I wouldn’t miss out on.  You can see all of the cards I’ve created using this bundle below.  Click HERE to see the bundles and get your free gifts before May 31st.  Remember, you get TWO tutorials when you purchase this bundle from my Online Store.  Combined together, these tutorials have 39 cards and 3d projects you don’t want to miss.

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Return of Glossy Paper

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Return of Glossy Paper

The return of glossy paper in the Stampin’ Up! catalog is going to make many paper crafters happy.  While it’s been a long time since I used Glossy Paper, I felt accomplished remembering a few techniques.

I think having this paper on hand again will help both customers and demonstrators enjoy more stamping techniques that only work with this type of paper.

 

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Working with Glossy Paper

Like I said, it’s been awhile since I had worked with Glossy Paper.  I started with the very basic technique I remembered… re-inkers.  Long ago one of my favorite techniques was called Polished Stone.  The basics of this technique involves re-inkers, a sponge, Rubbing Alcohol and a metallic re-inker.

Since I didn’t have a metallic re-inker on hand, I kept it even more basic and used all of the above supplies except for the metallic.

 

Grab Your Supplies

To create the background of this card, grab the following supplies:

  • Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim re-inkers and Lemon Lime Twist Classic Ink Pad.
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Sponge

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When I created this background I wanted to add the Lemon Lime Twist ink but did not have the re-inker.  I simply added color to my sponge from the Lemon Lime Twist ink pad and then added a few drops of Bermuda Bay and Dapper Denim Re-inkers to the sponge.

Once I added all of the ink to the sponge I added the Rubbing Alcohol to the sponge.   Then swirl the sponge around the Glossy Paper to see the different inks move together.  Something to note, I was very generous with the ink. This made the inks have a fun swirly look.  If I wasn’t achieving the effect, I added a little more rubbing alcohol.

Once you have added the ink, you will want to let the paper dry.  Because I’m impatient, I carefully heated with my heat tool.  The paper did curl a little bit, but once I layered it onto the Whisper White Thick cardstock it was fine.

 

Finishing the Card

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  • Now that my background was finished and layered onto the card base, it was time to finish the card.  I added a piece of the new Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper along with a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.
  • The greeting was stamped from the Label Me Pretty stamp set.  I then die cut the image using Stitched Shapes framelits and layered this onto a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock punched from the Pretty Label punch.
  • I added a few stitches from my sewing machine over the Lemon Lime Twist 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon and a Delicate White Doily.

 

Be Inspired!

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It’s time to hop along and be inspired by the other Artisans and their incredible work.  Simply click the next button or use the links below.  Most of all, enjoy it. Be inspired, and create something fun and exciting today.

 

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Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Sylwia Schreck
Dani Dziama
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Paula Dobson
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

 

Did you miss the last few days of OnStage Display samples?  Click HERE for the first day to get started!

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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.

 

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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

 

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  • 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″).

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Solid Flower Image

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

 

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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.

 

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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.  

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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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Flourishing Phrases- Artisan Blog Hop

Flourishing Phrases- Artisan Blog Hop

This week the Artisans are sharing projects using a few different sets and one of them is Flourishing Phrases.

Flourishing Phrases was my top pick with the timeless greetings to choose from.

 

Backgrounds Using a Greeting

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The Flourishing Phrases has a beautiful selection of greetings inside of this set.  Have you ever considered using one of the greetings as part of your background?

For this card I simply stamped the Thank You greetings along the entire left side of the Whisper White cardstock using Sahara Sand ink.  I love how this gave the card more interest.

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The flower was a simple addition using the Flourish Thinlits.  The florals within this collection are so intricate and delicate looking.

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I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach the flowers and leaves to this card.  The fine tip on this glue makes attaching intricate die cuts a cinch.

I love the delicate touch this card has and the color combination jumped out at me.  Bermuda Bay paired with the Cucumber Crush has to be one of my favorites.  It’s a clean look and even more bold when you add Basic Black.

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Creating a Shadow Image

My favorite image in the Flourishing Phrases stamp set is the large flower.

Instantly I thought of an old technique that would be fun to use with this large image.

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Create It!

  • Stamp the large flower onto Crumb Cake cardstock using Whisper White Craft ink.  Let dry or use a heat tool to facilitate the drying.
  • Stamp the large flower again over the Whisper White flower using Watermelon Wonder ink and slightly offsetting the image. By offsetting the image, the Whisper White gives the illusion of a shadow.
  • This technique can be used with any stamp set, but tends to look the best using a large solid stamp.
  • According fold the 3/4″ music note strip of designer series paper from the This Christmas collection.  Attach to the 1″ x 4″ strip of Watermelon Wonder cardstock.  Attach 2 small pieces of a Delicate White Doily and attach to the Crumb Cake cardstock.

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  • Stamp the greeting onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.  Die cut using the Layering Circles Framelits.  Wrap and attach a piece of Linen Thread to the underside of the die cut circle, attach to the card front.
  • Layer the Crumb Cake cardstock onto a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock and then onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″.
  • Attach a few sequins around the stamped flowers using a Fine Tip Glue Pen.

 

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Wrapping it Up!

Timeless sets like Flourishing Phrases means you can use this set during anytime of the year and have a perfect greeting for any card.  That is exactly what I want to leave you with today.  Timeless sets like this one means you have so many great options to create a beautiful card with ease.

Artisan Blog Hop

For over 9 months the Artisans have been inspiring others with amazing projects using Stampin’ Up! products.  I believe it’s one of the most inspirational blog hops as you can see unique ways products can be used, many times using the same products.  Today’s hop I’m certain will inspire you.  Your first stop is Krista Frattin.  See what she has up her creative sleeve and make sure to leave comments along the way.  Your comments are much loved and cherished.  I promise.

 

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Looking for more inspiring ideas at your fingertips? Click HERE!

PS- I survived my trip to the dentist.  It wasn’t bad at all. In fact I had worked myself up into such a tizzy that I felt ill after the procedure over my anxiety and not the actual procedure.  I’m a HOT mess.  No lie.

Here’s a Quick Way to Create For a Fiesta!

Create For a Fiesta

It’s true that Cinco de Mayo festivities have passed, but it’s not the only day we can have a FIESTA!

 

In fact, I love a good party so I don’t really need an excuse to have one.  There is always one thing that can get me to make up a party and thats beautiful paper.

 

Every year when I open the new Stampin’ Up! catalog I look at the designer paper and dream about the parties I can have and the ideas of creativity flow depending on the paper that I’m looking at.

 

I should also add that sometimes the fiesta’s I dream about don’t come to life, but in my head and with paper they do.

 

Instant Party in My Brain

One look at the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper and I was hooked.  Instant fiesta planning went into hyperdrive and I wanted to throw a big ole’ FIESTA.

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Make no mistake the party favors I was thinking about were off the charts.

I had to calm myself and speak reality to my big ears- Quick and Simple Kimberly.

Today I have a fun party favor idea for your own Fiesta, and of course you will want to thank your guests for coming to the BIG fiesta.  I have a quick thank you note to share too.

 

Fiesta Party Favor

 

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Quick and simple party favors can be created using Stampin’ Up! Kraft 12 x 12 cardstock.

 

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You can click HERE to download a tutorial on creating this fiesta filled treat holder.

The Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper creates a colorful favor with a few added embellishments.  The treat holder is sealed at the top with a Golden Binder Clip and Whisper White Mini Pom Pom Trim.  This trim screams PARTY.

 

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The inside of the Fiesta favor features Stampin’ Up!’s Gusseted Cellophane Bags filled with festive candies I found at a local candy shop.  The candy’s are just as bright and fun as the outside of the party favor.

 

Don’t Forget a Thank You!

I kept my thank you very simple using the Birthday Fiesta Photopolymer Bundle from Stampin’ Up!

 

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Fiesta, Stampin' Up!

 

Fiesta, Stampin' Up!

 

While simple it is, it’s elegant and packs a punch with the bold colors.  A thank you greeting was stamped using the Thankful Thoughts stamp set.

Click HERE to download a tutorial to create this card.

 

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Are You Planning Your Own Fiesta? 

Hopefully the ideas shared today have sparked a little creative party fun so that you can plan our own Fiesta.  These ideas are simple enough to duplicate many and I’m sure to create joy to anyone that receives them.

 

You can purchase the Birthday Fiesta Bundle HERE to get started.

 

Today is the DAY!

Tutorial Bundle Subscription

There has been much anticipation today leading up to the release of our first Tutorial Bundle.

Today the tutorial will go LIVE.  For those that have pre-ordered or purchased $50 in product you will automatically be sent the tutorial.

If you want to know more information about this amazing launch, click HERE for more information.