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All New! July Tutorial Release

July Tutorial Release

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

It’s that time again! It’s an all new July tutorial from the Tutorial Bundle design team.

This month the tutorial is filled with beautiful projects using products from the new annual catalog.  Each month we collaborate to do a blog hop using the stamp set or bundle that we used for our tutorial project.  I like to think of this as an extra bonus.  Are you ready to be inspired?


July Sneak Peek


July Tutorial, Stampin' Up!


Get a load of this fun sneak peek of the July Tutorial.  SO many great stamp sets and projects.  I love the diversity from this team and how we each bring something special to each of the projects.

Each tutorial has step by step instructions for easy duplication of the projects.  You will find both cards and 3D projects in each of the tutorials.

Oh So Eclectic

July Tutorial Release, Stampin' Up!

I instantly fell in love with the Oh So Eclectic bundle because of the gorgeous combination of the stamp set and Framelits.

July Tutorial Release, Stampin' Up!


WOW! Look at this amazing bundle!

I decided to use a fun color combination that I’ve had in my head for awhile, Lemon Lime Twist and Basic Gray.  I love how these two colors look together.

July Tutorial Release, Stampin' Up!

Create It!

Below you will find tips to create today’s card.

  • I always start with a 4-1/4″ x 11 card base using Whisper White Thick cardstock.  The first cardstock layer is Lemon Lime Twist 4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • My first stamped layer is Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″.  I stamped the two flowers using Lemon Lime Twist and Basic Gray.  I added spatter over the stamped flowers using an Aqua Painter loaded with Lemon Lime Twist Ink and Basic Gray Ink.
  • You will need two pieces of Basic Gray cardstock cut at 4-1/4″ x 2-1/2″. The first layer I die cut using the open flower framelit.  After die cutting, I layered this onto the remaining Basic Gray cardstock using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.
  • Before attaching the Basic Gray cardstock, I layered a small piece of a Delicate White Doily,  Whisper White 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon and Whisper White Bakers Twine.  I attached the layers using a staple to keep in place.
  • I stamped the greeting onto a small scrap of Basic Gray cardstock using Basic Black ink.  The greeting was die cut using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies by using the smallest scallop square in the die set.
  • Lastly, I added Rhinestones for a little extra bling.  I love how it all came together.

July Tutorial Release, Stampin' Up!

 Be Inspired!

July Tutorial Release, Stampin' Up!

Wondering how you can purchase the July tutorial? There are two ways you can get this tutorial.

Get it FREE with a $50 purchase from my online store HERE.


Buy the tutorial for $15 HERE.

See all of my tutorials by clicking the button below.

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Be inspired by the Tutorial Bundle Design Team.  Click the button below to see what my friend and fellow designer Kylie Bertucci has created.

July Tutorial Release, Stampin' Up!

Allison Okamitsu
Angela McKay
Cornelia Janssen
Erica McCarty Cerwin
Janneke de Jong
Juana Ambida
Kimberly van Diepen
Kylie Bertucci
Louise Sharp
Lorri Heiling
Rachel Tessman

Products Used


Price: $110.00

Here’s a Quick Way to Use the Balloon Adventures

Balloon Adventures Stamp Set

The Balloon Adventures stamp set is one of the many amazing birthday stamp sets in the new occasions catalog.

Today I have a quick way to use this stamp set and create a fun birthday card.

 Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Never Enough Birthday Cards

Let’s face it, we will never have enough birthday cards on hand.  It’s not possible, at least for me anyway.

At first I asked myself did I really need another balloon stamp set? Quickly I thought no, but there are a few things about the Balloon Adventure stamp set that caught my eye.

  1. The fonts in the greetings of this stamp set are amazing. It is definitely something that caught my eye which makes designing SO much easier for me.
  2. Not one, but two coordinating ways to cut images in this set.  The balloons coordinate with the Balloon Bouquet punch and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies.
  3. Party Animal Suite coordinates with this stamp set perfectly.


Masking with Balloon Adventures

One of the ways you can quickly create fun birthday cards with this set is by masking the balloons.

The masking technique creates the illusion that one image is behind the other and creates depth.  The first image you stamp is the image that will be in the front.

To mask using the Balloon Adventures stamp set you will need a simple Post-It Note.  Stamp the image onto the Post-It Note and cut the image out just inside the lines.  This is now your mask.

Stamp the image again onto your cardstock. Place your mask covering the image completely to protect it as you stamp the second time.  I love using Post-It Notes because the adhesive sticks to the image and makes it easy to stamp over.

Stamp the image again, positioning the image partially onto the mask. This second image will appear to be behind the first. Continue to move your mask around to create more depth.

You can see how I created many balloons in a bunch using one mask in this picture below.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


You can also see how I masked in the original card below. I love how they all look bunched together.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies

The new Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies are perfect to create an interactive card.  Plus, another great thing I found  is the banner attached with this thinlits.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


The banner I created for this card is part of the pop-up.  I simply trimmed in a couple of places on the cardstock to make the banner stand alone.  Once it was die cut, I stamped the banner images from the Balloon Adventures stamp set.


Put Balloon Adventures On Your Wish List!

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

As I said before this is one of the great birthday sets coming in the Occasions catalog available on January 4th.  This entire suite of products will be a popular one.

Click HERE to download the instructions to create this card.

See the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies in action in this video below.


Here are a few more fun samples using this stamp set.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!



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All online orders will receive a hand stamped card with a little surprise inside.

End of Year Close Out Sale 

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Have a spectacular weekend!!


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.


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



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.




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.  


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Stampin’ Up! Promotions NOT to Miss!

Online Extravaganza Time


Promotion ends November 28th

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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.

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


Creating Your Own Tropical Paradise

Tropical Paradise

I have to admit that I do live in a tropical paradise already.


For years however, I had to create my own tropical paradise.


For instance… a cold winter day I’ve been known to lotion up with a little suntan lotion to smell that paradise.


Not kidding…. sometimes we have to be really creative, right?


Totally Trees

This year Stampin’ Up! is helping me out in creating a tropical paradise with my stamps.

The new Totally Trees stamp set caught my eye with the palm tree image.

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees



When I started to create this card the Moroccan Designer Series Paper was sitting on my desk from a previous project and the colors in this pattern I chose reminded me of outdoor patio furniture.  It was right then the idea was born…


Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees


I couldn’t help but fall in love with palm tree.  Being from Florida, palm trees are a dime a dozen… and of course pine trees.

To create the perfect green for my palm leaves I dabbed my solid palm image into the Bermuda Bay ink first and then did a light tap into Emerald Envy ink.  Once I stamped it over the palm tree I let out a big “WOW!”  It was the perfect color.


Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees


To create this card click HERE to download the instructions.  


Creating Your Paradise

The truth is, whether it’s a palm tree or a Santa image we are stamping, we create our own paradise when we craft.


Stamping is paradise for crafters.

  • provides peace
  • takes us to a calm, happy place
  • stress reliever
  • brings joy

I look at all of the characteristics above and instantly I think that is paradise.  It’s my personal paradise.  A place that I can enjoy peace.

Now don’t get me wrong… there are times I can feel frustrated in my personal paradise as well.  The times when nothing goes my way when I’m trying to create.  However, it’s still paradise.  It still brings me joy.

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees

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What Does Your Paradise Look Like? 

Is stamping your paradise? Or do you have something else that creates a paradise for you?

I’d love to hear.  I’m sure others would too.  What do you find JOY in?

Believe it or not friends, others can learn from you as well.  Leave a comment.  Tell others what brings you joy.

Is it your oasis you live in?

Is it a stamp set? Stamping time? Crafting time?

Exercise? (I wish this did bring me joy… it tends to WEAR me SLAP out!)


Before I Go Back to Paradise…. 

A couple of things-

First… have you joined my mailing list? I hope so.  My mailing list is where I share all my FREE tutorials.  YES! Free tutorials with amazing cards that are never seen here on my website.  Typically 4-6 cards at once.  WOWSA!

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I don’t send junk and I typically send out an email twice a month.  Sometimes more if I’m REALLY excited about something and I can’t wait to tell you.

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One Last Thing

With the new Holiday catalog fresh on the streets- your wish list might be long.  I know mine was.  Did you know you can get all of the products you want at a discount? YEP!  You can join Stampin’ Up! and receive 20% discount on your purchases.  For $99 you can receive $125 in products.  BIG NEWS FLASH… There is NO OBLIGATION to do another thing.  BUT…

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Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees



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Try This Color Combination


Is it Really Picture Perfect?

Is it Really Picture Perfect? 

Nothing is ever perfect in my book anymore but it’s darn close and I have peace with that.


Oh that word perfect can get the best of us.  Especially me.


Perfect is a bad word for me because perfection is something I take to heart and I’ve had to learn over the years to let that go.

I’m. Not. Perfect. BUT…


Phew.  What a RELEASE….

Well, it was until I pulled out my Picture Perfect stamp set from Stampin’ Up!


My Perfect Relationship with the BIRD! 

Picture Perfect, Stampin' Up!

This weekend I had a virtual stamping palooza with my bestie.  It’s awesome fun where we pick a stamp set and create and then share our work with each other.  We ohhh and ahhhh and truly it’s the best thing.  Obviously it would be 100% better if we were actually together, but this is perfect for us given the miles between us.


Well, she chose the Picture Perfect stamp set.  I’ve been able to successfully stamp every image except that sweet hummingbird.  In fact I’ve been a bit jealous of the cards I’ve seen with him.  He’s beautiful… when others stamp him.  Every time I stamp this bird he looks like a big blog.


My friend came to my rescue and gave me a few tips and I thought I pass along to you because they WORK.  YAY! I also did a little research on the colors of the bird and that helped me decide my color choices.

Picture Perfect, Stampin' Up!


This is the bird I found and I loved the colors around his neck.  Isn’t he a cutie??


Stamping the Bird Perfect… 

Well, it didn’t happen.  I didn’t stamp him perfect.  BUT… I was so close I just let it go.

Picture Perfect, Stampin' Up!


If you look closely… his beak is slightly off a wince.  From afar… oh it’s perfect.

Look from afar.  <grin>


Tips & Tricks 


Here are a few things I found helpful when stamping Mr. Bird.

  • On the acetate that your images come on you have numbers that tell you which image to stamp.  Instead of stamping the images in order 1-4, try stamping image #4 and working backwards.  This was a tremendous help.
  • Stamp the bird image upside down.  At first I thought my friend was silly.  She’s not silly at all.  This also helped in lining up Mr. Bird.
  • Ultimately, if you own a stamp-a-ma-jig this would help you tremendously.  I am terribly lazy and tried the eyeball technique.  You see it needs a little work.
  • The colors I used for the bird starting with image #4: Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzaz, Melon Mambo, and  Basic Gray.


Picture Perfect, Stampin' Up!


Create It!

Stamp with me using the instructions below.

  1. Fold Whisper White Thick card base in half (4-1/4 x 11).  Mat Basic Black cardstock 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 and Whisper White Thick cardstock 3-3/4 x 5-1/4 together using Fast Fuse.  Adhere onto center of Whisper White card base.
  2. Adhere Basic Black cardstock 1 x 5-1/2 to the back of the English Garden Designer Series Paper 2 x 5-1/2 so that 1/4″ shows.  Adhere over the Whisper White cardstock towards the left of the card.
  3. Attach a Tea Lace Doily along with a large gold Metallic Doily to the card.  You will only need a 1/2 of each doily.  Place a small piece of Burlap Ribbon onto the doily.  You will notice my Burlap is slightly tattered looking.  Just pull on the threads gently to tatter and fray the ends.  Attach over the doilies using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  4. Stamp the hummingbird using the method and colors I shared in the Tips & Tricks section above onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Die cut the image using the largest label framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits.  Trim the top of the label off using trimmer.
  5. Attach White Corrugated cardstock 1/4 x 2-1/2″ across the label near the hummingbird.  Attach a small piece of Tea Lace Doily over Corrugated cardstock.  Stamp the greeting onto Basic Black cardstock scrap using Whisper White Craft ink.  Pour White embossing powder over greeting and heat emboss.  Trim as close as you can around the greeting.  Attach greeting over Tea Lace Doily.
  6. Attach label framelit to the card front using dimensionals.
  7. Splatter Melon Mambo and Mossy Meadow carefully over label framelit using Aqua Painter.

Picture Perfect, Stampin' Up!


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

Rejoice in Imperfection!

Let’s face it, whether we get it perfect or not let’s rejoice that we took the time to create and enjoy the process.  I’m going to rejoice in the imperfection and remember to let go of that ugly word called perfect.  I hope you do to.  I hope you will let me know your thoughts on Mr. Bird.  If you have this set, what colors have you tried using.  I wanna hear.

Important News!

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Picture Perfect, Stampin' Up!