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Be Inspired- Sending Love

Be Inspired- Sending Love

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

I’m super excited about today’s Be Inspired Blog Hop with a theme all about sending love.  You might have just come from Carolynn’s blog.  What a fun hop we have in store for today!

The past two weeks I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants with EVERYTHING in my life. I’m having one of those months where I completely over-scheduled events.  Not so much stamping events, but life events.  Have you experienced this?

Typically I do not find the month of February causing this much angst, more like the month of December.  However, Alexis gymnastic meets have added busy-ness to our schedule with the traveling.  In fact, we just came back from a competition in Orlando over the weekend, and I’m steadily trying to catch up.

 

Two Ships Sailing Different Directions

I’ve been feeling like Russ, and I are two passing ships with the crazy schedule we’ve created.

Obviously, this is a season in our lives when raising two teenagers.  We totally get it, but as you know when schedules get chaotic the lines of communication are drastically reduced, and this only causes tension.  This tension is what I like to call, communication chaos.

Luckily for me, I can get a little creative in my communications to Russ.

 

Creative Love

As you know, stamping gives us a way of communicating a simple sweet love message.  I like leaving Russ love notes, and I love when I have a stamp set that has the perfect words to convey my message.

I couldn’t have said this any better…. “You’re My Person!”

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

As much as my Prince can get on my nerves, he’s my person.  He gets me.  He still loves me when I’m grouchy, and I love him although it can be hard.  Know what I mean?

The stamp set Falling for You summed it all up!  It’s a great set for all types of LOVE occasions such as anniversaries, bride & grooms and of course a simple love message.

 

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

 

Keeping it Simple

Keeping things simple for me is always difficult.  I wanted to keep this card simple. However, I also wanted to use a different flower for the focal point of this card.

I loved the flower from the So in Love stamp set.  It’s a beautiful flower to watercolor.

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

 

Tips & Tricks

  • The flower was stamped using Archival Basic Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock then watercolored using my Aqua Painter with Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder ink.
  • I watercolored the image using the Blushing Bride ink first and then heat set with my Heat Tool.  Then I added the Watermelon Wonder ink over a few of the petals to add contrast.
  • I loved the So Detailed Thinlits die cut and placed this under the circle die cut.  I love how this individual die cut adds a very delicate look to the entire card.

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

Find all of the products used for today’s project in the clickable links below.

 

  • Save 10% by purchasing the So in Love Bundle.  Look at the beautiful details found in the So Detailed Thinlits.

Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set

 

 

 

While Russ and I continue to plug along with our scheduled chaos, I know something simple like this card can bring a smile to his face and he will know how much I love him despite our ships passing in the wind.

 

Be Inspired

While I hope today’s card and message inspires you to do the same, there is more inspiration to see.  The Be Inspired Team has a great line up of beautiful projects for you to see.  Click the button below to see Nadine’s project.

Cupcakes Sending Love, Stampin' Up!, Falling For You stamp set& Carousels, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday

 

Louise Sharp

Price: $110.00

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Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

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Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

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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. 

Time is Running Out!

Are you a subscriber?

Becoming a subscriber to receive the monthly Tutorial Bundle is only available until the end of February.

Read all the news about becoming a subscriber HERE.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Order $50 in products from my Online Store and receive a FREE tutorial packed with exclusive projects.

Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques? 

Click HERE to see my online class tutorials and stamp in the comfort of your home!

Looking for fun birthday card ideas? Click HERE to be inspired.

Price: $110.00

Sealed With Love-Artisan Blog Hop

Sealed With Love

Today marks the first official Artisan Blog Hop for the 2017 Artisan Team.

How appropriate to start off the Artisan year using the Sealed with Love stamp set.

Sealed With Love, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Design Team

 

Sending Love Suite

If you are looking to send the sweetest Valentine ever, the Sending Love Suite is the perfect solution.

One of my favorite products in this sweet are the Love Notes Framelits Dies.  Specifically, the arrow dies.

I’ve always been a fan of arrows and they are still very trendy in the crafting and fashion industries.

Sealed With Love, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Design Team

 

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Alternate the arrow die cuts along the Kraft cardstock (3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″).  Place the Kraft cardstock onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using dimensionals.
  • Stamp the greeting onto Kraft cardstock using Whisper White Craft Ink.  Let the ink dry or use a heat tool to speed up the drying process.  Die cut the greeting using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  (These are NOW available! Click HERE to purchase!)

Sealed With Love, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Design Team

 

  • Finish off this card by stamping the four heart images and die cut the image. Next, add a piece of twine from the 5/8″ Burlap Twine and the Very Vanilla Lace Trim and staple together.  Add a Mini Paper Clip for another fun embellishment.

Sealed With Love, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Design Team

 

Try this color combination for Valentines.  

Sealed With Love, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Design Team

Hello Love

 

I have one more fun card to share.

This time I used a more traditional Valentine color combination.

 

Sealed With Love, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Design Team

 

 

The Sending Love Designer Series Paper has beautiful patterns to choose from and not all are Valentines related.  My favorite pattern was used on this card- Valentine word art.

Sealed With Love, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Design Team

 

Another favorite used was the This Christmas Designer Series Paper.  I use the music notes in this paper frequently.  It’s perfect for so many paper crafting projects and especially for a “love note!”

Make sure to check out this post HERE with more Valentines inspiration including a fun box and Valentine card.

 

Sealed With Love, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Design Team

You can find all of the supplies for both cards in the clickable links below. 

 

Grab the Sending Love Suite

There is plenty of time to grab your Valentines supplies and create your perfect Valentine. The Sealed with Love stamp set and Love Notes Framelits Dies are the perfect bundle to start with.  Grab the bundle and save 10%.  Click HERE to purchase.

 

Be Inspired!

Be inspired by more projects using the Sealed with Love stamp set.  The Artisan team is made up of 20 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world.  Yes, WORLD.  Simply click the blog button below and you will be taken to my friend Louise Sharp’s blog.

 

 

 

 

Price: $110.00

Valentines Stuff Already?

Valentines Stuff Already? 

Earlier tonight Alexis and I made a trip to our local dollar store and we came to a complete halt.

There it was starring right at us, Valentines stuff.

When your 13 year old looks at you and say’s “Really Mom?”, you know it’s early.

The funny part… I had just created a Valentines card yesterday.  I didn’t have the heart to tell Alexis.

Although she knows her mama is crazy and celebrates all holidays months before they actually happen because that is how I roll.

 

Create a Fruity Valentines 

Thought I would share my Valentines card using the Fruit Stand Suite in the main Stampin’ Up! catalog.

Valentines, Stampin' Up!, Fresh Fruit

 

I pulled out my neglected Fresh Fruit stamp set and the coordinating Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper  so I could create this Valentines card.

One thing about fruit stamps, you can use them all year long.

When creating this card I was inspired by something I say to my kids all the time… “You are the apple of my eye!”

While there may not be hearts fluttering all over the card, hopefully the greeting and the “apples” capture my inspiration for Valentines.

 

Create It!

Creating this card uses minimal products and quick to pull together.

Valentines, Stampin' Up!, Fresh Fruit

 

  • Cardstock base is Whisper White Thick cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11.
  • Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper measures 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Both of the apple images were stamped using Real Red and Watermelon Wonder inks, and Garden Green for the stems onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 3″ x 4″.  This is placed onto a mat of Watermelon Wonder cardstock 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″.
  • The greeting is stamped using Watermelon Wonder onto Whisper White cardstock and die cut using Stitched Shapes Framelits.  These framelits will be back in stock mid January.  I’ll keep you posted.
  • I added two of my favorite embellishments, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (pulling one thread to wrap in a circle) and a small piece of a Delicate White Doily.  I’m a huge fan of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon because of the individual threads. I find I use this all the time on my cards.  You can see another example HERE and HERE.

Valentines, Stampin' Up!, Fresh Fruit

 

 

Fight the Winter Blues Creating

I’m not sure if the fruit will fight the winter blues, but I know crafting does.

Whether it’s Valentines you are creating or fun wintery cards,  creating makes anything better.

Make sure to check out this post with some great ideas using this stamp set HERE.  It’s one of my most popular posts using this set.

Valentines, Stampin' Up!, Fresh Fruit

 

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

Don't Miss Out, Valentines, Stampin' Up!, Fresh Fruit

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.

Stamp with Me! See Online Classes Available!

Purchase $50 from my Online Store and receive my December Tutorial FREE.   

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

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.

It’s AMAZING!!

These great deals will only last until January 3rd, 2017.

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale

 

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.

 

Stamp with Me! See Online Classes Available!

Purchase $50 from my Online Store and receive my December Tutorial FREE.   

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

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.

It’s AMAZING!!

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale