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Hearts & Stars Elements

Hearts & Stars Elements

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!


When I start creating for OnStage displays, I try to have a mix of occasions if I can.  Creating this card worked out perfect when creating this baby card and using the Hearts & Stars Elements.

Remember, expect to be inspired for the next nine days with the Artisan Display Stampers from OnStage.


Superstar Stamp Set


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This sweet baby card ended up showcasing many new products and was an easy way for me to fall in love with each of them.

The Superstar stamp set is one that is retiring.  It’s laden with great images of stars as well as the circle of words that I used for the focus of my card.


So What’s New?

  • The pattern paper comes from the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It’s beautiful with soft blues and pinks on one side and gold on the other.  You can see I added a small banner using the gold across the card.
  • The wooden elements are a called Hearts & Stars Elements.  Here you will find different sizes of hearts and stars.  What I love about them are the open and solid images.
  • Lastly, you will see a new ribbon.  This 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon comes in three different colors- Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, and Whisper White.  This ribbon is pliable and easy to use on cards.  I love that it can be pressed relatively flat making cards not so bulky.

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Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • A quick way to add the wooden elements to a project (especially the open stars and hearts) is to take a sponge dauber lightly glazed with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  Simply tap the backs of the wooden pieces and attach.  This way you do not have excess glue dripping everywhere.
  • The clouds were die cut using the Up & Away Thinlits from Watercolor paper.  I used my Aqua Painter over the clouds with Pool Party ink to give the clouds a soft look.
  • The card base was created using Kraft Cardstock.  This cardstock is retiring and only available until May 31st.

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Don’t Wait, Order Now!

This time of year is exciting for avid crafters that love Stampin’ Up! products.  It’s a season where we see tons of fresh new products making way to a brand new catalog.  It can also be sad as we say goodbye to many other products.  My advice, if there is something you love, don’t wait.  Order your favorites before May 31st.  Many times our retiring products are gone QUICKLY!

Click HERE to download the retired list. Don’t miss the sneak peek of the Eastern Palace Suite. Click HERE to see three fun ideas!

The Superstar stamp set is on the retired list along with the Stars Framelits Dies.  The framelits are also on sale.  Grab these dies for only $21.60!

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Sweet Little Popsicles from Cool Treats

Sweet Little Popsicles from Tasty Treats

I can barely contain my excitement as I sit down to write. It’s been forever since I posted something pretty! No blogging is what happens when you spend more time in a car than your actual stamping space.  I’ll catch you up to speed on what’s been going on here, and I have a fun card using the Cool Treats Photopolymer Bundle from Stampin’ Up!

In a span of two weeks, I’ve traveled 2200 miles back and forth across Florida for spring break with the family as well as a State Gymnastics meet for Alexis.  WHOA!  I have one more road trip this week, and then I am praying for some normalcy in my household.


Sweet Little Popsicles

After being gone for so long, I had a pile of stamps needing attention.  There is nothing like going from zero stamping to creating about 18 pretties in one day.  Yes, true story.  I spent about 12 hours in my stamp room yesterday stamping like a crazy woman.  I had 15 projects to create for a Stampin’ Up!  event I’m attending in Savannah, GA this weekend as well as a few other projects.

After creating projects that had a deadline, it was nice to reset my brain and just create something for fun.  It also looks rather tasty! Sweet Little Popsicles.

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I’ve used this set several different times, and each time I do, I grow more and more fond of the images and die cuts.  This card especially made me want to hunt down the ice cream truck to grab one of these delicious popsicles.  Can you imagine the visual? Me… running down the street chasing the ice cream truck. Ha ha ha… oh dear.  This makes me laugh!


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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few of my favorite things about this card.

  • A simple watercolored background using Sahara Sand Ink and Aqua Painter makes the popsicles stand out on this card.  I added a little-splattered ink using Early Espresso ink.
  • The coordinating pattern paper of popsicles makes this card even more delicious.  Make sure to grab the Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper before the end of the Occasions Catalog, May 31st.  It’s the perfect paper for spring/summer projects.
  • One of my favorite additions to this card is the scalloped edge behind the watercolor paper.  This scallop edge was created using the Cutie Pie Thinlits.  *LOVE THIS!*
  • Lastly, the Cool Treats stamp set has great greetings and fonts.  I love the simple and tiny fonts on this special greeting.  I created a 1/2″ banner to go across the popsicles using Pool Party cardstock and Early Espresso Ink.

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What’s Your Favorite Cool Treat?

After a few weeks of being on the road and too many dole whips, Dairy Queen stops… honestly, I think I could stand not to have any more cold treats.  What is your favorite cold treat?

I have another card I’ll be sharing using this set soon.  The Cool Treats stamp set has so many opportunities to use and especially with the change of seasons coming up.



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Like I said in the beginning, I hope to be back to my normal blogging schedule and spending less time in my car. Not being able to stamp has been a BIG fat bummer.  Although I’ve had a blast with my kids, mama needs some stamping fun.

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

Price: $110.00

Oh So Succulent- Sneak Peek

Oh So Succulent- Sneak Peek

The new Occasions catalog will be here before we know it and it’s going to knock your socks off.

I’m super excited to share a little sneak peek of one of the stamp sets, Oh So Succulent.

I have quite a few more sneak peeks I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks from the displays I created at the Stampin’ Up! conference.

The Oh So Succulent stamp set has an entire collection that coordinates, the best is the framelits.


Time for a Sneak Peek

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One of the first things I thought about when using this set was creating a terrarium.

What better way to create that by using the Jar of Love stamp set and Everyday Jars framelits.

Once I had the jar die cut, I stamped the smaller succulent flowers inside the jar. I loved how this looked.

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If you haven’t noticed already, Watercolor Paper has been one of my favorite papers to use.  I love how you can create a simple background with just a few brush strokes using your Aqua Painter.

I created the background using Bermuda Bay ink.  Dang!  This color rocks my world every single time.


Tips & Tricks 

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Here are a few tips and tricks when creating this card using the Oh So Succulent stamp set.


  • The Gold twine is one of my favorites from the Holiday Catalog- Bakers Twine Trio Pack.  This twine is perfectly flexible and easy to tie a fantastic bow every single time.
  • The Music Note paper is from the This Christmas Designer Series Paper in the Annual Catalog.  Yes, it’s Christmas paper, but music notes have a wonderful vintage feel and make any project perfect when you add it.
  • The tiny scallop edge was created using the Layering Squares Framelits and cutting one edge of a scallop square.  These scallops are small and delicate looking.
  • Happy Birthday is only a portion of the greeting that comes with this stamp set.  I simply masked the rest of the greeting and embossed the image using White Embossing Powder onto Basic Black cardstock to create a chalkboard look.

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Please note… the Oh So Succulent stamp set is not available yet. 

Try this color combination!


Sweet Succulent

Believe it or not I have a green thumb.

After playing around with this stamp set I might have to get my own REAL succulent plant.

The only plant I’m well known for killing is an Orchid.

Do you have a succulent? Are there tricks to keeping it alive? I want it to be just as pretty as the stamp images in the Oh So Succulent stamp set.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and I definitely can’t wait for you to get your hands on this BEAUTIFUL stamp set.


Did you know… 

Starting December 1st Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators get to PRE-ORDER from the new Occasions catalog.

This is a BIG deal and a huge perk of being a demonstrator -and- the Oh So Succulent stamp set bundle can be a part of your stamping starter kit.

The good news is you can PRE-ORDER too.  If you have been on the fence about becoming a demonstrator why not start now and fill your starter kit with NEW products from the Occasions catalog.

This could be the perfect Christmas gift to yourself.  Start the new year off with an amazing opportunity of becoming a demonstrator.


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Make Your Own Snow Globe

Make Your Own Snow Globe

Snow globes are so beautiful and I especially love them this time of year.

I’ve had this idea running through my head for quite some time.

It’s an idea I had written down in my notes however I needed time to put it in place.

Can you relate?

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Mountain Adventure Snow Globe

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One of my favorite stamp sets is the Jar of Love and the coordinating framelits called Everyday Jars.  This stamp set and framelits have AMAZING possibilities.

See how to create all types of snow globes and fun images to go inside your globe.


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The Mountain Adventures stamp set has the perfect small images to create a snow globe.

Check out this fun color combination!!

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Tips & Tricks To Create a Snow Globe

  • The Stitched Shapes Framelits Circle die cut was used for the base of Snow Globe.  The circle was die cut using Watercolor Paper.
  • Create a watercolor wash using Sweet Sugarplum ink over the entire circle.  Let dry.
  • Stamp cabin image onto circle using Soft Suede ink. Stamp snow using Sweet Sugarplum ink.
  • Using Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamp two trees onto Whisper White cardstock, fussy cut using Paper Snips.
  • Stamp Jar Lid from the Jar of Love stamp set and Soft Suede ink.  Die cut using Everyday Jars Framelits.
  • Card base measures 4-1/4″ x 11 using Whisper White Thick cardstock.  Layer with Sweet Sugarplum cardstock (4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″).
  • Cut Watercolor Paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Watercolor over middle section of paper using Smoky Slate ink.  Once dry, stamp snow using Sweet Sugarplum.
  • Add a small piece of a doily under the circle for the snow globe you created.  Attach the jar lid to the bottom of the circle using Snail adhesive.  Attach trees using Mini Glue Dots.
  • Wrap Silver Thread in palm several times and lay onto Watercolor Paper, secure using a Mini Glue Dot.  Attach Snow Globe to card front using dimensionals.  Add Enamel Dots from In Colors and Silver Enamel Dots to accent the card.

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Lastly, stamp the greeting from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set onto Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and create a banner.


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The Possibilities Are Endless… 

Honestly, the possibilities for what you can put inside the snow globe are abundant. Especially with the gorgeous stamp selection we have.  Take note of smaller images you have on hand to create all types of snow globes. Gather a list after looking through your stamp collection and start creating those snow globes.


Click the clickable links below to see all of the products used for this project.

Stampin’ by the Sea News!

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Stitched Shapes Framelits

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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.


Pastor Appreciation- Labeler Alphabet

Pastor Appreciation Month

You may not be aware, but October is Pastor Appreciation Month.


After talking to one of my friends at church we were discussing our Pastor and the great man he is.

This had me walking away thinking about all this man and his family has done for my little messy family.

Yes, messy!  I believe Pastors and their families see some really messy stuff.

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Creating Appreciation

If there was ever the opportunity to create a bit of appreciation it was NOW.

The only problem was articulating what I wanted to create for our Pastor and the supplies on hand.

Surely with the load of supplies I had in sight I could create the perfect card…

While the perfect greeting wasn’t in sight… I had an idea.

My idea was to articulate something with our church mission.



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The Brain Starts Clicking!

You gotta love when the brain starts clicking and the creativity starts overflowing.

Then the products and creativity work together.

First I grabbed the stamp set Places You’ll Go with the gorgeous globe and stand.

Next, the stamp set that wins for making this card possible-Labeler Alphabet!

Do you have a word or perfect greeting thats not already a stamp? Create your own with the Labeler Alphabet.

“Making Disciples of All Nations” was the greeting I wanted and the Labeler Alphabet was PERFECTION!


Labeler Alphabet, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks

Below are a few tips & tricks when working with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

  • You can place the stamps on a block to create the words or stamp individually.
  • When stamping the words together you will notice more space between the letters because of how the images appear.
  • Heat emboss with embossing powder to give a realistic look of a label.  VersaMark Ink and White Embossing Powder achieved the look in the picture above.
  • The Globe and stand were stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.  You can create the colored globe by simply sponging Pool Party and Mint Macaron ink together over the embossed image.
  • Create a watercolor background using Pool Party and Mint Macaron ink with an Aqua Painter onto Watercolor Paper.


Regardless of what greeting you need, the Labeler Alphabet stamp set can help you achieve the results needed.


Make Others Feel Appreciated

We don’t have to have a special month to make others feel appreciated.  As stampers we have the opportunity to send a quick card and let others know our appreciation every single day.

Don’t forget the power of a hand stamped card. It’s a beautiful thing.

Today pull out a card that you have created and let someone know how much you appreciate them.


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