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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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Hearts & Stars Elements, Superstar Stamp Set, Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!


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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Be Inspired 

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The Joys of Parenting!

The Joys of Parenting!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but parenting is not always a joy.

This week has been tough with my teenagers. Lucky for them they are cute!

You might be new to my blog and don’t let this title scare you.  I have something crafty and fun to share at the end of this post.


Let Them Fall

Over the last few months, Brandon has been struggling with one particular class, Honors Algebra 2.  I was watching his grades and asking him frequently what plan he had in place to get help.  I even went as far as contacting the teacher about tutoring.  However, Brandon felt like he could handle this struggle on his own.  That’s when I watched him fall flat on his face.  It was time he learned the hard way.

Don’t get me wrong.  This was not an easy task on my part.  I don’t particularly enjoy watching my kids fail at something, but when they seem to know EVERYTHING… it was time to let him be in control so he could finally see I’m not as stupid as he thinks.


Taking the Easy Road

This week Brandon approached Russ and I that he was going to drop out of Honors Algebra 2 and take the regular Algebra 2.  I, as well as the school counselor, might have considered this an option if he had done the class assignments and showed an ounce of effort.  Sadly, not the case and Brandon was sure his idea of switching classes was EASY PEASY.

Not so fast Mister! The school counselor called me, and we both chatted that he is SUPER smart and the underlying problem is not spending an ounce of time on this class.  It appears the X-box was slightly hindering his attention.


The Meet Up!

I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t disappointed.  When parenting issues come up, I immediately think about the things I could have done differently.  I picked up Brandon at the bus stop and decided to take him to Starbucks.  I knew I couldn’t get CRAY CRAY in public. This was good for both of us.

He was mopey because his idea of switching classes was not happening.  Obviously,  this was ALL my fault. I let him spill his guts.  I shut my mouth (never happens) and listened.  Once he was done telling me how he should be able to switch classes, tutoring was a lost cause, and he was only going to fail… I stepped in.

When ZERO effort is applied, failure is going to happen.  Had my kid showed a little effort he wouldn’t be in this pickle.  But just like many adults I know, he wanted to QUIT because it didn’t go his way.  If I quit, I can take the easy way out.  That suited him fine. Dang! Only 15 and just like that you want the easy road? WHERE did you learn this, son?

Thankfully we were in a public setting.  It was a genius moment on my part.

Here is the problem, there is no easy way.  Life is not easy and quitting is not an option!

Over and over Brandon kept telling me he failed.  In my eyes failing was changing that class when you never put an ounce of effort into it.  What happened to FIGHTING for something you want?  Even if we do fail at the task, we learn to get back up and start over.

The Solution!

Obviously, Brandon did not get the solution he was hoping for.  Switching classes was not an option.  Had he made an effort, but struggled that would have been an entirely different situation.  However, you chose the easy road of NOT doing anything and expecting to get off easy.

Our house will be quiet with the gaming console in the off position for a little while.  Well, until we see an improvement in the grades and attitude.  Brandon seems to think the gaming community could end due to his parents whacko thinking.  I guess time will tell.

Meanwhile… I’ll be on tutoring pick up duty on Wednesdays and watching my young man learn how to gain control of his work ethic.

Alexis and I are heading to another gymnastics meet.  There is nothing better than spending a car ride with my daughter as she makes her selfies into strawberry, dog, and a fox face at least 100x and then falls asleep.  YAY me.

Parenting has not been a joy this week, but I love them more than they will ever understand.  While they may think I’m an awful parent  (this was said earlier this week) I will march on and know that I’m developing kinder, hard working human beings.  Life is not about taking the easy road.  They must learn to try and if you don’t succeed, try again.  Don’t give up!


Big Monster Hugs

This card couldn’t be more perfect!  Despite Brandon being angry over the situation, he is loved.  A giant monster hug will be perfect for him.  I created this card using the Yummy in My Tummy stamp set.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Create the large polka dot background by using the center piece of rubber in the Monster’s belly.  I used Pool Party and Smoky Slate ink.
  • The monster was stamped onto Watercolor Paper and colored using the Aqua Painter.
  • Download the instructions to create this card HERE.

Parenting, Yummy in My Tummy, Stampin' Up!


Don’t miss out on this adorable stamp set for Valentines.

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Price: $110.00

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Vertical Garden

Vertical Garden- More Great Ideas

There is nothing like starting the week with a bang.

Today I’m sharing three ideas using the Vertical Garden stamp set.

The Vertical Garden images can make quite an impact on ANY project.


Let’s Get Started!


One of the great things about the Vertical Garden stamp set is how the images can fit any type of project.

For instance, I’ve created three different projects today including a welcome baby card, hello card and even a scrapbook page.


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Creating this first card, I was a little giddy with the frames in the background.

I love the Pop of Pink Designer Paper and it was perfect addition to this card.  Realizing the black and white stripe would probably be a little too drastic in color I decided to place a piece of Vellum over the designer paper to soften the look.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!


The Vertical stamp set, a two step stamp set was fun to use with Whisper White craft ink and the Watermelon Wonder ink.  SO pretty and SO soft.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!




Vertical Garden- Welcome Baby


Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!


Finally, a stamp set with an image that can open many doors.  Welcome baby, welcome home, welcome love… the list can go on with a simple “welcome!”

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!


This stamp set worked beautifully with the Made with Love stamp set.  The baby onesies were stamped and then die cut using the Baby’s First Framelits.  A quick and simple card for a beautiful new baby.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!



Scrapbook it!

Finally, the scrapbook page.  Wow, it’s been a long time since I created a traditional scrapbook page.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!


Vertical Garden stamp set provided the perfect title and background for this layout about Paris.  Just like the welcome image, you can only image the phrases you can create with the hello image.  Hello Paris created a perfect title for my layout.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!


I paired the hello image with the Labeler Alphabet to spell “Paris”.  Think of all of the words you can create to pair with both the hello and welcome stamp images.  WOW.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!

See all of the products used for these projects in the clickable links below.


Your Choice with Vertical Garden 

When I create with any stamp set, I’m always looking for the different ways it can be used.  This simple stamp set, created to pair with the Vertical Garden Project Kit has so much more to give.  Truly a set that can be used on many great projects.

Vertical Garden will be available on January 4th when the Occasions Catalog goes LIVE.  It will be an exciting day as we start a BIG promotion with Sale-a-Bration at the same time.  I’ve heard through the grapevine that the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs are rolling into mail boxes.  ohhhhwwwweeeeee.  This is so exciting.  It’s almost here.  It’s almost HERE!!!

Meanwhile… may your Monday be spectacular as we head into this last week before Christmas.  I’m still working on a few projects and hoping that I’ll be finished in time.

My secret this week will be this…  a big attitude of “let it be!”  In other words, I know there will be things that WILL NOT get done.  L


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Delightful Dijon with Sunshine Sayings

Delightful Dijon with Sunshine Sayings

If there is sunshine involved with a stamp set, it’s almost always guarantee’d to be on my stamping shelf.

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Sunshine Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Getting Started with Sunshine Sayings

Do you ever struggle getting started when you begin to stamp?

I thought I would share one of the ways I start a project that helps give my stamping a boost.

I started with the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, although I wasn’t sure of the products I wanted to start the card.


I decided to choose a color that I wanted to focus on, in this case Delightful Dijon, and then pulled products that were in the same color scheme or like it.  In this case I pulled the following products:

  • Delightful Dijon Cardstock & Ink
  • 2015-2017 In Color Doilies (Delightful Dijon is one of the color choices)
  • Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim
  • 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon
  • Delicate White Doilies

Although a few of the products were not the color of Delightful Dijon, they were neutrals which definitely blend with my color choice.

Sunshine Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo


Putting it All Together

As I began to put this card together I decided to keep the card monochromatic (meaning the same color either light, or dark).

  • I started by stamping the flower at the top of the Whisper White cardstock and continued stamping without re-inking.  This created an Ombre look which I love.
  • The die cut was created using Watercolor Paper and the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  Once the flower was die cut, I loaded my Aqua Painter with Delightful Dijon ink and gently brushed the flower starting in the center of the flower and worked outward.  You will notice not every piece of the flower has ink on it.  It was more of a hit or miss type of coloring.


Layer the Embellishments 

Sunshine Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo


Tips & Tricks 

  • I started by adding the Delicate White Doily (only 1/4 piece), topped with 1/2 of the Delightful Dijon Doily.  I placed a piece of Burlap Ribbon with the Very Vanilla Lace over the die cut flower.  Lastly, the Linen Thread was wrapped in a circle twice then all the layers were stapled with the Handheld Stapler onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
  • My greeting was stamped using Basic Black ink onto Delightful Dijon cardstock.  The words were trimmed closely then added onto the  layered embellishments using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  This glue is PERFECT when you want to adhere something to ribbon.  It dries quickly and it stays.
  • One of the last embellishments I added was the Metallic Enamel Dots to the card front. The gold accents blended excellent with the Delightful Dijon color.


Use Your Stash!

Take a minute today to look around your stamp room for embellishments that you can layer.  You will be surprised at how many products are sitting there waiting to be used for a simple layering technique like I’ve shared today.


I’d love to hear and see what you came up with.  Don’t be shy and share.

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  • If you are new to my site you will learn I love to thank my customers when they purchase from my Online Store.  You will receive a special gift and a free class tutorial when you make a purchase.  You will also receive a hand stamped card from me in the mail.  I do appreciate you!  Click HERE to browse new Stampin’ Up! products.

Have an awesome Friday! Check back this weekend for a little family update… It’s been awhile.


Creating for Baby- Artisan Hop

Creating for Baby- Artisan Hop

Creating the precious cards for a baby can be so fun and easy with Stampin’ Up! products.


One of the things I love to create for a new mom is thank you cards.  They are showered with gifts as they wait for the precious baby to arrive and it’s nice to have a hand stamped thank you card ready to go when you need it.


Normally I create 8-12 thank you cards for the new mom and bundle with a nice ribbon around the cards.  Today I have another way that you can keep the cards together in a fun box using the Gift Box Punch Board.


Gift Box Punch Board

This has been one of my least used punch boards and I had to giggle at myself when I started to use it.  I was totally intimidated by this product.  WHY on EARTH?? It’s so simple.  I should have known because Stampin’ Up! always tries to make things easier for crafters like us.

It was only a matter of pulling the punch board OUT and playing with it.  It’s the perfect addition to a craft room.  I am crazy for not using this sooner.


Get Crafty

Let me share what I created today.


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The box was created using the Shine On Designer Series Paper from the Occasions catalog.  This paper is thick and perfection when creating any type of box.  Plus the designs are fun for any baby project.

The cards are quick and easy using the Made with Love stamp set and Baby’s First Framelits Dies.


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I made two versions of the card using the colors Bermuda Bay and Cucumber Crush.

These are created using our White Notecards, however I trimmed them down 1/2″ across the bottom to fit in my box (3 x 5).  Normally the Notecards measure 3-1/2″ x 5″.

Each card is layered with another piece of Whisper White cardstock and embellished using the Made with Love stamp set onesie image and a strip of coordinating cardstock.  I love how these turned out.  Simple but cute.

Baby, Made with Love stamp set, Stampin' Up!


The greeting on the onesie came from the stamp set Happy Happenings.  Awesome greetings included with this set.


Creating the Box

Baby, Made with Love stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Here is a video below on creating the box.  



Supplies Needed to create box:

Optional is the tag I created using the Tags & Labels Framelits attached using Linen Thread.

Ribbon to tie around the box (I used Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon -retiring)

12 x 12 Shine On Designer Series Paper

Cut your DSP down to the following sizes:

  • 8 x 8 (box)
  • 3-1/8″ x 4-3/4″ (inside back piece)
  • 1-1/2″ x 12″ (belly band)


Use the chart on the punch board =  3.25 x 3.25 x 1.75

Your start line will be (L) and your diagonal line will be (S).

  • Edge 1: Vertical, Horizontal
  • Edge 2: Vertical, Horizontal, Diagonal
  • Edge 3: Vertical, Horizontal, Diagonal
  • Edge 4: Vertical

Once your box template is created, fold on all the score lines using your Bone Folder.  Remember that when you create a box you want to make nice folded creases.  This makes a huge difference in how your finished box will look.

Wrap a 1-1/2″ x 12″  piece of the Shine On Designer Series Paper around the box to create a belly band.

Tie a ribbon around the belly band and create a small tag for the box.


Baby, Made with Love stamp set, Stampin' Up!

You can see all the products I used for this project on the clickable links below.  

You might be asking… What do I do with the envelopes Kimberly? They will not fit into the box.  I bundled the envelopes together and tied ribbon around them.

As crafters we can make it easy for a new mom to send her thank you notes for all the fun baby gifts that she receives.

Time to be Inspired!


Be inspired today by visiting one of my favorites – Krista Frattin.  Her work is always amazing and I can’t wait to see what she shares today.

Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!



Baby, Made with Love stamp set, Stampin' Up!

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