Archive for Baby – Page 2

A New Journey- Babies

A New Journey- Babies!

Before you get too excited let me say this is NOT a new journey for me.

Oh no!

Having a baby is definitely a new journey, isn’t it? I know all the mom’s out there are shaking their head YES!

Crafting is a Journey!

I’m chuckling as I write this tonight because this card was such a JOURNEY!

I was cooking  up another card with a completely different stamp set and all of a sudden I had an idea.

I pushed all of the other supplies aside and jumped on the idea while it was fresh in my mind.  I honestly didn’t need a baby card but when you have an idea you just RUN with it.

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!

The idea started with the Designer Paper- Sweet Li’l Things.  My girlfriend Debbie was using it and I was so embarrassed I didn’t recognize the pattern she was using.  In fact, I thought she was using paper from another company.  When she told me that it was Sweet Li’l Things I looked on my paper shelf and there it SAT.  All alone.  Dust bunnies growing on it.

 

The clouds, animals, stars… oh my the cuteness is overload.

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!

As I was building the card and adding the clouds I wanted something other than the typical “baby” greeting.  I went on the great search in my stamp collection and immediately the stamp set Beautiful Ride stood out.

A Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up!

 

My eye was instantly drawn to the greeting “The Journey Begins!”

 

Tips & Tricks 

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!

There are a few helpful tips when creating this card.

  • The baby onsie, was die cut using the Baby’s First Framelits Dies using Shimmery Paper.  I gently watercolored the die cut using Tangerine Tango ink and an Aqua Painter.
  • The Greeting was heat embossed using Basic Black ink and Clear Embossing powder.  Then I watercolored over the greeting using Hello Honey Ink and trimmed closely to each of the words using my snips.
  • There are strips of Designer Paper under the Vellum square.
  • The clouds were punched using the Tree Builder punch.  I punched the clouds and then layered two clouds together and sponged over them using Pool Party ink to darken the color.  Layering punches is my new favorite thing to do.

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!

 

The stamp set Beautiful Ride can be used for so many occasions besides weddings and couples.  Think about graduation, new job, babies… These are just a few ideas.

 

You can see all of the supplies I used for this card in the clickable links below.

Price: $110.00

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!

Place an order in my Online Store and receive a FREE gift from me as well as a FREE class tutorial in the month of April. 

I’m not foolin’ ya! Click HERE to shop!

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you. 

April Hostess Code, Stampin' Up!

             XOXOXOXOXO

Cutest Lamb Ever!

Cutest Lamb Ever!

I can’t get over this sweet little lamb and I can’t get enough of him.

The Easter Lamb is as single wood stamp in the Occasions catalog that I personally have a crush on.  I love that you can use this little guy for both Easter and Baby cards.  SCORE!!

 

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

 

I recently did a swap with my team and this is my card I created for it.  Simple enough to create in mass quantities and I love that the Easter Lamb doesn’t need much coloring.  His cute little face says enough.

 

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

I dolled this card up with a few doilies because he reminds me of something very delicate just like doilies are.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter I love using Texture Embossing folders and this one I used the negative side of the polka dots. It’s different and I loved how the circles all came together- circles on his little body, the circle punch, the White Perfect Accents. A balance of circles.

I did use a Blender Pen to color in his face, ears and legs using Blushing Bride.  I also added a little Dazzling Diamonds over his body using a Two-Way Glue Pen.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

This last photo I wanted to show you something else I did to give it just a WEE bit more texture.  I didn’t use this for my swaps only to keep them a bit more simple, but I love how the Striped Scallop Thinlits added a bit more texture to the card.  It wasn’t the entire card, just the focal area.  I didn’t want to take away from the cutest lamb ever.

 

This might go down as the shortest post ever but great things are going on here at home…

 

I’ve been spending a little more time at the gym watching Alexis do her routines for her upcoming gymnastics meet this weekend.  She is looking fantastic although really beating herself up as the level she is competing at is 2 levels higher than her normal. We had to have a little chat tonight about expectations. I love that she is shooting for the moon, but at the same time want her to realize this is the FIRST time she has competed at this level.  In other words- hope for the best but don’t get your pants in a pinch if you score low.

Totally easy for mom to say.  I am pretty sure she rolled her eyeballs at me.  Thirteen is such a LOVELY age.

We are heading to Orlando on Friday for this gym meet.  It’s a big one at the ESPN center.  Wish her luck and pray she that I stay calm.  The best part is we will celebrate regardless of the outcome on Sunday at Disney.  YAY.  I feel like a little girl.

 

February Gift With Purchase

New Gift with purchase & New Tutorial!

Simply use the Hostess Code below when placing your order of $25 or more. 

Spend $50 and receive a FREE Sale-a-Bration product.   February Hostess Code, Stampin' Up!

Pattern Paper- Do You Use it?

Pattern Paper- Do You Use it?

Pattern Paper is something I typically hoard for years.  Even better is the hoarding takes on a this beautiful organization in my craft room where it sits on beautiful paper racks and looks GORGEOUS  on them.  Then the thought of using it comes to mind only for me to say “Okay, but just this tiny piece!”

 

You know this is true since you come here and visit my blog.  You see it.  Or… let’s just say you DON’T see it.

 

I have GOOD intentions friends! I pull it out and then BOOM- I have no clue how to incorporate the pattern paper into a project.

 

I’ve tried to be more mindful of my lack of use with the new Occasions catalog but I’m noticing quickly I’m stuck in the same pattern.  I pull it out, look at it.. stuff it back onto it’s pretty place and then it gets no use.

Can anyone relate to this craziness?

 

This Occasions catalog I am in love with two of the patterns offered.  One is my absolute favorite- Birthday Boutique and the other is the It’s My Party designer paper.  Both have great patterns and lots of coordinating colors to work with.

Tuesday Tip

Today’s tip is pretty simple.

In fact, it might be something you already do but could be a reminder for us to do more.

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

 

I am not one to stamp on my pattern paper.  Ever.  I had some scraps sitting on my stamp table and it so happens it was this beautiful striped piece from the Birthday Boutique Designer Paper.

Was in a stamping rut when I had stamped two filigree images onto the Whisper White and wasn’t sure where else to go with this card.  Once I saw the designer paper sitting there I grabbed it and decided to stamp the Easter greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I love the fonts in this greeting and was surprised how well this came out.

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

 

What do you think?

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

I added a little ribbon under the pattern paper and then a doily at the top and keep this in place with a simple staple.

 

The only thing left to add was a few White Perfect Accents.  The card is then layered onto the Blushing Bride twice and then onto the card base of Whisper White Thick cardstock.

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

 

Again, this could be something you do all the time but for me, it’s NEW.  It’s a great way to take a stab at the pounds of pattern papers I have sitting pretty and just maybe I can make a dent into my hoarding obsession.  OR I can continue to hoard the paper and pretend I’m using it.  Either way, it’s pretty to look at and it makes me happy.

 

 

You can see all the supplies I used below in the clickable links.

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

 

Do you have a product that you hoard besides stamps or paper? What’s your obsession? I’d love to hear.

***NEW Stamps in the Mail!***

Click HERE to see what’s NEW with this GREAT program.

February Gift With Purchase

New Gift with purchase & New Tutorial!

Simply use the Hostess Code below when placing your order of $25 or more. 

Spend $50 and receive a FREE Sale-a-Bration product.   February Hostess Code, Stampin' Up!

Honeycomb Happiness- Wednesday WOW

Honeycomb Happiness- Wednesday WOW

Yesterday I shared a fun card using Honeycomb Happiness and the sweetest little chic.

 

Today, I want to share a fun way to use the ice cream image on two different cards.  Each card is the same design, I’ve just added a few extra layers.

 

Coordinating Products with Honeycomb Happinesss

Honeycomb Happiness, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

Have you ever felt like you are on a scavenger hunt when you are tying to coordinate products together? Stampin’ Up! has always done a fantastic job of doing this for us, but sometimes I like to look for other ways outside of what they have coordinated for me already.

 

For instance, Honeycomb Happiness is a Sale-a-Bration set that you can receive for FREE with every $50 purchase.  AWESOME!  What makes this set great is that it pairs beautifully with the Birthday Bouquet Suite. From the designer paper and accessories… it can make for some really fun projects.

 

I decided to use the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and Honeycomb Embellishments for my ice cream card.

Honeycomb Happiness, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

If you look closely I also added a strip of Burlap Ribbon across the card front underneath the die cut label.  I loved how the texture of the burlap ribbon matched the look of the ice cream cone.

Honeycomb Happiness, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

The Honeycomb Embellishments added the perfect touch to the ice cream cone.  While these embellishments are 3D- meaning they can make a card bulky, remember they will still look fun even if they are a little mashed.  They can spring back into place – for the most part.  Otherwise… think of it this way, it’s the PERFECT excuse to HAND deliver as card.

 

To shimmy this card up a bit I decided to add a few layers of ink, doilies, sequins and cardstock.

Let’s see what I did.

Honeycomb Happiness, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Tips and Tricks 

  • Ink splatter was created using an Aqua Painter and ink from my classic ink pad.  Just tap the Aqua Painter and let the ink splatter.  Be careful not to over splatter.  Thats a quick way to make a card go from super cute to “What is this mess?”  Remember this post HERE?
  • A simple piece of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper added the sparkle.
  • The scallop edge came from the Cutie Pie Thinlits.  Don’t forget the hidden treasures of dies you have.
  • Sequins are budget friendly and perfect addition to a card.  Use the Fine-Tip Glue pen for precision glue every time.
  • You will also see that I added a layer of cardstock on the ice cream image.  I wanted to add a bit more color than what I was getting from ink.
  • I added the burlap ribbon again, this time fraying the edges a bit.

Honeycomb Happiness, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

Notice for this card the greeting is tucked under the label instead of over the label.  It’s a a subtle change, what do you think?

 

Honeycomb Happiness, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

There you have it.  Honeycomb Happiness is a delightful set that you can create simple eye pleasing card using very few steps or a few more added steps.  Either way, it’s going to be pretty.

Time for you to weigh in.  This is my FAVORITE part.  I want to hear from you.  Which card do you like better? Which card would you see yourself making.  Leave me a comment letting me know.

 

***NEW Stamps in the Mail!***

Click HERE to see what’s NEW with this GREAT program.

February Gift With Purchase

New Gift with purchase & New Tutorial!

Simply use the Hostess Code below when placing your order of $25 or more. 

Spend $50 and receive a FREE Sale-a-Bration product.   February Hostess Code, Stampin' Up!

Going Global – Inspiration

Going Global – Inspiration 

Happy Saturday! I’m bringing inspiration to you today using the Going Global stamp set.

 

This entire suite is versatile for any occasion throughout the year.

 

Going Global, Stampin' Up!

 

The greetings in this set was the eye catcher for me and the perfect coordination with the images.  Let’s take a peek at these pretty samples.

 

Going Global, Stampin' Up!

 

I don’t know about you but most of my friends live a LONG distant from me.  Probably why this greeting was perfection in my eyes.  I love the encouragement it would send to my friends via happy mail.

Going Global, Stampin' Up!

Going Global, Stampin' Up!

 

The 2″ Circle Punch coordinates beautifully with the compass.  It can also be used with the globe image.

Going Global, Stampin' Up!

The Sweetheart punch (our heart punch) also coordinates perfectly.

Going Global, Stampin' Up!

 

Notice that each of the cards use the World Traveler Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This folder not only coordinates perfectly for this set but would also be great to use with the following stamp sets:

 

 

 

Supply List

Lastly, the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack has 48 sheets: 4 each of 12 designs all 6 x 6 in size.  A few of the sheets have the very trendy “marbled” look that I’ve noticed in big box stores on stationary and party essentials.  I always love to see trends like this come into play with my crafting.
Here are a few more samples from the catalog that I just LOVE.
  Going Global, Stampin' Up!
Going Global will make a great addition to your stamp collection and one that you can use for many occasions.  The samples above are just a highlight of the potential this set has to offer.  Are you ready to add this to your collection? You can easily click the links below to add this set and the coordinating products to your shopping cart.