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Fun with Basket Bunch

Basket Bunch 

Happy Thursday!

Before I dive into the Artisan blog hop for today, I thought I would let you know where I’ve been.  Not much creativity has happened over the last few weeks.


What’s Happening!

Last Wednesday my dad had surgery to repair a hernia.  Since then it’s been one complication after another, and he’s still in the hospital.  My family has been taking shifts to be there with my dad during his entire hospital stay.  I’ve been there at night with him.  Night shifts bring me back to my nursing days years and years ago.  I worked many night shifts back in the day.  However, I was much younger and didn’t have kids.  Needless to say, my body only wants to sleep ALL the time when I’m not with my dad.

I keep praying that we will see a change for the better.  It’s been a roller coaster ride.


Chocolate & Bunnies

Thankfully I had this Artisan project done way ahead of time to share.  I haven’t stamped anything in a few weeks with Alexis competition schedule and now my dad.

I’m sharing a fun project using the Basket Bunch stamp set with the Basket Builder Framelits.  This bundle is so fun and has the cutest little images.


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I love the color combination of  Mint Macaron with Kraft cardstock.  That little bunny sure makes a statement.


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Favors using Basket Bunch

I wanted to create a simple party favor for Alexis to hand out to her friends at school.  I love that I can still do this.


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Creating these are super simple.  I used the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper and wrapped in a cone shape.


Tips & Tricks

Keeping them together is easy using the Tear and Tape Adhesive.  Once the cone was created I folded the top over,  stacked the two doilies together and lastly stapled the Sale-a-Bration ribbon over the doilies.  I love the soft pastel color combinations the designer series paper offers.  I added a simple banner across the top and of course a little bunny.

The finishing touch was the tassel.  This tassel comes from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit.

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I simply tied the tassel around the ribbon using Linen Thread.

Of course, don’t forget to fill your bunny cone favor with a fun chocolate or jelly beans.

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


I hope you have enjoyed this little Easter project for today.  There are many more projects to see from our Artisan Team.  Simply click the button below and enjoy the blog hop.  First up is Louise Sharp.  I’m sure she will have something amazing to share.

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Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser

For now, it’s time for me to go back to the hospital… please keep my dad in prayer. His name is Donnie.  We would appreciate it.

Be Inspired- Inside The Lines

Be Inspired- Inside The Lines 

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We all know that inspiration can be found everywhere when it comes to paper crafts. Today, that inspiration is coming from the Be Inspired Design Team, and you may have just hopped here from Carolynn’s blog.  Our theme today is Sale-a-Bration, which means a FREE product for every $50 purchase from Stampin’ Up!


Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper

I am sure as a paper crafter you might be aware of the popular new craze called adult coloring books.  While I am sure they have been around forever, this girl who lives under a rock discovered them last fall.

When I found them at a local craft store I instantly did not think of myself using them, but more so for my daughter who loves to color.  However, the images in these coloring books were breathtaking, and it did look fun.

Fast forward to our new Sale-a-Bration catalog and what do my eyes see? Yes, a designer paper just waiting to be colored.

The Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper leaves you with the opportunity to make the colors of each paper your own.


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Be Creative and Color

To my surprise, I ended up loving each of these cards, and I am eager to share them with you.

The creative process started with only taking 1 of each of the four designs and cutting each 12 x 12 designer paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″.

Each card is colored using a different tool such as the following:

  • Sponging
  • Watercoloring
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Markers

You will notice that each method of coloring provided a different look to the designer paper and gave more insight on how the paper would hold up using each of these tools.  While each card is different, they are very simple with only a few additional layers of embellishments.  All of the greetings came from one stamp set, Suite Sentiments.

Let’s see how this paper comes to life.


First, let’s take a look at how a simple sponge can create a beautiful look to this card.

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I sponged the leaves with Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz Classic Ink.

After I had sponged the leaves, I only fussy cut the image and layered onto another piece of the designer series paper.


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Next, stamp the greeting from the Suite Sentiments stamp set onto a Lots of Labels framelit dies.


Watercoloring on designer series paper added an entirely new appreciation for this beautiful paper.


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Quick Tips:

  • I used an Aqua Painter to color the flower using Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Classic Ink.
  • Heat set the paper using a Heat Tool.
  • Due to the watercolor, you might notice the paper will wrinkle. Use Fast Fuse adhesive so that the paper will lay flat onto the card base.

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Sponge Daubers

This next card uses one of my favorite sponging tools, Sponge Daubers.

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Rather than using the entire sponge to color the images as I utilized in the first card, the Sponge Dauber highlighted the flowers all over the paper using Crushed Curry Classic Ink.

The leaves were colored using Pear Pizzaz Ink and an Aqua Painter.  Finally, to finish the card, I added the greeting with a few die cuts and ribbon.



Last, but certainly not least I used markers to color the images.

One of the greatest coloring tools you will find in the Stampin’ Up! product line is the Many Marvelous Markers.  What sets these markers apart from any other marker is the color coordination with all of Stampin’ Up! products.

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I used the brush tip of the marker and quickly colored the flower using Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, and Tangerine Tango.

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A few things to note about each of the four cards:

  • All the colors coordinate together.
  • The coloring techniques only highlight a piece of the designer series paper.
  • Each card uses a greeting from the same stamp set, Suite Sentiments.
  • Embellishments are simple pieces of ribbons or doilies.


Crafting with the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper brought back great memories of coloring in color books all the while creating beautiful cards.  This product will not disappoint and will provide hours of crafting enjoyment.

Leave a comment and tell me which card catches your eye the most.


Time to Hop! Be Inspired 

Lastly, it’s time to be inspired by more Sale-a-Bration products from our creative Be Inspired Team.

Click the button and be inspired by my friend Sarah Berry.

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Circle of Spring- Magical Moment!

Circle of Spring- Magical Moment!

I just had a magical moment with my Circle of Spring stamp set and I’m super excited that I can share it with all of you.

It’s also an Artisan Blog Hop day which makes this a double bonus.  We should all break out in dancing and cheer now. Really!


I was going through my Artisan box of love that came in the mail and trying to figure out what I would use to create for this hop and when you aren’t feeling the creativity it can be a little overwhelming to know what to pull and create with.


Down deep in my box was the stamp set Circle of Spring.  This one sweet stamp set flooded my brain with ideas and literally the magic began.

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Before I even had the paper out, I had the idea floating in my head.  I wanted all the things I love.

  • Typeset Designer Series Paper
  • Watercoloring
  • Tiny trinkets like pearls, tiny flowers, and very thin Washi Tape from a Project Life kit
  • Doilies… it’s always on my favorites list

With everything set in front of me, I jumped in.

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Create it!

Follow along with these steps and you can create with me…

  1. Daffodil Delight cardstock 8-1/2 x 11, Whisper White cardstock 4 x 5-1/2 and 3 x 4-1/2.  Shimmery White Cardstock 3-1/2 x 3-1/2.  Typeset DSP 1/4 x 2-3/4.
  2. Fold the Daffodil Delight cardstock in half.  Corner round the bottom right edge.  Corner round the Whisper White cardstock on the right bottom edge. Adhere the Whisper White cardstock to the Daffodil Delight cardstock all the way to the right edge with dimensionals.  Adhere the Washi Tape along the left edge of the Whisper White cardstock.
  3. Create a Label using the Lots of Labels Framelits and Whisper White cardstock.  Using Aqua Painter and Pear Pizzaz ink, watercolor down the entire front of the Label.  Let dry.  Add splatter using Tangerine Tango ink over label.
  4. Adhere the Typeset DSP along the right edge of the Label using Snail Adhesive.  Stamp Hello Spring using Archival Basic Black ink.  Attach a small piece of White Tea Lace Doily and Gold small doily on the back left side of the label.  Adhere to the front of the card using dimensionals.
  5. Stamp the wreath using Archival Basic Black ink onto Shimmery White cardstock.  Die cut the wreath using the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Die.  Watercolor using Aqua Painter and the following inks: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow.  Splatter over the wreath using Tangerine Tango, and Daffodil Delight ink.  Attach Gold Thread to the backside of the wreath, attach wreath to the label using dimensionals.
  6. Tie a bow using the Daffodil Seam Binding ribbon.  Attach bow to wreath using Mini Glue Dots.
  7. Using a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, punch the flower using the Tree Builder punch.  Attach flowers to the label framelit using Mini Glue Dots.
  8. Enjoy!

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Creating Joy!

As I said earlier when I first started this project I had to dig deep into my Artisan box to find this little gem of a stamp set, Circle of Spring.  I also had to dig deep to find my creativity. When that moment finally kicked in and the magic began to happen- I felt GREAT about the project I was creating… it brings joy. SO MUCH JOY!!

I hope it brings joy to you.  Circle of Spring is a beautiful stamp set, perfect for this season.  The wreath can be created in numerous ways and one that I will be using many more times.

It’s time to see what my friend Krista has designed for our Artisan Blog Hop.  She always has something magical up her sleeve.

Just click the button below and enjoy the hop filled with creative inspiration from the Artisans.

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You can see all the supplies used for this project below.

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Creative Buffet- Artisan Hop

Creative Buffet- Artisan Hop

It’s time for another Artisan blog hop and today is a bit of a creative buffet using the Birthday Blooms and Easter Lamb stamp set.


Make sure to scroll to the bottom and hit the next button so you can see all of the gorgeous projects made by the team.


Birthday Blooms 

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Birthday Blooms is a stamp set that I was quickly drawn to because of the fonts used the greetings.  I love how they look.  The bonus of this set was the gorgeous flower that comes with it.

Watercoloring this flower is easy when you are using Watercolor Paper.  The Watercolor Paper gives you the ability to let the color absorb and you can continue to add colors and not find the paper peeling when doing so.


To watercolor this flower I used my Aqua Painter.  There are two brushes that come together when you order the Aqua Painter.  I tend to use the bigger brush for the larger areas and the fine tip brush for the more intricate areas.

Creative Buffet, Birthday Blooms, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


You can see I added more of the darker shades of the yellows to the outside of the flower and especially on the buds.


Creative Buffet, Birthday Blooms, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


I wanted to see a lot of definition for this flower.  To create that I stamped the flower and leaves a few times and then fussy cut.  When I colored the leaves and added them to the card, I cut the leaves separate from the flower and simply tucked the leaves under the larger flower.


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You can really see the definition on this photo above.  Fussy cutting will always a little more time to card making but the intricate cuts really give you that fine detail.  I don’t do this on all of my cards, but once in awhile it’s fun to create a gem like this.  The extra details for this card included some Gold Metallic Thread and tiny pearls around the card. I also added a few brush strokes of the clear Wink of Stella around the flower and the Gold Wink of Stella on the inside of the flower.  Love how glimmering this makes the entire card.

You can see all the products I used for this card below.

Supply List

Easter Lamb

The Easter Lamb has quickly become another favorite stamp of mine.  This sweet little lamb has so many uses besides Easter.

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Creative Tips & Tricks 

Once I had the lamb stamped and colored using Blushing Bride ink, I coated the circles with my Two-Way Glue Pen and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds over it. Not only is he cute, he’s sparkly.

The greeting was stamped using an image from the Birthday Blooms stamp set.

Creative Buffet,Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


The white twine that you see wrapped behind the layers is the White Jute Ribbon.  I simply separated the ribbon and then wrapped the twine in place and secured with a dimensional.

Creative Buffet,Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

One of my other favorite products I used for this card is the gorgeous Pool Party Glitter Ribbon.  Not only is it pretty and laden with glitter, it’s pliable when you use it making bows and bending easy.  I love a ribbon that can bend like this because it makes my papercrafting easier.

You can see all the products I used for this card below.



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I hope this creative buffet inspires you to create today.

Now it’s time to see what Artisan Krista Frattin has created.  I love her style and she always wows me with every project she creates.

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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!!


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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.


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