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Creation Station-Urban Underground

Creation Station-Urban Underground

Urban Underground, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!



I’m quite aware that the Occasions catalog will be coming to an end soon. There are so many products I need to play with.   One product I haven’t used enough and I’m quite giddy over is the Urban Underground Suite.  I love the paper especially.  It has an eclectic feel, and the blacks, grays, and silver are perfect to use with any color of my choosing.

Today I’m sharing a card using the Urban Underground Suite.  I realize some of these products are discontinued. I hope you will be inspired by not only the products but the design elements of the card as well.

Today’s blog hop will also inspire you with a more masculine style for projects.

So Eclectic!

Urban Underground, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


One of the things I was drawn to with the Urban Underground Suite is the fun patterns in all of the products.  The pattern paper is by far my favorite.  Because I planned to use this card for one of my Fathers day cards, I kept with a blue color tone for my card. Maybe I should have made the Prince a pink one…  I’m sure he would still enjoy it.


Urban Underground, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


As the transition of catalogs happens over the next month, my FAVORITE thing is mixing retired and new products together.  I used a new thinlits for this card called Seasonal Layers.  Honestly, I’ve already worn this die cut OUT.  I love the scallop die cut within this Thinlits set.  You can see the scallop I added to this card on the left side.  It’s hard to see because it was die cut using Basic Black cardstock.


Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

Urban Underground, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


  • I ran the small strip of Urban Underground DSP through my Big Shot using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  To get a deeper impression try spritzing your paper with water first, then run through your Big Shot.
  • The Urban Underground Embellishments are self-adhesive. There is a total of 24 in a package, 8 each of 3 designs.  Truly a fun embellishment to add to any man card you desire.
  • The card front layer includes both designer series paper and the Urban Underground Washi Tape.  The Washi Tape is perfect for coordinating with the designs of the DSP.


Think Outside the Box

One last thought I will add to this product suite, it doesn’t have to be all about the man.  I think when we see products built around each other or especially with certain color choices, we tend to think it’s only for one gender.  I can see so many great ways the designer series paper can be used for very girlie cards.  Don’t forget, the stamp set can be used outside of Father’s day too.

Urban Underground, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


Great news…The Urban District stamp set is on SALE… only $15.20 until the end of May.

Did YOU Know?


The new Eastern Palace Suite is the hot item Stampin’ Up! released to customers on May 1st.  This new suite is pretty awesome, and I’ve created a ton of fun projects with it. There are two bundles available- The Premier and the Starter Bundle.  Each fantastic and include a free gift.  Purchase either of the bundles through my Online Store and receive 39 tutorials FREE.

Click HERE to be inspired by this suite and see what I’m talking about.

Click HERE to purchase the May Exclusive Tutorial or spend $50 in my Online Store to receive FREE!

Be Inspired

Now it’s time to be inspired by the others in the Creation Station team. Simply click the buttons below and see what other great manly projects this team has up their sleeves.

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Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Welcome to the first tutorial bundle blog hop.  You have seen me post many times about an exclusive tutorial created each month.  This tutorial has been amazing.  The delight is working with eleven other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who are MAD talented when creating this tutorial.

Specially Designed 

Why are we coming together for a blog hop? It’s simple.  To inspire you.

Each designer will be using the stamp set or technique they chose to use for the February tutorial so you can get a taste of their creative design. It’s not the same idea thats listed in our tutorial, only the technique or stamp set.

Meet the designers…. they are all pretty amazing!

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


Tutorial Facts

You can become a subscriber,  you get 12 tutorials every month for six months – that is 72 tutorials all together for the next six months! These tutorials are EXCLUSIVE.  They are NOT seen anywhere else on the internet.  Cost to become a subscriber is $75. Basically, you are receiving the sixth tutorial FREE.

Subscribers receive the monthly tutorial on the first of each month delivered straight to their email.  Interested in becoming a subscriber? Click HERE to read more information and become a subscriber.

Not interested in becoming a subscriber but would like to purchase the tutorials individually? No problem.

Each month the tutorials are available for $15 HERE.  You will find current and past exclusive tutorials and the tutorials are automatically sent your email ready for download.


Purchase $50 in my Online Store and you will receive the tutorial for FREE for the current month.

My team receives this tutorial for FREE each month. It has been a fantastic resource for my team to use for business with the diverse projects shared in each tutorial.  Sale-a-Bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! and I’d love to have you be a part of the Stampin’ by the Sea stamping community.

Below is a little sneak peek of our February tutorial.  The projects are fantastic!!

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Now, let’s create!!

Nailed It!

For the February tutorial, I chose to use the Nailed It stamp set. I picked this stamp set more for a challenge than anything.  Seeing how I’m not much of a “tool” girl.  It was the perfect challenge, and I took it one step further.

I decided to create one card that was more frilly and another card with a splash of man! Let’s see how they came together.


Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


The addition of the doily was the perfect addition of girly I was trying to achieve.

My favorite part of this card is the greeting.  It’s not just a simple thanks, but thanks for building “ME” up.  I LOVE this!

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks 

  • Watercolor using Dapper Denim and Smoky Slate ink onto Watercolor Paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • Save 10% by purchasing the Nailed It bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set (clear or wood) and the Build It Framelits Dies.  Click HERE to see this bundle.
  • Two pieces of the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper was added to the card front.  This paper is fresh with modern designs perfect for the man card or an eclectic look with the great designs.
  • Don’t forget to add the self-sticking Urban Underground Embellishments.  You will see these are used on both card designs.


Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


The Man Version 

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


I wish making “man” cards would come easy for me to create.  The fact is- they are NOT.

Once I got my groove on, the idea started to flow.

Tips & Tricks 

  • Using Crumb Cake cardstock, texture emboss the cardstock using the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder.  Then die cut using the Build It Framelit (hexagon die).  Finally, attach the hexagons onto the Crumb Cake cardstock at the top.
  • Stamp the hammer onto Smoky Slate and Dapper Denim cardstock with coordinating ink and die cut.  Cut the bottom handle of the Dapper Denim hammer’s and attach to the stamped Smoky Slate hammers.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

You will find all of the products used for todays cards in the clickable links below.  


I’ve enjoyed working with the Nailed It bundle.  Surprisingly I’ve made more girlie cards using this set than cards for a man.  I guess a girl who loves a doily can turn any man set into something universal.


Be Inspired!

Now it’s time to see what the rest of the team has created.  Your next stop is a dear friend and incredible designer, Kylie Bertucci.

I’ve always been inspired by Kylie’s work which is a clean simple style. Click the button below to follow the hop and see the work of this fun design team.  You can see the entire line-up of designers for the tutorial bundle blog hop below.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


Allison Okamitsu
Ange McKay

Price: $110.00

Mix It Up with Stampin’ Up!

Mix It Up with Stampin’ Up!

One of the fun things about a new catalog getting ready to launch is the mixing the old with the new.

In my case today, I’m mixing new and newer.  Ha.

I’ve been dying to use the Wherever You Go stamp set and finally had the opportunity.

This stamp set is awesome for a collage looking card, but I had another idea.


Create It!

Mix it up, Stampin' Up!, Wherever You Go


The images in the Wherever You Go stamp set are perfect and it was an excellent set to pair with the new Sending Thoughts stamp set.

Another perfect mix it up product is the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper.  WOW! I’ve been playing with this designer paper the entire day and I love it.

Finally a perfect designer paper to create manly cards.

To create this card:

  • The designer paper measurements: 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″, 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″.  These pieces are placed onto a Basic Black cardstock measuring 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • Place a strip of Basic Black cardstock between the designer series papers measuring 1/2″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Cardstock base is Whisper White Thick cardstock measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″.
  • Main focal point is Whisper White cardstock measuring 3″ x 4″.  Stamp images using Basic Black and Delightful Dijon Classic Inks.
  • Stamp greeting using the Sending Thoughts stamp set, die cut using the Tags & Labels Framelits.

Mix it up, Stampin' Up!, Wherever You Go


Tips & Tricks


Mix it up, Stampin' Up!, Wherever You Go

  • The small scallop comes from the Shaker Shapes Framelits Dies (currently on sale marked down to $18.90).
  • Place a small doily under the die cut tag.
  • Ink the sun rays using the Delightful Dijon ink and stamp off before stamping image.



Mix it up, Stampin' Up!, Wherever You Go



Mix it up, Stampin' Up!, Wherever You Go


Here is another sample created by the Concept Artists at Stampin’ Up!.  I love the colors they used to create this card.


Mix it up, Stampin' Up!, Wherever You Go

All products used for today’s card can be seen in the clickable links below.  

Products not listed will be available on January 4th, 2017.  

The Wherever You Go stamp set has a few greetings that come with the set but remember this set could be used with a wide variety of other great greeting sets.


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.


Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale



Creating Your Own Tropical Paradise

Tropical Paradise

I have to admit that I do live in a tropical paradise already.


For years however, I had to create my own tropical paradise.


For instance… a cold winter day I’ve been known to lotion up with a little suntan lotion to smell that paradise.


Not kidding…. sometimes we have to be really creative, right?


Totally Trees

This year Stampin’ Up! is helping me out in creating a tropical paradise with my stamps.

The new Totally Trees stamp set caught my eye with the palm tree image.

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees



When I started to create this card the Moroccan Designer Series Paper was sitting on my desk from a previous project and the colors in this pattern I chose reminded me of outdoor patio furniture.  It was right then the idea was born…


Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees


I couldn’t help but fall in love with palm tree.  Being from Florida, palm trees are a dime a dozen… and of course pine trees.

To create the perfect green for my palm leaves I dabbed my solid palm image into the Bermuda Bay ink first and then did a light tap into Emerald Envy ink.  Once I stamped it over the palm tree I let out a big “WOW!”  It was the perfect color.


Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees


To create this card click HERE to download the instructions.  


Creating Your Paradise

The truth is, whether it’s a palm tree or a Santa image we are stamping, we create our own paradise when we craft.


Stamping is paradise for crafters.

  • provides peace
  • takes us to a calm, happy place
  • stress reliever
  • brings joy

I look at all of the characteristics above and instantly I think that is paradise.  It’s my personal paradise.  A place that I can enjoy peace.

Now don’t get me wrong… there are times I can feel frustrated in my personal paradise as well.  The times when nothing goes my way when I’m trying to create.  However, it’s still paradise.  It still brings me joy.

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees

 See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links and shop Online 24/7!

What Does Your Paradise Look Like? 

Is stamping your paradise? Or do you have something else that creates a paradise for you?

I’d love to hear.  I’m sure others would too.  What do you find JOY in?

Believe it or not friends, others can learn from you as well.  Leave a comment.  Tell others what brings you joy.

Is it your oasis you live in?

Is it a stamp set? Stamping time? Crafting time?

Exercise? (I wish this did bring me joy… it tends to WEAR me SLAP out!)


Before I Go Back to Paradise…. 

A couple of things-

First… have you joined my mailing list? I hope so.  My mailing list is where I share all my FREE tutorials.  YES! Free tutorials with amazing cards that are never seen here on my website.  Typically 4-6 cards at once.  WOWSA!

If you love to have a written tutorial of creativity at your fingertips, make sure to sign up for my mailing list HERE.

I don’t send junk and I typically send out an email twice a month.  Sometimes more if I’m REALLY excited about something and I can’t wait to tell you.

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One Last Thing

With the new Holiday catalog fresh on the streets- your wish list might be long.  I know mine was.  Did you know you can get all of the products you want at a discount? YEP!  You can join Stampin’ Up! and receive 20% discount on your purchases.  For $99 you can receive $125 in products.  BIG NEWS FLASH… There is NO OBLIGATION to do another thing.  BUT…

  • You would be a part of a fun, growing crafty community of amazing demonstrators
  • You would enjoy a 20% discount

If this sounds like something you are interested in click HERE to learn more information or simply ask me.

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I just completed a comprehensive training for New Demonstrators that is sure to kick start anyones hobby or business.  I’d love to share it with YOU!!


Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees



Price: $110.00

Try This Color Combination


One Wild Ride-Stampin’ Up!

One Wild Ride-Stampin’ Up!


Life is one WILD ride, but it’s fun when we can stamp a wild RIDE.


One Wild Ride

Today’s stamp set I’m sharing is so fun and perfect for making a dude card.


One Wild Ride is filled with masculine images but don’t let that stop you from taking this set and remembering all of our women who love to ride motorcycles.  This could turn into a fun chick card quickly.

One Wild Ride, Stampin' Up!


I love the texture images that are included in this set and the greetings are perfect for men and women.

One Wild Ride, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

One Wild Ride, Stampin' Up!


I knew from the start I wanted to start with the following color combination-Black, Pumpkin Pie, Sahara Sand and a splash of Silver.

  • The largest Layering Circle Framelits were used to keep the motorcycle as the focus.  The scallop is set snug against the circle die cut, making this a hit in my book.
  • Basic Black Metallic Thread is set behind the scallop circle die.  I like to fold this thread in half twice.  Then I wrap around in a messy circle and keep in place with a single dimensional.
  • The banner was die cut using the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  There is no need to fussy cut a banner anymore.  This banner framelit set provides the perfect solution to the perfect banner for many stamp sets in the catalog.

One Wild Ride, Stampin' Up!


See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links and shop Online 24/7!

Camping, Stampin' Up!

Price: $110.00

Supply List

Create It!

There are many men in my life that love to ride motorcycles. I’m sure this stamp set will receive a ton of stampin’ love from me.

If you were born to ride, make sure to add this stamp set to your collection.

One Wild Ride, Stampin' Up!
Have a FANTABULOUS Monday!