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Happy New Year! January All Star Tutorial

Happy New Year! January All-Star Tutorial

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It’s hard to believe a new year has started.  I’m super excited to see what is in store for my family in 2018.  I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions.  I’ve never kept one, so it makes no sense in making them.  Honestly, I live day by day never knowing what’s in store or what God has planned.  I just live and enjoy!Today I’m sharing a fun card using the Lots of Lavender stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration brochure for All-Star Team Blog Hop. Lots of Lavender is the set I chose to use in our January All-Star Tutorial, and it’s beautiful!

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Sweet Florals

This sweet set is perfect for the spring and if time had permitted I would have made something with a sweet lavender sachet.  I can think of numerous projects to use this set, but I chose to make a simple card using a fun technique that I always love to use.

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Tips & Tricks 

  • I stamped the lavender image along the side of the Whisper White paper so that only the flowers would show.  I used Wisteria Wonder ink for the solid image that colors the flowers.
  • To stamp the leaves, I used Old Olive ink.
  • I wanted to add a little color around the flowers which was easy to do using my Aqua Painter and Soft Sky ink.  It’s just a little addition, nothing to take away from the flowers.
  • Once everything is stamped, I added splatter using Rich Razzleberry ink and an Aqua Painter.
  • The scallop border was created using the Window Box Thinlits.
  • To create the greeting I cut a piece of Wisteria Wonder cardstock (1″ x 4″). Then using my bone folder, I loosened the fibers so I could peel the cardstock layers. Then I stamped the cardstock using Basic Black Archival Ink using the greeting from the Picture Perfect Birthday.  I love this font and like how this greeting finished the card.  Both stamp sets will be available for purchase starting January 3rd.

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Be Inspired

Now it’s time to be inspired.  Next on the blog hop is the talented, Linda.  Simply click the button below to see her beautiful project.


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Supplies Used

Below you will see all of the supplies used. 


Price: $110.00

Sharing Sweet Thoughts- Artisan Blog Hop

Sharing Sweet Thoughts

It’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop! Today I’m sharing a card created using the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.

Not only do I think this is a cute stamp set, it holds a special place in my heart, the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  If you turn your catalog to page 233, you will find this fun stamp set.

Each time a purchase is made of the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set, $3 is donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

What’s exciting to note is Stampin’ Up! has donated $1.5 million dollars to the RMHC to date.


Sweet and Simple

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I kept this card very simple and it made me fall in love with this particular card even more.  I don’t know about you, but I tend to struggle using pattern paper. There is a ton of gorgeous patterns sitting on my paper shelf and I always migrate to using a small piece rather than be bolder.

I love the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper and this was a perfect color and match for this card using the Powder Pink pattern. I was so excited to be bold and brave using a nice sized piece of pattern paper.


Coordinating Product

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Another favorite I have with this set is the coordinating products such as the Everyday Jar Framelits.  In fact, the Everyday Jar Framelits has coordinated with many sets making this die cut well worth every penny.  That’s what I like to call a great bang for your buck.


Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • I stamped the Jar onto Watercolor Paper using Archival Basic Black ink. Then I watercolored the inside of the jar with Pool Party Ink.  Trick- Once I’ve applied a layer of color to the inside of the jar, I take my Aqua Painter and drop color onto the image.  I use my Heat Tool to move the drops around creating a very fun watercolored look.
  • Next, I colored the Strawberry’s using a mix of Calypso Coral and Flirty Flamingo inks.
  • I stamped the greeting onto Pool Party cardstock and then die cut the image using the Lots of Labels Framelits. I then took a sponge dauber with Pool Party ink and lightly went over the tag to brighten the color a tad bit more.

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Giving Heart

I hope after you take a tour of today’s Artisan Blog Hop you will consider adding this stamp set to your collection.

Not only do you get a fun stamp set, but your contribution from the sale of this set will be greatly appreciated.  Simply click the photo to order your set today!

Sharing Sweet Thoughts, Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop


Be Inspired!

It’s time to be inspired by the rest of the amazing Artisan Design Team.  Next on the hop is the talented Louise Sharp.  Simply click the button below to see what she has created today.

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Follow along the rest of the hop by clicking any of the Artisan links below.



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


Products Used

Below you can find the links to all the products I used for today’s project.


Price: $110.00

New Tutorial Bundle Team & Hop!

New Tutorial Bundle Team & Hop

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It’s time for an all new Tutorial Bundle with an all NEW design team! I’m super excited about our new team and I think you will too.  Let’s get started!


Meet the Team!

Before I get started let me share the new design team with you.

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Many of our original designers are back and we have added a few new designers you are going to love. Each month the tutorial is packed with 12 beautiful projects (both cards and 3-D projects) that are exclusive and not seen anywhere on the internet.


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.  The 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 or the button below.

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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.

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

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Lemon Zest Bundle

This month I used the Lemon Zest Bundle for my project.  I love this set and the Lemon Builder Punch.  This is a fantastic bundle.  Each month our Tutorial Bundle Design Team creates a project for the tutorial and a project for our blog hop.

Here is what I created using the Lemon Zest Bundle.

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I love the greetings in this stamp set!

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips on how I created this card:

  • The background was created using the Pattern Party Decorative Masks with an Aqua Painter and ink.  I used Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, and Melon Mambo inks.
  • Once the ink for the background was dry, I created splatter using an Aqua Painter loaded with Melon Mambo ink and tapped it lightly over the background.

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  • I love adding small details to cards by using the Enamel Shapes.


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You can find all of the products I used for this project in the links below!


Time to Be Inspired!

I love that you will be inspired by so many artists today.  Your first stop is my beautiful friend Lorri Heiling.  Her projects are always gorgeous and I love her attention to detail.  Simply click the next button below to enjoy the hop!



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Please visit the All Star Tutorial Designers:


Don’t Forget

If you want to see more tutorials… check out my PDF library filled with fun tutorials to inspire your creativity.

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All New! July Tutorial Release

July Tutorial Release

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It’s that time again! It’s an all new July tutorial from the Tutorial Bundle design team.

This month the tutorial is filled with beautiful projects using products from the new annual catalog.  Each month we collaborate to do a blog hop using the stamp set or bundle that we used for our tutorial project.  I like to think of this as an extra bonus.  Are you ready to be inspired?


July Sneak Peek


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Get a load of this fun sneak peek of the July Tutorial.  SO many great stamp sets and projects.  I love the diversity from this team and how we each bring something special to each of the projects.

Each tutorial has step by step instructions for easy duplication of the projects.  You will find both cards and 3D projects in each of the tutorials.

Oh So Eclectic

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I instantly fell in love with the Oh So Eclectic bundle because of the gorgeous combination of the stamp set and Framelits.

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WOW! Look at this amazing bundle!

I decided to use a fun color combination that I’ve had in my head for awhile, Lemon Lime Twist and Basic Gray.  I love how these two colors look together.

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Create It!

Below you will find tips to create today’s card.

  • I always start with a 4-1/4″ x 11 card base using Whisper White Thick cardstock.  The first cardstock layer is Lemon Lime Twist 4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • My first stamped layer is Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″.  I stamped the two flowers using Lemon Lime Twist and Basic Gray.  I added spatter over the stamped flowers using an Aqua Painter loaded with Lemon Lime Twist Ink and Basic Gray Ink.
  • You will need two pieces of Basic Gray cardstock cut at 4-1/4″ x 2-1/2″. The first layer I die cut using the open flower framelit.  After die cutting, I layered this onto the remaining Basic Gray cardstock using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.
  • Before attaching the Basic Gray cardstock, I layered a small piece of a Delicate White Doily,  Whisper White 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon and Whisper White Bakers Twine.  I attached the layers using a staple to keep in place.
  • I stamped the greeting onto a small scrap of Basic Gray cardstock using Basic Black ink.  The greeting was die cut using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies by using the smallest scallop square in the die set.
  • Lastly, I added Rhinestones for a little extra bling.  I love how it all came together.

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 Be Inspired!

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Wondering how you can purchase the July tutorial? There are two ways you can get this tutorial.

Get it FREE with a $50 purchase from my online store HERE.


Buy the tutorial for $15 HERE.

See all of my tutorials by clicking the button below.

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Be inspired by the Tutorial Bundle Design Team.  Click the button below to see what my friend and fellow designer Kylie Bertucci has created.

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Allison Okamitsu
Angela McKay
Cornelia Janssen
Erica McCarty Cerwin
Janneke de Jong
Juana Ambida
Kimberly van Diepen
Kylie Bertucci
Louise Sharp
Lorri Heiling
Rachel Tessman

Products Used


Price: $110.00

Friends and Flamingos

Friends and Flamingos

Sounds like a funny combination, but today that is exactly what I have in store for you today, friends and flamingos!

The truth is, I have a fun flamingo card and a beautiful friendship card.  One is using new products, and the other card is current products.


Tickled Pink Flamingos

With the new catalog launching very soon, I’ve been making a long list of stamps that I must have.  At the top of my list is the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set on page 177.

While I was at the OnStage Local event in Savannah, GA, my bestie won the Fabulous Flamingo set. I truly coveted this set because I LOVE Flamingos.  She was so sweet to let me stamp away when we came home to my house.  I loved it so much I used it for a swap that I participated in.

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Lately, I’ve been so inspired to stamp because of the colors set before me.  I stamped this gorgeous Flamingo using Blushing Bride Ink for the solid layer of the flamingo and then the outline was stamped using Calypso Coral.  I love how these two colors look together.


Watercolor and Spritz

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Since I used Shimmery White Cardstock for the stamping layer of my card, I was able to watercolor first, then I stamped the grass and water images over the water coloring.  I added a little spritz around the grassy images by tapping my Aqua Painter over the images once loaded with Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide ink.

The greeting was also watercolored first using Calypso Coral ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock, then stamped.  I folded the banner over and then added a doily underneath.  To color the doily, I used my Aqua Painter and Calypso Coral ink.  After I colored the doily, I like to heat set to make the drying time faster.

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What’s That Beautiful Paper?

Lastly, the one thing that really rocks my world is a beautiful patterned paper.  The new Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper has a fun watercolored look, as well as beautiful colors.  The piece I used for the Flamingo card is the Tranquil Tide pattern that really made this card complete.

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Color Combination

Here is a quick reference of the color combination I used for my card.  I love these colors together.  


Everyone Needs a Friend

Last month I was excited to create this card for the club night.  I love how the vellum butterfly looks over the embossed flowers.  Don’t you think it looks elegant?

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I love the beautiful floral image from Flourishing Phrases.

A few of these accessories are being discontinued such as the ribbon and doilies and of course the gorgeous Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.  Here’s the thing, this card can be re-created with the white doilies and any other ribbon and pattern paper.  Don’t be discouraged if these accessories are already sold out.

Now, with all of that said, there is a stamp set I encourage you to grab before it’s too late.  The Suite Sentiments stamp set on page 54 of the Occasions Catalog is fantastic.  GREAT greetings for so many occasions.  Check it out below:


I love the fonts in this set, and of course the greetings.  This set is a definite to grab!  Click the photo above to grab yours.

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Friends and Flamingos, Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!


Don’t Forget!

Now you see why I called this Friends and Flamingos.  Everyone needs a friend and I think we can’t live without a flamingo.

A few things to remember, the retired products are going fast.  Make sure to check out the Retired products before it’s too late.

Another thing to check out is the Clearance Rack.  There are SO many great things to grab on this list.  WOWSA!


Eastern Palace Bundle

One last thing… the Eastern Palace Bundles are only available until May 31st.  Don’t miss out on this incredible deal.  Click HERE to see the bundles.  Remember, if you purchase these bundles through my Online Store, you will receive TWO tutorials with a total of 39 cards, 3D projects for you to create.  Click HERE to read more and see a sneak peek of the tutorial.

Need ideas? Check out my Tutorial Library.  Create in the comfort of your home.

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Make today GREAT and stamp something pretty.

You can find links to the CURRENT products I used for today’s projects below.

Price: $110.00

Supply List

This Happened Yesterday!

Lastly, one last quick note.  I’m now the mother of a 16-year-old.  I know they grow up fast, I’m not ready for it.

I know Brandon wanted the keys to Russ’ 67′ Mustang, but that wasn’t happening. He’s now the proud owner of Russ’ truck.  It was a very special day.

Friends and Flamingos, Fabulous Flamingos, Stampin' Up!