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Colorful Seasons Artisan Hop

Colorful Seasons Artisan Hop

It’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop, and it’s all about the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  YAY! I can’t wait to show you what I created for today’s hop.

Let me add in something really quick because I know a few of you are wondering.  I’m ALIVE.  I know I’ve been absent and for many reasons.  I have some splaining to do and that is coming, soon!

But first… a pretty!

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Colorful Seasons

I’m not sure you can look at this stamp set and NOT think about all of the beautiful seasons wrapped into ONE set. This bundle rocks my stampin’ world for a few reasons.

  • Fabulous greetings with wonderful fonts!
  • Stamps that coordinate!
  • Layering Framelits that are so beautiful!
  • A beautiful scallop Framelit that makes me happy happy happy!

As I started to create these cards, I chose the colors for each of the seasons first and then ran with the theme.  Each card has a layer of Watercolor Paper and a finely placed color wash for a background.  Nothing is too fancy, yet simple and elegant for each card.

Next, I stamped the “just breathe” onto a layer of coordinating cardstock.  I love how this greeting pops on the card.

Lastly, I layered the coordinating die cuts onto the Watercolor Paper.  You will notice that many of the layered die cuts I dabbled with a little watercolor on them. Note, I used Watercolor Paper for the die cuts as well.  I love the texture of Watercolor Paper.

Now let’s take a peek at each of the cards.  I would love to hear what your favorite is.

Summer

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I can’t help but start with summer.  It’s blistering hot here in Florida.  Thankfully I live close to a beach.  Sadly, I haven’t seen it enough.  More on that later.

 

Fall

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The fall card was so fun as I used the gorgeous Fresh Fig color palette.  I love how vibrant this color looks.

 

Winter

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I always enjoy a fun snowflake card.  Living in Florida, it’s the only snowflakes I’m going to see.  I love how this card looks so “icy” using the Bermuda Bay and a mix of Pool Party for the water coloring.

 

Spring

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Spring always brings such a fresh look.  The new Berry Burst was the perfect addition to the flowers along with the soft Powder Pink.

 

What’s Your Favorite?

I would love to hear what your favorite season is and which card you love the most.  I love how we can all love a different season for different reasons.  It’s what makes us all unique, right?

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Make sure to see click the next button below and be inspired by the great Lousie Sharp.  You can also click any of the links below to hop around and stay on track.  Maybe even share this post so others can be inspired as well from the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team.  This team is filled with amazing artists from around the world.

You can find all of the products I used for these cards in the links below.

Artisan Hop, Colorful Seasons, Stampin' Up!

 

 

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

 

 

Price: $110.00

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Feeling Like I Climbed a Mountain!

Feeling Like I Climbed a Mountain!

Have you ever had that feeling where you want to shout from the mountain tops?

I kinda have that feeling.

While I’ve never actually climbed a mountain,  I bet it would be exhilarating.  That’s the feeling I have!

Seriously… there has been so many great things happening it makes my cheeks hurt.

I’ve been promising an update so let me get right to it…

and I have a card… with a mountain.

Forgive the long post but I wanted to capture all the feelings…

 

Cultivating & Nurturing Friendships

One of the greatest assets to being a military spouse has been meeting great people in all the areas we’ve lived.  The downside is moving away.

Along the journey of moving comes incredible friendships.  Stampin’ Up! has been an amazing vehicle and opportunity for me to meet so many great people.

In late October I gathered with 5 other friends on a week long cruise.  Believe it or not it was a stamping cruise put together by another demonstrator.

We had a ball on this trip. Beautiful sites, lots of stamping and a chance to nurture friendships after being apart for so long.

My favorite time on the ship was gathering for dinner.  Our conversations were intimate, giggly (like teenagers) and occasionally inappropriate.  Really this was a cherished time.  Complete girlfriend time- uninterrupted.

 

Time for Onstage

After the cruise a few of us were meeting again in Atlanta just days later.  Here we gathered for a Stampin’ Up! conference called OnStage.  My friend Cathy flew home with me to Pensacola after the cruise and then we drove to Atlanta.

Cathy and I have done MANY road trips together.  We could have made the movie Thelma & Louise.  No road trip can be completed without hot boiled peanuts.  It’s always the first stop… and nothing better than catching the guy along the roadside for HOT boiled peanuts.

Mountains, Stampin' Up!,

 

You might be completely grossed out… but you have to try them.  Oh so GOOD.

It was a little reunion again to be with friends and our friend Deb was able to get all 4 of us into this incredible suite.  Typically we do not stay in anything fancy fancy so this was a real treat.

It was SO great… they left chocolates on our bed AND I had my own bathrobe. I kinda felt like a queen for a day.

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Does it get any better than this? Robe, chocolate…. smiling?

This is what I call feeling completely joyful.

There is nothing that says happy like this picture…

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No one is looking in the right direction… big eyes… small eyes… and as always… my mouth is open.  I love them.

Our time in Atlanta was action packed.

 

Presentations Galore

Brian King asked me to present at his amazing World Card Making Day and I had a ball there.  This team of demonstrators put on a remarkable event and I could listen to Brian ALL DAY LONG.  He is definitely that person who can light up a room in a second and fill your cup with so much joy.

My presentation went well except for few things…

  • I laughed A LOT!
  • I always forget the names of the products I use.
  • My facial expressions caught in photos leave much to be desired!

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Who knows what I was talking about or thinking… but I promise I was having fun.

The next day was PACKED.  We had a full day of the conference which was so fun to see friends from all over and some I have been friends with online but had not had the pleasure of meeting in person yet.

One of the best parts of that day was meeting up with my friend Allison Barber.  You may remember after Russ had his stroke a very special young lady made these amazing cookies and sold them to raise money for Russ.  He used that money to buy his cane.

Honestly, this story always brings me to tears and gives me goosebumps.  This special young lady is named Annie, and her mama is Allison.  While I would have loved to meet Annie, I was so grateful to hug her mama, Allison.  Annie brought Russ a bag full of cookies for me to bring back.  All homemade and I tried not to eat them all. Her heart is so big and so inspiring.

The day really was packed with so many great stories.  I was honored to be offered another year as Artisan Team Member.    It’s quite humbling to be asked and this past year has been incredible.  It’s definitely stretched my creativity.  I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for the new team.

Mountains, Stampin' Up!,

 

The next BIG deal….  

At the end of the day Stampin’ Up! revealed the Top 100 Demonstrators in the WORLD…. and I heard my name called.

Mountains, Stampin' Up!,

 

After going across the stage and taking in the energy of the moment I had a huge feeling of elation.

I quickly thought about all that happened this past year.  This number represents my TEAM.  It represents lifting each other up during struggling times, learning and stretching our creativity to share with others, working outside of our comfort zones and most importantly loving each other through all of the roller coasters.  That’s my TEAM!  They are amazing. These are ordinary women doing extraordinary things.  It’s about sharing the passion of stamping and cultivating friendships along the way. Again, my heart is full.

 

Another Presentation

After we left the conference there was one more presentation left for the evening.  My friends Cindy and Monika put together a small gathering where three Artisans presented a few projects.  We were also blessed to have two of the Stampin’ Up! concept artists in attendance for a question and answer time.

Cindy and Monika had the most beautiful set up and the make n takes were amazing.  One look around the room and you knew this was a successful event.  Everyone was happy as could be.

By the time we got back to our hotel my robe was waiting.  I couldn’t wait to wear it one last time. We ended our evening sitting around the floor looking at swaps and enjoying our time together.

 

Parting Ways

The next morning was full of goodbyes to a few of our friends.  I hate goodbyes and especially after having so much fun.

We put two of our besties on a plane and Cathy and I set out for the long ride home and another full week of playing in my craft room.  There is something to be said about spending quality time with your friends.

 

I feel like my heart is full and ready to tackle the next big things set in front of me.

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The week felt like it came to an abrupt end.  It was time to put Cathy on a plane and saying goodbye was gut wrenching.

I tried hard not to be mopey.  I couldn’t help it and needed a day to gather myself.

 

Time to Get Busy!

Of course the night I put Cathy on the plane I started sneezing which then led to a nice giant ugly cold.  Thankfully I’m on the mend but thought for sure I was dying for two days.  Funny how a little cold can make you MISERABLE.  I’m sure I ran myself down during the 3 weeks of fun but I have no regrets.

The best part about the last 3 weeks was nurturing new and old friendships.  It’s the best feeling in the world.

 

Mountain Adventure

I wanted to share a fun card I made while she was here.  The mountains were totally fitting for my post today because I really feel like I could shout from the top of the mountain how blessed I am to have all the beautiful people in my life.  That includes YOU too.  Those of you who take the time to read my silliness, and continue to support me and love me.  I’m shouting from the mountain…. I LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!!

 

Mountain Adventure, Stampin' Up!,

 

I pulled out the cutest stamp set called Mountain Adventure from the Holiday Catalog.  I’m in love with the smaller images like the cabin and beautiful little trees.  Great opportunities with this stamp set.

Mountains, Stampin' Up!,

 

Tips & Tricks

 

  • Stamp the mountain on Watercolor Paper and use and color images with the  Aqua Painter.
  • Mica Flakes were added to the tops of the mountains to create snow.
  • I used the Outdoor Adventures Framelits to die cut the two mountains behind the mountain image.  Love this Framelit set.
  • The greeting was stamped and then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

 

Mountain Adventure, Stampin' Up!,

Click the clickable links below to see all products used for this project.  

 

Stampin’ by the Sea News!

Online Extravaganza Time! 

Starts November 21-28th

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Mark YOUR calendar…. November 21st… Don’t miss these GREAT deals!

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BRAND NEW product release.

Stitched Shapes Framelits

Stitched Shapes Framelits

You can get 25% off select stamp sets today until November 30th.  YAY.

Click HERE to see all the stamp sets available.  Get yours today.

 

 

Artisan Inspiration- Frosted Medallions

Artisan Inspiration

The Artisan Team has a special line up of inspiration today.

The Artisan team is winding down from a fantastic year of sharing our projects with YOU.

I could go on and on how this team has been so AMAZING, but I’ll save that for another day when I can get really sappy with you. I know, I know… you can barely wait.  Ha Ha Ha.

 

Quick Update

I’m back from a whirlwind trip to the Western Caribbean.  Oh my!  What an amazing trip with my best friends!

The highlight of my trip was many, but this picture below could sum it all up!  I’ll be sharing more pics soon.

Frosted Medallions, Kimberly Van Diepen

 

This was in Roatan, Honduras on a private beach.  The day was beautiful, but the fun was these crazy monkeys.  I have never been this close to a monkey- EVAH.  This was a memorable moment and made me smile the ENTIRE day!

Let’s Stamp! 

Today I’m sharing another set that was jumping out of my stamp cabinet to be used- Frosted Medallions.

Both of the cards I’m sharing were tough cookies to photograph with all of the white.

Frosted Medallions, Stampin' Up!, Artisan

 

I have to admit that New Year cards are might be the least occasion I create cards for.  Not sure why?

I do love the beautiful fonts in the Frosted Medallion stamp set and of course the gorgeous snowflakes.

Ha, I actually love stamps with snowflakes now that I’m in Florida.  Its the only type of snowflake I see.

 

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Create It!

When I started creating this card I was instantly drawn to the colors Black, White and Silver.

I couldn’t help but grab the beautiful snowflake pattern paper from the This Christmas Designer Series Speciality Paper. It’s GORGEOUS and this is just ONE pattern I love.  This paper pack also has the beloved music notes.  It’s beautiful.

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″).  A small strip of Silver Glimmer Paper (1″ x 5-1/2″) is attached on the far right side.
  • Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/2″).  Add a small strip of Basic Black cardstock (1/4″ x 5-1/2″) to the right side.  Adhere to card base using Dimensionals.
  • Add the This Christmas strip (1-3/4″ x 4-1/4″) across the Fancy Frost DSP.
  • Stamp the Happy New Year greeting at the bottom of the Whisper White cardstock (2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″) using Basic Black ink.
  • Stamp the snowflakes using Basic Black ink, then emboss using Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Wrap Basic Black twine along with the Silver thread.  Add two Jingle Bells by threading them using the Silver Thread.  Tie securely into place then add another knot just below the bells.  Trim ends.  Add a small piece of the Silver Glitter Ribbon and staple into place.
  • Attach a doily behind the Whisper White cardstock then attach to card front using dimensionals.
  • Add sequins to finish the card.

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Big Big Snowflakes!

This card definitely was NOT easy to photograph, hopefully you can see the gorgeous white embossed snowflakes from the Frosted Medallion stamp set.

It could be my aging eyes….

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I love the white on white look and how elegant the snowflakes look embossed.

Frosted Medallions, Stampin' Up!, Artisan

 

The colors remind me of a beautiful snowy day…. but with a touch of elegance.  I love the Silver Glimmer Paper added with the Silver Glitter Ribbon.  Just brings it all together.

 

Frosted Medallions, Stampin' Up!, Artisan

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

The last little bit that I added was the Christmas Trinket embellishment to the Glitter Ribbon.  This was a simple task using a sewing needle and the Silver Thread.  Once attached I tied the thread in bow.

Tip: Double the thread will make it easier to tie the bow.  It’s a very very thin thread.

 

Wrapping it Up!

The Frosted Medallion stamp set is perfect for winter cards or New Year’s.  Truly a beautiful set with gorgeous snowflakes.

The Frosted Medallion has a beautiful suite of other products that coordinate.  Make sure to check it out HERE.

 

Be Inspired!

Now most importantly go and view the beautiful projects from the other Artisans.  Click the button below and see what the amazing Krista Frattin has created today.

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Stampin’ by the Sea News!

It’s a NEW month and a BRAND NEW product release.

Seriously over the moon about this product- Stitched Dies!

YAHOOOOOO!

These new Framelits are ONLY available in November.  BUT… they will come back in the new Idea Book & Catalog coming out in June 2017.  If you want to play with them now… grab them HERE.

WAIT…. There is MORE greatness!!

You can get 25% off select stamp sets today until November 30th.  YAY.

Click HERE to see all the stamp sets available.  Get yours today.

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Don’t forget…  

Available NOW…. 

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Facial Expressions!

Tuesday night I had the privilege of taking Alexis to an audition for All County Band.

We arrived early because she kept telling me if we didn’t we would be there all night.  She wouldn’t even let me stop for coffee.  <roll my eyes>

Once we arrived outside the middle school my mouth dropped open at the line of kids and parents that was forming.  There must have been 200 of them in line.  How could this be? We were early and I didn’t stop for coffee.

I instantly thought these parents were over the top on time.  Something I typically am not.

We waited outside in line for a good 45 minutes.  Once inside Alexis went a different way and I found a seat in the cafeteria.  I had good intentions on quietly sitting and catching up on my bible study.

They took the kids about 10 at a time according to what instrument they played.  If you were not auditioning you were sitting in the cafeteria with your parents, practicing.

This is where my face went into massive contortions that I didn’t even know existed.  Listening to 200+ kids play their instruments doing every scale known to man all at different times was deafening. Then they were all playing different music.

All I can say is this… Watch!

 

Finally after 2.5 hours of listening to that Alexis came around the corner as she had finished.  She had a stressed look on her face so I assumed the audition did not go as she had planned.  I quickly changed my face to “Mama is here for you my love” and off we went.  First stop was coffee and then we also indulged in chocolate chip cookies.

Yesterday she came home to tell me she didn’t make the cut for the All County Band.  Although bummed she was okay with the decision and what I loved most was her next statement… “There is always next time!”

Now, why did I share this with you?

There is a lesson for me so I thought I would share.

Once we got home that night Brandon was being his typical 14 year old self.  He can rock the facial expressions better than anyone I know.  At least I thought so.

You see, I had texted my husband this video while I was waiting.  He giggled.

After listening to Brandon and his antics Russ took my phone and found the video.  He said… “Watch this!”

I was horrified.  It was my son!

Lesson learned- facial expressions speak volumes.  I guess I need to pay more attention to it.  Of course it was a perfect lead in to Russ that I needed Botox.  It would get rid of my wrinkles and there would be no more facial expressions.  He wasn’t as amused as I was.

Inspiration for Today!

Winter Wishes Stamp set, Stampin' Up! It’s all about Warm Winter Wishes right now.  This stamp set is 15% off right now.  It’s a great set to use for your Winter cards.

Winter Wishes Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

I used some of my favorite Corrugated paper.  It’s on my hot must have list right now.  I seem to be grabbing it all the time.

Winter Wishes Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

I bedazzled up this card using ribbon and a button.  Pretty generic but perfect for this type of card.

 

Order & Save! 

You can click the photos and shop directly or use my Monster Madness hostess code to place your order.  All orders placed through this hostess code will receive a little giftie from me personally along with a handstamped card.  The stamp sale ends on Friday, October 23rd.  Don’t miss out on this savings.

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Awesome in October!

October

It’s here! October 1st has arrived and it’s going to be AWESOME.

Ya’ll, that’s the way I have to think. Although things around me might say differently, I’m going into this new month with an attitude of AWESOMENESS!

Have you ever noticed when things are not going the way you would like but you continue to press on and face things with a positive light all things seem to flow better.

I’ve put my positive pants on and plan to sport them this month. Here is one of the reasons I had to put my positive pants on…

 

If you remember we recently adopted Tanner, a Foxhound pup. Well, he’s almost a year old now and he’s a pretty lucky pup.

Lucky Dogs
Honestly, his name should have been Lucky.  Lucky to be alive right now.  Remember, he is the pup that had the snake bite.

Well, dear Tanner was teething and enjoyed our antique couch to soothe his gums…

Oh No!

Our antique fainting couch will be getting a makeover thanks to Tanner.  Yes, he chewed the ENTIRE backing off the couch.  Not kidding.  Luckily for him I have my positive pants on otherwise he might be in bigger trouble.

I love my dogs.

I love my dogs.

I love my dogs.

All better. Bring on October!

In other news….

Snow Place Stamp Set

 

Snow Place Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

While I’m not at all thrilled with winter around the corner, I can enjoy this adorable stamp set Snow Place and get my snow fix.  To make the “snow hills” I used an Oval Framelit and trimmed off the excess that was not needed once mounted onto the Whisper White Embossed Trees.

Snow Place Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

I had Mr. Penguin stand on a piece of Ice… Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper that is.  Worked perfectly for the look I was trying to achieve.

Snow Place Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I’m a huge fan of doubling my Bakers Twine to wrap and tie bows.  The reason I do this, because it’s MUCH easier to tie.  The bow lies flat and doesn’t curl.  Give it a try and tell me what you think.  

 

Hopefully we all slip on our positive pants and make October AWESOME!   Are you with me?

Hot News

Stamps in the Mail Christmas Series Oct Banner

I announced Tuesday a BRAND new Stamps in the Mail for October.  I am very excited about this months stamp set choice.  It’s going to be another great stamp set to work with.  Click HERE to register for this month.

 

Local to the Pensacola, Florida area? I have started teaching classes again and I’m excited.  Last month we had a blast making handmade Christmas cards and we are doing the same again.  I have two classes to choose from in October AND I’ll be adding another one today.  WHOA.  Pinch me.  You can check out the class schedule HERE and register.

Unable to stamp with me locally? Check out my Online Classes I have available.  Click HERE to view.