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Challenging Your Creativity, Do You?

Challenging Your Creativity, Do You?

This week I’ve been talking about getting my crafty mojo back.  I’m still there so bare with me.

Sometimes it takes longer than I’d like, and that is the reality.


Artisan Blog Hop!

Today the Artisans are sharing their work and this is always inspirational to me and definitely a lift when you have creative block.

For me and my project…. well, I’m not going to lie.  It’s not my favorite project I’ve ever made.  This was truly a challenge and one that ended up in the garbage a few times only to be saved and played with more.

Challenging, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop


Here is the deal…

In my box of love I received from Stampin’ Up!,  I had this gorgeous ribbon- 1″ Stitched Watermelon Wonder Satin Ribbon.

There is no doubt it’s beautiful.  Kimberly just didn’t know what to do with it.  I had this ribbon going all sorts of ways on my card. This was challenging my creativity like you wouldn’t believe.


But wait…. there is more.


I also challenged myself with Cucumber Crush cardstock and ink.  This color is a really tough one for me.  Do you have a color that is really tough for you to work with?


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Let it Go….


There came a time when I was creating this I finally said…..  LET IT GO and be done with it.  I did just that.


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Here is what I love…… 

I can’t deny I love these balloons and love them stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock.  I also love Linen Thread hanging from them.

AND…. I also love that bright Cucumber Crush peeking out from the Crumb Cake cardstock. Giggle.  Want to know another thing….


Cucumber Crush is growing on me.  Everywhere I look I see this color.


This time next year I might be crying my eyes out over this color leaving the In Color collection.  That would be something to really giggle over.


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Lesson Learned….. 

I learned that it’s okay to not love every project I create and don’t give up on it or myself.


Friends, I hope that you know creative block is REAL and all crafters go through it.  Sometimes it can go away quickly.  Sometimes it takes longer.  There is no doubt we have an abundance of resources to gain inspiration from.  That’s the beautiful thing about this community.  We can be inspired in so many ways.  We need to let that inspiration soak in and let our own inspiration flow when it’s ready.

If you are looking for a challenge… Try out these colors below.  I left out the Crumb Cake because it’s a neutral color.  It goes with anything.  Try it with Whisper White.  Or Basic Black.


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



Be Inspired….

Go ahead and grab your favorite drink and be inspired by the other Artisans.  These women blow me away with their creative flare and the ideas they come up with.  Up next on the hop is Krista.  Not only does she inspire me as a crafter, I love her fun crazy personality and especially watching her from a far with her 3 kids.  Her personality shines through everything she does.  Just click the button below and enjoy a little creativity.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter



5 Stamps Every Stamper Should Own

5 Stamps Every Stamper Should Own

Stamps? Just 5 you say Kimberly?

Well, I could give you a list of 500 because I’m sure that’s the amount that my stamp room has seen over the years- or more….


I want to keep the list to 5 stamp sets because I’m narrowing it down to the new Occasions catalog.


Now this wasn’t easy but it’s a question I get asked a TON.  What would I choose if I could only choose 5 stamps and why? I’ve linked a sample that’s been created with all of them but one.


My Top 5 Stamps and Why!

  1. Enjoy the Little Things (Page 33)  This stamp set not only has fun greetings that are great for any occasion card, it also has sweet small images that are perfect for simple cards.  The two border stamps are perfect for stamping on your cards as well as the envelope.  This also coordinates with a Project Kit that anyone could enjoy.  It’s my Top favorite and perfect if you are a brand new stamper. I have created a card below that you can see as well as this card HERE.
  2. Rose Wonder (Page 18)  If you are looking for versatility, look no further.  This stamp set covers marriage, sympathy, birthday, thank you, blessings and even a scripture verse. This one stamp set is perfection for any project or card.  The gorgeous rose, leaf and small flower can be stamped simply for a new stamper or stepped up for the advanced stamper. Think about watercoloring, paper piecing, glitter, embossing.  This set would be beautiful with anything done to it.  With the matching Rose Garden Thinlits Dies this makes your crafting easier as you will not have to fussy cut anything.  SCORE!  Here is a card I created using this set HERE.
  3. Number of Years (Page 11) Stampers or scrapbookers will love this set for paper crafting.  No more searching for the numbers you need for a birthday card.  They are right at your finger tips and have the matching framelits-Large Numbers Framelits Dies.  This set covers birthdays, Anniversaries, and even has a few flowers in the mix.  It’s also perfect for keeping your memories alive for children grade school years captured.  This is definitely versatile and practical for the amount of use you can get out of it.  I see teacher projects and many birthday cards created with this stamp set.
  4. Balloon Celebration (Page 12) I chose this stamp set not only for the fun balloons but one of the greetings captured my heart, “Come, Let us sit together and drink”.  Along with this comes Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Champagne greetings.  Why do I love this? It’s about gathering people together.  Enjoying the fellowship of others.  THIS I love.  Have you ever wanted to gather new friends but wasn’t sure how? This is a perfect stamp set to create an invite.  The bonus is the stars, clouds, balloons.  There is a lot of life to this set and one you can use for a long time.  Here is a card I created using this set HERE.
  5. Timeless Textures (Page 29) You’ve heard of love at first sight, right? That happened when I laid eyes on this set. I always look at a stamp set and ask how many projects can I see myself creating with it.  The answer for this one is ENDLESS.  I could possibly use this stamp set on every project I create.  It’s perfect for texture to a card, the splatter stamp is just the perfect size and the coffee stain image is PERFECTION.  Here is a card I created using this set HERE and HERE.

These are just 5 of the stamps I think stampers should have in their stash from the Occasions catalog.  There are many more I could list but if you are a new stamper, or advanced stamper these would meet your needs.

Want a Discount? 

If you are a new stamper and want to receive a discount on all of these stamps you can purchase the Stampin’ Up! Kit and receive $155 in products for only $99!  H E L L O that is a great price.  That’s the beauty of purchasing the kit during Sale-a-Bration.

Guess what… You can buy the kit and just enjoy the products.  Never doing anything with it again.


You can enjoy the discount on all your future products and the journey of being a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up!  There is NO RISK.  It’s up to you.


New demonstrators that join my team will be trained on how YOU want to move along with Stampin’ Up!  It’s all up to you.  Yes, even if you just purchase the kit, while you are active (up to 7 months) you will be inspired daily with stamping projects and tutorials and be part of a growing community with epic things coming.  I don’t use the word epic often…. it’s that good.

Be Inspired!

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Enjoy the Little things is a gentle life reminder that I love.  I know I could use this card framed on my desk to remind me to enjoy the little things.  Life is short.

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My favorite embellishment on this card is the ribbon.  It’s been awhile since I used a lot of Seam Binding ribbon and one of the things I love about Seam Binding is how well it folds and ties a bow.  It’s very pliable making bow ties easy.

I held the ribbon in place using the Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

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Tips & Tricks

Two staples with my Handheld Stapler keeps it all together.

The 1″ Square Punch is perfect to punch these small square images.  While the images are slightly larger, this was a quick no fuss way to no cutting.

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I would love to hear from you and what your Top 5 picks are from the Occasions Catalog.  What can YOU not live without? Leave a comment letting me know.


In the meantime… enjoy the little things.  Life is short.


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Occasions Favorites-Must Haves!

Occasions Favorites-Must Haves!

I’m excited to share a few of my favorite Occasion Catalog products with you today and a special treat.

Not only will you see my favorites but you will also see the favorites from stampers around the world.  Today is the Creation Station Blog Hop and our theme is Occasions favorites.  YAY!



Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop


While I don’t make New Years resolutions because I don’t keep them after 2 weeks, I am making it a point to send more cards and one of the occasions that I am the WORST at sending is BIRTHDAY’S!

Yep, you heard it correctly.  The card maker stinks at sending birthday cards.


Even worse, the paper crafter mom stinks at making special paper crafting fun things for my kids birthday parties.  UGH UGH UGH!

Alexis has a birthday coming up and this girls entire life has been around paper crafting.  This year I’m really going to try and make a fun party favor along with getting her invites out on time.

I figure if I tell you then maybe you can help keep me accountable.  Of course I have an almost “13” year old that is on my tale too.  You will see that process soon. Meanwhile….

Balloon Celebration

One of my favorites in the Occasions catalog is the New Balloon Celebration stamp set.  I’ve actually used this stamp set more for coffee related projects you can see HERE.  The good news about this stamp set is the options.  Options are GREAT and we have them with this set.



Here is the first birthday card that I created.


Occasions Favorites, Stampin' Up!, Balloon Celebration

Imagine making a balloon in any color that you want? That’s the beauty of stamping.  Now look how you can bunch the balloons.  This was easily created using the Balloon Bouquet Punch that coordinates with the Balloon Celebration stamp set.

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I added the string behind the punched balloons.  Once all the strings (Bakers Twine) were attached I gathered them and tied a bow and let the strings hang down.  The greeting came from the stamp set Sunburst Sayings.

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Another favorite that I’ve mentioned several times already is the Wink of Stella pens.  I used the clear Wink of Stella over the balloons to give it a pop of glimmer.


Create a Card & Box


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Creating a card and a box that coordinates is easy with the Balloon Celebration stamp set and the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The clouds in the stamp set coordinate perfect with the stamp set.

To create the box I used the Box Punch Board and used the cloud pattern from the Designer Paper to create it.  This paper is thick and perfect to make boxes.


I kept the embellishments for the box simple by adding Bermuda Bay ribbon and a tag that coordinates with the card.

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To create the card, I used the left over paper from creating the box and used the other side of the paper for the card.  When the box is open they will see that the Box coordinates with the card.

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The clouds on the card were fussy cut using the left over paper from the box.  Again, perfect coordination.

Occasions Favorites, Stampin' Up!, Balloon Celebration

The balloons are stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock and then punched using the Balloon Boutique punch. I added a few silver sequins on one of the balloons. I added twine to the balloons as I did to the first card and gathered them to tie in a bow.

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All of the products shared today will be available on Tuesday, January 5th.  You can see a list of the products below that I used today.  

Get ready because this will be a great catalog for amazing SPRING projects!


Now it’s time to see what the favorites are from other stampers around the world.  Your next stop will be Holly Stene’s Blog.  I can’t wait to see what she created.

Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


New for January Online Orders!

Any order placed in January will receive a FREE gift from me PLUS  my Exclusive January Inspiration Project Tutorial. 

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Hot Chocolate, Anyone?

Hot Chocolate, Anyone?

It’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop and I’m going to pretend that we are all having hot chocolate or coffee together as you hop along this inspirational hop of creativity.

If you’ve been with me for awhile you know I have a love affair for coffee and my favorite place to have coffee is Starbucks.


It’s probably no surprise that when I opened the new Occasions Catalog I found a few stamp sets that go along with my coffee obsession.

I’m excited to share how I’ve incorporated 3 new stamp sets and a framelit to create these fun projects.


Come, Let Us Sit Together


First, can I tell you how awesome this greeting is- “Come, let us sit together…”? I can think of numerous projects with this ONE greeting from the Balloon Celebration stamp set.

Hot Chocolate, Balloon Celebration Stamp set, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Create it!

I thought it would be fun to create a card and a little pocket for a hot chocolate or instant coffee pack.


To create this card I used the Cup & Kettle Framelits Dies to die cut the coffee cup.  The coffee cup was die cut twice and layered onto each other to make the die cut a tad thicker.



The coffee cup  was stamped with the Sunburst Sayings stamp set using the tiny dots.  I sponged around the coffee cup just a bit to give it a little more definition.



To create my “foam” or “whip cream” I used the cloud image from the Balloon Celebration stamp set stamped with Sahara Sand ink.  I fussy cut each of the clouds and then sponged very lightly around each of them.  I layered the images onto the front and back of the coffee cup to also add a bit more definition using a dimensional.  Another fun step for the whip cream was adding a little bit of shimmer using the Clear Wink of Stella pen.

Hot Chocolate, Balloon Celebration Stamp set, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator




A small detail was adding the antiqued silver spoon from the Have a Cuppa Embellishments.  OH MY WORD! Ca-utness x 100.



Hot Chocolate, Balloon Celebration Stamp set, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Another fun but small detail is adding the “coffee stain” onto the Crumb Cake Circle punch.  This was created using the Timeless Textures stamp set.  <MUST HAVE!>

You might notice this doily is smaller from the normal doilies I use.  This doily comes from the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit.  They are so CUTE and fit the 2-1/2″ Circle punch perfectly in the center.

Hot Chocolate, Balloon Celebration Stamp set, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

I thought it would be fun to have a little pocket for a hot chocolate pack or instant coffee.  This was easily created using the Gift Card Envelope and Trims Thinlits.  PERFECTION.

Create it!

To create this cute little pocket, simply die cut using the Gift Card Framelit.  Assemble the gift card as normal except take the top flap and adhere to the back using a dimensional as seen below.

Hot Chocolate, Balloon Celebration Stamp set, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

For the front, cut another piece of cardstock the same color as you die cut to measure 2-3/4 x 4.  Attach to the front of the gift card using Tear Tape.  This will create your pocket.

I kept the front rather simple but the same theme as the card to coordinate.

Hot Chocolate, Balloon Celebration Stamp set, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Will You Join Me? 

Yes, we may be miles and miles away but today we can pretend that we had a cup of Hot Chocolate together or coffee.  From the looks of the weather a nice cuppa hot would keep us all warm.

As always, I’m tickled that so many of these new stamps and framelits coordinate so great together making creating effortless.

Time to Hop!

It’s time to grab a cuppa something and hop to see what the other Artisans have created.  Keep in mind there are 20+ creative projects to be seen from all over the WORLD.  Because this is a global hop, I highly recommend using Google Translate to read some the Artisans blogs from other countries.  You might need it to read my southern lingo.  HA HA HA.

Next on the hop is one of my favorite Canadians Krista Frattin.  She is someone I would LOVE LOVE to sit and have a cuppa joe with.  Let’s see what she created…

Just click the button below to view and enjoy.

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Time is ticking….

This month for all online orders of $25 or more, you will receive a very special gift from me.  I’m pretty excited about it and I know you will be too.  You might squeal a little bit.  Just a little. Okay… maybe a lot. There are only a FEW DAYS left for this offer.

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