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Just Breathe-Colorful Seasons

Just Breathe-Colorful Seasons

I had a wonderful Mother’s day weekend despite a few events.  I’m not sure I’d call it relaxing but definitely enjoyed my kids this weekend.   I created this card for a swap and honestly, I think I’m going to frame it as a reminder to do this more and clearly after this weekend.

Colorful Seasons, Stampin' Up!

Russ is on a trip with his parents to Disney World.  Honestly, thank God he is there with them, more on that in a minute.  They took off earlier last week and my first thought was, lots of stamping time.  Well, wishful thinking maybe.


The Weekend

Friday night I was so tired I felt like a limp vegetable laying on my couch.  I had zero energy.  The great week had finally caught up with me.   Saturday I decided to test drive cars since we are in the market for one.  I had no idea that would turn out to be an all day affair but it was.

Sunday I spent at church and then with family all day only to come home to no Air Conditioning.  The house was 84 degrees.  Needless to say, the kids and I were panting.  Thankful for my parents as they came to my rescue, but it was a no go.  It was broke and we had to wait until Monday.  It was time to pull a few fans out.

I was sitting on the couch trying to find a cool spot… Brandon says, “Mom, now don’t worry, it’s going to be okay and it felt good… but there is no hot water when I took a shower!” WHAT? FOR REAL?

I called Russ to help me light the pilot light on the water heater. Yes, I’m a wimp.  Yes, I don’t like lighting that stupid thing.  After he walked me through it I thought for sure I was going to blow up the house.  UGH.  Poor Russ…

Seriously.. the man is gone a few days and everything breaks.  Just breathe, Kimberly.


Monday Comes

I looked over at this card laying on my desk and thought to myself… it’s Monday… just breathe.  You know that I normally love Mondays.  It’s my fresh start.  It was a fresh start alright.


Colorful Seasons, Stampin' Up!

Monday clearly started with calling the AC company to come rescue us from a VERY hot house.  For the most part, my Monday was heading in the right direction.

Russ texted me fairly early from Disney and told me his mother had fallen in the hotel.  Somehow she tripped and fell on her face, literally.  Unfortunately, she hit so hard she broke her nose.  This became complicated because the bleeding wouldn’t stop and they had to take her to the ER.  Because she is on a blood thinner, AND she hit her head my poor Mother in Law was admitted to the hospital. ICU.  They needed to reverse the blood thinner and watch her for any more bleeding.  The last update she was resting, and very sad this had messed up her Disney trip. This was really on her bucket list.

Not only was I telling myself to just breathe, I was telling Russ the same thing.



As Monday progressed, and a few other things occurred, I had to put it all in perspective.  Luckily the air conditioner was a minor repair and the house was cooled.  The water heater is working and most importantly, my mother in law didn’t have any major bones broke.  Praise God for that! I sat again last night in a vegetative state from the busy day and I couldn’t help but thank God Russ was with his parents. It was the exact reason he went with them.

Just breathe!

Colorful Seasons, Stampin' Up!


I can’t tell you how many times I sit and feel guilty for not getting everything done in a timely fashion or on my schedule.  I am so glad I had this card sitting on my desk.  It’s absolutely the best reminder.  Life is MESSY! I need to remember to just breathe because let’s face it.. it will all work out.

Card Details

I won’t leave you hanging about this card and the AMAZING stamp set this is.  The Colorful Seasons stamp set I believe will be one of the most popular stamp sets for this catalog year. Here are a few reasons why:

  • All 4 seasons have images and the coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits is perfect to eliminate any fussy cutting with 17 dies included.  I love the scalloped edge.  Look how beautiful that is!!
  • It’s all about the details.  This stamp set, available June 1st or now for new demonstrators has incredible details. Detailed snowflakes and leaves that you will enjoy.
  • I’m a sucker for good greetings and this set caught my eye right away wtih the beautiful just breathe image.
  • You will notice I used two new In Colors, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist.  That tiny pop of Lemon Lime Twist brings a smile to my face.

I’m happy to tell you this stamp set and the coordinating thinlits will be a bundle, which means you can save 10%.


Just Breathe!

Colorful Seasons, Stampin' Up!, Just Breathe

I realize the weekend and my Monday didn’t go as planned, but today is a fresh start to a new day.  I’m sure something esle will not go as planned.  This is life.  My goal for today is to stamp a few pretty things and to relax and meditate on my favorite new greeting- Just Breathe!

What is your goal for the week? For today? How do you handle when things get messy?

Lastly, will you keep my mother in law in prayer?  I’ll update once I know more.


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.

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

Make today GREAT and stamp something pretty.

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

Spring Break Beach Days

Spring Break Beach Days

I know here in the USA many are enjoying spring break.  Our spring break was a few weeks ago and the funny thing is, the beach was never seen.  I’m not sure how that happened, but we did enjoy 4 days seeing Mickey.

Living here in the Florida panhandle, you know the time frame for spring break.  Getting anywhere in our little town of Pensacola means you might take longer than the average 15 minutes.  Beach traffic is high but I have to say it brings me happiness.  I love to see so many people come to enjoy our beautiful white sandy beaches.  They are simply beautiful.


Day at the Beach

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!


If you missed yesterday’s post using the Day at the Beach stamp set, make sure to see the other card I created with this set HERE. This stamp is so much fun and especially with the beautiful line art.

The images from this set are simple to watercolor with a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter and the line art makes fussy cutting quick and easy.

Tips & Tricks 

A few tips to create this card.

  • I started this card with a Whisper White Thick cardstock base 4-1/4″ x 11.  Then I added Daffodil Delight cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″ as a card layer along with a piece of Gold Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate over the Daffodil Delight at an angle.
  • I created a background for the stamped images by using a piece of Watercolor Paper and creating a fun watercolor wash using Crumb Cake ink.
  • The images were stamped onto Whisper White cardstock then watercolored using a Blender Pen.  I fussy cut each of the images.

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

  • Lastly, the greeting comes from the hostess stamp set Iconic Occasions.  It’s in the Occasions catalog on page 3.  I love these tiny greetings perfect for banners.

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

Going Going Going!

Yes, sadly I realize the Day at the Beach stamp set is on the Retired List.   You can find this stamp set HERE if it’s on your wish list.  Remember, this stamp set is perfect for all kinds of crafty projects and especially fun for scrapbookers.

Click HERE to download the retired list.

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!


You can find the products used for this project in the clickable links below. 

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

Now the question is…. what are you doing for spring break? Are you going to enjoy the beach? Disney? Or maybe the best spring break to me is a staycation.  Ahhh… to just sleep in my bed past 7am!

Free Tutorial

Did you know…. you can receive this free tutorial below when you spend $50 in my Online Store? You will love the April Tutorial. It’s filled with many out of the box ideas to inspire you.


You can click the photo below and purchase the tutorial!


OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!



Day at the Beach-Stampin’ Up!

Day at the Beach-Stampin’ Up!

After so much traveling happening, I can’t express enough my excitement that I can STAMP! Cathy and I traveled home yesterday from Savannah after our OnStage event.  It was a great event, great city and overall we had a BLAST!  Cathy is spending another week here with me, and one of the things we will be doing is going to the beach.  It’s a perfect chance for me to share with you a very fun stamp set in the Occasions Catalog called Day at the Beach!  

Great Line Art

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   I love the beautiful line art in this stamp set.  It’s perfect for cards and scrapbooking.  Here are a few ideas I thought about immediately when using this stamp set.

  • watercolor
  • scrapbooking, pocket pages
  • use to create background patterns

When I created this card, I used the sun to create a pattern on the Whisper White cardstock for my background.  I used a Blender Pen to color the inner circle of the sun.  It was quick and easy coloring with Crushed Curry ink. Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!  

Mixing Images & Products Together

One of my favorite things to do is pull products and images together.  One of my favorite products to add to this card was the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies. I die cut the sunshine thinlit using Watercolor Paper, then used the Crushed Curry to watercolor over it.  Again, a simple wash of color that takes just a second to do.


Tips & Tricks 

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   A few tips & tricks for this card.

  • After the Sunshine image was watercolored with a simple wash of Crushed Curry ink, I wanted a few darker shades of the color to stand out.  Simply load your Aqua Painter with ink, then hold the Aqua Painter over the image and let gravity do its thing. The drops of ink will give your image a unique look every single time.
  • I cut the clouds (Up & Away Framelits) from Watercolor Paper.  I colored these images using Smoky Slate ink.
  • One of my favorite detail on this card is the Tangerine Tango scallop edge.  This scallop was created using the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies. NOTE: This thinlit is retiring.  They are only available while supplies last.  
  • Lastly, I loaded my Aqua Painter using Tangerine Tango ink, using my Bone Folder I tap the Aqua Painter over the image to create a little splatter.

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!  

Create Your Own Sunshine

I enjoyed creating this card and I have one more to share with you tomorrow.  The Day at the Beach stamp set is on the retired list.  You will want to grab this set quick if it’s on your list.  All retiring items are while supplies last. Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

You can find all of the products in the clickable links below.  


Speaking of retiring… Click HERE to download the retired list. Don’t miss the sneak peek of the Eastern Palace Suite. Click HERE to see three fun ideas!

New Tutorial Available!

Every month I release a new Exclusive tutorial.  April’s tutorial is filled with out of the box ideas you will love.

April Tutorial, Stampin' Up! April Exclusive Tutorial    

Price: $110.00

Be the Light of Hope- High Tide Stamp Set

Be the Light of Hope

The High Tide stamp set was another stamp set I couldn’t live without.

Probably the number one reason I love the High Tide stamp set so much is due to the greetings.  In our culture today, encouraging words are needed and we have the ability to send them.

Light of Hope, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Create Hope

The High Tide stamp set not only has encouraging greetings, the scenes that you can create are endless.


Light of Hope, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!



This set has fantastic images.   Can you see why I love these encouraging words?

Instantly when thinking about a lighthouse, I think about being a light to others.  Just like the light from the lighthouse, it helps steer you in the right direction.  I believe these encouraging words can steer someone towards hope.


Light of Hope, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

The high tide stamp set is a two-step stamp set. There are two lighthouse images. While each could be used alone, the detail of the lighthouse really comes through when using the two-step technique.

  • To help line up the images perfectly, it helped to stamp the more detailed lighthouse image first.  When stamping the bold lighthouse image, I stamped off the ink first and then over the detailed lighthouse.
  • Stamp the images onto Whisper White cardstock (4″ x 4-3/4″). Stamp the scene first which includes the seagrass, birds, and beach sand, then stamp the lighthouse onto a Whisper White scrap piece.  Once you have stamped the lighthouse, fussy cut using your Paper Snips.
  • The greeting was stamped onto a Whisper White cardstock scrap, then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  These framelits will be back in my Online Store on January 16th.  Mark your calendar.

Light of Hope, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Light of Hope, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Stamp it, Send it!

We can create all the beautiful cards in the world, however, if the cards are piling up in your stamp room they are not being utilized to their ability.

I’m encouraging you to send a few cards of hope to those around you that need to see the light.  Let them know you care.

Regardless of being a fan of lighthouses or not, the High Tide stamp set is a ray of sunshine to any stamping collection because of the greetings alone.


Big News!

Also, I have big news.  Are you ready for Valentines Day? I shared a really fun project using the Sealed with Love bundle on the Stampin’ Up! blog and I hope you will check it out.  It’s kinda a secret and hopefully, the Prince doesn’t get wind of it.  Be Inspired, Click HERE.

Light of Hope, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!



Don’t Forget!

Lastly, here are a few important tidbits I don’t want you to forget.

Over the last 6 months, I’ve offered a fun tutorial bundle each month which included 12 tutorials from designers all over the world.  This tutorial has been a huge hit.  The projects are ALWAYS  using Stampin’ Up! current products and different projects such as cards and 3D items.

I’m starting a new 6-month subscription of this tutorial with NEW designers.  They are AMAZING artists.


You can get this tutorial a few different ways, let me explain. 

  • Spend $50 in my Online Store- receive it FREE
  • Subscribe for 6 months (Feb-July) and you will pay for 5 months, getting your 6th month FREE. Subscription is $75.
  • Purchase the tutorial individually each month for $15.


Exclusive Tutorial Bundle

As a result of being a subscriber, you will receive the tutorial automatically on the first of each month.

The Tutorial will automatically download once purchased.   You can see past monthly tutorials HERE.

Become a Subscriber and BE Inspired!!


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