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Inspiring Monday-Card Buffet

Inspiring Monday-Card Buffet

This weekend I did a little cleaning purge of my desk.  It’s amazing what I find laying around when I finally sift through all of the piles of papers sitting around.  In fact, as I was sifting through my piles I found three cards I had to share.  I feel like I have a little card buffet to share with the cards that I found.


A Quick & Simple Technique

Recently I created a card using a fun technique that Stampin’ Up! posted on Instagram. If you haven’t followed them on Instagram, you should.  This feed is nothing but happiness and great eye candy. They share tips from the Artisans that are eye-opening and fun.

With that said, I don’t think my tip is AWE dropping, but I believe that it’s a quick and straightforward wow card you can create using the Big on Birthdays stamp set.  This stamp set will carry over to the new Annual Catalog which is super exciting.

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Use Your Markers

I find that I don’t use my markers enough.  Not because I don’t love them, but I forget about them.  I just stamped the Happy Birthday image onto Whisper White cardstock, then outlined the image using my markers.  Believe it or not, I created six fun cards using this technique, and the cards were SO simple and fast to create.

I love this stamp set because of the big bold images.  They are simple to color, and each had their unique look with the marker.  Isn’t that fun?



Everyday Hero

My next card uses the Everyday Hero stamp set.

I jokingly talk about being superwoman, and I bet we can all think of many women in our lives that we could give this title.  While I also jokingly say I’ve buried my cape in the backyard, I think I’ve had to put it back on a few times the last six weeks.  I don’t know; I believe this card is super fun and one that would make a mom smile.

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Of course, I had to add a little frilly to the card.  A doily made it all the more feminine, and the ribbon as well.

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There is one thing retiring on this card that I probably did cry over- the Tags & Labels Framelits.  I’ve loved these dies and used them for SO SO many cards.  Make sure to check them out while they are still available.  The Everyday Hero’s set is one that is retiring also.  I’m sad to see it go as well but I think this will be a keeper for when I remind my friends what a hero they are.

Download a FREE tutorial to create this card HERE.

Love Sparkles

The last one I’m sharing for today’s card buffet is from the stamp set Love Sparkles.

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One of my favorite things I love to add to a card is using a greeting for the background.  It’s something very simple, but it always gives a fun look to a card. For this card, I used the Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder inks and alternated the colors with the greeting.  I added a touch of the Delightful Dijon for a pop of color.

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Another die cut that is retiring and seen a ton of use in my stamp room is the Stars, Framelits Dies.  These are on sale, so get them before they are gone.  I love how the three layers of stars and the colors look together.
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Lastly, I added the tiny greeting by stamping the greeting onto Basic Black cardstock using VersaMark ink. Then I placed White Embossing Powder over it and heated.  Again, this gave a little pop to the card.


I have a FREE tutorial for this last card that you can download HERE.


Inspiring Monday

I guess the moral of my story today is I should clean my desk more often.  Who knew these gems were hiding under stacks of papers.

The last thing these cards need on them is a matching stamped envelope with a stamp and address.  They are ready to leave my house for good and bring a smile to someone’s face.

A couple of reminders…

Check out the retiring list HERE.  Lots of great sales.  AND… another must check is the Clearance Rack.  GREAT buys and tons of fun things to stock up on.  Click HERE to see it.

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I’ve had a BALL with the Eastern Palace Suite.  Ths is one promotion I wouldn’t miss out on.  You can see all of the cards I’ve created using this bundle below.  Click HERE to see the bundles and get your free gifts before May 31st.  Remember, you get TWO tutorials when you purchase this bundle from my Online Store.  Combined together, these tutorials have 39 cards and 3d projects you don’t want to miss.

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Oh So Succulent

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Oh So Succulent

Welcome to another Artisan Blog Hop! Be inspired by the Oh So Succulent bundle.

I was reflecting back on this stamp set and how long I’ve been using it and how many fun projects I’ve created with it.  In fact, this stamp set is hands down the one I used the most from the Occasions Catalog.

I was able to start using this stamp set back in October of 2016.  I started using it for the last November OnStage for my display samples.  The irony of this stamp set,  I had no idea at that time this stamp set had matching framelits.  When I was creating samples for the November OnStage, I hand cut each of the succulents.  It didn’t matter at the time because I fell in love with the stamp set.


The Power of the Sponge Dauber

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The Sponge Dauber has become one of my favorite tools to use with the Oh So Succulent stamp set.  When I researched the colors of different succulents, I noticed many had a variation of color.  Honestly, I was taken back by the many shades of colors I found of succulents.  Some were vivid with color and others very neutral.

For my card today I wanted a blend of colors.  The best way to get a combination of colors is to use a Sponge Dauber.

Tips & Tricks

You might be asking why I would use a Sponge Dauber over our regular stamping sponges? I found that the Sponge Dauber was a smaller sponge that gave me more control when blending colors.

  • I created the variation of color by taking my Sponge Dauber and adding the lightest shade of ink first.  The first color I added was Mint Macaron.  I sponged over the entire flower, then added shades of Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and lastly, Rich Razzleberry.  I applied this technique with only two of the larger flowers.
  • To create the circle, I  die cut Watercolor Paper using the largest of the Stitched Framelits.  After die cutting, I applied a layer of Pool Party ink, then Mint Macaron.  The Watercolor Paper was layered onto a Delicate White Doily.

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  • Lastly, I stamped the Happy Birthday onto Basic Black cardstock using VersaMark ink, then embossed with White Embossing Powder.  I love the pop of black to make the greeting stand out.  Once my focal area was complete I layered the circle die cut onto layers of the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.
  • One last embellishment added was sequins and enamel dots.  I love how these add texture to a project, and the card isn’t too lumpy, bumpy.


The Bouquet of Succulents

Have you ever created a card where you need to tell yourself just to STOP?

This next card I had to mentally tell myself to WALK AWAY! Kimberly, seriously, WALK AWAY!

I couldn’t help myself because I love these flowers. To be fair, succulents are pretty darn trendy right now.  Take a peek at your local plant nurseries, and you will see tons of succulents.

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Tips & Tricks

As I was creating this card, I started with a Whisper White cardstock and started stamping different flowers with different shades of color.  Once the flowers were cut, I started building my bouquet.

  • After I stamped and die cut my flowers I brushed many of them using the Wink of Stella Clear pen.  This gave the succulents a nice shimmer.
  • The two larger succulents were created using a Sponge Dauber as I explained in the card above.

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  • A few of the colors I used to stamp the flowers include Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Pear Pizzaz.  Remember, there are many shades of succulents.  You can do a quick search on the internet to find the different shades of colors for succulents.


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Do You Love Succulents? 

If you find yourself in love with the succulents trend, take note and get the Oh So Succulents Bundle while it’s available.  This bundle is on the retiring list and once it’s gone… it’s gone.  Don’t miss out, get it NOW! Unfortunately, the coordinating designer paper is sold out.  You can see all of the coordinating products for this bundle on page 21 of the Occasions Catalog.


Prepare to Be Inspired! 

Now it’s time to take a tour with the Artisan Design Team and see what they have designed using the Oh So Succulent stamp set.  First up on this hop is Louise Sharp.  Click the button below and be inspired from Artisans all over the world.

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Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen—> You Are HERE!
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser

Shop in my Online Store! Grab the Oh So Succulents today!

Price: $110.00

Looking for more ideas using the Oh So Succulent stamp set? Click the links below for more ideas.

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Mix it Up!- Oh So Succulents Inspiration 2

More fun with Sponge Daubers Inspiration 3

Inspiration 4

Check out my Tutorial Library. Enjoy learning from the comfort of your home.

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Have an AWESOME day!!

Sometimes You Have to be Dino-rrific!

Sometimes You Have to be Dino-rrific!

Dino-rrific!  YES!  I love this word.


I’m not sure it’s urban enough language for my teens as I run around telling them they’re Dino-rrific… but it sure does sound fun.



Let’s Speak the Truth 

So the truth is I didn’t have any “kid” birthday cards hanging around and I have only played with my No Bones about It stamp set but once.  It was time to get dino-rrific.


I’m cracking myself up…


No Bones about It

Can pink dinosaurs be any cuter?


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This pink dinosaur made me incredibly happy and nothing says girlie than adding a few frilly things like a doily or two.

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The new 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper stack was the perfect addition for this card with coordinating polka dots on Vellum cardstock using the Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.


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Add a Pop of Color

I added a teensy bit of Cucumber Crush that totally pops against the Flirty Flamingo.  SO pretty and SO girly.

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For the Boys


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A little change in color and a fun pattern paper from the By the Shore Designer Series Paper and you can make a dino-riffic card for any little boy.

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Once again I’ve mixed the Cucumber Crush with the new Dapper Denim In Color and it’s AMAZING.

Honestly, both of the these cards remind me of something I use to call “preppy!”  Something that should have an alligator somewhere on it.  Is this bringing back any memories for anyone else?


Okay… back to dinosaurs!

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I added the leaves from the Botanical Builder Framelits and Botanical Blooms stamp set.  Oh my!  I love how this looked perfect for a boy.

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Both cards have one of my favorite embellishments I cannot stop using…  Enamel Shapes. They are the perfect embellishment for a little pizzaz to any card.

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

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Have an AMAZING weekend.