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Morning Stamping Escapade

Morning Stamping Escapade

Morning stamping is unheard of in my home,  let alone 7:30 in the morning.

 

Yesterday morning my oldest, Brandon woke me up and managed to get me out of bed way earlier than planned.  Since I had gone to bed late the night before I was trying to squeeze in a few more hours before waking.

Brandon had different plans, which in a sense screwed up the entire routine.

No biggie really.  It happens.

I started my morning rituals which always starts with the brewing of coffee.  Now I should tell you I’m pretty chipper in the morning.  I prefer to have at least one cup of coffee down before any conversation but I’m typically cheerful regardless.  Brandon and I are the only ones in my house that react this way to mornings.  The others…. not so much.  One in particular is grouchy pants.  UGH.

 

Anyways…

 

I grabbed my coffee and was browsing fakebook when all of a sudden I saw a video posted by Stampin’ Up! using my favorite kit, You’re So Lovely.

I opened the video and watched it and was completely blown away with the cuteness of projects.  Oh my GOSH.

 

Not even an entire cup of coffee was down and I had an INSTANT urge to create what I had just watched.  Gosh, I don’t do anything in an instant anymore and NEVER at 7:30 in the morning!

 

 

When Alexis woke up to find me in my stamp room she immediately asked if i was okay.  Obviously this was not a typical morning and my first thought was she probably thinks I never went to bed.  Ha ha ha.

 

Morning Stamping Isn’t So Bad! 

Morning, You're So Lovely, Stampin' Up!

You’ve heard this before how much I love Stampin’ Up! kits and the You’re So Lovely is my FAVORITE!

One of the amazing concept artists put together the video below (end of the post) and this treat bag was my favorite.

I instantly created it and Alexis said….  “Can I have it?”

She said she wanted to give this treat bag  to one of her friends.

How could I possibly resist and out the door she went with this little gem.

 

Morning, You're So Lovely, Stampin' Up!

 

Everything you see on the bag was included with the kit except the Rhinestone I added on the butterfly.

What makes this little treat bag even better?

Mid afternoon I received a text from Alexis. “Mom, can you make 12 more of those treat bags? All my friends need one!”

My girl had just made me day. The best part- they were made with no holiday in mind. I was just carried away by all the cuteness and I had to create it.

 

Morning, You're So Lovely, Stampin' Up!

 

You can see in the photo above I decided to get busy and create a whole bunch for Alexis and her friends.  It was so easy.

I decided to create a card using the kit too.  A few extra things were added to create this card- Calypso Coral cardstock and a Tea Lace Doily, Jute Ribbon, and Basic Black ink.

Morning, You're So Lovely, Stampin' Up!

 

Alexis will be bringing 10 treat bags to school today for friends and I will carry a smile all day long.

I’m sure my morning stamping experience was a complete fluke, however I will be making more goodies using the Oh So Lovely kit.  If you don’t have one, I would highly encourage it.  The accessories in this kit are awesome.  Whether you are a beginner or advanced crafter, this kit is for you.

Check out this video with more fun ideas using this kit.  You will see the instructions to create this goodie bag above too.

You can see all of the products I used in the clickable links below.

 

 

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Morning, You're So Lovely, Stampin' Up!

Have an AWESOME day!! XOXOXO

Little Moments Matter- Watercolor Wings

Little Moments Matter- Watercolor Wings

It’s always the little moments that matter to me.  Sure, I love big moments too.

It seems like the little moments make me stop, reflect and typically bring me more joy.

Can you relate?

Yesterday was a case in point.

 

We have a friend that helps us now and then with our big 200 gallon saltwater fish tank.  This tank is truly a piece of happy to me.  It’s also a big job to take care of.  Our water filter system needed new filters and to make a long story short…. this guy came to our rescue. He took the time yesterday to help me with something outside of what I was paying him to do and ultimately that little thing brought me extreme joy.

 

It didn’t take him long however it was something he had not planned.  He made a difference doing something so little.

Yes, little moments matter.

Watercolor Wings

 

 

Watercolor Wings is a beautiful stamp set and I love the greetings that go along with it.  This is one of those sets that makes me smile because it has beautiful greetings and beautiful butterfly images.  SCORE!

Little Moments, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!

 

I have a new favorite paper I’m playing with right now- Shimmery White Cardstock.  OH so fun and beautiful.

This paper is great for watercolor.

Tips & Tricks

Little Moments, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!

 

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • I did a simple watercolor wash using my Aqua Painter.  To do this simply load your brush with the color of choice and gently go back and forth moving the brush in a downward stroke.  By moving the brush down while moving you will notice a brighter color when you begin and lighter as your brush continues downward.  The shimmery paper gives it a shimmer look when it’s dry.
  • I used Calypso Coral, So Saffron and Pink Pirouette inks
  • The White thread you see coiled behind the greeting is a single strand pulled from the White Jute ribbon.  I love this stuff.  I never seem to use the entire ribbon alone as it tends to be too wide for me to use.  Instead I pull the threads and use them in other ways.

Little Moments, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!

 

I love the spring colors for this card.  I typically do not use So Saffron for anything so it was nice to pull that color into this card and the best is I really liked it.

 

 

 

These colors just scream soft, delicate and spring.

 

See all of the supplies I used for this card in the clickable links below.

Little Moments, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!
Have an amazing weekend and create something pretty!
XOXOXO

Place an order in my Online Store and receive a FREE gift from me as well as a FREE class tutorial in the month of April. 

I’m not foolin’ ya! Click HERE to shop!

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you. 

April Hostess Code, Stampin' Up!

Creative Gift Giving

Creative Gift Giving

Butterfly Basics, Butterfly Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!

Many times we think of creative gift giving only during the Christmas season.  As paper crafters we can be creative with our gift giving all the time and not even on a holiday! WOW I love that. 

Alexis has another gym meet today.  This time we are traveling about 2.5 hours to Panama City, FL.  She is pretty excited.  

This week during practices I kept telling her to “focus!”  It’s so easy to get distracted by the little things.  Her main distraction is feeling defeated when not getting an element correct after a few tries.  You can tell right away when she is focused only on the defeat and not the success of the other amazing flippity flops she did.  

I wanted to make a quick and special treat before the meet.  Just to give her a little more encouragement and a boost in confidence.  Don’t we ALL need that? It’s that feel good thing we tend to forget to do sometimes.  Yet when we do it for others we also feel a boost of confidence because we made a difference for someone else.  

Anywyas, I hope she likes it and most of all I hope it helps her to remain focused. 

Butterfly Basics, Butterfly Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!
I started this card off honestly by  just goofing around.  My mom was here and I wanted to show her how beautiful the Butterfly Thinlits Dies were.  Then I noticed a beautiful stencil with the biggest butterfly once it was die cut.  With a  little Calypso Coral , Crisp Cantaloupe and VersaMark Ink Pad I was able to achieve this elegant butterfly card.  

When adding the VersaMark, I just sponge daubed around the stenciled area and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.  I love how you can see through it with the smaller die cut butterfly.  

To create the word “focus” I used my Alphabet Rotary stamp.  I LOVE this stamp for all the different words I can create.  It’s perfect.  I’ll have a video shoot with this guy later this week.   Butterfly Basics, Butterfly Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up! Isn’t the gold perfect??

I also made her a little pillow gift that is filled with Chocolate.  Chocolate makes everything better and surely will help keep her focused.  
Butterfly Basics, Butterfly Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!
I’m off to the big meet.  It’s going to be a long busy day.  I’ll keep you posted on how she does and i’ll come back with a product list.  I have a 12 yr old starring at me with BIG eyes.  I guess her taxi isn’t fast enough.  Hmmm….

XOXOXO

Product List

Heat Tool

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Calypso Coral Baker's Twine

Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine
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