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So In Love-April Tutorial Bundle Hop

So In Love-April Tutorial Bundle Hop

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


Did you know that one of my favorite things I create every month is the exclusive tutorial with the Tutorial Bundle Design Team? This tutorial has been an incredible journey!  Each month we share 12 exclusive projects that are WOW WOW WOW!  I’m sharing another fun blog hop, and this month I’m using the So In Love Bundle.


Just imagine… 12 incredible designers coming together to create the most beautiful tutorial of 12 projects! Meet the designers!

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So In Love Bundle 

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This month I used the So In Love Bundle for my tutorial. You can find this bundle in the Occasions Catalog on page 52.  Keep in mind the card you see above is NOT the card in the tutorial.  Same stamp set, different project.  YAY!


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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips & tricks when creating this card:

  • I stamped the flower onto Pool Party cardstock using Archival Basic Black ink. Next, heat set the ink so you can watercolor right away.  I used my Aqua Painter with Pool Party ink and watercolored the petals.  I love how this brightens the flower, and if you look closely, you can see that the flower looks watercolored.
  • Once the watercolor was dry, I used the Wink of Stella pen over the petals.  Now there is a beautiful sparkle over the flower.
  • Whisper White Thick cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″ was used for the card base.  Score at 5-1/2″.  The Crumb Cake cardstock is 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • I placed a small piece of Pool Party cardstock 1″ x 5-1/2″ alongside the Crumb Cake cardstock to add contrast to the colors.


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  • Add elegance to your projects using the So Detailed Thinlits Dies.  I love how this die cut wraps around the Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • The final detail for this card uses the White Perfect Accents.  I love these embellishments as they are inexpensive and easy to apply.  It’s a fine detail I love to see on a card.

Grab the So In Love Bundle Quickly

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


There is a bit of sad news about the So In Love Bundle.  This bundle is retiring as of May 31st.  You can save 10% when you purchase the bundle NOW.  Keep in mind that retiring merchandise is only available while supplies last.

Download the retiring list HERE.  


Be Inspired 

Here is a sneak peek of the projects in the April Tutorial.  They are Dyn-a-Mo!!

Click the photos below for more details about the tutorials.

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My team receives this tutorial FREE every month.

Click the button to purchase the tutorial for $15.  


Place a $50 order and receive the tutorial for FREE.  

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Now it’s time to be inspired by the Tutorial Bundle Design Team and see projects created using the stamp sets and bundles used this month.

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Kylie Bertucci 
Erica Cerwin
Rachel Tessman
Becky Roberts
Ange McKay
Juana Ambida
Allison Okamitsu
Kimberly Leggett Van Diepen

Have a SUPER amazing day!! XOXOXO

Price: $110.00

Fun With Tasty Trucks Stamp Set

Tasty Trucks Stamp Set

Creating with the Tasty Trucks stamp set has not only been fun, but super creative.

This FREE sale-a-Bration stamp set is one you will enjoy the abundance of stamping opportunities.

I’ve seen this little truck turn into adorable options such as an ambulance, UPS truck and even a postal truck.

Of course, I’m always pretty simple when it comes to using this set but I have a few ideas I wanted to share.


Four Cards To Inspire You


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While you have many foodie images to choose from I fell in love with the cupcake image.  Maybe it’s because I would be giddy if a cupcake truck was found in my area.  Can you imagine? A girl can dream.



Try this Color Combination!

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Taco Tuesday

Another favorite with this truck is the tacos.  Taco Tuesday is a BIG deal in my house.  Seriously, my kids can change their attitude in a heartbeat if I say it’s Taco Tuesday.


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I paired this image with one of my favorite pattern papers, Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. The images in this paper are a perfect match for any Taco Truck.

This card will be perfect to give one of my kids a little kick in the pants when they are feeling gloomy.



I love the look of generation stamping and the different color hues you can see the more times you continue to stamp.

That is exactly how I created this card below using the congratulations image with the Tasty Trucks stamp set.

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The fonts in this set are simple and perfect in size to create small thin banners.

Try this Color Combination

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Playful Patterns 

Lastly, I wanted a card that was really playful and I love how you can achieve this look using our Designer Series Paper.

This card and the congratulations card above both use a FREE Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-Bration products called Carried Away.  This paper has an array of beautiful bold colors to use for your projects.



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Peekaboo Peach is a new InColor that I haven’t used enough.  I love how this looks watercolored and it’s perfect for spring paper crafting. I will definitely be pulling this color more for my spring projects.

Try this Color Combination!

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Tips & Tricks 

  • Watercoloring the truck after stamping the image onto Watercolor paper provided the best way to color this image because of the size.
  • Fussy cutting the truck gave me the ability to add the truck as another layer onto the card.
  • The taco truck awning was paper pieced using the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper.


Ready to Create? 

Create each of these projects using this FREE tutorial.   Click Here to download and enjoy!



Celebrate with Sale-a-Bration!

If you find the Tasty Trucks stamp set on your wish list, click HERE to shop Online in my online store.  This stamp set is free with a $50 purchase.  You will also receive my exclusive tutorial for free when your order reaches $50.

See more Sale-a-Bration inspiration HERE.


Hot News! Don’t Miss This

All new 6-month  Subscription for this amazing tutorial.  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.

I’ve had a sneak peek of the February tutorial and the projects are STUNNING!


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

  • Spend $50 from my Online Store- receive it FREE
  • Subscribe for 6 months (Feb-July) and you will pay for 5 months, getting the 6 months FREE. Subscription is $75.
  • Purchase the tutorial individually each month for $15.
If you are a member of my team you receive this tutorial FREE.

Subscribers receive the tutorial automatically on the first of each month.

Tutorials are automatically downloaded after purchase.   You can see past monthly tutorials HERE.

Become a Subscriber and BE Inspired!!


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Are You a Happy Stamper?

Are You a Happy Stamper?

Is that a loaded question or what? Are you a happy stamper?

I love a stamp set that makes me giggle and especially when Stampin’ Up! creates a stamp set that can go 1000 different ways.

The Custom Tee stamp set is perfection.


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All the Details

The Custom Tee stamp set comes with 35 Photopolymer stamps that you can create any custom tee.  Imagine good luck tees to birthday boy and girl tees, the options are endless.

Three great things to note about this stamp set.

  1. This set is a bundle so you can save 10% when purchasing the stamp set and the coordinating framlits.
  2. There is a Tie Dyed set that you can create your own custom Tie Dyed tees.  See page 31 of the Occasions Catalog.
  3. The best for last… there is another coordinating Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Designer Tee.  This set coordinates with the Custom Tee stamp set with 10 different greetings you can put on the tee’s or alone on a project.  This stamp set is FREE with every $50 purchase in my Online Store HERE.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock -4-1/4″ x 11″
  • Card front is Whisper White cardstock- 4″ x 5-1/2″.

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  • The Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper has amazing designs wrapped up in this paper pack.  Measurements for the designer paper include: 4″ x 4″ and 1-1/2″ x 4″.
  • Basic Black Solid Bakers Twine was wrapped several times around the designer paper then secured on the back.
  • Silver Enamel Shapes were used around the focal area along with a Delicate White Doily.
  • The T-Shirt Builder Framelits Dies made creating this card a breeze because there was no fussy cutting.

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What Tee Will You Design?

Like I’ve said before, the options are endless with the Custom Tee stamp set.  What tee will you design?

Whether it’s a happy stamper or a birthday girl, this set will have you covered.



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All supplies can be found in the clickable links below.  

Birthday Girls

Finally, speaking of birthdays, I must tell you today is a big day for my baby girl.


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Today Alexis turns 14.  I can’t even believe it.  Where has the time gone?

This weekend she will compete in her first gymnastics meet of the competitive season.  We are heading to Knoxville, TN.  I love traveling with her and perhaps she might be my favorite shopping partner.

Although she’s growing up fast I know this time I get to spend with her one on one is precious.  I am savoring every single second.

Wish her luck this weekend, and say a prayer for me because I have a hard time watching. I’m that mom!!


Happy Tuesday friends and hopefully you are a happy stamper!




Vintage Fonts Always Rock My World

Vintage Fonts Always Rock My World

I can look through the entire Stampin’ Up! catalogs and *think* I’ve seen it all.  Then all of a sudden I see something that pops off the catalog page.  Then I see a vintage font and it completely rocks my world.

This is exactly what happened when I stumbled upon the Super Duper stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  Fonts sweet fonts, how I love thee.

A simple “YAY” had me singing…  YAY!


Vintage Fonts, Stampin' Up!, Super Duper stamp set


What Do You Look For?

I’m curious what creates that love affair when you see a stamp set you can’t live without? Could it be images? Design? Fonts? Greetings?

As I was creating this card using the Super Duper stamp set, I knew right away how I wanted to use the YAY greeting.  In fact, several ideas started popping in my head. I know it’s going to be a great stamp set when the ideas keep coming.

Vintage Fonts, Stampin' Up!, Super Duper stamp set


Instantly I was drawn to this color combination.  It’s one of my favorites to use.



I love how the Cucumber Crush and Bermuda Bay brightens the entire card.  Typically I don’t reach for the bright ink colors, but this color combination is a winner every single time.


Create It!

The one thing to keep in mind when creating this card is the little bit of fussy cutting for the focal area.  The good news, the fussy cutting is super duper easy.  <giggle…. I made a funny!>

Vintage Fonts, Stampin' Up!, Super Duper stamp set


  • The card base uses Whisper White Thick cardstock – 4-1/4″ x 11.
  • Dapper Denim cardstock (4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″) was stamped using the YAY greeting with Dapper Denim ink.
  • Stamp the star image using Pool Party ink onto Pool Party cardstock 3/4″ x 4-1/4″.
  • Stamp the greeting “super duper” onto Whisper White cardstock twice, once using Cucumber Crush ink, and once more using Cucumber Crush ink.  Fussy cut both images, pop up the super duper greeting using a dimensional.
  • Attach a Delicate White Doily to the back of the greeting.  Attach to the Pool Party cardstock using Fast Fuse.
  • Add Metallic Silver Enamel Dots to the card.
  • Add a little color splash using an Aqua Painter and Dapper Denim ink.


Make sure to check out these sneak peek blog posts for more ideas using stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog HERE and HERE.

What’s On Your Wish List

With just days left before the New Year and when the Occasions Catalog products become available, what is on your wish list?

Do you have the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs to look at? If not, make sure to fill out this form below and let me get one in your hands so you can see all of the great products available on January 4th.  Sale-a-Bration is all about earning FREE stamp sets.

If you love vintage fonts, make sure to add the Super Duper stamp set to your wish list.  It’s going to be an eye catcher for SURE.


If you are reading this post in email form, make sure to fill out the form from my actual website. 

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All products used can be found in the clickable links below.  

Note: The Super Duper stamp set will be available on January 4th, 2017.  

Don't Miss Out, Valentines, Stampin' Up!, Fresh Fruit

You can find great stamp sets, ink, cardstock and amazing embellishments in my online store.

Click HERE and see the possibilities for creating fabulous projects this year.

I’d love to be your creative coach and share with you as you begin this hobby or if you are ready to step it up a notch.

Stamp with Me! See Online Classes Available!

Purchase $50 from my Online Store and receive my December Tutorial FREE.   

All online orders will receive a hand stamped card with a little surprise inside.

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.


These great deals will only last until January 3rd, 2017.

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale


Congratulations On a Winning Monday!

Congratulations On a Winning Monday!

Typically Monday is one of my favorite days of the week.

I’m sure most people are the complete opposite of me, but Mondays  mean a FRESH start for me.

On a typical Monday I jump out of bed all happy pants and ready to face the day.

Today I should have stayed in bed.

While today was frustrating to say the least, there is humor weaved throughout the day.  I even made myself laugh hysterically at one point.

My goal today is that if you are someone who is having a bad day… this will make you smile and feel better about yourself.

If your new to my website… it’s just one of those random days I write on a more personal level.  Don’t be scared.

And OF COURSE I have a card to share… a congratulations card. More on this card at the end of the post.

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Morning Rituals

In our home the Prince gets Brandon off to school each morning and I get up with Alexis to see her off to school.  Basically I have the late shift.  Russ has to get up at the crack of dawn with Brandon…. that is not my cup of tea.

This morning I took a longer snoozie and noticed that my house was unusually quiet.  I decided to check on Alexis.  This is where the day starts to go downhill.

Alexis was still in the bed and had 5 minutes to get ready for school.

The daughter I know was not who jumped out of bed in a panic.

She screamed.  “WHAT? I’m late???”  She looked like a crazy person. Kinda frightening.

Honestly I was kinda scared.  I decided to let her pull herself together while I grabbed coffee.

A few minutes later she comes to me with tears flowing.  The drama was magical.  I’m pretty sure she has been taking acting on the side without me knowing it.  This was not my girl. She normally has it all together.

After a little mama pep talk I told her to get herself together… it’s not the end of the world that she would be late.  All will be okay.


Remembering Your Own Advice

As I drove Alexis to school I wanted to remind her that just because she woke up late, don’t let this ruin the rest of her day.  As she walked into the school building she turned to me, smiled and waved.  Total attitude change.

Honestly, I felt a little puffed up.  Kinda like a moment of “super mom.”  I had given her great advice this morning.  It was time to really get my awesome Monday started.


I decided to run a few errands before heading home.  Simple things like returning an expired  1/2 gallon of creamer that I bought on Saturday.  Evidently 10 other women decided to do their returns at the same time of day.  Really?  I never realized so much happened that early in the morning.

As I opened the back hatch of my car to put my groceries in, there in the back corner was the fresh sweet tea I had purchased on Saturday.  The one I looked everywhere for.  Now its sour and in the trash.


Creative in the Kitchen

Getting creative in the kitchen is not my happy place.  The entire process is overwhelming to me unless I’m making something I really enjoy.

I decided on a Tortilla soup that the entire family loves.  It was only 1030 in the morning and I had dinner on track.  This is HUGE. Seriously, it never happens. This Monday was definitely on track for #winning!

I continued to work and let my soup simmer.  The house smelled so good.

Work was a disaster.  Anything I touched was breaking.  The printer jammed, the paper I was cutting was completely wrong and to top off this day… the card I tried to create was going no where.    No biggie because this happens, right?

Moving on…


Retirement Blues

Russ was in the living room watching something on the TV and while waltzing past the TV I got sucked in.  45 minutes passed, the show ends and I had a complete hissy fit.

Wish I was kidding.

I was so mad at myself.  My list of to-do’s is long.   There I sat on the couch sucked into some stupid TV show.  Typically I never watch TV.  Nothing!!

I’m struggling with our new routines.  Actually,  I’m struggling with HIS routine.   For 20 years he went to work….  Now he’s home 24/7, watching TV and lots of other things….   and sometimes I’m watching TV with him.

I could write a novel on the hissy fit, but the scaled down version is I felt awful for feeling the way I do.  It’s just a HUGE adjustment.  Working at home takes discipline. Something I’ve had for long time… until now it seems.

I Don’t Remember Adding These Bits To My Soup!

After getting over my hissy fit, apologizing to Russ and getting all of that off my chest… it was time to check on my soup and add some other ingredients.

As I was getting ready to add my extra ingredients, I noticed something floating in my soup… lots of them.

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After further investigating, there was an extra protein that I did not intend to be in my soup- BUGS!

At this point I was freaking frantic.  Where did these come from?  Oh my word.

Ya’ll! HOW and WHERE?  I’m almost speechless.

The only thing it could have come from was one of the spices I used… YEP!

Sure enough I opened the Chili Powder and there they were.

I know…  disgusting.

Needless to say the soup was dumped.  I cried.  Then I gave myself the same pep talk I gave my daughter this morning.  Don’t let this ruin your day Kimberly…. then I laughed so hard I cried again.

My entire dinner in the trash…


As This Day is Ending…  

It definitely hasn’t been the best day, but it’s not been the worst day either.

Obviously the family will eat something like hot dogs or PB&J. Nothing out of the ordinary to be truthful.

I will try not to feel overwhelmed by the laundry that is sitting in my bedroom waiting to be folded and tackle that problem tomorrow.  Along with cleaning out my spice cabinet.  YAY!

I will be kind to my Prince…

I’ll think about all of this tomorrow and pray that next Monday I’m back to my happy pants again.


Back to the Bird… 

The stamp set Best Birds is one of my favorites.  Timeless set that you can use forever!

If you are a brand new stamper, this stamp set is a perfect set to start with.


  • You can color the images using markers and a Blender Pen.
  • The images can be fussy cut if you do not have the Big Shot (highly recommend the Big Shot!)
  • Greetings for many different occasions.


Congratulations, Stampin' Up!




Congratulations, Stampin' Up!


End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.



Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale