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Friends and Flamingos

Friends and Flamingos

Sounds like a funny combination, but today that is exactly what I have in store for you today, friends and flamingos!

The truth is, I have a fun flamingo card and a beautiful friendship card.  One is using new products, and the other card is current products.


Tickled Pink Flamingos

With the new catalog launching very soon, I’ve been making a long list of stamps that I must have.  At the top of my list is the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set on page 177.

While I was at the OnStage Local event in Savannah, GA, my bestie won the Fabulous Flamingo set. I truly coveted this set because I LOVE Flamingos.  She was so sweet to let me stamp away when we came home to my house.  I loved it so much I used it for a swap that I participated in.

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Lately, I’ve been so inspired to stamp because of the colors set before me.  I stamped this gorgeous Flamingo using Blushing Bride Ink for the solid layer of the flamingo and then the outline was stamped using Calypso Coral.  I love how these two colors look together.


Watercolor and Spritz

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Since I used Shimmery White Cardstock for the stamping layer of my card, I was able to watercolor first, then I stamped the grass and water images over the water coloring.  I added a little spritz around the grassy images by tapping my Aqua Painter over the images once loaded with Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide ink.

The greeting was also watercolored first using Calypso Coral ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock, then stamped.  I folded the banner over and then added a doily underneath.  To color the doily, I used my Aqua Painter and Calypso Coral ink.  After I colored the doily, I like to heat set to make the drying time faster.

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What’s That Beautiful Paper?

Lastly, the one thing that really rocks my world is a beautiful patterned paper.  The new Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper has a fun watercolored look, as well as beautiful colors.  The piece I used for the Flamingo card is the Tranquil Tide pattern that really made this card complete.

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Color Combination

Here is a quick reference of the color combination I used for my card.  I love these colors together.  


Everyone Needs a Friend

Last month I was excited to create this card for the club night.  I love how the vellum butterfly looks over the embossed flowers.  Don’t you think it looks elegant?

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I love the beautiful floral image from Flourishing Phrases.

A few of these accessories are being discontinued such as the ribbon and doilies and of course the gorgeous Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.  Here’s the thing, this card can be re-created with the white doilies and any other ribbon and pattern paper.  Don’t be discouraged if these accessories are already sold out.

Now, with all of that said, there is a stamp set I encourage you to grab before it’s too late.  The Suite Sentiments stamp set on page 54 of the Occasions Catalog is fantastic.  GREAT greetings for so many occasions.  Check it out below:


I love the fonts in this set, and of course the greetings.  This set is a definite to grab!  Click the photo above to grab yours.

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Don’t Forget!

Now you see why I called this Friends and Flamingos.  Everyone needs a friend and I think we can’t live without a flamingo.

A few things to remember, the retired products are going fast.  Make sure to check out the Retired products before it’s too late.

Another thing to check out is the Clearance Rack.  There are SO many great things to grab on this list.  WOWSA!


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.

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Make today GREAT and stamp something pretty.

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

Price: $110.00

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This Happened Yesterday!

Lastly, one last quick note.  I’m now the mother of a 16-year-old.  I know they grow up fast, I’m not ready for it.

I know Brandon wanted the keys to Russ’ 67′ Mustang, but that wasn’t happening. He’s now the proud owner of Russ’ truck.  It was a very special day.

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Flourishing Phrases- Artisan Blog Hop

Flourishing Phrases- Artisan Blog Hop

This week the Artisans are sharing projects using a few different sets and one of them is Flourishing Phrases.

Flourishing Phrases was my top pick with the timeless greetings to choose from.


Backgrounds Using a Greeting

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The Flourishing Phrases has a beautiful selection of greetings inside of this set.  Have you ever considered using one of the greetings as part of your background?

For this card I simply stamped the Thank You greetings along the entire left side of the Whisper White cardstock using Sahara Sand ink.  I love how this gave the card more interest.

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The flower was a simple addition using the Flourish Thinlits.  The florals within this collection are so intricate and delicate looking.

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I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach the flowers and leaves to this card.  The fine tip on this glue makes attaching intricate die cuts a cinch.

I love the delicate touch this card has and the color combination jumped out at me.  Bermuda Bay paired with the Cucumber Crush has to be one of my favorites.  It’s a clean look and even more bold when you add Basic Black.

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Creating a Shadow Image

My favorite image in the Flourishing Phrases stamp set is the large flower.

Instantly I thought of an old technique that would be fun to use with this large image.

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Create It!

  • Stamp the large flower onto Crumb Cake cardstock using Whisper White Craft ink.  Let dry or use a heat tool to facilitate the drying.
  • Stamp the large flower again over the Whisper White flower using Watermelon Wonder ink and slightly offsetting the image. By offsetting the image, the Whisper White gives the illusion of a shadow.
  • This technique can be used with any stamp set, but tends to look the best using a large solid stamp.
  • According fold the 3/4″ music note strip of designer series paper from the This Christmas collection.  Attach to the 1″ x 4″ strip of Watermelon Wonder cardstock.  Attach 2 small pieces of a Delicate White Doily and attach to the Crumb Cake cardstock.

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  • Stamp the greeting onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.  Die cut using the Layering Circles Framelits.  Wrap and attach a piece of Linen Thread to the underside of the die cut circle, attach to the card front.
  • Layer the Crumb Cake cardstock onto a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock and then onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″.
  • Attach a few sequins around the stamped flowers using a Fine Tip Glue Pen.


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Wrapping it Up!

Timeless sets like Flourishing Phrases means you can use this set during anytime of the year and have a perfect greeting for any card.  That is exactly what I want to leave you with today.  Timeless sets like this one means you have so many great options to create a beautiful card with ease.

Artisan Blog Hop

For over 9 months the Artisans have been inspiring others with amazing projects using Stampin’ Up! products.  I believe it’s one of the most inspirational blog hops as you can see unique ways products can be used, many times using the same products.  Today’s hop I’m certain will inspire you.  Your first stop is Krista Frattin.  See what she has up her creative sleeve and make sure to leave comments along the way.  Your comments are much loved and cherished.  I promise.


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Looking for more inspiring ideas at your fingertips? Click HERE!

PS- I survived my trip to the dentist.  It wasn’t bad at all. In fact I had worked myself up into such a tizzy that I felt ill after the procedure over my anxiety and not the actual procedure.  I’m a HOT mess.  No lie.

Here’s a Quick Way to Add Texture

Texture Using Thinlits


Is it any surprise that when we think of adding texture to a project we typically think embellishments?

This isn’t the case at all.

In fact you probably have the biggest resource of texture laden products sitting next to you- Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog.

Today not only do I have a blog hop by the magnificent Artisan designers I’m sharing, I’m also going to show you a way to add texture to a card that’s brilliant using a Thinlits die.


Flourishing Phrases & Coordinating Thinlits

Normally when I think of the word texture I think of do-dads that I can add to my card so that when I touch it I can feel bumpy or something.  That something could be a lot of things such as:

  • buttons
  • Enamel Dots
  • Ribbon


Obviously there are many ways to add texture to a project, but today I was thinking about adding texture that is subtle.  Something more flat in nature when applied to paper and one that will go through the postal system a little easier.

Flourish Thinlits

Texture, Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team

This week the Artisan team is focusing on the coordinating products Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits.

TWO fantastic products that can be bundled together to create texture filled projects.

I fell in love with the stamp set, but it was the Flourish Thinlits that tipped my love button all the way to the top.  This is a product that can add texture to a card in a way that is so subtle, and so beautiful.

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By die cutting the thinlits in the same color as the card base, this intricate die cut added extreme interest to the card without adding a lot of bulk.


One thing I hear from paper crafters is this:

“Kimberly, I love all of the do-dads, but I’m not spending a dollar to mail my card filled with do-dads.”


Man, do I understand that statement.  Although the little voice inside my head says the same thing, I still send them.  Here is an alternative that you will not only love but I encourage you to try with other framelits/thinlits besides the Flourish Thinlits.

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I decided to create 5 cards using the 2015-2016 In Colors along with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and one image from the Touches of Texture stamp set.

The large flourish in the coordinating Thinlits was the perfect size to use for the background.  I used Whisper White, the same as the card base.  Next to the large flourish I used the large splatter image from Touches of Texture to add in color.

The Flourishing Phrases stamp set has all of the greetings you can imagine.


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The coordinating of products could not be any easier for this project.  Simple pieces such as the In Color Doilies, ribbon and Designer series paper created ease when designing this project.


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Each card is the same except for the color.



Tips & Tricks

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A couple of tips & tricks when creating this project…

  • The Big Shot Die Brush is amazing when working with intricate dies.  HOWEVER, if you look closely at my cards above, you will see that not every intricate piece did I remove.  I loved how beautiful this looked with some of the small pieces still stuck inside the die cut.  It only added more interest.
  • Use a Glue-Pen when attaching intricate die cuts. It dries quickly and you can reach very intricate pieces with it’s very fine tip.
  • The designer paper pattern you see on each of the cards comes from the 2015-2017 In Color 12 x 12 Envelope Paper.  Gorgeous and thinner.

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Your Turn! 

I’m anxious to hear what other dies you find to use this simple but effective technique when adding texture to a card.

Don’t forget to share with me or leave a comment telling me your favorite thing you love to use when adding texture to a card.


It’s time to take a tour and see what the other Artisans have created using the Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits.

Click the button below and your first stop will be Krista Frattin’s blog.  Let’s see her amazing creativity today.

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Don’t Forget!

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Have You Heard the News?


I’m super excited about this amazing collaboration.  Click HERE to see all of the excitement.



Greeting Overflow with Flourishing Phrases

Greeting Overflow with Flourishing Phrases 

Flourishing Phrases is one stamp set that will leave you overflowing with greetings.  Today I have a few fun card samples and it’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop that will leave you inspired!


Oh the Phrases!

There are a vast number of greetings right at your fingertips with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

What word or phrase are you looking for?

If you are looking for a thank you, love, comfort, congratulations, marriage, sympathy, or even a quick HELLO- Flourishing Phrases covers it all.


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Bundle It!

Creativity is even better when you can bundle a stamp set and coordinating framelits together and save money.

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Tips & Tricks 

  • The solid flower image does not have a thinlit.  This flower needs to be fussy cut but don’t fret… it’s a simple fussy cut.
  • I placed a die cut flower in Smoky Slate over the top of the stamped solid flower image and then placed a Metallic Enamel Shape in the center to give it a little more pop.  These inexpensive embellishments have a WOW factor for any project.
  • The greeting was stamped using Smoky Slate ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  I die cut the image using the Lots of Labels Framelits, then cut the label as close to the greeting as possible and tucked it underneath the patterned paper.
  • The Dapper Denim and Smoky Slate color combination is a winner.

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Same Concept-Added Benefits

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This card  has the same layout as the first one, but there are a few changes in the embellishments and colors.

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Tips & Tricks

  • A simple addition of adding Cucumber Crush ink on the contrasting Whisper White cardstock was a complete different look for this card. I love how the leaves pop and the Affectionately Yours Washi Tape just added to the WOWSA factor.
  • I added a little Silver Metallic Thread behind the flower and pulled in another Metallic Enamel Shape to the center flower.  Love how it all comes together and looks matchy matchy.  That is success in my book.


Artisan Blog Hop 

It’s time to hop along and be inspired with our Artisan Team.  I love this team and their amazing creativity.

Click the link below to see what my friend Krista has in store for us today.


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Bundle and Save!

Don’t forget to bundle and save with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and Flourish Thinlits Dies on page 49 of the Idea Book & Catalog.  You can click HERE to order your bundle today or HERE to shop my Online Store for all of your creativity needs.

All supplies for the cards shared today are in the clickable links below. 


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Back at Home…

Wanted to say a quick BIG thank you for your prayers for my dad.  He’s back at home after having a cardioversion on Monday.  He’s doing well but very tired.  He’s been given orders to rest so lets hope he does that.  He’s a man with his own agenda clearly…



Falling Flowers is Irresistible!

Falling Flowers is Irresistible!

The Falling Flowers stamp set is becoming more and more irresistible the more I play around with it.


As you know from reading my blog over time, I’m not typically a flower person but this set becomes irresistible when you factor in the gorgeous framelits that coordinates with the set are endless.


Coordinating with Falling Flowers

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I fell in love with this set the first time I stamped with it HERE.  I love the way the die cuts coordinate and the possibilities with this set.

One of the things that attracted me the most was the ability to layer the die cuts with the stamped images.

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Create it!

Creating this card is fun and easy once you have all the layers at your finger tips.

  1. Start with a piece of Night of Navy cardstock 4-1/4 x 11.  Adhere a piece of Whisper White cardstock  (4-1/8 x 5-3/8) to the card front using Fast Fuse.
  2. Stamp the flower image randomly onto a Night of Navy cardstock 4 x 5-1/4 using Night of Navy ink.  Using a piece of scrap Night of Navy cardstock, stamp  3 flowers and die cut using the May Flowers Framelits.  Using a sponge dauber, lightly sponge around the die cut flowers using Night of Navy ink.  Sponging the edges lightly make these flowers pop a wee bit more on the card.  Adhere two of the die cut flowers to the Night of Navy cardstock front directly using Fast Fuse.
  3. Stamp the berry twig image onto Daffodil Delight cardstock scrap using Daffodil Delight ink 3 times and die cut images.
  4. Adhere a piece of 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper (Dapper Denim- 1 x 4-1/4) across the Night of Navy stamped cardstock using Fast Fuse. Adhere a piece of Burlap ribbon over the Designer Paper as well as a piece Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon.    This ribbon is delightful and easy to tie in a bow or fold in half.
  5. Attach 3 of the Daffodil Delight  berry twig die cuts to the underside of the die cut flower framelit.
  6. Staple the ribbon, burlap and die cut flower  using a handheld stapler.  Attach to the card front using dimensionals.
  7. Stamp the greeting from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set using Night of Navy ink.  Die cut the greeting using the Tags & Labels framelits.  Place the stamped label die cut under the Designer Paper using Fast Fuse.
  8. Attach the Night of Navy cardstock to the Whisper White cardstock base using dimensionals.
  9. Enjoy!

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Tips & Tricks  

  • Stamp and die cut all of your flower pieces prior to putting your card together.  This will give you and idea if you want more or less flowers on your card.
  • Either a sponge or a Sponge Dauber can be used to sponge around the flowers.  I use a Sponge Dauber because I like to have more control when sponging around an area and especially when the area isn’t big.

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You can see this entire product bundle and collection HERE.  I love how crisp these images look on a card.  Definitely a beautiful combination.

Save money when you purchase the Falling Flowers bundle and you will be on your way to creating this fun technique using this bundle.

Click HERE to view and purchase.  See below how you can earn rewards when you purchase from me.

Love Flower stamps?

If you love flowers and feel overwhelmed with choices, this is a set I would definitely start with.  Keep in mind this stamp set does not have greetings, but I love having this option open so I can add my own.  Is this set, Falling Flowers irresistible to you as much as it is to me?

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Have an AWESOME Monday and thank  you for taking time to visit.  Tell me what you think of today’s card.  Will you be trying this technique? I’d love to hear from  you.


PS- My dad has been in the hospital since Saturday.  He and my mom just came home from their vacation to Tennessee. They were literally home less than hour and my dad had not been feeling well all day.  The culprit was his heart beating about 140 beats per min.  He has a history of a-fib. I’m wondering if this has anything to do with the roller coasters he was riding on Friday.  Good GRIEF.   He wasn’t happy to be  admitted but he’s getting great care.   He’s expecting to have a cardio version tomorrow.  That’s a fancy word for getting the shock treatment.  His spirits are up despite the hospital adventure.  It’s never a dull moment around here.  <sigh>