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Fresh New In Colors- Artisan Blog Hop

Fresh New In Colors- Artisan Blog Hop

Hooray for FRESH & NEW! The In Colors are now available and I’m excited to share a project that really shows their beauty!

First, let me tell you that I kept these cards simple, and quickly duplicatable for mass production.  If you ever hear the words MASS production from me, it will always be followed by the word- QUICK!  I am a lazy stamper so it has to be that way.

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I pulled out my new stamp set Love & Affection and wanted to see how this set looked with all of the new In Colors.  WOWSA. I don’t know what I love the most… the colors, the embossing folder or the beautiful cardstock.  They all made my heart do a little pitter patter.

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Dapper Denim…. isn’t it so Dapper?


Create It!

Each of the cards are the same design with the only difference being the colors used.

  • Start with your card base of Whisper White 4-1/4 x 11.  Mat with another piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4-1/8 x 5-3/8 using dimensionals.
  • Stamp the flower image and center pieces onto a the top portion of a Whisper White cardstock 4 x 5-1/5.  Each of the center flowers used Crushed Curry ink.  Layer a piece of Vellum cardstock 4 x 5-1/4 over the Whisper White using Fast Fuse.  Make sure to place Fast Fuse around the middle of the Vellum so that the adhesive does not show.
  • Texture emboss using the Floral Affection Impressions Folder using the Big Shot with each of the new In Color cardstock measuring 2-7/8 x 4. Mat each of the embossed cardstock pieces onto another piece of cardstock the same color measuring 3-1/8 x 4.
  • Stamp the greeting (which I love by the way!) onto Basic Black cardstock (3/4 x 3-3/4) using VersaMark ink and then heat emboss with White Embossing powder.  Create a banner on the end of the Basic Black cardstock and attach to the Texture Embossed layers using a Handheld Stapler and then onto card front using Fast Fuse.

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Loving that Peekaboo Peach! SWOON!

I love how the greeting looks embossed with White Embossing powder on Basic Black cardstock.  WOWSA!

Here are a few more of the NEW In Colors:

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Emerald Envy… so bright!


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Flirty Flamingo… A beautiful pink that you will fall in love with!

What is your favorite? 

I would love to hear from you… What is your favorite? I noticed I was stingy and didn’t share a full card of the Sweet Sugarplum In Color.  It’s a beautiful shade of purple that I guarantee is going to be a hit.  So which one does your eye capture first? AND a big question… Which one do you think is MY favorite??


Time to Hop! 

It’s time to hop along over to Krista’s blog and see what inspiring project she will be sharing with us today.  Just click the button below and it will take you to her inspiring project.  Make sure to hop along all of the Artisan blogs to see what amazing projects they have lined up today.

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PS- I can’t wait to share all of the news from my trip.  XOXOXO

Artisan Blog Hop-First One!

Artisan Blog Hop-First One!

This is it.  The very first Artisan Blog Hop for me.  Hang on… how in the world did I get to be doing this?


If you’re new to my blog let me give you a quick fill in about me, Kimberly. Just a girl who loves to craft.

For those of you that have been reading my blog for quite some time… hang with me.  This could be information you didn’t even know. <grin>


Who Am I? 

Currently I live in Pensacola, Florida.  Home of the most beautiful white sandy beaches.  I’ve been married to my Navy guy for 19 years and we have two crazy teenagers we are raising, Brandon (14) and Alexis (13 next month).  I started my journey with Stampin’ Up! in 2003.  When my daughter was only 4 months old.  Never in a million years did I imagine the ride I’ve taken with this company. I also didn’t realize I would get to be a demonstrator in 5 different states over the last 13 years thanks to my husband Russ.


This company has brought abundant blessings to my family including 9 trips to places I never would have seen otherwise. I’ve been awarded the Top 100 Demonstrator 8 years in a row and taken  8 trips to Founders Circle, truly a dreamy trip.  In 2009-10 I was honored to be on Stampin’ Up!’s Advisory Board. Pretty incredible year that was. All of this because I loved to stamp and teach others to stamp.  Not kidding. The funniest part of this journey is I had never heard of Stampin’ Up! nor had I stamped before when I began.  True fact.


Besides stamping I also love to go to the beach,  and my favorite thing to do when I have a little extra time on my hands is to go antiquing.  I love to find vintage treasures for my home or use in my crafty place.


Artisan? Me? 

How did I land here… being a Stampin’ Up! Artisan?

Last year was the first year I had submitted for Artisan.  It was kinda on a whim.  My best friend and I had discussed it and I was truly rooting for her and we were so excited when she was an honorable mention.  I was not selected, but felt at the time and what was going on in my life it was not in God’s plan at the time.

Fast forward to this year.

When it came time for submissions I decided not to submit.  I have always tried to be realistic with my priorities and during the time submissions were being taken I was going through a hardcore depression and trying to find myself again after a very tough 2 years after my husbands stroke.  I literally had taken 4 months off from everything March-June to just find ME. I eventually found me and I’m thankful I listened to myself for once.  That does NOT happen often.


In July once I felt back to myself I started back to the things I loved, stamping and my business. My friends, family, team and customers were incredible to me during this time and such a blessing to have by my side.


When Stampin’ Up! asked me to be a part of the Artisan Team this year I totally felt this was God’s timing.  Typically I’m the one that pushes God to the side and says… hold on… I’ve got this.  Like I’ve got some super power over God.  I know better.  I didn’t take control of this.  He did.


I am so honored that Stampin’ Up! has chosen me.  More blown away than anything.  I started 13 years ago never stamping before. Just a girl who loved art and loved sharing it with you.  I’ve made some pretty awful things over the last 13 years but I’ve also had a lot of growth during that time.  Making pretty things is what I love to do.  In doing that I love to inspire and uplift you along the way.



What’s Next

I’m pretty excited you are here.  If you are new to my blog… I hope you will continue to check it out and put up with my crazy antics.  I’ve always got a story or two and I love to share my crafty self with you.  What’s next will be another year of growth. Another year of stretching my personal creativity and I hope you are along for the ride with me.  I can guarantee there will be some fun things along the way and possibly a trash can filled with flubs.  This is how we grow.  So grow with me, will you?


Birthday Blooms

To start the first Artisan Blog Hop I thought I would start with something that is most challenging for me.  Flowers.  Who knows why I feel this way and honestly I think I psych myself out more so that I tell you it’s a challenge.  The new Birthday Blooms stamp set in our upcoming Occasions Catalog is a gorgeous set and I fell in love with the fonts in the greetings.  I am a sucker for a good font and this set has amazing fonts.

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The flower in this set, Birthday Blooms is amazing.  Look at how beautiful the font is in this greeting, “For You!”  Oh my.  I typically do not use an entire sheet of Designer Series Paper but this paper from the Birthday Bouquet is just as stunning and I promised myself I would not hoard it.



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The Details

I started this card by die cutting the largest framelit from the Lots of Labels framelits.  I trimmed off one end so the label would be flush with the right side of the card.  I added a few pieces of layering which included the Blush Blossom Glimmer Paper and the strip of Burlap Ribbon.  You will notice the ribbon is much slimmer.  To achieve this look just cut down the center of the ribbon using your ribbon scissors.

I also added one of my latest favorites- the scallop edge.  This die cut can be found in the Cutie Pie Thinlits.  It’s a little treasure in that package of die cuts.  To keep the elements together  I used my Handheld Stapler.


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The flower was watercolored using a blender pen and a few inks that you can see down below in the supply list.  While I did have to fussy cut this flower, it was not hard.  You can see in the photo above I layered a flower on top of the original flower to give it more of a 3D effect.  I love how this turned out.

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To finish this card off I added a few green sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment.  These can be placed simply by using our Fine-Tip Glue Pen.


Time to Hop!

Thank you for taking the time to come along and view my first Artisan Blog Hop.  It’s time to see what the rest of the gals have to share.  It’s going to be an amazing year of talent and our hopes are to inspire you.

Click the buttons below to follow the hop.  Next up is Krista Frattin, a previous artisan and incredibly talented.  She’s a hoot too.

Make sure to tell us what you think.  You know I love to hear from you.


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Honeycomb Hello- Stampin’ Up!

Honeycomb Hello- Stampin’ Up!

Today I took a little hiatus from Christmas crafting and jumped into a pile of stamps that haven’t seen any love in a long time.


I needed to feel a bit of Spring. Almost like getting a little fresh air.  I felt snowed in.  Ha ha ha.


I have a ton of stamps sitting and waiting to be used and I’ve been heavily concentrated on all things holidays.


I also have a stack of designer series paper that needed some love too.  Beautiful papers just screaming to be USED.


Honeycomb Hello

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Honeycomb Hello is a series of tiny images that are just cute as a bug.  Well.. a bee.  How cute is that tiny bee?


I love that I had designer paper to match- English Gardens.


I really got in my groove and made a few more than I normally do. I used different patterns of the paper for each of the cards.

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I love that stamped images brings the  focus to that one little die cut label.  Adding the Tea Lace Doily made it frilly which in turn made me happy.

Tip: On Page 151 at the top of the Idea Book & Catalog you will see a Tag a Bag Accessories.  Inside this kit are smaller doilies.  They are perfect for this little card as I could keep to my “small” theme and they wrapped around the label perfectly.  This kit is $8 and worth every penny.  


The English Garden Designer Series Paper has a beautiful watercolor look and lots of beautiful colors to coordinate with.

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It was good to take a Christmas crafting break today so I could take in a little early Spring action.  I know we have barely started Winter and here I’m ready to just skip on over it.


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I’ll be back tomorrow with another crafty Christmas card.  Meanwhile I am going to bask a bit more in my Spring sunshine and bees.

You can see all the supplies used for this card below in the clickable links.

Big News!!

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Special Gift for Online Orders

This month for all online orders of $25 or more, you will receive a very special gift from me.  I’m pretty excited about it and I know you will be too.  You might squeal a little bit.  Just a little. Okay… maybe a lot.

Make sure to use the Hostess Code given below.

Don’t forget that some of your favorites might be GONE FOREVER.  Check out the products retiring from the Holiday Catalog HERE.

Don’t forget you get my December Customer Appreciation Tutorial with your order as well. YAY YAY YAY!!!

PS- Are you looking for a great gift for a family member or friend? Paper Pumpkin is a fantastic gift or subscription to give.  Check these out HERE.  You also receive up to 12 tutorials each month while subscribed to Paper Pumpkin through me.  These tutorials use the products and stamp set that are exclusive to the Paper Pumpkin that month.  It’s a great deal and amazing ideas to inspire you with ANY stamp set.



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Omitting Technique!

Omitting Technique!

Hold me back because today I am pretty darn excited about something- Omitting Technique.

Well, it’s actually not anything NEW, but I think you will like the card I’m sharing today and the video that goes along with it.

First, let me tell you I’m not a huge fan of Poinsettia’s.  The reason is not a secret it’s honestly because I cannot for the life of me keep one of these plants alive.  I have a pretty green thumb, but not when it comes to this plant.  They hate me and quickly shrivel up and die.

Funny thing is, I buy a new one every single year only to watch it die and meet the trash can if I can savor it until Christmas day.  Sometimes it doesn’t make it that long.

One thing I cannot kill is a stamped Poinsettia.  HOWEVER, this stamp set was giving me a few fits.  That’s southern for PROBLEM!

The Reason for the Season stamp set is a beautiful stamp set on page 31 of the Holiday catalog and even has the Festive Flower Builder Punch that coordinates with it.  Perfect bundle to make beautiful 3D Poinsettia flowers.

But… I didn’t have time to really mess with the punch the other day and I wanted to use the stamp set.  I had a couple of ideas in mind but nothing was coming together right.

Then I created this….

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How it all started!

This card was totally inspired by a BIG FAT mistake. The irony is quite telling!

I was stampin’ along when all of a sudden I decided to stamp the leaves in Garden Green.  For whatever reason it looked completely off.  I almost dumped this entire card into the trash… but then I got an idea.

I decided to cover up my big color mistake and cover it up by creating the focal point at the top left of the card.

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All of a sudden this card just came together and isn’t it perfect that Jesus is the center? Right where HE should be.  This is where the omitting technique came into play.

No, we are not omitting Jesus. We are making Him front and center just as He should be in our lives.

If you are unsure what I mean by the Omitting technique, watch the quick video on it today.

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Bringing it all together!

Just as the stamp set title says, Jesus is the reason for the season.  I might have just created my personal Christmas card for this year.  This sweet simple card is very duplicatable for doing mass production and I love that my focal point draws you right to Jesus- the reason for the season!

The omitting technique is another inspiring way of looking at the beautiful Stampin’ Up! stamps we have to offer.  Take a look at the sets you have in your stamp room and see what other stamp sets you could use the omitting technique on.  You will be quite surprised.

You can see all the products I used for this project below.

Have an awesome Monday and make something pretty.

NEW! Stamps in the Mail using the Snow Place stamp set!

PS- the November Stamps in the Mail Registration is open.  Don’t miss out! Click HERE to learn more information. 


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