Archive for Lighthearted Leaves

Creation Station- Something New!

Creation Station- Something New!

Creation Station…something new I’ve dipped my hands into and I think you will love the creative sparks that come from it.

Creation Station, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


You know I’m always up for something new and exciting.  I was asked to be a part of the Creation Station- a Global once a month blog hop team and thought, WHY NOT?

November, Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

First, Happy November!  This is my favorite month.  It’s my birthday month, thanksgiving AND my bestie is coming into town to craft like a manic with me.  OH MY WORD… hang on to your pants.  It’s going to be FUN!



This month for the Creation Station the theme is “thankful” and we’re using the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set and Washi Tape.  I didn’t feel the sting of the challenge until they said Washi.


WHAT? You want me to use my beloved, hoarded WASHI Tape? Oh dear…

Do you hoard Washi Tape like I do? This could possibly be worse than my Designer Paper hoarding issue.  I have baskets, drawers and this cool looking ring thing-a-ma-bob that holds my Washi Tape.  I have a Washi problem.  Here is the bigger problem… sometimes I am stuck because I’m not sure how to use it.

You might remember last Friday I did a cool trick with my Washi Tape for THIS card…

That’s really once in a blue moon that I come up with a cool idea using the Washi.  Otherwise, I’m pretty BORING with my Washi Tape.

For instance… let’s talk about todays card.

Creation Station, Lighthearted Leaves, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

I knew when I started to design this card I wanted to use Vellum and Gold.  I love that combination.  The tricky part about Vellum is getting it to stick and not seeing the adhesive.  I took the easy way out (not unusual for this lazy stamper) and did a quick straight stitch down the center of the leaves.  You can see I added a bit of color to make the leaves stand out a little more.

Creation Station, Lighthearted Leaves, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


I wanted to use a different “thanks” so I used the Cottage Greetings stamp set for this greeting.

Creation Station, Lighthearted Leaves, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

You can see how I laid three different pieces of the Washi Tape behind the leaves.  Simple Dimple and gives the card  dimension and a great background.

You can find all the supplies for this card at the end of this post.

Now get ready to take a tour and see what the other team created using this stamp set and Washi.  I’ll bring my notepad to take notes on this hop.  I’m sure I’m going to learn a thing or two about Washi Tape.

Creation Station, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Creation Station, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Simple Lighthearted Leaves

I can do simple things… once in awhile.  <giggle>

I know it’s rare but today’s card is so simple yet so elegant using Lighthearted Leaves.  I loved how it turned out and this was created for my Team Swap we just finished.


Lighthearted Leaves, Stampin' Up!

Lighthearted Leaves, Stampin' Up!


Eek… I have to admit that Lighthearted Leaves is my go to stamp set right now.  I just love these leaves and there are so many ideas swimming in my head on how to use it.

Create it!

If you receive my newsletter then you saw this card as one of the free tutorials I included this month.

Gold embossing powder is my thing lately and I love the elegant pop it gives to a card.  The key element on this card is I used Watercolor Paper to stamp the leaf and then watercolored once it was embossed.

A little gold thread, a button and a simple piece of a doily completed the card.

Lighthearted Leaves, Stampin' Up!

I love the greeting in this stamp set, and the best part is it can be used for any occasion.  Other ideas for this stamp set:

  • Man cards
  • Birthday cards
  • Scrapbooking
  • Grateful cards
  • Thank You cards

See how fun and versatile this set is? Do you have it? Do you love it? Don’t forget there is a framelit for this stamp set- Leaflets Framelits.

You can see all the supplies for this card below.



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Happy Birthday2

I didn’t forget that we had a few September birthdays and I have a card just waiting to send.

Comment #6 (Debbie Long) will be getting THIS card from me.  Please email me your snail addy so I can get this into the mail for you.

Happy Birthday to all of you that commented.  I hope you had the best birthday ever and continue to celebrate all month long.  That’s how it should be.


PSS- Loves you all to the moon and back! XOXOXO

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Lighthearted Leaves & Rest

Hey lovelies! Hopefully you are in the process of recovering from a FANTABULOUS long weekend.

As I was talking with local friends on all the exciting things they were going to do I was beginning to feel a bit boring.

I only had one thing on my agenda.  S L E E P.  My long weekend was just that.  SLEEP.  This young body of mine needed a little rest.  I’ve been going 90 to nothin’ (that’s southern for REALLY CRAZY FAST) since the kids started back to school.  My body needed a rest.  My brain needed a rest.  My feet needed a rest.  I was happy as a clam with my bed head and pajama’s gazing at the clock to note it was 11:30am and I was just putting my feet to the floor.  That’s what I call a successful weekend.

I’m sure the kids will go to school and tell a different story.  It may end up something like my parents are lazy.  I’m totally okay with that.  <grin>


Once I had a few ounces of coffee on board I was in my studio crafting away, listening to music and being in my zone. I had work to finish and then it was play time.

Play time is GOOD.  If you are a creative entrepreneur we can get caught up in the worky worky and forget about the time we need to rejuvenate our creative spirit.  It’s good.  Really good.

Lighthearted Leaves 

I wanted to play (this sounds like I’m a 2 year old) with a fall set and one that I love is the Lighthearted Leaves.

Lighthearted Leaves stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Fall



I had no idea what direction this was going to go in.  My creative brain was mush.  I started with a bit of rockin’ and rollin’ with the inks directly onto the leaf images.


Tips & Tricks: 

If the rock n roll technique is new to you, take an image and stamp onto a ink pad.  Next, choose a complimentary color and “roll” the image over your second ink choice. Some people ROCK, others ROLL.  I like to do both. Now stamp directly onto your cardstock.  I used Whisper White (no surprise there).  Once I had my images looking a bit psychedelic I wanted to take that process a little further.

I have a bunch of spritzer bottles around my studio.  Some I have created myself using alcohol and re-inkers and some are purchased from other companies such as Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine.

Since I was in that gypsy mood I decided to use all kinds of spritzers.  One of my spritzers even became clogged. Guess which leaf had the clogged spritzer? Do you LOVE when a mistake ends up being something good? I liked the SPLAT the clogged spritzer created.

I also added a bit of Gold Shimmer Smooch.  You can tell that by the gold flecks.

Lighthearted Leaves stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Fall

I let the leaves dry a good bit which gave me time to figure out what I was going to do with them.

Lighthearted Leaves stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Fall

I wanted to keep this simple.  I loved how the leaves looked and I didn’t want to add  embellishments like I normally would.  The next best thing for me was some stitching.

Here comes another mistake that turned into something I liked.  I ran out of bobbin thread in my sewing machine.  Look closely at the picture above and you can see random stitching without the thread.  Ha.  Who knew? I like it.

Lighthearted Leaves stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Fall

Finish it Up!

This card was easy to finish up.  I stamped the greeting “Believe” in Cajun Craze and it was complete.

If you are a “white cardstock lover” I highly recommend Stampin’ Up!’s new Thick Whisper White cardstock.  This heavy cardstock is the perfect cardstock for card bases.  Love the feel and the weight.  You will love it.

Overall, I accomplished what I set out for this weekend.  Rest and creative splurge.  I want to hear about your weekend.  What did you do? Were you lazy  resting like me?

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