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Vertical Garden

Vertical Garden- More Great Ideas

There is nothing like starting the week with a bang.

Today I’m sharing three ideas using the Vertical Garden stamp set.

The Vertical Garden images can make quite an impact on ANY project.

 

Let’s Get Started!

 

One of the great things about the Vertical Garden stamp set is how the images can fit any type of project.

For instance, I’ve created three different projects today including a welcome baby card, hello card and even a scrapbook page.

 

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!

 

Creating this first card, I was a little giddy with the frames in the background.

I love the Pop of Pink Designer Paper and it was perfect addition to this card.  Realizing the black and white stripe would probably be a little too drastic in color I decided to place a piece of Vellum over the designer paper to soften the look.

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The Vertical stamp set, a two step stamp set was fun to use with Whisper White craft ink and the Watermelon Wonder ink.  SO pretty and SO soft.

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Vertical Garden- Welcome Baby

 

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!

 

Finally, a stamp set with an image that can open many doors.  Welcome baby, welcome home, welcome love… the list can go on with a simple “welcome!”

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!

 

This stamp set worked beautifully with the Made with Love stamp set.  The baby onesies were stamped and then die cut using the Baby’s First Framelits.  A quick and simple card for a beautiful new baby.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Scrapbook it!

Finally, the scrapbook page.  Wow, it’s been a long time since I created a traditional scrapbook page.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!

 

Vertical Garden stamp set provided the perfect title and background for this layout about Paris.  Just like the welcome image, you can only image the phrases you can create with the hello image.  Hello Paris created a perfect title for my layout.

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I paired the hello image with the Labeler Alphabet to spell “Paris”.  Think of all of the words you can create to pair with both the hello and welcome stamp images.  WOW.

Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!

See all of the products used for these projects in the clickable links below.

 

Your Choice with Vertical Garden 

When I create with any stamp set, I’m always looking for the different ways it can be used.  This simple stamp set, created to pair with the Vertical Garden Project Kit has so much more to give.  Truly a set that can be used on many great projects.

Vertical Garden will be available on January 4th when the Occasions Catalog goes LIVE.  It will be an exciting day as we start a BIG promotion with Sale-a-Bration at the same time.  I’ve heard through the grapevine that the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs are rolling into mail boxes.  ohhhhwwwweeeeee.  This is so exciting.  It’s almost here.  It’s almost HERE!!!

Meanwhile… may your Monday be spectacular as we head into this last week before Christmas.  I’m still working on a few projects and hoping that I’ll be finished in time.

My secret this week will be this…  a big attitude of “let it be!”  In other words, I know there will be things that WILL NOT get done.  L

 

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.

It’s AMAZING!!

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale

 

 

Vertical Garden Stamp Set-Sneak Peek

Vertical Garden Stamp Set-Sneak Peek

I have another fun sneak peek from the Occasions Catalog today!

This time I’m pulling out one of the samples I created using the Vertical Garden stamp set.

This stamp set coordinates with a project kit, however I created a ton of projects not using the kit.

This goes to show how versatile a stamp set can be and the many other ways you can use it.

 

Hello Friend 

Vertical Garden, Sneak Peek, Stampin' Up!

 

One of the great things about this set is the fonts.  There are 7 photopolymer images that come with this set.  There are two words (Hello & Welcome) as well as a few other beautiful images.

The Vertical Garden stamp set is a two step stamp set, however today I’m using it “one way!”

 

Vertical Garden, Sneak Peek, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

  • The “hello” image was stamped using the Bermuda Bay Ombre Stampin’ Pad.  To achieve the Ombre look with these pads simply tap the image to the ink in tiny circular motions.  It works every single time!
  • The “friend” image is from the Crazy About You stamp set.  Tons of greetings to choose from and I love the sweet and simple fonts in this stamp set.
  • I paired the Fabulous Foil Designer Series Paper over the Serene Scenery Designer Series paper.  I love how this created a beach look.
  • To keep the Foil and DSP intact, I stapled them to the Whisper White cardstock layer.  This way no adhesive shows through your Fabulous Foil Acetate.
  • The banner scallops were created using the Layering Squares Framelits.  Die cut a scallop square and then cut to fit your banner.  These tiny scallops create a beautiful embellishment.

Vertical Garden, Sneak Peek, Stampin' Up!

 

Embellishments I Love

 

A few simple embellishments were added to finish the card:

  • Delicate White Doilies
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon

 

The Vertical Garden stamp set will be available on January 4th, 2017.  This set will be perfect for card makers and scrapbookers with these large word images.  I have a scrapbook page I’ll share soon.  It’s a favorite of mine already.

Vertical Garden, Sneak Peek, Stampin' Up!

 

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

The stamp set Vertical Garden stamp set is not shown in the product list below until the stamp set is available on January 4th.

Supply List

End of Year Close Out Sale 

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

It’s AMAZING!!

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale

 

New Tutorial Available

The December Tutorial is now available.

Purchase $50 in my Online Store in December and get the tutorial FREE.

SUBSCRIBERS: Tutorial was emailed on Saturday, December 3rd. Email me if you DID NOT receive it.

 

Most Wonderful Time of Year, Stampin' Up!, Christmas

 

Document Your December 

Hello December Online Class, Stampin' Up!

Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class!

Happy Sunday!

Creative Gift Packaging Ideas

Creative Gift Packaging Ideas

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Do you struggle at this time of year with creative gift packaging ideas?

Today the Creation Station team has a blog hop filled with creative packaging and gift gifting ideas.

Creative gift packaging can mean all sorts of things.  A few things that come to mind are tags, bows, and boxes.

I thought I would show you a little of each today and one is a fun project you can create in no time that can serve as an ornament and a pretty embellishment to a package.

 

Wreath Ornament 

Every year my mother places a new Christmas ornament on each of our packages and they are so pretty hanging from the gifts.

I wanted to use her idea as my inspiration to get started.  Then I found a fun idea on Pinterest and ran with it.

A simple wreath created using Ball Jar Lids. It’s SO fun and EASY!

 

 

Creating the Wreath 

You only need a few supplies to get started and embellishing the wreath can be very simple.

Here are the supplies you will need to create the wreath:

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How To Create the Wreath

  1. Simply take any burlap ribbon or in my case the Kraft rope ribbon, and begin by placing a little hot glue inside the jar lid to hold your ribbon in place.  Once you have gone around the entire lid, wrap a few more times to create a finished look.  Hot glue will keep the ribbon in place.
  2. Wrap a piece of Bakers Twine or Gold thread so you can hang your wreath from a Christmas tree or your gift packaging.
  3. Be creative with embellishing.  I used the Pretty Pines thinlits to create the pine needles at the top of one the wreaths.  Then I finished off the wreath using Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim to create the bow.

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

I used the Holly Builder Punch to create the holly leaves for the other wreath.  Very simple, yet elegant.

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Quick & Simple  Gift Tag

One of my go to products from the Holiday Catalog this year has been the White Gift Boxes.  They are the perfect size and easy to embellish.

 

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

The best part of these boxes are the clear belly band that comes with each box.

The boxes measure 3″ all around.  I took a 3″ x 12″ piece of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate and wrapped inside of the clear belly band.  It was a perfect fit and gave this box a little more fancy.

Creating the Tag

  • Adhere a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3″ x 3″) to the top of the box (over the clear belly band).
  • Stamp a few pines onto the Whisper White using Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz inks using the Christmas Pines stamp set.
  • Create pine needles using the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Attach to the Whisper White cardstock using a glue gun.

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

  • Create a tag by using the Lots of Labels Framelits with your Big Shot.
  • Stamp the greeting from the Christmas Pines stamp set using Whisper White Craft ink.  Heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Punch a small hole at the top.
  • Wrap the Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Silky Taffeta ribbon into a bow a few times and attach to box using a glue gun.
  • Attach Gold thread to the tag and thread a few of the Mini Jingle Bells to the thread.  Attach tag to box with a glue gun.

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

 

What Will You Create?

While I’ve only given you a few ideas for creative gift packaging I hope these inspire you to be creative when it comes time to wrap those gifts.

As always… enjoy the process.  It’s the love behind the packaging that means the most.

 

Time to Hop Along

Now enjoy a few more packaging ideas from the Creation Station Designers. Simply click the next button and hop along!

Is there anything better than enjoying a Sunday of inspiration?  As you enjoy these, I’ll be putting up the Christmas tree with the family.  We will blast the Christmas music, I will sing loudly…. and the kids will put ornaments up FASTER.  Works every year!

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

 

End of Year Close Out Sale 

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

It’s AMAZING!!

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale

 

New Tutorial Available

The December Tutorial is now available.

Purchase $50 in my Online Store in December and get the tutorial FREE.

SUBSCRIBERS: Tutorial was emailed on Saturday, December 3rd. Email me if you DID NOT receive it.

December Exclusive Tutorial, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Document Your December 

 

Hello December Online Class, Stampin' Up!

Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class!

 

Happy Sunday!

 

 

Can’t Believe I Forgot- Project Life

Can’t Believe I Forgot- Project Life

I must be loosing my mind lately.  I totally spaced on sharing a fun Project Life project with you.

It’s been awhile since I pulled the Project Life cards out!

Recently I completed a blog post for Stampin’ Up! using the Project Life You’re So Lovely Kit.

Did you see it?

If you missed it you can view it HERE.

 

Let’s Dig Deeper!

I shared a lot of the pictures on the blog post link above but I thought I would share a few here so you can see a few more close up.

Every scrapbooker has their preferred method and favorite album size.  Mine happens to be the 6 x 8 albums. I love the smaller canvas size to work with.  I’m a big fan of individual event albums only because the size is smaller and Project Life makes the process so easy.

Project Life, Stampin' Up!

 

The album that Stampin’ Up! sells and the one I adore is the Espresso 6 x 8 Album.  I especially love the idea I can make the cover unique for each album I create.

 

For this album I’m using the Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection.

Project Life, Stampin' Up!

 

 

An album like this makes a coffee table look splendid.  Notice that the cover is created using two Project Life cards then embellished using the contents from the coordinating kit and stamp set.

 

Project Life, Stampin' Up!

 

Keep Your Memories Alive

After taking over 1900 pictures while we were in Europe I was so excited to get the pictures off my computer and into an album.

Obviously, all 1900  photos will not be used.  I have gone through and tabbed pictures I want for the album.

While all the pictures tell a story, there are a some that really stand out making journaling easier.

 

Going through the pictures of our latest vacation was hysterical.  Taking teenagers overseas created some hilarious moments that I had to stop several times and journal immediately.

Time to Create the Inside

 

The Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection makes a perfect vacation album.  The stamp set that coordinates with this collection will provide you with plenty of ideas to use for titles or journaling prompts.

Project Life, Stampin' Up!

 

I added a few extra products when creating the layouts such as the Sunshine Wishes Thinly Dies and ribbon elements.

You will notice that these extra elements are minimal.  Keeping the project simple with less embellishments created the freedom of dropping the photos and Project Life cards with ease essentially completing this album in a few hours.

 

 

 

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What Should You Do First? 

One of the biggest questions I receive about Project Life is where do I start?

Here is the process I start when getting ready to create an album like this one:

  • Gather all photos, sort and place in envelopes with prompts on the outside of the envelope to remind me of which photos to use first as well as journaling prompts.  By using envelopes I can stick notes in them as reminders of events.
  • Pick a Project Life Collection Kit and Embellishment Kit that coordinates.
  • Choose other embellishments, stamp sets that coordinate with the kit to use in the album.
  • Select inks that I want to use for the album.
  • Start creating by placing photos into my album pockets and choosing Project Life cards.
  • Embellish the layouts as I see fit.

Project Life, Stampin' Up!

 

One of my favorite pocket sleeves in the Variety Pack for the 6 x 8 album includes a sleeve without pockets.  Essentially you are creating a 6 x 8 layout.  I’m still able to use Project Life cards and sometimes cut the cards to fit the layout.

Project Life, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Project Life, Stampin' Up!

 

These single pocket layouts are perfect to add as title pages or the ending page for your album.  I chose to scatter these pages throughout this album to add a little flare to it.

 

Keep it Simple 

Many of you know that I love to add layers to projects.  This is a project that by all means you can add many layers, but most of the time when I’m creating layouts for Project Life, I keep it simple.  I keep the supplies to a minimum and keep my eye on finishing the project.

Don’t get discouraged and just start.  That seems to be the biggest hurdle when starting a Project Life Album.

 

What to purchase? 

If you are just starting out with Project Life, HERE is a simple handout to get you started.

Visit my Online Store 24/7 and choose a Project Life kit and album that will suite your needs and then start creating.

Remember, this is a PERFECT Christmas gift that you can have done in a few hours for a friend or family.

 

 

 

 

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

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Thank you for joining us today for our International Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Blog hop. You may be just starting here or have come from Julie’s blog. Either way you can make your way around by using the list below so that you don’t miss a blog. We have and incredible group of talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who wanted to highlight Project life by Stampin’ Up!® Memory keeping. At the moment you are currently in the United States and you are about to go around the world to different locations.

It’s Your Story

 

If you have followed me for some time you know I’m big into memory keeping.  It goes down as my first love in the papercrafting world.  Currently my family could entertain themselves for hours looking through books and books of their cute little faces and me telling our story.
That’s exactly what it is- your story.
While there are many different ways you can keep those memories alive, Project Life makes it fast and easy.  It’s NOT time consuming and a thrill to look at the completed projects.
Being a fan of Stampin’ Up! products I’ve been thrilled to use the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! for the simple coordination.  While Project Life is incredibly simple, Stampin’ Up! makes it even easier with coordinating products outside of the kits.

Where Do I Start? 

Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

The big question I’m always asked, where do I start Kimberly?
Here’s the thing- there is no hard fast rule on where you need to start.  Open your camera, pull a few pictures off of it and begin RIGHT THERE.  Sometimes we can over analyze something to the point it keeps us from starting.  Just grab a few pics and start.
Here is a quick guide to help when you get started.  Click HERE to download it.

Let’s Create!

Last night I pulled out my Happy Times Project Life kit and completed three layouts in 20 minutes.  Below you will see a few of the close shots of the layout, keep in mind all of the products came from the Happy Times Project Life Kit and Accessory Pack except for a couple of pieces of ribbon, staples and star punches.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
I love to capture the out of the ordinary moments.  Yes, I scrapbook events of things that happen in our family but I also love capturing moments like the ones above.
The Happy Times kit was perfection when it came time to scrapbook these moments.  The cards and accessories are fun and make memory keeping quick and easy.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
A few layered elements using stars, twine, and a 2 x 2 Project Life Card.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
I layered the 2 x 2 cards onto the 4 x 6 Project Life card  and secured it all with a staple.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Printing Your Photos

This past Christmas I started a December Daily album.  The nature of the album is about daily life.  I love this album!  To make my daily story telling easier, I purchased a Canon Selphy so I could print my photos quickly and create a layout every single day.  it was awesome.
I created a quick video on how to print photos from your iPhone using the Project Life App from Becky Higgins.  This would also work for Android users.

 

Take a Tour- Be Inspired

I hope you’re ready to be inspired by a fantastic crew of designers using Project Life.  Grab a drink and take a stroll around the world.  Next up is my fellow Artisan friend Krista Frattin.  LOVIE her and her work.

Blog Hop Guest List

Patty Bennett
Allison Okamitsu
Bruno Bertucci
Constanze Wirtz

You can see all the supplies I used by clicking the clickable links below.

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!