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Celebrating the New Year- Artisan Hop

Celebrating the New Year 

There is so much to celebrate right now.  Tis the season of celebrating!

As the New Year approaches this means its also a time to celebrate the NEW Artisan team that is coming on board.

This will be the last blog post for our current team and it’s been such a fantastic year with this team.

It’s encouraging to me when you bring a team of artists together to share and spread inspiration from all over the world.  Our styles are different yet our purpose is always the same.  Sharing and inspiring you our readers using the best crafting products has been a JOY!


The Inspiration Never Ends

I have two New Years projects to share with you today.  Before I get started, I want to remind you that the inspiration from this team can continue to inspire you.  All of the projects we shared this past year are in one great album on Pinterest HERE.  Make sure to check it out and I’ll keep you posted on the new Pinterest board for this years team once it’s developed.


Now let’s celebrate the New Year with a fun stamp set called It’s a Celebration.

Celebrating, It's a Celebration, Stampin' Up!


This color combination makes me so happy.  I love it to use as a Winter color theme, or for Summer.  The Sweet Sugarplum is one of my favorite colors.  This is actually huge for me.  I’m not much of a girl who loves purple.  This color just has a beautiful hue and looks good with SO many other colors.


Celebrating, It's a Celebration, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

  • The greeting was embossed using Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
  • Create the background using Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum inks with the “sparkle” images in the stamp set.
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits were used to die cut the circles and then stacked upon each other slightly off set using dimensionals.

Celebrating, It's a Celebration, Stampin' Up!



Shake Your Way Into the New Year

Celebrating, It's a Celebration, Stampin' Up!


I’ve had this card idea in my head for a while.

I can’t believe we are getting ready to ring in 2017.  Time is FLYING.

Celebrating, It's a Celebration, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

  • Line up and die cut the numbers using the Large Numbers Framelits.
  • The “sparkle” images were embossed using both silver and gold embossing powders.
  • Create a small shaker with the number zero using a window sheet and foam strips.  Fill with the Metallics Sequin Assortment.
  • Randomly attach more sequins on the card front.
  • Emboss the greeting using the Silver Stampin’ Emboss powder.

Celebrating, It's a Celebration, Stampin' Up!

Products used are in the clickable links below.  


Let’s be Inspired

One thing we I hope we can all agree on is the amount of great sharing from the Artisan team.  The blog hops have been exceptional in my opinion and so inspirational for me.

One of the great artists I’ve had the privilege of working with has been Krista Frattin.  Her work is fantastic.  Click the button below to hop over to her blog and see the great projects she is sharing.

Enjoy celebrating the New Year to come and may this season be filled with peace, love and joy!!

Celebrating, It's a Celebration, Stampin' Up!


Meet the New Artisan Team! 

Take a minute and visit the new Artisan Team.  I’ll keep you posted when our first blog hop will go live.


Allison Okamitsu – Canada
Aurélie Fabre – France
Cathy Caines – Canada
Dani Dziama – United States
Holly Stene – United States
Jennifer Sootkoos – United States
Jessica Winter – Austria
Katy Harrison – United Kingdom
Kimberly Van Diepen – United States
Louise Sharp – Australia
Maike Ulbrich – Germany
Martha Inchley – Canada
Mercedes Weber – United States
Mindy Bingamon-Backes – United States
Miriam van Eyden – Netherlands
Paula Dobson – New Zealand
Rochelle Blok – Australia
Shannon Lane – Canada
Sylwia Schreck – Germany
Tanya Boser – United States

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Happy New Year- 2016!!

Happy New Year!!

New Year? Already? It’s hard to believe we are now into 2016 and I say that every New Year.

Where does the time go? Why does it seem to be flying way TOO fast?


I remember waiting for my 21st birthday because I couldn’t wait to be the legal age to do anything and it seemed like I was waiting an eternity for that.  Now, time whizzes before my eyes and all I see are my two children growing so fast.  Way too fast.


Of course today I will reflect on all the great things that happened in 2015.  There was a lot of GREAT and some bad.  What a year it has been.  I prefer to focus on the good as I’m sure you do.  I think I would label the year 2015 as the year of overcoming.  Overcoming a lot of everything.


I don’t know about you, but I am ready for 2016.  This year is going to be big for Russ and I.  Russ will retire from the military this year. That is really hard to believe.


Friends, we will continue on this great journey of life together and make 2016 AMAZING.  The one thing I know that can get us through the many obstacles we are guaranteed to face is to stay positive throughout it all.  Together, we can do it and nothing is better than stamping together.


TGIF Challenge- Color & Remix

Today we not only celebrate ringing in a new year, but it’s also FRIDAY which means it’s time for a new TGIF Challenge.  YAY!


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It’s the perfect color challenge for this week with these colors.  I can see champagne glasses clinking together with this color combination.  However, I didn’t have two glasses clinking together so I went with a star theme.

Happy New Year, Stampin' Up!, Fabulous Four stamp set


Honestly this card was a doozie to make only because I kept messing it up over and over again.  I had the stars to big, the number dies crooked, then the entire card was crooked… Basically a HOT mess.

After being torn a part a few times it finally came together.  Unfortunately this has been a bit of a problem for me lately.  It seems like everything I am creating is not going as planned.  A creative crooked rut.

Happy New Year, Stampin' Up!, Fabulous Four stamp set


I won’t let that scare me away.  I just keep plugging along until I do get it right.  Plus I’m happy to say this did not end in the trash.  YAY.  That IS something to celebrate. HA HA HA

Happy New Year, Stampin' Up!, Fabulous Four stamp set


Create it!

This card can be used not only for New Years but birthday’s too.  For instance, you could use the following instead of 2016:

  • Celebrate Baby
  • Celebrate (Insert year born)
  • Celebrate (Insert Age)
  • Celebrate NEW or OLD
  • Celebrate YOU

The list could go on and on.  I love that the Little Number Dies have the hashtag included in the dies.  SO fun.  Now you could go #crazy!

The word CELEBRATE came from the stamp set Fabulous Four.  I omitted the words beneath the celebrate.  The word Celebrate was the perfect size.  You can see a video on the Omitting Technique in this post HERE.


I instantly thought of stars and fireworks for the new year and it this was a perfect card to create a shaker card.  I used foam tape on the back with a window sheet to keep the sequins in place.  I love that they are Gold, Silver, White and Clear and of course there are some stars mixed in.  Perfect coordination by adding the Die Cut stars.


Join the Challenge

Join us this for this challenge or the Remix challenge.  Check out the TGIF blog to see what the other designers created and play along by clicking HERE.  It’s fun and EASY.


Tell me… what are you excited about for the new year? One thing for sure, I hope you are excited to


A Look Into My World

A Look Into My World

I realize this post is LONG overdue but once I give you a peek into my world you will fully understand.  It’s been about priorities lately.  

While I keep my priorities intact, it’s not always fun and many of the great things I love to do get pushed to the side.  I am a FIRM believer in knowing what my priorities look like and it’s always been God first, family second and career third.  My team of great ladies hear this often from me.  Always keep your priorities intact.  

Over the last month I’ve traveled more than I have in a year.  I figured the time was right and I always look forward to traveling.  Ummm… I was a bit mistaken.  

Traveling looks much different today than last year.  While the Prince is coming along beautifully there are still many things that he cannot do yet.  He tries, oh believe me… he tries.  Prepping before I travel is nothing compared to the things that need to be done after I come home.  I have come to the conclusion that a 5 day trip = 10 days of catch up when I get home.  This also equals exhaustion. 

Let me tell you this- there is NO such thing as super woman.  PERIOD.  

My travel dates have been super exciting.  Founders was the first trip and oh my it was the BEST time.  I don’t know what it was about this particular year but I had a fantastic time.  Maybe it was the amount of gratitude I had being there.  Grateful to my customers. Grateful to my team.  Truly grateful for being able to have this amazing opportunity with Stampin’ Up!  It’s not a hobby for me.  It’s my job and I love it.  

We were spoiled at Founders.  We always get spoiled.  The best part was seeing friends I don’t see often and enjoying their company.  Special moments indeed.  

Coming home to see the little family is always exciting too.  Of course don’t tell anyone but I was so excited to see my dog, Brin.  I am in love with this crazy dog.  The Prince and the kids did a good job keeping up with the house but once I got home I had  A LOT of catching up to do AND planning for the next trip that was the first week of October to Colorado Springs.  Getting on the plane heading to Denver was a true blessing as I immediately fell asleep.  

Once in Colorado I stayed with my best friend Cathy.  We ran our tails off the first 3 days getting ready for the big Breast Cancer event- Stampin for a Cure.  This event is such a huge blessing and the 7th year (I think) we’ve done it.  Raising money for the local Colorado Springs women stricken with Breast Cancer.  The last I heard we raised $4500.  That’s incredible.  

One of the special moments that day was meeting a new friend- Jeannette.  She has come to our event for many years but this time she came so we could support HER!  She has breast cancer.  My heart sank.  This was a moment I didn’t want to come.  I knew at some point that one of the beautiful ladies attending would come back with Breast Cancer.  The statistics are staggering with 1 and 8 women that will have it.  

We showered her and her sweet daughter with love. I’ve been praying for her and her family.  She is one STRONG beautiful lady.  I hope you can lift her in your prayers as well.  

After the event we celebrated as a team at dinner. It’s amazing to see the friendships within this group.  Really amazing woman.  Cathy and I went home that night and started crafting and could feel our eyelids needing toothpicks to stay open.  We crashed!!  It was all good.  The next day we crafted a total of 13 hours straight.  Now that is F U N!!

Since that trip I’ve felt like I’ve been running a race and I’m in last place.  WE are BUSY.  Here are just a few of the things going on….

  • Alexis made the gymnastics team.  Great news but more hours to be spent at the gym.  
  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts typically have lots going on in October. Camping trips, Award Ceremonies…. many things that need prep work. 
  • Not one, but TWO bible studies.  Yes… over committed but I do love each of them.  One just ended today and it’s a little sad.  
  • Struggling teenager on relationship building and a Prince who struggles more!
  • The Navy! There is not much more to say except we are waiting on what happens next.  Russ has been working out big time at home to take the physical readiness test coming up.  His goal is to pass this and prove to Mr. Doctor that he is WRONG.  This can be an emotional roller coaster.  Think about this… have you ever had something you’re working really hard on but then hear a little voice inside telling you that you CAN’T do this? Welcome to my Prince’s brain.  One minute working out hard the next wondering if this is the right thing to do.  I believe the outcome will surprise him. Hard work pays off.  Russ is a testimony to this.  
  • Good news! Russ doesn’t have to drive to Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy anymore. He graduated.  
  • Bad news!  Russ has to motivate himself at home to do his Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.  This is NOT an easy task.  
  • The dog… Oh my word!  I know she isn’t the 4 pound Chihuahua we had but WOW.  50 pounds of love and she want’s it ALL the time.  No sooner do I get started on something she wants my attention.  She is a sweetheart. 
  • Youth Group, Science Olympia, Small Group are a big part of our week.  ALWAYS on the go.  

I’m exhausted just writing all of that.  This is just the NORMAL stuff.  Not the crazy that happens to creep in.  

I’m slowly working on a long list of To Do’s on my desk.  I’ve made a huge dent in them this past week and hoping to really knock them out after I get back from this next trip… YES. Traveling one more time.  I’m headed to Orlando this Thursday to demonstrate at a Demonstrator gathering.  I am really excited as my mom is traveling with me.  We will make it a girls weekend too.  I can’t wait.  

I’ve learned a great lesson during all of this.  I love to live life to the fullest and I don’t want to miss out on anything.  It’s not a bad way of life, but I learned that while you love life don’t overwhelm yourself so much that the joy gets sucked out of it during it.  Yikes.  

Time for me to get my big project done prior to this next travel date.  Stamps in the Mail is due this week.  It’s a fun stamping week for my members.  

Stick with me.  I do have lots to share.  I have been stamping.  <smile>  Hopefully you follow my Facebook group which I keep updated with fun projects.  

Here is one of my favorite projects we made at my club recently.  A very simple clean shaker card.  I love this framelits- Wonderful Wreath Framelits Die. WOWSA!!

Joy Stampin' Up!, Christmas
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Seasonally Scattered |Stampin’ Up!

Seasonally Scattered |Stampin’ Up!


Seasonally Scattered is a new stamp set that will be in our Holiday Mini Catalog.  Can you believe we are even talking “Holiday, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving?”  Oh my word… I want summer to last forever.  I guess Christmas planning in July isn’t so unreasonable.  IF only I was really that ahead of the game.  


Like I said in this post HERE, Seasonally Scattered was a difficult set to start with but soon it all came together.  


One of my goals with this set was to think a bit more outside of the box.  Ha Ha Ha!  I couldn’t think INSIDE the box but why not go really far outside the box.  I crack myself up sometimes.  


First thought was a little shaker card.   This is SUPER easy.  You just need a sewing machine for this card and you will be creating fun little shaker cards.    



Seasonally Scattered, Stampin' Up!


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  • Fold your Crumb Cake cardstock in half. 4 1/4 x 11
  • Using the Chevron Background stamp, stamp the Chevron image “LIGHTLY” onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using VersaMark ink.  Sprinkle Gold Embossing Powder over the image.
  • Using Heat Tool, emboss the image until Gold embossing powder turns nice and shiny.
  • Adhere a Doily onto the right side of the Crumb Cake cardstock front as shown in photo.  You will cut off a bit of the right edge.
  • Using your Big Shot, Circle Framelits and a piece of the Maritime DSP, use a Circle framelit that fits inside the doily as seen below.  You will want to cut a piece of Vellum the same size as the DSP circle.
  • Place some of the Gold Sequins between the DSP and the Vellum.
  • Using a sewing machine, stitch around the circle onto the card front.
  • Stamp the “Merry” image using Real Red ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and trim around the greeting as close as  you can with snips.
  • Stamp the “BE” using the Skinny Mini Alphabet set and Real Red ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Trim around the “BE” as close as you can with snips.
  • Adhere both greetings as shown below in the photo.
  • Stitch Chevron and 1/8″ Real Red Taffeta ribbon as shown below using a sewing machine or quick needle stitch.
  • Add Gold sequins to the Chevron ribbon using Whisper White Bakers Twine and a needle.


Seasonally Scattered, Stampin' Up!


I realize you are not getting the full effect of this beautiful stamp image since I trimmed the “merry” pretty close.  It does have the most beautiful swirls on these sets which make this a great set for all types of projects.  



Seasonally Scattered, Stampin' Up!

Seasonally Scattered, Stampin’ Up!

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Introducing Dear Heart!

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Here are a few samples using this stamp set.  How adorable are these and so easy to create.  Perfect for a little boy’s birthday celebration.  

Dear Heart stamp set, Stampin' Up! Dear Heart stamp set, Stampin' Up!

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