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Colorful Seasons Artisan Hop

Colorful Seasons Artisan Hop

It’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop, and it’s all about the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  YAY! I can’t wait to show you what I created for today’s hop.

Let me add in something really quick because I know a few of you are wondering.  I’m ALIVE.  I know I’ve been absent and for many reasons.  I have some splaining to do and that is coming, soon!

But first… a pretty!

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Colorful Seasons

I’m not sure you can look at this stamp set and NOT think about all of the beautiful seasons wrapped into ONE set. This bundle rocks my stampin’ world for a few reasons.

  • Fabulous greetings with wonderful fonts!
  • Stamps that coordinate!
  • Layering Framelits that are so beautiful!
  • A beautiful scallop Framelit that makes me happy happy happy!

As I started to create these cards, I chose the colors for each of the seasons first and then ran with the theme.  Each card has a layer of Watercolor Paper and a finely placed color wash for a background.  Nothing is too fancy, yet simple and elegant for each card.

Next, I stamped the “just breathe” onto a layer of coordinating cardstock.  I love how this greeting pops on the card.

Lastly, I layered the coordinating die cuts onto the Watercolor Paper.  You will notice that many of the layered die cuts I dabbled with a little watercolor on them. Note, I used Watercolor Paper for the die cuts as well.  I love the texture of Watercolor Paper.

Now let’s take a peek at each of the cards.  I would love to hear what your favorite is.


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I can’t help but start with summer.  It’s blistering hot here in Florida.  Thankfully I live close to a beach.  Sadly, I haven’t seen it enough.  More on that later.



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The fall card was so fun as I used the gorgeous Fresh Fig color palette.  I love how vibrant this color looks.



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I always enjoy a fun snowflake card.  Living in Florida, it’s the only snowflakes I’m going to see.  I love how this card looks so “icy” using the Bermuda Bay and a mix of Pool Party for the water coloring.



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Spring always brings such a fresh look.  The new Berry Burst was the perfect addition to the flowers along with the soft Powder Pink.


What’s Your Favorite?

I would love to hear what your favorite season is and which card you love the most.  I love how we can all love a different season for different reasons.  It’s what makes us all unique, right?

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Make sure to see click the next button below and be inspired by the great Lousie Sharp.  You can also click any of the links below to hop around and stay on track.  Maybe even share this post so others can be inspired as well from the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team.  This team is filled with amazing artists from around the world.

You can find all of the products I used for these cards in the links below.

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Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser



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Hey Chick, Sale-a-Bration is Here!

Hey Chick, Sale-a-Bration is Here!

It’s hard to believe Sale-a-Bration is here.  The excitement of this promotion has been building for months!

Before I share today’s card, let me start with an apology.

If you read yesterday’s post, I completely led you astray on accident.

I edited the post late afternoon, but in case you did not see it I wanted to update you now.

The Glamper Greetings stamp set IS still be available!

I’m thankful for a kind demonstrator who helped me out with a carry over list from the Holiday catalog.  You can find it HERE.


Let’s Chat About Sale-a-Bration

This time of year is super exciting for so many reasons.

Today the new Occasions catalog products are available.  Now THAT is major excitement.  There are so many great stamp sets and accessories you are going to love.

Here are a few reasons why Sale-a-Bration is exciting…

  • Every $50 purchase you can choose a FREE stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.
  • Join Stampin’ Up! and receive TWO FREE stamp sets of your choice on top of your starter kit.  The starter kit is $99 and YOU can choose what goes in it.  To sum it up: You choose $125 retail product for $99 + 2 FREE stamp sets any price.
  • As a hostess, you can receive $25 extra when your party sales reach $250.


Hey, Chick! I’m FREE!

I love chickens, and especially a stamp set with chickens in it.

This Sale-a-Bration stamp set is going to be a HUGE hit and especially for those who love to watercolor.

The chicken images in this set are all line images, meaning they are open for you to color with your favorite coloring tools.


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Stampin’ Up! has added Watercolor Pencils back into our product line.  There are 12 pencils in the pack, each providing a creamy soft texture when coloring.

Tips & Tricks

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It’s been awhile since I’ve used Watercolor Pencils, but I love how easy they are to use with a Blender Pen on Whisper White cardstock.

Here are a few tips & tricks I used for this fun chicken card.

  • Stamp the image using Archival Basic Black ink.  Heat set the image using a heat tool, or let the ink dry very well before water coloring. I used a Blender Pen to water color the chicken image.
  • The Urban Underground Suite has perfect products to coordinate with the Hey Chick stamp set such as the designer series paper as well as the Hexagon Dynamic  Textured Impressions embossing folder,
  • Stamp the chicken and the greeting onto cardstock, then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  These will be available mid-January.

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

  • Lastly, I added my favorite twine using the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, taking one piece of twine from the ribbon and curling a few times in my palm and stapling to the focal image.


Create & Sale-a-Brate!

Make sure to check out the new Occasions catalog products in my Online Store HERE.

Remember, you can choose a FREE stamp set like the stamp set I’m using today, Hey Chick, from the Sale-a-Bration catalog for every $50 you spend.

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Become a part of a growing team of talented stamping artists and enjoy the abundance of opportunities that lie ahead.

This could mean being your best customer and receiving a discount or running your own stamping business with friends to cheer you on.  These friends will become lifelong friendships.  Being a part of my team, we help each other succeed.

If you want more information or have more questions, I would love to chat with you.  Just email me directly.

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Click HERE and see the possibilities for creating fabulous projects this year.

I’d love to be your creative coach and share with you as you begin this hobby or if you are ready to step it up a notch.

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Totally Trees Stamp Set-Stampin’ Up!

Totally Trees Stamp Set

Today’s card is all about the trees using the Totally Trees stamp set!

If you are looking to create any seasonal tree this is a perfect choice.

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Creating Fall Scenery

The name of this stamp set explains it all. Trees, trees and more trees!

If you are looking to create any seasonal tree there are abundant choices within this stamp set.

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Totally Trees stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Creating a fall scene was easy by adding a few fall color combinations such as Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry ink.


Tips & Tricks 

  • The card base for this card uses Crushed Curry cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″).
  • The top Whisper White panel measures 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • Create dimension by layering the top Whisper White panel onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock (4″ x 5-1/2″) with a (1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″) strip of Moroccan Designer Series Paper.

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  • To create the multicolored tree use a Sponge Dauber with Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie Ink.
  • Create the banner using Crushed Curry cardstock (1/2″ x 4-1/4).  Tuck the right side under the Whisper White top panel.
  • The greeting comes from the Basket of Wishes stamp set.


Create Any Season 

Like I’ve said earlier, this stamp set gives you plenty of options to create any season simply by changing the color combination.

Here are a few color combinations for different seasonal trees you could try:

Winter Scene

Spring Scene

Summer Scene

Fall Scene

You can let your imagination run wild with all of the color combinations and the different types of trees available to work with using the Totally Trees stamp set.


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Another tree set to consider and it’s an oldie but goodie is the Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  By far one of the most widely used stamp sets by customers and again, you can create many beautiful scenes.

Finally, the choice is yours.  It’s what I love about stamping.  There are tons of options for us to create any beautiful tree scene.

If Totally Trees stamp set is on the top of your list, click HERE to purchase your stamp set today.  Get started creating beautiful handmade card sets for family and friends.

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Check out these fun ideas and card templates using Designer Series Paper HERE.

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Join a community of demonstrators who enjoy stamping and sharing.

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Creation Station- Botanical Garden

Creation Station- Botanical Garden


One of the gifts I was not granted from God was the art of having a garden.  Now, if it’s a botanical garden created with paper…. I’m all over it.

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I was a little giddy to create ANYTHING today because I have a HUGE monkey off my back- taxes.

I have felt Russ breathing down my neck for weeks to get them done and I kept putting it off.  It took Russ taking Alexis to a gym meet in Atlanta, Brandon at my mom’s and ME by myself to get something done.

A quiet house except for all my animals was EXACTLY what I needed.  Love my family but a break was kinda nice.  Don’t tell them I said that.


Time to Create!

Once my taxes were done (8.5 hour process due to my amazing organization skills…. ) I was FREE!

This month the Creation Station design team decided to play with the Botanical Gardens suite.

<insert LARGE eyeballs>

Probably one of the most popular stamps/suites in the Stampin’ Up! catalog right now and one of the hardest for me to create with.  True story.  I love the flowers and the framelits.  It’s just “posing” them.  or bunching them.  Oh jeez… I don’t even know what you call it.  Putting the crazy flowers together.  Who knows what it is but I squeaked a project out and actually have a few more projects up my sleeve with this set.  <that’s amazing!>

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I used a few of my favorite things for this card-

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I’m noticing I’m drawn to the Daffodil Delight color right now.  It’s bright and beautiful for Spring.

I brought a hint of Melon Mambo into this card to keep it bright and happy.




Do you love that greeting?  This is from a fun stamp set called You’re So Lovely.  This stamp set goes with the You’re So Lovely Project Kit that I love SO much too.

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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • Sponge lightly around the flowers to make them stand out more using the same ink as the color of cardstock.  Sponging should be light and uniform and more on the edges of the flowers.
  • I use the flat surface of a sponge instead of the rounded portion of the sponge.  I know this is opposite of what you normally see, but I have found that I have more control with the sponge and the ink goes on smoother.  Just my opinion, but it always works.
  • The Botanical Builder Framelits are delicate and can best be used when paired with the Big Shot Die Brush and the Precision Base Plate.  The Die Brush is perfect to get the delicate flowers out from the framelits without ripping them.
  • When using your Precision Base Plate make sure to flip your plates after each use so they do not warp.
  • Splatter was created on the Typeset DSP using my Aqua Painter and Melon Mambo ink.  I also used it on each of the flowers using Daffodil Delight ink.

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Create Joy When Crafting

Sometimes its the little things that bring me joy and when I was creating this card I loved how this black scallop border looked under the greeting banner.  Something so simple but it sure did bring me joy.  I used dimensional to create a little more dimension for the card.  Besides, life without dimensionals would be BLAH.

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A few tiny embellishments were added to this card such as clear sequins and the fun It’s My Party Enamel Dots.


Hopefully this inspires you in two ways today.

First, I hope you enjoy the Botanical Gardens Suite, and second I hope it inspires you to create something bright and beautiful for spring. Try this happy color combo.  It’s bright and FUN!

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Now let’s see what the other Creation Station designers have in store for us today.  Just click the buttons below and be inspired.  Thats the beauty of a hop.  To be INSPIRED.

You can see all the products that I used for this project in the clickable links at the bottom of this post.

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Circle of Spring- Magical Moment!

Circle of Spring- Magical Moment!

I just had a magical moment with my Circle of Spring stamp set and I’m super excited that I can share it with all of you.

It’s also an Artisan Blog Hop day which makes this a double bonus.  We should all break out in dancing and cheer now. Really!


I was going through my Artisan box of love that came in the mail and trying to figure out what I would use to create for this hop and when you aren’t feeling the creativity it can be a little overwhelming to know what to pull and create with.


Down deep in my box was the stamp set Circle of Spring.  This one sweet stamp set flooded my brain with ideas and literally the magic began.

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Before I even had the paper out, I had the idea floating in my head.  I wanted all the things I love.

  • Typeset Designer Series Paper
  • Watercoloring
  • Tiny trinkets like pearls, tiny flowers, and very thin Washi Tape from a Project Life kit
  • Doilies… it’s always on my favorites list

With everything set in front of me, I jumped in.

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Create it!

Follow along with these steps and you can create with me…

  1. Daffodil Delight cardstock 8-1/2 x 11, Whisper White cardstock 4 x 5-1/2 and 3 x 4-1/2.  Shimmery White Cardstock 3-1/2 x 3-1/2.  Typeset DSP 1/4 x 2-3/4.
  2. Fold the Daffodil Delight cardstock in half.  Corner round the bottom right edge.  Corner round the Whisper White cardstock on the right bottom edge. Adhere the Whisper White cardstock to the Daffodil Delight cardstock all the way to the right edge with dimensionals.  Adhere the Washi Tape along the left edge of the Whisper White cardstock.
  3. Create a Label using the Lots of Labels Framelits and Whisper White cardstock.  Using Aqua Painter and Pear Pizzaz ink, watercolor down the entire front of the Label.  Let dry.  Add splatter using Tangerine Tango ink over label.
  4. Adhere the Typeset DSP along the right edge of the Label using Snail Adhesive.  Stamp Hello Spring using Archival Basic Black ink.  Attach a small piece of White Tea Lace Doily and Gold small doily on the back left side of the label.  Adhere to the front of the card using dimensionals.
  5. Stamp the wreath using Archival Basic Black ink onto Shimmery White cardstock.  Die cut the wreath using the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Die.  Watercolor using Aqua Painter and the following inks: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow.  Splatter over the wreath using Tangerine Tango, and Daffodil Delight ink.  Attach Gold Thread to the backside of the wreath, attach wreath to the label using dimensionals.
  6. Tie a bow using the Daffodil Seam Binding ribbon.  Attach bow to wreath using Mini Glue Dots.
  7. Using a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, punch the flower using the Tree Builder punch.  Attach flowers to the label framelit using Mini Glue Dots.
  8. Enjoy!

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The Daffodil Delight Seam Binding is a Clearance Rack item on sale for only 2.78! That’s a BARGAIN!

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Creating Joy!

As I said earlier when I first started this project I had to dig deep into my Artisan box to find this little gem of a stamp set, Circle of Spring.  I also had to dig deep to find my creativity. When that moment finally kicked in and the magic began to happen- I felt GREAT about the project I was creating… it brings joy. SO MUCH JOY!!

I hope it brings joy to you.  Circle of Spring is a beautiful stamp set, perfect for this season.  The wreath can be created in numerous ways and one that I will be using many more times.

It’s time to see what my friend Krista has designed for our Artisan Blog Hop.  She always has something magical up her sleeve.

Just click the button below and enjoy the hop filled with creative inspiration from the Artisans.

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You can see all the supplies used for this project below.

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-Be inspired by color-

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