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Impressive Jewel Tones

Impressive Jewel Tones

Jewel Tones are one of my favorite color tones to work with.  These bright beautiful colors were a perfect fit with the Moroccan Suite.

Big News…  time for another inspiring  Artisan Blog Hop.

Today you will be inspired by a few amazing products-Moroccan Suite as well as the Thoughtful Banners Bundle.

 

Gathering the Colors Together

 

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

The colors in the Moroccan Designer Series Paper provided the perfect starting point to begin creating.

The color tones in the paper are fresh and instantly I think of a fall, although it’s definitely not limited to fall.

One of the colors I seem to love pairing together is Emerald Envy and Bermuda Bay.  When I add a splash of color such as Delightful Dijon and Early Espresso I’m instantly in LOVE.

You will see this in both of today’s cards.

 

Create a Background

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

Using the large border image in the Moroccan Nights stamp set created a perfect background.  I alternated the images by stamping a full on ink, and then immediately stamped again.   This is called generation stamping.

 

 

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

Tricks & Tips

  • The greetings were created using the Thoughtful Banner stamp set and the Classic Label Punch.
  • Add a strip of the Moroccan Designer Series Paper to add a bit of contrast to the card.
  • Stamp the large medallion image onto Very Vanilla cardstock, die cut using the Layering Circles Framelits, layer with Early Espresso scallop circle.
  •  Ribbon and Enamel Dots provide the perfect embellishment for any project.  Stampin’ Up! has a wide variety of coordinating  colors for each of these products.
  • Use the Gold Wink of Stella pen to add splatter.  Simply tap with your bone folder to create the splatter.

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

Shadow Stamping – Another Way

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

 

The last Artisan Blog Hop I shared a fun technique called Shadow stamping. This technique looks beautiful on color cardstock, but what about Very Vanilla or Whisper White.

In order to get the opposite look for this card,  stamp the Medallion using Bermuda Bay ink onto the Very Vanilla cardstock, then with the help of the Stamp-a-ma-jig  stamp over the same image using Whisper White craft ink.

Note how this created a softer tone of the Bermuda Bay ink and a unique look.

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

 

More Tips & Tricks 

  • Tap the Gold Wink of Stella for the addition of  splatter over the Medallion image. Note how this pulls more of the gold (a beautiful jewel tone) tones from the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate– on sale until September 14th 11:59.
  • Another great use for Washi Tape is to hold your Acetate in place on your project.
  • Most noteworthy for this card is adding the perfect accent. Try die cutting two Layering Squares Framelits together to create a frame. Off set the frame to add visual interest.

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

 

Time to Be Inspired and Create!

Now be inspired by the other Artisans and their projects.  Your first stop will be Krista Frattin’s blog.  Always a gorgeous project shared by her.  Don’t forget to sit and create yourself.  We can be inspired by the masses, but make sure you are putting the ideas to use.  Set aside time to create something pretty today.  Even if you only have 30 minutes.

Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

 See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links and shop Online 24/7!

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NEW Stamps in the Mail!

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Clearance Items Updated

Did you know that the Clearance Rack was updated? Make sure to check out the good deals.

Remember, they are first come first serve.  Once gone…. its REALLY gone and some ARE gone.  AHHHH!

 

Teachers, they Deserve Appreciation!

Teachers, they Deserve Appreciation!

It’s that time of year when teachers deserve a little love and attention!!

 

I’m sure there are many of you that are passed this stage in life, but I bet there is a teacher you still know that could use a little love.

Now that my kids are teens I find it harder to thank all 14 teachers that they have.  Well, let me be honest and say the hard part is getting my kids to take the treats that I create.  At least for my son, he turns four shades of red when I tell him to give his teacher a gift.  <boys!>

We’ve had the privilege this year to adopt a High School with our Small Group from church.  Every holiday we’ve put my Stampin’ Up! tools to great use and made some of the cutest things.

Of course I ALWAYS forget to take pictures because I’m usually helping the kids work on the projects.

These tokens of appreciation are small but I know they can feel our love.  That’s the beauty of a handmade treasure.  It’s made with love.  Next week we will be hosting an ice cream social for them.  I know it will be fun.

Meanwhile…. I’m creating a few cards that my kids can take to their teachers.

Apple of My Eye

Teachers, Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!

 

I’m pretty sure we instantly think of teachers when we look at the stamp set, Apple of My Eye.  It does have the perfect teacher apple for pete’s sake.

I’ve mentioned before that this stamp set was a sleeper in the stacks of stamps on my shelf.  Behold one day I pulled it out and the ideas were endless.  This set became a favorite.

I just released my Stamps in the Mail using this stamp set and I was over the moon with the cards.  If you are interested in just purchasing the PDF, you can click HERE to purchase it.  6 cards, 6 videos.  I think you will love these cards.

Teachers, Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!

*Side Note* No, the cards are not all teacher related….  just sayin’.

 

Teachers, Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!

 

This card uses the Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper which keep in mind, is not all “Schoolhouse.”  This designer paper is bright and fun and has MANY uses outside of just school projects.  I know. I keep saying this…. but really.  It’s true.

 

Teachers, Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!

 

The Bad News

Yes. There is a little bad news.  Much of what you see on this card is RETIRING.

I’ll give you a brief moment to sigh.  Okay, really I am the one…. <SIGH>

The Apple of My Eye stamp set is retiring, the Alphabet Rotary Stamp is retiring. <GASP!> That little rotary stamp is one of the best gems.  The Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper- Retiring!

There ya have it.  It’s all going away… but lets not let it steal our joy and let’s create.

 

 

 

Create it!

Want to create it? Let’s get started…

  1. Fold a piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock in half (4-1/4 x 11).
  2. Adhere a piece of Whisper White cardstock (4 x 5-1/4) to the card base using dimensionals.
  3. Adhere a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock (3-3/4 x 5) to the Whisper White cardstock using Fast Fuse Adhesive.
  4. Adhere a piece of Schoolhouse DSP (2 x 4) to a piece of Real Red cardstock (2-1/4 x 4). Adhere to the Smoky Slate cardstock using Fast Fuse Adhesive.
  5. Die cut a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Tags & Labels Framelits.  Stamp the apple image using Real Red ink onto the die cut.  Stamp the thank you image using Basic Black Archival ink.
  6. Stamp the leaves and stem onto Whisper White cardstock scrap using Cucumber Crush ink and then fussy cut the images using Paper Snips.  Adhere the leaves and stem to the apple image using Glue Dots.
  7. Using Alphabet Rotary Stamp, spell the word “teacher” or anything you want, ink the rotary using Whisper White ink and stamp onto Basic Black cardstock scrap. Pour White Embossing Powder over image, heat with Heat Tool. Trim around the word as close as you can using Paper Snips.
  8. Attach Tag onto card front using dimensionals.
  9. Using a piece of White Jute Ribbon (16″ long), separate the threads and use one thread to coil underneath the embossed word.  Keep in place using a Glue Dot.  Place embossed word over ribbon.  Ta-Da! Complete.

 

Teachers, Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!

 

You can see all of the products used in the clickable links below.  

Supply List

Show Appreciation

As I wrap up today’s post, I would challenge you to take a minute and thank a teacher.

 

We have been overly blessed with the teachers we’ve had for our kids.  There was one that I had a love/hate relationship for, but overall our kids have been blessed with the kindest and most caring teachers. I really can’t thank them enough for what they do.

Even if making a handmade gift is out of the question, just a simple “Thank You!” goes a long long way.  They need to hear it from us.

In Other News

My stamp room is a TRAIN WRECK! I turned it upside down yesterday pulling my retired products off my shelf.  I was thinking about doing a Periscope or Live Facebook video thingie but I totally chicken out.  Truly, half the day I’m in my pajama’s with my hair a complete disaster looking like a homeless person.  Not kidding.

If you follow me on either platform…. Well.  You might see me.  Might.  Then again, I could be a big fat chicken.  Sigh.

Love you guys!

Don’t Forget….

The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 

Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.

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!

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you. 

April Hostess Code, Stampin' Up!

Teachers, Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!

All New Stamps in the Mail

All New Stamps in the Mail

Time for another month of Stamps in the Mail and I’m pretty excited.

This could be my favorite Stamps in the Mail yet.

Okay, maybe I say that every single time, but really…. this is pretty AWESOME.

 

Apple of My Eye

As I was preparing which stamp set I would use (always a fun task) I wasn’t sure what to use.  I have a cabinet filled with luscious stamps all crying to be used and the one I was bound to pick was going to get a ton of play time.

 

The Apple of My Eye stamp set is one that I loved right away when the new Occasions Catalog went live in January.  Once I had it in my hot little hands I struggled to use it, but then again that’s been an ongoing problem.

 

 

Yesterday my house was finally quiet.  No one decided to stay home and I had no place to go.  Well, actually that was a forced situation as Russ had my car because he had an accident on Monday.  That’s another story I’ll tell you later but he is fine, his truck needs a little work.

 

 

I started stamping with the Apple of My Eye stamp set and the ideas kept running.  Before I knew it I had 8 cards completed and every single one of them made my heart happy.

 

 

I’m sharing one of the cards today because I couldn’t contain my excitement.

 

Stamps in the Mail, Apple of My Eye Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

This is just a bonus project that I created for Stamps in the Mail. The fun part is how I created that color pattern on the pear image.  I almost wanted to EAT IT.

 

Stamps in the Mail, Apple of My Eye Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

This stamp set is perfect for Spring, Summer and really any occasion.  This is why I love it for Stamps in the Mail.  It’s a versatile stamp set that can give you a lot of bang for your buck.

Stamps in the Mail, Apple of My Eye Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

I have to admit a little giddiness last night when I laid my head on my pillow for many reasons-

  • I haven’t made that many cards in a day in FOR-EVAH!
  • The ideas flowed like maple syrup.  EASY.  This hasn’t been the case with creating lately.
  • They are SO pretty and every single card makes me happy!
  • My happiness meter escalated to the top yesterday.  Creating brings me joy.  Sharing my creating process is the epitome of that happiness.  That’s right.  Inspiring you to create and seeing YOUR joy is truly happiness.

Are You Ready to Join Me? 

If you have never stamped with me, I encourage you to give it a try.

If you have been waiting for this months Stamps in the Mail, it’s here and it’s going to be AWESOME.

Click HERE to find out more information on Stamps in the Mail and how you can join in the fun.  It’s easy.  I promise.

 

 

Stamps in the Mail, Apple of My Eye Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Looking for past Stamps in the Mail? Click HERE to purchase previous Stamps in the Mail that I have offered.  These are PDF instructions/videos only.  No materials included.  Great class ideas.

 

You can view all of the supplies I used for this card in the clickable links below.

Supply List

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!

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you. 

April Hostess Code, Stampin' Up!

PS- The tale of our Monday….. 

Monday Blues

Monday was a Monday.

Russ had just picked up Brandon and 3 other teens to come to our home so the kids could work on a cooking project for Spanish class.

Out of the blue a driver came from the center lane into the right lane in front of Russ to make a quick turn into a pawn shop and russ ran into them.  Luckily no one was injured.  After waiting for an hour for the police to arrive (non emergency) I went and picked up all the kids to bring them home.  Russ ended up waiting another 1.5 hours for the police.

We are thankful that everyone is okay, including the other driver who was charged with crossing lanes.

Now, the tough part.  The truck goes back in the shop. Yes, back in.  Russ hit a deer in January and caused damage to the hood.  I just got my car back Friday after a fender bender in February.  That took two weeks to fix.  As we left with my car last Friday we joked that while the shop did GREAT work, we didn’t want to see them again.

Russ went to see them AGAIN.

They must LOVE us.

Russ’ car shouldn’t be driven as the bumper is rubbing on his tire.  So, back to one car and why I was stuck at home to create.  It’s not all bad, really!

XOXOXO

Snow Place- Stamps in the Mail

Snow Place- Stamps in the Mail

 

Snow Place- Stamps in the Mail

 

Stamps in the Mail, Snow Place Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

It’s time to register for the last month of the Stamps in the Mail Christmas Series.  It’s been an amazing 2 months working with Christmas stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog and I’m super excited to bring one last month of Christmas cards using a fun and happy stamp set- Snow Place.

 

When choosing cards that I want to use for Stamps in the Mail, I look for a stamp set that has LOTS of versatility and has the capability of using it with out of the box ideas.  Snow Place fits the bill because you can use this stamp set past the Christmas holidays.

I’ve already created lots of fun cards with this stamp set.  Here are a few just to share.

*Note: None of the cards below will be used in Stamps in the Mail.  There are 8 NEW cards you will be creating, plus bonus cards and projects to help inspire you.

Snow Place stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

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Are you READY??

Are you ready to register for Stamps in the Mail? Registration opens today.  Click HERE for more detailed information and Registration.

 

NEW- Stamps in the Mail Christmas Series!

NEW- Stamps in the Mail Christmas Series!

Stamps in the Mail Christmas Series

 

I’ve been going like the energizer bunny the last month trying to get all my systems back in place and one that has been lurking around my brain is Stamps in the Mail.  It’s a program I’ve grown to love and adore over many many years.  I put a lot of blood sweat and tears in this program making it just right for YOU.  It’s been a fantastic program for beginner to advance stampers.
So GUESS WHAT??????
It’s time to get Stamps in the Mail rolling again!  It’s going to be fun, exciting and NEW.        
Looking at the past Stamps in the Mail series, the MOST popular one was the Christmas Series.  
  • Do you struggle finding more than one idea with ONE stamp set?
  • Are you looking for different techniques to create that one of a kind Christmas card?
  • Are you looking for a way to get Christmas projects completed without the hassle of overthinking it?
Stamps in the Mails is the perfect program if you answered yes to the above.
I’m doing something different over the next three months to help you get excited to create for the holiday season.  
Starting this month I will be offering a MONTHLY Stamps in the Mail Christmas Series that will conclude in November.  
Each month we will use a different stamp set to create cards, tags and gift projects.  Ready to learn more about it?
Click HERE to read more on the first month and how you can register.