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Oh So Succulent

Welcome to another Artisan Blog Hop! Be inspired by the Oh So Succulent bundle.

I was reflecting back on this stamp set and how long I’ve been using it and how many fun projects I’ve created with it.  In fact, this stamp set is hands down the one I used the most from the Occasions Catalog.

I was able to start using this stamp set back in October of 2016.  I started using it for the last November OnStage for my display samples.  The irony of this stamp set,  I had no idea at that time this stamp set had matching framelits.  When I was creating samples for the November OnStage, I hand cut each of the succulents.  It didn’t matter at the time because I fell in love with the stamp set.


The Power of the Sponge Dauber

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The Sponge Dauber has become one of my favorite tools to use with the Oh So Succulent stamp set.  When I researched the colors of different succulents, I noticed many had a variation of color.  Honestly, I was taken back by the many shades of colors I found of succulents.  Some were vivid with color and others very neutral.

For my card today I wanted a blend of colors.  The best way to get a combination of colors is to use a Sponge Dauber.

Tips & Tricks

You might be asking why I would use a Sponge Dauber over our regular stamping sponges? I found that the Sponge Dauber was a smaller sponge that gave me more control when blending colors.

  • I created the variation of color by taking my Sponge Dauber and adding the lightest shade of ink first.  The first color I added was Mint Macaron.  I sponged over the entire flower, then added shades of Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and lastly, Rich Razzleberry.  I applied this technique with only two of the larger flowers.
  • To create the circle, I  die cut Watercolor Paper using the largest of the Stitched Framelits.  After die cutting, I applied a layer of Pool Party ink, then Mint Macaron.  The Watercolor Paper was layered onto a Delicate White Doily.

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  • Lastly, I stamped the Happy Birthday onto Basic Black cardstock using VersaMark ink, then embossed with White Embossing Powder.  I love the pop of black to make the greeting stand out.  Once my focal area was complete I layered the circle die cut onto layers of the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.
  • One last embellishment added was sequins and enamel dots.  I love how these add texture to a project, and the card isn’t too lumpy, bumpy.


The Bouquet of Succulents

Have you ever created a card where you need to tell yourself just to STOP?

This next card I had to mentally tell myself to WALK AWAY! Kimberly, seriously, WALK AWAY!

I couldn’t help myself because I love these flowers. To be fair, succulents are pretty darn trendy right now.  Take a peek at your local plant nurseries, and you will see tons of succulents.

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Tips & Tricks

As I was creating this card, I started with a Whisper White cardstock and started stamping different flowers with different shades of color.  Once the flowers were cut, I started building my bouquet.

  • After I stamped and die cut my flowers I brushed many of them using the Wink of Stella Clear pen.  This gave the succulents a nice shimmer.
  • The two larger succulents were created using a Sponge Dauber as I explained in the card above.

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  • A few of the colors I used to stamp the flowers include Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Pear Pizzaz.  Remember, there are many shades of succulents.  You can do a quick search on the internet to find the different shades of colors for succulents.


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Do You Love Succulents? 

If you find yourself in love with the succulents trend, take note and get the Oh So Succulents Bundle while it’s available.  This bundle is on the retiring list and once it’s gone… it’s gone.  Don’t miss out, get it NOW! Unfortunately, the coordinating designer paper is sold out.  You can see all of the coordinating products for this bundle on page 21 of the Occasions Catalog.


Prepare to Be Inspired! 

Now it’s time to take a tour with the Artisan Design Team and see what they have designed using the Oh So Succulent stamp set.  First up on this hop is Louise Sharp.  Click the button below and be inspired from Artisans all over the world.

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Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen—> You Are HERE!
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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Oh So Succulent- Sneak Peek

Oh So Succulent- Sneak Peek

The new Occasions catalog will be here before we know it and it’s going to knock your socks off.

I’m super excited to share a little sneak peek of one of the stamp sets, Oh So Succulent.

I have quite a few more sneak peeks I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks from the displays I created at the Stampin’ Up! conference.

The Oh So Succulent stamp set has an entire collection that coordinates, the best is the framelits.


Time for a Sneak Peek

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One of the first things I thought about when using this set was creating a terrarium.

What better way to create that by using the Jar of Love stamp set and Everyday Jars framelits.

Once I had the jar die cut, I stamped the smaller succulent flowers inside the jar. I loved how this looked.

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If you haven’t noticed already, Watercolor Paper has been one of my favorite papers to use.  I love how you can create a simple background with just a few brush strokes using your Aqua Painter.

I created the background using Bermuda Bay ink.  Dang!  This color rocks my world every single time.


Tips & Tricks 

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Here are a few tips and tricks when creating this card using the Oh So Succulent stamp set.


  • The Gold twine is one of my favorites from the Holiday Catalog- Bakers Twine Trio Pack.  This twine is perfectly flexible and easy to tie a fantastic bow every single time.
  • The Music Note paper is from the This Christmas Designer Series Paper in the Annual Catalog.  Yes, it’s Christmas paper, but music notes have a wonderful vintage feel and make any project perfect when you add it.
  • The tiny scallop edge was created using the Layering Squares Framelits and cutting one edge of a scallop square.  These scallops are small and delicate looking.
  • Happy Birthday is only a portion of the greeting that comes with this stamp set.  I simply masked the rest of the greeting and embossed the image using White Embossing Powder onto Basic Black cardstock to create a chalkboard look.

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Please note… the Oh So Succulent stamp set is not available yet. 

Try this color combination!


Sweet Succulent

Believe it or not I have a green thumb.

After playing around with this stamp set I might have to get my own REAL succulent plant.

The only plant I’m well known for killing is an Orchid.

Do you have a succulent? Are there tricks to keeping it alive? I want it to be just as pretty as the stamp images in the Oh So Succulent stamp set.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and I definitely can’t wait for you to get your hands on this BEAUTIFUL stamp set.


Did you know… 

Starting December 1st Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators get to PRE-ORDER from the new Occasions catalog.

This is a BIG deal and a huge perk of being a demonstrator -and- the Oh So Succulent stamp set bundle can be a part of your stamping starter kit.

The good news is you can PRE-ORDER too.  If you have been on the fence about becoming a demonstrator why not start now and fill your starter kit with NEW products from the Occasions catalog.

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Stampin’ Up! Artisan Hop-Basket of Wishes

Basket of Wishes

Welcome to another Artisan Blog Hop.

Get ready for loads of sharing and one of the stamp sets on tap is the Basket of Wishes.


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Calling All Watercoloring Enthusiasts

If you love to watercolor, Basket of Wishes stamp set will be one to have.

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Look at the 4 gorgeous images that fit into the baskets.  My favorite is the succulents.

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They worked perfect for placing in the big basket.


Tips & Tricks

  • Stamp the basket and succulents onto Watercolor Paper, then die cut using the Tags & Labels Framelits.
  • Use the Layering Squares Framelits to create frames.  This fun scallop frame was the perfect addition using the Copper Foil Sheets.
  • Stamp and emboss the greeting using Copper Embossing Powder, then separate the greeting and add to card.

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Add a small strip of a scallop border under the designer paper (Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper) to bring out more of the copper.

Watercolor the  succulents using the following inks:

  • Cucumber Crush
  • Pool Party
  • Mint Macaron

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Another Take On Basket of Wishes



While strawberry’s may be more of a springtime fruit, it goes to show you how versatile the Basket of Wishes stamp set is.

Think about this set as a year round stamp set that can be used anytime and perfect for birthday celebrations.



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Tips & Tricks 

  • A perfect embellishment for this stamp set is the 5/8″ Burlap ribbon.
  • Stamp the baskets and strawberry’s on Watercolor Paper die cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits.
  • Create a mask using a post it note to set the strawberry’s perfectly into the basket with no line showing.  Color the strawberry’s using Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush ink with a hint of Emerald Envy ink to highlight the leaves.
  • Add a few of the White Perfect Accents for an added embellishment.


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Now check out the amazing Artisans and the designs they have created to showcase today.  Remember that we love to hear from you, comment below.  Click the button below to visit Krista’s Blog and her amazing creativity.  I am a huge fan of her work and continually feel inspired when I see her designs.


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