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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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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.

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Florida Living- I’m Totally Doing it Wrong!

Who Knew the Flamingo was HOT?

Living in a slice of paradise also known as Florida typically I think people associate Florida with one of 3 things:

  • Gators
  • Sunshine
  • Flamingos

I’m loving the sunshine that the sunshine state brings, however I think I’m doing this Florida living all wrong.

Why you ask?


I think I need a few pieces of flamingo yard art in my lawn.

I’m seeing flamingos everywhere lately.  I am sure Russ wouldn’t mind a few flamingo’s in our yard over a gator. HA HA HA.

Pop of Paradise

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One of the newest suites in our annual catalog is the Pop of Pink.  It’s a suite that when you see it, you smile.  It’s hip, trendy and instant paper sunshine.

The flamingo was the first thing I noticed in the Pop of Paradise stamp set but all of the images are FUN.

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I added some of the Pop of Pink Specialty paper to this card.  Love the mix of Black, Melon Mambo and Gold that is mixed within this designer paper.  I instantly think of party favors for the summer when I see this paper.


Flamingo, Pop of Paradise, Stampin' Up!


I stamped the flamingo onto the Scalloped Tag Topper and then continued layering with more designer papers and cardstock.

There is a bit of fussy cutting on this card for the leaves, but it wasn’t difficult.


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I hope this card brings you a little sunshine today.

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We are currently hitting the streets of Paris, France with only a few days left of our trip.


Bright & Cheerful

Bright & Cheerful

Bright & cheerful is something I love to strive for but when the alarm went off at 4:30 this morning so I could catch my flight- bright & cheerful was not the first thing on my mind.


Add in the fact I went to the doctor yesterday and received antibiotics for a sinus infection….  cheerful was NOT the feeling I was having.


It’s amazing what 24 hours on antibiotics can make a girl feel. Not 100% but already feeling a little more pep in my skip.


I’ve arrived safely to Salt Lake City and now I’m hoping for a few days of rest fun with my girlfriend before the conference starts.

Brighten Your Life

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Before I left I created a few cards with the You’re So Lovely stamp set.


I’m loving this set.  That wreath… be still my heart!!

The options are WIDE open with this stamp set and I’m giving it a run for it’s money.

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I used some bright colors for today’s card:

  • Tangerine Tango
  • Melon Mambo
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Daffodil Delight

Maybe I’m trying to bypass spring and push for some Summer time colors.  ??

Either way the bright colors make a bold statement and I love i.t.

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Hope you are having a great start to your week.  It’s time for me to rest as I ate a big ole waffle from my favorite eatery here in Utah-Waffle Love.  It does cause one heck of a food coma.  It’s amazing.

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This Color Combination Could Be Tough

This Color Combination Could Be Tough

I’ve been sifting through a few color combinations trying to change up things as I create.


Do you ever find yourself using the same colors all the time?


I don’t notice it right away until all of a sudden I look at the pile of cardstock scraps near my desk and think to myself… WOW.  The same colors are used frequently.

One of my favorite Pinterest boards I have and pin to frequently is my Color Combinations board.  You can see it here.  It’s LOADED with colors.

I decided to pull a color off my ink shelf that has barely been used.  In fact I think it’s been used ONCE.  EEK.


Cucumber Crush is not on my favorite list of colors but I love a good challenge and wanted to see what colors I could pair it up with.  I thought it would be fun to challenge you too!

Ready for a weekend challenge?


Cucumber Crush -Color Combination

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Are you thinking SUMMER? That’s what I instantly thought of when I looked at these four colors together.  It screams summer.

I thought of citrus, watermelon, and swimsuits to be honest.

Here is what I created using this combination.

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The Apple of My Eye stamp set was top of my list.  Think lemons, limes, oranges and sweet slice of watermelon.  YUM.

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Tips & Tricks 

  • Stamp the round citrus image in all four colors onto Whisper White cardstock.
  • Punch using the 1-1/2 or 1-3/4 Circle Punch and then cut in half.
  • Create a tag using Crumb Cake cardstock and the Ornate Tag Topper punch
  • Attach the Citrus halves to the tag using Snail Adhesive and alternating with dimensionals.
  • Add a Gold Foil Doily for a little extra punch of color.

Confession Time…. 

You are not going to believe this…

As I was typing this I was looking to see what size punch I used for the citrus image. I noticed the Idea Book & Catalog states to use the 1-1/2 circle punch.

Quick thought to myself was… “Silly Stampin’ Up!  We don’t have a 1-1/2″ Circle Punch!”

Then I flipped to the pages filled with our punches.


WE DO have a 1-1/2″ Circle punch.

We’ve had this since JUNE!!! Where I have been??? How did I miss this???

Just when you think you know everything in the catalog- BOOM! You don’t.

Friends… You know what I’m ordering ASAP?

Yes. That. Punch!



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Here is the good thing.  I managed well with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch but I know the 1-1/2″ Circle punch is going to be AMAZING for layering.  Oh the opportunities I have missed.

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!


It’s a good thing this is Friday.  It’s been a crazy week of crazy and I’m ending my Friday on a great note knowing that I have another tool coming my way.

Apple of My Eye

It’s time for you to take this color combination and make it happen.  I hope you will share with me because I love when you do.

Create something fantastic this weekend and most of all, enjoy the process.

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