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Day at the Beach-Stampin’ Up!

Day at the Beach-Stampin’ Up!

After so much traveling happening, I can’t express enough my excitement that I can STAMP! Cathy and I traveled home yesterday from Savannah after our OnStage event.  It was a great event, great city and overall we had a BLAST!  Cathy is spending another week here with me, and one of the things we will be doing is going to the beach.  It’s a perfect chance for me to share with you a very fun stamp set in the Occasions Catalog called Day at the Beach!  

Great Line Art

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   I love the beautiful line art in this stamp set.  It’s perfect for cards and scrapbooking.  Here are a few ideas I thought about immediately when using this stamp set.

  • watercolor
  • scrapbooking, pocket pages
  • use to create background patterns

When I created this card, I used the sun to create a pattern on the Whisper White cardstock for my background.  I used a Blender Pen to color the inner circle of the sun.  It was quick and easy coloring with Crushed Curry ink. Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!  

Mixing Images & Products Together

One of my favorite things to do is pull products and images together.  One of my favorite products to add to this card was the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies. I die cut the sunshine thinlit using Watercolor Paper, then used the Crushed Curry to watercolor over it.  Again, a simple wash of color that takes just a second to do.


Tips & Tricks 

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   A few tips & tricks for this card.

  • After the Sunshine image was watercolored with a simple wash of Crushed Curry ink, I wanted a few darker shades of the color to stand out.  Simply load your Aqua Painter with ink, then hold the Aqua Painter over the image and let gravity do its thing. The drops of ink will give your image a unique look every single time.
  • I cut the clouds (Up & Away Framelits) from Watercolor Paper.  I colored these images using Smoky Slate ink.
  • One of my favorite detail on this card is the Tangerine Tango scallop edge.  This scallop was created using the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies. NOTE: This thinlit is retiring.  They are only available while supplies last.  
  • Lastly, I loaded my Aqua Painter using Tangerine Tango ink, using my Bone Folder I tap the Aqua Painter over the image to create a little splatter.

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!  

Create Your Own Sunshine

I enjoyed creating this card and I have one more to share with you tomorrow.  The Day at the Beach stamp set is on the retired list.  You will want to grab this set quick if it’s on your list.  All retiring items are while supplies last. Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

You can find all of the products in the clickable links below.  


Speaking of retiring… Click HERE to download the retired list. Don’t miss the sneak peek of the Eastern Palace Suite. Click HERE to see three fun ideas!

New Tutorial Available!

Every month I release a new Exclusive tutorial.  April’s tutorial is filled with out of the box ideas you will love.

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Love Everywhere-Spread Kindness

Love Everywhere-Spread Kindness

Every year around this time frame as I share Valentines love I can’t help but think of our ability to share love and kindness all through the year.

It reminds me of why I’m a paper crafter.  Love is everywhere and as paper crafters, we can spread kindness ALL year long.

Isn’t that exciting?

Today I have a fantastic project that is perfect to spread love and kindness.  Even better, a blog hop with my Creation Station friends to share more love.  Love is everywhere.

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Perfect Chocolate Box

I was browsing Pinterest trying to get some inspiration for a “love” project.  I love to create treat boxes for valentines so that was on my list to hunt.  The box was originally created by a UK demonstrator named Ann Melvin.

Then I created a fun card to go with the boxes.  Chocolate and a card… YES!


Let’s Create!

Spread Kindness, Valentines, Stampin' Up!

This box is super easy to create.  Below you will find a simple template that’s easy to follow and grab the following supplies!

  • Early Espresso cardstock 10″ x 7-1/2″.
  • Designer Series Paper 1″ x 9-1/2
  • Embellishments of your choice.
  • You will see a complete list of what I used for this project in my tips & tricks and at the bottom of the post in clickable links.


Spread Kindness, Valentines, Stampin' Up!


This box opens up so you can place a few chocolates inside or even a few love notes.

Spread Kindness, Valentines, Stampin' Up!


Spread Kindness, Valentines, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks 

Here is a simple template you can follow to create the box.


Spread Kindness, Valentines, Stampin' Up!

  • The scribbled black lines are areas you will CUT out.
  • Make sure you score each fold very well.  This makes a box nice and crisp.
  • I added an extra score line on the lid so that the lid would tuck into the box.  You can see this in red on the template.
  • Stamp hearts on the box front using the Sealed with Love stamp set and Early Espresso ink.
  • The belly band was created using the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.

Spread Kindness, Valentines, Stampin' Up!


  • Die cut the heart using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits using Watermelon Wonder cardstock.  Then Texture emboss the heart die cut using the Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • The Lace Doilies in the Occasions catalog on page 51 are delicate and perfect for any project.  I simply added underneath the belly band.
  • Lastly, die cut the word Love using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and add to the heart using a few Mini Glue Dots.


Spread Kindness in the Mail

Spread Kindness, Valentines, Stampin' Up!


I couldn’t help but create a card using the same theme as the box.  Let us not forget that sending love in the mail is the BEST.  We need to send more of it.


Be Inspired

One last thing before I go, I was so inspired by the holiday season because of random acts of kindness.  Not once, but TWICE I was in the Starbucks drive thru and my drink order was paid for by the person in front of me.  Honestly, it blew me away.  It’s only happened once before in my life.  This inspired me to keep the random act of kindness continuing.  It feels SO good.

While the holidays may be over, let’s continue to spread the love and continue to spread kindness.  Think big and the entire YEAR, not just Valentines.

Now be inspired by the other great designers from the Creation Station Team.

Simply click the buttons below and hop along and see more LOVE spread.

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up! Creation Station Spread the Love, Stampin' Up!


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January Tutorial, Spectacular Birthday Cake Crazy, Stampin' Up!

Exciting news.  The January Exclusive tutorial is available and it’s AWESOME.

12 beautiful projects to inspire your creativity.  Each project has step by step instructions.

You can receive this tutorial 2 ways:

  1. Purchase $50 in my Online Store and this tutorial will be sent to you for FREE- 59 pages of AMAZING creativity.
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