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Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Welcome to the first tutorial bundle blog hop.  You have seen me post many times about an exclusive tutorial created each month.  This tutorial has been amazing.  The delight is working with eleven other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who are MAD talented when creating this tutorial.

Specially Designed 

Why are we coming together for a blog hop? It’s simple.  To inspire you.

Each designer will be using the stamp set or technique they chose to use for the February tutorial so you can get a taste of their creative design. It’s not the same idea thats listed in our tutorial, only the technique or stamp set.

Meet the designers…. they are all pretty amazing!

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


Tutorial Facts

You can become a subscriber,  you get 12 tutorials every month for six months – that is 72 tutorials all together for the next six months! These tutorials are EXCLUSIVE.  They are NOT seen anywhere else on the internet.  Cost to become a subscriber is $75. Basically, you are receiving the sixth tutorial FREE.

Subscribers receive the monthly tutorial on the first of each month delivered straight to their email.  Interested in becoming a subscriber? Click HERE to read more information and become a subscriber.

Not interested in becoming a subscriber but would like to purchase the tutorials individually? No problem.

Each month the tutorials are available for $15 HERE.  You will find current and past exclusive tutorials and the tutorials are automatically sent your email ready for download.


Purchase $50 in my Online Store and you will receive the tutorial for FREE for the current month.

My team receives this tutorial for FREE each month. It has been a fantastic resource for my team to use for business with the diverse projects shared in each tutorial.  Sale-a-Bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! and I’d love to have you be a part of the Stampin’ by the Sea stamping community.

Below is a little sneak peek of our February tutorial.  The projects are fantastic!!

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Now, let’s create!!

Nailed It!

For the February tutorial, I chose to use the Nailed It stamp set. I picked this stamp set more for a challenge than anything.  Seeing how I’m not much of a “tool” girl.  It was the perfect challenge, and I took it one step further.

I decided to create one card that was more frilly and another card with a splash of man! Let’s see how they came together.


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The addition of the doily was the perfect addition of girly I was trying to achieve.

My favorite part of this card is the greeting.  It’s not just a simple thanks, but thanks for building “ME” up.  I LOVE this!

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks 

  • Watercolor using Dapper Denim and Smoky Slate ink onto Watercolor Paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • Save 10% by purchasing the Nailed It bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set (clear or wood) and the Build It Framelits Dies.  Click HERE to see this bundle.
  • Two pieces of the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper was added to the card front.  This paper is fresh with modern designs perfect for the man card or an eclectic look with the great designs.
  • Don’t forget to add the self-sticking Urban Underground Embellishments.  You will see these are used on both card designs.


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The Man Version 

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


I wish making “man” cards would come easy for me to create.  The fact is- they are NOT.

Once I got my groove on, the idea started to flow.

Tips & Tricks 

  • Using Crumb Cake cardstock, texture emboss the cardstock using the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder.  Then die cut using the Build It Framelit (hexagon die).  Finally, attach the hexagons onto the Crumb Cake cardstock at the top.
  • Stamp the hammer onto Smoky Slate and Dapper Denim cardstock with coordinating ink and die cut.  Cut the bottom handle of the Dapper Denim hammer’s and attach to the stamped Smoky Slate hammers.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

You will find all of the products used for todays cards in the clickable links below.  


I’ve enjoyed working with the Nailed It bundle.  Surprisingly I’ve made more girlie cards using this set than cards for a man.  I guess a girl who loves a doily can turn any man set into something universal.


Be Inspired!

Now it’s time to see what the rest of the team has created.  Your next stop is a dear friend and incredible designer, Kylie Bertucci.

I’ve always been inspired by Kylie’s work which is a clean simple style. Click the button below to follow the hop and see the work of this fun design team.  You can see the entire line-up of designers for the tutorial bundle blog hop below.

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Allison Okamitsu
Ange McKay

Price: $110.00

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.

Totally Trees stamp set, Stampin' Up!


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.

Totally Trees stamp set, Stampin' Up!


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.

Totally Trees stamp set, Stampin' Up!


  • 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.


Totally Trees stamp set, Stampin' Up!


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.

Click the links below to order any of the products used today.

Stampin’ Up! Promotions

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This promotion ENDS SOON.  

If you are a paper lover, stock up!  Click the photo to SHOP NOW.  

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

Don’t forget! When you spend $50 in my Online Store, you will receive my September Tutorial FREE.

New Tutorial Available!

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The Starter Kit is only $99 and YOU can choose the products for your kit.

Join a community of demonstrators who enjoy stamping and sharing.

Demonstrators also enjoy a discount on their favorite Stampin’ Up! products.

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Embellished Ornaments- Creation Station Hop!

Embellished Ornaments-Creation Station Hop!

I was going through my big stash of Holiday Catalog stamps today and noticed that my Embellished Ornaments stamp set was at the bottom of the lonely pile.  I’m surprised myself that I haven’t used this set more for a few reasons.  The ornaments are beautiful but the fonts in the greetings stand out even more to me.


I have good news….


Today’s Creation Station Blog Hop features Embellished Ornaments and Peaceful Pines.  I am confident you will be inspired along the route of this hop.  I’m even more excited as I’ve created 3 projects to inspire you today. That’s a Christmas miracle!


Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop

Embellished Ornaments

Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

I started off using very neutral colors.  Love the Crumb Cake, Whisper White and gold all mixed together.  The Winter Wonderland Designer Paper and Vellum Stack worked perfect for this project because the Vellum adds a soft touch and the Designer Paper adds an elegant touch with the gold.

Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

I couldn’t help but add a little Tea Lace doily underneath the layers to give it more of a delicate feel.


Same design basically for this card below, just more stars and different greeting.  Elements are layered and then a quick stitch across the layers to keep them secure.
Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Embellished Ornaments Treat Box 

Lastly, I wanted an elegant treat box that I could fill with chocolate to give to a special friend.  The Pillow Box die cut was the perfect box. This framelit is easy to work with and you can create many boxes in a quick amount of time.

Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

You can see why I love the fonts in the greetings of this stamp set so much.  Very elegant and pretty stunning when you add Gold Embossing powder to it.

Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

The Delicate Ornaments thinlits are just that… delicate. The fine detail makes this framelit an eye catcher.  

You can see all the supplies at the bottom of the post in the clickable links.

Be Inspired!

Run through the hop and see all the great projects that uplift and inspire you.  Just click the buttons below to run you through the hop.

Creation Station, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Creation Station, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


GiveAway! Enter to Win! 

Yesterday I posted a fun GiveAway on my blog.  Click the photo to enter.

Be inspired by everyones Holiday Traditions.

Holiday Giveaway

Special Gift for Online Orders

This month for all online orders of $25 or more, you will receive a very special gift from me.

I’m pretty excited about it and I know you will be too.

You might squeal a little bit.  Just a little.

Make sure to use the Hostess Code given below.

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator