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Be Inspired-Favorite Celebration

Favorite Celebration, Stampin' Up!

Is it hard to think about a favorite celebration? When I sat and thought about this, I thought about all of the great parties we’ve had in our home.  I’d say the reality of our favorite celebrations boils down to everyday life.  We celebrate the littlest things along with the big.

I can’t say that I’ve thought this way all my life. In fact, it took Russ having a stroke for me to even think about how short our lives are and how we should celebrate every day.

Today, I’m going to share a birthday card because that is where it all begins for us.


Celebrating Life

I should probably tell you right off the bat that when it comes to celebrating birthday’s, I kind of suck at it.  I’ve longed to be THAT mom who goes over the top with birthday decorations, amazing birthday cakes, and parties that everyone talks about for days.

That’s not me.

Never has been.

Instead, I’m the mom who:

  • Puts together something last minute.
  • I’m typically the mom running to the grocery store grabbing the cake 30 minutes before the friends and family start arriving.
  • Yes, I’m the mom who waits until the very last minute to send all invites and sometimes it’s a phone call invitation.
  • My birthday decor is quite shameful, but somehow my family enjoys it.
  • I’m even the mom who has forgotten to make a card, and instead of making something super unique and personal, I grab something from the “already created” box.

While I’m not the award winning party planner, the party remains fun, my kids never complain and regardless of the card being personal or “already created” they always love my handmade card with a personal message inside.  That’s my “WIN!”


Happy Birthday, Friend


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When I started this card, I was in a colorful mood.  I had an idea of the colors I wanted to use which included Lemon Lime Twist, and Fresh Fig. I love how these two colors look together.  However, adding the third color became a bit more challenging until I put the Calypso Coral next to them.  I loved how this looked together.


Tips & Tricks 

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  • I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits with Watercolor Paper then watercolored the die cut using Lemon Lime Twist and my Aqua Painter.  Tip: Wet the entire die cut with your Aqua Painter first, then add your ink color of choice.  Adding the water first makes the blending of the ink and water beautiful every single time.  
  • To create the square, I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits largest square.  Then I watercolored the die cut using Calypso Coral ink and an Aqua Painter.  Tip: Add drops of ink to the square, then using a Heat Tool, move the water around to create a unique look.  
  • I stapled the Linen Thread, die cut and Delicate White Doily together to help keep in place.  I used one tiny glue dot on the Happy Birthday die cut to help it lay down flat.

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  • Attach the happy birthday layer to a piece of Fresh Fig (2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″) at a slight angle.
  • One of my favorite greeting stamp sets is Thoughtful Banners.  The Thoughtful Banners is a great set that includes so many greeting choices.  Once all of my layers were attached, I stamped the friend greeting using Basic Black ink.

The Finished Product 

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See all supplies used for this card below in the clickable links. New products available June 1st. 

I love how this turned out, and it will make it into my basket of created birthday cards.  They are always great to have on hand, and from the looks of my basket, I need to start sending some.

Don’t forget to add a little touch of pizzaz to your card by using the NEW Glitter Enamel Dots.  I love the colors, and they coordinate with so many of our Stampin’ Up! colors.

Try This Color Combination 


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Be Inspired

I hope I’ve inspired you in a few ways today.  First, it’s totally okay being a non-party planner.  Kids and adults are still going to have a magnificent time.  Second, I hope this card inspires you not only to create but also to step outside your usual color combinations.  I would love to hear what your favorite celebration is.  Enlighten me if party planning is your thing.  I could use the help.

Be Inspired on the hop by just clicking the button below.  Next up is Nadine.  She always inspires me with her beautiful work.


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Sarah Berry

Don’t Forget!

Now you see why I called this Friends and Flamingos.  Everyone needs a friend, and I think we can’t live without a flamingo.

A few things to remember, the retired products are going fast.  Make sure to check out the Retired products before it’s too late.

Another thing to check out is the Clearance Rack.  There are SO many great things to grab on this list.  WOWSA!

Eastern Palace Bundle

One last thing… the Eastern Palace Bundles are only available until May 31st.  Don’t miss out on this incredible deal.  Click HERE to see the bundles.  Remember, if you purchase these bundles through my Online Store, you will receive TWO tutorials with a total of 39 cards, 3D projects for you to create.  Click HERE to read more and see a sneak peek of the tutorial.

Need ideas? Check out my Tutorial Library.  Create in the comfort of your home.

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Price: $110.00

Hearts & Stars Elements

Hearts & Stars Elements

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When I start creating for OnStage displays, I try to have a mix of occasions if I can.  Creating this card worked out perfect when creating this baby card and using the Hearts & Stars Elements.

Remember, expect to be inspired for the next nine days with the Artisan Display Stampers from OnStage.


Superstar Stamp Set


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This sweet baby card ended up showcasing many new products and was an easy way for me to fall in love with each of them.

The Superstar stamp set is one that is retiring.  It’s laden with great images of stars as well as the circle of words that I used for the focus of my card.


So What’s New?

  • The pattern paper comes from the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It’s beautiful with soft blues and pinks on one side and gold on the other.  You can see I added a small banner using the gold across the card.
  • The wooden elements are a called Hearts & Stars Elements.  Here you will find different sizes of hearts and stars.  What I love about them are the open and solid images.
  • Lastly, you will see a new ribbon.  This 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon comes in three different colors- Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, and Whisper White.  This ribbon is pliable and easy to use on cards.  I love that it can be pressed relatively flat making cards not so bulky.

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Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • A quick way to add the wooden elements to a project (especially the open stars and hearts) is to take a sponge dauber lightly glazed with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  Simply tap the backs of the wooden pieces and attach.  This way you do not have excess glue dripping everywhere.
  • The clouds were die cut using the Up & Away Thinlits from Watercolor paper.  I used my Aqua Painter over the clouds with Pool Party ink to give the clouds a soft look.
  • The card base was created using Kraft Cardstock.  This cardstock is retiring and only available until May 31st.

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Hearts & Stars Elements, Superstar Stamp Set, Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!


Don’t Wait, Order Now!

This time of year is exciting for avid crafters that love Stampin’ Up! products.  It’s a season where we see tons of fresh new products making way to a brand new catalog.  It can also be sad as we say goodbye to many other products.  My advice, if there is something you love, don’t wait.  Order your favorites before May 31st.  Many times our retiring products are gone QUICKLY!

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!

The Superstar stamp set is on the retired list along with the Stars Framelits Dies.  The framelits are also on sale.  Grab these dies for only $21.60!

You can find the AVAILABLE product in the clickable links below.  

Be Inspired 

Now enjoy more beautiful artwork from the Artisan Design Team.  Click the next button below to enjoy!

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Sweet Little Popsicles from Cool Treats

Sweet Little Popsicles from Tasty Treats

I can barely contain my excitement as I sit down to write. It’s been forever since I posted something pretty! No blogging is what happens when you spend more time in a car than your actual stamping space.  I’ll catch you up to speed on what’s been going on here, and I have a fun card using the Cool Treats Photopolymer Bundle from Stampin’ Up!

In a span of two weeks, I’ve traveled 2200 miles back and forth across Florida for spring break with the family as well as a State Gymnastics meet for Alexis.  WHOA!  I have one more road trip this week, and then I am praying for some normalcy in my household.


Sweet Little Popsicles

After being gone for so long, I had a pile of stamps needing attention.  There is nothing like going from zero stamping to creating about 18 pretties in one day.  Yes, true story.  I spent about 12 hours in my stamp room yesterday stamping like a crazy woman.  I had 15 projects to create for a Stampin’ Up!  event I’m attending in Savannah, GA this weekend as well as a few other projects.

After creating projects that had a deadline, it was nice to reset my brain and just create something for fun.  It also looks rather tasty! Sweet Little Popsicles.

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I’ve used this set several different times, and each time I do, I grow more and more fond of the images and die cuts.  This card especially made me want to hunt down the ice cream truck to grab one of these delicious popsicles.  Can you imagine the visual? Me… running down the street chasing the ice cream truck. Ha ha ha… oh dear.  This makes me laugh!


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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few of my favorite things about this card.

  • A simple watercolored background using Sahara Sand Ink and Aqua Painter makes the popsicles stand out on this card.  I added a little-splattered ink using Early Espresso ink.
  • The coordinating pattern paper of popsicles makes this card even more delicious.  Make sure to grab the Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper before the end of the Occasions Catalog, May 31st.  It’s the perfect paper for spring/summer projects.
  • One of my favorite additions to this card is the scalloped edge behind the watercolor paper.  This scallop edge was created using the Cutie Pie Thinlits.  *LOVE THIS!*
  • Lastly, the Cool Treats stamp set has great greetings and fonts.  I love the simple and tiny fonts on this special greeting.  I created a 1/2″ banner to go across the popsicles using Pool Party cardstock and Early Espresso Ink.

Tasty Treats, Stampin' Up!


What’s Your Favorite Cool Treat?

After a few weeks of being on the road and too many dole whips, Dairy Queen stops… honestly, I think I could stand not to have any more cold treats.  What is your favorite cold treat?

I have another card I’ll be sharing using this set soon.  The Cool Treats stamp set has so many opportunities to use and especially with the change of seasons coming up.



Tasty Treats, Stampin' Up!


Like I said in the beginning, I hope to be back to my normal blogging schedule and spending less time in my car. Not being able to stamp has been a BIG fat bummer.  Although I’ve had a blast with my kids, mama needs some stamping fun.

You can find all of the products I used for this card below in the clickable links.  

Price: $110.00

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.

Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!


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 

Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!


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.

Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!

Click the clickable links below to purchase any of the products used to create this card.

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.

This could be the perfect Christmas gift to yourself.  Start the new year off with an amazing opportunity of becoming a demonstrator.


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Remember, you are never under any obligation to do anything except HAVE FUN.

You never know what that mighty box of stamping supplies may become and it’s only $99!

PLUS… you will join a community of stamping friends that are amazing.  We love to share creative ideas, business tips and most of all we have fun.

If you are interested but have questions, simply contact me. I would love to talk with you.

You can see my information in the top right of my blog or click HERE and get started.


Oh So Succulent, Stampin' Up!




Make Your Own Snow Globe

Make Your Own Snow Globe

Snow globes are so beautiful and I especially love them this time of year.

I’ve had this idea running through my head for quite some time.

It’s an idea I had written down in my notes however I needed time to put it in place.

Can you relate?

Don’t miss these great deals today….. you can see all of the products on sales at the end of this post.

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Mountain Adventure Snow Globe

Snow Globe, Mountain Adventure, Stampin' Up!


One of my favorite stamp sets is the Jar of Love and the coordinating framelits called Everyday Jars.  This stamp set and framelits have AMAZING possibilities.

See how to create all types of snow globes and fun images to go inside your globe.


Snow Globe, Mountain Adventure, Stampin' Up!

The Mountain Adventures stamp set has the perfect small images to create a snow globe.

Check out this fun color combination!!

Snow Globe, Mountain Adventure, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks To Create a Snow Globe

  • The Stitched Shapes Framelits Circle die cut was used for the base of Snow Globe.  The circle was die cut using Watercolor Paper.
  • Create a watercolor wash using Sweet Sugarplum ink over the entire circle.  Let dry.
  • Stamp cabin image onto circle using Soft Suede ink. Stamp snow using Sweet Sugarplum ink.
  • Using Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamp two trees onto Whisper White cardstock, fussy cut using Paper Snips.
  • Stamp Jar Lid from the Jar of Love stamp set and Soft Suede ink.  Die cut using Everyday Jars Framelits.
  • Card base measures 4-1/4″ x 11 using Whisper White Thick cardstock.  Layer with Sweet Sugarplum cardstock (4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″).
  • Cut Watercolor Paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Watercolor over middle section of paper using Smoky Slate ink.  Once dry, stamp snow using Sweet Sugarplum.
  • Add a small piece of a doily under the circle for the snow globe you created.  Attach the jar lid to the bottom of the circle using Snail adhesive.  Attach trees using Mini Glue Dots.
  • Wrap Silver Thread in palm several times and lay onto Watercolor Paper, secure using a Mini Glue Dot.  Attach Snow Globe to card front using dimensionals.  Add Enamel Dots from In Colors and Silver Enamel Dots to accent the card.

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Lastly, stamp the greeting from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set onto Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and create a banner.


Snow Globe, Mountain Adventure, Stampin' Up!


The Possibilities Are Endless… 

Honestly, the possibilities for what you can put inside the snow globe are abundant. Especially with the gorgeous stamp selection we have.  Take note of smaller images you have on hand to create all types of snow globes. Gather a list after looking through your stamp collection and start creating those snow globes.


Click the clickable links below to see all of the products used for this project.

Stampin’ by the Sea News!

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Starts Today until November 28th

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BRAND NEW product release.

Stitched Shapes Framelits

Stitched Shapes Framelits


You can get 25% off select stamp sets today until November 30th.  YAY.

Click HERE to see all the stamp sets available.  Get yours today.

Enjoy this week and let’s remember all of our blessings.  Even better, let’s tell others why they are a blessing to us.