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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.

Summer

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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.

 

Fall

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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.

 

Winter

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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.

 

Spring

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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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Feeling Like I Climbed a Mountain!

Feeling Like I Climbed a Mountain!

Have you ever had that feeling where you want to shout from the mountain tops?

I kinda have that feeling.

While I’ve never actually climbed a mountain,  I bet it would be exhilarating.  That’s the feeling I have!

Seriously… there has been so many great things happening it makes my cheeks hurt.

I’ve been promising an update so let me get right to it…

and I have a card… with a mountain.

Forgive the long post but I wanted to capture all the feelings…

 

Cultivating & Nurturing Friendships

One of the greatest assets to being a military spouse has been meeting great people in all the areas we’ve lived.  The downside is moving away.

Along the journey of moving comes incredible friendships.  Stampin’ Up! has been an amazing vehicle and opportunity for me to meet so many great people.

In late October I gathered with 5 other friends on a week long cruise.  Believe it or not it was a stamping cruise put together by another demonstrator.

We had a ball on this trip. Beautiful sites, lots of stamping and a chance to nurture friendships after being apart for so long.

My favorite time on the ship was gathering for dinner.  Our conversations were intimate, giggly (like teenagers) and occasionally inappropriate.  Really this was a cherished time.  Complete girlfriend time- uninterrupted.

 

Time for Onstage

After the cruise a few of us were meeting again in Atlanta just days later.  Here we gathered for a Stampin’ Up! conference called OnStage.  My friend Cathy flew home with me to Pensacola after the cruise and then we drove to Atlanta.

Cathy and I have done MANY road trips together.  We could have made the movie Thelma & Louise.  No road trip can be completed without hot boiled peanuts.  It’s always the first stop… and nothing better than catching the guy along the roadside for HOT boiled peanuts.

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You might be completely grossed out… but you have to try them.  Oh so GOOD.

It was a little reunion again to be with friends and our friend Deb was able to get all 4 of us into this incredible suite.  Typically we do not stay in anything fancy fancy so this was a real treat.

It was SO great… they left chocolates on our bed AND I had my own bathrobe. I kinda felt like a queen for a day.

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Does it get any better than this? Robe, chocolate…. smiling?

This is what I call feeling completely joyful.

There is nothing that says happy like this picture…

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No one is looking in the right direction… big eyes… small eyes… and as always… my mouth is open.  I love them.

Our time in Atlanta was action packed.

 

Presentations Galore

Brian King asked me to present at his amazing World Card Making Day and I had a ball there.  This team of demonstrators put on a remarkable event and I could listen to Brian ALL DAY LONG.  He is definitely that person who can light up a room in a second and fill your cup with so much joy.

My presentation went well except for few things…

  • I laughed A LOT!
  • I always forget the names of the products I use.
  • My facial expressions caught in photos leave much to be desired!

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Who knows what I was talking about or thinking… but I promise I was having fun.

The next day was PACKED.  We had a full day of the conference which was so fun to see friends from all over and some I have been friends with online but had not had the pleasure of meeting in person yet.

One of the best parts of that day was meeting up with my friend Allison Barber.  You may remember after Russ had his stroke a very special young lady made these amazing cookies and sold them to raise money for Russ.  He used that money to buy his cane.

Honestly, this story always brings me to tears and gives me goosebumps.  This special young lady is named Annie, and her mama is Allison.  While I would have loved to meet Annie, I was so grateful to hug her mama, Allison.  Annie brought Russ a bag full of cookies for me to bring back.  All homemade and I tried not to eat them all. Her heart is so big and so inspiring.

The day really was packed with so many great stories.  I was honored to be offered another year as Artisan Team Member.    It’s quite humbling to be asked and this past year has been incredible.  It’s definitely stretched my creativity.  I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for the new team.

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The next BIG deal….  

At the end of the day Stampin’ Up! revealed the Top 100 Demonstrators in the WORLD…. and I heard my name called.

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After going across the stage and taking in the energy of the moment I had a huge feeling of elation.

I quickly thought about all that happened this past year.  This number represents my TEAM.  It represents lifting each other up during struggling times, learning and stretching our creativity to share with others, working outside of our comfort zones and most importantly loving each other through all of the roller coasters.  That’s my TEAM!  They are amazing. These are ordinary women doing extraordinary things.  It’s about sharing the passion of stamping and cultivating friendships along the way. Again, my heart is full.

 

Another Presentation

After we left the conference there was one more presentation left for the evening.  My friends Cindy and Monika put together a small gathering where three Artisans presented a few projects.  We were also blessed to have two of the Stampin’ Up! concept artists in attendance for a question and answer time.

Cindy and Monika had the most beautiful set up and the make n takes were amazing.  One look around the room and you knew this was a successful event.  Everyone was happy as could be.

By the time we got back to our hotel my robe was waiting.  I couldn’t wait to wear it one last time. We ended our evening sitting around the floor looking at swaps and enjoying our time together.

 

Parting Ways

The next morning was full of goodbyes to a few of our friends.  I hate goodbyes and especially after having so much fun.

We put two of our besties on a plane and Cathy and I set out for the long ride home and another full week of playing in my craft room.  There is something to be said about spending quality time with your friends.

 

I feel like my heart is full and ready to tackle the next big things set in front of me.

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The week felt like it came to an abrupt end.  It was time to put Cathy on a plane and saying goodbye was gut wrenching.

I tried hard not to be mopey.  I couldn’t help it and needed a day to gather myself.

 

Time to Get Busy!

Of course the night I put Cathy on the plane I started sneezing which then led to a nice giant ugly cold.  Thankfully I’m on the mend but thought for sure I was dying for two days.  Funny how a little cold can make you MISERABLE.  I’m sure I ran myself down during the 3 weeks of fun but I have no regrets.

The best part about the last 3 weeks was nurturing new and old friendships.  It’s the best feeling in the world.

 

Mountain Adventure

I wanted to share a fun card I made while she was here.  The mountains were totally fitting for my post today because I really feel like I could shout from the top of the mountain how blessed I am to have all the beautiful people in my life.  That includes YOU too.  Those of you who take the time to read my silliness, and continue to support me and love me.  I’m shouting from the mountain…. I LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!!

 

Mountain Adventure, Stampin' Up!,

 

I pulled out the cutest stamp set called Mountain Adventure from the Holiday Catalog.  I’m in love with the smaller images like the cabin and beautiful little trees.  Great opportunities with this stamp set.

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Tips & Tricks

 

  • Stamp the mountain on Watercolor Paper and use and color images with the  Aqua Painter.
  • Mica Flakes were added to the tops of the mountains to create snow.
  • I used the Outdoor Adventures Framelits to die cut the two mountains behind the mountain image.  Love this Framelit set.
  • The greeting was stamped and then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

 

Mountain Adventure, Stampin' Up!,

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Stampin’ by the Sea News!

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Starts November 21-28th

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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.

 

 

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.

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.

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Wonderland- Stampin’ Up!

Wonderland- Stampin’ Up!

By now you have clearly realized that Stampin’ Up!’s holiday catalog has products that are over the top and has most completely HOOKED.

Each of the stamp sets in the holiday catalog has my held my brain on crafting overload.  I have not been without ideas, just out of time.  I am sure you can totally relate to this.

 

 

The Wonderland stamp set has been patiently waiting for me. Not exactly sure why I haven’t picked up this set more already because of one image that just rocks my CRAFTY world- the Antlers.

Now it’s these very antlers I have studied for awhile wondering how in the world I can utilize them on a crafty card.

Instantly the word PINK came to mind.

 

 

You see, I’ve had the pleasure of taking a trip with Russ to a Bass Pro shop.  This is NOT my idea of shopping. In fact, I instantly want to look for the restaurant and tell him to find me when he is done… 3 hours later.  Seriously, he can never complain about shopping with me.  I’m not a 3 hour shopper.

 

 

 

Here is the thing – I was instantly drawn to the pink/green camo hunting gear for girls. Like I wanted to try some of this stuff on.  Now remember, I am not a hunter, fisherwoman, or any other outdoorsy type of girl.  Me + adventure = NOT happening. Buying this pink camo would purely be for the cute factor it was bringing to the table for me.

 

 

 

All of this had me thinking about my antler image in the Wonderland stamp set.  Who knew the pink inspiration would come from the Bass Pro Shop.

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Instant Love

As soon as I stamped the trees using the Blushing Bride ink, it was instant love. In fact, now I want to stamp these trees over and over again and try them in blue… blue Christmas.  The possibilities are endless with this stamp set.

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The antlers were stamped onto Whisper White and then punched using the Note Tag punch.  The greeting fit perfect below the antlers from the Reason for the Season stamp set. I used the Woodgrain Texture Embossing Folder on Whisper White and Blushing Bride cardstock and I love the texture this brings to the card.

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Find Inspiration Everywhere

The moral to my story is you can find inspiration anywhere and everywhere.  Seek and you will find.  Most importantly don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Like I said, adventure and outdoors is not my thing but funny how going to that big creepy outdoors place brought me inspiration I never thought about.  Even funnier is my love for antlers but the thought of shooting bambi makes me cringe.  This only fuels the fire for my hunting lover brother who makes sure to send pictures of his latest kill.  Oh help me.

What about you? Have you found inspiration in a crazy place for a crafty project? I’d love to here.

Meanwhile, I’ll continue to make the pretty things with these adorable antlers and amazing tree image.  Wonderland is definitely on my must stamp again list and you will be seeing more of it. Make sure to check out this entire product line.  It’s not only the Wonderland stamp set you will fall in love for, its the whole enchilada.

Don’t forget….

Happy Veterans Day!  While we should ALWAYS thank our veterans who fight to protect our freedom, I hope today you will sincerely thank a veteran for protecting you. They are amazing men and women.  I am so proud of my family of veterans- Russ, My dad, brother, uncles, and grandfathers were all military.  We are military strong… and proud.  If you have a veteran at home, please please let them know I said THANK YOU for the many sacrifices they made.

Russ was a speaker at our church on Sunday night.  Oh my, a MAN in uniform… SQUEAL!

Veterans Day, Russ Van Diepen

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Friendly reminder that the November Stamps in the Mail registration is now open.  Check out all the details HERE.  Exercise your creative side and stamp with me this month.

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Snow Place- Stamps in the Mail

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It’s time to register for the last month of the Stamps in the Mail Christmas Series.  It’s been an amazing 2 months working with Christmas stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog and I’m super excited to bring one last month of Christmas cards using a fun and happy stamp set- Snow Place.

 

When choosing cards that I want to use for Stamps in the Mail, I look for a stamp set that has LOTS of versatility and has the capability of using it with out of the box ideas.  Snow Place fits the bill because you can use this stamp set past the Christmas holidays.

I’ve already created lots of fun cards with this stamp set.  Here are a few just to share.

*Note: None of the cards below will be used in Stamps in the Mail.  There are 8 NEW cards you will be creating, plus bonus cards and projects to help inspire you.

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