Happy Birthday Gorgeous It's time for an Artisan Blog Hop! It's always exciting to bring 20 Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world and see how we can take a stamp set and create in so many different ways.  I'm using the Happy Birthday ...

 

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

It’s time for an Artisan Blog Hop! It’s always exciting to bring 20 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world and see how we can take a stamp set and create in so many different ways.  I’m using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set I think you will love.

Not only does the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set have lots of beautiful images, the coordinating framelits is perfection.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Create a Fun Background

I didn’t realize how fun the Happy Birthday Framelit would make a sweet background for my card.  Plus the Wisteria Wonder and Fresh Fig inks looked gorgeous together.

 

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

  • I decided to create a fun background for my first card by creating a watercolor background first using Wisteria Wonder Ink on Watercolor Paper.
  • Once the watercolor had set in place, I die cut the Happy Birthday image using the Happy Birthday Framelits, however, I left the die cut in place.  I love how this looks and love that you can still distinguish the greeting very well.
  • The new ribbons from Stampin’ Up! are perfect for creating an accordion fold and then securing with a staple.
  • I added a little splatter by loading my Aqua Painter with Fresh Fig ink, then holding the Aqua Painter over the image, I tapped the Aqua Painter using a Bone Folder.
  • I layered a few pieces of Designer Series Paper, ribbon and a doily at the bottom with the greeting and a sweet little flower for a finishing touch.
  • Lastly, I added the Glitter Enamel Dots.  They are one of my FAVORITES to embellish a card with.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

A Completely Different Look

Here is another card I created with a completely different look but just as fun.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

I love how delicate these tiny flowers look.  I stamped and embossed some of them directly onto the Shimmery White cardstock layer and then stamped a few and fussy cut to add dimension to the card.  The flowers are super simple to fussy cut.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

One of my favorite things to do is bring products together such as framelits.  I used one of my favorites such as the Stitched Shapes Framelits as well as a new one from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The scallop edge is by far one thinlit that will get a TON of use.  I’ve always been a big sucker for scallops.

 

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

You Choose

I’m not sure which one I’d choose as a favorite as both are very different in the way they are laid out.  I do love that each has the delicate flowers embossed giving them a little more elegance.  I do love the smaller greeting fonts in this stamp set because I love to create thin banners.  The smaller fonts are perfect for this.

Which is your favorite?

 

Be Inspired!

Now it’s time to be inspired by the rest of the Artisan Design Team.  Next up is Louise Sharp.  One of my favorite designers who creates the softest beautiful cards that always inspire me.  Simply click the button below to be inspired.

 

Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

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

Price: $110.00

HAPPY JUNE- NEW Exclusive Tutorial!

Click the photo to purchase the June Tutorial -OR- Receive this tutorial FREE when you purchase $50 in my online store.

June Exclusive Tutorial

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

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Tutorial Bundle Design Team Hop

Tutorial Bundle Design Team Hop

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

I realize I’ve been absent.  I’ll save that post for another day. Not entirely enough stamping happening but when I do, I rejoice. Sometimes it takes a commitment to the Tutorial Bundle Design Team to get me motivated enough to create.

Each month I create a tutorial with a group of dynamic demonstrators that is by far one of the BEST creative collaborations I’ve done.  It’s filled with fantastic ideas, beautiful photography and great instructions that any crafter from beginner or advanced can understand.

 

If you need ideas, be inspired today by this incredible team of crafters.

 

Feathery Friends

Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!, Feathery Friends

This month I used the hostess stamp set Feathery Friends.  You can find this stamp set on page 221 in the new catalog.  As soon as my eyes made contact with the little birds, I fell in love. These cute chubby birds are darling, and I loved the remaining open lined images.

Keep in mind, none of the cards shared today are in this tutorial. The projects in the tutorial are EXCLUSIVE, not found on the internet and they are SO good!  You can either purchase the tutorial for $15 or place an online order of $50 in my Online Store and receive it FREE.   Here is a sneak peek of this month’s tutorial below.

Tutorial Bundle Design Team

Tips & Tricks 

Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!, Feathery Friends

Below you will find tips to create today’s card.

  • I started with a Whisper White Thick Cardstock  (4-1/4″ x 11) for the card base.
  • One of my favorite looks right now is the White Embossing Powder on Shimmery White cardstock.  Oh my word, embossing on this paper is so pretty.  It’s a very subtle look, and the Shimmer cardstock just makes it even more beautiful.  You will notice that I stamped the flower at the top and right side of the Shimmery cardstock using VersaMark ink, then coated the images with White Embossing Powder.  After I heat set the embossing powder with my heat tool, all I could say was WOW!
  • I stamped the Old Olive cardstock (2″ x 2″) with VersaMark, then embossed using White Embossing Powder.
  • I stamped the birds using Archival Basic Black ink onto Watercolor Paper, then colored the images using Calypso Coral ink using an Aqua Painter and fussy cut the birds.
  • Lastly, I added a few wrapped twine pieces and new ribbon, 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon that is perfect and pliable for folding and tying into a bow.

 

Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!, Feathery Friends

Be Inspired!

Now it’s time to be inspired by the other design team and see what amazing ideas these ladies have in store for you today.

Simply click the button below to follow along.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

 

 

 

 

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Birthday Delivery-Artisan Blog Hop

Birthday Delivery

What an exciting day this is.  Not only is it an Artisan Blog Hop but today the new catalog goes live at noon Mountain Time.

I have an extensive list of stamping goodies I’m ready to mark off my wish list and get them into my hands.

Finally today, I was able to sit down and use one of the sets from my pre-order called Birthday Delivery.  I love how sweet and vintage this stamp set looks.  It’s from the Birthday Memories Suite and one of the new bundles you can purchase starting today.

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Watercoloring on Crumb Cake Cardstock

When I started creating this card I pulled out all of the beautiful patterns from the coordinating suite, Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.  Instantly my eyes went to the crumb cake background and the sweet little chef.  This was the key piece that inspired me to create this card.

I started with a fun technique I love to use from time to time-watercoloring on Crumb Cake cardstock.

Here are a few tips when coloring the chef:

  • I stamped the chef image using Archival Basic Black ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock.  I like to let the Archival ink dry for a few minutes or heat set using a Heat Tool.
  • Whisper White Craft ink created the perfect muted white background I was trying to achieve for the chef coat and hat.
  • I colored the remainder of the images using Pacific Point, Crushed Curry and Real Red inks.
  • Something I have found useful when coloring on regular cardstock with my Aqua Painter is to load the pen with a light coat of ink.  This way I don’t have too much water over the image making blending easier and less pilling of the paper.

 

Birthday Friends Framelits Dies

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

One of my favorite things about this bundle besides the adorable images is the coordinating framelits. One of the big reasons I’m drawn to the framelits is the size of the images along with how many of the framelits fit perfectly over the Designer Series Paper.

Normally I find myself very frugile when I use designer paper, but I love how each of the pieces in this pack of paper coordinates so well, making my layering attempts so easy.

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

You can see how each of the layers coordinate together and I’ve added a few dimensionals to create depth for this project.

 

Be Inspired- Artisan Blog Hop

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

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

 

Now it’s time to be inspired by the rest of the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team.  Simply click the button below to be inspired on your first stop, Louise Sharp.  Seriously, this girl rocks my world with her amazing projects EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!

 

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!

 

You will find the entire blog hop list below!

 

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

HAPPY JUNE- NEW Exclusive Tutorial!

Click the photo to purchase the June Tutorial -OR- Receive this tutorial FREE when you purchase $50 in my online store.

June Exclusive Tutorial

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

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

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Be Inspired-Favorite Celebration

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

 

Birthday Celebration, Be Inspired, Stampin' Up!

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 

Birthday Celebration, Be Inspired, Stampin' Up!

 

  • 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.

Birthday Celebration, Be Inspired, Stampin' Up!

 

  • 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 

Birthday Celebration, Be Inspired, Stampin' Up!

 

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 

 

Birthday Celebration, Be Inspired, Stampin' Up!

 

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.

 

Favorite Celebration, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Louise Sharp
Allison Okamitsu
Kylie Bertucci
Katy Harrison
Maike Ulbrich
Carolynn Sander
Kimberly Van Diepen
Nadine Hößrich
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.

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

 

 

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Happy Celebrations-Artisan Hop

Happy Celebrations-Artisan Hop

Happy Artisan hop day.  That means lots of inspiring projects are about to be shared using the Happy Celebrations and Cool Treats stamp set.

I’m over the moon to share another project using the Happy Celebrations stamp set.  I have enjoyed this stamp set and coordinating embossing folders more than I ever thought I would.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

So Very Happy

Actually, I’m sitting at Starbucks as I write this post and I’m not so very happy.  I’m outside sitting at the tables because it’s a comfortable 80 degrees and no humidity (that’s a miracle) and inside the Starbucks, it feels like -30! I didn’t bring a jacket so I figured sitting outside would be fine. That’s until I started feeling ants biting.  I’m guessing this is a no win situation… however I’ll make it a winner because the weather is gorgeous.

Okay, back to happy.

This card really made me happy because I love Watercolor Paper.  There is lots of watercolor paper on this card and a few other fun details.  Let’s get started.  I’m excited to share with you.

 

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

Tips & Tricks

  • I started this card using a piece of Watercolor Paper 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Using my Aqua Painter, I added a quick watercolor wash in the center using Rich Razzleberry ink.
  • Using the Stitched Shapes Framelits, I cut 3 different size circles then watercolored each using Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, and Old Olive inks.  WHOA! These colors knock my socks off.  I love how they blend. Each of the circles was attached to the main Watercolor Paper.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

  • One of the details I fell in love with on this card is the doily.  We all know how much I love the little details, but this doily peeking above the circle makes me squeal.
  • The sweet scallop edge comes from the Cutie Pie Thinlits which is being discontinued.  I’ve loved this thinlit and mostly used it for the scallop.  Make sure to grab it if you love it.  It’s only available until the end of the month.
  • The best news about the Happy Celebrations stamp set… it’s being carried over into the NEW catalog.
  • Notice how that small strip of Basic Black cardstock really pops next to these colors? Love that.

 

Be Happy with Happy Celebrations

You can click the photos to see more details on each of the products in my Online Store.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

Here is the coordinating texture embossing folders- Celebrations Duo.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

 

The Last Details

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

Lastly, I had a few details to finish the card.  Sequins are one of my favorite quick and easy embellishments and don’t forget the Enamel Shapes.  I love that our Enamel Shapes coordinate with our colors.  One more thing, I love how that little clip is holding on to my greeting.

 

Be Inspired!

It’s time to be inspired and see more inspiration using the Happy Celebrations and Cool Treats stamp set.  Your first stop is the creative Louise Sharp.  Simply click the button below to enjoy the hop.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

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.

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

Make today GREAT and stamp something pretty.

You can find links to the CURRENT products I used for today’s projects below.

 

Price: $110.00

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