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Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in Animal Outing, June 2018, Stampin' Blends, Swirly Frames, The Creative Way | 1 comment

Animal Outing

Sometimes being creative is about the time you have!  I have had a crazy week with my “real” job.  Most of the time I have the weekends to get a few things together for you guys.  This past weekend did not work out that way, so I have been crunched getting cards made. I started several things to share with you this week .Lots of ideas rolling around in my head. But, none of them ever got finished. (You will be seeing them soon) Work just invaded my creative time.  Last night I was thinking about what I could share with you today.  And Animal Outing came to mind for a quick adorable card.  Seriously, it was already late and I wanted to share with y’all today!!!

Animal Outings Stamp Set

The Animal Outing stamp set is full of sweet sketched animals on an adventure.  There is a rhino, a kangaroo with a little koala bear, a giraffe, and a cute little frog sitting out on a branch.

Animal Outing by Stampin' Up!

The new catalog does a amazing job showing off all that you can do with this set!  Animal Outing is available in wood or clear mounts.  I adore wood mount.  But, really it is your choice. They both feature Stampin’ Up! high quality red rubber that just makes stamping fun!

Animal Outing

This page in the Annual Catalog just makes me happy!  I really love seeing all the cute animals out enjoying life!!  I should also mention that Animal Outing is available in a bundle with the coordinating dies! This saves you 10%  Yeppie!!!

The Creative Way – A Product Feature

I have already mentioned that time to be creative is key.  I normally do much better at managing my creative time and other responsibilities.  In lots of ways the two over lap. That’s because one of my favorite ways to incorporate creativity is to have a bag that has my Stampin’ Blends, a stamp set, clear block, paper, and ink all ready to go.  I take this bag with me and when I have a moment I color images.  This helps when I get home, I have images ready to make cards with .At that point it is all about the card design.

Stampin' Blends

My second time-saving idea for you is to keep the coloring simple. When you have limited time to create it is important to know that you can make cute/beautiful cards without spending an hour or even 30 min. coloring something. The Stampin’ Blends give you the perfect opportunity to explore simple coloring techniques that leave a wow impact!! One way you can figure out coloring quickly is by doing a Google search of the stamp set and see how others colored it! This saves you time in figuring out colors and exactly where you want shading.  Also, a Google search of the image like flowers or rhino will give you great color inspiration.  One other thing you can do is use the Stamp itself as a shading guide.  Lots of stamp sets are drawn so that the shaded areas are sketched in with lines or dots.  This makes it easy for you to know where to shade an image especially when working with Blends!!  Another great way to use your Stampin’ Blends for quick coloring is to use a limited color.  Pick two or three colors and stick with them. Below the Kangaroo and Koala are both colored with two colors, Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate.  The grass is one color light Old Olive.  You can use the colorless blender to add texture and help blending to white paper

Kangaroo and koala bear card

  • Very quickly coloring using a limited number of colors
  • The kangaroo is mostly light Crumb Cake. With Dark Crumb Cake added where the stamp suggested there should be shading
  • The belly and koala bear are light Smoke Slate with light crumb cake added to give it a more French gray look. Aka the new Gray Granite
  • The card was finished off with the New Swirly Frames and layers of Soft Suede and Gray Granite


The All New Catalog is available and ready for you to shop from.  You can shop online here

The Creative Way – A Product Highlight, Stampin’ Blends

If you would like to see more about the Stampin’ Up! Blends click here

Day 1

I hope each of you have a great weekend!!! I just finished up at work!  So, I’m ready for a few hours tomorrow to be creative!! Go and live creatively!!!



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Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Annual Catalog Stamp sets 2018-2019, Global Design Project, Occasions Catalog 2018, Petal Passion, Swirly Frames, Varied Vases | 2 comments

A fun summer color combination for Global Design Project

I have not participated in an online challenge in a very long time! So, when I saw this weeks Global Design Project color challenge I knew it was time to participate!  The colors for the challenge are Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, and Mellon Mambo.  This fun summer color combination will make you wish for bright flowers, limeade, and a pool!!

A fun summer color combination

Does this fun color combination not scream Summer!! I know you are nodding yes!!! Yes it does!!   Be sure to check out the fabulous creations by the Design Team!!!  They sure are full of talent!!!

I was super excited to see a new frame stamp set in the upcoming Annual Catalog! Swirly Frames Stamp Set (146519) has circles, rectangles, and a square.  I love the whimsical feel!

Swirly Frames was paired it with the Varied Vases (146644) and the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper! (45589)

Tuesday I shared a super sweet card that featured the Varied Vases Stamp Set! If you happen to miss it! Here you go!

Love this fun summer color combination for #GDP137. Melon Mambo, Pool Party, and Lemon Lime Twist

  • I have really enjoyed the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper.  One of my favorite things is to color the paper with Stampin’ Blends.
  • I used my pool party light and dark.  Then because I did not have Lemon Lime Twist in a Stampin’ Blend, I used Chartreuse and Lime Peal in Prismacolor.

Love this fun summer color combination for #GDP137. Melon Mambo, Pool Party, and Lemon Lime Twist

  • The circle frame was Stamped in Melon Mambo.  Then die cut with one of the Layering Circles. And backed with a Pool Party Scalloped Circle from the same Layering Dies
  • The flower was stamped in Basic Black.  The stamped with the fill in stamp in Melon Mambo after stamping off once
  • The final step was to add the sweet sentiment!  I just think this font is the most adorable ever…

I love decorating envelopes!  For this one I added the sweet flower in stair step fashion on one side!

Varied Vases and Swirly Frame come together for #GDP137

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper is retiring!  It is going to be hard not to reach for this paper all the time!  Make sure you get it before it is gone!  It is perfect if you like to color, like bold graphic feel, or just love black and white patterns!!

Petal Passion

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

Other petal passion cards can be seen here and  here

 The Share What You Love bundle is jammed packed of stamping wonderfulness for every card maker or paper craftier out there!!! This bundle is only available for a limited time.

Share What You Love Bundle

  • Bundles are exclusive to the suite early release and will no longer be available after May 31, 2018. Individual items from the Share What You Love suite will be available when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.

If you would like to see Cards with this bundle click here and here

Lots of awesome products are retiring from the Occasions and Annual Catalogs .You defiantly don’t want to miss out on these fabulous items!!

Retiring Stampin' Up! Products


Summer is quickly approaching! I hope this fun color combination puts you in the mood for all the upcoming summer paper crafting projects ahead!!! Be sure you stop by Global Design Project to see the designs team projects and all those who are playing along.  Thanks for stopping by! I will be back Friday with an all new instalment of The Creative Way – A Product Feature!  I hope each of you have a moment today to be creative.

Peace my friends-


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