SSINKTC52 Sponging Sunsets

Aloha all,

Today is all about sunsets!  That’s one thing we have here on Maui… gorgeous sunsets!

The SSINK Design Team will be showing you different sunsets we’ve sponged.  This is a technique that’s really fun to do- every card turns out a little differently.

This is one of the cards featured in this month’s Stamp of the Month Club.  Click on the Stamp of the Month Tab at the top of the post for more information or just email me.

I started by masking the bottom using a post-it note.  Using Stampin’ Sponges, I applied ink by rubbing the sponge in a circular motion.  Start off the page first.  And remember to start light.  You can always add more ink.

So Saffron, Crushed Curry, & a little bit of Flirty Flamingo.

I moved the post-it to the top, then sponged the water with Marina Mist & Soft Sky.  Then I stamped the water image over that & topped it with Wink of Stella.  The window Thinlits are called Hearth & Home & it’s retiring!  So sad… I love that one!

Can’t wait to see what everyone else has to show us!  CLICK HERE to see more sunsets from the SSINK Team!




Share What You Love Alaska Achiever’s Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Alaska Achiever’s May Blog Hop!  Everyone participating in this hop has earned the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip Alaska Cruise!!  I think we’re all getting pretty excited about it because it’s just 2 months away!  I’ve been reading Alaska books, bought a rain coat, signed up for a couple of excursions (fishing charter & train in Skagway).  Can’t wait!!

We’re focusing on the new Share What You Love Suite today.  Stampin’ Up! has released this for sale a month early- so you can get your hands on it now, before the new annual catalog goes live next month.

Here’s what I’ve made with this gorgeous paper:

Aren’t those papers just amazing?!!  What a fun way to brighten up your desk!

Place an order on my on-line store this month & I’ll send you a FREE PDF FILE showing you how to make your own LEGAL PAD COVER WITH PEN.

And if your order is $50 or more, I’ll include a package of leaves trinkets as a Thank You!

I’ll be having a class where we’ll be making this Legal Pad Cover with Pen and the Post-It Note cover.  Class is Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day) at 10am at my house in Haiku, Maui.  Hope you can find the time to attend!


Now grab a cup of coffee & browse through the rest of the blog hop!

Sweet Soiree DSP Goodbye Occasions

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I’m excited to be participating in the 2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop where today we’ll be bidding farewell to the Occasions Catalog.  There are so many things I’ve loved from this catalog… Myths & Magic, Picture Perfect Party, lots more.  Today I’ll be showcasing Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper– gorgeous!  I’ve made a pretty Legal Notepad Cover with matching pen.

Love this paper!  and the ribbon with the gold edge!  The flower embellishments are from Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit which is packed with fun embellishments- tassels, velvet ribbon, Washi Tape, & more…

Place an order on my on-line store this month & I’ll send you a FREE PDF FILE showing you how to make your own LEGAL PAD COVER WITH PEN.

And if your order is $50 or more, I’ll include a package of leaves trinkets as a Thank You!

Time to hop over to Wallflower Greetings by Becky Browning for more ideas from the Occasions Catalog (leaving us May 31st).

Varied Vases for Mother’s Day

We’re honoring mothers today at Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration.  Be sure & check out their blog for Mother’s Day ideas!

I couldn’t resist diving into my new Stampin’ Up! goodies to make this card for Mother’s Day!  You won’t have to wait much longer to order, either… June 1st is the big opening day for the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog!

I wasn’t sure about Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper just looking at it through the catalog, but when I saw it in person, it was LOVE!  I even just grabbed the top paper without looking through the stack, knowing this would make a gorgeous card for Mom.

I’m started off  this card using CAS(E) this Sketch #270. 

Guess I deviated a bit, but it helped get me started, and that’s why I stamped the scallops from  Varied Vases.  Varied Vases!  With a matching PUNCH!  Just perfect and I’m going to get tons of use out of this!  Thank you, Mary Fish, who helped design this set for her $1,000,000 achievement!

I’ve also used Itty Bitty Greetings that I just ordered in CLEAR!  Yay!  I’ve had the set in wood for several years & just can’t see where it’s going when I stamp it.  Who else is like this with their wooden sets?

Before I go, here’s a picture of me & Mom.  I’m so blessed to have her living right next to us in our cottage!  She’s just happy to be near me, even though I don’t even see her all the time.  I’ll often pop in just to bring her mail, some gardenias from the garden or some muffins I’ve just made. She always has a listening ear for me, and some cookies.

LOVE this photo!  Doesn’t Mom look glamorous?!  And she made that dress for me… my favorite at that time.

Well, thanks for letting me ramble a bit.  Moms are nice to have.  and I’m very blessed.

Petal Passion for Kylie’s International Blog Hop

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Welcome to Kylie’s International Blog Hop!  Today you’re sure to see some fabulous projects using current Stampin’ Up! products.  This month is a special month for Sara, our CEO!  She’s done so much for others, we want to give back to her this month!  Sara has a passion for giving and reaching out to others, and she’s encouraged everyone involved in Stampin’ Up! to give back to their own communities!  Can you imagine the impact she’s had?!  So… we’re all making cards for Sara this month!

My downline group, the Maui Big Shots! has adopted Hale Kau Kau and Hospice Maui as 2 local organizations we have a passion for & would like to help.  We plan to help serve meals at Hale Kau Kau every other month and to make cards for them & Hospice Maui.  I was a nurse at Hospice Maui for many years and continue to volunteer for them.  It’s such a privilege to be involved with them!  Each year they ask me to help out at their Bereavement Support Day just before the holidays.  I have a table set up so that they can make ornaments with messages & their loved one’s photo.  People share their stories as they cut & paste, reminiscing about the person they’re missing so much.

I’m really into Fun Folds, but haven’t tried this one until today.  I kept thinking it looked too difficult, but it’s really simple!!  With a big WOW when the card is opened!

Here’s the card front… pretty!

But look when it’s opened!


Don’t you love it?!  And what a perfect way to show off our fabulous Designer Series Paper!  It’s called a Tri Shutter Card & I’ll be working on a tutorial today for my club gals.

And I think it’s perfect for Sara, who really does make the world a better place!  Mahalo, Sara, for all you do!

If you like my card, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!  

The Top Ten winners will take part in an international blog hop on June 6th/7th.  This has been a goal of mine for a long time & I haven’t made it yet… maybe May is my month!  Thanks so much!!


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I’m glad you stopped by today.  Make sure to keep hopping along.  Can’t wait to see what cards others are sending off to Sara!

Sign up for my Paper Share!

Want all of the new Designer Series Papers in the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, but your bank account says no?  Let’s do a Paper Share!  That way, you can get a taste of all the papers without breaking the bank.  I’m offering Designer Series Paper Shares for a limited time so that you have a chance to have some of each set.  There are 13 new Designer Series Collections in the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog and to purchase the full packs, you would have to spend over $181.  A paper share is a way to try out all the new papers at a fraction of the cost.


Here’s a sneak peek of one of the Collections: Share What You Love.

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I have 2 options for you:  I WANT IT ALL and CHERYL’S FAVORITES

2018-2019 I WANT IT ALL Annual Catalog Paper Share Includes:

156 pieces of 6×6 Designer Series Paper from 13 new packs from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

I WANT IT ALL New Designer Series Paper Share $49.00  plus $7.00 postage.

Maui customers can pick up their packs at my NEW CATALOG LAUNCH PARTY on Saturday, June 16th (noon – 3pm).  No postage for you guys, of course!

You will receive 6 x 6 sheets from the following DSP Packs:

  • Tea Room Specialty
  • Broadway Bound
  • Share What you Love Specialty
  • Graceful Glass Vellum
  • Twinkle Twinkle
  • Under the Mistletoe
  • Nature’s Poem
  • Petal Promenade
  • Tranquil Textures
  • Animal Expedition
  • Best Route
  • Garden Impressions
  • Tropical Escape  (you’ll LOVE THIS!)

Another option for you:

Cheryl’s Favorites Designer Series Paper Share

84 pieces of 6×6 Designer Series Paper from 7 of Cheryl’s favorite new packs from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Cheryl’s Favorites Designer Series Paper Share $24.00  plus $7.00 postage.

You will receive 6 x 6 sheets from the following DSP Packs:

  • Tea Room Specialty
  • Share What you Love Specialty
  • Under the Mistletoe
  • Nature’s Poem
  • Animal Expedition
  • Garden Impressions
  • Tropical Escape

How to Reserve your 2018-2019 Annual Catalog Paper Shares:

Email me at and give me the following information:

  • your name
  • your address & phone #
  • the email address you use for PayPal (you don’t have to have a PayPal account in order to pay invoice)
  • subject line:  Paper Share
  • IMPORTANT:  Specify if you’re ordering I WANT IT ALL or CHERYL’S FAVORITE

Deadline to reserve your share and pay is May 31, 2018!

US addresses only


June 1, 2018:  I’ll place my Stampin’ Up! order for all the paper

June 16, 2018:  Paper Shares will be mailed out on or before this date

Thanks so much for being my customer!  You’ll love these new papers!


SSINKCC51 Color Challenge

We have a fun color challenge to share with you today at Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration:  Flirty Flamingo, Dapper Denim, & Lemon Lime Twist.  I think these colors are so pretty together.  And the thing I’m most excited about:  Flirty Flamingo, now an In Color, is coming back TO STAY with the color revamp!!  Yay!

I was inspired after seeing a pretty card on Instagram with a watercolor background & the mermaid on top.  I don’t seem to be able to copy the picture from Instagram (can you do that?), but I can tell you where to find this talented lady on Instagram… chandrajunck888.

Here’s the card I came up with:

I think the secret is starting with watercolor paper!  Makes such a difference.  I put a few drops of ink on my clear block, then painted with my aquapainter, mixing the colors a bit.  I just received my preorder from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  The Nature’s Poem Suite is my absolute favorite!!!  Trees, branches, leaves- with thinlits!!  It’s Lovely as a Tree on steroids!

The copper adds a nice accent, don’t you think?  You’ll find my supply list on the bottom of this post (except for the Rooted in Nature Bundle that will be available for purchase June 1st.  Unless you’re a demo, then you can order it now!  Don’t forget my May Promo… make a $50 order from me on line & I’ll send you a package of leaves trinkets as a Thank You!

Be sure & check out the SSINK Page to see what the other designers did using these pretty colors!  Better yet, add your own card to the challenge!  We’d love to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!



Rooted in Nature Sympathy

Today at Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration we are CASING Pamela Wu!  Pamela & I have become good friends through this blog, even though we’ve never met (yet…).  I have quite a few girlfriends like that I’ve met through stamping and they’ve been such a blessing in my life!

When I saw this card made by Pamela, I knew I wanted to CASE it!  It’s simple, but so pretty- such a great layout.  CASE means “Copy & Share Everything”.  The idea is to start with a card you love and either make one exactly alike, or change it up a bit.  Just be sure & give credit to the original artist!

Here’s Pam’s card:

And here’s my CASE:

I really appreciate a nice Sympathy Card.  They’re probably the most difficult card to write, but the most important.  When Pat’s mom passed away several months ago we received some beautiful cards that we cherish & will never throw away.

You can see I’m playing with my new stuff!!  I started with the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper & chose the colors from there.  I wanted a masculine card (no doily) & found Graceful Glass Designer Vellum (you guys are going to LOVE THIS!) and cut the circle out with Layering Circles Framelits.  The font on the Painted Glass set goes perfectly with the stained glass look.

I have a special May Promo… make a $50 order from me on line & I’ll send you a package of leaves trinkets as a Thank You! (greater than $9 value!)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure & go to the SSINK PAGE to see what others have CASED from Pamela!


ICS Blog Hop- Waterfront

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Aloha!  Welcome to the ICS Blog Hop where today “It’s a Guy Thing”!  As you follow along on this blog you’ll see lots of card ideas for the men in your life.

I’m using the beautiful Waterfront Set paired with True Gentlemen Designer Series Paper.

It’s so simple to create a beautiful scene using this stamp set!  And I love using the Corduroy Ribbon to add a little texture.

This reminds me… I haven’t been to the beach in awhile.  Just returned from visiting my daughter in Syracuse, NY and I must say it makes me appreciate the Maui climate!  Snow & sleet over there in April!

Here I am at Niagara Falls freezing my tail off!  Fun times!

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure & continue hopping with us to see more “guy things”!  Next up is my friend, Nichole Loe, who always has some fun ideas to share!



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Crafting Forever

I’m excited to see the month of May!  Nice weather, barbecues, but mostly I’m excited that I get to preorder from the new annual catalog (one of the benefits of being a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up!).

Here’s my calendar page for May- appropriately dedicated to crafting!

Did you notice those are all the In Colors for 2017 – 2019?  Love those colors!  This cute stamp set is called Crafting Forever.  It’s full of cute stamps:  pens, brushes, corny sayings… a must for every crafter!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you’re fitting some stampin’ therapy into your busy schedule!  Hop on over to check out Anne & Crystal’s May calendars.  They’re sure to have some creative ideas for you.