Lovely As a Tree Masculine Birthday

When the retiring list came out, I was so relieved to see that Lovely As a Tree is still with us!  Such a beautiful & versatile stamp set!  The Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team is focusing on Masculine Cards today, and I reached for this set to make my card.

I used our new In Color, Tranquil Tide, for this card & I stamped off the background image first to make it a bit lighter.  This is supposed to be a masculine card, but I pulled the sentiment from Beautiful You, a very girly stamp set.  I think it works just fine.

Here’s a similar card without the stamping off.

Which one do you like best?  I can’t decide.  But I do know I love that tree!

Only 3 more days & we have a new catalog!!

Now go check out the other Masculine Cards the SSINK Team has made!

 

Banner Day!

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I love banners!  Colorful…inspiring sayings…fun art!

I recently made an Aloha Banner.  I chose the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper basically because I wanted to use that beautiful shiny pattern for the pineapple!

Isn’t that fun?!!  Instead of the Banners Framelits I usually use, I tried this with the Lots of Labels Framelits.  I’ll show you a few photos from the ends:

I recently had a few of my downline ladies over to make banners of their choice.

Helen, Linda, & Destryee worked all day on their banners!!  I didn’t get pictures of all of them, but here’s Destryee’s Easter Banner:

Isn’t that beautiful?!  We all have a new appreciation for banners!!  It’s like making 20 different cards!  But the results are so great!

Here’s one I started on that day:

I’m pretty happy to have a Christmas Banner done!  It gets way too busy once we hit October…

I’d love to hear any comments you have!  Have any of you made a banner?

Thanks for stopping by…

Cheryl

May Cards, Etc. Class

Time to sign up for my May Cards, Etc. Class!  I’ve got 2 dates to choose from:

  • Saturday, May 27 at 2 pm or
  • Monday, May 29 at 10 am
  • We’ll make 3 different cards with matching envelopes and a 3-D item
  • Cost is just $10 or FREE with your $20 order placed that day

My 3-D item is the Popcorn Box!  It’s smaller than I thought it would be… about 3 handfuls of popcorn.  Very cute for gift giving!

You’ll practice some different techniques in this class:  Black Magic, watercoloring, masking.  Hope you can find the time to attend!  Please RSVP.

And…mark your calendars for 2 special events in June!!

  • Sunday, June 4th, 1-3pm at my house in Haiku… CATALOG LAUNCH PARTY!
    • New catalogs FREE to all who attend
    • FREE Make & Takes
    • Displays…door prizes…ice cream!
  • Sunday, June 25th, 12noon – 2pm… RETIRED STAMP SALE!!
    • HUGE discounts on retired stamps, paper, punches, etc!
    • 10+ demonstrators selling their products
    • Door prizes…cards for sale…and food, of course!

Thanks for stopping in!  Hope to see you soon!  Cheryl

Favorite Stamp Set from the New SU Catalog!

Don’t you just love browsing through the new Stampin’ Up! catalog?!!  Crisp, clean pages filled with new and some old favorites!  I was able to preorder a few sets and my favorite is Colorful Seasons.  It coordinates with Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies to make some very fun images!!  Plus it comes with a die cut Adirondack chair!!

Isn’t this a fun card!  CASEd the idea from Jari Francis, who has a great blog!  Thanks Jari!

I’m liking these colors!  Lemon Lime Twist with Tempting Turquoise & Melon Mambo & Crushed Curry.

Take a look at the inside:

You probably think I’m at the beach every weekend, but the truth is, I rarely go.  I drive by one of the prettiest beaches every day (Hookipa).  But I have a string of visitors coming in the next 2 months that will force me to relax & get sandy!!  Can’t wait!

Time to check out more New Catalog Favorites from the SSINK TEAM!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheryl

Black Magic Technique

Today I’m trying out a new stamping technique called “Black Magic”.

It’s hard to see, but the colored images are shiny & it makes a very pretty effect!

Card details:

  • Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes (retiring) & Eastern Beauty
  • Ink:  Craft White
  • Paper:  Wild Wasabi (5 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4), Daffodil Delight (5 1/4 X 4 & 1 3/4 X 3 1/8), Basic Black (1 3/4 X 3 1/8 & 1 3/4 X 1 3/4- cut 2)
  • Accessories:  Petal Burst Embossing Folder (not retiring! love this one!), Pansy Punch (retiring), 1″ Circle Punch, Watercolor Pencils
  • Hints:
    • Select a solid image stamp that you can color
    • Stamp using White Craft Ink then heat set it using heat tool

If you like this card & want to try out this technique, sign up to attend my May Cards, Etc. Class.  Click on CLASSES & EVENTS at the top of this page for details about all my upcoming classes!

Thanks for stopping by…but, before you leave, CLICK HERE to see more Black Magic from the SSINK Team!

Cheryl

Beautiful You with the Daisy Skirt!

Wanted to show you this cute card we’ll be making at the May Cards, Etc. Class!  Beautiful You with a pretty skirt made with the new Daisy Punch!

Isn’t that fun?!!  And you’ll be surprised at how simple it is to make!

May Cards, Etc. Class

2 dates to choose from:

  • Saturday, May 27 at 2 pm or
  • Monday, May 29 at 10 am

We’ll make 3 cards with matching envelopes and something else… maybe a small 3-D item.

Cost is just $10 or FREE with your $20 order (you just might need to have this new Daisy Punch!)

RSVP soon to hold your spot in class!

Trendy Tassles & Label Me Pretty

I was in Honolulu last weekend for a wedding and managed to squeeze in some shopping at Ala Moana with my BFF Susie.  We noticed tassles were everywhere!!  Dresses, jeans, purses, shoes, & jewelry!  How does Stampin’ Up! know this stuff??

Today I’m making a birthday card for the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team where the focus is on…you guessed it!  Birthdays!

I’ll also be playing along with a Sketch Challenge from Global Design Project 086!

Here’s my card:

Can you tell I just opened my box of goodies from the brand new 2017-2018 Catalog?!!!  I noticed the Happy Birthday stamp from the Label Me Pretty set.  The best thing is that there’s a punch to match!!!  Love my punches!  Quick & easy!!

I think I like this one even better because of the Tranquil Tide Tassle from the Mini Tassles Assortment Set.  The main colors in this card are Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, & Emerald Envy & I really like how they go together!

One of the perks of being a demonstrator is that we get to pre-order new catalog items & play around with them before everyone else!!   These will be available to everyone when the new catalog goes live on June 1st!

Which card do you like best?  And who needs a new catalog?!!  Let me know & I’ll set one aside for you!

Now be sure & go see what else the SSINK Team has come up with for birthdays!

SSINK Card Sketch #45 Eastern Palace

There’s a new Card Sketch Challenge today at www.ssinkspiration.blogspot.com.   I haven’t gotten Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper out of my system yet, and pulled it out again for this sketch.  Here’s my card:

There are so many different looks you can achieve with this paper!  And the stickers!  But the best part of this suite is the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies!  I just love that medallion with the Dapper Denim showing through!

I needed a Birthday Card & decided to add this sentiment from Window Shopping Stamp Set.  That’s the set that goes with the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  Don’t you love the font?!!

Make sure to check out what other ideas the SSINK Team has for this fun sketch!

Pop of Pink Favorite Retiring Designer Series Paper

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspriation Team’s focus is on Retiring Designer Series Paper.  I love lots of them and always have a hard time letting go!!  Pop of Pink is so bright & pretty, so I’m choosing to focus on that today.

This beautiful paper is ON SALE FOR ONLY $7.80 (regular price $13).

ORDER HERE before it’s gone!  There’s also Washi Tape to match!

I chose this paper to make a card for one of my downline.  I think of Francine as a Melon Mambo type of girl… flashy, fun, enthusiastic!  Francine just promoted to Bronze Elite!  25% discounts!!!  Woohoo!

Here’s the card I made to celebrate her achievement:

This is called a Joy Fold Card.  Here’s what it looks like opened up:

Fun card!  I’m sure I’ll be featuring this in a class very soon…

Here’s Francine with some of her swaps.  We look forward to Francine’s swaps because they usually are 3-D and contain candy!!

 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure & head over to THIS PAGE to see the favorite retiring Designer Series Papers from the rest of the SSINK Team!

It’s a GIRL THING! ICS Blog Hop

Our Blog Hop Theme today is “It’s a Girl Thing”!!  Love it!  I could go many different directions with this one!

I’m so fortunate to have 2 daughters, Jenny & Malia.  When they were little, I had a business called Lovebugs, & I used to make cute little outfits for them.  You could never have too much glitter or pink!  Never too many hearts or flowers!  Here’s an old photo of them wearing one of my outfits:

I managed to use some pink, glitter, a flower, some bling and a doily for my girly card.  Here it is!

Look closely and maybe you can find the sparkle…

Here’s the details in case you’d like to make one like it!

  • Stamps:  Jar of Love & Special Reason
  • Ink:  Basic Gray, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight
  • Paper:  Soft Sky (5 1/2 X 11, score at 4 1/4), Melon Mambo (3 3/8 X 4 7/8), Daffodil Delight (3 1/8 X 4 5/8), Whisper White (4 1/2 X 3)
  • Accessories:  Delicate Doilies, Stylish Stems Framelits Dies, Tags & Labels Framelits Dies

Now be sure & check out Candy’s Blog!!  She always has something beautiful to show us!!