Double Z Fold for #SSINKFF1

Fun Folds are my favorite!!!  And today at Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration we’re featuring a Double Z Card!  This is so simple & cute that you have to give it a try!!

Here’s how the card starts out.

But when you open it…isn’t that pretty?!!

I started out just wanting to use that gorgeous black background paper!!  That’s the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.

Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

I’ve seen a lot of variations on the Double Z Fold.  Some move the bottom strip up a bit and others have a wider strip.  Head over to the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Page to see more ideas using the Double Z Fold!

SSINK Summer Fun

Today’s theme for Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration is Summer Fun!  I’m using the stamp set called Message in a Bottle which is loaded with some cute images!  A mermaid, whale, octopus & more… I chose to use the boat & put it in the bottle for a more masculine card.

These pictures aren’t the greatest because I can’t get my iphone to sync with my computer.  Frustrating!  But the cards are really cute…honest!

The white cardstock on top is the shimmer paper.  I’ve embossed it with the 3-D Dynamic Textured Folder- Ruffled and then applied a watercolor wash using Soft Sky Ink.  The bottle was fussy cut & popped up using dimensionals.

See the sparkle?

Time to head over to see what the rest of the SSINK Team has for Summer Fun!

#SSINKCS47: Card Challenge Using Marbled Background

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Today we have a Sketch Challenge from the SSINK Team.   Here’s what I came up with:

I’ve used the Marbled Background set & embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I sponged it with Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, and Lemon Lime Twist.  See all the supplies at the end of my post.

I always enjoy trying Card Sketches!  I start out with one idea & it always ends up looking quite differently!  I hope you enter our challenge & would love to see your ideas!

Don’t stop here!  Go to the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration page to see some other ideas for this sketch!

ICS Blog Hop: Knotty Ways

I’m excited about today’s Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop:  Knotty Ways!  We’ll be showcasing Stampin’ Up! Ribbon in a Christmas Theme!  I’ve used Foil Frenzy Paper which is shiny & gorgeous!  These are the first Christmas Cards I’ve made since last year… just love the holidays and all the special cards & gifts!

I used Christmas Pines stamp set which pairs with Pretty Pines Thinlits.  The leaves have such dimension!  The ribbon is 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon- Fresh Fig.  The accent pieces (Glitter Enamel Dots) add  just the right touch!

Here’s another one where you can see the shine in the Foil Frenzy paper.

Which card do you like best?  Leave a comment below & I’ll put your name in a drawing to win a set of GLITTER ENAMEL DOTS!  Glitter Enamel Dots

Don’t stop here!  Next on the ICS Blog Hop is Audra Monk, the Crafty Yogi.

SSINK: A Show of Gratitude, Thank You Cards

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team is featuring Gratitude/Thank You Cards.  I pulled out my Climbing Orchid Bundle because I’ve been anxious to play around with it.  Here’s my Thank You Card:

The colors are Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry, & Whisper White.  The bundle makes it easy to create beautiful orchids!  And that’s one reason I love living in Haiku…orchids!  They love the moisture, I guess, and the way I neglect them!  Haiku’s a sleepy little town with constant tradewinds and lots of farms & agriculture, but it’s just a couple of miles from some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see!

Here’s a different card to show you another orchid stamp in the bundle:

Be sure and check out the other Show of Gratitude Cards from the SSINK Team Designers!  And please leave a comment!  I love hearing from you!

Who loves orchids?  What’s your favorite color for orchids?

SSINK Anything But a Card!

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspriation Team won’t be making cards.  In fact, we’ll be focusing on ANYTHING BUT A CARD!

I’m excited to show you a project that will help you organize your life!  My birthdays are all over the place… my computer, calendar, on scraps of paper.  Now I have a system to remember birthdays as well as a place to tuck the cards away that are perfect for a special person!

This project was CASED from 2 people:  Vicki Wizniuk, who has the calendar inserts on her blog, and Erika Cerwin who came up with this great idea!!  They each have tons of great ideas!!

So each month has a pocket for the calendar inserts.  Turn the group over & you have the last 6 months of the year!

I’m offering 2 classes next month so that you can make your own Birthday Boxes!

  • Sunday, August 20 at 3 pm or
  • Monday, August 21 at 10 am
  • Cost is $20 or FREE with your $40 order placed that day
  • Different colors will be offered for your project
  • Class size will be limited, so RSVP ASAP!

Can’t wait to see the other Non-Card Ideas from the SSINK Team!!

#GDP097 Happy Birthday Gorgeous

I’m playing along with the Global Design Project today (#GDP097).  Don’t you love these colors together?!

Here’s my card:

This is the first time I used this set:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  I just love the images!  This idea was CASED from Mary Anderson.  I’m not sure if she has a blog, but she should!!  Click HERE for her Pinterest Page.

To make this card, I decided on a sentiment and circle I was cutting out.  I used a circle 1 size smaller for a mask, then just stamped around the circle.  And take a look at the Classic Weave Ribbon.  It’s so pretty & rich looking!!

The sentiment is from Better Together.  Perfect for birthday, wedding, or any congratulations card.

Would you like to make this card with me?  Now’s your chance!  July Cards, Etc. Class will be offered 2 different dates:

  • Saturday, July 29th at 2 pm or
  • Monday, July 31st at 10 am
  • $10 or FREE with your $20 order

There’s no “etc”, this month, just 4 pretty cards.  RSVP ASAP to hold your spot in class!

Thanks for stopping by today!

#SSINK Favorite Suite

Stampin’ Up! has a selection of beautiful new Suites in the new catalog.  Today I want to focus on the Eastern Palace Suite.  My favorite thing about this is the set of Thinlits Dies!  So many different shapes & designs in that package!!

Here’s a card I want to show you… It’s a Fun Fold with a Flap Closure!  Found the idea for this cute card from BJ Peters.  Thanks, BJ, for the fold idea!

Card details:

  • Stamps:  Eastern Beauty
  • Ink:  Fresh Fig
  • Paper:  Soft Sky (4 1/4 X 9 5/8 base, scored at 4 1/4), Whisper White (Cut 1 for inside 4 X 4 and the other 3 3/4 X 3 3/4),  Fresh Fig (4 X 4), Soft Sky Flap (1 1/4 X 8 1/2, scored at 3 3/4), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Eastern Medallions Thinlits, In Color Bitty Bows

Thanks for stopping by today!  Now go over the the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspriration Page to see what their Favorite Suites are!

 

SSINK Cool Treats For the Kids

What kid doesn’t like ice cream? Actually, what adult doesn’t love it, too?!!  At my Open House for the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog recently, I had an Ice Cream Sundae Bar. I made my own Hot Fudge for the event! Yummers!!!
I’ll leave you with the recipe at the end of the post.

The Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team is focusing on KIDS today! So I made an Ice Cream Card:

I just love these colors!  This time I chose the colors from the Designer Series Paper:  Naturally Eclectic DSP.  Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Soft Sky.

Here’s the details:

  • Stamps:  Cool Treats
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Lemon Lime Twist
  • Paper:  Emerald Envy (5 1/2 X 11, score at 4 1/4), Whisper White (5 1/4 X 4), Soft Sky (5 X 3 3/4)
  • Accessories:  Frozen Treats Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Wink of Stella (see sparkles below!)

Cheryl’s Hot Fudge Sauce

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate

1/2 cup butter

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 cup whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla

Melt chocolate in double  boiler.  Add butter, cocoa, & sugar.  Cook 10 minutes.  Whisk in cream & cook 5 minutes longer, stirring constantly.  Slowly add vanilla.

Best served while admiring a beautiful card you just finished up!  Enjoy!

Now head over to the SSINK page to see other ideas FOR THE KIDS!

#SSINK: Case the DT: Me!!

Today I’m excited to be CASE-ee!  The Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Design Team will be CASEing my cards!  Can’t wait to see what they do!

I didn’t want to miss out on the fun, so I’m CASEing myself!  It’s funny, because in this previous post I was CASEing Darla Roberts!  I went back to this post because I like this simple design and the way it showcases pretty Designer Series Papers!

Here’s what I made for today’s post:

Love these colors!!  The Designer Series Paper is Whole Lot of Lovely & it’s gorgeous, don’t you agree?!!  The background texture is called Sparkle.

Be the Good.  Love that.  That sentiment is from So Many Shells!

Here’s a little different look.  The background texture here is Garden Trellis.  Which one do you like better?

Be sure & check out what the other designers have CASED from me!!  I can’t wait to take a look!