#SSINK Quilted Christmas Favorite Designer Series Paper

When my husband & I were first married (32 years ago!), we lived in Salt Lake City for 3 years.  What a great place to live!!  Great skiing & hiking so close to the city!  And great opportunities to learn how to quilt!  There was an amazing quilt store that I’d spend hours in, that offered quilting classes!  I started off by making stuffed hearts & a bear on a string that all had cute quilting.  Later I made a Christmas Tree Skirt where we’d hand-dyed angels all around it, then quilted by hand.  And after awhile, my sweet neighbor, Ardella, encouraged me to come over several days a week while she helped me make a Queen sized quilt!  We sort of adopted each other & she was like a mom to me & Pat early in our marriage.  We were so blessed to have her in our lives!

So it’s not surprising that I’ve been drawn to the Quilted Christmas Suite!  Beautiful stamps & Framelits that coordinate with Stitched Felt Embellishments, ribbon & Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder!

Here’s the beautiful coordinating 6X6 Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper.  I love the non-traditional colors in there… blushing bride, lemon lime twist, and pool party!

Today’s Tutorial

  • Stamps:  Christmas Quilt
  • Ink:  Real Red
  • Paper:  Blushing Bride card base (5 1/2 X 11, score at 4 1/4), Real Red (5 3/8 X 2 3/4), Quilted Christmas DSP (5 3/8 X 2 1/2)
  • Accessories:  Stitched Felt Embellishments,  Whisper White Baker’s Twine

I’ll be having a QUILTED CHRISTMAS SUITE CLASS in October & hope you can attend!
2 dates to choose from:

September In Color Club: Starring Powder Pink!

It’s month 4 of my In Color Club & this month we’ll be making cards starring Powder Pink!  Beautiful, soft color!  Get ready for some fun stamping!!  Here’s what we’ll be making this month…

I knew I had to come up with a piggy card!  Hope everyone likes the others!

Here’s the dates for this month:

  • Monday, Sept 11th at 10 am, my house
  • Sunday, Sept 17th at 1 pm, my house
  • Tuesday, Sept, 19th at 5:30 pm, Francine’s office in Kahului

This club has been really fun and I want to thank all of you who’ve joined me!!  Next month will be our final month.  Let’s do a In Color Swap!!  Ruth (in Pennsylvania), you, too!!  There’s 16 of us!!  Let me know if you want to participate- Do it!!  You’ll end up with 16 fabulous cards!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you’re finding some time to stamp this weekend!

ICS Blog Hop Count My Blessings

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I really love Thanksgiving!  Yes, there’s the food.  My husband grills the turkey on the Weber every year & it has a slightly smokey flavor & it’s moist, & the best turkey ever!!

Here’s Anne Matasci & me ready for some turkey!

 But there’s just something wonderful about pausing to reflect on your blessings for one whole day!  We had a tradition when the girls still lived at home where we had a Thankful Turkey that sat out for a couple of weeks.  You were supposed to fill it with little notes about things you were thankful for & then we’d read them aloud after dinner.  I’ve kept them all over the years & they’re really fun to read!!

One of my fun family memories is when we made Pat get involved with making a new Thankful Turkey.  He’s not really into crafting, but when he does it he doesn’t hold back!  He must have used 10 glue sticks gluing on those pompoms!  These pictures were taken over 10 years ago, by the way.

This is one turkey feather.

Today the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop is Introducing the Holiday Catalog!  I’ve chosen to focus on Thanksgiving!

Isn’t that the greatest sentiment?!!  And I just love the font!  The fall Designer Series Paper is called Painted Autumn & is full of fall colors, leaves, pumpkins, acorns, & pretty patterns.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure & keep hopping to get a chance to see more new ideas from the Holiday Catalog!  Your next stop is Nichole Loe & you’re in for a treat!  She always has great ideas!!

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Wild About Pieces & Patterns!

1st Birthdays are BIG in Hawaii!!  The family throws a baby luau and hundreds of people normally attend.  Great music & tons of local food!

So I’ve had a few requests for a 1 year old Birthday card.  Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper is so cute and goes with Pieces & Patterns Stamp Set.  I’ve paired it with Number of Years & coordinating Large Numbers Framelits to make this cute card.

Isn’t that fun?!!  Here’s the inside:

I’d love to hear your comments!  One of the lucky “commenters” will receive this cute card in the mail from me!

This will be one of the cards we’ll be making in my August Cards, Etc. classes.  2 dates to choose from:

  • Saturday, August 26th at 2 pm or
  • Monday, August 28th at 10 am

RSVP ASAP to hold your spot in class!  Space is limited so hurry!

Thanks for stopping by & don’t forget to leave your comments below!

Have a great day!

 

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!!