#SSINK Coffee Break

I’m a coffee person!  It’s the thing that gets me out of bed in the morning.  My morning ritual is to sip on coffee while browsing through my email & planning my day.  I’ve even got this thing that froths milk!  Makes me feel really pampered.

I needed a card to give a Coffee Gift Card to a friend.  This is what I came up with:

Stampin’ Up! has a fun bundle called Coffee Cafe’.  And the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper to go along with it is gorgeous!  Look at those colors!

And I love the fold of this card!!  See the place on the bottom to slip your Gift Card?

This is one of the cards we made recently at our Fun! Friends! and Fancy Folds! Retreat for my downline.

If you’d like directions, please leave a comment below.

Now head over to the SSINK Page to see some more Coffee Break Ideas!

#SSINKTC48: Ink on Embossing Folders

We have a fun Technique Challenge for you today for the SSINK Team… Ink on Embossing Folders!

This is my first time trying out this technique & I just love it!!  It’s simple & fast with great results!  Here’s my card:

Just used my brayer to spread some ink on the Brick Wall Embossing Folder!  I really like the way it turned out & can’t wait to ink up my other Embossing Folders!

Today’s Tutorial:

  • Stamps:  Spooky Cat
  • Inks:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
  • Paper:  Very Vanilla (4 1/4 X 11, score at 2 3/4 & 8 1/4) and inky embossed pieces (4 X 2 1/2- cut 2), Basic Black (2 5/8 X 4 1/8- cut 2), Spooky Night DSP
  • Accessories:  Cat Punch, Black Rhinestone Jewels
  • Notes:  The Spooky Night DSP has a page made to cut 3″ squares containing the tree with the moon behind it.  I cut those squares 2 7/8 so that they’d fit onto the biggest scalloped square from Layering Squares Framelits.

 

I can’t wait to see what other projects the SSINK Team has come up with!  Why don’t you give it a try?!!  ENTER OUR CHALLENGE HERE!

#SSINK Count My Blessings

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team will be showcasing favorite Stamp Sets from the Holiday Catalog!  My favorite, hands down, is Count My Blessings!  This set has beautiful artwork and can be used any time of year!

My team, the Maui Big Shots!, had a stampin’ retreat over Labor Day and this is one of the projects we made:

This is called a Vellum Luminary Card, and it’s very simple to make!  You put a battery- candle in the middle & it lights up.  So pretty!!  The sentiment and leaves are from Count My Blessings and the Designer Series Paper on the left side is Painted Autumn DSP.

I used a technique called “Stained Glass” on the vellum.  CLICK HERE to see directions from a previous card.

A Vellum Luminary would be really nice for Christmas!  Maybe you’ll see another one here in a month or two.

Don’t you just love the Holiday Catalog?!!  Be sure & go to the SSINK PAGE for more Holiday Favorites!

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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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 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 Favorite DSP: Delightful Daisy

I just love the new Designer Series Paper Delightful Daisy!  A big variety of beautiful papers!!  And then there’s the Daisy Punch.  I know I’ll get tons of use out of that!

I made a Card in a Box to show off the daisies!  This card folds flat for mailing & is sure to put a big smile on the face of whoever opens it up!  The colors are Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, & Daffodil Delight.

Here’s a close up so that you can better see the Daisy Delight stamp and that gorgeous embellishment, Faceted Gems!  These come in clear or gold.

I’m entering my card into a challenge called HSS Inspiration Challenge 266

Here’s a card I made that showcases this pretty paper:

My favorite piece of this Designer Series Paper is that gorgeous pink/green piece you can see in the top left!!

This card layout is perfect for using up small pieces of your DSP!  I’ll post the dimensions here.

  • Stamps:  Daisy Delight
  • Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral
  • Paper:  Calypso Coral (5 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4), Whisper White (5 1/4 X 4), DSP pieces (3 1/8 X 1 3/4 & 1/3/4 squares)  DSP means Designer Series Paper!
  • Accessories:  Daisy Punch, Faceted Gems
  • Hints:  Use your bone folder to curve the petals of the daisy to add a little dimension!

 

If you love these Card in a Boxes like I do, look for more in the Categories area on the right side of my blog.

Be sure & check out what the other Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspriation Team gals have selected for their favorite Designer Series Paper!

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!

April Cards, Etc. Classes

My April Cards, Etc. Classes are right around the corner!  We’ll be making 4 projects, including these 2 cards:

This is a Double Gate Fold Card & it’s a great way to show off your Designer Series Paper!!  I’ll include detailed directions for you so that hopefully you can go home & make lots of these!  CLICK HERE to see directions to make this fun fold!

Here’s a simple, but beautiful card we’ll also be making:

I really like how these colors worked together!!  Wisteria Wonder & Pool Party.  For the sentiment I used Elegant Eggplant.

Card Details:

  • Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases & Better Together
  • Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Elegant Eggplant
  • Paper:  Wisteria Wonder (5 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4),  Pool Party (5 1/2 X 2 3/4), Very Vanilla (5 1/2 X 2 1/2)
  • Accessories:  Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

Information on classes:

2 dates to choose from:

  • Monday, April 24 at 10am or
  • Saturday, April 29th at 2pm
  • You’ll make 4 projects
  • Cost:  $10 or FREE with your $20 order
  • RSVP to hold your spot in class

Thanks for stopping by… hope to see you at class!

SSINKIC#44 Eastern Beauty Meets Beautiful You

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspriation Team has a new challenge.  I was determined to use my new Eastern Palace Suite Products and I managed to pair them with a girl holding an umbrella.  Beautiful You.  Here’s what I came up with:

I wasn’t sure about the Eastern Palace Suite at first, but I’m a sucker for getting things early!!  The colors are fun & bright and the best thing is the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies!!  Don’t you love that cut-out circle!!  And I love the new InColor, Lemon Lime Twist!!

Also, this is sort of a new fun fold card.  I’ll give directions here:

  • Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (new!) 5 1/2 x 11, score at 4 1/4, then cut off 2 1/4
  • DSP for flap (5 1/4 X 1 3/4)
  • Front image:  Cardstock (4 1/4 X 3) & Very Vanilla (4 X 2 3/4)

Did you notice that gold border on the bottom?  Those are beautiful Gold Vinyl Stickers!

Can you help me come up with a name for this fun fold?!!  I’ll make a set of cards for the person who comes up with the name I choose!!  Just leave your comment below!

Time to head over to the SSINK page to see what the others have come up with for this challenge!