And the winner is…

Ramona!  

Congratulations!  And thank you for everyone who makes comments on my blog!

Ramona is one of my downline.  It’s exciting to watch her try different ideas to make her business grow!  She recently started a blog, Stampin’ in the Maui Heights!  Please go visit & leave her a comment!!

Ramona, you’ll be receiving this cute card…

Card directions:

  • Card base:  Crushed Curry:  4 1/4 X 11, score at 5 1/2
  • Pick A Pattern DSP:  2 3/4 X 4
  • Basic Black:  3 X 4

Then I just used Layering Circles Framelits & Number of Years to come up with the rest.  MORE DETAILS HERE

Last week we had a fun meeting with the Maui Stampers Group.  Anne Matasci, my upline, presented me with this pretty lei to congratulate me for earning the Alaska Trip!  She’s been my cheerleader the whole time and I really appreciate her encouragement, tips, and friendship.  Anne, you’re the best!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t pause to thank all of my customers for your support in helping me earn this fun trip!!  Couldn’t have done it without you- that’s for sure!!  Thank you so much!  Most of you are as addicted to stamping as I am!!  I really don’t have to sell anything- you guys are so easy!  Ha!  I’ve made life long friends through stamping!

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!  I have my August Cards, Etc. Class today & Monday.  If you’re unable to attend, but would like the set of cards, please send me a message this weekend!

Thanks for stopping by…  Hope you’re doing a little stampin’ this weekend!

SSINK: Wedding Wishes

It’s been almost a year since my daughter, Jenny & Vitalis were married!  Time flies, doesn’t it?  I haven’t seen them since the wedding and I’m really missing them!

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team is focusing on Weddings!  I’ll tell you how I came up with today’s card…

When my team of demonstrators (The Maui Big Shots!) gets together, we usually have a card challenge.  Our July Challenge was to make something using these items:

Here’s the card I made!

I chose Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper as the background to go with that diamond overlay and made this into a square card.  This would be fun for an engagement card!  Here’s the inside:

Before I go I want to show you a couple of the challenge results!

Marylou made this gorgeous card!  Can you find the bow??  She took it apart!!  Talk about resourceful!  Love your card, Marylou!!

This is Helen.  She always comes up with the unexpected!!

Please be sure & comment on our challenge!!  I know Marylou & Helen would be thrilled to hear from you!

Time to go check out what the SSINK Team has come up with for Wedding Wishes!

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 Tranquil Tulips Host Set

Stampin’ Up! Host Sets are special because you are only able to order them after placing a $150 order!  They are also offered at a reduced price- close to 1/2 off!  You can do this by joining one of my clubs where you get to be the hostess when your turn comes around.  Or you can host a workshop & invite your friends!  I bring all the products & you supply the friends!  It’s a great deal and always lots of fun!  Let me know if you’re interested!

There are some beautiful Host Sets in the Annual Catalog and today I’m showing you a sample of my favorite:  Tranquil Tulips.

It’s so simple to make a beautiful card using this set because it’s 2-Step Stamping!  And notice how the images are not completely solid?  That gives it a very pretty, artistic look!

The ribbon is 1/2″ Gingham Ribbon.  Wish they had it in all the colors!!!  But it’s only available in Night of Navy & Smoky Slate.

Here’s a different card- same stamp set:

Another gorgeous ribbon!!  3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon in Bermuda Bay

Time to check out what the other Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration gals have to show you using Host Sets!

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!

August Paper Pumpkin Peek- Hurry to get it!!

A peak at August’s Paper Pumpkin kit!

Here’s a peak of the theme of the August Paper Pumpkin kit!  Be sure to subscribe here by the end of August 10th (TOMORROW) to get this month’s kit!

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Navy baker’s twine and gorgeous coral ribbon are the perfect finishing touch to our August inspiration mood board. You don’t want to miss out on finding how these elements work with the rest of August’s coral-hued kit! Think warm CARDS and gifting!

Remember you can choose between one month, 3 months, 6 months or a year subscription.  Or just buy one month to try it out for $20.

CLICK HERE to go to the main Paper Pumpkin Page to see all the sign up options!  Please be sure & sign up under ME!!

#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!

SSINK Case the Design Team Member: Nichole Loe

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team will be CASE-ing one of our own team:  Nichole Loe!  Nichole lives in Tacoma, WA, & has a fun blog that you can find HERE!

Recently Nichole made a card that I just had to CASE!!  I love the idea of using a punch to create the background & then embossing it!

Here’s what I came up with:

Isn’t that fun?!!  I used Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper for the background & Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock for the base.

I’m going to have to buy a ton of those Glitter Enamel Dots!  Love them!!

Here’s another card using Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper:

My daughter, Malia, has been with me for almost a month & we’ve been spending lots of time in my craft room.  She came up with this odd color combo, but I think it looks great!  Lemon Lime Twist & Emerald Envy (Malia’s favorite).

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure & check what the other SSINK Team has CASED from Nichole!

 

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.