SSINK Telescoping Cool Treats

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration team is featuring “Unusual Shaped Cards”.  I’ve made a Telescoping Birthday Card!

Isn’t that fun?!  I just love the whole Cool Treats Suite!  There’s a cute stamp set, Designer Series Paper, Framelits Dies, Sprinkes, & Washi Tape!  Take a close look at this paper:

See the shiny embossed popsicles?  This is what makes it a “Specialty Designer Series Paper”.  When the paper says specialty, the pack includes 2 very special sheets of paper in the pack that are shiny, embossed, & really pretty!  That’s why those Designer Series Papers cost $13 instead of $11.  Now you know!

Just for fun (and some great ideas!) check out what the other SSINK Team members have come up with for Unusual Shaped Cards!  

SSINKCS#43 Wow Card

Here’s today’s Card Challenge (SSINKCS#43) from Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration.  I had fun with this sketch & used it for a Congratulations Card for a friend who just received a big award at work.  Hope she likes it!

Isn’t that fun?!!  Here’s what I stamped on the envelope:

This is the first time I’ve used this fun set called Everyday Hero.  It won’t be the last!  Also the first time using White Perfect Accents.  Here’s a close up to see them better:

Be sure and check out what the rest of the gals have come up with for this sketch.  Better yet, try it yourself & add your card to the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration challenge this month!

SSINK Birthday Balloons

I want to show you a birthday card I just came up with using colors I love together:  Wisteria Wonder & Peekaboo Peach.

I love all the fun embellishments in this card!  Here’s all the details:

  • Stamp Set:  Celebrate Today
  • Ink:  Peekaboo Peach & Wisteria Wonder
  • Paper:   Peekaboo Peach Card Base (5 1/2 X 11, score at 4 1/4), Whisper White (5 1/4 X 4), Wisteria Wonder (5 1/8 X 3 7/8), Carried Away Designer Series Paper (1 3/4 X 5 1/8…FREE during Sale-A-Bration)
  • Accessories:  Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit, Balloon Framelits Dies

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team is featuring Birthday Cards!  Be sure and CLICK HERE to see more great ideas!!

SSINKCC#43 Color Challenge

I love a challenge!  And anytime I use Perfect Plum it’s challenging for me!!  That color just sits there waiting to be noticed by me.  In face, my upline, Anne Matasci and I started a Purple Plum Color Challenge with each other on Pinterest that we haven’t bothered with for over a year.  So I’m reviving the challenge, Anne!!

That brings me to today’s Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Color Challenge SSINKCC#43.

I just dove right in & hated the colors when I started, but now I think it really works!!

In fact, I really like it a lot!!  Where’s the plum?  It’s in the sentiment and the dark color on the roses.

I was in a hurry this morning and decided to CASE one of my own cards.

Remember this gorgeous DSP and Everything Eleanor?!!

Here are the measurements so that you can CASE it, too!

  • Stamps:  Picture Perfect
  • Ink:  Melon Mambo & Perfect Plum
  • Paper:  Whisper White Card Base (5 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4 and 4 1/2 X 1 3/4), Tip Top Taupe (5 1/4 X 4, 2015 – 2017 In Color DSP Stack (4 1/4 X 1 3/4), Melon Mambo (4 1/4 X 2)

Be sure and check out what other great ideas the SSINK Team comes up with for combining these colors!  And join us by adding your card in the color challenge SSINKCS#43!

Introducing Cheryl

Hi everyone!  I’m taking over the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Blog today where I get to tell you about myself!

I was raised in Hawaii (my dad was a minister who worked with servicemen & women on Oahu) and love the beach, hiking, and all the local culture & food!  I became a Pediatric Nurse, starting in Honolulu, then moving to Colorado because I’d never seen snow.  That was quite an experience:  learning to dress for cold weather, drive on icy roads, & to ski- which I love!  Met my husband, Pat, when he was a surgical resident at Denver Children’s.  We ended up on Maui about 30 years ago, where we raised our 2 daughters, Jenny & Malia.

Jenny got married a few months ago & she’s a nurse on a trauma unit in Texas.  Malia graduated from UT, Austin, and will soon be heading to Syracuse, NY to work with refugees.

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Oh,  can’t forget my pride & joy, Swiffer!

I’ve always enjoyed crafting!  I first got into stamping when Jenny was in preschool.  Once a week, my friend, Wendy, & I would drop the kids off then head over to her house for a morning of stamping fun!  I remember getting so excited when I discovered you could stamp with different colors.  Everything was 1 layer back then.  But just like skiing on the Bunny Hill is exciting when you start out, every card we made was exciting & fun!

I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for about 6 years now & I just love it!  Being creative is fun & relaxing, but it’s the friendships I’ve made that have been an unexpected bonus!  I’ve been a part of the SSINK Design Team since last year.  It’s a huge challenge for me and quite an honor.  Everyone on the team has been so encouraging and helpful!

I’m not sure how to describe my style.  My favorite type of card is a “Fun Fold”.  I’ll show you a few that I’ve made:

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Before I go, here’s my latest project.  I was inspired by these new stamps I found at the Post Office!

Matched up the cardstock with the stamps:  So Saffron, Mint Macaron, Real Red, Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso, & Chocolate Chip, and reached for the Cool Treats Suite!

Cased this cute card from Michelle at Stampin’ 365.  She always has the most beautiful cards- thanks Michelle!

Thanks so much for spending time with me today!

SSINKTC#42 Stained Glass Technique

This is the first time I’ve tried this technique & it’s so simple & fun!  It was difficult to capture in a photo!  Here’s what I came up with:

The Fairy Celebration was perfect for this technique because there’s a lot you can color!  You just emboss on vellum, then turn it over & color with markers.  I attached the vellum to a Whisper White piece the same size (3 X 4) and attached it with glue dots under the coloring or the sequins, so that you can’t see the dots.

The FREE silver ribbon from Sale-A-Bration went with it nicely!

Here’s a close up so that you can see the Stained Glass Technique a little better:

Be sure & check out the other Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team ideas!  And, just for fun, give it a try & enter our challenge!

Cupcakes & Carousel Suite Congrats

I just love the Cupcakes & Carousel Designer Series Paper Stack!  The colors & designs are just gorgeous!!  And I really like working with the size of the paper stacks (6 X 6).  The Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team is featuring this Suite today!

I needed another Congrats Card for a new team member (yea!!) and used Cupcakes & Carousel DSP Stack and the matching stamp set, Carousel Birthday.  And just to tie it all together, I added some items from Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit!

I had to make a special card for this occasion, so I made this fun fold card.  I think it’s called an “Explosion Card”.

This card is very simple to make!  I’ll try to explain here:

Start with a 6 X 6 sheet of Designer Series Paper.  Score at 3″.  Turn & score at 3″.

Score diagonally down 1 side.  Fold as shown in photos.  Glue onto card base as shown.

      

Clear as mud?!!  Hope you understand it!  I plan to have a “Fun Folds Card Class” in March, so stay tuned…

Don’t stop here!  Be sure & check out the creative ideas from the rest of the SSINK Team!

SSINKIC#42 Lift Me Up

The Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Challenge for today (SSINKIC#42) had me reaching for my Lift Me Up Bundle!

This is the first time I’ve put colors behind the balloon & it’s so pretty!!

Here’s the card I came up with:

Card details:

  • Stamps:  Lift Me Up
  • Ink:  Watermelon Wonder
  • Paper:  Tip Top Taupe (5 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/2), Watermelon Wonder (5 1/2 X 3), Carried Away Designer Series Paper (5 1/2 X 2 3/4), Scraps of Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Whisper White
  • Accessories:  Up & Away Thinlits Dies

Be sure & head over to the SSINK Blog to see what they did with this INKspiration Challenge…

SSINK Blog Hop: Love is in the Air!

Love is in the air today, which you’ll see as you hop along with the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration team!  You’re sure to get some great ideas & inspiration from these talented ladies.  I feel very fortunate (and challenged!) to be a part of this group!

I want to show you all what we’ll be doing in my February Clubs!  A set of notecards featuring Lift Me Up Stamp Set and the coordinating Designer Series Paper, Carried Away.  This paper just happens to be FREE with any $50 order during Sale-A-Bration (going through March 31st).  I saw this idea about a year ago from Mickey Roberts, but I can’t find the exact link…

Doesn’t this make a cute set!!  Can’t wait until my club members see this!

Card Details:

  • Stamps:  Lift Me Up
  • Inks:  Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaroon, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach
  • Paper:  Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaroon, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach Card Stocks (4 1/4 X 2), Carried Away Designer Series Paper (1 1/2 X 3 3/4 & 3 1/2 X 3/8)
  • Accessories:  Banner Triple Punch, Decorative Label Punch (inside sentiment), Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Enamel Shapes

We’re going to package them in these cute little tins.  They don’t ship to Hawaii, but I HAD to have them!!  Thanks to my brother, Gary, who lugged the big box on the plane last time when he flew over to see me & Mom.  Shipping to Hawaii.  You’d think it was another country!  But that’s a whole other story…

Want to make one of these??!  Come to club this month!  2 dates to choose from:  Saturday, Feb. 11th at 2 pm or Sunday, Feb. 12th at 1 pm at my house in Haiku.  To try it out, just place a $25 order that day!  I’m prepping 3 extra, so hurry to reserve your spot!

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left Melissa at Stop #7 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Blog Hop. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

Next you’ll be stopping by Donna’s blog!

Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Nichole L. at Scrappy Stamps & Ink
  2. Cathy A. at Maine Mountain Stamper
  3. Tobe B. at The Craft Sea
  4. Diana E. at Stampin’ Fun with Diana
  5. Pamela W. at Stinky Tofu
  6. Darcy J. at Dj’s Stampin’ Place
  7. Melissa S. at The Stamp Doc
  8. Cheryl H. at Create with Cheryl
  9. Donna S. at Geek Squad Crafting
  10. Jennifer G. at Jenny G Paper Crafts
  11. Jen G. at Faith.Grace.Stamp
  12. Jen P. at By the Shore Stamping
  13. Bree W. at Craft-somnia Momma
  14. Tonya B. at Stampin’ with Tonya
  15. Kim R. at Stamping with Kim
  16. Darla R. at Stampin’ with Darla

 

SSINK Avant-Garden Sympathy

I’m sadly always running out of sympathy cards.  While playing around with the SSINK Color Challenge a few days ago, I made a Sympathy Card that I want to share with you today.

The FREE Sale-A-Bration set called Avant-Garden is so versatile.  Nice for any occasion! Place a $50 order and get this set for FREE during Stampin’ Up!s biggest promotion, Sale-A-Bration (through March 31st)

Card Details:

  • Stamps:  Avant-Garden, Flourishing Phrases
  • Inks:  Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, So Saffron
  • Paper:  Watermelon Wonder (4 1/4 X 11, score at 5 1/2 & 5 1/4 X 4), Whisper White (5 1/8 X 3 7/8)
  • Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Wink of Stella

Be sure and head over to the SSINK TEAM to see what other ideas they have for Sympathy/Get Well Cards!