Pineapple Mahalo for SSINK Color Challenge #45

I grew up on Oahu and had acres and acres of pineapples growing right behind my house in Waipio Valley.  I remember chasing around those fields after school with my dog running beside me.  And they’re easy to grow!  Every time I buy a pineapple & just stick the top in the ground & it will produce a pineapple the next year!

Stampin’ Up! is retiring my Pineapples!!  And the Mahalo!!  I’m sure I won’t be getting rid of those…they come in handy here on Maui!

Card Details:

  • Stamps:  Pineapple, Pop of Paradise, A World of Thanks (ALL RETIRING!)
  • Ink:  Delightful Dijon & Pacific Point
  • Paper:  Pacific Point (4 1/4 X 11, score at 5 1/2 & 1 1/4 X 5), Whisper White (5 1/4 X 4 & 1 X 1 3/4 & 1 X 2 7/8)
  • Accessories:  Gold Wink of Stella (RETIRING!), Linen Thread

Look what I did with my stamp!  Took a little courage, but I’m happy with the results!

Now it’s super fast to stamp with 2 colors!

Thanks for stopping by!  And be sure & pick up some Gold Wink of Stella and other retiring items before they’re gone forever!  SHOP RETIRING PRODUCTS!

Be sure and check out what the other Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team has done with these colors!  And add your own project to the challenge!

 

 

Flying High in May

Going in a hot air balloon is on my bucket list!  Maybe over Napa Valley or Santa Fe.  There’s a cute stamp set called Lift Me Up that I’ve found a lot of use for!  It comes in a bundle with Up & Away Thinlits Dies!

Have you ever gone up in a balloon?  Where did you go?  I’m “up” for suggestions!  Ha!!

Be sure & check out what Crystal & Anne have created for their May calendar pages!

Eastern Palace Suite Double Gate Fold Card

There’s a new Suite in town!!  Available June 1st- Eastern Palace Suite.  And it’s gorgeous!!  Especially the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies!

Fun new colors & the tassels are so cute!  This is a Double Gate Fold Card that I made for my downline who promoted!  My downline (Maui Big Shots!) are so enthusiastic & fun!!  Love them all!  This was for Linda Z, who just promoted to Bronze Elite & will earn 25% discounts now!  Woohoo!  The more you spend, the more you save, Linda!!  That’s what I tell my husband, anyway!

Here’s a few of my downline, the Maui Big Shots! with some swaps.  Linda’s in the middle, with the blue shirt.

Linda’s a classy gal with a business background, who’s also a Master Gardener!  She’s busy with so many things and recently she’s started having her own card classes!  Her cards are beautiful with great directions, and everyone has a great time!  Pretty soon I’m thinking she’ll have her own blog…

I made this card with Linda in mind, thinking of how she’s transformed her whole yard into a beautiful garden!

 

You’re sure to see many more pictures with this pretty Designer Series Paper, Eastern Palace.  Check out what ideas the other SSINK Team Members have come up with using this beautiful suite!

 

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!

Twin Bears Baby Card for SSINK

I received this adorable baby card in the mail from my Secret Sister (SACS2017) and wanted to CASE it!!  Unfortunately, I can’t tell you who made this cute card, because I haven’t figured out who she is yet!!  Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team is featuring Baby Cards.  Have you ever needed a card for a set of twins?  They’d love receiving this Twin Bear Card!

Here’s mine:

I can’t figure out how my Secret Sister made the little carts in her card!!  Anyone know?  I used Lots of Labels Framelits Dies, and the little bears fit nicely inside.  The bears are retiring!!  So sad!  Order them HERE before they’re gone!  And you’ll want the Bear Hugs Framelits, too!  Order them HERE!  They’re on SALE, by the way.

Another contest… first person to tell me what set the arrows come from (the ones on the cart) gets this card in the mail!  Woohoo!

Time to check out what the rest of the SSINK Design Team has made for Baby Cards!

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!

Masculine Graduation Card for Kylie’s International Blog Hop

I love a good challenge, and Kylie has one for us at the Kylie’s International Blog Highlight May 2017, where the theme is “Masculine” card.  I needed a  graduation card & really like the message this card sends!

Here’s what I came up with:

I love the colors of this card!  Soft Suede & Soft Sky, with a bit of Sahara Sand.  And the textures!

 

These sets are retiring and I’ll miss them!!  It’s always hard when Stampin’ Up! comes up with their RETIRING LIST!!  But I have to admit, I love the new catalog that will be available in June!

RETIRING ITEMS FROM THIS CARD:

Hurry & shop if you want any retiring items!!  Once they’re gone, that’s it!  You’ll find some great sales, too!  Hostess code this month is ZUQUTYX7.

Card Details

  • Stamps:  The Open Sea, Wherever You Go, Places You’ll Go
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Versamark (with White Embossing Powder)
  • Paper: Soft Suede (5 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4- then I cut off 1″ of the front), Soft Sky (5 1/4 X 3), Very Vanilla inside (5 1/4 X 3), By the Shore DSP (5 1/4 X 1)
  • Accessories:  Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Build It Framelits Dies, White Embossing Powder & Heat Tool

Thanks for spending time with me on my blog!  I’m entering this card into Kylie’s International Blog Hop, so please VOTE FOR ME HERE!

Hope you find a little adventure awaiting you today!

He Is Risen Banner for Easter

Allelujah!  Christ is risen!  Easter is the most important celebration for Christians and I wanted to make a banner to remind me and others in my home about this wonderful event!

It’s challenging for me to get a good photo of this project, but I hope you get the idea. Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper makes a pretty background for my banner.  I just added some coordinating cardstock, some Easter Stamps and butterfly punches.  Don’t you just love how all the Stampin’ Up! products coordinate so nicely!

Here’s a closer look:

Notice the sparkle on the cloth draped over the cross!  Wink of Stella!

Love the Butterflies Thinlits, especially with a Vellum butterfly on top!


The supplies for this project are listed at the bottom of this post.  Most of them are RETIRING PRODUCTS, so be sure to grab them now before they’re gone!!

Be sure and check out what the other SSINK Designers have made for this Easter Theme!

Spring Fever SSINK April Blog Hop!

The Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspriation team has Spring Fever!  Thanks for joining us today to see what says “Spring” to all of us!

Spring had me reaching for the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper, which is covered with gorgeous floral designs.  The best thing about it is the colors!  You’ve got the pinks & purples and then there’s the blues & greens.  Today I’ll be playing around with the blue/green papers.Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper

I made a Double Gate Fold Card, which shows off this paper beautifully!

I just love it!!  I added that small circle with the flower on the right & stuck it on using a Dimensional.  It’s meant to tuck the large circle underneath to secure it.

There’s a coordinating Stamp Set (of course!) called Blooms & Wishes.  I love how Stampin’ Up! has papers, stamps, and colors that all coordinate!!

Here’s another version I made that steps it up a bit:

Can you find the difference?  No wasted DSP here!  And look when it’s opened!

Here’s some basic directions for the Double Gate Fold Card:

  • Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 12″ piece of Designer Paper (easier if you use paper without “up & down”
  • Score at 2″, 4″, 8″, & 10
  • With a ruler make a mark up the 5 1/2″ side of the paper at 2 3/4″ on both sides
  • Cut from this mark to the second score line on both sides
  • Flip the cut off triangle over and adhere on the bottom of the card, allowing you to see both sides of the beautiful paper
  • Inside: Cut Card stock 5 ¼ X 3 ¾ & top with Whisper White 5 X 3 ½

If you’d rather follow along in class to make this card, come to one of my April Cards, Etc. Classes!

2 dates to choose from:

  • Monday, April 24th at 10 am or
  • Saturday, April 29th at 2 pm

Now hop on over to see what Nichole has made for our Spring Fever Hop!

 

Floral Boutique Wishes for SSINKCS#44 April Sketch Challenge

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspriation Design Team has a new Card Sketch Challenge SSINKCS#44 and we hope you’ll play along!

I pulled out the gorgeous Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper to come up with this card:

When I first saw this paper, I felt lukewarm towards it, probably because it only has Night of Navy & Whisper White.  I’m drawn to the colorful, mostly pastel Designer Series Papers.  But I finally bought a pack of Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper with the corresponding stamp set, Floral Phrases, and now it’s probably my favorite!  It’s so beautiful & elegant!

Here’s a close up look at that flower.  Notice the light & dark in that stamp.

Have I sold you on it?  🙂 What’s your favorite Designer Series Paper?

Be sure and see what the other SSINK Design Team Members have made for this sketch.