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.

August Seaside Shore

Seaside Shore has some nice, detailed fish images, along with seaweed & rope.  This is my stamp for the August calendar page.

I’ve used a Masking Technique to stamp the bottom fish in Calypso Coral, then cover him with a post-it note that I’ve cut out in that shape.  Then I was able to stamp seaweed right over it without messing up the fish.  Other colors:  Dapper Denim, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky.

Be sure & swim on over to Crystal & Anne’s blogs…

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!!

WWYS 126: Label Me Pretty

Today I’ve come up with a card for a challenge:  WWYS 126.  What Would You Stamp?  The challenge is Label Me Pretty.

There are so many ways to use this fun set!  Here’s what I came up with:

I thought it would be fun to stamp a flower in the middle & I really like the way it turned out!  The background was watercolored using my watercolor pencils & aquapainter.

I almost added more bling to the middle of the flowers, but stopped myself.  What do you think?  More bling?

I love your comments!  If you see a card you’d like me to offer in a class, let me know!

Thanks for stopping by today!

#GDP097 Happy Birthday Gorgeous

I’m playing along with the Global Design Project today (#GDP097).  Don’t you love these colors together?!

Here’s my card:

This is the first time I used this set:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  I just love the images!  This idea was CASED from Mary Anderson.  I’m not sure if she has a blog, but she should!!  Click HERE for her Pinterest Page.

To make this card, I decided on a sentiment and circle I was cutting out.  I used a circle 1 size smaller for a mask, then just stamped around the circle.  And take a look at the Classic Weave Ribbon.  It’s so pretty & rich looking!!

The sentiment is from Better Together.  Perfect for birthday, wedding, or any congratulations card.

Would you like to make this card with me?  Now’s your chance!  July Cards, Etc. Class will be offered 2 different dates:

  • Saturday, July 29th at 2 pm or
  • Monday, July 31st at 10 am
  • $10 or FREE with your $20 order

There’s no “etc”, this month, just 4 pretty cards.  RSVP ASAP to hold your spot in class!

Thanks for stopping by today!

SSINK CASE the Catalog

Why don’t I do this more often?!!  I’m talking about CASE-ing the catalog.  I’ve been wanting to play around with my new stamp set, So Many Shells, so I went to page 38 in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Well, not a big surprise, but I can’t find my Mini Treat Bag Thinlits!!  It’s here somewhere!  So I made a card instead, & LOVE IT!  What do you think?

I just love 2-step stampin’!  And I love that new Ombre Ribbon!!  Supplies listed at the bottom of this post.

 

For more great ideas from the catalog, head over to the SSINK PAGE!

SSINK Team: Playing With Punches

I really love my punches!  And this card features 2 of my favorites:  Pansy Punch & the new Decorative Label Punch!  Actually, 3 PUNCHES!  There’s also the Classic Label Punch!

I just love the way it turned out!!  It started with the technique I showed you a few days ago called Ink, Spray, & Smash.  That’s how I made that pretty background using ink drops on Glossy paper.

Sometimes when you make a mistake, or, in my case, can’t find something in this mess of a stamp room, you’re forced to be creative & the project turns out even better!  I wanted to use the Pansy Punch because all I’ve been seeing is daisies!  But my set, Flower Shop, is no where to be found!  So I used the bunch of flowers from Window Box & punched it out with my Pansy Punch.

Here’s a closer look for you:

Time to hop over to the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspration Page to see more Punch Ideas!

Thanks for stopping by today!

#SSINKTC47 Technique Challenge: Ink, Spray, Smash

Today we have a fun Technique Challenge for you!!  Stampin’ Up! recently added Glossy Cardstock to the catalog, so we decided on a challenge that uses it.  It was easy & fun & the results are so pretty!!  I think you’re okay without the gloves.

Here’s what I made…another Mermaid Card!!

Isn’t it gorgeous?!!  And every card is unique!

I had to fussy cut the mermaid, which wasn’t too bad.  But here’s another card where I avoided the cutting!

I still really like it.  What do you think?  Fussy cut or no??  For my club members… let me know which one you’d like to make!  We just might have to try out this technique!

That glittery star is a new accessory:  2016-2018 In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes.  There are little stars, flowers, hearts, & arrows.  Really fun!

Image result for mermaid sayings

Can’t wait to see what the rest of the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Design Team has done for this challenge!  CLICK HERE to check out their creations!

#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!