Going Eclectic for SSINKCS46

Here’s the SSINK Card Sketch 46 for June.  I love how these sketches make me come up with my own design, instead of just searching Pinterest (although I do love Pinterest!).

I could have stamped some splotches on the upper left, but I decided to try out my new Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.  Absolutely LOVE these!!

Here’s what I came up with:

Isn’t that cutout fun!!  And I could use the little diamond shapes for a shaker card!  The ribbon is Fresh Fig Finely Woven Ribbon (1/2″) and it’s really soft & easy to work with.

Here’s a tip for stamping clear images when you’re using tiny fonts:  I tried stamping the sentiment using my Fresh Fig Ink Pad, but it was very “juicy” and kept filling in the l’s and o’s.  Then I tried just using the brush side of my Fresh Fig marker and it worked perfectly!

You’ll find all the supplies at the bottom of this post.  Who else loves these thinlits dies?!!  This will be one of the cards we’ll be making for the July In Color Club where the starring color will be…FRESH FIG!  The club members will be receiving everything Fresh Fig in July… Cardstock, Ink Pad, refill, ribbon, marker, and the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack!  Plus bows & glitter shapes just for signing up!

Would you like to join us?  There’s still time!  It’s a 5 month club where we focus on 1 In Color each month.  For $40/month, you’ll have ALL THE IN COLOR SUPPLIES by October!  If you can’t attend the club meetings, I’ll make up the cards for you & send them over with your In Color items for the month.

Now go to the SSINK Card Challenge 46 to see other samples.  And just for fun, please enter our challenge!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Washi Tape Work of Art

Washi Tape!  What a fun & simple way to create a card!!

Card details:

  • Stamps:  Work of Art
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Paper:  Blushing Bride (5 1/2 X 22, score at 4 1/4), Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack (5 1/2 X 1 1/4), Basic Black (5 1/2 X 1, then cut scallop using Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies)
  • Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape

Today’s the last day to order Retiring Items from the 2016 – 2017 Stampin’ Up! Catalog!  CLICK HERE to see all the RETIRING ITEMS!

Be sure & take a look at the other WASHI CARD DESIGNS from the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration team!

Lovely As a Tree Masculine Birthday

When the retiring list came out, I was so relieved to see that Lovely As a Tree is still with us!  Such a beautiful & versatile stamp set!  The Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team is focusing on Masculine Cards today, and I reached for this set to make my card.

I used our new In Color, Tranquil Tide, for this card & I stamped off the background image first to make it a bit lighter.  This is supposed to be a masculine card, but I pulled the sentiment from Beautiful You, a very girly stamp set.  I think it works just fine.

Here’s a similar card without the stamping off.

Which one do you like best?  I can’t decide.  But I do know I love that tree!

Only 3 more days & we have a new catalog!!

Now go check out the other Masculine Cards the SSINK Team has made!

 

SSINK Card Sketch #45 Eastern Palace

There’s a new Card Sketch Challenge today at www.ssinkspiration.blogspot.com.   I haven’t gotten Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper out of my system yet, and pulled it out again for this sketch.  Here’s my card:

There are so many different looks you can achieve with this paper!  And the stickers!  But the best part of this suite is the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies!  I just love that medallion with the Dapper Denim showing through!

I needed a Birthday Card & decided to add this sentiment from Window Shopping Stamp Set.  That’s the set that goes with the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  Don’t you love the font?!!

Make sure to check out what other ideas the SSINK Team has for this fun sketch!

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!

 

 

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!

 

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!

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.