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!!

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!

#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!

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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!

 

SSINK Cool Treats For the Kids

What kid doesn’t like ice cream? Actually, what adult doesn’t love it, too?!!  At my Open House for the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog recently, I had an Ice Cream Sundae Bar. I made my own Hot Fudge for the event! Yummers!!!
I’ll leave you with the recipe at the end of the post.

The Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team is focusing on KIDS today! So I made an Ice Cream Card:

I just love these colors!  This time I chose the colors from the Designer Series Paper:  Naturally Eclectic DSP.  Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Soft Sky.

Here’s the details:

  • Stamps:  Cool Treats
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Lemon Lime Twist
  • Paper:  Emerald Envy (5 1/2 X 11, score at 4 1/4), Whisper White (5 1/4 X 4), Soft Sky (5 X 3 3/4)
  • Accessories:  Frozen Treats Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Wink of Stella (see sparkles below!)

Cheryl’s Hot Fudge Sauce

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate

1/2 cup butter

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 cup whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla

Melt chocolate in double  boiler.  Add butter, cocoa, & sugar.  Cook 10 minutes.  Whisk in cream & cook 5 minutes longer, stirring constantly.  Slowly add vanilla.

Best served while admiring a beautiful card you just finished up!  Enjoy!

Now head over to the SSINK page to see other ideas FOR THE KIDS!

#SSINK: Case the DT: Me!!

Today I’m excited to be CASE-ee!  The Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Design Team will be CASEing my cards!  Can’t wait to see what they do!

I didn’t want to miss out on the fun, so I’m CASEing myself!  It’s funny, because in this previous post I was CASEing Darla Roberts!  I went back to this post because I like this simple design and the way it showcases pretty Designer Series Papers!

Here’s what I made for today’s post:

Love these colors!!  The Designer Series Paper is Whole Lot of Lovely & it’s gorgeous, don’t you agree?!!  The background texture is called Sparkle.

Be the Good.  Love that.  That sentiment is from So Many Shells!

Here’s a little different look.  The background texture here is Garden Trellis.  Which one do you like better?

Be sure & check out what the other designers have CASED from me!!  I can’t wait to take a look!

#SSINKCC47 Mermaid Colors

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspriation Team has a COLOR CHALLENGE for you!  #SSINKCC47

This Magical Mermaid jumped out of my closet to play!!  This set has such fun, gorgeous images!!  Here’s what I came up with:

Perfect for watercoloring.  I painted over the Melon Mambo with Wink of Stella.  It’s very sparkly in person!!

I’ve had several requests to make a Mermaid Card in one of my classes.  I’ll be sure & have this as one of our cards in our July Cards, Etc. Class.  Mark your calendars… 2 dates/times to choose from:

  • Saturday, July 29th at 2 pm or
  • Monday, July 31st at 10 am

Here’s the inside:

Thought for the day:

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To see more using this gorgeous color combo, head over to the SSINK PAGE!

SSINK Favorite DSP: Delightful Daisy

I just love the new Designer Series Paper Delightful Daisy!  A big variety of beautiful papers!!  And then there’s the Daisy Punch.  I know I’ll get tons of use out of that!

I made a Card in a Box to show off the daisies!  This card folds flat for mailing & is sure to put a big smile on the face of whoever opens it up!  The colors are Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, & Daffodil Delight.

Here’s a close up so that you can better see the Daisy Delight stamp and that gorgeous embellishment, Faceted Gems!  These come in clear or gold.

I’m entering my card into a challenge called HSS Inspiration Challenge 266

Here’s a card I made that showcases this pretty paper:

My favorite piece of this Designer Series Paper is that gorgeous pink/green piece you can see in the top left!!

This card layout is perfect for using up small pieces of your DSP!  I’ll post the dimensions here.

  • Stamps:  Daisy Delight
  • Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral
  • Paper:  Calypso Coral (5 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4), Whisper White (5 1/4 X 4), DSP pieces (3 1/8 X 1 3/4 & 1/3/4 squares)  DSP means Designer Series Paper!
  • Accessories:  Daisy Punch, Faceted Gems
  • Hints:  Use your bone folder to curve the petals of the daisy to add a little dimension!

 

If you love these Card in a Boxes like I do, look for more in the Categories area on the right side of my blog.

Be sure & check out what the other Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspriation Team gals have selected for their favorite Designer Series Paper!

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!