Monday, June 29, 2015

It Can Be So Easy!

I love the idea of a quick and easy card but because I love to embellish and layer and stamp a lot, I tend to be bad a creating them.  But today I have a good single layer note card with an awesome color combo.  Here it is:

First of all, I should say that I am using the Notecards here.  And I am super proud that I remembered to stamp the envelope!  I used two stamp sets, Traveler and You've Got This.  I think that background from You've Got This will be used for a lot of things.  The colors are Night of Navy, Tip Top Taupe and Crushed Curry.  I finished it off with some candy dots and a little bit of twine.  Super easy and probably designed and created in under 5 minutes.  Although I think the idea had been swimming around in my head for awhile!

Thanks for looking.  Be sure to check out everyone's quick and easy cards at SSI!    

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lovely Lace

So I just LOVE lace, it's so pretty and girlie and reminds me of all the pretty dresses my mother out me in growing up!  So when Stampin' Up! put out new lace I was all over it!  And they put it out in the fabulous new in colors!  I have two cards to share with you, both using the Mint Macaron lace.  

In this first card I used it on the border along with the Definitely Dahlia stamp.  The sentiment is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set.  This was a quick card  to make.  That gorgeous flower and pretty lace work so well together.  I added a few rhinestones for some bling!  

For my second card I used the You've Got This stamp set and just added a touch of lace underneath the chevron ribbon.  Sometimes you just need a little something.  This was one of my cards at my open house.  

Thanks so much for looking at my projects.  You have to get this lace if you haven't already.  Be sure to check out what the other designers did over at SSI!   

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Over the Rainbow

Today at SSI, we are talking about some of our favorite new catalog items.  I thought I would share one of my very first MUST HAVES when I saw the catalog.  I feel in love with this stamp set:

It doesn't seem like much but I knew it had possibilities!  I loved the water color streaks and splotches.  That sun is just oh so cute!  And even though it was my MUST HAVE stamp set, I just got around to creating with it.  I just have one card to share, but honestly, it's pretty cute AND super easy.

It's a single layer card using Whisper White along with Memento Black ink and the Brights family collection for that ROYGBIV.  Although I opted for Old Olive, Bermuda Bay and then Pacific Point.  Next time I will try Tempting Turquoise in the mix.  I added the sun and layered a cloud from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  I love how the splotches fill up the letters.  I will be using this set again, stay tuned!  Thanks for looking.  Did you get a chance to see the other New Catalog Items from the gals at SSI?  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Patriot Pride

July 4th is special for a lot of reasons to me.  I have always been partial to the holiday, I love the fireworks, the american pride, the BBQ's, etc.  In fact I love it so much, it is also my wedding anniversary.  My husband and I are coming up on 11 years.  That seems both so long ago and just like yesterday at the same time.  Anyways, I love creating for this holiday and today I have a very special home decor piece I created using a printer's tray I got on clearance!  Love when that happens, right?

My color palette is Real Red, Night of Navy, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White and touches of silver.  For the first three panels, I used the masks and stamped the Layered Letters on a Deco Label die cut.

Here I made a little banner using the Banner Banter stamp and punch.  I added a little bit of the silver glimmer paper.  

I made a little Uncle Sam punch art using the scallop circle, circle, word window and star punch.  This was so easy and could easily be added to a card.

This flag was made with the Work of Art stamp set and the star confetti punch.  Also super easy and could easily be used on a card.

I kept this one simple, a little of the Tip Top Taupe lace and the word America stamped with the letters from the Calling All Heroes stamp set.

For this panels, I just added some star die cuts to the real red background.  

The sentiment is from the Project Life stamp set Remember This and I embossed it with Silver embossing powder on the Night of Navy card stock.  

Here I embossed the Tip Top Taupe with the Lucky Stars embossing folders and added some Petite Petals stamped in Real Red and Night of Navy.

I really like how this panel turned out.  The firework image is actually from Summer Silhouettes.  I added some Red Dazzling Details and the Boom Boom comes from the Groovy Love set.    

Here I just wrapped some of the Night of Navy seam binding ribbon and added a silver glimmer paper sweetheart punch.

Thanks for looking!  I really loved making this.  It was fun finding other used for stamps and punches.  Did you check out the other Patriotic Inspired projects from the team over at SSI!  

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Build a Birthday

This was one of the first stamp sets we could get as a demo during our preorder.  I got it because I saw there were lots of possibilities with the set.  I have a few cards to share where I paired this set with the Bohemian DSP.  I just love the rich colors in this paper!

First up is a look at the card I had at my open house.  I just used the sentiment and the candle flame part of the set for a quick and easy card.  The candles were made from the Bohemian DSP.  You could also stamp the candles from the set.

Up next is the cake.  This was SO easy to make.  In fact, confession time, I ran downstairs and stamped the following two cards so quickly that my family didn't even know I was missing.  With the photopolymer stamps, its so easy to line up and they stamp perfectly (hint be sure to stamp on the piercing mat for a perfect image everytime).  I added a bit of the Bohemian DSP in the corner.

And finally I wanted to think outside the box.  So using all the same colors from the previous cards, I created a faux washi tape pattern.  I stamped the sentiment several times in different colors.  Again with the photopolymer, this was so easy to line up.  This was my first try!  I might have to do this again with a rainbow color scheme.  

Thanks so much for looking!  Did you get this set yet?  Be sure to check back at SSI for even more great ideas with this versatile stamp set!  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

It Must Be "Mint" To Be...

I just love the new in color Mint Macaron.  I love it paired with the Tip Top Taupe as well.  Initially I was excited to see how that minty sage green would pair with Blackberry Bliss, I loved it.   But more recently I have decided to pair it with a lighter shade of purple.  I think I was inspired by one of the other fabulous designers here.  

So here is Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Perfect Plum working together in perfect harmony.  

The stamp set I used here is called Awesomely Artistic.  I am looking forward to playing around more with this set, this was my first go around.  I just love all the images and I think the colors work really well together!  The bit of lace trim is actually the Venetian Crochet Trim dyed with some Tip Top Taupe.  

Did you get to see all the other projects with colors schemes using the new in colors over at SSI.  These colors have definitely made themselves at home in the Stampin' Up! color familes!  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Father's Day

I hope you remembered Father's Day this weekend?  If not, the designers over at SSI have some "inkspiration" for you.  I have a quick and easy card I made for my father in law using the Guy Greetings stamp set.   

I actually started off with a different color palette.  But I ended up back here with my favorite masculine colors, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron and Top Top Taupe.  I used the streak from Work of Art for the ground and finished it off with some twine.

Here is the inside:

Thanks so much for looking!  

Monday, June 15, 2015

June Layout Sketch

We have a super cute sketch for you today over at SSI.  Check it out:

I decided to use an older picture back when we were just a family of three, although I was about 7 weeks pregnant at the time.  Here is my layout:

I decided to make this pretty a quick and easy layout.  My base paper is a sheet of Tip Top Taupe.  I used the new Color Me Irresistible DSP and sponged it Rose Red.  I matted it on some Pear Pizzazz.  I used my envelope punch board to create the file folder look with the Rose Red card stock.  

The banner is from the Celebrate Today bundle, the stamp and framelit set.    

The sentiment is from the Best Thoughts hostess set.  

Thanks for looking!  Don't forget to upload your layout over at SSI.

Friday, June 12, 2015

With a Cherry On Top

Happy Friday!  Today is the last day of school for my little gal!  I think we might have to celebrate with some ice cream or something.  And I have a cute card for her for doing such a great job in 1st grade.  I am part shocked she is a second grader now and part surprised she isn't in high school already!  Here is my card:

This is an easy way for me to show you all the fabulous patterns in the Cherry on Top DSP stack.  The colors are super fun and festive and a great mix of bold and subtle patterns.  The sentiment is from the I Think You're Great stamp set.  Thanks so much for looking!  Did you see all the other creations using this suite of products over at SSI!  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Masculine Blog Hop

 It's raining men...or atleast projects designed for men here at SSI.  Our monthly blog hop is dedicated to the men in our lives and with Father's Day approaching, this is just perfect.  I have a couple of projects to share with you today!  

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 stop number 3 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Melissa at Stamp Doc. 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.
First up is a Father's Day card using the Traveler Stamp set along with the World Map background stamp.

I used Night of Navy, Mint Macaron and Basic Gray.  The Happy Father's Day sentiment is from the Guy Greetings stamp set.  I love the look of the circle with part of it cut off.  I finished it off with some baker's twine.

Next up we have a Congrats card perfect for the hipster guy in your life.

Here is used the Guy Greetings stamp set.  This card is very different from my style, I usually have a hard time with white space (or in this case Very Vanilla space), but I liked it and knew I was done.  The colors are Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, and Very Vanilla.  The Sahara Sand bottom piece is embossed with the new Brick Wall embossing folder. The hats are all punched out with the 3/4" circle and layered on the 7/8" scallop circle.  

Finally we can't forget the little men in our lives.  This next card uses one of my favorite stamp sets from the new catalog; No Bones About It.

First, the colors are Tangelo Twist, Sahara Sand and Island Indigo, with a bit of Mossy Meadow and Chocolate Chip.  The ground is made from the streak in the Work of Art set.  I just love this set so much and I can't wait to play with it some more!  This would be a cute card for a little boy finishing Preschool or Kindergarten.  

Thanks so much for checking out my projects.  Up next is Bree at Craft-Somnia Momma.  I can't wait to see what she has in store for us!  

Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Diana at Stampin Fun with Diana
  2. Cynthia at Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  3. Melissa at Stamp Doc
  4. Jenny at Jenny G Paper Crafts
  5. Bree at Craft-Somnia Momma
  6. Donna at Organized Chaos
  7. Kim at Stamping with Kim
  8. Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sprinkles of Life

I loved last year's Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set.  I thought the flamingo was so fun and I loved all the images that had matching punches.  I thought they could not top that set.  And they did!  Sprinkles of Life has like a bajillion used plus it's own coordinating punch.  I just love it!  Here are a few cards I made with this set:

Here I made a tree, although I only punched out the leaves.  The background is from the Cherry on Top DSP stack.  I thought the lace doily would be a cute feminine touch.  I just love these bright in colors, especially Cucumber Crush!  

Here is a card I did at my open house.  The colors are Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder and Smoky Slate.  I also added a little bit of the silver glimmer paper under the one cloud for the silver lining.  The white satin ribbon tied it all together!

You can do even more with this set!  Be sure to check out all the other creations from the design team over at SSI!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Punch Boards

I love a quick and easy project that looks a lot more complicated.  Enter the punch boards.  Stampin' Up! has three of them and I have a project showcasing each of them to share with you today!

First let's take a close look at my project using the Envelope Punch Board.  I made a box to hold 6 cards from the Cottage Garden Card kit.  

Here is a peek at those cards. 

This kit is fabulous and only costs $16 for 15 cards!  To make the box, I simply took a 12 x 12 piece of card stock, punched and scored at 5" and 7" (I lined up my punch board to my grid paper to see where 7" is).  You do this on all four sides and fold up and the box will start to take shape.  You can use the corner rounder on all the corners as well.  I cut the flaps and adhered it together.  This was so easy!  I used the flowers from the kit as inspiration for the flowers on the box.  

Next up is the Gift Bag Punch Board.  I decided to try using the Typeset DSP to make a bag.  

I really like how this turned out.  The Basic Black and Very Vanilla pair nicely with the Mint Macaron.  This could be a cute favor for a bridal shower or a thank you for the school librarian.  

And finally I have the Gift Box Punch Board.  I used the Bohemian DSP because I just love the rich colors.  

These boxes are SO easy to make.  I tied it up with some Delightful Dijon lace and finished it off with a cute and quick tag.  

Thanks so much for checking out my projects!  Did you get to see the other creations from the design team members at SSI

Monday, June 8, 2015

June Card Sketch

It's that time again, we have another fabulous sketch for you!  And hopefully you have some of the fabulous new Stampin' Up! goodies to help inspire you even more!  Here is the sketch:  

Super fun right?  Here is my take on it:

I used the colors from the Bohemian DSP to determine my color scheme.  The card base is Blackberry Bliss and there is one piece of Bohemian DSP.  I then took some ivory and using the Bohemian Borders stamp set, I made my own DSP with Blackberry Bliss, Delightful Dijon and Bermuda Bay.  The sentiment comes from the Friendly Wishes stamp set and I layered that on top of some Delightful Dijon cut with the Chalk Talk Framelits.  My little banner is actually made with the Bohemian Washi Tape.  

Thanks so much for checking out my project.  Be sure to upload your creation over at SSI!  

Friday, June 5, 2015

Triple Banner Punch

One of the fabulous new products from Stampin' Up! is the Triple Banner Punch.  Banner are so in right now!  And we all had ways to make ours but they weren't always foolproof.  I used to cut a triangle off with the square punch.  I have seen others use the hexagon punch.  And these methods work but require a little bit of estimation and one slip and it could be off.  

Enter the Triple Banner Punch.  Now we can create little banners 1", 1.5" and 2" wide in a snap!  Here is a card I made using this cool new tool!

My little banner feature the punch as well as the Cherry on Top DSP stack.  The stamp set used here is the You're So Sweet.  I also embossed the Bermuda Bay background with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.  I added a little bit of the Cherry on Top Washi Tape as well!  

Thanks for looking!  Check out the other banner projects over at SSI!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

They Say It's Your Birthday...

Well it's not my birthday yet, but we are celebrating birthday cards today at SSI!  And I have a fun one using a new stamp set, new DSP paper stack and two new in colors!  Check it out:

I just love the Build a Birthday set!  I can't wait to play with it even more to see what else I can make!  The background DSP is from the Cherry on Top 6 x 6 Paper Stack.  It was a perfect choice...the card is almost good enough to eat!  The colors are Watermelon Wonder and Tip Top Taupe.  And of course I had to make a matching envelope with the wonderful envelope paper.  It is thinner than card stock but more durable that DSP.  And of course it is double sided so no liner is needed!  

Thanks so much for looking.  Did you get to see the other birthday cards over at SSI?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Catalog Countdown Day 1 - Cucumber Crush

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!  It's here!  The new catalog!!!!!  Today we are showing off the last of the fantastic  new in colors!  We have the bright and cheerful Cucumber Crush for you.  This is reminiscent of Gumball Green from a few years ago, but its brighter!  I just love it!  As you check out today's Inkspiration from my page, be sure to check out the rest of the projects by the SSInkspiration Design Team for today!

Here is my creation:

I decided to pair Cucumber Crush with Tangelo Twist.  The background paper is from the in color envelope paper pack,  I used the Crazy About You stamp set and the Hello You thinlits.  I finished it off with one of the faceted buttons.  Thanks for looking!   

Technique Tuesday - Pinwheel, pinwheel spinning around...

I can't help it, I am a child of the 80's and I can't say pinwheel without thinking of the 80's tv show on Nickelodeon.  Today at SSI we are talking about pinwheels...a perfect an easy addition to a fun, summery card.  And I have some super fun DSP to show off as well.  Here is my card:

I think this would be the perfect card for my daughter who will be completing 1st grade in about two weeks.  The pinwheels are made with the Cherry on Top DSP with some candy dots in the center.  I used the bow builder to make a Crushed Curry bow to tie up the fun pinwheels.  The sentiment is from And Many More and I am glad this set is n the new catalog!  Thanks for looking!  Check out all the other creations over at SSI using pinwheels!  

Monday, June 1, 2015

New Catalog Countdown Day 2 - Delightful Dijon

Two days away...can you feel the creative excitement in the air?  Another color to share today, and this one is going to be so lovely for fall projects and masculine cards.  It is called Delightful Dijon.  A bit deeper than Hello Honey, I can see this pairing nicely with Blackberry Bliss as well a Night of Navy.  As you check out today's Inkspiration from my page, be sure to check out the rest of the projects by the SSInkspiration Design Team for today!

Here is my card using this new gorgeous color:

I used the new Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set, Sprinkles of Life.  This color reminded me of the color of an ice cream cone.  I used some of the new Bohemian DSP as a background and stamped and colored the ice cream cone.  I then stamped and punch two scoops of ice cream.  I needed to add some sprinkles of course.  I finished off the card with some of the dotted lace ribbon in Delightful Dijon.  And of course I had to make a matching envelope!  

Thanks for looking.  Did you see the other projects highlighting this new in color over at SSI?  

June Color Challenge

Can you believe it is already June?  I am so excited because tomorrow is the launch of the new catalog.  Our color challenge uses one of the fabulous new in colors and pairs it with two other fabulous colors from the regal collection.  Check it out:

I decided to use this color scheme with a stamp set that is carrying over; Butterfly Basics!  Here is my card:

This was a super easy card that came together super fast!  I stamped the leaves several times without reinking to give several shades of Mint Macaron.  And I thought that Cajun Craze would be perfect for that butterfly and it was so east to cut it out with the matching framelit.  Having such fabulous coordinating products is one of my favorite things about Stampin' Up!  And of course I just finished it off with a bit of Night of Navy seam biding ribbon. 

Thanks for looking!  Don't forget to upload you creation using this great color combo over at SSI!