Friday, June 30, 2017

My Favorite New Ribbon and Fond Farewell

Today over at SSI the designers are sharing their favorite new accessory from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  For me it has to be the Finely Woven Ribbon in the 2017-2019 In Colors.  I have a few projects showcasing each one of these fabulous colors and a different way to use the ribbon.  Some are projects you have seen before.  Up first is a card from my open house:

Here I just took the Berry Burst Finely Woven ribbon and used it to break up the pattern of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper.  I didn't tie a bow or anything, just kept it simple.  Also, how fabulous is this color combo?  I also used an awesome new bundle, Label Me Pretty which has a great new punch!  I added a bit of shine with half of a silver metallic doily.  

You have already seen this card, but here is the same ribbon in the Fresh Fig color where I just tied a simple knot.  

I had already shared this card as well, but wanted to show it off again!  How pretty is this bow?  

Now how about some projects that aren't card?  I gave away little goodie bags at my open house and used a lot of this fun ribbon!  Here is my bookmark:

This was simple, just cut a two inch piece of card stock and use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  The punch already makes a space to thread your ribbon through.  I paired Fresh Pig with lemon Lime Twist here and didn't really fuss too much with ribbon.  The flower stamp is from the Blooms and Wishes set.    

Finally here is a little tea bag holder made with my favorite tool, the Envelope Punch Board!

The Fresh Florals DSP is definitely one of my favorite and it worked great to make a little envelope for a tea bag.  I also used some other favorite new products, listed below.  

Finally I have to finish off this post with a Fond Farewell to the fabulous ladies over at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration!  I have truly enjoyed creating with you, but it is time for me to step down off the team to spend more time with my family and working on my stampin' business!  I hope to create along with your challenges and wish everyone the best.  Head over to SSI right now to see the other designers favorite accessories.  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Naturally Eclectic DSP

The new Designer Series Paper in the 2017-2018 catalog is so wonderful!  It was hard for me to pick a favorite for Friday Favorites.  But I did, the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper:
Just look at all those beautiful colors and patterns!  I made a few cards to share with you today:

There isn't much stamping on this card because the paper is SO PRETTY!   I started with a Soft Sky card base and added a Peekaboo Peach layer under the DSP.  I used the Eclectic Layers thinlit dies to create the Night of Navy die cut.  The die only cuts the insides out so I fussy cut around it.  I used the Layering Circles and Stitched Shapes dies for my sentiment and some of the Berry Burst Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon.  


This card showcases the gems in the Designer Series Paper.  And instead of the Oh So Eclectic stamp set, I used the You're Priceless stamp set because it does coordinate with the Eclectic Layers Dies.  I used a Night of Navy card base with a Soft Sky background.  I balanced the gem paper with some Lemon Lime Twist stamped with my sentiment.  For the actual gem, I sponged some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with Lemon Lime Twist and ran it through the Big Shot.  Then I cut the outline in Lemon Lime Twist and glued the sparkly pieces on.  So fun!

For this card you can really see all the colors in this DSP and the beautiful water color effect.  I used a Emerald Envy card base and added the chevron print over top.  On Whisper White I stamped the leaves twice without reinking to get two shades of Emerald Envy.  Then I added my flower which was stamped in Peekaboo Peach with a Berry Burst die cut over top.  I did some background stamping with Soft Sky and added the sentiment in Berry Burst.  I added a strip of the copper trim and some rhinestones for some sparkle.    

It is clear that I love this paper!  To see some of the other favorite Designer Series Paper from the gals on the Design Team, head back to SSI.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous!

Happy Birthday Gorgeous is a great bundle because of all the birthday sentiments and that fabulous thinlit.  Although this set was available to pre-order, I was a little late to falling n love with it.  But now I am so glad I did!  Check out this card I made with a color combo that had been in my head waiting to be used:

I just LOVE Lemon Lime Twist and thought it would pair nicely with Island Indigo.  I cut out my Happy Birthday from some Island Indigo and layered it over some of the Lemon Lime Twist Fresh Florals DSP.  I then made a small bouquet of balloons.  Now if you are wondering where I got the Island Indigo Glimmer Paper, I MADE it!  You can use the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and add any color you like with reinker and spritzer or a sponge and ink pad (which is what I did).  I made sure to use a white sparkly balloon too!  Did you see how I dotted the "i" in Birthday?  Love the enamel shapes so much!  Here is the inside of the card:

Ok, here is a confession.  I didn't stamp my sentiment in the middle. So I added a strip of Lemon Lime Twist with some of the Blues washi tape (this one happens to be Island Indigo of course!).  I love all the fabulous color coordination that Stampin' Up! does for us.  

For more Birthday cards, head over to SSI!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Tickled PInk

I just got back from a week in Hilton Head with my family.  It was a wonderful vacation but I really did miss my stamp room.  Fortunately, I had a chance to create something when I got back for the INKspiration challenge over at SSI.  Check it out:


Cute right?  I love that flamingo and that chair so those were my key pieces to create my card:

I am using so many new goodies in this card; 2 new stamp sets, one new in color, new designer series paper, a new die, a new punch, and a new accessory!  My colors here are Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo and Crumb Cake (with a little Black Memento Ink).  I used the Burlap background stamp for some tone on tine stamping.  Of course my flamingo and the sentiment come from the Fabulous Flamingo set.  I decided to cut out a Lemon Lime Twist Adirondack chair for a fun punch of color.  I also had a scrap of the Lemon Lime Twist Fresh Florals DSP punched with the Pretty Label Punch.  Did you spot the Flirty Flamingo Glitter Acrylic Arrow?  Here is a peek inside:   

I just stamped some leaves with out reinking to get the different shades of Lemon Lime Twist and stamped the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo.

This card was so fun to make!  Can you create a project based on the image?  Head over to SSI for more ideas and upload yours!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Magical Mermaid

The new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog has not one mermaid stamps, but two!  I was so excited, I had to have them both.  Today I am sharing with you a card I made with Magical Mermaid.  First have a look at the awesome stamp set:

So pretty right?  And I feel like some of the fabulous new in colors just say MERMAID!  So here is my card:

I started with a Fresh Fig card base and layered on some Soft Sky that was embossed with the Seaside embossing folder.  I stamped the mermaid on Whisper White with the Basic Black Archival Ink and used my blender pens to color her in with Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink and Soft Suede.  It might be hard to see but I added some Wink of Stella Glitter so she shimmers.  I popped her up with dimensionals.  For the sentiment, I stamped the dotty sea-life in Soft Sky in the background and then added the sentiment in Fresh Fig over top.  I added a bit of Tranquil Tide in the background and finished the card off with some Perfect White Accents.  

Check out some of the other favorite new stamp sets from the other designers over at SSI.


Monday, June 12, 2017

June Card Sketch

Happy Monday to you!  We have a fun geometric card sketch for you over at SSI; check it out:

I had a few ideas but when all was said and done I settled on creating with the beautiful Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper and the Oh So Eclectic stamp set:

I love this paper.  It uses a lot of In Colors, both the new and older in colors.  I started with a Peekaboo Peach card based and added a Whisper White background with some Peekaboo Peach background stamping.  I hand cut six triangles from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper to create my hexagon.  I stamped the sentiment with Peekaboo Peach and layered it on the Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.  I love the crinkle ribbon, if only my clothes could be fashionably wrinkled!  

This is a fun card sketch perfect to show off DSP.  Let's see what you can create.  Upload your card today over at SSI.  


Friday, June 9, 2017

Lemon Lime Twist and Fresh Fig

I love that Stampin' Up! puts out a set of fresh new in colors each year.  I was pretty sad to say good bye to the last set of in colors but they really won me over with these.  I love them all, but my favorites are Lemon Lime Twist and Fresh Fig, especially together.  I created this fun card using two new stamp sets as well:

I started out with a Fresh Fig card base and added a layer of Lemon Lime Twist.  I love the deep purple with the bright neon green, such a great contrast!  The sentiment comes from the Just Add Text stamp set, one I loved as soon as I saw it!  I used the pot of paintbrushes from the Crafting Forever.  Now you might recognize the other in colors, I used my Stampin' Write Markers to color them in.  I stamped the pot on some of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack and fussy cut it out with my Paper Snips.  I added some Lemon Lime Twist paint splatters for that artistic flair.  To finish off my card I wrapped a strip of the Lemon Lime Twist finely woven ribbon with a pair of the clear faceted gems.  

Head back over to SSI to see the other designer's favorite new in colors!  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Soft Saying Card Kit - Quick and Easy and Fabulous

The new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog from Stampin' Up! has so many fabulous things in it!  I am trying to convince a few more of my friends to try stamping out so I know that I need quick and easy projects for them.  Enter the Soft Sayings Card Kit.  This will definitely be a class for me.  This was one item that was definitely on my pre-order.  I got it and made it right away.  It took about 2 hours to create while I was dealing with my kids, so if you have uninterrupted time you can probably do it faster.  Here are the photos of all 10 designs, you make 2 of each card.  I stuck to the directions mostly:

The cards come in a few different sizes and come with matching envelopes.  The stamp set has fabulous sentiments and images that can be used for other projects.  And the card bases have this water color wash to them that are beautiful.  And the best part of this kit is that a REFILL is available!  This is something that I have suggested to Stampin' Up! so I am so happy about it!  I might have to order a refill kit (just the materials, not the stamp set, ink spot, or clear block) just to try my own designs!  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Head over to SSI for more Quick and Easy Cards!


Monday, June 5, 2017

June Color Challenge

It is the first Monday in June so that means we have our color challenge over at SSI!  Check it out:

This using one of our fabulous new in colors; Berry Burst!  It is a fun bright pink and I just love it!  Here is my card:

I used LOTS of new goodies for this card.  I just love all my pre-order stuff and my first big box of stuff will be here today, so I am so very excited.  I started with some Whisper White and added the Color Theory DSP in the Daffodil Delight Ombre sheet.  I added a strip of Pear Pizzazz that was embossed with the Petal Burst embossing folder.  Layered on that I added some of the Berry Burst 1/2" Fine Cotton Ribbon.  I grabbed my sentiment from the Just Add Text stamp set and colored it with my markers.  I cut it out with the Layering Ovals Framelits and added a Pear Pizzazz Scallop Oval underneath.  I finished my card off with some Daffodil Delight Enamel Shapes.

Aren't these three colors fabulous?  I can't wait to see what You can come up with.  Link up your creation over at SSI!


Friday, June 2, 2017

Eastern Palace Projects

Today over at SSI, our designers are sharing our favorite suite from the new catalog.  The catalog was released to everyone yesterday...and I placed a huge order.  I am so very excited about getting my goodies.  We were only allowed to pre-order a select few items.  So in selecting my favorite suite, I decided on going back to the Eastern Palace Suite.  There is just so much to do with these fabulous products and I have 5 projects to share with you!  First up is a thank you card highlighting some great DSP and the awesome thinlits:

The color combination here is so pretty, I just love Tranquil Tide with Dapper Denim.  And those thinlits make the COOLEST die-cuts.  I added a strip of the gold vinyl stickers for a touch of shine.

Up next is probably my favorite: 

So these thinlits really do create amazing things.  This card was so simple but I just love it.  I did cheat and use the Gold Faceted Gems which are amazing!  

Here is a card using a pop of the fun Lemon Lime Twist:

I love Lemon Lime Twist!  And I love it paired with Dapper Denim with the gold accents.  I let the DSP be the focus but did add some tone on tone stamping with the little fan element (which makes me think of mermaids).  I decided to use my layering circle framelits and added some of the gold vinyl stickers to finish it off!

Here is a gift tag or bookmark:

I just wanted to have fun way to use those tassels!  And again, those thinlits are so fun to play with!  

And finally this card is me trying to creatively stretch a bit:

I love these two colors together.  You will see me pair them up a lot I am sure!  I made my own background by randomly stamping all the circle in the stamp set on Lemon Lime Twist in Fresh Fig ink.  I used a scallop circle to cut out the intricate doily-like die cut.  I added some of the Fresh Fig 1/2 inch cotton ribbon.  

So have I convinced you to get these products yet?  I swear I could spend all day in my craft room and create so many different projects with this suite.  Right now I will say its my favorite.  However when I receive my first order, that will change.  Head over to SSI to see what the other designers picked for their favorite suite!  


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sending a Smile to Mint Macaron

Tomorrow is the first day of the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog from Stampin' Up!  And I am so very excited about all the fabulous new products.  But with that, we have to give a final goodbye to some retiring products.  I have a quick and easy card using my favorite retiring in color (Mint Macaron) and one of my favorite retiring suites (Affectionately Yours).  One of the fabulous accessories that coordinates with this suite is the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Washi Tape.  Check out my card:

Now one thing that I used in this card here that is not retiring is the Copper Embossing Powder, thank goodness!  I love the copper foil floral specialty DSP so I created my own copper flower with the embossing powder and coordinating stamp set, Love & Affection.  For the washi tape, I layered on the Mint Macaron leaf print over top of the copper dot print, essentially making my own new washi tape.  Washi Tape really is one of my favorite accessories and I am looking forward to getting my hands on the new washi tape!  For more Washi Tape ideas, head over to SSI!  


Monday, May 29, 2017

For My Brother

I have a tool-rific card to share with you today using the Nailed It Bundle, which sold out WAY too fast.  I am glad I got it when I did and it goes to show you that is you like something then you should get it right away.  June is a very busy month for birthdays in my family, we have three of them with both of my brothers and my sister in law.  Here is a card I made for my brother:

I love the combination of the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper with the Nailed It stamp set and Framelits.  I played around with lots of the patterns but settled on these.  I did stamp on some Silver Foil sheets with the Basic Black Archival Ink and pieced together some of the tools.  For my sentiment I used the "Brother" from the Guy Greetings stamp set.  Here is a peek at the inside:  

The "Happy Birthday" came from the Guy Greetings set, but the rest of the sentiment came from the Nailed It set.  I added the little hexagon background stamps from the Urban District stamp set.  This really is a great set of products, perfect for all the masculine cards you  might need!  For more Masculine Cards, head over to SSI.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Bye Bye Bitty Butterfly

One of my favorite things about Stampin' Up! is their fabulous punches.  With this year's Retirement List we are losing quite a few classic punches (but we will get some great new ones, I promise!).  One of my favorites is the Bitty Butterfly (the Elegant Butterfly is a close second).  I made this quick and easy card to show off how great this punch can be:

I went with a rainbow effect using the swoosh from Over the Rainbow (another stamp set that is retiring).  I took the my Bitty Butterfly punch and punched out little butterflies from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stacks, which also retired and sold out very quickly!  My sentiment is from the Love and Affection stamp set which is also retiring. 

Although it is sad to say goodbye to these fabulous products, take comfort in knowing that we are in store for some great things!  Head over to SSI where the gals are sharing their favorite retiring punches.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Daisy Delight

One of the many perks about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is getting to play with the new products first.  We were able to pre-order from the new catalog at the beginning of May.  Unfortunately I have not had too much time to stamp but I did set aside some time to play with a fabulous new Suite of products, the Daisy Delight Suite, which includes a stamp and punch bundle, and gorgeous Designer Series Paper.  Here are my three cards, starting with my favorite:

This one is my favorite because it includes this beautiful watercolor inspired daisy paper.  And I would have never paired Tranquil Tide (new In-Color) with Calypso Coral, but I love them together.  This was also the easiest card I made from this set.  How pretty is that Thank You sentiment?  And I just added some Calypso Coral daisies on either side and finished it off with the Tranquil Tide cotton ribbon.

Up next is a card that shows off the punch: 

Here we get another look at some more of the patterns in the DSP pack.  For my daisy I stamped Calypso Coral in on Calypso Coral card stock and layered two punched pieces together for a fun full flower!  I added the new Clear Faceted Gems to the center of my flower.  I matted my Thank You sentiment on some Pool Party which really brings out that color in the DSP.  

Finally here I played with some of the other stamps in the set:

Again here are those colors I would have never paired together but love.  This card is an ink, card stock and scrap kinda card.  Definitely quick and easy but still very pretty.  

Hopefully you are getting excited about the new catalog.  The other designers over at SSI are also showing off their new catalog cards.  

Monday, May 15, 2017

May INKspiration Challenge

Happy Monday!  Welcome to the May edition of the SSI INKspiration challenge.  I chose an image that would be perfect for Father's Day or a Masculine card  using the Nailed It Bundle.  This bundle is already sold out, so I am sorry if you didn't get a hold of it.  It is fabulous!  Here is the image:

I decided to create my own little workshop:

I love how easy it was to create these tools.  I stamped on Smoky Slate, Delightful Dijon and some of the brand new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  I just did a little bit of fussy cutting after die cutting out the tools and put them together.  I used some of the Urban Underground DSP for the background.  I love the little die cut for the cute sentiment and finished it off with the Urban Underground embellishments.  This card was so easy to create and it will be perfect for either my dad or either of my brothers!  

I am looking forward to seeing what you create using this image.  Head over to SSI and upload yours today!


Friday, May 12, 2017

I Stink You Are Great

So I finally got my hands on the actual new catalog and its amazing.  But even though a lot of fabulous products are being carried over, none of the bundles will be.  So I decided to feature one of my favorite bundles with today's project which also shows off some retiring items and a NEW IN COLOR!  Check it out:

These are the little gift cards I gave to my son's preschool teachers who are all amazing!  I am not sure if I saw this sentiment somewhere or came up with it myself.  The Fox Builder punch and Fox and Friends stamp set can make so many fabulous things!  This little stinker was so easy make.  I decided to pair my skunk with the new Lemon Lime Twist.  This bright green is so fun!  I just love it!  And I used the retiring Gift Card Thinlits, which really made this a super quick project.  If you are wondering what gift card I gave, I decided to go with the smell theme and give a Bath and Body Works Gift Card.  I just loved how they turned out!

The gals at SSI are sharing their favorite retiring bundles over at SSI

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Let's Celebrate with Balloon Adventures!

I love the Party Animal Suite and it is still available while supplies last.  I used the Designer Series Paper along with the Balloon Adventures stamp set and coordinating thinlits to make a fun birthday card that also uses the Mojo Monday sketch:

Here is my card:

Instead of using the pop up thinlit in the inside of the card I fusst cut around it and used it as a die cut for my card front.  I love this fun bright colors in this suite, it would be perfect for anyone!  Here is a peek inside:

Full disclosure here...the confetti was added to cover a smudge that got on my inside but I really like how it frames the sentiment.  I added a strip of the coordinating washi tape as well.  

For more birthday card inspirations, head over to SSI.

Monday, May 8, 2017

May Sketch Challenge

The Eastern Palace Suite is now available for everyone to buy in two special edition bundles; one with the DSP, stamp and coordinating card stock and ink and another with all of those goodies PLUS the amazing coordinating thinlits.  I have had these products for awhile but haven't really played with them too much.  But when I saw this month's sketch challenge for SSI, I knew I could use them.  Check out the sketch:

Here is my card:

I started with some of the new Tranquil Tide card stock for my base and added a layer of the Eastern Palace DSP.  For the banners, I used two strips of the DSP as well including a gold foil piece.  The thinlits quickly made all of those super fun intricate die cuts.  For the larger Tranquil Tide piece, I did just use my paper snips to cut them out.  Most of the thinlits don't actually cut out the images fully, but with scissors or some circle dies you can easily cut them out completely.  The purple color is Fresh Fig and it is so pretty!  I stamped my "hello" sentiment in Fresh Fig along with the Tranquil Tide bracket-like pieces.  I finished my card off with a gold tassel and a star like image stamped tone on tone with Fresh Fig and cut out with the dies. 

Here is a close up of all the die cutting:

So yeah, this set is a must have and I feel like I could spend a whole day playing with the stamp set and dies!  But you can use whatever you would like to this week's challenge.  Head back over to SSI and upload your card today!