Friday, March 31, 2017

CASEing Bree

I love being a Design Team Member for the Stampin' Stylin' Inkspiration blog.  Our team is chock full of super talented stampers.  So when the time came for us to CASE each other, I knew I had to participate in that!  CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything.  It can be recreating an exact card that someone made or just pulling a few elements from it, the colors, the theme, the sketch, etc.  I CASE'd a card from Bree.  I pinned it awhile ago and knew it would be a great card to CASE.

Here is my version:

Instead of the masculine Congrats card, I made a floral and feminine Birthday card.  I love the simple elements of this card with the special touches.  I just layered three circle, but did you spot the stitching on the circles?  The Happy is cut from the Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper but is also stamped in the background.  I also added some splotches for some texture and there is a bit of shine with the silver thread looped behind.  For a complete supply list, check out below.  For more CASE'd cards, head over to SSI!


Monday, March 27, 2017

March Technique Challenge

Happy Monday to you and yours!  It is finally starting to seem a little bit more like spring in my neck of the woods (Lehigh Valley, PA).  I am looking forward to a warm spring when I can send my kids outside to play and watch them from my studio and create.  Until then, I will steal away time here and there to stamp and paper craft!  Today I am sharing a card I created for the Technique Challenge at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration.  Check it out:

I knew exactly what paper I wanted to use with this card.  I decided to use some of the Moroccan Designer Series Paper with one of my favorite sets of framelits and a touch of copper.  Here is my card:

I just love this paper.  I thought this card would be perfect for congratulating someone on a new job.  I love the mix of colors here with the Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon paired with the Early Espresso and Very Vanilla neutrals.  The stamp set and punch used is the Thoughtful Banners bundled with the Duet Banner punch.  I hadn't used this set in a long time and it really has so many uses!  And I just love the all the patterns in this DSP, I weaved with it and I used it as a background.  I cut out the weaved part with the Lots of Labels dies and layered it on a piece of Copper Foil for some shine.  To finish it off, I added some Moroccan Designer Series Washi Tape and a few Cajun Craze enamel shapes.  

I would love to see what you can do with this technique!  Head over to SSI and upload your creation today!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous!

I love me some sparkle and shine.  So when I saw the theme for the blog over at SSI was all that glitters and shines, I had to create for it.  My initial idea was to use the Bermuda Bay Glimmer paper with some Copper Foil, but I ended up changing it to Silver.  I love how it turned out:

I will take you through how I created this, because I don't always start with the base of my card.  Everything started with stamping that fancy lady!  I stamped her first on Whisper White and die cut her out with an oval stitches framelit.  Then stamped her on some of the floral patterned Bermua Bay paper from the  Brights Designer Series Paper Stack and fussy cut her dress out and pieced it together.  I cut some Bermuda Bay Glimmer paper with a scalloped oval to layer underneath for a bit of sparkle.  Then I grabbed some Silver Foil and embossed it with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  If you haven't tried embossing the foil sheets, you have to!  It creates such an awesome effect!  I stamped my sentiment on a strip of Whisper White and added some of the Bermuda Bay sequin trim over top.  I finished it off with a sparkly flower and shiny leaf cut with the Botanical Builders Framelits and a metal rimmed pearl.  Although it wasn't the card I had thought I was going to make, I do love how it turned out!  

For more sparkly and shine cards, head over to SSI.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Some Blooms and Wishes for Spring!

It is hard to believe that spring is here, mostly because my deck is still covered with snow from the big March storm we had last week.  But I am a big believer in mind over matter.  So I have a fun floral, spring inspired card to share with you today:

I searched my stamp collection and found the stamp set Blooms and Wishes, a set I bought awhile ago but haven't put a lot of ink on it.  It pairs perfectly with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper, an absolutle favorite of mine.  I just love all the colors in it, the purple and pinks are so lovely and make me think of spring.  And of course I just love the touch of Mint Macaron, an in-color that I know is retiring but I don't want to talk about it!!!  I added touches of that amazing color with the Assorted Glimmer Paper pack from Sale-A-Bration and the striped ribbon.  And of course I had to use my go to framelits, the Stitched Shapes.  Seriously, if you don't have these framelits, what are you waiting for?  They are amazing....the stitching adds such a nice touch to any project.  I used an oval and then layered it with a scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals framelits.  I added a few enamel dots in the center of the flowers I stamped.  

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  For more spring cards, head over to SSI!   

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March Inkspiration Challenge

I feel like these Mondays come around faster and faster these days.  The best part about Mondays is the new SSI Challenge.  This week, we have the INKspiration challenge which means you need to design a project based on this fun Spring image:

It is hard to focus on Spring, since the Stella storm hit my area pretty hard and there is still tons of snow.  My hope is that if I decorate and create for Easter it will help thaw out our current situation.  I decided to focus on the colors and the objects in the image to create this card:

Instead of a wreath, I made a basket with the Basket Bunch bundle.  I started with a Sweet Sugarplum card base and did some background stamping with the eggs.  I added a strip of the Tip Top Taupe envelope paper.  My basket consisted of fun images stamped and cut using that great bundle.  The eggs are double layered and how sweet are the chocolate bunny and peep?  The other colors are Mint Macaron, Pool Party and So Saffron.  The sentiment is punched with the classic label punch and layered on some Pool Party Stitched Satin Ribbon.  For a complete list of supplies, check out the list below.  

Now its your turn to create a project based on this image and upload it over at SSI.  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Not sure how the weather is in your neck of the woods, but we are still digging out from Stella.  My kids are finally returning to school for the first time since Monday.  I haven't been out of the house since Monday as well.  I have a wee bit of cabin fever.  And it is St. Patrick's Day so I plan on decking the kiddos out in some cute festive and of course GREEN shirts.  I have a cute little St. Patrick's Day card to share with you today:

Over the Rainbow is definitely one of my favorite stamps and its been awhile since I played with it.  I made a quick little rainbow with the Brights color family.  I took some metallic enamels shapes for my gold at the end of the rainbow.  And how about that leprechaun?  I saw him on Pinterest (big thanks to Kirsteen Gill for the inspiration), what a great idea?  That Christmas Cookie Cutter stamp set can totally be used outside of Christmas.  I colored him in with Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron.  He has a Pumpkin Pie beard and some gold Wink of Stella around the buckle on his belt and hat.  I made the hat but cutting the smaller balloon from some Emerald Envy and trimming up the edges.

For more cards perfect for St. Patrick's Day, head back over to SSI.

Monday, March 13, 2017

March Card Sketch Challenge

Another Monday and another great challenge for you over at SSI.  This time we have our card sketch challenge and it is a great one:

Here is my take on this sketch:

This came together so very quickly.  When you have great DSP and a great sketch a fabulous stamp set to go with it, that happens!  I decided to use the Sparkle Embossing folder for my white background.  I love the presents and the candles paper from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper.  I used the Layering Circles along with the Stitched Shapes framelits for my sentiment.  I knew I needed something else so I added a few balloons and finished it off with some enamel shapes.  Here is the inside:

I decided to use the Pop Up Die that goes with this Suite of products.  It is so easy to work with and the coordinating stamp set is photopolymer which makes stamping on the die cut so easy!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  For a complete supply list, see below.  I can't wait to see what you do with this sketch.  Create your project and upload your card over at SSI!    

Friday, March 10, 2017

Party On You Party Animal!

I feel like I haven't really made that many birthday cards recently so when I saw that the focus on SSI was going to be Birthday cards, I had to participate!  I definitely haven't given the Party Animal Suite much love, which is a shame since I have the whole suite.  I needed a little help so I decided to check out one of the great sketch challenges out there: CAS(E) this Sketch.  Have a look:

Pretty fun, right?  Here is my take on it:

I love all the fun patterns in this Designer Series Paper pack.  I thought the Polka Dots would be a perfect background on the Crumb Cake card base.  I liked the little dots on the Crumb Cake on the bottom part because they almost act as a neutral.  And come on, the Party Animal paper?  Love me some Party Animals complete with hats!  I added a layer of Pacific Point card stock and layered on some of the Party Animal Designer Series Washi Tape.  I fussy cut the banner and finished the card off with the Emerald Envy Taffeta ribbon and a little Party Hat embellishment tied on.  Here is the inside:

For the inside I kept it simple with ink and washi tape.  For a complete list of products check out below.  For more birthday cards, head over to SSI!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration March Blog Hop where we are having a Sale-A-Bration!  There is just under one month left of Sale-A-Bration left and Stampin' Up! released a few more special Sale-A-Bration items that you can earn with a qualifying purchase along with their already amazing line up of fabulous products.  Today I have a few projects to share showing off 9 of these fabulous goodies!

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 4 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Cathy A at Maine Mountain Stamper. 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.

Up first is a quick and easy card:

This first card uses the Avant Garden and Delicate Details stamp sets.  I started with some Tip Top Taupe and did some tone on tone stamping with the lace.  I added some Perfect Plum splatters in the background too.  The flowers is stamped with Perfect Plum and Garden Green.  I finished it off with a little bit of actual lace one the card.  These two stamp sets were made for each other!  

I have seen several cards like this one on Pinterest so this is my spin on it.  I used the Reverse Words stamp set in Blushing Bride (stamped off first) and Sweet Sugarplum (full strength) to get this cool effect.  I added strips of glimmer paper in both Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride.  I love the Assorted Glimmer Pack...the colors are so amazing!   

I used the Any Occasion Sale-A-Bration stamp along with the Playful Palette DSP stack to create a fun little banner.  I definitely forgot about this paper pack and was happy to use some of it for this playful card!  

I just love the Carried Away DSP, it is so bright and whimsical.  I thought it would pair nicely with the Designer Tee stamp set, especially the sentiment, Don't Quit Your Day Dream.  And this fit perfectly on a Watermelon Wonder doily, I just love those!  

And finally this card was a little bit of therapy for me.  I cut up the Inside The Lines DSP and sat and colored it with the Watercolor Pencils.  I also added some of the Metallic Ribbon in the silver and white as well under my sentiment.  

So you can see the Sale-A-Bration offerings this year come in all shapes, styles, and types.  Hopefully you caught my post yesterday on the fabulous Make a Medallion stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Up next is Jen Guarino at Faith.Grace.Stamp.  I can't wait to see what she has in store for us!  

Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Tobe B. ~ The Craft Sea
2. Diana E. ~ Stampin' Fun with Diana
3. Darla R. ~ Stampin' with Darla
4. Cathy A. ~ Maine Mountain Stamper
5. Jennifer G. ~ Jenny G Paper Crafts
6. Jen G. ~ Faith.Grace.Stamp
7. Nichole L. ~ Scrappy Stamps & Ink
8. Kim R. ~ Stampin' with Kim
9. Darcy J. ~ Dj's Stampin' Place
10. Pamela W. ~ Stinky Tofu
11. Donna S. ~ Geek Squad Crafting
12. Cheryl H. ~ Create with Cheryl

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Make a Medallion meets the Moroccan DSP

There is just under one month left of Sale-A-Bration left and Stampin' Up! released a few more special Sale-A-Bration items that you can earn with a qualifying purchase.  One of those items is the amazing Make A Medallion stamp set.  It is photopolymer, so it makes it easy to make the medallions.  And I found a perfect suite to pair it with, the Moroccan Suite!  The Designer Series Paper and the Washi Tape work so well with this stamp set.  I made four cards using these products together.  Check them out:

This card was pretty basic, in fact I used it in my Sale-A-Bration Open House.  And I can tell you that that medallion was the first one I made.  It came out perfect.  I added some of the Emerald Envy taffeta ribbon for an extra pop of color.

For this one I use a Delightful Dijon card base and switched up the layout a bit and added some washi tape.  

I decided to go vertical and add a doily cut in half and spread out and used a strip of washi down the center.

For this last one I used a Cajun Craze card base and added some Very Vanilla embossed with the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder.  

Over at SSI we are spotlighting all three of the new Sale-A-Bration additions.  Be sure to check out what the other designers created.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 6, 2017

March Color Challenge

As a Stampin' Up demo, I am pretty in the know with their fabulous products.  And one thing that I am excited about is a new catalog on the horizon, because June will be here before you know it!  But one thing that has me terribly sad is the inevitable retirement of the 2015-2017 In Colors.  Some of these colors are so near and dear to my heart (Mint Macaron!!!!).  In the new few months we will be grouping these retiring colors up with other core colors for the SSI Color Challenge.  Check out this week's:

Oh Tip Top became my go to brown.  You gave Crumb Cake a well deserved break.  You were pretty much an awesome neutral that went with everything.  Anyways, here is my card with these colors:

I will be honest, this card came together very quickly.  I decided to grab a stamp set that hasn't seen a lot of ink, Watercolor Wings along with the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  I like how the colors work together to create such a bold butterfly.  I used a strip of the Brights Designer Series Paper Stacks in Melon Mambo over some Perfect Plum embossed with the Brick Wall folder.  I used the sentiment from the same stamp set and punched it out with the a circle punch and used a Tip Top Taupe doily underneath.  I love those In Color Doilies and I plan on using them more often in the next few months!  

Thanks so much for visiting my page today.  Did you get a chance to see the other designers creations using these color over at SSI.  And more importantly, did you get a chance to make you own and upload it?  I can't wait to see what you can do!  

Friday, March 3, 2017

A Forgotten Fox

As I was going through my studio I ran across the Fox Builder punch and realized that I haven't really made a lot with that suite of products.  So I decided to put the fabulous new Occasions Catalog products away and focus on the Foxy Friends stamp, punch and Designer Series Paper Stack.

I kept singing the song Foxy Lady while I was playing with this set, so I decided to pull out the Lableler Alphabet stamp and just use "FOXY" as my sentiment.  I love the whimsical prints in the DSP stack and the colors are so fun.  And I really like having the head popped up for some fun dimension.  

This card actually used the Mojo Monday card sketch.  

So I may have cheated a bit in only using Annual Catalog products, because I had to use the Stitched Shapes Framelits (which will be in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog).  I had a lot of fun making this card and it came together really quickly as well.  I love the fun prints of the DSP.  This time I used the Fox Builder punch to pop up the tail of my little cutie.  The sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set which is in the Annual Catalog and would be perfect to get if you are earning the Sale-A-Bration Designer Tin since it has all the labels for your dividers. 

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my creations today.  Be sure to stop over at SSI where the other designers are showing off their forgotten favorites from the Annual Catalog.  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Quick and Easy with High Tide

One of my favorite new stamp sets in the Occasions Catalog is High Tide.  I love the nautical images and the wonderful sentiments.  The variety of images makes it easy to set a perfect seaside scene.  And you can make a perfect card with just ink and paper.  Here is a quick one I did for my Open House this past weekend:

I started with an Island Indigo card base and used the water image to do some tone on tone stamping for the back ground.  I used a strip of the Tip Top Taupe envelope paper to layer underneath my stamped part.  I used Pear Pizzazz for the grassy area and I stamped the light house in Tip Top Taupe and Calypso Coral.  The sentiment is stamped in Island Indigo.  This card came together very easily because of all the great images in the stamp set.  

Thanks for visiting my page today.  For more Quick and Easy cards, head over to SSI where that is our focus today!