Friday, November 21, 2014

ssink - quick and easy with petite petals

November card night was this week (we meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month!). It was such a fun night and I am still so amazed that all 23 stampers fit in my living room rotating table to table.

Today the SSINK designers are showcasing some quick and easy cards on our blog and I wanted to share one of the cards we made at card night. To help me with my creative mojo, I found this sketch from Retro Sketches that worked perfectly with the Petite Petals stamp set that I wanted to use.

http://www.retrosketches.blogspot.com/2014/11/retrosketches-141.html


Not sure if you can see it but on the left hand side of the card I used my Scoring Tool to create three score lines to give it something "extra" on the left part of the card.

Calypso Coral & Crisp Cantaloupe - what a duo!


Stamp Sets
Petite Petals, Gorgeous Grunge, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink
Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper
Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pearl Accents, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine
 Tools
Scoring Tool

Thanks for sticking with me...looks like I'm on a "once a week" posting schedule, but I don't want that to be for long!! I definitely have a couple more cute cards to share with you all, so stay tuned!

Friday, November 14, 2014

ssink ~ festival of trees

Hi Stamping Friends! I have been a little non-existent here on my blog. Most of it is due to my crazy idea to swap rooms so that my stamping studio will now be downstairs instead of upstairs. Of course this is all after redoing my craft room last December. My sweet husband...he's so patient with me!! He helped with the transition all without one bit of complaining. I am in the final organizing phases of where "this and that" goes, but I hope to be done soon so I can actually start stamping again!!

Before I moved rooms, I planned some cards for one of my Card Clubs at the beginning of the month. Because we aren't meeting in December, I wanted to design at least one Christmas card everyone could make. I just love the Festival of Trees stamp set and coordinating punch! Topping off the tree with a gold glimmer star was the perfect finishing touch!!

Stop on by the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog for some more inspiring Christmas cards!


Stamp Sets
Festival of Trees, Endless Wishes, Good Greetings
Ink
Pistachio Pudding, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Paper
Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Pistachio Pudding, Trim the Tree DSP Stack, Gold Glimmer Paper
Accessories
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 1/8" Gold Taffeta Ribbon
 Tools
Tree Punch, Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border Punch, Bitty Star Punch

Sunday, November 2, 2014

the creation station blog hop - seasonally scattered


I can't believe that November is already here! Seriously...where did October go?! It's the 1st Sunday of the month and that means it's hopping time with The Creation Station, so I hope that you will hop along with us and get a little inspiration today!

For today's hop we were able to choose from the following (any or all):
1. Stamp Set: Seasonally Scattered
2. Theme: Gift Card Holders
3. Accessory: Gift Card Holders using our dies or the Gift Card Enclosure Pack

I chose the Seasonally Scattered stamp set to showcase today. What a fun set this is!! The card I created to share today uses a fun fold. Take a peek in the photo tutorial below.


The front flap tucks underneath the baker's twine.




I used the And Many More stamp set and using a marker colored in just the GIVE part of the "Give Thanks" sentiment in this set. By doing this I could turn this card into a Thanksgiving card. I used this similar technique with this card, as well. This up close picture also shows the two different colors I used on the stamp ~ Tangerine Tango and Crushed Curry.

These Autumn Wooden Elements are such a fun addition to Fall cards!
Stamp Sets
Seasonally Scattered, And Many More
Ink
Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry
Paper
Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Sahara Sand, Mottley Monsters DSP
Accessories
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensional, Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine, Autumn Wooden Elements
 Tools
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Bitty Banners Framelits Die

I am so glad you stopped by for a visit! Continue on the hop to visit Jennifer Frost or hop backwards to visit Sara Levin. Click on the buttons below.


http://theartfulinker.com/



Monday, October 27, 2014

ssink - masculine monday

Today at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog we are sharing cards that are suitable for all the men in our lives! This card was a CASE from something I saw on Pinterest by Deena Boos. I changed it to have more of a masculine feel using the Retro Fresh Washi tape and turned it into a birthday card. This was one of the four cards my guests could create at last week's card night and I even gave them the option of turning it into a Halloween card if they wished!

Stamp Sets
Label Love, Tape It
Ink
Coastal Cabana, So Saffron
Paper
Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla
Accessories
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Retro Fresh Washi Tape
 Tools
Label Punch

We'd love for you to stop by to see what other cards the SSINK designers have created that are quick and easy! Click on the picture below to head on over for a visit!
http://ssinkspiration.blogspot.com/2014/10/quick-easy-cards.html

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ssink - quick and easy

It's quick and easy cards today at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog. I love how easily these two baby cards came together...both using the same layout. I needed a handful of "congrats baby" cards and really wanted something I could create in a snap! After deciding on this layout, I just changed up the colors to match whether it's for a boy or girl!


Stamp Sets
Zoo Babies
Ink
Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Smokey Slate
Paper
Melon Mambo, Bermuda Baby, Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Brights DSP (Daffodil Delight Chevron)
Accessories
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Bermuda Baby 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Pearls
 Tools
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Circle Framelits, Bitty Banner Framelits, Bitty Heart Punch

We'd love for you to stop by to see what other cards the SSINK designers have created that are quick and easy! Click on the picture below to head on over for a visit!
http://ssinkspiration.blogspot.com/2014/10/quick-easy-cards.html

Sunday, October 19, 2014

control freaks tour - Fall/Gratitude

Ready to hop along this month with the Control Freaks? If you've already been hopping, you should have just come from Judy DiScipio's blog. This month the theme is Fall or Gratitude. I wasn't able to participate last month in the Halloween-themed hop, but since Halloween is in the Fall I decided to share a little Halloween fun, too!

I decided it would be a good idea to use the same layout for both a Halloween card and a Thanksgiving card using the Mottley Monsters Designer Series Paper and Fall Fest stamp set. I love this fun paper, but didn't really realize just how much until I saw it in person. The pumpkins/leaves designs are back to back with each other so I just had to flip the paper over to fit the look of the card I was hoping for. The sentiments both come from the Mingle All The Way stamp set in the 2014 Holiday Catalog. Both of those sentiments fit perfectly in the blank space!

The differences between the two?
  • The Halloween card uses the Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine; whereas the Thanksgiving card uses pieces I pulled apart from the Burlap Ribbon.
  • The Halloween card uses the Edgelits border right underneath the DSP; whereas the Thanksgiving Card uses the Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border Punch.
  • I simply added a "face" to the pumpkin for the Halloween card and chose to leave the Thanksgiving pumpkins plain.


Stamp Sets
Fall Fest, Mingle All the Way
Ink
Black Memento, Tangerine Tango
Paper
Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Mottley Monsters DSP
Accessories
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine, Burlap Ribbon
 Tools
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Edgelits, Fun Fall Framelits Dies, Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border Punch.

I also wanted to play around with making some "gratitude" tags that I could stick to a gift during this Fall season. I used the Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set ("so thankful" and small leaf) and the Merry Everything stamp set, both from the 2014 Holiday Catalog. The tags are made using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. That punch always makes quick work of making tags! Not sure yet what I plan to attach them to, but they would be cute attached to a loaf of yummy pumpkin bread!

Stamp Sets
Project Life Holiday Cheer, Merry Everything
Ink
Crushed Curry, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Paper
Whisper White, Moonlight DSP Stack
Accessories
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Blackberry Bliss Ribbon, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Rhinestones, Autumn Wooden Elements
 Tools
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Bitty Banners Framelits, 3/4" Circle Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

http://jkcardsonline.com/Hope you got a little bit of inspiration today! Keep on hopping over to Justin Krieger's blog to see what he has in store for all of us!

the creation station blog hop - all about wreaths


I took a quick break from The Creation Station Blog Hop for the 1st Sunday of the month, but now it's the 3rd Sunday and we are back with another hop for you all to enjoy! Thanks for coming along to see all of the inspiration we have for you today. If you have already been following the hop, you probably came here from Teneale's blog. Yippee!! That means you're in the right place. :)

For today's hop we were able to choose from the following (any or all):
1. Stamp Set: Wonderous Wreath (and/or coordinating framelits!)
2. Theme: Wreaths
3. Accessory: Gift Box Punch Board

Last weekend I went away on a beach retreat with some of my Stampin' Up! buddies. It was 2 1/2 days of crafting bliss!! (I am already awaiting next year's retreat!) I was so excited to get caught up on projects I knew were coming up...and this hop was one of them! I actually don't own the Wonderous Wreath stamp set, but one of my friends I was with had it and let me do a little playing around with it.

I decided to create a card that actually opened up like double doors would. Here is a picture of the card laying flat. It's still the right size to slip perfectly into an envelope.

Standing up you can see it begins to open up in the middle...

And another view...

The Wonderous Wreath is attached to the left side of the card and the pumpkin and sentiment is attached to the other side, both using Dimensionals.
Stamp Sets
Wonderous Wreath, Fall Fest (pumpkin), For All Things (sentiment)
Ink
Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, marker - Chocolate Chip (for pumpkin stem)
Paper
Hello Honey, Very Vanilla
Accessories
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals
 Tools
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies, Fun Fall Framelits Dies, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Bitty Banner Framelits Dies 

While also away for the weekend, I decided to pull out the Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit that I won while at Stampin' Up's Convention during a Prize Patrol!

I wanted to go a little "out of the box" instead of how the Frightful Wreath kit was created for. Here is the original version of the wreath, which I think is awesome, but...I just wanted something a little different,

{Please excuse the lighting below...I had to take off the flash to lessen the shine on the mirror!}

Here is my simplified "different" version. You can see that I pulled in some extra elements by using the Burlap Ribbon and I turned one of the burlap bags from September's Paper Pumpkin Kit into a little bow for added whimsy. There are many pieces of the wreath kit that I didn't use (like the sparkly web and beautiful beaded spider) which I plan to use in other ways...maybe I'll come back to update when I do find the perfect project for those pieces!

I made the same rosette from the original wreath, but just cut it down a little smaller. I added the "happy" from a different stamp set, but used the Halloween from the Frightful Stamp Set that also came in my prize patrol package. 

You may notice that this is one of the burlap bags from the September's Paper Pumpkin Kit. I turned it into a little bow by wrapping the Tangelo Twist Satin Stitched Ribbon around the middle. 

Thank you again for stopping by! Continue on the hop to find more wonderful inspiration! Next stop is the talented Jennifer Downey or if you are hopping backwards, click on the back button to visit Teneale Williams' blog and see what beautiful creations she is sharing today.

http://www.stampinglane.com/2014/10/creation-station-blog-hop-wondrous.htmlhttp://tenealewilliams.com.au/2014/10/wondrous-wreath/

Friday, October 17, 2014

ssink - gorgeous grunge halloween

Over at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog a few of the designers are sharing cards using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. It's a simple card, but I think it really packs a punch! I did add the witches boot using Bootiful Occasions because I thought it was the perfect addition to this Halloween card.

Gorgeous Grunge stamp set

I also used the Fab Friday 52 Color Combo.

Stamp Sets
Gorgeous Greetings, Bootiful Occasions, Good Greetings
Ink
Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, Memento Black, marker - Tangelo Twist
Paper
Tangelo Twist, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensional
 Tools
Paper Snips

Thursday, October 16, 2014

control freaks holiday card swap

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to swap again with the Control Freaks! This time around we made 25 Christmas swaps using a stamp set we each chose from the Holiday Catalog. I decided to play with the Bright & Beautiful stamp set again to see what I could come up with. I made all of my swaps the same and in return I got 25 beautiful swaps showcasing various Christmas sets from the Holiday Catalog. I love, love, love opening the mail box to find "fun mail"!!

After much trial and error with my design, I finally settled on this and I actually love how it turned out! I ended up leaving off half of the sentiment and to do that I colored the stamp using Lost Lagoon marker.


I used the Heat & Stick with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter technique for the stamped star and then using the Star Framelits and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper created a "framed star" with a Rhinestone in the middle. Each star layer is popped up with Dimensionals.

Stamp Sets
Bright & Beautiful
Ink
Lost Lagoon, Versamark, Marker - Lost Lagoon
Paper
Lost Lagoon, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Accessories
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Heat & Stick Powder, Rhinestones, Lost Lagoon 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon, All is Calm Washi Tape
 Tools
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Star Framelits, Star Embossing Folder

25 cards all ready to mail!

The Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration designers are also sharing Christmas cards today, so be sure to head on over to see some inspiration as we look ahead to the Christmas season!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

world card making day 2014

On Saturday, October 4th we celebrated another World Card Making Day! This was our 3rd Annual World Card Making Day event that myself and some of my team of demonstrators (1st year & 2nd year) held together. We had another great turnout of 21 stampers and added one more demonstrator into the mix to join us, so each of the guests made 10 cards (5 card designs, 2 of each design). Each guest came away ready for sending some handmade love in the mail (or hand delivered)...times ten! We had fun raffle prizes and lots of door prizes on the half hour. There was even a small consolation prize for everyone!

Tami, Me, Andrea, Olivia, & Terri ~ team designers

Let's stamp!

The first card is the one I designed for this event. Each stamper was able to choose which sentiment they wanted for their two cards. I had the Petite Pairs stamp set available. The first half of the sentiment fit perfectly on the front of the card next to the flower...


...and then finished off on the inside.
Stamp Sets
Flower Patch, Petite Pairs
Ink
Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Versamark
Paper
Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Accessories
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, In-Color Sequins, Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffled Ribbon (retired)
 Tools
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Flower Fair Framelits

These next four cards were created by my fellow demonstrators whom I teamed up with.





 Just a sampling of our fabulous stampers who came to hang out with us for the afternoon!

Raffle Prize Winners!!

My customer and friend Danna hit the jackpot with TWO raffle prize wins! Her sweet baby Jack must have been her lucky charm. ;)
And yummy treats, of course!

Cards for sale!

It was another great event! Mark your calendars for next year ~ October 3, 2015!

// ADDED BY RYAN ON 1-3-14 // END ADDED BY RYAN 1-4-14