Friday, October 9, 2015

CASE the Catalog - Holly Jolly Greetings

Over at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog some of the designers are CASEing the catalog. I saw this quick and easy card on page 34 in the 2015 Holiday Catalog and thought it would be the perfect one to case!

I kept it pretty much the same with just one small addition of a couple of silver glimmer stars on the left side. The picture may look a little different than my normal photos, but that's because I am at the beach with my stamping friends!! I had to pretty much take a picture wherever there was a clear space.
Stamp Sets
Holly Jolly Greetings
Mossy Meadow, Old Olive
Whisper White, Real Red, Red Foil, Merry Moments DSP
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Silver Cording
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Triple Banner Punch

Here are four of us all loaded up and headed to the beach!! We'll be meeting up with two more for a fun 3 days of stamping, yummy food, fun, and lots of laughter!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Washi Tape Build-A-Birthday Cake

Today at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration we are showcasing washi tape! I think my favorite washi tape from this year's Annual Catalog is the Cherry on Top Designer Series Washi Tape. The colors and patterns are so fun and vibrant!

This Build A Birthday stamp set is the perfect one to use washi tape with! The first layer of the cake is stamped in Crushed Curry using a stamp from the set. There are more stamps in the set that create layers of the cake, but I chose to use two strips of washi tape for the top two layers instead. I used this card for my September Card Night and each guest could pick from some different pattern papers I had available from the Cherry on Top DSP Stack, which coordinates with the washi tape!

Stamp Sets
Build A Birthday
Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder, Black Archival Pad
Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Gold Glimmer Paper, Cherry on Top DSP Stack
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Cherry on Top Washi Tape
Bitty Star Punch

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September Mystery Supply Challenge

Many of the SSINK gals participated in a super fun challenge this month! We were each assigned a fellow design team member and sent that designer three products. It could be a stamped image, button, ribbon, strip of DSP, etc. Once we received those items we would need to create something with them. Today is the day that we get to share what we all made! Click on our banner below to see what everyone created!

Kim Ryden from Stamping with Kim sent me these three items. I don't have the acorn stamp set, so it was fun to be able to have something new to play with!

With those three items I came up with this card...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Watercolor Wash

Today over at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog we are sharing card creations using single stamps! I chose to showcase the *new* Watercolor Wash background stamp. When I saw this stamp one of the things that jumped out at me was I thought it looked like water, so I ran with that for today's card I am sharing.

If you're a regular visitor to my blog, this card may look a little familiar. I created it back in July to use as a swap for Convention. I decided that it would work great for one of my cards I could use at card making night this month. This time around I changed the color of the background to Marina Mist and swapped out the sentiment to make it Happy Birthday (instead of thank you). The little turtle I kept the same and still added the pearl accents for "bubbles", as well as the Crystal Effects for the turtle's shell.

Stamp Sets
Watercolor Wash, From Land to Sea, Celebrate Today
Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Soft Suede marker, Blender Pens (with Crumb Cake and Old Olive ink)
Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Whisper White
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pearl Accents, Crystal Effects
Paper Snips

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure to head on over to SSINK to see more single stamps in action!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Butterfly Birthday (Weekly Deals)

Well, hello there! Glad to see you all here again. It's been awhile...

Woo hoo ~ card night is back!! We started up my monthly card making nights again. I always take a summer break and then roll right back into it when September comes around. Although I kind of had forgotten how much work it takes to put these card nights together. It was a busy day yesterday to pull it off...even though it came down to the wire I was able to make it happen! This year the theme is "Chocolate & Cards" and every month I plan to make a fun chocolate-y dessert for everyone to enjoy! Last night was Zucchini Brownies.

Today I am sharing one of the cards we created last night, which also showcases two of the Weekly Deals this week! (See below for more information on those deals!)

This card had a few extra steps, but with my card nights I like to create cards that are challenging, moderately easy, and then quick to put together. I was excited to add some gold accents to the card because I often will choose silver over gold. I added a button, cording and the strip of foil. I love the colors of Calypso Coral, Garden Green, and Gold paired with the softer neutral Very Vanilla. Adding large polka dots to the background just helped make the card pop a little more!

Stamp Sets
Butterfly Basics
Calypso Coral
Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Calypso Coral, Gold Foil
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Gold Metal Buttons, Gold Cording
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Butterfly Framelits

Two of the elements on my card are in this week's Weekly Deals. To find out all of the Weekly Deals visit HERE. And to see what others have created using some of the Weekly Deals, head on over to the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog!

Butterflies Thinlits Dies Item # 137360
Regular Price: $25.00 US Discounted Price: $18.75 US  

Gold Basic Metal Buttons Item # 133763
Regular Price: $8.00 US Discounted Price: $6.00 US 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Paper Pumpkin "Try it Out" Night

A couple of weeks ago I held my 2nd Annual Paper Pumpkin "Try it Out" night. I offered 6 past Paper Pumpkin kits and invited my customers to come and choose 3 projects for a class fee of only $5. I also offered the incentive that if anyone signed up for Paper Pumpkin...the class would be free (also free to current subscribers).

All the choices ready to go!

An extra incentive ~ the first 8 subscribers will receive this notepad and exclusive Paper Pumpkin pen. YOU can also get your hands on one of these!! Just simply subscribe HERE using the promo code HALFOFF to get your first 2 months at 50% off...that's only $9.97! And that includes shipping!

7 sweet gals attended and had some fun choosing what they wanted to make!

Here were the six options they were able to choose from: 

And as an extra incentive for anyone who signs up for Paper Pumpkin before September 10th your name will be entered into a drawing to win one of the past Paper Pumpkin kits! The February 2015 kit will come with all of the supplies, stamp set, and ink spots! Find out all of the fun things people have done with this kit by visiting Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin Pinterest Board.

Join today by clicking the picture below!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Holiday Catalog Countdown - Halloween!

The Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration gals are counting down the days until the new Holiday Catalog is released ~ on September 1st! Today we are sharing all things HALLOWEEN! There are so many fun things from the catalog that we want to share with you, so be sure to click the banner above to head on over to see what the other designers have created.

I chose to showcase some of the new Halloween DSP called Happy Haunting. I also used the stamp set I won at Convention called Howl-o-Ween Treat. I hand cut the witch hat with Paper Snips, but only because I don't have the coordinating Framelits...yet! Yes, those are in the catalog, too! I also showcased some of the yummy NEW Black Glimmer Paper. The cute little "BOO" is from another set in the catalog called Happy Scenes. I punched it out using the Bitty Banner Framelits.

I love the contrast of the three colors ~ Basic Black, Tangelo Twist, and Very Vanilla.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mystery Supply Challenge

Most of the SSINK gals participated in a super fun challenge with each other this month. We were each assigned a fellow design team member and sent that designer three products. It could be a stamped image, button, ribbon, strip of DSP, etc. Once we received those items we would need to create something with them. Today is the day that we get to share what we all made! Click on our banner below to see what everyone created!

Diana from Stampin' Fun with Diana sent me these three items. Boy, did she challenge me! She definitely went out of my comfort zone for me. ;)

And, with those items came this! I plan to give this card to my father-in-law for his birthday.

Be sure to visit all of the other designers to see what they were challenged to make!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Control Freaks Tour - 2015 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek

Yippee!! Are you ready for another Control Freaks tour?! This time around we are sharing with you some of the awesome new goodies from the upcoming 2015 Holiday Catalog. This catalog is not going to disappoint you! There are so many products that meet so many different styles! As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I was able to pre-order some of these new products and I am so excited to share with you two projects I created for the next upcoming holiday ~ Halloween!

If you have already been following along on the hop, you should have just come from the fabulous Patty Bennett's blog. If so, you're in the right spot!

First up is a Halloween card I created using the Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set. Isn't that owl adorable?! This set even comes with its own coordinating Framelits (which I don't have quite yet, so I used my handy Paper Snips to cut this little guy out). Another sneak peek is the fabulous Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape I used this set of three washi tape to create the strips across the front of the card. you see that Black Glimmer Paper behind the owl? I am in love! I am so happy to see black glimmer in this coming catalog! The "Happy Halloween" sentiment actually comes from the And Many More stamp set. I cut it out using the Bitty Banner Framelits. I thought it would be cute to have the owl look like it was holding the banner. I attached it using Dimensionals on both sides.

Up next ~ this is a cute little bag I created using an idea I learned about while at Convention last month. One of the main stage demonstrators showed us how to make a gusseted bag using our Tag a Bag Gift Bags. These are fun to create if you want a bag that has a little bit more space to fit some things inside. (Please note: The chevron print bags I used are no longer available. However, Stampin' Up! now carries the plain Kraft Bags that can be fully colorable, stampable, and customizable. I just didn't have any of those yet, so I improvised!)

I am not sure if you can tell, but the handle is actually made using washi tape! How cool is this?! This is another idea I learned while at Convention. To create the handle simply lay washi tape sticky to sticky. Voila! I attached the handles using a stapler and then covered it up with a strip of the new Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper. I also added a smaller strip of Black Glimmer Paper. And...the star of the show is the new fun Spider Web Doilies you see on the front of bag. The "trick or treat" image is also from the Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set. I used the Circle Framelits to cut it out and attached to the front. The little spider is also from the same stamp set. I punched it out with a 3/4" Circle Punch and attached it to a Clothespin. I also added a little bit of the Sliver Thread peeking behind the spider. This little bag reminds me of my kids' trick or treat bags.

Want to learn how to transform these bags?

On the bottom of the bag trim off 1-1/4".
(I also trimmed off the top of the bag to make the edge straight across, as well.)

Fold up from bottom about 3/4".

Fold the two sides out into a point.

And then fold both top and bottom to meet in the middle and tape closed.

This creates a larger size bottom of the bag.
Such cute things to make using these Halloween goodies! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you felt a little bit of inspiration. Next up is the one and only Stamper Camper, Mary Brown. Keep hopping along to see what she has to share with well as the rest of the Control Freak crew!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Crazy About You & Hello You Thinlits

Today's card showcases the Crazy About You stamp set (which is our stamp focus over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration...come visit to see what other designers have created!)

Of course I can't help but bundle this together with the Hello You Thinlits! In fact ~ did you know you can purchase these two together and save 15%! (If you want to see more great bundles we just had a blog hop yesterday showcasing some of our favorites!)

This card came together with the help of last week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I wanted to do something that used bright colors, so I automatically thought of the Schoolhouse DSP. It's been awhile since I've used Pacific Point! One of the flower images in the set fit perfectly in the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch. This punch is an oldie, but a goodie! It was one of the first punches I bought when I first started with Stampin' Up! six years ago. I find that I don't use it as often, so I was glad to pull it back out to help punch out those flowers in a snap! I added some Candy Dots for an extra little accent. Fun card!

Stamp Sets
Crazy About You
Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point
Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Garden Green, Whisper White, Pool Party, Schoolhouse DSP
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Brights & Regals Candy Dots
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Bitty Banner Framelits, Hello You Framelits

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