Get Ink'd #17 Tropical Chic Thank you card

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Hey y'all!

The card I am sharing today is one that won my stamp team creative challenge. There is so much yumminess in this card! All the layers, the amazing DSP (patterned paper), embossing folders, and wink of stella.


I love this color combination inspired by the Tropical Escape DSP.  To get a two tone stamped image, I stamped the image in the lighter ink and then "rolled" the edges in the darker color. You can create a similar effect using the sponge daubers or stamping sponges.



The base for this card is a top fold 4.25"x 5.5" Thick Very Vanilla card. I layered a piece of 4"x 5.25" DSP over the base. I added the Power Pink strip and the Very Vanilla (stamped with Basic Black) strip over the DSP. I originally cut a square of Berry Burst but decided to cut it into 2 pieces. I liked the hint of green that peaks through. The circle was cut from Very Vanilla paper and  embossed with the Polka Dot Basics embossing folder. I wanted the dots to stand out so I sponged Power Pink ink onto the flat side of the embossing folder. Here is a close up:


I really love this technique. I plan to share a more in-depth how to at a later point. To finish off this card, I stacked the leaves under the Powder Pink circle and the flowers on top. I did color the flower with Wink of Stella. I wish I could figure out a way to make that Wink of Stella show up better in pictures. I'd love to know if you have a tip.

Don't forget about the DSP paper sale that is going on, this paper is part of the sale. I stocked up on it!  You can too by clicking on the product pictures below. They link to my online Stampin' Up! store.

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If you are in the United States and not currently working with a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you can order supplies in my online store, here.


Get Ink'd #16- Animal Outing Kangaroo card

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hey y'all!
Being gone most of June, ok all of June, meant that lots of wonderful new catalog products sat at my house missing me. The Stampin' Blends were one of these products. This card was one of the first I used them on. I've never tried any type of Alcohol ink pen. When I would read or watch others using Copic markers and that they needed 3-5 markers to make one area look ok, I knew it was outside of my budget. Where I live Copics run about $7.95 a marker... I about p'eed myself when I realized the cost. So I walked away from alcohol markers. Not to mention that there are so many ways to color an image.

Then I got to play with the Stampin' Up! Blends alcohol markers. These come as a light and dark version of the pen... think light Old Olive and Dark Old Olive. They can be purchased as a set or individual per color (no overall get all the colors set is available). A set of light and dark is $9. This works so much better in my budget, and if I just wanted say Light Old Olive it's $4.50.


One thing I quickly noticed about the Stampin' Blends was how smoothly they applied ink to paper at BOTH tips. One of my personal pet peeves is a duel tip marker where the "bullet" tip doesn't work as well as the brush tip. That is NOT the case with these markers! I used the bullet tip for the koala and had no issue with it being dryer or not applying ink like the brush tips. It will be important to keep these markers flat (on their side) when storing them. If they are stacked on one end then one of the tips will dry out.


This card used the new Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. I LOVE the look! It adds so much to use an embossing folder on any project. The patterned paper is from the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper. I love the look of this one with the white herringbone pattern. The blue is Pool Party and the oval is Berry Burst that I popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals. The finishing touch on this project was the Whisper White polka dot tulle ribbon layered with a black and white bakers twine. I decided not to put a sentiment on the outside of the card. I like to have a stash of cards that could work for any occasion and this is going to be one of those cards!

The products I used are below with clickable links to my Stampin' Up! store. July's hostess code is K4EERHMN and any order over $50 will get a free gift of the Red rhinestones in my thank you package.  I hope that something inspired you to create today!


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Don't forget about the buy 3 get 1 free paper sale! 



I would LOVE to be your Stampin'Up! Demonstrator!


If you are in the United States and not currently working with a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you can order supplies in my online store, here.


Get Ink'd #15 Broadway Bound Wish cards

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Hey y'all! Today I'm sharing two cards I made using the Broadway Bound suite.  I fell in love with this set when I first saw the new annual catalog. There was something about the gold with the limon lime twist and lovely lipstick set off on black that drew me in.  For these cards I did not include the lemon lime twist but added gray granite. I wanted the lovely lipstick to take center stage...


This card is a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" side fold card made from Basic Black. I layered some of the Broadway Bound DSP on top of Lovely Lipstick cardstock. Then I die cut about 8 of the marquee from the Broadway Lights Framlits Dies and layered them on top of each other. This gave more dimension to the marquee and I really love the finished look below. "Wish" is raised using Stampin' Dimensionals. A little of the left over black and gold twine from June's Paper Pumpkin box mixed with the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon finished this card perfectly!


You can really see the dimension in the marquee in this picture (below). This is a super easy technique but it makes a big impact on the card! I'll share more about how to make 3D die cuts in another post. 


This is the second card I am sharing today. I've still not figured out if I want to post several cards in one post or just a single card or really how to share with you all. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section or on the Facebook page.

I actually like this card the most! It's a great man's card! Not that women won't love it too. The Lovely Lipstick color is a pinker red but not so pink that it's supper feminine and not so red that it garish! I love the Basic Black dots over the Gray Granite word wish. And I did add a little wink of stella to the die cut word but you really don't need it. 


This is a close up of the dots over the word. See that "washed" out spot that is a poor quality stamped image? I kind of love that! It reminds me of old marquee letters that are rusted out. When you make a "mistake" keep going, you might actually like the end result. That's my tip for the day. LOL... don't toss out all your mistakes. Sometimes they make beautiful cards, just not the card you had envisioned at first. 


The links below are to the products I used in my Stampin' Up! Store. I hope that you found something that inspired you to create today!

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And don't forget about the buy 3 get 1 free paper sale!



I would LOVE to be your Stampin'Up! Demonstrator!


If you are in the United States and not currently working with a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you can order supplies in my online store, here.


Paper Sale! Stampin Up! DSP buy 3 get 1 free

Friday, July 13, 2018
Hey Y'all!!
Have you heard? In July Stampin Up! had a special paper sale going on. Buy 3 of the selected paper packs and get 1 free. Wanna know what papers are included??

I LOVE patterned paper! And the Designer Series Paper makes creating so easy because I can match solid cardstock and stamp ink to the paper so easily!!! Take a look at what is being offered in this special...



Alright! What packs do you need in your crafty space? Clicking on the pictures below will take you to my Stampin' Up! store where you can order them and get a hand crafted thank you card mailed to your home from me!

Buy 3 get 1 free paper sale:



I would LOVE to be your Stampin'Up! Demonstrator!


If you are in the United States and not currently working with a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you can order supplies in my online store, here.


Get Ink'd #14 There's so much to love about you card

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Hey y'all!

Today's card was a happy accident! I was playing with color combinations... like which yellows look good together. I wanted to see how So Saffron and Mango Melody looked so I grabbed a stamp set that has 2 step stamping and started to play. Here is the end result.


The card base is Gray Granite (4 1/4x 5 1/2") with a side fold. Then layered with Whisper White, Artistic Impressions DSP, Blueberry Bushel, and the stamped piece of Whisper White. I used Night of Navy gingham ribbon and a second generation Night of Navy stamped sentiment. Y'all I ran out of Night of Navy paper and I felt that the Blueberry Bushel was close enough to the light places in the ribbon to use together. I did use my Stamparatus to line up the flowers and the "grass". I'm still getting used to pulling it out rather than a block and eyeballing it. I'm happy with the results!


To order the supplies I used click on the pictures below and you will be taken to my Stampin' Up! store. I hope that you were inspired to create something today!

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Don't forget about the paper sale happening until the end of July! It's a great time to stock up on the paper I use in this card and some of the other great papers!

I would LOVE to be your Stampin'Up! Demonstrator!


If you are in the United States and not currently working with a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you can order supplies in my online store, here.


Get Ink'd #13 Color me challenged card

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Hey Y'all!!
Today I'm sharing a color challenge card I made for my team's monthly color challenge. Here is the inspiration that we were given:


And this is what I made:


To get the two different shades of Real Red and Mint Macaron, I used the second generation stamping technique. This is where you ink the stamp and stamp it off on scrap paper. I love the way that this gives two perfect shades of the same color. I used Blueberry Bushel paper because I'm out of Night of navy. Really? Who runs out of paper? Me apparently. Anyway, I pulled out my Brusho powders to make the background. Brusho's are highly concentrated watercolor pigments that you sprinkle on to paper. I used watercolor paper for this card but you can use Thick Whisper White or Thick Very Vanilla.



I hope that you were inspired by either the color combination or my card. Get your supplies by clicking on the pictures below and get crafting!

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June 2018 Paper Pumpkin thoughts

Monday, July 9, 2018
Hey y'all!

I'm back from our go west trip and I could not wait to get to the creative corner (aka my dinning room table). After laundry, and a trip to the grocery, and going through a HUGE stack of mail, I opened up my Paper Pumpkin box.



When I signed up with Stampin Up! I was sent a Paper Pumpkin kit with my starter kit. To be honest, I did not like it at all. It wasn't me so I set it aside, and told myself that it was better to pick my supplies and not to get a box. Then we were told that June's box would coordinate with a suite from the new catalog. That right there was enough to get me to try a subscription.

I blogged about Paper Pumpkin here... but let's re-cap real quick. Paper Pumpkin kits come once a month with either cards or projects. There are at least 6 card kits per year and each kit has a Stampin' Spot color that doesn't repeat during the year. To start with the current month's kit, you do have to order by the 10th of that month. So if you want July's kit you need to order here by July 10th.

Let's dive into this month's kit. It coordinates with the Broadway Bound suite, which I am over the moon excited about!


There are 8 card bases and the supplies for those cards. The direction sheet is easy to read and makes completing the cards a snap. This was the first project I tackled post trip for one reason; I din't have to think about it. In under an hour I had 8 cards that were layered and embellished. The best part of the afternoon was how much fun I had just following directions and making cards.

Let's look a little closer at the stamps. One stamp that I felt was missing from the Broadway Birthday set was a cake of some sort. This Paper Pumpkin kit makes up for that "missing stamp". I like the little sparkle stamp and think it would be super cute with a jewel or sequin in the middle of some. And the sentiments are perfect to mix with the Broadway Birthday set. Later this month, I will share some projects using them.



I know many people don't complete the cards as they come in the box. That is they make alternatives using the supplies. While I can see me doing this, it wasn't my goal with this month's kit. Now let's look at the cards I made.


This card is exactly by the directions and I love it!! I love the basic black, lovely lipstick, and lemon lime twist color combination. I love this card base. Y'all I would about die to have more black and white card bases or DSP.

 This is the card that I made using the second design. I did change one thing on this card. See those dots? They are made with the Broadway Birthday stamp set balloon stamp. I was dying to use that stamp to make polka dots. I used Grey Granite for the polka dots. Here is a close up:

Bottom line: I'm intrigued. I really enjoyed this set. I loved working with the directions and that the pieces were easy to apply to the cards. In the US, this monthly box is $19.95. I have to say that the price is perfect!  When I was looking at the "fine print" of joining Paper Pumpkin, I found out that you can skip a month or quit at any time, no commitment. I thought that was perfect for me to try and not be roped into several months of something that I wasn't sure that I would like. Am I in love? Not yet... I'm in "like" and looking forward to July's kit.

Products:


I would LOVE to be your Stampin'Up! Demonstrator!


If you are in the United States and not currently working with a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you can order supplies in my online store, here.


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