Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CASE the Occasions Catalog - Swan Lake

Now the fabulous Occasions Catalog has been live for a few days now, you have had lots of time to pour over all the fabulous new products.  But have you really looked at all the amazing samples?  Aside from great products, Stampin' Up! has given us tons of inspiration in these catalogs.  The projects in there are super CASE-worthy (Copy And Share Everything)!  When you are CASEing you don't have to replicate a product...sometimes you just use the same colors or layout or technique.  
Today at SSI we are CASEing from the Occasions catalog.  Here is a picture of the sample I am CASEing first, it can be found on page 53 of the Occasions Catalog:

I received the Swan Lake stamp set at a Stampin' Up! I attended.  I was happy to win it since it was something I probably would not have bought myself.  I love so many things that they did with the little mini-treat bag so I decided to turn that into a card:

I took some Shimmery White and stamped the swan and the the other images with the Basic Black Archival Ink.  Then I grabbed my blender pens and watercolored.  I really liked the Pool Party with the Sweet Sugarplum in the catalog sample and added a Wild Wasabi card base.  I also loved the simple bow by the sentiment in the sample so I made sure to have one as well.  As you can see I didn't recreate the card in the catalog, but I definitely used it as a springboard to create my own card.  

Want to see more CASE'd cards from Occasions Catalog?  Head over to SSI!

Monday, January 16, 2017

January INKspiration Challenge

Happy Monday!  Today we have a great challenge for you over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration.  It is time for our INKspiration Challenge where we give you a photo and you create anything you want given the picture.  You can draw inspiration from the colors, the subject, the layout, whatever you want!  Here is this month image:

So two things jump out to me with this image; the big heart and the ombre style coloring.  So I went with both of those when creating my card.  Here is my card:

Once I figured out what I wanted to do, this card came together so quickly.  I just used a Whisper White card base and took my color cues from the image.  I used Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder and cut that beautiful heart from the Bloomin' Heart thinlit dies in each color.  I stacked them up exactly on top of each other and cut the stack in thirds and rebuilt in on the card base.  I added some rhinestones for a bit of sparkle.  The sentiment comes from the Bloomin' Love stamp set and it is stamped in Watermelon Wonder.  I added a bit of striped washi tape in Watermelon Wonder and added a die cut heart from the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.  I finished the card off with the a little bow in Blushing Bride baker's twine.  

What stands out when you look at that image!  Now it's your turn to create something and upload it over at SSI.  

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration January Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the January installment of the Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration Blog Hop.  Today we are talking all about birthdays!  Everyone has one and therefore we are always needing birthday cards.  I decided to create cards from the same suite of products; Tasty Treats!  I just love all the ice cream and popsicles along with the fun bright colors.  These cards would work for anyone with a sweet tooth; masculine, feminine of for the kids!    

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 6 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Cheryl H. at Create with Cheryl. 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 an ice cream cone card that really shows off the DSP for this suite:

I used a Crumb Cake card base and layered the DSP on some Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I used the Layering Ovals framelits with some Watermelon Wonder and the sprinkles DSP to frame my custom made ice cream cone cut with the Cool Treats framelits.  I love how the cone is embossed as well as perfectly cut.  I finished up the cone with some of the adorable Sprinkles embellishments which has several different sized sequins and mini pearls.  The sentiment is stamped in Pear Pizzazz and layered on some Pool Party.  

I love this next card.  It is actually quite simple and and the use of washi tape was inspired by Bree's card from last week.  

I love how this turned out.  The washi tape background was so easy to do.  I was initially just going to make a gift tag but cut it too short and then decided it would be cute on a card.  I used the Layering Ovals again with Cool Treats framelits.  Again, check out how the framelit cut and emboss the ice cream cone.  I also was able to stamp the soft serve ice cream to give it a two toned effect.  I used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch along with some Pool Party ribbon tied with some Linen Thread.  

All  this love for the ice cream, I had to make a card with the popsicles.  

This card really just shows off a little bit of the DSP, so it would be a good way to make a lot of cards without using a lot of the DSP each time.  I used the Layering Squares along with the Stitched Shapes dies.  I stamped and die cut my popsicles in Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder (stamping off first for the first layer) and used a lighter shade of Crumb Cake for the sticks (stamped off first).  I places these on some Vellum with some Silver Thread looped below it.  

I just love this Suite of products and am looking forward to creating with it in the future.  It makes great birthday cards for all ages!  Speaking of Birthday Cards, that's what this Blog Hop is all about and next up is Nichole L at Scrappy Stamps & Ink.  

Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Jen G. at Faith.Grace.Stamp
2. Cathy A. at Maine Mountain Stamper
3. Diana E. at Stampin' Fun with Diana
4. Pamela W. at Stinky Tofu
5. Darcy J. at Dj's Stampin' Place
6. Cheryl H. at Create with Cheryl
7. Jennifer G. at Jenny G Paper Crafts
8. Nichole L. at Scrappy Stamps & Ink
9. Tobe B. at The Craft Sea
10. Darla R. at Stampin' with Darla
11. Donna S. at Geek Squad Crafting
12. Jen P. at By the Shore Stamping
13. Melissa S. at The Stamp Doc
14. Bree R. at Craft-somnia Momma
15. Tonya B. at Stampin' with Tonya
16. Kim R. at Stamping with Kim

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Bundle to Get Carried Away With

I love Sale-A-Bration!  I always feel like Stampin' Up! outdoes itself ever year with its offerings.  This year is no different.  There are so many fabulous products.  Today at SSI, our designers are creating their own $50 (or so) bundles and showing you what you can make with those products plus the free Sale-A-Bration item.  For my bundle, I am also assuming you already have some supplies, like a big shot and basic card stock colors and inks.    

So the color palette for the this DSP is so great.  The colors are fun and vibrant.  This sheet of the DSP is my favorite.  I thought it would be perfect along with the sentiment for sending someone a birthday card who you might not get the chance to see on their birthday.  I added a few fun In-Color Accessories (2015-2017 In Color Doilies for $6 and some Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon for $8) to finish off this card, but the DSP does most of the work for me!  Plus the die cut for the balloon is super cute and some dimensionals make it pop off the page.  Here is a peek inside:  

Lift Me Up Bundle: $45.75 for Clear-mount/$53 for Wood-mount
2015-2017 In Color Doilies: $6
Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon: $8
Carried Away DSP: FREE

Head over to SSI for more bundles showing off great ways to use the fabulous free products you can earn!  Check out below for a complete supply list!

Monday, January 9, 2017

January Card Sketch

I love a good card sketch.  It gives me a chance to create a project with a little head start.  And we have a great one from Diana this month over at SSI.  Check it out:

I decided to break out the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP along with the Carousel Birthday stamp set for this card.  Here is my creation:

I started with a Peekaboo Peach card base and added the carousel horse paper with hints of Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and Early Espresso.  I used my Layering Circles framelits to cut the burst patterned paper in the same colors.  For my banner I cut some Copper Foil and embossed with the with Festive Embossing Folder.  If you haven't tried embossing the Foil Sheet, you need to!  It really adds a wow factor!  I layered my sentiment onto some more Peekaboo Peach and then added a Calypso Coral flower with a Classy Designer Button.  Here is the inside: 

I couldn't decide what color to stamp the horse on the inside so I made my own ink pad with a baby wipe and some re-inkers and used all the colors!  Such a fun and easy technique and I like how it looks like the DSP on the front.

  I have a complete supply list below.  Head back to SSI for more projects using this card sketch and take some time to yourself this week to create one and upload it!  

Friday, January 6, 2017

A Special Dragonfly Day

The 2017 Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up! is chock full of stamps for just about occasion you might have coming up.  And one special occasion that happens year round is birthdays!  There are several birthday specific stamp sets in the occasions catalog, but today I am sharing a set that happens to have a birthday sentiment in it, Dragonfly Dreams:

I shared a project with you earlier this week using this set, but I have another one this time using some of the fabulous new Inside the Lines DSP from our Sale-A-Bration brochure.  Here is my card:

I just love the watercolor pencils...they color like a dream and then afterwards you can blend them together for an even better look with a blender pen!  This card was super easy  and I love how quick it came together!  For a complete supply list, look below.  Head back over to SSI, where are designers are sharing their favorite birthday stamp sets from the new Occasions Catalog.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Countdown to Occasions Catalog - Day 1

It's here, it's here!!!!!  The fabulous new 2017 Occasions Catalog is live for your viewing pleasure!  I have two projects to share with you using the gorgeous Falling In Love Suite.  I used some of these goodies yesterday for the birthday card I shared.  But I had some time to make some more:

This one uses the butterfly pattern of the DSP along with the pretty dandelion one.  I decided to emboss the background using the Fluttering Embossing Folder.  I also used the Sale-A-Bration Metallic Ribbon, which is so pretty in person, I feel like the pictures don't do it justice.  I actually had the sentiment stamped from a previous project, but it does come from the So In Love stamp set.  Of course I did the 1-2 punch of the Stitched Shapes Framelits along with the Layering Circles.  I finished the card off with a Bitty Butterfly punched from some Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.  

Here is another card: 

For this one I used the pretty Soft Sky dandelion pattern paper.  I used the So Detailed thinlit dies to cut out that floral die cut.  With the new Big Shot Platform and the Precision Base Plate, this cut out perfectly.  I stamped a Happy Anniversary from the So In Love stamp set and added the Very Vanilla satin ribbon and tied on a Falling In Love Jeweled Embellishment.  This was a very quick but elegant card to make!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Did you get a chance to see all the great projects using the Falling In Love Suite from the other designers at SSI?   Happy shopping!