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