Feb 9, 2017

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration: Love is in the Air

Hey there friends!
What's the weather like in your neck of the woods? For us here on the East coast (I'm on Cape Cod in Massachusetts), we're expecting a snowy day. Nothing wrong with that... get to spend the day working on some projects for my weekend with the Cool Crops gals in Andover!

But I know you didn't come here today to talk about the weather... you came to see all the inspiration from the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration design team!

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 11 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - (Faith. Grace. Stamp with Jen G). 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.

Today we are all sharing our "love." Theme for this month's blog hop is "Love is in the Air." So I choose to do a card using the adorable little hedgehogs from the Love You Lots Hostess stamp set. These sets are only available when you host an in-home class or event or if you place an order of $150 or more (and let me tell you, with the amazing Sale-A-Bration options right now, there's no shame in that!).

Here is the stamp set:
These little critters just make me so happy! :) I felt like doing a little watercoloring with my blender pens so I grabbed the hedgehogs first. Here is my card:

I used the new In Color patterned paper stack for the background (4 x 5.25"). Then I used the "thinking of you" sentiment from that same stamp set to stamp a little tone on tone background on the Pear Pizzazz strip. I also used the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing folder with Soft Suede cardstock. Oh how I love that folder (ha... no pun intended!). Then I chose to use the blender pens for watercoloring... I like those best because I think they're great for watercoloring novices like me (I'm not very good at it!). The make getting the watercolor look easy!

I did manage to put together a watercoloring video, this week though for my Teach Me Tuesday... if you want a little help deciphering all the Stampin' Up tools take a peek at my video HERE.

But first, be sure to finish the blog hop! Next up is the fabulous Bree from Craft-Somnia Momma

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

Feb 8, 2017

Continuing to be Thankful... with the Stampin' Up So Very Much Stamp Set

Only in New England would I be walking around with short sleeves and my capri leggings on today (in the house, but still!) and then expecting up to a foot of snow in a blizzard tomorrow, right?

Crazy weather. It messed with my class schedule again this week. I had to postpone card class last week because of weather and tomorrow I had another class planned... ah well, we'll do that next week instead, and I'll have a snow day tomorrow. Too bad a snow day nowadays is just a regular ol' work day when you work from home! It's okay, though. I'm totally loving the full-time stampin' life. It's great!

Anyway, I wanted to continue on with another sample I made using the So Very Much stamp set. It is one of the freebies you can earn during Sale-A-Bration.

Do you ever get stuck when you're trying to create? I do! In fact, I was having trouble getting started when I was working with this set so I went back to the Sale-A-Bration brochure where I found these samples:

I actually did an exact copy of the card on the left (except I added some inking around the edges of the white). And I liked the card on the right, but I wanted to add a little more pizzazz as this one was just a tad too simple for me (especially since the two other cards I had designed were pretty simple, too. You can see those here and here).

So here is what I came up with...

I added a little background stamping using the "for your kindness" sentiment and tone on tone stamping (one of my favorite things to do!). Here I used Rose Red ink on Rose Red cardstock. I loved the washi tape effect in the original card so I added a couple of pieces of washi tape and a Pool Party cardstock mat. The finishing touch was the little flower and a pearl (the flower is from the Tree Builder punch).

Overall, still relatively simple. Another great card to create a stash of for when those thank you needs arise! What do you think? Are you liking this set? Was it one you thought you'd want when we first started the week?

Thanks for visiting today! If you'd like to shop and earn this stamp set for free... just find $50 worth of goodies you need in my store and you can select So Very Much (#143340-wood; #143343-clear) as your freebie. And if you need help finding $50 worth of new toys... give me a shout! ;)

Feb 7, 2017

Showing Thanks with Stampin' Up's So Very Much Stamp Set

Happy Tuesday friends... I'm sharing another card I made with the "So Very Much" stamp set -- one of the freebies currently available for Sale-A-Bration.

Have you taken advantage of that yet? You don't know what Sale-A-Bration is?? Well, it's only the best time of the year for stampers... for every $50 you spend in Stampin' Up product (you can shop HERE), you get to pick an exclusive item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Fun, right? There's lots of great new toys, too, with the release of the Occasions Catalog last month.

Today, though, I'm continuing my exploration of the "So Very Much" stamp set. One of the offerings from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Here is a picture of that stamp set:

I'll admit this may not be the most exciting option to choose from the Sale-A-Bration catalog (I know it wasn't my first choice), but now that I have it, it is truly a great work-horse on your stamp shelf. If you send a lot of "thank you" cards or have a big event like a wedding or something coming up, this might be a great option for you.

Here is another card I made with this set:

It's yet another really simple one. Just one color of ink (Night of Navy). I love using this set to feature your favorite patterned papers (and who among us don't have a lot of that!). I'm using the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up.

This card would easily be recreated in multiples. I used the following pieces of cardstock:

Whisper White base (4.25 x 11; fold along the top)
Patterned Paper (4 x 5.25)
Night of Navy 'mat' (4 x 3)
Whisper White for the greeting (4 x 2.75)
Crumb Cake banner (2 x roughly a .5")

I like to cut a bunch of these pieces, stamp all at once and then assemble. Great thing to do when you're binge watching your favorite winter show. :)

Well, I'm off to pack for my postponed card class from last week... thankfully the weather is a little bit more cooperative this week, even if it is wet and yucky out (perfect stamping weather!).

Oh and if you'd rather watch some YouTube videos on this gloomy day/night ... be sure to hop on over to my You Tube channel... I have a new Teach Me Tuesday video coming out today! And while you're there, please hit subscribe so you won't miss any of my upcoming videos!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

Feb 6, 2017

Stampin' Up Thank You... So Very Much

Howdy Stampers! I had some fun this past weekend playing with one of my new Sale-A-Bration stamp sets. It's called "So Very Much" and I found that it's pretty difficult to make a real fussy card with this set.... And I think that's a good thing! That means if you're looking for a stamp set that you can make some adorable, fast and easy "thank you" cards (think mass producing) then this is it!

I'm going to share a few of the cards that I made with this set over the next few days.

This first one is a little different. I used my Layering Squares Framelits to cut out a window in a scrap piece of paper. Then I used the negative piece to sponge Crumb Cake ink in the square cut out that was left behind. I then just simply stamped the "Thank you sentiment using Early Espresso ink. I added a small piece of the dapper denim Washi tape from the Moroccan Designer washi tape to the bottom edge of the inked square. I then took a tiny strip of gold foil cardstock and snipped "banner" ends in each side. Finally, I punched out two Delightful Dijon flowers using the petite petal punch and layered on top of each other with glue dots. The last element was to add one of the Classy Designer Buttons for the finishing touch.

This is a super easy card you could use to use up some little bitty pieces of scraps you have hanging around.  

The best part about this stamp set is that you can get it for free with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration (now through March 31). It's available in wood mount (item#143340) or clear-mount (item#143343).

I'll be back soon with some more ideas for this super fun set!

Jan 27, 2017

SSINK Sale-A-Bration Favorites!

Happy Friday Friends!
I'm headed to Rhode Island this weekend to hang out with some new friends at the Cropical Getaways weekend. So looking forward to it.

Before I go, though, I wanted to share with you a card I made for the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration design team. Our mission today was to create something using our favorite Sale-A-Bration product. Picking my favorite SAB item, would really be like choosing my favorite child, but I created something with my favorite set of the moment (smile).

Is this little Ice Cream truck not the cutest? I had so much fun coloring some of these images last weekend. I used the watercolor paper, watercolor pencils and the aquapainter for this card. My favorite part of this card can't really be seen in the image above, though. Check out how glittery this truck is!

Isn't that amazing? It seriously sparkles in real life. So how did I do it, right? I actually used my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush (love that thing) and my Watermelon Wonder ink pad to watercolor with the Wink of Stella! You simple treat the Wink of Stella brush just like an aquapainter or blender pen. So I squeezed my Watermelon Wonder ink pad together (while it was closed) to get a little puddle of ink on the cover. Then I dipped my wink of Stella brush in the ink and colored my little ice cream truck. So simple... and fun!

I'm going to be watercoloring everything with my Wink of Stella brush... my husband better watch out!! (wink, wink)

Be sure to visit the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog to see all the "Sale-A-Bration favorites" that the other designers have. There is never a shortage of inspiration over there!

Jan 24, 2017

Teach Me Tuesday: Go Grunge

Hello my friends!
I hope you're surviving the wind and rain the past few days. It's great stamping weather, but not great for my walking goals. I've been trying to hit 10,000 steps a day and had been doing sooo good until yesterday. Oh well.

Good news is I have a new Teach Me Tuesday video for you. I was working on a masculine card using the new High Tide stamp set from the 2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Catalog (page 25), and wanted to share a few tips for some techniques that make a card feel a bit more appropriate for those men in your life.

Here is the card I made:

I am totally in love with this new High Tide stamp set. It's a two step stamp, which allows for layering of the image creating a two-tone effect. I did several techniques to add to the "grunge" aspect of this card, including stamping along the edges of the cardstock, silver embossing the edges, tearing, inking and in the video below I show distressing, too.

Here's a close-up of the card to see some of the detail:

If you'd like to see how I made the card from start to finish, be sure to watch my Teach Me Tuesday video from this week. You can see that below:

I hope you'll subscribe to my YouTube channel. I'm really having fun "talking" with you each week! Be sure to let me know if you have something you'd like me to teach in an upcoming episode. I love suggestions!

I'll be back on Friday with another design for the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration design team (so cool that I get to say that!).

Until next time... keep stampin'!

Jan 12, 2017

Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration Design Team Blog Hop: Birthday for Everyone!

Hey there friends! I cannot believe it is already Thursday. This week flew by and it was not even one iota of productive. Do you ever have weeks like that? I was just constantly pulled in new directions and couldn't focus for a half a second to get anything done. Boo. But, I do have something to share with you today!

I'm participating in my first Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog hop! Lots of fun new toys featured in these posts so you should grab a beverage and maybe a notebook (to write down all the things you want, silly), and then "hop" along with us.

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 12 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Donna at Geek Squad Stamping. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track (or if you are starting here), you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

This month's theme is "Birthday for Everyone," and you'll see an assortment of ideas from masculine and kid to feminine and frilly. My sample today is sort of a mix of masculine and feminine as I mixed the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper with the gorgeous lady from "Beautiful you" to get a sophisticated look.

Here she is: 

For whatever reason, as soon as I saw this stamp set sitting on my table next to the new Urban Underground Specialty DSP, I knew they had to be together! In fact, I did a whole series of cards with this combo for my Stamp of the Month Class (it's tonight - January 12 - in Harwich Port!). Here's a sneak peek of those:

I had so much fun with these... you can kind of see on the bottom card that I really wanted to do a little paper piecing with this set. It's like playing with paper dolls and that always reminds me of my Mama, and that makes me happy. :) I'll share the finished versions of these other cards here on the ole blog, soon. I just don't want to ruin the surprise entirely for the girls coming to tonight's stamp class!

Well, that's it for me... but keep going! There's lots and lots to see! Click the "next" button below to go straight to The Stamp Doc, Melissa, and the full list of participants is below so if you lose your way anywhere, you can catch up there.

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

Until Next time,
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