Thursday, July 31, 2014

SSInk: Quick & Easy Cards

 This go round for Quick & Easy cards I gave myself ten minutes to come up with at card. I'm really happy with the outcome. I'm loving all of the new designer series papers that came out in the new catalog. I finally snatched up some this month and I needed to dig in.  I just love the bright, modern look to this floral print and because it's so beautiful, I don't have to work hard to finish off the card.

 I just love the Hi There stamp. It is ready for all of those "just because" cards I like to send out, plus I have a thing for the loopy script. For more Quick & Easy cards check out SSInk's post today.

Stamp Set: Hi There
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Card Stock: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
DSP: Flower Pot DSP
Accessories: Daffodil Delight seam binding, Gold Sequin Trim,  2 1/2" Circle Punch,

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SSInk: Christmas in July!!

 If you are a follower of my blog you wont be surprised to see Life in the Forest again. This is such a fun stamp set and I love to color in the images. Well, I just had to pull it out and use if for a Christmas card. I love to layer images and thought it would be fun to mask everything off and use our star mask as a background.
I used post its to cover all the areas I wanted to protect from the VersaMark ink and then taped the star mask down over my card base. Then I pressed the VersaMark ink over the mask directly until I was sure I got even coverage. Then, I embossed the stars with clear embossing powder. Afterward  sponged the sky area with Island Indigo and the grass area with Pear Pizzazz and Pistachio Pudding. The most fun part was playing with my Blendablities Markers. I have to say, I'm loving them. I can't wait to get more colors! Now go check out the fab creations of our other team members at SSInk.

Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Life in the Forest, Christmas Messages
Ink: Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Pistachio Pudding, VersaMark, Old Olive Blendabilities Markers, Soft Suede, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate Stamp 'n write markers, Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Card Stock: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Island Indigo
Accessories: Woodgrain embossing folder, Gold Baker's Twine, Clear embossing powder

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SSInk: Convention Card

For Stampin' Up's Convention this year our group Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration was selected to do a display board. I've always admired all of the beautiful cards that get put on display at convention and count my lucky stars that one of my cards will be out on display there this year. I have to admit I felt quite intimidated and was stressing myself out that I needed to have something extra special. In the end I'm really happy with the outcome. Check out today's post for more fabulous cards from the SSInk Convention board. The creativity in this group is out of this world.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

SSInk Blog Hop: Oldest and Newest Stamps


Thanks for joining us for the SSInk July blog hop. We thought it would be fun to combine our oldest stamps with our newest stamps in one project. This is a great way to show how you can keep using your stamps no matter how "old" they are.

Thanks for joining us for the SSInk July blog hop. We thought it would be fun to combine our oldest stamps with our newest stamps in one project. This is a great way to show how you can keep using your stamps no matter how "old" they are. I love this older stamp of mine "Monkey Business". I bought it either right before I signed up to sell Stampin' Up almost nine years ago or right after signing up.  The balloons and sentiment from the new set Birthday Surprise went really well with the cute little monkeys.  I stamped the balloons off the page with Baked Brown Sugar and popped up some colorful tops to give the effect of them floating off the page.

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  #9 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Shellie G of Craftmashup. 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.

http://stampindj.blogspot.com/2014/07/featuring-old-new.html
Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Monkey Business (retired) Birthday Surprise (134117)
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Baked Brown Sugar, Pear Pizazz
Card Stock: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Incolor Sequin Assortment (133631)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

SSInk: Happy Birthday


July is a birthday month in my family, so it's always a good idea to have a stash of birthday cards on hand. I designed this card for the Stamp a Stack I do each summer for my customers. I started this card making sure I was using the Moonlight paper stack. I based all of the cards around this paper as inspiration and show customers the versatility of having a stack like this. It's perfect for making cards!

 I'm totally in love with the new Flower Patch stamp set. It offers so much versatility. I love that the dies can be paired with the stamps or used on their own. If you decide to buy the Flower Patch stamps and the Flower Fair framelits you can save money by ordering it in a bundle.

Check out the other birthday cards that my friends at SSInk have made here.

Supplies:
Stamps: Flower Patch (photopolymer 134207)
DSP: Moonlight paper stack (133701)
Card Stock: Blackberry Bliss
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: White embossing powder, heat tool, Flower Fair framelits

Friday, June 20, 2014

SSInk: Project Life

 One of the things I love about Project Life is that all the supplies I need are self contained.  So all I have to do is grab the tiny box with the Everyday Adventure Project Life cards in it with my journaling pen and I also use the coordinating accessory pack and that's it! So, I went to a crop last week and got these pages done pretty quickly. I still haven't given up traditional scrapbooking but to be able to follow our life through the year this is such a great system. Especially some of the randomness like the YouTube recommendation email I got from my daughter watching My Little Pony.
For this layout one of my daughters was on a trip with my parents so I was able to print some pictures from what she was doing to include with our week. There's more inspiration over at the SSInk blog so make sure you check it out.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

SSI June Card Sketch


It's card sketch time at SSInk. I'm working on putting together a Stamp a Stack using the Moonlight DSP stack and I thought it would be perfect to work in this sketch. Sketches are great for a jumping off point for a project.
I never have enough birthday cards on hand so I made sure to include one into my Stamp a Stack. I  kept the stamping on this card pretty basic because everyone will be making 12 cards in one night and I want to keep to a reasonable time frame. The Perfect Pennants stamp set is becoming my go to stamp set for many of my cards. I just love how it seems to have a sentiment for everything, not to mention the star included in the stamp set. I also finally got to break the seal on a couple of my new In-Colors. I'm loving the richness of the new palate and look forward to using them more.

Supplies:
Stamp Set: Perfect Pennants (c: 133230)
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss
Card Stock: Whisper White, Hello Honey
DSP: Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack
Accessories: Arrows Embossing Folder, Gold Twine, Gold Sequin Trim

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Father's Day Card

I admit it. I signed up for the Father's Day post on SSInk because I wanted to make sure I had a card ready for my husband. I cased the idea of repeating the word "love" more times than it is actually on this stamp from the Stampin' Up 2013-1014 Idea Book and Catalog (now last year's catalog!).  I literally bought this stamp set just so I could use this idea.  I'm relieved that Yippee Skippee was still in the catalog so I could continue to play with it since I've only owned it for about two months.

One more little note, I used my markers to ink the sentiment and decided to use an Ombré effect. My palate was Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay. It's a bit easier to read the Pool Party ink in person, hard to catch on camera.


Supplies:
Stamp Set: Yippee Skippee (c: 131344) Gorgeous Grunge (c: 130517)
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay
Card Stock: Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede
DSP: Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (133701)
Accessories: Retro Fresh Washi Tape (133001)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Paper Girls Challenge #57 - Rub-Ons Reinvented

Just a quick post to show off a card I made for the Paper Girls Challenge using rub-ons in a different way. I used them in the sentiment, layered them a little bit and colored them with my new SU Blendabilities markers which are alcohol markers.

It was fun stamping the cute little cactus from the Sweet Stamp Shoppe. I guess living in New Mexico it was hard not to buy such a fun little image.

I look forward to seeing what imaginative ways every one comes up with for this challenge!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

SSInk- Scrapbook it!

 Our theme for today's post over at SSInk is scrapbook pages. I  have a Project Life album in the works that I add pages to monthly. Sometimes when I'm behind I print the photos out and then when I have time I go back and embellish them. I picked up the new Stampin' Up Project Life kit Everyday Adventure and the accessory pack that comes with all kinds of fun embellishments. I'm not above making my own cards but having a kit and embellishments that match really helps make putting a page together quick and easy, which is really the whole point of Project Life.

 One of the things I do with most of my photos is add text under or on top of the photos. It slows down the ordering process but when I pick up the pictures all I have to do is insert them into the pages which is definitely something I love. Also, an advantage to this is I can date stamp most of them, that way when I go back and add decorations I don't have to figure out what was going on at the time.
In this little corner I used some of the cardstock stickers that come in the Everyday Adventure accessory pack and some of the printed transparencies. Love those!

You can now shop with me directly on my demonstrator home page ericabass.stampinup.net. Right now there is a huge clearance blowout sale. A great time to pick up some crafting supplies.