Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SSInk: Watercolor Wednesday

One of the things that I find relaxing is Watercoloring. I bought this super fun stamp set Boys Will Be Boys with watercoloring and the blendabilities in mind. For this card I went for a messy look. sometimes you let the water bleed out the colors and that's ok! I added some random splashes of red and smudges of orange to add to the look. For a super easy background I sponged on some Tempting Turquoise and then brushed over it with the Aquapainter to blend it out. The last little touch I added was stamping the top portion of the tower of blocks in this stamp set as an arrow. One more thing I wanted to point out is I used some of the Flower Pot DSP for layers on this card. It isn't just a girly set of paper!

My four year old son has claimed it for his own and I'm glad because I achieved making this appealing to  a little boy. For more lovely watercoloring check out the other ladies' cards at SSInk.

Supplies: Boys Will Be Boys
Stamp Set:
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Real Red, Smoky Slate
Card Stock: Tangerine Tango, Watercolor paper
DSP: Flower Pot
Accessories: Aquapainter

Friday, August 22, 2014

Kiwi Lane Designs Blog Hop

 Welcome to my leg of the blog hop. You should be coming from Christina 's blog. If you are new to blog hopping and aren’t quite sure how this works, it’s super easy!  For a chance to win a $25.00 Gift Code to the Kiwi Lane Shop simply  leave a comment on each blog post you come to starting with this blog post.

 I was inspired by the Playtime Accessory templates by Kiwi Lane to make this fun mobile for my friend's new baby. I imagined the rocket and a bunch of stars and knew it would be perfect! The rocket template is super easy to trace and cut out. I love how easy it is to use the Kiwi Lane templates and how light, portable and easy to store they are
 I used a cardboard ring used in some kind of packaging I squirreled away a long time ago for the structure of the mobile. I used bamboo skewers for support and also a place to hang the moon from. The rest was as easy as gluing my stars from twine and setting eyelets for the rockets to be hung from.
Here's a shot of the glittery moon I hung in the center.

Now hop on over to Kiwi Lane's blog and make sure you leave comments along the way!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SSInk: August Quick and Easy Card

Quick and Easy is exactly the kind of card I need to make right now. I'm in the process of packing up my house for a move across town and now the move is in three weeks. My sweet nieces have birthdays this week and I felt inspired to make a birthday card. To keep this card simple, I kept the color palate simple and stuck to one stamp set. The Flower Pot DSP is so versatile that I used a strip of the diagonal stripe for the belly band on this gate-fold card.

 The Birthday Surprise stamp set was a good choice for a Quick and Easy card, the sentiments are bold and have a lot of visual appeal so you don't have to work hard to make something look good. There are a lot of super cute Quick and Easy cards up on SSInk, make sure to stop by and check them out.

Stamp Set: Birthday Surprise
Ink:Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango
Card Stock: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla
DSP: Flower Pot
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SSInk Blog Hop: Convention Swaps

Welcome to another round of the monthly SSInk Blog Hop! You should have come from Darla's blog  Stampin' with Darla.  Make sure as you hop along you leave some love for all of the ladies on each stop of the blog hop. We love hearing from all of you!

Our theme for this month was our convention card swaps. I actually swapped a card previously posted on my blog so I decided to CASE myself for this post. Click here to see the original. I went with the exact same layout and stamp set too. I decided to change it up just a bit so it would be interesting to look at though. I added the linen thread and basic pearls as an afterthought to dress it up a bit more.

Blog Hop Participant List:
  1. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  2. Donna S. of Organized Chaos
  3. Cynthia R. of Ink-A-Doodle Creations
  4. Jennifer C. of Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  5. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  6. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  7. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  8. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  9. Kathy P. of Katrina P's Creative Corner
  10. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  11. Heidi B. of Stuck on Stampin'
  12. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun
  13. Darla R. of Stampin' with Darla
  14. Erica B. of Stamping Starlette

Stamp Sets: Hi There, Flower Patch
Card Stock:Whisper White, Crushed Curry
Ink: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango
DSP: Flower Pot DSP
Accessories: Linen thread. Basic pearls, Flower Fair framelits

Friday, August 8, 2014

SSInk: Anything Goes!

Over at SSInk it's a special day, our blog has been going for one whole year. To celebrate all of us have projects up on the blog. We went with an Anything Goes theme so you will see a variety of different projects on all the different blogs.

I had a fun idea when dreaming up this card. I thought if I used the new stencils (that I love so much), wouldn't it be great if I could do a metallic ombre effect?? So I broke out the dazzling details and the silver Encore ink pad and got to work. First, I had to make sure that nothing moved while I was working. If you use a wet medium like dazzling details, the last thing you want is the stencil to shift.

I took a picture for reference to show how serious I am about taping everything down. I use washi tape because it's low tack so I can remove it without ruining my project. I taped the card down on the inside layer not the top layer so I could go all the way to the edge. Next, I  sponged the Silver Encore ink all over the whole card. I made sure to press down in the center of the stencil so nothing leaked under. Then, I filled in all the lower hearts with the Dazzling Details and some select hearts toward the top. I finished off the card with a heart diecut from the silver glimmer paper, twine and the 1/8" silver ribbon.

Stamp Set: And Many More
Card Stock: Coastal Cabana, Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Silver Encore Ink
Accessories: Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks,
Washi Tape, Stampin' Sponges, Silver Dazzling Details, Hearts FramelitsLabel Card Thinlits Die, Basic Gray Baker's Twine, Silver 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

Monday, August 4, 2014

Paper Girls Challenge#61 - Superheroes

I don't have many superhero themed supplies. It's totally not because I don't love superhero stuff so I had to get a little creative.  So usually when I don't have something I dream up a way to use my punches to make something. So I bring you a Captain America shield. I know right?!? My 13 year old boy even walked by and said "Is that a Captain America shield? Cool!" Then I knew I had succeeded.

All of the Paper Girls have come up with some fabulous projects so make sure you check out the challenge and I want to see your entry!!

Stamp Set: Yippee-Skippee, Starburst Sayings
Card Stock: Pacific Point, Real Red, Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red
Accessories: 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Star Punch (retired), Silver Dazzling Details

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.

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.
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)