Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge 301: Snow is Glistening

Good morning! 

I know the fall weather has just arrived and you may not want to think about it but the holidays will be here before you know it, trust me it's better to embrace it and start getting prepared so you're not stressed at the end of the year.  Stampin' Up! will be releasing some limited addition products (Snowflake Showcase) in November to help get you on your way to completing beautiful holiday cards, gifts, and d├ęcor so I decided this weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch challenge would be perfect for showcasing these items.

I used Whisper White Thick cardstock for the cardbase and then sponged around the edges with Night of Navy ink.  Next I used Pool Party cardstock for the cardfront and used the large tree image from the Snow is Glistening stamp set and stamped repeatedly (the stamps being photopolymer made for easy alignment) to great a snowy background.



I used the Snowfall Thinlits dies and the Big Shot to cut three different size snowflakes using Night of Navy, Silver Glimmer Paper and the new White Velveteen Sheets (these things feel amazing!!)  The greeting is from the same stamp set and was stamped in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out with the Big Shot and Layering Ovals Framelits.

For the gray strip I used a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock and embossed it with the Big Shot and Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder.  The final touch is the ribbon element in the top corner and I took a piece of Night of Navy 1/2" Gingham Ribbon and looped it over and tied a bow using Whisper White Baker's Twine.

I definitely did the happy dance after this card was finished, so much texture and dimension and the products in this new limited edition suite are amazing and I'll be using it for several other projects.  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team is sharing using this sketch and then we would love for you to play along with us and share what you create!

Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today's card:

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Enjoy,

Diana
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Monday, October 22, 2018

SSINKspiration Feel Better: Itty Bitty Greetings

Good morning!  We had a wonderful weekend and full of family fun, and I was able to get some extra crafting time in the studio which was much needed.  With the arrival of fall it's not unusual to feel a little under the weather so today the SSINKspiration team is sharing card to help someone feel better (these cards are great to have on hand and ready to go since you never know when the need will arise).

I started with Soft Sea Foam cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Wood Texture Designer Series Paper as well as a strip of Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper that was matted with Melon Mambo cardstock.

Next I used the Big Shot and the Nature's Roots Framelits and Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies to make the flowers and leaves, and pearls were added to the center of the flower to dress it up.

The greeting is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and was stamped in Blueberry Bushel ink on Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits before attaching it with dimensionals.  The final touch was a bow tied with 3/16" Braided Linen Trim.

This is a nice and cheery card that is guaranteed to brighten someone's day when they're under the weather.

Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today's card:

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Enjoy,

Diana
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Friday, October 12, 2018

SSINKspiration Harvest: Sheltering Tree

Good afternoon!  After an extended summer we finally had fall arrive today and I'm loving these cooler temps!!  It's only fitting that with today's weather change the SSINKspiration team is sharing harvest inspired projects, now I took a little liberty here and went more fall themed using the Sheltering Tree stamp set to create this beautiful card that looks like your standing in a grove of trees and looking up through all the leaves which are changing colors.

I used Old Olive cardstock for the cardbase and then added a strip of the Country Lane Designer Series Paper and wrapped a piece of 3/16" Braided Linen Trim around the front of the card.

For the stamped image I used Whisper White cardstock and Old Olive, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze, and Merry Merlot ink to make the leaves along with Early Espresso for the greeting and tree branches.  To finish off the card the stamped piece was matted with Cajun Craze cardstock before attaching it to the cardfront.

This is such a quick and easy card but I love the warm fall feelings it evokes.  This is also one of the cards we will be making at this month's Just Cards Class.

Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today's card:

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Have a great weekend,

Diana
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge 300: Spooky Sweets

Good morning!  Now that it's October people are fully embracing the Holiday season, it's fun seeing all the lights and decorations that are going up in my neighborhood (trust me my neighborhood takes Halloween seriously which is lots of fun!).  Today the Hand Stamped Sentiments team has a fun, seasonal inspiration challenge that is perfect for all the Halloween fun in today's card.

For today's card I used Whisper White Thick cardstock for the cardbase and then sponged around the edges with Pumpkin Pie ink.  Then I added a layer of Basic Back cardstock before adding the card front which is also Whisper White but I sponged around it's edges with Cajun Craze ink.

On the cardfront I stamped using the Spooky Sweets stamp set and used Pumpkin Pie ink for the greeting and Smoky Slate for the background.




The circle was cut out of Mango Melody cardstock using the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes framelits and then sponged around the edges with Cajun Craze ink and a piece of Black 5/8" Glittered Organdy Ribbon is peaking out from the circles edge.  The bats are a stamp also and they perfectly coordinate with the Spooky Bats Punch (not this punch also punches out the bat images in the Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper).  I used mini dimensionals to attach the bats so they look like they're flying through the night sky.

This card is quick and easy and carries the colors of the inspiration challenge and the season we're in.  Don't forget this stamp set and coordinating punch are offered as a bundle so when you purchase together you will save 10%, time to get cracking on your Halloween projects, before it's too late.  Make sure to check out all the other great cards the design team is sharing with this challenge and then we would love for you to play along with us and share what you create!

Below are easy ordering links for products used on today's card:

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Enjoy,

Diana
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