Friday, January 13, 2017

SSINKspiration Favorite Occasions Accessory Item: It's all About the Love!

Good morning and Happy Friday!  The Occasions catalog has so many great products and accessories that coordinate no matter what you're mood you'll find something perfect and today the SSINKspiration designers are sharing some of their favorite accessories from the Occasions catalog.  Since I'm still in a Valentine frame of mind it's only fitting that I'm sharing this card that shows off all the great products in the Sealed with Love Product suite.
 
I started with Smoky Slate cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the cardfront.  I used the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits (they're going to be back available for sale on Monday so make sure you don't miss out, I love them!) and cute two squares out of Sending Love Designer Series Paper, another out of Real Red cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and Happy Heart Embossing Folder, and the last using Whisper White cardstock.  I used the Sealed with Love stamp set to stamp the greeting in Basic Gray ink and then stamped the kiss using Real Red ink on Smoky Slate cardstock, cut it out with Paper Snips, and then attached it with dimensionals.
 I wanted to add some extra touches so I used on of the arrow pieces from the Love Notes Framelits and some Silver Foil Paper to make the arrow.  The row of hearts was stamped and then cut out with the same framelit set.  The final touch was to add some Real Red Ribbon from the Sending Love Ribbon Pack and one of the Sending Love Wooden Embellishments.
 
I had so much fun adding all the little elements to this card, you can just keep going and going.  Is there such a thing as too many embellishments?  Don't think so...  I'm going to have a quiet weekend (the guys are camping so I'm hoping to get some extra stamping time in, lots of ideas in my head and never enough time!!)
 
Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today's card:




Have a great weekend!
 
Diana
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

SSINKspiration January Blog Hop: Birthday Madness!



Good morning!  The holidays are all wrapped up and 2017 is off to a running start.  I’ll admit I’m hoping for lots of big snow this year (despite what Aidan’s wishing for) and looking forward to some winter fun.  One thing that everyone celebrates, and goes on all year long is birthdays so the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration decided to focus on birthday’s for this month’s blog hop.  This is also perfect timing for me since the first half of the year is very heavy for birthday’s in my world, starting with Aidan’s next month so I decided to go with a fun birthday card that works equally well for guys and gals.  This year’s Occasions catalog is jam packed with products perfect for all your birthday needs.

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 #2 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.
I started with Mint Macaron cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock as a mat for the Whisper White cardfront.  On the cardfront I started by using the Tie Died stamp set and stamped the background in Mint Macaron (I stamped twice to fill the cardfront).  The greeting is from the Birthday Blast stamp set and was stamped in Night of Navy ink.  Next I used the coordinating Star Blast Edgelits (you can get both the stamp set and edgelits as a bundle for a discount) to cut the awesome stars out of Silver Foil Paper.  I attached the edge cutout to the cardfront just along the bottom so I could slightly bend the stars so they really pop off the card.


Next I took a piece of Carried Away Designer Series Paper (one of the 2017 Sale-a-bration freebies, yeah) along the bottom of the cardfront.  I tied a bow using some Peekaboo Peach 3/8” Ruched Ribbon and attached it to the cardfront in the center of the edgelit with a glue dot.  The final touch was to add a Night of Navy Star Enamel shape (from the Regals Enamel Shapes) in the center of the largest star cutout for an extra little detail.
 
This card is actually really easy to make but all the different textures and elements really elevates the card and makes a “wowser card”, love that!
 
Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today’s project:



 Make sure to check out the rest of the blog hop for lots of other great ideas.  If you click the “Next” button, you’ll go to Pamela's site but you can also access any of the hopper’s site from the full blog list below.


http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stinkytofu/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/2075584/entry/01_12_17_blog_hop
 

Blog Hop Participant List:

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-somniaMomma

15. Tonya B. at Stampin' with Tonya

16. Kim R. at Stamping with Kim

Have a great day,

Diana

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Monday, January 9, 2017

SSINKspiration Card Sketch SSINKCS41: Hey, Chick

Good morning!  Lots of fun this weekend and it went by in a blur (enjoying every minute)!  With the start of the new week brings a new challenge over on the SSINKspiration blog, this time it is a sketch challenge.  I've been digging into playing with all the great products in the Ocassions and Sale-a-bration catalogs and decided to use the Hey, Chick stamp set that is oh so uber cute (and FREE during this promotion!!)

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock and then used the Timeless Textures stamp set to stamp the image using Crumb Cake ink and then splatter using Dapper Denim ink for a background with lots of texture. Next I took a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock and cut it out using the Big Shot and Lots of Labels Framelits and then embossed it with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  The designer series paper is Dapper Denim and is from the 2016-2018 In Colors Designer Series Paper Stack that was cut into a flag.  For a fun decorative element I took a Mini Paper Clip (new in the Occasions Catalog) and tied a double bow using Crushed Curry Baker's Twine.

For the main stamped image I stamped the cute little chicken peeking out of the corner using Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock and then stamped the greeting in Basic Black as well.  To color in the chicken I used the Peekaboo Peach Stampin' Write Marker to color in the hair and tail by drawing lots of little marks so it has some texture  To color in the body I used the new Watercolor Pencils and colored Daffodil Delight and then used a Blender Pen to spread and even out the color.  Once I had the color the way I wanted I attached the piece with dimensionals.

This card is so fun, it puts a smile on your face and these new watercolor pencils are great and super easy to use (you should give them a chance).  The other design team members are sharing some great cards using the same sketch so go check them out and then come play along, we would love to see what you create!

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



Enjoy!

Diana
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Friday, January 6, 2017

SSINKspiration Occasions Birthdays: Custom Tee

Happy Friday!  Hope your new year is off to a great start, we're even looking at our first snow of the season.  One of the things that we all celebrate all year long is birthdays so today the SSINKspiration designers have gotten together to share some birthday cards to help you get a head start on birthday greetings for the upcoming year.  This years Occasions catalog is jam packed with stamps, framelits, and lots of fun papers and embellishments for all your birthday needs.   One of the first stamp sets I knew I had to get when I first saw the catalog was the Custom Tee and coordinating Tie Died stamp set since they're so fun and full of so many options.

I started with Dapper Denim cardstock and used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to stamp some splatter using Dapper Denim ink in the background.  I also added some enamel stars from the Metallics and 2016-2018 In Colors Enamel shapes as accents.

Next I took a piece of Cucumber Crush designer series paper from the 2015-2017 In Colors Designer Series Paper Stack and then matted it with Peekaboo Peach cardstock.  I used some Basic Black cardstock and the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Die (I used my Paper Snips to trim off all the little nobbies that look leaf like to make the shape a little more masculine).

For the main stamped image I used the Custom Tee stamp set and stamped the t-shirt outline in Basic Black ink and then then used the Tie Died stamp set and Stampin' Write Markers to create my tie died shirt look.  I stamped the #1 in Basic Black as well before cutting out the shirt with the coordinating T-shirt Builder Framelits and attached the shirt to the cardfront with dimensionals.  The greeting is from the same stamp set and was stamped in Cucumber Crush ink on Peekaboo Peach cardstock, punched out with the Classic Label Punch and attached with dimensionals for a perfect final touch.

I was so happy with how fun this card turned out and I may be making several more of these in the future (even changing up the colors) since it's so cheery!  Make sure to check out all the other birthday cards the design team is sharing, you'll love them!

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



Have a great weekend!

Diana
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge: Sealed with Love

Good morning!  There's the possibility of snow in our forecast which has everyone excited (we'll have to see what actually comes).  Today I decided to play along with  Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch challenge and made this really fun Valentine's Card (it's the kick I'm currently on as I plan upcoming classes and projects so you can be ready as well).

I started with Melon Mambo cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece Pop of Pink Speciality Designer Series Paper that was matted with Whisper White cardstock.  I love this this paper since the it has so many different patterns and I knew this would make great Valentine paper when it was first released last summer!

Next I took a piece of Gold Foil Paper and embossed it with the Big Shot and Happy Heart Embossing Folder (I love these hearts!) and cut the tails in it with Paper Snips.

The greeting is from the new Sealed with Love stamp set (from the Occasions Catalog which was released yesterday) and was stamped in Melon Mambo ink on Whisper White cardstock and then cut out with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits (hopefully more of these framelits will be available starting later this month so if you weren't able to get them in the first release get ready and be prepared to place your order as soon as the news of their arrival is released, I'll let you know!)  The greeting was attached to the cardfront with dimensionals.  For a final little touch a took the kiss stamp and heat embossed in with the Heat Tool and Gold Embossing Powder before cutting them out with Paper Snips and attaching with a dimensional (the gold lips remind me of the Hunger Games crazy outfits!!)

I really liked how this card turned out and the pop of black against the pink with gold tickles my heart, yummy!!

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



Enjoy!

Diana


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

SSINKspiration 2017 Occasions Catalog Countdown #2: Urban Underground

All good things must come to an end, in this case it's our Christmas vacation so back to school and work we go!  Just a couple more days until the 2017 Occasions catalog is released so it's time for another additional of the SSINKspiration blog countdown, today it's about the Urban Underground Suite, one that I'm sure will be very popular for all the dudes we know and love.

I started with Delightful Dijon cardstock for the cardbase and then added a layer of Basic Gray cardstock as a mat for the cardfront which is Very Vanilla with the nuts and bolts from the Nailed It stamp set stamped all over.  Next I took a piece of paper from the awesome Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack and cut out a circle using the Big Shot and Layering Circles Framelits (I used the same framelits to cut a mat out of Delightful Dijon cardstock.

The saw image was stamped in Basic Black Ink and then colored in using Smoky Slate and Basic Gray Stampin' Write Markers.  I wanted to give the saw a little metallic look so I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the blade and bolts parts before cutting it out. 

The greeting is from the same stamp set and was stamped in Delightful Dijon ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then cut out with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits before attaching it to the cardfront with dimensionals.  The final touch was to add a bow tied with Linen Thread.

I love all the fun images in this set and cheeky sayings that go along with them, so many fun options.  The other design team members are sharing some great cards using other products from this suite so make sure to check them out and then add them to your wish list soon!

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



Enjoy!

Diana
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Color Challenge SSINKCC41: Paper Pumpkin Anniversary

Good morning and Happy Monday!  It's the last day of vacation before we all head back to work and school and after being busy all break we're taking this last day to just chill out and relax (which is perfect since it's chilly and rainy here today).  Today the SSINKspiration blog is kicking off a new year of challenges and inspiration and what better way than with a color sketch?  With all the Christmas and holiday projects that were flying around I decided to change things up with an anniversary card (which is perfect since I have friends who celebrated their anniversary and needed to make them something special).

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock that was stamped with the Hardwood stamp set using Blushing Bride ink and then sponged all over with Crumb Cake ink.

Next I took a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock and used the Big Shot and Detailed Floral Thinlits to cut out the two pieces and then used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach it and then wrapped a piece of Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim around the middle and tied a little knot.

For the greeting I was a little stumped since I couldn't actually find any anniversary stamp in my current collection (how is that possible?) so I went to my Paper Pumpkin stamps and was able to build this stamp which is perfect!  I stamped the greeting with Mint Macaron ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then cut it out with the Big Shot and Layering Ovals Framelits.  I created a scalloped mat for the greeting using the same framelits and some Crumb Cake cardstock and then attached the greeting with dimensionals.

The soft colors and textures on this card are perfect for anniversary greetings and know my friend will love it!  Make sure to check out the other design teams creations using this color combination and we would love for you to come play along with us!

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



Enjoy!

Diana
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

SSINKspiration 2017 Occasions Catalog Countdown #4: Sending Love


Happy New Year!  Hope the start of your 2017 is off to a great start.  The 2017 Occasions catalog will officially be released in 4 short today's so today over on the SSINKspiration blog we're continuing our countdown to the catalog launch with products using the Sending Love Suite (I'm loving it so far!)  Since I have two guys in the house a lot of my Valentine's are aimed on the more masculine side and this suite is perfect since it's not overly girly!

I started with Real Red cardstock for the cardbase and then took a piece of Basic Black cardstock and used the Big Shot and the Love Notes Framelits (part of the Sending Love bundle) to cut the side border of hearts that are cut and scored so they fold up.  Next I added a piece of Sending Love Designer Series Paper along the left side. 

The greeting is from Sealed with Love stamp set and was stamped in Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock before being cut out with the Big Shot and the Sweet & Sassy Framelits and attached to the cardfront with dimensionals.  For the two other decorative hearts the foil heart was cut out of the Gold Foil Paper and the framelit and then I used heat embossing and Gold Emboss Powder for the red and gold heart before cutting it out with the same framelit set (this set as lots of fun elements).  The final touch was to add a couple gold enamel hearts from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.


This suite is so perfect for lots of Valentine's projects and I know it's going to be getting lots of use over the next couple of months!  Make sure to check out the other projects the design team is sharing using this product suite, you'll love them and I know you'll add the items from this suite to your wish list ASAP.

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



Enjoy!

Diana
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

SSINKspiration Sale-a-bration Preview: Tasty Trucks

Good morning!  Hope you had a enjoyable and relaxing Christmas.  It was nice and quiet for us and we were able to have some fun family experiences that were really special.  Now that Christmas is over it's time to start looking forward to the new year, and for us that means the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration is about a week away and it's always an exciting time for this promotion.  Today the SSINKspiration designers are sharing projects made using some of the free Sale-a-bration items to help get you excited for all the fun and today's card uses the Tasty Trucks stamp set and Carried Away Designer Series Paper (both of which can be yours for free).

I started with Mint Macaron cardstock for the cardbase and used the little banner image from the Tasty Trucks stamp set and Mint Macaron ink to stamp the banners along the top.  Next I took a piece of designer series paper from the Carried Away Designer Series Paper and matted it with Basic Black cardstock.  The greeting was stamped directly on the designer series paper using Basic Black ink.  For a little bling I added a few silver enamel starts from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.

For the stamped image I stamped the cute little truck using Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out with the Big Shot and Layering Ovals Framelits.  I used our Classic Inks, a Blender Pen, and Stampin' Write Markers to color in the truck and cupcake images before attaching the stamped image to the cardfront with dimensionals.

I had so much fun coloring this image, it's really no wonder the adult coloring fad is so popular it really is very therapeutic, and who doesn't love a tasty cute little cupcake?

 Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today's card (please note SAB product items will be available starting January 4, 2017):



Enjoy!

Diana
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Friday, December 23, 2016

SSINKspiration Christmas Cards: Detailed Santa Chalkboard Style!

Happy Friday (and Christmas Eve Eve)! Today’s my last day of work (yeah!) and the guys are joining me this afternoon for my Holiday party at work, Aidan will get one last chance to put in a good word with Santa before the big day!  Today the SSINKspiration designers are sharing what are probably our final Christmas cards of the season (can’t believe it’s already here).  I’ve decided I’ve waited long enough and decided to share our family Christmas card for the year with you (I’m hoping everyone I’ve mailed them to has received them at this point).  I always start designing our family Christmas card over the summer when the Holiday catalog is first released and try to have it all completed (minus the picture) by the end of the summer, some years I’m more successful than others.  This year as soon as I saw the Merry Medley stamp set and Detailed Santa Thinlits I knew they would be on this year’s Christmas card.

I started with Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the cardbase and then added a layer of Basic Black Cardstock that was stamped with the Merry Medley stamp set and Whisper White Craft Ink for the perfect chalkboard effect background.  I used the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine to wrap around the bottom and tie a bow.
Next came the fun part…the Santa.  I used the Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlit, and Whisper White cardstock to cut out the Santa.  It’s actually really easy, you just need to poke out all the little pieces of each Santa (did I mentioned I made 70 of these cards?)  After getting the Santa’s all glued on the background I realized it needed a little bling (shocking I know!!)  So I then proceeded to cut Red Glimmer Paper for the little pieces of the ball on Santa’s hat and glue them on (again cut these 70 times, haha yes I am just that crazy!)  The final touch was our picture and after getting family pictures taken it was convenient that we coordinated with the colors of the Christmas card so I just cut them out with the 1 ¾” Circle Punch and attached the picture with dimensionals.

I absolutely love this card!  It has lots of my favorite things and just makes me smile.  I don’t normally make lots of the same card (and when I do it drives me a little batty, but it is so worth it this one time a year).

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



Have a great weekend and a Merry Christmas!

Diana
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Star of Light Emboss Resist Greetings

Good morning!  Christmas is almost here and I realized that there are still cards I’ve made and haven’t shared (I know, how is that possible?)  Today I have a really pretty and elegant card that was actually really easy to make (and has a bling factor which always suits me).  The images in the Star of Light stamp set are so elegant and dreamlike I didn’t think it suited my usual style but thought I would give it a try. 

I started with Soft Sky cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the cardfront.  On this piece I started by stamping the larger swirling image in Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with the Heat Gun and Silver Embossing Power.  Next I took a sponge and rubbed Soft Sky ink all around the embossed image for the emboss resist technique and came up with this really pretty background.  The greeting is stamp in the bottom using Island Indigo ink.

Next I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the large star image in Island Indigo ink and then cut it out with the coordinating Starlight Thinlit Dies and the Big Shot.  I used the same die to cut out the detailed star out of Silver Foil Paper to layer on top of the blue star.  The finishing touch was to add a Soft Sky Enamel Dot (from the Subtles Enamel Shapes) to the center of the star.

I love how soft and pretty this card turned out.  It reminds me of snow which it looks like we won’t be getting here this year for Christmas but that’s OK, I’m sure it will be coming soon.

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



Enjoy!

Diana
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

SSINKspiration Gift Packaging: Cookie Cutter Christmas

Good morning!  We're rapidly approaching Christmas, 4 days to go.  If you're like me you're still working on last minute items on your to do list, including wrapping and packaging gifts.  Today on the SSINKspiration blog we're sharing gift packaging ideas that are perfect to help you with those last minute packaging needs.

I started with our White Gift Boxes and added pieces of Candy Cane Christmas Designer Series Paper on each of the panels for decoration.  These boxes are great since they also come with clear acetate sleeves to go over the box.  Next I took a piece of Real Red 3/4" Stitched Edge Ribbon and tied a bow.

For the tag I started with a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and then used the Big Shot and Cheerful Tags Framelits to cut the tag.  I added a strip of the designer series paper along the bottom of the tag to dress up the inside.  I used the coordinating Cheerful Tags stamp set to stamp the swirly image using Early Espresso ink.  Next I punched out a piece of Real Red cardstock using the 1 3/4" Circle Punch for the background of my little gingerbread man.  I used the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set to stamp the gingy man using Whisper White cardstock and Early Espresso ink and then used the coordinating Cookie Cutter Punch to punch him out.  The greeting is from the same stamp set and was punched out with the 3/4" Circle Punch and both the gingerbread man and greeting were attached with dimensionals.   The final touch was to use a piece of baker's twine from the Candy Cane Christmas Baker's Twine to tie the tag to the package.

These boxes are quite big and will hold a lot and it was super easy to decorate which is perfect for those last minute gifts.  Make sure to go check out the other gift packaging ideas the design team is sharing for even more inspiration.

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


Enjoy!

Diana

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Friday, December 16, 2016

SSINKspiration Occasions Bundles: Birthday Blast

Happy Friday!  It's a very big day in our house, one almost a year in the making, and that is the release of the latest Star Wars Movie, Rogue One.  The guys have been counting down for months and are so excited so of course we've already got our tickets and reserved seats to see the movie tonight, yeah!  While the guys have been anxiously anticipating the movie there's something else I've been looking forward to, and that's the release of the upcoming Occasions Catalog which is just a few weeks away.  Demonstrators have been able to preorder products from the catalog since the beginning of the month and today the SSINKspiration designers are sharing projects using their favorite product suites/bundles from the upcoming catalog.  One of the first bundles I knew I needed to have was the Birthday Blast stamp set and coordinating Star Blast Edgelits, perfect for all sorts of birthday greetings.  I've been very busy with Christmas projects but this is the one set of products from the new catalog that I've actually had time to play around with a little.
 
For today's card I started with Dapper Denim cardstock for the cardbase and then added a layer of Whisper White cardstock as a mat for the Basic Black cardfront.  On the basic black I stamped the large star image using Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with the Heat Tool and Gold Embossing Powder.  I used the same to stamp the greeting (I love how the gold pops against the black).
 
 Next I used the Star Blast Edgelits and a piece of Vellum cardstock to cut out the star strip and I wanted it to pop off the page so I only glued along the bottom edge of the velum and the stars naturally rise off the card (it's really cool in real life!)  To finish the edge of the die cut I wrapped a piece of Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon around the cardfront and then tied a nice simple knot.
I have to admit I absolutely love how this card turned out and it would work equally well for a guy or girl.  And while it has dimension with the raised velum the card is actually very "mailable" which is good for the post office.  If you want some additional ideas using products from the upcoming Occasions catalog make sure to check out the blog to see what the other SSINKspiration designers are sharing!
 
Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today's card:



Have a great weekend!

Diana
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SSINKspiration Blog Hop: Winter Wonderland!



Good morning!  We’re in the middle of all the holiday happenings and while there’s a lot going on I’m really enjoying every moment.  I hate the idea of getting so caught up in everything that you miss the memories (if that makes sense).  Today over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration blog it’s time for our monthly blog hop and this month’s theme is winter which is perfect given the cold air that we’re about to get hit by.  There are so many options with this theme but since I’m still working on some last minute Christmas cards (I always tend to need more and just carry them around with me so I can work on them during little bits of time).  I saw this great idea recently to use the jar top to make a snowglobe so I decided to take that a step further and make this super fun shaker card (and it’s got bling!!!)
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 #5 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Jennifer G. at Jenny G Paper Crafts. 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.
 
I started with Sweet Sugarplum cardstock for the cardbase and then added a Soft Sky piece of cardstock that’s the base for my shaker with a piece of Whisper White cardstock on top.  I used the Big Shot and Layering Circle Framelits to cut the circle out of the center of the Whisper White piece and then used the snow stamp from the Greetings from Santa and Soft Sky ink to stamp the snowfall in the top left and bottom right corners.  I used the Clear Wink of Stella to add some sparkle to the snowflakes (little tip:  make sure to use the Wink of Stella before stamping the greeting, I didn’t and it the greeting smudged a little).  The greeting was stamped in Early Espresso ink and I attached a piece of Window Film on the back of the cardstock for the shaker window.

 

 Next I took the circle that was cut out and softly drew a line around the edge so I knew where my window would be and stamped on the Soft Sky piece, the snowflakes again in Soft Sky ink, reindeer in Soft Suede (with a little early espresso added for the antlers) and the tress are from the Lovely as a Tree stamp using early espresso ink (just ink part of the stamp to use some of the trees for a smaller image.)  Next I took a foam strip and attached it around the circle to create the boundries for the glitter and added some Fancy Frost Sequins for the snow (there’s my bling!!)  Then I just attached the Whisper White cardfront to seal the shaker (I did add dimensionals to the four corners of the cardfront to the whole later was raised and the same height).  Make sure press really hard to seal you sequins in. 
Of course every snow globe needs a base so I used the Jar of Love stamp set and heat embossed the lid using the Heat Tool, Versamark ink, and some Silver Embossing Power.  After embossing I cut the lid out with the Big Shot and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits and attached it with dimensionals to the cardfront.  The final touch was to add a couple more of the Fancy Frost Sequins on the front bottom of the cardfront to look like falling snow outside of the snow globe.  

I love the soft feel of these colors, they’re not your traditional Christmas colors but definitely give that cool winter feeling.  And a card you can play with and shake?  Super fun!!
Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today’s project:



Make sure to check out the rest of the blog hop for lots of other great ideas.  If you click the “Next” button, you’ll go to Pamela's’s site but you can also access any of the hopper’s site from the full blog list below.
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stinkytofu/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/2075584/entry/12_14_16_stylin_stampin


Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Pamela W. ~ Stinky Tofu

2. Darcy J. ~ Dj's Stampin' Place

3. Tobe B. ~ The Craft Sea

4. Cheryl H. ~ Create with Cheryl

5. Jennifer G. ~ Jenny G Paper Crafts


 
Have a great day,

Diana
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Monday, December 12, 2016

SSINKspiration Card Sketch SSINKCS40: Jolly Friends

Good morning!  Another weekend full of holiday fun and I really enjoyed all the time spent with friends.  The guys were away at Winter Survival Camping and while being very cold all weekend they're home safe and sound now.  With the start of another week it's time for another challenge on the SSINKspiration blog, this time it's a sketch challenge.  This month's sketch is a really fun design which was fun to play with.

I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Basic Black cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and Brickwall Embossing Folder.  Next I added two pieces of designer series paper from the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack.

For the main stamped image I used the Jolly Friends stamp set and stamped the elf head using Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock and then punched it out with a circle punch.  I stamped the elf hat on Old Olive cardstock using Old Olive ink and then punched it out using the coordinating Jolly Hat Builder Punch (also on sale).  I attached the had with dimensionals and then added a Mini Jingle Bell to the hat and tied it with a bow using Basic Black Baker's Twine.




The final touch was to add a greeting so I used the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and stamped using Basic Black ink on Old Olive cardstock and then used Paper Snips to trim the ends before attaching to the cardfront with dimensionals.

The images in this stamp set are so cute, and right now the stamp set is on sale as part of the year end sale so if you don't have this set, now is the perfect time!  The other designers are sharing some other cards using the same sketch for inspiration so go check them out and then play along and share what you create.





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Enjoy!

Diana
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Friday, December 9, 2016

SSINKspiration Daily December: Easily Documenting all the Holiday Memories!

Good morning! Are you ready for the weekend?  With all the holiday happenings it's easy to take lots of pictures, and maybe you get a few posted to Facebook or Instagram but then after the holidays they sit on your phone and not looked at often.  I love all the fun of the holidays but I also love to look back and remember all those memories and enjoy them with my family which means they need to get off my phone and organized, enter the Project Life by Stampin' Up! product line.  Today on the SSINKspiration blog we're sharing ideas using the Daily December product suite and how it makes holiday memory keeping quick and easy.

This is my third year doing a Daily December album and I love it!  I work on the album early (September/October timeframe) so the album is all decorated and the page layouts designed (I'll add sticky notes to the pages with different activities so I have an idea of what I'm doing some days and others are just fun things, like decorations, or just everyday things like basketball practice, the dentist, it's all part of our holiday season) so come December I just need to slide in the pictures, and some journaling and I'm done (awesome!!)  By preworking my album I'm able to have it finished and ready to enjoy before the start of the New Year. 

For the most part I use all the items in the Daily December Card Collection and Accessory Kit (which just a few added pieces here and there).  This means I cut up some cards to use as elements in different pockets and help you get the most bang for the kits.  Below are several pictures of the album and different pages I've finished for you to enjoy!

Album Cover
 
First Page of Album
 
 Visit to Santa (Happens before Thanksgiving, no lines!!)
 
Thanksgiving - Our festivities start before December 1 so I start my album a little early




I hope this has provided some inspiration and you take the plunge to get those pictures off your phones and into albums so you can enjoy them for years to come!

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 Have a great weekend!
 
Diana
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SSINKspiration Tags, Tags, and Tags

Good morning!  We made it to the midpoint of the week and I'm sure like me you are in full on holiday preparations and trying to figure out how to get it all done.  One of the things I love to do is make gift packaging special with handmade touches (anyone who knows me is not surprised by this!)  Today the SSINKspiration designers are sharing some fun and easy gift tag ideas to help you put the finishing touches on your packaging.  The great thing about gift tags is that they are small so you don't need a lot to really make them WOW and you can make them very quickly.

I'm sharing two different tags today for your enjoyment.






The first tag uses the Fab Friday Sketch Challenge for inspiration along with several items from the Candy Cane Lane Product Suite (I found out the designer series paper has sold out but you could easily make this card using the Washi Tape for the same look).  I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock and used the Scallop Tag Topper Punch to punch the top and then threaded a piece of Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine through the top for the tie.  I used the Tin of Tags stamp set to stamp the greeting in Early Espresso ink and then added two strips of Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper along the bottom.

This cute little reindeer is from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and was stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock with Early Espresso ink before being punched out with the coordinating Cookie Cutter Punch (both the stamp set and punch are carrying over, yeah! but the discounted bundle price is only available through the end of the month so if you haven't added these to your collection make sure to purchase the bundle now to save a little $$).  I used Stampin' Write Marker's to color in the antlers and nose and then used dimensionals to attach him to a Real Red Circle cut with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch.

Nice and easy and still uses the card sketch for inspiration.

The second tag uses the Here's to Cheers stamp set and coordinating Cheerful Tags Framelits (both items are carrying over so like above, purchase them now since the bundle price is only available until the end of the month).  I used a piece of Real Red cardstock, Big Shot, and Cheerful Tags Framelits to cut the base (love that it cuts and scores everything all at once!!) and then added a piece of Washi Tape on the inside bottom (this tape is retired but we have lots of washi tape that would work great so take your pick).  Next I took a piece of Gold Glimmer Paper and cut out the little arched piece using the framelit set.  For the greeting I used Stampin' Write Markers to color directly on the stamp and then stamped on Whisper White cardstock before punching it out with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch.  I attached the greeting with dimensionals and being careful not to cover up the hole for the twine at the top (the circle hangs over the top a little).  I used some Basic Black Baker's Twine as the tie for this tag.

We make this tag at my gift packaging class and used it to decorate one of the large 6"x17" Cello Bags along with some Cucumber Crush Mini Striped Ribbon and it turned out uber cute!!

I hope these tags have provided some inspiration for your gift packaging needs.  I'm hosting a cookie exchange this weekend and think I'll be whipping up some of these tags for the ladies to use on their packaging so it's nice and stress free!

Below are easy ordering links for the product's used on today's tags:


Enjoy!

Diana
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Color Challenge SSINKCC40: Layering Love

Happy Monday!  What a wonderful weekend full of fun adventures.  I was able to get a little time in the studio and got to play with some non-holiday items to make my color sketch card for this months challenge over on the SSINKspiration blog.  These are some bright and cheery colors that just make me smile.

I stared with Sahara Sand cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and Fluttering Embossing Folder.  Next I added a piece of Old Olive designer series paper from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack.

For the main stamped image I started by stamping the greeting from the Layering Love stamp set using Flirty Flamingo ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Next I used the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out the circle.  To soften the white background I used the Timeless Textures stamp set and used the Old Olive ink to stamp the floral image all over (I stamped off first to lighten up the green).  I wanted another element to balance the card so I took a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock and cut out a circle using the Layering Circles Framelits and then embossed it with the Delicate Dots Embossing Folder.  I used dimensionals to attach the greeting circle and the final touch was to tie a bow using the Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon (such a pretty ribbon).





This card is so pretty that it will definitely help brighten someone's day.  Make sure to check out the other design team cards for inspiration (they're so fun) and then we would love for you to play along with us and share what you come up with.






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Enjoy!

Diana
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

30 Day Gratitude Challenge: Day 30

Good morning and Happy Wednesday!  We've reached the end of the month and the last day of this years gratitude challenge.  I've had so much fun, been really productive, and I hope have inspired you a little.  For the last card of the challenge I decided to use the Proverbial Stampers November Color and Sketch challenges as inspiration for today's card that mixes Holiday catalog items for a fun everyday card.

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then added a layer of Cherry Cobbler cardstock as a mat for the Very Vanilla cardfront.  On the cardfront I used the A World of Thanks background stamp set for the background (and greeting at the same time) and stamped it in Crumb Cake ink.  I took a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock and cut a flag and then embossed it with the Big Shot and Boho Chic Embossing Folder

For the main stamped image I used the Basket of Wishes stamp set and stamped the berry basket and berries in Chocolate Chip ink before coloring them in with a blender pen and Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, and Always Artichoke ink.  Once I was finished coloring I cut the image out using the Big Shot and Layering Circles Framelits and then used the same framelits to cut a scallop circle mat out of Always Artichoke cardstock. 

Of course you've seen I've had a thing for Copper Foil Paper lately and I decided to use it again on this card as an accent, this time cutting a circle out using the new Stitched Shapes Framelits for a beautiful edge.  I used dimensionals to attached the smaller circles to the foil circle for a little extra dimension.  The final touch was to tie a double bow using the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack (love getting three coordinating colors in one package!!)



This card makes me think of summer and all the fun times in the sun and love that you can get so many looks with this one stamp set, so versatile (I have to admit I really hope this set carries over to next years catalog)!

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Enjoy!

Diana
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