Friday, July 21, 2017

SSINKspiration Playing with Punches: Lovely Inside & Out

Good morning!  We've made it to another Friday, this summer is just flying by.  Despite the crazy heat we're having and expected to continue through the weekend I'm so looking forward to some family fun.  Today the SSINKspiration designers are having fun with punches and sharing ideas using all our wonderful punches.  So you know by now I am not a punch art girl, love and admire it but I just don't seem to have the best of luck with it so I decided to show of two of our new punches.

I started with Whisper White Thick cardstock for the cardbase and then added a layer of Basic Black cardstock to mat the cardfront that's made with a piece of Bundle of Love Speciality Designer Series Paper.  Now I will admit, when I first saw this paper pack I just glanced and continued since I'm not in the baby or wedding frame of life right now but then I saw that the back side of each of papers is gold foil and immediately thought about all the fun I could have coloring it using emboss resist to create elegant paper for anything I need and the patterns are very neutral, so awesome!  I good a sponge and some Tranquil Tide ink and just sponged over the cardstock until I got the different coloring layers I wanted for the cardfront.

I used the Daisy Delight stamp set to stamp the large daisy in Tranquil Tide cardstock and then used the coordinating Daisy Punch (I know it's backordered right now but hoping it will be back in stock, can you believe this is the highest selling punch ever for Stampin' Up!, we all love it).  To the center of the daisy I added a Gold Faceted Gem and curled the petals up with my bone folder for some extra dimension.

For the greeting I started with the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set and stamped the "friend" in Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock and then matted it with Tranquil Tide.  Next I took the new Tabs for Everything stamp set and stamped "smile" in Tranquil Tide ink on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the 3/4" Circle Punch.  I used the new Circle Tab Punch (you can purchase the stamp set and punch as a bundle and save 10%) to make the Basic Black tab and then attached it around the greeting layer and to the cardfront.  I wanted to tie in the gold in the background so I added three gold enamel dots from the Metallic Enamel Shapes package for a little extra bling.

I love how this card turned out and the Lost Lagoon with gold and black are perfect together and very soothing perfect to just let someone know you're thinking of them.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Diana
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

TGIF Sketch Challenge: Cool Treats

Good morning!  We're certainly in the oppressive part of the summer, this heat and humidity is crazy.  While we settle in to tough this streak out I decided to cool things down a little by using the fun Cool Treats stamp set along with a new to me challenge, TGIF challenges which has a wonderful design team for inspiration.  I have a thing for flags on my projects and when I saw this sketch I decided to give it a go.

I started with Pool Party cardstock for the cardbase and used the Burlap stamp set to stamp on the background for a little added texture.  Next I made my three flags, one is Calypso Coral that I embossed with the Big Shot and the Garden Trellis Embossing Folder, one is Early Espresso and I used some Embossing Paste that I colored with Crumb Cake ink refill and the Pattern Party Decorative Mask to mimic an ice cream cone, and the third uses the Foil Frenzy Speciality Designer Series Paper (this print is the Pool Party Foil).  I love how each of the different flags has it's on texture that you just have to touch to get the full effect.  To finish it off I wrapped some Whisper White Baker's Twine around the cardfront and all the flag layers.

For the greeting I used the Cool Treats stamp set and used Stampin' Write Markers to color in the greeting before stamping on Whisper White cardstock and cutting it out with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I used dimensionals to attach the greeting to the cardfront and added three Pool Party Enamel Dots from the Subtles Enamel Shapes set to tie all the colors together.  The final touch, a yummy ice cream treat.  I stamped the top of the popcicle in Calypso Coral ink and then cut it out with the coordinating Frozen Treats Framelits.  I used Early Espresso cardstock to cut out the popsicle stick and then trimmed the pieces down and pieced them together and then used a dimensional to attach them to the cardfront so it really pops off the card.

This card looks really simple but it has so many layers of texture and little elements that really help dress it up, and as much as I love ice cream I could just eat this up.  What a great way to celebrate a summer birthday!

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Enjoy!

Diana
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Monday, July 17, 2017

SSINKspiration Technique Challenge #SSINKTC47: Ink, Spray, and Smash

Good morning!  We had a wonderful weekend and are so happy Aidan returned home safely from scout camp and it was fun hearing about all his adventures, these kids are crazy!  We're starting a new week which means it's time for a challenge and this week the SSINKspiration blog has a fun technique challenge to play with and I decided to combine this with the July Proverbial Stampers color sketch.  This month we're using the Ink, Spray, and Smash Technique, another new technique for me but now that we have glossy cardstock back there are so many fun techniques to try out.

I'll start with the technique first, it's really simple but you do need some time to let the cardstock dry before finishing your card.  I took a piece of glossy white cardstock and added some random drops of Pacific Point and Real Red ink.  Then I spritzed the cardstock with water and took another piece of glossy white cardstock and laid it on top and twisted and smooshed it slightly.  Then you just pull them apart and set them aside to dry. 


To finish off the card I matted the cardfront with Basic Black cardstock and then attached it to a Real Red cardbase.  The greeting is from the Confetti Celebration stamp set and was stamped in Pacific Point ink on Whisper White cardstock and then cut out with the Big Shot and Layering Ovals Framelits.  To finish this piece I sponged round the edge with Real Red ink.  Next I took a piece of Silver Foil cardstock and used the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out a dressed up mat.  I used dimensionals to pop up the greeting from the silver layer.





Before attaching the greeting piece to the cardfront I added a piece of Delicate White Doily to just peak out of the bottom and then tied a knot using some Silver Natural 3/8" Trimmed Ribbon and added it to dress it up.  I add some small Silver Glimmer stars that were left over from a card I shared last week so I added one to the greeting for a little more glimmer (you can never have too much!)





This is a pretty fun technique and you get a unique look each time (both pieces of my glossy cardstock turned out different and if you look closely there were different thicknesses of ink remaining for some added texture.  The other design team members have make some beautiful cards using this technique so go check them out and then give this technique a try and share what you create, I would love to see it!

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Enjoy!

Diana

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