Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SSINKspiration New Catalog Preview: This Little Piggy

Good morning!  We're a little less than a week away from the new catalog release (whoo hoo!) so today the SSINKspiration designers have decided to share some fun projects using items from the new catalog to get you excited.  I was honored to be one of the display stampers at OnStage last month so I was able to get a super early advance on some of the products and make samples to share at OnStage.  This set is This Little Piggy and it has such cute images, even Aidan loved it when he saw it siting on my desk.  Because of the fun line images with this set it lends itself nicely to watercoloring but I wanted to show an idea that didn't involve coloring so I did a watercolor wash.  This card also shows of 3 of the 5 new In Colors, Powder Pink, Berry Burst, and Lemon Lime Twist (don't these just sound fun!!)

I started with Lemon Lime Twist cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (this paper has a fun watercolor wash to the coloring so it looks like it has some movement to it).

For the main image I started by taking a piece of White Shimmer Paper and cut out using the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Then using my Aqua Painter and ink pads I colored all over the cardstock for the wash effect and then let it dry, completely.  Once it was dry I stamped the pig image using the Tuxedo Black ink.  The little flower is from the Daisy Delight stamp set and was stamped on Berry Burst paper using Basic Black ink and then cut out with Paper Snips before being attached to the oval with a dimensional.  A little rhinestone is the perfect accent to the center of the flower.

Before attaching the stamped image to the cardfront I took some Silver Metallic Thread and looped it around several times so it peaks out from behind the oval.  The greeting is also from the This Little Piggy stamp set and was stamped in Night of Navy ink, cut out with the same Stitched Shapes Framelits and attached to the cardfront with dimensionals.

This card brings a smile to my face when I look at it and know it will to whoever receives it.  While this card looks really complicated it's not, you just need to be patient with the watercoloring and make sure to let it dry completely before stamping your image (I actually let mine sit overnight).  You're going to have lots of fun playing with this set, I can't wait.

Enjoy!

Diana


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Monday, May 22, 2017

SSINKspiration Technique Challenge #SSINKTC45: Black Magic

Good morning!  What a crazy weekend, with hubby traveling it was just Aidan and I and we were on the go a lot and then I had a race on Sunday and got back to spend a fun afternoon stamping with a friend (it was a good thing I didn't have to move much, haha!)  It's technique challenge time over on the SSINKspiration blog and this month it's the Black Magic Technique.  I'll admit I've never tried this before, but that's the point of these challenges to stretch and try new things.  This technique reminds me of some of the artwork from the 80's that remember, a little retro and fun!  I also decided to mix things up with a little something new (Ribbon of Courage stamp set) and something retiring (DSP).

I started with a pieces of Thick Whisper White cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Basic Black carstock as a mat for the Melon Mambo Designer Series Paper (from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack, retiring).









For the main stamped image I used the new Ribbon of Courage stamp set (you will love this set, lots of great images and messages and the fonts are perfect!).  I stamped the solid ribbon image on Basic Black cardstock using Whisper White Craft Ink and then took my Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay (yeah I know I have a thing for this color combination, love it!) and colored little circle scribbles all over the ribbon.  It' kind of looks like funky chalk board art!  Before attaching this piece to the cardfront I matted it with Bermuda Bay cardstock.

 

The final touch was to add the greeting which was stamped in Bermuda Bay ink on Whisper White cardstock and then cut out with the Big Shot and Layering Ovals Framelits.  Of course I had to mat that as well so I used one of the scalloped oval framelits and a piece of Gold Foil Paper for just a little sparkle, and attached the whole piece to the cardfront with dimensionals.

This technique was fun to try and definitely gives you some fun options for a little retro look, I could see doing something like this for scrapbooking.  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team has made using this technique and then we would love for you to come play along with us and share what you create!

Below are products used on this card that you can order now:

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Enjoy! Diana
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Friday, May 19, 2017

SSINKspiration Friday Favorites: Retiring Stamp Set

Good morning!  It's another big eventful weekend coming up an this time we're missing one of the gang, Chris is traveling, so Aidan and I are looking forward to lots of fun.  Today the SSINKspiration designers are sharing their favorite retiring stamp sets and given how much we're outside and with scouts I instantly fell in love the Always an Adventure stamp set and am sad to see it retire so soon (but it's staying nice and safe in my studio).  This is one of the cards we'll be making in Sunday's retiring card class and we this set I is great for any occasion, can be changed to a birthday card if you don't need a Father's Day card.

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then wrapped a piece of Crushed Curry Baker's Twine (retiring) around the cardfront.  I added a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock as the base for my outdoor setting.  Then using the Outdoor Adventure Framelits (retiring) and the Big Shot I cut the mountains and snow and tree line. 

Using the Always an Adventure stamp set (retiring)  I stamped the tent out of Crushed Curry ink, the bear using Chocolate Chip ink, and the lake using Marina Mist ink.  After cutting the pieces out with the framelits (there isn't a framelit for the lake but it's easy to cut out with Paper Snips) I attached all the pieces to the cardfront using dimensionals.

The final touch was to add the greeting which is from the Guy Greetings stamp set (so happy this is carrying over) and was stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

This card has lots of little pieces but really doesn't take long to make and it's so fun it's sure to impress.  Can't wait to see how the ladies like this card at this weekends class, I think it will be lots of fun!  Also remember the retiring items will only be available until the end of the month so don't miss out adding them to your stamping toolbox.

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

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Have a great weekend!

Diana
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Friday, May 12, 2017

SSINKspiration Friday Favorites Retiring Bundle: Custom Tee

Happy Friday!  It's been another crazy week but thankfully even with all the rain we've been having Aidan was able to get one of his baseball game in this week (they won!) but it looks like tomorrow may be another wash out, we'll have to see.  So I always make a card for the coach for the end of the season for all the work they do  so I decided to use his team colors for this super fun card which uses one of my favorite retiring bundles, Custom Tee.  The SSINKspiration designers today are all sharing their favorite retiring bundles and it's always fun to see what everyone picks.

I started with Smoky Slate cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock for the cardfront that I stamped on the top using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (retiring).  Next I added a piece of Basic Black designer series paper (from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (retiring)) as well as the glimmer stars using the Big Shot, Star Blast Edgelits (retiring), and Silver Glimmer Paper.  I made sure to only attach the star piece along the bottom and middle so I could curl the stars so they're standing up from the page.

Next to make the shirt, I used the Custom Tee (retiring) set on Whisper White cardstock to stamp both the outline and the "All Star Champs" using Basic Black ink.  Next I used the Tie Dyed Stamp Set (retiring) and used Smoky Slate (full strength and stamped off) as well as Tangerine Tango to create the tie dyed effect and then cut the shirt out with the Shirt Builder Framelits (retiring) before attaching it to the cardfront with dimensionals.  The final tough was to add the greeting, which is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and was punched out with the Classic Label Punch (I punched it twice to cut it down so it just fit the greeting) before attaching it to the cardfront with dimensionals as well.

I know this card uses a lot of stamp set and items but I really love how it turned out and hope Aidan's coach will appreciate it, as well as all the notes the players will write in it.  Remember a lot of the items used in this card are retiring so make sure to order them soon if they are on your wish list (I know these will be staying in my studio for lots of future use!!)

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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Thursday, May 11, 2017

SSINKspiration Salute to Mother's: Greatest Greetings

Good morning!  I can't believe Mother's Day is just a few days away, I'll admit I was putting finishing touches on our cards and gifts so I could get them in the mail today to arrive in time to show our mom's and grandma's with love.  Today the SSINKspiration team wanted to do a special feature to provide a little more inspiration for Mother's Day in case you are still working on your projects.  Even though it is dark and rainy here today, this card is bright and cheery, sure to please.

I started with Mint Macaron cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (retiring) as the cardfront and wrapped a piece of the coordinating Succulent Garden 3/8" Ribbon (retiring) around the DSP (this ribbon is so soft and pretty!)

next I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the greeting from the Greatest Greetings stamp set (retiring) in Calypso Coral ink before matting it with Tip Top Taupe cardstock and attaching the piece to the cardfront with dimensionals.  I don't have the succulent framelits to coordinate with this DSP (shocked I'm sure) so I decided to use the Botanical Buider Framelits (retiring) and the Big Shot to create my little flower bouquet.  I love how easy it is to make flowers with these framelits and the way they are designed you can really lift the pieces for added texture and dimension to the card.  I added some enamel dots from the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes (retiring) and Metallic Enamel Shapes for the final touch.

Sometimes I'm so afraid to use a big piece of DSP on projects but it's a great way to add a lot of color and interest with very little work, and it's not like I don't have enough DSP to last a few lifetimes so it's time to "use it up".  This paper also projects such a great color palette to build all the rest of the elements and I'm sure mom will love some flowers that will last forever!

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

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Enjoy!

Diana
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