Friday, March 24, 2017

SSINKspiration Sparkle and Shine: Custom Tee

Good morning and yeah for Friday!  The guys are heading out for another scout camping trip so it’s a quiet weekend for me and we’re told we’re supposed to get a break from the cold and have some nice weather so I’m looking forward to spending some time outside in the sun.  Anyone who knows me knows I like sparkle and bling so when I saw that today’s SSINKspiration blog was all about sparkle and shine I had to get in on the action.  While it would have been easy for me to throw every item of glitter and foil I own on the card I decided to show a little restraint today (shocking I know) and have some fun mixing things up while also adding a bit of a masculine touch to the card.

I started with Pacific Point cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Pop of Pink Speciality Designer Series Paper (like how each side of this paper pack has a pattern that doesn’t have pink for more options.  Then I added another piece of DSP from the package for the flag, this one with the gold foil confetti as well as a little flag of straight up gold foil paper.
Next I took a piece of Real Red cardstock and used the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out the large circle.  I used a piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the T-shirt image from the Custom Tee Stamp Set and then stamped the saying from the Designer Tee Stamp Set (a SAB Freebie) in Basic Black ink.  Next I used the Tie Died stamp set and stamped the color tie-dye on the shirt using Real Red, Pacific Point, and Daffodil Delight ink and then cut the shirt out with the coordinating T-Shirt Builder Framelits.  Dimensionals were used to attach the shirt to the cardfront.  The final touch was to add a double bow I tied using Basic Black Baker’s Twine.
The bright colors will cheer you up and who doesn’t like tie dye?  And while there’s not a lot of sparkle just a little bit helps it really stand out.  I also love how the SAB stamp set coordinates with the shirt bundle in the Occasions catalog so you can get more use out of both sets but you don’t need the shirt bundle to have fun with the SAB set, win-win in my book!

Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today’s card (remember we have less than 2 weeks remaining in Sale-a-bration this year):



Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!

Diana
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SSINKspiration Spring Card: Basket Bunch

Good morning!  So despite the crazy snow we received last week I'm very happy to see that not all of our flowers and Cherry Blossoms have died so we'll still have some springtime color and blooms.  It's springtime that's the theme for today's SSINKspiration blog so I made this fun springy card using the Basket Bunch Bundle but not going the Easter route.

I started with Wild Wasabi cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the cardfront.  On the cardfront I used the Timeless Textures stamp set to stamp the polka dot line along the bottom using Soft Suede ink (that was stamped off first) and then added a strip of Soft Suede designer series paper from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack.  Then I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to stamp the different splotches in the background using Peekaboo Peach and Soft Sky ink.

I used the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out the circle background using Soft Sky ink.  The Basket Bunch stamp set and coordinating framelits have so many great pieces.  I used the framelits to cut out the different basket pieces using Crumb Cake and Soft Suede cardstock and the super cute grass was cut out using Wild Wasabi cardstock.  I stamped the flowers on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black ink and after coloring them in using the Watercolor Pencils (awesome) and a blender pen.  After cutting the flowers out using the framelits I attached them to the card using dimensionals.

The greeting is also in the stamp set and was stamped on So Saffron cardstock and then punched out with the Classic Label Punch and attached with dimensionals.  The final touch was to tie a super small bow using the Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon.

I really like how there are so many different images and pieces in this stamp set and framelits so you can use it for lots of different occasions making it a really great value.  I'm heading hard into some Easter plans so I know I'll be using this set a lot and can't wait to share.  The other design team members are sharing some fun cards to share their thoughts of spring so make sure to go check them out!

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



Enjoy!

Diana
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Hand Stamped Sentiments Card Sketch: Basket of Wishes

Good morning!  After some cold and challenging weather this weekend it looks like we're going to get a little breath of spring today which I'm really looking forward to.  A little breath of spring was kind of the inspiration for the card I made for this weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch challenge.  I've been working on goal related projects quite a bit recently (holiday's, etc.) so I wanted to take a break to just play and make something that just makes me smile and this was the end result.

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then added a layer of Watermelon Wonder cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder.  Next I added a piece of the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper and used it for the color combination inspiration.




For the main stamped image I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the basket and succulent images from the Basket of Wishes stamp set using Early Espresso ink and then used my Stampin' Write Markers to color it in (I used both tips of the marker's in the color and find using the thin tip is a great way to add a little accent of color like I did on the tips of the plants).  The greeting is from the Suite Sentiments stamp set and was stamped in Night of Navy ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and then punched out with the Decorative Label Punch.  I added a little strip of Cucumber Crush 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon behind the greeting before attaching it with dimensionals for a little extra texture and pizzaz.

I was so happy with how this card turned out and it completely reflects the sunrise I saw this morning and how I'm feeling this morning.  Sometimes we all just need a little downtime for some play therapy to reset and relax!
 
Below are easy ordering links for the product's used on today's card:




Enjoy!
 
Diana
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Friday, March 17, 2017

SSINKspiration St. Patrick's Day: Pot of Gold Tasty Treats

Good morning and Happy St. Patrick's Day (and a Friday, whoo hoo!)  This morning I'm heading out for a fun shamrock filled race weekend with friends but I couldn't headout without leaving my guys a little shamrock treat for the occasion.  Today on the SSINKspiration blog we're sharing St. Patrick's Day or green cards and while this isn't a card I decided it was too cute not to share.  We're big chocolate and peanut butter fans in our house (it really is perfection!) so this is my husband's treat and uses peanut butter M&M's in out 2"x8" cello bags (I got the M&M's on clearance after Christmas and just picked out the green ones).
I used a piece of the gold 3/8" Metallic Ribbon from SAB combo pack to tie the bag shut.  For the tag I used a piece of Whisper White cardstock and used the Scallop Tag Topper Punch to punch the top including the hole to thread the ribbon through.  To make the rainbow I used one of the paint images from the Painter's Palette stamp set using a rainbow of colors.  The greeting is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and was stamped in Cucumber Crush and then I cut it out with the Big Shot and the Project Life Labels and Cards Framelits set (a little sponging around the edge with Basic Black ink help sets it off against the tag).
 
Now you know I'm not a punch art person, it's not one of my gifts so I did quite a bit of searching on Pinterest for ideas and came up with this super easy idea for a pot of gold.  I used a 1 1/4" Circle Punch that was slightly trimmed down on one side as well as a couple pieces punched out with the Word Window Punch (retired, sorry) to make the top of the pot and it's legs.  To make the gold I used the 1/2" Circle Punch and Gold Foil Paper as well as some sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim.
 
I have to admit this came out really cute and I was happy with my punch art, even in it's simpliest forms and I'm sure hubby will enjoy it (at least for as long as the candy lasts which means it'll be gone by Sunday!)
 
Below are easy ordering links for the products used on this project:



Have a great weekend!
 
Diana

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Fab Friday Sketch Challenge: Suite Sentiments

Good morning and Happy Wednesday!  So while we did get a little snow yesterday it wasn't quite as much as the snow lovers were hoping for but it was a little bit and Aidan was still able to get out and have some winter fun before winter is over (love how excited kids get for snow days).  Today we're getting back to the routine and I have a fun card to share using the Fab Friday sketch challenge.  I've had a request for some Easter cards so I've been working on those and decided to make this soft and simple card.




I started with Soft Sky cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock for the mat of the cardfront using Falling in Love Designer Series Paper.  I'm putting this out now, I sponged around the edges of all my cardstock layers on today's card using Sahara Sand ink.  The Falling in Love Designer Series Paper is so soft and pretty and while it wasn't designed specifically for Easter there are some great patterns and colors that work perfectly.

Next I took a Delicate White Doily (cut it in half) and then sponged it using Soft Sky ink.  The greeting is from the Suite Sentiments stamp set and was stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then matted with Blushing Bridge cardstock.  I added a few Pearls as accents on the sentiment piece.  Before attaching the greeting with dimensionals I added a piece of Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" Ruched Ribbon strip in the background.

This is a great sketch for really letting some of our beautiful designer series papers take center stage and shine, and makes the card really simple to make!

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


Enjoy!

Diana
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Monday, March 13, 2017

SSINKspiration Card Sketch SSINKCS42: Lift Me Up

http://ssinkspiration.blogspot.com/2017/03/ssinkcs43-march-sketch-challenge.html Good morning!  It's always crazy when you look forward to the start of a new week to get a break from the craziness of the past weekend (but it was good, fun crazy so it's all good!)  A new Monday brings a new challenge over on the SSINKspiration blog and this time we have a sketch challenge.  With the upcoming snow storm being projected I decided I wanted to do something bright and cheery to remind me of the warmer, spring like weather that should be arriving soon (I hope).
I started with Peekabook Peach cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Night of Navy cardstock as a mat for the Carried Away Designer Series Paper (a SAB Freebie) that I used for the cardfront.  I used another piece of paper from the DSP stack for one flag and then used a strip of Watermelon Wonder 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon for another flag.  For the main stamped image I used the Lift Me Up stamp set and coordinating framelits to cut out the little hot air balloon and clouds.  I used a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock and the 1 3/4" Circle Punch to create the sky and base for the balloon and clouds.  A dimensional was used to pop up the hot air balloon.


The greeting is from the same stamp set and was stamped in Night of Navy ink directly on the DSP.  As a final touch I added a few enamel dots as an accent on top of the greeting.  The enamel dots came from the Subtles, Regals, and 2016-2018 Enamel Dots sets.

This is such a classic card sketch and so versatile I love it and will really work with lots of different stamp sets, accessories, etc. and I love how the stamp set and framelits in the Occasions catalog coordinate perfectly with the free SAB designer series paper, makes crafting so fun and easy.

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


Enjoy (and be safe)!

Diana
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop: Sale-a-brate Sparkle!




 

Good afternoon!  I have a surprise project for you today.  Welcome to the Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop for March 2017. This month our theme is “SaleABration”.  I feel like time is running out to play and share with all the great Sale-a-bration items, especially the second released items so I decided to jam pack this card with three different items.  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Diana Eichfeld or may have come from the person previous to me in the list, Chris Miller. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting me at lucky number #13.

I started with Mint Macaron cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Going Gray cardstock behind my Whisper White cardfront.  On the cardfront I used the Delicate Details stamp set and stamped the edge in Smoky Slate cardstock.  I also used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and stamped the splotches using Bermuda Bay and Sweet Sugarplum ink. 

Next I used the uber fabulous colored glimmer paper (a SAB Freebie) and created scalloped square frames using the Big Shot and Layering Squares framelits.

The greeting is from the Reverse Words stamp set (another new SAB Freebie) and was stamped in Mint Macaron ink on Whisper White cardstock before cutting it out with the Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits and sponged around the edge with Going Gray ink.

These colors are so fun and fresh, they totally make me think of spring (even though we are expecting our first real snow of the season, crazy I know). The mix of modern and more delicate images are an interesting contrast.  I am definitely stocking up on this glimmer paper so I can have plenty in my stash for future projects!

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Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Diana
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

SSINKspiration March Blog Hop: Sale-a-brate with Us!


Good morning!  March is one of my favorite times of year, not only does it usually mean the arrival of spring, it’s also my birthday month, haha!  March is also the last month of Sale-a-bration, the best promotion Stampin’ Up! offers each year.  Since we only have a few short weeks left it’s only fitting that this months blog hop with the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration designers is all about Sale-a-bration and sharing some of our favorites.  I will say this has been a very unusual SAB for me in that the items I picked at the beginning as my favorites have kind of been replaced with some other items, just goes to show how great this year’s offerings are, something for everyone!
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 #1 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Tobe B. ~ The Craft Sea. 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 decided to make card that using the Tasty Trucks stamp set (love all the little images that come with it) along with the Metallic SAB ribbon that of course I’m over the moon for!  I started with Tip Top Taupe cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock for the cardfront that was embossed with the Big Shot and Elegant Dots Embossing Folder.  Next I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and the Tie Die stamp and stamped using Dapper Denim and Watermelon Wonder for a fun pattern (once I finished with my truck I did also lightly sponge over the white areas with Cucumber Crush ink just to help tie it together).
The Tasty Trucks stamp set and started by stamping the truck on Shimmery White Cardstock (this cardstock is great for watercoloring, along with our watercolor paper of course) using Archival Basic Black ink.  To color in the truck I used a mix of Watercolor Pencils (these are awesome), Stampin’ Write Markers, Classic Ink Pads, and a blender pen.  Coloring is all the trend right now so I just embraced my inner child for a little color therapy.  I did add a little Clear Wink of Stella to the hubcaps of the tires for a little sparkle.  After I was done coloring I used a piece of Cucumber Crush cardstock for a mat.
Now it was time to add a little accent and I decided to use several pieces of ribbon layered, Watermelon Wonder 5/8” Mini Striped Ribbon, Dapper Denim 3/8” Ruched Ribbon, and of course some 3/8” Metallic Ribbon (SAB Freebie!).  I did use my handheld stapler to attach all the different ribbon pieces together before attaching it to the cardfront.  The final touch was the greeting.  It was from the same stamp set and was stamped on Tip Top Taupe cardstock using Dapper Denim ink and then I punched it out with the Classic Label Punch and then attached it to the cardfront with dimensionals.
I love all the bright bold colors (several of these are In Colors that will be retiring soon, so SAB is a perfect time to stock up on ink refills, cardstock, etc. before they are announced as retiring, they will sell out quickly!) they just make me want to eat that ice cream.  And there is no better way to celebrate than with ice cream, am I right?
 
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 Darla's site but you can also access any of the hopper’s site from the full blog list below.

http://stampinwithdarla.blogspot.com/2017/03/ssinkspiration-march-blog-hop-sale.html

Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Tobe B. ~ The Craft Sea
2. Diana E. ~ Stampin' Fun with Diana
3. Darla R. ~ Stampin' with Darla
4. Cathy A. ~ Maine Mountain Stamper
5. Jennifer G. ~ Jenny G Paper Crafts
6. Jen G. ~ Faith.Grace.Stamp
7. Nichole L. ~ Scrappy Stamps & Ink
8. Kim R. ~ Stampin' with Kim
9. Darcy J. ~ Dj's Stampin' Place
10. Pamela W. ~ Stinky Tofu
11. Donna S. ~ Geek Squad Crafting
12. Cheryl H. ~ Create with Cheryl
Have a great day,

Diana
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Color Challenge SSINKCC43: Any Occasion

Good morning!  Well this weekend was a cold reminder that winter may not quite be finished with us but thankfully we weren't super, crazy busy this weekend so we were able to relax and stay warm inside (which of course meant some extra crafting time, which I needed).  It's a new week and so we have another challenge over on the SSINKspiration blog, this time it's a color challenge.  Since we just have a few short weeks of Sale-a-bration left I decided to combine several SAB freebies in this challenge to create a cute baby card (it's always good to have a selection of cards ready to go and I needed a few more baby options so this was perfect!)

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then added a layer of Whisper White cardstock with a mat of Perfect Plum.  On the Whisper White layer I used the Timeless Textures stamp set to stamp in the background.  I used a piece of the gold metallic ribbon (from the SAB 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack) and attached it with the Handheld Stapler.

For the stamped image I started by cutting a circle out of Whisper White cardstock using the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits and then used the Any Occasion stamp set (another SAB Freebie) and created the banner details using all the little stamps in the set (the stamps being photopolymer make perfect placement super easy!)  I matted the circle with a circle of Melon Mambo cardstock cut out with the Big Shot and Layering Circles Framelits.  Before attaching the circle to the cardfront with dimensionals I attached a small gold metallic doily (from the Metallic Foil Doilies pack) to peek out from behind the circle.

This is a great color combo and lends itself to so many different options.  This isn't your standard baby card, it's a bit more elegant and a fun change of pace.  The design team shared some great cards using the same colors and they're such a wide variety, you should definitely check them out and then play along and share what you create, we would love to see what you come up with!

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



Enjoy!

Diana

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Friday, March 3, 2017

SSINKspiration Forgotten Favorites from the Annual Catalog: Better Together

Good morning!  I think we'll all agree that our Occasions catalog has some fabulous items that have got our focus lately, right?  But we can't forget the annual catalog and all the wonderful products that we have available all year long.  Today over on the SSINKspiration blog the designers are sharing projects made using some of our forgotten favorites from the annual catalog.  I had a coworker recently who needed a baby card and asked for my help so I looked through my stamps and decided to use the Better Together (awesome set) and Something for Baby to come up with this card that would work equally well to welcome a baby boy or girl.

I started with Mint Macaron cardstock fro the cardbase and then added a piece of Basic Gray cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and Sparkle Embossing Folder (this is such a great neutral embossed print, it works with everything!!)

next I used the Big Shot and cut a circle using one of the cards from the Happy Baby Girl Project Life card collection (great thing about some of these patterns is that they all don't have pink in them so you could certainly service boy greetings with the same pack) and then cut a scallop circle mat out of Mint Macaron cardstock using the same framelits.

This cute little duck is from the Something for Baby stamp set and after coloring on the stamp with my Stampin' Write Markers and stamping on Whisper White cardstock it's easy to cut him out using the coordinating Baby's First Framelits.  The gray circle mat was cut with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch and then he was attached with a dimensional (used a dimensional both on the duck to the circle and the circle to the cardfront).

The final touch was the greeting which is from the Better Together stamp set (this set has greetings for so many different occasions it's so versatile and was stamped in Basic Gray ink on So Saffron cardstock before being cut out with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Before attaching the greeting to the cardfront with dimensionals I added a little piece of silver ribbon from the 3/8" Metallics Combo Pack (a SAB Freebie) for a little sparkle.

Babies are such a fun occasion to celebrate and it's great to have a few cards in your stash ready to go for just in time giving so I like to have a few on hand.  These stamps and the Project Life cards make them easy to make and sure to please.  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team is sharing and I'm sure you'll find at least one new stamp set from the Annual Catalog to add to your must have wish list (and Sale-a-bration is a great time to get those items when you can earn freebies)!

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



Have a great weekend!

Diana
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fab Friday Color Sketch: Avant Garden

Happy Wednesday!  Can you believe it's already March?  I can't but so much of this winter is throwing me off it's time to just embrace it!  The beginning of March also means it's the start of the last month of Sale-a-bration, one of my favorite times of year with Stampin' Up! since I love getting exclusive, free items every time I order.  Today I decided to play with one of those freebie items for this weeks Fab Friday color challenge.  I also have a lot of birthdays in March (including mine, yeah!!) so I've been working on make some birthday cards so they're ready to be mailed and today is another clean and simple one.

I started with Whisper White Thick Cardstock (love this new cardstock when I want a white cardbase this it's up to the task to hold up my cards).  Note:  I score the thick cardstock before cutting it in half so it's super easy to fold and crease.  Next I added a piece of Bermuda Bay designer series paper from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack.

The stamped piece is also Whisper White and I used the Avant Garden (a SAB Freebie!!) to stamp all the flowers and dots.  This set is photopolymer so it's super easy to line up all the images and I only inked up part of the dotted stamp set so I had more control over the amount of splatter on my card.  Also I did add a little Wild Wasabi that's not in the color challenge but come on, leaves need to be green!

The birthday greeting is from the same stamp set and was stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  Another tip:  I make my piece of Crumb Cake wider than my Whisper White stamped piece so I could attach the cardstock at the angle I wanted and then just trimmed off the edges.  The final touch was to add a splattering of enamel dots using the colors from the color sketch (I used the Subtles, Brights, and 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes packages for all the colors).

This is a great card if you need to make multiples since it's super quick to make and it's mailable which is perfect to send off lots of birthday greetings.  I also love the images and fonts in this stamp set and can picture this same card layout using all different color combinations.

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



Enjoy!

Diana
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