Friday, February 16, 2018

SSINKspiration Winter Blues: Lovely as a Tree

Happy FriYAY!!  What a crazy, fun week with Valentine's and my son's birthday we've been in full on celebration mode.  Today the SSINKspiration designers are taking on the "winter blues" and as it was an unusual 75 degrees here yesterday I was definitely not feeling blue about the weather so I decided to take inspiration from the blue colors and make a card for all these winter birthdays we have.

I started with Pool Party cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Island Indigo cardstock as a mat for my Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper (I used the Pool Party pattern that reminds me of snow falling).  I wrapped a piece of Island Indigo 1/4" Ombre Ribbon around the cardfront before attaching it to the cardbase and then tied a bow.  Where has this ombre ribbon been all year, I bought this color in my first order last year but this was my first time using it, and oh my is it beautiful!


For the stamped image I used the classic Lovely as a Tree stamp set and used Pool Party ink and then sponged Island Indigo ink randomly on the stamp before stamping on Whisper White cardstock to add to another element of that ombre feel.  I used the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut the piece out and then sponged around the edge in Island Indigo ink before attaching it to the cardfront with dimensionals.

The final touch was to add the greeting, and for this I used the Sweet Cupcake stamp set and stamped in Island Indigo ink on Pool Party cardstock before punching it out with the Classic Label Punch and attaching it with dimensionals as well.

This card definitely has the "blue feel" to it but there is nothing sad and is perfect to wish someone happy birthday.  The other members of the design team are sharing some great cards using this same theme so make sure to go check them out.

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Have a great weekend!

Diana
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fab Friday Color Challenge: Happy Wishes

Good morning!  I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day yesterday and were spoiled by those you love.  Today I decide to play along with the Fab Friday color challenge and I have to admit, when I first saw these colors I thought Valentine's but wanted to change things up so I decided to use this color sketch for a soft and pretty birthday card that features a great FREE Sale-a-bration set as well as fun and easy technique with the ribbon.

I started with Sweet Sugar Plum cardstock for the cardbase and then added Melon Mambo as a mat for the Powder Pink Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper (love the soft look of this floral pattern!)  I used a piece of Silver "3/8" Metallic-Edge Ribbon to wrap around the cardfront but before attaching it I used my Pink Pirouette Dark Stampin' Blends marker to color in the ribbon (the blends markers were great to color ribbon and allows you to create so many more possibilities for suing the ribbon.)

The greeting is from the Happy Wishes Stamp set which is a Sale-a-bration Freebie with a $100 qualifying order (I really like the additional options we have with two different levels of SAB items) and I stamped the greeting in Sweet Sugar Plum and Melon Mambo ink on Whisper White cardstock before cutting it out with the Big Shot and Layering Ovals Framelits.  I used the same framelits to cut a scalloped oval piece out of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and then embossed it with the Big Shot and Pinewood Plank Dynamic Embossing Folder.  I added a couple of Rhinestones to amp up the sparkle on the card.  The greeting was attached with dimensionals as the final step.

This is such a pretty card, perfect for those springtime birthdays (oh how I miss spring, haha!)

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Enjoy!

Diana
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Monday, February 12, 2018

SSINKspiration Stampin' Up Kits: Oh Happy Day

Good morning!  We all love to give homemade cards but let's be honest, sometimes we just don't have the time, space, or resources to have use all our great tools and such that we love.  To solve this problem, bring on the kits.  Stampin' Up! offers some great kits that have ready created cards and other projects, fully prepped and some even including the stamp sets so all you need is adhesives and your good.  These are especially good when your traveling or on the go.   Today the SSINKspiration are sharing ideas using these kits.

One of my favorite kits is the Oh Happy Day kit, that is full of bright and cheery patters and elements that are just tons of fun.  You can make all the cards exactly as designed or change things up with the greeting or other embellishments.  Today I'm sharing one of the cards I created using only the contents from the kit.  Another great thing about these kits is that the stamp sets are exclusive to the kits but you can use them once the kit projects are completed.



Remember that during Sale-a-bration all items count towards earning FREE SAB items so by purchasing this kit you're well on your way to earning FREE product!

Below is an easy ordering link for this kit:

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Enjoy!

Diana
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge: More Than Chocolate

Good morning!  With a week before Valentine's Day I've been working to get all my cards and projects completed and ready to go so it was perfect that this weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge were colors that worked for this season of love.  When the Annual Catalog was released as soon as I saw the More Than Chocolate stamp set given my love of the sweet confection I knew I had to have it but it wasn't one of my early order items so I'm just now getting around to playing with it and decided to make this calorie free card for my sweetie!

I started with Real Red cardstock for the cardbase and then used Basic Black as the mat for the Whisper White cardfront.  To that I stamped the heart outline in Basic Black ink and then started stamping all my confections using Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, and Perfect Plum inks (this card while it looks simple is a labor love to figure out where you want to place all the tiny little stamps to fit into the heart chocolate box)!


When I was finished with the main image I stamped the greeting in Cherry Cobbler ink and then wrapped a piece of the Gold Tinsel Trim, from the Love Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack around the card and tied a bow.  for a little extra sparkle I added a few of the sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment package randomly on the card.

This is such a fun card and I know my hubby will appreciate no calories being added to his waistline with this one, haha! (doesn't mean his whole day will be sugar free but it's a start).

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Enjoy!

Diana
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Monday, February 5, 2018

SSINKspiration Card Sketch SSINKCS50: Picture Perfect Birthday

Good morning!  After an amazing evening watching the Superbowl and cheering on our Mighty Philadelphia Eagles to their first Championship it was tough to get up but it's time to start the new week which includes a little crafting fun with this months SSINKspiration card sketch challenge.  I decided to use the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper as the start of this card since every time I grab that pack I'll admit I just wasn't feeling it and always put it back unused but this time I focused on the geometric prints in the pack with are much more neutral for my taste and came up with this fun birthday card.

I started with Flirty Flamingo cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, I love the neutral background adding a subtle texture.  Next I added two pieces of the DSP from the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Pack and then wrapped a piece of Crushed Curry 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon and Flirty Flamingo Baker's Twine around the center before attaching the cardfront to the cardbase.



For the main stamped image I used the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and made this fun birthday greeting, complete with a party horn and confetti.  It was matted with Crushed Curry and Emerald Envy cardstock before being attached to the cardfront with dimensionals.  The final touch was to add a double bow tied with Flirty Flamingo Baker's Twine.

This is such a fun stamp set, I like being able to build and create different birthday images and the photopolymer stamps make lining everything up a breeze.  This card is sure to brighten someone's birthday!  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team is sharing using the same sketch for inspiration and then we would love for you to play along with us and share what you create!



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Enjoy!

Diana
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Friday, February 2, 2018

SSINKspiration CASE the Designer (Anastasia Radloff): Birthday Wit

Good morning and Happy Friday!  Looking forward to a fun weekend, leading up to the big game this Sunday and watching our Mighty Philadelphia Eagles take the field in the SuperBowl, let's just say our entire house is bursting with excitement!  Today the SSINKspiration design team is playing another round of CASE the Designer and this time we're focusing on Anastasia Radloff's great style.  I had a lot of fun checkout out her blog and some of the great projects she's sharing, I finally found this cute Christmas card (can find the original HERE) and decided to use the sketch as the inspiration for this fun birthday card using a mix of Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog Products.

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then added two coordinating pieces of designer series paper from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper Pack.

The greeting is from the Birthday Wit stamp set and was inked using Stampin' Write Markers and then stamped in on Whisper White cardstock and matted with Lemon Lime Twist cardstock for the mat before attaching it to the card with dimensionals.

The final touch was to add a bow using Pacific Point 1/4" Stitched-Edge Ribbon.

I love these bright, bold colors and I have a thing for doing a rainbow look so this stamp image is perfect (plus I have friends who fit into several of these different "free" categories and I'm sure they will really appreciate this personal touch if a bit of humor.  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team is sharing based on Anastasia's creativity, I know it will help provide inspiration for a project you have coming up.

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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