Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Rainbow of Thanks...

I seem to be in a New In Color Mood this week. I hope you like them!

But, wait, there's more!

I made these for my Virtual Open House and there's a live video on Facebook showing you how I did it. But basically, I used my STAMPARATUS using a technique called the hinge technique. You place the stamp on the plate, ink it, stamp, and then move the plate one hinge spot down. Easy and fun. I first tried the ombre blue, but found I didn't have the ink levels I wanted, so stuck with pure colors -except on the super-special rainbow one. I love that one. Cheerful and easy.

The heart element was from the Stitched Labels Framelit Dies. I just layered them all up! The Designer Series Paper is the 2018-2020 In Color Stack. I love having these "basic" colors around in cool patterns. 

Which color is your favorite?

I love them all. 

Happy Stamping!


Monday, July 16, 2018

Soda Pop Celebration

I love fun, happy cards!

and this one is certainly fun and happy. It makes me think of summer parties with orange soda when I was a kid! 

Bubble Over is a really fun stamp set to play with. I first stamped the bottles on the Whisper White in Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch. I then used a vellum bottle cut using the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits. I cut the straws using framelits out of the 2018-2020 In Color Designer Series Paper Pack. The Lovely Lipstick labels were cut using a label from the framelits, but I trimmed them a bit. The rest is stamped and cut. The background bubbles were added for some whimsy. 

Such fun. 

Happy Stamping!


Friday, July 13, 2018

My Inky Friends Carnival of Colors Blog Hop: Gray Granite

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop of the Carnival of Colors Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring the NEW (and a few returning favorites) colors introduced into the Stampin' Up! Color Families June 1. At each stop, you'll see projects featuring one color. You may have come from Cindy's use of Granny Apple Green or (if backwards looping, from Yapha's Lovely Lipstick). Either way, there are 12 stops in all. Enjoy!

My color is Gray Granite. I chose it because it has a different tone to it than the other grays we have-almost a green, more earthier feeling. 

Card #1:

I love this Follow Your Dreams stamp set with it's coordinating thinlits called Chasing your dreams. Many of the artisans I know who make dreamcatchers add layers and a lot of flair, so I tried to do that on this card. The base is  the Gray Granite  dreamcatcher with the feathers added with Night of Navy. The Highland Heather adds a pop of color with the inner dreamcatcher cut with a thinlit. The center is the star stamped in Gray Granite and then punched with a 1/2" Circle Punch and I added a little Metallic Pearl in the center. I repeated my layers to complete the card. 

Card #2:

Pretty, right? I used the ink in this card- and it seemed dark. I live in the humidity of Wisconsin, with my stamp room in the basement, so my inks are very juicey. This pad was exceptionally so when I opened it. The tree was stamped in full ink and the tree ring was stamped off once so a that the Thinking of You contrasted. But, wait, there's more!

To open, the card, you have to release the thinking of you part to reveal....

the hidden sentiment of Words are Never Enough on the front. Then, You flip the Very Vanilla Layer up to get to the inside, where a personal message can be written. I love this card. The Gray Granite added a subtle tone, different than a Sahara Sand and different than Smokey Gray. So very perfect with the Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove, and Early Espresso. 
Finally, I wanted to share some color combinations, so that you'd be able to see how essential Gray Granite is!
You'll have to click on the image to see the names better. I plan to post this on my Facebook Page and Lily Ink Pad Creators Group. 

Enjoy the rest of the hop! Click on Next to see Yapha's Lovely Lipstick, a bright, fun color or Click Previous to go backwards to Cindy's Granny Apple Green, a vibrant new green. 

Happy Stamping!


Monday, July 9, 2018

Congratulations, Little Elephant!

Immediately upon looking at the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, I wanted these elephants. Then, I realized they had a coordinating punch---SOLD!

So cute!!!!!

I chose the the new Soft Sea Foam for my base and the banner background. The Elephants are in Mint Macaron, which I am so happy so it's back! The Ruffle on the Whisper White is from the Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Perfect for babies! The twine is from the Nature's Twine Pack, which, again, shows Stampin' Up!'s amazing coordination!

A sweet card for a sweet new baby!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Follow Your Dreams

I love the use of the Stamparatus to  make cool patterns with stamps and this card showcases that "Wreath" Technique.

My intention was to respect the dream catcher, yet create a card that shows appreciation of the culture of my Menominee students. The wreath around the center dreamcatcher was created using the Stamparatus. I love the colors of this card-soft yet, bright. 

Here is the video of me making the card as part of my online Stamparatus Facebook Live Class.

Here are the supplies I used:

 Happy Stamping!


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Tweety Birthday!

A week ago, I held an online class using Facebook Live on called, "What is a Stamparatus and Why Do I Need One?" This was the card I created to showcase the basics. 

I love this set because banners are so much fun. I must be spending a bit too much time in my 8 year old niece's world, because once I started embellishing, I couldn't stop. When I showed it to her, her reaction was, "I love it! Can I make one?" So, I guess it's a great card for that age!

I love these colors together and I didn't even realize that they were colors of the new Glitter Enamel Dots!

Here's the Edited Version of the Facebook Live Video about his card. I was really off my game this night,  so it's a little rough. 

Happy Stamping! Sara

Friday, June 29, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #7: Not Old, Retro

When Rhonda picked out this sketch, I thought, "Cool!" I love that square. Then, I was totally overwhelmed by all my options and had a tough time designing. My desk was covered in sets, papers, and inks! But this is the result of my creative process:

I love this card! It's a creation that I am amazed I designed. All me. So cool. That's the beauty of Stampin' Up!'s catalogs. The original inspiration is nothing like what I created, but the elements of the sketch are still there. Plus, the night this magic happened, I got a bit of creative time, which is healing. 

The background is a piece of the Graceful Glass Designer Series Vellum. I used my Bermuda Bay Light and Dark and my Pineapple Punch Blends to color the vellum, leaving some white space. When placed on the Coastal Cabana background, the Pineapple Punch looks more like Lemon Lime Twist, so I used Lemon Lime Twist as part of my swirls. The other swirl is Coastal Cabana and I cut them using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlit dies. The stamp set is called Free Cake and I love it's humor. My Stampin' Celebrations group has been asking for funny adult cards and I think this fits the bill. 

My final touch was adding the Twinkle Adhesive-Backed Sequins to the make a vertical rectangular element. They really reflect light and complete the card. 

Here is the My Inky Friends sketch challenge.

Join us! We'd love to see what this challenge inspires you to make!

Happy Stamping! Sara


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