Friday, November 9, 2018

My Inky Friends Thankful for ... Blog Hop

Welcome to the November Blog hop with My Inky Friends, This month we are featuring products we are Thankful for.  Whether you came from Rhonda's blog showing gratitude for the Stamparatus or from Holly's tribute to Nature's Poem, you are sure to see some amazing projects on this hop Enjoy!


The Lily Ink Pad stop is celebrating the COLORS of Stampin' Up! Well, not all, but how Stampin' Up! enables me to use the colors in unique and brilliant ways. Stampin' Up's Four Color Families coordinate within each family and among each family. The possibilities are endless.  

All of Stampin' Up! 's colors are the same whether in an ink pad, cardstock, watercolor pencils, reinkers, Designer Series papers, and accessories! If you are using Merry Merlot, then the color will be the same in all products. How cool.

I couldn't possibly use all the colors in one post, so I decided to use a color combination that started with some inspiration and turned into a really dynamic set of tags.


This was a commissioned set of tags I created to add to a gift basket for a caregiver of a friend's father. Each of them has a cute little saying in it that connects to the present. My colors are Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze, and Gray Granite. I mixed and matched stamped images from the Follow Your Dreams Stamp Set and diecuts from the Chase Your Dreams Framelits. Each tag has a unique dreamcatcher and I had fun playing around with were my creativity took me!


  




Happy Stamping!

Sara

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Merry and Bright Bulbs

Isn't there a Christmas song with the words Merry and Bright sung in a round? If not, there should be, so I can celebrate this card:


When I first sat down to design this card, I was thinking about the wreaths that people make from Christmas light bulbs. I thought that the thin circle stamp in the set would be the perfect wreath and then I realized my final image would be need a bigger template than the one I used before. So, I spent a great deal of time (and math to create this template).



This card would be impossible to make without my trusty friend, the Stamp-a-ratus.  I put the word bulbs on the plate and stamped them all at once. I then stamped the star bulb to fill in and the solid one in Mint Macaron. I love the colors on the card--I got them from the Frosted Floral Designer Series paper, so I added a strip on the bottom of the card. I also added shimmer paint to the wreath to balance some glimmer. 

I really like these nontraditional colors with this stamp set!



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, September 14, 2018

My Inky Friends 2018 Holiday Catalog Showcase: Alpine Adventure

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop of the 2018 Holiday Catalog Showcase. My Inky Friends and I have all chosen a favorite stamp set from the recently released Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog to feature on this hop. Just click on the links to hop in a circle to see them all. You may be starting here where I feature the Alpine Adventure Photopolymer Stamp Set, or maybe you came from Rhonda's blog where she featured the cute snowmen from Spirited Snowmen, or maybe you are hopping backwards and are visiting from Tanya's Blog where she showcased Takeout Treats.



When I first saw Alpine Adventure in the Holiday Catalog pdf, I knew it was mine! Again, Stampin' Up! designed a set just for me!




How could I not fall in love? Snowflakes, snowshoes, sleds, skis, and nordic accents. I love it! 

Here is my first project to share:



I love snowshoeing with traditional shoes...so this card was my immediate go with the set. I used the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper along with the Alpine Adventure Stamp Set and the Alpine Sports Framelits. The White background is actually the white woodgrain design from the Festive Farmhouse paper. I love the Mossy Meadow strip with the snowflakes. I also added the plaid and grid strips for an element of fun. I knotted the Mossy Meadow Baker's twine for an extra detail The snowflake is actually layered on the wreath piece from the framelits, with the middle in tact. The Let it Snow sentiment fit perfectly along side the elements! Inside, I stamped a nordic pattern.


My second card also uses the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper:


Growing up in Wisconsin with grandparents who farmed, I love traditional Christmases. This card feels like it came out of my memory bank! I cut the sled out of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. The Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder is downright amazing. I used it with the Galvanized Metallic Paper, which is transformed when the folder is applied. I used the wreath, the jingle bells, and the bow from the Alpine Sports Framelits and I hand cut the  banner. 


I hope you enjoyed my projects and are inspired to start working on some Christmas projects!

Click on Next Blog to visit Tanya to see her Takeout Treats projects or click on Previous blog to see Rhonda's Spirited Snowmen. Either way,  you will be even more inspired! 

 


Happy Stamping!

Sara


Monday, September 3, 2018

Hello, Little Elephant

I can't believe that I haven't shared this card yet! It's so darn cute! 




I stamped the Elephants in Smokey slate and punched them out. To do that, I used a trick--my Stamparatus. I punched a template out of scrap cardstock and placed it over a my piece of Whisper White. I then lined up my elephants on the stamparatus plate and stamped right where they would be punched out! Easy! 

I used Soft Sea Foam as my background, but stamped the sentiment and details in Mint Macaron. I used the Stitched Labels Framelits for the sentiment and then added a circle matte. 

So cute!



Happy Stamping!
Sara


Friday, August 31, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #9: Friends Make the Season Shine

Whew! The end of summer, the beginning of the school year is exhausting and the kids haven't even started yet! I hope I find balance like I did this week, when I found time for this card:



Not my usual thing- bling, but I like  I embossed in gold, copper, and silver embossing powder directly on my Basic Black base. The stamps are from a stamp set that you can buy after September 5th from the 2018 Holiday Catalog and it's called Making Spirits Bright. You are going to love it! 

The sketch is from the My Inky Friends Design Challenge #9. Pretty cool, huh? 


I love the layers of this card.


Follow this sketch to make your own card and post it to the My Inky Friends Linky!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, August 17, 2018

Delightful Detailed Framed Card

Sometimes, amazing card designs come from practicality. For my Stampin' Celebrations group, I prepare for 48 cards. I knew I wanted to use the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper as it so beautiful. But, how? A card sized overlay is 4 x 5 1/4. There certainly wasn't enough of the pretty, lacy paper for 48 of those. I decided to try a window- using a 3x3 square. I envisioned the paper in each of the 3x3 squares I could create...and I found that every square would make a beautiful overlay!

Here's what I created when I added color:




and the inside:


I decided to go with Coastal Cabana...I just love this color! 

I used the Squares Collection framelits--the largest scalloped one and then the square that fit inside with a border (second largest) for my card. I cut the Thick Whisper White first. I ran both framelits through my Big Shot to make the frame. I then added the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper to my backing piece of 4 x 5 1/4 Coastal Cabana. I stamped Best Wishes on the framelit from ... and added a layer of design with the lattice piece. I then added some pearls. 

For the gluing, I have a video tip for you:




What do you think? I can picture this card in all of our Stampin' Up! Colors--so very beautiful. 



Happy Stamping!

Sara 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Touch of Textures With Watercolor Pencils

Wood is such a trend right now that I decided to design a card that looks like the kinds of projects you can make a painting class. Here's what I created:



I used my watercolor pencils and Stazon ink for the images. I love that the watercolor pencils clearly show up on the wood. I use the "dip the tip in water and pencil color" technique. It works perfectly. I mixed my colors a bit--Calypso Coral and Whisper White. My stampers at this month's Stampin' Celebrations colored them in bright, fun colors and it looked fabulous, too. Just for this month, Stampin' Up! released a Watercolor 2 pack with the Color Your Seasons bundle. 

 The new colors are: Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy --for only $12.50! Stampin' Up! has not guaranteed availability after August 31, so snag yours today!




Happy Stamping !

Sara




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