Friday, February 9, 2018

My Inky Friends "Love it. Live it. Share it" Blog Hop: Time to Celebrate

Welcome to the My Inky Friends "Love it. Live it. Share it." Blog Hop. This month we are featuring products from the 2018 Occasions catalog.  This stop features a cute animal set called We Must Celebrate. If you are already hopping, did you like Yapha's projects with Sunshine and Rainbows?






I fell in LOVE with this stamp set as soon as I saw it. I knew it would be perfect for cards at work!  As for LIVING, I decided to use the KISS technique on my projects this month--Keep It Simple, Sara. I have three cards with different designs, but the same focal image.  



I used my Stampin' Blends on Glossy Paper. I really love the effect. Bright, crisp colors!  For this card, I used the ribbon technique from our first My Inky Friends Design Challenge. I like it. The Bermuda Bay Ribbon from the Shimmer Ribbon Pack, which you can earn FREE with a $50 purchase. I used Bermuda Bay repeatedly with the confetti stamp in the set to make the background and added a bit inside...so much fun. 

My next card used the same image, but with a different flair.


I added a second element withe snail on the Circle Tab Punch and placed my sentiment on the Classic Label Punch in Basic Black with an added Enamel Dot for flair. The dot carries the dot theme from the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper. The circle of the snail also contributes to that idea.

My final card uses a brighter background:


Again, I used the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper. I just love the color combinations of this paper! I added a Basic Black Band for contrast and added my sentiment to a Washi Punch, which I just realized was retired. Sorry about that! Inside, I added a little fun with the mushroom family. 

Now, I am SHARING with all of you and the My Inky Friends Team! I hope you like my projects. Next up you'll find Tanya's AMAZING projects with the Waterfront stamp Set. Or, you could go back to see Yapha's Sunshine and Rainbows! 

   



Here is a supply list. Feel Free to CASE (copy and share everything) my cards!


Happy Stamping!

Sara

Monday, January 29, 2018

Picture Perfect Celebration Card

I love cards that are quick, easy, and cute. This is one of them:


The card sketch is fun and the colors are vibrant. I discovered that I could use any of the photo papers in the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper Stack as they all looked great. The Pool Party piece was embossed with the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Embossing Folder and I used the Balloon punch to punch out coordinated balloons. The celebrate is from the Celebrate You Thinlit Dies, which can be earned for Free with a $100 purchase. I am in love with the Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper and used the Bermuda Bay one here, but the Lemon Lime Twist one look just as cool. Mix and match and make a bundle of cards quickly! 



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Truly Tailored Bow-tie

When I first saw the Truly Tailored Suite in the Occasions Catalog, I thought of bow ties. 



I tried using the bow punch, but found it too small for my focal point. So... I experimented with the Tailored Tag Punch and created one of my own. Just fold two punched shapes in half and adhere with a glue dot. Then, put them together and wrap around the middle with small strip of the Designer Series Paper that I cut from around the punched shapes. I then added a background of three punches to look like argyle. The sentiment was designed to fit the punch! I also added a bowtie and sentiment inside. 



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, January 26, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #2: Unicorn Crossing

The Stampin' Up! catalog has amazing color combinations. This My Inky Friends Design Challenge uses one from page 35 of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. Each month, we get together to share our ideas for a challenge. You can check out what the the other Inky Friends designed and play along here.



I love this bright color combination. I immediately thought of Clare's ponies, so I designed a Unicorn card:




I just love this unicorn from the Magical Day Stamp Set. The colors look more like Fresh Fig in this photo. but it really is Berry Burst. The paper is from the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper. One side has these amazing photographs and the other these awesome patterns. I love the Tutti-Fruitti self-adhesive sequins, which happen to come in the colors I needed! The Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder adds texture to the Soft Sky layer. I also used some of the Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper. My niece is going to go crazy over this card! I can't wait to show her.

Here is the inside: 

I stamped directly on the Lemon Lime Twist with Berry Burst with the sentiment and added the flair. 

Join us at the My Inky Friends Design Challenge this month. I'd love to see what you create!



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Petal Passion Card

An Elegant card for today...




I made it a thank-you card, but it would be cool for any occasion- even a wedding. 

I used a 4 x 5 piece of Petal Passion Designer Series paper and a strip of 1 1/2 inch by 5 piece of the White Glimmer from the Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper. I layed them on my Basic Black cardstock and then trimmed them to fit the card. I use the Stitched framelits to cut a small circle and added a flower bunch from the Petals and More Framelits. I added a spring behind for an accent as well as a strip of the Silver Foil paper. A little stamping inside, and Voila! a great card!



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Brusho Butterflies

Two weeks ago, I went Live on Facebook to showcase the Occasions catalog. Today, I am sharing the results of that playing around! 

First up, I edited and shortened the video if you missed it. Don't worry, I left plenty of my gasps of surprise!


I only watercolored the cards that night. I transformed them into cards and here they are:


I adhered this one to an Island Indigo base, added an inside using the Petal Palette sentiments. I love layering these little bits! My final touch was a few Glitter Enamel Dots. 


I over absorbed the color on this one, it was very muddled, so wanted to see what would happen if I added some handdrawn accents. I used my journaling pen to outline along the embossed edge. It was easier than I thought it would be and I like it. I trimmed this one and added it to a Thick Whisper White base and also added the sentiment banner from the Beautiful Day stamp set. I also added a few Clear and Glitter Epoxy Shapes. 


I love this one. I added a Thick Whisper White base and some Clear and Glitter Epoxy Shapes. Simple is best.


This one is brilliant in real life. So much fun. Same as the previous two. I was on a roll.


This one is A-MAH-ZING! The colors are simply striking. 



I went for a different look here. I fussy cut the butterfly, added some Myths and Magic Washi Tape and placed it on the Falling Petals Embossed Pool Party piece. I added more Glimmer Dots for fun. 


I created this butterfly as trial before I went live, but I love it. I did the same as the others--such a fun and simple way to make a great set of cards!

I hope you enjoyed my cards! 



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Petal Palette One Sheet Wonder

I shared my One Sheet Wonder for the Time to Celebrate My Inky Friends Blog Hop.  I couldn't show everything I wanted to, so today's post wraps that up. 


My finale first: 


 I separated my 12 cards into 3 sets of 4 so I could give them as gifts. The acetate boxes from the Holiday Catalog have carried over and are still available. Such a great way to package a set of cards. My 4 cards with layers and envelopes fit snugly. 

Here is my first video about how I colored the paper. 


For those of you who don't like videos, I learned a few things by playing with my blends. 
1) The Color Lifter creates a third shade
2) I prefer to color dark and then blend with light.
3) Two layers of different colors create a third color. 
4) I still never look at the lines on the markers before I open the cap. 
5) Its's a ton of fun. 
6) I am an artist with no training whatsoever!


Just as a reminder, I created this one sheet wonder this way: 



Here is my video that describes it better and gives directions on how to cut the pieces. 




And here is the template I created. 


and here's the template with the cutting guide:




And here are the cards again: 







and if you want to buy any of the products I used to create your own, here they are:



Happy Stamping!

Sara



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