Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Hand Stamped Flamingo

I had the perfect supplies on my stamp table to create a Friendly Flamingo card in Hand Stamped Sentiments latest challenge colors.  Right in the Fine Art Floral DSP there are Flirty Flamingo, Bumble Bee, and Pool Party tones.  I cut three random sized pieces of that DSP to make a background for my focal elements.

Along with the Friendly Flamingo Stamp Set I used four die sets.  The first set was the retiring Stitched Nesting Labels, next I used the Forever Flourishing Dies to cut the Brass Foil leaves, the Floral Heart Dies for the greeting banner, and the last set was the Flamingo Dies which match the Friendly Flamingo Stamp Set.  To dress it all up I added a swoop of Just Jade Ribbon and Artisty Blooms Sequins.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Creation Station: What Do You Sea?

Hi and welcome to another Creation Station Blog Hop.  This month's theme is "What Do You Sea" and that could mean anything beach, ocean, lake, or river and stream theme. 

While on a Panama Canal cruise we saw lots of beautiful, spunky, colorful, unique, dilapidated, and glorious sites.  One day of the cruise we docked in Cartegena Colombia and were greeted with a flamboyance of flamingos.  Having never seen flamingos in real life I was struck by how fragile their legs looked.  I remember the array of coral and pink tones and being mesmerized by their movements.

Having never bought any flamingo stamps before I chose to add the Friendly Flamingos Bundle to my collection.  I also had my eye on the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper and could see how perfectly the colors and style would pair with my new stamps and dies.

Here is what I did to make the base of this stair step style fold card
  • Cut one Petal Pink piece of cardstock at 5 1/2" x 11"
  • Score along the long side at 1 1/4", 4", and 6 3/4"
  • Fold on the scorelines in a back and forth manner.
  • Cut three pieces of DSP: one @ 1" x 5 1/4", one @ 2 1/2" x 5 1/4", and one @ 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Cut one piece of Basic White @ 2 1/2" x 5 1/4"
  • Emboss the largest piece of DSP with the Painted Texture EF
  • Add Gilded Leafing to one piece using Versamark Ink and Heat & Stick Powder
  • Stamp the Basic White with Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay Ink

To make the belly band for the card
  • Cut a strip of Vellum Cardstock @ 2 1/2" x 11", wrap it around the card, trim the excess, and glue the ends together
  • Using the Stitched Nesting Dies cut a Basic White label and stamp water image with Bermuda Bay Ink and rub a little more ink with a Blending Brush
  • Stamp and die cut the leaves, flowers, and flamingo
  • Cut a Petal Pink banner using the Floral Heart Dies
  • Mold the "Happy Birthday image on a block in a curved manner to match the banner then stamp it with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Assemble all the pieces with Stampin' Dimensionals and Mini Glue Dots
  • Tie a shoestring bow using the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack and add with a Glue Dot
  • Stick Champagne Rhinestones to the centers of each flower

Thanks for stopping by and "seeing what I saw" on my Panama Canal cruise.  Next up is one of my most very favorite stampers EVER, the beautiful Mikaela Titheridge.  Click over and be inspired by her lovely stampin'.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

A Paper Pumpkin Thing is So Cool

Are you interested in alternative Paper Pumpkin projects?  If you answered yes, you are in the right place.  You have landed here today just in time for our "A Paper Pumpkin Thing" Blog Hop. Everything you see in this hop will feature items crafted with April's So Cool Kit.

I'm always a sucker for a clever-cute box for packaging a little trinket or goodie.  So, what I had envisioned for this project came to life as this stylish kiwi themed square box.  I used two of the kiwi popsicle cards from the kit which I wrapped around a Basic White hand made box bottom to bring my vision to life.

Here's what I did:
  • I cut one 3 3/4" square piece of Basic White Cardstock and two 2 1/4" x 1" strips of Basic White Cardstock.
  • I scored the 3 3/4" square piece at 1/2" on all four sides, clipped out the four corners, and folded upward on all the scorelines.
  • I scored both of the 1" strips right down the middle of each at 1/2".
  • I trimmed off all the sticks from both of the popsicle cards.
  • I scored across both of the popsicle cards at 2 1/4" from the bottom edge, clipped along the fold of the card from the top to the added scoreline, and then folded the tops inward.
  • I used Stampin' Seal+ to add the 1" folded strips to each of the popsicles to allow me to attach the two cards to form the four sides of the box.
  • I used more Stampin' Seal+ on the folded up tabs of the box bottom and inserted it into the popsicles.
  • I wrapped Mossy Meadow Braided Trim around the box and tied a bow.
  • I stamped a tag with the stamps from the kit and layered it on one of the silver glimmer die cuts from the kit and then layered it on a strip of Early Espresso Cardstock.
  • I tied the tag to the box with a piece of the twine from the kit.  Before I ran the twine through the tag I colored it with a Soft Suede Stampin' Blend.

Here's a side view where you can see how roomy this little box is.

If you would like to see my Up!STYLE Facebook Live video class where I'll be sharing a stack of projects featuring the So Cool Kit join me next week.  I'll be on my Seeinginkspots Page on Thursday, May 6th at 10:00 a.m. PST.  It's going to be a blast.

link to class reminder

Be sure to click on all the names below to see lots more inspiration.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

A Friendly Flamingo for Monday Montage

Hello stampin' friends and let me just say "it's fantastic to have you following along our Monday Montage Bog Hop."  I'm sharing a fancy folded Friendly Flamingos card which I designed to perfectly fit the Stitched Nesting Dies (retiring).

I had my eye on the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper to combine with the flamingo stamps and dies.  I thought the non floral patterns and colors of this paper felt very Miami and Golden Girls, which was just what I wanted to help inspire some unique cards.  This card here is one of a series that I created for my April Technique Time! Stamp Class.

The card base is made up of three pieces of Flirty Flamingo Cardstock.  One measures 11" x 5 1/2" and the other two pieces are 2 1/8" x 5 1/2".

To tie the card closed I used the Blushing Bride 3/8" Metallic Ribbon.  I included a small Stitched Nesting Die on the back as a "ribbon carrier" and then carefully adhered the from Stitched Nesting Label so the ribbon would slip through when the card is fully open.

Here's a look at the inside and how the fancy folds frame the largest of all the Stitched Nesting Dies.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I have been stamping lately.  Enjoy hopping with us all.

to Julie

to Cheryl

Friday, April 23, 2021

Dog or Cat? #TGIF313

For this week's challenge at #TGIF313 you get to pick dog or cat.  Or, you could even do both dog and cat.  For me it's going to be dog.  I am 100% a dog person.  I love dogs big and small.  I especially love miniature schnauzers.

Most of the look of this card comes from the Playful Pets Designer Series Paper.  The black and white text design as well as the friendly grey pooch are from two of the prints in that pack.  I fussy cut to dog and layered it with a die cut Calypso Coral heart and swoops of white twine.  The only bit of stamping for this card is the "sending lots of."  That came from the Pretty Perennials Stamp Set.  Then the word "happy" was cut using the Word Wishes Dies.  Pretty cute card don't you think?

Sunday, April 11, 2021

This Simply Succulent or That Simply Succulent

Happy Monday everybody!  For this Blog Hop I decided to give you a look at something from my latest class.  My class each month most often includes three cards, however sometimes I'll share a 3D project.  I did something a bit out of the ordinary with one of the three projects from my Simply Succulents Bundle Focus Class.  For one of the projects in this class I included the supplies to make either a card or a faux dream catcher.

I all started with a 3" vintage wooden embroidery hoop.  I had stacks of them and wanted to see them be used in a clever way.  I had visions of making some sort of dream catcher with the succulents, but wasn't sure how it was going to all come together.  When I used the Potted Succulents large background die in lieu of tying a web with thread I instantly fell in love with the look.  I even patted myself on the back ;0)

Since this was a class to feature the Simply Succulents Bundle and I do all the die cutting for my kits I couldn't get too carried away with an intricate array of stamped and die cut pieces.  Once I had it all designed I decided to offer the option to take these exact pieces and supplies to make a card for those who didn't want to make the dream catcher.  All I added to each kit was a half sheet of Crumb Cake Cardstock.

After teaching each of my classes I ended up with several of these dream catchers.  My plan is to package a bottle of pink lemonade in a tall cellophane bag and tie a dream catcher as a decorative "bow."  I know just the friends these pretty little thinking of you presents to.

Here's a look at the same supplies arranged on a card.  Those that chose to make the card had a few leftover pieces of ribbon.

Products Included
Stamps:  Simply Succulents Stamp Set
Dies:  Potted Succulents Dies
Ink:  Versamark Ink
Other:  White Embossing Powder
Papers:  Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness, Just, Crumb Cake, and Basic White Cardstocks
Embellishments:  Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, and Magenta Madness 2020-2022 In Color Ribbon, 3/8" Fine Art Ribbon, and Opal Rounds

Thanks for stopping by for our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Next along the hop is the most awesome Stamp Doc.  That' right Melissa Stout is going to share some more stampinpiration.

to Melissa

to Cheryl

Friday, April 9, 2021

TGIF is Goin' Slimline This Week

This is the challenge for you if you are big into slimline cards.  Over at #TGIF311 we are creating slim line cards.  Join us for the fun!  Slimline cards can be any dimensions that you choose, as long as they are "long and skinny."  There are a couple of common sizes that we have found and they are, when folded, a traditional slimline @ 3 1/2" x 8 1/2" which fits a standard business envelope and the mini slimline size  @ 3" x 6".

I worked with the same supplies for both of these slimline, 3 1/2" x 6 1/2", cards.  I inked up a brand new stamp set called Etched in Nature which will be available in the upcoming Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog coming this May.  I used Misty Moonlight, Cinnamon Cider, Night of Navy, and Early Esspresso Inks, matching cardstocks, Basic White cardstock, Printed Labels Dies, and the new upcoming prints of the In Color 6" x 6" DSP.

A few other supplies I used were the Gold Gilded Gems, Forever Gold Specialty Paper (retiring), and Linen Thread which I thinned out.