Friday, March 10, 2023

Artisan Post #3: Enjoy the Journey

I was assigned the Enjoy the Journey Suite Collection for my March Artisan projects. Let me say "what fabulously versatile collection this is." It's feminine and masculine; it's great for card making and memory keeping. There is so much you can do.

This is a 4 3/4" square card based on Night of Navy cardstock. I did some ink blending around the edges with Gorgeous Grape, Starry Sky, and Night of Navy. While I had the ink pads open I stamped the greeting. I mixed in a little Fresh Freesia along with Gorgeous Grape and Night of Night to create an ombre of color. The runners were all cut from the Enjoy the Journey DSP. I added them to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

#TGIF411 It's Taco Fiesta Time!

It's Taco Fiesta time for this sketch challenge from #TGIF411.  If you are a fan of tacos, chips, salsa, spicy bold flavors, and parties then this stamp set is for you.  I totally adore this set and it makes me happy to create with it every time I ink it up.

Let me tell you about what I've used. I started with a So Saffron card base and then added a layer of Flowers and More DSP. Next, I added another layer of So Saffron. On this piece I stamped the trio of tortilla chips all over using a Crushed Curry Ink Pad and splattered it with a Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend. After that I ran the stamped piece through the Stampin' Cut Emboss Machine and the Sweet Citrus Hybrid Embossing Folder.

The smaller strips of pattern paper also were from the Flowers and More pack. The white circle was cut using one of the dies from Stylish Shapes. Then it was time to add all my Taco Fiesta fussy cut elements. All the images were stamped with Night of Navy Ink and colored with various Stampin' Blends. I especially love the blue corn tortilla chips!

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Let the Fun Begin Sketch Challenge

I'm always up for a sketch challenge and that's what we have over at Hand Stamped Sentiments. This sketch is open to all kinds of possibilities. I will say I see a tombstone when I look at the graphic. It's a good thing that when I brought the layout to life it no longer looked like a grave marker. 

For this card I used the Delicate Desert Suite Collection and a few added supplies: my card base is Pool Party, there's a bit of Linen Thread, and I added several Genial Gems. All other papers, dies, and stamps are from the collection.

I slightly altered my take on the sketch to fit the elements of my card. The greeting felt too squished to place it in the bottom right corner. And that's the fun of challenges. They are designed to inspire your creative process and if you decide to change things up you can do it. There are no sketch challenge police.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Petal Park for Monday Montage

Have you created anything using the Petal Park Bundle? The stamp and punch combo is such a treat. You get three flowers in one stamp and you can punch them all out with one squeeze. For today's Monday Montage Blog Hop I am sharing a spring colored "thank you" card showcasing the Petal Park Bundle and several other Jan-Apr Mini Catalog products.

I have included the Cane Weave 3D Embossing Folder (a must have), the Sentimental Park Dies, and the Something Fancy Bundle. Also I used scraps from my desk which were cut from Stitched Rectangles and Basic Borders Dies. This is one of those cards where you create to your hearts content. 

I do believe the inside of the card needs to be just as pretty. Everything I used for the interior of the card I used on the front. I didn't add any new product. The background stamps are from Petal Park and the label and greeting are from the Something Fancy Bundle.

Okay folks that's it for me today. Next up is Emily or you can work backwards and head over to Cheryl's blog. Enjoy and happy stampin'.

Creation Station is Ink Blending

Ink blending is out theme this month for our Creation Station Blog Hop. I blend ink all the time when I am stampin'. Sometimes I blend ink on white cardstock other times on colored cardstock, but for this hop I blended ink colors directly on stamp images.

It's a simple technique with a big impact. Simply pick two colors for your image. Next ink up in the your stamp with the lighter color. Load a Blending Brush with your darker ink color and then tap it here and there directly on your image and stamp on your paper.

For several of the flowers in these cards I used Pale Papaya, my lighter color, and Polished Pink. A couple of the other flowers were stamped with Pale Papaya and Cajun Craze.

All three cards feature the stamps and dies from the Desert Details Bundle. I also used the Delicate Desert DSP, the Dry Brushed Specialty Paper, and the Gold Faceted Adhesive-Backed Sequins. All together these products are part of the Delicate Desert Suite Collection.

Take a close look at the many "delicate details" in the die cuts. This is why I added this bundle to my library of products--the dies are FANTASTIC!

I hope you have been inspired to try ink blending directly on your rubber stamps. Next up in our hop is the sweet and super talented Rachel. Let's go see what type of ink blending she has been doing.

Friday, March 3, 2023

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop: Sunshine & Smiles

Welcome, welcome all to our blog hop today. We are A Paper Pumpkin Thing and we are sharing alternative projects showcasing the Sunshine and Smiles Kit from last month.

February's Paper Pumpkin Kit has been OUTSTANDING in every way. It's totally adorable, it coordinates with the Rain or Shine Suite Collection in the Jan.-Apr. Mini Catalog, and it had an add on of dies. 

My first project here is what I call a One Sheet Wonder Box. It's made from a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Balmy Blue cardstock (I have shared the pattern below). I included some of the Rain or Shine DSP to decorate the box. And then used printed die cuts from the PP Kit to embellish the box front.

For the circle handles I used two pieces from the Stylish Shapes Dies cut from Thick Basic White. I did use some Blushing Bride Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon (retired) to tie the handles together and finish the box with some spring style.

For this card I flipped the kit card base inside out. I used the Stylish Shapes Dies again to cut the circle layer and the banner. Both were cut from a scrap of one of the yellow plaid card bases. The focal bunny is from the coordinating Rain or Shine DSP. I used my paper snips to cut out the image.

Before I added the die cut circle to the card I splattered Balmy Blue ink with a Water Painter. I wanted to mimic the raindrops. Another detail to note is that the flower printed die cut on the left was cropped. I saved the flowers I cropped off for another project. 

Here's a look at the inside. You can see behind the opening I added white cardstock. It's a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Thick Basic White Cardstock which I splattered with more Balmy Blue ink.

Be sure to click on each of the links to hop with each of us sharing projects today. Also, be sure to be signed up for this month's 10 Years of Growth Paper Pumpkin Kit. From the sneak peeks the kit looks like it will be filled with bold colors AND a second stamp set! Sign up by March 10th. 

Monday, February 27, 2023

Sign Up for March's Technique Time! Stamp Class

Don't miss out on my monthly Technique Time! stamp class. This month I am showcasing the Delicate Desert Suite Collection.

There are two options to choose from: a full kit shipped to you OR online access. Register while supplies last as class kits will be limited.

This online class will be recorded for replay. 

We'll be creating three artfully avid style cards that will feature embellished focal points, patterned papers, gold foil details, and finishing touches of ribbon and sequins to take these cards over the top.

Class kits will include precut and scored cardstock card bases, dry embossed pieces, non Desert Details die cuts, a sampling of: Delicate Desert DSP, Dry Brushed Specialty Paper, and Gold Faceted Adhesive Backed Sequins; pieces of assorted SU! ribbon and twine; precut cardstock pieces to complete all the stamping and die cutting of Desert Details Dies. 

Registration open from 3/1 to 3/17 or until kits are sold out.

Use the button below to reserve your spot.

Option 1 - Full Kit $31
  • Fully loaded class kit packet
  • Access to the FB Live class/replay on 3/23
  • Invitation to the 3/24 Zoom gathering/class
  • Membership to SeeingINKspots Backstage Pass
    • video recordings of this class & many more past classes
    • full array of photos for this class & many more past classes
  • First class shipping, kits ship 3/17
Option 2 - Online Access $16
  • A PDF of the cutting measurements for the three projects
  • Access to the FB Live class/replay on 3/23
  • Invitation to the 3/24 Zoom gathering/class
  • Six-month membership to SeeingINKspots Backstage Pass
    • video recording of this class & many more past classes
    • full array of photos for this class & many more past classes

Choose your option

Friday, February 24, 2023

#TGIF409 Layered Shapes

For #TGIF409 we are layering shapes. I grabbed my most used set of shape dies, Stylish Shapes, to create a geometric shaped layered background for some punched flowers.