Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Happy Harvest Blessings

The Country Home stamp set is a blast to stamp and create with AND the Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF is da bomb dot com!!!  That folder makes any paper pop with all kinds of gorgeousness.  These two products were just the right fit for my mood and this sketch challenge hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Do pop over to our site and check out all the projects featuring this layout, HSS #301, and feel free to play along with us, we would love to see what you make.

Before I ran the Whisper White cardstock through my Big Shot and the Tin Tile folder I spritzed it with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and Frost White Shimmer Paint.  When it comes out it's drop dead gorgeous.  I'm telling you if I could put it all over my walls or ceilings I would.

To fit the sketch I cut the Chicken Wire Elements with one of the larger circles from the Layering Circles Framelits and then I cut a smaller Whisper White Stitched Shapes circle and speckled it with a Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker.  The speckling is a subtle touch, but the white needed to be knocked down and not be so bright.  All of the stamped images were colored with a collection of light and dark Stampin' Blends in; Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Smokey Slate, and the Color Lifter.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Country Lane Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

I would like to welcome you to Seeing Inkspots and our October Country Lane Artisan Blog Hop.  It's a good chance you arrived here from Connie Collin's Blog where you saw her stunning stampin' style and something super dimensional.  Now, I have the chance to share with you some projects made using the gorgeous stamps and accessories from the Country Lane Suite.  I have created a crazy bead bracelet and packaged it in a Baker's Box ready to give to one of my friends and I also made a couple cards featuring faux "milk painted" details.

My crazy beads were made by simply scoring, folding, and rolling Country Lane DSP.  I added jump rings to each rolled bead to be able to attach them to a chain link bracelet.  I purchased both from a big box craft store.

To make the beads:
1.  Cut 1' x 6" pieces of DSP.  Note, the small beads are made with one strip and the larger beads are created with three strips end to end.
2.  Score each strip of DSP at 1/4", 1/2", and 3/4".
3.  Fold the strips in half and then fold the two outer sides inward.
4.  Use the Take Your Pick Tool to soften and help curl the paper.
5.  Use Multi-purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the rolled paper strips.
6.  Before glueing the very end, slip in a jump ring and then finish glueing the rolled paper.

I wanted to package my finished bracelet in a special way and one of the new Baker's Boxes was perfect for my idea.  I grabbed a Sponge Brayer, Crushed Curry Ink, and one of the Chicken Wire Elements to use as a stencil to decorate the outside of my box. 

With some Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, Country Lane DSP, and Galvanized Metallic Paper I created a custom insert to give the inside of the box a false bottom.  The most gorgeous touch for this is the texture.  I ran the Galvanized Metallic Paper through the Big Shot with the Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF.

Here is a closer look at the inside of the box and the special belly band handle and tag.

To make the belly band handle:
1.  Cut (2) 2 1/2" x 12" strips  of Country Lane DSP and glue the ends to make one extra long strip
2.  Cut (2) 1 3/4" x 12" strips of Country Lane DSP to coordinate with the first.  Glue the ends to make one extra long strip and glue on top of the first strip.
3.  Fold the long layered strip around the box to form the belly band handle. 
4.  Remove folded strip from box and crisp up the folds then glue the handle ends together.
5.  Use Layering Circles Framelits to cut a circle in the handle.
6.  Cut (2) rings from complementing Country Lane DSP using the Layering Circles Framelits and adhere to each side of the handle.
7.  Add 1/2 circles of Country Lane DSP to the top of each side of the handle.
8.  Crinkle (2) of the Chicken Wire Elements to form a bow for each side of the handle.
9.  Use the Leaf Punch to make Old Olive leaves and tuck under circle and adhere.

Using many of the same elements I had some fun making some Country Home cards.  This first one, and the tag on the baker's box is colored with a "faux milk paint" technique.

Tips for "faux milk painting":
1.  Stamp image using Jet Black Stazon Ink and a Stamparatus.  DO NOT REMOVE STAMPED PAPER FROM STAMPARATUS.
2.  Use an Aquapainter to watercolor the stamped image with White Craft Ink.
3.  When the watercolor is dry restamp the image with more Jet Black Stazon Ink.
4.  Leave image all white or color the white with Watercolor Pencils.

Thank you for allowing me a few moments to share some of my latest creations.  Now it's time to get ready for your next stop along the hop with Emma Goddard.  She has stamped up some beautiful things with the Country Lane Suite that will surely impress and inspire you.

2018 Artisan Design Team

Bracelet and Box Product List 
Country Home Stamp Set | Country Lane DSP | Galvanized Metallic Paper
Whisper White Cardstock | Old Olive Cardstock | Blackberry Bliss Cardstock
Jet Black Stazon Ink | Blackberry Bliss Ink | Old Olive Ink | White Craft Ink
Everyday Label Punch | Leaf Punch | Layering Circles Framelits | Aquapainter
Sponge Brayer | Simply Scored | Take Your Pick Tool | Gold Glimmer Paper
Baker's Boxes | Chicken Wire Elements | Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF
3/16" Braided Linen Trim | Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon

1st Card Product List
Country Home Stamp Set | Country Lane DSP | Galvanized Metallic Paper
Jet Black Stazon Ink | White Craft Ink | Aquapainter | Watercolor Pencils
Thick Whisper White Cardstock | Cajun Craze Cardstock | Blackberry Bliss Cardstock
Stitched Shapes Framelits | Gold Glimmer Paper | Chicken Wire Elements
Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF | Linen Thread | Stampin' Dimensionals

2nd Card Product List
Country Home Stamp Set | Country Lane DSP | Thick Whisper White Cardstock
Crushed Curry Cardstock | Early Espresso Ink | Blackberry Bliss Ink
Gold Glimmer Paper Leaf Punch | Stitched Shapes Framelits
 Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF | 3/16" Braided Linen Trim | Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, October 14, 2018

More Pink and Blue For Monday Montage #126

I just couldn't resist making a few more pink and blue Christmas cards and things.  The star of the show for these projects is the Snowfall Thinlits.  They are a set of dies jam packed with all kinds of awesomeness.  In combination with the Velvet White Paper and Snowflake Trinkets the dies are charming and a delight to work with.

The focal elements of this first card are layered on a piece of embossed White Velvet Paper.  White you asked?  Yes, it started white and then a blended Balmy Blue and Powder Pink onto the paper with a sponge brayer.  Once I had the color blended to my liking I embossed it with the Swirls and Curls TIEF.  This paper takes the ink so easily and it embosses like a dream.

Check out this adorable Takeout Treat Box.  I love it's handle.  I simply punched two tiny holes on each side and inserted one of the Frosted Boxwood Wreaths.  All the cut layers come from the Takeout Treat Thinlits Set.  The snowflake, white is cut from White Velvet Paper, is another of the Snowfall Thinlits shapes.  Cute stuff don't cha think?

I used papers from the Twinkle Twinkle DSP for the tiny box above and the tags below.  Some white heat embossing, cut snowflakes, twine tied around ribbon, and epoxy droplets are included on both tags.  In fact both tags are the same layout/format.  I like to make two at a time--I case myself when making tags because I always seem to need more tags.

Thanks for hanging out with me for this posting of Monday Montage.  Your next stop along the hop is with Julie Warnick unless you are working in reverse you will be visiting Dani Dziama.  Enjoy!

to Dani
to Julie
Monday Montage Blog Roll

Friday, October 12, 2018

#TGIF181 Look Ma No Stamps!

"Look Mom no stamps" I made this card with bits and pieces from my stamp table and a few of the Santa's Workshop Memories and More Card Pack.  While I love to ink up and stamp this card whipped up pretty quick thanks to the help of the card pack and the sketch at #TGIF181.  In just minutes I was finished with this card in record time.

Check out this totally awesome layered-filled sketch.  This is our latest challenge over at TGIF and you must check it out.  After that use the layout to go stamp up something cool and then link it up on our site.  We want to see your fabulous ideas.

I added two of the Snowflake Trinkets from the Snowfall Showcase and several of the Snowfall Thinlit snowflakes.  My favorite touch are the three added Red Rhinestones.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

HSS #300 It's Halloween

The spookiest and most spunky month has arrived, October is here, and it's time for Halloween!  Here is what I love most about making Halloween projects... You can stamp crocked, make smudges, crinkle edges and it all looks intentional, cool, and perfect.

Our latest challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is all about a fall themed inspiration board.  You can see the board is filled with fall colors, textures, trees, and candy.  For my take on the challenge I decided to paint a piece of glossy cardstock with the bar code looking rubber stamp from the Tropical Chic Set and Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze inks to base some Halloween cutouts.

After I painted and blended my background I ran it through the Big Shot and the Swirls and Curls TIEF.  I cracked a bit here and there which I didn't plan, but it's one of those "unexpected happy additions" that makes creating for Halloween to fun and free.  All the die cuts on the card are from the September 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit with one exception.  The Cajun Craze leaf on the Jack-o-lantern comes from the Beautiful Layers Framelits.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

October Creation Station Blog Hop

I just love the first Sunday of each month.  It is the day I get to hop with some uber talented stampers from all around the world.  Our theme for October is "Layered Leaves" and I have a trio of cards and lined envelopes to share.

For my layered leaves cards I brought out my Botanical Bliss Stamp Set and the Botanical Tags Thinlits.  A perfect fit for this theme, the stamps, and the thinlits is the Natures Poem pack of DSP and the Tropical Elements.

I have used the same layout for each card which includes an embellished tag down he right side.  The tag windows are each backed with Champagne Foil paper.  This detail in real life adds such elegance and sheen. For even more shine there are bits of Silver Glimmer Paper tucked here and there.

Another detail included on each card is distressing.  I crinkled the edges of all the cardstock layers under the DSP and the edges of the tags.  This touch really adds to the fall feel of these cards.

I pulled out the Beautiful Layers Thinlits to cut the liners for each of the envelopes.  I love this touch as it gives the card such elegance and style.

Thanks for hopping along with us this month and viewing our Layered Leaves themed projects.  Your next stop along the hop is with Sara Levin.  You will see her amazing stampin' skills and beautiful projects that will surely make you get up and want to stamp.

Creation Station Designers

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Snow is Glistening Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

It's here, the most wonderful time of the year--stampin' and hand crafting for the holidays.  And what better way to kick off the season of creating than with NEW STAMPS AND ACCESSORIES!  
One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is being able to preorder products.  This October we, as demonstrators, get to purchase some fabulous new things from the Snowflake Showcase to get ready for November classes filled will all sorts of awesomeness.
There are two new stamp sets being offered in this promotion and I am featuring the Snow is Glistening Stamp Set, along with the new Velvet Paper, Snowflake Trinkets, and the Snowfall Thinlits.  I have created some projects that are for the avid stamper and crafter.  Since demonstrators can preorder we have a bit of extra time with these products to do some ultra fancy hand crafting ;0)
Snow is Glistening Stamp Set (item 149742 $21 USD)

My first card I am sharing is a non-traditional Christmas card that is striking and bold with color and dimension.  I have featured white embossed stamp images from the Snow is Glistening Set and the Snowflake Trinkets (item 149620 $8 USD).  The surprise element on this card is the Night of Navy DSP from the Twinkle Twinkle pack and the crimped silver metallic thread.

Tips for this card:
1.  Using a direct to paper technique add/brush Whisper White Craft Ink to the DSP edges then heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.
2.  Stamp several tiny snowflakes on the DSP and heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.
3.  Separate the silver thread from the Petal Pink & White Baker's Twine and adhere to the back of the tree to add "movement" and interest to the card.
4.  Stamp the "Merry Christmas to you" on a Powder Pink banner with Blueberry Bushel Classic Ink.
5.  Stamp "and Peace on Earth to all the world" inside the card with Whisper White Craft Ink.
6.  Finish with (3) clear pieces from the Frosted and Clear Epoxy Droplets in the centers of tree stamped snowflakes.

Snowfall Thinlits (item 149692 $39 USD)

This next Christmas card has a bit more of a retro vibe with the sweeping White Velvet Paper (item 149619 $5 USD) snowflakes that swirl up the stamped tree.  I used the Snowfall Thinlits to cut the GLORIOUS sting of snowflakes, which I am loving, and I also enjoying the blend of Powder Pink, Silver, and Blueberry Bushel, it fits that retro feel.

Tips for making this card:
1.  To easily punch up the wow of this card use the Silver Foil Edged Cards and Envelopes.
2.  Using a direct to paper technique add/brush Whisper White Craft Ink to the edges then heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.
3.  Stamp the medium snowflakes on the Powder Pink panel and heat emboss with White EP.  While the powder is still hot and tacky sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on the snowflakes then set with heat.
4.  Add several of the clear circles to the centers of snowflakes from the Frosted and Clear Epoxy Droplets and the "merry" from the Festive Farmhouse Elements.
This custom Window Box is all about the snowflake bow on top.  I have featured the White Velvet Paper with layers of die cut snowflakes.  This paper is amazing in person.  It's a bright white and feels soft and fuzzy just like velvet, you have to get some.  On top of the white velvet snowflakes are Silver Glimmer Paper snowflakes with hot pink rhinestones.  Topping the entire bow and tiny tag is a Snowflake Trinket with a hot pink colored center rhinestone.
When decorating the Window Boxes I like to wrap them in a matching belly band to which I attach all my embellishments.  I do this so I can design early and fill later with little treats.

Tips for making this box:
1.  Cut all your snowflakes at the same times for quicker production.
2.  Color Basic Rhinestone Jewels with Rich Razzleberry and Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Blends Markers to give them a bright hot pink color.
3.  Color the rhinestone center of a Snowflake Trinket with the same Blends Markers.
4.  Layer the Snowflake Trinket on one of the hexagon tag pieces from the Christmas Tags Thinlits, it's a perfect fit.
5.  Tie the tags to the layered snowflake bow using Medium Night of Navy Baker's Twine.
6.  Attach all the pieces to a 1 3/4" belly band cut from the same Twinkle Twinkle DSP.
These new stamps and accessories in the Snowflake Showcase are a wonderful compliment to the winter season of stamping and class prepping.  I hope you have enjoyed your visit here at my blog and seeinginkspots in navy, pink, white, and silver has inspired you.  You are now off to see the fabulous makings of Emma Goddard.  

Happy Stampin' Everyone.

2018 Artisan Design Team

Product List
Snow is Glistening Stamp Set | Snow is Falling Thinlits | Christmas Tags Thinlits
Night of Navy, Powder Pink, & Whisper White Cardstocks | Twinkle Twinkle DSP
White Velvet Paper | Silver Glimmer Paper | Silver Cards & Envelopes
Whisper White Craft Ink Pad | Blueberry Bushel Ink Pad | Melon Mambo Ink Pad
White Stampin' Emboss Powder | Lovely Lipstick and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends Markers
Snowflake Trinkets | Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets | Festive Farmhouse Elements
Basic Rhinestones | Medium Night of Navy Baker's Twine | Petal Pink & White Bakers Twine
Stampin' Dimensionals | Mini Glue Dots | Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue