Friday, August 17, 2018

#TGIF173 is Tropical Chic

We are hosting an inspiration challenge this week at #TGIF173.  This one is timed perfect for me since I just spent almost two weeks in Puerto Vallarta basking is the sun.

I had no idea where this card was going to go when I first started creating it.  I knew I wanted to "paint" the sand, water, and sky with stamps and ink and Glossy White Cardstock, but after that I had no plan.  To "paint" a background it's easy.  You must have glossy paper or it won't work.  You ink up with dye based ink and pounce, swipe, and drag an inked up stamp over and over again to cover your paper.  The more ink you offload onto the paper the easier it is to blend.  For this card I used the striped stamp from the Tropical Chic Stamp Set to create my painted background.
After I finished my background I decided to cut the word sunshine as my anchor image for my card.  To that I layered in florals and foliage to finish up my beachy card.  Just before adding the flowers I decided the white edges were to stark so I sponged them with Grey Granite Ink and fell in love with the look.  It instantly reminded me a vintage Hawaiian postcards.  
My ink colors include:  Grey Granite, Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabanna, Tranquil Tide, Shaded Spruce, Old Olive, Mango Melody, Flirty Flamingo, and Melon Mambo.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Stitched All Around Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Hello and welcome everyone to my Seeinginkspots Blog and the August Stampin' Up! Artisan Stitched All Around Blog Hop.  Did you land here from Connie Collins' Constantly Stamping Blog? Did you see her cool use of the framelits?  
I too have a pretty cool idea to share with you using the Stitched All Around Framelits to add faux zippers to your paper crafting projects.  Take a look at this festive Bermuda Bay birthday card complete with a center front zipper and the cutest Berry Burst candle embellished zipper pull!
Simply tug on the zipper pull to open the card...
...and reveal a gift card or money or a sweet sentiment or a photo or whatever.
Here is a quick photo tutorial of how I assembled my card.
Step 1.  Design and put together the inside.
Step 2.  Add some Tear and Tape Adhesive to two sides only.
Step 3.  Create the front panel zipper by adding two rows of faux stitching with the straight stitch thinlit.  Use a piece of cardstock to align and evenly space the thinlit.  The photo below shows the thinlit lined up right against the Lemon Lime Cardstock which is just resting on top of the Bermuda Bay piece.
Step 4.  Use the circle shaped framelit to cut a partial circle out of one end of the two rows of faux stitching.
Step 5.  Fold back and forth on the stitch lines to "prime" the unzipping action.  Without this step the pulling down rips more than unzips.
Step 6.  Add the zipper pull just under the notched out partial circle with twine.
For all of my cards I decided I would combine the Stitched All Around Stamp Set with the Blow Out the Candles Stamp Set.  I just think this new photopolymer birthday themed set is totally versatile and cute.  And, the Stitched All Around Bundle pairs with everything!
The Stitched Labels Framelits are SO amazing with all the cool details.  I thought the balloon strings weaving through the label framelit was so fun and added dimension and interest.
If you take a close look I have added faux cross stitching to the edges.  To get the stitching straight I ran it through the Big Shot after adding the DSP layer.  Just but the framelit right up against the edge of the DSP for perfectly straight stitching lines.
I have to tell you that the Stitched Labels Framelits are a MUST have for every stamper.  The options are wide.  You get all sizes and shapes of labels some simple and some more intricate.  And then you get two stitching pieces and even a quilting type piece--the set is awesome.
Take a close look at the quilting piece that is included as part of the Stitched Labels Framelits set.
Are you seeing all the crafty possibilities with the Stitched Labels Framelits?  It truly is a unique and "must have" set of tools to add to your collection.  Emma Goddard is up next and she has some more totally exciting things to share with these framelits and the Stitched All Around stamps.
2018 Artisan Design Team

Product List 
Stitched All Around Stamp Set | Stitched Labels Framelits | Animal Expedition DSP
Blow Out the Candles Stamp Set | Candles & Confetti Framelits | Candle Embellishments
Thick Whisper White  Cardstock | Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock | Bermuda Bay Cardstock
Berry Burst Cardstock | Silver Foil Paper | Stazon Black Ink Pad | Lemon Lime Twist Classic Ink
Bermuda Bay Classic Ink | Berry Burst Classic Ink | Aquapainter
Adhesive Backed Sequins | Basic Rhinestones | Solid White Bakers Twine
Tear and Tape Adhesive | Stampin' Dimensionala | Mini Glue Dots

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Blow Out the Candles

It  is time for a yellow and blue make green color challenge.  Hand Stamped Sentiments is hosting a fresh and lively color combo challenge that could be mixed up into just about any type of card or project.  I chose to whip up a simple b-day card that could work for any age male or female.
I have used the Blow Out the Candles Stamp Set and the matching Candles and Confetti Framelits along with some supporting help from the Stitched Labels Framelits.  I only used Whisper White Cardstock and the ink pads in the challenge colors.  A bit of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter accents the candles and frosting while a shoestring bow of Night Of Navy Medium Bakers Twine ties it all up.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Dimensional Layered Frames Tip

A while back my tip was shared by Stampin' Up! on Instagram.  I thought it would be fun to show it here on my blog for those who are not on Instagram.  So, without further adieu...

...Give your cards a huge presence by creating dimensional layered frames.  This is the perfect type of card to tuck in a gift bag, to attach to a present, or to hand deliver as it's a bit too bulky to send in the mail.  To make a dimensional frame for you hand stamped artwork follow the steps below for a 5" square card:

Step 1.)  Adhere a 3 5/8” square piece of  DSP to a 4” square piece of cardstock.  Next, score along all four edges of the top DSP layer using a Scoring Blade in a Stampin’ Trimmer.  
Step 2.)  Clip out the four corners along the scorlines using Paper Snips.  
Step 3.)  Fold upward on all the scorelines.  
Step 4.)  For the second layer cut a 4 1/2” square piece of cardstock, score 1/4” on all four sides, then clip out the four corners along the scorelines.
Step 5.)  Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the first layered piece.  
Step 6.)  Align the first layer into the second larger layer and fold up the sides. 
Step 7.)  Add your artwork.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Creation Station Artistic Expression

It's the first Sunday of the month which means it is time for a Creation Station Blog Hop.  What is Creation Station?  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world who love to stamp and blog what we create!  This month we have a fabulous theme and it is huge.

"Artistic Expression" is our theme which means we can craft up projects with any products from pages 127-179 of the SU! Annual Catalog.  I chose to create with the Pick a Pennant Stamp Set and the Playful Pennants Framelits.
If you know me, you know that I LOVE banners and make lots of them.  To have a stamp set and matching framelits to whip up banners on cards well...that is a definite yes for me.  For this hop I have not only been chomping at the bit to make cards with banners, but I finally saw the movie Coco and was delighted with the story and was blown away and inspired by the saturated colorful palette.  
Both cards include vivid hand painted watercolor backgrounds.  The first with Blueberry Bushel and Gorgeous Grape and the second with Mango Melody and Flirty Flamingo.  Both cards also feature the Pick a Pennant Stamp Set and greetings from Bunch of Blossoms.
For the blue card I cut the pennants from colored cardstocks first and then stamped the details.  I did half the opposite with the mango card.  I stamped the pennants, then cut them out, and last I stamped the striping details.
Your next stop along our "Artistic Expressions" hop is with Linda Van Wely.  She is one top notch, amazing, and ultra creative stamper.  Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I've been stampin'.
to Linda Van Wely
Products List Card 1
Pick a Pennant Stamp Set | Playful Pennants Framelits
Bunch of Blossoms Stamp Set | Watercolor Paper
Basic Black Cardstock | Blueberry Bushel Cardstock | Highland Heather Cardstock
Balmy Blue Cardstock | Gorgeous Grape Cardstock | Whisper White Cardstock
Stazon Jet Black Ink | Whisper White Ink Pad | Blueberry Bushel Ink Pad | Gorgeous Grape Ink Pad
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch | Black Baker's Twine | Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

Products List Card 2
Pick a Pennant Stamp Set | Playful Pennants Framelits | Bunch of Blossoms Stamp Set
Stitched Shapes Framelits | Watercolor Paper | Mango Melody Cardstock | Whisper White Cardstock
 Mango Melody Ink Pad | Flirty Flamingo Ink Pad | Stazon Jet Black Ink
Black Baker's Twine | Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, August 3, 2018


Our most current challenge #TGIF17 is all about a fully saturated color palette.

A while back I watched a how to video for creating watercolored backgrounds.  Mine turned out nothing like the video, but they are pretty cool, full of wild intense color, and are one of a kind.

For this card I started with a card base of Poppy Parade Cardstock with a top fold orientation. Then I cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Watercolor Paper, grabbed my Poppy Parade Classic Ink Pad, and found a scrap piece of cellophane.  Now here is what I did to create the background:
  • Spritzed the paper with water.
  • Pounced the cellophane directly on the Poppy Parade Ink Pad.
  • Touched and dragged the inked cellophane across the wet paper.
  • Repeated by adding more color until I had the coverage I liked.
  • Once dry I stamped floral images with Poppy Parade for a subtle bit of detail.

The gorgeous die cuts are from the Botanical Tags Thinlits set and the stamped images are from the coordinating Botanical Bliss Stamp Set.  The bird and greeting are stamped in Blueberry Bushel. That's right I cheated and used the Blueberry Bushel ink because my Pacific Point Ink Pad was bone dry and the refill was nowhere to be found.  Now, I did use Pacific Point Cardstock and So Saffron for the die cuts.  My finishing elements include Linen Thread, Metallic Pearls, and one of the soft yellow Blossoms Elements.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Blended Seasons Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome paper crafters to our Blended Seasons Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop.  If you started here you can hop through 16 beautiful stops that will inspire you, or if you arrived here from Constantly Stamping, Connie Collins' blog, didn't you love her clever spin on the floral image?

Stampin' Up! has a brand new bundle of products to purchase this month only!

The Color Your Season limited time products are off the charts amazing.  They are the best and most perfect for creating in any season of the year.  With these stamps, framelits, and watercolor pencils the crafting possibilities are endless.  The time is right now to "Color Your Season." 

Starting August 1st customers can order these fabulous new "time limited" products through 8/31/18 while supplies last.  I have to add my excitement for the Stitched Seasons Framelits because the three label dies in the set are GLORIOUS!  And, the new colors in the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 are the PERFECT companion set to the first set.

For this first card of mine I used the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 to color my stamped background.  I colored super lightly with them and then blended them with an Aquapainter.  I think it looks rather textural and unique under the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper.

Tips for card 1:
  • Color with the pencils lightly being careful to NOT indent the paper.  This helps to quickly and smoothly blend the color with an Aquapainter or paintbrush and water.
  • Stamp with Gray Granite and don't worry about it bleeding a bit as it adds to the softness.
  • To color the flowers start with a light coverage of color and add levels of color to create darker areas.  Try getting color directly from the tip of the pencil with an Aquapainter for the darkest details.

Tips for card 2:
  • Inlay the Very Vanilla label into the Flirty Flamingo layer.
  • Carefully die cut the same label shape with the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut  Specialty DSP.  Use Fine Tip Glue to adhere the laser paper to the label.  Don't worry about having to put adhesive all over the back of the laser paper, just a few tiny drops here and there is plenty to anchor the piece down.
  • Add an extra piece of the long strip of laser cut paper under the greeting layer for an extra special detail.
  • Stamp images with Gray Granite, watercolor, and allow the gray ink to softly bleed.

Are you ready to be blown away by the extreme creative expression of Emma Goddard?  She's up next in the hop and I am sure you will love her post.  Enjoy and happy stampin'!

2018 Artisan Design Team

Product List:
Blended Seasons Stamp Set | Stitched Seasonal Shapes | Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2
Very Vanilla Cardstock |  Soft Sea Foam Cardstock Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Designer Series Paper
 Gray Granite Classic Ink Pad | Aquapainters
Petal Pink and Silver Twine | Metallic Pearls | Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins