Friday, August 16, 2019

#TGIF225 All on Black

Our latest challenge at TGIF offers an opportunity to explore using black as your background color. How fabulously fun and fulfilling to have a dark backdrop to allow your focal elements to pop right off the page.  Why don't you check out our All On Black Challenge at #TGIF225.

How about selecting all neutrals to be showcased on black?  I collected my pieces and loosely laid them out on a black card and loved it.  So, I continued in making a dimensional floral using the Balloon Punch and Cardstock Vellum which I embellished with Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Champagne Foil foliages. 

Here is how I made my vellum flower:

  • Punch (5) large and (4) small balloons from Vellum Cardstock.
  • Pinch each balloon to create a flower petal with dimension.
  • Squirt a blob of hot glue on a Silcon Craft Sheet.
  • Add the (5) larger petals to the hot glue with all the tips in the center.
  • Squirt a blob of hot glue on the center of the (5) larger balloons.
  • Add the (4) smaller petals to the hot glue.
  • Use Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends to color a Perennial Essence Floral Center.
  • Adhere the center to the flower.
  • Use a bit of Fine Tip Glue to add Iced Stampin' Glitter around the floral center.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Perfect Colors for a Season's Greeting

Are these colors, Pretty Peacock, Cherry Cobbler, and Soft Suede, absolutely perfect for a Season's Greeting card?  I think so!  This color combo is the latest challenge that is being hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Check us all out and then grab your supplies and join in the challenge fun.

This Christmas card is reminiscent of years gone by with the church nestled in a scene of trees.  The pieces for the scene were cut with the Snow Globe Dies from cardstocks in the challenge colors and a scrap of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  The background was pumped up with the Script 3D Embossing Folder and the glimmer frame cut with the Rectangle Stitched Dies.

For the greeting I used the Still Scenes Stamp Set which is bundled with the Snow Globe Dies.  I tucked a few swirls of Silver Metallic Thread behind the trees and Wink of Stella on the trees and church.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Wildly Happy for Monday Montage

Hello Monday Montage Blog Hop Followers.  It's is good to have you back and if this is your first time hopping with us let me say "welcome and enjoy your visit."

I made this card a few days ago and had some fun creating a Pigment Sprinkle background to set the stage for this fabulous panda image.  

On a piece of Watercolor Paper I lightly, I mean super lightly, sprinkled the Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape, and Coastal Cabana pigments and spritzed them with water.  I tipped the paper back and forth to get the colors to blend into each other for a smooth look.  Once it was dry I cut the leaves with the Tropical Dies square piece.  Before adhering it to the card I spread some of the Shimmering Embossing Paste.

Next up along our hop is the beautiful Julie Warnick.  Thanks for stopping by.

to Julie
to Cheryl

 Monday Montage Hoppers

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Stampers Gone Wild at Creation Station

It is a pleasure to welcome you to August's Creation Station Design Team Blog Hop.  This month's theme is totally epic, "Stampers Gone Wild" is what it's all about.  We have to chance to put together anything so long as the focus is animals.  Too cool don't you think?

At Onstage in April some attendees received the Wildly Happy Stamp Set.  At first glance of the set I wanted it for myself.  I love the hand sketched artwork of all the images and the greetings are equally as awesome.  

Tips for making this card:
  • Cut (1) Whisper White layer of cardstock using the largest die from the Stitched Rectangles Set.
  • Using a Sponge Brayer roll Balmy Blue on half of the cut rectangle and Pear Pizzazz on the other half being sure to softly blend where to two colors come together.
  • Adhere sponged panel to a Thick Whisper White card base.
  • Cut (3) Friendly Silhouettes one each from Old Olive, Garden Green, and Mossy Meadow.
  • Layer the silhouettes on the card.
  • Stamp the panda image on Whisper White with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.
  • Color panda with Smokey Slate Stampin' Blends then detail cut the image with Paper Snips.
  • Tuck panda in the greenery and attach with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Stamp greeting with Memento Ink.
  • Tie a shoesting bow with the olive twine from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack.

Thank you for stopping by today and I wish you lots of happy stampin'.  Next up along today's hop is the fun and fabulous Kathy Kartak so let's pop over to see what "wild" stampin' she has been up to.

Friday, August 2, 2019


Thank goodness it's Friday and stamp challenge time.  Our trio of challenge colors this week is like a gleeful sugar rush of intensity.  My set of This Little Piggy stamps made it's way back to my desk to make this spunky "she did it" kind of card for #TGIF223.

You can see I made a tone on tone Buffalo Check print background on Melon Mambo cardstock and then cut it out with the largest of the Rectangle Stitched Dies for my bottom layer.  I also cut a Stitched Nesting shape which I added Shimmery White Paste clouds.  Aren't they an adorable setting for my flying pig?

I have just a bit of Gorgeous Grape peeking out from behind the little piggy and I think it helps to pick up the soft purple wings and twine.  About the twine.  It's purple and yes I made it with a Dark Purple Posy Stampin' Blend and the Whisper White Baker's Twine.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A Twisted Sketch Challenge

I love a good sketch challenge and this one, hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments, is a beauty. What caught my eye for this layout was the combination of a circular layer with the tag and twine. I gave the sketch a 90 degree twist to best fit the elements I planned to include on my card.

I think one of my favorite set of papers right now is the Bird Ballad pack.  Each paper in the pack is fanfreakintastic!  Now matter how you cut and arrange them you get a finished project that's beautiful.  I fussy cut some birds and blossoms to create a gorgeous focal point for my card.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Daisy Lane for Monday Montage

Welcome to our Monday Montage Blog Hop where you will see, learn, and be inspired by what we have been stampin'.  Who are we?  We are ten Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who enjoy creating with the awesome product line offered by SU!  I thought I would share my spunky Daisy Lane card for today's hop.  Scroll down to learn tips for putting this look together.

BACKGROUND:  Make a one of a kind watercolor background using the Pigment Sprinkles.  From the box of six colors I used the Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, and Daffodil Delight.  First I barely scattered the tiniest amount of each color on a piece of Watercolor Paper and then I spritzed the sprinkles with water.  I tipped the paper back and forth then up and down to mix and bleed the colors together.  Once dry, I couldn't wait so I plugged in my heat tool, I layered the piece onto Mango Melody and Basic Black.

DAISY:  For the daisy I stamped two each of the large and small flowers in Daffodil Delight on Whisper White.  Using the coordinating punches was a quick and super easy method to cut the flowers.  My next step was important to me to make the flower a tad bit more organic looking I used Stampin' Blends to make the color gradient for the center.  The Perennial Essence Floral Centers are the perfect finish for these daisies, so it was an obvious choice for me to include one.

FINISHING DETAILS:  To finish my card I used the Stitched Labels Dies and two more punches, the Leaf Punch and the Classic Label Punch.  What the photo doesn't pick up is that the "smile" greeting is embossed with the new Shimmering Black Embossing Powder.  It's a light touch of sparkle, just the right amount.

Thanks for stopping by for a look at what stampin' has been happening at my stamp table.  You are now heading over to Melissa's to see what she has designed for us to see.

to Dani
to Melissa

Monday Montage Hoppers

Friday, July 26, 2019

Pop Up Slider Card Video Supply List

We will be creating this interactive Pop Up Slider card featuring the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set and the Stitched Nesting Dies.  See the complete supply list and cutting measurements below.

Supply List
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set
  • Tools:  Stitched Nesting Dies | Stitched Shapes Dies | Stitched Rectangle Dies | Frosted Florals Dies | Simply Scored | Subtle 3D Embossing Folder | Stampin' Sponge | Stamparatus | Tear and Tape | Leaf Punch
  • Papers:  Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, and Whisper White Cardstocks | Perennial Essence Vellum | 2019-2021 In Color Designer Series Papers | Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Inks:  Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, and Versamark
  • AccessoriesClear Embossing Powder | Dazzling Diamonds Glitter | Magnolia Lane Combo Ribbon Pack | Mint Macaron 1/4" Textile Ribbon | In Color Faceted Dots

Cutting Measurements
  • Old Olive Cardstock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
  • Mint Macaron Cardstock 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
  • Pretty Peacock Cardstock 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
  • Cut (1) Old Olive largest of the Stitched Nesting Die
  • Cut (1) Pretty Peacock In Color DSP second largest of the Stitched Nesting Die
  • Cut (1) Whisper White Cardstock largest circle from Stitched Shapes Die
  • Cut (1) Whisper White Cardstock second largest of the Stitched Nesting Die
  • Cut (1) Pool Party Cardstock second smallest of the Stitched Nesting Die
  • Cut (1) Whisper White Cardstock largest Rectangle Stitched Die
  • Scrap of Olive Perennial Esscense Vellum
  • Scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper
  • 1/2" x 6" copy paper

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Fancy Friday In Color

This year the new 2019-2021 In Colors added to Stampin' Up!'s palette are fantastic -- I love each of them!   


Recently I have shared quite a few posts featuring Purple Posy and I do gravitate to that color for creating. Another color that has my caught my eye and is currently spread all over my stamp table is Pretty Peacock. I've combined this new teal jewel tone with Old Olive, Mint Macaron, and Pool Party for an analogous quartet which is my kind of color yumminess.

With help from the 2019-2021 In Color Designer Series Papers I layered up both circular and geometrical layers to showcase the two-toned hydrangea blossoms, vellum leaves, silver berries, and shimmering embossed greeting.  I love how the In Color Faceted Dots repeat the circle of the large Stitched Shape layer.  Use of repetition is a designers best friend.

For my monthly stamp class I wanted to make an interactive card.  I had this idea of using the largest die in the Stitched Nesting set to make the main cut that is needed for a Pop Up Slider card. It had been quite a few years since I had made a pop up slider card that I had to look up how to construct one.  But once I put it all together I loved the ease of using a die for this technique.

Inside I have added a Stitched Rectangle Shape panel of Whisper White.  Visually it adds beauty with the floral images, but the card front is so heavy with all of it's layers that the card back needed more physical weight for counter balance.

Do you want to know how to make this pop up slider card?  Learn all the creative cuts using the Stitched Nesting Dies and then stamp along with me using the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set.  Join me LIVE on Facebook Tuesday, June 30 @ 1:00 p.m. PST.  All supplies and cutting measurements will be listed here on my blog and my Seeinginkspots Facebook page -- details coming soon.

It has been fun having you visit my blog today.  Your next stop is with the stampin' wonder of world Lauren Alarid!  I am curious to see what In Color(s) she chooses.  I am going to guess Pretty Peacock and/or Seaside Spray.

Product List
Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set | Stitched Nesting Dies | Stitched Rectangle Dies
Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, and Whisper White Cardstocks
Perennial Essence Vellum | 2019-2021 In Color Designer Series Papers | Silver Glimmer Paper
Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, and Versamark Inks
Subtle 3D Embossing Folder | Leaf Punch | Frosted Florals Dies | In Color Faceted Dots
Clear Embossing Powder | Dazzling Diamonds Glitter | Stamparatus | Heat Tool
Magnolia Lane Combo Ribbon Pack | Mint Macaron 1/4" Textile Ribbon

Friday, July 19, 2019

#TGIF221 Christmas in July

It's Friday and time for a brand new challenge at TGIF.  This week for #TGIF221 the theme is Christmas in July.  The great thing about stampin' Christmas cards now is that you've got time on your side.  Time to make really pretty, over the top, showstopping cards with stunning details.

For this Christmas in July themed challenge I made one of those cards that could never be repeated. It was one of those let's try this, now a little of this, or a bit of that and so on.  I went from inking to blending to reembossing to more ink smearing to heat embossing.  Oh the steps I took to create this one of a kind look were many, but so satisfying and fun.

I started with a piece of Perennial Essence Vellum and I embossed it with the 3D Seasonal Wreath.  I was hoping that the vellum would change color a bit after going through the folder.  You know when you fold or emboss vellum it gets a little lighter because of the nature of vellum cardstock, that's what I was going for but it didn't do that.  So, I added some Crumb Cake ink into the leaves of the folder and reembossed the vellum.  Once I had shadowed darker ink in the crevices I was ready for some Whisper White ink highlights.

To give the wreath a bit more Christmas style and expression I embellished it with a reindeer.  My deer is super thin.  I was going for a furry look so I broke down the fibers of a small piece of Crumb Cake cardstock with a bone folder to split the paper in two.  Once I had that done I used the Dashing Deer Die to cut my leaping reindeer.

For the greeting I cut the "happy holidays" from Cherry Cobbler Cardstock using the Merry Christmas Dies.  With one of the images from the Artisan Textures Set I stamped the bottom half of each word with Merry Merlot Ink.  Once I glued the stamped greetings to the card I used teeny amounts of Fine Tip Glue in place of ink so I could add White Embossing Powder to look like snow.  I used a heat tool to melt the powder and finish my card.