Friday, April 13, 2018

Inking Up Retiring In-Colors

Welcome to the Inky Friends Blog Hop!    We are a group of friends and fellow Stampin' Up demonstrators who pick a theme once a month and then create projects to share.  You can click on the banner below to learn more!

Our current hop is focusing on the 2016-2018 Retiring In-Colors.  Every year SU introduces 5 new colors of cardstock and also retires 5 colors.  In addition there are periodic updates of the core colors and this year is the year for a revamp!  So this time it a bit different in that not ALL the In-Colors are retiring.   One color - Flirty Flamingo- is being moved to the Core Colors so we do not need to say "good-bye".  I am excited as I love this happy pink!

SU does an amazing job of selecting colors that are popular in all markets.  That is awesome for creating coordinating items for gifts.  I have recently finished crocheting a blanket and also picked up a cute little pair of baby socks that were the same color.    Look at how Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach go with them!

The card uses the Lots to Love Box Framelits (also retiring) to make an inside pocket for a gift card or note.  It also doubles as a cool little flap closure for the card.  I left the inside fairly plain to give a space to write a message.
Wrap a ribbon around a gift card and hold in place with mini glue dots to create the pull tab.

Super easy to add the pocket as the scorelines are already there.
I love the little socks-- they are an exact match to the Flirty Flamingo cardstock and ribbon!
A quick little topper for a cello bag!
Thanks a bundle for stopping by today!  Please click on the buttons below to see more of the retiring In-Colors!

This way to Yapha's Peekaboo Peach projects!

This way to Kris's Emerald Envy projects

Supplies used:
Stamps: Flying Home
Paper:  Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach , Emerald Envy and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Archival Black Ink, Flirty Flamingo Classic Ink, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip and Peekaboo Peach Stampin' Markers
Accessories: Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 6 X 8 Cello Bags, Mini glue Dots
Big Shot:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Love to Love Box Framelits, Sweet and Sassy Framelits
Punch:  Classic Label

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hidden Gems Blog Hop

Welcome to the latest My Inky Friends blog hop!  This session each Inky Friend has chosen a stamp set from the Annual Stampin' Up catalog.  We have each picked a set that we think is a gem!
The set I chose is "Window Shopping" and am focusing on the sentiments for my projects.  So often I pick a stamp set based on the graphic images and only later give the sentiments much attention.  The sentiments in this set have such a clean simple style that they are ones I can use over and over again.
Here are my three cards...  each one uses the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper with its wonderful black and white graphics.

The first is an ultra-simple layout.  
A hand-colored card for someone lets them know how much they are cared for.

Stampin' Blends are so easy to work with!

The second card was the result of an unexpected discovery.
A bonus technique!

When I was assembling the first card I turned over the completed colored layer to adhere it and this is what I found...

... the Blends had bled through to the back making a lovely watercolor-like background "behind" the black leaf graphics!  So I quickly colored another section of paper ( I love the coloring process so I that was great with me!) and cut it up in squares.  I rotated the pieces and mounted it on a black layer to make the leaves more prominent.
The sentiment is heat embossed with copper on vellum.  I also added a tiny bow tied with Copper Trim.

The last card is another simple layout.  I used the lines of the DSP to created a fun pattern with the itty-bitty cupcake image and the Tutti-Frutti Adhesive Backed Sequins.   
A fun secondary pattern!

Very fast with the adhesive already on the sequins.
Well, now it time to find more hidden gems by continuing on with hop.   Please click on the buttons below to see more!

This way to Rhonda's lovely Tranquil Tulip projects!

This way to Tanya's cute Pop of Paradise projects!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Window Shopping
Paper:  Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper, Calypso Coral, Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock, Vellum Cardstock
Ink:  Archival Black Ink, Stampin' Blends, VersaMark, Berry Burst Classic Ink,  Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink, Lemon Lime Twist Classic Ink
Accessories: Calypso Coral and Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon, 1/4" Copper Trim, Copper Embossing Powder
Big Shot:  Stitched Shapes Framelits
Punches:  1/2" Circle, Classic Label

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Woven Ribbon Frame Tutorial

My blogging time has been nonexistent lately!  I finally am getting a chance to post the instructions for the woven ribbon frame I made using the pretty Shimmer Ribbon Pack --a Stampin' Up Salabration freebie.

I used cardstock as the base of my frame.  Although you could use any size base I customized the size of my frame so that the ribbon made an even pattern.   Other sizes will give varying results.

Also I chose to use the same color of cardstock as the main ribbon so if there are tiny gaps in the weaving the background color matches.

This project actually comes together fairly quickly and is really striking as a decor piece.

1.  Begin with 5-1/4" X 6-3/4 piece of cardstock.  Cut an aperture with 1-1/8" border.  To do this place the cardstock in the trimmer lining up at the 1-1/8" mark on the right.

2.  On the back side tape ribbons that are long enough to cover the length of the frame plus a bit to wrap to the back at the bottom edge.  The ribbons I used are approximately 8-3/4" and 2-1/4". (You can see that I did not measure these exactly!)  Tape three long, seven short, and three long.   Also tape seven short ribbons to the bottom rung of the frame.
 3.  At the side, tape the ribbons as shown:  three long, nine short, three long alternating the two widths of ribbon.  The long ribbons are approximatly 6-3/4".  The short ribbons are 2-1/4".
 Here is close-up of the placement.  Make sure the long gray ribbons are closely aligned with top and bottom of each rung.
 3.  Flip the frame to the right side.  Place three strips of adhesive as shown.
 4.  Peel off the backing from the top adhesive strip. Fold down every other ribbon and stick it to the adhesive.
 5.  Fold over the top horizontal (gray) ribbon and stick it to the adhesive.
 6.  (I missed a photo of this step but I think it pretty easy to get the idea.)  Peel the backing off the second strip of adhesive.  Fold down the remaining vertical (peach) ribbons.  Weave the second horizontal ribbon (turquoise) and stick it to the adhesive.
 7.  Continue with the third horizontal (gray) ribbon.
8.  Fold the long side ribbons up out of the way.  Apply nine small strips of adhesive on each side of frame.  Line up the adhesive with each ribbon.
 9.  Peel off the adhesive one strip at the time.  Fold down the two long ribbons then fold over the side ribbon.
 10.  Continue down weaving down both sides.
 11.  Complete by weaving the three ribbons at the bottom of the frame.
 12.  Flip the frame over.  Fold all loose ends over and tape on the back.
 13.  Completed!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!


Friday, January 12, 2018

Time To Sale-A-Brate Blog Hop

Welcome the Inky Friends Time to Sale-A-Brate Blog Hop!  Our friendly group has organized a hop for you showing the 2018 Sale-A-Bration products that are available for free with a qualified purchase.   You can visit the My Inky Friends website for a complete list of blog hop participants by clicking on the banner below!

When I first get a peek at a new catalog I confess that I race through and check out all the new stamps.   Then I go back and look more closely at all the new trims and embellishments.  These little gems don't take center stage most of the time so I thought it would be fun to create a project where they are the main show.
I started with a cardstock rectangle cutout and used the luscious Shimmer Ribbon Pack to weave a frame.  The ribbon is SO pretty with a delicate sheen.   The three widths made a fun pattern when woven together.    I kept extra embellishments to a minimum and added just a petite double bow and little tassel.
The tassel is from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit.
I took pictures along the way as I was creating this so I will be sharing a tutorial as soon as I can.  I am not specifying an exact date for completion of the tutorial as I have a super full schedule ahead.  This is a very fun project so I hope you think it worth the wait:)

Now please click on the links below to continue hopping along to see more of My Inky Friend's projects!  NEXT you will see Sharleen's pretty Heartfelt Blooms projects or PREVIOUS will take you to Sarah's Beautiful Peacock collection.  

Supplies used:
Stamps: Happy Wishes (Sale-A-Bration 2018)
Paper:   Calypso Coral and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Momento Bermuda Bay and Basic Grey Classic Ink
Accessories: 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon Pack (Sale-A-Bration 2018), Sweet Soiree Embellishment Pack, Tear N Tape, Mini Glue Dots

Friday, December 8, 2017

Blending A Year Of Cheer Blog Hop

Welcome!! Our Inky Friends group has another fun blog hop to share and this time it all about the awesome Stampin' Blends alcohol markers!   And we have something very special this time... we have coordinated our blogs so that we have a perfect year of coloring inspiration!  There are 12 stops - one for each month- with seasonal themed projects.   You can start anywhere as we have permanently linked our blogs or you can click on the banner below to see the full year of blending cheer blog roll.

My projects are for December and I chose the lovely line art set Christmas in the Making.   I love all things retro so this set really jumped out at me.  I used my colored images for home decor items but these could just as easily be card fronts.

First is this adorable lady with a hostess apron.  It reminds me so much of my mom.  She was a beautiful seamstress and sewed so many things in this style.  I have a stack of her vintage patterns that are just darling.  Now my daughter and I are starting our own collection of apron patterns-- many of them are vintage reproductions.
Stampin' Blends coloring tip:  One technique I am finding I really like is to outline an image with a light colored marker.  Here I used the Light Crumb Cake marker.

This next image reminds me of clothing my mom sewed for me.  There was one pleated skirt pattern that she made for me several times.  I had a red one and a blue one.  And yes I even had little red boots!
The water shaker frame I used here is one that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I love the pile of glittery swirling snowflakes.

Stampin' Blends coloring tip: To make it look like falling snow I colored the sky with the Light Pool Party marker.  I layered it quite heavily and while it was still wet touched the tip of the Color Lifter marker down until the color started to push away.

This last image reminds me of my daughter especially because of her leggings and cute shoes. She loves kitties as much as I do and has a one-year old Bengal Cat who is always ready to get in on the action.
Stampin' Blends coloring tip: Start with the lightest shade first and then add darker touches in areas to create dimension.  Use the lines on the stamp as guides for areas to darken.  Also it is subtle but I outlined this image with Light Pink Pirouette.  To really see the detail of the coloring click on any of the photos to enlarge them. Light Gray and Light Pool Party also work nicely for outlining.

I am really a novice with alcohol markers and yet I find it so easy to get great results with Stampin' Blends!  I can't wait to try some of the ideas that the other Inky Friends have demonstrated!

So I am the last stop on this Blending a Year of Cheer hop... you can click on the next button to below to start the year again with Sarah's festive New Year projects or go the reverse direction to Cindy's cozy November projects.

To Sarah's blog

To Cindy's blog
Supplies used:
Stamps: Christmas in the Making
Paper:  Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Momento Black Ink, Stampin' Blends
Accessories: Stitched Felt Embellishments, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Black Rhinestone Jewels, Black Vintage Crochet Trim,  Pool Pary 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon, Foam Adhesive Strips, 
Big Shot:  Layering Ovals Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits