Friday, September 8, 2017

Inking Autumn Blog Hop

Welcome to the Inky Friends Inking Autumn Blog Hop!   We are a group of friends who are also Stampin' Up demonstrators and we are all excited about the new Holiday catalog.

We have each chosen a favorite stamp set or paper from the catalog with a fall theme.   With our weather in Michigan feeling like fall this has been an easy one to get in the mood for.   Our nights have been chilly, the kids are back in school and stores just put out the Halloween candy.  Time for Halloween decor and treats!  The Spooky Cat stamp set has a bunch of fun stamps and can you believe it...I didn't even use the cat images!
Halloween ornaments and treat holders
There are quite a few two and three step stamps in this set.  Since they are photopolymer it is very easy to line them up.
This owl is a three step stamp... body, feet & beak, eyes and words
This hat is a two step stamp.  I used gold embossing on the buckle.
The words are so fun for treats!
I used the 2 inch cello bags to hold a mini candy bar.
My personal favorite is this tiny hanging box that holds one Hershey nugget.

Thanks so much for hopping along with us!  Next month we have another hop planned for all the wonderful winter products.  See you soon!

To Rhonda's Spooky Night Projects 

To Sarah's Pick a Pumpkin Projects
Stamps:  Spooky Cat
Paper:  Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink, Basic Black Archival Ink, Versamark Ink
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits
Punches: 1" Circle
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, Black Vintage Crochet Trim, Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine, 2" Cello Bags, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Santa Paws Birthday Card

There are quite a few stamp sets with cats in the new catalog and of course most of them found there way onto my preorder.  The Santa Paws set will be so fun for Christmas projects but I wanted to see if it could be used for non-Christmas things as well.   I came up with this Birthday card.  The bright colors did the trick I think.

Also I wanted to use the Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper to go with the singing cats but it looks very Christmassy or at least wintery.  After looking at all the designs I chose one piece that has some snowflakes sprinkled about.   
I discovered I could hide the snowflakes under circles of cardstock.  The remaining designs look more like retro starbursts than snowflakes so that worked out great.

The Black and White Ribbon is new as well and really goes well with the primary colors.  

Stamps:  Santa Paws, Confetti Celebrations
Paper:  Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, Real Red, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink
Markers: Real Red, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray, Going Gray and Crumb Cake
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits
Punches: 1/4' Circle, 1/2" Circle
Accessories:  7/8" Basic Black Striped Ribbon, Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, August 25, 2017

Inky Friends: Suite Designs Blog Hop

Welcome!  Our Inky Friends group has a unique blog hop prepared for you!  We are highlighting the many beautiful suites of products in the Stampin' Up Annual Catalog.  

I chose the Wood Textures Suite which has the awesome stamp set Wood Words (one of my favorites in the whole catalog),  a super framelit set that makes a wood crate,  wood grain DSP and really cool cooper trim.

For todays projects I am switching the wood grain paper with the seasonal Spooky Night DSP to make a Halloween set.  All of these projects would be really cute with the Wood Textures paper too! Hmm... I may need to make another set of these:)

First I made a test tube treat holder with the Wood Crate Framelits.  I made two inserts to fit inside the crate to hold the test tubes in place.  The inserts are two crates cut off at the first rung.  I punched holes in the bottom before assembling them.  Both are turned upside down and fit inside. One sits at the bottom of the crate and one near the top to hold the tubes upright.
The image from Wood Words is embossed on the front before assembling

Next is a little treat box that holds one Hershey Nugget.  I made a tiny box by scoring a 2" x 2-1/2" piece of cardstock 1/2" from each side.  Then I adhered the "ends" of the crate diecut to the sides. I thought the "Fresh Treats" sentiment from the Wood Words set was cute with the potion bottle punched from the DSP.
Pull the front and back together with Copper Trim

This is a treat topper to fit on top of a 2" wide cello bag for Halloween treats.  The Copper Trim is pretty cool when pulled apart.  It creates a spider web look and holds it shape really well.
The moon is copper embossed.  

Last but certainly not least--a kitty card!  It is a super simple card using the Spooky Night paper and the sentiment from Wood Words. 
A kitty for Kittystamp!

Thanks for hopping with Inky Friends!  Please click on the links below to see more sweet suite projects!

To Sara's Just Add Color projects

To Cindy's Color Theory projects 

Stamps:  Wood Words
Paper:  Basic Black and Thick Very Vanilla cardstock.  Spooky Night Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink, Versamark
Big Shot: Wood Crate Framelits
Punch: 3/4" Circle, Cat Punch
Accessories:  1/4" Copper Trim, Copper Embossing Powder, Treat Tubes, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Window Shopping Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the cute stamp set Window Shopping. Our international crew has some really fun stuff to show you!!  (You can click on the banner below for a full list of members and more info.)
One of my delights in stamping and crafting is making gifts for others and especially creating coordinating gift sets.   When I recently finished a couple of potholders one of which looks like bacon and eggs I thought it needed some coffee to go with it.   But since this present will be mailed it is a little hard to include a cup of coffee.  So... I made a coffee-themed card.
The Window Shopping set had the PERFECT dotted background stamp to go with the dotted fabric of my potholders.
Isn't that just the best match?  Stampin' Up's products are right on-trend and coordinate so well with other industries.

Oh and I used a Stampin' Up product to make my potholders too.
The bacon and eggs potholder is a chenille method which requires multiple layers of fabric that is stitched down and then cut open.  I hand cut all the eggs whites which was not bad but the idea of hand cutting all the egg yolks did not sound like fun.   So I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut them!   I could only cut one layer of fabric at a time but hey it was a whole lot faster and more accurate than I could do by hand for sure!

And speaking of time savings here is a tip for stamping the Happy Birthday.
The stamp has the two words together but I separated them on the card.
You could selectively ink up each word and stamp them but to save time I hid the extra words behind the dotted layer.  To do this I first stamped the dotted layer (I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the dots).  Then before adhering that layer down I made a pencil line where it would be and stamped Happy Birthday twice, once with the "Happy" above the line on the left and the "Birthday" below the line on the right.  When the dotted layer was in place the extra words were covered up!

Another little detail is that the tiny heart topper on the coffee cup is Bermuda Bay cardstock colored with a Bermuda Bay marker to give the same coloration as the tone-on-tone stamping of the dots.

Here is the complete set!  This card could be done in any color scheme to match whatever gift you have.
Thanks for stopping by!  To continue to hop along click on the buttons below.   I am in between two sweet friends named Holly this time so either way you hop you will see wonderful projects by Holly:)

Card Supplies:
Stamps:  Window Shopping, Coffee Cafe'
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, Bermuda Bay and Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Markers, Basic Black Archival Ink
Big Shot:  Coffee Cups Framelits
Punch: Mini Heart (retired)
Accessories:  3/8" Bermuda Bay Chevron Ribbon, Corrugated Elements, Stampin' Dimensionals
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig

Bacon and Eggs Potholder:
Pattern:  Simple, Fun & Quickly Done by Terry Atkinson
Fabric: Polka Dot:  Basic Mixologie by Studio M for Moda    Solids:  White, Rust, Turquoise and Yellow Kona Solids
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits (third smallest circle)

Diamond Point Block Potholder:
Fabric:  Polka Dot:  Basic Mixologie by Studio M for Moda    Solids:  White, Rust, Turquoise and Yellow Kona Solids
Accuquilt Dies: Half Square Triangle 2" finished (55316), 4" Quarter Triangle (value die-55018), Chisel  2" X 4" finished (55734)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Whole Lot of Love Wedding Card

We attended a sweet outdoor wedding recently and this is the card I created using the Whole Lot of Lovely suite.   The delicate combo of Powder Pink and Whisper White on the floral paper is so pretty and the shimmery Powder Pink ribbon, Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper and the gold Mini Sequin trim gave it a special sparkle.
A couple of tips for making this card:  Use the Layering Circle Framelit that is just a smidgen bigger than the Eastern Medallion Thinlit.  Nest the two together on top of the white paper and use a Post-it note to hold them in place before running it through the Big Shot.  Use that same Layering Circle Framlit to then cut a circle of Powder Pink cardstock to layer behind the white diecut.  This makes the delicate white medallion stand out on the floral paper.
Happy stamping!

Stamps:  Lots of Love
Paper:  Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper, Powder Pink and Whisper White cardstock, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Ink: Powder Pink Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Eastern Medallion Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits
Accessories:  3/8" Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, July 14, 2017

Inky Friends New In-Color Blog Hop

Welcome to our second Inky Friends Blog Hop!  We are a group of long time stamping friends that have reorganized to bring you fresh ideas for Stampin' Up products.   Our hop today focuses on the five new In-Colors that were introduced at the beginning of the month.  These colors are available for two years and always are right on trend.

Berry Burst is a bold color that is lovely for a wedding or bridal shower card either as a monochromatic card
Wedding card with matching gift enclosure
or as a tiny accent color.
Bridal shower card with coordinating package tag
I find I am using the Wood Words stamp set and matching Wood Crate thinlits often.  It is an awesome all-around combo that works for so many different occasions -both masculine and feminine.  
The Berry Burst ribbon can be pulled apart for a delicate accent
So glad you have hopped by today!  Please click on the links below to see more of the Friends In-Color inspirations.  Twila has some terrific projects coming up next!

Did you see Staci's lovely projects?  Click below to see them!

Supplies for Monochromatic Card
Stamps:  Wood Words
Paper:  Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack,  Berry Burst and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Berry Burst Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Wood Crate Framelits, Sweet and Sassy Framelits
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals

Supplies for Rooster Crate Card
Stamps:  Wood Words, Hardwood
Paper:  Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Old Olive, Soft Suede and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Berry Burst, Old Olive, Soft Suede and Early Espresso Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Wood Crate Framelits
Accessories:  5/8" Burlap Ribbon, 1/2" Finely Woven Berry Burst Ribbon

Friday, June 23, 2017

Inky Friends 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Inky Friends Blog Hop!  Our group will be hosting occasional "special event" blog hops with a different focus each time.  For our first blog hop, each member has chosen a stamp set from the new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up annual catalog.

The hardest part was picking which new set to use:)  I settled on the Sunshine in My Pocket set with the matching Pocket Framlits.

I recently reorganized my sewing room and have been dreaming of some quilts I would like to sew. I guess that has carried over to my stamping as the first thing that came to mind for the Sunshine in My Pocket set was a quilt card.
Cutting these with the framelits made the corners match perfectly.  Probably the easiest "Y seam" quilt I will ever make!

The Stitched Shapes Framelits also coordinate nicely- I used one to die cut the sentiment.

For the next card I tried a new color combo- Flirty Flamingo and Tranquil Tide with Whisper White.
The pocket is open at the top to tuck in even more goodies.
Well thanks so much for taking time to check out our new Inky Friends blog hop! We will have our blogs permanently linked so you can always click thorough at any time.   We have more hops planned for the future that you won't want to miss!

Next up is Sara's sweet projects with "Sharing Sweet Thoughts".  Or you can hop the other direction to Cindy's terrific ideas for "Oh So Eclectic".  If you happen to get lost click HERE to find the complete list of hop participants.

Supplies for Quilt Card
Stamps:  Pocket Full of Sunshine, Flourishing Phrases
Paper:  Petal Garden Designer Series Paper, Old Olive cardstock
Ink: Old Olive Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Pocket Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals

Supplies for Pocket Card
Stamps:  Pocket Full of Sunshine
Paper:  Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper, Flirty Flamingo, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Tranquil Tide Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Sweet and Sassy Framelits
Accessories:  3/8" Striped Flirty Flamingo Ribbon, Delicate White Doilies