Friday, August 10, 2018

Suite Designs Blog Hop

Welcome to the Inky Friends Suite Designs Blog hop!  We have a quick little hop for you showcasing some of the pretty coordinated suites from the annual Stampin' Up catalog.    Inky Friends also hosts design challenges.  Click on the banner below to go our website where we have a complete list of designers and challenges.

Both Yahpa and I are showing off the super cute Animal Expedition suite.  It is so cute that we are doubling the fun on this one!   

With school just around the corner I chose to make a little back-to-school combo.
The animals are just waiting to be colored with new back-to-school  crayons!
A small composition notebook inked with tropical shades from the In-Color collection.
Corner bookmarks made from Stampin' Up Medium Envelopes.
2" x 8" cello bags filled with yummy tropical dried fruit.
(Each project is simple to do...  if you would like step-by-step how-to's scroll to the bottom of the post for pictures and directions. )

To continue hopping and to see more Suite Designs please click on the buttons below:  

This way to Rhonda's Delightfully Detailed projects.

This way to Yapha's fun Animal Expedition projects.
Stamps: Animal Expeditons
Paper:  Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove and Call Me Clover Classic Ink Refills,  Un-inked Stampin' Spots, Black Archival Ink
Accessories: Medium Whisper White Envelopes, 2" X 8" Cello Bags
Big Shot:   Animal Friends Thinlits
Non- SU:  Post-It note paper

To make the notebook cover:
1.  Cut the paper 1/2 inch smaller than the cover of the notebook.  Round two of the corners with a scissors.  (The notebook I used was 5" X 7".  The paper was cut 4-1/2" X 6-1/2".)

2.  Stamp animals in Basic Black Archival Ink.

3.  Use the coordinating Animal Friends Thinlits to cut masks from Post-it note paper.  Cover the stamped animals with the masks.

4.  Using Classic Ink Refills (Call Me Clover,  Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch)  add ink to Un-inked Stampin' Spots.

5.  Stamp randomly on the paper using the Call Me Clover Stampin' Spot.

6.  Stamp in between with Grapefruit Grove.

7.  Fill in the remaining area with Pineapple Punch.

8.  Remove the masks and the animals reappear!

To make the bookmarks:
1.  Cut the bottom two corners of a medium envelope on 45 degree angles using a Stampin' Trimmer.

2.  Adhere animals that have been stamped and cut with the matching thinlits.

To make the ombre treat topper:
1.  Ink the "Wild about you" stamp with the Pineapple Punch Stampin' Spot.
2.  Touch a few areas with the Grapefruit Grove Stampin' Spot.
3.  Add tiny touches of Call Me Clover ink.  (A little goes a long way!)
4.  Stamp in center of a 2" X 2-1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp around the edges with the Stampin' Spots.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Carnival of Colors Blog Hop

Welcome to the Carnival of Colors Blog Hop presented by My Inky Friends!  We have a rainbow of projects that are just so fun!   

Stampin' Up has recently released a whole new set of colors both in the core color collection and in the In-color collection.  There are so many to chose from it hard to know which to play with first.  It is like going to an amusement park and trying to decide which attraction to ride.   You know you will eventually go on them all but you have pick just one to start with.     Luckily our carnival includes lots of colors and since we have our blogs linked in a circle you don't have to choose... you can just jump in anywhere!

Petal Pink is the lovely color for my carnival attraction.   I think it is tends toward a light salmon color... quite different from a true pink.  The tranquility of the color made me think of the Artfully Folded stamp set.  

I used a fold idea from one of the very first card classes I attended when I was beginning to explore stamping as inspiration.  (I still have the card.  Seems like a long time ago... there have been a lot of cards made since then :)

It is a little different style in that the Petal Pink background is a quarter sheet of cardstock and the Very Vanilla layer is the hinged part for writing on.   (Measurements are 4-3/4" X 7", scored at 3-1/2")   My photos are not up to par for this post as my camera is acting up.  I used my phone and the Very Vanilla looks white.  The actual ones look more muted.

Both of these cards are done with stamping only-- no Designer Series Paper.  I had planned to add some Petal Pink sequins and other embellishments to these but ended up liking the simplicity of them just as is.  

Well it is time to hop on to next color attraction!  Holly has used the beautiful Balmy Blue for a sweet baby card and Rhonda has the dreamy Soft Sea Foam in her delicate projects.

This way to Holly's Blog

This way to Rhonda's Blog

Supplies used:
Stamps: Artfully Folded (hostess)
Paper:  Petal Pink, Granite Gray , and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink:  Basic Gray and Petal Pink Classic Ink, Petal Pink Stampin' Marker
Accessories: Gray Granite 1/2" Textured Weave  Ribbon, 
Big Shot:   Stitched Shaped Framelits
Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Board

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mitered Frames Tutorial

I am thrilled to be the guest author for the weekly tutorial on Splitcoaststampers!    In the last several posts I have been sharing projects based on the concept of mitered borders used in quilting.  When you apply the idea to paper crafting the results are delightfully easy!   It is like making a mini quilt and no sewing machine is needed!

Double-sided paper is a must for this technique...background and frame all in one.

The math is super simple and can be applied to both squares and rectangles.

Same folding as above... just leave the edges free floating.

Adding one more scoreline gives a another unique look

You can pop on over to Splitcoaststampers to see the written tutorial and also upload a project to the special gallery that has been created just for this technique.  There are so many ways these miters could be added to a project.  Once you make one you will be hooked!  I would love to see your creations!

Below is the video tutorial:

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Triangular Border Frame

In my last post I mentioned I would have a tutorial for the Fancy Fold Frame.  There has been a bit of time between that post and the publishing of the tutorial because it is part of a larger tutorial that I have done for Splitcoaststampers.  It will be the featured tutorial on the SCS site tomorrow!

Today I have a sneak peak of another of the projects included in the tutorial.    This is a variation which features a triangular folded border perfect for framing a pretty stamped image.

My camera has been been having some problems so I used my phone instead.  It is hard to capture the 3D effect in the picture.   Each edge forms a peak and the corners are an interesting shape.   
I really like the way this turned out and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make.   As you will see tomorrow the written instructions are very short and sweet!

Tomorrow I will have the full tutorial and two more projects.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Pressed Flowers (hostess set)
Paper:  Tea Room Speciality Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral  and Old Olive Stampin' Markers
Big Shot:  Stitched Shapes Framelits
Tools: Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Animal Outing Edition

The Stamp Review Crew is going wild this session with the Animal Outing stamp set!   You will too when you see all the projects created by the crew!  As always we have a complete list of members and links to projects on our website which you can access by clicking on the banner below.

The delicate little line drawings of these animals are so cute!  I really enjoyed working with them to make this decor piece... it would be so sweet in a nursery.  

There are a lot of detail in the images so it was very nice to have the matching framelits.  I actually enjoy cutting things out but there is no way I could manage to do as good a job as the die cuts on these little guys.

I also used the Tropical Thinlit Dies to add some detailed foliage.

Pulling the threads of the Textured Ribbon can add some fun fringe.

I did a bit of fancy folding for the frames.  It is easier than it looks and I have an upcoming tutorial that will show how it is done.

I'm so happy you stopped by today!  Now it is time to hop along to see the rest of the crew's creations.  Please click on the buttons below to continue.

This way to Cindy's Blog

This way to Bronwyn's Blog

Supplies used:
Stamps: Animal Outing
Paper:  Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper, Pear Pizzaz, Smoky Slate , Blushing Bride and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Archival Black Ink, Basic Gray and Shaded Spruce Classic Ink, Blushing Bride Stampin' Marker
Accessories: Gray Granite 1/2" Textured Weave  Ribbon, Tropical Elements Accents
Big Shot:  Tropical Thinlits, Animal Friends Thinlits
Tools: Simply Scored Scoring Tool

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