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


  1. I love your bonus technique! What an awesome surprise. This looks amazing. I think my favorite is the cupcake card with the sequins. It looks so cool and geometrical and the sequins are so fun!

  2. What a fun way to use the bleed-thru from the Stampin' Blends! My eyes were crossing with the graphic cupcakes, but it's a really fun effect.

  3. Jaw. Drop. Discovering the beauty on the back of the colored, just WOW! I was thinking "What stamps did she use on that?" Now I need to go color some, too!

  4. So great! I admit, I never paid attention to this set. And the bleed through - brilliant! I love the look of this!

  5. Loved your creations. I love how you turned the DSP over and used the other side. The geometric card is fun. I need to go color my DSP.

  6. Oh my gosh!! These are all beautiful. I LOVE your accidental discovery the most :)

  7. So pretty! The accidental card is my favorite but they are all fabulous!

  8. I love your bright and creative designs as well as your dsp technique!! The accident is SO cool!

  9. You transformed that paper in new ways-- I love the see through background, when I did it, I had the whole back colored. the little flowers colors is a whole new look! Love the colors!