Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Fun

Hey there!  Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.

Today, at Stylin' Stampin' Inskpiration we are sharing some summer fun ideas.  I knew right away that I wanted to use that great Adirondack chair from the Seasonal Layers dies set.  Those dies, and the Colorful Season stamp set are just good to have in your arsenal of crafting supplies.  They will take you through any season, and you can add any kind of greeting you might need. 

Here is my card:

I started with a 3.75" x 5' piece of whisper white paper.  I sponged Crumb Cake ink onto the bottom, and then stamped the sand from the High Tide stamp set in Crumb Cake on top.  I added the grass from the High Tide set, in Soft Suede, after it had been stamped off on my grid paper.  In the middle section, I sponged Marina Mist ink, and topped it with the water stamp from High Tide, also in Marina Mist.  On the top, I sponged Soft Sky, and then added clouds with the Embossing Paste and Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  I stamped my greeting in Basic Black Archival Ink.  Last, but definitely not least I added the Adirondack chair that I cut out of the Wood Textures 6x6 paper stack.

Be sure to head over to Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration to see what the other summer fun ideas the design team members are showing.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Nichole

Friday, August 11, 2017

Carols of Christmas

Hey everyone!  I hope you have had a good week!  Today I am dropping off my kids so they can go camping with the youth group from church - and my husband and I are just not sure what to do with ourselves!  They will be back on Sunday.  But this is the first summer where our kids have had plans, without us.  It is great for them, and good for us too - it is just a strange feeling that we aren't quite used to yet.

Today, with Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration we are sharing some fun ideas using the Carols of Christmas stamp set, and coordinating dies.  There is a great, pre-release going on right now for this fun bundle.  I love the big, bold greetings in the stamp set - and the dies have so many possibilities that we haven't really had before.

My card has a bit of a sneak peak on it!  I did not use the thinlit dies, but I have used some other products from the amazing Holiday Catalog that goes live on September 1st.


Do you see anything new?  I have used the brand new Merry Little Christmas designer series paper.  I also used the new Jute Twine.  Isn't this greeting amazing?!?!  There is another big bold greeting like this in the stamp set too.  I love big greetings that can be the main focus of your card.  My greeting was stamped in Basic Black onto Whisper White cardstock.  I added the line detail stamp in Old Olive, and also a popped up Old Olive poinsettia flower.  Behind the greeting is some of the new Jute Twine, and two sneak peaks of designer series paper from the Merry Little Christmas pack available in the upcoming Holiday Catalog.

I hope you like my simple card, as much as I liked making it.  Be sure to head over to Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration to see what the other design team members have shown using this great stamp set!



Thanks so much for stopping by!
~Nichole



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ICS Blog Hop - Knotty Ways


Welcome to the August Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop!  This month we are all focusing on knotty ways to use the amazing ribbons that we have available from Stampin' Up!  I love ribbon.  It really is one of my favorite things!

Here is my card:

I covered a whole piece of cardstock that is 3 3/4" x 5" with diagonal ribbon stripes.   This is the 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon that comes in the beautiful new In Colors.  I have used Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tranquil Tide.

I stuck that onto a Basic Black mat, offset just a bit.  and then stuck that onto a Lemon Lime Twist card base offset the other way.  

I used some 1/8" Silver ribbon, with knots around the whole card front.  My greeting is from the Lovely Words thinlits cut out in Basic Black.  I ran the greeting thinlit through the big shot with an oval from the Stitched Shapes to give it a finished looking, bigger border.  I cut out an oval from the Layering Ovals framelits in Silver Glimmer paper to add behind my greeting.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you find lots of fun ways to use your ribbon in tonight's hop.  Next up is my good friend Darla, and I know she has something great to share!




Friday, July 28, 2017

SSInk - Anything But a Card

Today at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration we are sharing ideas that are anything, but a card.  It is fun to think out side of the card making box once in a while, and make something different.   

Here's what I made:

I made these cute little bags with the designer series paper from the Coffee Break product suite.  I was more excited about this suite than any other when I first saw the new catalog.  I mean, really - I love coffee, and my husband and I had our first date at Starbucks.  This suite was meant for me.  LOL.  

I got the idea from a post I found on Crafty Caroline Creates, and thankfully she shared dimensions and scoring directions at the end.  I used the new Pretty Label punch to close up the top, and decorated the punch with a heart from the new Corrugated Elements.  I used the Crumb Cake ribbon from the suite to add a bow over my stamped greeting.

These were little thank you treats for the gals that attended my class last month.  If you are interested in attending, the next product based class is on August 20th and actually comes with the Coffee Cafe stamp set.

Be sure to head on over to the Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration blog to see what fun items the other design team members have made!

Monday, July 24, 2017

SSINK - Case the Catalog

Hello everyone!  How's it going?  We had a great weekend.  My son came home after being gone for two weeks.  Yesterday, we were able to take the kids into Seattle to see DanTDM at the Paramount theater.  Dan is their favorite YouTuber, and they were so excited when the second leg of the tour was announced, and there was a Seattle stop.



Today with Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration we are all CASE-ing projects from the annual catalog.  The Stampin' Up! catalog is an amazing resource for ideas.  I chose to share a project I found on page 157, that features the new Lovely Inside & Out Bundle.  I loved that this was a quick and easy card.

Here is my card:

I started with a Calypso Coral card base, that I stamped the edges of using the rain looking stamp, and Calypso Coral ink.  Then on my Whisper White layer, I stamped the round "flower" image in Flirty Flamingo, and Calypso Coral.  I used the rectangle "leaf" stamp in Pear Pizazz.  On the top, I inked the stamp, stamped it once, and then moved it a little and stamped it again.  That gave me the fun two toned look for my leaves.  I used the Lovely Words Thinlits, Sweet & Sassy Framelits, and some Gold Foil paper for the greeting.  The card was accented by three simple White Perfect Accents.

Head on over to the Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration blog to see what the other Design Team members have CASE'd.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!
~Nichole

Friday, July 21, 2017

Favorite Punch - Pretty Label Punch

Hello everyone!  I hope you have had a good week!  I am super excited for the weekend, because tomorrow my son comes home.  He has been gone for two weeks, and this Momma has been missing him like crazy!  But, I am also so happy that he gets to have these adventures.

Today over at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration we are showing of the fabulous punches that Stampin' Up! has to offer.  I chose to showcase the Pretty Label Punch.

Here is my card:


I punched out 13 pretty labels from the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper and used them to create a background on my Thick Whisper White card base.  Once I had all of the punches glued down, I ran the base through the Big Shot to emboss it with the new Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder.  For my greeting I used the small rose stamp from the Graceful Garden stamp set, and inked it up with the Sweet Sugar Plum and Old Olive markers.  I stamped the image off once on my grid paper, and then onto my Whisper White card stock.  The words are from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, inked up in Basic Black Archival ink.  I punched out the greeting with the Pretty Label punch.  I wanted my greeting to stand out, so I made a Basic Black border for my greeting.  I punched out two Pretty Labels with Basic Black cardstock.  I cut one in half horizontally, and cut the other in half vertically.  I decided how much I wanted the black to stick out, and glue the pieces down.  When I make mats like this, I'll glue both horizontal (or vertical) down first, and then glue both pieces from the other cut down.  I popped my greeting piece up with some Stampin' Dimensionals, over the 1/8" Sheer Ribbon in Whisper White.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to head on over to the Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration blog to see what the other Design Team members are doing with their punches.
I hope you have a great weekend!
~Nichole

Monday, July 17, 2017

#SSINKTC47

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I spent most of the weekend just relaxing with my husband.  It was such a nice change from our usually jam packed schedule!

Today, at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration we have a Technique Challenge starting.

I was a little apprehensive about, and intimidated by this technique to start with.  But I am so glad I tried it out!  It is fun, and also an easy way to make up a whole set of coordinating cards!

Here is my card:

I used the Pear Pizazz, Rose Red, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry reinkers with the Ink Spray & Smash technique to create my background.  I then stamped images from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set over the background, using Archival Basic Black ink.  I dressed it up with some Pear Pizazz shimmer ribbon, and Black Mini Sequins, and a Happy Birthday greeting from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.

I hope you will head over to the Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration blog and see what the other design team members did with this technique, and maybe even play along with the challenge yourself!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
~Nichole