Friday, August 18, 2017

Host Rewards Stamp Sets

Hello everyone!  I hope you have had a wonderful week!  

Today, at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration we are showing off the amazing stamp sets that are exclusive to hostesses.  There are six sets in the annual catalog only available to hostesses.  They are all fabulous.

Today, I am featuring the You're Delightful stamp set.  It has 11 stamps in the set.  This includes two large greetings, 6 small greetings, and 3 conversation bubble images.  

Here is my card:

My card was CASE'd from a photo of a swap that a friend of mine took.  I'm so sorry, I don't know who to give credit to.  But thank you!  I love the simplicity of the layout, and monotone color effect.

Here is the stamps in the set:

Be sure to head on over to Stylin' Stampin' Inkpspiration to see what the other design team members are sharing!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
~Nichole



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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Favorite Product Suite: Coffee Break

Hey there!  How has your week been?  My week has been good, but a little different.  My son is out of town on a chuch mission trip, so this week I've just been hanging out with my daughter all week.  He will be home for about 12 hours Sunday evening, and then Monday morning he heads off to Boy Scout summer camp, and will be gone another week.

Today at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration we are sharing projects made with our favorite product suite.  By far, my favorite product suite is the Coffee Break suite!

Here is my card:

My card is a case of one from the annual catalog.  I love that the catalog not only showcases our great products, but also gives us ideas on what to do with them!

Be sure to stop by the Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration blog and see what the other design team members are sharing!

Have a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!
~Nichole

Monday, July 10, 2017

For the Kids

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Today, my son is off on his first mission trip.  He is off to serve at a big Christian music festival, and will be gone for a full week.

Today, over at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration we are all sharing ideas for kid's cards.  I knew right away when I sat down to make this card that I wanted to do something with the fun popsicles
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Here's my card:

I used Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tangerine Tango to make my popsicles.  I used the Happy Birthday Thinlit twice; once in Real Red, and once in Basic Black.  I offset the black just a little so it shadows the words on the left.

That is all I have to share for today.  Stop by the SSInk blog to see what the other design team members have to share!

Thanks for stopping by!
~Nichole

Friday, July 7, 2017

SSINK - Case the DT Member - Cheryl Hamilton

Hello everyone!   

At Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration we are starting a new feature.  On the first Friday of each month we will take turns CASE-ing one of our lovely design team members.  We are starting out with my friend, Cheryl Hamilton.





Cheryl was raised on Oahu and has lived on Maui for about 30 years.  She & her husband, Pat, have 2 daughters that are in their 20's.  Cheryl is a nurse who is happily working part time so that she can spend plenty of time with her favorite hobby...stampin'!

Be sure & visit Cheryl's blog:  www.createwithcheryl.me

I decided to CASE a card that Cheryl posted on May 29th.  I love this card because it is quick and easy, and I am always looking for more masculine card ideas.

Here is my card:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

ICS Blog Hop - New In Colors

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the July Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop.  This month we are all sharing projects that feature the new In Colors.  Have you seen them yet?  I really love all five of the new colors.  
Here they are:

Which one is your favorite?  I thought Berry Burst was my favorite, but I think I use Lemon Lime Twist the most.

Here is the card I made for tonight's hop.  It features both Lemon Lime Twist, and Berry Burst.


I used the Bike Ride stamp set that I got for free at the April OnStage event.  I love that you can totally customize your bike because each piece is a separate stamp.  I also really love that this stamp set makes it super easy to color in your images.  See the flowers there on the back of my bike?  The outline of the flowers was one stamp ( stamped in Basic Black ), the flowers are a second stamp (stamped in Berry Burst), and the leaves are a third stamp (stamped in Lemon Lime Twist).

Next up on our hop is my good friend, Darla.  I know she'll have something great to share with you!  


Thanks so much for stopping by!
~Nichole 

Monday, July 3, 2017

#SSINKCC47

Hello everyone!

Today, over at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration we have a fun, summery color challenge going on.  Also, starting with this challenge we will now have new challenges on the first and third Monday of each month, which gives you more time to play with us!


Aren't those colors just so fun?!

Here's my card:

I am *in love* with the Wood Words stamp set.  I used the circle image to create my background.  I then stamped the rooster image in Melon Mambo on a Stitched Shape Oval, and added an Island Indigo greeting underneath.  I finished my card off with a Delicate Doily, two Pretty Label punches, and bow made from the Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon.

Now it is your turn - head on over to Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration and play along with us.  I can't wait to see what you come up with .

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration - Any Occasion

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a good week!  Today over at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration we are sharing Any Occasion cards.  Sometimes, you need something other than birthday and thank you cards.  

I used the new Lovely Friends stamp set.  I love the giant greetings in this set, and all the fun small accent pieces too!

Here is my card:


I started with a Powder Pink card base, and 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper.  I stamped my greeting, in Night of Navy onto a piece of Whisper White that is 3 3/4" x 5".  I then stamped the two step stampin' flowers in Powder Pink.  The base layer was stamped off onto my grid paper first.  I then filled in with So Saffron dot groupings, and Soft Sky single dots.

I found the idea for my color combination on the 2017 In Color Combinations chart that Stampin' Up! put together for us.  You can see the chart here:

Be sure to head over to the Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration blog to see what the other Design Team members are sharing!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
~Nichole

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration - Birthday Cards

Good Morning Everyone!  Welcome to Wednesday!  We are halfway through the week, and I hop this finds you doing well.

Today, over at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration, we are all sharing some birthday card ideas.  Even though this is by far the type of card that I make most, I seem to always be running out of them. 

Here is my card:


For my center tulip, I popped up the detailed stamp with a dimensional.

For my card I used the new Tranquil Tulips hostess set.  This set is fabulous.  I love the watercolor style, and the two-step stamping for added detail.

I started by stamping my flower stems in Old Olive onto a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I then added the base stamp for each of the tulips in Rich Razzleberry.  On the two outisde, smaller tulips I added the detail in Fresh Fig.  For the center, larger tulip, I stamped the detail image onto a separate piece of Whisper White, and cut it out.  Once I had my stems, and flowers done, I went in and added some leaves in Old Olive to fill in my bouquet.  

I then matted my Whisper White piece onto a piece of Old Olive card stock that is 4" x 5 1/4".  I tied some Old Olive 1/8" sheer ribbon around, with a simple knot.  My greeting is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set shown on page 77 of the Annual Catalog.  The greeting was stamped onto Whisper White that was cut out using the Stitched Shape framelits, and matted on a Layering Oval framelit in Fresh Fig.  The greeting is popped up with dimensionals.

That is all I have to share for today.  Be sure to head over to the Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration blog to see what the other design team members have come up with.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Nichole




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Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Favorites: New Stamp Set

Hello everyone!  Welcome to Friday!  What do you have planned for the weekend?  We have so many plans this weekend, I get exhausted just thinking about it.  My kids have a band concert, we a have a couple service obligations, two bake sales, and then of course celebrating Father's Day.  I am so happy for the weekend, even if it is a busy one!

For this weeks edition of Friday Favorites at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration we are all sharing our favorite new stamp set.  I just have to say... it was so hard to pick just one favorite set!  There are so many fabulous new sets in the catalog.

In the end, I did choose one set.  While there are many that I love, this set is just so striking, beautiful, and great for making simple cards with.

I choose Floral Statements.
Here is my card:


For my card, I stamped the Thanks stamp in Archival Basic Black ink, onto watercolor paper.  I then used my Watercolor Pencils and and Aqua Painter to color in the flowers and stems.  When I was done, I wanted to add a little shimmer to my card.  I went over all of the letters with my clear Wink of Stella pen.  I then matted my watercolor paper on a piece of Basic Black, and attached that to a Melon Mambo card base.

That is all I have to share for today.  Be sure to head over to Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration to see what the other Design Team member are sharing!  Thanks so much for stopping by! 
~Nichole

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