Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Forever Forest Father's Day!

Yes, Father's Day has passed.  I apologize that I am just now sharing this card!  However this is a great card, in my opinion, to use any time of year!  😃  Just switch the greeting!  So without further ado ... here is the card I made for my Dad for Father's Day! 

Colors Pecan Pie, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic White, Basic Black
Inks: Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Pecan Pie, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Pecan Pie, Basic White, Basic Black, Country Woods Designer Series Paper 
Stamps: Forever Forest
Tools:  Nested Essentials Dies, Basics Embossing Folder, Bone Folder (curl edges of cardstock), Water Painter (for splatter)
Accessories: Neutrals Adhesive-Backed Sequins

He love mountains, trees, nature, etc ... so I thought the Forever Forest Stamp Set was perfect!  

There is a bit of color variation on the trees, if you can tell, and this is how I did that: 

🌲  Ink up tree stamp in Lemon Lime Twist. Lay the stamp block down, with the stamp facing UP onto stamping surface.

🌲  Ink a Sponge Dauber in Granny Apple Green ink.  Pounce onto a few random places on the stamp.

🌲  Stamp onto cardstock where desired.  Repeat for more stamps, creating your background! 

🌲  Add splatter using Pecan Pie ink & Water Painter - after the green ink has dried. Just squeeze ink pad together, before opening, creating a little "pool" of ink in the lid.  Squeeze a little water into the brush, pick up some ink, and flick brush in the lid over the project, creating splatter.

🌲  For more texture - after ink has dried - run it through the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine with desired embossing folder! 

I love how there is so much texture created, without a lot of extra layers.  Extra layers are great also ... so feel free to do that if that is wanted!  This is just another option.  😁

I just finished the card by distressing the edges, and curling a few with my bone folder.  Then tied some twine around, added the greeting & some sequins, and added a layer of fun woodgrain paper behind the main card front panel.  

What is your fave detail?!

Thank you so much for visiting!  I hope you enjoyed this card and you found some sort of inspiration in it!  Please let me know if you have any questions or I can help you with anything! Would love to help you with your papercrafting needs!  And if you need help getting any Stampin' Up! supplies ... and live in the US ... please let me know! 

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Seaside Wishes Mini Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!!!

Time for another Mini Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!!  🙌 Woot! 🙌  Today a few of us on the team are sharing projects using the Seaside Wishes Bundle! If you haven't played with this bundle yet, what are you waiting for?!  It is FABULOUS and one of my ☆ FAVE ☆ new items from Stampin' Up!'s NEW Annual Catalog!!!

Am I allowed to say that I really love these projects?!  Hee.  Again ... this bundle is SO MUCH FUN to work with!  Here is a photo of it ... before I explain a few things & how they work.  

The bundle comes with a hybrid embossing folder, a set of dies, and a stamp set.  And of course, they all coordinate SO beautifully! Here is a pic of the whole bundle! 

Cute bundle, huh?!  Well let me explain some of the magic of what this bundle can do!  Check out this card, and what do you notice about it?! 

Colors Pretty in Pink, Lemon Lolly, Coastal Cabana, Basic White, Basic Black
Inks: Pretty In Pink, Coastal Cabana, Lemon Lolly, Basic Beige, Versamark
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Basic Black, Gold Foil, 2024-2026 In Color 6"x6" Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Seaside Wishes
Tools:  Seaside Wishes Hybrid Embossing Folder, Seaside Wishes Dies, Heat Tool 
Accessories: Linen Thread, Basics Embossing Powder, Iridescent Faceted Gems

Can you tell that I embossed, die-cut AND added color the the three sand dollars above in one swoop?!  🤯  (Well ... I did do this three times to get three different colors.  But I have extra sand dollars to make more cards!) 

If you haven't seen a hybrid embossing folder yet, here is how it works: 

🪸  Open the folder.  Add desired ink color to the side of the folder with the Stampin' Up! logo on it by just pouncing your ink pad on the folder.

🪸 Lay the coordinating die over the sand dollars, as shown in the photo below.  You want the side of the die that cuts the cardstock facing UP. 

🪸 Lay your cardstock (I used Basic White on this card) down over the die/inked embossed folder.

🪸 Run it through the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine and VOILA!  Inked, die-cut, AND embossed GORGEOUS sand dollars! 😍😍😍

🪸 Repeat for any additional colors!  Just clean embossing folder before each color! (You also could ink up each sand dollar with different colors.  Just use a Blending Brush or Sponge Dauber to add color.  I just wanted some extra sand dollars myself.  😃) 

Just look how gorgeous the turn out!! 

And a few more pics of some details.  I wanted a sublte, but detailed, background for the sand dollars.  So ... I first splatterd and embossed a piece of Basic White cardstock.  Then I die cut some starfish from Basic White cardstock & adhered them over the embossed background.  I really love how this turned out.

Added a fun greeting, some FABULOUS Iridescent Faceted Gems, and a few other fun details and this work of art is complete!  (Yes!  They are handmade cards ... which I also call mini works of art!  💕) 


Colors Pretty in Pink, Lemon Lolly, Coastal Cabana, Basic White, Basic Black
Inks: Pretty In Pink, Coastal Cabana, Lemon Lolly, Versamark
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Basic Black
Stamps: Seaside Wishes
Tools: Seaside Wishes Dies, So Swirly Embossing Folder, Heat Tool 
Accessories: Basics Embossing Powder, Iridescent Faceted Gems, Pretty in Pink 3/8" Bordered Ribbon

This card was also a blast to make ... and I felt like an artist making it!  Here is how I did it! 

🪸 Blend ink onto Basic White cardstock with a Blending Brush.  This card uses Pretty in Pink, Coastal Cabana, & Lemon Lolly.  How PRETTY!  😍  Let ink dry!

🪸 Stamp starfish & sand dollar images in VersaMark over inked background.  Add White Embossing Powder and heat with heat tool until powder is melted!

🪸 Make a "ruffle" accent down one side of the panel by adding a strip of Tear & Tape to the back of the cardstock panel and fold the ribbon back and forth over itself down the whole length of the side.  

🪸 Add panel to embossed card front and adhere to card base.

🪸 Add other die-cut pieces, embellishments & greeting! 

Hope you enjoyed these cards!  I know I had a fabulous time making them!

And now it is time to see the projects my fellow Artisan Design Team members made!  I am SURE you want to see them cause they are so gorgeous!  So head to their pages to see what they made! 


Daniela: @edelpappe  https://www.edelpappe.de/blog/

She is so talented and has some incredible inspiration to share with you!  Then keep on hopping so you can see everyon's!  Over on Instagram is the best place to see them! 

Full list of hoppers: 

Monique:  @stampin_met_monique  
Ashley: @designwithink  ☆  This is me!  ☆
Daniela: @edelpappe
Maheswari: @maheswarirajaguru
Su: @aromasandart

So check them all out, and please!  Let me know if you have any questions on anything! I would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs!  And if you need any help getting your hands on any Stampin' Up! supplies ... most definitely would love to help there!  (If you are in the United States.)  So just send me a message and let me know! 

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Thursday, June 13, 2024

It Is Still Graduation Season, Right?!

Since June still is graduation season ... it's not too late to share this card, right?!  It is another graduation celebration card! 

Colors Gray Granite, Basic White, Basic Black
Inks: Coastal Cabana, Memento Tuxedo Black, BLENDS: Pecan Pie, Gray Granite, Medium, Light
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Basic Black, Rock & Roll Designer Series Paper (retired) 
Stamps: Cap & Gown
Tools:  Pocket Thoughts Dies, Round We Go Dies, Blending Brush, Water Painter (for splatter)
Accessories: Adhesive-Backed Sequins Trio

This one was fun to make too!  A little Designer Paper background, some fun stamped images, some ink blending, Blends coloring, and VOILA!  All done!  Hee.  Here are a few pics of the details! 

Shout out to Blends Markers.  I truly love them so much!  They color BEAUTIFULLY and are so much fun to use! 

And as always ... I have that pocket on the inside to add a gift card or cash or whatever! 

Hope you enjoy!  Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions on anything!  Would love to help you with your papercrafting needs!  And if you need any Stampin' Up! supplies and live in the United States ... am happy to help you with that also! 

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Bold Thanks With Friends For Life!

 Just a quick thank you card today!  I don't know about you, but I am always running out of thank you cards!  This is a quick one that you could easily mass produce with just a few stamps & a die-cut. 

Colors Summer Splash, Petunia Pop, Basic Beige
Inks: Basic Beige, Versamark
Cardstock/Papers: Basic Beige, Petunia Pop, Summer Splash
Stamps: Friends For Life, My Small Business
Tools:  Friends For Life Dies, Heat Tool
Accessories: Baker's Twine Essentials Pack, Basics Embossing Powder, Iridescent Faceted Gems

See what I mean?!  So easy!  This card uses the Friends For Life Bundle (die-cut & heart stamp) with one of the "THANKS" stamps from the My Small Business Stamp Set.  And the Iridescent Faceted Gems are one of my ♡ FAVORITE ♡ things in the NEW Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! 

And I love these colors! ☆  A couple In Colors + a NEW Basic Color!  I used Summer Splash, Petunia Pop,  & Basic Beige!  Big fan of these colors together! 😀

***TIP: Add Adhesive Sheets to the back of the cardstock before you die-cut to turn the die-cut into a sticker!  Then it easily & quickly adheres to the card front! 💕

Hope you enjoy this quick & simple card!  Let me know if you have any questions!  And if you need to get your hands on any Stampin' Up! supplies and live in the United States ... let me know! 💖  

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Monday, June 3, 2024

Fancy Friday CASE Time!

These challenges are SO MUCH fun!!! May was such a fun month with Fancy Friday!  I hope you followed along!  All of us on the design team were CASE'ing others on the design team!  So as you can imagine ... SO MUCH gorgeous creative inspiration! 

Truly ... the hardest part of this challenge is deciding who to CASE!  This month, I picked a card from Verena @simple_stamper to case.  I love her clean, cheerful, & gorgeous style. Her projects ALWAYS make my jaw drop!  I will first share the card I made, and then I will share the card of hers that I CASE'd!  I used her card layout as inspiration, then added some of Stampin' Up!'s NEW In Colors & my fave Sea Turtles Stamp Set!

Colors Gray Granite, Summer Splash, Pretty In Pink, Peach Pie, Basic White
Inks: Summer Splash, Pretty In Pink, Peach Pie, Versamark
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Gray Granite, Gold Foil, Lily Pond Lane 6"x6" Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Sea Turtle, Submarine Life (greeting)
Tools:  Dashing Designs Embossing Folder, Seaside Wishes Dies, Wildflower Designs Dies
Accessories: Baker's Twine Essentials Pack, Basics Embossing Powder, Iridescent Foil Gems

It all ties together so nicely, huh?!  This card definitely makes me smile!  Now ... ready to see Verena's card?! 

See why it was so easy to CASE?!  I love it and can think of a million different ways I could CASE this.  But here are a few more shots of the turtle card I did for this time. 

🐢 The scallop border is from the Wildflower Designs Dies.  I just cut out the frame, and then cut a piece off to use the scallops behind the embossed piece.

🐢 I used Summer Splash to stamp the turtles.  But for the lighter shade - I simply stamped off onto scratch paper first before stamping the turtle images.  This gives a gorgeous variation of the color! 

🐢 Layering some die-cuts, stamped images in different colors, and the turtles & greeting are a fun way to bring interest to the focal point of any card.  I loved how Verena did that in her card and what drew me to CASE'ing it! 💕

I hope you enjoy this card!  Any questions?!  Shoot me an email!  Need to order some Stampin' Up! supplies and live in the United States?!  Well shoot me an email!  I am happy to help with all your papercrafting needs!

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Cap & Gown Continued!

Here is round 2 of graduation cards that I made with the Cap & Gown Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!  The first one is posted in THIS POST. And here is the next one! 

Colors Gray Granite, Coastal Cabana, Basic White, Basic Black
Inks: Coastal Cabana, Gray Granite, StazOn Jet Black, VersaMark BLENDS: Pecan Pie
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Basic Black, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Cap & Gown
Tools:  So Swirly Embossing Folder, Pocket Thoughts Dies, Round We Go Dies, Heat Tool, Water Painter
Accessories: Baker's Twine Essentials Pack, Basics Embossing Powder

This potentially could be my favorite card that I made.  Haha.  I LOVE watercoloring, & I love how this watercoloring turned out.  I made one a bit lighter, and one a bit darker.  And then I still am using those fun tassels that I have saved for a few years! 😍

Also have a fun little tip to share.  See that fun detail on the bottom of the watercolored panel?!  I did this in the first card that I shared, but I have a picture today to show you how I did it. 

You first cut out one of these die-cut shapes from the Round We Go Dies ...  then follow the directions on the photo! 

So much fun, huh?!  More photos below highlighting each of the cards individually!

I did color the stamped tassel with the Light Pecan Pie Blends Marker, after I watercolored the rest of the panel.  But the basic steps to this are: stamp image in Versamark & emboss with white embossing powder.  Then color!  I let each color dry before moving on to the next color.  The last thing I did was color the tassel with the Blends marker.

Of course I also added the little pocket to the inside of these cards also!  I really love this a whole bunch! 😍

Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  Would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs!  Also ... if you live in the United States and need some Stampin' Up! supplies ... would love to help!

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Cap & Gown Galore!

Well ... my OLDEST child graduated high school this year!  Just this week!  It. Feels. CRAZY, to say the least.  Suffice it to say ... I have been putting Stampin' Up!'s Cap & Gown Stamp Set to use in a big way this year! 😁  So get ready for some graduation inspiration because I have a few different card ideas to show you over the next few days!  

First up is using the actual cap & gown stamp in this set.  I love these stamps a whole bunch! 

I picked two different Designer Series Papers to use as the background to this card, and then layered it up with the focal point.  Both of the cards are basically the same, with the same details, just a little bit switched up on colors & embellishments.  A little tip: I embossed both the sentiment and cap & gown with clear embossing powder after stamping, just to make it a little more fancy for such a special occasion.  I really love the "stepped up" feel it gives without much extra work. 

A few more pics of the cards on their own below with a fun little surprise at the end! 

Colors Pretty Peacock, Basic White, Basic Black, Bubble Bath
Inks: StazOn Jet Black, BLENDS: Bubble Bath
Cardstock/Papers: Pretty Peacock, Basic White, Bright & Beautiful 6" x 6" DSP, Gold Foil Sheets
Stamps: Cap & Gown
Tools:  Cute Crochet Embossing Folder, Nested Essentials Dies, Round We Go Dies, Pocket Thought Dies, Heat Tool
Accessories: Iridescent Faceted Gems, Basics Embossing Powder

I didn't worry about using school colors or anything on any of the cards that I made.  I just made a fun card!  School colors aren't always the colors the graduates like, so just make something from your heart instead! 😊  The paper used for this card is from the Bright & Beautiful 6"x6" Designer Series Paper Pack.  Isn't it so much fun?!   And those Iridescent Faceted Gems that are brand new are STUNNING!  Just saying!  Totally a fave for sure! 💕

The tassels that I used for these cards are from a few years ago.  I low key was hoarding them for graduation cards.  Haha.  So I am glad I had them.  You could always make your own if you don't have any on hand! 

A little tip on the sentiment ... I LOVE doing this little technique.  I just simply colored the two Blends Marker shades onto Basic White cardstock, then stamped the greeting over it & cut it out.  I LOVE the ombre look it gives!  Such a fun little touch that is SOOOOOO easy! 

And just saying ... this Cute Crochet Embossing Folder is QUICKLY moving up the list as my fave embossing folder!!!  Is it not just FABULOUS?!?! 😍😍😍  You just get a peep of it on this card but I am obsessed & you will be seeing it a lot more from me.  Hee.  

Next up ... the more masculine version. 

Colors Gray Granite, Azure Afternoon, Basic White, Basic Black
Inks: StazOn Jet Black, BLENDS: Azure Afternoon
Cardstock/Papers: Gray Granite, Basic White, Lily Pond Lane 6" x 6" DSP, Gold Foil Sheets
Stamps: Cap & Gown
Tools:  Exposed Brick Embossing Folder, Nested Essentials Dies, Round We Go Dies, Pocket Thoughts Dies, Heat Tool
Accessories: Black Matte Dots (retired), Basics Embossing Powder

Pretty much the same details as before - just in a different color scheme.  Again - loving the ombre sentiment detail.  And that scallop/pointy detail under the sentiment ... that came from the Round We Go Dies.  I just cut out the rosette flower piece, cut in half so you can use both side, and trimmed to fit the greeting.  The scallop side was used in the first card & the pointy one is used here! 

Now ... ready for the fun little surprise?!  Well ... I used the Pocket Thoughts Dies on the inside of the card for a fun little place for some cash!  Look how cute it is!!! 

All in all ... I hope you enjoyed these cards!  Thank you for visiting!  Let me know if you have any questions or need any help with anything!  Would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs!  And if you need new Stampin' Up! supplies & are in the US - would love to help you get those! 

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Pretty In Pink Thank You!

Just a quick post today to share a quick thank you card! I ♡ LOVE ♡ the large "Thanking You" stamp set in the NEW Stampin' Up! catalog.  And that is what I used to make this large thank you card! 

Colors Pretty in Pink, Basic White, Gold
Inks: Pretty In Pink, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White
Stamps: Thanking You, Sentimental Park
Tools:  Cute Crochet Embossing Folder, Petal Park Builder Punch, Heat Tool, Water Painter
Accessories: Metallics Embossing Powder, Tinsel Gems Three-Pack, Baker's Twine Essentials Pack

So much fun, right?!  I embossed the large sentiment in gold, used a Blending Brush to blend on some Pretty in Pink ink, & then splattered some water onto the cardstock with a Water Painter.  Love the subtle splatter that gives! 😍  Then when it was dry, I stamped those flowers from the Sentimental Park Stamp Set in the background.  Love that little detail too! 💕

To add a little dimension to the flowers ... simply punch them, put them on something a bit squishy - like the Stampin' Pierce Mat, & rub a little circle into the center of the flower with the tip of a stylus.  Just another little way to add a little detail that makes things pop a bit. 💗

Then some quick flowers punched with the Petal Park Builder Punch and voila! The focal point is done.  Added some Tinsel Gems, an embossed layer with the Cute Crochet Embossing Folder, and some baker's twine.  Not hard to make, didn't take long at all, and you could easily make this any color you wanted! 

The gold embossing is so hard to get a picture of, but I promise it's really pretty and shiny in real life! Hee.  

Hope you enjoy!  Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help!  Would be happy to help you get any Stampin' Up! supplies or get you a new catalog if you need one! 

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Forever Forest Father's Day!

Yes, Father's Day has passed.  I apologize that I am just now sharing this card!  However this is a great card, in my opinion , to use a...