Friday, January 14, 2022

SALE-A-BRATION Is Coming In Hot...TGIF Challenge 351:

It is SALE-A-BRATION (SAB) time!  And that means FREE PAPER CRAFTING SUPPLIES! πŸ™Œ A brochure full of them!  CLICK HERE to check out what you can earn FREE!!!  

Fun note...I used an amazing bundle from SAB for the weekly *fabulous!!!* TGIF Challenge!  We have an incredible sketch this week!  YAY!  I love sketch challenges!  So here we go with TGIF Challenge 351!

Colors Petal Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White
Inks: Granny Apple Green, VersaMark, Memento Black  BLENDS: Petal Pink
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Basic Black, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Friendly Hello
Tools: Water Painter, Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder, Heat Tool
Accessories: White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Baker's Twine Essentials Pack (white), Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins

I love this card and I  ♡ LOVE this Friendly Hello Bundle.  The FREE bundle comes with the Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper AND the Friendly Hello Stamp Set!  Look how cute it all is:

Swooning yet?!  😍 Hee.  Me too!!!  You probably want to see the card sketch also, huh?!  Well here you go!  It is one you will use over and over again, I'm sure.  It is perfect!  

Now...back to the card!!!  Here are a few more pics of the details:

The top two strips of paper (the Pool Party floral piece & the stripe piece) are from the Designer Series Paper pack.  The bottom strip is actually a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.  I colored it with Granny Apple Green (I wanted a strip of that color in a bit lighter of a shade than the cardstock is.) and then stamped it with the leaves and splatter stamp from the stamp set.  😍

Tasteful Textile is one of my favorite Embossing Folders.  Can you tell?!  Haha.  I use it a lot.  But just love the subtle texture it adds!!!

I stamped these flowers in Memento and then colored them with Petal Pink Blends Markers.  LOVE them!  I added some glitter with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.  (Hard to tell in the photo because there wasn't the best lighting when I snapped the photos.  Sorry!)

I hope you enjoyed this card!  And now...I hope you play along with us!  Just head on over to the TGIF Challenge Blog, check out the other inspiration from more of the design team, and then submit your own!  We can't wait to see what you make!  


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Stellar Birthday Turned Thankful! Fancy Friday Gratitude Challenge!

I am BACK!!!  It looks like I took a bit of a holiday break.  This was not my intent...actually had some fun plans on what I wanted to share...but then I was consumed with holiday and family time...and I honestly had a great time.   So if you find your way back here again, THANK YOU!  It is good to be back with you! πŸ˜€

Kicking things off for the year with an OUT OF THIS WORLD card!  (Hee...see what I did there?!). Decembers Fancy Friday Challenge was all about Gratitude!   Since I seem to think Pinks & Coastal Cabana with with every theme (just try to prove me wrong!  I can alway make it work!  πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) ... I stuck with this fun & bright color combo.  What do you think?  Do these colors work for an "out of this world" themed card?!

Colors Polished Pink, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Basic Black
Inks: Polished Pink, Coastal Cabana, VersaMark, Memento Black  BLENDS: Polished Pink, Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron, Ivory
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, Vellum
Stamps: Stellar Birthday
Tools: Water Painter, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Star Dies, Heat Tool
Accessories: White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Simply Elegant Trim, Pool Party 3/8" Ribbon, Shaker Shapes

Fun Fact about me...I LOVE space!  I regret not even trying to get into the space industry.  I think, dream, watch TikTok, read articles, etc about space all the time.  I am fascinated.  So I just HAD to have these cute little astronauts in my stamp collection.  There is a cute little boy & girl astronaut.  I used the girl here, but I'm going to have to make one with the boy too.  I LOVE them!  What do you think?!  

With this watercolor wash that I did, I really wanted then pink & blue to mix and create more color depth...since the astronaut is floating around in space, right?!  A pink and blue and full of color space world, anyway.  Hee.  So I love the purples that formed when they did mix.  THIS is a space I could float around in for forever.  Haha.  

I hope you enjoy this card!  And since this much is all about gratitude...

I just have to take a quick moment and say that I am SO GRATEFUL to be on this fabulous Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team!  There is SO MUCH TALENT just oozing out of all the fabulous humans that I am fortunate to be on this team with.  My advice is that you check out everyone's projects by heading to the Facebook Page (Stampin' Fancy Friday) or Instagram Page (@stampinfancyfriday).  Just prepare to be WOW'ed!  Hee.

Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  As always...I would love to help you with any of your papercrafting needs!  


Friday, December 17, 2021

Christmas Season With a Gift Card...TGIF Challenge 347!!

 What?!  I can't believe I haven't posted since the last TGIF Challenge!  'Tis the season, I guess!  I am so sorry!  I have lots to share that I just need to take photos of!  But I do LOVE what I am sharing today!  The challenge for this week is ALLLL about Gift Card Holders!  Yay!  Because it is the time of year we probably all need these!  I actually love giving gift cards because I think they are a really useful & helpful thing.  However...I really love adding a handmade touch to the gift just show the receiver how much you care!  Now...I am embracing my love of non-traditional Christmas colors this year ( I even got a PINK Christmas tree!!! 😍😍😍) so this card is so pink!  And I LOVE it!!!

Colors Polished Pink, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Gold
Inks: Polished Pink, Mint Macaron, VersaMark, Memento Black
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Christmas Season, Perfectly Plaid
Tools: Water Painter, Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder, Seasonal Labels Dies
Accessories: Linen Thread, Elegant Faceted Gems, Gold Holly Leaves, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder

How fresh & fun is this?!  Swoon!!! Now...this is the most simple way to make a gift card holder!  I just cut a piece of cardstock to 4 1/4" x 10".  Then I just scored it at 2 1/2" & 6 1/2"!  Then just fold up the bottom, adhere on the sides, and you have a little pocket for your gift card!  With plenty of place to write a message still!

Here are some pics of the details!  I LOVE the layers, the holly, the fun colors, that PAPER, those GOLD HOLLY LEAVES!!!, those embellishements, that embossed background...I am just obsessed with this!  (That greeting is embossed in gold and is photographing really funky.  I am sorry!)

Now...I want to see what you do!  The whole TGIF Design Team does!  So head on over to the TGIF Challenge Blog and share what you made!  Here is one last peek at the card:

I hope you enjoy!  Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions on anything!  I would love to help you making this, ordering products...whatever you need!


Friday, December 3, 2021

A Whale Done Color Challenge for TGIF Challenge #345!

I'm craving the ocean.  Now that I admitted it...can I have it?!  πŸ˜‚  Haha.  (We actually are going to the ocean for I can barely wait!!! Hee.). So when I saw the color challenge for TGIF Challenge #345...I instantly just saw ocean.  Being under the water is one of my VERY favorite things in life...I LOVE scuba diving!!! here is my underwater scene for you...

ColorsPool Party, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Polished Pink, Whisper White
Inks: Pool Party, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Polished Pink, Tuxedo Black Memento 
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Just Jade, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Whale Done
Tools: Water Painter, Seashells 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Sea Life Dies, Whale Punch
Accessories: Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Baker's Twine Essentials Pack (white), Pool Party 3/8" Sheer Ribbon

And here is the official challenge...

Do these colors make you think of the ocean as well?!  Or what would you make with these colors?!  Well...I WANT TO SEE!  So after you have finished scrolling through the photos that I share below of the details of this card...go make something!  Then share it with us over on the TGIF CHALLENGE BLOG!! I can't wait to see!  

Now for some details...

That layered coral.  Swoon!  Love the subtle vellum layer behind the pop of coral.  

Yes you didn't see Polished Pink on the color challenge.  BUT...I had to add that pop!  πŸ˜€ These challenges are made to get your brain pumping with ideas...for inspiration.  So feel free to let your creativity take you where it goes!  πŸ’• 

I used Pool Party Blends on the whale's blow.  Love the dimension.  And love the texture of the Whisper White embossed background (embossed with the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder), the watercolor wash on the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper layered on the scallop rectangle (Stitched So Sweetly Dies), the sequins, and the textures of ribbon/twine.  

What is your favorite part?

I hope you enjoy this card!  I can't wait to see what you make!  Don't forget to head to the TGIF Challenge Blog!  

Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  I would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs.  If you need any help with your Stampin' Up! order...please let me know!


Monday, November 29, 2021

Two For One With the Early-Released Eden's Garden!

Don't you love when you can get more use out of something?!  Well how about one design used in two different ways?!  I know I LOVE when this happens!  And I have one of these to share today...after I tell you something fun first!  πŸ˜€

Stampin' Up! has released some FABULOUS new products EARLY! These products will be in the upcoming January-June 2022 Mini Catalog!  And you can buy them NOW!  It is the "Eden's Garden Collection" and it is so much fun to use!  Click HERE to see what is available!  Then keep scrolling to see my first take on it!

I used the bundle here to show you that you can totally "think outside of the box" when it comes to colors.  I know sometimes, when a collection has Designer Series Paper that goes with it, we tend to think of just those colors with the collection. I used this bundle with MY signature colors.  πŸ˜‚ promised above...I have ONE design used in TWO fun ways!

ColorsCoastal Cabana, Polished Pink, Gold
Inks: Coastal Cabana, Tuxedo Black Memento 
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Polished Pink, Coastal Cabana, Gold Foil Sheets
Stamps: Eden's Garden
Tools: Blending Brush, Water Painter
Accessories: Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Linen Thread, Ombre Gift Bags
And how about that?!  πŸ˜€ What do you think? Same design but one with a card & one to decorate a fun treat/gift bag!  

I love this vine-y stamp.  This look was created by repeatedly stamping the image, sometimes stamping twice before re-inking the stamp, and overlapping.  😍

I love the elements on this it okay to admit that?!  😏 Splatter is one of my favorite ways to add texture...without adding another layer.  Then adding some ink with a Blending Brush to create a fun ombre look...kinda love it.  Hee.  My fave sequins...the Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins...add such a fun detail & texture.  That gold foil strip...swoon.  😍And then I love the interest that cutting up a sentiment and "layering" it can make on a card.  

I love this bag.  First of's Polished Pink!  MAJOR SWOON!  😍 But I did the same thing for this...I added the splatter to the bag instead of the tag, but I did the same stamping, blending, sequins, & layered sentiment.  What do you think?!  What is your fave element?!

Once again...I am in love.  I made this quite a few weeks ago...and it still makes me smile every time I look at them.  

Thank you so much for visiting!  I hope you enjoy!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  Would love to help you with all your paper crafting needs!  Let me know if you need to order anything from any of the current Stampin' Up! catalogs! 


July-December 2021 MINI CATALOG


Friday, November 19, 2021

In Symmetry Table Inspiration for TGIF 343!

 Woot!  πŸ™Œ It is time for a fun TGIF Challenge!  Yay!  Here in the United States, Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and just around the corner from there is Christmas!!  Yikes!  Holiday season is here!  So the challenge for this week is perfect!  

ColorsCoastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Basic Black
Stamps: In Symmetry, A Wish for Everything
Tools: Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Heat Tool, Plenty of Patterns Decorative Masks
Accessories: Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Linen Thread, Flirty Flamingo 1/4" Metallic Ribbon, Basics Embossing Powder (white) guessed it!  It is a Project Inspiration Challenge for Place Cards & Table Settings!  

I focused on Thanksgiving...since I have yet to make any plans for the holiday.  Haha.  And made this cute little box (Simply Classic Treat Box from Stampin' Up!) with a tag.  This would be so much fun to put any kind of small treat or favor for your guests!  

Here are just a few more pics so you can have some different views of the box and tag! 

Hope you enjoy & this inspires you to have some holiday crafting matter what your plans are!  Head on over to the TGIF CHALLENGE BLOG to see what the rest of the design team has created for you!  Then play along with us and post your own projects!  

Thank you so much for visiting!  Can't wait to see what you make!  Let me know if you have any questions!  I would be happy to help you with all your papercrafting needs!  


Saturday, November 13, 2021

Sweet As A Peach Thanks!

Just a quick post sharing a fun peachy thank you card...because I miss peaches from summer.  πŸ˜€ And I LOVE the You're A Peach Suite!  Have you seen it and used it yet?!  

ColorsCoastal Cabana, Pale Papaya, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White
Inks: Pale Papaya, Ganny Apple Green, Tuxedo Black Memento
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Sweet As A Peach
Tools: Timber 3D Embossing Folder
Accessories: Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Pale Papaya & White 1/2" Woven Ribbon

This color combo was so fresh and fun...I highly recommend using it!  πŸ˜€ Then show me what you make!  Here are a few pics of the details:

This card was so much fun to make.  I love adding fun layers of texture without adding a ton of bulk.  So I used some ribbon along with cardstock to make some fun details behind the focal point.  And those sequins are 😍😍😍!


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Penned Flowers Masked With Plenty of Patterns...

 Have you played with Stampin' Up!'s Decorative Masks?!  They are SO MUCH fun & can be used in lots of ways!  Today...I used them simply as a stencil with some ink to make a subtle but bold background.  Confused how it can be subtle AND bold?!  Well...let me show you the card:

ColorsPetal Pink, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White
Inks: Petal Pink, Memento Jet Black
Cardstock/Papers: Petal Pink, Granny Apple Green, Calypso Coral, Soft Sea Foam
Stamps: Hand-Penned Petals
Tools: Plenty of Patterns Decorative Masks, Penned Flowers Dies, Blending Brushes
Accessories: Fine Art Ribbon, Linen Thread, Flirty Flamingo 1/4" Metallic Ribbon

See what I mean now?!  I feel like this is a bold background with the fun bold floral image.  But...I just did a tone on tone image to give a subtle feel. subtle yet bold background.  Hee.  

I just paired this background with some die-cuts from the Penned Flowers Dies and VOILA!  Fun card to give anyone that needs to be told "thanks!" (or anything else...change to greeting to anything!)

Also fun to note...that fun "fringe" under the sentiment.  Just cut one side off a piece of the Fine Art Ribbon piece.  Then pull out fibers to make it all fringe-y.  πŸ˜Š

Need to also point out how much I love the little detail the ribbon behind the Linen Thread bow...

I hope you enjoy this subtly-bold card!  What occasion would you use it for?! 

Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  I would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs!  


Monday, November 1, 2021

Fancy Color Challenge With Batik Boutique!

Well it may be the first day of Nov, but it is time to share Octobers Fancy Friday Challenge!  Have you followed along all month?!  It has been a fun COLOR CHALLENGE!  These are some of my very favorite types of challenges...because I LOVE COLOR!!!  First up is my card, then I will tell you the official challenge colors!   Also...I used the Batik Boutique Stamp Set for the first time...and I am IN LOVE!  Gorgeous blooms and next time I will use the coordinating dies with it!  SWOON! 😍

Colors: Real Red, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana, Polished Pink, Whisper White
Inks: VersaMark, Memento Jet Black re-inker (for splatter)  BLENDS: Polished Pink Light & Dark, Real Red Light & Dark, Bermuda Bay Light & Dark, Old Olive Light & Dark
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Foil Sheets, Patter Party Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Batik Boutique, Through It Together (sentiment)
Tools: Timber 3D Embossing Folder, Heat Tool
Accessories: Metallic Pearls, Fine Art Ribbon, Baker's Twine Essentials Pack, Metallics Embossing Powders (gold), Basics Embossing Powders (white) 

How much fun is this card?!  Blends to the rescue, with some ink splattering!  Here is the official color challenge:

Real Red, Old Olive, and Coastal Cabana!

I love this color challenge, but I would love it more with Polished Pink instead of Real Red.  Hee.  Since challenges are inspiration, and a "jumping off point"...I did add a touch of pink when I needed a contrast color in my flowers.  I figured pink is in the red family, so it works, right?! πŸ˜‰

I am 100% in love with this sentiment also...from the Through It Together Stamp Set.  I say this to friends a lot...because I believe this.  We are the hardest on ourselves ... more times than not, and sometimes we just need a reminder.  We really are doing better than we think we are.  πŸ˜€ So I am very happy to have a sentiment that says this.

And can we talk about that fringe ribbon?!  It is the Fine Art Ribbon.  I just trimmed off one side of the edge of the ribbon, then pulled out the strands to make it all fringe-y.  But since the other side wasn't trimmed off, it all stays together still.  Love this!

Something else I love...

The Hostess Paper Pack!  It is only available to hostesses (which can just be YOU! with your own order!!!) and it is MAGNIFICENT!  It is called Pattern Party and there are SO MANY delicious paper patterns.  This black & white stripe just may be the one I use the most.  Haha.  You can check out all of the patterns below.  Each paper has a colored pattern on one side and then a black & white pattern on the other side.  I'm not sure you can get more magical than that.  Hee.  

Although it is hard to see in a photo...this Timber 3D Embossed Background adds such the perfect bit of texture to the card.  I love the slanted layers and the subtle texture that the embossed folder and then distressed corners and edges add.  Another πŸ’• SWOON πŸ’• moment for me.  Hee.  

Then one last shot of the blending.  I love it!  I also love how the Real Red Blends Markers can look a little pink-ish if you do it right.  Hee. 

All in all...I hope you enjoy this card!  Would love to hear your favorite parts!  And follow us along on social media, if you aren't already!  You can find us on Facebook or Instagram!  I am there as Design With Ink or @designwithink.  And our design team can be found at Stampin' Fancy Friday or @stampinfancyfriday.  

Please let me know if you have any questions!  And please let me know how I can help you with your paper crafting needs!  I would love to help you get your hands on any of these fabulous Stampin' Up! products!  


SALE-A-BRATION Is Coming In Hot...TGIF Challenge 351:

It is SALE-A-BRATION ( SAB ) time!  And that means FREE PAPER CRAFTING SUPPLIES! πŸ™Œ A brochure full of them!  CLICK HERE to check out what ...