Friday, February 23, 2024

Lifetime of Love For TGIF Challenge 461!

Well we are hoping to inspire you with this week's TGIF Challenge!  It is a fun inspirational challenge.  I am sharing my card first & then I will show you the challenge!  Then - head over to the TGIF Challenge Blog to play along with us! 

Colors Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo, Parakeet Party, Basic White, Basic Black, Gold
Inks: Coastal Cabana, Parakeet Party, Melon Mambo, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Basic Black, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, Gold Foil Sheets
Stamps: Lifetime of Love
Tools:  Lifetime of Love Dies, Perennial Postage Dies, Heat Tool, Water Painter
Accessories: Basic Embossing Poweder, Metallics Embossing Powder, Adhesive Sheets

What could the challenge be?!  Well here it is! 

Use his graphic as a sketch, or take the colors, or use the general vibe, or take the watercoloring wash technique, or whatever you think of - try it out!  We want to see! 😁

Here are a few more pics of the details! I actually made a similar card for a Stampin' Up! Artisan project recently.  You can see that post HERE. This is just a little different of a take! 

I did lots of watercoloring with this, and I thought that floral frame from the Lifetime of Love Dies was PERFECT!  I stamped & embossed that leaf background, and then went to town watercoloring.  I have done this lots before and I truly love it.  It's so much fun and I think it is so gorgeous!  Then I just added the frame, that I die-cut in white, and watercolored/die-cut the flowers and added that!  ***TIP: use Adhesive Sheets on the cardstock you are cutting the frame out of.  That makes it SO EASY to adhere down to your project! 

I also love the little postage accent under the greeting that I also did on my original card, so I added that! 


Bring in a little more gold accent by putting some on the side, and VOILA!  I think it's so pretty! 

Here is one more view of the full card! 


I hope you enjoy!  Now that you have seen this - it's time to head to the TGIF Challenge Blog & play along with us!  We are so excited and always love seeing what you create!

Please let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything!  Would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs!  Please also let me know if you need help getting any Stampin' Up! supplies! 

Thank you for visiting!

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Lifetime Of Love Meets Heartfelt Hexagon!

It is February, so lots of love themed things are going on out there.  Sadly, there are also sad times as well.  During lots of sad times, there really isn't much more we can do to help except let them know we care.  I personally feel a handmade card is just the thing to convey that. So I used Stampin' Up!'s Lifetime of Love Bundle & Heartfelt Hexagon Bundle to create this card for just one of those occasions.  

Colors Melon Mambo, Tahitian Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic White, Basic Black
Inks: Lemon Lolly, VersaMark, BLENDS: Melon Mambo, Tahitian Tide, Lemon Lime Twist
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Basic Black
Stamps: Lifetime of Love, Heartfelt Hexagon
Tools:  Heartfelt Hexagon Punch, Lifetime of Love Dies, Painted Texture Embossing Folder, Heat Tool
Accessories: Linen Thread, Iridescent Rhinestones, Basics Embossing Powder, Metallics Embossing Powder

Yes, I still stuck with some bright colors.  Tahitian Tide & Melon Mambo are a great combo.  The background of the focal point was just made with some Basic White cardstock and a Blends Marker.  I simply freehanded some lines on the cardstock, because that is the look I was going for.  You could definitely do this with a ruler if you wanted them more straight & even.  I just didn't for this card.  


I love this flower.  And it is a flower that will live forever!  Yay! I love the textured background as well.  



I think these two bundles work so well together.  Thank you so much for stopping by and checking this out!  I hope you enjoy!  Please let me know if you have any questions! Would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs! Would also love to help you get your hands on any Stampin' Up! papercrafting products you want! 

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Friday, February 16, 2024

Quick Submarine Hello ...

 A few cute friends wanted to say HELLO!  

Colors Lemon Lolly, Melon Mambo, Tahitian Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic White
Inks: Lemon Lolly, Melon Mambo, Tahitian Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Memento Jet Black
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Lemon Lolly
Stamps: Submarine Life
Tools:  Perennial Postage Dies, Sponge Dauber
Accessories: Tahitian Tide 1/8" Metallic Woven Ribbon

And I wanted to share a quick way to use the Submarine Life Stamp Set.  This is in Stampin' Up!'s current Mini Catalog and I LOVE this bundle!  These ocean creatures, WITH SNORKEL MASKS, are the cutest things in the world!  I love them!  Obsessed a bit, really.  Haha.   Just look at them!  😍


This card was so quick & easy to put together, and just uses a few supplies!

    🐠  Use a sponge dauber to create the circles in the background.  Just ink it up,                 place it where you want a dot on the Basic White Cardstock, and twist the                     dauber to get a good solid dot.  Repeat on the cardstock for a fabulous polka dot          background!

    🐠  Stamp your ocean friends on a piece of Basic White cardstock cut to fit the                     Perennial Postage Die cut.  I started by stamping the octopus first right in the             middle, to get the spacing right. 

    🐠  Put it together!  Wrap the Tahitian Tide 1/8" Metallic Woven Ribbon around the             polka dot background twice, then tie with the bow on the right side.  Adhere it             to the card front.  Layer the ocean friends piece to the postage die cut, using                 dimesionals.  Then adhere to the card front! 


That is all there is to it!  Easy peasy, but would make anyone day brighter & better! 

Please let me know if you have any questions!  Would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs!  Thank you so much for visiting this little space!  I also would love to help you get any Stampin' Up! supplies you may need!  So please reach out if I can help!

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Saturday, February 10, 2024

It's A Beautiful Perennial Lavender Artisan Hop!

Hello there!  Today I am SO SO EXCITED to share what I made for my monthly Stampin' Up! Artisan projects!  A few fellow Artisan's & I were assigned the Perennial Lavender Suite from Stampin' Up! to create projects with.  And we are HOPPING today over on Instagram & Facebook!  So after you get the details here, go check my post out there so you can see all the other fabulous projects some of the other Artisans have made! (@designwithink on IG & Design With Ink on FB) 

I have to admit, I had even more fun that I thought I would have making these!  I am not a huge purple person, and this suite is heavy in purple.  But my youngest daughter LOVES purple, so it was really fun to embrace that color a bit.  Stampin' Up! offers so many fun purple shades, and a lot of them are in this suite.  So ready to see the two cards I made?!  Stay tuned to see a few tips I share also on making them!

So...not sure if I am allowed to say this about my own creations, but I am in love.  😍  These came out even better than I thought they would, and I want to even make more of them! Hee.  Let me highlight them individually just a bit below.  

Can you guess which card is my favorite?  Well...I will tell you.  It is the butterfly background one!  

Colors Lost Lagoon, Fresh Freesia, Basic White
Inks: Lost Lagoon, Fresh Freesia, Shaded Spruce
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White
Stamps: Perennial Postage, Painted Lavender
Tools:  Blending Brush, Perennial Postage Dies, Painted Lavender Dies, Timeworn Type Embossing Folder
Accessories: Linen Thread, Paper Butterfly Accents, Purple Fine Shimmer Gems

I just love how the background turned out.  I love the pop of purple with the flowers.  I love the sentiment.  I just really love it all.  Hee.  💕  Let me share a bit more with you on how I made the background.  

🦋  VERY lightly adhere different Paper Butterfly Accents to a piece of Basic White cardstock.  These will act like a mask on the cardstock.

🦋  Use a Blending Brush to carefully blend Lost Lagoon ink over each of the butterfly.  I would move the Blending Brush carefully, and just focus on one butterfly at a time.  Repeat until all butterflies have ink around them.  I wanted variation in color, so I would just blend more ink onto some parts than others.  

🦋  Carefully remove each Butterfly Accent.  They will be colored with ink at this point, but keep them for another project! 

🦋  Run the cardstock through an embossing folder of your choosing for added texture.  

See photos below to help visualize it:



Let me know if you have any questions on this!  Would love to help!

Now here are a few more pics of the details:



Like seriously, how beautiful is this card?!  😊

Now this next one was actually the first one I made out of these two cards.  And I didn't think I could top it.  Haha.  I really loved the blended ink, the stamped black image over the blended background, the pop of white postage, etc.  I think it turned out quite beautiful:

Colors Fresh Freesia, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Starry Sky, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Basic White
Inks: LFresh Freesia, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Starry Sky, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Basic Black, Perennial Lavender DSP
Stamps: Perennial Postage, Painted Lavender
Tools:  Blending Brush, Perennial Postage Dies, Heat Tool
Accessories: Linen Thread, Purple Fine Shimmer Gems, Basics Embossing Powder

The background I just used a bunch of different purple inks & a blending brush to blend, blend, blend that ink.  Adding different spots around the cardstock.  So yes, that piece started out just a Basic White cardstock piece.  Haha.  Definitely has new life now!  Hee.  When it was all inked up, I took a Water Painter and just flicked the end in the cap, over the paper, and let water droplets splatter onto the cardstock.  Then took a paper towel & pounced it onto the drops.  And voila!  That is the result!  I love doing this! 

Check out some details up close in the photo below of this card: 



Once again - I had so much fun making these cards!  I would love to help you with any of your papercrafting needs!  I also would love to help you get your hands on any Stampin' Up! supplies you need!  Please let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything! 

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Thursday, February 8, 2024

So Fruity! With Watercoloring!

I posted a lemon card a few weeks ago, and I had so much fun making that card that I had to make another fruity one!  There are so many fun fruits in the Simply Sparkling Stamp Set, what can I say? They were calling to me.

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Colors Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Coastal Cabana, Lemon Lolly, Pumpkin Pie, Basic White, Basic Black
Inks: Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Coastal Cabana, Lemon Lolly, Pumpkin Pie, VersaMark, BLENDS:  Basic Black
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Basic Black, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Simply Sparkling, Phrases For All
Tools:  Heat Tool, Water Painter
Accessories: Baker's Twine Essentials Pack, Pastels Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Metallics Embossing Powder, Basics Embossing Powder

Isn't this card just so bright & cheery?!  I love it.  You can check out the lemon card in THIS POST. They are just about the same card.  I watercolored the images, just like the lemon card.  And I used the Basic Black Blends Marker to do the stripes on the side, just like the lemon card.  

Here are a few more pics of the details: 






If you have any questions on anything you see here, please let me know!  Also - if you need help getting your hands on any of these Stampin' Up! supplies - I would be happy to help with that also! Thank you so much for visiting!  I hope you enjoy!

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Monday, February 5, 2024

Beautiful Balloons Gift Certificate!

Yes!  I offer Stampin' Up! gift certificates!  I have been getting this question lately, so thought I would show you that of course I do!  

  • They can be in any $$ denomination! (sorry ... I can only do them for those in the USA)
  • I make sure they are ☆CUTE☆ and match whatever occasion!  (Or I can make them "everyday" cute as well! 😃) for no additional fee! 
  • Great to give to your friends & family!
  • Give my info to your friends & family and have them get them for YOU! 
With the wide variety of items in the Stampin' Up! catalogs & website ... it is easy to find a gift in any price point you need or want! 💕

Here is the latest one I made just last week for a very fabulous human!  She loves pinks, flowers, & her daughter was getting it for her for her birthday!  So that was my theme! 😍


Colors Bubble Bath, Melon Mambo, Gray Granite, Basic White
Inks: Bubble Bath, Melon Mambo, VersaMark, BLENDS: Melon Mambo
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Gray Granite, Delightfully Eclectic Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Beautiful Balloons, Phrases for All
Tools:  Beautiful Balloons Dies, Painted Texture Embossing Folder, Heat Tool
Accessories: Baker's Twine Essentials Pack, Basics Embossing Powder, Adhesive Backed Lighting & Stars, 3/4" Herringbone Ribbon, Iridescent Ribbon (retired!), Pink/White Twine (from a retired kit)

I made a cute envelope for it to go in, tied a bow around to keep the flap in the back closed (so you don't have to tear it to get it open ... just slide the flap out or untie it!), and then decorated the front! 



Love all the pink! Hee.  And here is how the back looks: 


The ribbon ties around, flap tucked in.  Slide the flap out or untie the ribbon and here is the cute gift card inside: 



***NOTE: I used Blends to color the White 3/4" Herringbone Ribbon & make it pink! Blends are such a fabulous tool for SO! MANY! REASONS!  They seem to make everything more versatile!  Hee.  The pink twine was leftover from a kit, FYI.  

I really love making these so please let me know if you want one!  😁  Let me know if you have any questions on anything!  I would love to help!  Thank you for visiting! 

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Sea Turtle & More ... Leftovers Turned Birthday!

What do you do with the "leftover" pieces from your papercrafting projects?!  I have a little container next to where I work & sometimes I add some pieces to projects I'm working on, and some I forget about.  Haha.  The other week I went to town with my leftovers!  😂  I had quite a bit of some fun pieces that I wanted to make sure didn't get wasted, so card making frenzy began!  Sharing the first one today!



Colors Crumb Cake, Fresh Freesia, Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, Lost Lagoon, Basic White
Inks: Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, VersaMark, BLENDS: Fresh Freesia, Lost Lagoon
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Vellum
Stamps: Of Art & Texture, Sea Turtle, Beauty of the Deep, Phrases for All
Tools:  Beauty of the Deep Dies, Timber Embossing Folder, Sponge Dauber, Heat Tool
Accessories: Iridescent Rhinestones, Linen Thread

I have done a few things with the fabulous Sea Turtles set lately, and had a few leftover turtles!  Look how cute they are swimming in some coral!   And I love the coloring of the turtles.  When I originally stamped them, I inked the turtle up in Lemon Lime Twist first.  I then used a sponge dauber inked in Granny Apple Green to pounce some variation onto the turtle before stamping.  😍


Just about everything on this card was lounging around waiting to be put to use!  So I was very happy to give them a home.  😁  That purple coral is actually cut out of vellum and then colored with a Blends Marker.  Then I also used the Lost Lagoon Blends Marker to color the Pool Party Crinkle Ribbon that you can use FREE through February* during Sale-A-Bration!  (*or while supplies last)

I also love the texture stamped around the main focal point!  It adds such a fun touch.


I used the Of Art & Texture stamp set and this is what it looked like before I added the main panel: 

All in all - I had a lot of fun making this card!  What is your favorite detail?

Thank you so much for visiting my page!  I hope you enjoy!  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 help with getting any Stampin' Up! supplies - I would love to help with that also! 

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Planted Paradise With TGIF #457!

 Woot!  It is that time again!  TGIF Challenge time!  Which means, since I am on the design team - I get to share a card that I made using the week's challenge.  And then YOU get to make a card inspired by the challenge and share it on the TGIF Challenge Blog.  This week is a fun inspirational challenge, and we can't wait to see what you make! 

First up though, here is the card I made! ...

Colors Bubble Bath, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Starry Sky, Basic White
Inks: Bubble Bath, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Starry Sky, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, Gold Foil Sheets, Masking Paper
Stamps: Planted Paradise, Lifetime of Love (sentiment)
Tools:  Deckled Circles Dies, Perennial Postage Dies, Fern Embossing Folder, Water Painter
Accessories: Pastel Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Baker's Twine Essentials Pack

And then here is the challenge!  Use the colors, the layout, the "love" theme ... whatever inspires you from this!  Go with it! 

I loved the layout and the "wash" behind the image.  I also added a little love to the card.  First ... I used Stampin' Up!'s Masking Paper & the Deckled Circles to die-cut a circle.  (This masking paper is THE BEST, for the record.  I LOVE it.  So easy to cover what you need covered, do your technique, & then easily remove when needed.  So that is what you see here.  First, I added to die-cut to my Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.  Then I did my watercolor wash with Bubble Bath, Flirty Flamingo, & Melon Mambo ink.  Then I did some black splatter & removed the masked circle.

 

So fun, right?!  I used this as a base and I really like how the blank circle grounds the focal point.  And speaking of focal point ... I LOVE the Planted Paradise Stamp Set.  It is so much fun to layer the beautiful plants pieces together.  And don't they just look GORGEOUS?! I love it! 😍

The layer of texture behind it all, made with the Fern Embossing Folder, adds the perfect finishing touch to this card.  

I hope you enjoy this card! Thank you so much for visiting!  Now ... head on over to the TGIF Challenge Blog to see what the other designers made and then play along with us this week!  We can't wait to see what you do! 

Please let me know if you have any questions on anything!  I would love to help you with your papercrafting needs! I would also love to help you get any Stampin' Up! supplies you need! 

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Friday, January 26, 2024

STAMPIN' UP! ARTISAN ROAD TRIP Blog Hop!!

Well I hope you are excited!  Because today is a special day! Embark on this unique journey around the globe, as the 2024 Artisan Design Team introduce you to their hometown on the Artisan Road Trip!!!

I share my curbside chronicles here in the USA by representing 2 places in this country. The first is Utah, where I currently live & have lived for most of my adult life. But I consider my "hometown" the place I grew up, East Tennessee. So I felt like I couldn't represent one without representing the other! I am excited to give a taster of where I live & grew up through the power of papercraft. 💕

I look forward to designing for you each and every month throughout this year and hope you’ll join me. Continue on the Artisan Road Trip to another curbside, in another town and learn a little about where we each live and design from. Enjoy the ride.

A little note: this is an Instagram Blog Hop. BUT ... I wanted to share here too so I could give more details & stuff. So I have the Instagram handles of all participants at the end of this post ... so make sure you head there to follow along when you are finished here! 💕





Can you guess which place inspired each piece of this card?! Don't worry - this isn't a quiz. I will tell you. 😉 Utah has a FABULOUS outdoor life, and is my favorite part of this state. The mountains are vast and gorgeous and fun to explore. I love to hike and getting out in nature is a must do for me. We have multiple national parks and I think you could find a new place to awe over every time you step out into nature here. So ... a background forest and some fun mountains (made with the Basic Borders Dies!) to represent this gorgeous state! Then for Tennessee, I just had to use that cute country truck with a fabulous classic southern saying! 😍 But also fun enough, the east part of that state where I am from is also gorgeous. There are even "mountains" close by (rolling hills really, compared to the Rocky Mountains that I live by now. Hee.) and so much nature to explore. I feel pretty lucky to have lived most of my life in 2 gorgeous places where beauty abounds!


Now want a few details about this card?! 😁


I used the FABULOUS Mini Alphabet Dies in Stampin' Up!'s Mini Catalog to create my greeting. I just love hearing this phrase with a southern accent! (I, sadly, have lived in Utah too long and lost what accent I had. 😔) And look at those fun mountain layers! I just cut some Crumb Cake Cardstock with some of the Basic Border Dies to create this fun layered mountain range. Embossed the back layer and then just stamped some texture on the front layer.


And this Coastal Cabana truck just makes me smile! Easy to stamp, punch, & add to any card or project you are making! 😍 Also ... that scallop dazzling layer just makes me swoon.


I hope you enjoyed this card and learning a bit about my place(s) in the world!

Next up on the roadtrip:

Verena @simple_stamper
You are going to love her card! So hop on over to IG and check her out!

Full list of participants:

Elizabeth @seeinginkspots
Bree @craftsomnia
Jacque @stamphappycards
Maheswari @maheswarirajaguru
Mikaela @thecraftyoinkpen
Alanna @sleeplessstamper
Su @aromasandart
Daniela @edelpappe
Ashley @designwithink
Verena @simple_stamper
Yvonne @thecreativeteacup
Monique @stampin_met_monique
Dani @danisthoughtfulcorner
Zsuzsanna @zsuzsanna_balazs
Teri @alaskastamper
Narelle @narellefarrugia
Isabelle @barbier_isabelle_demo_su
Laurence @laurence_desnos
Jenni @paulinespapier

Thanks so much for visiting! Please let me know if you have any questions! Would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs! I would also love to help you get your hands on any Stampin' Up! supplies you have your eye on! Let me know if you have any questions on anything!

Contact: designwithink@gmail.com

Lifetime of Love For TGIF Challenge 461!

Well we are hoping to inspire you with this week's TGIF Challenge!  It is a fun inspirational challenge.  I am sharing my card first &am...