Friday, June 23, 2017

TGIF Challenge - 113: Easy Bokeh Hugs!

It is TGIF Challenge time...whoooooooo!!!  You know I love these days!  I hope you do too!  Play along if you haven't before!  It really is fun to have something new to do and some direction as you start to create.  :-)  Check out this week's challenge...

It's a Technique!!!  How fun is this?!  I'm sure you have seen Bokeh somewhere in crafting, home decor, photography, etc.  It actually is a Japanese word that means "blur".  So want to see how I handled this technique?!  There are lots of achieve this look, but I did a SUPER easy & SUPER quick version.  Want to see what I created?! ...

Kinda fun, huh?! 

Colors: Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Basic Black
Cardstock/Papers: Soft Sky, Basic Black, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, Window Sheet
Stamps: Lovely Inside & Out
Tools: 1 3/4" & 1/4" Circle Punches, Classic Label Punch, Sponge Dauber
Accessories: Crushed Curry Baker's Twine, Delicate White Doily
Let me show you a few quick pictures to show you what I did...

1. Punch some circles from a piece of window sheet to make a template.  (I used the 1 3/4" & 1 1/4" circle here.

2.  Pick a piece of Designer Series Paper that you want to use and cut it to size.  (This is the part that makes this version of this technique so easy! And the size is 3 3/4" x 5" for this card.)  Place your circle template on the paper and swirl ink over the punched circle in the template...using Whisper White craft ink...creating a circle onto the paper. (Start with the largest circle.)

3. Repeat this until you have as many large circles as you want.  Then repeat with the smaller circles.  The third size circle on this paper...I just used the actual sponge dauber instead of a punched circle.  Just ink the dauber, place on paper, and twist to add the circle of color...

So fun and easy, right?!  Look how cute it is!  I kinda love it!  Love that you can see the pattern under the paper, and how it adds so much interest.

Then you just set it aside to dry and when it is dry...just add your finishing touches.  I kept it super simple since I wanted the technique to shine...

So what do you think?!  Go try it!  Head to the Challenge Blog to participate!!!!

Thanks so much for visiting!!!  I hope you enjoy this project!  Let me know if you have any questions or want to purchase any supplies!!...


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cut Out To Be Friends...

Want to know what my most used stamp set from this new catalog is so far?!  It's the "Crafting Forever" stamp set!  It's SO MUCH FUN to use!  Love the images and the sayings!  Just check out this stamp set...

SO. CUTE, right?!  Love it!!

Here's the latest card I made it...

Colors: Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Crafting Forever
Tools: Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits
Accessories: Silver Mini Sequin, Rhinestones
This is a quick and easy card to make...which are often the best ones!  And have to show you something fun!  You may be asking...what is that scallop from that is under the banner?!

Well this is actually the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch!  Here is how it punches out...

So you get that cute decorative side and then a scallop side as well!  It's a TWO FOR ONE punch!  Gotta love that!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you enjoy!  Please let me know if you have any questions on anything!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Striped Label Me Pretty...

When I was looking through the catalog...I literally ooooohhhhhh'ed when I saw the Striped Treat Bags.  Of course they were on my first order.  And let me just say...they are even more luscious in person.  I'm in love.  Here's the first bag I made...there will be many more to come.  :-)

Aren't these bags gorgeous?!  Love, love, LOVE!! 

Colors: Powder Pink, Pool Party, Gold
Cardstock/Papers: Powder Pink, Soft Sky, Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper Stack
Stamps: Label Me Pretty
Tools: Pretty Label Punch, Triple Banner Punch
Accessories: Striped Treat Bags, Gold Library Clips. Delicate White Doily, Gold Faceted Gems, Pool Party Baker's Twine, Gold Thread

Hope you enjoy!  Thank so much for visting!  Let me know if you have any questions!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Double Paper Pumpkin Fun...

Do you receive a fun orange box in the mail each month?  If really should consider signing up for Paper Pumpkin!  It's a fabulous fun filled, already designed/everything included craft kit!!!  And *BONUS* - when you sign up through me...I send you an extra card each month!  I make a card with just the stamp set that comes with the kit for the month.  This is intended to give you another idea for you to do after you have completed your kit!  Fun, right?!  :-)  Well...I thought I would share you the past 2 months cards that I sent out.  I keep these simple so it can appeal to crafters of all levels...

What do you think?  Both totally easy and not using a ton of supplies. 

This first one is from the April kit, and is really similar to the kits projects.  Do a little watercolor coloring with the watercolor pencils that came as a free gift in that kit.  And then stamp your greeting and splatters (from that month's stamp set), and then add the Washi (also from that month's kit....plenty left even after all the projects are made!).  Easy, breezy...

I LOVE watercoloring like this.  SO easy to do.  Seriously, just make a little scribble around where you want it--using just one color or multiple--and then use an Aqua Painter to blend it all together!  (When doing multiple colors... blend two colors at a time, wipe off/squeeze Aqua Painter until it runs clear, and then blend two others so you don't get an ugly muddle.)

So fun, right?!  I love how each time looks a little different--depending on your blending, how much color you add, etc.  Watercoloring is one of my fave looks!  So fun and fresh and "artistic" feeling! 

This next one is so easy, and really...and Designer Paper you love could be the star of the show...

This paper is from the fun "Delightful Daisy" paper that is in the new catalog.  LOVE this paper collection...they are all works of art! 

Add some Tranquil Tide ribbon behind the greeting to make it pop a little...and you have a really simple, but fun card!

Let me know if you have any questions or want to sign up to get these glorious boxes each month!  Thanks so much for visiting!!!!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Crate Of Cards - June Club Project...

I mean, serious, HOW CUTE is the Wood Crate Bundle (called Wood Words Bundle) in the new catalog?  So in love!  Check out the project we made with it for club this month...

It's a little wood crate with a 3" x 3" note card set inside...

ColorsBerry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack
Stamps: Wood Words
Tools: 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Wood Crate Framelits, Big Shot, Envelope Punch Board
Accessories: Linen Thread, Lemon Lime Twist 1/4" Ombre Ribbon

So much fun!  I wanted to show off all the new In Colors--so they are all used here!  The cards are super simple, but would be so much fun to slip in with any gift you give, or just on their own.  We made envelopes using the Envelope Punch Board and the new Fresh Florals paper...

I mean cute is this?!  (Hee.  You can say that about your own projects, right?!  Because after's not me making it cute...they are cute on their own!  :-) )

Hope you enjoy!  Thanks for visting!  Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like more information about joining my club!


Monday, June 12, 2017

Foil Frenzy Love - June Club Card!

One of my I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW!!! must have's from the NEW catalog was the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper with the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" bundle.  Swoon!  The. Paper. Is. Gorgeous!!!!  Tell me what you think...

ColorsBerry Burst, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist
Cardstock/PapersIsland Indigo, Whisper White, Pool Party, Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
ToolsStarburst Punch, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch
Accessories: Whisper White Baker's Twine, Berry Burst 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon, Glitter Enamel Dots

This paper is SOOOO much shinier and prettier in person, and it is my total fave!  It is Kraft cardstock (so it's a sturdy paper) paired with foil--so shiny and LOVEY!!!  (The colors of foil that come with the pack are: Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky, & Tangerine Tango.)

And that "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" stamp set just makes my heart melt.  I've already used this set so much more than I thought I would, so that's a win!  :-)

This was the card we made for my club group this month.  Such a simple card, but so many new fun products used!  Which new product is your favorite?!?

Thanks so much for visiting!  Let me know if you have any questions!


Friday, June 9, 2017

TGIF Challenge - 111: Thanks May Flowers!

It's TGIF Challenge time again!  Yippee!  If you haven't tried this challenge yet, you REALLY should!  It's SO much fun to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.  Plus--it helps my mind focus on something, so I'm not so scatterbrained.  :-)  Hee.  That's a win-win!  And this weeks challenge is so much fun!  It's a sketch challenge.  Check it out...

What a fun sketch, right?!  Well...want to see what I came up with?!  Can I just say though, that I LOVE getting new Designer Series Paper.  Sparks all sorts of creativity in my soul.  And the new Stampin' Up! catalog has some beauties in it!  One of my FAVORITES is called "Naturally Eclectic." So much fun and LOVE the color combo!  So that was my starting point for this sketch...

ColorsSoft Sky, Night of Navy, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach
Cardstock/PapersSoft Sky, Night of Navy, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Falling Flowers, Thankful Thoughts
ToolsBig Shot, May Flowers Framelits, Oh My Stars Embossing Folder, Heat Tool
Accessories: Peekaboo Peach Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder, Rhinestones

Loving this stamp set and coordinating framelits.  It's not was in last catalog.  But the stamp set is called "Falling Flowers" and the coordinating framelits are called "May Flowers."  So much fun to work with!

This flower bundle is using all In Colors also...some of the brand new ones and some of the ones sticking around from last year!  I LOVE having In Colors!

Thanks so much for visiting!  What do you think?!  Are you ready to go try this challenge?!  I hope so!  Click HERE to head to the Challenge Blog for all the info! 

Let me know if you have any questions or need to order any fun new supplies!  I would love to be your creative coach!  


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

My Main Squeeze - Lemon Zest!

When I saw the catalog, one of the FIRST things to jump out at me was the "Lemon Zest" bundle...stamp set and coordinating punch.  Oh how I love it.  (Maybe because Lemon Lime Twist is my FAVE In Color and it just screamed for this stamp set to go with it?! Hee.)  I thought it was fitting to use the "Main Squeeze" sentiment for the first card I made with this bundle...since this stamp set and Lemon Lime Twist just may be my main squeeze from the new catalog.  Haha.  (Ok...and it will be a fun card to give my hubby this summer.)

ColorsLemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky, Melon Mambo
Cardstock/PapersShimmer White Cardstock, Whisper White, Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Lemon Zest
ToolsLemon Builder Punch, Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter
Accessories: Gold Thread, Basics Pack 2 Washi, Metallics Sequin Assortment

How fun is this?!  Love the brightness of color.  Also...the white piece is Shimmery White cardstock, so it's all glittery in real life...

 (Can you even see that glimmer?  Probably not...sorry!  It's subtle but so fun in real life.)  

I like to use Shimmery White cardstock sometimes when I am watercoloring.  Watercolor Paper is my FAVORITE to use...but this cardstock is a bit thicker, doesn't "pill" as easy, and you get a fun shimmer!  Win-Win-Win!

The watercoloring could NOT be easier.  I used the AMAZING Watercolor Pencils.  (Have you used those yet?!  OH MY HEAVENS...they. are. the. best.  All I did was literally scribble some Melon Mambo on the corner of my cardstock...

(You can probably see the shimmer of the paper best in this photo!)

...and then took an Aqua Painter and just colored over it so it all blended.  Then let it dry while I made the other parts of the card.  So. Easy!!!

Hope you enjoy!  Thanks so much for visiting!  Let me know if you have any questions or would like to order any fun crafting supplies!  Would love to be your creative coach!


Monday, June 5, 2017

Crafting Forever Meets Powder Pink...

Do you follow me on Facebook or Instagram?!  If saw this sneak peek of a project today...

(If you don't follow me...what are you waiting for?!  :-)  Just search for Design With Ink on either social media platform and click follow!)

Well...want to see what that project was?! Of course you do?! Hee.

I combined a few of my loves...the new fun "Powder Pink" In Color, the heart-swoon worthy stamp set "Crafting Forever", and the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack...

Colors: Early Espresso, Powder Pink
Cardstock/PapersWatercolor paper, Early Espresso, Powder Pink, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
Stamps: Crafting Forever
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Shaped Framelits
Accessories: Whisper White Baker's Twine, Powder Pink 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon, Rhinestones

I LOVED using my paper snips to cut out fun paper snips I had stamped!  Haha.  Also... I'm loving creating with the new In Colors--my most FAVORITE thing to see when the new catalog comes out!  (I LOVE color!!!)  And I truly love the sentiment on this card.  "Do something creative every day" are words to live by.  Little or large--being creative helps our souls.

You may be saying to yourself, "Now wait!  I saw lots of scissors in the teaser picture!"

Well, you are right!  I made several of these cards.  Here is a pile of some of them...

I am currently STILL sending out NEW Stampin' Up! catalogs!  If you still need one...just drop me an email ( and find out how you can get one FREE!  If you are a current customer of mine...they are on their way to you! 

And just FYI...

These scissors are glittery!!!!!  (Just hard to grab a pic of.)  I colored over them with the Wink of Stella Glitter brush to make them sparkle.

***QUICK TIP****  When you use a dark card base, make sure you put a lighter color on the inside to write on!  ...

Hope you enjoy this card!  Let me know if you have any questions!  Would love to help you with any of your creating needs!  :-)


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Celebrate With Berry Burst...

Have you seen the new In Colors yet?!  I love them so!  They are all so trendy and fun.  Today I am sharing a fun project I made with the "Berry Burst" color. SO FUN!  This is a deep, almost purply, pink. friend made me the cutest wall hanging awhile back.  (You can check it out cute!)  I decided to totally copy her and make another one, using Berry Burst this time.

ColorsBerry Burst, Gold
Cardstock/PapersWatercolor paper, Gold Foil paper, Vellum cardstock
Stamps: Falling Flowers
ToolsHeat Tool, Big Shot, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Triple Banner Punch

Accessories: Whisper White Baker's Twine, White embossing powder

How fun is this?!  And SO EASY!  It's made with Watercolor paper, a wooden dowel, and baker's twine!  I just used one sheet of Watercolor paper, cut the bottom into the banner shape, embossed the flowers (from the "Falling Flowers" stamp set) in white embossing powder, then just watercolored the whole paper.  (Smoosh the Berry Burst ink pad together before you open it, creating a pool of ink in the lid of the ink pad.  Then just pick up the ink with an aqua painter and color!  So fun and easy!)  Wrap and tie the twine around the wooden dowel, and then hot glue it to the top of the banner.

Then just add a Vellum banner and the "Happy Birthday" cut out from Gold Foil paper and VOILA!  You are done!

I'm really excited at how fun this came out.  You could totally use lots of colors when doing this and do it for any occasion!  

Hope you enjoy!  Thank so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Oh The Places You'll Go...

It's graduation time!  I am sure lots of us have some graduation cards to make!  So here is one quick idea using the "Places You'll Go" stamp set...

Graduation time makes me a little bit teary.  Seeing these kids start their journey's into adulthood brings back so many memories myself....and it's so exciting to see where their lives will take them!

ColorsEmerald Envy, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Copper
Cardstock/PapersEmerald Envy, Very Vanilla Thick, Pool Party, Watercolor Paper, Neutrals Designer Paper Stack
Stamps: Places You'll Go, Crazy About You
ToolsHeat Tool, Triple Banner Punch, Duet Banner Punch
Accessories: Copper Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Affectionately Yours Washi Tape

Anyway...this stamp set is amazing.  I did a little watercoloring not the globe, so the card front is made with watercolor paper.  And all the stamped images are embossed.

Then inside I used one of my FAVE stamp sets....the "Crazy About You" stamp set.

Hope you enjoy this card!  Let me know if you have any questions or need any supplies to make your own projects! 


Thanks so much for visiting!!!  Please let me know if you need help with anything!

Friday, May 26, 2017

TGIF Challenge - 109: Farewell to Carousel Birthday...

YIPPEEEE!  It's TGIF Challenge time!!!!  Have you participated in one of these challenges yet?!  Let me just tell you...they are AMAZING!!!  It's so fun to step out of your "crafting box" and try something new.  So I encourage you to try it this week if you haven't before!  And if you for sure are going to want to play along this week!  It's DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT week!

We are SOOOOO lucky to have Rochelle in our TGIF Challenge group...she is SOOOO creative and amazing!  She's on the Artisan Design team too...she's THAT fabulous! EASY is this challenge!  :-)  Not even sure you can call it a challenge.  Hee.  Just use one of her amazing creations and be inspired to create something from it.  Use a color combo, layout, or even CASE (copy & share everything) the whole project.

Want to see what I made?!?!? was my daughter's birthday this week.  And we had a "Carousel Birthday" pool party.  So...I wanted to make her a special gift bag for one of her gifts.  So I copied her card layout found on her blog HERE:  and made this gift bag...

ColorsBermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso, Pool Party
Cardstock/PapersBermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper Stack
Stamps: Carousel Birthday
ToolsBig Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits
Accessories: Linen Thread, Burlap Ribbon, Peekaboo Peach Rouched Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim

How fun is this?!  Let me just start by saying...I LOVE THIS suite of products that is in the Occasions Catalog!  Oh how I will miss this!  LOVE the paper, accessories, color combo, stamps, etc.  So. Much. Fun!!!  My kind of suite!

And making this bag was SO. EASY!  Want to see what I did?!

I just took a standard 8 1/2" x 11" piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock.  Then I scored vertically at 1 1/2" & 7".  Flip the cardstock 90 degrees and score at 4 3/4" & 6 1/4".  Then just make a few snips to make flaps to adhere the bag closed.  Here is what the cardstock looks like (dashed lines are the scored lines and solid are the cut lines...

Then you just fold on the score lines and it looks like this...

All you do now is just adhere the flaps together!  That easy!

Then decorate!!!

Hard to see in my picture, but I used the Wink of Stella Clear Brush to make the carousel horse all glittery...

Don't you just LOVE that carousel horse!  And seriously...I LOVE when my daughter's birthday comes around!  She is SOOOO excited about it all and it makes the whole house excited.  Nothing like a "kids" (she just turned 11 so not so much of a kid any more) excitement!  Love it! this bag and want to make more like it!  Hope you enjoy!  And give this a try!  It is SOOO easy to make your own coordinating gift packaging!!

Now it's your turn to do the challenge! Can't wait to see what you come up with!  Head to the challenge blog by clicking HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Let me know if you have any questions!