Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fun With Dimension...

It's been a few days since I posted last. SORRY! But here is a fun card, I think. :) It's not my fave creation ever, but it does have BUILD-A-BRADS!! I LOVE LOVE these things! And anyone that knows my love of this accessory knows I will buy any set that has an image that would look good in one. That is the reason I bought the set, "Circle of Friendship" from Stampin' Up! The middle sayings in the inner circle of the stamp punch out exactly with a 1/2" circle punch (the size needed for the Build-A-Brad base). So I had to have it when I found that out. And this is the card that was created when I got the set. Anyway: there is lots of dimension in this card, and I love that. Plus, lots of texture. I punched 2 scallop circles, and then cut in the valley of each scallop towards the center. So that gives the "petal" look. I should have sponged each edge, to give even more dimension, but I didn't. Oh well...next time. :) Anyway: then I love doing grass like this as well....so much fun and so much texture! Then there is embossing, ribbon, dimensionals, etc! Enjoy! All supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Circle of Friendship, Fundamental Phrases

Card Stock: Kraft, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive

Ink: Basic Black, VersaMark

Accessories: Build-A-Brad, Scallop Punch, 1/2" circle punch, 1/ 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Old Olive Twill Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mini Journal...

I cannot take credit for this fabulous idea. I would never have thought of this. :) I got this from Patty's blog...she is AMAZING!!!! Anyway: she made something like this for her Stampin' Up! cruise to keep a journal of things. I thought it was a GREAT idea. And it's made out of ENVELOPES! They are the short end envelopes that Stampin' Up! sells, just covered with Designer Series Paper. I made mine with the Summer Picnic DSP, the Die-Cut Blooms in the Mini catalog, and my ever favorite...Tart and Tangy stamp set! :) The total project has 3 envelope sleeves that hold the card stock insert piece (pull the round tab punch and out it comes! :) )that you could write on, put pictures on, however you wanted to use it. Then there are an additional 2 card stock pages. It's DARLING in real life! All supplies Stampin' Up!

Boho Invite...

I had to make some invites for a Mother/Daugther activity and I have a deadline to have these done by tomorrow at church. :) And today was a busy day so I sat down to work on them tonight. I knew I wanted pink and brown and I didn't want to be up super late doing them. So this is what I did. It's a pocket card (as I'm sure you can tell) and the invite info is on the inside piece. The "You're Invited" is embossed. And it's hard to tell, but behind the inside information piece there is another piece of the Berry Bliss DSP. But it's white with Pretty in Pink dots, so you can't see it so clear. :) But it looks cute in real life! All Supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamps: One of a Kind, Hugs and Wishes

Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic and Craft

Card Stock: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White

Accessories: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Berry Bliss Designer Series Paper, Build a Brad

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Mother's Day Class Again!

Well we just had night #1 of our Mother's Day class. It was a full showing, and we all had a blast! I just wanted to remind everyone of how cute these cards are. (And get better pictures out there. :) When I first posted this, I didn't put good pics of the cards on there. So here they are! :) ) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the "Live Your Dream" stamp set in the Occasion's mini and just felt I had to do a class showcasing this set. :) I heard many times tonight, "I didn't like this set in the catalog. Now I have to have it." The Groovy Guava card's main image is done on glossy paper, embossed, and then brayered over with Groovy Guava ink. Too much fun! And I LOVE those ribbon slides that are in the Hodgepodge Hardware in the mini. Anyway: I thought these projects deserved another spot on my blog. :) We also made a darling nugget tin filled with chocolate nuggets for mom as well. We made a few extra kits so if anyone is in Salt Lake tomorrow night (Friday night) and wants to come, let me know! :) Or...as always...feel free to order a kit by mail! You'd get all the supplies needed to make the projects. Everything will be stamped and ready to assemble. Just email me at designwithink@gmail.com Enjoy the pics!

Kristina's Color Inspiration #6

Another Color Inspiration Challenge from one of my most fave designers, Kristina!!!! She posts a picture of something each week that translates into Stampin' Up! colors. Then those that want to participate can take those colors as inspiration and design a card. For those of you reading this blog that want to participate....post a link to your card here too! I want to see! :)

Translated into Stampin' Up! colors:

So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi

Then this is the card that I came up with using those colors:

It is fun doing these inspiration challenges because it makes me think outside my color combo box. It also shows that you can use ANYTHING as inspiration for your cards/artwork. Makes you start looking at things differently! :) Oh...and the big "thanks" on the card is glittery in real life. It doesn't show up so well in the picture! Sorry! All Supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Thanks for Everything, Big Pieces, Polka Dot Background
Card stock: Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Designer Series Paper Prints, Scallop Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Double Stitched Wild Wasabi ribbon, So Saffron brads, Corner Rounder, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

AMAZING Thanks from Betsy!

Thanks, Betsy, for this card! I LOVE IT! Look at this great card I was lucky enough to receive! It's beautiful!!! The "thank you" in the background is all embossed, the heart in the Build A Brad is glittery...so many details! I love it! I feel honored that you gave this card to me! :)

Simple, yet oh so pretty!

I made a card with this layout at a Stampin' Up! meeting last year using now retired sets. I LOVED the layout so I had to make it fresh and current. And what's better than a pink and brown color combo, right?! :) So this is what was born. I actually swaped some of these at Leadership, so maybe you got one if you were there! :) All Supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Ginormous Flowers, Stem Sayings, Much Appreciated, Sanded Background

Ink: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip Classic

Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Confetti White

Accessories: 1/2 hole punch, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, staple

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Finally...star punches used!

I have had both of Stampin' Up!'s star punches for awhile, but just haven't put them to good use. I saw THIS CARD on Andrea Walford's blog, and I knew I had to use them. I just changed the Designer Series Paper used and the colors and then added a scallop edge on the bottom with a corner rounder. (Sorry....you can't really see it that well in the photo!) I love this layout and it would be great for boy birthday or change the greeting and make it boy anything! :) I always look for good boy cards, so I am so happy she posted this one! Thanks Andrea!!! Oh..the small stars are up on dimensionals so there is some dimension. All supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamps: A Little Birthday Cheer

Ink: Not Quite Navy

Card Stock: Soft Sky, Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive

Accessories: Spring Break Designer Series Paper, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Large Star Punch, Star Punch, Crop A Dile, Corner Rounder punch, Dimensionals

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Simply Tart and Tangy...

Sorry I haven't posted in a few days. My mom has been in town, my friend came into town, and just a lot has been going on. But I had my club day this Saturday. I wanted to have a thank you for them, so I made one of these for each of them. They are super cute, don't take a lot of time, and so fun and summery. Hope you enjoy! All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Tart and Tangy, One Smart Cookie
Paper: Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie card stock
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper, Scallop Punch, Circle Punches, Old Olive Poly Twill Ribbon, Small Cello Bags

Thursday, April 17, 2008

April Class is Coming!

Looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift? How about a handmade stationary set and a darling nugget tin? That's what we are making at our next class. We are making this stationary holder. Inside has two pockets that each hold 2 cards and coordinating envelopes. This class is being offered three times at three different locations. The dates are Thursday April 24th (in Murray, Utah), Friday April 25th (in SLC, Utah), and Saturday April 26th (in Kaysville, Utah). If you are in any of these areas and would like to attend, please just email me at designwithink@gmail.com to register.
Stamp Camp Registration : $18
RSVP must be received by April 21st
You will receive :
All supplies for four complete cards (2 each of 2 designs), 4 coordinating envelopes for the cards, a nugget tin, 12 chocolate nuggets, all supplies for decorating the nuggets and tin, snacks, door prizes,
great special deals for attendees
only. All you have to do is bring your own adhesive.

If you are not able to attend any of the above listed times, but are still interested in having a set of these items, we do offer this class by mail. You may purchase a kit that will give you all the supplies, images stamped, directions etc. You will just have to put them together. Or you may choose to purchase a completed set of these projects (you would receive them fully complete) for an additional $5.00 fee.
****Bring a friend! If you bring a friend that I have not met yet, you and your friend will receive a special gift!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

This is for you, Matty!

Well if my brother, Matt, requests something, he's got it! :) He posted a comment asking where his birthday card was, so here it is! This is his birthday card that I made him. I actually bought this stamp set just for his birthday card. So I'm sure he'll see the images in this set and the "Wanted" set for years to come. He's not quite a cowboy yet, but he wants to be. :) As soon as he owns that ranch of his with his horses, he'll be well on his way! :) Anyway: since this was a brand new set for me, I was kinda low in thoughts for inspiration. So I went to the SCS gallery and found THIS CARD. Voila! Matt's Birthday card idea. :) So THANK YOU cardjunkie! And Happy Birthday, Matty! Love you! All Supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Bronc Buster, It's Your Birthday
Card Stock: Blue Bayou, Ruby Red, River Rock, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft Ink, Creamy Carmel Classic Ink, Ruby Red Classic Ink
Accessories: Twine, Vintage Brads, Sponge, Chocolate Chip Poly-Twill Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder, Cutter Kit (for the distressed edges)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration #5

One of my most fave blogs is Kristina's. She does weekly Color Inspirations and this is the one for this week:

(These are pillows from Pottery Barn...I LOVE that place so of course I had to participate in this inspiration challenge!)

Translated into Stampin' Up! colors:

Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa

You need to come up with a card using these colors. This is my translation. Hope it is acceptable! :) All supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Curvy Verses, Lots of Dots Jumbo Wheel
Card Stock: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron
Ink: Bashful Blue Craft Ink, Bashful Blue Classic Ink, VersaMark
Accessories: On Board Chipboard, Anchored Rub-Ons, White Gel Pen, Slit Punch, 5/8" Certainly Celery Grosgrain ribbon, Silver Brads, White Embossing Powder

Pretty in Pink Altered Notebook

I have had these notebooks from Target for awhile, and decided to make one for my club day on Saturday as a prize. So if you're coming...you could win this! (And if you're in the area and want to come, let me know! :) All are invited! :) It has a rubber band that goes around the bottom, but for picture sake I didn't pull it from the back of the notebook to put it around. But...I do love that it has it. ANYWAY....I have had this chipboard for awhile so I decided it would be a fun time to use this piece. I covered it with Chocolate Chip craft ink and then embossed it with Glassy Glaze Enamel Embossing Powder. It turned out really thick, glassy, and wonderful. :) I really love it. Sorry that I couldn't get a good pic of it. (Any tips on how to get a close up image without it blurring so bad?!) The "from the heart" saying isn't this slanted. :) And the Berry Bliss Paper (hard to tell in the pic) is sponged with Purely Pomegrante Ink on the edges. Then the chipboard piece is up on dimensinals to give dimension. (It looks much better in real life.) All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Holidays and Wishes, It's All Good
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft Ink, Purely Pomegranate Classic Ink
Card stock: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Berry Bliss DSP, On Board Blossoms and Basics, Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Clear Embossing Powder (for the "From the heart" sentiment), Glassy Glaze Enamel Embossing Powder, Sponge

Cards from the past...

I was looking through some past pictures and found these cards that I did for a class awhile back. Thought I'd share! There is a criss-cross card, a waterfall card, and a card using iridescent ice. (I LOVE that stuff!) Hope you enjoy this look through the past! :)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Thanks Kristine!

I love this idea. My friend, Kristine, gave this to me. Isn't she so talented! I love it. We did these for a thank you at one of our classes. Too cute! Thanks Kristine! All supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamp Sets: Tart and Tangy
Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red Marker, Old Olive Marker
Accessories: Summer Picnic DSP, Silver Brads, Scallop Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Together Forever

I went to my cousin's wedding today and so in between the ceremony and reception, this is the card I made. I pretty much copied it from the catalog....with just a few of my own changes. :) And this card looks better in real life. Everything was stamped in Chocolate Chip Craft Ink and embossed with Clear embossing powder. So it looks more elegent in person. It was a beautiful day and they did a beautiful job with everything. All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamp Sets: Together Forever, Fundamental Phrases
Card Stock: Certainly Celery Textured, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft Ink
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Poly-Twill Ribbon

Friday, April 11, 2008

Pretty Polka Dot

I figured since I've had my Pretties kit for months now, it was time to use it more. I have been wanting to try stamping on the flowers in it for awhile, so I did that. It was too much fun. :) Of course I had to pair it with my fave summery paper, Summer Picnic. I had fun with this card. All supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Polka Dot Background, One Smart Cookie, Boho Backgrounds, Tart and Tangy
Card Stock: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Confetti White
Ink: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Real Red
Accessories: Pretties Kit, Summer Picnic DSP, 5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon, White Embossing Powder

Spring Fling Notebook

This is a notebook I designed for a class I did for a friend. I LOVE the Spring Fling paper and how...well....Spring-y it is! I'm SO SO sick of winter (I live in Utah and we had snow last week, rain this week, and FINALLY it's suppose to be warm this weekend!) so having something fun like this in my room lightens things up for me. The flowers in the upper right corner are up on dimensionals so it really does add dimension. The picture of the flowers are a little blurry, but you get the idea. :) The leaves are from the 5-petal flower punch. All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Jumbo Outline, Priceless
Card Stock: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose
Accessories: Spring Fling DSP, Pretty in Pink 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Silver Brads, VersaMarker, 5-Petal Flower Punch

Live Your Dream Thanks Card

I LOVE this Stamp set, all the images and sentiments. I LOVE the Scallop Punch and use it practically every day of my life in some fashion. I LOVE the new Afternoon Tea Papers in the Occassions Mini, and I LOVE the Chocolate Satin Ribbon (or any ribbon for that matter). So I decided to put them together and VOILA! This card was born. :) I embossed the flowers and then sponged around them to give it more dimension. All supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamp Sets: Live Your Dream

Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic, Soft Sky Classic, VersaMark

Accessories: Afternoon Tea DSP, Scallop Punch, White Embossing Powder, Circle Punches, Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Soft Sky Stitched Ribbon (took the stitches out)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Wasabi Pocket Card

I wanted to make a pocket card using the Wild Wasabi textured card stock that Stampin' Up! is selling pre-cut and pre-scored. I also wanted to play with my accessories. So I used rub-ons, Die-Cut Blooms, some Designer Series Paper, and ribbon. Too much fun! All supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamp Sets: It's Your Birthday, It's All Good
Card Stock: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Round Tab Punch, A Perfect Day rub-ons, Scallop Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Die-Cut Blooms, White Embossing Powder, Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper, 5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon

Tart and Tangy Die Cut Blooms

Usually I am stamping with a specific purpose in mind but this was a, "Let's play with some fun products what should I make" kinda card. I just kinda started stamping, and this is what happened. Hope you enjoy! All supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamp Set: Absolutely Fabulous, Polka Dot Background
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Ink: Real Red marker, Old Olive marker
Accessories: Die-Cut Blooms, White Gel Pen, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon, Black Embossing Powder, 3/16" corner rounder

Lovely Labels Favor Box...

I made this box awhile ago. But I just LOVE little boxes! So I thought I'd post it. I found the directions on someone else's blog and had to make one! (Try as I might....I can't find it again! I spent quite awhile looking for it, but just couldn't. So if you know who to give credit to, please share!) Anyway: it's the perfect size for a little favor for any event. All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: Lovely Labels
Cardstock: Groovy Guava, Ruby Read, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Ginger Blossoms DSP, Groovy Guave Stitched ribbon, Scallop Punch, Circle Punches

Stitched Exotics Gate Card

So this is a take on a gate fold card. I wanted a boyish card since most cards I make might be a bit girly. I also LOVE Build-A-Brads so had to sneak one of those in. If you have never tried one of those, you must! :) The white part you see peeking out is the inside of the card where the greeting is stamped. I used the Circle of Friendship stamp set and stamped the full circle of one of the images. Then I punched out the center with the 1/2 inch circle punch, adhered it on my brad base, and then put the sticky bubble on top. Voila! Custom Brad! :) All supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamp Sets: Stitched Exotics, Everday Flexible Phrases, Circle of Friendship

Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Nave, Old Olive

Accessories: Spring Break DSP, Old Olive Classic Ink, Not Quite Navy Classic Ink, Build-A-Brad Pewter

Embrace Life...

So this is a card I made when I attended Stampin' Up's Leadership Convention in January. I still love it though. :) I got the color combo from

the Crew Kids Simply Scrappin Kit that I fell in love with. So why not embrace the colors and make a card with it! Of course, the card looks better in real life. I use my Bone Folder to curl the flower petals inward, and then attached it with a dimensional. All supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamp Set: Embrace Life, Polka Dot Background Stamp Set

Cardstock: Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose, Whisper White

Accessories: Basic Gray Classic Ink, Wild Wasabi Classic Ink, Regal Rose marker, Blender Pen, 5/8" Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon

Tart and Tangy 3 x 3 Cards

I love my One Smart Cookie stamp set, and I have been wanting to make some 3x3 cards with it ever since I got it. So I finally did it! It was too much fun. When I was done, however, they looked so lonely. I'm sure you understand. :) So I had to make some sort of box. I am sure you guys have seen a box similar like this (Thank you Andrea Walford!), but it's a bit larger. So I altered it to make it 3x3 size. I LOVE it, and the cards inside. Too cute! All products Stampin' Up!

Stamp Sets: Tart and Tangy, One Smart Cookie
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Real Red
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Circle Punches, Scallop Punch, Word Window Punch, Summer Picnic DSP, 5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon, 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Basic Black ink, Corner Rounder punch

Orange You Cute...

Just having fun with Tart and Tangy and One Smart Cookie stamp sets! I cannot put these two down. They work so well together and I just keep picking them up. My other stamps feel neglected, I'm sure. :)

Stamp Sets: Stampin' Up Tart and Tangy and One Smart Cookie

Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Whisper White

Accessories: Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper, Scallop Punch, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink, Whisper White embossing powder, VersaMark Ink

Tart and Tangy Gift Favor...

My dad and brother came to our house for dinner the other night. Instead of cleaning my house, what did I do? Made them favors with my new fave stamp set. :) My priorities are totally in order...don't judge me! :) Here is what I made them! I LOVE the Tart and Tangy set. Too cute!
Stamp Set: Stampin' Up! Tart and Tangy
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, and Whisper White
Accessories: Stampin' Up's Designer Series Paper Summer Picnic paper in the Occassions Mini Catalog, Real Red striped grosgrain ribbon, jumbo Pewter eyelets, Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Real Red and Old Olive marker, small cello bag.

Well here goes...

So I have decided to start a stamping blog. I know, it's time. I have plans to update frequently, so check back often! I look forward to sharing ideas with all that read this!

Technique Tuesday With Custom Striped Accents!

One of my assignments on Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Design Team is to do share some fun techniques.  My first one was shared at the end ...