Monday, April 28, 2014

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration ~ Masculine Monday!

Today is Masculine Monday over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration. I absolutely LOVE making masculine cards. When I saw this Photo Polymer stamp set, I knew I just HAD to have it.

My family has always had horses, in fact I think I spent more time on the back of my horse than I did doing anything else. So, a western style is totally up my alley. 

Cardstock ~ Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Ink ~ Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Midnight Muse
Stamp Sets ~ Gorgeous Grunge, Label Love,Eye Catching Ikat Photopolymer
Tools ~ Paper Trimmer, Artisan Label punch, Petite Curly Label punch, Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Arrows Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Anywhere Glue Stick, Sponge Daubers
Embellishments ~ Hemp Twine, Brads

Friday, April 25, 2014

Goodbye Favorites

The Stampin' Up! Retired list is out. I am soooooo sad to see several of my go-to favorites go, but I'm excited to see what the new 2014/2015 Catalog will have in store. Here are just a few of my favorites that I will dearly miss...

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration ~ May Day Basket

May Day is right around the corner. I can't believe we're already a quarter of the way through the year. WHAT? I am still in the flowery Easter mood, so I decided I would make a flower basket. I used a simple box pattern, but added a few special touches.

When I think of baskets, I think of basket weave. So, I decided to make my own, and it was actually pretty easy! I love how this little basket turned out. I think it's a perfect little decoration to celebrate the 1st of May!

How To Basket Weave:

*Basket weave strips are 1/2" wide. Each piece has been sponged with Baked Brown Sugar on the edges.

*Glue each piece down so it doesn't unravel when you run it through the Big Shot.

Add some flowers! Thanks to the Stampin' Up! Spiral Flower Die, I was able to make lots of cute little roses to add to my basket. I wanted a lot of variation in color, so I sponged ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock instead of using colored cardstock. Yes, it's a lot more work, but I really like how it turned out!

Cardstock ~ Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Ink ~ Strawberry Slush, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette, Bermuda Bay, Baked Brown Sugar
Stamp Sets ~ Ciao Baby, ABC - 123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers
Tools ~ Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Designer Frames Embossing Folder, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin' Piercing Mat, Sponges, Dimensionals, Hot Glue, Petite Curly Label, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Sticky Strip, Spiral Flower Die, Floral Wire, Floral Block, Floral (Easter) Grass
Embellishments ~ Pearls, Chevron Ribbon (Calypso Coral)

I really really enjoyed creating this basket and I hope I've inspired you to create your own little basket of flowers. Don't forget to stop by Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration to see some more April inspired creations!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration ~ April Card Sketch

It's Monday! We are playing the Card Sketch game over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration today. This is a really fun sketch that has a LOT of room for creativity! If you get a chance, pop on over (SSINK) to see what the Design Team girls came up with!

Here is my take:

Cardstock ~ Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush Core'dinations, Coastal Cabana Core'dinations
DSP ~ Fresh Prints
Ink ~ Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Sets ~ Peachy Keen, Hello Lovely, Geometrical
Tools ~ Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Distress Tool, Sanding Block, Dimensionals, Anywhere Glue Stick
Embellishments ~ Rhinestones

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Just Released: April issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler!

Gardens are coming to life.  Budding trees and perennials will soon fill our homes with a burst of color and fragrance.  If your garden hasn't awakened quite yet, try decorating with a few paper beauties!
The April issue of the Paper Crafter Sampler, “Fabulous Floral”, issue shares an array of ideas for beautifying your home with flowers until your outdoor garden is in full bloom.  All projects in this issue are focused around a floral theme.  You’ll find cheery and feminine crepe paper poppies, pop-up flower box cards and several lovely cards with flowers popping off the front.
Stop by and pick up your copy today!

 {Sneak Peek}

Monday, April 7, 2014

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration ~ Color Challenge

It's Color Challenge time! Hop on over to Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration to see what some of the talented Design Team members have created! I really enjoy color challenges, they push me out of my comfort zone. I need that!

This month's colors are Very Vanilla, Gumball Green and Wisteria Wonder. What perfect colors for Spring! I don't have many Wedding themed cards, so I decided to go that route. I thought this color scheme was perfect. 

Cardstock ~ Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla
Ink ~ Wisteria Wonder, Gumball Green, Basic Black
Stamp Sets ~ Stippled Blossoms, This Day Forward
Tools ~ Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Adhesives, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Stylus
Embellishments ~ Pearls Basic Jewels

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration ~ Ombre

It's Ombre day at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration! I can't believe I've never tried this look before. I fell in LOVE with it the second I started this project. I knew immediately that I wanted to use Strawberry Slush. It's quickly becoming one of my favorite colors. I will definitely be trying this technique again!


Cardstock ~ Whisper White, Strawberry Slush Core'dinations, Pink Pirouette
Ink ~ Strawberry Slush
Stamp Sets ~ Happy Watercolor
Tools ~ Sponges, Spiral Flower Die, Paper Trimmer, Adhesives, Distress Tool, Scallop edge punch
Embellishments ~ Pearls Basic Jewels
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