Friday, January 19, 2018

SSINKspiration Fun with Stampin' Blends: You're Inspiring

Good morning!  I was so excited when Stampin' Up! announced the release of the new Stampin' Blends markers as I was really starting to like the look of coloring with our previous alcohol markers before they had to be pulled and I have to tell you the new Stampin' Blends are wonderful!  Today the SSINKspiration blog designers are sharing projects made using these great new markers that if you like to color are a must!  Also, since we've had such cold weather lately, and even a little snow I decided to brighten the mood make making a pretty spring looking card using the new You're Inspiring stamp set.

I started with Old Olive cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder and then added a strip of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.

For the main stamped image, I started by stamping the tulip image on Whisper White cardstock using Memento Basic Black ink (you need to use this ink when using the Blends so it doesn't bleed).  Next I used my Stampin' Blends to color the image in before cutting it out with my Big Shot and Layering Ovals Framelits.  The greeting is from the same stamp set and was stamped on Old Olive cardstock using Basic Black ink and then cut out using the same framelits before attaching with dimensionals.

The final touch was to add a bow using Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon.

This card just screams spring, which I need given this cold weather.  I was so excited when I saw this stamp set and see myself using it for lots of cards this spring so I will definitely get some coloring therapy in.  Have you tried out the new Stampin' Blends?  I'm teaching a Stampin' Blends class this weekend and looking forward to sharing how fun and easy these markers are.

Below are easy ordering links for the product's used on today's card:

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Have a great weekend!

Diana
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Monday, January 15, 2018

SSINKspiration Technique Challenge #SSINKTC50: Embossing Paste

Good morning!  I have to admit, all the traveling, running, and being on the go at Disney really wore me out and I spent most of last week trying to get caught up on sleep, and life in general so I didn't make it back share creativity with you (I was also fighting off catching a bug which I think I was successful at, fingers crossed!)  But now I'm back to normal and the SSINKspiration designers are sharing cards playing along with this month's technique challenge which is using Embossing Paste.  I've shared my love of the embossing paste since it was released, especially it's simplicity to use so I was excited to see two new embossing pastes in the new Occasions catalog and the White Shimmery Embossing Paste was in my preorder but this was my first time using it and oh my, I have a new love!!!

To make the embossed pieces I put some of the White Shimmery Embossing Paste on my Silicone Craft Sheet, added ONE drop of Rich Razzleberry Ink Refill and then mixed it using one of my Palette Knives and then applied it to Whisper White Cardstock using the Pattern Party Decorative Mask.  After it was fully dried I just used the Big Shot and Sweet and Sassy Framelits to cut out the heart.  I did sponge around the edge of the heart (and the greeting) using Calypso Coral ink for fun.





To make the rest of the card I used Calypso Coral cardstock for the the cardbase and a piece of Painted with Love Speciality Designer Series Paper for the cardfront (the addition of the gold accents to the DSP is perfect to compliment the shimmery heart).

The greeting is from the Sure Do Love You stamp set and was stamped in Melon Mambo ink on Powder Pink cardstock before being cut out with the Big Shot and Lots of Love Box Framelits (these framelits and stamp set are available as a bundle so you can save 10%) and then attached with dimensionals.





Here's a close up so you can see the sparkle






The use of the embossing paste, and of course the shimmer, really help elevate this card a notch and the great thing is that is was really quick any easy to make.  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team is sharing and then we would love for you to play long and share what you create using the embossing paste.  Trust me, once you use it and see how easy it is I'm confident you will be using it in more projects!






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Enjoy!

Diana
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Monday, January 8, 2018

SSINKspiration $50 Occasion Catalog Bundle = One Free SAB Item

Good morning!  What a crazy few days, I'll admit I'm happy all the races are over and I can rest for a few days but what an amazing experience!  It's time to head home and I can't wait to see my guys, I missed not having them in our favorite place!  Today the SSINKspiration designers are sharing bundles of product from the Occasions catalog that are valued at $50 to earn you a FREE Sale-a-bration item.  In this case I decided to use the Bubble Over bundle and some accents (silver foil paper, dimensionals) and you earn the coordinating Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper for FREE.

I used Calypso Coral cardstock for the cardbase and then added Basic Black cardstock as the mat for the Bubbles and Fizz DSP.  Then I used the Bubble Over stamp set to stamp the soda bottle in Bermuda Bay and the little thumbs up label on Pool Party cardstock using Basic Black ink.  I used the Big Shot and coordinating Bottles and Bubbles Framelits to cut out the bottle and label, as well as the straw (Lemon Lime Twist) and the Silver Foil Bottle Cap.  The design of the bottle cap is from the DSP and was punched out with the 1/2" Circle Punch and I used dimensionals on both layers of the bottle cap.

The final touch is the greeting, which is on Daffodil Delight cardstock using Basic Black ink.

You know me, I love the bright colors so there are lots of products in the Occasions catalog that make me super happy and I know you'll love them as well, and while I don't drink soda very often this bundle is perfect and I see some adult beverage projects coming up soon as well!

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Enjoy!

Diana
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Friday, January 5, 2018

SSINKspiration CASE the Designer: Tobe Buffenbarger

Good morning!  I made it down to Disney and even some unusually cold weather isn't going to dampen my spirits.  This morning it's the 10k so a fun run through and around Epcot to start the day.  Meanwhile over on the SSINKspiration blog the designers are playing CASE the Designer and this month we're focusing on Tobe Buffenbarger.  I had fun checking out all the great projects on Tobe's blog and in the end picked a fun Christmas card and used the layout as inspiration for this fun birthday card using lots of product from the Occasions catalog.  You can see Tobe's creation HERE.

I started with Berry Burst cardstock for the cardbase and then added a strip of the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper along the left side, Silver Foil Paper in the center, and Pool Party cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and Scattered Sequins Dynamic Embossing Folder (love this folder!!)

Next I used the Big Shot to cut a scalloped circle using the Layering Circles Framelits and Silver Foil Paper and then a Whisper White circle center that I stamped the greeting using Bermuda Bay ink and the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  I used the two piece stamp to make the cute bow accent using Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist and cut it out with Paper Snips before attaching with dimensionals.

As a final touch I added a couple strips of paper at the bottom, Bermuda Bay that was embossed with the Sweetheart Embossing folder and Peachaboo Peach that had a strip of stars stamped in Basic Black ink.

I had a lot of fun with this layout (thanks Tobe!) and really love the bright, cheery colors in this card!!

 Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today's card:

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Have a great weekend!

Diana
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