Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge IC 288: Basket of Wishes

Good morning!  I love all types of challenges to stretch my creativity and today Hand Stamped Sentiments blog has an Inspiration Challenge that provides lots of ideas for you to create based on.  When I saw the images in the inspiration challenge I noticed all the flowers as well as the wooden create to I decided to focus on those elements for this simple card that only has one stamped image.

I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock for the mat to the Whisper White cardfront.  The greeting is from the Basket of Wishes stamp set (retiring) and was stamped in Early Espresso ink.

For the wooden crate I used the Big Shot and Wood Crate Framelits as well as the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and then just trimmed the crate piece down since I didn't need the tabs to make it 3D.






Aren't these flowers pretty?  I love them and all I did was take the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (retiring) and fussy cute one of the flower sprays using my Paper Snips (it did take a little patience, perfect to do in if your watching a show and relaxing).  I also cut a couple partial images and tucked them inside the crate to make the flowers a little fuller.  I also didn't fully attach all the flower image so pieces lifted off the card for dimension like a real basket of flowers would do.  The final touch was to tie a double bow using Flirty Flamingo Baker's Twine (retiring).

Now it's time to check out the other design teams cards for inspiration (they are awesome) and then it's your turn to take a spin at this challenge, there are so many directions to go with this inspiration challenge I can't wait to see what you create!



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Enjoy,

Diana
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Monday, April 23, 2018

SSINKspiration Fabulous Flowers: Daisy Delight

Good morning!  It was a beautiful weekend and we're starting out on the same note this week so it's only fitting that today's SSINKspiration blog is all about fabulous flowers and right now they are popping everywhere!  As I was looking through my stamps decided what to use I just had to use the Daisy Delight stamp set, and coordinating Daisy Punch since Gerber Daisies are one of my favorite flowers. 

I started with Old Olive cardstock for the cardbase and then added piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock as a mat for the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (retiring) that is the background.  I wrapped a piece of Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon (retiring) around the cardfront and then tied a knot so I could use the tails as leaves for my flower.

For the flower I stamped the large daisy using Daffodil Delight ink on Daffodil Delight cardstock twice and then punched them out with the Daisy Punch.   I used my bone folder to curl up the leaves for more dimension.  For the center of the flower I stamped the swirly circle image also in the set using Tranquil Tide ink on Whisper White cardstock and then punched it out using the 1/2" Circle Punch before attaching it with a dimensional.  To finish off the flower I added a yellow enamel dot from the Glitter Enamel Dots (retiring).

The greeting is from the same stamp set and was stamped in Tranquil Tide on Pool Party cardstock and then I used the Banner Triple Punch to cut the flag tails on one side before attaching it the cardfront.

This card makes me so happy and just smile, I can't wait to sent it out.  I have to say the Delightful Daisy DSP is probably one of my favorite DSP from all the catalogs this year and it's definitely the one I've used the most because of the mixture of floral images as well as watercolor basic designs that add to it's versatility.  Remember for the Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy Punch, while both these items are carrying over to the new catalog, they will no longer be available as part of a bundle which saves you 10% so now is the perfect time to add these items to your crafting collection (if you don't have them already).

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Diana
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Friday, April 20, 2018

SSINKspiration Wedding Wishes: Better Together

Happy Friday!  Today the SSSINKspiration design team is focusing on weddings and sharing cards perfect to celebrate the special day.  I love this pattern of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper and thought it would be perfect backdrop for this card.

I started with Pool Party cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Soft Suede cardstock as a mat for the Tranquil Tide Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper.  I wanted to dress this up so I took a piece of Vellum cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot with the Detailed Floral Thinlits to create this delicate accent along the left side (make sure to run the vellum through the Big Shot several times to make sure it cuts all the way through).

For the greeting I used the Better Together stamp set and stamped in Tranquil Tide ink on Pool Party cardstock before cutting it out with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I used the Layering Ovals Framelits and Soft Suede cardstock to make the mat before attaching it to the dimensionals.  The final touch was to add a bow made from the Silver 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon (I colored it using my Tranquil Tide Stampin' Write Marker).

I love the colors on this card and all the soft florals (and of course metallic) and it is perfect for any occasion, I may use up some more of this DSP since it's retiring making more of these cards up with different greetings just to stock my stash.

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Have a great weekend!

Diana
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Monday, April 16, 2018

SSINKspiration Fun Folds Challenge SSINKFF4: Gate Fold

Good morning!  We had a peak of beautiful spring weather this weekend but now take a step back with this rainy cool day, so I decided to use our springtime fun this weekend as inspiration for today's card.  Today the SSINKspiration team has a fun fold challenge, and this month we're using the gate fold.  This is a great technique because you really just adjust where you score your cardbase for a fun twist.

I started with Peekaboo Peach cardstock for the cardbase and used Tutti-Fruitti Designer Series Paper (retiring) for the two front panels, I love this citrus pattern and color pallet.  I used a piece of Lemon Lime Twist 3/8" Mini Striped Ribbon (retiring) to wrap around the card and tie a bow and this will help hold the card closed.

The greeting is from the Layering Love stamp set (retiring) and I love this saying so I just used my Stampin' Write Markers (Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, and Daffodil Delight) on Whisper White cardstock and then matted it with Flirty Flamingo cardstock.  I used dimensionals just on the left side of the greeting to attach it to the card so the card will open.  Of course I needed a little extra pop so I added some of the Tutti-Fruitti Adhesive-Backed Sequins (retiring).

This card is so fun and will certainly brighten someone's day, no matter what the weather is when they receive it.  Make sure to check out the other design teams card using this fun fold and then play along and share what you create, we would love to see it!

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Enjoy!

Diana
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Friday, April 13, 2018

SSINKspiration Celebrate Baby: Better Together

Good morning!  Spring has finally decided to arrive and for some reason spring seems like a perfect time for babies (maybe because I was a spring baby) so it's only fitting that today the SSINKspiration is celebrating babies and sharing cards made for the happy arrival.  I'll admit I don't tend to make a lot of baby cards at this point so I don't have some of our super cute stamp sets which is why I love our sets that have stamps for several occasions, such as the Better Together set, it has lots of great options so you really get a great bang for your buck.  Also excited because this stamp set is NOT retiring so it will be in next years catalog.

To make this card I started with Pink Pirouette cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Early Espresso cardstock as a mat for the Very Vanilla cardfront.  On the vanilla layer I stamped the little diaper pin image in Pink Pirouette ink along the right side before adding a piece of Bundle of Love Speciality Designer Series Paper (retiring) to the left.  I added a piece of Gold 1/8" Ribbon (retiring) along the seam for  a little bling.

For the greeting I stamped it in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then cut it out with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I added a piece of Delicate White Doily (retiring) that I sponged with Pink Pirouette ink and then attached the piece with dimensionals.  I felt the greeting needed to be dressed a little so I added a pink heart and gold enamel dots from the Metallics and Subtles Metallic Shapes (both retiring) as the finishing touch.

I like the softness of this card and little hints of gold help dress it up, which is prefect to welcome a new little princess to the family!  Remember the items that are retiring are only available while supplies last so make sure not to wait to order.

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Have a great weekend!

Diana
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