Monday, September 25, 2017

SSINKspiration Coffee Break: Merry Cafe

Good morning!  After enjoying a wonderful weekend, I'm convinced we really need a third day in our weekends so there is a little bit of relaxing!  Getting  back to the work week I know a lot of people who will be relying on their favorite coffee beverage to help get the going so it's perfect that the SSINKspiration designers are sharing projects made in honor of our favorite coffee breaks.  I don't drink coffee but I know I needed to have this stamp set in the annual catalog, along with the new stamp in the holiday catalog.  Today I decided to use the Merry Café stamp set for a nice fall card in honor of the ever popular pumpkin spice invasion, haha!

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock as a mat for the designer series paper from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper pack.  I decided to dress the DSP up a little by stamping the leaf image from the Colorful Seasons stamp set (using Pumpkin Pie ink that was stamped off once for a little lighter effect).  Next I added another piece of DSP that was matted with Early Espresso cardstock in the center of the cardfront.

I know people get very excited about the holiday coffee cup design that Starbuck's offers every year so I decided to create a fall designed cup by stamping the cup outline from the Merry Café stamp set directly on a piece of the designer series paper.  I stamped the lid on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut both pieces out with the coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits dies.  I used the die to also create the little stirrer top out of Early Espresso cardstock.

The final touch, a coffee cozy for the cup which I cut out of Cajun Craze cardstock and I stamped the greeting, loved this saying "Hello Fall, it's Pumpkin Spice Latte Season".  I wanted to add some extra leaves so I stamped the little leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp set a few times using Old Olive ink and then used the coordinating solid stamp to color them in using either Pumpkin Pie or Old Olive ink (both stamped off once) and then cut them out with Paper Snips.

I love this card, it makes my want to curl up by a fire with cozy socks and a fuzzy blanket (I would be drinking cocoa or hot apple cider, but you get the feeling.  I also love that we have a second stamp set that coordinates with these framelits to stretch their value.  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team is sharing, it will make you want to grab a cup of coffee with a friend.

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Enjoy!

Diana
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

RemARKable INk Big Blog Hop: Halloween Happenings!!


Happy Sunday!  I hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend and getting a little crafting time.  We've been on the go a lot but wanted to share this fun Halloween card along with the other designers on the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop, it's all about Halloween!  There are so many fun Halloween projects in this years Holiday catalog you'll find just what you need.  The cat punch and coordinating stamp set have certainly been one of my favorites!

I started out with Whisper White Thick cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Basic Black cardstock for the mat of the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.  Directly on the DSP I stamped the spiderweb corner elements using the Merry Café stamp set.  Next I stamped the cat image from the Spooky Cat stamp set using Pumpkin Pie ink and then taping around the edge of the stamp with Basic black ink before stamping on Whisper White cardstock.  I cut out the image with the Cat Punch, along with another piece using Basic Black ink and offset them a little for a slight shadow.  To finish up the cat I wrapped a piece of Basic Black Baker's Twine around the cats neck and then tied a bow with the Baker's Twine and added it to dress up his next.

Next I took a strip of Crumb Cake cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder and then sponged all over with Soft Suede ink to create a wooden shelf.  I stamped some of the potion bottles, also from the Spooky Cat stamp set, and colored the bottles in using Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen and then cut the bottles out with Paper Snips.  I used  a dimensional to just attach the center bottle set for a little extra dimension.  I'm totally in love with the new Basic Black Rhinestones and added several to the tops of the potion bottles to look like bubbles.

The final touch was to add the greeting so I stamped it in Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut it out with the Classic Label Punch.  Before attaching the greeting I sponged all over the piece with Pumpkin Pie ink to soften it up and then used dimensionals to attach the greeting.

I had so much fun making this card and adding lots of little elements to enjoy and with so many different images in these stamp sets it really helps stretch their versatility.  We have one more week of September and then Halloween will be here before we know it so it's not too early to start planning your card and project ideas.

Check out the other great projects the hop designers are sharing:


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Enjoy!

Diana
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Friday, September 22, 2017

SSINKspiration Fall Frenzy: Eclipse Technique

Good morning!  Today we get to officially ring in the arrival of fall, and even though the temperature isn't going to reflect the change in seasons today the SSINKspiration blog designers are feeling a little fall frenzy and sharing projects to greet the arrival of the new season.  If you've been online lately you've noticed that a new technique is floating around and getting lots of action, the eclipse technique in honor of last months solar eclipse, so I decided to use this technique on today's card.

I started with Very Vanilla Thick cardstock for the cardbase and then added a layer of Fresh Fig cardstock behind the Very Vanilla cardfront.  To create this technique I started by stamping all over the cardstock using the Vintage Leaves stamp set and Fresh Fig, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Always Artichoke ink.  Next I used the Big Shot and Large Letters Framelits Dies to cut out the letters for "fall".  (Tip:  you can use washi tape to hold down your letter dies if they're trying to move a little on you).  Next I used Mini Dimensionals to attach the letters over the cut out holes so there is just a slight halo effect. 

The final touch was to add the rest of the greeting.  I knew I wanted to use the word "greetings" and searched all my stamp sets since I knew I had one that would work, the new Snowflake Sentiments stamp set from the Holiday catalog was perfect.  I used my Fresh Fig Stampin' Write Marker to color just the one word in on the stamp and then stamped on Cajun Crazy cardstock.  I didn't want the piece to be too big and overpower the card so I just used my Paper Snips and cut around the edges of the greeting and then attached it with dimensionals to the cardfront.

This is a fun technique, easy, and so versatile (you can adjust the size of the cardstock for the number of letters your using, think name signs, etc.).  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team is sharing for fall inspiration.

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Have a great weekend!

Diana
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Monday, September 18, 2017

SSINKspiration Technique Challenge #SSINKTC48: Ink on Embossing Folders


Good morning!  Just when I think fall is year, we get another shot of heat and humidity for last little blast of summer.  I'm ready to embrace fall so I'm ready for the fall weather to arrive and decided to use some fall thoughts for today's card.  The SSINKspiration blog is having another technique challenge today, and this is a technique I used quite a bit last year and love it, stamping on embossing folders, it's such a great way to add some detail behind your embossed image for extra fun.

I started with Sahara Sand cardstock for the cardbase and then used Old Olive for the cardfront.  On this piece I started by taking the Tree Rings background stamp and stamped directly on the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder using Early Espresso Ink (note, usually with the dynamic folders I spritz the cardstock before embossing to get a little extra depth to the embossing but since I was using ink I didn't want it to bleed so I skipped the water and still had a nice result.



The greeting is from the Badges and Banners stamp set and was stamped in Early Espresso ink on Island Indigo cardstock and then cut out with the coordinating Badge Punch.  I also cut a circle out of Sahara Sand cardstock using the Stitched Shapes Framelits for a good backdrop for all the embellishments.

To add to the fall feeling I used the leaf dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and cut the larger leaf out of Cajun Craze cardstock and the smaller leaf using the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (I also sponged around the edge with Early Espresso ink).  The final touch, a small bow using the 1/4" Copper Trim.


I love the look of the tree rings behind the leaves which goes along with the die cut pieces, it adds a touch of masculine to a die I would normally think is a bit more feminine.  Make sure to check out all the other cards the design team created using this weeks challenge and then play along, can't wait to see what you come up with.

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Enjoy!

Diana
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