4.16.2014

Love is in the Air

One of our friends got married last weekend. I used their invitation as inspiration for the card I made for them.


I used the Hardwood stamp to give the Crumb Cake cardstock the texture before I cut it in to strips. I used the Hexagon punch to create the points for the fence.

My wish for Kiel & Alyssa (and their adorable son Parker) is that they have a lifetime of love and happiness together.


4.15.2014

PINspiration

Everyone gets inspired by Pinterest, right? From weight loss to DIY; house remodels to kids' parties, you can find it all!

Our goal today at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration was to find PINspiration while making our project. I created a whole pinspiration board in anticipation of this project. Some of my pins are quotes, some are color combinations, and some are more tangible items. Every time that I went back to that board, one pin kept drawing my attention.

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/244038873532378734/

This chair was so bright and fun. It also reminded me of the Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper, which I haven't used in several months.

Of course I was going to use Coastal Cabana for the card base and the Eastern Elegance DSP; but what else was I going to do? I kept eying the back of the chair. I had just received the Chevron Border Punch (I know. Can you believe it took me so long to order it?), and thought I could make a fun design with it.

Let me just say, this was not a quick and easy card. I went through many of the DSP patterns trying to decide which one worked the best. I played with many different configurations of the chevrons. This is finally what I ended up with (along with glue covered fingers):


I stared at my card for awhile trying to convince it to tell me what greeting I should use on it. I decided to see how it looked in my light box. This was the layout I had intended when I started the card; but low and behold, as I set it down, I flipped it the other way, and...


I like it much better this way. I decided to leave a greeting off of the card until I get ready to use it, and then I will see which way looks better for that particular occasion!

I'd love to see your Pinterest inspired creations! Please link up your own post below!

4.14.2014

Birthday Card Sketch


It's Card Sketch Monday over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration! If you checked out my Color Challenge post last Monday, you know that last week was my mom's birthday. Today is my aunt's birthday, so I combined the Card Sketch and last week's color challenge to create a card for her today.



Her favorite color is purple, so I tried to make the Wisteria Wonder my primary color. I was going to add some of the Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, but it just didn't look right, so I left it as is.

The Wisteria Wonder is a standard card base of 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4". The Gumball Green is 5-1/2" x 3-1/2". The Very Vanilla pieces are each 1-1/2" x 3".

Make sure to stop over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration to see the other card sketch cards. Did you know that you can link up your Card Sketch inspired card on that blog?


4.09.2014

Wee April Ones


Today we are celebrating kids! Much like the kids that will soon be hopping behind the Easter Bunny, you never know what treat you will find as you hop along our blog hop today. It may be babies, kid birthdays...you just won't know until you make the rounds! ;)

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 8 on the Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop - Donna from Organized Chaos. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.


I don't make a lot of baby cards, so I knew that's what I wanted to focus on today. However, I realized that that means I also don't own a lot of current Stampin' Up! baby sets. My Digital Studio to the rescue!

The stars, moon, and "rock-a-bye" are all from the Nursery Necessities stamp brush set. I used the Match Color tool to color the stars silver like the brads. The DSP layer is my favorite element on this card. It is from the Rock-a-Bye Designer Kit. I layered Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon behind it as a "mat." I created the "baby" with the Love Birds Alphabet & Numbers stamp brush set.

I love that I have My Digital Studio at my fingertips to create any type of card I need at a moment's notice. Plus with so many elements available it's easy to make gender-specific and gender-neutral cards! I did realize as I was scrolling through all of my digital elements in MDS that I really need to use it to create more often! Adding that to my goal list!

Next up on our hop is Tonya! Click that Next button to head on over!

http://stampinwithtonya.blogspot.com/2014/04/april-blog-hop.html

Blog Hop Participant List:
  1. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  2. Erica B. of Stamping Starlette
  3. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  4. Kathy P. of Katrina P's Creative Corner
  5. Cynthia R. of Ink-A-Doodle Creations
  6. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  7. Jennifer C. of Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  8. Donna S. of Organized Chaos
  9. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  10. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  11. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  12. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun
  13. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  14. Rose C. of Stampin' with Rose
  15. Darla R. & Nancy K. of Stampin' with Darla and Sisters

Birthday for the Boss

I work in a wonderful office with a great group of people. We love to have fun and razz each other. The boss has a birthday next week, so I thought the Bombs Away Birthday set that I just got in would be perfect for her. She's also a fan of bright colors.


Do you think she'll like it?

Here's the inside with the fun birthday bomb and enough room for the whole office to sign.


4.08.2014

Tons of Techniques for Tuesday

Ok, so maybe not TONS of techniques, but I've got a few of them for you today!

Here is the card I made for today:


Two of the techniques are on the cat image. The first is Omitting Stamping. The cat image from Storybook Friends also has a ball of yarn and the word 'friends' under it. I used a Stampin' Write Marker to only ink up the portion of the stamp that I wanted to stamp.

The next technique is Watercoloring. I pushed on the lid of the closed So Saffron ink pad to create a pool of ink on the inside of the lid. Then I used a Blender Pen to pick up a little of that ink and colored in the cute little kitty.

I used the Fussy-cutting technique on the 'hello' greeting. Fussy-cutting refers to cutting an image out by hand with a pair of Paper Snips so that you can get right up against the edge of the image.

The next to last technique is creating your own background with tone-on-tone stamping. I stamped the ink splotches from Gorgeous Grunge on Calypso Coral cardstock with Calypso Coral ink. I didn't realize until after I had stamped the background that the image kind of looks like messy paw prints walking around the card!

For the last technique, you will have to visit Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration to find my tutorial for the Folded Frame.

I would have never paired Real Red with Calypso Coral for a card, however both colors were used in the I Am Me Designer Series Paper package. They really work well together!

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear what your favorite technique was on this card.


4.07.2014

April Color Challenge


Today is the April Color Challenge at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration. Today is also my mom's birthday. Funny story: when I created this month's color challenge, I didn't realize that it would fall on my mom's birthday. Her favorite color is green. I took full advantage of this irony to kill two birds with one stone. I present to you my mom's birthday card:


I'm guessing there's a good chance that she's going to see her card here before she gets in the mail; but that's ok.

I had so much fun with last week's Ombre challenge that I wanted to try it out again. I used a Stampin' Sponge with the Gumball Green ink and just added more the farther down the cardstock I went.

I have to admit a mistake I made while creating this. When I stamped the Make a Wish, I didn't have my framelits out to measure where I should stamp on the cardstock. So, I either had to cut it off center, or use more cardstock (there was already something on the other side). I decided to cut it off center and then embellish it with candy dots. Now I can say that I got my mom a card, flowers and candy for her birthday! ;)

I hope these colors INKspire you. We would love for you to link up your own creations with us at SSINKpiration!