Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Color Challenge

I used this month's color challenge to create a card for a dear friend. She's had a rough year, so I got her a special present and, of course, needed a card to go along with it. The "Count Your Blessings" from Gratitude for Days (new in the Holiday Catalog) seemed like the perfect sentiment.

This card also features the butterflies from Kinda Eclectic, as well as a Hello Honey print from the Lullaby DSP.

Are you inspired by the Color Challenge I created? Please play along with us at SSINKspiration, and tag your images with #ssinkcc13.


Friday Favorites

I know that this year I have too many irons in the fire, and that I need to start thinking about Christmas now, so I'm not freaking out at the last minute starting December 20th. Therefore, I used My Digital Studio to create a journal so I can track my lists for cards, gifts, and what still needs to be done.

This is the cover of the journal:

If you're not familiar with MDS, contact me for a one-on-one demonstration, or check out mydigitalstudio.net.

Check out Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration for a variety of current favorites of the Design Team.



...the 2014 Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up! It is full of spectacular items and fabulous project ideas. The best part is that you can order from it starting today! Drop me a line if you don't have your copy yet, and I'll get one in the mail to you immediately.

I was so excited to use all my new stuff, that I had to make two projects to show today! Fall is my favorite time of year, and I can't wait for it to arrive. (I also hope we actually have some fall weather this year.) I made these as a sign to Mother Nature that she can hurry up with the crisp weather.

First up is the fun box. I made it with the brand new Gift Box Punch Board. I used a full 12" x 12" sheet of DSP from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper package and followed the directions on the punch board to complete it. The great thing about this box, is that it will technically go together with no adhesive, but if you want to make it more sturdy and fill it with stuff, you would just need to glue the inside flaps down to the sides.

I used the Gold Sequin Trim (found in the Annual Catalog) to tie around the box.

This is what your paper looks like once you have punched and scored it before assembly. It was super easy to assemble.

For my card, I used another sheet of DSP from the Color Me Autumn stack. Did you know that almost all of our DSP is double-sided? This card features both sides of one sheet. The pattern that is on the side pieces reminds me of Indian corn.

The stamp set that I used on the tag is For All Things. It is probably my favorite set out of the Holiday Catalog. The inks that I used are Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey and Soft Suede. I'm going to have to make more cards with those three colors, as they are really pretty all together.

Check out more projects feature brand new products today at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration.


Watercolor Wednesday

This is the card I created for Watercolor Wednesday at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration today. The open hearts from Groovy Love make a great outline for coloring. I stamped them in Cherry Cobbler onto a piece of Watercolor Paper. Then I used the Aqua Painters with Cherry Cobbler ink to color them. The greeting is from @SoSocial and was also stamped using Cherry Cobbler ink. The Hearts Border Punch created the border at the top before I mounted the layer on to a Cherry Cobbler base. Every card needs a little sparkle, so I added the clusters of Basic Rhinestones.


For The Man

School started last Monday, so things have been a little crazy around here. Is it the same for you? Due to that, I missed making a card to share last Friday for the Amazing Birthday post at SSINK. However, I incorporated the idea I had for that card into my masculine card for today.

When I saw the "It's For You" stamp in Amazing Birthday, the outside reminded me of a grommet. I embossed three of them with Silver Embossing Powder on Marina Mist cardstock. The 3/4" Circle Punch will perfectly punch out the center. Using the 1-1/4" Circle Punch to punch out the whole image will leave a small border around your design. I used the 1" Circle Punch and the 1-3/8" Circle Punch to create a Real Red layer behind my grommets. So as not to be wasteful, I used one of the centers from the stamped images and one of the centers from my Real Red to create my greeting. I felt that tying it on to the ribbon with some White Baker's Twine helped to tie it in with the rope paper from the Maritime Designer Series Paper pack.

Do you notice anything unfamiliar on this card? The Lucky Stars Embossing Folder will be available for customer purchase on August 28th!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Most of my projects I create specifically to share with you, and I love knowing that you've been here to enjoy them. You can also stop over at SSINK for more masculine inspiration.


Make It Quick

I made today's quick and easy card so quickly that I forgot to emboss the stars on the Perfect Plum piece like I had intended! However, you would have never known if I hadn't shared that secret with you.

One fabulous thing about the Star Framlits is that you can create star "outlines" by cutting with one size, and then running it through the Big Shot again with a smaller size centered on the piece you just cut.

The Hooray stamp can be found in the Project Life Remember This set. I fed each side of the cardstock through the Mosaic Punch to create a different type of label punch element.

Check out more quick and easy cards today at SSINK!


Two-Step Technique

No, there will be no dancing today. Though if you feel the desire to get up and two-step, by all means I hope you do! Today we're two-step stamping. All that means is that you stamp one image on top of another one.

This card features the ever popular Work of Art stamp set. The swish was inked up with Wisteria Wonder and then stamped off once before stamping on the cardstock so that it was a little lighter. Then I stamped the You on top of each one with Strawberry Slush ink. The Just For is in Lost Lagoon ink to match the ribbon embellishment.

Two-step stamping is a great way to liven up a card without having to spend a lot of extra time on it. For more great ideas, check out SSINKspiration.