Happy Washi Tape Birthday

Hello! Today at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration we are featuring projects made with washi tape. I had to sign up to join this post because my washi has been neglected lately, though it seems to be reproducing!

I'm focusing on making lots of birthday cards currently so I can be prepared for the #imbringingbirthdaysback movement. If you haven't heard about it, several Stampin' Up! demonstrators are participating and gathering birthdays and address so we can get back to mailing cards to people. That was honestly why I loved my birthday so much when I was little. I ran to the mailbox (which was at least an 1/8" of a mile from our house) everyday for a week leading up to my birthday just to see if there were cards in there! I also did it for my parents' birthdays, though having to wait for them to open their cards, wasn't as much fun!

Back to the card! It features the Cherry On Top washi. I used the dot pattern to create a background. By itself it looked like a science experiment or one of those vision tests that you look for the number in all the colored dots. The banner below the greeting was made by using two strips of the green washi on a 1" piece of whisper white card stock. Then I used the Banner punch on the ends.

If you would like to be added to my birthday list, use the contact form to email me your birthday (month and day only) and your address. Also, check out the other washi projects at SSINK!

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#SSINKCC30: Color Challenge

Greetings! As I type this it is nice and sunny outside, but I have a feeling that by the time you are reading this, the weather will have changed back to winter. Welcome to Kansas!

Today at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration we are featuring our monthly color challenge. These colors could be used for Valentine's, Spring, or anything your heart desires! I used them to create a Thinking of You card.

The details of this card are pretty straightforward and the product list is below. If you have any questions though, leave them in the comments below!

Please check out the other designers' color challenge creations at SSINK. You can also play along with us using the link tool through Sunday afternoon!

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Project Life Quick & Easy

I love how Project Life makes scrapbooking quick and easy! Did you know that you can also use it for quick and easy cards?

I used a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock, that thankfully in this picture you can't tell that my beloved Abby has chewed on. Silly crafty kitty! Since it's for my husband, I know he won't mind teeth marks in his card.

I stamped one of the greetings from Groovy Love in Bermuda Bay ink, and then layered one of the cards from the Memories in the Making Project Life Speciality Card Collection. By the way, that Project Life card collection is a Sale-A-Bration item! I used some of the Bermuda Bay Washi Tape from the Bohemian Designer Washi Tape collection to attach the PL card.

Super fast, super easy, and perfect for the hubby. I love Project Life!

Make sure to stop over at the SSINKspiration blog to see what how the other designers used Project Life today!

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#SSINKMC29: Mystery Challenge

I believe that this is the first one of our Mystery Challenges I've actually participated in since we started them last summer! Shame on me! It was so fun and definitely a challenge. You should play along with us at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration!

I managed to use 5 of the 6 challenge elements on my card.

I started with Hearts (1). There are heart shaped balloons in the Balloon Builder stamp set which is in the 2016 Occasions catalog. I stamped one in each of the challenge colors (2): Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi, and Watermelon Wonder. Next I outlined them with Dazzling Details for a Glitter (3) element. Once that was dry, I cut them out using my Paper Snips

The card base is a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of Watermelon Wonder card stock scored and folded at 5-1/2". I layered a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Wild Wasabi embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder (4a). Next I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" and embossed the bottom with one of the folders from Fun Frames (4b). I stamped Happy Birthday (5) from the Balloon Builders stamp set in Watermelon Wonder and added two Bermuda Bay Candy Dots.

I didn't want a stark difference in my layers, which I feel happens with Whisper White, so I sponged some Wild Wasabi ink around the edges in hopes to blend the layers a bit. I added my balloons and there you have my challenge card!

There are some super adorable cards from the design team today. Check them out and play along with us!

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

It's time to share our favorites from the 2016 Occasion Catalog with you today on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop. We'd love to hear what you think of our creations so leave some love on each blog as you hop by. You are at stop 1. If you get off track or a link doesn't work, the full lineup is at the bottom of this post.

My favorite thing from the new Occasions Catalog is the Enjoy The Little Things Kit. It comes with an easel clipboard and supplies to make 13 different cards to display on it. The Choose Happy is definitely my favorite.

I put the entire kit together in one sitting, and I think it took me about 2 hours. Most of that was punching out the die cuts for each project. It really went together quickly and would make a great gift for someone!

A word of caution, lay out all the materials for each project before you get started. There were actually two doilies stuck together, and before I realized it, they were both glued to one project. I improvised and used a metallic doily on the second project!

Here is an overview of what comes in the kit:

The bonus is that if you purchase the kit and the coordinating stamp set you'll need to assemble the kit with, the total is $45. Purchase one additional $5 item and you can choose a Sale-A-Bration item for free!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll check out this kit as it's sitting in my office and helps brighten my day every day. Now head over to see what Tobe has cooked up for us. I'm certain it's fabulous as all of her projects are!

Blog Hop Participant List:
  1. Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place
  2. Tobe at The Craft Sea
  3. Jennifer at Jenny G's Paper Crafts
  4. Diana at Stampin' Fun with Diana
  5. Kim at Stamping with Kim
  6. Leanne at Literally My Joy
  7. Heidi at Stuck on Stampin'


Mix It Up

Sometimes when a new catalog comes out we get so excited playing with new stuff that our older stuff sits all lonely in the stamp cabinet wishing it was remembered. Therefore today at SSINKspiration, the designers are mixing a little of the old with a little of the new!

I used two new Sale-A-Bration items (which you can now earn for FREE with every $50 purchase). The stamp set is Botanicals For You. I layered the Botanical Gardens Vellum over the top of it. Then I added two Papillon Potpourri butterflies to the card. Four Old Olive Candy Dots to cover my Glue Dots and the card is complete! 

What is first on your SAB and Occasions wish list? Click on the images below to place your order! 

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New Catalog Countdown: Day 3

Look at that. Day 3 of our countdown falls on the 3rd. Do you know what that means? Less than 48 hours remain before you can order from the Occasions Catalog AND get a FREE Sale-A-Bration item of your choice for each $50 that you spend.

In case you are just dropping by today, the ladies at SSINKspiration have been featuring new products since Friday. We love sharing our INKspiration with you!

Today I am featuring What I Love. A new stamp set that you can only get for FREE because it's a SAB special!

What I Love was the first item that caught my attention when I saw the Sale-A-Bration catalog. My first thought was, "Do I really need another flower set?" But the card on page 7 made me say, "YES!"

This is a CASE of that card. I changed up the colors and used it as a focal point on the card instead of the background, as SU! did for their card.

This set is photopolymer and has arrows on the flower stamps so you can line up the three layers correctly. For best results, stamp the outline first in the darkest color. I used Rose Red. Next stamp the larger solid image in your lightest color. For this I used Pink Pirouette. Finally use the smaller solid image; I used Blushing Bride. My card stock color is Smoky Slate. For the leaves I used Cucumber Crush, and stamped off on a piece of scrap paper for each solid image I stamped.

One other new product that I used on this card is the Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon. It will be available to purchase from the Occasions catalog and coordinates with a new product suite called Have A Cuppa.

This card is a quick and easy one for you that features three new products. The first is the Going Places Designer Series Paper. You've seen other patterns from it the past two days if you've been following my countdown posts. The next is three patterns from the Botanical Gardens Washi Tape. Remember the green one that I used yesterday? There's still one more tape from this package that you haven't seen! Finally, I used three stamps from the What I Love stamp set.

For my final card today, I used the What I Love set to create my own background using the outline flower image in Perfect Plum and the leaves image in Sahara Sand. I actually created this card on New Year's Day and seeing all of my friends' outlooks for 2016, this greeting seemed perfect to use. It is from the Feel Goods set, which is current in the Annual catalog.

What I Love has so many uses, and I am certain that it won't take you long to find $50 of Stampin' Up! products that you wish to use it with in order for you to receive it for free.

See more fabulous new products by checking out the other designers' projects at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration!