Hats off!

Tomorrow is commencement day at our local university. One of my co-workers is finishing his MBA, so I made this card for him.

Our school colors are black and gold, so my color theme for this card was easy to figure out. The card base and banner are Tip Top Taupe. The Congrats is from Tin of Cards, which I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. The Large Numbers framelits and some Gold Glimmer Paper provided my focal point; while the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder and Basic Black Cardstock provided the finishing touch.

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration is featuring framelits today. If you would love to see a variety of cards with different framelits for some inspiration, head over for Framelits Friday.


The Hop Is Flowering

Hello! The April Showers didn't really show up around here, but the May Showers have brought May flowers! The Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration gals wanted to brighten your day today with lots of flowers.

As you hop along, please show some love and leave comments for each of our designers. We are always excited to hear from our followers and what you love! You should have just left stop number 1 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Diana at Stampin' Fun with Diana. If you get off track or a link doesn't work, the entire blog hop list is at the bottom of this post. Now how about some flowers?

I got so into the flower spirit when looking at my stamps, and I just HAD to play with new products, so I made three cards to share with you today.

I can't pick a favorite, so I'm going to tell you about all three.

The Shine card features the flower stamp from Crazy About You, which was punched with the coordinating Flower Medallion punch. I stamped it in Flirty Flamingo ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Next I used the Sunburst Framelit on Pool Party Cardstock. I layered that over a piece of DSP from the new Playful Palette paper stack. The Shine greeting is from Sunburst Sayings. I stamped in it Sweet Sugarplum on Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock. Then I used my Gold Wink of Stella pen for the first time (can you believe it?). I didn't let it fully dry before I took the picture, therefore it looks a little multicolored, but it's not. The final touch was a Basic Rhinestone Jewel in the flower center.

The next card features the calla lilies from Remarkable You. They were stamped in Sweet Sugarplum on Very Vanilla Cardstock and cut out using the Lots of Labels framelits. I layered that over another pattern from the Playful Palette DSP stack. The greeting is from Garden In Bloom, which I stamped in Emerald Envy. I added two Blushing Bride Subtles Candy Dots. The card base is Sweet Sugarplum embossed with the Polka Dot embossing folder. My final touch on this card was to color the stamen of the flowers using a Blender Pen and Hello Honey ink.

My final card features the Bold Butterfly and Botanical Builder framelits. The DSP is once again from the Playful Palette stack. The happy birthday can be found in the Tin of Cards stamp set, which I stamped in Emerald Envy. You'll never guess that the large flower is Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock! The smaller two are from the same DSP stack and were scraps from my first card. The Bright Candy Dots and Botanical Garden Jewels finished off this card.

I'm certain that you can guess what my favorite 2016-2018 In Color is! If you're not a demonstrator, you can start getting your hands on the yummy new products on June 1st! Now, let's see what Kim (and baby Micah) has in store for us today! Just click on that Next button.

Blog Hop Participant List:
  1. Diana at Stampin Fun with Diana
  2. Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place
  3. Kim at Stamping with Kim
  4. Darla at Stampin with Darla
  5. Heidi at Stuck on Stampin'


#SSINKCS32: Card Sketch Challenge

Hello! Bree provided us with a fun sketch for this month's challenge at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration.

I took a little creative liberty with the challenge, because I didn't want my flowers to overshadow my greeting.

This was the first time that I inked up Crazy About You, which I stamped the flower in Daffodil Delight classic ink on Daffodil Delight card stock. I then used the coordinating Flower Medallion punch to cut it out. I was going to add some vellum butterflies, but I liked the simplicity of just a single flower image. I did feel like it needed an extra pop so I added the Perfect Plum Regals Candy Dot.

The base is Watermelon Wonder. I really didn't like this color when it was released, but it has really grown on me. The green patterned layer, as well as the banner that I stamped the Happy Birthday on are both from Going Places Designer Series Paper stack. The larger banner is Pear Pizzaz card stock. The banners were created using the Banner Triple punch. The happy birthday is from That Thing You Did and is stamped in Watermelon Wonder classic ink.

Make sure to check out the other Design Team members cards at SSINK, and play along with us by linking up at SSINKspiration or using #SSINKCS31 as a tag on your photo when you post it to a gallery.


Do the Sale-A-Bration Hop

It's time for our monthly blog hop at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration and we're featuring Sale-A-Bration! As you hop along, please leave some love for each of our designers. We love hearing from our followers! You may be starting the hop here, or you might have just came from stop #7 - Pamela at Stinky Tofu. If you get off track, the blog hop list is at the bottom of this post.

I featured three SAB items on my card today. The Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper, which is still available while supplies last, a clear card with a frame printed on it from the Memories In the Making Project Life Specialty Card Collection, and perhaps my favorite, one of the new products, the Metallics Glitter Tape. If you need to add some shimmer and shine to any project, this is the item for you!

The other products that I used are Daffodil Delight card stock, Pacific Point classic ink, and Enjoy the Little Things stamp set. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Let's head over to Jenny G's next and see what she has in store for us.

Blog Hop Participant List:
  1. Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place
  2. Jenny at Jenny G Paper Crafts
  3. Kathy at Kathy's Stamping World
  4. Diana at Stampin Fun with Diana
  5. Leanne at Literally My Joy
  6. Melissa at The Stamp Doc
  7. Pamela at Stinky Tofu


#SSINKCC31: March Color Challenge

I might be biased, but I think this is a pretty awesome color challenge. If you think so too, you should play along with us at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration! If you don't blog, you can also post to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, etc using #SSINKCC31.

I may or may not be a little behind on mailing out birthday cards, so I'm trying to get caught up. I love the font of the Happy Birthday in the new set, That Thing You Did. I also pulled out an old favorite that I haven't inked up in awhile, Blended Bloom. I embossed the flower with Winter White embossing powder using Versamark and my Heat Tool. 

Of these three colors, Lost Lagoon is my favorite. To make the layer stand out a bit more, I used the Boho Chic textured impressions embossing folder. In addition to stamping the greeting in Rich Razzleberry classic ink on the Pink Pirouette card base, I also added three Rich Razzleberry Brights candy dots. 


Ribbons & Thank You

Hello! Today at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration we are focusing on Stampin' Up! ribbons. Stampin' Up! offers a great selection of ribbons, and I may or may not be a hoarder!

Today's thank you card features two of my favorite ribbons: Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim and Gold 1/8" Ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today! Check out SSINK for more INKspiring cards featuring SU! ribbons!


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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