Friday Favorites

Can you believe that we've already reached the end of July? That means we're getting closer to my favorite season, Fall! Speaking of favorites, the designers at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration are sharing their current favorite products today.

My favorite is the Watercolor Wash stamp. It is one of Stampin' Up!'s background stamps, which are meant to cover a good portion of a quarter sheet of card stock. I love that it provides a bold, solid canvas to work with that only requires a few finishing touches be added!

What is currently your favorite Stampin' Up! product? Leave a comment below and receive something special from me!

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Garden Birthday

Ok, not to toot my own horn; but I think this might be my favorite card that I've made in quite some time. I don't know if it's the embellishments or the color combination, but it all makes me really happy!

I was kind of struggling with what I was going to do to make a birthday card; and then this one suddenly came together. I knew I wanted to use the Tin of Cards stamp set, because the fonts are so elegant. As I mentioned Monday, I am absolutely in love with the patterns of the Designer Series Paper color family stacks this year! I folded the Tip Top Taupe trim up on top of itself and it added a soft new texture to the card.

Have a lot of birthdays coming up that you need to make cards for? There's more inspiration today at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration!

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Product Focus: Sequins

Have you played with any of the Stampin' Up! sequins? They add just the right amount of sparkle to any project. I don't remember why now, but I was flipping through the Annual Catalog before I made this card, and was inspired by the card on page 113. In fact I was so inspired I decided to CASE it.

I changed a few of the colors and embellishments around. Then I decided to "Step Up" the card by adding the sequins. In this case, I used some of the sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim. Sequins are one of those embellishments that you can always easily use to give your project that extra pizzaz.

Thanks for stopping by today. If your name is secretly Lorelai Gilmore, then I know you won't be able to resist checking out more sequined goodness at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration.

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Quick & Easy Cards

My followers probably know me well enough by now to know that Project Life by Stampin' Up! card kits are my go to source for a quick and easy card. Today was no exception!

The heart patterned card from Moments Like These made the perfect background. Add some of that yummy Cucumber Crush Lace Trim and you're over half done! Quick, quick; head over to Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration for some more easy cards to CASE!
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Masculine Monday

A year ago, the Masculine Monday posts scared me and I avoided them like the plague. Now I rather enjoy them. Even though I'm more comfortable with them, it still poses a challenge to me.

I didn't mean for this one to come across so Army, but I think it does and I really like it. Do you think it does too? 

I just love the patterns in the Designer Series Paper Stacks this year and how versatile they are. I like the Chevron Border Punch, but I think my favorite element on this card is the stars that I stamped from Perfect Pennants and then cut out. 

Check out the other designers' masculine cards today at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration. 

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Perpetual Calendar Kit

Today at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration we are featuring our favorite Stampin' Up! kits and various ways to use them.

I am using the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Kit. Maybe this way I'll finally get birthday cards out to people on time!

It comes in it's own nifty box which makes it great for gift giving!

All together on the board.

How I decorated it.

I even decorated the bottom corners of most of them. The stars in a J pattern on this one were unintentional! 


#SSINKLS23: Layout Sketch

This is such a fun sketch, I just had to play along for the SSINK design team this week. You can play along with us too! Look for details below.

Last week, I used Project Life for some of my fish pictures from last summer. The circles on this layout told me that I needed to do the same. Originally, I was going to make my circles air bubbles for one of the fish in the pictures. Then as I started going through pictures, another thought came to mind!

The jellyfish were just begging to be punched out with my circle punches! I also found a bit in the SeaLife book that we had purchased that fit along with this page because the DH kept saying, "your upper left corner needs something."

The layering pieces came from two Project Life card collections. The top one was This Is The Life, and the bottom one was Let's Get Away. (I think. I could have those backwards.) The washi tape is definitely from the Let's Get Away card collection!

The gals at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration LOVE when our readers play along with our sketch challenges! We would love for you to join us! It is even allowed for you to make a card inspired by this layout sketch if scrapbooking isn't your thing. If you don't have a blog, you can link to whatever gallery you've posted your project to! Show us what you've got!