Friday, February 28, 2014

Sun, Sand and Sailing...Take Two

This past month, many of the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration designers participated in an Occasions Catalog Card Swap. Instead of keeping all of these beautiful card samples to ourselves, we wanted to share them with you, too! Today's blog hop will spotlight a handful of Stampin' Up's Occasions Catalog products as each of us who participated chose a different stamp set to showcase.

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog...and be sure to pin it, too! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number FOUR on the SSINK Occasions Catalog Blog Hop – Erica B of Stamping Starlette. 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. And, be sure to come visit us at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration where we 'inkspire' you 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year!

Now, if you're a follower of my blog, you're probably thinking..."I've already seen this card."  Yep, you sure have! I made this card for the Monday Montage blog hop a few weeks ago and decided to use this card as my swap.  So, you get to see this fun card twice!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Real Red, Pacific Point, High Tides DSP, Fresh Prints DSP
Ink ~ Smokey Slate, Versa Mark
Stamp Sets ~ Hardwood, Hello, Sailor
Other Supplies ~ Banners Framelits, Hearts Framelits, Starburst Framelits, Silver Bakers Twine, White Embossing Powder
Click on the NEXT blog button below to hop on over to the next stop!

Blog Hop Participants
  1. Erica B. of Stamping Starlette
  2. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  3. Heidi B. of Stuck on Stampin'
  4. Donna S. of Organized Chaos
  5. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya 

You're Too Kind's Friday!  What's better than a Friday?  Being on vacation on a Friday!!!  While I can't say I'm on a super fun vacation, I'm not working and that's a fun vacation for me :-)
A couple weeks ago, some of the SSInk design team members decided to participate in an Occasions Catalog card swap and let me tell you...all of the swaps were awesome!  Be sure to check back bright and early tomorrow morning for the SSInk Occasions Card Blog Hop so you can see all of them too!
Today's card was inspired by the amazing talented Pam Steckman at Stampin' in the Sun.  I loved her layout and just couldn't wait to CASE it!  I pulled out a stamp set that I hadn't used yet *GASP* and finally inked it up.  I love me so two step stamp sets!  I created two versions of this card. The first one is stepped up a little bit with some ribbon and bling...

...and this one is a little more simple.  Either way, I love them both!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Early Espresso, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Ink ~ Early Espresso, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush
Stamp Set ~ Too Kind
Other Supplies ~ Scallops Embossing Folder, Strawberry Slush Ruffled Stretch Ribbon, Rhinestone Basics
Now don't forget to come back tomorrow for the SSInk Occasions Card Blog Hop and see where my inspiration came from along with all of the other fabulous cards!
Have a great weekend and Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Birthday Dress Up

Happy Thursday!  I've been trying dig out some of my old favorites this week and  the Dress Up framelits is one of them!   I loved playing with paper dolls when I was little and still have fun dressing these dress forms up too!  With so many beautiful DSP patterns, you can create a pretty dress for just the right occasion!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Eastern Elegance DSP
Ink ~ Coastal Cabana
Stamp Set ~ One in a Million
Other Supplies ~ Dress Up Framelits, Extra Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval, Coastal Cabana Stretch Ruffled Ribbon, Subtles Collection Buttons, Linen Thread, Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder, Rhinestone Basics

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Emboss It!

Hi friends and welcome to a fun technique day over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration...EMBOSSING!  There are so many different ways to emboss...heat embossing, dry embossing, embossing MANY ways!
I chose to use one of my favorite embossing folders and some heat embossing on this card. I used the Core'dinations cardstock in the embossing folder and sanded it down in places...I {HEART} this paper, in every single color!  It's a bit hard to see in the picture, but the star and the "a" with the little banners are all heat embossed to give the images a little more of a shiny effect than ink. 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Coastal Cabana, Coastal Cabana Core'dinations, Whisper White, Basic Black, Fresh Prints DSP
Ink ~ Coastal Cabana, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Perfect Pennants
Other Supplies ~ Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Alphabet Press Embossing Folder, Black Embossing Powder, Banner Framelits, Rhinestone Basics, Black Sharpie
Be sure to check out all of the other embossing techniques used by the other awesome SSInk Design Team too!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Baby Shower Gift Set

What a cute Gift Box, Notebook and Card to give with your gift at your next Baby Shower Party.  The new Mother To Be will just love the pastel tones and having a gorgeous box (once gift is removed) to save all her Baby Shower Cards and Tags, not to mention a handy notebook for her handbag / nappy bag, to record all of Baby’s first’s that often occur when you are out and about.
To get the instructions for this cute baby gift ensemble designed by Angie, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to February!
Happy Stamping!

Petal Parade Card Box with Belly Band ~ Craft Project Central

This darling card box makes a perfect gift or is a great idea for a class too! It can easily hold six decorated cards and envelopes. Easy to assemble and beautiful too!
To get the instructions for this fun project designed by Laurie, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to February!
Happy Stamping!

Oh Snap! ~ HSSSC180

Grab your card stock, ink pads and's time for a fun sketch over at Hand Stamped Sentiments!
Hi, my name is Bree and I'm addicted to this stamp set and colors!  I just can't seem to set these colors aside and play with something new...but I just LOVE them!  But, after today, I PROMISE I will put them away and play with something else!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Paper
Ink ~ Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Black StazOn
Stamp Sets ~ Peachy Keen, Hip Notes, Gorgeous Grunge
Other Supplies ~ On Film Framelits, Essentials Wooden Elements, Gold Sequins, Gold Bakers Twine
Now head on over and check out the rest of the Design Team's work and be sure to play along!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Heavy Metal Birthday

The girls over at SSInkspiration are a creating with metallics today!  Between the fun foil papers, embossing powders and metallic ink pads, you can create some pretty awesome projects!
I decided to use all of the silver metallic products I had to create today's card...

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Regals Collection DSP
Ink ~ Night of Navy, Silver Metallic Encore, Versa Mark
Stamp Set ~ Perfect Pennants
Other Supplies ~ Alphabet Press Embossing Folder, Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Chevron Embossing Folder, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Banners Framelits, Silver Embossing Powder
To create the metallic design on my banners, I inked up my Chevron Embossing folder with the Silver Metallic ink and placed the Night of Navy banners inside. I pressed down the outside of the embossing folder to stamp the image on the banners.  I used the same technique for the Smoky Slate Arrow banners as well, but instead of just stamping the image on the banners, I actually ran them through the Big Shot to add a little more texture to the card.
I hope I've INKspired you to CREATE something today!
Now head on over to SSInk  to see all of the other great metallic creations from our design team!  
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Backyard {Basics} Egg Hunt

Good Sunday morning friends!  Any stampin' plans today?  It's kind of a drizzly day here today...perfect day to spend in my craft room :-)  Last night I had my Burlap and Blooms wreath class and we all had so much fun!  I had 18 crafty ladies packed into my house...we laughed, we wrapped (burlap), we glued and we ate.  This is what I love most about Stampin' Up!...the friendships that have been made and all the fun we have! 
Before everyone arrived last night, I did have a bit of time to sneak in a little stamping time.  I'm trying to stay ahead of the game and decided it was time to work on some Easter creations.  This card might just be one we make in my March Stamp Clubs :-)
Confession time...I have had a pack of Natural Composition paper for well over a year and this is only the second time I've used it.  WHY?!?!?!  This paper is gorgeous with the shiny, embossed patterns!  It was the perfect paper for my card!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Sky, Eastern Elegance DSP, Watercolor paper, Natural Composition Specialty
Ink ~ Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Metallic Gold, VersaMark
Stamp Sets ~ Backyard Basics, Delightful Dozen, Gorgeous Grunge
Other Supplies ~ Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Gold Bakers Twine, Gold Embossing Powder
Wondering where that gold button came from?  I embossed one of the Very Vintage Designer Buttons with gold embossing powder.  This picture doesn't do it is beautiful! 
I have some ideas in my head for an Easter basket to go along with this it's time to see if I can bring those ideas to life!
Happy Stamping! 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Slider Page Mini Album, Card & Gift Tag too! ~ Craft Project Central

This fun project includes a cute mini album with a unique slider page, perfect for hidden journaling or photos. Complete the ensemble with a card and a gift tag and it is the ideal gift for someone special in your life.  Also makes for a fun class, club or camp project!
To get the instructions for this pretty project designed by Tina, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to February!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Afternoon Picnic ~ Craft Project Central

Happy Friday stampin' friends!  The sun is finally shining today and I would love to have an afternoon picnic...just need it to warm up a bit!  In the meantime,
Buffy with Stamping with Buffy has a fun project that will get you ready for all those afternoon picnics to come!
By the time February rolls around, most of us are ready for spring – flowers, sunshine and picnics on the deck.These lanterns, flowers in painted glitter vases and butterfly straws made with Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!® are sure to remind you that spring is just around the corner.
To get the instructions for this pretty picnic ensemble designed by Buffy, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to February! 
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sweet {Subtle} Baby

Hello to all of my stampin' friends!!!  Colour Me...! has a new challenge and the colors they gave us to work with this week are soft, subtle colors that made me think of a newborn baby boy...Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Sky and Pistachio Pudding.
I have to admit, I haven't used many of my Pistachio Pudding supplies, but after making this card, you will be seeing more of it.  It's as yummy as it's name!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Ink ~ Pistachio Pudding, Soft Sky, Baked Brown Sugar, StazOn
Stamp Sets ~ Baby We've Grown, Banner Blast
Other Supplies ~ Banner Punch, Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Stretch Trim, Linen Thread 
Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Zoo Baby Birthday

Happy, Happy Tuesday stampin' friends!  I am so happy to have Monday behind kicked my booty yesterday!  As annoyed as I was that my doctor only let me work part time last week, I am thankful he did after my first full day back yesterday...wowzers!!!  It was a long, crazy day and I was happy to unwind in my craft room last night after the kiddos went to bed. 
A friend asked me to make a birthday card for a sweet little boy who will soon be celebrating his 1st birthday.  She told me he loves the going to the zoo to see all of the animals, so I thought Zoo Babies would make for a fun card for him.  With some sketch inspiration from Fab Friday I came up with this cute little card...
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Gumball Green Core'dinations, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Birthday Basics DSP
Ink ~ Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Crisp Cantaloupe
Stamp Set ~ Zoo Babies
Other Supplies ~ Starburst Framelits, Alphabet Press Embossing Folder, Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon
I'm having to get a bit creative these days with the photos of my cards!  The weather hasn't been kind enough to let me take pictures in my favorite outdoor spot, so I've had to find a few well lit spots inside my house.  I'm thinking it's time to make a light box :-) 
Hope you all have a fabulous day!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Swallowtail Altered Book box and Card ~ Craft Project Central

Michelle over at Figments of My Imagination has a beautiful project to share today!
This Swallowtail Altered Book Box and Card is perfect way to transform an unused hardcover book into a beautiful gift! This set features an altered hardcover book and a coordinating gift card.  This elegant box provides a special place to store a secret gift, a small journal, or other cherished keepsakes!  This set would make a wonderful gift for a treasured friend!
To get the instructions for this creative project designed by Michelle, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to February! 
Happy Stamping!

Rockin' the Faux Hawk

Happy Monday stampin' friends!  It's time for this months scrapbook layout sketch over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration.  I look forward to these every month because it helps me stay on top of my Family Year Book.
We have a fun sketch for you play with this month!  Don't forget to link up and share your creations with us!
A few weeks ago my twins decided they wanted to try and grow their hair out a bit.  It took some convincing to get my husband to agree, but he finally gave them the ok.  We are in the early stages, but they love the fact that they can style it now!  I'm sure you'll see a few more pages from me as their hair's pretty awesome seeing their personalities come out in their style!
I did a mirror image of this page to create a two page layout... 
Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to check out and rest of the Design Team's take on the sketch!  And more importantly, don't forget to play along!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Spring Inspired ~ Monday Montage

Hello and welcome back to another Monday Montage blog hop!  I hope you love all of the creations that all of these amazing ladies have come up with this week...I know I do!

I don't know about you, but I am longing for warm spring days and spending time working in my yard.  I love playing in the dirt almost as much as I love playing with paper and ink!  While we've still got a few more weeks of this cold, wet, wintry weather ahead of us, I am doing my part to bring a bit of spring into our house.  As I was looking for some ideas for decorating my mantel this morning, I was inspired by some pretty spring colors and roses and decided it was time to finally pull out the new Spiral Flower Die!
 I'll be honest...I was a little bit intimidated by this die at first, but as soon as I cut my first flower out, all fear was gone!  These are so super easy to put together and so pretty!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Modern Medley
Ink ~ Basic Gray, Metallic Gold
Stamp Sets ~ Off the Grid, Gorgeous Grunge
Other Supplies ~ Gold Bakers Twine, Gold Sequin Trim, Brights Candy Dots, Spiral Flower Die, Little Leaves Sizzlits
Now it's time to hop on over to Cathy and I promise her post will WOW you once again.  Or if you prefer to hop backwards, you can head on back to the amazing creation by Amy ...she inspires me each and every week!  Either way, just make sure you make the whole loop and don't miss any of us.  And don't forget to leave us some love on our blogs...we love hearing from you!
  Thanks for hopping along with us today!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

There's a Birthday in the {Fire} House

Hi Stampin' Friends and Happy Saturday!  It's a gloomy, rainy day!  Now that our snow is all gone, I am officially ready for spring, sunshine and warm weather!  My day has already been packed full of cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry.  We'll soon be off to a soccer game, followed by a night out at the annual crab fee....yummy!  We'll be joining a group of my hubby's co-workers, which will guarantee a fun night for all!  One of the guys, and a very good friend of ours, from his shift has a birthday today, so I of course had to make him a card.  I found this cute punch art fire hydrant by Andi at Absolute Kreations card a while back on Pinterest and tucked it away in one of my folders because I knew I would use it some day.   Be sure to check out the link for Andi's site for her awesome instructions for the hydrant.
I decided I wanted the fire hydrant to look a little antiqued, so I crumpled all of the pieces up, smoothed them back out and sponged them a little with some silver ink.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Ink ~ Basic Black, Metallic Silver
Stamp Sets ~ Teeny Tiny Wishes, Designer Type Photopolymer (sold out)
Other Supplies ~ Large Oval Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Diamond Plate Embossing Folder (Cuddlebug) Silhouette Cameo (Maltese Cross)
I was worried that this would be a bit to juvenile for our friend, but my hubby thought it was awesome and asked if I would make a stack of these cards for all of the guys at his department!  Guess it will be ok :-)
As much as I would love to stay in and play in my craft room all day, it's time to get ready for the soccer game!  There's always tomorrow!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Retro Fresh Magnetic Board ~ Craft Project Central

Julie with Just Julie B's Stampin' Space has a super cute Memo Board to share with us today!
It’s always nice to have a fresh new way to post some quick notes or reminders. This Magnetic Memo Board is really simple to make, and the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper gives it a super fun vibe!! The coordinating note cards, pen and super-hip magnets are all stored neatly into the Sweet and Simple Storage Case. When it’s all packed up, it makes a great little ‘anytime’ gift!
To get the instructions for this fun and functional project designed by Julie, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to February! 
Happy Stamping!

Valentine {Golden} Anniversary

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!  Do you go all out and celebrate Valentines Day or do you just look at it as another day?  We have a little of both in our house!  My kiddos, of course, made fun little Valentines for their friends at school and I made them some cute Valentine treats for their lunch today.  And since my hubby has to work today, my boys told me they would be my date and take me out for ice cream later today...I {heart} them!  My hubby and I decided long ago that we don't need to do anything for Valentines Day, but I broke the rules a little this year and got him a little sweet treat from the candy shop :-) 
Ok, enough of my rambling and on to today's card!  My husbands aunt and uncle are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend...what an amazing milestone!  They are the kindest people you will ever meet and I am sad we won't be able to join them for their celebration, but I will be sending them this card...
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Very Vanilla, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Red Glimmer Paper
Ink ~ Jet Black StazOn, Gold Metallic Encore Pad
Stamp Sets ~ Hearts A Flutter, Express Yourself (Hostess)
Other Supplies ~ Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Gold Bakers Twine
I used this weeks sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my inspiration.  I loved this sketch so much that I used it for a second card, along with the fun color challenge over at Colour Me...!  My good friend and super crafty pal Katie at Sweet n Spiffy is one the of amazingly talented design team members and I've been itching to play along with all of their fun color combos!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink ~ Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party
Stamp Set ~ Six-Sided Sampler
Other Supplies ~ Hexagon Punch, Brights Collection Buttons, Pool Party Bakers Twine
I hope you all have a great day and even better weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bundled Up with Kaleidoscope ~ Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop

Thank you so much for joining us for our February Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop! Sale-a-Bration is in full swing and it's one of the BEST specials that Stampin' Up! provides every year! Each of the stops along our hop will give you a bundle of items that you can purchase that will total around $50 and give you a FREE Sale-a-Bration item!! You won't want to miss these exclusive Sale-a-Bration items: 

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 11 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop – Kristina at Mama's Sanity. 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.
For my Stamp Club this month, I featured items from the Kaleidoscope Suite to bundle together to help my customers reach the $50 total and earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Take a look at the fun way I used my bundled items in these 3 fun cards! 

The items I bundled together and used for these projects are:
Geometrical Stamp Set (Clear) & Triangle Punch Bundle (134942):  $32.25
Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper(132995):  $10.95
Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder(132187):  $7.95
Total product amount:  $51.15
Other supplies used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Silver Foil Paper
Ink ~ Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Real Red
Stamp Sets ~ Gorgeous Grunge
Other supplies: Brights and Neutrals Candy Dots, Silver Bakers Twine, Basic Metal Buttons
I love it when you can create so many fun and different projects with just one suite of products! 
Now hop on over to Dawn of Dawn's Creative Chalet and see what amazing projects she has for all of us this month.  You won't be disappointed!

Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  2. Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  3. Jennifer C. of Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  4. Kathy P. of Katrina P's Creative Corner
  5. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  6. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  7. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  8. Erica B. of Stamping Starlette
  9. Donna S. of Organized Chaos
  10. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  11. Kristina M. Mama's Sanity
  12. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  13. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  14. Anastasia R. of Stampin' Blondie
  15. Darla R. & Nancy K. of Stampin with Darla and Sisters
  16. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun
  17. Heidi B. of Stuck on Stampin'