Friday, April 27, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #5 - MIFDC5

Today I'm playing along with the fifth design challenge from My Inky Friends. It's a sketch challenge challenge based on the layout on page 85 of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  

We would love it if you took part and joined in on the fun. All you have to do is design a card (based on the theme featured above) and upload it to the My Inky Friends Blog. After the link closes on Friday, May 11, 2018, we will post a winner. If you upload to an online gallery, please use the keyword MIFDC5.
  1. Follow the general design of the sketch, although it can be flipped. For a color challenge, Stampin’ Up! colors will be listed. You can use compatible colors and add neutrals as needed.
  2. Create something new that has not been posted before.
  3. Post your creation on your blog or online gallery.  Please provide a link back to our challenge. Provide a direct link to your project or post to the Linky.
  4. Feel free to combine with up to three challenges, as long as you include a link to the Inky Friends post.
  5. Have fun!
You can order any of the supplies to make this card by visiting and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. I used these supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Crafting Forever
  • Colors & Ink: Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White (assortment of Stampin' Write Markers to color the paintbrushes)
  • Embellishments & Punches: Duet Banner Punch
  • Tools: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers
  • Big Shot: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

We Create Last Chance Blog Hop

It's the last chance to get some great retiring Stampin' Up! products before they are gone - through May 31st or while supplies last. Join our hop as we show you some great stamp sets and our favorite retiring colors. The Cool Treats stamp set with matching Frozen Treats Framelits Dies is a must have for my collection. My retiring colors used here are Peekaboo Peach and Dapper Denim. The sentiment is stamped with Chocolate Chip which is also retiring.

Hop on over to see what Julie at See Julie Stamp created with Basket of Wishes, Rose Red and Soft Sky. Click on the next button below:
Supplies used:
  • Stamp: Cool Treats
  • Colors & Ink: Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, Chocolate Chip, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red
  • Embellishments: Clear Wink of Stella, Retired Tasty Treats Designer Washi Tape in Peekaboo Peach
  • Tools: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot: Frozen Treats Framelits Die, Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Layering Circles Framelits Die

Friday, April 13, 2018

My Inky Friends - Inking Up the Retiring In Colors Blog Hop

The 2016-2018 In Colors are retiring, so we are giving them one last Hurrah! Which was your favorite? Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, or Sweet Sugarplum? Follow our hop as we ink up the retiring in colors. Should you get lost during the blog hop, you may find a list of participants on the Inky Friends blog page. You may have arrived from Cindy's blog, Heart's Delight Cards where she featured Dapper Denim. I'm excited to show you what I created using Emerald Envy and the Magical Mermaid stamp set. Which, by the way, is not retiring! 
I created three cards using an idea I got from Stampin' Up's Facebook page called the One-to-Three Paper Challenge. The idea is to use one main stamp set and the same basic layout to make three different cards. If you try it, be sure to post a photo of your creations on social media using the hashtag: #SU1to3paperchallenge. Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand and Whisper White is the color combo I used today.
Isn't she pretty! I stamped the mermaid onto Shimmery White cardstock with clear Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder. Her body and hair are colored with Stampin' Blends (which are currently unavailable until the end of May due to backorder and production issues). I used an Emerald Envy re-inker with an Aqua Painter to paint her tail. Once dry, I fussy cut with Paper Snips.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere her to the base. The seaweed is stamped with clear Versamark and embossed with gold as well as the sentiment. I used an aquapainter and re-inkers in Emerald Envy and Pink Pirouette to do a wash around the oval. The sentiment is also stamped onto Shimmery White cardstock. I find this cardstock works best if you using an aqua painter.
I used the Layering Circles Framelits Dies to create the opening for the sentiment on this card. The layering scallop frame is Bermuda Bay which I just love paired with Emerald Envy. I changed her hair color to blonde and painted clear Wink of Stella all over her tail to give her shimmer. I used an Emerald Envy Stampin' Write Marker along with the Aqua Painter to add definition to the bottom of her tail. The words "kisses and wishes" on the sentiment were gold embossed then fussy cut and glued over the stamped Emerald Envy sentiment to make it fancy.
The Emerald Envy base on the third card is embossed with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It looks like bubbles! The little sea creatures on the Sahara Sand band are gold heat embossed and the strip is just hand torn on each edge. 

Thank you for stopping by! Please say hello and leave a comment! Now it's time to move ahead and see what Betty at Kitty Stamp inked up for us using Flirty Flamingo!

  • Stamp: Magical Mermaid
  • Colors & Ink: Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Pink Pirouette, Bermuda Bay, Clear Versamark 
  • Stampin' Blends: Ivory, Crumb Cake light and dark, Daffodil Delight light and dark
  • Embellishments: Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Wink of Stella
  • Tools: Heat Tool, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Spritzer, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot: Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Last Chance Stampin' Up! Products

Some of your favorite items will be retiring soon. This is the last chance to get some of the items on your wish list. Items on the retired list are “while supplies last,” and some items sell out quickly! Place your orders as soon as you can to ensure that you will be able to get all the items you want. My “must have” retiring item is the Cool Treats stamp set and matching framelits!

The Stampin' Up! website has all of the retiring stamps listed with images: 

Important things to note:
  •   The 2016-2018 In Colors are retiring (Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum), but Flirty Flamingo is getting rescued and put into another family. Check back tomorrow for a retiring in colors blog hop!
  • If you have DSP that you love, or a color you cannot live without, you might want to stock up. The stamp pad cases are also changing and they should stack easier. The new catalog and new colors come out June 1st.
  • The retiring colors are: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder.
  • Some colors are re-organizing into different color families (Regals, Neutrals, Brights, Subtles and In Colors).  

Some products which are bundled are continuing, but the bundle pricing is being discontinued. Which color will you miss the most? I'll miss Marina Mist for sure!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Stampin' Up! We Create Easter Sunday Blog Hop!

Happy Easter! Welcome to the Blog Hop. April's theme is birthday's and signs of spring! I created this springtime birthday card for a friend using the Hostess Set Background Bits and the sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday.
I used the new Stamp-A-Ma-Jig placement tool to perfectly align the Crumb Cake background script. The "treat yourself" sentiment is stamped with clear Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder. I splattered gold Wink of Stella by flicking some of the color off of the lid. Hop on over to see what my friend Julie created by clicking on the next button below to go to See Julie Stamp!
Please leave a comment and say hello! You can order any of the supplies to make this card by visiting and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. I used these supplies:
  • Stamp Sets: Background Bits (Hostess Stamp), Picture Perfect Birthday
  • Colors & Ink: Clear Versamark, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
  • Embellishments: Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Wink of Stella, Linen Thread, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon
  • Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Heat Tool, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Stampin' Dimensionals

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