Friday, June 29, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge 7

Today, I'm playing along with My Inky Friends Design Challenge 7. We would love it if you played along and joined in on the fun. All you have to do is design a card based on the sketch above, inspired by page 48 of the Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog. Upload a photo of your creation to the My Inky Friends Blog. After the link closes on Friday, July 13, 2018 we will post a winner. If you upload to an online gallery, please use the keyword MIFDC7 or use #MIFDC7 on social media. Here's my design:
 Guidelines:
  • 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.
  • Create something new that has not been posted before.
  • 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 on the My Inky Friends Blog.
  • Feel free to combine with up to three challenges, as long as you include a link to the Inky Friends post.
  • Have fun!
You can order any of the supplies to make this card by visiting www.stampinup.com and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. I used these supplies:
  • Stamp Set: Hand Delivered (Hostess Set)
  • Colors and Ink: Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Blueberry Bushel, Daffodil Delight, Black Memento
  • Tools: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips
  • Designer Series Paper: 2018-2019 In Color 6" x 6" DSP Pack
  • Big Shot: Stitched Shapes Framelits Die

Friday, June 8, 2018

Fabulous at 30! My Inky Friends Annual Catalog Blog Hop

The NEW Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog for 2018-2019 is out: Love It, Live It, Share It - 30 Years of Loving What We Do.  Join My Inky Friends as we celebrate Stampin' Up's 30th anniversary with our Fabulous at 30 blog hop where we'll show you what you can create with Stampin' Up's new products that are available for purchase now. Should you get lost during the blog hop, you can find a list of participants on the My Inky Friends blog page. You may have arrived from Rhonda's blog, The Stampin' Bunny, where she featured Best Bunny. I'm excited to show you what I created using the Sea of Textures Bundle from the Tranquil Textures Suite on page 155 of the Annual Catalog.
I love this octopus from the Sea of Textures stamp set and all of Stampin' Up's new colors. The Sea of Textures stamp coordinates with the Under the Sea Framelits die and saves you 10% when you purchase them together as a bundle HERE.

To create this cute octopus embellishment, color directly on the octopus stamp using Stampin' Write Markers in Soft Sea Foam and tiny bit of Highland Heather on the edges. Spritz the stamp with a bit of water and stamp onto a piece of Soft Sea Foam cardstock and cut him out with the coordinating die. I wanted him to look shiny, like he was wet, so I place him on a Versamark pad and pressed down evenly to coat the image. Then I heat embossed all over with clear embossing powder. I die cut another octopus in Coastal Cabana and attached this to the back of my embossed octopus using a mini dimensional to create a shadow and give him some weight. The card base is a returning color - Coastal Cabana.

Blackberry Bliss is another returning color used here, along with Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.
I used a fun belly band fold here:
  • The card base measures 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". 
  • The piece on the right in Blackberry Bliss measures 1-1/4" x 5".  Score at 3-3/4" and glue to the back of the card. 
  • The wider piece on the left in Gorgeous Grape measures 8-1/2" x 2-3/4" and it is scored at 4-1/4" and glued to the back of the card, covering the thinner band.
Card Back

My last card uses the Layering Alphabet Edgelits die and it's embellished with the shells and plants from the Under the Sea Framelits dies. Inside says, "Thanks for reaching out," stamped with the octopus from Sea of Textures.
Thank you for stopping by! Please say hello and leave a comment. Now it's time to move ahead and see what Heidi from Running W Scissors Stamper created with Lilypad Lake.

Supplies:
  • Stamps: Sea of Textures
  • Colors and Ink: Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron, Coastal Cabana, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Blueberry Bushel, Pacific Point, Garden Green, Pear Pizza, Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody
  • Embellishments: Nature's Twine, Clear Embossing Powder
  • Tools: Heat Tool, Stampin' Spritzer, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot: Layering Alphabet Edgelits, Under the Sea Framelits

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Perfect Bath Bomb Recipe Using Young Living Stress Away

These bath bombs are the best! I searched the Internet and YouTube for bath bomb videos and recipes. My two favorites are from Hayley Williams and WhatsUpMoms. I combined their ideas with what I had on hand and came up with the perfect bath bomb recipe. 
You will need:

Dry Ingredients-
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup Corn Starch
1/2 cup Lavender Epsom Salt 
 
Wet Ingredients-
1 Tablespoon of melted 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1-2 Teaspoons of Water
20 Drops of Young Living Stress Away Essential Oil  

Extras-
Wilton Pearl Dust in pink and or purple
Betty Crocker Classic Gel Food Coloring 
Plastic molds, such as plastic balls or Easter Eggs

In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients. In a small glass measuring cup mix the wet ingredients. Slowly add the the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and keep stirring and mixing until it looks like dry cake batter. You should be able to pinch the powder and see it stick together. If it looks too dry add a tiny 1/2 teaspoon of water at a time and keep mixing. It should feel dry in your hands but pack together when pinched.

If you want to add color to them you can divide the mixture into different bowls and add 2-3 drops of food coloring. The gel food coloring will look like spots when mixed in, but will fizz out that color when added to the tub. It did not stain my tub. I added red and blue food coloring to each so that it looks purple when dissolving.

Pack the mixture tightly into a mold. I used clear plastic balls which I found at Michael's in the wedding section. I've also had success using small Easter Eggs. If you want a shimmer when dissolving in the tub, add some Wilton Pearl dust before placing in mold. It's made for food so it will dissolve in the water while soaking and looks really cool like fairy dust. 



Let the bath bombs set up in the mold for a day or two before removing so that they have time to set into a ball shape. Slowly remove them from the mold. I just keep mine stored in the plastic balls until I'm ready to use them. They also fit in these Stampin' Up! clear acetate boxes to give as gifts once they have been removed from the mold. 

This recipe makes 5 bath bombs. Please leave a comment or let me know if you have any questions. You can order the acetate boxes HERE. You can order the Young Living Essential Oil HERE. What's your favorite relaxing scent combination?

Monday, June 4, 2018

Ever Tried Paper Pumpkin? June's Kit is Stealing the Show This Summer


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I've been keeping a secret. I can finally reveal that the June 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit will coordinate with the Broadway Bound Suite on pages 68-69 of the annual catalog. Subscribe by June 10th HERE.
https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/products/11005/broadway-bound
Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit by Stampin' Up! that is mailed right to your door with all of the supplies included.  May's kit was called Manly Moments and it's a card kit to create cards for the men in your life. If you don't want to make cards, you can use your imagination and create scrapbook pages, gift tags, notebooks or treat toppers.

It's $19.95 per month, including shipping. You can set up a monthly subscription where you pay as you go, or purchase a prepaid subscription offered at 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. Get your June Kit by ordering HERE before June 10th. This is what to expect:

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends. Yes refills!
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!

Friday, June 1, 2018

We Create Masculine Blog Hop

Hello June - It's a special day! The NEW Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog for 2018-2019 comes out today: Love It, Live It, Share It - 30 Years of Loving What We Do.  Join our hop as the We Create Bloggers introduce some new and returning products that are available for purchase now. Our theme is anything masculine. I'm featuring the Bubble Over stamp set with matching Bottles and Bubbles Framelits to create a masculine birthday or congratulations set.
I'm using 5 brand new Stampin' Up! colors here: Grapefruit Grove, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Gray Granite. I got the 3D bottle and coaster idea from Gaynor Boyce who is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the UK. 
To create half of the 3D bottle: Die cut 6 large bottles from the largest bottle die in the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits set in Gorgeous Grape cardstock. Score the bottles down the middle vertically and fold the pieces on half. Glue the pieces to each other on the outside edges. 
  • Card Base: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Highland Heather
  • Mat 5-1/4" x 8-1/4" Grapefruit Grove - emboss with Softly Falling Embossing Folder
  • Two strips measuring 1" x 5-1/4" and 2-1/8" x 6" of 2018-2020 In Color 6" x 6" DSP
  • Stamp the "Yay" sentiment on Whisper White Cardstock from Bubble Over in Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Grapefruit Grove and Gray Granite. Punch out with the 3/4" Circle Punch. 
  • Die cut the bottle bands and bottle cap from Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green and Gray Granite.
To create the full 3D bottle: Die cut 11 large bottles from the largest bottle die in the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits set in Gorgeous Grape cardstock. Score the bottles down the middle vertically and fold the pieces on half. Glue the pieces to each other on the outside edges. Adhere completed bottle to a bottle cap.
  • Coaster Base: 3" x 3" in Gray Granite
  • Mat:  2-7/8" x 2-7/8" in Highland Heather
  • Stamp the "Yay" sentiments on Whisper White Cardstock from Bubble Over in Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Grapefruit Grove. Punch out with the 3/4" Circle Punch. 
  • Die cut the bottle bands and bottle cap from Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green and Gray Granite.
  • Stamp the bubbles in Gorgeous Grape.
  • Die cut the bottle bands and bottle cap from Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green and Gray Granite. 
  • Stamp the thumbs up onto Whisper White Cardstock using Gorgeous Grape and die cut with coordinating Bottles and Bubbles Framelit.
Last, create a mini 4" gift bag using the Stampin' Up! Gift Bag Punch Board. It's the perfect size for a gift card or some cash. I used Grapefruit Grove Cardstock and 2018-2020 In Color 6" x 6" DSP. I tied the handle with the new Nature's Twine four color pack.

Thanks for visiting our blog hop! Please leave a comment. I love to hear from you! Click the Next Button below to visit Sharon's blog, Studio Shabaz-CreatvieMe68 and see what she created using Rooted in Nature. 
https://studioshabazcreativeme68.blogspot.com/2018/06/WCBH6.html

You can order any of the supplies to make this card by visiting www.stampinup.com and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. I used these supplies:  
  • Stamp: Bubble Over
  • Designer Series Paper:  2018-2020 In Color 6" x 6"
  • Colors & Ink: Whisper White, Grapefruit Grove, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Gray Granite
  • Embellishments: Nature's Twine (Grapefruit Grove)
  • Tools: Gift Bag Punch Board, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Simply Scored
  • Big Shot: Bottles and Bubbles Framelits Dies, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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