Tuesday, June 28, 2016

You're my Apple

Hello Friends! While flipping through the catalog the Swirly Bird stamp set just caught my eye. Well just one image. It was calling to be an apple. So I just went with it. Do you have someone to be your apple?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Hey There

Welcome back stampers. Do you ever find yourself short on time? Well I like to craft at least one project a day and some days have more hours to create than others. This card is perfect for those days that we just need a quick and easy card. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

My Fire

Hello friends! Today's card is one that has been in process (more in my head) for a while but just needed to create it and put it together. The seaweed/coral or whatever you'd call the image was begging me to make it into a fire. Let me know what you think by commenting below. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Hi there stampers! We have 6 (six) months until we celebrate Christmas. Are you preparing your holiday cards like I am? How about counting down the weeks until we can see the 2016 Holiday Catalog? September 1, 2016 cannot come soon enough. Ok so onto my card for today.  

I made my own background on the Crumb Cake piece using the images from Peace this Christmas stamp set. Then I splattered using the Gold Wink of Stella® glitter brush. I used the cap to assist with "flicking" the brush to get the look and not to get my fingers too messy. I also used it on the center of my poinsettia.

It's hard to tell in the above photos but the Christmas banner is stamped with Garden Green ink and then heat embossed with Clear Stampin' powder. 

I played along with the sketch from Paper Craft Crew (#PCCCS200).

Friday, June 24, 2016


Hello friends! SSINK is sharing our Friday Favorites today. It's amazing that all the design team members didn't duplicate favorites. I chose the Floral Phrases bundle because one I haven't had a chance to play with it and two I needed to see how it cut. The thinlet may be something my baby sister will want on her wedding invitations. We shall see. 

This card was a bit time consuming because I chose to cut the Detailed Floral thinlet from three colors (Night of Navy, Mint Macaron and Pink Pirouette) and then like a puzzle put back only the negative pieces of the Mint Macaron and Pink Pirouette. Now you know I like puzzles but I figured this would make the flowers stand out from the Very Vanilla background. 

I used the color combination from Hand Stamped Sentiments (#HSS240).

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Light Up

Welcome back stampers. What is your favorite pastime during the summer months from when you were younger? Did you try catching fireflies in a mason jar? Well I'm playing with the Jar of Love stamp set which is bundled with the Everyday Jar framelits. Can we say endless possibilities? Whoa so many ideas and so little time to show you. Those will have to wait for future posts, for now let's get to today's card.
I had heat embossed silver on Vellum to make the mason jar look like glass. and the fireflies are behind the Vellum jar to make them look like they are on the inside.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hello Copper

Welcome back friends! Have you seen that Stampin' Up! has come out with Copper supplies? Copper Metallic Thread and Copper Embossing powder just to name some that I used on this next card. It's going to work perfectly with all the color families. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Happy Day

Welcome back stampers! You know what's exciting? Well for me anyway. When something goes the way you plan it,  am meaning this next card. I saw the colors for this week's challenge from Global Design Project and immediately had to sketch out what I was thinking of. Sometimes this process of designing a card can take some time. I'm really like how this turned out. Let me know your thoughts by commenting below.

I used the color combination from Global Design Project (#GDP041). 

Monday, June 20, 2016


Happy Monday stampers. Hope that your weekend and Father's day (for all the men in your life) went perfectly! I was looking to focus on a stamp set or really stamp sets I haven't inked up yet. Marquee Messages and Basket for You (host) were what I picked to challenge myself. This card came together fairly quickly once I decided on a color combination. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Miss You

Hi there friends. Happy Father's Day Phil, sure hope you are relaxing and doing what you want today! (Phil is my father-in-law) Please extend a Happy Father's Day to all the men in your life from me too! (Smile)
I apologize in advance for getting a bit too sappy but Father's Day is tough to get through personally. (tears are already flowing as I'm typing this post) This is the fourth Father's Day since my father passed away. I know people say it will get easier but on these specific holidays I get choked up. You may not see it on the outside but internally I'm throwing a tantrum and bawling just like a little kid who cannot get their way. Plain and simple, it sucks. To help me get through these tough times, I look back at photos, listen to music and craft. I know you think crafting? Really? That helps? Yes, it's my therapy and I can express my feelings. And that is what I did today. This is card may be more appropriate for someone living that you are missing but today I made it in honor of missing my father. He would laugh at the stupid pun I'm about to make. He left too soon. (smiling through the tears) Okay let's leaf you on a good note. (see what I did? Ha) Let's get to the card already. 

A single leaf stamped, colored (with the aqua painter) cut out, curled to add dimension and then a little bit of sparkle with the Clear Wink of Stella® (WOS). You'll notice that I used the WOS on various leaves on the Designer Series Paper (DSP). The sentiment was stamped in Old Olive ink on top of Vellum and then Clear embossing powder was added immediately. I didn't want to cover the pretty DSP. Oh you see that Vellum piece? I have a tip for you. I had cut a extra 1/2" length wise to allow a 1/4" on each side to "wrap" around the DSP piece. You'll get a better look in the next photo.

I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches (#FMS241).

Saturday, June 18, 2016


Happy day to you friends! It’s a perfect day here in Connecticut to go swimming with the fishes.That's what I've used for my inspiration today, fishes. Ok and that I really want to go see Finding Dory. I mean come on they found Nemo. 

Here is a look inside the card. I almost like it as much as the front. Seems as I will need to make a few simple cards in my near future. 

I used the layout from Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch (#PCCCS199).

Friday, June 17, 2016

Our Friendship

Hello stampers! SSINK is CASEing other design team members today. So I chose to CASE a layout from Heidi Boos. I thought the layout would be perfect to show off some more of the newest In Colors. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wishes Come True

Welcome back friends! I'm getting ahead in my holiday card making today. I was trying to find a layout that wouldn't cover up all the beautiful Designer Series Paper. I mean you get plenty with four (4) sheets of each in the This Christmas Specialty DSP but I still want to show it off. 

Here is a closer view of the fork bow and the layered snowflakes. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Just a Note

Hi stampers! I'm back with a two challenge card with both a layout and a color challenge. I'm exciting how quickly this card came together. After deciding to use the shell DSP for the background, I was going to make up a sentiment like "Let's shellabrate you!" I did chuckle to myself but I didn't create it, instead I used Just a Note. Now I am able to make a bunch and package them together. 

The layout comes from CAS(E) this sketch! (#CTS176). 

The color combination comes from The Paper Players (#PP299).

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Go with all your Heart

Hey there! SSINK team is sharing our new favorite Designer Series Papers. Now two weeks into the new catalog, I haven't been able to purchase or play with all of the different DSPs but there was one that stood out from the rest that I just NEEDED! It's called Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. There are a mixture of nature and textile real life imagery that you can stamp on or leave on its own. Stampin' Up! made a great video to show you all the different designs. 

Great patterns and images right?  I was inspired by the realistic stamp set call Wherever You Go. The bridge image was perfect to put over water. Are you ready to see what I created? 

I added a bit of texture using the new Seaside embossing folder. I was going for a ripple look to make it look like the water current was moving under the bridge. Now if you look closely at the raised parts, I've added a hint of Clear Wink of Stella® glitter.

Monday, June 13, 2016


Today I’m giving you all the details from the Sneak Peek I showed you on June 1, 2016. This is new stamp set and thinlets bundle is sure to make you swirl with excitement!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Get Well Soon

Welcome back! I needed a little inspiration. Duh! The Annual Catalog is in my hands or at least within arms reach at most times and while looking through the marked supplies (showing what I own) it hit me. Page 143 of the Annual Catalog. I just received the Penned & Painted stamp set for FREE from Stampin' Up! and well I wanted to use it. The top left card was what inspired the one I created. I loved the color combination. I did change a few things to make it my own but overall I did case the layout and colors. Comment below to let me know your thoughts.

I used the Get Well Soon theme from Global Design Project (#GDP039).