Friday, May 11, 2018

Design Challenge: Inky Friends 5 Wedding Card

This card came together quickly (except for the fussy cutting). I started with the rough draft of the birds on the gold heart with the banner but the color of the birds didn't stand out so I added the pink. Then when I went to put it all together I decided to add the embossed trees.  

Here's a close up. I used the Stamparatus to get the birds close. Turns out I didn't need to do this since I was cutting them apart anyway. For the coloring I tend to google how to color images like this and do my best from there.

I also realized afterwards that I could have just cut a hole in the gold heart rather than embossing and layering the pink one. Oh well. It works both ways and I was in a hurry to beat the deadline.

Visit the My Inky Friends Design Challenge #5 to see the sketch and consider joining in next time.

Stamp Set: Color Me Happy

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

We Create Feminine Blog Hop

Welcome to our hop! I have recommitted to our hop so hopefully things will run even smoother for the upcoming year. The themes are set and we're excited to create and share. We appreciate your continued support! Please remember to show us your love in the comments. 

This month we chose a feminine theme to cover Mother's Day, May flowers and much more. Be sure to come back next month for the masculine theme.

For my feminine creation I chose to use Butterfly Basics. I have had a lot of fun with this set over the years and I am sad to see it go. It is available in Wood Mount, Clear Mount or Photopolymer. You can get it before it's gone by purchasing before May 31. Use Hostess Code: JMKH3T7X

My favorite thing to do with this set is stacking the stamps. I tend to start with the lighter colors but there really is no rhyme or reason to the method. If it needs a little more I just add it on. Like the NY seal and the stripe. 

Card Front Close-Up

Inside Card

Envelope Flap

Fun fact: I used every stamp in the set to create the card and envelope.

Also featured: Basic Pearls, Butterfly Punch, Textured Impressions Folder.
Colors: So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz

Thank you so much for joining us! Visit Tanya next and be sure to leave us all lots of love. We really appreciate it. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

We Create Last-Chance Blog Hop

Have heard that the Last-Chance product lists are out?! It's a pretty big deal so we decided to throw in a quick little hope so share a few retiring sets and colors. 

Be sure to check out the lists on my previous post. This year it includes some colors so be sure to stock up on cardstock and get re-inkers for your favorite colors.

I chose to use the Basket of Wishes stamp set and Rose Red and Soft Sky as the colors (all retiring). It is a simple card in look only. I got carried away with the strawberries which resulted in the worst fussy cutting ever. It started out fun though. 

Here's a close up of the strawberry stack. I stamped with a mask to pile them up. 

Basket of Wishes (photopolymer) and the retiring colors are available (while supplies last) until May 31st. Get them and most of the other items you see on this hop before they're gone. Use Hostess Code  JMKH3T7X in your shopping cart online. Click on the link in my sidebar to start shopping now.

I hope you enjoyed my efforts. Now hop on over to Tanya and see what she came up with her retiring stamps and color choices.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Last-Chance Products

Where has the time gone?! I can't believe the last chance product lists are already here.

Click on the images below to link to the .pdf lists. If you're on a computer hit Ctrl F to search the lists quickly.

The Annual Catalog is in Red and the Occasions Catalog is in Green. Be sure to let me know if there is anything you need or use Hostess Code JMKH3T7X in your shopping cart online. The sooner the better as some items are while supplies last.  

On May 31, 2018, thirteen colors are retiring:
Always Artichoke
Chocolate Chip
Elegant Eggplant
Island Indigo
Marina Mist
Perfect Plum
Pink Pirouette
Rose Red
Soft Sky
Tangerine Tango
Tempting Turquoise
Wild Wasabi
Wisteria Wonder

The retiring 2016-2018 In Colors are:
Dapper Denim
Emerald Envy
Flirty Flamingo*
Peekaboo Peach
Sweet Sugar Plum

*Please note that while Flirty Flamingo is retiring as an In Color, it will continue to be available as part of a new color collection.

**Be sure to make note of the retiring inkpads and add some reinkers and cardstock to your list so you can continue to use them after their gone. 
Thank you for visiting as always and be sure to check back or follow me on Instagram.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Blog Hop: Happy Spring Birthday

We've decided to change a few things going forward. From now on or until we decide to mix it up again we will be going with a monthly theme. We hope you continue to join us each month for our little bit of creativity. 

This month we could choose from Birthdays or Spring and so I chose to combine the two for a Spring Birthday.

I recently had the opportunity to receive my Stamparatus. The procrastinator in me decided it would be a good idea to use it to make my card the night before the hop but I ran into a few problems that I need to work out in the future. The big one was ink transfer and clean up. I am not someone that has wipes on hand and the Stampin' Scrub is my cleaner of choice but they don't work so well together. My first card was a mess. It was too big of an attempt so I switched to using only 2 stamps.

I colored everything in with the Stampin' Blends (currently unavailable for purchase) but you could have used watercolor pencils or one of the many other coloring tools we offer.

The gift from the bird is just a few snips and pulls from some ribbon.

This is the inside of the card. When the card base is dark I like to cut a 4" x 5.25" piece of Whisper White to put inside. I have been trying to stamp it more often than not these days.

Thank you so much for joining us! It's a short hop this month. Visit Cheryl next and be sure to leave us all lots of love. We really appreciate it. Happy Spring!

Stamp Sets: Color Me Happy, Birthday Wishes for You
Colors: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray