Friday, May 17, 2019

Incredible Like You Kit

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   The Stampin' Up Occasions catalog has one of the most beautiful card kits I've ever seen! It's sparkly! It's colorful! And it's quick and easy to put together. It's called the "Incredible Like You Project Kit" and you can see it on page 21 of the catalog...or keep on reading and see my finished projects. This kit also comes with an adorable storage box. What more could you ask for? Take a look!

The project kit coordinates with the "Incredible Like You" stamp set (retiring) and has everything you need to make the cards except Lovely Lipstick and Coastal Cabana Inks. You can use Multi-Purpose Glue to assemble the cards, but it comes with Stampin' Dimensionals and Glue Dots, so you could get by without the Glue, if you wanted to. 

Look at the beautiful die-cut detail on these cards! (You'll notice that I used a sentiment from the "Share What You Love" stamp set on this one. There's only one person I adore, so I swapped out that sentiment.)

And the sparkle!

And the beautiful colors!

And the thoughtful accents!
This wonderful project kit and stamp set will retire at the end of the Occasions catalog period on June 3rd--or while supplies last. This kit sold out once. If it sells out again, it will be gone forever. So run, don't walk, and get your order in! You know you have to have this kit, right?!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Art Is Messy

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations  I've only been home from England for a couple of weeks, but I long to go back. I love England--I've been loads of places in that country and I love everywhere I've been. Today's card reminds me of something I had once in England--Eton Mess. It's a yummy concoction of all kinds of ingredients thrown together and its heavenly!

Today's card has all kinds of ingredients thrown together and...well, is it art? Or it is just a hot mess? You decide!
Since it's Thursday, I'm saying a fond farewell to Lemon Lime Twist (retiring). I love to pair LLT with Flirty Flamingo and I had an idea in my head for a card that would do just that. Well, my idea and my execution didn't quite match up, but I think I might have fallen into something.

I started by using the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut a LLT Card Stock mat, a Flirty Flamingo mat, and a Whisper White panel. I used the Stamparatus to position my card stock and stamp and stamped the large sentiment from the "Amazing Life" stamp set (retiring) in Versamark Ink onto the Whisper White Panel. I sprinkled on some White Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set the image.

Next, I sponged LLT ink all over the Whisper White panel and rubbed the extra ink off the embossed portion. I thought the image was too light, so I put the panel back into the Stamparatus and inked up the stamp with Flirty Flamingo Ink and stamped again--just off-set from the original image.

I still wanted some sparkle so I brushed Wink of Stella all over the image and then sponged it into the Flirty Flamingo and LLT. It brought a nice shine and dimension to the card. I added a few Flirty Flamingo stamped dots and tied on a length of Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon (retiring) and adhered everything to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise.
So how did I do? Is it art? Or is it a hot mess?

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Blissful Wishes

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #OnStage2019   #OnStageTelford2019   One of the things that drew me to Stampin' Up is the way that all their products coordinate. There really isn't any guesswork to creating a little piece of artwork when you use Stampin' Up supplies. And over the years they've started to develop product suites which are a real boon to someone like me who wants everything to go together.

One of my favorite suites in the new 2019-2020 catalog is the Perennial Essence Suite on pages 106-108.  Stampin' Up has moved from a 2-page spread to a 3-page spread for their suites and that gives you an extra page to ooh and ahh over! Plus, they've made the images of the Designer Series Paper larger so you can see it better. Smart! The Perennial Essence DSP is gorgeous. Take a look at it on this card we made at the OnStage event last month!

First we stamped the 3-petal image in Flirty Flamingo onto Petal Pink Perennial Essence Vellum Card Stock. We let that dry for a few minutes and then punched out the pieces with the Perennial Flower Punch.

We stamped the outline floral image from the "Floral Essence" stamp set in Blackberry Bliss Ink onto a 3-1/2" by 3-1/2" Whisper White Card Stock panel. The center of the flower is stamped in Daffodil Delight Ink.  We adhered a 4" by 5-1/4" piece of the Perennial Essence DSP to a Blackberry Bliss Card Stock card base and then adhered the stamped panel to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

We adhered the vellum flowers to the card with Glue Dots and popped on a cute Perennial Essence Floral Center. We tied a length of Mossy Meadow Linen Thread from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack and adhered it with a Glue Dot.

We stamped a sentiment from the "Floral Essence" set in Blackberry Bliss onto a 1/2" Whisper White strip and snipped off the end. We adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. So cute, right?!

PROTIP: The Perennial Essence Suite will be available on June 4th when the catalog goes live. The "Floral Essence" stamp set and Perennial Flower Punch will be available in a bundle--saving you 10% off the individual purchase price.

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A Chic Thank You

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #OnStage2019   #OnStageTelford2019   Today's card is another fabulous card that I received during the "fancy card" swap at Stampin' Up's OnStage event in Telford, England, last month. It was made by Michelle Bryant, from Norwich, UK. Michelle's blog is Crafty Papers. Go visit and see what wonderful creations she has to inspire you!

Michelle also used the Tropical Chic Suite of products for her card. She made it even fancier by making an extended center fold card. Take a look!
Since Michelle's card is a UK size, my US dimensions might be off a bit. She started with a half sheet of Fresh Fig Card Stock (retiring) and scored it at 4" and 8-1/4". She cut two 4" slits, 1" from the top of the card and 1" from either side of the card. She scored these at the top of the slit and 1" from the slit--these make the card stand up.

Michelle layered a 3" by 3-1/2" Powder Pink Card Stock (retiring) mat on the front of the card. On top of that, she layered a 2-7/8" by 3-3/8" Whisper White panel that she cut with one of the Tropical Dies.

Next, she stamped the flowers from the "Tropic Chic" stamp set in Powder Pink Ink (retiring) onto Whisper White, adding accents with a Fresh Fig Stampin' Write Marker (retiring). She stamped some leaves in Old Olive Ink and used the rock and roll technique to add Mossy Meadow accents. She also stamped a palm front in Sahara Sand Ink and added Fresh Fig accents. She cut all these out with the Tropical Dies. (PROTIP: The "Tropical Chic" stamp set and Tropical Dies are available in a bundle until June 3rd, saving you 10% off purchasing them separately. They will be in the new catalog, but they will not be bundled.)

Michelle layered the die cuts onto the card using Stampin' Dimensionals. She added a Rhinestone in the center of the flowers. 

Finally, she stamped a sentiment from the "Tropical Chic" stamp set in Fresh Fig onto a 1" by 5-1/2" Whisper White strip and adhered this to a 1-1/8" by 5-1/2" Sahara Sand strip, before adhering it to the card. This strip serves to brace the folded section, so the card stands up.

What a brilliant card! I'm so happy to have swapped with Michelle!

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