Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Congratulations, My Sweet Graduates!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #classof2017   #chs2017   My sweet twins graduated from high school last night.  I'm such a proud mom!  They've both brought such joy to our family (but not without a few bumps--some BIG bumps--along the way)!! I'm so grateful that God blessed our family with these two precious souls!  I can't wait to see what life brings them.  They'll be heading to Harding University in August and I'm so excited for them.

I made them matching graduation cards in their high school colors--Pacific Point, Real Red, and Whisper White.  I started with a Pacific Point Card Stock card base and added a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Real Red mat.  Next, I embossed a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Whisper White Card Stock with the (retiring) Lucky Stars Embossing Folder.

I used the Up & Away Framelits to cut a large balloon from a Gold Foil Sheet.  I used the balloon pieces framelits from the same set to cut Pacific Point and Real Red pieces to go behind the balloon. I adhered the balloon elements to the card with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

I stamped a sentiment from the "Lift Me Up" stamp set in Pacific Point onto a Whisper White scrap and punched it out with the (retiring) Decorative Label Punch.  I tousled some Gold Metallic Thread and adhered the label on top using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I'm pretty sure they liked the cards--my DD said she really liked hers--but I know they loved their upgraded iPhones (better to keep in touch with you while your away, my dears)!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

A New Look!

#faithfulinkspirations   I've been wanting to refresh my blog for a while, but I'm a novice when it comes to using any graphic design tools and I really didn't want to pay to have a whole new look created.  So, I thought I might be able to DIY my blog refresh--on the cheap! 

I searched Pinterest for "blog headers free" and found one that I really liked at Angie Makes.  It was super quick to download the beautiful pink watercolor wash that's the background for my new header.  Angie also has other freebies on her blog.  I choose some of her free tropical watercolor flowers for my header and my blog buttons (over there on the right). I chose her beautiful darling daisies for my new signature!

Once I had these images downloaded, I watched three YouTube videos on using PicMonkey to create my graphics. PicMonkey is also super easy to use and it's FREE!! You can also try it out for a FREE 7-day trial to unlock more features than on the free version. I did that because I wanted #allthefonts! I'm still debating whether to keep it or not--but I have a week to decide.

So, what do you think of my new look? Leave me a comment with your feedback. I'll be back tomorrow with some stampy goodness!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Blissful Birthday

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   It wouldn't be right to feature the gorgeous Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper that coordinates so wonderfully with the "Penned & Painted" stamp set.  Unfortunately, this DSP is already SOLD OUT.  See? I've been telling you that you have to act quickly if you want any retiring tools or accessories because they do sell out! You could certainly recreate this card with another of Stampin' Up's wonderful DSP collections. It's another easy-peasy design!
I started by cutting a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of the Blooms & Bliss DSP and adhering it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Mint Macaron Card Stock mat.  I wrapped a length of Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon (also SOLD OUT) around this before adhering it to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise and turned sideways.

Next, I stamped a flower from the "Penned & Painted" set onto a 4-1/4" by 1-3/4" piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  The outline of the flower is stamped with Island Indigo Ink and both inside parts are stamped with Mint Macaron Ink.  The sentiment is from the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set and it's also stamped in Island Indigo.  I  backed this piece with a 4-3/8" by 1-3/4" piece of Island Indigo Card Stock.  I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

For a finishing touch, I added a bit of a Lace Doily (also SOLD OUT).  You could use a Delicate Doily here--they're carrying over to the new catalog!!

As you can see, you have to act fast if you want any of these supplies. The stamp sets should be available until the end of May, but the tools and accessories are only available while supplies last and then they're gone forever.  The retiring items are in red in this post.

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Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
     was $8.00       now $6.40
Lace Doilies

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sugarplum Flowers

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I seriously love how the images from the soon-to-retire "Penned & Painted" stamp set create a watercolor effect--without actually haing to watercolor.  The photopolymer stamps make it easy to position each of the three steps of the flowers.
For today's card I used Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach Inks for the flowers and Wild Wasabi Ink for the leaves.  I cascaded the flowers down the side and across the bottom of a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel. I just love the tumble down look of flowers positioned in this way!  I added a sentiment from the "Oh So Succulent" set in Sweet Sugarplum.

Next, I adhered the stamped panel to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Sweet Sugarplum Card stock mat.  I wrapped a length of Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon around this before adhering everything to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut diagonally. 

This card was super quick and easy to make and it's so pretty, too! Remember, to order your retiring merchandise before it retires at the end of May (stamp sets) or sells out (accessories and tools).  The retiring items are marked in red on this blog post.

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Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" (1 Cm) Ruched Ribbon
    was $8.00       now $5.60

Monday, May 15, 2017

Painted Blooms in Mint

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I'm saving my favorite retiring stamp set for last and I'm featuring it in several posts this week.  I really love the "Penned & Painted" set.  The flowers are beautiful and so easy to create with the three-step stamping technique. The fact that the stamps are see-through photopolymer makes it a cinch to line up the parts. I also really like the fact that you can create a pretty card in no time with this set!

For today's card I started by stamping the outline of one flower in Island Indigo Ink onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel. I used Mint Macaron Ink to fill in the flower--for both steps.  I just stamped this flower randomly onto the panel. I filled in some of the empty spaces with the larger flower in Sweet Sugarplum Ink--two steps. I didn't use the outline stamp here for just a little variety.

I stamped the sentiment from the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set in Island Indigo.  I adhered the stamped panel onto a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Island Indigo mat.  I wrapped a length of Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon around before adhering this to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut diagonally.

Remember, the retiring stamp sets should be available until the end of May 2017, but the tools and accessories are only available while supplies last--in fact the Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon is SOLD OUT already. #sadpanda The retiring items are in red. You can get yours by clicking on the thumbnails below.

Come back tomorrow for another card using both the "Penned & Painted" and "Oh So Succulent" stamp set.  I'm having fun playing with them one last time!

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