Friday, March 10, 2017

Manly Birthday

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   It was love at first sight when I saw the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper in the Occasions catalog.  I'm a sucker for black and white--Very Vanilla in this case--and for geometric designs.  It pairs so wonderfully with the Hexagons Embossing Folder, too.

This card is a "manly" card (but I like it, too).  I started by stamping one of the badges from the "Badges and Banners" stamp set in Versamark onto Very Vanilla.  Then I sprinkled on some Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder and set the image with my Heat Tool.  I did the same with the "No. 1" circle image.  I punched these out with the Best Badge and 1-3/8" Circle Punches.

Next, I embossed a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock with the Hexagons Embossing Folder.  I love the deep image it makes--and it's reversible, so you can either have the embossed or the debossed side for the top of your card.  I used Fast Fuse Adhesive to adhere two 2" by 5" strips of the Urban Underground Specialty DSP to the embossed panel.  I find that Fast Fuse is best to use when adhering to embossed card stock.  I adhered the badge and the circle to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I adhered the Very Vanilla panel to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Delightful Dijon mat and then onto a Basic Black Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise.  On the inside of the card, I've adhered a Very Vanilla panel onto which I've stamped a birthday greeting (not shown).

We'll be making this card at my birthday card stamp-a-stack on March 25th.  I still have a few spots left, so please contact me if you'd like to join us!

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Super Birthday

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Today's card is one of the cards we're going to make at my birthday card stamp-a-stack.  (Yes, I still have a few spots open.)  It's made with the "Birthday Blast" stamp set available in the Occasions catalog.  I like this set a lot because it's so fun--and can be used to make a great card to celebrate anyone's birthday.

I started by stamping the large image sideways in Island Indigo Ink onto a 3-7/8" by 5" Whisper White panel.  I stamped the image twice--once on the right and once on the left.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the same set in Mint Macaron onto a 1-1/2" by 5" strip of Whisper White, after I flagged both ends with the Banner Triple Punch so I could see exactly how to place the image.

I cut a 2" by 5" strip of Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper and flagged the ends with the Banner Triple Punch.  I also punched a Mint Macaron Card Stock circle with the  2" Circle Punch.

Once I had all my card parts ready, I layered them on top of the large image:  first the DSP strip, then a Silver Metallic Foil Doily, then the Mint Macaron circle, and finally the sentiment strip.

I adhered the stamped piece to a 3-3/4" by 5-1/8" Island Indigo Card Stock mat and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

For a finishing touch, I added some Pool Party (Subtles) Enamel Shapes, because they're so cute!

Let me know if you want to come make this card--and three others!--at my March 25th stamp-a-stack!  I'd love to have you join us.  Contact me for details!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Yay For You!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   This card is so bright and fun!  I really loved making it and I was thrilled with the way it turned out.  It's CASEd from a card made by Kimberly Van Diepen, one of Stampin' Up's Artisans.  Kimberly's signature is to add a bit of doily and I love her work!  You should visit her blog:  and see her wonderful work!!

I started by stamping the image from the "Super Duper" stamp set in Melon Mambo onto Whisper White Card Stock.  I fussy cut the center image and then I stamped the image a second time in Tempting Turquoise.  I adhered the Melon Mambo piece onto the Tempting Turquoise piece.

Next, I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to align the "Yay!" image and stamped it in Melon Mambo down one side of a 3-3/4" by 5" Melon Mambo panel.  I added a 2" by 5" strip of Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper to the center of the Melon Mambo panel and then half a Delicate White Doily, on the diagonal.  Then, I adhered the "super duper" piece to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I adhered this to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise.

I finished the card by adding three different sizes of Basic Rhinestones. So cute and festive!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Soft Sky Dragonfly

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations  The Dragonfly Dreams bundle is an Occasions favorite.  I don't know anyone who doesn't love this set with matching framelits. And there are some amazing samples out there--just a quick look at Pinterest will show you the beautiful cards that are being created.

I have a confession to make:  the real reason I bought this set is for the bumblebee!  I think it's so cute!  I have an idea for a card featuring that bee, but for today, I'm using the dragonfly.

Today's card is inspired by a card that was on display at the Proverbial Stampers Occasions get-together.  I changed up the card just a little bit, but the design is basically the same.

I started with a 3" square of White Shimmer Paper.  I put a few drops of Soft Sky Reinker into the lid of the Soft Sky Ink Pad and picked up the color with my Aqua Painter.  I just did a quick watercolor wash onto the White Shimmer Paper.  Because I'm impatient, I dried this with my Heat Tool before adhering it to a 3-1/8" square of Mint Macaron Card Stock.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the "Dragonfly Dreams" stamp set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Soft Sky panel.  I also stamped the dots from the set in Soft Sky on this panel.  I adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black mat.  Then I tied a length of Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon at the top of the panel.  I adhered this to a Mint Macaron Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise.

I cut the dragonfly from Basic Black Card Stock using the smaller of the two Detailed Dragonfly Thilits and I cut the solid dragonfly from Soft Sky Card Stock.  I trimmed off the body of the solid dragonfly and adhered the heads together with Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  I adhered the dragonfly to the watercolor square using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  And then I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the square to the card.

For a finishing touch, I added two black sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.  I really like the soft colors with the black on this card.  I think it's very elegant!

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