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Inky Friends Design Challenge #2 -- Celebrate Amazing You

Hello!

Welcome to Inky Friends Design Challenge #2.  Every 4th Friday of the month a new design challenge is posted.  This time we are using a color combo of Soft Sky, Berry Burst, and Lemon Lime Twist.  

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Using page 35 of the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog for inspiration, I decided to create a gift box using the Lots to Love Box Framelits and decorate it with one of the great Sale-A-Bration stamp sets, Amazing You (one of the many great items you can earn for FREE with a qualifying order of $50 USD in Stampin' Up! merchandise).

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This gift box begins with two pieces of Soft Sky cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using the Lots to Love Box Framelits.  The two pieces were folded at the score lines and then one side of the box adhered together.  The outside panels of the box was opened flat on the work surface and the "celebrate" image was stamped across the panels using Soft Sky ink.  Then the remaining side of the box was adhered and the top and bottom of the box closed.

A belly band was created with a piece of Lemon Lime Twist paper from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  The paper was finger folded around the box with the ends adhered together at the front center of the box.  A piece of Berry Burst Finely Woven ribbon was wrapped around the belly band with the ends of the ribbon adhered to the belly band at the front center of the box.

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the flower image from the Amazing You Sale-A-Bration stamp set using Soft Sky ink, the "celebrate" image above the flower (justified to the left) using Berry Burst ink, and the "YOU" image stamped below the flower (justified to the right) using Berry Burst ink.  The "amazing" image was stamped on a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink and cut out with Paper Snips.  The image was adhered across the flower using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The Whisper White cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Berry Burst cardstock and adhered to the belly band using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Note that the cardstock focal point covers the paper and ribbon ends of the belly band.

Now just slide off the belly band and fill the box with goodies for a quick and easy gift!

Are you inspired to create with this color combination??  I hope so!  And when you do, please share your creation with the Inky Friends!  Each challenge will run for two weeks and at the end we'll pick a winning project.  Here's how it works:

  1. Every 4th Friday of the month a new sketch can be found on the Inky Friends blog by clicking HERE
  2. Because this is a color challenge, the colors you must use are Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, and Soft Sky (you can use compatible colors and add neutrals as needed)
  3. Create something new that has not been posted before
  4. Post your creation on your blog or online gallery and please provide a link back to our challenge to the Inky Friends blog – provide a direct link to your project or post to the Linky which you can find at the END of our Inky Friends blog post
  5. YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS TO PLAY ALONG – then the challenge will be closed and WE PICK A WINNER – it could be you!

I can't wait to see what you'll make!

Robertssiggy

Project Measurements --

Soft Sky:  2 @ 4-1/4" x 6-1/2"; Berry Burst:  2-3/8" x 2-13/16"; Lemon Lime Twist:  1-1/2" x 2-1/4"; Whisper White:  2-3/16" x 2-11/16"; Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack:  1-1/2" x 12"; Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon:  12"

Project Supplies --

Stamps:  Amazing You (Sale-A-Bration); Inks:  Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky; Cardstock:  Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Fresh Florals Stack; Embellishments:  Berry Burst Finely Woven ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Tear & Tape, Multipurpose Liquid, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Plate, Lots to Love Box Framelits

 


A Garden of Thanks (#GDP027)

Happy Monday!

It's been a hectic couple of weeks ending with three stamp club meetings over the weekend.  Now it's time for the paperwork and the clean up.  The nice thing about that is while I'm cleaning up I can focus in on the fun stuff that happened during the meetings and it makes the process a whole lot more fun.

A tropical look is always a favorite with me considering where I live and the abundant color surrounding me year round.  My favorite tropical plants are plumeria (frangipani) and hibiscus in all their color varieties.  So when I saw the Botanical Gardens Bundle in the Occasions Catalog, it was the very first thing on my Wish List.  Today's post features one of the projects I designed for the weekend's stamp club meetings using the Botanical Gardens Bundle and a coordinating item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack.  (You saw the other two projects in this post and this post last week.)  This project also fits the Theme Challenge at Global Design Project (GDP027) for a Thank You project.

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This card begins with a card base of Mossy Meadow cardstock.  A piece of vellum from the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack was cut to 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" to cover the card front and attached with a strip of adhesive placed approximately 1/2" from the left edge of the card front.  A piece of Cajun Craze cardstock was placed vertically near the left edge of the vellum with the left edge of the cardstock approximately 1/8" from the left edge of the vellum.  A strip of Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper was adhered at the center of the Cajun Craze cardstock.  Note that the top and bottom edges of the Designer Series Paper and Cajun Craze cardstock are flush with the top and bottom edges of the card front and vellum.

Scraps of Mossy Meadow and Old Olive cardstock were stamped with the three largest leaf vein images from the Botanical Blooms stamp set using the ink color for that piece of cardstock and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Botanical Builder Framelits.  A scrap piece of Old Olive cardstock was used to die cut the fern thinlit (using the Precision Base Plate along with the Magnetic Platform).  The leaves were adhered near the lower left corner of the card front using Mini Glue Dots at the stems of the smaller leaves and an additional Mini Glue Dot under the largest leaf.  Since my largest leaf extends over the vellum, I lifted the vellum up and placed a Mini Glue Dot in between the vellum and the card front under that leaf to keep the vellum from flapping too much from the weight of the items that would be adhered to the card front.

Scraps of Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, and Hello Honey cardstock were used to die cut the three flowers.  The Cajun Craze and Mint Macaron were die cut with the large and small five petal flower framelits and the Hello Honey was die cut with the double five-petal thinlit (using the Precision Base Plate with the Magnetic Platform).  Cajun Craze ink was used to add flower centers to the three flowers and all of the flower petals were gently curled with the bone folder.  The three flowers were adhered to the card front over the leaves using Mini Glue Dots.  

A final scrap of Hello Honey cardstock was stamped with the "thanks For Being You" sentiment from the Suite Sayings stamp set using Cajun Craze ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the Tags & Labels Framelits.  The greeting was adhered near the upper right corner of the vellum using Stampin' Dimensionals.  A Mini Glue Dot was placed between the vellum and the card front underneath the greeting to help keep the vellum from flapping with the weight of the greeting.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  It's very difficult (impossible) to see in this photo, but there's a piece of Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum adhered across the bottom 1-1/4" of the liner.  This time, the adhesive used was Xyron making the strip of vellum a sticker.  This was done because a strip of adhesive or Mini Glue Dot would be visible through the vellum; however, covering the entire back of the vellum with Xyron adhesive (I used the "X" Xyron dispenser) solves the problem of how to hide the adhesive.  A strip of Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper covers the top edge of the vellum and brings all the vivid color from the card front to the inside.

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The border stamp from Botanical Blooms was inked with Old Olive ink and stamped along the left front edge of the Medium Whisper White envelope.  Three Hello Honey flowers were added near the lower left corner by stamping off the ink on a scrap of paper before stamping the smallest five petal flower on the front of the envelope.  The flower centers were stamped with Cajun Craze ink.  The solid leaf images were stamped on a scrap piece of paper before stamping on the front of the envelope and then the leaf veins were stamped over the solid leaves using "full strength" Old Olive ink.

My stamp club members were a bit hesitant when they saw this card thinking that it was going to be a difficult project.  They were certainly pleased to find out that the Big Shot did the lion's share of the work and they got to have the fun of figuring out how they were going to place their flowers on their card front.  I just love it when a plan comes together.

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Botanical Blooms, Suite Sayings; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive; Designer Series Paper:  Botanical Gardens, Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Xyron "X" (non-Stampin' Up!); Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Precision Base Plate, Botanical Builder Framelits, Tags & Labels Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

 


You're So Lovely -- A Pretty Note Card (FMS223)

Hi there!

In my last post, I presented the You're So Lovely Project Kit with the coordinating You're So Lovely stamp set.  I was really pleased with how quickly and easily the 16 cards with envelopes and 12 treat bags with tags went together.  Today's post features a pretty note card made with some of the left over items from the kit.

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The left over pieces used for this card are the die cut butterfly and the Basic Black/White Baker's Twine.  The die cut started out as white but it was used as a stencil for the insides of the cards and to decorate the envelopes for the cards I made in the kit.  So why not take advantage of the pretty Mint Macaron color of the butterfly and use it as a focal point?  You can see that the Mint Macaron on the butterfly is darker than the Mint Macaron card base, but that's because there are a whole lot of layers of ink on that butterfly after using it as a stencil multiple times.  I even used it a couple more times as a stencil for this card!  The first time, it was placed at the upper left corner of the Whisper White cardstock liner for the inside sentiment area of this card.  The Mint Macaron ink was applied to the cardstock using a stipple brush.  [You can use a sponge, but I have better success with the stipple brush because I don't have to worry about pressing too hard with the sponge and leaving a blotchy mark.]  The second time, it was placed at the upper center of the back of the Medium Whisper White envelope.  The Mint Macaron ink was applied in the same manner as used for the liner.  If you're using the die cut for the focal point of the card, you need to complete these steps before you make the card front.

The card begins with a Mint Macaron card base.  A piece of Whisper White cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Fluttering Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The edges of the embossed cardstock were sponged with Mint Macaron ink and the inked sponge was rubbed lightly over the butterflies to bring them into higher relief.  The Basic Black/White Baker's Twine was wrapped around the upper center of the Whisper White cardstock with the ends of the Baker's Twine adhered at the back of the cardstock.  Then the Whisper White cardstock was adhered at the center of the card front.

A small piece of Gold Metallic Thread was bent in half with the fold adhered to a Mini Glue Dot placed behind the head of the butterfly die cut.  Stampin' Dimensionals were cut into smaller pieces and placed along the back of the butterfly body and then the butterfly was adhered at the upper center of the Whisper White cardstock over the Basic Black/White Baker's Twine.  The "You're Lovely" part of the "trust me You're Lovely" sentiment from the You're So Lovely stamp set was inked with the brush tip of the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then the banner image from the You're So Lovely stamp set was inked with Mint Macaron ink and stamped over the "You're Lovely" sentiment centering the sentiment inside the banner.  The banner was die cut with the Big Shot using the banner framelit from the Large Numbers Framelits.  The banner was adhered over the lower part of the die cut butterfly using Mini Glue Dots.

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The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  You can see that the butterfly die cut was used to stencil a butterfly at the top left corner of the liner prior to completing the card front.  The bottom 1-1/2" of the liner was embossed with the Big Shot using the Fluttering Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The edges of the liner were sponged with Mint Macaron ink and the inked sponge was rubbed lightly over the embossed butterflies.  A piece of Basic Black/White Baker's Twine was wrapped around the liner with the ends of the Baker's Twine adhered at the back of the liner.  A bow was tied with a piece of the Baker's Twine and adhered at the right side of the wrapped Baker's Twine using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.  The "trust me" part of the "trust me You're Lovely" sentiment was inked with the brush tip of a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The banner image was inked with Mint Macaron ink and stamped over the "trust me" sentiment centering the sentiment inside the banner.  The banner was die cut with the Big Shot using the banner framelit from the Large Numbers Framelits.  The banner was adhered near the upper center of the liner with the left edge of the banner over the lower right side of the butterfly making the banner slightly off center to the right.  Finally, the liner was adhered at the center of the inside of the card.

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You can see where the butterfly die cut was used to stencil a butterfly at the back upper center of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Mint Macaron ink and the stipple brush.

So today I'm scrolling through my Facebook posts and noticed a lovely card made by Jen Timko using the current sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches (FMS223).  

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I looked at my card and realized that this card uses the sketch design!  How about that for serendipity??!!??  So I decided, "What the heck!" and am submitting my card for their challenge.  I'm so jazzed that it worked out this way.

Hope you are liking the updated look for the blog.  I contracted with Patsy Waggoner at Blogs by Patsy to update the look of the blog and make it more friendly with social media and all the electronic devices that folks use.  I'd love to hear your feedback on the updates.  Do they work for you?

Talk to you soon--

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  You're So Lovely; Inks:  Mint Macaron; Stampin' Write Marker:  Basic Black; Cardstock:  Mint Macaron, Whisper White; Embellishments:  You're So Lovely Project Kit (left over pieces), Gold Metallic Thread;  Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi Purpose Platform, Fluttering Textured Impressions embossing folder, Magnetic Platform, Large Numbers Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Stipple Brush


Have a Jolly Christmas -- GDP011

Hi there!

I was cleaning off my work table to begin cutting paper for this weekend's Christmas card class when I came across a leftover gift bag tag (you can see that project here).  Since I had used up all the large pieces of the coordinating Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper for this tag I couldn't make another gift bag, so I dug through the scraps to figure out what to do with this lonely tag.  Fortunately, I found enough pieces of the paper to make a card.  AND since this week's theme for the Global Design Project is Christmas, I realized I had stumbled onto a serendipitous moment -- might as well take advantage of it!  So here's the card.

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This card begins with a card base of Real Red cardstock.  A piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock mats a slightly smaller piece of Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.  I just love those Santas!  The Mossy Meadow/Designer Series Paper were adhered to the card front.

The tag features the reverse side of the Santas paper from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper die cut with the Big Shot using the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.  A piece of Real Red cardstock was also die cut with the Big Shot the same size as the Designer Series Paper.  The Real Red and Designer Series Paper were adhered together.  A frame for the die cut pieces was created from Mossy Meadow cardstock using the same size Framelit used to die cut the Real Red/Designer Series Paper with the next smaller size framelit placed centered inside the larger framelit.  Then the cardstock and framelits were rolled through the Big Shot and the frame removed from the framelits.  You can see more detail about making the frame here.  The frame was adhered to the die cut Designer Series Paper using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Two holes were punched near the top edge of the tag using the Crop-A-Dile 1/8" hole punch (too many layers for the 1/8" handheld circle punch) and a length of Real Red 1/8" Striped ribbon was threaded through the holes and tied in a bow.  The tag was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was punched with the 2-1/2" circle punch and covered with the stars image from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set using Crushed Curry ink.  The sentiments "Have a" and "Christmas" (also from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set) were stamped at the top and bottom edges of the circle, respectively, using Early Espresso ink.  The "jolly" sentiment was die cut from Red Foil Sheets with the Big Shot using the Christmas Greetings Thinlits and adhered across the center of the circle using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  A small Mossy Meadow dot from the Home for Christmas Enamel Dots was used to dot the "j".  The circle was adhered at the center of the tag using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  A strip of the Santas paper was adhered along the left side of the liner.  Christmas greetings from the Versatile Christmas stamp set were stamped near the upper center of the liner using Mossy Meadow and Real Red inks.

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The flap of a Medium Very Vanilla envelope was covered with a piece of the Santas paper and trimmed along the edges of the envelop flap using Paper Snips.  And that pretty much used up all the remaining pieces of the Santa paper!

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Holly Jolly Greetings, Versatile Christmas; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Real Red; Cardstock:  Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Red Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Home for Christmas; Embellishments:  Home for Christmas Enamel Dots, Real Red 1/8" Striped ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Crop-A-Dile (Retired Stampin' Up!), 2-1/2" circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Deco Labels Collection Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Tag Talk for Baby -- GDP003

Happy Wednesday!

Taking time out from finishing up my projects for the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop to post this cute card I designed for this week's Global Design Project challenge (GDP003) which is a Baby Theme.  

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This card begins with a card base of Bermuda Bay.  A piece of Pool Party cardstock was stamped with the Brushstrokes background stamp using Versamark ink.  The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Pool Party ink.  A piece of Tear & Tape Adhesive was placed approximately 1-1/4" above the bottom edge of the Pool Party cardstock.  The top edge of Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim was finger pleated along the adhesive with the ends of the ribbon folded to the back of the cardstock and adhered.  A piece of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack was adhered to the Pool Party cardstock using Stampin' Dimensionals.  A piece of Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon was wrapped around the cardstock and Designer Series Paper and knotted on the left side.

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the striped background from the Tag Talk stamp set and punched using the Label Bracket punch.  The label was adhered at the right side of the piece of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I moved the orientation of the label so that the stripes followed the vertical pattern of the Brushstrokes stamped image.

The Welcome Baby image from the Tag Talk stamp set was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Pool Party ink and punched with the 1" circle punch.  The stamp was cleaned and stamped again on Whisper White cardstock using Watermelon Wonder ink.  The "B" at the center of the image was punched out using the 1/2" circle punch.  The "B" was adhered to the center of the Welcome Baby using a Stampin' Dimensional and the Welcome Baby was adhered to the center of the Bermuda Bay striped label using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock with a piece of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  The "welcome, baby" sentiment from the Petite Pairs stamp set was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Watermelon Wonder ink.  The "so glad you're here" sentiment was stamped below the previous sentiment using Pool Party ink.

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A piece of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.

The great thing about this card is that all the Designer Series Paper pieces used for this card come from a single sheet of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  There were even a few pieces left over that can be used for punches later.  I really love that Stampin' Up! went to the 6" x 6" size for their paper stacks.  It's a much more versatile size.

Be sure to check out all the other submissions for this challenge at the Global Design Project.  You'll see some really adorable ideas for baby-themed projects.

Don't forget to come back on Friday for the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop!

Have a great day!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card -- 

Stamps:  Brushstrokes, Tag Talk, Petite Pairs; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Versamark; Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper Stack:  Cherry on Top; Embellishments:  Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim, Whisper White Seam Binding ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tear & Tape Adhesive; Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Label Bracket punch, 1" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope