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Inky Friends Suite Designs Blog Hop -- Tropical Escape

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Welcome to the Inky Friends Suite Designs Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who have gathered to share projects featuring many of the great new Product Suites in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  To see the line up of Stampin' Up! artists participating in the hop, click here.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, you've arrived from Twila's blog where she featured the Under the Mistletoe Suite.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, then you've arrived from Holly's blog where she featured the Garden Impressions Suite.  It really doesn't matter which way you travel through the blog hop, though; all the blogs are linked in a circle and eventually you'll visit all the stops by clicking on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons contained in every blog post.  I hope you enjoy your travels!

The Product Suite I'm featuring for the Blog Hop is Tropical Escape.    

Living in a tropical climate as I do, I'm always excited to see stamp sets, paper, and tools that feature elements of the tropical lifestyle:  warm breezes, palm fronds, brightly colored flowers, and sunshiny colors.  The Tropical Escape Product Suite certainly conveys a tropical feel with the bright colors and fun patterns in the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper, the images in the Tropical Chic stamp set, and the great thinlits and framelits in the Tropical Thinlits for the Big Shot.  There are so many creative possibilities!  [Unfortunately, sick dogs and my work schedule conspired to prevent me from making more than one project so that I could show you just how versatile this Product Suite can be.]

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This card begins with a card base of Blushing Bride.  A panel of Shaded Spruce cardstock, sized slightly smaller than the card front, was randomly stamped with the tiny leaf pattern image using Shaded Spruce ink.  A striped strip of Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper was adhered vertically to the center of the panel with the top and bottom edges of the paper flush with the top and bottom edges of the cardstock.  The panel was adhered at the center of the card front.

A square of Granny Apple Green cardstock was die cut at the center of the square with the Big Shot using the leaf "window" thinlit from the Tropical Thinlits.  A piece of Blushing Bride patterned paper from the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper was adhered behind the "window" and the "window" adhered at the upper center of the Shaded Spruce panel so that the top, left, and right edges of the Granny Apple Green cardstock are 1/4" from the top, left, and right edges of the Shaded Spruce panel.

A square of Shaded Spruce cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using two framelits from the Layering Squares Framelits:  the 2-5/8" straight edge square and the 3" scallop square.  First, use the 2-5/8" square at the center of the cardstock and die cut with the Big Shot and remove the interior square--but save it because you'll be using it in a minute.  Second, place the 3" scallop square on top of the cardstock so that it frames the die cut square--you'll see the edges inside the scalloped square framelit so that you can make sure all the edges are straight--and die cut with the Big Shot.  This will give you the scallop-edged frame.  Adhere the frame around the leaf "window" on the Granny Apple Green cardstock using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  Finally, retrieve the interior square you set aside and use it to die cut the thin leaf fern thinlit with the Big Shot.  Adhere the leaf inside the lower left corner of the scallop-edged frame with a Mini Glue Dot.

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Using Blushing Bride ink, stamp the hibiscus flower on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and die cut with the Big Shot using the hibiscus framelit.  Adhere the hibiscus at the lower left corner of the scallop-edged frame with a Stampin' Dimensional.

Finally, stamp the "With Much Love & Thanks" sentiment on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Shaded Spruce ink.  Randomly stamp the hibiscus flower image over the sentiment using Blushing Bride ink.  Adhere the sentiment strip across the cardfront with the bottom edge of the strip 5/16" above the bottom edge of the Shaded Spruce panel and the right and left edges of the sentiment strip flush with the right and left edges of the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card is lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "You are the greatest" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Shaded Spruce ink.  The hibiscus image was stamped to the left of the sentiment using Blushing Bride ink.  The thin leaf fern image was stamped at the lower left corner of the liner using Granny Apple Green ink and the fan palm frond image was stamped over the fern image using Shaded Spruce ink.  A strip of Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper was adhered along the bottom edge of the liner with the left, bottom, and right edges of the paper flush with the left, bottom, and right edges of the liner.

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The hibiscus image was randomly stamped over the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  [Tip:  Place a scrap piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to limit the stamping to the envelope flap.]

I can't wait to make more projects with the Tropical Escape Product Suite.  For more ideas, check out the great samples in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog on page 120.

Card Measurements -- 

Blushing Bride:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Granny Apple Green:  3-1/2" x 3-1/2"; Shaded Spruce:  4" x 5-1/4", 3-1/2" x 3-1/2", 2" x 3-1/2"; Whisper White:  1-3/4" x 1-3/4", 3/4" x 4-1/4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Tropical Escape 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Stack:  3" x 3", 2" x 5-1/4", 3/4" x 4"

Now it's time to travel to Holly's blog to see her great ideas for using the Garden Impressions Product Suite.

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Or if you're traveling backwards through the hop, please stop in to see Twila's projects using the Under the Mistletoe Product Suite.

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Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Tropical Chic; Inks:  Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce; Cardstock:  Tropical Escape Pack, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Tropical Escape 6" x 6" Stack; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Tropical Thinlits, Layering Squares Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Stamp Review Crew -- Lemon Zest

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Lemon Zest stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and fifth Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Tanya's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Mike's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything).

Growing up, one of the great things about Spring in East Central Florida was when the citrus trees began to bloom.  Most of the island that I lived on was covered in orange and mango groves.  As a child, with cars and a home that did not have A/C, the smell of the blossoms was sometimes overpowering.  Of course, over the years, the groves were decimated by citrus canker and the land overtaken by subdivisions and strip malls so the only time I smell the blossoms is when my neighbor's two trees bloom.  

My father was always bringing home bags of oranges and lemons and would hand squeeze orange juice and lemonade.  Mom would sometimes make popsicles from the extra juice.  Citrus was so prevalent in our area, I was surprised when my father told me how, as a child in St. Louis, MO, he would always look forward to Christmas as he knew that if his parents could afford it, there would be an orange in his stocking.  His mother would separately squeeze all the oranges gifted to my father and his 9 brothers and sisters on Christmas morning.  

For me, the Lemon Zest stamp set brings these memories back with all their sights and smells.

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This card begins with a card base of Old Olive cardstock.  A panel of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the sliced citrus image using Lemon Lime Twist ink and then rolling the edges of the image in Granny Apple Green ink.  Masks were created by stamping the sliced citrus image on a Post-It Note and cut out with Paper Snips.  The masks were placed over the lime slices.  The sliced citrus image was inked with Daffodil Delight ink and the edges of the image rolled in Crushed Curry ink then stamped on the Whisper White panel.  Repeat stamping until the open areas between the lime slices are filled.  Note:  Where the stamp is placed over the masks, press down firmly to ensure that the image stamps up to the edges of the masks.  Mat the Whisper White panel with a slightly larger panel of Daffodil Delight cardstock and adhere at the center of the card base.

A piece of Vellum cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the circles from the Stitched Shapes Framelits (2-7/8").  The Vellum circle was adhered at the upper center of the Whisper White panel applying adhesive behind the center of the circle.  Two strips of Burlap ribbon were adhered over the Vellum circle using Mini Glue Dots.

The lemon/lime image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Granny Apple Green ink and punched out with the Lemon Builder punch.  The image was cleaned and inked with Daffodil Delight ink, one edge of the image rolled across the Crushed Curry stamp pad, stamped on Whisper White cardstock, and punched with the Lemon Builder punch.  The large and small leaves were stamped on strips of Whisper White cardstock using Old Olive ink to create 2 of each size of leaf.  The leaves were punched out with the Lemon Builder punch.  A large and small leaf was adhered at the back of the lemon top with a Stampin' Dimensional and a Mini Glue Dot placed was at the bottom of the lemon back.  The lemon was adhered at the center of the Burlap ribbon.  The remaining leaves were adhered behind the top of the lime with a Stampin' Dimensional and a Mini Glue Dot behind the bottom of the lime.  The lime was layered over the lemon and adhered to the card front.  

The "Happy Birthday!" image was stamped on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Old Olive ink.  Banner tails were cut into the strip to the left of the "H" in "Happy".  The banner was adhered to the card front using Mini Glue Dots with the right end of the banner flush with the right edge of the stamped panel and Burlap ribbon and the left end of the banner lying over the lemon and lime.

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The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Lime slices were randomly stamped at the lower right and upper left of the Whisper White liner inking the slice image with Lemon Lime Twist ink and rolling the edges of the stamp image over the Granny Apple Green ink.  Masks were placed over the lime slices and lemon slices were stamped over the lime slices inking the slice image with Daffodil Delight ink and rolling the edges of the stamp over the Crushed Curry ink.

The "To My Main Squeeze!" image was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Old Olive ink.

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The lemon/lime image was stamped at the center of the Whisper White Envelope flap using Daffodil Delight ink.  The "Happy Birthday!" image was stamped over the center of the lemon using Old Olive ink.

Be sure to visit all the stops on this week's hop to find more ideas for using the images included in the Lemon Zest stamp set for your projects.  Just click on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons below to continue.

Card Measurements -- 

Daffodil Delight:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8"; Old Olive:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2 along the 11" length; Whisper White:  2 @ 4" x 5-1/4", 2 @ 2" x 3", 4 @ 1" x 2", 1/2" x 3"; Vellum:  3" x 3"; Burlap ribbon:  2 @ 4"

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Yapha Mason   
  2. Lauren Alarid   
  3. Bronwyn Eastley   
  4. Linda Callahan   
  5. Heidi Baks   
  6. Cindy Elam   
  7. Dawn Tidd   
  8. Kelly Kent  
  9. Holly Krautkremer 
  10. Debra Burgin   
  11. Stesha Bloodhart   
  12. Tanya Boser   
  13. Mickey Roberts
  14. Mike Funke   
  15. Charlet Mallett   
  16. Lou Kitzelman

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Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Lemon Zest; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive; Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Vellum, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Burlap ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Lemon Builder punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Notes

 


Stamp Review Crew -- Beautiful Bouquet

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first and third Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Bronwyn's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Nikki's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

I have a love affair with flowers.  I love the colors, shapes, textures, and smells.  Flowers just make me happy.  Needless to say, a stamp set with a variety of flowers appeals to me on a number of levels.  Especially when I can use them to create a bouquet of bright colors.

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This card begins with a panel of Whisper White cardstock.  The flower stem with branches was stamped three times at varying heights, with the stems crossing 1/2" from the bottom center of the panel, using Granny Apple Green ink.  The small single leaf was stamped along each of the long stems, also using Granny Apple Green ink.  The coordinating filler flower bunch was stamped over each of the stems using Petal Pink ink.  [Tip:  The Beautiful Bouquet stamp set is photopolymer.  To achieve the best stamping results, place the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the cardstock.]  The panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Poppy Parade cardstock and adhered near the top of a panel of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper with the left, top, and right edges of the Poppy Parade cardstock 1/8" from the left, top, and right sides of the Designer Series Paper.  The Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock.

A strip of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the cluster of four petal flowers using Petal Pink ink stamped off once before stamping on the cardstock.  The strip was punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border punch.  The punched strip was adhered along the left edge of the Bermuda Bay panel so that the border extends beyond the left side of the Bermuda Bay cardstock.  The panels were adhered to the So Saffron card front with the top, right, and bottom edges of the Bermuda Bay cardstock 1/8" from the top, right, and bottom edges of the card front.

The cluster of four petal flowers was randomly stamped across a small strip of Whisper White cardstock using Petal Pink ink stamped off once before stamping on the cardstock.  The "Congratulations" greeting was stamped at the center of the strip using Bermuda Bay ink.  Banner tails were cut into the right and left ends of the strip to create a banner.  The banner was adhered below the Whisper White/Poppy Parade panel using Stampin' Dimensionals with the top of the banner 3/8" from the bottom of the Poppy Parade cardstock and the bottom of the banner 1/2" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper.

The cluster of 4 petal flowers framelit was used with the Big Shot to die cut 2 pieces of Poppy Parade cardstock, 2 pieces of Bermuda Bay cardstock, and 1 piece of So Saffron cardstock.  One of each color was adhered over the Petal Pink flowers on the Whisper White/Poppy Parade panel using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The remaining die cuts are set aside for the liner at the inside sentiment area of the card.

The cluster of 5 petal flowers framelit from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits was used with the Big Shot to die cut 2 pieces of Poppy Parade cardstock, 3 pieces of So Saffron cardstock, and 1 piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock.  Two Poppy Parade, 2 So Saffron, and 1 Bermuda Bay die cuts were adhered over the 4 petal flower die cuts using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals cut into smaller pieces.  The remaining 5 petal flower die cut was set aside for the inside sentiment area of the card.  The 5 petal flower die cuts were brushed with Wink of Stella Glitter Brush ink.

Three pieces of Linen Thread were formed into a single bow and adhered over the flower stems where they all cross using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The flower stem with branches was stamped twice at varying heights, with the stems crossing at the lower left edge of the panel, using Granny Apple Green ink.  The coordinating filler flower bunch was stamped over each of the stems using Petal Pink ink.  The Poppy Parade and Bermuda Bay 4 petal flower die cuts were adhered over the filler flowers using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The So Saffron 5 petal flower die cut was adhered over the 4 petal flower die cuts using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals cut into smaller pieces.  The 5 petal flower die cut was brushed with Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.  The "Wishing You A Day of Love and Happy Memories" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Bermuda Bay ink. 

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The envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope was randomly stamped with the 4 petal flower cluster using Petal Pink ink stamped off before stamping on the envelope flap.  The "Congratulations" greeting was stamped at the center of the flap using Bermuda Bay ink.  [Tip:  Place a scrap of paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that the stamping is restricted only to the envelope flap.]

One of the great things about a Color Revamp is that new colors are introduced to the Stampin' Up! palette and some In Colors return.  For me, this means that I get to figure out new color combinations.  Most of the time I use the colors featured in the Designer Series Paper that I use.  However, since this card didn't use a multi-color Designer Series Paper, I got to do some thinking about what colors could work together--a very fun challenge.  When I finished the card, I was reminded of a rustic wedding venue.  What do you think?  Does this color combination appeal to you?  

Card Measurements -- 

Bermuda Bay:  3 @ 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 3-1/2" x 5-1/4"; Poppy Parade:  4 @ 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 3-1/8" x 3-5/8"; So Saffron:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 4 @ 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"; Whisper White:  3" x 3-1/2", 5/8" x 3", 3/4" x 5-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack:  ; Linen Thread:  3 @ 8"

Be sure to visit all the stops on this week's hop to find more ideas for using the images included in the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set for your projects.  Just click on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons below to continue.

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Debra Burgin   
  2. Charlet Mallett   
  3. Stesha Bloodhart   
  4. Linda Callahan   
  5. Dawn Tidd     
  6. Tanya Boser   
  7. Kelly Kent   
  8. Jay Soriano   
  9. Mike Funke  
  10. Ann Schach   
  11. Bronwyn Eastley   
  12. Mickey Roberts
  13. Nikki Spencer   

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet; Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, Petal Pink, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush; Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Wood Textures Stack; Embellishments:  Linen Thread; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Decorative Ribbon Border punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Bouquet Bunch Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


The 2018-2019 Annual Catalog is Here! Love What You Do

Hi There!

Yesterday the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog went live with a whole lot of great new product to jump start your creative juices.  To see all the great new items, click on the catalog icon on the right sidebar of this blog page.  I just finished placing my order and the list was pretty long.  I can't wait to play!

The Share What You Love Suite is one of the great new product suites from the catalog and was offered in May as a Sneak Peek.  Here's a card using many of the items.  This card was designed for a card swap with members of my Stampin' Up! demonstrator team -- upline, downline, and sidelines.  I love participating in these swaps because I get to receive a whole lot of great product samples created by some seriously talented artists.

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Now that the Stampin' Blends Markers are back in stock, I wanted to use them to color the trio of flowers at the focal point for this card.  I really like how the Rich Razzleberry stands out on the soft Mint Macaron.

This card begins with a piece of Rich Razzleberry striped paper from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhered at the center of the Mint Macaron card front.  A Pearlized Doily was adhered near the lower right corner of the Designer Series Paper with the bottom of the doily 1/2" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper and the right edge of the doily 1/16" from the right edge of the Designer Series Paper.

The background image from the Love What You Do stamp set was stamped at the center of a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock using Mint Macaron ink.  The "love what you do" sentiment was stamped near the lower right corner of the cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  [Tip:  The Love What You Do stamp set is a photopolymer stamp set.  For best stamping results, place the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the cardstock.]

The flower trio image was stamped on a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black cardstock.  The center flower was inked and stamped on a small piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  The Light and Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends Markers were used to color the flowers, the Light Old Olive Stampin' Blends Marker was used for the stems of the flowers, and the Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends Marker was used to color the bottom of the flowers at the top of the stems.  [Tip:  Run the brush tip of the Light Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Marker along the side of the cut edges of the flowers and stems to remove the white cut edges.]

The trio of flowers was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered across the stamped Mint Macaron background image.  The single center flower was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered over the center flower adhered over the stamped background image using a Stampin' Dimensional.  A piece of Rich Razzleberry Velvet ribbon was adhered across the focal point between the top of the sentiment and the bottom of the lower flower.  The right edge of the ribbon was cut at an angle and the left edge of the ribbon was adhered behind the cardstock.  The focal point was adhered at the center of a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The focal point was adhered to the card front with the top and right sides of the Basic Black cardstock 1/2" from the top and right sides of the Designer Series Paper.  Rich Razzleberry, Tranquil Tide, and Petal Pink pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls were adhered to the focal point to create a visual triangle.  

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The open dot filler flower image was stamped twice near the lower left corner of the liner using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The insides of the open dots were colored with the Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends Marker.  The grouping of five four-petal flowers was stamped along the left edge of the liner using Mint Macaron ink.  A thin strip of Basic Black cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Rich Razzleberry striped paper from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and then adhered across the bottom of the liner.  The "Do Something Creative Every Day" sentiment from the Crafting Forever stamp set was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Rich Razzleberry ink.

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The envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope was randomly stamped with the open dot filler flower image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The open dots were filled with the Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends Marker.  [Tip:  Place a scrap piece of paper between the envelope flap and body of the envelope to ensure that the stamped images reside only on the envelope flap.  ALSO, keep the scrap paper in place while coloring with the Stampin' Blends Marker to keep the ink from bleeding onto the body of the envelope.]

I've been spending lots of time in the last few weeks re-organizing my crafting area to pull out the retired products to make way for all the great new items.  I can't wait to begin using all the great new colors--including the returning colors like the Mint Macaron used for this card.

Card Measurements -- 

Basic Black:  4" x 5-1/4", 3-1/4" x 3-1/2", 3/8" x 4"; Mint Macaron:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Thick Whisper White:  3" x 3-1/2", 2" x 3", 1" x 1-1/2"; Whisper White:  4" x 5-1/4"; Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 3/4" x 4"; Rich Razzleberry Velvet ribbon:  3-3/4"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Love What You Do, Crafting Forever; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry; Stampin' Blends Markers:  Light Old Olive, Dark Old Olive, Light Rich Razzleberry, Dark Rich Razzleberry, Light Smoky Slate; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Share What You Love Specialty; Embellishments:  Pearlized Doilies, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, Rich Razzleberry Velvet ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Inky Friends Design Challenge #6 -- Happy Birthday To You

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Welcome to Inky Friends Design Challenge #6.  Every 4th Friday of the month a new design challenge is posted.  This time around we are working with a color combination from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog on page 63 using the colors of Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, and Melon Mambo.  

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When you look at the photo from the catalog, you'll see that none of the cards shown use all of the colors--they only use one or two of the colors.  So I decided to challenge myself to use all of the challenge colors in one card.  With bright and happy colors like Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, and Melon Mambo, a birthday card seemed to be just the thing to make.

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A piece of Watercolor Paper was spritzed with water and then Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, and Melon Mambo ink was washed over the top, middle, and bottom third of the Watercolor Paper and allowed to dry.  [Tip:  The wash for each color was made of 2 drops of reinker to 4 drops of water and then spread over the Watercolor Paper with a wet Aquapainter.  Using more water will dilute the color and using less water will deepen the color.]

Once the Watercolor Paper has dried, the medallion Pattern Party Decorative Mask was placed over the Watercolor Paper and Shimmery White Embossing Paste smoothed over the mask and Watercolor Paper using the Palette Knives.  [Tip:  I use the Silicone Craft Sheet as a base when working with embossing paste as the paste will not stick to the surface of the craft sheet.  It is important to work quickly with embossing paste as it begins drying as soon as it has contact with air.  Therefore, as soon as the paste is in place, remove the mask and rinse off the mask, palette knife and craft sheet IMMEDIATELY.]  Set the Watercolor Paper aside to allow the embossing paste to dry completely.  Depending upon the thickness of the paste, this can take between 10-30 minutes.

Adhesive Sheets were adhered to three pieces of Basic Black cardstock.  The adhesive side of the cardstock was placed on the cutting plate of the Big Shot with the Happy Birthday Thinlits on top of the cardstock.  The cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot.  This process was repeated for the two remaining pieces of cardstock.  The adhesive sheet was removed from the back of one of the die cuts and the die cut adhered on top of one of the remaining two die cuts.  The adhesive sheet was removed from the back of the remaining single die cut and the die cut adhered to the top of the two adhered die cuts.  The adhesive sheet was removed from the stack of die cuts and the stacked die cuts adhered at a jaunty angle across the top two thirds of the Watercolor Paper.

A length of Whisper White Sheer Ribbon was wrapped around the Watercolor Paper at an angle below the die cut and tied in a bow at the center.  A Mini Glue Dot was placed behind the knot of the bow to hold the ribbon in place.

The classic label image from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  The "to you" image was stamped inside the label image at the left side of the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The label was punched with the Classic Label punch and the left side of the label adhered along the right side of the Watercolor Paper using Mini Glue Dots with the bottom edge of the label 1" above the bottom edge of the Watercolor Paper.  The remainder of the label was cut flush with the right edge of the Watercolor Paper using Paper Snips.

The Watercolor Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhered at the center of the Thick Whisper White card front.

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The dotted balloon image was stamped on a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  The outline portion of the Hooray balloon image was inked with the brush tip of the Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Marker and stamped over the dotted balloon image.  The balloon was punched with the smaller balloon of the Balloon Bouquet punch.  This process was repeated with Crushed Curry ink and Stampin' Write Marker for a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock and for Melon Mambo ink and Stampin' Write Marker for a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock.  The straight line image was stamped three times near the left center using Memento Tuxedo Black ink to create the strings for the balloons.  The balloons were adhered over the strings.

The classic label image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  The "celebrate" image was stamped in the left side of the label image using Melon Mambo ink.  The "you" of the "to you" image was inked with Melon Mambo ink and stamped at the right side of the label.  The label was punched with the Classic Label punch and adhered at the center to anchor the balloon strings.

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The medallion mask was placed over the left front of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  [Note:  A scrap piece of paper was placed along the right edge of the mask to prevent ink from straying to the non-masked area of the envelope front.]  Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, and Melon Mambo inks were sponged onto the envelope front through the mask to mimic the watercolor wash on the card front.  

The 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog and 2018 Occasions Catalog are coming to an end and the excitement is building for the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog as more and more samples are posted on Pinterest, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator blogs, and other on-line forums.  However, there's still time to take advantage of the discounts on select retiring items from the two catalogs and to purchase the bundles at a 10% discount.  Most of the bundle items are continuing to the next Annual catalog; however, for those that do the bundle discount will be going away as there will be great new bundles for you to discover.  The Happy Birthday Gorgeous/Happy Birthday Thinlits bundle featured in this blog post is a great example.

So, 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 Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, and Melon Mambo (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!

Card Measurements -- 

Thick Whisper White:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Basic Black:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 3 @ 3" x 3-1/2"; Bermuda Bay:  2" x 3"; Crushed Curry:  2" x 3"; Melon Mambo:  2" x 3"; Whisper White:  2 @ 1" x 3"; Watercolor Paper:  3-3/4" x 5"; Whisper White Sheer Ribbon:  24"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Memento Tuxedo Black; Reinkers:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo; Stampin' Write Markers:  Brights (Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo), Regals (Crushed Curry); Cardstock:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper; Embellishments:  Whisper White Sheer Ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Adhesive Sheets; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Sponges, Aquapainters, Silicone Craft Sheet, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Shimmery White Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, Classic Label punch, Balloon Bouquet punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Happy Birthday Thinlits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope