Monday, August 20, 2018


Welcome to the Creative Inking Blog Hop. This month is a sketch challenge - and I love working from a sketch. There are so many times I have an idea in my head, but it just doesn't work out in reality. That's when I turn to sketches.

The sketch is simple, yet contains all the visual elements necessary to create a great card:

I'm a big fan of Halloween, so here's my card. I used the "Cauldron Bubble" and "Spooky Treats" stamp sets from the new Holiday Catalog.  I loved the designer papers that coordinate with this set  named "Toil and Trouble". 

The sentiment is embossed with White Embossing Powder on Basic Black cardstock. The bats are stamped (from the Spooky Treats stamp set) and cut out with the coordinating punch. 

I used the Granny Apple Green 1/2" Textured Weave Ribbon and stamped the cauldron with Memento Ink on watercolor cardstock.  I'm really loving the watercolor pencils! I mounted the cauldron on Whisper White cardstock with the Stitched Label Framelits and then mounted that on a circle of Granny Apple Green cardstock. Since I love dimension, I popped the cauldron and then the entire circle onto the card front. The card base is also Granny Apple Green cardstock.

Here's the inside of the card. Isn't that little frog adorable?

I did the cauldron a little differently on this card. Same sketch, same papers, but I stamped the cauldron on Basic Black Cardstock with Versamark. Then I embossed with White Embossing Powder. I colored the fire and goop (not sure what else to call it) and fussy cut. It really gave it a nice look...but not for those who shy away from fussy cutting.

I hope you enjoyed my card. Take the sketch and make yourself a card (or two, or three)!  Now let's go see what the talented Lori Mueller has for us. Just click on the "Next" button below.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Creative Inking Blog Hop - Designer Papers

Welcome to the Creative Inking Blog Hop! We are showcasing some of the beautiful Designer Series Papers this month.

I chose my favorites - "Broadway Bound, Tea Room, Share What You Love, and the Incolor 6" x 6". I kept my cards fairly simple as it's been a very busy (and hot) summer!

I paired Tea Room with Varied Vases stamp set for the card below - Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry is one of my favorite color combinations.

Broadway Bound is just stunning. Love the gold shimmer!

Share What You Love has a variety of gorgeous flowered papers. This card measures 3" x 5" and has a birthday belly-band cover. 

Here's the inside:

I fell in love with the shimmered flowers in this paper as well as the Pearlized Doilies and Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon.

Here's an easy card  using the 6" x 6" In Color papers. Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch are bright & cheery. The 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon is perfect with the dotted papers.

I hope you've enjoyed my cards this month. Please click on "Next Blog" below and follow along with our Hop. You will love what everyone has in store for us this month! So let's go see what the talented Lori Mueller has for us. If you are working backwards through the hop, click on "Prior Blog" to see what awesome creation Colleen Vassos has created.

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

MINI ALBUM IN A CASE - Creative Circle Design Team

Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team Hop. This month we are creating a mini-album in a case. The album makes a special gift for an anniversary or wedding.

We used the inserts Liz created and decorated them as we saw fit. I used the "Share What You Love" Specialty Designers Paper and a Stampin' Up! wood stamp case. The sentiment stamps are from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set. I kept it simple (summer is extremely busy).

Here's the cover:
 I fussy-cut some flowers from the Designer Paper and mounted them on a Pearlized Doily. Here's a close-up. I stamped the dragonfly in Versamark on Pool Party cardstock and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. After cutting it out with the coordinating Framelit, I mounted it to the flowered circle with pop dots

 Here's the inside of the album:

Liz will have the instructions for this mini-album in a case some time next week. Please check out her blog for more information.

It saddens me that this is the last post for the Creative Circle Design Team. Our team leader, Liz Holloway, and several of our team members have other Stampin' Up! priorities. Life is hectic and busy, and sometimes you just can't participate in everything. It has been my great pleasure to be part of this team for the last almost three years. I am grateful for the friends I've made on the team and especially for Liz' friendship. Her awesome 3-D designs and other ideas through the years have kept me challenged and creative.  

Please follow along with the rest of our creative team members below.

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

NEW CATALOG FAVORITES - Creative Circle Design Team

Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop!  This month we are showcasing items from the new Stampin' Up! Catalog.  I have FIVE cards for you today - once I started, I couldn't stop. So why not post them all? Four of the cards use the Varied Vases Bundle and one card uses the new Caligraphy Essentials stamp set.

1. I used the new "Lovely Lipstick"ink and the Varied Vases Stamp Set. I like the color so much, I decided to use it all by itself (well, paired with Basic Black and Whisper White).

2.  I mixed it up on this one and used Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, and Mango Melody - all new Stampin' Up! Colors. Love them all.

3.  I saw this color combination and fell in love with it - it's the new Highland Heather paired with my absolute favorite Coastal Cabana, which was retired, but came back! Woohoo! I even sponged the backside of one of the Pearlized Doilies with Coastal Cabana ink.

4.  Then an "older" color, but also one of my favorites: Rich Razzleberry. I love the new matching 1/4" Velvet Ribbon.

Here's the inside of this card:

5.  This "Hello Sweet Friend" card is my favorite. It's going to get mailed after a class to my dear friend Vicki, who moved out of state. I miss her terribly. I used Caligraphy Essentials and Beautiful Bouquet to make this card. I love the new Soft Sea Foam color and I paired it with Powder Pink.

Look at the shimmer on both the Pearlized Doily and the 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon in Powder Pink. The tulip is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

That's it for today - I would love to hear which card is your favorite.

Be sure to see the rest of the team's creations - they all wow me. Just click on the links below.

Happy stamping,