Too Cute to Resist!

I gave my Sprinkled Ink Team the challenge to create a project using a color palette including a 2021-2023 In Color and this is the card I came up with (because you can’t ask your team to do something you aren’t willing to do)!

You know I love to combine a few challenges, so I borrowed some inspiration from the Global Design Project “Case the Designer” theme this week, where Emma Goddard’s card was a great starting point:

I flipped the black & white vs colored strip around so I could teach how to do the emboss resist technique: It’s an easy WOW that makes any card irresistible (see what I did there?).

To do this, you simply need to emboss your image in white or clear embossing powder onto white card stock, then blend ink over your embossed images~ the embossed images resist the ink and appear magically!

Watch HOW here:

Remember: When you buy the Dragonfly Garden BUNDLE (stamps + punch) from my Stampin’ Store in June, you get 3 free projects in the mail! Consider this card a bonus idea 🙂

Looking for creative palettes using In Colors? Download the In Color Coach .pdf for the current 10 In Colors below!

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Dragonfly Garden Cling Stamp Set
$23.00
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
True Love 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Blending Brushes
$12.00
Versamark Pad
$9.50
Basics Embossing Powders
$18.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Fresh Freesia Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tailored Tag Punch
$18.00
Fresh Freesia 3/8" (1 Cm) Open Weave Ribbon
$7.00

Flowering Cactus In Color

While I’m a native southwestern girl, I confess I’m not really into southwestern decor. However, the Flowering Cactus Product Medley caught my attention in the Jan-June Catalog with a fresh palette and adorable images and fonts that really made me want to play with it.

Enter the #GDP293 color challenge with 3 new In Colors, and they’ve got me reaching for that Flowering Cactus…

While stamping the background, it’s not going to look good until you are almost finished stamping…don’t worry if it looks a mess, it will all work out fine!

This is the type of card you have to intentionally mail: Can you think of a friendship that has become richer through the years because you’ve been through a lot of “sticky” situations and “dry” seasons? Write down those memories and be grateful that you are closer because of them.

Don’t miss the chance to add the Flowering Cactus Product Medley to your stamping stash: It retires in June!

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Flowering Cactus Product Medley (English)
$70.00
Pale Papaya 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Soft Succulent 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Evening Evergreen 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Soft Succulent Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pale Papaya Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
2021–2023 In Color Jewels
$7.00
Stitched Rectangle Dies
$35.00
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00

Stamp On a Happy Face

Yesterday was a tragic comedy at my house: In an attempt to help, my son updated the OS on my MacBook…and the result was that I lost everything. That was just the beginning of my trauma, but I won’t bore you with how I ended up crying myself to sleep in the parking lot of Simply Mac as they reset my computer to factory settings.

Those days happen to everyone.

When things like this happen, I remind myself that I wouldn’t recognize happiness if I wasn’t familiar with misery. T The scripture that was on repeat in my head yesterday was from Doctrine & Covenants 29:39: “…if they never should have bitter they could not know the sweet” (The D&C is a collection of modern day revelations from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) I’m just grateful that the sun rose this morning and I can start again!

One GOOD thing that happened while I was on the phone for 4 hours with Apple yesterday: I got to stamp a card for the Global Design Project Color Challenge #GDP289

This color combination made me smile when I saw it and the first set that came to mind was my beloved Cute Fruit stamp set that is retiring next week.

Just like the fruit on the card, I had to stamp on a happy face for the day and keep moving forward.

Lesson to be learned: When technology fails, we’ll always be able to STAMP!

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Cute Fruit Photopolymer Stamp Set
$16.00
Coastal Cabana 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Magenta Madness 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Magenta Madness Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Bumblebee Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack
$7.00

Watercolor Wash: Wild Rose

July is World Watercolor Month and the new Water Painters from Stampin’ Up! will have you feeling like an artist in minutes.

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Wondering how they work? Watch the video tutorial on my Facebook Page! This is one of the cards I showed you how to make:

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The layout follows the #GDP250 sketch challenge250

I love watercoloring over embossing because the raised edges keep the colors in place, or in the case of the watercolor wash, the image appears like magic.

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Have fun trying this technique yourself!

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Heartfelt for Valentine’s Day

Are you ready to spread some love? That was my first thought when I saw the Global Design Project Color Challenge, since those colors just happened to be out on my desk anyway:

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This is the card that was born:

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You may notice an image that isn’t in the Heartfelt stamp set (the heart outline that says “with love”)…that was from the January “I’ll Bee Yours” Paper Pumpkin kit and coordinates with the Heart Punch Bundle, and it felt perfect for the project:IMG_4394-(W)

If you are planning to shoot a few Valentine cards off, you need to get your supplies ordered soon! IMG_4401

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A Watercolor Rose For Christmas

I’ve been looking for an excuse to try watercoloring on darker paper, and the Global Design Project color challenge #GDP213 gave me the perfect reason to pull out the Aqua Painters!

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This is also a sneak peek at a NEW product suite coming on November 1st and I’m using the “Christmas Rose” stamp set from that breathtaking collection:

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It looks sumptuous, doesn’t it? But it was surprisingly simple! I embossed the outline image on the top and bottom of the Smoky Slate card stock in white, then did a quick watercolor wash with an Aqua Painter and a few drops of Whisper White ink over the places I wanted to color. Once that dried, I picked up the colors with my cleaned Aqua Painter and started to add the color.

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The embossed image helps keep the ink in place and the colors just POPPED off the paper! I practically broke my arm patting myself on the back, it turned out soooo pretty!

After multiple ribbon variations, I settled on a flat “mailing” bow to finish it off, and dressed up the inside of the card like this:

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This is also going to be one of the cards we make at my Christmas Card Class on November 9th in Spanish Fork, UT:  if you register for the class, you’ll find out how easy it really is!

Cardinal in Blue

Driving parallel to the Utah Rocky mountains this week I had a hard time keeping my eyes on the road and not on the breath-taking colors on the mountains! Naturally, I decided to create a card to pay homage to the fall foliage and the #GDP210 sketch seemed like a great place to start:

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I’ve been wanting to use the cardinal from the Toile Christmas Stamp set in a color other than red, so that’s where I started:

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I don’t know who I’m sending it to yet, so I opted for a simple sentiment and can write whatever I want inside later.

Sponging a bit of white ink on the trees embossed with the Woodland embossing folder gave the feeling of walking through a grove of aspen trees, which are in glorious color currently. IMG_3373-(W)

Hope the leaves in your corner of the world are as lovely as they are here!
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Gingham-Style Multi-Crafting

“Multi-Crafting”= the act of creating a greeting card for more than one purpose

You know you are an avid paper crafter when you can’t bear to throw away “useable scraps” of Designer Series Paper and now I feel justified in saving the strips from my Gingham Gala paper pack: It was the theme of  #tgifc213

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WHY this DSP isn’t carrying over into the new catalog is beyond comprehension, but make sure you order your Gingham Gala paper stack before it’s gone- or by June 3rd- whichever comes first.

I demonstrated how to make this card on my Facebook Page for my weekly live crafting video today and it’s so adorable~ Do you ever stamp an image that just makes you giggle with delight? Totally happened here.

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Since I was Multi-Crafting, it occurred to me that I could do another version with a sneak peek of a new stamp set (coming in the 2019-2020 catalog on June 4th) that would work with #GDP191

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And that was just the beginning of a full-blown gingham-style craft-attack:

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The good news is I have a bunch of thank you cards to mail out to customers, I’ve used up most of my Gingham bits & pieces, I can check off my Monday LIVE video on my task list, and can participate in two creative challenges. I think I’ll take the rest of the day off 🙂

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Out with Old, In with New

The end of a Stampin’ Up! catalog is bittersweet as I hate seeing things I have loved retire, and I’m also excited about what’s coming! Today I used a retiring stamp set and a coming-soon ribbon to create a card of enCOURAGEment on my weekly FB Lunchtime Crafting LIVE broadcast (which happens every Monday at 12:30 Mountain Time, by the way).

It started with the Global Design Sketch #190

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When a friend just needs a little encouragement, a card is a tangible piece of your support and this one almost made itself:

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The colors are Petal Pink and Gray Granite and Whisper White and the stamp set is Ribbon of Courage (retiring June 3). The ribbon is NEW Petal Pink Organdy Stripe (coming in the new catalog on June 4th) with a few silver metallic pearls sprinkled on to give it some bling.

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Mark your calendars for my New 2019-2020 Catalog Reception on June 8th in Utah County where you can snag both old AND new products with my once-yearly BOGO sale, and pick up a new catalog!

Sale-a-Bration Coordination: Lasting Lily

If you hate fussy cutting, this will surely thrill you: For the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! has created products that coordinate with our Sale-a-Bration offerings~ stamps, punches and framelit/thinlit dies are available to purchase that will enhance the free stamps you earned, and they are only available during March 2019:

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Today I’m going to spotlight the Lily Framelit Dies that cut out all the blooming beauty of the Lasting Lily stamp set that you could choose free with a $100 order before March 31, 2019.

It was good luck that the Global Design Sketch Challenge #GDP178 sketch and the TGIF Challenge #TGIFC201 color combination combined perfectly to create my card:

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In addition to the framelits include pieces to cut out the flowers and greenery, but there are two label dies that perfectly frame most of the sentiments in the stamp set:

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**A tip for ensuring your stamped images fit in the framelits for the stems and leaves: When mounting your stamps, lay the photopolymer stamps face down on your surface to let the stamp assume the correct shape, then set the clear block on top of it to pick it up for stamping.

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Because photopolymer stamps are pliable, they can be manipulated into different shapes, so if you put it on with your fingers, it may stretched in a way the stamped image wouldn’t match the framelit.

It felt like keeping this card simple really let the lilies shine!

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