Chocolate Cards


So, these cards aren't made of chocolate......sorry!  I loved all the greetings from the new Lovely, Amazing You photopolymer stamp set, but I was really looking forward to the "love you more than chocolate" saying.

Lovely, Amazing You Photopolymer Stamp Set


I started by using aquapainters to watercolor on watercolor paper with crumb cake, soft suede, and early espresso re-inkers.  I found that it was best to use a small amount of water when using shades of brown.  Too much water caused the colors to break down so that there was a lot of red, blue, and yellow mixed in. 


The next card is based on this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  You can see it here.


On both cards, I stamped the greeting with Versamark, then heat embossed with Early Espresso and White embossing powder.  If you'd like to purchase any of the items used to make these cards, a complete list of products is below.

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Thanks for joining us on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop.  Love is in the air and this month, we are featuring projects made with Hearts.

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 7 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop ~ Cynthia at Ink-A-Doodle Creations. If so, you are in the right spot.  If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.


 I wanted to create a very soft, romantic card for Valentine's Day.  I started with Shimmery White card stock and die cut 3 rows of hearts with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  I added a small amount of color to the bottom 2 rows with an aquapainter and Pink Pirouette ink refills.


 Next, I stamped "Love" from the So You stamp set in Pink Pirouette.  I layered a second piece of Shimmery White card stock behind the die cut piece, before placing it on a Pink Pirouette card base.


The focal point was created with strips of Silver Foil, a die-cut arrow, punched hearts, and some white baker's twine that was separated into individual strands.

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Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Jennifer C. at Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  2. Jennifer G. at Jenny G Paper Crafts
  3. Laura at Crafty Chicks Creating
  4. Diana at Stampin Fun with Diana
  5. Kathy at Katrina P's Creative Corner
  6. Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place
  7. Cynthia at Ink-A-Doodle Creations
  8. Melissa at Stamp Doc
  9. Shellie at Craft Smashup
  10. Breelin at Craft-Somnia Momma
  11. Heidi at Stuck on Stampin'
  12. Kim at Stamping with Kim
  13. Tonya at Stampin' with Tonya
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Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Card Sketch 18

We have a fun card sketch for you over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration today.  Be sure to visit the blog to see what the other designers have created and don't forget to add your own card to our link up.


I've been playing around with watercolor effects and decided to try something new on this card.  I started by spritzing Shimmery White card stock with water.  Then, I put several drops of Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Pumpkin Pie re-inkers onto a small plate.  I picked up each color with an aquapainter and just touched the color to the edge of the paper, repeating several times.

The colors will run together and create a softer, muted look.  After the paper was dried, I stamped the "YOU MAKE ME" from the Crazy About You stamp set with Memento Black ink.  The "happy" was die-cut from Basic Black card stock with the Hello You thinlits die and the Big Shot.

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Monday Montage 37


Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all 10 don't want to miss anything!

 I've been seeing some gorgeous watercolor cards on Pinterest lately.  At leadership, they talked about using Shimmery White card stock for watercoloring and I could not wait to get home to try some new techniques.Butterflycardside

For this card, I applied drops of reinker with an aquapainter to the center of the card.  The colors I used were Melon Mambo, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, and Pumpkin Pie.  Next, I spritzed the entire front of the card with water to get the colors to run.


Once the card stock was dry, I die cut the butterfly with the Big Shot from the center of the watercolored area.  I die-cut a second butterfly from coaster board, layered the butterflies together and popped it up with dimensionals.


 It's really fun mixing these colors and it was difficult to stop at just one.  You'll definitely want to check back later for more watercolor cards.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to click the NEXT button to see what Wendy has in store for you OR you can go BACK to view Kaitlyn's marvelous creations.


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Floating Window Card

I am ALWAYS up for trying new things, so I was very excited about the Technique Tuesday post over at Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration.  The designers (including me) have created a variety of Floating Window cards.  If you haven't seen this technique before, we have a great video on the blog.


This looks like an ordinary card from the front, but several of the elements are "floating" in the middle of the card.  See for yourself...


I used the Wood You Be Mine Stamp Set and Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper for this card.  All of the supplies used are listed at the end of this post.  You can print the recipe and can view the items in my online store by clicking on them.

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On Facebook you can see a view of the inside of this card, as well as ALL the pictures I took at Leadership this past week. 

And on Instagram, I shared my secret for cutting out my stamps quickly and easily.

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Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Color Challenge

We have a brand new Color Challenge for February on Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration and we would love to have you play along!  I've seen this color combo in a lot of stores--on clothing, accessories, and home decor.  It must be very popular right now.


This card just kind of took on a life of it's own, even though I was going for a clean and simple look.


I started with the background piece.  I used the dots stencil and the Coastal Cabana blendabilities to create ombre, watercolor-ish looking dots.  I really like the way it turned out and I'm sure I'll be experimenting with it some more.



Then, I needed a great focal point.  I believe I've developed a new technique that I'm calling "you should've stopped while you were ahead" or YSSWYSA.....and you can say that any way you like. 

  • Dusted off the Perfect Pennants stamp set and die
  • Tied the new Sale-a-Bration ribbon around the end
  • Punched a couple of hearts from vellum and card stock
  • Folded and fringe-cut a paper doily
  • Created a blob (?) of baker's twine
  • Added a button to cover the center of my blob

Eventually, I did have to stop.  It was beginning to get out of control.  However, I kind of like it.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to add your card to our Color Challenge link up.  We would love for you to play along!

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Quick & Easy Cards

We are sharing Quick & Easy cards on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog today.  These are always my favorite!


This card looks amazingly simple from the front, but from the side view, you can really see the dimension.


 I began by stamping on Whisper White card stock, then die-cutting the "thanks" with the Hello You thinlits die.  I cut a second "thanks" from coaster board and layered the stamped thanks on top.  If you don't have coaster board, you can use several layers of whisper white card glued together.

I hope you'll try this technique at home.  It is a great WOW that is so simple to create.

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Heart to Heart

This card cracks me up.  I used so many die cuts on's amazing that it didn't turn out to be a hot mess!  I started with this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

FMS Final 169-001It's easy to overlook the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies in the Occasions catalog, but there are so many little treasures in that kit.  I used the Heart to die cut the center of the Crumb Cake panel, then embossed the panel using the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  You definitely want to do it in that me!  I also cut the mini heart border with the Mini Treat Bag dies.


The "xoxo" is from the Circle Card thinlits dies and the arrow is from the Label Card thinlits dies.  Remember, I said this card cracked me up?  Well, if you total all of the supplies for this card, assuming you already own a big shot, this card will only set you back about $150.00.

And I didn't even use any stamps!!!

  Of course, you'll have enough to make 20+ cards.  Plus, you'll get 3 Free Sale-a-Bration items and $25 in hostess rewards with your order.

Don't you just love stamp math?  My online store is open all the time. You'll find a complete list of supplies for this card at the end of this post.

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Project Life

Today over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration, the designers are featuring Project Life by Stampin' Up!  As much as I love to scrapbook using Project Life, I also enjoy creating cards with some of my "leftovers". 



The cards I created were made with elements from the This Day Project Life Mini Card Collection.  You can get this set FREE during Sale-a-Bration with any $50 purchase.


For this card, I trimmed the PLxSU card to 4" x 5-1/4" then layered it onto a Whisper White card base.  The greeting and balloon basket were stamped with Basic Black ink.  I die-cut 3 of the ballon shapes, folded them in half, and adhered them together to create this dimensional hot air balloon.


This card is even easier than the first.  I selected 2 PLxSU cards and trimmed them slightly to use as my background.  I cut one balloon shape, added the stamped banner, and some white baker's twine to complete this whimsical birthday card.

As always, the supplies for both cards are listed at the end of this post.  Don't forget to add your FREE Sale-a-Bration item when placing an order in my online store.

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Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Card Sketch

 We have a great sketch for you over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration.  Make sure you check it out to see what the designers have created.  You are welcome to play along and upload your card to our blog, too!


I started by die-cutting a partial heart from Real Red card stock.  After using a paper piercer and white gel pen to create stitched lines around the heart, I layered a window sheet behind the Real Red panel.  I placed dimensionals between the red and white layers to create a floating window.


I die cut a bunch (5 or more) "you"s from Whisper White card stock and layered them together to create a very thick "you".  I absolutely LOVE the Hello You Thinlits dies and the coordinating Crazy About You stamp set.  It's wonderful that you can get both in a bundle for a 15% discount!


All of the supplies for this project are listed below.  Don't forget!  You'll get a FREE sale-a-bration item with every $50 purchase from now until March 31, 2015.  It's a great time to add to your stamp and die collections.



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