Love is in the Air

 

Welcome to the Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is Love is in the Air.  We've got inspiration from 16 bloggers ready to share their best ideas for Valentine's Day and other lovely occasions.  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 6 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Darcy Johnson at Dj's Stampin' Place . 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.

 

Beautiful You and Lift Me Up

This is truly shocking.....the Beautiful You stamp set and the Lift Me Up stamp set have set on my shelf uninked for over 2 months.  It was time to put them both to work on this month's theme.  I started by stamping the image of the woman with the umbrella, and paper-pieced her dress and umbrella with paper from the Carried Away Designer Series Paper stack.  You'll also see a small strip of this paper adorning the opposite edge of the card.

 

Love is in the Air

The greeting and cloud images are from the Lift Me Up stamp set.  The clouds were stamped, die-cut, and lightly watercolored with an aqua painter using Soft Sky and Smoky Slate inks.   As a final touch, I sprinkled some enamel shapes in various shades of pink and red to mimic "love rain".  Cute, huh?

 

Thanks for stopping by!  You are now ready to move on to the next stop, which is my good friend, Cheryl.  I'm sure she has some wonderful goodies to share!

 

 

 

Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Nichole L. at Scrappy Stamps & Ink
  2. Cathy A. at Maine Mountain Stamper
  3. Tobe B. at The Craft Sea
  4. Diana E. at Stampin' Fun with Diana
  5. Pamela W. at Stinky Tofu
  6. Darcy J. at Dj's Stampin' Place
  7. Melissa S. at The Stamp Doc
  8. Cheryl H. at Create with Cheryl
  9. Donna S. at Geek Squad Crafting
  10. Jennifer G. at Jenny G Paper Crafts
  11. Jen G. at Faith.Grace.Stamp
  12. Jen P. at By the Shore Stamping
  13. Bree W. at Craft-somnia Momma
  14. Tonya B. at Stampin' with Tonya
  15. Kim R. at Stamping with Kim
  16. Darla R. at Stampin' with Darla

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Inside the Lines Sympathy Card

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The designers at Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration are featuring Get Well and Sympathy cards on our blog today.  Next to birthday cards and thank you cards, these are probably the types of cards I send out the most.  I certainly feel like it's important to let people know you care about them through difficult times.  Although I usually call my stamping style "clean and simple", I feel like sympathy cards should be "special and simple".  There shouldn't be a ton of fuss, but it should definitely look like you put forth the effort to create a nice, thoughtful card.

 

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I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch for the layout and paired it with the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  I wanted the card to be have a Black & White color scheme with just a small pop of color.

 

With Sympathy Card

You can get the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper as your FREE item with any $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration.  It's gorgeous, isn't it?  There is one other Sale-a-Bration item featured on this card and that is the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon.  I felt it complimented the card nicely.  I used quite a few Big Shot items on this card and those will help you get to the $50 level quickly:  Layered Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, and Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

 

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The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I colored the bee image with markers and highlighted the wings with the Clear Wink of Stella.  You'll find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

If you'd like to see the other designers creations, click HERE.

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Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration Color Challenge #42

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There is a great Color Challenge on the Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration blog today.  Check out what the designers have created HERE.  We'd love to see what you can create with this color combination so please share your creations this week using the INLinkz linkup. 

 

Carousel Birthday Close Up

I simply CASEd this card from the Occasions Catalog page 8.  A change of color palette and the addition of the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper makes it look like a completely different card.

 

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Monday Montage 87

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

 

Yummy in my Tummy Gift Bag

I'm always on the lookout for different types of treats, so these Cupcake Hershey's Kisses really caught my eye.  Not only could I visualize them in my belly, but also in the belly of the cute monster from the Yummy in my Tummy stamp set.

 

Yummy Monster

I stamped the monster image in Basic Black Archival ink onto a Petite Cafe Bag and also onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock.  I carefully cut a hole in the bag for the belly window with paper snips.  The other stamped monster was colored with the Watercolor Pencils.  I used the Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo pencils along with a blender pen.  Swirling the color mimicks the appearance of fur.  I cut out the image with my Silhouette Cameo.  The calibration was a little off, but it was still quicker than what I could have done with scissors.  A window sheet was placed inside the bag over the open circle and the cut out monster image was adhered with Dimensionals.

 

Valentine Topper

I randomly stamped hearts in Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry ink over the rest of the bag.  The topper was created with scraps of Silver Glimmer Paper, Rich Razzleberry DSP, and Melon Mambo.  I stamped the greeting and die-cut it with the Layering Circles Dies.  A few Brights Enamel Shapes and some Thick Whisper White Baker's Twine complete the tag topper.

 

Yummy Petite Cafe Bag

I think this bag turned out pretty cute.  As a bonus, I found out that the Cupcake Kisses are quite tasty.  You might want to pick up a bag for Valentine's Day.  And if you need any of the supplies for this project, you'll find the list at the very end of this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Kreative Kaitlyn's fabulous project.

 

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Sweet Matchbook Valentines

  Sweet Matchbook Valentines

 

One of the fun things about blogging is finding out where your readers are arriving from.  It never fails that this time of year, one of my more popular posts is the Quick & Easy Matchbook Valentines.  I've done several incarnations of this project to reflect different products that are available, as well as different holidays.  So, without further ado....here is the 2017 update of the Sweet Matchbook Valentines.

 

Sweet Matchbook Valentines

 

You can get 4 of these Matchbook Valentines from a single sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" card stock.  I show you how in the video below:

 

 

 

In case you missed it, here are the measurements:

  • Score along the 11" side at 3/4", 4-1/2", and 5"
  • Cut along the 8-1/2" side at 2-3/4" increments
  • Front panel (red dots) measures 2-1/2" x 3-1/4"
  • Finished base will measure 2-3/4" x 8-1/2" with score marks at 3/4", 4-1/2", and 5"

 

Sealed with a Kiss

I keep the supplies for these treats at a minimum, so that they are super quick & easy to assemble.  You simply need the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, 2 ink pads, the Sealed with Love stamp set, and your favorite shape dies.  My current favorite is the Stitched Shapes Framelits, but almost any of the layered dies will work.  If you want to step it up a bit more, you can add the coordinating Sending Love Embellishments and/or Sending Love Ribbon.  As always, you'll find the complete list of supplies with links to purchase at the end of this post.  Plus, during Sale-a-Bration, you'll receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 purchase.  It's a win-win!

 

Valentine Matchbook

 Looking for even more ideas for Valentines Day?  The designers at Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration are sharing some great 3-d Valentines treats.  You can check them out HERE.

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Masculine Monday

  Masculine z-fold card

 Today on Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration, the designers are sharing masculine cards for all occasions.  You can check them out here.  I created this card for an Occasions Catalog card swap and it features the Happy Celebrations stamp set and Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

 

Happy Celebrations Front

To create the base of this card, I scored a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of Crumb Cake card stock at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2".  When you fold back and forth along the score lines, you'll create the "z-fold".  I placed a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock on the inside of the card and a 2-1/2" x 4" piece of Night of Navy card stock on the front panel.  The focal point is a 3-1/4" x 4" piece of Early Espresso card stock with a piece of 3" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock layered onto it.

Masculine Happy BirthdayThis stamp set and embossing folder duo is a little different from anything Stampin' UP! has carried in the past.  The folder actually debosses the card stock, creating a letterpress-look.  The stamps simply accentuate the debossed area.

I demonstrated this combination on another card at a recent downline meeting which is what you'll see in the video below.  Warning.....this video is very raw = 1 take, other people were present, and my dog needed to get a few words in, too.

 

 

You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.  Don't forget that you'll get a FREE Sale-a-Bration item with every $50 purchase through March 31st.

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TGIFC92 - Jeanna B Designer Spotlight

 The new year has brought me some exciting opportunities and I'm happy to announce one of those today.  I have just joined the designers at TGIF Challenges!  There is a serious amount of creative talent among this group and the weekly challenges are so much fun!  I hope that you'll take the time to visit the blog and play along with us each week.

For the last challenge of this month, we are getting our inspiration from one of our own.....the AMAZING Jeanna Bohanon.  I've known Jeanna for about 5 years and she is simply one of the sweetest people ever.  You just can't help but love her!  I know you'll also love her design style.  Her projects always stand out from the crowd, so it was hard for me to pick just one card to inspire me. 

 

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After hours of pouring over Jeanna's blog, I decided to use the card above as my inspiration photo.  I loved the colors and the little touches that make it pop.

 

Carousel BirthdayThe patterned paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper stack mirrors Jeanna's die-cut Sunburst background.  I stamped the images and sentiment in Versamark ink, then heat embossed each with gold, clear, and white emboss powder to give them a little more dimension.

 

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I added a little ribbon from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment kit for a pop of color and a few White perfect accents to mimic her use of sequins.  The stitching just wasn't going to happen this week.  My sewing machine hasn't seen the light of day for awhile, but Jeanna might push me to get it out.

 

Carousel Birthday Close Up

As always, you'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

I'm getting super close to a new milestone on my Facebook page.  If you haven't done so already, be sure to LIKE my page.  I'm sure there will be another giveaway soon!

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Introducing Melissa Stout

Hi! My name is Melissa Stout and I am a returning member of the Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration design team.  I had to take a little hiatus during the Fall to complete a few other design projects, but I am now back for at least the next six months.  This is a wonderful group and I am thrilled to be working with them again!

I live in Kokomo, Indiana with my husband, daughter, and our 2 furbabies.  Just so you know.....Kokomo is nothing like the old Beach Boys song.  It's approximately 1 hour north of Indianapolis and we're surrounded by corn fields.  No beaches and I don't drink margaritas all the time.

Ben and Melissa

My husband and I met in chiropractic school, married, and opened up a practice together.  Somehow, we manage to combine work and family life successfully.  We'll be celebrating 15 years of marriage later this year.

 

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My oldest is currently serving in the US Navy.  I'm still adjusting to him being gone and learning how to be a military mom.  We've been very fortunate to see him frequently this past year, but it looks like there will be multiple deployments in our future. 

 

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My youngest is my mini-me and tends to be my shadow.  She's at that great age where she still wants to be with her mom and mom is the best.  I'll take it!  I know this time will pass and soon I'll be persona non grata in her life.

 

Gizmo and Jasmine

 

And then there's these two.....Gizmo and Jasmine, our rescue dogs.  Jasmine is a 13 year-old Border Collie mix and if you've watched any of my videos online, you've probably heard her "talking" as well.  She always thinks I'm talking to her and must respond.  LOL  Gizmo is some sort of crazy-haired, moody mutt.  She's a young one and is always up for snuggles.

 

So, as you can see, my family is very important to me and most of them (looking at you, Jasmine) are very supportive of my stamping business.  I've been a Stampin' UP! demonstrator for 15 years and I truly love it!  My style is very clean & simple.  I love using sketches and color challenges for inspiration and I currently belong to several design teams. 

Up until recently, I had been holding local card-making classes.  I have decided to take a step back from that for awhile to focus on building my online business and spend more time with my family and friends.

Below are a few samples that I created for the ONStage event in Madison, Wisconsin this past November.

 

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Bokeh Celebration

  Bokeh Celebration

Today on Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration, the designers are featuring the Bokeh technique.  There are several variations of this technique and I went for a very simple version using stamps from the Happy Celebrations stamp set.  Bokeh is meant to look light, airy, and dreamy.

 

Celebrate Your Day

 I began by stamping the 2 sizes of circle stamps in Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette ink along the left side of the card and greeting panel.  I made sure to overlap the circles, as well as stamp off to create lighter shades of pink.  This gives the Bokeh depth.

 

Celebrate Close UP

I ran the Celebrations Textured Impressions Embossing Folder through the Big Shot.  This creates a debossed greeting.  Next, I took a blender pen and versamark ink refill to fill in the greeting.  Then I sprinkled Silver Embossing Powder over the greeting and heat it with a heat tool until melted.  I stamped "your day" in Basic Black Archival ink below the embossed greeting.  As a final touch, I added a few enamel shapes to the front of the card and popped up the greeting panel with dimensionals.

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Monday Montage 86

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

Today I'm sharing a few more display samples from the Stampin' UP ONStage event that was held in Madison, Wisconsin this past November.  All of these cards feature the Vertical Garden stamp set.  This stamp set really stretched my creativity.  While I'll often send cards to say "hello", I rarely have an occasion to send one that says "welcome".  It seemed very odd to me, until I saw the Vertical Garden Project Kit that this set was designed to coordinate with to create a home decor piece.  However, if you have purchased or plan to purchase the project kit, you'll now have a variety of ideas for continued use of the stamp set.

 

Emerald Envy Welcome

This card features simple stamping-off with the Emerald Envy Ombre stamp pad.  To add dimension, I embossed the background with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.  A few scattered Emerald Envy Enamel Shapes also accent the card.

 

Welcome Baby

Gorgeous Grunge was another stamp set that originally challenged me.  However, I've grown to love it and use it a lot!  Here I used the splatters to create the rainbow effect behind the greeting.  I felt like this could be a perfect gender-neutral baby card and used the Labeler Alphabet to add the word, baby.

 

Simple Succulent Welcome

This card ended up being one of my favorites of the bunch due to its very simple color palette of Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, and Basic Black.  The Vertical Garden stamp set pairs nicely with the Oh So Succulent stamp set which I used to create the background pattern.  To embellish this card yet keep it simple, I added a few White Perfect Accents.

To see a complete list of supplies for each card, simply click on the images.

 

So.....when would YOU send a "welcome" card?  Leave me a comment.  (I'm still looking for ideas--LOL!)

 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop.  Click next to see what Wendy has created or click back to check out Julie's fabulous project.

 

 

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