Thursday, January 22, 2015

Punchy Lovin'!

Wow!   Where oh where has this week gone?
Whooooosh!   That's fassssssssssssssssst!

Here's my latest Valentine, featuring a couple of my favorite punches and new items from the Occasions catty!

This one is very easy, and it all started with the PPA237 sketch challenge this week.  

I knew that I wanted to use the new Stacked with Love Paper Stack, and those diagonal stripes seemed to insist on being used!   (I think it reminds me of oxford fabric stripes ... but enough about old faves.)
I just adore the itty bitty hearts in white on black from the paper stack, and that led me straight to the darling new Bow Builder Punch.  Honestly ... this punch is going to be one of my faves for a very long time.  Just so easy and cute!  You'll find the punch for these little red hearts as a part of the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

The thermometer has taken a nose-dive here today.  Hopefully you're all cozy, and have found a bit of inspiration to warm up your stampin' table soon.   Stay warm, my friends!

Inky {{{{hugs}}}},


Monday, January 19, 2015

Fishy Little Valentine!

Welcome to the brand new week!   I'm still wearing my weekend smile here ... as a grandson asked again to stay over the weekend.  That equates to 'Heart & Soul Food' for me.   ;)

Speaking of the heart, I have a heart-shaped 'fishbowl' to share today!

I couldn't keep this idea on hold any longer.   Does that ever happen to you?  After several days of ignoring the fishbowl thought, it finally had to get expressed in paper & inks ... and window sheets of course.  
To create the heart "frame", I laid 2 heart dies on Calypso Coral cardstock and rolled all through the Big Shot.  Then the colored image and window sheet were each cut separately, using the larger heart die from the 'frame'.  Dry adhesives work best with Window Sheets, and in this case I recommend Snail or Fast Fuse.  Just be careful not to place the adhesive within the area that is visible from the front view.

Little Rhinestone Jewels were colored with one of  the Bermuda Bay Blendabilities before using them as sparsely placed bubbles.  The fishies were colored with a variety of Blendabilities for colorful fun.  And that cute paper that seems to be "splashy"?   It's from the charming Birthday Bash 12"x12" collection found in the Occasions catalog.  Perfect colors to cheer up this gray Winter weather!

Remember!  During Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration, each $50 in product earns a free item of your choice! There's no limit on the free goodies, so it's a perfect time to finish your color collection in inks or cardstocks or to add on always-fun new stamps.  Please let me know how I can be of help to you as your demonstrator.  I'm always just an email away!

Inky {{{hugs}}},

Products I used:

STAMPS:  Hey, Valentine  (Occasions 2015)
PAPERS:  Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Whisper White;  dsp = Birthday Bash (137783 – Occasions)
SAB items:  Best Year Ever Ribbon #138974 Sale-A-Brations brochure
BLENDABILITIES:  Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie,  Pear Pizzazz

Jan. 20 - Jan. 26

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Love is Kindness ~ with a Twist of Cantaloupe

Today was supposed to be a day for planning projects for next week's Technique Saturday class.  But .... I browsed around for some inspiration, and then a little side-track happened.

(Confession with a sigh:  This is not an unusual event for me.) 

But then, something that is unusual for me happened!
I found two challenges that inspired me!

This week's SCS Inspiration Challenge, IC476, features wedding cakes galore.  Oh my, oh my!!   Earlier I had noticed the Sketch Saturday #344 challenge.  Now I'm not one to combine challenges very often, so it was an enjoyable creative exercise!

I really do like the new single stamp from the Occasions catty, Love is Kindness.  The sentiment rings so true, and I can easily think of people who would appreciate a card with this expression.

Pick a set of Blendabilities for the tulips (I used Calypso Coral), add on Old Olive Blendabilities for the foliage, and this just-right sized image comes to life in a few inky strokes.

Add in a few Stampin' Dimensionals for some added depth, and this sketch works for clean and simple, or a more layered style ... whatever suits your creative needs!

Remember!   Sale-A-Bration is in progress right now.  That means for every $50 product purchased, you earn a free item of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!   Additionally, every $50 earns a punch on my year-round Customer Rewards Program.  It's definitely an exciting time to be a Stampin' Up! customer!

Hopefully you've found a bit of inspiration today.  I do appreciate your visit!  If you would like to order the products I've used for this project, I'd love for you to allow me to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  My SU website is available for orders 24/7, and I'm always happy to answer any questions you might have if you contact me.  Just click the "Contact Bev" button in the left column of this blog to send an email.

Inky {{{hugs}}},