Thursday, May 23, 2024

Stampin' Up! Spotlight on Nature ~ Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop

Hey Stampers!  Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop.  I'm excited to be part of this fun & creative group sharing stamping inspiration with you today!

Our inspiration this month came from the photo below.  Its another beautiful flower photo, full of gorgeous colors!  The photo made me want to stamp a flower, so I chose the new Spotlight on Nature stamps.  

In order to use ALL of the colors in the challenge, I started by coloring on my stamp with Stampin' Up! Write Markers*.  This was one of the first techniques I learned almost 20 years ago, and still one of my favorites.  The bottom part of the flowers were colored with Garden Green, while the flowers themselves were colored with Poppy Parade. After coloring, "huff" on the stamp before stamping. The flowers were then colored in with Peach Pie and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Write Markers. 

*It is very important to use Stampin' Write Markers NOT Stampin' Blends when coloring on stamps. 

I then stamped the butterfly on a scrap piece of paper with my Melon Mambo Pad and colored it in with a Bubble Bath Stampin' Write Marker.  The butterfly was attached with Stampin' Dimensionals after fussy cutting it.  

I stamped the sentiment a bit crooked and it was driving me a bit crazy, so I first tried stamping and fussy cutting the sentiment on a scrap piece of paper.  I didn't leave a big enough border to enable me to cover the crooked sentiment and straighten the new one.  So, the next step was to cut a strip of Bubble Bath Cardstock wide enough to cover the stamped sentiment.  I glued the fussy cut sentiment directly to the strip, then attached the strip with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Thank you for visiting my blog today!  Be sure to visit the rest of the blogs listed below for even more inspiration.  Hopefully you will find inspiration somewhere along the hop!

Happy Stamping!


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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Stampin' Up! Charming Duck Pond ~ Sketch Saturday


Hello & Welcome!  Today's card was created for Sketch Saturday's Challenge #751.  This is the first day of the challenge and you have two weeks to play along.  (Last day is May 31, 2024)  The optional twist for this card challenge is to use a die cut shape.  

I'm so excited about this card because I've had a new stamp set sitting on my desk for a week that I have been impatient to use, but haven't had the time to stamp this week because of normal life!  This sketch was the perfect excuse to open up this Charming Duck Pond stamp set and it's coordinating dies, paper & embellishments. 

To make this card work the way I wanted it to, I took a little creative liberty with the sketch, turning the card base and leaving out the straight pieces.  The only stamping is the sentiment...everything else was cut with the coordinating dies.  The duck is from the coordinating Lily Pond Lane Designer Series Paper...I love it when dies are sized and shaped to perfectly cut from the DSP!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!  I hope you are able to play along with this month's sketch.  Don't forget to visit the original blog post at Sketch Saturday to find even more inspiration from the rest of the Sketch Saturday Design Team. 

Happy Stamping!

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