Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Inking Up the Season Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Inking Up the Season Blog Hop by My Inky Friends. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators, who get together online once a month to bring you awesome projects created with Stampin' Up! products. This month, we've chosen to highlight stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog that brighten up the season.
1. Cindy- Quilted Christmas
2. Shelley- Wise Men From Afar
3. Rhonda- Night in Bethlehem
4. Sarah- Brightly Lit Christmas
5. Mickey- Snowflake Sentiments
6. Yapha- Seasonal Lanterns
7. Tanya- Santa Paws
8. Sara- Smitten Mittens
9. Betty- Season to Sparkle
10. Sharleen - Merry Little Labels
Thanks for joining us!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Inking Autumn Blog Hop

Fall is in the air and on the store shelves, including Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog. My Inky Friends have gathered around to showcase the amazing new products perfect for those fall events and fall feelings!

Here is the order of the posts.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Coffee Break Suite by Staci

Welcome to the Coffee Break Suite stop on the Inky Friends Suite Designs Blog Hop

There are two of us designing using this suite so you'll have plenty of inspiration from this hop! Did you come from Sara's post featuring Just Add Color Suite? Or perhaps, you came from Sharleen's Pick a Pattern Suite post. 

The Suite from the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that spoke to me right away was the “Coffee Break Suite.” I’m pretty sure that I squealed when I turned to that page. I love the theme, the colors, the size of the elements — everything!

I had so much fun playing with the products for this hop and here’s what I came up with:

Pot of Coffee Card

This card features the wonderful Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and the colors are taken from there. I started with a side-fold crumb cake card base and added a layer of the “pots and cups” DSP that is 4-1/4” x 3-5/8”. I stamped the Happiness saying on a piece of Soft Sky that is 2-1/2” x 2-3/4” off to the left side with Early Espresso ink. I added a wrinkle of Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon at one corner and then adorned the element with one of the coffee pots fussy cut from the DSP. Time to brew it old-school and share a pot of coffee with a friend!

Sharing Sweet Thoughts Card

Stamping and die cutting is the focus of this card. I had Donny & Marie running through my head as I was stamping this, feeling like drinking iced coffee out of a Mason jar was “a little bit country” and drinking a frappe-style beverage from your favorite coffee shop was “a little bit rock ‘n roll”. Get it? You’ve got a Soft Sky card base here, with a Whisper White layer and a 4”x2-1/4” piece of DSP at the bottom. I used the Ronald McDonald House set “Sharing Sweet Thoughts” for the Mason jar and sentiment. I used the Coffee CafĂ© stamp set for all other elements including the wood grain behind the sentiment. I loved on my Big Shot and appreciated the ability to cut out the jars, cups, straws (!), and coffee beans with Framelits. I used my Watercolor Pencils, blender pen, and even a bit of Wink of Stella to make the drinks look delicious.

Coffee Helps Card

Here I am CASE’ing the catty, again! I loved the Happy Birthday card shown on page 80 in the 2017-18 SU! Annual Catalog and recreated that in a more monochromatic style. I used four patterns from the Coffee Break DSP, cut into squares and rectangles, and arranged on a Whisper White top-fold card base. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch to trim both ends of a 2” wide strip of Soft Sky cardstock to make the focal piece. The sentiment was stamped on top with Soft Suede ink and overinked with an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker. I ran a piece of Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon through the focal piece and tied a knot on the right hand side.

Tea Packet

I created a little tea gift packet for my daughter who returned to college yesterday. (Go, Loggers!) I used as my packet the cello outer envelope that my Coffee Cups Framelits came in! I slid in a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock that is 5-3/8” x 6-3/8” at the back. Then, I layered in tea bags, accessories, and a spoon and sealed it back up. I wrapped a 2” x 12” strip of DSP around the outside and tied a bow with the Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon. This is such a beautiful ribbon to work with! To finish it off, I stamped and die cut and assembled a mini teacup with tea tag.

There's more to come! Check out Sharleeen's post featuring the Pick a Pattern Suite (or go backwards to Sara's Just Add Color if you missed it)


Thanks for Joining Us!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Suite Designs Blog Hop Premieres August 25

Do you ever flip through the Stampin' Up! Catalog and squeal at the beauty of the suites of projects? Do you ever HAVE to have EVERYTHING in a suite? Well, My Inky Friends did just that this month! Each of us picked a Suite from the Annual Catalog and worked our magic!

Welcome to the Suite Designs Blog Hop!

Which Suites got your attention? Do you have a favorite? Well, you might want them all after you hop through our designer's blogs. Here is our official list. Posts will be up and ready by noon on Friday, August 25th!

Happy Hopping!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tranquil Tide by Staci

Welcome to my stop on the Inky Friends In Color 2017-2019 Blog Hop. Each blog in the loop showcases one of the new In Colors, and I am featuring Tranquil Tide as my guest post on the Inky Friends Blog! You may have come from Mickey's post featuring Powder Pink or you may have come backwards from Betty's post featuring Berry Burst

For my projects I am featuring Tranquil Tide and the Soft Sayings Card Kit.  
This kit even has a refill available!

I added 1 sheet of Tranquil Tide 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock to make the cards seen here and used nothing else but what came in the kit.

For the first card, I also did a “CASE of the Catty” with the card shown above right, which is found on p. 220 of the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

This card uses just the front of one of the folded 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 cards from the kit as the base. (I cut off the white back to use on a project below.)  There is a layer cut from the Tranquil Tide card stock and the part that opens is a folded 3-1/2 x 5 card from the kit that I trimmed down. The Soft Sayings Card Kit offers so many fun embellishments. The card came together in a jiffy!

This card uses ½ of the Tranquil Tide cardstock as the card base, folded to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2. The white layer is the back of the card from above. Do you think you can you guess what the bottom “ground” element is?? It’s the flap from one of the envelopes from the Soft Sayings Card Kit! (I saved the rest of the envelope to use in the project below.)
For the inside, I did some creative scoring of one of the die cut accents found
in the Soft Sayings Card Kit to create a fun pop-up element! This was inspired by Lyssa Zwolanek.

The last card is made with one of the folded 3-1/2 x 5 cards from the kit. On the front, I made a pocket out of the rest of the envelope from above. I scored on each side and folded the sides to the back, adhering the pocket to my card front.
Option 1 shows a tag in the pocket cut from my piece of 
Tranquil Tide cardstock at 2-5/8 x 4-3/8. For the tag topper, I folded over one of the die cut labels from the kit, punched a hole at the top, and finished with the fun baker’s twine that is included.
Option 2 shows sliding a gift card into the front pocket for a fun surprise.
The inside uses two of the leaf accents to set off the “Congratulations” wish.

I hope that you can see how much fun it is to create with this new card kit!
It is great that it coordinates with Tranquil Tide, my favorite of the 2017-19 In Colors! By adding just one sheet of cardstock to the kit components, I was able to come up with more ideas than even the 10 that SU! has already designed for you. 

Next up on the hop is Berry Burst by Betty. I can't wait to see what she has whipped up for us. Of course, if you are hopping backwards, you can check out Mickey's Powder Pink Post. 


Thanks for hopping along with us!


Sunday, July 9, 2017

New 2017-2018 In Color Blog Hop Coming Your Way!

We're hopping again. This time we are featuring the 2017-2019 In Colors- Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tranquil Tide. There are two hostesses for each color, so be amazed by all the creativity you'll see!

Here is our hop order.

1. Berry Burst-Yapha 
2. Fresh Fig-- Sara 
3. Lemon Lime Twist-- Shelley 
4. Powder Pink-Mickey 
5. Tranquil Tide-- Staci 
6. Berry Burst-- Betty
7. Fresh Fig-- Twila
8. Lemon Lime Twist- Rhonda 
9. Powder Pink-- Sarah
10. Tranquil Tide-- Tanya

Thank-you for joining us!

Friday, June 23, 2017

New Annual Catalog Blog Hop is here!

Welcome to the the VERY FIRST blog hop under the Inky Friends Group. We used to be under a different name, but have expanded our horizons. You'll see fabulous projects, fun ideas, and grow your wish list. 

Here is the official order of hoppers. However, since it's a big circle, you can start/end anywhere!

1. Shelley Zarling: Always and Forever
2. Twila Davis: A Little Wild
3. Rhonda Griffin: Beautiful Bouquet
4. Yapha Mason: Coffee Cafe

5. Mickey Roberts: Fabulous Flamingo
6. Tanya Boser: Magical Mermaid
7. Sarah Wills: Merry Mistletoe
8. Cindy Elam: Oh So Eclectic
9. Betty Traciak: Pocketful of Sunshine
10. Sara Mattson-Blume: Sharing Sweet Thoughts

Thanks for hopping with us!

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Welcome to the Inky Friends Blog. We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who met through swapping and online chatting. We love to blog and share our projects in blog hops! This is our landing ground for those members who need a place to share!

Watch out world, our first blog hop under this new name is coming up June 23!