Friday, January 12, 2018

Time to Sale-a-brate Blog Hop

My Inky Friends are at it again! We each chose a Sale-a-bration item to feature on our blogs this weekend. Join us for some fun! You'll see A-MAH-ZING and BE-AUUUUUTIIIII-FUL projects using accessories, card kits, stamps and framelits! 

  1. Sharleen Luciano - Heartfelt Blooms
  2. Rhonda- Lots of Lavender
  3. Tanya Boser- Epic Celebrations
  4. Yapha- Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper
  5. Shelley- Party Pandas
  6. Cindy- Amazing You
  7. Sara-Celebrate You Thinlits
  8. Twila- Happy Wishes
  9. Kris- Epic Celebrations
  10. Sarah - Beautiful Peacock
  11. Betty - Shimmer Ribbon Pack

In other news, we will post early next week the winner of our first ever design Challenge and a new Design Challenge will begin January 26th. Join us for more fun! 

Your Inky Friends Design Team

Friday, December 29, 2017

The First Ever Inky Friends Design Challenge

Welcome to the first ever Inky Friends Design Challenge! Each fourth-Friday-of-the-month, My Inky Friends Design Team will post a challenge and samples. You can join us by adding your creation that meets the challenge to our post via InLinkz. 

We find inspiration as Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from the Stampin' Up! Catalogs. Today's inspiration can be found on page 61 of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog-- a great card sketch!

Use this sketch to create your own card or other papercrafting product, and post a link to your creation. 

Here is what our Design team created:

The Link-Up tool will be available for two weeks. At that point, we will choose a BFF! 

Here are our Challenge Rules: 

1. Create something new that hasn't been posted before.
2. Follow the general design of a sketch, although it can be flipped. For a color challenge, Stampin' Up! colors are listed. You can use compatible colors and add black or white as needed.
3. Post your creation on your blog or online gallery, please provide a link back to our challenge. Provide a direct link to your project or post to the Linky.
4. Feel free to combine with up to three challenges, as long a you include a link to the Inky Friends post.
5. Have fun!

An InLinkz Link-up

Thank-you for joining us!

Inky Friends

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Be On the Lookout: Something New is Coming Your Way!

My Inky Friends have decided to add to the fun every month with a Design Challenge!

Each fourth Friday of the Month, a new challenge will be posted here on our blog. The inspiration for each challenge will come from a current Stampin' Up! catalog. A card sketch, a color combination, whatever grabs our fancy! You will have two weeks to play before we close our linky and pick a winner! Then, you can enjoy our monthly blog hop until we post the next one!

Our first challenge will post on Friday, December 29! Check back to see what we've been up to!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Blending a Year of Cheer: March by Staci

Welcome to March on the Inky Friends “Blending a Year of Cheer” Blog Hop! Weren't Sara's Piggy Valentines cute? Or maybe you came from Shelley's April Projects

I had so much fun playing with the Stampin’ Blends for this hop and here’s what I came up with: 
Wine Bottle Tag/Topper 

This dresses up a bottle of wine and uses some fun products that are available now. I started with the Half Full stamp set and a Foil Snowflakes from the 2017 Holiday Catalog. The base of the tag is a 2” wide piece of Rich Razzleberry, punched on the top with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch and on the bottom with the Banner Triple punch. The next layer is a piece of DSP from the Wood Textures DSP Stack that is 1-1/2” wide and also punched with the Banner Triple punch. On this layer, I stamped a wine glass with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored in with both shades of the Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends markers. The white layer was inked with Rich Razzleberry and Garden Green Stampin’ Write markers. For creating the topper, cut out just the center of a gold Foil Snowflake with paper snips. Pull that down over the neck of the bottle. Tie the tag on with some 1/8” gold ribbon and you are ready to wow a friend with a beautiful bottle of wine.

Wine Improves with Age Card

This card starts with the Color Me Happy Project Kit. I used a Rich Razzleberry card base and layered on one of the white and Night of Navy dotted tags, tied at the top with white twine. Onto a piece of Whisper White, I stamped the tag sentiment and large wine glass from the Half Full stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black. I colored these images using the Night of Navy, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends markers and fussy cut each. These layered on top of the card base, popping up the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This card is a perfect choice for any wine lover.

Empty Without You Card

This card features the Mixed Drinks stamp set from the Annual Catalog 2017-2018 and die cut pieces from the Hearth & Home Thinlits (shelf) and Large Numbers Framelits (banner). I stamped several types of glasses onto Vellum Cardstock with Memento Ink and heat set. When dry, I colored the back side of the glasses with Light Old Olive, Light Soft Sky, and Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend markers and cut each one out. I placed the glasses on the shelf with a wood wall behind them from the Wood Textures DSP. I carefully used a light touch of the Fine Tip Glue pen to glue them in place, but this will cause the ink to run and show through the vellum, if you are not super careful. I die cut one banner from Thick Whisper White and one from a page of the Coffee Break DSP and extended the white bottom layer by snipping in the center and pulling to each side. 

For the sentiment I turned to the Jar of Love stamp set, which had the perfect combo for the outside and inside of my card. Inside I showed a full pint of beer and a stemless wine glass, colored with Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, and Bronze Stampin’ Blends markers. This card will be a perfect card for my husband!

Green Beer Cheer Card

It wouldn’t be March without a nod to St. Patty! On tap this time is the Mixed Drinks stamp set from the Annual Catalog 2017-2018. I stamped the frothy beer mug and the word bubble with Memento Tuxedo Black onto Whisper White. I crafted some green beer using the Old Olive light and dark and a touch o’the Light Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends markers. Fussy cut out those two elements and use Stampin’ Dimensionals to place them on top of a Garden Green card base, a strip cut from the Wood Textures DSP stack, and a 2” wide tag from the Coffee Break DSP (punched on the bottom with the Banner Triple punch). I created the lucky shamrock from the small heart in the Cookie Cutter Builder punch – punching 4 times from Garden Green cardstock and carefully arranging with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I creased the centers with my thumbnail for that final touch. May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Celebrate Card

This card will be perfect for my favorite person born on March 23rd. I placed a strip of Thick Whisper White in the Celebrate Textured Impressions embossing folder from the Celebrations Duo and ran it through the Big Shot. I prepared my Stampin’ Blends markers starting with Light Pool Party at the center and scribbling lightly and quickly in the center section with the brush end. Next I added Dark Pool Party on each end of that, followed by Light Old Olive at each end, and Dark Old Olive on the outside edges. I went back with the lighter colors and blended where each color overlapped to create a pleasing blend. Be careful to work on the side of the marker and lightly, so as not to get ink in the debossed part of the word “celebrate”. This panel was then layered on a piece of DSP from the Wood Textures stack, and a piece of the Coffee Break DSP, before placing on a card base made of Thick Whisper White. This is a quick and fun card to make!

I hope that you raise your glass to my Stampin’ Blend projects.  Thank you for visiting.

You can now go backwards to Sara's February Projects or forward to Shelley's April Projects




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Blending a Year of Cheer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Inky Friends Blog Hop!

We are featuring projects that you can use the brand new Stampin' Blends for vibrant color with depth! 

  1. JANUARY- Sarah
  2. FEBRUARY- Sara
  3. MARCH-Staci
  4. APRIL- Shelley
  5. MAY- Rhonda
  6. JUNE-Sharleen
  7. AUGUST- Tanya
  8. SEPTEMBER- Yapha
  9. OCTOBER-Kris
  10. NOVEMBER- Cindy
  11. DECEMBER-Betty
  12. We hope you enjoyed the hop!

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!