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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Stampin' Fun!

Hi, everyone! I have two cards to share tonight.

Card 1: The Essence of Kindness

The card below was inspired by Shari's Day 4 video over at Clear & Sheer.

I loved the idea of coloring a background panel and layering an acetate overlay of the same image. This pretty Sttampin' Up! image seemed like a perfect stamp to use for this technique.

Distress Ink dusty concord and worn lipstick; Bazzill black; Stampin' Up! core; Staples acetate
SU stamp in StazOn jet black and colored with Prismacolor pencils
Creative Memories circle cutting system; SU owl builder and heart punches
Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbon; SU white twine; Glossy Accents on hearts
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zots glue dots; Zig 2-way glue pen; Recollections foam squares

The tulips are colored in pink, purple, and a touch of red. So, I thought a pink ribbon would help pop the tulips. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't quite capture this, partly because I had to angle the picture to avoid reflection from the acetate.

In addition to OCC, I was inspired by the current Sketch Saturday challenge. Today's card was based upon Sketch #262.

I'm also going to share this OCC-inspired tulip bouquet over at the Simon Says Anything Goes Challenge.

Card 2: Think Ink

My second card was inspired by our last technique class over at Colette's.

materials: All Stampin' Up!!!

However, my card is a bit of a departure from the one we made in class... due to no fault of our fearless leader. I wasn't pleased with my placement of the image on the original card base. So, I did some cutting and layering to come up with the card above.

That said, I love the focal panel. Because of the ink used on this panel, I'm going to share this over at the Shopping Our Stash Think Ink Challenge. I know the design is basic, but I think it's a perfect layout to accent this pretty panel.

Parting Thoughts

It'll be a while before I get to play along with the girls at Colette's. So, I want to thank Colette and her merry band of stampers for making this snowbird feel at home.  :)

There are just a few more days to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By. We'd love for you to join us.

Have a wonderful week, and I'll be back here in a few hours with a new Cards in Envy challenge. Until then, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. Oh wow these are both beautiful cards. Love the top one as its my fav colours. Thanks for sharing with us on Sketch Saturday this week, Hazelx

  2. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Sketch Saturday, good luck!!! Amy DT

  3. well of course BOTH of these are beyond gorgeous, but i'm bound to say the inky background one is my fave, eh??!?! ;) and truly, it is such perfection... the ink colors, the placement of the image above it, those skinnnnnnny mats that set everything off! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR (think ink!) STASH with us (again!) this week! ♥

  4. Two gorgeous, beautiful cards.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  5. Two lovely cards! I don't know which one I like the best. I love your "watercolour" inkiness with the silhouettes and I love your pretty acetate stamping too! Thank you for joining in the fun with the Sketch Saturday team! Hugs, Lesley

  6. Awesome design!
    Just love these both!
    Thank you for joining us at Sketch Saturday this week!