Currently…

Watching: We’re in the middle of New Movie January, so lots of movie watching

Reading: The Bargain by Jane Ashford — historical romance fluff

Listening: Really digging the Covers Channel on sirius xm right now. Lots of fun.

Making: Diving into memory planning in my Big Happy Planner this week. Very excited to focus on me.

Feeling: We’re all sick here, I’m starting to feel better, but still feeling pretty crappy.

Planning: I getting our meals set for the rest of the month.

Loving: J bought Mint Oreo ice cream the other day. It’s perfect on top of my fudge brownies.

SSINKIC41: Falling Hearts

Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a card using the picture below as inspiration.

I decided to take the colors I saw and make a fun Valentine card. I started by pulling some fun paper: Festive Birthday DSP (for Melon Mambo color), Blushing Bride, and Gold Foil. From there I punched out a ton of hearts and even colored the Blushing Bride with Wink of Stella Clear to give some extra shine. I then created some “strings” on which to hang the hearts. I finished the card with a simple big sentiment.

  • Stamps: Friendly Wishes
  • Inks: Melon Mambo
  • Cardstock: Festive Birthday DSP; Melon Mambo; Blushing Bride; Gold Foil; Basic Black; Whisper White
  • Accessories: Wink of Stella Clear; Black marker
  • Tools: Baker’s Box Thinlits (heart shape)

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Sunday Haul #1

Along with my new Big Make Things Happen Happy Planner, I grabbed some accessories before leaving Indiana. I grabbed some lined paper inserts, the Big Memory Keeping sticker pack, some clearance Michael’s planner stickers, and a variety of Recollections planner stickers. Also pictured is my fun new Doctor Who coloring book and colored pencils.

After getting back, I placed a smaller SU order from the Occasions Catalog for my January and February stamp clubs and classes.

  • Copper Foil Paper
  • Tasty Treats DSP
  • Carried Away DSP
  • Sprinkles Embellishments
  • Tasty Treats Washi Tape
  • Dimensionals
  • Tasty Trucks Stamp Set
  • Birdcage Builder Stamp Set
  • Cool Treats Stamp Set
  • Frozen Treats Framelits

Occasions Catalog and SAB Swap Cards

I love participating in swaps when the new catalogs launch. Over the Christmas break, I was in three big swaps, ensuring lots of great cards to keep on hand for inspiration for me and my customers. Check them out!

Wanda Smith @ Wanda Creates

Michele Salchow Judy Pinner

Jeanne Moss @ Bluegrass Stamper Sheila Stanton @ Sheila Stamps Creator unknown Darla Roberts @ Stampin’ With Darla

(fellow member of the SSINK Design Team)
Jenny Hall @ Jenny Stamps Up

Jen Guarino @ Faith, Grace, Stamp

(fellow member of the SSINK Design Team)

Jen Guarino @ Faith, Grace, Stamp

(fellow member of the SSINK Design Team) Jeanne Moss @ Bluegrass Stamper

Candy Michael Stasia Todd Wendy Cranford @ Luvin’ Stampin’ Creator Unknown Sheila Stanton @ Sheila Stamps Catherine Dawe Lynda Falconer @ Crafter Inspired Kathy Thisted Jennifer Blomquist @ Northwest Stamper Liz Mitchell @ Liz Loves 2 Stamp Pamela Wu @ Stinky Tofu

(Pam’s my upline and good friend) Carla Branton Nicole Flournoy @ Inky Fingers Stamping Stacey Lane @ A Work of Carte Susan Schultz

Succulent Garden Dragonfly

Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a card using your favorite Occasions Catalog Accessory. Unfortunately, I didn’t buy much for my preorder and my next order hasn’t arrived yet. So, until I get some new goodies, my favorite non-stamp product from the catalog is the Succulent Garden DSP. Just look how gorgeous this paper is! I love the colors and patterns.

For my card, I wanted to highlight some of the fun patterns. I took my color cues from the paper to create my dragonfly and stamped piece of Whisper White. The color on the dragonfly was added with the new watercolor pencils. I love how I can blend colors to create more interesting stamped images. After adding my layers, I realized I didn’t leave room for my sentiment. Thank goodness I had some space up top. To finish off my card, I added a few silver and sweet sugarplum enamel shapes.

  • Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams
  • Inks: Sweet Sugarplum; Mint Macaron; Basic Black
  • Cardstock: Succulent Garden DSP; Mint Macaron; Whisper White
  • Accessories: 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes; Metallic Enamel Shapes
  • Tools: Detailed Dragonfly Framelit; Triple Banner Punch; Watercolor Pencils

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SSINKCS41: Carried Away

I ran out of time this past weekend to get a card sketch card posted for Monday’s SSINK challenge. So instead of being a design team member, I’m going to participate in the challenge today. Click on the sketch to play along with us!  Here’s the sketch we were given:

And here’s the card I came up with! I decided to play with patterns and stamping for this card. The new SAB paper Carried Away is one of my favorites! I love the great color combinations and patterns. So I took three patterns from that pack for the circles and the banner. I then added a simple sentiment, but jazzed it up by using tone on tone stamping to create my own patterned background. Before I glued everything down, I decided the background needed a bit more. Enter the Playful Backgrounds stamp set. A few stamps of these fun circles completed my card.

  • Stamps: Designer Tee (SAB); Playful Backgrounds
  • Inks: Watermelon Wonder; Peekaboo Peach
  • Cardstock: Carried Away DSP (SAB); Watermelon Wonder; Peekaboo Peach
  • Accessories:
  • Tools: Circles Framelits; Triple Banner Punch

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Foxy Garden Birthday

Welcome to the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration blog hop! This month we are creating birthday cards. Cards for boys, card for girls, cards for the young, cards for the middle age. Cards for everyone! As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 8 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Blog Hop – Nichole @ Scrappy Stamps and Ink. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

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I decided to make a birthday card using the beautiful Succulent Garden DSP. This card is perfect for kids and adults alike! I created a little Sweet Sugarplum kitty cat as my focal point. He looked a little plain in the circle, so I added a stump and a decorative border. Much better!

  • Stamps: Foxy Friends; Suite Sayings
  • Inks: Mint Macaron; Sweet Sugarplum; Old Olive; Tip Top Taupe; Chocolate Chip
  • Cardstock: Succulent Garden DSP; Old Olive; Whisper White
  • Accessories:
  • Tools: Layering Circles Framelits

Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Jen G. at Faith.Grace.Stamp
  2. Cathy A. at Maine Mountain Stamper
  3. Diana E. at Stampin’ Fun with Diana
  4. Pamela W. at Stinky Tofu
  5. Darcy J. at Dj’s Stampin’ Place
  6. Cheryl H. at Create with Cheryl
  7. Jennifer G. at Jenny G Paper Crafts
  8. Nichole L. at Scrappy Stamps & Ink
  9. Tobe B. at The Craft Sea
  10. Darla R. at Stampin’ with Darla
  11. Donna S. at Geek Squad Crafting
  12. Jen P. at By the Shore Stamping
  13. Melissa S. at The Stamp Doc
  14. Bree R. at Craft-somnia Momma
  15. Tonya B. at Stampin’ with Tonya
  16. Kim R. at Stamping with Kim

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Dotted Dragonfly

Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a $50 bundle and card. For my bundle, I used the following products:

  • Dragonfly Dreams Bundle $46.75
  • Wink of Stella $8
  • Total: $54.75
  • SAB Product: Designer Tee Stamp Set

Using the products listed above and some cardstock and ink, I created this fun dragonfly card. The dragonfly itself is two layers. The bottom layer is the sold dragonfly image stamped using the baby wipe technique to create a fun tie-dye feel. the top layer is the detailed dragonfly die cut from vellum. I also added a layer of Wink of Stella on the vellum to give a bit of sparkle and shine. Finally I topped my dragonfly with a few rhinestones.

Detail of Wink of Stella and rhinestones:

  • Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams; Designer Tee
  • Inks: Flirty Flamingo; Old Olive; Tip Top Taupe
  • Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo; Old Olive; Whisper White; Vellum
  • Accessories: Rhinestones
  • Tools: Detailed Dragonfly Framelitsl Wink of Stella

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Occasions Catalog Paper Shares

Would you love to buy all the paper in the catalog but really shouldn’t spend that much? Are you wondering what some of those papers look like up close and personal? Are you the type of person that loves to get a bit of everything? If so, a paper share might be the right choice for you! For $17, you will receive a 6×6 sample of every paper featured in the Occasions Catalog. With my bonus, that’s 64 6×6 sheets of DSP for you to enjoy!

Papers included:
— 12 6×6 Cupcakes and Carousels
— 6 6×6 Falling in Love
— 6 6×6 Party Animal
— 8 6×6 Sending Love
— 2 6×6 Sending Love Glassine Sheets
— 6 6×6 Succulent Garden
— 7 6×6 Tasty Treats Specialty
— 7 6×6 Urban Underground Specialty

Bonus:
— 6 6×6 Carried Away SAB DSP
— 4 6×6 Inside the Lines SAB DSP

Paper shares will be available to buy through January 31st. Pay $17 in person at any event or paypal me (tobe.buffenbarger@me.com). If you want to have your share shipped directly to you, shipping will be $3. Paper will be ordered January 14th and available for pickup around the 20th.