#sharesunshine

The idea to #sharesunshine has been a welcome one during these challenging times. I’ve seen tons of pictures of people sharing what someone dropped off on their doorstep and it’s really nice to see people trying to connect even though we can’t do it like we’re used to. This is probably why I jumped at the chance to send some cards to my family members who I usually only send Holiday cards to. I even found an article in Better Homes & Garden about this whole thing…

www.bhg.com/sunshineboxes

I also found a group of women that are spreading sunshine, or in their case fairy dust, across Ontario. So when I found this group on Facebook I offered cards for those who are sharing sunshine in and around my area. I love being able to donate my cards knowing that they’re going to helping bring a smile to someone’s face.

One woman asked if I could make some tags and so I thought I would share what I made for her.

Pile of See a Silhouette tags wm

I’ve been loving crafting with the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper lately and so of course I wanted to use it to create these tags. Next I grabbed my Delightful Tag Topper Punch to use on my Whisper White cardstock and the Crumb Cake twine from the Nature’s Twine pack…I’m so sad this is retiring 😦

The “for you” came from the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set which I stamped in Night of Navy to pull from the colours in the DSP. I also used the bubbles and paint splatter images from the Beauty Abounds stamp set and again using the colours from the DSP I stamped with Daffodil Delight and Real Red.

See a Silhouette tags wm

I cut out the phrase and images using the Stitched Shaped dies and the Layering Circles dies. Then I popped up the phrase with some Stampin’ Dimensionals and added a few of the small Rhinestone Basic Jewels. I always need to add a bit of bling to my designs.

I hope that the women who receive these with their #sunshineboxes enjoy them as I definitely enjoyed making them.

If you like this project be sure to follow my blog so that you are notified whenever I post and if you would like to do something during these challenging times check out my post about Stamping for COVID-19.

Stamping for COVID-19

To help support the World Health Organization and United Way, Stampin’ Up! created some digital stamps that can be used to create cards just for this challenging time we are all experiencing right now. I got mine pretty quickly, but I needed to wait for a printer toner to arrive, grrr! I guess I could have printed them in black in white, but I really liked the colours and so I just had to wait.

With 15 pages of images and phrases to choose from it took me a couple times going through them all to figure out which ones I wanted to start with. I still have a bunch of images to use, but I wanted to share a few of the cards that I’ve made so far.

Stampin’ Up! used a couple of my favourite colours, Rich Razzleberry and Petal Pink, and so that’s where I started. I also used the Heartfelt and Beauty Abounds stamp sets and popped up the other images and phrases using Stampin’ Dimensionals for these cards.

And of course I had to create some cards using the martini/”quaran-tini”. For that one I used Old Olive cardstock for the base (I honestly don’t know what other colour I would have used). I used the Beauty Abounds stamp set for these cards too.

After that I thought I’d just do some simple ones… I put some of the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper on a few of the Whisper White Note Cards. The other DSP was some leftovers I have from the Lily Impressions DSP from this past Sale-a-bration. I also added some Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine, a few Pearl Basic Jewels and of course some Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I only printed a few pages and I still have lots to create with so it was definitely $12 USD well spent, plus 100% of sales goes to support the World Health Organization and the United Way.

There’s still a few more days to get your own PDF full of these great images and phrases and they’re offered in different languages, so make sure to check out the link before June 2nd!

https://covid19.stampinup.com/

A Scrappy Father’s Day Card

A few weeks ago I created a card using the #scrappystriptechnique and I just loved it so much that I had to create another using a different pack of Designer Series Paper! So with Father’s Day around the corner I thought it would be fun to use the Country Club Designer Series Paper. My dad loved golfing so this made me think of him when I was making it.

For my card base I used Night of Navy cardstock to coordinate with and make the colours from the DSP stand out. I added a piece of Whisper White to adhere the DSP to because I wanted something other than Night of Navy popping through between each strip. Plus that also made it easier to wrap the Linen Thread around.

Scrappy Celebrate wm

Somehow I don’t have a stamp saying “Happy Father’s Day” (I’ll have to fix that soon!), so I chose a phrase from the Itty Bitty Birthdays cling stamp set that I thought would work and stamped it with Night of Navy ink. Then I cut out the phrase using the Stitched Rectangle dies and popped it up using some Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Scrappy Celebrate close up wm

I love how easy and fun this card was and how well it turned out and I can’t wait to use this technique with the Designer Series Paper from the upcoming new catalogue!

If you live in Canada and would like to get your hands on the new catalogue that launches on June 3rd send me an email at inkspirationwithteresa@gmail.com and I’d be happy to send one to you.

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Fancy Fold Design Team Double Easel Card

For this month’s Fancy Fold we were given the Double Easel card. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I went to look it up, but this card is very straight forward and looks really neat. I’ve created a basic instruction sheet that you can download, so keep scrolling, and here’s Sharon Armstrong’s video if you want to see another version.

As soon as I saw the video my mind went straight to the Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (I’m sad to see this DSP retiring). From there I decided to use Whisper White and Mossy Meadow cardstock for my card bases.

Double Easel front wm

I went with the images from the Magnolia Blooms stamp set to really play up the images from the DSP, the phrase also came from this set. For the phrase I stamped with Mossy Meadow ink and for the blooms I decided to heat emboss them with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Double Easel close up wm

After that I cut out the large bloom and popped it up on top of some Petal Pink Metallic-Edge Ribbon using some Stampin’ Dimensionals. I framed the phrase and other bloom using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies and of course I added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels to add some bling.

Here’s the view from the side to give you an idea of how the card bases overlap and create the double easel effect.

Double Easel side wm

This was such a fun and easy card to make. I’m definitely going to be using this fold again!

To keep going on this month’s blog hop check out Aude Barbara’s blog next and make sure to download this simple project sheet.

2020 Double Easel Card Sheet

Thank you Tags

I make thank you cards to give my customers whenever they order from me and sometimes I’ve added some images, etc. to the bags I put their orders in. Recently I had the idea to make tags to attach to the bags instead and was inspired by another demonstrator’s design.

For my tags since I love butterflies I went with the Butterfly Wishes cling stamp set which coordinates with the Butterfly Duet Punch and for the top of the tag I used the Delightful Tag Topper Punch.

Thank You Tags wm

I put some Designer Series Paper from last year’s Sale-a-bration onto the Whisper White cardstock tag and chose the colour of my butterflies using some of the colours from the Nature’s TwineMint MacaronGrapefruit Grove and Blackberry Bliss. “Thanks” came from the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set.

Thank You Tags 3 wm

I’m wondering if the Blackberry Bliss is a little dark, so while I love it I may look at another shade of purple for my next batch. Otherwise I really like how they turned out and hope that my customers like them too!

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This Little Piggy is saying “good-bye”

Since the list of retiring products came out I’ve been trying to create with the stamp sets, etc. that soon will be gone to keep me busy while I wait for my pre-order from the upcoming Annual Catalogue to arrive. This week I pulled out the This Little Piggy cling stamp set. I actually haven’t used this set very much, but it’s so cute… I’m wondering now how come I didn’t stamp with it more often.

For this card I also wanted to use some of the Bermuda Bay 1/4″ Mini Striped Ribbon before it’s gone as well, so that’s what sparked my colour combination. I used Bermuda Bay cardstock for the card base and Petal Pink cardstock for the card mat. I really like how these colours compliment each other, plus the Petal Pink ink worked perfectly for the pigs.

So she did wm

To frame my pigs I used the Stitched Shapes dies and popped them up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also used the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing folder to add a sort of farm feel to the card.

So she did close up wm

When my daughter saw this card this morning she commented that it was “the cutest card ever” and I do agree with her, this card is super cute!

If you like this card make sure to follow my blog so that you’re notified whenever I post a project!

Also for those of you who live in Canada who haven’t had a chance to look at this year’s list of retiring products here it is. And let me know if you have any questions, especially regarding what is still available, I’m happy to help! (inkspirationwithteresa@gmail.com)

Retiring List 2020

Double Corner Fold Card

For Mother’s Day this year I wanted to create a different kind of card, so when I saw a Double Corner Fold card created by a demonstrator from the UK I knew that was what I wanted to make.

For my design I started by deciding to use the Timeless Tulips bundle. From there I choose Old Olive for the card base, stems and leaves and Daffodil Delight for the card mat and some of the tulips. I also used Calypso Coral ink for the other tulips and went with Very Vanilla cardstock for a softer white to stamp my images on.

Using the Tulip Builder Punch made it really easy to add some tulips and leaves to the inside of the card.

DC Fold inside wm

For the phrase on the inside of the card I used one from the Strong & Beautiful cling stamp set.

On the outside I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to frame “Happy Mother’s Day”, which came from Timeless Tulips. I also added some Linen Thread and one Rhinestone Basic Jewel.

DC Fold outside wm

This was a fun and relatively easy card to make. I hope my mom likes it! Here are the measurements, etc. I used if you’d like to try this for yourself…

  • card base: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and fold in half
  • measure 2″ from each top corner along the top/fold as well as down the side, mark each point with a pencil on both sides of the card base
  • score between the pencils marks on both sides of the card base
  • push the corners in towards the inside of the card

If you like this card be sure to follow my blog so you’ll be notified whenever I post and if you make your own Double Corner Fold card I’d love to see a pic!

#simplestamping with Broadway Birthday

I’ve been meaning to create something for Stampin’ Up!s April #simplestamping challenge all month, but with everything going on my inkspiration has been running low and so I kept putting it off. In the last week or so my creativity and inkspiration has started making a come back and so I was finally able to tap in and come up with an idea.

The challenge for this past month was to create a birthday card using only stamps, ink and paper. One of my go to stamp sets for birthday cards has been Broadway Birthday and so that’s where I started for my card design. For the colours I pulled from the Best Dressed 6×6 Designer Series Paper because I knew that I wanted to use that in my stepped up version; I went with Petal Pink and Blackberry Bliss for my paper and ink.

I also decided to use the small bubble image from the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set because I wanted to add something other than balloons or candles for this birthday card.

Here it is…

Broadway Abounds Simple wm

For my stepped up version I added Stampin’ Dimensionals of course, I had to fight my urge to use dimensionals on the #simplestamping version. I also added in another colour ink; Purple Posy using the Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up the stamps. Then I also used a strip of the Best Dressed 6×6 DSP and added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Broadway Abound Step Up wm

I will be sad to see Broadway Birthday and the Best Dressed DSP go, but I’m excited to see what the new Annual Catalogue will bring. If you want to grab these or any of the other products that will be retiring check out my online shop.

Keeping Crafty & Sane During Covid-19

All over the world we are being challenged by Covid-19. We are all being asked to stay home, businesses and schools are closed and yet for many work and school are still happening.

While I thought of writing this post a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t in the place to write it. At that point we were only a couple of weeks into this whole social distancing thing and we were still waist deep in trying to figure out what this new “normal” was going to look like without killing each other. I was also still trying to figure out what I needed to do for myself to stay positive and keep my mental health in a good place.

When this all started I was definitely struggling to find my inkspiration. I would get to the end of the day and I was exhausted, so there wasn’t much crafting happening for a while. Fortunately one weekend my youngest munchkin said he wanted to make a card and I remembered I still had some Paper Pumpkin kits that I hadn’t finished. So we all ended up making some cards from last March’s Paper Pumpkin kit. It was nice to make a card without having to really think about it.

Since then I’ve also been making it a priority to get outside for a walk everyday… read more… colour more and enjoy some peace and quiet as often as I can (and with two munchkins that can be hard to find some days).

colouring

Thankfully we seem to have found our rhythm, although we still do have our days. My creativity and inkspiration also seem to be flowing a bit more easily these days which is nice. I do realize though that there are still going to be days that are a bit more challenging and so I have a few go tos for when I need a good laugh. Laughing is another thing that I’ve found really helpful during this time.

So here’s a little something that I hope will make you laugh or at least bring a smile to your face.

Covid crafting

Stay safe and stay positive!!

Fun with the 2018-2020 In Colours

It’s that time of year when we’re about to say goodbye to a group of In Colours to make room for the next ones from the upcoming new Annual catalogue. Which is why I thought I would make some cards featuring the 2018-2020 In Colours. The inkspiration for this design came from a fellow demonstrator; Helene Den Breejen. It’s a great way to feature a single colour, plus they have butterflies…. so I couldn’t resist!

In Colour 2018-2020 wm

For the butterfly I used the Butterfly Wishes cling stamp set along with the coordinating Butterfly Duet punch. Then for the frames I used the 2 largest squares from the Stitched Shaped dies and the smallest die from the Stitched Rectangle dies for the phrases.

I used phrases from different stamp sets for the cards. With the Call Me Clover  and Pineapple Punch cards I used phrases from the Itty Bitty Birthdays cling stamp set. Then with the Blueberry Bushel card I used “congratulations” from the First Frost cling stamp set.

With the other two cards, using Lovely Lipstick and Grapefruit Grove, I used phrases from the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set.

To create the background I used the different inkpads on the raised side of the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder and then placed the card front in the folder and ran it through my die cutting machine.

To finish it off I popped up the butterflies and frames using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I debated about adding some pearls or rhinestones, but decided to keep it simple.

I really like how these turned out and am definitely going to miss these colours when they are gone!

If you live in Canada and want to find out what else is retiring when the new catalogue arrives, or if you want to get your hands on a copy of the new Annual catalogue, send me an email and I will gladly send them to you!