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March 2017

Llama Wishes for the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #313

It is time for the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #313!  I hope you are ready for some bright and festive colors!  Before I show you the card I made, here is the sketch that it is based on.

Try Stampin on Tuesday #313

I haven't played with the Birthday Fiesta bundle nearly enough! I love the sweet and slightly goofy looking llama.  Stampin' Up is right on trend as llamas are very in right now.

Fiesta Birthday bundle #stampinup

 This card comes together very quickly thanks to the Fiesta Time framelits.  The only thing I cut out was the little saddle blanket, everything else was done with the framelits.

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If you are in the mood for some bright, cheery and happy paper than I highly recommend the Fiesta Birthday DSP.  It is the kind of paper that just makes you smile!  Mixing and matching the different patterns is fun and so easy.

Fiesta Birthday bundle #stampinup

I hope you will join in the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge #313.  You can get all the details on the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created.

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The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop...Sale-A-Bration!


Welcome to the Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop for March 2017. This month our theme is “SaleABration”.  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – As the Ink Dries, Sharon Burkert or may have come from the person previous to me on the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. 


Lisa Pretto  



Janet Wakeland  



Peggy Noe  



Nicole Watt  



Beth McCullough  



Lisa Ann Bernard  



Jennifer Michalski  



Kadie Labadie  



Tricia Chuba  



Amanda Dickson  



Megan Herst  



Chris Miller  



Diana Eichfeld  



Gloria Plunkett  



Jennifer Spiller  



Anna Masciovecchio  



Debbie Henderson  



Debra Byrd  



Lisa Milligan  



Kim Vogel  



Sharon Hashimoto Burkert  



Katarina Ewa  



Valerie Moody  

I had a difficult time trying to decide what Sale-A-Bration products to use for this blog hop.  So many really fun choices.  I decided to use the Inside the Lines DSP and the 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack.  

Inside the Lines DSP Dragonfly Dreams in Bermuda Bay Glimmer paper

The Inside the Lines DSP is a little heavier than our regular DSP.  I made a very simple bag that will hold 2-3 standard (A2 size) cards with envelopes.  You can make this card holder using 1 sheet of DSP.  

Inside the Lines DSP Dragonfly Dreams Bermuda Bay Glimmer paper

I used the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits and cut the dragonfly out using Basic Black card stock and the Bermuda Bay Glimmer paper from the SAB 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper pack.  Isn't the Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper beautiful?  In the Sale-A-Bration Glimmer pack you get 12  6" x 6" sheets of glimmer paper: 4 each of Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, and Sweet Sugarplum.  I also added some Silver and Bermuda Bay sequins.

Inside the Lines DSP Bermuda Bay Glimmer paper

The card has the same dragonfly tag and mimics the design of the bag.   If you are not familiar with Sale-A-Bration you can go here  and here to see all the Sale-A-Bration choices  and for more information.

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Thank you  for taking part in the blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog –As the Ink Dries, Sharon Burkert , so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.


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Is This Yours?

I couldn't resist or at least didn't try very hard to resist the Everyday Hero stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.  The images are so fun and it is always a bonus when a set can be used for masculine cards.  What sealed the deal was I thought they would make fun congratulations cards for my team.

Everyday Hero #stampinup

The super cute paper is part of the Pop of Pink Specialty DSP.    I love how bright and cheerful this pack of paper is  and that it has some basic patterns that are easy to mix and match.

Everyday Hero #stampinup

This is a tri-fold card.  It fits in a standard A2 envelope.  

Everyday Hero #stampinup

Just the facts:

    *card base cut at 4-1/4" x 11"

    *score at 4-1/4" , 8-1/2"

    *the card measures 5-1/2" when you measure from the top of the scallop circle.


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 Did you know that you can click on any of the product pictures above and you will be taken to the item's location in my online store?  It is a pretty cool feature and makes it easy for you to shop with me!   We are in the last month of Sale-A-Bration so be sure to take advantage of free products with every $50 (before tax and shipping) purchase.  Sale-A-Bration items are only available while supplies last so  don't wait too long or you may find your favorite Sale-A-Bration item gone.  Just so you know the Sale-A-Bration Card Tin is no longer available.

Card tin sold out

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It Wasn't Easy

Today is Thursday which means it's time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  Yes, it is a color challenge.  Between you and me I both love and hate the color challenges.  The weird thing is I probably like and dislike them for the same reasons.  I love that it forces me to stretch and use colors I am not comfortable with and I dislike that I have to roam far out of my color comfort zone.  It is exciting trying to find the right stamps, dies, and accessories in just the right colors and proportions to work with the challenge.  Yes, it is often hard to do.  I know the good far outweighs the bad and I am thankful to be a part of the Thursday Challenge design team.

Are you ready to see the colors for this week's challenge?  


Love to know what you think of these colors.  Let's just say when i saw it my first thoughts were not, that's so pretty.  I do love Pool Party and Chocolate Chip together but Smoky Slate?   I will tell you now that I love the finished card and might even use this combination again.

I have been asked to share how I come up with the designs for my card.  The design for this card was pretty straightforward.  On my desk I keep a small basket of stamps, accessories, dies etc that haven't been used enough.  The key for me is just a few things, too many items feel overwhelming.  In this week's basket I had the Detailed Floral Thinlits.  I knew the Chocolate Chip and Pool Party would look great together and I thought well maybe if I threw in the Smoky Slate here and there it just might work.

Detailed Floral thinlits, #stampinup

What do you think?  Doesn't the Smoky Slate almost look lavender?  Oh my, I was so happy!  Now let me tell you that this is not a quick and easy card.   My suggestion is to put on some relaxing music or in my case an audiobook and get to work.   Here's a quick rundown of what I did.

    1. Chocolate Chip CS (4" x 5-1/4" ). Place the Detailed Floral thinlits so there is an even border around the edge.  Run through the Big Shot.

    2. Layer on to a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Pool Party CS.

    3. Run the dies through the Big Shot using Smoky Slate CS.  In my case I ended up having to do this twice.  I lost some of the pieces.

    4.  Glue in the Smoky Slate pieces.  If I were to do this again, I would pick big pieces to fill in with the Smoky Slate CS and not small very detailed pieces  like the flowers.  

    5. Tie a bow using the 3/8" Pool Party Stitched Satin ribbon.  

    6. I wanted an embossed sentiment so it would stand out on the Pool Party CS.   I didn't have any Chocolate Chip embossing powder so I improvised. Ink the stamp in VersaMark, then in to the Chocolate Chip ink, and then heat emboss using Clear Embossing powder.   

    7. Layer on to a Pool Party card base (5-1/2" x 8-1/2") and add some pearls.

Detailed Floral Thinlits #stampinup

I am going to play with other color combinations of this card and will share them.  I hope you will join in the challenge.  For all the details go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog.  While you are there be sure to check out what the other design team members created.  They are all brilliant.

Thanks again for stopping by. 

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You've Got This

Playing around with the Stained Glass technique.  What is the Stained Glass technique?  Basically you stamp and or emboss an image on vellum and then color it with markers on the back of the image.  While I was doing this I thought what would happen if I brushed some Wink of Stella on the colored image?  What if I put some Fine Tip Glue over that?  Well, this is what happens when you do all that.

You've Got This #stampinup 

I like the Wink of Stella on the petals.  The picture unfortunately does not capture the shine of the Wink of Stella.  I think the Fine Tip Glue caused a little wrinkling of the vellum and while it does add texture I am not sure I love it.  I think I should have stopped after the Wink of Stella.  I wish I had taken some pictures before putting on the glue.  

You've Got This #stampinup


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Cool Treats and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #447

So many stamp sets, so little time!  It was a hard choice but I decided on the Cool Treats Bundle for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #447.


Here's what I came up with using the Cool Treats Bundle and the CCMC sketch.

Cool Treats bundle #stampinup

I used the Tasty Treats Specialty DSP .   If you receive a card from me using this paper especially if it is a design with the glossy images please know that you are very special.   The hardest decision I had to make was what to use in the upper left hand corner.  Finally, I decided on ribbon but I did not have anything that was just perfect so I cut a piece of the 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon in Watermelon Wonder in half and tied it into a knot.  The sentiment is from the Suite Sentiments set.   

Cool Treats bundle #stampinup

Here's how I made the ice cream.  I inked the solid image in Watermelon Wonder ink and stamped it off once and then stamped it on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I inked up the swirl image in VersaMark ink and then into the Watermelon Wonder ink and then stamped it over the solid image.  I sprinkled my custom mix of Clear Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter (start with 1 part embossing powder and 1 part glitter) over it and then heat embossed it.  Isn't the ice cream cone fabulous?  The die both cuts out the cone and embosses the design.  I cut the cone out in Delightful Dijon card stock.   I added some sequins from the Sprinkles Embellishments, Pear Pizzaz star enamel shapes, and rhinestones.

Cool Treats Bundle #stampinup

Here's a little peek of the inside of the card.  I used a strip of the Tasty Treats DSP and another sentiment from the Suite Sentiments set.

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for the challenge. You can see all the designs here.   I hope you will join in the challenge.  

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February Favorites

You know there are just some projects that you like just a little bit more than others?  At the end of every month I am going to share my favorites. So here are my February Favorites and also a link to the post it was shared on.  


Special Reason and So In Love #stampinup

All the details  here.

  Basket Bunch Bundle #stampinup

All the details  here.

Stylish Stems Framelit dies #stampinup

All the details here.

Basket Bunch bundle #stampinup

All the details here.

So In Love stamp set #stampinup

all the details here.

Were these your favorites too?