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Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Summertime Blues

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  This month our theme is Summertime Blues.  Stampin' Up! has so many beautiful blues that we decided a blog hop would be a great way to show them off!   


Let me say I kind of surprised myself by using Balmy Blue and Night of Navy!  Balmy Blue is not a color I reach for very often but I now I am not sure why.  I used the Layering Hollyhocks die and cut the outline out in Night of Navy and the bolder die in Balmy Blue.  If you are wondering why the centers of the hollyhocks look a little darker, I colored the with a Balmy Blue Stampin' Blend marker and also brushed on some Wink of Stella.  I stamped the 3 flowers in Night of Navy ink.   I made a couple of pencil marks using the dies as a guide of where I needed to stamp.   The stamps really make a difference.  Using a Blending Brush I blended a little bit of Night of Navy ink around the area the flowers would go.  If you look closely you will also see some white splatters.  I watered down some White Craft Ink refill and did some splattering using a Water Painter.


The sentiment and the label is from the Sending Smiles bundle.  I colored a couple of rhinestones using the Dark Night of Navy Stampin' Blends.  Inside I added another flower from the Heavenly Hollyhocks set.    This card  is another example of the Heavenly Hollyhocks flower.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the other stops on the hop!


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Butterfly Kisses & Stylish Shapes

It is Thursday and time for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.


This week it is a sketch challenge.  I love this sketch and it is one that I use a lot.


I found that using the Stylish Shapes dies makes it super easy to create a perfect little foursome of squares.


The only stamping on this card is the sentiments which is from the Through it Together set.  The sentiment is on a banner cut from the Stylish Shapes dies in Starry Sky ink.  The little Parakeet Party dot is from the 2022-24 In Color Matte Decorative Dots.

The card base is Starry Sky CS and the DSP layers are from the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  The 4 butterflies were also fussy cut from the DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Each butterfly is on a Basic White square cut using the smallest square Stylish Shapes dies). All of the butterfly squares fit on a Starry Sky square cut using the #4 (#1 being the smallest square die) Stylish Shapes die. 


Inside of the card is a Basic White CS layer.  I also added a strip of the DSP and another butterfly cut from the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created using the sketch,




Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Masculine Cards


Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop!  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators.  We hop together on the third Wednesday of every month.  Our hops focus around a particular bundle, holiday, occasion or product suite.  We also do a quarterly stamp camp and have one coming up July 22nd  & 23rd (Hues of Happiness Suite).  Every month we also create a tutorial bundle.  This month the tutorial bundle features masculine cards.  The projects featured in this blog hop are different than the projects in the tutorial bundle.  We want to share lots of ideas with you.


I chose  the Whiskey Business stamp set.  My son likes Old Fashioneds so it was a perfect stamp set for me to make cards for him.  I paired the stamps with the He's the Man DSP.  If you make masculine cards then this pack of paper makes it easy to create handsome and fun cards.  

I started by stamping and coloring the decanter and glasses.  I used Smoky Slate, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Pool Party Stampin' Blends.  I fussy cut the images out.  I used a Blending Brush and added a little Pool Party to the Basic White square (Stylish Shapes-largest square).   The decanter was adhered using Multipurpose Liquid Glue and the glasses were adhered using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The sentiment was perfectly cut out using the Sending dies.


The Early Espresso card base measures 4-1/4" x 11" (10.5 cm x 29.7 cm) and scored at 2-1/4", 5-1/2" (6 cm, 14.8 cm).  The front flap folds back to create a pocket for a gift card or cash.  This is a quick and easy gift card holder and might come in handy if you are still looking for something for Father's Day.

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop for even more masculine card ideas.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!



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Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me (sharon@astheinkdries.com) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.


Cottage Rose Birthday

I needed to make some birthday cards and wanted to play with the Cottage Rose bundle.  This is a fabulous bundle and you know I love a stamp set that has images and sentiments.  The large rose is a beautiful flower and it is a fun one to color.  


I heat embossed the flower using Versamark ink and Black embossing powder on Shimmery White cardstock.  Why Shimmery White?  Shimmery White CS has a beautiful, delicate shimmer and it can be used for techniques using water.  I brushed on some water on the petals and then picked up some Sweet Sorbet ink with a Water Painter and touched it to the water.  The ink flows and spreads  coloring the petals.   I sometimes help the colors along with the Water Painter.  I like how it creates the light and dark on the petals.  It is a fun coloring technique. Once the flower was colored I cut it out using the coordinating die.  

The flower is mounted on a square cut using the largest Stylish Shapes square die.  The sentiment was stamped on a banner die also from the Stylish Shapes dies.  The Very Vanilla layer was embossed using the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder and then mounted on a Basic Black card base.  The Timeworn Type Embossing Folder is now my go to folder when I need a little texture.


Inside of the card I stamped and colored the leaf image from the stamp set.  I also added another sentiment.  

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Sweetest Cherries & the Rays of Light

Have you checked out the Rays of Light background stamp?  I think it is a gem and maybe a hidden one.  You can find it on page 116 of the 2022-23 Annual catalog.  I have used it just a couple of times and it is so fun!  


Here I paired the Rays of Light stamp with the Sweetest Cherries bundle.   The Rays of Light stamp really makes the cherries the focal point.   I covered up the circle on the Rays of Light image so the cherries would be the source of the light.  

The Sweetest Cherries bundle is a stamp set and punch bundle.  I love cherries especially Rainier cherries so I had to have this fun bundle.  


Do you recognize the cherries inside of the card?  They are from the December 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, Lots of Puns.  The Sweetest Cherries bundle and the Lots of Puns stamp set are perfect together.  The Lots of Puns set also has some fun sentiments that will coordinate well with this bundle.

This is a quick and easy card to make.  I suggest that you use your Stamparatus with the Rays of Light stamp and ink up and stamp a bunch of backgrounds in lots of different colors.  I know you will find lots of ways to use the image.  You can see another way I use the set HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out the Last Chance List and the Buy One & Get One 1/2 off Kit special,




Waves of Inspiration

It is Thursday and what does that mean?  It means it is time for the Create with Connie  Mary Challenge.  Every week the challenge switches between a sketch and a color challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.

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What fun a fun color combination!


I started by making the background using Blending Brushes.  I started with Daffodil Delight, then Tahitian Tide and finishing with Starry Sky ink.  The blended background was cut out using the largest square from the Stylish Shapes dies.  The background reminded me of being at the beach which lead me to using the Waves of Inspiration bundle.  The pelican was stamped using Starry Sky ink. The beak was colored with Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blend Marker.  The sentiment was stamped using Starry Sky ink and punched out using the Cloud punch.  The smaller clouds were cut using the Waves dies.  The Basic White layer was embossed using the Timeworn Type 3D folder.  

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created,


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Butterfly Kisses & Sending Smiles

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week we have a sketch challenge.


I didn't have an oval big enough so I improvised and used a circle from the Layering Circles dies.  


I fussy cut the butterfly from the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  The DSP was also  used for the background the and side panels.  This pack of paper has bright and fun designs with a great color palette of Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Fresh Freesia, and Starry Sky.  The card base is Fresh Freesia and the layer is Starry Sky.  


On the inside of the card I used a strip of DSP and fussy cut a smaller butterfly from the Butterfly Kisses DSP.  Whenever possible I like to decorate the inside of the card as well as the envelope.


The sentiment is from the Sending Smiles stamp set.  The sentiment was heat embossed using White embossing powder on a strip of Starry Sky CS.  The label  was cut using one of the dies from the Sending dies.  On either side of the sentiment there is an Iridescent Rhinestone.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created with this sketch.



Happiness Abounds and Brilliant Butterflies

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge. 


I chose Polished Pink part of the 2021-23  In Color as my third color.  I thought it would provide a nice pop of color.


I stamped and heat embossed  the flowers from the Happiness Abounds stamp set using black embossing powder. The centers of the flowers were colored using Blending Brushes and Polished Pink ink.   A Blending Brush was also used to add some black ink.  The beautiful butterfly in Sahara Sand and Basic Black was cut using the Brilliant Wings die.  The 3 Polished Pink embellishments on the butterfly's body  are the 2021-23 In Color Opal Rounds.  The ribbon is the 3/8" Open Weave ribbon in Polished Pink.  This ribbon is available in all the 2021-23 In Colors.


I like to decorate the inside of my cards.  On this card I added another layered butterfly cut using the Brilliant  Butterflies dies. 


Sahara Sand is a color I do not use very much and  I always wonder why I don't.  I think this color combination is fun and unexpected.  

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team  created for this challenge,



Hues of Happiness

It is time for the Festive Friday Challenge!  What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that has an Inspo List.  What is an Inspo List?  Every challenge has an Inspo list that has 10 items on it and those 10 items were inspired by a particular holiday, celebration or festivity.  You need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project.  You do not have to incorporate the festivity into your challenge but if you want to, you can.  Here is a link to more information about how to participate in the challenge.

The festivity that inspired this challenge is World Bee Day.  World Bee Day will be celebrated on May 20th.  What is World Bee Day all about?  World Bee Day wants to raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping. 

Here is the Inspo List for the challenge.


I used flowers, yellow and embossing from the Inspo list on my card.


I think it is easy to see how I used flowers and yellow from the Inspo List but embossing maybe a little harder to see.  The sentiment from the Happiness Abounds stamp set was heat embossed.  The sentiment was first stamped using Versamark ink and then sprinkled with black embossing powder and heated.  

The yellow flowers were die cut from the Hues of Happiness DSP using the Blossoming Happiness dies.  The dies were also used to cut out the design on the Basic White CS.  The die  is meant to fully cut out some of the design and only partially cut out other parts.  I really like the Basic Black showing through in some of the areas, it helps to tie together the colors.


Inside I added a strip of Black CS and another flower cut from the Hues of Happiness DSP.  

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For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

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Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert you are here

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters


Diane Evans 

Joanne James

I hope you will join in the challenge.  We love seeing how you are inspired by the Inspo List.  


Happiness Abounds and the Tea Boutique DSP

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge. 


When I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use the Tea Boutique DSP.  I used 3 different designs from the pack and love how it easy it was to mix and match the different patterns.


The sentiment is from the Happiness Abounds stamp set.  I like the look of 2 fonts in one sentiment.  This set has 7 great sentiments and will definitely be a set I will reach for often.  There are 6 floral images and 2 different leaves and all of them can be cut out using the coordinated dies from the Blossoming Happiness Dies.


I stamped the flowers from the Happiness Abounds set in Sweet Sorbet ink directly on the Tea Boutique DSP.  I like how the design on the DSP adds interest and texture to the flowers.  I need to remember to do this more often.


I colored some rhinestones with the Sweet Sorbet Stampin' Blends and used them for the centers of the flowers.  There are In Color Matte Dots  available but I didn't have them at the time I made this card.  I do like  having the option of coloring embellishments like rhinestones and pearls with Stampin' Blends.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge,