Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SIP Challenge #50 - Sketch!

Hello and welcome to Stamp, Ink, Paper's Challenge #50!  This week we have an awesome sketch challenge.  I hope you'll head over and check out all of the design team's cards.  I love how a sketch can take you in so many directions.

Here is where the sketch took me this time.. 

I couldn't wait to use some of this new Playful Palette DSP that my sweet upline sent me.  I have to tell you that once I saw it in person, I couldn't believe I hadn't added it to my own preorder!  I just love the designs!  So on this card I started out with an 11" x 4 1/4" piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock scored at 5 1/2".  I added a piece of Basic Black cardstock that was 3 1/4" x 5 1/2" to mat my Playful Palette DSP that was cut 3" x 5 1/2".  On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, I stamped my brush strokes from the Painter's Palette stamp set. I then stamped the sentiment over the brush strokes in Archival Black Ink.  I added some black splatters with the Black archival ink as well.  I used my MFT zig zag dies to cut sentiment circle and the black circle mat.  Fast Fuse was used to adhere my black circle layer and I popped up the sentiment circle with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I cut some Silver Sequin Trim and adhered just under the sentiment circle with a glue dot.  I added three other silver sequins on my card to finish it off.  I absolutely adore this sentiment and it makes the perfect birthday card for my sweet friend Suzi!  I'm going to drop it by her house tomorrow!  

Here's a  List of everything I used:

Stampin' Up Products:

Painter's Palette Stamp Set
Playful Palette DSP
Peekaboo Peach cardstock
Basic Black cardstock
Peekaboo Peach Ink
Flirty Flamingo Ink
Black Archival Ink
Fast Fuse
Stampin' Dimensionals

Non-Stampin' Up! Products:

MFT Zig Zag Circle Dies

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Thursday, May 26, 2016

May D's Stamping Team USA Masculine Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the May Blog Hop of D's Stamping Team USA.  This month's theme is Masculine Cards.  Of course if you've already been hopping by way of Nichole Smith's awesome blog.. well then you already know the theme! If you've started with me, make sure you click the next button at the bottom of my post so you can check out the other blogs.  We have a few folks traveling this month so this is a short hop.. more like a skip.  You'll enjoy the awesome inspiration though! 
You know I hear so many people say masculine cards are hard but for me they never are.  I always just think about what my Hubby would love... ships, trains, fishing, dogs, nature, humor, or even flowers as we love to garden together.  Stampin' Up! has so many cool stamp sets for masculine cards!  For today's card I used the fabulous Acorny Thank You Stamp Set.  I was so thrilled that this stamp set and coordinating Acorn Punch carried over to the new catalog.  It is a super fun set! 
For today's card I started with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Sahara Sand cardstock that was scored at 4 1/4".  I added a thin 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" piece of Real Red Cardstock, and then a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Chocolate Chip Cardstock that has been embossed with a Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  Next is a strip of 1" Sahara Sand cardstock that was cut with the Triple Banner Punch to end up as a 5 1/4" long banner.  I then used my Acorny Thank You Stamp Set to stamp the acorns in Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip and Real Red Ink.  I used Sahara Sand Cardstock to stamp the Chocolate Ship and Sahara Sand Ink on but for the Real Red Ink I stamped on Very Vanilla.  Once I had my acorns stamped and punched I adhered them with a combination of Tombow Adhesive and Dimensionals.  On the "Nuts About You" acorn, I added a little bow of Linen Thread to the stem.  I came really close to adding sequins but decided against it as I didn't want to take away from the woodgrain embossed layer.  I hope you like my card as much as I do.  If you don't already have this awesome Stamp Set and Bundle, let me tell you.. YOU NEED IT! 
Next up is my friend Megan Thompson's blog!  Make sure you click the next button and you'll be there!
Thanks so very much for stopping by!  If you see any of the products listed that you need, you can click the shop with me tab on the top of my blog and order them!   Here are the Stampin' Up! products I used:
Acorny Thank You
Acorn Punch
Triple Banner Punch
Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Sahara Sand Cardstock
Real Red Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Sahara Sand Ink
Chocolate Chip Ink
Real Red Ink
Linen Thread
Tombow Multipurpose Glue
Big Shot
Stampin' Trimmer
Stampin' Dimensionals
Have a wonderful day!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

SIP #49 Challenge - Flowers!

Hello and welcome to Stamp, Ink, Paper's 49th Challenge!  Wow!  It is so hard to believe we've already had that many challenges!  This week's challenge should be super easy and super fun... Flowers!  How cool is that??  I think 90% of my cards have flowers on them!  

I decided I really wanted to use two of the 2014-2016 In colors that are going to be retiring in less than a week.. Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow.  

I started off with a Thick Whisper White card base 11" x 4 1/4" that was scored at 5 1/2".  For some reason I seem to be loving the top fold cards lately!  My next layer was Sahara Sand.  I stamped my sentiment from the Layering Love stamp set in the lower left in Blackberry Bliss (my absolutely favorite of the 2014-2016 In colors!).  I can tell you that I believe Layering Love will be one of my new favorite stamp sets.  I absolutely loved the retiring Feel Goods stamp set but I am thinking that this awesome set with fulfill my large sentiment need!  The reason I picked this particular sentiment is that I am planning on giving this card to my hubby on Father's Day.  He and I have been doing a lot of landscaping lately.  Almost every time we have a little time to kill, we end up at one of the local nurseries looking at flowers!  I really think even though it's not your traditional masculine card.. he will love it!  I used a partial Blackberry Bliss Striped Scallop Die Cut for the backdrop for my flowers.  It was one I had cut a while back and just ran into today.. lol  For the flowers I used a combination of Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White.  For the larger flowers I layered the Pansy Punch with the Blossom Bunch Punch.  For the smaller flowers I used the Blossom Bunch Punch only.  I used my bone folder to curve all of the blossoms.  The leaves were stamped tone on tone with the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set using Mossy Meadow Ink onto the same color card stock.  I used the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies to cut out the leaves as well as a few fern branches.   I also added three Pretty Pink Posh Droplets.  Hope you liked it as much as I do!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings!  Tina

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SIP Challenge #48 - Color Challenge!

Hello and Welcome!  Since today is Tuesday it's, of course, time for another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge! Take a look at this awesome color combination!

Well as usual Pool Party took me straight to water.. lol  So water took me to the lake, the lake took me to East Tennessee because my daughter lives there are she and her hubby love to go to the lake on the weekends.  Stay with me here... East Tennessee took me to brown bears and of course Chocolate Chip makes an awesome bear!  So what to do with the Calypso Coral.. I went to salmon with that.  I know, crazy, right??  Here's my card!

For the sponging, I took a sheet of notebook paper and torn it to use as a guide to sponge my hills.  You know there are a LOT of Hills in the Knoxville area, right??  I used Wild Wasabi ink for the hills, Pool Party for the water, and Sahara Sand on the bottom for the ground.  My bear was stamped in Black onto Chocolate Chip Cardstock and cut out with the Bear Hugs thinlits dies.  The fish were stamped in Archival Black and then painted with my aqua painters with Calypso Coral Ink.  The fish were cut out with the fish die from Bear Hugs as well.  I used a 1/8" hole punch to punch a hole through the mouth of the fish.  I ran some silver cording through them and tied them off.   So here's where I messed up.. I turned the card upside down on top of the grid paper that I had been sponging on and ended up smearing a little ink in the upper right corner and the lower left.   Not to worry.. I remembered I had an awesome stitched sun die from MFT so that covered up that upper right smear perfectly.  For the lower left.. well I made another fish and put it on a seperate line that I tied off through the bears paw.  Any mistake is an opportunity to embellish, right??  I stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip Ink at the bottom and prayed it would end up straight.. It did!  lol  

Thanks sooo much for stopping by and checking out my SIP design team card.  Hope you have a blessed day and have time to get inky!  
Blessings, Tina

Thursday, May 12, 2016

OSAT Blog Hop - May Flowers

Hello and welcome to One Stamp At A Time's May Flowers Blog Hop!  I was so excited when I heard we were going with a May flowers theme!  I have some new pre-order goodies from Stampin' Up! that I was excited to use!  If you've already been hopping, you should have landed from my friend, Andrea Tracy-Tucker's blog!  I've already had a sneak peak and know that she really outdid herself this time!  If you missed it, you'll want to be sure to check her fabulousness!  

Well, back to my card and project, here's what I came up with this month...

I was super excited to get to use my new "Pop Of Pink" Specialty Designer Series Paper, "Swirly Scribbles" Thinlits Dies, and "Thoughtful Banners" Stamp Set and coordinating Duet Banner Punch.  

My card started out with an 11" x 4 1/4" piece of Melon Mambo cardstock that was scored at 5 1/2".  I added a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece of Basic Black cardstock for that thin layer look that I've been into lately.  My top layer is a piece of the Pop of Pink Specialty DSP that measured 4" x 5 1/4".  I cut a large Swirly Circle of Basic Black and adhered it with a Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  I added a Banner of the reverse side of the Pop of Pink Specialty DSP, adhered with Fast Fuse.  I stamped Happy Birthday from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black onto Whisper White and then cut banner ends on it and attached over the DSP banner.  My Swirly Flower was cut in Melon Mambo Cardstock.  I rubbed the top of it in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I attached it to a piece of Melon Mambo Cardstock.  I think the embossed swirl really pops over the same cardstock that is not embossed.  The Swirly Flower was then attached with Dimensionals.  I punched out some flowers with the Petite Petals Punch in Melon Mambo cardstock and sponged the edges tone-on-tone.  They were attached onto the Black Swirly Circle with glue dots.  A Rhinestone was added to the center of all of the Petite Petals flowers.  I also added three Rhinestones in the upper left of my card.  

Here's a closer look at my Curvy Keepsake Treat Box...

This one is a mixture of the new, the returning, and the soon to be retired.  The new of course is the Pop of Pink Specialty DSP, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, the Banner Duet Punch and Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  The returning is the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits and I promise if you don't have this one.. you NEED it!  I have used these dies soooo many times and have loved every Curvy box I've made!  The soon-to-be retiring is the Note Tag Punch, as well as the Melon Mambo Stitched Satin Ribbon, and Melon Mambo and Black Twine.  I love this twine so much.. so here is where I insert a sad face :( !

Next up on this awesome hop is Renee Ondrajka! I'm sure she has outdone herself.. as always! Just click the next button and you'll be there!

In case you've lost your way.. here is a list of all of our Talented Hoppers this month!

  1. Tina Rackley Riddle - That's me!
  2. Renee Ondrajka
  3. Lori Schaefer Mueller
  4. Sara Levin
  5. Melissa Davies
  6. Maria Willis
  7. Anna Smith
  8. Wynne Grob
  9. Marisa Gunn
  10. Elizabeth Jeanne
  11. Megan Thompson
  12. Justin Krieger
  13. Dena Rekow
  14. Kim Smith
  15. Alisa Tilsner
  16. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
Thank you so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

SIP Challenge #47 - One Element Wonder

Hello!  What a wonderful weekend I had on Mother's Day Weekend!  I was able to see my daughter and two of my granddaughters on Saturday.  Taylor, my 6 year old granddaughter had a Softball Tournament in Dayton, TN which is pretty close to where I live so I was able to go watch her play.  She is such a joy.  I wish I could have stayed for the whole tournament and especially since they won!  Here's a picture of her with her trophy!  She recently lost her two front teeth.. lol  Isn't she just adorable! :)

After a fun Saturday, I was able to spend Mother's Day with my son and his sweet girlfriend, Kaci!  She is a fabulous cook and made Chicken Parmesan, Pasta and meatballs with her awesome Marinara, Roasted Garlic Bread, and we ended it with Brownies and Ice Cream!  Does that sound delicious or what??  Oh my.. I was so full I came straight home and took a 2 hour nap!  lol

Well, back to the weekly business.. I'm back over at Stamp, Ink, Paper today with my card for a One Element Wonder Challenge.  
I can tell you right now that clean and simple is NOT my go to style.  I absolutely adore it but it doesn't come easy for me.  When I start adding to a card, I have a hard time stopping!  lol  Here's what I came up with for my One Element Wonder and this is about as CAS as I get...

I sure wish I could have taken a better picture because this is much more beautiful that the picture suggests.  I did a watercolor wash of Sahara Sand, and Tempting Turquoise onto a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Watercolor Paper.  I used my heat tool to dry it and then stamped the Seabird image in Stampin' Up! Black Archival Ink.  I used the same ink to stamp my greeting on the bottom right of the front panel. But here's where it gets super beautiful and I just counldn't get a picture that shows it.. ugh.. I sprayed that panel with some Glitter Dust Spray and it is Ah-mazing!!  Once that dried, I mounted the front panel onto a piece of 4 1/8 x 5 3/8" piece of Basic Black cardstock with Fast Fuse.  Next I mounted that onto an 11" x 4 1/4" piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock that was scored at 5 1/2".  I hope you'll head over and check out our challenge and link up a One Element Wonder card of your own! 

Here are the Stampin' Up! Products that I used:

Wetlands Stamp Set
Black Archival Ink
Tempting Turquoise Ink
Sahara Sand Ink
Aqua Marker
Watercolor Paper
Basic Black Cardstock
Tempting Turquoise Cardstock
Fast Fuse Adhesive

Non - Stampin' Up Products used:

Foam Tape (Amazon)
Glitter Dust Spray (Amazon)

 Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings!  Tina

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ICS Blog Hop - Girl's Night Out!

Hello and welcome to May's Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop!  If you've already been hopping then you should have landed here from Terri Takashige's fabulous blog! and already know that this month's theme is Girl's Night Out!  

Girl's Night Out may mean something different to me than it does to you.  My version of a night out with my friends is to head over to Starbucks for some coffee, maybe a little shopping and of course always a nice dinner.  When I think of my friends, it reminds me that people are so much more important than things.  I have some wonderful friends and wouldn't trade them for the world! One of my favorite sets and is unfortunately soon retiring, is "Feel Goods" and I just love the sentiment "the best things in life aren't things"!

I started off with an 11" x 4 1/4" piece of Basic Black cardstock that was scored at 5 1/2".  I added a piece of the Neutrals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack in Black with white polka dots.   I stamped my sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White Cardstock.  I cut the sentiment out with one of my Circle Framelits and adhered it to my card front with Fast Fuse.  I also cut out a Window Sheet with the same size Circle Framelit.  I made a frame out of two circle framelits by using a size larger Circle Framelit, and a size smaller framelit (skipping the size I used to cut out my sentiment and window sheet) so that it was a thick enough frame to add some strips of foam tape.  The edge of the window sheet was attached to the back of my circle frame with the foam tape   The sequins in my shaker card were from the Brights collection with a few random white sequins that I had hanging around my craft room.  After laying the sequins onto the sentiment, I attached the shaker frame with the foam tape already on it, onto the area surrounding the sentiment.   The Melon Mambo flowers were cut out using the Botanical Builder framelits. I added the small black center and then added a coat of Clear Wink of Stella onto the Petals.  For my white flowers, the larger layers were punched with the Pansy Punch, two smaller layers were from the Blossom Bunch Punch, and then a black layer that was back from the Botanical Buiders framelits again.  I put a Basic Pearl in the center of each flower.  I also used the Botanical Builder Framelits for my leaves that I cut out of Wild Wasabi Cardstock.  I used dimensionals to adhere my flowers and used multipurpose glue to adhere the leaves.  I added some Black and Melon Mambo baker's twine in two loops around the top of the card and then tied it in a bow on the right hand side to add some balance.  

Next up on the hop is my friend, and double-up line, Darla Roberts!  Just click the next button and you'll be at her blog!

Here are the Stampin' Up! products I used today:

Feel Good Stamp Set
Circle Framelits
Botanical Builder Framelits
Blossom Bunch Punch
Pansy Punch
Basic Black Cardstock
Melon Mambo Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Brights Sequins
Neutrals Collection DSP Paper Stack
Black and Melon Mambo Baker's Twine
Basic pearl jewels
Mini Glue Dots
Tombow Multipurpose Glue
Fast Fuse
Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

SIP #46 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge!

Hello! I hope you've had a wonderful restful weekend and that your week is off to a fabulous start!  I got a lot of things done this past weekend which is always a good thing!  Since today is Tuesday it is, of course, time for another SIP Challenge!  This week it's time for another Tic-Tac-Toe and I went straight down the right hand side and picked Twine, Balloons, and Black.  
So about 6 months ago I saw an awesome video by the very talented Jennifer McGuire.  I have to be honest in that I rarely watch one of her videos that I don't have a list of products to order. LOL  This particular video was on the Avery Elle Custom Panel Elle-ments Die Set and she made some fabulous balloon cards by using the curved die.  Today's card is my attempt to duplicate, somewhat her process.  If you'd like to watch the video, I'm sure you would, just click here!  And seriously if you've never watched any of her videos, you've been missing out!

For this card, once I decided I'd be using twine and black, it was super easy to figure out my color combination.  I have the awesome Mint Macaron and Black Twine from the SU Occasions catalog so I was definitely going to be going with that combination. After cutting out the curved piece of Mint Macaron Cardstock and hand cutting the balloon end, I sprayed them both with Glitter Dust Spray Glitter and allowed them to dry before attaching them to the top of my card with Foam Tape.  The embossed sentiment on the bottom of the card is from the Lovely Amazing You photopolymer stamp set.  I just love the font used on the sentiments in that set!  

Here are the Stampin' Up! Products Used:

Mint Macaron and Basic Black Twine
Lovely Amazing You Stamp Set
Mint Macaron Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock (for inside)
Birthday Bouquet DSP
Versamark Ink

Non-Stampin' Up! Products Used:

Avery Elle Custom Panel Elle-ments Dies
Thermo Web Glitter Dust Spray Glitter
Zing Black Embossing Powder
Pretty Pink Posh Dew Drops
Foam Tape
Aleenes Quick Dry Tacky Glue (for twine and dew drops) 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings!  Tina