It's Easy As ABC, 123

Welcome to our monthly Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop! Our theme today is ABC 123. Our Roll Call question on our Facebook page this week is about Back To School, so it all seems appropriate for August!

We're so excited to have you hop with us today! If you're hopping in order, you should have just left stop #5 - Cheryl at Create with Cheryl. If you get off course, or a link doesn't work, the entire hop list is at the bottom of this post. Please leave our designers some love when you visit them. We love to hear from our readers!

So what exactly does ABC 123 mean as a theme? (You were asking yourself that, right?) We were challenged to create an Album page, Box, or Card that used 1 stamp set, 2 designer series papers (either 2 stacks or 2 designs from the same stack), and 3 embellishments.

As you can see, I opted for a card. My base is Tangerine Tango. My 1 stamp set was Thoughtful Banners, which you can save 15% on when you purchase it bundled with the coordinating Duet Banner Punch. My 2 DSP were A Little Foxy (which I used the reverse side of the same print for my smaller balloon), and Serene Scenery (which is my favorite DSP of all time!). The balloons were cut out with the Balloon Bouquet punch. My three embellishments were Brights Enamel Shapes, Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine, and Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape.

Thank you so much for stopping in and seeing my ABC 123 project! If you started at the beginning of the hop, you have reached the end. If you started in the middle, or would like to hop through again, you can use that Next button to head to Diana's blog!

Blog Hop Participant List:
    1. Diana at Stampin' Fun with Diana
    2. Tobe at The Craft Sea
    3. Jennifer at Jenny G Paper Stamps
    4. Jen at Faith.Grace.Stamp.
    5. Cheryl at Create with Cheryl
    6. Darcy at Dj's Stampin' Place


    Make It Quick!

    Earlier this month a family friend had a major surgery that left her in lots of pain. Her daughter put out a request for well wishes, and I wanted to get a card made quick so I could get it in the mail asap. In steps a quick and easy card!

    I knew that I wanted to use the greetings from Here For You, but I didn't feel that flowers and butterflies were the appropriate background for the sayings I wanted to use. A "sun" from Kinda Eclectic was just the ticket to add what I needed to this card! The color inspiration came from the Moroccan Designer Washi Tape.

    My favorite part of this card is the inside because knowing her family as I do, I'm sure they'll get a giggle out of it just as I did!

    Need more INKspiration for quick and easy cards? Check out what the designers at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration have in store today!

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    Lighting Up Summer

    Hello! It's time for another Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop and this month we're focusing on all things summer! Our guidelines were wide open for projects to share. We could focus on summer-inspired, scrapbooking summer vacation pictures, or a project to do with kids while they are home for the summer. You'll have to hop along through everyone to see what they chose to share today!

    As you hop along, please leave some love on each blog. We love to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop #3 ~ Cheryl from Create with Cheryl. If you get off track, or a next button happens to not work, you'll find the entire hop list at the bottom of this post.

    Now that we've got the business out of the way, let's move on to the main event!

    Growing up on the farm, one of my favorite things about summer was catching lightning bugs (as we call them here in Kansas). Without street lights, they were easy to see. My parents had a "special" canning jar that I used to catch them in; which basically was one we never used for food, and they used an ice pick to poke holes in the lid. I would pull some grass to put in the bottom, fill the jar with lightning bugs, and keep them in my room. They weren't near as fun to watch the next morning when you couldn't see them light up! That's when I'd release them back in to their habitat.

    I actually bought the Jar of Love stamp set because in my opinion it's a little bit country, just like me. I didn't realize that it had these great bugs in with it! Besides being the perfect set to use on my summer-inspired card, the best part is that the coordinating Everyday Jars framelits have the lightning bug framelit so you don't have to fussy cut!

    The Serene Scenery designer series paper made the perfect background for a night sky, as well as the "blanket" that my jar is sitting on. The jar lid is embossed with Copper embossing powder. Aren't those Metallic Enamel Shapes perfect for creating a starry night?

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing in a wonderful childhood memory with me! Please share your favorite childhood memory in the comments below and then head over to see what Diana has created by using that Next button!

    Blog Hop Participant List:
      1. Tobe at The Craft Sea
      2. Jennifer at Jenny G Paper Stamps
      3. Cheryl at Create with Cheryl
      4. Darcy at Dj's Stampin' Place
      5. Diana at Stampin' Fun with Diana
      6. Pamela at Stinky Tofu
      7. Jen at Faith. Grace. Stamp.


      #SSINKCC35, A Red, White, & Blue Color Challenge

      Today at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration, we are celebrating with a red, white, & blue color challenge.

      The teenage son of a friend from high school injured his arm last week and may have to sit out of football this year. He's super bummed and so she asked for some cards to cheer him up. I realized that I don't have a lot of stamps geared towards teenage boys! (unless they like lots of flowers and butterflies) I finally found the perfect combination of products. I must say that this was a great color combination for a masculine card!

      The blue lines are from Gorgeous Grunge. I inked up the stamp once in Dapper Denim and then stamped 5 times, moving right as I went. The greeting is from Here For You. It's got some great greetings in it! The Real Red embellishments are the new Enamel Shapes in Brights. 

      I used another stamp from Here For You to stamp the inside of the card as well.

      Thanks for stopping by today. Did you know that you can play along with our weekly challenges at Stylin' Stampin' INKspriation. Make your own red, white, and blue project, post it online, and then use the link tool at SSINK to play along. Or you can use #SSINKCC35 as a tag when you post it to any gallery.

      If you're out celebrating today, stay safe!

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      Star birthday!

      Hello! Can you believe that it's already July? Where has 2016 gone?

      Today I am sharing a birthday card I created for a very special young lady. She is a rock star for how she has managed all of the things she has been dealt in life thus far, so I am hoping I can brighten her day a bit with my card.

      This has been the first time that I've actually had a chance to sit down and use some of my new products. Those featured on this card are the Stylized Birthday stamp, Pop of Pink washi tape, and Serene Scenery designer series paper.

      The returning products that you are familiar with are Melon Mambo card stock and ink, Banner framelits, Stars Collection framelits and Lucky Stars embossing folder.

      We have many star themed projects for you today on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog. Please check them out and leave some love!


      Hats off!

      Tomorrow is commencement day at our local university. One of my co-workers is finishing his MBA, so I made this card for him.

      Our school colors are black and gold, so my color theme for this card was easy to figure out. The card base and banner are Tip Top Taupe. The Congrats is from Tin of Cards, which I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. The Large Numbers framelits and some Gold Glimmer Paper provided my focal point; while the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder and Basic Black Cardstock provided the finishing touch.

      Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration is featuring framelits today. If you would love to see a variety of cards with different framelits for some inspiration, head over for Framelits Friday.


      The Hop Is Flowering

      Hello! The April Showers didn't really show up around here, but the May Showers have brought May flowers! The Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration gals wanted to brighten your day today with lots of flowers.

      As you hop along, please show some love and leave comments for each of our designers. We are always excited to hear from our followers and what you love! You should have just left stop number 1 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Diana at Stampin' Fun with Diana. If you get off track or a link doesn't work, the entire blog hop list is at the bottom of this post. Now how about some flowers?

      I got so into the flower spirit when looking at my stamps, and I just HAD to play with new products, so I made three cards to share with you today.

      I can't pick a favorite, so I'm going to tell you about all three.

      The Shine card features the flower stamp from Crazy About You, which was punched with the coordinating Flower Medallion punch. I stamped it in Flirty Flamingo ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Next I used the Sunburst Framelit on Pool Party Cardstock. I layered that over a piece of DSP from the new Playful Palette paper stack. The Shine greeting is from Sunburst Sayings. I stamped in it Sweet Sugarplum on Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock. Then I used my Gold Wink of Stella pen for the first time (can you believe it?). I didn't let it fully dry before I took the picture, therefore it looks a little multicolored, but it's not. The final touch was a Basic Rhinestone Jewel in the flower center.

      The next card features the calla lilies from Remarkable You. They were stamped in Sweet Sugarplum on Very Vanilla Cardstock and cut out using the Lots of Labels framelits. I layered that over another pattern from the Playful Palette DSP stack. The greeting is from Garden In Bloom, which I stamped in Emerald Envy. I added two Blushing Bride Subtles Candy Dots. The card base is Sweet Sugarplum embossed with the Polka Dot embossing folder. My final touch on this card was to color the stamen of the flowers using a Blender Pen and Hello Honey ink.

      My final card features the Bold Butterfly and Botanical Builder framelits. The DSP is once again from the Playful Palette stack. The happy birthday can be found in the Tin of Cards stamp set, which I stamped in Emerald Envy. You'll never guess that the large flower is Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock! The smaller two are from the same DSP stack and were scraps from my first card. The Bright Candy Dots and Botanical Garden Jewels finished off this card.

      I'm certain that you can guess what my favorite 2016-2018 In Color is! If you're not a demonstrator, you can start getting your hands on the yummy new products on June 1st! Now, let's see what Kim (and baby Micah) has in store for us today! Just click on that Next button.

      Blog Hop Participant List:
      1. Diana at Stampin Fun with Diana
      2. Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place
      3. Kim at Stamping with Kim
      4. Darla at Stampin with Darla
      5. Heidi at Stuck on Stampin'