Ink-Stamp-Share - May Showcase Blog Hop


Welcome to For The Love Of Stamping. Today I am sharing with you a card that I cased from the 2021 - 2022 annual catalog. This card is one of the 3 that my Occasion Card Club is making this month. 

Always in my Heart, Hand Penned DSP
It has been a while since I made an anniversary card. Often I don't have one on hand and scramble to make one. Not this time!  I am definitely ready - LOL.  
I love the pastel colors in the Hand Penned DSP. This is a new DSP in the 2021 - 2022 annual catalog.

I spotted a similar card in the annual catalog that I just had to case. So easy and so pretty! The stamp set is Always in My Heart and sadly this is the first time I used it. I received it at an On Stage event probably 18 months ago (shame on me). But sometimes it takes "a moment" to find that "perfect card". And I think I did. The focal point is that stunning heart die cut from Floral Heart dies that coordinates with the Always in my Heart stamp set. The colors that I have used are Misty Moonlight & Petal Pink. I embossed the sentiment in white EP and die cut with the banner die from Floral Heart. I would love to hear from you. Leave me a comment below.  Be sure to check out all the other fabulous cards.

Roll Call

Kim Price

Sue McDonald

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Karen Egan

Stacey Marsh

Tricia Butts

Jo Blackman

Tracie St-Louis **YOU ARE HERE**

Cheryl Taylor

Mo Rootes

Jenn Charles

Angie McKenzie

Gez Carpenter

Deb Naylor

Joanna Barnes

Donna Coffman

Victoria Littlewood

Annette Elias

Expressions in Ink Suite

WOW! WOW! WOW! Have you seen the Expression in Ink Suite? It is absolutely gorgeous!! The suite comes with a stamp/die bundle, some stunning DSP and gold foil accessories and gems. This suite is perfect for all types of stampers.  
I couldn't wait to play with it and share a couple of samples that I have made so far.
First up is this "pretty in pink" card. It features the foil accents and stunning DSP. The sentiment is part of the stamp set of which I embossed in gold and the 2 little flowers (which coordinate perfectly) are the Many Layered Blossoms dies. 
Next up is the "gorgeous green" card featuring Just Jade with gold accents.  I have die cut the flowers from the Artistic dies and stamped the greeting from the Artistically Inked stamp set. The finishing touches are the 2021 - 2023 In Color gems and open weave ribbon.
This is one of those bundles that everyone needs! Be sure to add this suite to you next order!  Order it here

2021 - 2022 Annual Catalog Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to my blog! Today you have joined in on the 2021 - 2022 Annual Catalog Blog Hop.
It is always so exciting to get the new catalog. As a demonstrator I received it at the beginning of April. So I have been ogling over it since then and today I get to share a project that I created with it!!
I decided to use the Color and Contour bundle that can be found on page 98. I love, love, love this bundle.

For some time now I have been playing with a technique that uses Isopropyl and Stampin' Blends. The key to this technique is you MUST use a high alcohol concentrate percent or it won't dry. I have used 99% Isopropyl and it works like a charm. I tried 50% concentrated  - no go and also 70% concentrated  - also no go. So if you wish to try this tech - 90% or higher is definitely required. 
Another tip I want to share with you is when choosing your Blend colors - use the "dark" shade (opposed to the light) as they show much better than the lighter ones.
Here are the list of supplies you will need to make this card.
  • Fresh Freesia (base), Vellum, Night  of Navy, & Basic White cardstock.
  • Color & Contour bundle
  • Many Messages bundle (sentiment)
  • Isopropyl 90% concentrate or higher.
I hope you have enjoyed stopping by. Be sure to continue your blog hop journey to the next talented demonstrator - Sara Sayers

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Pierced Blooms Alcohol Technique

Pierced Blooms
 If you have been following my posts for the last couple of days you will notice the trend I am on with this technique. I wanted to share this card because I took a different approach to the technique. On my previous samples I colored the entire sheet of vellum first, then I spritz the Isopropyl all over the vellum and then added additional Isopropyl with a water brush. Today I added one color at a time and only used a water brush to add the Isopropyl. I then used the color spritzer (retired from a few years ago) to "spread" the ink around. This approach gives more of a distinct color separation whereas the other approach is more of a "blended" look. I love both ways. What do you think?

I also find with this approach the colors almost look like flowers - particularly the pink on the left side of the card - do you see it?

If you would like to make this card here are the supplies you will need:

April Crafty Challenge Blog Hop


Welcome to For The Love Of Stamping and the Crafty Challenge Blog Hop! Our challenge this month is based on this sketch.

For my project I am using some new products from the 2021 - 2022 Annual Catalog. I am super excited for the launch of this catalog as there are so many amazing new products!  If you live in Canada and would like a copy, please leave me a comment or send me a request using the "Contact Me" on the left side bar. 

Color and Contour
Lately I have being playing around with a fun technique that uses Stampin' Blends and Isopropyl. I used this technique to create the
panel on the front of my card. Because it has a marble look to it I decided that the base (Fresh Freesia) needed a similar texture so I ran it through my die cutting machine with the Painted Texture EF
The sentiment has been stamped in Night of Navy, but I stamped the flower from Color and Contours in Fresh Freesia (stamped off to lighten the color).  I like that this helps to take away some of the "starkness" from the white cardstock. The sentiment was die cut using the layering circle dies with an additional scallop circle layer in gold foil placed behind the circle. I have tied in the gold foil with the sprig punch and added some pastel pearls around the bottom edge of the sentiment. I hope that you enjoy my project and would love to hear your thoughts!  Please leave me a comment below.
Be sure to check out all the other posts by continuing your blog hop journey!

Stampin' Blends and Alcohol Technique


Stampin Blends and Alcohol Technique
Hello and thanks for stopping by my blog! Today I am sharing with you a technique using Isopropyl and Stampin' Blends. When combined together this technique gives off a marble look.  I have been wanting to try this out for some time now but had to wait for the Isopropyl to arrive.  Not easy to get you hands on this stuff during these times. But alas, it arrived.

To create my card you will need the following supplies:

  • White & black cardstock.
  • Vellum cardstock.
  • Isopropyl 90% or higher
  • A dry water painter.
  • Clear Wink of Stella (add glimmer to the die cut letters).
  • Metallic gold pearls.
  • Floral Gallery dies.
For my second card with this technique I switched up the Stampin'
Blends colors. This time I have used dark Daffodil Delight, dark Polished Pink & dark Calypso Coral.
The card base is Polished Pink and the sentiment was stamped on Pale Papaya. Here I have used the Color and Contour stamp set - new in the 2021 - 2022 annual catalog. 
The finishing touch is I have die cut 2 leaf branches from Pierced Blooms using Vellum cardstock and colored them with a dark Just Jade Stampin' Blends

Check back soon for a quick video on how to make the background. Leave me a comment on what you think.

Pansy Patch Butterfly


The new 2021 - 2022 annual catalog will soon be released! As a demonstrator I am able to pre-purchase product before the catalog is available and the new Pansy Patch bundle was at the top of my list. Pansies are my absolute favorite flower.

The moment I saw the flower I just knew that I could make other things from it. Case in point this butterfly!

Stay tuned for more ideas to come!

2021 - 2023 In Color Club - Join The Fun


2021 - 2023 In Color Club
Registration Now Open

Each month you will receive a kit of goodies featuring one of the new 2021 - 2023 In Color products!

Ink, Re-inker, Cardstock, DSP, Ribbon, Blends, Sample Card.

This club runs for 5 months starting in May.
Get all the details here.

In Color Club

March Share It Sunday Blog Hop


Welcome to the Share it Sunday Blog Hop.  This last week I have been working on my Technique Club projects and with Easter just around the corner I thought I would share with you the Modified Tower card. This is a technique that Julie Davidson shared recently. 
Modified Tower Fine Art Floral


To make this card you will need the following supplies:
Cardstock: Merry Merlot, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Fine Art Floral DSP
Dies & Punches: Word Wishes Dies, Butterfly Duet Punch
Misc: Clear Wink of Stella, Pastel Pearls

  • On the long side score @ 1” & 2”. Rotate and repeat on opposite side.
  • On the short side
    • Line up the left edge at 1” and cut from 1” to 3”
    • Pick up the blade and align at 5 ¼”, cut to 7 ¼”
    • Slide left edge of cardstock to the 2” and cut from 1” to 3”
    • Pick up the blade and align at 5 ¼”, cut to 7 ¼”
    • Rotate cardstock and repeat on opposite side.
  • Score between the cut lines
  • Adhere strips of DSP as shown
  • Adhere Very Vanilla to Night of Navy layer.
    • Adhere to center panel of card.
  • Cover the “Happy” & “Easter” with clear Wink of Stella – adhere to card as shown above.
  • Add pearls to large butterfly and adhere to card with a dimensional
  • Adhere the small butterfly with Tombow to card front 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Be sure to continue your blog hop journey!

Ink Stamp Share Monthly Blog Hop


Welcome to the Ink Stamp Share Monthly Blog Hop. this month we are focused on Masculine cards. 

Playful Pets Birthday Card
It's been way too long since I used the Playful Pets.  I fell in love with this bundle when it came out and then got totally sidetracked with all the other amazing products from Stampin' Up!  

One of my favorite things is the coordination between the dies and the designer series paper. It makes crafting super easy and quick. For example, on my card, the pup was die cut from the DSP.

My card pairs together the Pets and the Happy Birthday Chick dies. To make this card you will need the following:

  1. Start by running the Balmy Blue cardstock through your die cutting machine with the Painted Textured EF and adhere the layer to the Basic Grey card base.
  2. Then die cut a stitched circle and sponge some Balmy Blue ink in the center. Adhere to card base.
  3. Die cut 2 of the fences from the Hey Birthday Chick dies and adhere together. Then adhere to the center of the stitched circle.
  4. Die cut the pup from the Playful Pets DSP and adhere with dimensionals.
  5. Die cut the sentiment from the Hey Birthday Chick dies - one in black and the other in Basic Grey - adhere together (off set) and then adhere to your card.
Thank you for hopping by. I hope you have enjoyed my project. Be sure to continue onto the next blog!

Pierced Blooms Front Flap Card


I am always looking for new fun fold cards and although this probably isn't "new" it is one that I had never seen before. It is called a Front Flap card and is very easy to  make. 

It uses Navy, White & Misty Moonlight cardstock as well as Paper Blooms DSP (free level 1 SAB item). 

The die cuts are from the Pierced Bloom dies - flowers and label and the sentiment is from Happy Thoughts.  

Ink~Stamp~Share Feb 2021 Showcase Blog Hop


Welcome to the Ink~Stamp~Share Showcase Blog Hop!
Today I am sharing projects that I worked on for my "VGaS "(pronounced Vegas & stands for Virtual Games and Stamping) night  that I held last night.
This is the first of 3 cards we made and it features..... what else.... my new favorite bundle - Hey Birthday Chick! I have layered white on white for the base and used the Stitched With Whimsy dies to frame the top layer of the card. All the coloring was done with Stampin' Blends - Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider, Poppy Parade & So Saffron. I gave the sentiment a "lift" by die cutting it twice - and layering the black one behind the Just Jade.
Hey Birthday Chick

My next card features the level 2 SAB DSP - Berry Delightful DSP. The top 2 layers were run through my die cutting machine with the Stitched With Whimsy dies to give them some additional texture. I used the double oval punches for the sentiment and added a few rhinestones to the front of the card.
Berry Delightful

My last card features Handsomely Suited bundle and DSP. This is such a versatile bundle and not just for masculine cards which you can see here
Handsomely Suited

We had a great time last night!  Stamping, Bingo & prizes.  I am excited for the next VGaS night on March 12!
Be sure to register for our "next trip to VGaS" and join my VGaS Facebook page to stay up to date on all the events!!
VGaS Nights, Virtual Stamping

Be sure to continue your blog hop journey on to see what fabulous projects Donna Coffman has been working on this week! 

Craft Collaborations Blog Hop - Hey Chicks


Hello and welcome to For the Love Of Stamping!  You have landed on the Hey Chick Blog Hop!
These little hens & chicks bundles are just adorable.  
And Stampin' Up just released on Feb. 2 some additional offerings to supplement the J2J mini catalog. 
First of all, you may remember this stamp set from 2017 SAB. Hopefully you kept it because you can now get coordinating dies for it!!  WOOHOO!
If you didn't keep it and or would like to get it, then you can now, along with a coordinating set of dies!
So adorable!  I love all the choices of dies! So many options!

In the J2J mini, on page 52, there is a new Chick stamp set call Hey Birthday Chick. 

And now, there is a set of coordinating dies to go with!! Woohoo! Check it out.

Again, an awesome assortment of coordinating dies.
So why do you need both the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick bundles?
1. They just work perfectly together!
2. You will regret not having both!
3. Buy them both with a chalk marker and qualify for 2 level 1 (like the Oh So Ombré DSP used here) or 1 level 2 SAB items!
4. Place your online order here and qualify for 2 entries into my "Win a Mini Stampin' cut & Emboss Machine!

So let's have a look at my card.  I combined both of the sets to make this fun card.  I LOVE the corn stalks!!!  Never knew I NEEDED corn stalks - LOL!

Hey Birthday Chick

To create this card you will need the following
Here is a breakdown of what is available now!

I am having so much fun playing with the bundles that I made several other cards. Be sure to check out my Facebook page  and other blog posts for more ideas!