Call me an overachiever, and you'd probably be right! There is not just one, but 2 blog posts today. Well, technically, the 2nd one happened at 9 pm last night when I took part in the monthly Creative Inking Blog Hop. This month we focused on the accessories found in the 2018-2019 Catalog. I choose to highlight the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, along with a Pressed Flowers design in Coastal Cabana. If you missed reading and seeing all the fabulous blog hop projects, just click on the photo below to get started.
Today's card though, celebrates the summer solstice with the Garden Impressions Suite. I've been using this a lot this week, as it's one of the classes being featured at this Saturday's 16-Card Extravaganza. [This event is completely sold out - but if you ask nicely, I might have one To Go packet left! (Email me if you're interested).]
I wasn't so sure I'd like this Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper Stack when I first saw it. It's so bright and vibrant, and has some very bold floral designs. However, once I started using it, I really found myself liking it! It's perfect for these bright, sunny summer days!
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Night of Navy, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: So Sarfron, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Night of Navy, Starburst Punch
Layer 4: Whisper White, 2" Circle Punch
July 2018 - Get Ready for 80's BINGO!!!
August 2018 - Christmas Card Club Begins in August!!!
I just got back from a fabulous girls' weekend at the beach. We left Friday afternoon and came home just before dinner tonight. Despite the gloom and doom weather forecast along the entire North Carolina Crystal Coast, it was the best weekend I've had in a long time. And, except for a heavy, but brief downpour on Friday night, there was absolutely NO rain! So much for 100% chance all weekend long!
It's been a rough few months for my friend and I, and we started planning this weekend back in March, right after my Stamping at the Beach Retreat. There's something healing about the ocean. We both said, as we soon as we saw the water, smelled the ocean, and heart the crashing of the waves, that we both felt better. Something inside us released and we both remembered to breathe! Inhale...exhale...deeply...repeatedly.
This month's Creative Inking Blog Hop focused on a Sneak Peek of the New 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! catalog. And while I can't show you what's inside the catalog yet, I can show you what my absolute new favorites are in the catalog. You may already have noticed that I used Swirly Bird and Colorful Seasons Stamp Sets. Those are carrying over and certainly not new. So...what is new? Why, it's all the new Stampin' Up colors!!!
Have you seen all the new colors yet? Let's take a look!
Do you have a new favorite yet? My is hands down Soft Seafoam. I thought nothing could replace Mint Macraron in my heart but wow! This is a brand new favorite. And I'm just thrilled Coastal Cabana has made a come back! These colors, plus Mango Melody were all featured on today's card.
All the new colors, along with the entire 2019-2019 Stampin' Up! catalog will be available starting June 2nd.
Are you ready for more Sneak Peeks? Hop on over to Renee Kohnke's blog to see what her favorites are!
Or hop back to see Linda Bauwin's blog.
Today's Supply List
Here's the Full List of this Month's Creative Inking Bloggers.
Or click on the image below to visit Linda Bauwin's blog.
I am absolutely thrilled to be asked to join in the Creative Inking Blog Hop group. It's such an honor to be here and share with you. This month, we had a card sketch to use. I like card sketches because it take a lot of the guess work out of it for me. Follow the design and the rest falls into place.
For my card, I chose a lime twist on the Lemon Zest stamp set. Today, I wanted limes, not lemons so I used lime slices, which I cut out with layering circles, and framed them with Night of Navy layering scalloped circles.
Do you see how juicy they look? This a fun technique that I just love when I want a glossy or shiny finish. Once you stamp your image, use your Fine Tip Glue Pen to coat your image with fine layer of glue. While it's wet, sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter. Shake off the extra and let it dry.
Then, stamp the inside with your favorite sentiment.
I'm really happy the Lemon Zest stamp set and Lemon Builder Punch are carrying over into the new catalog. However, right now, you save 10% when you bundle them together. That savings disappears after May 31st, though. So, if you're thinking of getting the Lemon Zest bundle, now would be the perfect time to do so.
Click the image below to see what Renee Kohnke created!
Click the image below to see what Diane Evans created!
Thanks for stopping by. See you next month...and Happy Stamping!
Today's Supply List
Did You Know? Researchers have noted that infants who had early accelerated head growth were at risk for autism.
Welcome to the Autism Matters blog hop! Our blog hop is about promoting Autism awareness by featuring projects using the primary colors of autism. Please join me in our efforts and continue to 'hop' from blog to blog, seeing amazing paper crafting ideas from fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators.
The carousel horse is often used in literature to symbolize the simple innocence of children. Have you ever stopped to watch children on a carousel? They ride around and around, joyfully waving to their family every time they go around. It moves in a predictable pattern, and as author JD Salinger wrote in Catcher in the Rye, "That’s one nice thing about the carousels; they always play the same songs”. Innocent, carefree, and joyful...a special moment, captured in time on the merry-go-round.
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