Hello friends! Wanted to thank you for your kind comments! Like I previously mentioned in my last post, I’ve still been crafting and following on FB by joining some classes, challenges, etc. So although I haven’t been active on my blog, I’ve been crafting and sharing over there once in a while. Just having some fun while using more of my crafty stash is all! However, while playing around on FB, this happened:
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to join as a guest designer for Inky Stamper this month! Yay! If you haven’t heard of this company, check out the stamps…they’re too cute and the owner, Chelsea, is so fun too! She has such an infectious excitement about her that you can see if you happen to catch her on one of her weekly FB lives every Tuesday at 7:30 pm CST. (On the Company FB Page) Hop on over there and say hello! 😉
So I will be sharing my creations using Inky Stamper products every Wednesday this month and I hope that I will be able to INKspire you with something fun! I’m starting this Wednesday with some products that just recently released:
The first thing that Summer reminds me of is flip flops! There is a cute little image of flip flops in this Splash stamp set which inspired me to create this shaped card and birthday tag! That’s also where that cute little mouse you see is from as well! But the sun and chair come from the Chaise Lounge stamp set, which I’ve combined both sets to use on my creations here. I think these two sets go hand in hand with each other and it’s probably best to just get them both! If you choose to get the dies with these sets, it cuts out the mouse and frog separately from the floaties they’re already on so you can pop them up! So they work on the floaties as well as the chairs..so cute!
For my flip flop card, I’ve taken a very old template that I had found in my stash while cleaning up my craft room and thought this would be perfect to make a shaped card with! I started by tracing the pattern for the base of my card and cutting two shapes so that I can make a card that opens from the side as you see in the photo. The card measures approx. 7″ x 3.5″. It’s a bit taller than a mini slimline card, but I can easily make my own custom envelopes with my envelope punch board. This is another fabulous way to use up those hoarded papers too!
I took the smaller template and used the fun Doodlebug Floral & Graph paper pad (Available in the Inky Stamper store too!) to cut the inner flip flop pattern with. (I had to angle the template to make it fit onto the 6×6 sized paper.) I added a couple of flowers from my stash along with the matching ribbon for the flip flop straps before attaching to the card base. Colored the images, cut them out and added the sentiment strip at the bottom and cut it to measure with the inner flip flop edge. I added some texture by sanding the edges of the paper too.
- Here’s a little tip if you’re cutting out the stamped mouse image from the floatie: When you use the die to cut it out, the edges around it will have some stamped lines on it where the white border is. All I did was take a white gel pen to cover up those lines to that it looks like a perfect white line around the image! P.S. This is also a great way to cover any coloring mistakes made! 😉 This also works for fussy cutting an image as well!
I popped up “Rosie” (the mouse), as she is called, with foam tape over the chair. I’ve also added some Doodlebug gems to the center of the flower on Rosie and for the flower at the top of the flip flop card.
I thought this would be a nice Summer birthday card so I wanted to make a matching tag to go with it. I’ve pulled out the Inky Stamper Mini Envie Die and used it for this tag design. Again, I pulled out the Doodlebug Floral & Graph paper pad and used this die to cut my tag with making sure that the center of the envelope die would be cut out. This is what I’ve used for the base of my tag. I like using these papers because they’re double sided. That way the back still has a nice color/pattern to it too.
- I used this particular die for my tag because of the size. Putting another strip of paper on the back side of this tag will create a pocket for you to tuck a gift card inside if you want to use it for that! See below:
Since there are score marks to make the envelope, I ignored those lines and used my paper trimmer to cut out the center which is where the orange base of my tag came from. I cut off the top two corners diagonally and punched a hole at the top which created my tag. I also die cut the envelope tag again with the Doodlebug Swiss Dot Paper Pad this time being sure that I had a good portion of the scallop edging cut from it. I used that piece for a design element on the tag.
I stamped the sentiment and flip flops from the Splash stamp set as well as the sun from the Chaise Lounge stamp set, colored them, fussy cut/die cut them out to add to the tag. I used a black pen for stitch lines along the edges. I added my own hole reinforcer circle punched out and then added some Doodlebug Bumblebee Twine to the top. Finished it off with a couple of clear sequins from the Fishy Wishes sequins mix and filled the centers with Nuvo Glitter drops. I also covered the sun with a Sparkle Glitter Pen.
I hope that I’ve INKspired you today with my Summer flip flop theme! Thanks so much for dropping in here. If you’d like to see more from this company, be sure to join the Inkystamper Inkspiration FB group! Hope to see you there! Have a great day!
Challenges I’d like to enter:
- Just Us Girls – Anything but a card (tag only)
- Daring Cardmakers – Gift Tags Galore (tag only)
- Moving Along With the Times – Summer Fun and/or Colors (orange/yellow)
- NBUS #29 – Aug “Never Before Used Schtuff” (never used new stamps!)
- Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + sentiment
- Sparkles Monthly – Outdoor Fun
- 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – ATG + critter