Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August Blog Hop

Happy August 1st, the eight month of the year, wow. This year continues to fly by and I'm having fun creating throughout the year.  Welcome back to another fun blog hop with my fellow Stamping' Up! Demonstrators with Di's Country INKers. We have fun during our monthly blog hops with various themes and this month the theme is summertime. Can't wait to see what they have in store for us.

So, how did the theme inspire me to create this month?  Well, this year a goal of mine has been to read more, especially during the summer.  At the beginning of the year, I made a goal to read 31 books and so far I have read 28! I've always enjoyed reading and while my reading list continues to grow each year, I have been more intentional about reading. Right now I'm currently reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I checked out the book from my local library. The other five books, I'm hoping I can finish reading them before the end of 2018. 

So, my project for the blog hop is a bookmark featuring the host stamp set "Hand Delivered", such fun set and so many possibilities with it. It was fun to color in the books.  I'm also learning how to color better, viewing videos to pick up some fun techniques. Even with creativity, there is always something for me to learn and improve on.

You can see the Shimmery White cardstock better in this photo. The sequins are fun and so easy to use, adds a fun touch to your project, no? I'll be creating more bookmarks with this stamp set and giving them as gifts. 

Up next is Mary, can't wait to see what fun project she created. 

Below is our lineup for the blog hop:


Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day! Until next time. Oh, and if you have any book recommendations, please let me know. 

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

July Blog Hop

Hello everyone! Happy July 1st! Welcome to another fun blog hop! If you're just arriving here, that means you checked out the beautiful creations from Barb.  She has been doing a great job of organizing our monthly blog hops and the various themes.

Can you believe there are only six months left until the end of 2018, wow, that was fast! It definitely has been a fun year so far! It's also two months into the new Stamping' Up! catalog and my favorite stamp set continues to be Accented Blooms. So many possibilities with this stamp set and I love that it coordinates with the Tailored Tag punch.

For my first card, I used the new InColor Blueberry Bushel as the base of my card. I also used the InColor 6x6 DSP, which comes in new designs! I embossed the large flower image with white embossing powder onto the watercolor paper, then played with the Brusho Crystal Colour in Brilliant Red. I've been having fun playing with Brusho, have you tried it yet? The sentiment is also embossed with white embossing powder. 

For my second card, I followed the same pattern, instead used the new InColor Lovely Lipstick as my base. I used the Prussian Blue Brusho. 

This was a fun theme for me as it challenged me to use the colors differently. 

Up next is Mary! Can't wait to see what she has in store for us! 

Below are all my fellow Demos who are participating in the blog hop with me. Stop by and visit them and leave the some blog hop love.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful month of July!

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Friday, June 1, 2018

June Blog Hop

I seriously can not believe it is June 1st!  May just flew by, as is 2018! It's definitely been a busy past month. Anyhow,  thanks for stopping by today!  Glad you are here.  Did you check out Barb's creation?  Hope you are feeling better Barb.

Our new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog kicks off today and there so great new items in it!  This year Stampin' Up! is celebrating 30 years!  Happy 30th Stampin' Up!  I myself, will be celebrating eight years of being a demonstrator. Still love it and am so happy to be a part of a great company.

For my creations, I'm featuring the stamp set Accented Blooms, which also coordinates with the Tailored Tag Punch. I decided to keep my creations simple and focus on stamps, ink and paper, after all, that's what first attracted me to Stampin' Up! Love how everything coordinates, which makes it easier for me. I embossed the background in white embossing powder. I'm also showcasing the new 2018-2020 InColors. I also used the new InColor 6x6 DSP, which is the perfect size for cards. Sometimes simple doesn't have to be boring, not with such beautiful colors.

This is Lovely Lipstick.

This is Grapefruit Grove.

 This is Call Me Clover.

This is Blueberry Bushel.

 This is Pineapple Punch.

Up next is Connie! Can't wait to see what she has in store for us!

Below is the line up for our blog hop:


Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great weekend. 

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Watts of Occasions

Hello Stampers!  Hope your week is going well.

I was inspired this week by the sketch challenge over at Paper Craft Crew to use a stamp set that is retiring, the Watts of Occasions. I love this stamp set and won't be getting rid of it, I feel like I still haven't used it enough.  Anyhow, make sure you check out the designers over at Paper Craft Crew, beautiful creations. I find that their sketch challenges push my creativity level and make me feel like an artist. Definitely want to play along with them more often.

I used the Brusho Crystal Colour, the yellow one on water color paper. I do confess that while I've had the Brusho since the beginning of the year, this was the first time I used it. I know, crazy!  I had fun playing with it and can't wait to play with the other colors. The splatter is from the retired stamp set Gorgeous Grunge, which was embossed in white. I really like this sketch and will used again with the other images from the Watts of Occasions stamp set. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great week. 

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Blog Hop

Hello Stampers and Friends!  Hope you are doing well.  It's May 1st and that means it's time for another fun blog hop with my fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators with Di's Country INKers.  The theme this month is Mother's Day. Great time to plan ahead and create some cards with this theme.

 I played along with the Designers over at CAS(E) this Sketch! this week. Their sketch inspired me to create a clean and simple card. Check out their blog for more inspiration.

I used the new stamp set called "Love What You Do" and it will be featured in the upcoming new annual catalog!  Better yet, you can purchase it now! The sentiments in the stamp set are beautiful. The base of my card is thick Whisper White, with Flirty Flamingo card stock. I inked the leaves in a new ink color and new InColor, Call Me Clover, it's a bright green color. I added some colorful bling with the Tutti-Fruti Adhesive Backed Sequins and the Glitter and Clear Epoxy Shapes from the Occasions catalog. I spelled out "Mom" with the Hand Lettered Alphabet stamp set. My color combo for this card was Call Me Clover, Flirty Flamingo and Powder Pink.

Can't wait to see what Connie has in store for us. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great week.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Blog Hop

Hello Stampers!  Welcome to another edition of Di's Country INKers Blog Hop! Thanks for joining us for another fun blog hop.  This month the theme is Spring and we have great inspiration is store for you.

I created a simple card with the Tranquil Tulips hostess set.  It's one of my favorites. The sentiment die is from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.

Up next is Connie!  Can't wait to see her creation. 

If you get lost, don't worry, below are all our links. 

Kathya (You are here)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful April. 

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Blog Hop

Hello Stampers! Welcome back to another fabulous edition of our monthly blog hop!  We're all current Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, part of Diana Gibbs' County INKers team.  So our theme this month is the end of Sale-A-Bration 2018!  Can't believe how quickly this year is going by and Sale-A-Bration will be over by the end of March. Still lots of great items you can earn with a qualifying order.

If you're just arriving, welcome!  I'm sure you checked out Barb's creation.  For my creation, I used the stamp set Heartfelt Blooms.  It's part of Stamping' Up!'s new Distinktive stamp line, which gives you a photographic finish.  I created this card as part of a swap with our team this past weekend.  I used the InColor Flirty Flamingo since it will be retiring later this year. I paired with Basic Black and another InColor, Lemon Lime Twist. 

 Since I had to create 10 similar cards, I kept the design simple. I'm sure I was inspired by a blog sketch challenge but sadly, now I don't remember which blog challenge.  

We created this fun card at our meeting, it features the stamp set Party Pandas and it is just too cute.  Diana Gibbs designed this card and luckily, I got to play, well, color with the new Stamping' Blends markers. The Party Pandas are so cute and they are fun to color. The DSP is also from Sale-A-Bration, it's the Bubbles and Fizz DSP. This is such a cheerful birthday card.

My last creation, another one that Diana designed also features the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set. However, the star of this card is the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper. Can I just tell you how BEAUTIFUL it is in person!  WOW!  The technique with this card, using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, we inked it directly onto the paper and then using a sponge, dabbed it around the paper.  It gave the paper such a cool effect! Because parts of the paper are foiled, it resisted the black ink. I hope I'm explaining this correctly, if not, let me know. 

Up next is my awesome friend Ellie!  Can't wait to see her creation.

Below are all the links to our blogs, come check us out. 

Kathya (You are here)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a great week.

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