Thankful Life & Sale-A-Bration

Thankful Life, Any Occasion, #soinkiingsweet, #thesweetinker

Thankful Life is the name of the stamp set I used to make this beautiful card. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this stamp set! It’s the Hostess stamp in the Occasions Catalog, which expires May 31st. This means you can only EARN this stamp set with a qualifying order either individually or hosting a workshop. Right now would be a GREAT time to earn this Thankful Life Stamp Set because it’s Sale-A-Bration (SAB) time. There is not much time left to EARN FREE ITEMS. SAB ends March 31st. FYI – Stampin’ Up! added SEVEN NEW ITEMS today that you can earn for free! Awesome News! More information to follow below. Back to my lovely card!

I have to admit, I don’t know what I was thinking when I used the Any Occasion Stamp Set (SAB item I EARNED for FREE) for the Happy Birthday sentiment! Actually, I do too. I liked the ‘curve’ of the sentiment. The more I looked at my card, that BIG GAP just BOTHERED ME! What to do?!! Well, you see what I ended up doing and I like it! I used the White Perfect Accents. I also placed two smaller ones in the flowers. I have to say my card looks so much better in person. I wish I could take better pictures.

Thankful Life, Any Occasion, #soinkiingsweet, #thesweetinker, Happy Birthday Card, hand stamped, #tonyadenton

Thankful Life, Any Occasion, #soinkiingsweet, #thesweetinker, Happy Birthday Card, hand stamped, #tonyadenton

MY FIRST ATTEMPT BELOW! I LOVE MY STEPPED UP VERSION! DON’T YOU?! 

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REMEMBER: 

SAB ENDS MARCH 31ST! ITEMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

When you purchase $50 in products (before shipping & tax), you EARN one FREE item from the SAB Brochure! If you purchase $100 in products (before shipping & tax) you earn TWO FREE items. If you purchase $150 in products (before shipping & tax) you earn THREE FREE items PLUS Stampin’ Rewards! You can order from the Annual Catalog, Occasions Catalog, and the Clearance Rack! During the Sale-A-Bration Promotion is definitely a GREAT time to get more bang for your buck! Check out all these items in the SAB Brochure! Don’t forget you can download the brochure from my online store or see the VERY TOP MENU BAR and select

THREE ADDITIONAL NEW SAB ITEMS – AVAILABLE UNTIL MAR 31, 2017

NEW!!!! SEVEN ADDITIONAL NEW SAB ITEMS (current catalog items) – AVAILABLE UNTIL MAR 31, 2017 – ONLY USE THE UNIQUE ITEM #’s LISTED BELOW!! 

PLEASE use my March Hostess Code MB7HEDSR when you place an order. See image below on where to input this month’s Hostess Code! Be sure to have your items shipped to your address!

PLEASE DO NOT USE THE HOSTESS CODE if your order is $150+ (before shipping and tax). You will automatically qualify for Stampin’ Rewards at that point. Questions? Contact me!

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If you have any questions, please contact me! Until next time, have a Beautiful & Blessed Day!

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How Sweet is Lovely As a Tree & Sale-A-Bration!

Happy Birthday Card, Lovely As a Tree, hand stamped, #tonyadenton #soinkingsweet

Who DOESN’T LOVE Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set!! I sure hope this stamp set doesn’t retire when the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalog is released June 1st! I have used the stamp set for Christmas cards, Sympathy cards, Fall & Thanksgiving cards, and of course Masculine Birthday cards and this is one of them. I know you would LOVE this stamp set too! In fact, Hope Clutts (My neighbor down the road, hello neighbor! LOL!) just ordered this stamp set from me last month. I know she is going to LOVE IT!

I used Chocolate Chip card stock for the base of my card. I also stamped this lovely Pine tree (I think it’s a Pine tree! How about you?) in Chocolate Chip. The second layer of my card is Old Olive card stock, my go to green plus it goes beautifully with Chocolate Chip. I actually stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in Archival Basic Black. It works GREAT for sentiments such as this one.

Now to explain how I did the circular part in Olive Olive. I punched out a 2 1/2″ Circle Punch (retired) out of a piece of card stock for my template. You can use the Layering Circles Framelits to do this as well. Hence the reason the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch was retired when this NEW framelit was released in the current catalog. I positioned the punched out circular area over the Whisper White card stock where I thought I would like it best and then sponged Olive Olive in a circular motion. EASY PEASY! I love those Stamping Sponges. I cut them into quarters to do this technique.

On my main birthday card, I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from February’s Paper Pumpkin Kit. I really love the font. I also used two other stamps, see below. The first one is from Sincere Salutations (retired) and the next one is from Designer Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set (current). You can play with different sentiments with this type of card design. Which font style do you like best of the three sentiments? 

Happy Birthday Card, Lovely As a Tree, hand stamped, #tonyadenton #soinkingsweet

I'm so in love with Lovely As A Tree stamp set! It's so versatile!

TIP OF THE DAY:

Can you see the bumpiness underneath the Whisper White card stock on the first card that says Birthday Wishes? To keep that from happening to you, DON’T use the TomBow Liquid Glue. Use the Snail Adhesive. Since I messed up, I figured this would be a great learning tip for you. However, I did use the liquid glue to adhere the Old Olive layer to to the card base, which allows you a little wiggle room to get your layer on just right!

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REMEMBER: 

SAB ENDS MARCH 31ST! ITEMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

When you purchase $50 in products (before shipping & tax), you EARN one FREE item from the SAB Brochure! If you purchase $100 in products (before shipping & tax) you earn TWO FREE items. If you purchase $150 in products (before shipping & tax) you earn THREE FREE items PLUS Stampin’ Rewards! You can order from the Annual Catalog, Occasions Catalog, and the Clearance Rack! During the Sale-A-Bration Promotion is definitely a GREAT time to get more bang for your buck! Check out all these items in the SAB Brochure! Don’t forget you can download the brochure from my online store or see the VERY TOP MENU BAR and select Catalogs or Catalog Download PDF’s.

THREE ADDITIONAL NEW SAB ITEMS – AVAILABLE UNTIL MAR 31, 2017

PLEASE use my March Hostess Code MB7HEDSR when you place an order. See image below on where to input this month’s Hostess Code! Be sure to have your items shipped to your address!

PLEASE DO NOT USE THE HOSTESS CODE if your order is $150+ (before shipping and tax). You will automatically qualify for Stampin’ Rewards at that point. Questions? Contact me!

Please be sure to subscribe to my blog for future updates, promotions, and to see more of my SWEET CREATIONS using Stampin’ Up! products!

If you have any questions, please contact me! Until next time, have a Beautiful & Blessed Day!

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Happy Birthday Travis & PP308 Color Challenge

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Happy birthday to my nephew, Travis! He is just one of three sons to my twin brother, Tony. Yes, I have a twin brother! It’s back to school on Monday for Travis so I LOVE these bright, cheery “Back to School” colors in The Paper Players Color Challenge! Check out the other great cards by the Design Team and other participates!

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After I had made Travis’ card, I made another one but I didn’t use the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder. It’s very CAS (Clean and Simple). It just shows you how you can step up a card by adding something as simple as some textured embossing!

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A Banners Birthday~The Paper Players #306/SUO Challenge #154

I created a birthday card for a card challenge which is a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. I decided on the challenge using enamel dots, patterned paper, and die cut. Well . . . I didn’t have the right enamel dots so I substituted some gold sequins from my Paper Pumpkin Kit from June. I also entered my card in the SU-Only Challenge #154 – Delightful Dies challenge (I love that they ONLY allow Stampin’ Up! products!) I was able to use my new Bunch of Banners Framelits that just arrived yesterday! Love it! I went with Mint Macaron and Crumb Cake as I love that combination as the Mint Macaron just POPS against the Crumb Cake! My picture doesn’t do it justice but I hope you like it! (Just added a better photo!) 

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Here is a better photo . . . well, as better as I know how to get it! LOL!

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Here is the Paper Players Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge . . .

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If you have any questions or need help with anything, please feel free to contact me! Have a Beautiful & Blessed Day!

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Happy 18th Birthday to my nephew, Coley!

Today is my nephew’s 18th birthday! I wished him a “Happy Birthday” today on Facebook and mentioned that his card would be a WEE BIT LATE! I’m usually (key word here) on time with my cards. This is what happens when procrastination happens. So I grabbed a card that I had made a couple of years ago for a card club and tweaked it by adding die cut digits to it! Brilliant thinking on my part if I do say so myself! Yet I feel horrible I didn’t take the time to make a special card as I did for his 16th birthday!  Well life does go on doesn’t it! I rather like the addition of the “18th” to the card. What do you think?

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Here are the cards my card club made back in May of 2014. Notice how I changed card stock colors that coordinated with the patterned paper colors? I used Indigo Island, Summer Starfruit, and Tangerine Tango. The patterned paper is SycamoreStreet DSP (Retired) but you can use other patterned paper! Super fast and easy card! The “happy birthday” sentiment is from a Hostess stamp set called Express Yourself but once again, you can use a different sentiment.

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I try really hard to keep up with where I find my inspirations from or from who I may CASE something from so I can give credit to that person. I loved the simplicity of this layout so much that I had to CASE it. Remember what CASE means?

CASE = Copy and Share Everything OR Copy and Selectively Edit

I was inspired by Bekka Prideaux of www.feeling-crafty.blogspot.com. This link will take you to the original post date of August 14, 2013. Like I said, I just loved the simplicity of her card!

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I hope you give this layout a try and be sure to visit Bekka’s blog! Well my Sweetheart is wondering when I’m going to be done “blogging”! I had better wrap this up!! Oh and don’t forget about the Retiring List that is out! We all LOVE a GREAT DEAL!! Some items have been discounted up to 50%!

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If you love these cards and would like measurements for the different layers, please email me! I will be happy to email them to you! If you have any questions or need help with anything, please feel free to contact me! Have a Beautiful & Blessed Day!

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Adventure Bound Birthday Card & Missed MOJO Challenge!

I made this “adventurous” birthday card for my son-in-law, Jon, whose birthday was this past February 24th. I was inspired by a sketch (see below) challenge at MOJO Monday’s so I got busy! For some reason I thought I had until this past Monday to upload it onto their site, but NO! I don’t know what I was thinking since they ALWAYS come out with a new challenge on Monday’s!! Duh! This would have been the very first time for me to have participated in a MOJO Monday’s challenge. But no problem, I made a pretty cool birthday card for Jon and he loved it! Check it out!

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This is the sketch . . .

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My supply list will not list the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack (4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) as it’s retired. Please check out Stampin’ Up!’s other DSP papers and DSP paper stacks to accomplish this card layout! The Designer Neutrals Collection buttons have been updated with newer style buttons so I have those listed in the supply list. Just remember, you can take this sketch and have fun making your own card! Be sure to check out MOJO Monday’s blogspot and all the participants that upload their own SWEET CREATIONS!

By the way, the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set also coordinates with the Tin of Cards Project Kit that is on this week’s Weekly Deals!! Be sure to check it out! Also view a YouTube video over on my So Inking Sweet FaceBook page showcasing the Tin of Cards Project Kit!

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Tuesday’s NEW Weekly Deals starts today! Save 25% on select Stampin’ Up! items! Click HERE to see what’s on sale this week!

Check out the CLEARANCE RACK! Save up to 60% on these SU items! Click HERE to check out these great deals!

If you have any questions or are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, contact me! Plus please leave me comment and let me know you were here for a visit!! I would love to hear from you!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!

 

Gorgeous Grunge Birthday Card

I love it when I can whip together a quick, yet fun birthday card! I knew I wanted this to be a one layer card as time was not on my side. I made this birthday card for my nephew, Levi. He will be turning 12 next month.

 

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I love this color combination as it’s bright, cheerful, fun, and happy! I purposely, yes purposely, did not center the Happy Birthday sentiment, which is a fun font for the younger crowd! This card didn’t take any time at all to pull together. I LOVE simple, quick cards to be honest! You could mass produce this card for all the young males on your birthday list: sons, your son’s friends, nephews, cousins, . . . you get the point! This is just such a fun card! I’m definitely making more of these!

TIP: You can switch up the colors to make it more “girly girl”, if you will, for the girls!

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FYI: I actually have these two stamp sets in Clear Mount (CM). Depending on the stamp helps to determine whether I buy Wood Mount (WM) or CM. If the sentiments were smaller in size in the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set, I would have chosen WM. But I, like anyone, love to save money where I can so I bought both of these stamps sets in CM.

I hope you like my card today! I welcome any questions or comments! Oh, and be sure to subscribe to my Web site! Just type in your email address above in the right hand side bar and click “Subscribe Here”! That way you will receive an email notifying you that I have posted something new!

Tonya

Sheltering Tree Birthday Wishes with FMS205

Once again, I am pushing it to meet a deadline at Freshly Made Sketches! I really need to get on the ball and get ahead of the game here on my end! LOL! Nothing like procrastinating (I think we are all guilty of this) and then scrambling to get something done in time! Plus I just noticed that I overlooked a TINY detail in the sketch. Can you find it? Serves me right for procrastinating! Oh well . . .

I used the Sheltering Tree Photopolymer Stamp Set (#137163 AC p. 89) for this birthday card. I LOVE this set as it has so many possibilities! My sentiment set is the Petite Pairs Stamp Set (WM #128706 or CM #133155 AC p. 78). I get a lot of use with this particular sentiment stamp set. I used Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Mossy Meadow for my inking. I almost forgot to include that I used the Banners Framelits (#132173) for this layout. If you don’t have one, you can always “fussy cut” one. I decided to layer as I think it adds more to the depth of my card. Then I stepped it up by using my Woodgrain Embossing Folder (#127821) on the card base. The ribbon is retired but I really wanted to use this particular ribbon which is 7/16″ Natural Trim Ribbon. I believe my card is simply simple and I like it that way! I hope you like my SWEET CREATION as well! BTW, did you find the detail that I missed?

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The layout from Freshly Made Sketches . . .

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As I progress as a blogger, I’m sure I will be tweaking my style of blogging and layout to make it better. I hope you hang in there with me as I hope to get better at this! Please be sure to subscribe to my blog!

Retired But Not Forgotten – Happiest Birthday Wishes

I entered a card layout challenge last week when I saw this sketch. It had been a LONG time since I had participated in a card challenge (like I’ve done a marathon of them)! All of my SU products I used for my card were retired BUT you can use this layout, as I have, as an inspiration to utilize what you have in your craft room! It’s really so much fun to produce your own card when you have a layout such as this one. I love how this turned out! I also got creative with the ribbon hanging from behind the button and managed to add a third streamer to it! SWEET! I just had a random thought, this embellishment reminds me of those great big football mums that are popular during football homecoming games for the girls! It makes me homesick for Friday Night Football games in Texas! Like I said, a random thought!

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The layout from Freshly Made Sketches . . .

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I loved the layout and DSP (Designer Series Paper) so much that I had to make a few more and then I ran out of buttons! So I pulled out my Pansy Punch (#130698) and some Pearls (#119247), which are NOT retired, and changed it up a bit! In hindsight, perhaps I should have changed out the polka dot ribbon banner with a coordinating green card stock (CS) banner in it’s place! Oh well! I still love it!

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Tips for Mailing Card with Embellishments:

  • When mailing a card that has certain embellishments, I like to add a layer of cut computer paper (4 x 5 1/4) in front of the card face to protect it inside the envelope.
  • When mailing a card that has a bulky embellishment(s) i.e. large buttons, mail it as NON-MACHINABLE! Postage is just slightly higher. I still add a layer of paper to protect the card front inside the envelope.
  • I have also mailed cards in padded mailing envelopes (which SU retired ours) that had really bulky embellishments. It does cost more but so worth it to protect your card.