Sunday, February 7, 2016

Melange for the Montage

A mixture, a medley, a potpourri of elements arranged as a melange for the montage, ha!  That's just fun to say "melange for the montage."  Sorry to blabber on about nothing too important, but that is exactly how I would describe the style of these two cards showcasing the Love Blossoms DSP.

Well, how about this...two posts in one day!  That's right, this morning I shared my post for the Creation Station "Love" themed blog hop; and now it's time for Monday Montage hoppin'!  I did mention in my post earlier today that I would share more Love Blossoms DSP cards, but would combine them with the It's My Party Enamel Dots.  The two are a perfect pair.  Just check out my cards below.
The Suite Sayings and Going Global stamp sets were used on my two Valentines cards along with one of my favorite Framelits sets which is now retired, but still so fabulous.
Sometimes you just need a part of a stamp to say just what you want.  So, mask what you don't want off with tape, ink up, peel and remove tape, and then stamp--walla you have just what you need.  All I wanted was the word "forever" to jazz up the gotta love masking.
From Dara
To Julie

Blossoms, Love, and 1000

Welcome, welcome everyone near and far to February's Creation Station Blog Hop.  Our theme is "Bloomin' Love" and I am glad to be a part of this fantabulastic group of stampers and to be sharing with you all my
1000th post!

My first post hit the internet on February 27th of 2008.  Here is how I opened my blog:

"Seeing spots is a good thing especially when they are stamped! This is my very first post. I hope you enjoy and visit often to see to new spots, of ink."

And so now, almost eight years later, I thought a card of dot spots would be fitting to start my 1000th post.
I am featuring the Love Blossoms DSP with all of my projects today and this first super cute Valentine card is stamped with the Memories in the Making set.
For this next paper craft I thought I would tuck some chocolates inside the Mini Treat Bag for someone awesome that I know.  I like using DSP for these mini bags as the weight is not too heavy nor to flimsy, it's just right.  The centers of the flowers are the It's My Party Enamel Dots.  I find those enamel dots work perfectly with the Love Blossoms DSP (I'll share more about that later today).
This next project is my favorite.  It's a riff on a heart made with two scallop square pieces of Love Blossoms DSP.  I used the largest framelit from the Squares pack to cut perfect scalloped squares.  I rolled each into a cone and secured them with Tear and Tape and then one more piece of tape down the middle to stick them together.
A couple butterflies folded in half and secured in each cone come together to look like one.  The butterfly is decorated with Basic Pearls and a Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper bow made with the Bow Builder Punch.  The greeting, which was designed to go with this DSP, is from the Suite Saying stamp set.

I hope you have been inspired by a few projects today and enjoy the hop.
Your next stop is with Jennifer--she is super awesome!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Simply Cute Cake Card

Need I say much about this card other than it's cute and is another cake card made with
It's My Party Suite products.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Leftovers and Like It

Everything except the So Saffron card base is a leftover!  The pieces were all sitting around on my stamp table; a few things from December's Paper Pumpkin kit, a couple stamped images from my Technique Time! stamp class, and remnants from my pack of Perfectly Artistic DSP.

It's simple, cheerful, and resourceful.  Enjoy and have a happy day :0)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Vintage Television

Do you see what I see? 
Or, I am the only one out there warped enough to not see a sketch challenge
 but a vintage television set?

Well, my card looks nothing like a tv.  Instead it is a simple fresh take on the sketch, it's free of paper or card stock layers.  I used a spring toned watercolor background to base my flowers for the main square panel of the sketch.  I also took some liberties with the diagonal banner by wrapping Gold Metallic Thread around and around.  I wanted this element of the challenge to be as visually light as the watercolored layer.
The Flowering Fields images are stamped with Archival Basic Black Ink and accented with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  A trio of Subtle Candy Dots in just the right place adds a certain something that I really like.  I put them on and literally nodded my head and thought "oh yeah that's a perfect finishing touch--I'm so awesome!"
Head on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments to see what the rest of the Design Team have created using this new sketch challenge.  (I doubt they saw what I saw).

Sunday, January 24, 2016

So Freakin' Awesome

Howdy Stampin' Up! Friends and Monday Montage Blog Hoppers--Welcome to SeeingInkSpots,
my blog about everything inkin', stampin', and creatin'.

Recently you've heard me say it over and over, but I'm going to say it again...
The Party Pop Up Thinlets are SO AWESOME!  
The pop up dies are amazing when inserted into cards, but cut along the score lines and you have

This one here is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals in order to cast shadows
on the layer below--pretty cool, easy, and full of sass! 
Cut two of the cake and off set them for a drop shadow.
I love the smallest of the Basic Rhinestones as the candle flames.
From Dara
To Julie

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I'm Obsessed

I seriously am incredibly obsessed with the Party Pop Up Thinlets.  With this obsession I guess it's okay to keep trying new ideas because there is never a shortage of birthdays.  Since I have had the It's My Party Suite out and on my stamp table I have been clipping and cutting and punching and glittering lots of birthday cards.  Some really cute and fun and some not so great--they can't all be winners if you know what I mean.

I am also addicted to the Thick Whisper White card stock.  It's the perfect answer to wanting a crisp and clean bright card base.  I go through tons of the stuff.  I also seem to be blazing through my It's My Party Enamel Dots.
How about you?  What is your stamp or accessory obsession?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Botanicals for You

My absolute most very favorite stamp set offered in the Sale-a-Bration catalog is the 'Botanicals for You' collection.  It could even be one of my most all-time favorite sets!  The big main image is the epitome of total awesomeness!

I was inspired by a sample in the SAB brochure for this card.  To put my own spin on things I added a strip of It's My Party DSP to the left side and a bakers twine shoe string bow.  Take a close look and the greeting and you'll see additions of Wink of Stella in the clear color.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What I Love

I love lots of people, places, things, and fabulous foods, but most of all I love my FAMILY!  For our color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments I decided to open up, for the very first time, my What I Love stamp set. It's a Sale-a-Bration freebie and it's beautiful.
For the flower, from the What I Love set, I stamped with Elegant Eggplant for three levels of color by "stamping off" once and then twice for the three steps of stampin' images.  You can't see it, but the flower has been embellished with some Wink of Stella in the clear color.  That stuff is so yummy and makes everything glisten and sparkle and shine--it's glorious!

The patterned papers come from the Neutrals DSP Stack and did you notice the polka dot glassine paper? That is actually cut from the Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bags.  A few extra details that I always love including are some Silver Metallic Thread, Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Sequins (leftovers from a Paper Pumpkin kit), a tiny piece of Sahara Sand Lace Ribbon, and two staples.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Perfectly Artistic His and Hers

Hello bloggin' friends and welcome to another friendly and fun Monday Montage hop.  I am giving you a look into one of the projects we made at my Technique Time! stamp class this month.  Each class member could chose their color of DSP from the Perfectly Artistic to make a Cutie Pie box.  If you have not seen the limited time DSP and Hello stamp set from the Sale-a-bration brochure, go see it real fast.  The stamps are charming and the paper is AWESOME.
The tags, which come in the Cutie Pie Thinlets, are tied to the bow with Smokey Slate Thick Twine.  I just unwound the threads to be able to pull out and separate a few strands of twine for a softer look.
From Dara
To Julie