The Crafty Inklings 3rd Blog Hop

Yep – it’s that time again!  Are you like me, and love going on a blog hop?  I love seeing what other people come up with using the same products I have, and I often get inspiration from them, or even CASE (Copy And Share Everything) exactly as the original design.  Here at Stampin’ UP! we positively encourage CASEing projects – just don’t forget to give the original designer credit if you publish it anywhere.

I have great pleasure, once again, in being a part of the Crafty Inklings Blog Hop.  You may have come to me from the lovely Tanya’s Blog with her gorgeous projects.  However, if you have come to me first, then let me introduce you to our theme – The 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue!  Yep, it’s a very broad theme this time round – basically, if it’s in the new Catalogue, then it was fair game.

So, after staring at all of my new stamp sets, as well as my carry over sets, I gave in and put all of the names into a hat (or rather a bowl) and chose one set ….  Seaside Shore (Wood Mount 141622, Clear Mount 141625).  This is a carry over set which I’ve used a few times before, but not really put it through its paces properly.  So, I decided to give you a range of project ideas aimed at all crafting abilities from beginner up to avid crafter.

Starting with the basic, I made a sweet but simple card using just the Stamp Set, plus Blushing Bride,Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, So Saffron & Wisteria Wonder Classic Ink Pads, Basic Black Archival Ink Pad, Very Vanilla thick Cardstock, 8 Stampin’ Dimensionals and a Very Vanilla C6 Envelope (see the end of this post for item numbers).  I used the inks and an Aqua Painter to watercolour the stamped images but you could also use a Blender Pen.  Check out the envelope – who says all that cuteness has to stay on the card 😉

First I stamped the shells and starfish, using the sticky part of some Post It type notes to make masks so they could overlap.  Then, keeping the masks on, I stamped the two clumps of seaweed using the Archival ink, then the two fish.  I then used the inks and Aqua Painter to watercolour the images (little tip – make sure the black ink is dry first – Archival Ink takes a bit longer to dry than the Classic Ink).  I stamped the ‘Ahoy There” Banner in Pool Party on a scrap of Very Vanilla Card then fussy cut it with my Snips and mounted it using Dimensionals. 

The Watercoloured images were carried over to the inside of the card and the front of the envelope.  (Another tip – remember to check the edges of your stamp to make sure there has not been any transfer of ink there before stamping, otherwise you will get marks where you don’t want them, like I have inside the card 😳)

My second card is a little more involved.  As well as the items above, I used the large jar from the Jar of Love Stamp Set which I stamped onto Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock with the Basic Black Archival Ink, and then cut out the centre using the Everyday Jars Framelits.  I then stamped the shells at the bottom of the jar in Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder and the ‘Ahoy There!” banner in Marina Mist. I then used the frame to lightly mark the edges of the frame onto the card blank in pencil so I knew where to stamp the fish and seaweed, then I meant to stick a piece of Window Sheet behind the frame, but I forgot – oops!  

After stamping and water colouring the fishy scene,  I mounted the framed piece of Cardstock onto the card base using Stampin Dimensionals.  As this isn’t a shaker card, there was no need to edge the back of the frame with foam strips, but if you wanted to turn this into a Shaker Card, then you could totally do this!

My third card is the most complex but although there is a lot to it, it isn’t actually that difficult.  It’s just time consuming, and does need a fairly accurate hand with the Stampin’ Trimmer.  

As the matching paper to the Seaside Shore Stamp Set has retired, I used the Pool Party Spotty Sheet from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, and stamped some Very Vanilla Cardstock with the Starfish and Bubbles from the stamp set as the second patterned design (copying a design from the old DSP).  The scenes on the two front panels, the inside square panel, and the back message panel were all stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink and then Watercoloured with the Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads and Aqua Painter.  The background was given a Watercolour Wash in So Saffron and Pool Party for the sand and water. 

I plan to make a video (my first) showing how to make this card, so watch this space!


I then turned to Gift Packaging for my final two projects.  

The first is a simple bag made using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the same patterned sheet from the Delightful Daisy DSP.  The tag is just under  2″ wide, with the top cut using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and the length trimmed to 3″.  It has been stamped with a small scene and water coloured as above with a length of 1/4″ Natural Trim threaded through the slit which was then tied with Linen Thread.  The tag was attached with three Mini Glue Dots across the back at the top.


The second is a box made using the Window Box Thinlits.  I do love this box and can see it being one of my ‘go to’ packaging tools for a long time to come.  This time I made a ‘Porthole’ using two dies from the Circle Layering Thinlits and Copper Foil Sheet.  I backed this with Window Sheet and stuck it over the top of the scene, which was stamped onto a circle of Very Vanilla Card, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The small squares on the sides are cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Once decorated, I then glued the box together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  (I’ll get a video done for this as well, asap).


Of course – if you are going to use the Thinlits and Framelits, you will need a Big Shot or similar die cutting machine.

I hope you like my projects, and that they have inspired you to take another look at the Carry Over stamp sets when you make your 2017-2018 Wish List.

Well, it’s time now to hop on over to Sue’s Blog to see what wonderful creations she has to show you!

Just before you leave me – if you don’t already have a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator and would like to buy the supplies needed for any of my projects, I would love to help you.  You can find my 24/7 Shop Here and the list of supplies I used is below 😉

Happy Stampin’

Babs X

Supplies List:-

Stamp Sets

Seaside Shore – wood mount 141622 ; clear mount 141625

Jar of Love – photopolymer 141587

Butterfly Basics – wood mount 138813 ; clear mount 138816 ; photopolymer 137154

New Eastern Beauty – photopolymer 143675
Cardstock & Designer Series Paper

New 12″x12″ Cardstock Pack – Subtles Best (8 each of Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, & Soft Sky) 145408

New Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper – 144137

Paper Basics

New A4 Thick Cardstock – Very Vanilla – 144238

Foil Sheets – Copper – 142020

Window Sheets – 142314

Envelopes – Very Vanilla (C6) – 106589


Archival Stampin’ Ink – Basic Black – 140931

Classic Stampin’ Pad –

  • Blushing Bride – 131287
  • Calypso Bride – 124392
  • Marina Mist – 121682
  • Pear Pizzazz – 131290
  • Pink Pirouette – 116203
  • Pool Party – 124391
  • So Saffron – 108611
  • Soft Sky – 131292
  • Wisteria Wonder – 124389

OR – you could buy the Subtles Assortment – 131185 – one of each of the 10 Subtles Pads and get the Wild Wasabi as well 😉
Alternatively – Watercolor Pencils 141709 (although the colours are restricted, and you would still want the Soft Sky and So Saffron pads to do the washes.

Ribbon & Trim

1/4″ (6.4mm) Natural Trim – Gold – 141484

Linen Thread – 104199


Aqua Painters – 103954 OR Blender Pens – 102845

Stampin’ Trimmer – 129722

Bone Folder – 102300

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch – 133324

Paper Snips – 103579

Big Shot Die Cutting Machine – 143263

Everyday Jars Framelits – 141490

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits – 137547

Window Box Thinlits – 142762

Layering Circles Framelits – 141705

Stitched Shapes Framelits – 145372


Multipurpose Liquid Glue – 110755

Tear & Tape Adhesive – 138995

Mini Glue Dots – 103683

Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430