Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CASE the Occasions Catalog

As a card designer sometimes the hardest part is finding our Mojo, or your creative flow, one way to jump start your creativity it to CASE the catalog. Stampin'UP! has a wonderful team of designer and the catalog is full of so many samples that are perfect to take inspiration from, maybe it is a color combo, sketch or the entire card that you love. It is always so much fun to see what our team does when they CASE the catalog and we hope that you enjoy the cards for today and maybe you will be inkspired to CASE the catalog yourself.
Tobe Buffenbarger - The Craft Sea

Pamela Wu - Stinky Tofu

 Jen Guarino - Faith. Grace. Stamp.

Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma

Jennifer Gregorsky - Jenny G Paper Crafts

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This Is Tobe

Hello everyone! Today, I’m excited to share a little about me and show you my crafting space!

Halloween 2015 (only recent pic of my husband)

I’m Tobe and I love crafting, reading, geeking out, learning, and playing with my kids. I’m originally from Fort Wayne, IN, but now reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. In a former life, I was a high school history teacher, then a receptionist for an adoption agency, and finally a project manager at an educational tech company. These days I’m a SAHM and a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. My days are filled with trying to run a household filled with boys while finding time to craft and hold classes and indulge in a bit of me time (usually reading with a glass of wine). I have a super nerdy UX designer husband, Josh (who hates having his picture taken) and four boys: Nicholas (13), Alexander (13), Arthur (3), and Quentin (3 months). With Q’s birth a few months ago, our family is complete. I will forever be the mom of 4 boys! The twins are currently in 8th grade and turning into teenagers right before my eyes. Arthur is in the midst of potty training (oh joy). And Quentin is just my happy little baby. I’m loving this stage of life right now.

From this summer (pre-baby): Arthur, Alex, and Nick

As for crafting, I began scrapbooking about 8 years ago. I wasn’t very good and looking back I cringe at some of layouts. But it’s all a part of the learning process. I went back and scrapbooked the twins early years until I was caught up to present day. After attending a ton of fun crop days, I started to dive in with my own supplies. And then I moved to Omaha, NE where my now husband lived. Once settled in, I joined a Stampin’ Up Stamp Club run by a very nice local demo. She opened my eyes to new styles, techniques, and the company. I was hooked! In less than a year, we moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Quentin and Arthur

I wasn’t here three weeks before I joined a local card Meetup run by our very own Pamela Wu! I loved her card and teaching style. We have become great friends over the almost 5 years that I’ve known her. I eventually joined her stamp club and expanded my supplies. In the meantime, I discovered Project Life style scrapbooking when Arthur was born. These days I am constantly working on five PL style scrapbook albums: one family and one for each of my kids.

My littlest: Quentin

Then in April 2014, I jumped in with both feet and became a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. Over the last few years, I’ve further developed my craft and created my own stamp club and customer base. I must say that I have met some wonderful people, customers and demos, through my Stampin’ Up business. These days I’m getting back into the swing of classes and crafting. I’ve also fallen deep into the planner craze. I currently have an everyday planner and a memory planner just for me (both Happy Planners).

My pretty pretty planners!

And now on to the part everyone wants to know about: my crafting space. Living in a home with 6 people and a husband who works from home half the week leaves little space for just me. Thankfully my home comes with a butler’s pantry in between the kitchen and dining room. I have no idea why a home my size (~2200 sq ft) needs a butler’s pantry, but it does. Upon moving in, I immediately staked my claim and starting filling the upper and lower cabinets with crafting supplies. As you look at the counter, I have different sections for different crafts. The left side is reserved for my Project Life albums. I usually have one of the albums open and in progress at any given time. The middle portion of the counter has some of my PL cards (in the drawers), SU markers, and administrative stuff (order forms, things to send, etc). The right portion is just for my card making. I have all my tools in the drawers or the standing containers. Paper, ink, and stamps are above and punches, dies, and the Big Shot are below. I set up my space two years ago thinking I would redo it eventually, but it works for me. The only thing that has changed is that the cabinets have gotten fuller!

Thanks for letting me share a bit about me and my life with you today. Now I need to get back to crafting while the baby naps and the toddler is playing quietly (a rare occurrence in this house). If you want to see more of what I do, pop on over to my blog The Craft Sea.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

#SSINKIC41: January INKspiration Challenge

Congrats to Susan S.
January Card Sketch Winner

We love to have our readers play along with our weekly challenges so we can be as INKspired by you, as we hope you are by us. A new challenge starts each Monday and is open until 12pm CST the following Sunday. Voting is then open for all readers to choose their favorite submission from 12pm to 5pm CST on Sundays. 

1st Monday: Color Challenge
2nd Monday: Sketch Challenge
3rd Monday: INKspiration Challenge
4th Monday: Technique Challenge

The month of love is right around the corner, and this is the focus of this month's INKspiration Challenge. Our designers have created some lovely cards based upon the INKspiration photo. 

Cathy Autrey - Maine Mountain Stamper

Pamela Wu - Stinky Tofu

Tobe Buffenbarger - The Craft Sea

Jen Guarino - Faith. Grace. Stamp.

Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma

Jennifer Gregorsky - Jenny G Paper Crafts

Visit each designers' blog for more details on their card, and leave them some love! Remember to pin your favorites as well. Most importantly, play along with us if you are so INKspired! You have until 12pm CST Sunday, January 22nd to link up. 

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Favorites: Occasions Catalog Accessories

So Stampin' Up! has the best stamps, we all know that, right?  But their accessories are absolutely awesome as well.  They have the best ribbons, washi tape, Designer Series Paper and other fun embellishments and they perfectly coordinate with all the stamps.  Today we are showing off our favorite accessories from the Occasions Catalog.  Be sure to head over to each designer's blog and get all the details on the fabulous projects below:

Sprinkles Embellishments
Pamela Wu - Stinky Tofu
Favorite Accessory:  Sprinkles Embellishment

Tobe Buffenbarger - The Craft Sea
Favorite Accessory: Succulent Garden DSP

Diana Eichfeld ~ Stampin' Fun with Diana
Favorite Accessory:  Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack

Party Animal Embellishments
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Favorite Accessory:  Party Animal Embellishments

Kim Ryden - Stamping with Kim
Favorite Accessory: Urban Underground Embellishments

Cheryl Hamilton - Create With Cheryl

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Blog Hop-Birthday for Everyone

Hello and welcome to our January Blog Hop. There is one card that everyone needs through out the year and that is Birthday Cards. Why not get a start on your Birthday card supply and what better way than to check out the great birthday cards that our designers are sharing with you. Each of the team members will have at least one birthday card and we have tried to mix it up with cards for kids, ladies and guys in your life. As you hop along if you get off track you can refer the list below. We have a lot of cards since 16 designers participated in the hop today. Wow that is a lot of cards to CASE and share with others. :-)

Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Jen G. at Faith.Grace.Stamp
2. Cathy A. at Maine Mountain Stamper
3. Diana E. at Stampin' Fun with Diana
4. Pamela W. at Stinky Tofu
5. Darcy J. at Dj's Stampin' Place
6. Cheryl H. at Create with Cheryl
7. Jennifer G. at Jenny G Paper Crafts
8. Nichole L. at Scrappy Stamps & Ink
9. Tobe B. at The Craft Sea
10. Darla R. at Stampin' with Darla
11. Donna S. at Geek Squad Crafting
12. Jen P. at By the Shore Stamping
13. Melissa S. at The Stamp Doc
14. Bree R. at Craft-somnia Momma
15. Tonya B. at Stampin' with Tonya
16. Kim R. at Stamping with Kim

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Create a $50 Bundle

Sale-a-bration is here and that means it is time to enjoy some free goodies from Stampin'UP! If you are new to Sale-a-bration let me explain. For every $50 in products that you purchase you will receive one free Sale-a-bration item, buy $100 worth of merchandise receive two items... Our designers have all designer some great cards and in the process they have also created some $50 bundles that allow you to get a free item that was used on their card. What product is on your wish list first? Let our team share their favorites with you and help you with your list too.  ;-)

Jennifer Gregorsky - Jenny G Paper Crafts

Tobe Buffenbarger - The Craft Sea

Nichole Loe - Scrappy Stamps & Ink

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

All About Kim

Hey Everyone!  My name is Kim and I'm baaaaacccckk!  I helped start SSINK a long time ago and I recently just took 6 months off.  You will see why below.  But I wanted to tell you how excited I am to be back creating in my craft room and sharing with you!!

In our Individual posts we are supposed to tell you a little bit about ourselves.  So here goes...

I love my family!  I've been married to Sam for almost 13 years.  We have 3 kiddos...

Brooke (almost 8), Noah (5) and Micah (9 months old TODAY!)

This is the reason I took 6 months off from SSINK and basically 6 months off from my craft room...sad face!  But look at that cute baby!  Micah was born on April 10th looking like the above picture.

9 months later he looks like this!  They grow so FAST!  (I bet you've never heard that before!)  I homeschool my two oldest kiddos (2nd grade and Kindergarten) and help to run the Children's Ministry at our church.  I also try to have regular crafting events at my house for my friends and play the 100+ board games that we have in our home...but that's a topic for another day!

You can probably guess that with all of these things, I don't sleep much.  And you would be CORRECT!  I'm a night owl.  Usually heading to bed after crafting at 2am and waking up around 7:30 to shower before the kids get up!  Whew!  

I wanted to give you a peek into where I create.  YIKES!!!  WOW!  I need to clean up and organize in the worst way!  It's on my agenda for the rest of this month.  But last night I had Scrapbook Club.  So I've been working on their layout and I'm waiting for my free time and motivation to collide!  Will it ever happen?!

Here is our layout for club tonight.  It's made for four 4x6 pictures to fit across the middle of the layout.  I think I will be putting Father's Day 2016 on it but I don't have those pictures printed out yet!  I like to leave my layouts pretty general for my club ladies so that they can used my stamp sets and dies to create a layout they will use and need!

But I did use a few of my favorite DSPs from the NEW Occasions Catalog...

Party Animal DSP


Urban Underground Specialty DSP!

Well I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me!  I will be sure to show you all my completed layout when I get pictures on it.  Hope you are enjoying SSINK this week.  Don't forget to play along with our Card Sketch Challenge!  You can also visit me at Stamping with Kim any time you want!

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