Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Huge Stampin Up! Online Extravaganza Sale!!!


Hi Stampers!  I'm so excited to share the amazing sale Stampin' Up! has going on right now.  It's spectacular!  Please head to my store by either clicking the "Shop" tab above or clicking here: http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/christineriley to see everything that is on sale.  You don't want to miss this! :) 

Huge Hugs,

Christine

Friday, September 23, 2016

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed - A Different Take on New Stampin' Up Goodies

Hi everyone and Happy Friday!!! I'm sorry it's been so long since I last posted. A lot has been going on here. After seven years as a prosecuting attorney, I decided I needed a change. It was such a rewarding job and I loved every minute of it, but as I was one day at the office looking at yet another autopsy report and autopsy photographs of a murdered child, I decided enough was enough. I just, for my own emotional well being, couldn't do it anymore. So, I got a new job in Charleston, WV, about a five hour drive from where we were currently living. So, in the last few weeks, we found a new place to live, moved, and I started a new job, all with a 4 month old, a 4 year old, and two cats and a husband! :) It's been crazy busy, but everything is great and I finally had some time to make a card. I have a new card to share with you today using some brand new products from the Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog. I'm in love with the new Paisleys and Posies bundle in the new holiday catalog. There are so many different ways to use this set. The versatility means you can use this set all year long, not just during the holidays. Todays' card uses the emboss resist technique and some beautiful new in colors. Here's my card:

 
 

To create this card, I first stamped the images with versamark ink and stamped them all over a piece of whisper white cardstock. I then sprinkled clear stampin' emboss powder all over the panel and set it with my heat gun. Then, I got out my sponges and my Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Sweet Sugarplum ink pads and went to town sponging. I love this technique! To finish it off, I added some gold glimmer paper, some gold embossing powder to the sentiment, and some gold metallic thread. I also used some gold sequins. What do you think? Well, that's it from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day and weekend!

Inky Hugs, Christine


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Blessed - New Stampin' Up! Goodies!!!

Hi everyone! I have a super cute card to share with you today. This card uses a little bit of everything :) The "pumpkin" is made using the Thougthful Branches coordinating die set, Beautiful Branches. It's the top of the tree! :) I flipped it over, did some sponging using Tangerine Tango and Crumb Cake ink. Then I stamped the tree from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set, then cut out the trunk and used it for the top of the pumpkin. The adorable scarecrow is from a brand new set from the Holiday Catalog. It coordinates with the cookie cutter punch. I watercolored him with watercolor paper, aquapainters, and Stampin' Up ink. The sentiment comes from the new Paisley stamp set. I also uses some new copper foil paper and copper metallic thread. I also used Timeless Textures for the background. Here it is:

 
 
 
 
 
 
I just love, love, love this adorable card!  I also made a little tag using the Stampin' Up! tag punch topper and tied a bow with the new kraft rope from the new holdiay catalog.  What do you think?
 
Well, that's it from me today.  I'll link below all the items I used to create this card.  Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
Hugs, Christine  



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

For You - More of Stampin' Up!'s Thoughtful Branches

Hi everyone!  Don't forget to scoop up your Thoughtful Branches bundle from Stampin' Up!  It's only available this month while supplies last.  Here's another card showcasing this beautiful set:



I think this set is just gorgeous!  I used silver foil paper and ran it through the Big Shot with the brick embossing folder.  I stamped the flower in Flirty Flamingo ink and cut it out with the Beautiful Branches Thinlits.  The stem was cut out with gold foil paper.  I used the triple banner punch for the sentiment panel.  The DP is from the new In Color designer series paper pack (it's Peekaboo Peach).  What do you think?

I'll link for you below all the products I used to create this card.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by!

Hugs,

Christine

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Your Kindness Makes a Difference - More of Stampin' Up!'s Thoughtful Branches Bundle

Hi everyone! I just cannot stop using Stampin' Up!'s new Thoughtful Branches bundle. I love this stamp set and the coordinating dies. There are so many possibilities. Here's today's card:


 
 
 


To create the mutlicolors on the leaves I cut out with the dies, I just colored on the stamp with my Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers.  I used Timeless Texture for the dots.  I also heat embossed the sentiment in gold.  The gold leaves are also from the die set, it's the stem, and I just cut the leaves out.  What do you think? 

Well, that's it from me today.  Have a wonderful day and thanks so much as always for stopping by.  I'll link below all the products I used to create this card.

Hugs,

Christine



Monday, August 22, 2016

You're In My Thoughts - More With Stampin' Up!'s Thoughtful Branches Bundle

Hi everyone and Happy Monday! Sorry it's been a few days between postings, things have been crazy busy the last few days. I just cannot stop using this Thoughtful Branches Bundle from Stampin' Up!  Don't forget, this bundle is only available this month (August) and only while supplies lasts so make sure to pick yours up!  Here's my card:



To create the trees, I first stamped the branches with Early Espresso ink.  I then used my Stamin' Write markers and colored the ink onto the buds to create the multi-color look.  I used Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, and Cherry Cobbler markers.  I used some gold foil and gold glimmer paper and I also used the mini butterfly punch for an added effect.  What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by!

Hugs,

Christine

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Thankful for You - Stampin' Up!'s Sheltering Tree Stamp Set

Hi everyone and Happy Wednesday! I hope you are all having a fabulous day. I have a super simple, but pretty card to share with you today. One of the many amazing things about being on my Stampin' Up! team is that every month, we participate in a card swap. This is my card for this month's swap.  Stampin' Up makes me feel like an artist.  This card was so easy to make and reproduce (I had to make 19 of these!) and the result is so beautiful.   It looks like I spent a long time on it when I really only spent about 5 minutes on each card.  Love it!



 
 

I hope you enjoyed today's card!  For the swoosh under the tree, I used Tangerine Tango, stamped off once.  For the tree, I used Early Espresso.  The tree bush is Tangerine Tango and Cherry Cobbler.  The sentiment is also Cherry Cobbler.  The rake is Basic Black.  What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today.  Thank you all so much for stopping by.  Huge hugs!

Inky Hugs,

Christine

Monday, August 15, 2016

Thank You - Stampin' Up!'s Thoughtful Branches Bundle

Hi everyone and Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I have a super simple card to share with you today using the Thoughtful Branches Bundle from Stampin' Up.  Remember, this bundle is only available this month while supplies lasts so make sure to pick it up!  Here's my card:



The colors are Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizazz, and Soft Suede.  I cut the dies out, then did some light shading in the center of the flower with Flirty Flamingo ink and a sponge dauber.  I heat embossed the thank you sentiment in gold embossing powder and added some gold metallic twine around it.  I also used the banner triple punch to cut out the banner shape.  Just a simple thank you card.  I just love this bundle!

Well, that's it from me today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  Have a fabulous day!

Inky Hugs,

Christine

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Super Cute Stampin' Up! Card Using Swirly Bird

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a fabulous day!  I love the Swirly Bird Stamp Set and the Swirly Scribbles coordinating dies.  Here's a super cute baby card I created:



I cut the sweet little bird and the eggs out and created a nest using the cooridnating dies.  I thought this would make a sweet "welcome baby" card.  What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today.  I'll link below all the items I used to create this card.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by!

Inky Hugs,

Christine


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Beary Merry Christmas - A Sweet Stampin' Up! Holiday Card

Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday!  I know it's crazy to be sharing a Christmas card with you today in early August, but I wanted to play with some new goodies from the Holiday catalog and I also had this extra stamped sweet bear laying around so I decided to put them together :)  Here's what I came up with:


I stamped the bear with Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede. The scarf is from the Snow Friends stamp set and I cut it out with the coordinating framelit dies. The hat is from the new holiday catalog, it's from the Jolly Friends stamp set and I also used the coordinating Jolly Hat Builder punch. I used some Dazzling Diamond and some Real Red Glimmer papers. The sentiment is also from the new Holiday Catalog, it's from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set.  I'll link below all the products I used to create this card.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by!

Inky Hugs,

Christine



Sunday, August 7, 2016

Video Tutorial - How to Create a Super Simple Card Using Stampin' Up!'s Love and Affection Stamp Set

Hi everyone! :) I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Sometimes we all need a super simple card that only takes us a few minutes to make.  I decided to take out Stampin' Up!'s Love and Affection stamp set and put together a super simple but really easy card.  I know how busy life is.  I have a full time job as a prosecuting attorney, a husband, and a three year old and a two month old, so my plate is full.  Sometimes I don't have time to create a masterpiece in the craft room.  Stampin' Up! makes it so easy to create super simple cards that still are "wow" cards.  I created a video tutorial to explain how easy today's card was to create.  Here's the card:















And here's the video tutorial:








I hope you enjoyed today's post and video.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  I'll link below all the products I used to create this card.


Inky Hugs,


Christine :)


Happy Halloween - Brand New Stampin' Up! Goodies

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend.  Here's a brand new card I created using sneak peek goodies from the brand new Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog.  I created the background using sponges and Stampin' Up inks and I heat embossed the images using Versamark and clear embossing powder and Basic Black ink.  I'll link below all of the products I used to create this card. I can't link the stamps yet because they are in the new catalog, which isn't live yet for customers.  If you'd like to request a holiday catalog, email me at christinemriley@gmail.com







Thanks so much as always for stopping by! 


Inky Hugs,


Christine



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Part Two of Sneak Peeks from Stampin' Up!'s 2016 Holiday Catalog






Hi everyone!!!  As promised, here's Part Two of my video of sneak peeks from Stampin' Up!'s brand new holiday catalog.  To request a catalog, please email me at christinemriley@gmail.com.  Enjoy! :)  This catalog is amazing! :)




Inky Hugs, Christine

Hey Foxy - New Card Using the Brand New Thoughtful Branches Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Hi everyone and Happy Thursday!  I hope you are all having a wonderful day!  If you missed my late night post last night, scroll down and see Part I of two videos of my unboxing of brand new products from the brand new Stampin Up! Holiday Catalog!  Also, don't forget the brand new Thoughtful Branches Bundle is available now for a limited time!  I used that bundle for today's card along with a brand new alphabet set and the Fox Builder punch and stamp set.  Here's my card:





How gorgeous is the tree and how cute is that little fox?!?! :)  I'll link below all the products I used.  Don't forget to email me at christinemriley@gmail.com if you'd like a Holiday Catalog! :)

Inky Hugs,

Christine


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sneak Peek of Goodies from Stampin Up 's Brand New 2016 Holiday Catalog






Hi Stampers!  I have a brand new video of up for you with sneak peeks from the brand new 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog!  You are going to LOVE this catalog!  If you don't already have a demonstrator and would like a catalog, I'd be happy to send you one.  Just click on the "Request a Catalog" button above.  This is part one of two videos so stay tuned tomorrow for more peeks of new goodies! :)




Inky Hugs,




Christine

Fairy Dust - Watercoloring with Stampin' Up! Products

Hi everyone!  I decided to do some coloring with today's card! :)  I used an Aquapainter and watercolor paper and this brand new adorable fairy stamp set from Stampin' Up!


I really had fun coloring this sweet image.  I hope you enjoy.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by!

Inky Hugs,

Christine




Monday, August 1, 2016

Another Sneak Peek of Stampin' Up!'s Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set

Hi everyone and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Don't forget, Stampin' Up!'s Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating Beautiful Branches die set are available for a limited time starting tomorrow, August 2nd. Also, don't forget, I'm offering a class on this bundle. I'm leaving the class open for registration until midnight EST tonight. You will LOVE this class, see below for my post and video regarding this class! Here's today's card using this bundle:






I just LOVE this bundle!  You can create images for all seasons.  For this card, I stamped the top of the tree in Pumpkin Pie.  Then, I used the "thumping technique" and took my Cherry Cobbler marker and thumped it onto the inked up image.  That created the mutli-color look to the tree.  I then cut it out with the coordinating framelits.  I also cut out the top of the tree with gold glimmer paper and Cherry Cobbler cardstock and layered them together with dimensionals.  That really makes the top of the tree pop! :)  I also added some rhinestones to the tree.  The base of the tree was cut out using the framelits.  I embossed the bottom underneath the tree with gold embossing powder and did the same for the sentiment.  I used the banner triple punch to create the flag shape.  I then crated the square card using Very Vanilla cardstock, gold glimmer paper, and Early Espresso cardstock.  This would make a lovely fall or Thanksgiving card.  What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day and I'll see you back here tomorrow :)

Inky Hugs,

Christine


Friday, July 29, 2016

Video Tutorial - Stampin' Up!'s Touches of Texture Stamp Set

Hi everyone and happy Friday!!! :)  We made it, the weekend is almost here! :)  I have a beautiful card to share with you today along with a video tutorial on how to create this card.  Here's the card:




I used the brand new Touches of Texture stamp set, I love this new stamp set from the Annual Catalog.  Here's a video tutorial explaining how I created this card:


I will also link for you below all the items I used to create this card. Thanks so much as always for stopping by! Have a fabulous day! :) Inky Hugs, Christine

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Stampin' Up!'s Pop of Paradise

Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday!  I have a super fun and super shiny card to share with you today :)




For this card, I did a lot of "fussy cutting" :)  I stamped the flamingo in Flirty Flamingo ink (very fitting :) ), then cut it out.  I used my Big Shot and the Lots of Labels framelits and layered gold foil, flirty flamingo, and gold glimmer papers.  I then stamped the leaves in Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz.  I embossed the Thank You with gold embossing powder.  The DSP is from the In Color designer series paper.  I popped everything up with dimensionals and then wound some gold metallic thread around everything for an added touch.  I also added some gold stars from the metallic enamel shapes collection.  What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  I'll link below all the items I used to make this great card.  If you don't have a demonstrator already, I'd love your business!  Huge hugs!

Inky Hugs,

Christine


Monday, July 25, 2016

For You Friend - Using Stampin' Up!'s Jar of Love Stamp Set

Hi everyone and Happy Monday!  It's back to the grind for me, I have a pretty busy work week this week, but will still be getting my crafting squeezed in in the evenings :)  Don't forget to scroll down to Sunday's post to learn all about my first online class!  You will LOVE this class, I promise!  Here's today's card:



I just LOVE this brand new stamp set from Stampin Up!  It along with the coordinating dies just make for the cutest card designs!  For this card, I stamped the Mason jar in Basic Grey ink. I  used Pool Party for the water inside the jar.  I used Soft Sky for the stems and then I used Marina Mist and Dapper Denim for the large flowers.  The small flowers are Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry and in the smallest flowers, the center is Basic Black.  I made the flags with the Banner Triple PUnch and then added some rhinestones and metallic sequins.  What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  I'll link below all the items I used to create this card.  Have a wonderful day!

Inky Hugs,

Christine


Sunday, July 24, 2016

My First Online Class Using Stampin' Up!'s Thoughtful Branches Bundle




Hi everyone!!!  I'm SO excited to be posting this today.  I'm here to share all the information you will need for my very first online class! 
Here is everything you need to know about this class!!

Thoughtful Branches Online Class Preorder
 
This Class Includes:

-Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set

-Beautiful Branches Coordinating Thinlit set

-Flirty Flamingo Ink Pad (you can substitute any other color ink pad you like, or any accessory that is $6.50 or less)

-Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad (you can substitute any other color ink pad you like, or any accessory that is $6.50 or less)

-FREE class materials to make 6 cards with envelopes (2 each of 3 designs)

-Online Class Video Link that will be emailed to your Paypal address. I will walk you step by step on how to make all these amazing projects! There are no restrictions on how often you can watch, you can watch the video tutorial any time and as many times as you wish.

Please Note: You will need a Basic Black Ink Pad, adhesive, scissors, dimensionals, a cutting machine (I recommend the Big Shot, but the dies will work in other machines as well) & clear blocks for this class

​Email me at christinemriley@gmail.com if you would like information on preordering this amazing online class!

Please Note: If you need to make any substitutions please add them in the notes at checkout or email me immediately. Thank you all so much! 

Here's a video that explains the class:




You are going to LOVE this class!!!  I will be closing out all preorders by July 31st or when all of my sessions fill up.  This stamp set and framlit bundle is not available to non-demonstrators until August 2nd so I will put the order in immediately that day.  You can expect a 7-10 day turnaround to have the class in your hands.  The cost of the class is $72.  That is retail cost for all items, plus $7 for priority shipping for me to ship everything to you.  All materials to create the cards for the class are free as a gift from me to you. 


I'm so excited for this class. I promise you, you are going to love the class and the bundle you will be getting.  Please sign up, I can't wait!!!

Inky Hugs,

Christine

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Another Sneek Peek - Stampin' Up!'s Thoughtful Branches

Hi everyone and happy Thursday! One more day and then the weekend is here! I'm so looking forward to the weekend, I've been promised a lot of crafty time so I'm looking forward to it :) Today, I have another card to share using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set from Stampin' Up! One of the many awesome things about being a demonstrator is that we get to preorder amazing product. I preordered this amazing bundle and I simply cannot leave it alone. It's gorgeous and so easy and fun to work with. Here's todays' card:





One of the awesome things about this stamp set is its versatility.  If you look at some of my earlier posts, I created a tree.  Today, I created a beautiful hydrangea.  I stamped the flower in Sweet Sugarplum ink onto Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and then cut it out with the coordinating die.  I cut the flower part out again in Rich Razzleberry to put behind it.  I then cut the stem out using the die.  I ran some silver foil paper through the Big Shot with the brick wall embossing folder and then used some cardstock and DSP from the Brights collection.  I embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder and put some silver metallic thread behind it for a special touch.  Finally, I added some pearls to the flower.  What do you think?

Here is the full stamp set and coordinating die set:




These will be available to order on August 2nd.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day.

Inky Hugs,

Christine