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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

SSInk Blog Hop ~ Love is in the Air

Welcome Happy Stampers!!  I am so glad to see you today!!  I know that Valentine's day is right around the corner and I'm so glad you came to see our lovely blog hop :)   I do love me some happy sappy valentines.
http://ssinkspiration.blogspot.com/2017/02/love-is-in-air.html
As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 8 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - (Cheryl H @ Create With Cheryl). If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below this post.


Here is my favorite favorite favorite new stamp set (Yummy In My Tummy #143623) in the Occasions Catalog.  (at least for now until my new stamps get here this week...!!)




Eek!  aint he cute!
and can we talk about how AMAZING our new Watercolor Pencils are ?!?!  I love coloring.  And I love the different textures you can get by using a colored pencil (looks like Fur right?!!) and then you add a little bit of water to them with an aqua painter and you get a fun watercolor look too!


To get the "furry" look I went in after watercoloring, before the paper dried and added a little more color with the pencil.  It melts right into the damp paper ... heaven!

And because we LOVE this little guy so much, I just had to show you another one :)


EEEK!!!  Right?!?!  Love LOVE LOVE LOVE Love this little guy and his alien friends!

  For this one, instead of the watercolor pencils I watercolored the old fashioned way, Just added a dot of ink (from my reinker) onto my sil-mat and added some water from my aqua painter.  I prefer this instead of using the inkpad lid.  I can add more water and create different shades of the ink color by pulling ink into a puddle and adding more water.  If you don't have a sil-mat, you can use wax paper! :) 

I masked off the aliens.  They were my favorite to color.  They remind me of Slimer from Ghostbusters.    For the balloons, I used our Balloon Punch.

Thanks for joining us today!! I hope you keep going, Jen is next and she has some really amazing stuff to check out!!
  








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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Birthday Blog Hop with SSInkspirations


Eek!! I am so excited to be back at work creating for SSInkspiration again. As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! 

You should have just left stop number 10 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Darla ~ Stampin' With Darla.
If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below
.


Boy do we have a great blog hop for you today. Birthday Birthday Birthdays!

I am so excited I don't even know where to start!!


This Card...oh how I LOVED making this!!

These are new products from the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration catalog.
I'm in LOVE with everything! 

As y'all know, I love all things wonky.  So this was fun to create even though it's pretty simple!


White accents colored with a Sharpie make all things matchy matchy.
White Perfect Accents, glimmer paper, and a stapler could anchor this fun sentiment!


Ha!  Let's Taco 'Bout how AWESOME this stamp set is!!!!!
I love Taco Tuesday, Stampin' UP! and T-shirts....so EVERYTHING about this card!!!

Coloring and water coloring are all the rage these days.  Call me a purest, but I still use my stamp pads and Aqua Painters to water color.  You just give your stamp pad a good squish, (while it's closed!) and when you open it up there's a splotch of ink on the lid.  Dip your Aqua Painter in the ink and use it like a paint brush!  For subtle color or larger surfaces, I squeeze some extra water out of the AP and let it pool in the lid with the ink.
You could just as easily get a re-inker, add a drop into a palette with a drop or two of water and then use the Aqua Painter to color your image.  either way is easy peasy!!


Thanks for stopping by!
Here are the products used in today's card 


Custom Tee Photopolymer Bundle   Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper StackWhite Perfect Accents
Basic Black 8-1/2" x 11" CardstockAqua Painters


Be sure to keep Hopping Along with us by clicking the arrow below and you'll see some awesome birthday cards and ideas.



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       <--------- You are here
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

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Blog Hop Baby Shower!

Good Morning Happy Stampers!!

We could NOT be more excited about today's blog hop!!
As some of you have guessed by now, one of our SSInkspiration Blog Founders, Kim, has had a baby!!  
So what more of a fitting tribute to our fearless leader than doing a VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER!!  :)   We're so excited for Kim and baby Micah that we have dedicated this hop to all things BABY!!!

Our projects for the hop are all gifts that we have (or are finishing!) to send Kim as a special surprise!!

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 7 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Heidi ~ Stuck On Stampin'. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.


I have a new obsession.

Crocheting!!
Specifically C2C (corner to corner) Graphgans..
So I decided since I can't snuggle that handsome little baby in person, this will just have to do!
And who doesn't love a good snuggle with a newborn baby in a sweet blanket?!

Here's my gift to you sweet friend!


I am so almost done with this bad boy....haha  But little Micah came a little ahead of schedule, so it's coming friend!

You know you love Stampin' Up! and your BFF when you make little man a baby blanket using Stampin' Up! colors!
Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, and Rich Razzleberry

And what SSInk blog hop would be complete without a card?!


I used the Positively Chevron background stamp and my trusty markers to create the Island Indigo and Pear Pizzazz chevron (on watercolor paper of course!!)  Then I markered the Razzleberry in between and then used an Auquapainter to blend the colors.
I Heart Chevrons!!

I hope you love your secret gifts friend.  We love you!!  And I can't wait to see more of that squishy faced perfect little human that you brought into this world!

If you're just joining us, head on over to Diana's page next!
Thanks for stopping by!








Blog Hop Participant List:
  1. Diana at Stampin Fun with Diana
  2. Bree at Craft-Somnia Momma
  3. Jenny at Jenny G Paper Crafts
  4. Kathy at Kathy's Stamping World
  5. Melissa at The Stamp Doc
  6. Jennifer at Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  7. Heidi at Stuck on Stampin'
  8. Donna at Geek Squad Crafting   <------- You are Here!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

March Madness Baby!


Good Morning Geek Squad!

This morning I'm guest posting over at SSInspiration for March Madness!  Click here: to see the post

I'm happy to report that currently, I am sitting on top of the leaderboard at my house.

Apparently I'm super good at picking Bball teams.....so even though my Wolverines have taken a seat...I'm still very much in the game!!

In honor of March Madness, Here's a peek at the Hub's Father's Day card 


Totally breaking my retired IU stamp out for this one.  I carved it a long time ago, and even though it is a far cry from perfect....I really do love it :)

Sorry about my sad little basketball....lets be totally honest, I had a hard time making this while watching basketball....I really need to stop doing that. 

have a blessed day!

Hope your bracket is still intact!!
And if not:  Join ESPN's TC Second Chance bracket before Thursday's tip off ... you can still impress your friends with picking the rest of the way out....like my family will have to do...since they're all BUSTED!!  
muah haha haha 
~Donna

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Blog Hop with SSInkspiration ~ How do I love thee, let me count the ways!


Good Morning Happy Crafter!!
Thanks for stopping by today.  I am so glad you are hop hop hoppin along with us at SSInkspiration!

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 5 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Kim @ Stamping with Kim. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.


Nothing says love like hearts, red/pinks, and a puppy :)

I LOVE coloring...its no secret...and I love coloring for my loved ones even more!!

I broke out an "old skool" stamp set from our main catalog.  It's been a while since I used it, so I wanted to mix it up and add it to an Occasions set to mesh old and new :)


I just LOVE this little pooch!  He looks positively adorable staring off into the distance....and look how cute my girl is staring at her little puppy!!  :)
Yes, I have a back story of these two if you really must know.  haha

Thanks for stopping by today.



wanna make this card?  Here's my supply list!


Hey, Girl Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!Hey GirlGoing Global Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!Going Global
Real Red Cardstock
Watermelon Wonder Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Real Red Marker
Watermelon Wonder Marker
Bermuda Bay Marker
Smokey Slate Marker


Check out the next stop on the hop
Jennifer G is amazing, check it out!



Blog Hop Participant List:

    1. Jenny at Jenny G Paper Crafts
    2. Diana at Stampin Fun with Diana
    3. Breelin at Craft-Somnia Momma
    4. Leanne at Literally My Joy
    5. Kim at Stamping with Kim
    6. Donna at Geek Squad Crafting   <------- You are Here!!

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    Social Media is stealing all our birthday cards!!

    Good Morning Happy Crafters!!

    I am sure by now, unless you're NOT a social media person, that you have heard of Stampin' Up!'s very own Shannon West and her quest to "bring birthdays back"

    She decided that social media was sucking the lifeblood out of birthdays and special occasions (my words, NOT hers!) and that it was time to do something about it.

    She created an awesome handcarved stamp that says
    #imbringingbirthdaysback
    and challenged people on Facebook to reply to her post with their birthday and address so she could Bring Back the Birthday Card and send people a handmade card!!
    Wait..WHAT?!

    Check out the video HERE and see her explain her campaign!

    YES!!

    So people like me...have decided HECK YEA!!

    We're totally jumping on this bandwagon.

    I have started my own campaign, reaching out to my customers, followers, strangers, family, and friends.  ANYONE who wants a handcrafted birthday card just need to give me a date and an address....and the card will be queued up and ready to ride the Pony Express that month!

    Here is a shot of last week's batch of cards.  Yes, I still handwrite all my addresses and hashtags :)

    Click here to add your name and birthday to my list!!

    If you want to start a campaign of your own, look up #imbringingbirthdaysback...check out the fun and frenzy.  Start now and become a card blessing to your family and friends.

    Don't wanna give, just want to receive?  That's okay!  Find someone (or as many someones as you want!) who is giving, comment on their (mine too!) pages and just sit back and patiently wait for your mailbox to explode on your special day.