Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy May Day!

When I was a kid, some neighbors and I would make may day baskets and try to deliver them without being seen. It rarely worked. Living in a frugal, crafty house, I made my own baskets out of construction paper and added flowers from the yard. This year, I made much cooler ones:




These were part of the pillow gifts at my April Retreat, but I made some extra to give out at school tomorrow. Each one is unique, although I used the same set of materials. Some have a heart doily around the inside, that I cut up to fit the edges, which was from the Love Blossoms Accessory Pack. 

The idea started with the cone bags. I wanted to do something with them, but not Easter-y. May Day popped into my head. However, in Spring, all candy is Easter candy, but I layered it for more color and variety. 

The cone started with a 6x6 piece of Designer Series Paper that I wrapped around the bag. I used Tear Away Tape to seal it. I then folded the pointiest end at the top back, so the opening was more circular. I used the jute ribbon (pulled apart) for the ties and tassels. I used Garden in Bloom with Watermelon Wonder for the outline and Blushing Bride for the inside. Mossy Meadow and Old Olive were the greens.




Happy Creativity! Sara

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wildflower Love

This is a post entirely made of Sale-a-bration stuff. I know that it's past Sale-a-bration time, but I wanted to share in case you all are stamping with your Free items.



I loved this paper from the start and had a hard time figuring out how to use it. In the end, I decided to use it for a background to provide visual texture. The flowers were colored with Stampin' Up! Markers. A touch of jute ribbon adds a little accent. 



Happy Creativity!

Sara

Monday, April 25, 2016

Hippity-Hoppitty

Today, I am featuring a card that you can recreate for next Easter. I CASEd (copy and share everything) from Becky Roberts at Inking Idaho, but also added some of my own touches.




Isn't he cute?  I love how he peeks out. The tag was the original idea and I put it on a card. Can you guess what Designer Series Paper I used? Love Blossoms! Yep! I used the Valentine's Paper for Easter. I'm not a pink fan, but this Blushing Bride Patterns with the Pool Party and Crumb Cake works well. 

The ears are also my own idea. I used the Festive Flower Builder Punch for the ears! 
Can you dig it?




Happy Creativity!
Sara

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dual-ity of Design

At my monthly Stampin' Celebrations club, we often have a holiday that doesn't require 4 cards that are exactly the same. Who sends 4 St. Patrick's Day cards? Well, one of my peeps does, but not the others. To make EVERYBODY happy, I created two cards with the same sketch and colors.



On the left is the "Get Well Sooner" card featuring the Flower Shop Stamp set and punch. The flowers were inked in Calypso Coral on Very Vanilla an layered on the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper featuring the Calypso Coral flowers. 

On the right is the "Go Green!" Shamrock card. I used the same punch, but cut off parts of one petal to create the stem.  The same DSP is used, but on the other side to keep the monotone look. 

Versatility and Ease at their finest!



Happy Creativity!

Sara

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Artful Invites

One of the fabulous things I worked on, but hadn't posted for you was the invites and decorations for my niece's 6th birthday party. She is a creative and crafty girl who loves her sparkle! I suggested an Art Party and she was on board immediately. Here are her invitations:


I used the Banner Framelits for the easel along with a garden stake from the Handpicked Framelit Dies (which are retiring).  The brush tip is from the Bird Builder Punch (which is retiring).  I used the Sale-a-bration Perfectly Artistic Paper for the canvas and the words. I cut the words out using my Silhouette Portrait ecutter.  Notice the sparkle? I added a little Wink of Stella, which Clare went crazy over!

I also bought a lot of rainbow colored decorations and made these goodie bags:


I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut out the palettes, but I also used the 1/2" Circle Punch to cut the hole. The stamps were from the Hello Stamp Set in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Pacific Point, and Rich Razzleberry. A full rainbow. I also used the Cherry on Top Washi Tape to adhere the brushes. 

The party was pretty fun(ny). The girls competed in a cooperative game and then wildly painted canvases. Super fun.








Happy Creativity!

Sara

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

2015-2016 Retiring List Announced!

Check out the retiring lists and deals. Order soon to get what you'd like before it's gone!





PDF VERSION OF RETIREMENT LIST

Some great items are leaving to make room for new things in the new catalog that goes live June 1st!

Happy Creativity!

Sara

Sharing Sorrow

In January, we said goodbye to two influential Menominee women who were educators with me when I started at MIMS. I needed to make cards for their families and designed this:




My gram loved purple and the book, "When I Am an Old Lady, I Shall Wear Purple." These two women were the epitome of living a full life on their own terms.  Purple seemed like the perfect color palette. 

To color the flowers, I used my Wisteria Wonder Marker over the image inked in Blackberry Bliss. The centers are Crushed Curry. 




Happy Creativity!

Sara

Sunday, April 17, 2016

All Smiles

Spring has sprung. I finally have some Sunday morning time to share what I've been creating since I last posted! Sorry for the three month hiatus, but, hey, life happens.


This card was an experiment in fun. However, it is not fun to reproduce for 40 girls at school, so it is now a one of a kind!



This card was an experiment in fun. However, it is not fun to reproduce for 40 girls at school, so it is now a one of a kind!

I used the Sale-a-bration Set Hello. The little smileys were placed carefully by me. I tried a few techniques, but this one worked the best:
I just moved the template as I needed. 
The stamp set is longer available. But, the ideas is still applicable to other sets!


Happy Creativity! Sara

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