Monday, January 26, 2015

Butterfly Birthday Wishes

I had a rough day at work. Nothing really wrong, just I had no patience with adults. The kids, they were themselves and that's what makes my job fun.  This is the time of year they get cabin fever and making a card with flowers and butterflies on it certainly makes spring near. (even though Spring fever is worse than cabin fever).  I turned to stamp therapy tonight before updating my website for tomorrow.

Anyhoo.... here is my creation:


I found the color combo using Color Q challenges. I switched out Basic Black for Night of Navy.  I like it. Not too bad for a girly card! The collage technique--where you layer stamped images over one another is fun because it makes you want to add every image in the set! I held back and only used seven out of eleven. (I still do math, even while stamping.) 

The background paper is the Irrestistably Yours Designer Series Paper. I used my Smokey Slate and a brayer to get the even tone. The leafy parts resisted the ink and remained blank. I am in love with this paper and plan to show more ideas as I think of them.




Join us for some fun this week! Note that I tried to use the sketch with the lumberjack card Sunday, but didn't feel it was a good enough match to the sketch in the end.


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Happy Stamping!

Sara

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Manly Valentine

I fell in love with this guy as soon as I saw him in Stampin' Up!'s Occasions catalog. He was #1 on my list. I'll be making more with him, but I made this creation this weekend:


One of the coolest aspects of the photopolymer stamps (besides their ability to stick to a clear block), is that the the shirt is stamped on using one of the stamps. I could align it perfectly. I also used the two layered trees. Very fun and easy. 

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Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, January 23, 2015

Rock Star!

Happy Friday!
Feelin' Like A ROCK STAR!


Just because I am rockin' my school year! My kids are rockin' I'm rockin' and I can never have enough positive cards to send to my homeroom.

I designed this card for a swap with my local Stampin' Up! peeps at an event sponsored by my Amazing Upline Connie Fitzgerald and THE Mary Polcin (the first Stampin' Up! Million Dollar Achiever). I had hoped to win the contest, but lost to some pretty amazing cards. I still rock in my world, though. 

I used the same technique I used on a Mother's Day card a few years ago. To me, it's fun! 

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Happy Stamping!

Sara

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Wood" You Be My Valentine?

(Opps. Last night I was playing with my new toy (a Silhouette ecutter) and I ran out of time to post. I had trouble installing the software. SO, today you get a bonus even number day post!)



Every year, I buy Valentine's Day sets and get into the lovey-dovey nature of them. However, my love story is more funny than super-romantic. Bubba, my husband, isn't a flowery type. I'm not into pink. Stampin' Up! Made me very happy this year with the new, fun Valentine sets! Here's my first creation with Wood You Be Mine?.


This sentiment sums up Bubba and I pretty well. I love the image and loved that the Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker worked so well for the saw blade. I used the Confetti Heart Punch across the top, revealing the Baked Brown Sugar paper. I also added the cool strip of Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Pack across the bottom. I love this sketch and hope to use it again soon.

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Happy Stamping!

Sara

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bouncin' Birthday Balloons

I found some stamping time today! This is right off the press! and time to do my favorite challenge!

Cute, huh?

Celebrate Today is the name of this set from the Occasions catalog. The matching framelits are called balloon framelits and include a banner and two ties. That bow is one of them and it's so nice to not have to snip it out by hand. I tried to go simple on this card, but am not sure I quite got it there. But I love repeating patterns--the circles in the pool party Designer Series Paper, the chevron with the diagonal cut, the repeating pattern for the rhinestones. This are the kinds of details that make my cards mine. 

This week's As You See It Challenge was a different kind of challenge. I needed to include these elements:

Popped up was easy for me. Locating my rhinestones, not as easy!

Join us by trying out this challenge. You can use it as inspiration anytime, but the weekly contest ends Thursday. 

If you want to purchase any of the materials I used, click below!

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Happy Stamping!

Sara

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bring on the Cake

I love the blowing out of candles at birthday parties, especially when a child blowing out the candles. The delight on their faces is unmatched. I knew I wanted to use this saying when I first looked at this Sale-a-bration set Big Day, which I got for FREE!


I used the new Chalk Ink on Whisper White. The ink immediately dries and has a chalky-feel in person. You'll have to try it to believe me. I also used the Best Year Ever Accesory Pack ribbon and the Bermuda Bay Sequins for flair. AND, the same Ornate Tag Punch as on my last card.  I love the look of it!

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Happy Stamping!

Sara

Thursday, January 15, 2015

No One Else Can Fill Your Shoes

Isn't that true for so many people in our lives?


I love the colors of this card: Pool Party, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake. That cute little tape-shaped tag is so very perfect for small sayings in a gender neutral way.  I found it in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and was ever so happy it fit my saying! 

I used the New Painted Booms Cotton Twine in Soft Sky and added a piece of Linen Thread. I teased both a part a little so they blended together. The other special element on this card is the newly released Ornate Tag Punch, which adds flair to my tag.

Check out that background paper. I found it in the Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper Pack! Every product Stampin' Up! sells is versatile. I love this company.

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Happy Stamping!
Sara

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