Friday, May 11, 2018

My Inky Friends A Fond Farewell Blog Hop: A Garden in Bloom

It's time to give a few retiring sets a proper send off, so My Inky Friends have gathered together to have some fun! We each picked a favorite set from the Retiring list to share with you. Welcome to the Fond Farewell Blog Hop! 

Did you come from Rhonda's Basket of Wishes blog? How pretty! If you keep traveling in our circle, you'll see Mickey's use of So Many Shells. Living in Florida, I'd bet she has some fabulous inspiration! I chose to use  Garden in Bloom. 

I made a trio of projects that show the versatility of this stamp set. This is one of those sets that works with every technique, every sketch, and every color combo. I had some fun with this one!

The project I first wanted to do was this one using one of my favorite colors--Fresh Fig. 

I stamped both layers of the flower in Fresh Fig and added a Basic Black outline. The leaves were Old Olive with the same outline. The butterfly was inked in Pool Party with a little of the Crushed Curry to accent. The bee was fussy cut after I stamped it in Crushed Curry and Basic Black. Inside I made it pretty with a row of the same flowers. 

My next card used the Basic Black outline stamps to create my own coloring page.

I then used my Stampin' Blends to color the images. I used the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper as my background paper. How fun. I don't need to leave my house to have a Paint and Palette experience!

My final card uses my new favorite tool...the Stamparatus. 

I used a template and my Stamparatus to crate the wreath using the butterfly stamps from A Garden in Bloom. It was fun technique to try and I like the results. Plus, I used Pink and Gray for my color palatte, a stretch for me. 

I hope you enjoyed my projects as well as the rest of the stops on our hop. 


See you next month!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Stampin' Up! Color ReVAMP

Wow. Stampin' Up! has done it again! They have astonished me with their ability to pull from trends in color and to listen to demonstrators. The last color Refresh was in 2013. I've found I use the In Colors more than any others, so I am thrilled to see the amazing new colors! 

Here's a graphic to show you the colors that are leaving. Some are favorites, I am sure, but hang in there until the end... Personally, I'll miss a few: Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, but check out the new colors!

Not only do we have AMAZING New InColors, we have 10 brand new core colors and 8 returning In colors that are now CORE Colors! Mint Macaron! Blackberry Bliss! Mossy  Meadow! Coastal Cabana! HOW AWESOME!

Now, here is a graphic of all of the colors and their new collections. I could stare at it all day. 


Now, you don't have to go out and buy all new ink pads (although the new ink pad case design is pretty cool), but getting the new ones will be fun! 

Note: If there any colors retiring that you love, order quickly what you want, as supplies will run out fast. 

Happy Dreaming!


2018 Last Chance List is Available.

  • Today, Stampin' Up! Announced the Retiring List from both the 2018 Occasions Catalog and 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. The easiest way to shop is to go directly to my Stampin' Up! webstore and see the items in each category. You'll be amazed at how easy that is! Click on the image below to get there.

  • Keep in mind: 

  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after May 31.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, retiring stamp sets will be guaranteed available until May 25; all other products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
Also, there may or may not be discounts after May 8th. To ensure you get what you want, don't wait. 

Here are actual lists if you are a list person Click on each link to get a pdf.

Retiring List from the Occasions Catalog

Retiring List from the Annual Catalog

Happy Shopping!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Panda Love

These little Pandas are the cutest stamp set in the Sale-a-bration catalog. I have not played with them enough, but I did create this Valentine, which could easily be converted back to a birthday card.

I used the striped page from Petal Passion Designer Series Paper to add a panel on the right and sealed it with the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape. The panda had a birthday balloon and I used painter's tape over the balloon directly on the stamp and then removed the inky tape before stamping on my card so that the balloon didn't stamp. The inside uses a sentiment from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set. 

Sale-a-bration ends March 31st, so if you want this set, order today!

Happy Stamping! Sara

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Happy Birthday in Full Color

I just love the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper--every singe pattern. They are eclectic and cheerful. I love mix and matching the patterns. I couldn't decide what to combine this time, so I went all out---combining them all. I am making every effort to use up all my Designer Series Papers before they retire and this works great for the all the scraps I had:

Here's another version:

I used the Adhesive Sheets to adhere the strips to a base of Whisper White. I added some punched balloons, a sentiment, and some adhesive sequins. A very fun and easy card. 

I also made a video with some tips about how I made the banner and the pattern. 

Happy Stamping!


Friday, March 23, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #4: Spring Colors

My Inky Friends and I have gathered to participate in a another design challenge. This time, it's a color challenge full of Spring colors.  I even used pink.

The Springtime Foil Designer Series Paper that was recently introduced as a Sale-a-bration item was a perfect design to color with my Stampin' Blends. I used the Pink Pirouette Dark and Light on the flowers and my Old Olive light on the leaves, which turns into Pear Pizzazz. The background was sponged in Marina Mist, which magically doesn't stick to the area colored by Blends, except where I didn't color the light Pink Pirouette carefully.  I also used my Pool Party Blends on the Gold Metallic Edged Ribbon to create a ribbon color I liked. I used a few mini glue dots on to fold some ruffles and added some of my favorite embellishments--the Glimmer Dots. 

Join us at My Inky Friends to create your own art!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hat's Off to St. Patrick's Day

Some holidays deserve fun cards!

I used my Stampin' Up! Trimmer  with a side folded card base. I cut at at angle from the top to 4 inches down at an angle. Then, I used my paper snips to cut the top of the hat band. I flipped and repeated. The buckle is from the Bottles and Bubbles Framelit Dies. I slipped a 3/8" strip of Basic Black for the band.  I used the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched with the Duet Banner Punch. Cut and fun. 

Happy Stamping! Sara

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lovely Lavender

Some sets are just meant to be used as the designer first envisioned. This is one of them. 

The Lots of Lavender set is a beautiful way to make cards that are lovely and easy. The stamp set includes an outline of lavender that can be colored or stamped with a watercolor stamp. Perfect those folks who like color, but had coloring. For the stems and leaves, I placed all three photopolymer stamps on the same block, which made the stamping even easier. I cut the doilies into fourths, so that I could make more cards and just have a peek of daintiness. I also added a layer of Perfect Plum Cardstock that was embossed with the Ruffled Dynamic Embossing Folder. 

I made this a sympathy card with the Flourishing Phrases sentiment, but the card could be used for many occasions. 

Happy Stamping!



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