Friday, October 7, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop 2016: Christmas Pines

Welcome to the Christmas Pines stop of the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop! You may have come from Rhonda's Blog featuring Star of Light or if backward hopping, you may have come from Twila's Cookie Cutter Christmas post!

My stamp set is called Christmas Pines. Growing up, Christmas Trees and ornaments were an instrumental part of our Christmas Celebrations. Being a nature girl in Northern Wisconsin, I love the pines and pine cones!

I started by creating this painter's tray:

I simply couldn't decide where to start, so I started with a sampler. I am in love with every section! The details I love the most are:

TOP LEFT: (the top of the ornament is from the Jars Framelits and the swirly hanger is from Cupcake Cutouts Framelits.
TOP MIDDLE: the idea came from my sister, "Why don't you make mistletoe?"
TOP RIGHT: cutting that frame design isn't  my favorite task, so I wanted to embellish the frame so it fit into a rectangle. I also used the Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder on the word Sparkle!
BOTTOM RIGHT: A wreath from the pines was fun, but the holly and the little copper twigs are my favorite. The "berries" are Real Red candy dots.
BOTTOM MIDDLE: The pine boughs are stamped, but I used layered pinecones, including the top layer in copper.
BOTTOM RIGHT: My favorite. It just is.

Next, I made a trio of cards using the NOEL sentiment with the Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder.

This was very playful and fun to try out a variety of ideas at once!

The bottom card is a trifold. Here are the other two views:

Those are my projects! I hope I convinced you to add the Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set and Pretty Pines Thinlets to your wishlist.

If you click next below, you'll go see Twila's Cookie Cutter Christmas projects and hopefully add that set and punch to your wishlist, too! If you click previous, you'll go back to Rhonda's Star of Light projects to be inspired.


Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop 2016: Jar of Haunts

Welcome to the final stop (or first) of the Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop!

The New Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is UNBELIEVABLE and went live on September First! To help you create your wish list, a group of Demonstrator friends and I are presenting you with a plethora of projects featuring brand new Stampin' Up! Products.  You can start here and go forward to see Betty's use of Sweet Home or you can go backward to see Rhonda's Cookie Cutter Halloween post. Either way, it will fun full of fun!

I've loved jars forever. My grandma Leone was a master canner. I loved those peaches and blackberries at every meal! I resisted the Jar of Love products in the main catalog, but I couldn't resist Jar of Haunts!

For my first card, I wanted to showcase the goulishness of the jars:

The stamp set doesn't include a tall jar, so I had to make one by masking. Pretty cool. huh? Those eyeballs floating is what got my attention about this set. I really wanted to make a card with them. To color this card, I used my aquapainters and the ink pads. I wanted a messy look. The background is the brick wall embossed on Smokey Gray and then I rubbed my Basic Gray ink pad on it to add color and texture in some parts. Two other accessories from the Holiday Catalog that add that perfect tough are the Halloween Night Candy Dots and the Halloween Night Baker's Twine.

My next project was one I had in my head, but it took a while to work out the details! The left side is the card front as seen at first...

and the right side is what happens when you find the secret pull tab to reveal what's hiding the in the jar! What I love about this card, is that I used a Christmas product- Real Red Embossing Powder on a Halloween Card. You just never know when you might use something!

My next card is a traditional fall card:
I just love that pumpkin! For this card, I used aquapainters on watercolor paper. Check back next week for a video on how I created my own hardwood background without the stamp.

My final project is a little treat to give away, and then use as a candle (battery-kind) holder when done. Here's a picture from all four sides:

The inside is a Clear Tiny Treat Box that works perfectly for a window! I used the Layering Squares Framelits to cut the window in my jars. The jar with the lid, was created by using the Copper Foil, but the photo would not show it, I just love this set!

That's all I have! I will post more details and a video next week, but until then, go forward to Betty's Sweet Home post or go backward to Rhonda's Cookie Cutter Halloween projects!

If you want to join the discussion, check out the Blog Hop Chat on Stampin' Addicts!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

80's Art

or...the perfect card for a 6 year old girl:

and the inside:

The front is a shaker card full of fun and the inside I used the square I cut out for the front for the sentiment. I tried to add it to the front, but never got the design to look quite right. Then, brilliance descended and placed the sentiment inside another easel. 

When my niece saw this card, she squealed. She called it perfect and immediately made one. Hers had more bling than even mine and a lot more balloons!! 

When I first saw this paper on the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Preorder in May, I thought I'd love it. Then I got it and and found it hard to work with. However, once I went all out with the combination of designs, it worked. So the lesson is: Go Big or Go Home.

Shaker cards have never been easier with Stampin' Up!'s Foam Adhesive Strips. All I have to do is make a square of foam to contain my Sprinkles Punched pieces and sequins. Easy. Clare, at age 6, found it "not as hard as I thought." I hope she doesn't think that all future cards will be shaker cards!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, August 5, 2016

Flourish Resist Ombre Video Tutorial

Quick. Easy. Cute. Those are my favorite kinds of cards to create. Today's share is a card and technique that is versatile and fun.

But, first, the card:

The ombre effect is pretty cool. I used a Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum on the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper, which comes pre-embossed with beautiful patterns. Simply roller on ink with the new sponge rollers. Then, slice the paper at an angle. Adhere, add embellishments, and voila'! a great card!

Today, I have a video to share of this card.

Happy Creativity!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Shoot for the Moon!

I am on a roll-literally, with this card:

The shooting star revolves around the world, which is just perfect for any celebration. 

Stampin' Up! has made these cards easier than ever with the Spinning Star Framelits. Just cut the base, adhere using foam tape, and add the moving element,

Some people use washers, but I find pennies have more weight and create better spins. 

I used my Many Marvelous Markers to color the images, along with Clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle. 

Happy Creativity!


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Celebrate Sunny Days

Sorry for the distance between my last post and this one, but I was on vacation at a national conference for work.

Here is a card that is pretty and fun. Collage stamping means just stamp, stamp, stamp, and layer, layer layer, and you get a cool look:

I started with the flower in Crushed Curry, then added the outline in Delightful Dijon. Next, I added the stems with Always Artichoke (which I also used for the celebrate). The flowerless stems were created by turning the stem stamp upside down just to get the line. The dragonflies were stamped in Delightful Dijon. I then used the watercolor brush stamp in Pool Party to stamp over the wings for color. I used an aquapainter to blend the color a little and make the paper look painted. The sandy texture was from stamping Crumb Cake on the edges and background. My final touch on the stamping was Gold Wink of Stella, which doesn't photograph well, but I used it on the dragonfly body and the flower centers. That's the darkest layer, but it shines in real life.

The base is Crumb Cake and I used a layer of Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper. The wood wall one was the one my stamp club used, but all the ones with blue sky look great.

The burlap ribbon is a perfect accent along with the Pool Party Tag punched with the Classic Label Punch.

I added the corner punch with the Project Life Corner Punch because I felt the square corner was too "tough" of an edge. Is that a design term? I don't know, but I'm using it.

Also, there is a special right now from Stampin' Up! called Bonus Days.


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Happy Creativity!


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Clare and Auntie Time

The past two weeks I got a little extra Clare time. During the first week, "the brothers" were around, as much as high schoolers hang out with an Aunt and a 6 year old.

I scrapped the events and creativity using the Project Life App and Stampin' Up! Digital Kits.

Happy Creativity!


Lily Ink Pad Mini-Retreat Scheduled For August

We scheduled a Mini-Retreat for August as our schedule didn't work out for the regular one we do.
Mini only means a smaller group and smaller space, not mini in FUN, FOOD, or FRIENDS!

Register using this form:

If you have any questions email me at Happy Creativity! Sara


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