Friday, June 14, 2019

My Inky Friends Creativity Is Calling Blog Hop: Rustic Retreat

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop on the My Inky Friends Creativity is Calling Blog Hop! We've gathered together this month to showcase the new stamp sets and other products from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, just released June 4. Did you just come from Shar's work with Floral Essence? Maybe you came from Cindy's Free as a Bird? Or perhaps you are starting here. No matter how you got here, enjoy my post and then click next or previous to move on in a big loop of blog posts!



I've chosen to use the Rustic Retreat Stamp Set, which Mary Polcin (of Shawano) helped design as part of her 2 Million Dollars in Sales Award. She wanted to reflect life in the Northwoods with a Wisconsin deer. I love it!



For my first card, I used the Birch Background in Early Espresso on Gray Granite Cardstock. I am in love with it. I stamped the images in Memento Ink and then colored using my Blends. I layered them and added a Happy Father's Day sentiment inside. Not difficult, but perfect for my own dad.



My second card was created because I wanted to play around and color. I used a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of cardstock and stamped a scene. I then used my Blends to color. I added a Happy Birthday sentiment. 


My cards are quick and simple this month- as that's an ok card for my supportive Dad!

That's all I have for now, but as the summer goes on, I hope to be creating a lot! 

Click Next to visit Cindy's blog with Free as a Bird or Click Previous to visit Shar's blog with Floral Essence. Enjoy our hop!







Happy Stamping!

Sara




Friday, May 10, 2019

My Inky Friends Last Chance Blog Hop: Lovely as a Tree

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop on the My Inky Friends Last Chance Blog Hop. Each of the designers hopping today have chosen a favorite stamp set that is retiring with the end of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. If you came from Shelley's blog, she was so creative with Sunny Days! (I don't own it, but want it now) or perhaps you came from Mary's blog with the fun Blow out the Candles! projects! Either way, I'm excited to show you my project featuring Lovely as a Tree! 



Lovely as a Tree is the first stamp set I bought in 2005 (I think). It's sad to say goodbye and I want to say good bye, doing the stamp set justice. Here is my creation:



I used the reflecting technique by stamping my trees in Early Espresso and stamping on the silicone craft mat. I then rubbed my paper on the image and Voila'!  I got the reflection. Next, I stamped the tree image upright. I decided to create a sunset as these trees remind me of seeing the sunset while in the woods in Northern Wisconsin. After many trials, I used a sponge dauber and Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Blueberry Bushel.



I had a cool panel at this point and needed to put the panel on a base. So, I scored my 4 1/4 by 11 Crumb Cake at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4. I flipped the front flap back and stamped the Buffalo Check background in Early Espresso. I also stamped some oak leaves on the inside so they peeked out on the right side under my sunset. Finally, I added a 2 1/4 x 2" inset picture of the trees.

I hope you enjoyed my post. Now you can click Next Blog and see Mary's projects or click Previous to see Shelley's Sunny Days! 


 




Happy Stamping!

Sara

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Floral Essence Sneak Peek for My Inky Friends Challenge #17

I finally have time to stamp! I am not sure how I found it, but I did and I'm so happy to be back blogging. My apologies for the blog silence, but life got in the way,

On April 13, I went to Minneapolis for a Stampin' Up! Event callled OnStage, where the new 2019 Annual Catalog was revealed. I got to order and now I have tons of new stuff to play with-- and I can't seem to create with anything else! So today's post is a sneak peek of products available June 4. 

Here's my first share in over two months!




This card uses the new Bird Ballad Laser-Cut cards that come in a cute tin! I used some of the Garden Lane Designer Series Paper as a background for the card. (See my tip about this below) I stamped the Flower image from Floral Essence in Calypso Coral on the Petal Pink Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock. I stamped the leaves in Mossy Meadow and punched them out with Leaf Punch. The flowers punch out with a new punch called Perennial Flower. All of this works together with the saying on Very Vanilla and a bit of the Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon. 

The color combination is this month's My Inky Friends Challenge:



Join us and submit your design! 

I promised a tip and here it is:



I just needed a smidgen of adhesive along the edge of my cardstock to fit in that teeny little border, so I applied it along the edge and let half of my adhesive go on the mat-which doesn't stick. It worked so well!

I hope you enjoyed this post and stick with me through the crazy month of May!



Happy Stamping!
Sara



Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day 2019!

I love all holidays--it's fun to have something to celebrate and a reason to be generous. I  know my homeroom students appreciate it! Stampin' Up! came through for me in a big way this year with the January My Paper Pumpkin kit.

 
This kit was designed to make these cute treat pouches. The stamps were so cute that accompanied these pouches: 



Such a cute set. I want to hug the design team!

I wanted to do some cards with a stamping group, so I designed these:




How fun! I cut the boxes so I had rectangles of the Designer Paper and used the diecuts to add the colored elements. I used my Lemon Lime Twist Ink and the stamp set to create a background and add sentiments inside. I love these colors!


During Sale-a-bration, if you buy a prepaid subscription, you also get sale-a-bration rewards, so that's very cool. You can also sign up month by month using my special link: Sara's My Paper Pumpkin Link




Happy Stamping!

Sara




Friday, February 8, 2019

My Inky Friends All Occasions Blog Hop: Geared up Garage

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop of the My Inky Friends All Occasions Blog Hop. Did you check out Shar's projects using  Bloom by Bloom on the previous blog? Or perhaps you're traveling backwards and saw Cindy's projects using Climbing Roses? Well, Here at my stop, I am showcasing a couple of manly cards using the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set. No flowers here!


For my first card, I made this one for my hubby. He sold his Harley a couple of years ago, but I think he'll love the humor.



For this card, I used a Pumpkin Pie base and added a 1 inch and a 3 inch strip of Classic Garage 6x6 Designer Series Paper for the background. The Pumpkin Pie strip is actually another 1/4" strip of the same Designer Series paper. I then used the Garage Gears Thinlit Dies to cut out the frame from Silver Foil paper and a Basic Black layer from the largest framelit. The gears are also from Silver Foil. I added some Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots as accents. I left the inside blank so I could write a love note.


My second card is for my Dad. The tool box reminds me of his tool boxes. He used to let me build things and use his tools. How many forts did I create in the driveway?


For this one, I went outside of my comfort level with this sketch. I put the tool paper in the bottom left corner and then added the other elements. I actually really like it--even though it's not centered! I used the  Subtle Embossing folder on the black piece, but you can't tell in the picture. I also added some Clear Epoxy Enamel Dots for an accent on this one. Inside, I stamped "Awesome at any age" and "Happy Birthday"from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set. I like it. 

Well, that's what I have to show you! I hope you like them! 

Click Next to visit Cindy's blog or Previous to see Shar's creations. Enjoy!


   



Happy Stamping!
Sara

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Love You to Pieces

Sometimes when I buy a stamp set, I think, "I'm going to use that so much!" and then, OPPS, it just never works out right for the purpose in mind. The Love You to Pieces stamp set has been just that for me. But finally, I found a great reason and a great design:


I do think I found some inspiration on Pinterest, but I did make it my own. The main color is Gorgeous Grape, which I just love. Originally, I had a white background on a white base, but I added the Basic Black and the Gorgeous Grape layers and it really made the card pop. I used the puzzle outline and hearts to add a background. Such fun and not too tricky!





Happy Stamping!

Sara


Monday, January 28, 2019

Meant to Be

Pink really isn't my thing. My sister requested a "blush and rose gold" card she could use for a wedding.  So, this is what I designed:



I found that the Grapefruit Grove Foil paper (that I got for FREE as a Sale-a-bration item), looks like Rose gold in small doses. In larger pieces, the paper has a rainbowy flair to it. The camera shows this, but in person, you don't see it. I added Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the back before I used the  Be Mine Stitched Framelits. This made those tiny little pieces not pop out like I wanted, so I used my paper piercing tool to push them. It was weird-they weren't attached, but just didn't leave the heart without my help. I also discovered, after this card was created, when I was prepping for class, that the heart I used to cut the lacey part, worked as a base IF I put both the Very Vanilla and the Grapefruit Grove foil through the Big Shot at the same time. The Very Vanilla heart was cut with an embossed impression so that the two pieces fit together well. 

For the background, I used a spritzer with water and sprayed the paper so it was soggy. I then added Blushing Bride Reinker ink with an Aquapainter. I found that the more playful I was, the cooler it looked. I added the stamped parts in Blushing Bride. I think the MEANT TO BE sentiment would be perfect for a wedding or a personal valentine. 

Note: If you buy the Meant to Be Bundle, you can choose the Grapefruit Grove/Lovely Lipstick Foil Paper for FREE! 



Happy Stamping!

Sara

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