Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October? Where Have You Gone?

Wowzer. What a month. I have been working with my middle school curriculum, some challenging class hours, and a whole bunch of work. This has left me with very little time to stamp and when I did get time, I then didn't have time to show you what I did! Eventually, I'll find my balance again and you'll see more of me. I promise!

First-- you have until 11:50 tonight to sign up as a demontrator for only $25!

Second--25 stamps sets are 25% off! See the flyer below:



Third--here's my card:

Stamps: Truly Grateful
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit
Accessories: Summer Starfruit Stitched Ribbon, Burlap Ribbon, Big Shot, Pretty Print Textured Impressions

My friend Janice designed this card, I just changed the background and stole the idea. We call that CASING (copy and share everything), but I just want to shout out to her for the idea! I wanted to use that wheat stalk and just couldn't figure out how til I saw her card! Thanks, Janice

Happy Stamping!
Sara

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Winter Holiday Blog Hop Recap Part 2

That last post got a bit long, so I decided to share more today in another post. That way, you have time to see it all!

Here are the cards:

 and the insides:


I made two cards with the color combination  Cherry Cobbler and Pear Pizzazz and two cards with Real Red and Gumball Green.

Top Left: I stamped the smallest image in Gumball Green and then outlined it with my paper piercer and the Festive Template. I added a Happy Christmas in Real Red and a Candy Dot for some fun. Inside, I stamped a message and then a couple extra snowflakes.

Top Right: I folded this one vertically, which I realized that I should do more often! I then used a framelit to put a window on the front. Next, I stamped in Cherry Cobbler and sponged the window edges with Pear Pizzazz. The bow was made with a strip of Cherry Cobbler that I cut using my Rotary Cutter and the ZigZag Blade. Very easy and cool.

Bottom Right: I used the largest snowflake for my background and then added a layer of Gumball Green with a cut out framelit. Candy Dots made the perfect touch of color on each snowflake. I stamped a message inside and some extra snowflakes.

Bottom Left: I used the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder on the bottom third of the notecard and then used a tiny strip of Cherry Cobbler cut with the Rotary Cutter and Zig Zag Blade, making my own paper ribbon. For my focal point, I used a Cherry Cobbler stamped snowflake die cut with the framelits. It sure beats cutting them out by hand! The final touch was a "Warm Wishes" from Remembering Christmas on the outside and the saying "Remembering you at Christmas and wishing you the best in the new year." Elegant and easy.

Stamps: More Merry Messages, Festive Flurry, Remembering Christmas
Paper: Notecards and Envelopes, Whisper White 
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Gumball Green
Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Brights Candy Dots, Stampin' Up! paper Trimmer, Rotary Blade, and ZigZag blade, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat, and Festive Paper Piercing Templates

Happy Creativity!

Sara


Monday, October 7, 2013

Winter 2013 Holiday Catalog Recap

In case you were wondering, why do I always add more the day after the official blog hop? Well, we want your hopping experience to be visual and quick, so we save some details for later. Our limit is 4 pictures and a few paragraphs. That's why many us post follow-ups. So, here's today's recap and detail overload.

Again, the whole She-bang!


THE ORNAMENTS

 This is the front--I layered up different die cuts with dimensionals along with layers of Glimmer Paper and tadah! Easy and elegant ornaments.

Here are the back of these. See the fun? I used Sticky Pages to make a diecut that the ribbon would adhere to. Then, I just had to adhere the back to the sticky strip. I hope that makes sense.

Now two more:


and finally, the front of these two:

Now, can you tell that in the top snowflake that I made a shaker-snowflake? I used the framelits one inside another to make a frame on a piece of cardstock lined with Sticky paper. I then was able to add the window sheet die cut the same size as the outline. The sticky paper worked like a charm. I then used dimensionals to make a 3D border around the flake. Finally, I added three stars punched with the Merry Minis Punch Pack and some Dazzling Diamonds and adhered the shaker portion to the rest of the snowflake.  Here's another picture. I was pretty bad at pictures this round, but I think you can see the Dazzling Diamonds:


Stamps: none
Paper: Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: none
Accessories: 1/8" Silver Ribbon, Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits Dies, Coastal Cabana Stretch Ruffle Ribbon, Rhinestones, Sticky Pages, Dazzling Diamonds, Merry Mini's Punch Pack


THE FLIP FLOP CARD:





I used my Simply Scored to score my background 4 1/4 by 11 cardstock at 5 1/2 and 8 1/4. Then, I placed my cardstock into my Big Shot with the framelit lined up on the short fold. I then placed my top acrylic plate so that it's edge was even with the score line. That way, when I use my Big Shot, it only cuts half the image.

I then layered up my details and my card was done!

Stamps: Festive Flurry, Many Merry Messages
Paper: Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Smokey Slate
Ink: Silver Metallic Encore Pad, Coastal Cabana
Accessories: 1/8" Silver Ribbon, Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits Dies,Coastal Cabana Stretch Ruffle Ribbon, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder

Whew! I have to go grade papers and make some awards before bed tonight, so I gotta go. Come back on Wednesday for the other set of cards!

Happy Creativity!
Sara

Friday, October 4, 2013

Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Catalog Blog Hop

Although the leaves are just hitting the beginning of their peak here in Wisconsin, winter is just around the corner along with the holidays. We at Stampin' Addicts are planning our home decor, cards, and projects for these events using products from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog during our Winter Holiday Catalog Blog Hop. There are 17 stops in this hop, so jump from blog to blog using the next or previous links and you'll see amazing work by amazing people.

 

Did you just come from Yapha's blog featuring the Winter Specialty Designer Series Paper? Or are you traveling backwards from Mary's blog featuring the Christmas Banner. Either way, are you ready to see what I've been working on? My featured products are the Festive Flurry Product Bundle (13228 Clear or 133294 Wood) for $46.95 (clear) or $54.85 (wood). Save 15% on the Festive Flurry Stamp Set and Festive Flurry Framelit Dies.


See all I could do, even with my crazy busy schedule? The Ornaments are just diecuts from the Festive Flurry Framelits from the Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper layered up. The cards are made using our notecards as a base and the cool card folds out in a fun way.

Here's the front. You can see the Silver Encore Ink clearly on the Island Indigo and Coastal Cabana cardstock. I used my favorite patterns of the Winter Frost Specialty Paper and added some bling with the 1/8" Silver Ribbon. But, this card gets better as you open it:

This is the best I can do photo-wise to show that I cutout the base partially with a framelit to make a fun folding card. I used this as a swap, kind of, at Convention, but it was much simpler.

Here are two of the ornaments close up. I layered up the backsides also, but am limited to 4 pictures today, so check back Monday to see more.
I added a bit of glimmer paper to these ornaments for some added shine. I think that in any room these would look great with the light bouncing off of them.

I also tried traditional Christmas colors on a set of notecards:




For these, I wanted clean and simple. Christmas cards shouldn't be tough to make or hard to send, right? No stress with these cards! Just fun. I added some details with the candy dots, simple snow flake layers, the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, the Rotary Addition for the Stampin' Trimmer.

I hope you liked my projects! Enjoy the rest of the blog hop! If you get lost or want to chat, check out the Stampin' Addicts Forum Thread.

Now, onto the rest of the hop. Click here to go to see the Christmas Banner at Mary's Stamping Happenings.  If you want to travel backwards, check out Yapha's use of the Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper.


Happy Stamping!

Sara








Thursday, October 3, 2013

There's something good about 25 this month!

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Stampin' Up! even more, there are three great things going on!

Photo: Check it out--Join Stampin' Up! and my team for $25!

Pretty cool, huh? Being a demonstrator is pretty amazing! Join my team today.

And...for hostesses:
Pretty cool.

and...the new Best of 25 Years stamp set:

I love that Santa!

Happy Stamping!

Sara


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy October!

It's October 1 and I have a desktop download for you. Feel free to use it on your own desktop. I used the Wonderfall Digital Kit along with a few extra embellishments.





Also, I've been working hard on some projects for the Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop this weekend. Start on my blog Friday at noon!

Happy Creating!

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