Sunday, August 24, 2014

People Call Me a Witch...

It's almost that witchy time of year--and, no, not back to school--HALLOWEEN! I used this week's As You See It Challenge to design this card:


There are so many cute images and sayings in this set, that I had a hard time choosing what to do! The sketch and my limited supplies on retreat sure helped!

Stamps: Tee-Hee-Hee
Paper: Tangelo Twist, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black, Tangelo Twist
Accessories: Confetti Stars Punch

If the picture isn't clear enough, the saying is :"People call me a witch...like it's a BAD thing." 

Here is the sketched I based my card design on:


In other fabulous news, my Feather Card was selected as the Featured Artist in last week's challenge!


Happy Stamping!

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Flower Pot of Goodies!

I am in a happy place this weekend--The Over the River and Through the Woods Retreat Center in Lakewood, WI, with all my stampy and scrappy friends. Lots of laughter and a lot of papercrafting going on! I always try to spoil my attendees with a pillow gift. This time, I made it a table gift:


Check out those goodies! I decorated the tin pail with a paper bow. Inside, is a jar of chocolate covered fruit, a cello bag with lotion or shower gel and a loofah, a lollipop, a pencil with topper, and a seed packet. Of course, it all had to be flowery and fun!


Today, I'm going to share the bows. I love the Gift Bow Die! I whipped these cute bows up in no time. I used a 6 x 9 piece of Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper. Super cute colors-- the BRIGHTS! My favorites!

I usually use about 8 glue dots per bow to put them together, but this time, I realized I had a secret trick I could use-- a new product available in the Holiday Catalog that starts next Friday!


One staple and I was done!



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Popsicle Color Sneak Peek

This week's As You See It Challenge is YUMMY:



I just want to eat them and I don't even like pink. However, I was superexcited to try this color combo out:


Stamps: Four Feathers, For All Things
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Strawberry Slush, Basic Black
Accessories: Feathers Framelits, Note Tag Punch, Jute Twine, Handheld 1/4" Circle Punch, In Color Sequin Assortments, Cotton Twill Ribbon

I created the background paper from an idea from a retro fabric and then added the rest. 

If you are wondering why you haven't seen this stamp set before, it's because you can find it in the Holiday Catalog, which starts August 28th. Pretty cool stuff in this one!

My students are going to love this card, so I need to find a Happy Birthday that fits my punch!

Happy Stamping!

Sara




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Butterfly Nugget Favors and More

Also at the Stampin' Day Away, I made a Butterfly Nugget Favor so we all had some chocolate and we all had something for our bags right away! 

I saw QBee's Quest Hershey Kiss Butterfies and planned to follow her amazing tutorial. Then, I sent my husband to get Nuggets. not Kisses. Opps. I then needed to figure out a different way. I found a picture that looked right on Pinterest, at the blog Kreativersum.  It turns out, she used a German candy that was a different size than our American nuggets and she used centimeter measurements. I followed her basic concept and found my own measurements.

Stamps: None
Paper: 2013-2105 In Color Paper Stack
Ink: None
Accessories: Stampin' Score Board, paper snips, skewer

For each butterfly you need 2 strips of DSP that are 1" by 9 inches. My measurements were: 1/2", 3 1/2",  and 6 1/2".  

These are very easy and were well liked by the group.


I just also have to show you how my mom used punches to label our food on her sandwich bar for lunch:


Happy Stamping!

Sara

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pom Pom Bags Tutorial

I recently held the Stampin' Day Away that I donated to St. Thomas More's International Night. My mom bought it, so I got to stamp near my hometown with a great group of stampy folks! I wanted to give them awesome gifts for attending as well as a bag to hold their projects:



A close up of the bag:

 As they arrived, each stamper picked out a bag and I added their name to a tag. As you can see by the top picture, each bag was a little different, but had the same theme. I used banners simply on the kraft bags. The pompom is made of paper and glued to a jumbo paperclip, so it can be removed and used somewhere else. It would be a fun bookmark. I think I'll use the extras to sort papers to grade!

Stamps: None
Paper: 2013-2014 In Color Paper Stack, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantelope, Pistachio Pudding
Ink: none
Accessories: Sticky Strip, White Organza Ribbon, Paper Snips, Chalk Talk Framelits, Little Letters Framelits, In Color Sequin Assortment, Fringe Scissors

Want to make your own pom poms? Well, it's your lucky day.

First, I used a 4" by 12" piece of Designer Series Paper and folded it in half. I adhered the layers together with a strip of sticky strip.


Second, I added another sticky strip on the outside layer, but DIDN'T TAKE OFF THE RED STUFF YET.

Third, I used my Fringe Scissors to cut up to the tape line.



Fourth, I used a bamboo skewer to "open" the loops. I found that if I slid it down by the tape, I could separate more at a time with ease. My picture shows me trying to separate each one at the top of the loop and that was time consuming.


Fifth, Squished the loops so they had some loopyness to them.

Sixth, I pulled the RED STUFF off of the sticky strip.

Seventh, I rolled the bottom of the around the skewer, sticking it the sticky strip to the paper.


 Eighth, I stuffed the roll of the pompom in the loop of the jumbo paperclip. I then put a line of Crystal Effects around the curve to adhere the pompom to the clip.


Ninth, I added a little 1/2" by 2" ish paper strip over the top of the clip to cover up the glue. Very cute.

and TENTH, I tied on a little piece of White Organza Ribbon and then I used the paper clip to hook the pompom on the bag!



For the rest of the bag, I used Fast Fuse and banners I cut out of assorted paper pieces. I also added a little banner of the white organza ribbon (which is hidden in this picture). 

Happy Creating!

Sara




Sunday, August 10, 2014

Big News, Baby!

No. Not me. But I did need to make a baby card so decided I would get my inspiration from this week's As You See It Challenge. I'm not sure how well I did, but here ya go:




Stamps: Big News, Peachy Keen
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Stazon Black, Tangelo Twist, Pink Pirouette Marker
Accessories: On Film Framelit Dies, In Color Sequin Assortment, White Baker's Twine

The As You See It Challenge this week was a supply one:


The challenge for me was the ripped edge. I haven't done that for a whole on a card! But it worked well to rip the edge of the Big News sentiment. I am not sure the Tangelo Twist really goes with Pink Pirouette, but it does add a contrast that is growing on me. 

You still have time to join us this week at As You You See It, peek at past challenges, and visit the awesome team of designers!

Speaking of the Designers, I would like to thank them for picking me for last week's As You See It Challenge #047 Featured Artist. How awesome! You can see my creation here.




Happy Stamping!

Sara

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dreamy Collage

This was the most popular card we made at the Stamping Day Away. I just love these colors together!




Stamps: World of Dreams
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo, Typeset Specialty Designer Paper
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Wisteria Wonder, Pistachio Pudding, Island Indigo
Accessories: In Color Sequins, Lost Lagoon 3/8" Hand Stitched Ribbon

This is a pretty straightforward card to make. I just stamped directly on the Typeset Speciality Designer Paper  with the images going off the page, added layers, added Pistachio Sequins, and the ribbon. Very easy and cute. 

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Calypso Coral Night of Navy Thanks

Today's color combination came from the Designer Series Paper I decided to use, Flower Pot Designer Series Paper.
You can't really tell photo but the paper I'm using for my focus is the inside of the white flowery kind.



I love those flowers from Beautiful Bunch colored with Blendabilities. The contrast of the blue tones with the coral tones is beautiful.

Stamps: Beautiful Bunch, Lots of Thanks
Paper: Flower Pot Designer Series Paper, Pool Party, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Calypso Coral  and Night of Navy Blendabilities Markers, Night of Navy
Accessories: Pearls Basic Jewels, Envelope Punch Board (to round corners), Fun Flower Punch, 1/4" Whisper White Cotton Ribbon

Check out the pearls and ribbon. I colored them both with Blenabilities! So cool how the Blendabilities color without rubbing off!

The sketch came from my quest to do the As You See It Challenge Every Week this summer!


Neat sketch. Check out all the amazing cards with this sketch and join us!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Fancy Hat

Oh Boy! What a weekend! Two days at the Menominee Indian Contest Powwow wore me out. Ok. Not true. Anything wears me out, but I did come at 5 today and lay down to rest and woke up at 8. I don't usually start my stamping time after 8, but tonight I am.  Today's post is a fun card that we'll be making at the Stamping Day Away on Wednesday. 



Stamps: None
Paper: Blackberry Bliss
Ink: none
Accessories: Oval Framelits, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 5/8" Organza Ribbon, Itty Bitty Accent Flower Punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Pearls Basic Jewels

You could add a sentiment inside the hat, if you wish. I just didn't feel like it.


I got the idea from this Swap from my friend Linda Rodenberg at Pretty Inky.

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, August 1, 2014

Project Life: Mini-Vacay Day 1

Well, I found some time this week to start documenting my mini-vacation. Here are the two Project Life Pages I created:




I used the Everyday Adventure kit on this one.

Here was my scrappin' partner in crime:



My nephew was working on his France/Spain Trip photos. He was enjoying how easy it was to make his photos look cool.

Happy Stamping!

Sara

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Retro Quilt Thank-You

I have a special event coming up and I wanted to use the Retro Designer Series Paper scraps I had from a previous card so that I could make the "other" design I had in my head that I neglected before. Here is my new favorite card:




Stamps: Lots of Thanks
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Retro Designer Series Paper
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Hexagon Punch, 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon, Little Pieces Embosslit, Brights Candy Dots

I wanted to make it quilt like. When I was done placing the hexagons I really loved it and decided not to emboss the card, which would have "quilted" it, stamping style. Crisp looks better to me with this paper. I am in love.
Oh yeah, I did the inside, too:

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Power of Two

I am so thrilled to show you all this card I created tonight. That's right- I created a card and am blogging about it all after 9 pm. Shocker. The second reason I am thrilled to show you this card is that I love the sentiment. My life has been thoroughly transformed when I met my husband Bubba. I know that marriage wasn't on our life plan, but it certainly has worked out for us the last almost 7 years. Together, we are way stronger than we are apart. The stuff we've been through has made us stronger. The Power of Two has been essential in our survival.

Stamps: Yippee-Skippee!
Paper: Whisper White, Silver Foil, Silver Vellum Foil, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Silver Encore Ink
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Tag Topper Punch, Striped Embossing Folder, Silver 1/4" Trim, Project Life Corner Punch

To make the rings, I first punched the smaller, 1", Circle and then the larger, 1 1/4" Circle. I got the idea from a fellow demonstrator for two rings of silver paper, but my card is different than hers in design. You can check out Jennifer Blomquist's card here at her blog Northwest Stamper.

I also added a little silver banner edge that falls off the edge, but my poor photography skills don't show it. With so much reflection, it was hard to get it to show up.

I love this sketch for this week's As You See It Challenge!


Join us by next Wednesday to be a part of the fun!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cards, Cards, Cards!

Anyone who knows me never gets a card. I know, I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator who is fabulous at creating, but horrible at giving. Part of the problem is I have too many. So, I spent my free time this week taking care of 6 tubs of cards:




Either the cards were ones I made that needed an Angel Policy Stamp or cards I needed to finish from an event, or they were swaps that I could make into cards. 

When I got to an event and often by mail, I make a set of cardfronts and trade them with other demonstrators. I have many of these and wanted to use them to send to folks this year! The Marshfield Ronald McDonald House will get some and my school will use some and I'll use some. First, though, I had to add a back and organize! 

So, I will be stamping soon to show you fabulous projects, but first I have to finish this. Only 100 or so more cardfronts to go!

I also sell cards, so if you are in need, just let me know. I group them into sets of 6 for $10.

Birthday
In Times of Need (2 Get Well, 4 Sympathy)
Just Say Hello
Celebrate Friendship
Thank-You
Baby, Oh Baby
Love (weddings, anniversaries, love you, Valentine's)
For You (blank or with For You on it)
Positive Thoughts (assorted happy thoughts or positive sayings)

and I have Merry Christmas in sets of 12 for $15.

I am having a special right now, you can get a box of cards for $8 instead of the normal $10. 20% OFF! Just Email me!


Happy Stamping!

Sara

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rainbow Art

Have you noticed that I like bright colors? Today is no different:

I have wanted to make this card that's been floating around in my head since I first saw the stamp set Work of Art. Luckily, I got to try it out on my stampers!

Stamps: Work of Art
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Ink: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Gold Encore Ink
Accessories: Project Life Corner Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Star Punch, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

The coolest part of this card is how easy it was. You can "miss" a little with the stamp placement and the colors just look rainbow-y-er. So fun!

Gold is the new color for accents and its growing on me. I'm really a silver girl at heart. The candle came with a star, but I had to add one with a dimensional!

Happy Stamping!
Sara

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Awesomness

Have you ever bought a stamp set because of one saying in it? The Truth now! Although, I like all of the sayings in the set I used today, one stands out:

It just seems like something I would say to a student! 

Stamps: Big News
Paper: Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Ink: White Craft Ink
Accessories: Hexagon Punch, Candy Dots, White Embossing Powder, Blendabilities Markers

I struggled with designing this card. I knew that I wanted the saying colored with Blendabilites, but how to get it on the card was a challenge. At one point, I had just the rectangle of Basic Black with the embossed image on my desk and I realized that I didn't need to put it on top of something, but along side something. Did you know you can color on Embossed Areas with the Blendabilities because they are alcohol inks? You can!

I love the way the Designer Series Paper is so colorful and fun. I made my own chevrons as I don't own the Chevron Punch (yet). Instead, I used the Hexagon Punch. Here's how:

Step 1: Punch one hexagon.




Step 2: Put the paper back in and punch again, lining it up like this:


Step 3: Repeat as necessary for how much paper you have or how many you need! In the end, it can look like this:

Happy Stamping!~
Sara

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Birthday Balloons

As I've said before, sometimes a card needs to be quick and easy. Kids don't appreciate layers and the time spent making it. At my main monthly event, Stampin' Celebrations, my stampers make 12 cards in an evening (4 each of 3 designs) and it's nice to have some easy cards in the mix. Here is one I love:

I used the 2013-2015 In Colors as I think they are so summery and because the new Thick Baker's Twine is in those colors. My stampers got to choose the colors of the balloons and backgrounds and mix and match at will. 

Stamps: Bravo!
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Accessories: Chalk Marker, Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine, Oval Framelits, Itty Bitty Accent Flower Punch

I used Tombow Multi glue for the string. Just a tiny dab at a time! 

This design works with many colors:

I got the idea from a 3x3 card I saw on pinterest. Then, the day after I designed this, I got a swap similar to this! How cool! Great minds think alike!

Happy Stamping!
Sara

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