Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hoop it up!

 My nephew Tim loves playing basketball. As a freshman, he played on Green Bay East's freshman team. Bubba, Don, and I got to to watch a tournament game and I scrapped the day using my Project Life stuff. 



I used the Everyday Adventures Kit here. These are two pages that face each other in the scrapbook and I love how I could use the same kit and get a totally different feel on each page. I used all the black and white cards that could go well with Tim's Real Red jersey. I love the middle band of photos. My husband took series of shots and you can see the effort Tim gives everything he does. 

As for the top page, Clare steals the show everytime. During a break between games, Clare played in her self-determined outfit. Doesn't a Brave dress go with leopard print and cowboy boots? Her determination is evident in these pictures and capture her charisma.

I love Project Life and Stampin' Up! I am so glad I can have fun with this!

Happy Creative Energy!
Sara

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rainbows of Congratulations

Ok. I've spent the last three days trying to get the card in my head on paper. I've tried many techniques using Blendabilities, reinkers, aquapainters, rubbing alcohol, Whisper White, Crepe Filter Paper, Watercolor Paper, tissue paper, embossing powder,  Basic Black. I tried tye dye four ways, watercolor drips, and more. It was all to get the background I wanted for this card: 






In the end, I went with my first idea. Crazy, right?

Stamps: Bravo
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Gold Foil Paper, and Watercolor Paper
Ink: Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Gold Encore Ink
Accessories: Project Life Corner Rounder, Stars Framlits, Gold Sequin Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Aquapainters

I wanted a fun card to celebrate. I also wanted a rainbow of colors-either a tye-dye look or a watercolor look. I needed bold colors, so I went to the brightest colors I knew. I used aquapainters dabbed in reinker drops. I then brushed it on my cardstock adding water from the aquapainter! Easy. 

Next, I embossed my words on the cardstock using Gold Embossing Powder stuck to Gold Encore Ink. Finally, I cut out the star window. 

I assembled my card and added the gold foil behind the window and some sequins from the gold trim.

Fun and Easy. I hope my fellow swappers love it!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Blendabilities, Sign Up and Save, July Designer Series Paper Sale...and more!

Blendabilities 
will be Available July 1! You may order the following colors and products July 1. More colors will be available August 1.



  • Cherry Cobbler (item #130995)
  • Coastal Cabana (item #131000)
  • Daffodil Delight (item #130998)
  • Old Olive (item #130999)
  • Pumpkin Pie (item #130997)
  • Rich Razzleberry (item #131003)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (item #129370)
  • Memento Ink Pad (item #132708)
  • Memento Ink Refill (item #133456)
  • Color Lifter (item #129369)


Project LifeTwo products from new Annual Catalog listed as being available in August will be available JULY 14th!  You will love the Love Story Project Life Card Collection (item 135308; p. 189) and Love Story Project Life Accessory Pack (item 135310; p. 189). Also, the Black Faux Leather 12" x 12" Project Life Album (item 135292; p. 188) will also be available July 14th!

Sign and Save
One More Week to take advantage of this great deal! You can still join Stampin' Up! at one of two great prices: the traditional Starter Kit priced at $99  ($125 product value), and for a limited time, a reduced priced Starter Kit at the low price of $50 ($55 product value). Whether you want the 20% discount on all of your favorite supplies, access to tons of great ideas on Stampin' Connection, or to build a business you can work on at home, contact me today for a great deal!

Weekly Deals

Buy Three, Get One Free Designer Series Paper Promotion in JULY!

Just a heads up, but this sounds like a fun way to get all that Yummy paper from the new Annual Catalog!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Monday, June 23, 2014

Be the Star That You Are!

As a middle school teacher, I get to see kids who are working through their identity. The sentiment on this card is why I bought the set:






Stamps: Be the Star, Chalk Lines
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Hello Honey, Whisper White, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Stars Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Dimensionals, Rhinestones, Brights Candy Dots

I am also entering this card in the As You See It Challenge #042. 


Check out the inspirational designs on the As You See It Blog!


I have so much to say about this card. One, I loved the sketch. The As You See It Design Team took me out of my safety zone with this one! I like symmetry and this needed to be asymmetrical to look right. Also, I realized that I needed be playful with my layers and placement! 

At first I had many more colors in mind and slowly, ended up with the color duo of Hello Honey and Crushed Curry and the contrasting Bermuda Bay. 

I used my framelits and punches very carefully to get the elements I wanted to spread around my card. I used the multiple star stamp and the Itty Bitty Accent Star punch to get the solid stars with the white edge. I also used the Itty Bitty Accent Star punch in the center of the Double Star Stamp to make a frame. The outer edge of those stars were cut with the small Star Framelit. I also punched the center of the small lined star with the Itty Bitty Accent Star Punch for another fun add-on. 


In other fabulous news, I earned Top Pick for Challenge #041 for my Project Life Page featuring my niece Clare. Thanks, AYSI Design Team!


Happy Stamping!
Sara

A Work of Art

Sorry, I forgot to post yesterday! I had a busy weekend of Graduation parties and have pictures to scrapbook with my new Project Life stuff, but I forgot to show you what I finished last week!

I meant to show you all this card, which I gave to Kesinee for her graduation. She's my cousin's daughter, artistic, musical, and a writer. I wish her well on her bright future:


Not your ordinary graduation card, but it fits her and she loved it. I loved the fun of making this card. I am not a painter. Put a paintbrush in my hand it makes a mess. Lucky for me, Stampin' Up! has created this beautiful stamp set, "Work of Art" which lets me be an artist. 

I used the new In Colors on this card: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, and not Mossy Meadow. Although at my Stampin' Celebrations event, all of the new In Colors were available for the base. I used Tangelo Twist, but Mellow Moss softened the card. 

Stamps: Works of Art
Paper: Tangelo Twist, Whisper White
Ink: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist
Accessories: Rhinestones

I've been trying to simplify some of my designs so that I can create cute cards quickly. I like this one. 

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Puppy Love

Little kid Birthday cards are the most fun to make and this one is full of puppy love:

Stamps: Something to Say
Paper: Sahara Sand, Real Red, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Heart Framelits, Owl Punch (for eyes), Argyle Embossing Folder, Basic Black Marker

Here's the inside:


I cased this idea from Susan Campfield. You can check out her black and white version on her blog, Suestampfield.

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Project Life: Veteran's PowWow

One of the things I was most excited about when I started scrapbooking with my Stampin' Up! Project Life Kits, was using large photos along with small ones. I had two large photos from the Veteran's PowWow and used one on this layout:


I used the Everyday Adventure kit again which has a totally different look than my 4 year old Clare layout. All from the same kit!

Here's page 2:

I love the journaling- it's always been my favorite part of scrapbooking.  By the way, my amazing husband M. Bubba Blume at Eagle Creek Photo shot these "stories." 

Stamps: Project Life Point and Click, Project Life Day to Day
Paper: Everyday Adventure Project Life Kit
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black
Accessories: Project Life Variety Pack pages, Project Life Journaling Pens, Everyday Adventure Accessory Pack

Happy Creating!

Sara

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Some of my favorite times with my dad have been around a campfire, so he inspired me to make this card:



I case it from Kathy Kalthoff at Stampin to Share.  I used my new Blendabilities on this campfire. I LOVE THEM! We  made this card at June's Stampin' Celebrations so I made a coloring step sheet. (Can you tell I was in a school mode of thinking?). 



Stamps: The Great Outdoors, Delightful Dozen
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Memento Ink, Blendabilities Markers
Accessories: Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits Dies

The Blendabilities really do give a bold coloring that lasts. They are fun to play with, so you'll for sure see more stuff coming. Here is what I played with so far: 


I have to add these to cards, but I love them just the way they are and am afraid to add them to anything and mess them up! 

Happy Creativity!

Sara

Friday, June 13, 2014

Project Life is in Da House!

I've always loved scrapbooking, but I rarely have time to organize and then create pages. My husband takes amazing pictures and I rarely use them to document our lives. When Stampin' Up! announced that we had teamed up with Becky Higgins with exclusive Project Life Kits, I was thrilled. I've heard about it and wanted to try.

The main concept of Project Life is that the pages have pockets and the kits have cards that you slip into the slots. You can embellish as much or little as you please. Stampin' Up! has four kit available so far with accessory packs. For my first pages, I used The Everyday Adventure kit. 



Not bad for a first try, huh? I free cut the 4 to put on the Bermuda Bay card and I split cards that needed to be split to fit the areas I needed. On the top page, I added some stickers and the washi tape from the Accessory Pack. I love how you can find a variety of cards that coordinate all in one place!


Conveniently, this week's As You See It Challenge (which I'm trying to do every week all summer), is this:


My NEWEST craft supply is Everyday Adventure Project Life Kit!



In related good news, I was chosen to be the top pick for Challenge #040, for my card I posted on Wednesday late! In case you missed it, here is the link to Be a Rock Star.


Awesome! 

Happy Creativity!

Sara

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Be a Rock Star

I have to post this tonight so I can made the As You See It Challenge Deadline. Shocker--three posts in one day!

Here is a card I created tonight with my new products from the Idea Book and Catalog:




I used the As You See It Challenge #040 as my inspiration:




Stamps: Be the Star
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Smokey Slate, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Whisper White
Ink: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon
Accessories: Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon, Little Pieces Embosslits Die, Stars Framelits, Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder

I fell in love with these stars. Get used to seeing them as I think I can use them for any event! 


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Disclaimer: Every time I post lately, I think, I've got everything balanced out. WRONG. Just so you know, my day job comes first along with my family, and then stamping, and then blogging. Lately, the first two have been my focus. I am still here. I am still loving stamping. I just haven't prioritized blogging it. Now that the school year is over, I am back to blogging on odd days again!

I'm not a big kit person. At least I didn't used to be, but Stampin' Up! has released some new kits lately that have me interested in making quick, fun, and easy cards that look AWESOME! So, I have to show you what I made with the Everyday Occasions Kit (134797) You can order it for 29.95 and get all this:


Here are the batches of cards I made:


The birthday stamp was fun to use. I could play with all of the colors and backgrounds and embellishments easily.


I love those feathers. I've used one of these for one of my students who promoted to high school last week!


Easy, peasy.

I should have made more congratulations ones, but the one I did make was used and loved by the recipient.  I was the cool teacher for a cool card.


Who doesn't need love cards for summer weddings?

Happy Creating!

Sara

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