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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sweet! ASYI#45

Whew! I am just making it under the wire again, but yet, I'm meeting my goal of completing this weekly challenge. As You See It Challenge #045 is a theme challenge--SUMMER!


How awesome! I love summer. A thousand ideas have been through my head and I finally decided to make something fun, something for those hot and humid Wisconsin days, and a rare treat (at least a store-bought one, not homemade)-- What is it? 


A popsicle!

Pretty cool, huh?

Stamps: Bravo!
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Sweet Treats Designer Series Paper
Ink: Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Envelope Punch Board, Chalk Talk Framelits, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Brights Buttons, Word Window Punch, Simply Scored

My mom made a lot of yummy popsicles when I was young and eventually bought some (if they were on sale), but it was a huge treat and usually something we got somewhere else.  I love this card!

Oh, want to make one?

Step 1: Cut your cardstock 4 1/4 x 8 piece of cardstock. Score at 2" and 6". 

Step 2: Fold your flaps into the center. Punch with the front punch of the Envelope Punch Board on the top middle and bottom middle.

Step 3: Use the corner rounder punch to round each of the corners. 

Step 4: Add your two word-window popsicle sticks. I used my graph paper to make sure the sticks were within the 5 1/2" length of a standard card.

Step 5: Embellish as you wish!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stampin' Addicts DSP Blog Hop Recap

Did you visit the Stampin' Addicts Designer Series Paper Blog Hop last weekend? If not, you still can as we keep our links permanent. Just go back a post on my blog and click NEXT through all your the blogs full of fabulous ideas!
I don't have a lot to show you, but wanted to give you recipes for my projects and give a few tips. We try to keep our blog hop posts short and visual. Today, you can have all the detail!



Stamps: Be the Star (135731wood, 135734 clear)
Paper: Retro Designer Series Paper (), Smokey Slate
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Stars Framelits Dies (133723), 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Beach House Washi Tape, Pool Party Cotton Ribbon, Itty Bitty Accents Star Punch, Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details

I wanted the lines of the paper to make the star seem like a shooting star. I then realized that the paper was straight vertical. I had to cut a 4 x 5 1/2 piece on a diagonal to get the lines to travel diagonally. A small, but important part of the card construction. On the right card, I went crazy. It was as if I couldn't add enough stuff to the card and then I started hating it. So, I made the one on the left, a simpler, cleaner version. Now, I like them both. 


I got the sketch from Artful Stamper, a New Zealand Demonstrator who has great projects on her blog: www.papertreecrafts.blogspot.co.nz.

I wanted to use a variety of the Retro Designer Series Paper to show how diverse the paper choices were and how they complement each other. The hexagons remind me of an old timey quilt. I am always amazed by how Stampin' Up!'s papers can be used with such diversity in style.

Stamps: Something to Say (134177)
Paper: Basic Black, Smokey Slate, Very Vanilla
Ink: Stazon Black, Pool Party Marker
Accessories: Hexagon Punch, Hexagon Embossing Folder, 1" Square Punch (for banner bottom), Pool Party Cotton Ribbon, Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Project Life Framelits, Sponge, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Basic Jewels- Pearls

Finally, the Project Life Pages. I hadn't made my own cards before and I found it fun. (not as fast as using the premade ones, but fun). 



Stamps: Point and Click
Paper: Retro Designer Series Paper, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Basic Black
Ink: Stazon Black, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Smokey Slate
Accessories: Project Life Framelits, Candy Dots, 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon, Pool Party Cotton Ribbon, Little Letters Framelits, Pool Party Marker, Project Life Journaler

I love those Little Letters! I have unlimited letters! Awesome! As for the rest, I just played with the stamp sets and had a great time adding little accents here and there. Pure fun.

Happy Stamping!

Sara


Friday, July 11, 2014

Stampin' Addicts DSP Blog Hop: Flashback

Welcome to Lily's Ink Pad and the Second stop at the Stampin' Addicts Designer Series Paper Blog Hop. You can start on my blog and click NEXT til you get all the way back here in a loop of the 7 stops to see all the AH-mazing things my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Friends have created.




Why are we doing this blog hop right now? Well, for the month of July, you can buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper and Get One More FREE from your demonstrator. (only the papers that are labeled Designer Series Paper, not the Speciality Paper or the packs of paper). 

My paper is .... FLASHBACK (133699).  I love the colors (Crushed Curry, Real Red, Pool Party, Basic Black, Smokey Slate, Very Vanilla) and the style. I started by making these cards:

My plan was the one on the left, but I went overboard and created the one on the right first. I like them both in the end, but the left is my favorite. What about you?

Next Up, I tried to go traditional/girly for a card:

I stole the card sketch and I will share on Monday, June 14 how I did it.  I love all the patterns in this pack. Some remind me of my grandma's aprons. Some fit my mom's red and white sensibilities, and the rest fit me! A true flashback in time and good for many kinds of projects. 

Finally, I made cards for Project Life layouts. I'm a bit Project Life obsessed since Stampin' Up! partnered with Becky Higgins this catalog. I am in LOVE! I am finally scrapbooking again. 

Page 1:


Page 2:

We celebrated my cousin's middle child's High School Graduation in early June I am already caught up with my scrapbooking! AWESOME! I used the Flashback paper here with the camera motif throughout. I created my own embellishments with the Project Life Point and Click Stamp set and Project Life Framelits. I'll give more details next week. So very cool!

I hope you enjoyed this stop on our little blog hop and now you can bounce forward or backward to the other stops! Click here to go forward to Rhonda's Blog featuring Sweet Taffy (one of my favorites) or click here to go backward to Yapha's blog featuring Flowerpot. You can also click on the blog hop header to go to Stampin' Addicts and comment on our thread, visit the galleries, or chat with other Stampin' Up! Addicts! 

 

Happy Stamping!
Sara

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

SMILE!~

Check this out:



I created this sneak peek of more to come this weekend with the Stampin' Addicts DSP Blog Hop. Can you guess what paper I'm featuring?



Also, to continue my commitment to do every single As You See It Challenge this summer, I used this week's sketch for one of my Project Life Cards. You can see the rest of the layout starting Friday!



Stamps: Project Life Point and Click
Paper: Crushed Curry, Pool Party. Flashback Designer Series Paper
Ink: Black Stazon, Smokey Slate, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Project Life Framelits, Paper Snips, Little Letters Framelits, Subtles Candy Dots, 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Pool Party 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Project Life Corner Rounder. 

I cut out a part of the paper (with cameras) old school style with my paper snips. I stamped the camera image in the polaroid. I then added the three arrows of DSP, the arrows stamped and cut out and the ribbon. I added the SMILE using the Little Letters Framelits. Easy and fun. My favorite combo.

Happy Creating!

Sara

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Weekend Fun with Project Life

Memories! With the Project Life pages I've been sharing you'd think it's all about Clare and Tim and well, it is. Nathan, though, is in the game pictures...



For Tim's Birthday, we went out to eat at a local Mexican restaurant (his choice) and then played games after cake at home. Somehow, I have no cake pictures. You can see the fun at the table-Don's huge burrito, Bubba and Clare's squiggly beards and smiles all around! 

I used the Everyday Adventure Kit for this one!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Got Game?

Whew! Summer is flying by. I am quite happy with how it's going and want to share one of my favorite memories--Memorial Day at my sister's house.

Check out  my Project Life Layouts:




How else would I show you? These are side by side layouts. My theme was Got Game? As my sister's house was all packed up for her move the next weekend, I brought out my favorite game Suspend again. This time Clare wanted to play. However, her short self couldn't reach. Always a problem solver, she just crawled up on the table and plopped her pieces. The whole thing would wobble. but she almost won! Instead, Nathan, my mom, and I won separate games. Don was our cheerleader and Bubba was the entertainer!

I used the Playground Project Life Card Collection (135300) with the Coordinating Accessory Pack (135303). I also used the Project Life Journaling Markers. This was also the first time I used the Project Life Corner Rounder on each element. Looks pretty cool. I used no stamps! WOW! 


Also, check out the backs of these pages (which I haven't scrapped yet). These are pretty cool just as is!



Just add pictures!

Happy Creativity!

Sara

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Quick. Simple. Cute. Green.

Ok. I said I would do every challenge from the As You See It Design Team (a group of demo friends) this summer and this one was tough. Short. But Tough.

10 minutes. One color. Yikes!

Stamps: Bravo, A Work of Art
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Mossy Meadow
Accessories: Itty Bitty Accents Star Punch, 2013-2015 In Color Sequins, Pistachio Pudding Baker's Twine

My time was 10:47. I had trouble tying the bow.  

That was tough for me. I don't like being timed. It brings me back to timed tests in elementary school, which I was bad at because the idea of being timed stressed me out. However, I like the idea of quick, but fabulous cards, so I did it and I'm pretty happy with it. 

Join us. There's 24 hours left to post to the linky. 

In other news-- I was the Featured Artist last week for my Star Card! How cool! Thanks, everyone!


Happy Stamping!

Sara

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Happy Tuesday!

Sara

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