Monday, May 29, 2017

Ridiculously Happy

What a great saying:

I just had to use it for the latest As You See It Challenge:

I love a good theme. I decided to make a card that I would give to Bubba for our anniversary, which I think is 10 this August. 10 wild and crazy years and I am still ridiculously happy. He cracks me up daily.

Here's the inside:

This is a straightforward card as I just stamped with a NEW STAMP SET using NEW INK COLORs, used my Big Shot to cut out with NEW FRAMELITS and added NEW ACCESSORIES. 

Love, Love, love. 

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

You're Cool Birthday Special

It's my birthday and I am celebrating today with a Cool Card for the As You See It Challenge:

I love Cool Treats Stamp Set and Clare reminded me how cool it was this weekend, so I decided to share my love of Frozen Treats with you all for my birthday using this set.  I also used a sketch from the As You See It Challenge. Whew! That's a lot for one card!

And now, for the Birthday Special.

If you place an order of $30 or  more by May 22, you will get a sampler of ribbon from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog which starts June 1. How cool! What will be in the sampler? Well, I can't order ribbon yet, so I will order a selection of ribbons in a variety of colors  for you to have at least a yard of ten types of ribbon. How cool!

Hostess Code for Online Orders.

This is only available from me, because it's my birthday!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, May 15, 2017

First Time I Saw You...

The Urban Underground Suite from the Occasions Catalog is one of the most fun to play with. Here is one card using all parts of the suite.

The most fun I had designing this card was the "ruler" out of Silver Foil Paper. The other side of the black "bench top" is Urban Underground Designer Series Washi Tape. The tools were easy to cut out with the Framelits and Stampin' Up! Markers made them look fabulous. Easy Peasy. For  a little extra fun, I added the spilled nails and the Washi Tape behind the sentiment.

Such fun!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pretty In Pink

I totally cased the card I am featuring today. However, I didn't keep track of who originally created it. I saw it at the Minneapolis OnStage event and loved it  and knew it would be a great card for my Stampin' Celebrations folks.

Can you believe that this is the same stamp set as my post from Friday? I love how versatile this stamp set is! Garden in Bloom is easy to use and produces amazing results.

My flower pot is the bowl from the Frozen Treats Framelits Dies, which is another awesome unexpected use of a framelit.  The Playful Palette Designer Series paper works perfectly with this idea.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Bright Flowers in Bloom

Wow. Where has the month gone? The kids at school have been wearing me out! It feels great to have made it to May with this bunch, but I feel as if I have so many more goals to meet with them. I did get some stamping in, though, Here's a Mother's Day card my Grandma Elsie would have loved. She loved bright colors and flowers. It seems fitting to share it on her birthday.

Here's my inspiration.

Happy Mother's Day didn't seem like enough to say, so I went with the "Hope your're feeling special today ...because that's what you are." 

Are these colors unfamiliar? Well, they are part of the new In Color collection for 2017-2019. Fresh Fig and Berry Burst. The green is Lemon Lime Twist. I love these funky new colors. Bright is my thing.

You can order these new In Colors after June 1!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Reach for the Stars, graduate!

Inspiring and Celebratory. That's what a graduation card should be. I kept that in my head as I designed this card:

I used the star from the Mini-Treat Bags Thinlits on a 3 by 3 inch Basic Black Square. Behind it, I  used Urban Underground Washi Tape and Designer Series Paper, plus a strip of silver sequins. I used the spatter stamp from Swirly Bird and added some Silver and Turquoise Enamel Star Shapes.  The black strips are the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper. One has mini polka dots and one has silver-embossed X's.

We are making this graduation card at May's Stampin' Celebrations, so I hope they love it!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

When Pigs Fly

I took last week off from blogging, but I did sneak in some stamping!

Here is my submission for the As You See it Challenge #148.

Here was the challenge:

My card is very simple, but when I thought of the pink, I thought of this brand-new-in-the 2017-2018-Annual-Catalog-Premiering-June-1 that I got for FREE at the OnStage Event. I then realized my favorite pig was flying and didn't need Garden Green Grass. But she looked funny flying in space, so I added a "hilly" base and I really like it. This seemed like the kind of card, I would write a message in, so I added the " she did" to the outside, leaving plenty of room for my crazy handwriting. 

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sending my Favorites to Retirement

Although, I love being able to buy new sets, I am sad to see favorites hit the retirement list (but no, not ever Lovely as a Tree). Today's post is a list of a few of my favorites that are retiring May 31st. 

Always an Adventure

I love this set for obvious reasons-- camping, outdoors, adventures! Simple images that pack a punch. Plus, it has matching Framelits!  

Custom Tee

I feel like I just got started with this set and it didn't make the cut into the Big catalog. Luckily, I can still play with it for May's Stampin' Celebrations!

Grateful Bunch

I love a great flower set that showcases the nature I love. This one was fun to layer and play around with!

Reason for the Season

This set is so beautiful. I feel as if I didn't make enough cards with it to really showcase it's beauty!

Shooting Star

Who doesn't love a spinning card? I just adore this fun set and matching framelits. Spinner cards have never been so easy to make!

Snow Place

Penguins and Snowmen? Enough Said.

Balloon Adventures

I feel as if this set could make millions of awesome cards. I'll miss it.

Acorny Thank-you

My favorite fall stamp. Those acorns are just darn cute.

Greatest Greetings

A greeting for everything! The font is lovely and I love the variety in one set.

So, if you want to shop, feel free to go to my store HERE!

Happy Shopping!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

It's a Sara Thing!

Oh My Golly! The hype about this month's My Paper Pumpkin kit was all accurate. I spent two evenings last week working on all 12 projects. I didn't even need to go crazy with experimentation, the Stamp Set, watercoloring, and accessories made it fun to play!

Here are my projects:

As you can see, the cards created are very coordinated, but each a little different.  The fun part was watercoloring with a brush. I always use an aqua painter and the brush spread out the water differently.  To get the bright colors, I colored darkly on the water color paper and added 

Here are some close-ups.
 This was my last card. I had run out of flowers and realized I never made a BEST dad card, so thought of what would be good for a modern dad. I used the background stamp only and some washi tape. Easy, but neat looking. I also did the inside to match.

 On this one, I was trying for a streaky rainbow, and was really playing with how I could use the brush. It says Happy Birthday for you and inside, "You're the best."

I added a little color the flag and then drew a candle inside for fun. 

These are two using the same background, but I was lighter on one than the other with the pencils. I love the multi-colored one, but I know that my sister will love the second one more.

Right from the kit, but with a little added pizazz inside.

A 3D item. I used parts to make a little photo stand to give to a teacher. Cute and modern. I found the chunky black clothespins somewhere and had them in stash to play with. Finally, I did and It's sweet gift.

I'm not a diamond girl, but it was fun to play with this heart diamond. I colored one with a lot of watercolor pencil and little water, and the other with little pencil and a lot of water!

Finally, here's the card that was an opps, but I turned it into a great card:

I dropped my stamp on the paper and stamped a random word. So.. I stamped a lot more random words to make a collage. It's now my favorite card.

Well, that was my creative fun this week. I hope you enjoyed it. 

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Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Awesome Gifts

Not only did I give gifts, I received some amazing gifts at OnStage in Minneapolis. I made a collage of some of them.

I'm pretty lucky, huh?

Happy Stamping!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Delightful Daisy Suite Sneak Peek

I am thrilled to show you one of my new favorite things from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, which opens for ordering June 1st. I was fortunate to be able to purchase products early and I HAD to play during my Spring Break. So, here's my first card with new products:

The Daisy Punch coordinates with the Daisy Delight Stamp Set. Punch and stamp twice to get a full daisy! So simple and yet so detailed!The paper is less dark than the picture, a "stamped" off version of Night of Navy. But, the yellow, white, and Night of Navy border make it hard to photograph!

The flower center is a Faceted Gem in gold. Such a fun way to add dimension. I also used them on the inside, as they "lock" the card in an open, upright position for display.

Can you really see the ribbon? It has a stitching in it that is x's on one side and straight stitches on the other! How clever!

I can't wait for all of you to see the new catalog and be able to play with all the new Stampin' Up! has to offer!

I created this design, quite literally from the As You See It Challenge. Join us!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Dragonflies and Fairy Dust

Relationsships are the biggest reason I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. At On Stage in April, I chose not to make swaps, but focus my attention on gifts for my demonstrator friends.

Here's what I  created:

The lavender is a rock candy stick with the end wrapped with the Emerald Envy Washi Tape from the Party Animal collection. I also used the Fringe Scissors to cut strips of Emerald Envy cardstock and curl it for leaves. I added a Dapper Denim bow. I cut the dragonflies out of Bermuda Bay Cardstock and layered a Printed Window Sheet Dragonfly on top. I added rhinestones for some glitz. 

The SUMOJO dust was created using Sprinkles of Life Embellishments, Dazzling Diamonds, retired embellishments and glitters. I just keep adding more into it to add color and glitter. I wrote a poem and added to the little roll of parchment, which is really my printer on our Vellum. Pretty cool. huh?

Here's the poem:

Bubba did help, although, I didn't use his words, exactly. 

I love being free to unleash my creativity like this! Stampin' Up! products coordinate so well, it's easy to play!

Happy Creativity!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Ducks and Lillies

Today is my Grandma Leone's Birthday and I miss her. She loved the wildflowers of spring and would actively make me get pussy willows for her this time of year. She kept a knife in her minivan that she would send me out to the ditch with when she spotted some while driving. I used to spend my Easter vacation with her.

Today's cards are a sure sign of spring to me and a great reminder of her.


I tried the yellow chicks first, then decided that since I was using watercolor pencils, I could use the WHITE one! So cute. I went for a simple layout and I like them. 

Here are the insides:

Such a sweet stamp set!

Sometimes, you just have to stamp for yourself.

Happy Stamping!



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