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!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

On Stage April 2017: Better Together

Saturday, April 8th, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Minneapolis On Stage Event sponsored by Stampin' Up! Twice a year, Stampin' Up! hosts these events and we get to celebrate accomplishments, get first view of a new catalog, learn new techniques, and connect with other demonsrators. This year, my dear friends Barbara and Laura flew to Minneapolis to join us here! I am so lucky to have found them in 2004 at a Leadership Event.

Me, Barbara, Liz, Laura, and Nanette (my newest buddy) How awesome! We sat together along with Alyssa, who joined us, even though she didn't know us at all. Boy, was she in for an interesting day!

Sara Douglass first talked about the fact that Stampin' Up! isn't just products and sales. Creativity is stress relieving, and we create that opportunity. I know stamping helps me after long days! One of the main reason I've been with Stampin' Up! 11 years is the ability to create and the connections with people brought into my life. I am very blessed.

We also had give-aways, Stampin' Time and Prize Patrol!

I snapped some pics of my other team members (although I missed a couple) when they won- Janice, Patrice, and Connie. Alyssa is opening the supply box that was protected by a message until we were allowed to play!  Also, Barbara and Laura made sure we had plenty of candy!

For Dinner, we went out to Brit's Pub and I ordered Fish and Chips.

See those smiles? That's why I am a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. I've made unlikely friends that are lifelong. I love you guys!

So, That's what has had my spare time the past two weeks. My next post will show what I made and received for presents!

Happy Creativity!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Finale of My Paper Pumpkin Projects!

I have one more post about March's My Paper Pumpkin for you. Here are the cards I created that don't coordinate with the original materials.

I experimented with a shaded bunny by sponging inside a stencil I created with circle punches. The Artistry Washi Tape is perfect for Easter and the Sweet Sugarplum. I did use the Baker's Twine rm the kit on the bunny cards 

The Top right card is repeated stamping of the little Easter Eggs. I used my Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Tempting Turquoise Markers directly on the eggs, washed it after stamping, and changed up the coloring order to get a variety of eggs. 

See? The creativity is endless!

Tomorrow, April 10th, is the last day to sign up for My Paper Pumpkin and receive April's kit designed by our CEO Sara Douglass! I've seen a sneak peek and it's going to be AWESOME!

Happy Creativity!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

March 2017 My Paper Pumpkin and Bonus Projects

I am loving the My Paper Pumpkin kits that come my way each month. I do find they are a deal. I can't get $20 of fun any better way! Here are the results of my playtime!

The little bunny bags are the cutest! I had a great time adding the faces differently and then stamping bows or ties on them. I used a sponge dauber and my Blushing Bride ink pad to add some rosy cheeks. I also made cards according to kit directions. However, I couldn't stop there! I made some larger cards. with the mini card fronts and na tag (the big eared bunny.

The April 2017 kit has been designed by Sara Douglass.  Click here to subscribe!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My Paper Pumpkin- Peeking Bunny

I love the creativity of stamping and I love getting My Paper Pumpkin every month. Each one has been a special surprise. This month's kit is named Bunny Buddies and is very cute. I have to share my creative alternative to the kit directions.

Those ears caught my heart and I HAD to use them like this! I hope you like it. We will be making it at our next Stampin' Celebrations Class.

I just love those ears. I stamped them in Archival Basic Gray and then used my Aquapainter and Basic Gray along with Blushing Bride.  I stamped the eggs and the sentiment in Sweet Sugarplum. The Washi Tape is from the Playful Palette suite and the banner is from the the Duet Banner Punch. I just trimmed off the end.

Check out that grass1 I used my Fringe Scissors to cut a 2" strip of cardstock and then used my bone folder to curl the grass. Next, I use my paper snips to cut jagged edges.

I will be posting more alternatives as I've spent a week playing with this set and kit. Be ready to see more this week!

This is the last week you can buy My Paper Pumpkin 3 month subscription and earn a Sale-a-bration item!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, March 20, 2017

A Super-Sketch for a Supercard...

Empowerment is a key to my daily life. I feel like I am empowering my girl students to be strong, to speak up, and to be leaders. The boys, too, but the girls in my homeroom, especially, aren't as confident as I would hope them to be. I try to give that that confidence with notes and by listening and today I was reminded of how powerful that can be.

Last night, I created this card for the As You See It Challenge and it fits my day today.

I love this sketch, but I had the buildings in my mind right away and couldn't shake it. So, I used the ink pads for color along with my Aquapainters to paint a skyscape. I decided to use the female superhero and put her on a pedestal--well, a power cloud.

The sky was created by watercolor-washing Pacific Point for texture.

I also decorated the inside:

Like it?

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

How to Dress Like a Leprechaun

I always make a St. Patrick's Day card for my Stampin' Celebrations Group and it is always hard because there isn't a lot of dedicated St. Patrick's Day stamps. However, once I started looking for products I could use, my desk was covered! The whole idea on this card started with the little tophat from Snow Place Photopolymer set. Then, I thought about what a leprechaun could wear and decided to create this:

I am in love with this card! I used the Custom Tee photopolymer stamp set to create the suit. I colored it using Emerald Envy, Pear Pizzazz, Mint Macaron, Garden Green, and Wild Wasabi markers. I added some flair with the Wink of Stella in gold. To make the hat coordinate better, I added an outline using my Basic Black Marker.  Under the Good Luck Banner is a Gold Foil Banner, even though the picture makes it look yellow. Under the Top Hat, is a 1 3/8" Circle Punch out of the Pear Pizzazz Glimmer Paper. The shamrock background was made with a heart from Sealed with Love. 

I hope you like it!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Glimmer Dragonflies

I have to make a pink card for my sister's birthday workshop every year- it's a tradition. Here was this year's version:

I used the Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper with the Detailed Dragonflies for a focal point. The background of the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper highlights the glimmer and the flower embellishment sparkles in light.  Easy and fun card!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cool Treat, Cool Card

I love fun folds and my sister doesn't as much. For her birthday workshop, I decided to go all out on my use of Designer Series Paper and create a fun fold. The card was loved, but perhaps, that was my awesome preparation of materials!

This is a fun fold card that reveals the message inside. Plus, it stands up on its own so it's perfect for display!

I used all of the papers in this package to and every one of them makes a cute card with the same sundae on front. My peeps took them home, so I have no other photographs, but trust me. Awesome cards. 

I love the little spoon detail. I cut them out of Silver Foil Sheets, which was pretty easy. I found that to avoid extra texture from the embossing plate on my foil, I cut little spoon-sized pieces to cut out.  That way, my area left was crisp and clear of dents.

This double fold gate card is made with a 5 1/2 by 12" piece of Designer Series Paper. Score at 2", 4", 8". Then, cut off a triangle from the middle of each side to the middle score lines. The final trick is to put those triangles on the bottom of the card with the opposite side up. Dawn Olcheske has an excellent video on her blog Do Stamping. That's where I learned this technique.

I just love this suite of products and this was really fun to design and make!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spring Colors: Yellow Flowers

Last week, on my Lily Ink Pad facebook  page,  I shared Pantone's Spring Colors and asked which one was preferred.

I agree with Mary and decided to go with a yellow color on my flowers, so I made this card for my Stampin' Celebrations group.

I love the So Very Much Stamp and have been wanting to use it. I am thrilled with how beautiful the Dapper Denim is in contrast to the Crushed Curry.  I feel spring coming by looking at his card! I used two Sale-a-bration items on this card: So very Much and Avant Garden. Both are available for free with a $50 order. As always, here is one way to earn the product of your choice:

Happy Stamping!


Friday, March 3, 2017

February 2017 My Paper Pumpkin: Many Happy Birthdays

I love birthdays and I am loving My Paper Pumpkin! I made all of these projects (and the remaining 3 cards all in one evening between a long day at school and an early beditme. I like how I can use the kit ideas, but still feel creative by adding my own flourishes and creating extra cards!

I had the most fun using the Candle Border Punch and the Star Punch on the Gold Glimmer Paper scraps, even though I am not usually a glitzy girl. This was so much fun!

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Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

On the Bias: Birthday Wishes!

When I need inspiration, I go to the As You See It Challenge and this week I found the perfect inspiration to create this card:

Here's the sketch challenge template:

Perfect, right? I wanted to use the Party Animal Designer Washi Tape on a card along with the Birthday Candles Border Punch and this was perfect! I love how easy it is to create awesome cards with a coordinating suite.  The Party Animal Designer Series paper Strips were a perfect accent of contrasting colors to use on this card!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Penguin Birthday Invitations

My niece Clare is turning 7 and she has decided to have a Penguin Party and told me that I get to make the decorations and the invitations. Lucky for me, I have the Snow Place stamp set and this idea:

Pretty cute, huh? She wanted blue colors, but I also know she likes EVERY SINGLE ONE of my blue Stampin' Up! markers, so I used three man colors- Dapper Denim, Pool Party, and Tempting Turquoise.

I also wanted hem to be easy since I needed 13 and wanted to get them done so I could scrapbook. However, I talked too much last weekend so didn't scrapbook.

She had "Friendship Day" at her school, so made her cards for her classmates. She used a retired Stampin' Up! Stamp Set and colored them with EVERY SINGLE COLOR! Each one was different.

Anyway, sometimes it's the easy cards that are the cutest.

By the way, she turns 7 tomorrow!

Happy Stamping!


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