Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Gift of Humor

My sister wanted some sassy birthday cards as her friend gets to those magic numbers. (Not me, I'm still young). I knew I had to buy the Five for All Stamp Set when I spotted it in the catalog. Here's my first card with it.



My card uses the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper with the Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon for the bow. My old stand-by Lots of Labels Framelits Dies highlight the sentiment. I added a little Daffodil Delight for the marquee lights and a little Pumpkin Pie coloring on the arrow, which I popped up with the new mini dimensionals, which are so darn cute!

To aim the Happy Birthdays around the present, I used a framelit (the one I used to cut the paper).



I was trying to get in (just under the deadline) to the As You See It Challenge. It's a great card sketch and I want to play more with it, but just didn't find the time. You can join us or see the other cards at the As You See It Challenge Blog.





Happy Stamping! Sara

Monday, June 26, 2017

Create Daily How to Video

I love the 2017-2019 New In Colors. They are vibrant and fun to play with. When I needed to make some cards to send to supporters, I knew what set to use instantly.


I love the colors on this one! The Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper gives such a crisp yet beautiful pop of color. I chose not to color these cards as I really like the Tranquil Tide sketched look. I used a many new products on the card-- the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, the Pretty Label Punch, Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon.

I have some new-er stampers again in my group, so I decided to make a video showing how I used the Big Shot, stamped images, made my own mat using the Pretty Label Punch, demonstrated the punching technique for a border punch, and showed how to tie a bow! It's less than 8 minutes, but it is a long one. I usually try to show one thing per video, but went all out this time.





Happy Stamping!

Sara

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Inky Friends New Annual Catalog Recap and Supply Lists




Wasn't that an amazing blog hop? Wow. I have some talented demonstrator friends! That is why I keep being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I love the relationships I've formed by attending events, swapping, and online.

Ok, enough sappiness. It's time to share my projects with new details. Here are all the stamps in the set:


First up-- the jars.

For this jar, I used the new Starburst Punch to punch a Real Red topper for my jar. I also stamped the triple heart stamp in Real Red to add some texture. On the Pacific Point Belly Band, I used the Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add that Fourth of July feel. The little hearts come from the Everyday Jars Framelits. I just used mini glue dots to adhere them.

The other jar has a Real Red belly band and a tag that uses the Pretty Label Punch for the back layer and a 1 1/4" Circle Punch for the inside layer.  I added the same hearts as the other jar and added some Metallic Enamel Shape hearts for extra flair. To make the tag, I stamped the jar and then scored my paper so that the jar top was just below the jar framelit top when I cut the folded piece in the Big Shot. That way, the tag can flip open. it was folded. I added the Garden Green heart pattern to the top of the jar. One of the Circles Framelits was the perfect size. Green Heart Pattern? Oh yes! I found it in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper! perfect for this project!





This card uses Crumb Cake as a base, which I love paired with Soft Sky or Pool Party. The background paper is from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. I love the versatility of Stampin' Up! products. The wood shelf uses a 1/2" strip of the Wood Textures paper. The classic label punch is the perfect size for these sentiments. I added some Glitter Enamel Dots, cut a strawberry out of an extra stamped image. The ladybug was hand cut with my handy dandy paper snips. The Soft Sky Mini Chevron ribbon is a subtle touch under the sentiment.
This card is very self-explanatory once you see all three pictures. But it's a WOW card when you first see it live.  the base is a regular 4 1/4" by 11 half of a cardstock sheet. Instead of scoring in half, you score at 4 1/4" and 8 1/2".  I then cut the circle you can see in the bottom right photo using my Big Shot, centering the circle on the score line. I used my Circles Framelits to cut out the butterflies and the scalloped circle. I then adhered it halfway on the bottom flap, so that it fit in the circle. I used the Bunch of Banners Framelits to cut the banner and stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy. I added some Glitter Enamel Dots, too. I just can't get enough of those!  The paper is from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. The little mini scallop piece was punched out of Calypso Coral using the new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. I just hid the loopy side to show the scallop side. 

This color combination came from my Virtual Open House where I asked which were the best new In Color Color Combinations. My niece Mekaela chose this combination and I love it. 

The final card uses the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set for the flowers. This set definitely has many possibilities that doesn't just limit it to birthdays. This card is proof of that:




I used a strip of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper on the left side of this card. I thought about using the Decorative Ribbon Punch for a border between the jar and the Designer Series Paper, but opted instead for the straight line. I didn't want to distract from my jar. I stamped on Watercolor Paper and then brushed my aquapainter over the bold flowers a little bit. The jar was done with Tranquil Tide and my aquapainter. The green was actually Old Olive but it does look a little like Lemon Lime Twist. I made the puffy flowers Powder Pink, so I added a Power Pink Watercolor base. I just don't like my jars to be floating in air! My final touch was adding Glitter Enamel Dots to the centers. I chose the palest pink ones and they sparkle in real life.

Whew! I hope you like the cards I created. I am thrilled to be able to share them with you. If you want to shop or look more at the products, the links are below. 



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, June 23, 2017

Inky Friends New Annual Catalog Blog Hop: Sharing Sweet Thoughts

Welcome to my stop in the Inky Friends New Annual Catalog Blog Hop. We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who share ideas, support each other, and have fun blogging!



You may have come from Betty's Blog featuring one of my favorite stamp sets, A Pocketful of Sunshine. Perhaps you are hopping backwards and came from Shelley's use of Always and Forever. Or, you could be starting here. Any way you got to the hop. welcome. Each of use chose a new favorite stamp set to feature and I chose Sharing Sweet Thoughts. With each sale of this stamp set, Stampin' Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which are close to my heart.

So, first up:


I love jars. I organize in jars. I took all of my grandma's canning jars when she offered them. I love them. I also live (and grew up) in the midwest, where we give jam or jelly or other jar gifts. These are two jar gifts that are stampfied. The left one is to give to a hostess for a 4th of July Party. The second one, I think I got the strawberry jelly from that hostess and now can spread the love. The tag idea came from my upline, Connie Fitzgerald, who gave us treats once using that kind of tag. I just updated the design.


Second: a card to go with the jelly.



I love those strawberries and since it is strawberry season here in Wisconsin, I had to use my Real Red Marker to make them as red and juicy-looking as possible! I did something my brain considered crazy, on the card. Can you guess what it was? Well, I made the Soft Sky Chevron Ribbon enter my card from the opposite side as the shelf. Crazy. But I like it.


Third: a fun fold card.


I had to make a fun fold card. I love them. This one features a color combination chosen by my step -niece, Mekaela---Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, and Pool Party. the butterflies are very pretty using those colors. I used markers for maximum color. The Designer Series Paper is called Naturally Eclectic.


and the Grand Finale:


Confession: I never bought the other jar set. I wanted it, but I resisted. Now, this set has given me a full size jar. I HAD to make a bouquet card. I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set for the flowers and stamped on the watercolor paper and then quickly brushed  my aquapainter over them to make them extra-watercolory. I also painted the jar to be my favorite kind- the blue ones.

Well, I'll have more details and pictures on Sunday, but until then, you can hop around the other blogs. Click on Next to hop to Shelley's Always and Forever, and click Previous to go to Betty's A Pocketful of Sunshine.




Happy Stamping!


Sara

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Shirt Pocketful

I'm all about fun cards that are unique. I love this men's shirt card:

The card opens up to reveal the sentiment and the pocket can hold a gift card or real cash. 



to make this card, I just cut out a rectangle out along the fold. 


I did it but putting it in my Stampin' trimmer folded and cutting 1" from the top to 2 1/4" in. I then cut up to the fold.  Easy and cute. Love it! 

To make the collar, I cut a second money piece out of the  Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and trimmed it before adhering it.  


Easy and cute. 

I hope you, too are getting creative in your own corner for the world! 



Happy Stamping!

Sara


How to ...post links in Blogger

What? Blogger? A video by Lily Ink Pad on blogger?

Yep. I made a quick how to video for my Inky Friends who needed some visuals. I am sharing it here so they can find it.

Happy Techno-crafting!

Sara

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Pocketful of Sunshine

Today's card is simply awesome. I love this set and was thrilled to share it last week virtually.


The paper is an ombre sheet from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. I used Night of Navy for my stitch and sentiment ink. On the sun, I used Daffodil Delight. 



I love that the card has a pocket so I can add a gift card! The other bonus to this card is the matching framelits. I cut out the tag, the pocket and sun with them, including the sun rays. 

I have a tip for adhering those sun rays.  I use SNAIL the most for my adhesive. I am not good with liquid glues. All I seem to do is make a mess. I also am not great with excess adhesive on my workspace. The Silicone Mat has saved me. When I have a small piece, I place it on my mat and then SNAIL over it. The SNAIL doesn't stick to the silicone so it only sticks to the paper. If some does somehow stick to the mat, it rubs off easily.




I hope you love this card as much as I do! 




Happy Stamping!

Sara


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

My dad isn't on social media. At all. He sometimes finds something we see funny, but he doesn't participate. So, I can share this gift I gave him and he won't know. However, he knows I love him. I've been close to my dad my whole life. We've spent days together in the woods and our favorite place to be together is the Deer Shack. While there in November, I had the inspiration for this gift and am glad to finally see him love it.




I used the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack to make the "frames" for the pictures. I used as many textures as I could, make boards over lap, etc. The base is something I bought at a Stampin' Rummage from a friend. I used modge podge to adhere the paper to the frame as well as to adhere the pictures to base. (there are two layers). The clock came with. I also had wooden numbers I bought at a craft store to add to the face of the clock. but when I opened the package on Saturday, there were no 6's or 9's in the bag! With no time to get more, I gave it to him blank. He loved it that way, anyway. I used my Basic Black Marker to add the nails.

Stampin' Up! is on trend with the realistic wood, but in my family, wood has been essential to our upbringing-logging, wood fired furnaces, campfires, and general appreciation of all things wood. The perfect gift for my dad.


I hope you, too, are able to craft your way to more great memories!


Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, June 16, 2017

My Favorite NEW Things!

Whew! You all wore me out yesterday during the Virtual Open House! Thank-you to all who joined. It was fun to catch up, see familiar names, met a stampin' stalker, and share what I love.  I learned a lot and the next one will be even better!  Thanks again,  to those who ordered. I am keeping my workshop open until Sunday, so you can still shop with the hostess code:  QF3UCEFB. 

My live feeds didn't go as planned. I had one planned for each category I am about to share with you, so I decided to go "old fashioned" and blog post. he hehe he.

First up:



Sharing Sweet Thoughts: Not only is this a cute stamp set JARS!, it is the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set. Stampin' Up! donates $3 from each set sold to RMHC. Very cool. I don't have samples to share, but... this is the set I chose for the Inky Friends Blog Hop next weekend! Visit my blog starting Friday, June 22 to see my projects and hop to ten other demonstrator posts featuring 10  other sets!

Coffee Cafe: Seriously. Coffee! The best reaction, though,  is Clare's.



Pocketful of Sunshine: A Pocket! Really! How cute! I had a lot of fun so far with it. I will be posting those cards in a another post, as I don't want to make this too long, but how cool. 

Daisy Delight: A daisy. Echinacia. A flower that looks that exactly botanically right. Plus, a cool font and a coordinating punch to go with it. That punch has been so popular that it keeps getting backordered! 



Speaking of Punches...... That daisy punch (with two layers) is amazing! Plus, mini-dimensionals! Guess who forgot to order them? This girl! I thought I had and when my order came, I thought they were backordered. Nope. The other two products that I LOVE are returning from a few catalogs ago--Multipurpose sheets and Glossy Cardstock. Both help me with favorite techniques--paper quilting and emboss resist, so I couldn't be happier!


The Big Shot is my favorite Stampin' Up! Tool. I can emboss, make 3D project, or just not have to cut! I chose these four items as favorites, because I love how the Seasonal Layers Framelits and the Coffee Cup framelits coordinate with stamp sets in bundles. That makes my job easier. The Wood Crate Framelit is very cute when put together. There are so many options of papers and ideas with it.


We made this one at the OnStage Event and I've been in love every since. Now, I just need to figure out what to try next with it!

And the finale:



Check out that color! I love all of it! Clare, however, had to explain to me, why I should buy the bows and the tassels:


So, that's all I have for today. I will have more soon! 


Happy Stamping!
Sara



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pocket Birthday

Sometimes card designs are floating around in my head for a long time and sometimes, I find leftovers from other cards and then magic happens.


Here's today's magic:

and the inside:

I couldn't have done it without inspiration from the As You See It Challenge! 



The pocket was the start of this design. It was an extra from a different card I was creating. I hated to not use it, so I looked around for what to do with it and I had the banner piece (once I cut the banner part), The As You See It Sketch was in my mind all day, but until that moment, I didn't know how I should use it. 

At first, the pocket was blank and I wanted to figure out what to add to it. After some searching, I found the Badge Punch worked, but then I needed a balloon. A plain balloon was too boring, so I used the balloon from Happy Birthday Gorgeous. I also found the inside sayings at that point and HAD to decorate the inside. What I ended up with is a masculine, yet fun card!


Happy Stamping!

Sara

Sunday, June 11, 2017

My Paper Pumpkin May 2017: Sprinkled with Love

Stampin' Up! My Paper Pumpkin for May 2017 was awesome-- and easy. I loved the stamps, the donut-shapes, and the colors. I loved it so  much that I made all of the cards in one evening and used some of them to say good bye to my homeroom students as they move to high school next year.

I'm finding My Paper Pumpkin a really fulfilling, especially during the busy days of being a teacher. It's ready to go and I get great projects from the experience. Creativity is the best way for me to unwind.

Here are the projects I created from this month's kit:


The bottom left one is a variation on the kit idea. The top left is a regular-sized card using the donut pieces. The right side is the front and back of a little bag I created with the envelope. I simply scored the bottom and sides to make the bag- on inch from each side and 1 inch from the bottom.


This set of cards were made with the the blue bases. the top left was me dreaming of summer. I made an intertube from the bases and a towel from the envelope. I then added the saying, "I love you a hole bunch" on the inside of the card. Cheesey. I know.  The others are variants just playing around with the kit. 


This set is my donut set. I love these cards. The top two are direct from the kit directions. The bottom two are my creativity showing up with the use of the stamps and a full card. I liked the icing as a background on a full size card. 

My Paper Pumpkin is an economical way to get some crafting in your life- 24.95 per month. My next one comes next week! Order here!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

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