Tuesday, January 31, 2017

You Soar Above the Rest

It's back. The As You See it Challenge returns right as I am stamping more. I am so lucky!

Here's is my submission:




I've been in love with this balloon paper, but not quite sure how to use it. Then, the perfect challenge came my way:


My card is pretty straightforward in construction. I use a 4" square of Carried Away Designer Series Paper and a 1 1/4" Strip of Whisper White at the top where I stamped my sentiment. I added Mint Macaron ribbon and my Watermelon Wonder hot air balloon. 

Here's the inside:


I left plenty of room for writing, as this could be used for many congratulation-occasions like 
Graduations, parties, accomplishments, and just a cheer me up. 

To earn the Carried Away Designer Series paper, you can start with this bundle:





Happy Stamping!

Sara

Sunday, January 29, 2017

So in Love with Delicate Details!

I'm not a pink person. AT ALL.  But the Falling in Love product suite is growing on me, even though it contains Blushing Bride. The Designer Series Paper is beautiful and I wanted to use it. My sister will be proud.


I used the drapery fold technique on the bottom of the card out of the lace patterned paper.
The Lace Doily works perfectly as a background and the Delicate Details stamp adds a bit of color to the base. For the flower, I embossed in gold and watercolored with my aquapainter.  The Layering Circles Framelits coordinate perfectly!

On the inside, I stamped the sentiment and added a little Delicate Details lace.


To make the drapery fold, I scored and cut according to this diagram, then folded it back, forward, back, forward.





If you want to earn the Delicate Designs Stamp Set for FREE, here is one Bundle Idea:




Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, January 27, 2017

Love You Lots!

The Sending Love Suite is perfect for those of us who are traditionalists about our Valentine's Day projects. To me, Real Red is THE perfect color for Valentine's Day.

Here's my first card with the Sending Love Suite.


I love the heart borders that I cut using the Love Notes Framelits. Line it up and WOW, you have a cool card. I used Red Glimmer Paper as my glam and a strip of "ribbon."  The heart on the left in glitter was cut from one of the framelits and the other part is inside the card. I just layered it all up for fun!

The little envelope is darn cute and fun. See the top of the card in the envelope? One of the framelits cuts this out perfectly to match the heart stamps from Sealed with Love. I love the coordination and fun prints. I hope the recipient does, too!


Here's the inside:


The designer series paper strip has a dual purpose: to make inside look awesome, and to give a contrasting background the hearts when the card is closed. 



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

My Paper Pumpkin: Adoring Arrows with Lily Ink Pad Alternatives




I get My Paper Pumpkin every month, but have been lax at making them up. I decided that I was going to start making them as I find them fun. I like making the regular kit per directions, but I also love to be creative with the supplies. Here is what I created with the January 2017 Adoring Arrows Paper Pumpkin Kit! 


The kit is designed to create the little candy bags. I made some of those, and had fun. I'm going to make up a bunch of them for the Ronald McDonald House in Marshfield as a treat for February.  I made some 3x3 Love notes with Real Red and a panel of one box. I also decorated a little box to put some treats in for Don. The thicker box was made by just cutting the ends differently to seal it up as a box. 

 

If you want to get a surprise crafty kit each month, you can get My Paper Pumpkin Kit from this link.

During Sale-a-bration, you get a discount and can earn a free Sale-a-bration item. (you pay shipping). 



Such fun each month! 


Happy Stamping!

Sara

Monday, January 23, 2017

My Hero Card for Stamp Sell-ebrities WOW Card Swap

This set jumped to the top of of my wishlist as soon as I saw it in the Occasions Catalog.  For the swap, I was on a roll with the Double Z fold cards, so tried a larger size.


I went traditional with the superhero colors of Real Red, Pacific Point, and Daffodil Delight with Basic Black as an accent.  On the front panel, I used Real Red Cardstock, but cut a star using the star punch, which I then filled in with a Pacific Point Star. The star is then totally flat, not raised. On the second Real Red Panel, I used the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The sentiment is stamped on a tag from the Build it Framelit Dies. I curved the sentiment because as a photopolymer stamp, the stamp can do that! I used the Real Red Stars from the Brights Enamel Shapes. The cityscaape was stamped in Archival Black, as well as the bursts and the hero.

Speaking of the hero...



I used masking to make the cape go behind him. In the stamp set, all the capes are made for flying, but my guy wasn't flying. I also had issues with his skin tone as no marker looked right, so I used my markers on acetate to mix colors and then used an aquapainter to apply the color. The comic book burst was created by repeatedly stamping the one triangular part in a circle and then extended them by flipping over the stamp.  The rest was just stamping!



Same idea as my last Double Z fold card, but a longer piece of cardstock for a base. 

I hope you like this card as much as I liked making it!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Stamp Sell-ebrities WOW Swap

Another part of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator that is fun is swapping. I've overdone it in the past, but I have been getting better at self-control. We decided to add a swap to the Shoebox Swap so that we could get more samples. Five of us swapped and I am going to show you the other's swaps today.

Check out the beauty of this fun fold:



I hadn't even noticed this stamp set in the Sale-a-bration catalog until I got this card from Connie. Advant Garden is full of beautiful flowers. The Thank-you, is also from the Sale-a-bration Catalog, in a set called So Very Much. The Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant are a great mono-tone combination.



Have you ever seen a stamp set and thought, "What were they thinking?" It's a rare occurrence for me, but this Hey Chick stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalog was like that for me. I couldn't imagine making a cute card from it. Then, I got this one from Liz. I'm converted into a Hey Chick lover.



Patrice designed this card by using the bokeh paper from the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper from the Occasions catalog and then added stamping of the Delicate Details lace in an overlayed effect in Crumb Cake. She also added fun accents with Basic Pearls and the Gold Metallic Ribbon. Any bride would love this card.


Carol designed this card using the Lift me Up Bundle that includes the Lift Me Up Stamp Set in Wood or Clear and the Up and Away Thinlits Dies. The Designer Series paper, however, is a Free Sale-a-bration product called the Carried Away Designer Series Paper. This gate fold card uses the balloon as a central element and includes a band of Glimmer Paper. So very cool.


Remember, that if are interested in being a demonstrator on my team, please contact me and I'll answer any questions you have and get you started!

Happy Stamping!

Sara\

Thursday, January 19, 2017

My Shoebox Swap Card: Lift Me Up

My Stampin' Sell-ebrities Shoebox Swap card was inspired by one single paper in the Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Check it out:

I made a double Z fold card that uses smaller measurements so that it becomes a square when folded. The white cloud silhouettes on the Night of Navy sky is the paper that inspired this card. I also found that the Floral Boutique Designer Series Washi Tape matched brilliantly for an accent on my tab. The rest was just stamping! I also added back panel, which I forgot to photograph, so you could write a message to the receiver.



Want to make your own cards with this pattern? Well, the Carried Away Designer Series Paper is a FREE Sale-a-bration item, so you have the opportunity to buy your supplies you'll use with it and earn it for FREE!


I gave you two options. One doesn't include the framelits, if you'd rather cut out your own balloons and clouds. 



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Stampin' Sellebrities Shoebox Swap January 2017

I am very fortunate to be a part of Connie Fitzgerald's downline. Although she doesn't benefit from my sales, she is still always available and positive. She is also our event organizer. When there's a Stampin' Up! event, she gathers us together as a team.


At November's OnStage event, another demonstrator and I started talking about wanting to make more samples in a swap, but actually make some of them to get our hands on the new stuff! Liz and I and sent around a sign up and we started planning a Demonstrator Shoebox Swap, which means that each of us designed a card or project and brought the materials for each of us to recreate it, prepped and ready to go. We then had pizza, sat around and chatted, and started stamping! So much fun packed in one evening! Stamping and creating with people that are now lifelong friends is my favorite reason to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


I am going to show you the Shoebox Swap projects we made first. I made each of these following the guide card of the demonstrator who prepped it.



Simply Stunning! Well, not simple at all, actually. The fold is a twist easel fold. I hadn't made one before, but the structure is definitely one I am going to copy in the future! 


Patrice designed this quilt card full of Real Red and Whisper White Layers. The Sending Love Designer Series Paper Pattterns is perfect for this kind of card. The designs are small enough to really show off in this card. 


Liz designed this card and the colors aren't showing up like they should. She used Gorgeous Grunge for the background in Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder. The white dragonfly " pops" on this background. The sentiment is also in Basic Gray, which gives the card a cool tone. AND see that striped Washi Tape? It's from the Tasty Treats Designer Series Washi Tape! Such a great example of Stampin' Up!'s coordination of products.



Nancy created this cute little votive holder. Vellum paper and Gold Foil cut with the So Detailed Thinlit Dies. So very beautiful!



Connie opened up her Pretty Pocket Card Kit, available as a FREE item with a purchase of $50. She also made a coordinating Curvy Favor Box. HOW CUTE IS THAT! The Delicate Designs stamp set of the fancy lace makes this box perfect. Simple and cute. I love it. 


This card highlights the Love Notes framelits. The heart edge is easy to use. Janice saved us all time by pre-cutting the 6 hearts per card for us. I love the paper on this one as a base and we also used the Stitched framelits for black square. My photo just doesn't show it. Plus, isn't that envelope darling?

I'm saving my project for later, but you will see it soon. If you want to be a part of this group, you can sign up to be a demonstrator right now during Sale-a-bration for extra perks!


Basically, for your $100, you are getting $125 worth of product plus 2 free stamp sets! Plus, the opportunity to run your own creative business and earn 20-30% off Stampin' Up! purchases! 


Happy Stamping!

Sara

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Blog Hop Recap and Recipes: Party Animal Suite

Why another post on the same topic? To give you more details and pictures and tips. We try to keep the Blog Hop short and sweet, but I always have more to say!


Again, here are my projects:


The photo booth props are simple, but I like the look with just a few add-ons. 




I found that the best pen to use to trace the prop outline onto my paper was my Project Life Journaling pen. The tip could get in the small spaces, like between the lips. I used modge podge to adhere the Party Animal Designer Series Paper to the wooden props. 

The tag on the bag was the first project I created, so I had trouble limiting my supplies! I always do with new products.  In the end, though, I love how it turned out. 

Can you see my mistake? We all make them. I have two on the tag- I didn't stamp the Open Me Already well the first time. Since Balloon Adventures is a Photopolymer Set, I could restamp. I was a millimeter off, but it still looks cool. I also smudged a bit. 

And the slider card:

I always love Stampin' Up!'s accents, but I have trouble using them on cards that might be mailed. I'm going to want to see the reaction of the kid who opens this card, so it will not be mailed. I also made sure the good luck elephant was visible when I placed the balloons. 

Pulled out:
I used layers of washi tape to accent the sentiment and added confetti to the background. This card had to be over the top and I think I achieved that for sure. 

The bottom balloon came as a realization, I would want to write something, so needed some space to do so!

I used Julie Davison's Video Tutorial for a guide, but used the classic label punch for the inside track instead of the word window punch. It worked great. 

Anyway, I am in love with this concept and set. I think I should make more! 


Since everything is coordinate in this post, I am posting one product showcase, as I pretty much used everything on everything. Enjoy!




Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop: Party Animal Suite

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop.This weekend we are featuring new products, projects and ideas from the Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog, which you can order from now. Remember, it's also Sale-a-bration time, so you can earn FREE items with every $50 purchase.

Did you come from Yapha's Blog featuring Cool Treats. Don't her projects make you think of summer?  Or, if going backwards, did you check out Tanya's Sealed with Love projects. I am ready for Valentine's Day now!




My creations feature the Party Animal Suite, which is a fun, birthday themed collection of products.



Pretty cool, huh?  I think the Party Animal Designer Series Paper has fun, bright patterns that were easy to combine. The photo booth props were my first project I thought of, but the last one I finished! I found these wooden photo booth props at a craft store and I really am terrible at painting. I knew I needed to add Designer Series Paper, rhinestones, and Enamel Dots for fun! I put them in a glass I added Party Animal washi tape stripes. The best part is that I can simply remove the tape to reuse the vase at another time.  


  


The bag and tag were fun to make. The Balloon Pop-Up Framelit Dies includes a little tag-topper framelit that scores and cuts the curves of the top! I layered the rest using the Balloon Bouquet Punch and Duet Banner Punch. 

My final card is a Double Slider Card:

 


So super cute! The Balloon Pop-Up Framelits include the loopy-bow type pieces which add a eye-catching element to the card.  Any kid would love the movement and surprise of this card!

I hope you enjoyed my projects! On Sunday, I'll post more details, card recipes, and tips! 

Click Next Blog to visit Tanya's blog post featuring the Sealed with Love Suite or, if you prefer, go backwards by clicking Previous to go to Yapha's Sweet Treats post!

    
Happy Stamping!

Sara

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sealed with a Kiss

But full of chocolate!

I made these for the Stampin' Sellebrities Group headed by my amazing up-up-up-up-upline Connie Fitzgerald. At the November OnStage Event in Madison for demonstrators, Liz and I decided to start the plans for a Shoebox Swap. Each participant designs and cuts the materials for one card and we swap kits to stamp together for an evening! I made these as favors for those attending.



Isn't it darling--and cute--and easy. My favorite combination! 

I stamped the saying in Basic Black, added a Real Red Kiss, and punched it with the 2" Circle Punch I took a 1" strip of Real Red cardstock and used the Triple Banner Punch to trim the ends. The Real Red with the white scalloped deisgn is from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Pack. I used 1" strips and needed 1 1/2 strips per box. I tried to cover the overlap with the ribbon, but did miss sometimes.

The final touch is the glitter ribbon from the Sale-a-bration catalog to gussy the package up! 
Want to get some of that fabulous ribbon? Here's my bundle idea to earn the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack with a $50 purchase. 


Here's the supply list:


Happy Stamping!

Sara

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tie Dye In Spirit

Is it cheesy to post two tie dye based cards within two weeks? I hope not, because I'm doing it!

Here's a different version of a funky card with the Tye Dyed Stamp Set:


I repeated the circles design element with the embossing and the circle accent. The Tye Dye background strip was really fun and easy to create. 


Did I mention that it's easiest to stamp the darkest color first? With photopolymer stamps, the darker ink impedes your view of where to place the stamp. So, I do the darkest one first, and I can see through the lighter ink where I put the darker ink. It works! 




I like seeing the sentiment on the T-shirt, so I kept the shirt simple. I added the sleeve stripes from the Custom Tee Photopolymer Set. For a little extra flair, I highlighted the words and the tie dye with a little Wink of Stella. 

For other Tie Dye Color Combinations, check out my Tie Dye Tee Post.


If you, too, want to create cards like this, now you can! The Sale-a-bration and Occasions Catalog Sales period started January 3rd! Remember for every $50 you spend, you can get an item FREE from the Sale-a-bration catalog. Here's one way to get what you need to make this set:


Here's a complete list of products. 


Happy Stamping! Sara

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