Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Rainbow of Thanks...

I seem to be in a New In Color Mood this week. I hope you like them!

But, wait, there's more!

I made these for my Virtual Open House and there's a live video on Facebook showing you how I did it. But basically, I used my STAMPARATUS using a technique called the hinge technique. You place the stamp on the plate, ink it, stamp, and then move the plate one hinge spot down. Easy and fun. I first tried the ombre blue, but found I didn't have the ink levels I wanted, so stuck with pure colors -except on the super-special rainbow one. I love that one. Cheerful and easy.

The heart element was from the Stitched Labels Framelit Dies. I just layered them all up! The Designer Series Paper is the 2018-2020 In Color Stack. I love having these "basic" colors around in cool patterns. 

Which color is your favorite?

I love them all. 

Happy Stamping!


Monday, July 16, 2018

Soda Pop Celebration

I love fun, happy cards!

and this one is certainly fun and happy. It makes me think of summer parties with orange soda when I was a kid! 

Bubble Over is a really fun stamp set to play with. I first stamped the bottles on the Whisper White in Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch. I then used a vellum bottle cut using the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits. I cut the straws using framelits out of the 2018-2020 In Color Designer Series Paper Pack. The Lovely Lipstick labels were cut using a label from the framelits, but I trimmed them a bit. The rest is stamped and cut. The background bubbles were added for some whimsy. 

Such fun. 

Happy Stamping!


Friday, July 13, 2018

My Inky Friends Carnival of Colors Blog Hop: Gray Granite

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop of the Carnival of Colors Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring the NEW (and a few returning favorites) colors introduced into the Stampin' Up! Color Families June 1. At each stop, you'll see projects featuring one color. You may have come from Cindy's use of Granny Apple Green or (if backwards looping, from Yapha's Lovely Lipstick). Either way, there are 12 stops in all. Enjoy!

My color is Gray Granite. I chose it because it has a different tone to it than the other grays we have-almost a green, more earthier feeling. 

Card #1:

I love this Follow Your Dreams stamp set with it's coordinating thinlits called Chasing your dreams. Many of the artisans I know who make dreamcatchers add layers and a lot of flair, so I tried to do that on this card. The base is  the Gray Granite  dreamcatcher with the feathers added with Night of Navy. The Highland Heather adds a pop of color with the inner dreamcatcher cut with a thinlit. The center is the star stamped in Gray Granite and then punched with a 1/2" Circle Punch and I added a little Metallic Pearl in the center. I repeated my layers to complete the card. 

Card #2:

Pretty, right? I used the ink in this card- and it seemed dark. I live in the humidity of Wisconsin, with my stamp room in the basement, so my inks are very juicey. This pad was exceptionally so when I opened it. The tree was stamped in full ink and the tree ring was stamped off once so a that the Thinking of You contrasted. But, wait, there's more!

To open, the card, you have to release the thinking of you part to reveal....

the hidden sentiment of Words are Never Enough on the front. Then, You flip the Very Vanilla Layer up to get to the inside, where a personal message can be written. I love this card. The Gray Granite added a subtle tone, different than a Sahara Sand and different than Smokey Gray. So very perfect with the Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove, and Early Espresso. 
Finally, I wanted to share some color combinations, so that you'd be able to see how essential Gray Granite is!
You'll have to click on the image to see the names better. I plan to post this on my Facebook Page and Lily Ink Pad Creators Group. 

Enjoy the rest of the hop! Click on Next to see Yapha's Lovely Lipstick, a bright, fun color or Click Previous to go backwards to Cindy's Granny Apple Green, a vibrant new green. 

Happy Stamping!


Monday, July 9, 2018

Congratulations, Little Elephant!

Immediately upon looking at the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, I wanted these elephants. Then, I realized they had a coordinating punch---SOLD!

So cute!!!!!

I chose the the new Soft Sea Foam for my base and the banner background. The Elephants are in Mint Macaron, which I am so happy so it's back! The Ruffle on the Whisper White is from the Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Perfect for babies! The twine is from the Nature's Twine Pack, which, again, shows Stampin' Up!'s amazing coordination!

A sweet card for a sweet new baby!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Follow Your Dreams

I love the use of the Stamparatus to  make cool patterns with stamps and this card showcases that "Wreath" Technique.

My intention was to respect the dream catcher, yet create a card that shows appreciation of the culture of my Menominee students. The wreath around the center dreamcatcher was created using the Stamparatus. I love the colors of this card-soft yet, bright. 

Here is the video of me making the card as part of my online Stamparatus Facebook Live Class.

Here are the supplies I used:

 Happy Stamping!


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Tweety Birthday!

A week ago, I held an online class using Facebook Live on called, "What is a Stamparatus and Why Do I Need One?" This was the card I created to showcase the basics. 

I love this set because banners are so much fun. I must be spending a bit too much time in my 8 year old niece's world, because once I started embellishing, I couldn't stop. When I showed it to her, her reaction was, "I love it! Can I make one?" So, I guess it's a great card for that age!

I love these colors together and I didn't even realize that they were colors of the new Glitter Enamel Dots!

Here's the Edited Version of the Facebook Live Video about his card. I was really off my game this night,  so it's a little rough. 

Happy Stamping! Sara

Friday, June 29, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #7: Not Old, Retro

When Rhonda picked out this sketch, I thought, "Cool!" I love that square. Then, I was totally overwhelmed by all my options and had a tough time designing. My desk was covered in sets, papers, and inks! But this is the result of my creative process:

I love this card! It's a creation that I am amazed I designed. All me. So cool. That's the beauty of Stampin' Up!'s catalogs. The original inspiration is nothing like what I created, but the elements of the sketch are still there. Plus, the night this magic happened, I got a bit of creative time, which is healing. 

The background is a piece of the Graceful Glass Designer Series Vellum. I used my Bermuda Bay Light and Dark and my Pineapple Punch Blends to color the vellum, leaving some white space. When placed on the Coastal Cabana background, the Pineapple Punch looks more like Lemon Lime Twist, so I used Lemon Lime Twist as part of my swirls. The other swirl is Coastal Cabana and I cut them using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlit dies. The stamp set is called Free Cake and I love it's humor. My Stampin' Celebrations group has been asking for funny adult cards and I think this fits the bill. 

My final touch was adding the Twinkle Adhesive-Backed Sequins to the make a vertical rectangular element. They really reflect light and complete the card. 

Here is the My Inky Friends sketch challenge.

Join us! We'd love to see what this challenge inspires you to make!

Happy Stamping! Sara

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Forever and Always Diagonal Fold Card

I have been loving fun folds lately and when I saw this one, I was shocked I hadn't thought of it before! 

So the design is cool, but watch what happens when you open it:

It's a half sheet of cardstock cut on the diagonal! The trick is to score at 4 1/4 and 5 1/2 for easy folding. How fun!

I used the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper, which is so awesome, it coordinates with every single piece within the collection, so I could use any papers and my cards were awesome! The flower is from the In Every Season set, which has a Lily of the Valley! However, in this one, I used the daisy/coneflower/gerbera one.  I colored with aquapainters and my ink pads to match the flowers on the Designer Series Paper. The labels are from the Stitched Labels Framelit Dies. I just layered them up! I also used my new Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set. There are so many options, it was hard to decide which to use:

Any of these would have been cool. 

Happy Stamping!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Share What You Love

With all the new Designer Series Papers in the new Annual Catalog, I am always searching for cool ways to highlight it. This card is a great way to show the coordination within a pack. 

Beautiful! I love the bright colors and the combination of Rich Razzleberry, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, and Tranquil Tide.  Plus, those pearlized doilies! Such a fun accent to play around with.

Here's what it looks like when opened.

I love the right triangles, although it was tricky sometimes to figure out which way to cut. It took a lot of envisioning what the card needed!

Here is the template I followed :

It looks super complicated, but really isn't. You score the base into three panels and then score those two panels diagonally. 

I love fun folds and I adore this Designer Series Paper!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, June 8, 2018

My Inky Friends Fabulous at 30 Blog Hop: Enjoy Life

Welcome to the My Inky Friends "Fabulous at 30" Blog Hop featuring projects using new products from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog released June 1. Each of the My Inky Friends Design Team members in this hop have selected a different stamp set to feature. You may have come from Tanya's Tropical Chic projects, or if hopping backwards, Cindy's  Accented Blooms. Either way, you've made it to my post featuring Enjoy Life.

This stamp set was designed by my upline, Connie Fitzgerald as part of her earning $1,000,000 lifetime sales with Stampin' Up! She created this set based on her life philosophy and her children. How cool. Plus, the font looks like her handwriting!

Here are my projects:

I used the same technique on all, because I just loved the color combination I used: Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Costal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green. All new colors this year! The black ink is also in Stazon, our go to Black Ink. 

Here's a close up:

The saying says, "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."

I love biking, so this card is close to my heart To do the background, I used markers to color on a clear block and then spritzed with water. I then just "stamped" that on my paper. I didn't use a lot of water and I like the rough look of it. 

and then I made a little 3x3 card to tuck into a bag of a loved one when they travel. Those flowers and butterflies are so pretty 

That's all I have today! Click Next to go see Cindy's Accented Blooms projects or Previous to see Tanya's Tropical Chic projects. Happy Hopping!




Friday, May 25, 2018

A Thousand Flowers

Some color combinations are classic and fun. The My Inky Friends Color Challenge this month is summery and bright:

So much fun packed in one challenge!

Here's my card:

I wanted something sweet, something easy to mail, and something that used a new set. This one is called Garden Impressions and is very fun to play around with. I just sat and played and then it was done. So much fun!

Join us for this challenge! 

Happy Stamping!


Friday, May 11, 2018

My Inky Friends A Fond Farewell Blog Hop: A Garden in Bloom

It's time to give a few retiring sets a proper send off, so My Inky Friends have gathered together to have some fun! We each picked a favorite set from the Retiring list to share with you. Welcome to the Fond Farewell Blog Hop! 

Did you come from Rhonda's Basket of Wishes blog? How pretty! If you keep traveling in our circle, you'll see Mickey's use of So Many Shells. Living in Florida, I'd bet she has some fabulous inspiration! I chose to use  Garden in Bloom. 

I made a trio of projects that show the versatility of this stamp set. This is one of those sets that works with every technique, every sketch, and every color combo. I had some fun with this one!

The project I first wanted to do was this one using one of my favorite colors--Fresh Fig. 

I stamped both layers of the flower in Fresh Fig and added a Basic Black outline. The leaves were Old Olive with the same outline. The butterfly was inked in Pool Party with a little of the Crushed Curry to accent. The bee was fussy cut after I stamped it in Crushed Curry and Basic Black. Inside I made it pretty with a row of the same flowers. 

My next card used the Basic Black outline stamps to create my own coloring page.

I then used my Stampin' Blends to color the images. I used the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper as my background paper. How fun. I don't need to leave my house to have a Paint and Palette experience!

My final card uses my new favorite tool...the Stamparatus. 

I used a template and my Stamparatus to crate the wreath using the butterfly stamps from A Garden in Bloom. It was fun technique to try and I like the results. Plus, I used Pink and Gray for my color palatte, a stretch for me. 

I hope you enjoyed my projects as well as the rest of the stops on our hop. 


See you next month!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Stampin' Up! Color ReVAMP

Wow. Stampin' Up! has done it again! They have astonished me with their ability to pull from trends in color and to listen to demonstrators. The last color Refresh was in 2013. I've found I use the In Colors more than any others, so I am thrilled to see the amazing new colors! 

Here's a graphic to show you the colors that are leaving. Some are favorites, I am sure, but hang in there until the end... Personally, I'll miss a few: Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, but check out the new colors!

Not only do we have AMAZING New InColors, we have 10 brand new core colors and 8 returning In colors that are now CORE Colors! Mint Macaron! Blackberry Bliss! Mossy  Meadow! Coastal Cabana! HOW AWESOME!

Now, here is a graphic of all of the colors and their new collections. I could stare at it all day. 


Now, you don't have to go out and buy all new ink pads (although the new ink pad case design is pretty cool), but getting the new ones will be fun! 

Note: If there any colors retiring that you love, order quickly what you want, as supplies will run out fast. 

Happy Dreaming!


2018 Last Chance List is Available.

  • Today, Stampin' Up! Announced the Retiring List from both the 2018 Occasions Catalog and 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. The easiest way to shop is to go directly to my Stampin' Up! webstore and see the items in each category. You'll be amazed at how easy that is! Click on the image below to get there.

  • Keep in mind: 

  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after May 31.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, retiring stamp sets will be guaranteed available until May 25; all other products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
Also, there may or may not be discounts after May 8th. To ensure you get what you want, don't wait. 

Here are actual lists if you are a list person Click on each link to get a pdf.

Retiring List from the Occasions Catalog

Retiring List from the Annual Catalog

Happy Shopping!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Panda Love

These little Pandas are the cutest stamp set in the Sale-a-bration catalog. I have not played with them enough, but I did create this Valentine, which could easily be converted back to a birthday card.

I used the striped page from Petal Passion Designer Series Paper to add a panel on the right and sealed it with the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape. The panda had a birthday balloon and I used painter's tape over the balloon directly on the stamp and then removed the inky tape before stamping on my card so that the balloon didn't stamp. The inside uses a sentiment from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set. 

Sale-a-bration ends March 31st, so if you want this set, order today!

Happy Stamping! Sara

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Happy Birthday in Full Color

I just love the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper--every singe pattern. They are eclectic and cheerful. I love mix and matching the patterns. I couldn't decide what to combine this time, so I went all out---combining them all. I am making every effort to use up all my Designer Series Papers before they retire and this works great for the all the scraps I had:

Here's another version:

I used the Adhesive Sheets to adhere the strips to a base of Whisper White. I added some punched balloons, a sentiment, and some adhesive sequins. A very fun and easy card. 

I also made a video with some tips about how I made the banner and the pattern. 

Happy Stamping!


Friday, March 23, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #4: Spring Colors

My Inky Friends and I have gathered to participate in a another design challenge. This time, it's a color challenge full of Spring colors.  I even used pink.

The Springtime Foil Designer Series Paper that was recently introduced as a Sale-a-bration item was a perfect design to color with my Stampin' Blends. I used the Pink Pirouette Dark and Light on the flowers and my Old Olive light on the leaves, which turns into Pear Pizzazz. The background was sponged in Marina Mist, which magically doesn't stick to the area colored by Blends, except where I didn't color the light Pink Pirouette carefully.  I also used my Pool Party Blends on the Gold Metallic Edged Ribbon to create a ribbon color I liked. I used a few mini glue dots on to fold some ruffles and added some of my favorite embellishments--the Glimmer Dots. 

Join us at My Inky Friends to create your own art!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hat's Off to St. Patrick's Day

Some holidays deserve fun cards!

I used my Stampin' Up! Trimmer  with a side folded card base. I cut at at angle from the top to 4 inches down at an angle. Then, I used my paper snips to cut the top of the hat band. I flipped and repeated. The buckle is from the Bottles and Bubbles Framelit Dies. I slipped a 3/8" strip of Basic Black for the band.  I used the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched with the Duet Banner Punch. Cut and fun. 

Happy Stamping! Sara


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