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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lovely Lavender

Some sets are just meant to be used as the designer first envisioned. This is one of them. 

The Lots of Lavender set is a beautiful way to make cards that are lovely and easy. The stamp set includes an outline of lavender that can be colored or stamped with a watercolor stamp. Perfect those folks who like color, but had coloring. For the stems and leaves, I placed all three photopolymer stamps on the same block, which made the stamping even easier. I cut the doilies into fourths, so that I could make more cards and just have a peek of daintiness. I also added a layer of Perfect Plum Cardstock that was embossed with the Ruffled Dynamic Embossing Folder. 

I made this a sympathy card with the Flourishing Phrases sentiment, but the card could be used for many occasions. 

Happy Stamping!


Monday, March 12, 2018

Sweet Flowers

Sweet Sugarplum is a very rosey shade of purple and perfect spring color. But, beware, as a 2016-2018 In Color, it will be retiring soon! I decided to use it for a monotone card:

This triple time stamping card was very popular as it was 1) EASY and 2) BEAUTIFUL, but looks challenging. The trick is inking the stamp up well and then stamping all three layers at the same time. Then, you add the mats so that the gaps are covered. 

The Heartfelt Blooms set is only available until March 31st, so gather up a $50 order and pick this set for FREE!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, March 9, 2018

My Inky Friends Hidden Gems Blog Hop

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop of the My Inky Friends Hidden Gems Blog Hop where we are featuring stamp sets we think are "hidden gems" from the Annual Catalog. I've chosen projects using Five For All Stamp Set.  But, first, did you come from Shelley's projects featuring Sprinkles of Life? I love that set and am so glad Stampin' Up! kept it around an extra year! If you are hopping backwards, you came from Cindy's Birthday Blossoms blog post. Birthdays all around!

My first project features the sentiment as a focal point. 

"Happy Birthday to an equally overqualified and underpaid coworker....We have a lot in common." A funny card for a fun coworker! The bonus is this card is a quick and easy! Perfect for busy winter days! I used the Picture Perfect Designer Series paper for a background and added some bling in the form of Tutti Frutti Sequins and Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper. I also used the Ticket Tear Punch to create my own paper ribbon. 

Next up, is a card that uses the Tutti Frutti Cards and Envelopes, which are a FREE Sale-a-bration item:

The card front says, "Is this the birthday when you start asking Life's Big Questions?"... and the inside says, "like WHY did I walk into this room?" To be cheeky, I used the question mark from the Letters for You Photopolymer Stamp set in Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, and Island Indigo. 

My final card uses a sentiment from the Five for all set for the inside saying of the card. The front is other stamps!

I used the sneakers from Epic Celebrations as my focal point and added some fun with the Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper punched out with the Starburst Punch. I added some Basics Pack 3 Washi tape and some background stamping fun. The inside matches along with the sentiment: Happy Birthday to a Funny, Beautiful, and Smart person. I love this combination!

Well, that's what I have for you! I hope you enjoy my stop and likewise enjoy the rest of the hop! Click Next to visit Cindy's Birthday Blossoms or previous to visit Shelley's Sprinkles of Life!


Happy Stamping!


Sunday, February 25, 2018

A Magical Day for an 8 Year Old

Clare turned 8 on Saturday, so I've been spending my time getting ready. She really wanted a Hatchimals party until I convinced her that my new Stampin' Up! stamp set Magical Day had a great Unicorn, so we should have a Unicorn Party! She agreed and we partied:

First, I made these invitations. Thanks to Stampin' Up! I was able to design an invite that one of her friends said, "You are so talented! I had to come to see what else you made for Clare." Hil-a-rious coming from a sweet 7 year old! But, she's right, I did have fun coming up with lots more! 

The Invite uses a rainbow of Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, and Wisteria Wonder. My pads were dry, so I just reinked them before I started. Some of the colors are deeper than normal. The rainbow was created with repeatedly stamping the brushstroke from Work of Art. The Unicorn was colored with my Stampin' Up! markers. I added some glitz with a circle punched from the Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper and some Wink of Stella on the rainbow. I cut the celebrate in gold foil with my big shot. 

We also used the Myths and Magic set to make toppers for the unicorn slime jars. 

They each stamped the image of their choice--which was mostly unicorns except for the one boy who made a pretty cool dragon. They used the retired Gold marker as they wished, so it applied liberally.

I also went over the top with decorations. I used my Silhouette Ecutter to cut the flowers, horns, and eyes out of the Stampin' Up! Cardstock. I painted paper mache cones for unicorns. The banner used Stampin' Up! cardstock. I took a terrible picture. Hopefully, my mom or sister got a better one. 

My sister is the cake decorator, so she made the cute unicorn cake. The girls loved it. Don enjoyed napping while the 7 screaming girls ran around him! We also made the headbands. Thank god for hot glue!


Happy Stamping!


Friday, February 23, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #3: Best Wishes

The Flu. Month of Family Birthdays. Love drama in Middle School. Not enough stamping time! But, I did steal some time on my recent Ice Day to get some stampin' time in! 

Here is my submission for this month's My Inky Friends Design Challenge #3:

The card has been in my brain for weeks, so it was nice that it worked out. I used the banner framelits from the Lovely Laurel set for the Best Wishes. The Gold Foil paper made a perfect banner. I stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White for the roses and bird. The other accent was in the Petals and More Thinlits that came bundled with the Petal Palette Stamp set. Easy and fun. 

Join us at My Inky Friends with your own creation using the sketch challenge as inspiration.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, February 9, 2018

My Inky Friends "Love it. Live it. Share it" Blog Hop: Time to Celebrate

Welcome to the My Inky Friends "Love it. Live it. Share it." Blog Hop. This month we are featuring products from the 2018 Occasions catalog.  This stop features a cute animal set called We Must Celebrate. If you are already hopping, did you like Yapha's projects with Sunshine and Rainbows?

I fell in LOVE with this stamp set as soon as I saw it. I knew it would be perfect for cards at work!  As for LIVING, I decided to use the KISS technique on my projects this month--Keep It Simple, Sara. I have three cards with different designs, but the same focal image.  

I used my Stampin' Blends on Glossy Paper. I really love the effect. Bright, crisp colors!  For this card, I used the ribbon technique from our first My Inky Friends Design Challenge. I like it. The Bermuda Bay Ribbon from the Shimmer Ribbon Pack, which you can earn FREE with a $50 purchase. I used Bermuda Bay repeatedly with the confetti stamp in the set to make the background and added a bit much fun. 

My next card used the same image, but with a different flair.

I added a second element withe snail on the Circle Tab Punch and placed my sentiment on the Classic Label Punch in Basic Black with an added Enamel Dot for flair. The dot carries the dot theme from the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper. The circle of the snail also contributes to that idea.

My final card uses a brighter background:

Again, I used the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper. I just love the color combinations of this paper! I added a Basic Black Band for contrast and added my sentiment to a Washi Punch, which I just realized was retired. Sorry about that! Inside, I added a little fun with the mushroom family. 

Now, I am SHARING with all of you and the My Inky Friends Team! I hope you like my projects. Next up you'll find Tanya's AMAZING projects with the Waterfront stamp Set. Or, you could go back to see Yapha's Sunshine and Rainbows! 


Here is a supply list. Feel Free to CASE (copy and share everything) my cards!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Picture Perfect Celebration Card

I love cards that are quick, easy, and cute. This is one of them:

The card sketch is fun and the colors are vibrant. I discovered that I could use any of the photo papers in the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper Stack as they all looked great. The Pool Party piece was embossed with the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Embossing Folder and I used the Balloon punch to punch out coordinated balloons. The celebrate is from the Celebrate You Thinlit Dies, which can be earned for Free with a $100 purchase. I am in love with the Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper and used the Bermuda Bay one here, but the Lemon Lime Twist one look just as cool. Mix and match and make a bundle of cards quickly! 

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Truly Tailored Bow-tie

When I first saw the Truly Tailored Suite in the Occasions Catalog, I thought of bow ties. 

I tried using the bow punch, but found it too small for my focal point. So... I experimented with the Tailored Tag Punch and created one of my own. Just fold two punched shapes in half and adhere with a glue dot. Then, put them together and wrap around the middle with small strip of the Designer Series Paper that I cut from around the punched shapes. I then added a background of three punches to look like argyle. The sentiment was designed to fit the punch! I also added a bowtie and sentiment inside. 

Happy Stamping!


Friday, January 26, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #2: Unicorn Crossing

The Stampin' Up! catalog has amazing color combinations. This My Inky Friends Design Challenge uses one from page 35 of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. Each month, we get together to share our ideas for a challenge. You can check out what the the other Inky Friends designed and play along here.

I love this bright color combination. I immediately thought of Clare's ponies, so I designed a Unicorn card:

I just love this unicorn from the Magical Day Stamp Set. The colors look more like Fresh Fig in this photo. but it really is Berry Burst. The paper is from the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper. One side has these amazing photographs and the other these awesome patterns. I love the Tutti-Fruitti self-adhesive sequins, which happen to come in the colors I needed! The Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder adds texture to the Soft Sky layer. I also used some of the Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper. My niece is going to go crazy over this card! I can't wait to show her.

Here is the inside: 

I stamped directly on the Lemon Lime Twist with Berry Burst with the sentiment and added the flair. 

Join us at the My Inky Friends Design Challenge this month. I'd love to see what you create!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Petal Passion Card

An Elegant card for today...

I made it a thank-you card, but it would be cool for any occasion- even a wedding. 

I used a 4 x 5 piece of Petal Passion Designer Series paper and a strip of 1 1/2 inch by 5 piece of the White Glimmer from the Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper. I layed them on my Basic Black cardstock and then trimmed them to fit the card. I use the Stitched framelits to cut a small circle and added a flower bunch from the Petals and More Framelits. I added a spring behind for an accent as well as a strip of the Silver Foil paper. A little stamping inside, and Voila! a great card!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Brusho Butterflies

Two weeks ago, I went Live on Facebook to showcase the Occasions catalog. Today, I am sharing the results of that playing around! 

First up, I edited and shortened the video if you missed it. Don't worry, I left plenty of my gasps of surprise!

I only watercolored the cards that night. I transformed them into cards and here they are:

I adhered this one to an Island Indigo base, added an inside using the Petal Palette sentiments. I love layering these little bits! My final touch was a few Glitter Enamel Dots. 

I over absorbed the color on this one, it was very muddled, so wanted to see what would happen if I added some handdrawn accents. I used my journaling pen to outline along the embossed edge. It was easier than I thought it would be and I like it. I trimmed this one and added it to a Thick Whisper White base and also added the sentiment banner from the Beautiful Day stamp set. I also added a few Clear and Glitter Epoxy Shapes. 

I love this one. I added a Thick Whisper White base and some Clear and Glitter Epoxy Shapes. Simple is best.

This one is brilliant in real life. So much fun. Same as the previous two. I was on a roll.

This one is A-MAH-ZING! The colors are simply striking. 

I went for a different look here. I fussy cut the butterfly, added some Myths and Magic Washi Tape and placed it on the Falling Petals Embossed Pool Party piece. I added more Glimmer Dots for fun. 

I created this butterfly as trial before I went live, but I love it. I did the same as the others--such a fun and simple way to make a great set of cards!

I hope you enjoyed my cards! 

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Petal Palette One Sheet Wonder

I shared my One Sheet Wonder for the Time to Celebrate My Inky Friends Blog Hop.  I couldn't show everything I wanted to, so today's post wraps that up. 

My finale first: 

 I separated my 12 cards into 3 sets of 4 so I could give them as gifts. The acetate boxes from the Holiday Catalog have carried over and are still available. Such a great way to package a set of cards. My 4 cards with layers and envelopes fit snugly. 

Here is my first video about how I colored the paper. 

For those of you who don't like videos, I learned a few things by playing with my blends. 
1) The Color Lifter creates a third shade
2) I prefer to color dark and then blend with light.
3) Two layers of different colors create a third color. 
4) I still never look at the lines on the markers before I open the cap. 
5) Its's a ton of fun. 
6) I am an artist with no training whatsoever!

Just as a reminder, I created this one sheet wonder this way: 

Here is my video that describes it better and gives directions on how to cut the pieces. 

And here is the template I created. 

and here's the template with the cutting guide:

And here are the cards again: 

and if you want to buy any of the products I used to create your own, here they are:

Happy Stamping!



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