Friday, December 30, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop 2017: Tasty Trucks

Welcome to my stop of the Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop! Starting January 4th through March 31st, you can get one of the products we are featuring for FREE with a $50 purchase. I love this time of year for replenishing my supplies as well as the fun new products we can buy, which in turn, helps us earn more free products!

Did you come directly from Twila's Blog featuring So Very Much? I love the font of that Thank-You! Or are you hopping backwards and came from Mickey's Blog featuring Any Occasion. I love how so many little banners can be made with it!

My stamp set is called Tasty Trucks (p 12) and is a whimsical food truck with fun sayings to pair.  

I started by pairing the Tasty Trucks set with the Cool Treats Suite from the Occasions Catalog. The colors are bright and fun! The hot dog card is pretty self-explanatory as it uses the accessories as a highlight in the circles and a plain truck in the background. The fun tablecloth paper is from the Tasty Treats Speciality Designer Series Paper Pack. 

The card on the left is actually a shaker card. Does this picture help you see the Sprinkles Embellishments inside the window?

I loved the Peekaboo Peach Designer Series Papers with the Suns. It screamed Ice Cream Truck at me, so I had to make this truck into an ice cream truck full of sherbert-y colors!  I owned the printed window sheets and thought the peeking gold lattice looked like a fun addition to my already fun truck. I added the sentiment with the Classic Label Punch folded under the side. 

The treat box on top was very fun to create! I picture it as a party favor on a table for an ice cream themed birthday party.

The truck's stripes are actually washi tape from the Tasty Treats Washi Tape-I only had to trim the ends and I did that with my paper snips! The "flag" the truck is placed on is a banner from the Bunch of Banners Framelit Dies. I used the waffle cone paper from the Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper. I the belly band around the Clear Tiny Treat Box is a strip of the embossed ice cream paper from the same pack. The bow on top is a series of layered loops connected with mini-glue dots. 

My finale is a card that doesn't use the Cool Treats Suite. Gasp! 

A taco truck!!! I love the colors here. I started with stamping the truck, then thought, "What colors do I use?" I looked down and saw this pattern from the Sale-a-bration Only Carried Away Designer Series Paper. Very fun! 

I hope you enjoyed my projects. I'll have more pictures on Sunday, January 2nd for you to peruse as well as supply lists. Click next to visit Mickey's Any Occasion projects (or go backwards to visit Twila's So Very Much projects.


Happy Hopping!


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tie-Dye Tee

I've always been a fan of tie-dye and have spent hours trying to get a watercolor tie-dye effect on cards. Stampin' Up! knows me so well that they created a tie-dye-two-step-stampin'-Photopolymer-set just for me. (Although, you can also buy it after January 5th!)

Here's my creation:

I wanted a traditional tie dye look so layered Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Tempting Turquoise. The Custom Tee Bundle allowed me to get the T-shirt Builder framelits as well as the T-shirt Outlines in the Custom Tee Photopolymer Stamp Set. I can see hours of fun creating in my future. 

Since the outside says, "If you're happy and you know it, keep it up." I left the inside available for a long inspirational handwritten message. 

Before I decided on this color scheme, I played around a bit:

This set is going to be so fun! If you want the saying I used on my T-shirt. You'll have to spend $50 and choose Designer Tee for your FREE Sale-a-bration item.

Happy Stamping!


Monday, December 26, 2016

Help Me Decide Results: Tasty Truck

The long hiatus is over! Although I have stamped for events, I have not blogged about it. I take my teaching life very seriously and it took over this fall. Hopefully, I can find more time to blog. I do love sharing.

Well, here it is. I have stamped, photographed and blogged all in one day. (Plus cleaning up my crafty area so I could start).

And the inside:

I used the NEW watercolor pencils in Stampin' Colors available to buy after January 3rd from the new Occasions Catalog.  The colors were fun to play with, but I will use watercolor paper next time.
I combined the Sale-a-bration set Tasty Trucks with items from the Cool Treats Suite of the Occassions Catalog.

I used a Sale-a-bration Stamp Set called Tasty Trucks after I surveyed my facebook followers. I only waited an hour before working! So the totals were small.

Tasty Trucks: 2
Designer Tee: 1

Want to see more with this set? Join me Friday, December 30th for the Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, October 7, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop 2016: Christmas Pines

Welcome to the Christmas Pines stop of the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop! You may have come from Rhonda's Blog featuring Star of Light or if backward hopping, you may have come from Twila's Cookie Cutter Christmas post!

My stamp set is called Christmas Pines. Growing up, Christmas Trees and ornaments were an instrumental part of our Christmas Celebrations. Being a nature girl in Northern Wisconsin, I love the pines and pine cones!

I started by creating this painter's tray:

I simply couldn't decide where to start, so I started with a sampler. I am in love with every section! The details I love the most are:

TOP LEFT: (the top of the ornament is from the Jars Framelits and the swirly hanger is from Cupcake Cutouts Framelits.
TOP MIDDLE: the idea came from my sister, "Why don't you make mistletoe?"
TOP RIGHT: cutting that frame design isn't  my favorite task, so I wanted to embellish the frame so it fit into a rectangle. I also used the Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder on the word Sparkle!
BOTTOM RIGHT: A wreath from the pines was fun, but the holly and the little copper twigs are my favorite. The "berries" are Real Red candy dots.
BOTTOM MIDDLE: The pine boughs are stamped, but I used layered pinecones, including the top layer in copper.
BOTTOM RIGHT: My favorite. It just is.

Next, I made a trio of cards using the NOEL sentiment with the Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder.

This was very playful and fun to try out a variety of ideas at once!

The bottom card is a trifold. Here are the other two views:

Those are my projects! I hope I convinced you to add the Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set and Pretty Pines Thinlets to your wishlist.

If you click next below, you'll go see Twila's Cookie Cutter Christmas projects and hopefully add that set and punch to your wishlist, too! If you click previous, you'll go back to Rhonda's Star of Light projects to be inspired.


Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop 2016: Jar of Haunts

Welcome to the final stop (or first) of the Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop!

The New Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is UNBELIEVABLE and went live on September First! To help you create your wish list, a group of Demonstrator friends and I are presenting you with a plethora of projects featuring brand new Stampin' Up! Products.  You can start here and go forward to see Betty's use of Sweet Home or you can go backward to see Rhonda's Cookie Cutter Halloween post. Either way, it will fun full of fun!

I've loved jars forever. My grandma Leone was a master canner. I loved those peaches and blackberries at every meal! I resisted the Jar of Love products in the main catalog, but I couldn't resist Jar of Haunts!

For my first card, I wanted to showcase the goulishness of the jars:

The stamp set doesn't include a tall jar, so I had to make one by masking. Pretty cool. huh? Those eyeballs floating is what got my attention about this set. I really wanted to make a card with them. To color this card, I used my aquapainters and the ink pads. I wanted a messy look. The background is the brick wall embossed on Smokey Gray and then I rubbed my Basic Gray ink pad on it to add color and texture in some parts. Two other accessories from the Holiday Catalog that add that perfect tough are the Halloween Night Candy Dots and the Halloween Night Baker's Twine.

My next project was one I had in my head, but it took a while to work out the details! The left side is the card front as seen at first...

and the right side is what happens when you find the secret pull tab to reveal what's hiding the in the jar! What I love about this card, is that I used a Christmas product- Real Red Embossing Powder on a Halloween Card. You just never know when you might use something!

My next card is a traditional fall card:
I just love that pumpkin! For this card, I used aquapainters on watercolor paper. Check back next week for a video on how I created my own hardwood background without the stamp.

My final project is a little treat to give away, and then use as a candle (battery-kind) holder when done. Here's a picture from all four sides:

The inside is a Clear Tiny Treat Box that works perfectly for a window! I used the Layering Squares Framelits to cut the window in my jars. The jar with the lid, was created by using the Copper Foil, but the photo would not show it, I just love this set!

That's all I have! I will post more details and a video next week, but until then, go forward to Betty's Sweet Home post or go backward to Rhonda's Cookie Cutter Halloween projects!

If you want to join the discussion, check out the Blog Hop Chat on Stampin' Addicts!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

80's Art

or...the perfect card for a 6 year old girl:

and the inside:

The front is a shaker card full of fun and the inside I used the square I cut out for the front for the sentiment. I tried to add it to the front, but never got the design to look quite right. Then, brilliance descended and placed the sentiment inside another easel. 

When my niece saw this card, she squealed. She called it perfect and immediately made one. Hers had more bling than even mine and a lot more balloons!! 

When I first saw this paper on the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Preorder in May, I thought I'd love it. Then I got it and and found it hard to work with. However, once I went all out with the combination of designs, it worked. So the lesson is: Go Big or Go Home.

Shaker cards have never been easier with Stampin' Up!'s Foam Adhesive Strips. All I have to do is make a square of foam to contain my Sprinkles Punched pieces and sequins. Easy. Clare, at age 6, found it "not as hard as I thought." I hope she doesn't think that all future cards will be shaker cards!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, August 5, 2016

Flourish Resist Ombre Video Tutorial

Quick. Easy. Cute. Those are my favorite kinds of cards to create. Today's share is a card and technique that is versatile and fun.

But, first, the card:

The ombre effect is pretty cool. I used a Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum on the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper, which comes pre-embossed with beautiful patterns. Simply roller on ink with the new sponge rollers. Then, slice the paper at an angle. Adhere, add embellishments, and voila'! a great card!

Today, I have a video to share of this card.

Happy Creativity!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Shoot for the Moon!

I am on a roll-literally, with this card:

The shooting star revolves around the world, which is just perfect for any celebration. 

Stampin' Up! has made these cards easier than ever with the Spinning Star Framelits. Just cut the base, adhere using foam tape, and add the moving element,

Some people use washers, but I find pennies have more weight and create better spins. 

I used my Many Marvelous Markers to color the images, along with Clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle. 

Happy Creativity!


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Celebrate Sunny Days

Sorry for the distance between my last post and this one, but I was on vacation at a national conference for work.

Here is a card that is pretty and fun. Collage stamping means just stamp, stamp, stamp, and layer, layer layer, and you get a cool look:

I started with the flower in Crushed Curry, then added the outline in Delightful Dijon. Next, I added the stems with Always Artichoke (which I also used for the celebrate). The flowerless stems were created by turning the stem stamp upside down just to get the line. The dragonflies were stamped in Delightful Dijon. I then used the watercolor brush stamp in Pool Party to stamp over the wings for color. I used an aquapainter to blend the color a little and make the paper look painted. The sandy texture was from stamping Crumb Cake on the edges and background. My final touch on the stamping was Gold Wink of Stella, which doesn't photograph well, but I used it on the dragonfly body and the flower centers. That's the darkest layer, but it shines in real life.

The base is Crumb Cake and I used a layer of Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper. The wood wall one was the one my stamp club used, but all the ones with blue sky look great.

The burlap ribbon is a perfect accent along with the Pool Party Tag punched with the Classic Label Punch.

I added the corner punch with the Project Life Corner Punch because I felt the square corner was too "tough" of an edge. Is that a design term? I don't know, but I'm using it.

Also, there is a special right now from Stampin' Up! called Bonus Days.


NOTE: Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered via email, so an email address is required to participate in this promotion. We cannot resend emails with coupon codes, so make sure you save the email and write down the codes in a safe place so you don't miss out on the coupons you earn.
*Participants will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 USD/$60 CAD they spend in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax).

Bonus Days! For every $50 USD you spend* between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 USD Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016. 

Just go to my online store by clicking on a product below to place your order!

Happy Creativity!


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Clare and Auntie Time

The past two weeks I got a little extra Clare time. During the first week, "the brothers" were around, as much as high schoolers hang out with an Aunt and a 6 year old.

I scrapped the events and creativity using the Project Life App and Stampin' Up! Digital Kits.

Happy Creativity!


Lily Ink Pad Mini-Retreat Scheduled For August

We scheduled a Mini-Retreat for August as our schedule didn't work out for the regular one we do.
Mini only means a smaller group and smaller space, not mini in FUN, FOOD, or FRIENDS!

Register using this form:

If you have any questions email me at Happy Creativity! Sara

Thursday, June 30, 2016

2016 Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop Recap and Extra Details!

Last weekend, I participated in the 2016 Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop and now I want to add more details for you about the projects.

On Monday, I posted a video tutorial on my Diorama card. Today, I'll show you the other projects in more detail. First up, I want to show you the awesomeness of the spinner card, so I made a mini video of the spin.

The Spinning Star Framelit dies make it easy to make spinner cards. I used to create them using multiple punches and an exacto knife. This is way better. I used the frowny face as it fit with my design, but I've heard the smiley face makes more spins. The hill was cut randomly with my Paper Snips and then I used the Seaside Textured Embossing Folder for depth on the Gumball Green cardstock. The trees, clouds, and hot air balloon are from the Always an Adventure Stamp Set. I loved hot air balloons as a kid and I even decorated my bedroom with them. I used the marker direct to stamp technique to rainbowize the balloon. The trees were colored in the new Emerald Envy. The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set cut out with the Duet Banners Punch.

Photorealism is a trend in papercrafting and design, which I love. I am married to a photographer after all. I love every page of the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper and it was fun to use this one to stamp the quote.

I loved how many multiples of each letter there are in the Labeler Alphabet. I used a large clear block and simply put all the letters I could and then filled the empty places later. That's the beauty of photopolymer stamps!

The final picture for today shows how I used the Lots of Labels Framelits inside the Gusseted Cello Bag to cradle the cookies.

I hope you enjoyed these posts and the Stampin' Addicts 2016 New Catalog Blog Hop!

Happy Creativity!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Always An Adventure Diorama Card Video Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed the Stampin' Addicts New Catalog 2016 Blog Hop. As promised, I have a video tutorial for you so you can see how the card is put together. I am rusty making videos and my lighting isn't perfect, but I did accomplish it.

If the above video doesn't work for you, you can go to the link here: Lily Ink Pad: Always an Adventure Diorama Card. 

For those of you who don't want to watch the video for the templates, here are the dimensions.
Pool Party: 5 1/2 by 4 1/2, scored at 1/2, 1, 4 1/2, 5.
Dapper Denim: 5 1/2 by 4 1/2, scored at 1/2, 1, 4 1/2, 5.
Gumball Green: 2" x 5"

I hope you enjoy it!


Friday, June 24, 2016

Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop: Adventure Awaits

Welcome to my stop on the 2016 Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop featuring stamp sets that are BRAND NEW from Stampin' Up! A Blog Hop works like this: You can start here and click NEXT from blog to blog to see each Demonstrator's creations or you can click PREVIOUS and go backwards through the circle. Either way, you'll see some amazing products and projects. You can also discuss what you love on the Stampin' Addicts Forum Website.

I chose the set Always an Adventure  because I love making masculine cards and I love bold images. This set has it all and works well for a variety of projects that are pure fun.

See-- all fun. I love making fun fold cards, so my very first project was the diorama card on the left. My stamping celebration stampers were amazed at how easy it was to assemble. I will have a tutorial on Monday to show you how I created it. There are actually three levels--the Dapper Denim, the Pool Party/Mountains, and the Emerald Envy trees/pond layer. The card folds flat and when opened, the layers pop apart. You can write on the back any sentiment you want. I used the new Banners for You bundle for the "You Amaze Me" sentiment. 

See, it's layers are more visible from the top or in real life. 

The card furthest right is a spinner card using the new Sliding Stars Framelit Dies, but the stamped images are from the Adventure Awaits Stamp Set. For this card, the sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set and Duet Banner Punch. The "grass" is Cucumber Crush trimmed by hand and then embossed with the Seaside Textured Embossing Folder. 

The middle card makes more sense close up:

The signpost stamp caught my attention and I knew I needed to make a card that talked about choosing one's path in life. However, we didn't have a stamp that had that sentiment, so I used the Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set. It was pretty cool, as I just placed all the letters I could word by word on one clear block and stamped. There are multiples of frequently used letters, so this made the whole process easy. I added more letters and stamped again. Because they are photopolymer, I could be careful about adding in a letter here or there. I also didn't need them to be perfectly lined up to fit the style of my card. 

I used the Outdoor Adventures Framelit Dies to cut out the signpost from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper. I stamped the sign post in Early Espresso and colored the tent, water, and mountains with Many Marvelous Markers. I added some banners and can you see the new Enamel Dots that include shapes? My Niece thought that the stars needed to be there. 

My final project is a S'mores treat holder:

On my way to a cabin for the weekend, I found Oreo Brand S'more Cookies and they are yummy. I decided that they would be perfect for this project and saved 5 for this photo. When members of my family discover them, they will disappear.  For this project, I cut out two of the largest shapes from the Lots of Labels Framelit Dies out of the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper. I stamped the Campfire image by coloring with markers directly on the stamp. My trusty circle punches helped me layer and I added a piece of the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon cut on an angle. The new Gusseted Cello Bags worked perfectly for this project as I added the second label to the bottom for color. 

I hope you liked my projects. Come back on Monday for more details and pictures. Until then, click PREVIOUS to go backwards to see Rhonda's Shooting Star Bundle projects.  Or you can go forward in the loop by clicking NEXT and heading to Tanya's Birthday Fiesta Projects. 


Happy Creativity!



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