Sunday, April 30, 2017

When Pigs Fly

I took last week off from blogging, but I did sneak in some stamping!

Here is my submission for the As You See it Challenge #148.

Here was the challenge:

My card is very simple, but when I thought of the pink, I thought of this brand-new-in-the 2017-2018-Annual-Catalog-Premiering-June-1 that I got for FREE at the OnStage Event. I then realized my favorite pig was flying and didn't need Garden Green Grass. But she looked funny flying in space, so I added a "hilly" base and I really like it. This seemed like the kind of card, I would write a message in, so I added the " she did" to the outside, leaving plenty of room for my crazy handwriting. 

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sending my Favorites to Retirement

Although, I love being able to buy new sets, I am sad to see favorites hit the retirement list (but no, not ever Lovely as a Tree). Today's post is a list of a few of my favorites that are retiring May 31st. 

Always an Adventure

I love this set for obvious reasons-- camping, outdoors, adventures! Simple images that pack a punch. Plus, it has matching Framelits!  

Custom Tee

I feel like I just got started with this set and it didn't make the cut into the Big catalog. Luckily, I can still play with it for May's Stampin' Celebrations!

Grateful Bunch

I love a great flower set that showcases the nature I love. This one was fun to layer and play around with!

Reason for the Season

This set is so beautiful. I feel as if I didn't make enough cards with it to really showcase it's beauty!

Shooting Star

Who doesn't love a spinning card? I just adore this fun set and matching framelits. Spinner cards have never been so easy to make!

Snow Place

Penguins and Snowmen? Enough Said.

Balloon Adventures

I feel as if this set could make millions of awesome cards. I'll miss it.

Acorny Thank-you

My favorite fall stamp. Those acorns are just darn cute.

Greatest Greetings

A greeting for everything! The font is lovely and I love the variety in one set.

So, if you want to shop, feel free to go to my store HERE!

Happy Shopping!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

It's a Sara Thing!

Oh My Golly! The hype about this month's My Paper Pumpkin kit was all accurate. I spent two evenings last week working on all 12 projects. I didn't even need to go crazy with experimentation, the Stamp Set, watercoloring, and accessories made it fun to play!

Here are my projects:

As you can see, the cards created are very coordinated, but each a little different.  The fun part was watercoloring with a brush. I always use an aqua painter and the brush spread out the water differently.  To get the bright colors, I colored darkly on the water color paper and added 

Here are some close-ups.
 This was my last card. I had run out of flowers and realized I never made a BEST dad card, so thought of what would be good for a modern dad. I used the background stamp only and some washi tape. Easy, but neat looking. I also did the inside to match.

 On this one, I was trying for a streaky rainbow, and was really playing with how I could use the brush. It says Happy Birthday for you and inside, "You're the best."

I added a little color the flag and then drew a candle inside for fun. 

These are two using the same background, but I was lighter on one than the other with the pencils. I love the multi-colored one, but I know that my sister will love the second one more.

Right from the kit, but with a little added pizazz inside.

A 3D item. I used parts to make a little photo stand to give to a teacher. Cute and modern. I found the chunky black clothespins somewhere and had them in stash to play with. Finally, I did and It's sweet gift.

I'm not a diamond girl, but it was fun to play with this heart diamond. I colored one with a lot of watercolor pencil and little water, and the other with little pencil and a lot of water!

Finally, here's the card that was an opps, but I turned it into a great card:

I dropped my stamp on the paper and stamped a random word. So.. I stamped a lot more random words to make a collage. It's now my favorite card.

Well, that was my creative fun this week. I hope you enjoyed it. 

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Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Awesome Gifts

Not only did I give gifts, I received some amazing gifts at OnStage in Minneapolis. I made a collage of some of them.

I'm pretty lucky, huh?

Happy Stamping!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Delightful Daisy Suite Sneak Peek

I am thrilled to show you one of my new favorite things from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, which opens for ordering June 1st. I was fortunate to be able to purchase products early and I HAD to play during my Spring Break. So, here's my first card with new products:

The Daisy Punch coordinates with the Daisy Delight Stamp Set. Punch and stamp twice to get a full daisy! So simple and yet so detailed!The paper is less dark than the picture, a "stamped" off version of Night of Navy. But, the yellow, white, and Night of Navy border make it hard to photograph!

The flower center is a Faceted Gem in gold. Such a fun way to add dimension. I also used them on the inside, as they "lock" the card in an open, upright position for display.

Can you really see the ribbon? It has a stitching in it that is x's on one side and straight stitches on the other! How clever!

I can't wait for all of you to see the new catalog and be able to play with all the new Stampin' Up! has to offer!

I created this design, quite literally from the As You See It Challenge. Join us!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Dragonflies and Fairy Dust

Relationsships are the biggest reason I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. At On Stage in April, I chose not to make swaps, but focus my attention on gifts for my demonstrator friends.

Here's what I  created:

The lavender is a rock candy stick with the end wrapped with the Emerald Envy Washi Tape from the Party Animal collection. I also used the Fringe Scissors to cut strips of Emerald Envy cardstock and curl it for leaves. I added a Dapper Denim bow. I cut the dragonflies out of Bermuda Bay Cardstock and layered a Printed Window Sheet Dragonfly on top. I added rhinestones for some glitz. 

The SUMOJO dust was created using Sprinkles of Life Embellishments, Dazzling Diamonds, retired embellishments and glitters. I just keep adding more into it to add color and glitter. I wrote a poem and added to the little roll of parchment, which is really my printer on our Vellum. Pretty cool. huh?

Here's the poem:

Bubba did help, although, I didn't use his words, exactly. 

I love being free to unleash my creativity like this! Stampin' Up! products coordinate so well, it's easy to play!

Happy Creativity!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Ducks and Lillies

Today is my Grandma Leone's Birthday and I miss her. She loved the wildflowers of spring and would actively make me get pussy willows for her this time of year. She kept a knife in her minivan that she would send me out to the ditch with when she spotted some while driving. I used to spend my Easter vacation with her.

Today's cards are a sure sign of spring to me and a great reminder of her.


I tried the yellow chicks first, then decided that since I was using watercolor pencils, I could use the WHITE one! So cute. I went for a simple layout and I like them. 

Here are the insides:

Such a sweet stamp set!

Sometimes, you just have to stamp for yourself.

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

On Stage April 2017: Better Together

Saturday, April 8th, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Minneapolis On Stage Event sponsored by Stampin' Up! Twice a year, Stampin' Up! hosts these events and we get to celebrate accomplishments, get first view of a new catalog, learn new techniques, and connect with other demonsrators. This year, my dear friends Barbara and Laura flew to Minneapolis to join us here! I am so lucky to have found them in 2004 at a Leadership Event.

Me, Barbara, Liz, Laura, and Nanette (my newest buddy) How awesome! We sat together along with Alyssa, who joined us, even though she didn't know us at all. Boy, was she in for an interesting day!

Sara Douglass first talked about the fact that Stampin' Up! isn't just products and sales. Creativity is stress relieving, and we create that opportunity. I know stamping helps me after long days! One of the main reason I've been with Stampin' Up! 11 years is the ability to create and the connections with people brought into my life. I am very blessed.

We also had give-aways, Stampin' Time and Prize Patrol!

I snapped some pics of my other team members (although I missed a couple) when they won- Janice, Patrice, and Connie. Alyssa is opening the supply box that was protected by a message until we were allowed to play!  Also, Barbara and Laura made sure we had plenty of candy!

For Dinner, we went out to Brit's Pub and I ordered Fish and Chips.

See those smiles? That's why I am a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. I've made unlikely friends that are lifelong. I love you guys!

So, That's what has had my spare time the past two weeks. My next post will show what I made and received for presents!

Happy Creativity!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Finale of My Paper Pumpkin Projects!

I have one more post about March's My Paper Pumpkin for you. Here are the cards I created that don't coordinate with the original materials.

I experimented with a shaded bunny by sponging inside a stencil I created with circle punches. The Artistry Washi Tape is perfect for Easter and the Sweet Sugarplum. I did use the Baker's Twine rm the kit on the bunny cards 

The Top right card is repeated stamping of the little Easter Eggs. I used my Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Tempting Turquoise Markers directly on the eggs, washed it after stamping, and changed up the coloring order to get a variety of eggs. 

See? The creativity is endless!

Tomorrow, April 10th, is the last day to sign up for My Paper Pumpkin and receive April's kit designed by our CEO Sara Douglass! I've seen a sneak peek and it's going to be AWESOME!

Happy Creativity!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

March 2017 My Paper Pumpkin and Bonus Projects

I am loving the My Paper Pumpkin kits that come my way each month. I do find they are a deal. I can't get $20 of fun any better way! Here are the results of my playtime!

The little bunny bags are the cutest! I had a great time adding the faces differently and then stamping bows or ties on them. I used a sponge dauber and my Blushing Bride ink pad to add some rosy cheeks. I also made cards according to kit directions. However, I couldn't stop there! I made some larger cards. with the mini card fronts and na tag (the big eared bunny.

The April 2017 kit has been designed by Sara Douglass.  Click here to subscribe!

Happy Stamping!



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