Sunday, July 27, 2014

Retro Quilt Thank-You

I have a special event coming up and I wanted to use the Retro Designer Series Paper scraps I had from a previous card so that I could make the "other" design I had in my head that I neglected before. Here is my new favorite card:




Stamps: Lots of Thanks
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Retro Designer Series Paper
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Hexagon Punch, 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon, Little Pieces Embosslit, Brights Candy Dots

I wanted to make it quilt like. When I was done placing the hexagons I really loved it and decided not to emboss the card, which would have "quilted" it, stamping style. Crisp looks better to me with this paper. I am in love.
Oh yeah, I did the inside, too:

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Power of Two

I am so thrilled to show you all this card I created tonight. That's right- I created a card and am blogging about it all after 9 pm. Shocker. The second reason I am thrilled to show you this card is that I love the sentiment. My life has been thoroughly transformed when I met my husband Bubba. I know that marriage wasn't on our life plan, but it certainly has worked out for us the last almost 7 years. Together, we are way stronger than we are apart. The stuff we've been through has made us stronger. The Power of Two has been essential in our survival.

Stamps: Yippee-Skippee!
Paper: Whisper White, Silver Foil, Silver Vellum Foil, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Silver Encore Ink
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Tag Topper Punch, Striped Embossing Folder, Silver 1/4" Trim, Project Life Corner Punch

To make the rings, I first punched the smaller, 1", Circle and then the larger, 1 1/4" Circle. I got the idea from a fellow demonstrator for two rings of silver paper, but my card is different than hers in design. You can check out Jennifer Blomquist's card here at her blog Northwest Stamper.

I also added a little silver banner edge that falls off the edge, but my poor photography skills don't show it. With so much reflection, it was hard to get it to show up.

I love this sketch for this week's As You See It Challenge!


Join us by next Wednesday to be a part of the fun!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cards, Cards, Cards!

Anyone who knows me never gets a card. I know, I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator who is fabulous at creating, but horrible at giving. Part of the problem is I have too many. So, I spent my free time this week taking care of 6 tubs of cards:




Either the cards were ones I made that needed an Angel Policy Stamp or cards I needed to finish from an event, or they were swaps that I could make into cards. 

When I got to an event and often by mail, I make a set of cardfronts and trade them with other demonstrators. I have many of these and wanted to use them to send to folks this year! The Marshfield Ronald McDonald House will get some and my school will use some and I'll use some. First, though, I had to add a back and organize! 

So, I will be stamping soon to show you fabulous projects, but first I have to finish this. Only 100 or so more cardfronts to go!

I also sell cards, so if you are in need, just let me know. I group them into sets of 6 for $10.

Birthday
In Times of Need (2 Get Well, 4 Sympathy)
Just Say Hello
Celebrate Friendship
Thank-You
Baby, Oh Baby
Love (weddings, anniversaries, love you, Valentine's)
For You (blank or with For You on it)
Positive Thoughts (assorted happy thoughts or positive sayings)

and I have Merry Christmas in sets of 12 for $15.

I am having a special right now, you can get a box of cards for $8 instead of the normal $10. 20% OFF! Just Email me!


Happy Stamping!

Sara

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rainbow Art

Have you noticed that I like bright colors? Today is no different:

I have wanted to make this card that's been floating around in my head since I first saw the stamp set Work of Art. Luckily, I got to try it out on my stampers!

Stamps: Work of Art
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Ink: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Gold Encore Ink
Accessories: Project Life Corner Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Star Punch, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

The coolest part of this card is how easy it was. You can "miss" a little with the stamp placement and the colors just look rainbow-y-er. So fun!

Gold is the new color for accents and its growing on me. I'm really a silver girl at heart. The candle came with a star, but I had to add one with a dimensional!

Happy Stamping!
Sara

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Awesomness

Have you ever bought a stamp set because of one saying in it? The Truth now! Although, I like all of the sayings in the set I used today, one stands out:

It just seems like something I would say to a student! 

Stamps: Big News
Paper: Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Ink: White Craft Ink
Accessories: Hexagon Punch, Candy Dots, White Embossing Powder, Blendabilities Markers

I struggled with designing this card. I knew that I wanted the saying colored with Blendabilites, but how to get it on the card was a challenge. At one point, I had just the rectangle of Basic Black with the embossed image on my desk and I realized that I didn't need to put it on top of something, but along side something. Did you know you can color on Embossed Areas with the Blendabilities because they are alcohol inks? You can!

I love the way the Designer Series Paper is so colorful and fun. I made my own chevrons as I don't own the Chevron Punch (yet). Instead, I used the Hexagon Punch. Here's how:

Step 1: Punch one hexagon.




Step 2: Put the paper back in and punch again, lining it up like this:


Step 3: Repeat as necessary for how much paper you have or how many you need! In the end, it can look like this:

Happy Stamping!~
Sara

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Birthday Balloons

As I've said before, sometimes a card needs to be quick and easy. Kids don't appreciate layers and the time spent making it. At my main monthly event, Stampin' Celebrations, my stampers make 12 cards in an evening (4 each of 3 designs) and it's nice to have some easy cards in the mix. Here is one I love:

I used the 2013-2015 In Colors as I think they are so summery and because the new Thick Baker's Twine is in those colors. My stampers got to choose the colors of the balloons and backgrounds and mix and match at will. 

Stamps: Bravo!
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Accessories: Chalk Marker, Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine, Oval Framelits, Itty Bitty Accent Flower Punch

I used Tombow Multi glue for the string. Just a tiny dab at a time! 

This design works with many colors:

I got the idea from a 3x3 card I saw on pinterest. Then, the day after I designed this, I got a swap similar to this! How cool! Great minds think alike!

Happy Stamping!
Sara

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sweet! ASYI#45

Whew! I am just making it under the wire again, but yet, I'm meeting my goal of completing this weekly challenge. As You See It Challenge #045 is a theme challenge--SUMMER!


How awesome! I love summer. A thousand ideas have been through my head and I finally decided to make something fun, something for those hot and humid Wisconsin days, and a rare treat (at least a store-bought one, not homemade)-- What is it? 


A popsicle!

Pretty cool, huh?

Stamps: Bravo!
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Sweet Treats Designer Series Paper
Ink: Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Envelope Punch Board, Chalk Talk Framelits, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Brights Buttons, Word Window Punch, Simply Scored

My mom made a lot of yummy popsicles when I was young and eventually bought some (if they were on sale), but it was a huge treat and usually something we got somewhere else.  I love this card!

Oh, want to make one?

Step 1: Cut your cardstock 4 1/4 x 8 piece of cardstock. Score at 2" and 6". 

Step 2: Fold your flaps into the center. Punch with the front punch of the Envelope Punch Board on the top middle and bottom middle.

Step 3: Use the corner rounder punch to round each of the corners. 

Step 4: Add your two word-window popsicle sticks. I used my graph paper to make sure the sticks were within the 5 1/2" length of a standard card.

Step 5: Embellish as you wish!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

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