Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mega Christmas Post!

Merry Christmas, Stampers!!!!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday!  This is my final holiday themed post for 2012.  I made it an extra good one!  I am featuring six projects today!!!!

First up, the ornaments made using the Ornamental Elegance kit that was offered for a limited time from  Stampin' Up!  These were so easy to put together.  The kit was wonderful!  Next time SU offers a kit like this you want to really take quick advantage of it!  They sold out so fast, but I know why.  They are just so beautiful!

Here it is on my tree!

This card was a case from a card I saw on Stampin' Connection, the demonstrator only message board and idea gallery.  It's one of the benefits of being a demonstrator!

Stampin' Supplies:

Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
DSP: Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit (retired)
Stamps: Scentsational Season, Carry On (hostess)
Ink: Soft Suede, Real Red
Big Shot: Labels Collection Framelits, Holiday Collection Framelits
Other: Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Mat, Piercing Tool

The rest of the cards on the post today are from my recent Christmas Stamp a Stack class.

Stampin' Supplies:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Brushed Silver, Basic Gray
Stamps: Snowflake Soiree, Ornament Keepsakes
Ink: Versamark, Jet Black StazOn
Big Shot: Top Note Die, Ornaments Collection Framelits
Other: Basic Rhinestones, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Mat, Piercing Tool, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Cardstock: Real Red, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Stamps: Delightful Decorations
Ink: Real Red, Gumball Green
Big Shot: Large Scallop Edgelit, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder
Other: Basic Pearls, Ornament Punch, Star punch from Merry Minis Punch Pack

Here's another one that I cased from a post on Stampin' Connection.

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Early Espresso
Stamps: Snowflake Soiree
Ink: Marina Mist, Early Espresso
Other: 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 way glue pen


Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White
Stamps: Bold Snowflake, Curly Cute
Ink: Real Red
Big Shot: Chevron Embossing Folder
Other: Blossom Punch, Real Red button, Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Nov-Dec Bdays Part 4

Hi Stampers! 
Today I have the last birthday card to show from November and December.  Tomorrow I'm going to have a huge post finishing up my Christmas cards before I leave for a week in Florida.  I'm going to try and schedule some more posts to go up while I'm on vacation because I want to share some sneak peaks of new products that you will be able to purchase soon from the Spring Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration!
On to the birthday card for my mom! This one features a little bit of paper piecing.  :-)
You can give your Basic Pearls a new, fresh look by coloring them with your Stampin' Dazzle markers.  Just make sure you give them time to dry before applying to your card. 

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Pool Party, Very Vanilla, More Mustard
Designer Series Paper: Spice Cake (retired)
Stamps: Embellished Events
Other: Basic Pearls, Scallop Border Punch, Gold Stampin' Dazzle Marker

Happy Christmas Eve, Everyone!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Nov-Dec Bdays Part 3

Hi Stampers!
I've got yet another birthday card to stow today!  This is a fun one to share with your favorite girlfriend for her birthday!

Stampin' Supplies:
Card stock: Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Patio Party
Ink: Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple
Stamps: Happy Hour
Other: Apothecary Accents Framelits, 1/8" Silver mini Brads, Scallop Trim Border Punch

Don't forget to check out my latest class schedule.  Click on the tab above!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Nov - Dec Bdays Part 2

Hi Stampers!
I'm back with another birthday card.  Here's a simple one that I made for one of my friends for her birthday.  I love the Patio Party Designer Series Paper because of the adorable patterns but it also features a great color combo!

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Primrose Petals, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Patio Party
Stamps: Make a Cake
Ink: Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Dazzling Diamonds

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Nov - Dec Bday's Part 1

Hi Stampers!
Over the next couple of days, I am taking a break from posting Holiday cards and I'm showing you my November-December birthday cards!  In just a short week, we will be back to making cards for everything other than Christmas anyway. Why not start to let the ideas flow?
Today I'm showing you the card I made for my uncle's birthday.  It's another triple time stamping card, but this time I switched up the layout for an interesting effect. 


Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: French Foliage, Petite Pairs
Ink: Cajun Craze, Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, River Rock, Early Espresso

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Stamp a Stack Misfit

Hi Stampers!
When I plan my classes and stamp a stacks, I come up with a lot of ideas, make samples, and then choose my favorites for the class.  Sadly, that means there are some cards that just don't make the cut.  I call them my little misfit cards!  Today I'm showing one of the ones that I was going to make in my recent stamp a stack class, but I felt it wasn't up to the level of design and quality of the other cards we were making so this little guy got scrapped.

What do you think?  Is it still a decent card?  Eh, I'm still undecided on this one...

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
DSP: Candlelight Christmas
Ink: Early Espresso
Stamps: More Merry Messages
Other: Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, 7/8" Cotton Ribbon

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Embellished Events Christmas

Hi Stampers!
Today I am featuring another Christmas card.  This is one of the cards that we made at my recent Stamp a Stack event.  It's a really simple, easily mass produced card!  I love all of the polka dots!

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
DSP: Polka Dot Parade
Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
Stamps: Embellished Events
Punches: 1 3/4" Circle, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle, Word Window, Modern Label
Other: Cherry Cobbler Scallop Polka Dot Ribbon, white gel pen, Dimensionals

I have updated my class schedule for the new year.  Click on the Class Schedule tab above to check it out!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Snowflake Soiree

Good Morning Stampers!

Christmas is getting closer and closer!  Can you belive I still have not finished my Christmas cards yet?  Looks like I have a mandatory stamping day ahead of me today so I can get them mailed out tomorrow.  Today I have the card I made for my girls in the In Color Club.  November was our last month of In Color club until the new round starts in June with the 2013-2015 In Colors.  If you would like to be a part of my In Color Club go to my Stampin' Up! store page and click on Request my Newsletter.  You will then get all of my announcements including upcoming classes, open houses, clubs and product shares!

Can you guess what the In Color Color of the Month was for this round???  Lots and lots of Gumball Green.  I think this is the best Christmas green I have seen in a while!

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Whisper White
Ink: White StazOn
Stamps: Snowflake Soiree, More Merry Messages
Other: Basic Rhinestones, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holly Jolly Reindeer

Hello There Stampers!

Good morning!  This is my annual Christmas Cookie Baking Weekend, or as my husband calls it "Cookie Palooza!".  I wanted to post another cute Christmas card before I lock myself in the kitchen to make 7 batches of cookies today.  I'll be pooped by the end of it, but I know how much people look forward to getting a box of my cookies every year, so I don't mind all the baking one bit!  Maybe if I have time, I'll even try out the cookie stamps. :-) 

On to today's card!

We made this card at a recent Stampin' Up! party.  It's a super simple design and comes together quickly, but I love the end result!  The little bow of Gumball Green Sweater Trim just makes it toooo cute!

Stampin' Supplies:
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
DSP: Orchard Harvest (Who says you can't use Autumn themed paper for Christmas!)
Stamps: No Peeking
Ink: Early Espresso, Real Red
Other: Gumball Green Sweater Trim

See you all again when I resurface from the baking!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Steppin It Up!

Hi Stampers!

Today I am featuring two cards that I made at a recent Stampin' Up! party.  I wanted to first show the attendees how to make a very simple, yet elegant card for any occasion.  Then I demonstrated the same card, but just by adding a few additional items I was able to really "Step It Up"! 

Here's the first card.  It's super simple, has a bright, cheery color scheme, and is perfect for birthdays, thank yous, or just a "Hey I'm thinking about you" note.

Here's the stepped up version:

Fun isn't it?  Next time you make a card, why don't you try to make a stepped up version as well?  I'd love to see it!

Stampin' Supplies (Card 1):
Card stock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plum
Stamps: Sweet Essentials
Ink: Island Indigo
Other: Elegant Butterfly Punch, Basic Rhinestones

Stepped Up Extra Supplies (Card 2):
Add these on to the list for card 1!
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dots Embossig Folder, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accent Framelits
Word Window Punch

Hope you have enjoyed reading about how to Step Up a card!  Look for more posts like this in the future!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Scentsational Season 5

Hi Stampers!

I'm back with one more card featuring the Scentsational Season stamp set.  This card features the Triple Time Stamping Technique.  This is my new favorite technique and I have been experimenting with all different shapes and layouts.  This is the standard rectangular layout.  I also love the color combo of Crumb Cake with Pink Pirouette!

Stampin' Supplies:
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Stamps: Scentsational Season, More Merry Messages
Ink: Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Raspberry Ripple
Other: Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tutorial for Beginner Stampers: Putting Together Clear Mount Stamp Sets

Hi Stampers!  

I'm beginning to put together some tutorials together to help out both beginning stampers as well as more experienced stampers with basic how-tos and more advanced projects/techniques.  Today I am featuring a how-to on putting together clear mount stamp sets.

1. When you first open your stamp set, you will see two items: a sheet of your rubber stamps and a sheet of labels.  The first thing you want to do is separate all of the stamps from the rubber sheet.  Do not throw the sheet away, you will use it later.

2. Choose the first stamp to assemble.  Find that label on the label sheet and remove the white paper backing from that label.  Be careful, the label is sticky!

3. Remove the paper backing from the stamp.

4. Place the stamp, gray foam side down, on top of the adhesive label.  Apply light pressure to get the label to stick well to the stamp.  Make sure if it's a stamp with words that you are adhering the label in the correct orientation.

5. Gently peel the stamp with the label off of the label sheet.

6. Now you have a labeled stamp!  Repeat for the remaining stamps in the set.

7. Put the rubber sheet back into the stamp case.

8. As you label your stamps, place them in the case in their respective spots in the rubber sheet. This way you will know immediately if a stamp is missing and will hopefully save you from losing a stamp!

I hope this tutorial is helpful!  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Scentsational Seasons 4

Hi Stampers!
I'm back with another card featuring the Scentsational Season stamp set.  I just really love this set!  You can make so many fun cards with it!  Today I went with a unique color combo for a Christmas card.  I think it's a great card to send to that special guy on your Christmas list!

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack.
Ink: Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Stamps: Scentsational Season, Greetings of the Season
Big Shot: Holiday Collection and Window Frames Framelits
Other: Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Mat, Piercing Tool, Dimensionals

Thanks for checking out my blog today!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Scentsational Seasons 3

Good morning Stampers!
It's Stamp a Stack day! Yaaaay!  I have five lovely ladies coming to my house today to stamp 15 Christmas cards.  The Stamp a Stacks are always a really popular event that I host.  I will be hosting another one in the new year that's themed.  Stay tuned for more details on that!  Interested in attending one of my classes?  You can click on the Class Schedule tab above for an up to date listing of classes.  If you want ADVANCED notice of classes, you can sign up for my newsletter.  Click this link and then click on "Request My Newsletter".  

Now on to today's project!!  Here's a sweet little 3D card.

I made the Christmas tree pop up by stamping and die cutting three of the tree images.  Then you score and fold down the middle and glue together.  It's super easy to do.  One thing I have noticed with the Holiday Collection framelits is that the Christmas tree is not perfectly symmetrical.  I did a little minor trimming and then later decided to put a little glitter on the edges (not shown here) to hide the imperfections.

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Primrose Petals, Real Red, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper
Ink: Garden Green, Primrose Petals
Stamps: Scentsational Season, Greetings of the Season
Other: Holiday Collection Framelits, Decorative Label Punch, 1/8" Mini Brads in Silver, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals

Friday, December 7, 2012

Scentsational Season 2

Hi Stampers!
Well today I am off to Boston to go with my husband to a Stephen King lecture.  He lets me indulge in my hobby, so I have to allow him to indulge in his!  I'm excited to get to explore the town of Lowell while I'm there.  Before I go, I wanted to show off another card I made using the  Scentsational Season stamp set.  I got this idea from a card I received in a swap at the Rhode Island regional event.  Sadly, I cannot remember who it was that gave me the card.  It's such a cute idea and a fun way to use the mitten punch - to make oven mitts!
I used River Rock for the card base on this card and made it tri-fold.  I think River Rock is the color I use the least so it was nice to include it on a project like this!

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: River Rock, Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White, Brushed Silver
DSP: Festival of Prints paper stack
Stamps: Scentsational Season, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Big Shot: Woodgrain Embossing folder, Holiday Collection Framelits
Mitten Builder Punch

When I get home from Boston, my Spring Catalog and Sale-a-bration pre-order should be here.  Get ready for some sneak peeks thrown into the mix of holiday projects!  I know how much you all love sneak peeks!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Scentsational Season Cocoa

Good Morning Stampers! 
It's now the first week of December and I am ready to start posting some holiday projects!  For the next few posts I am going to be featuring one of my favorite sets from the Holiday catalog this year: Scentsational Season!  I just love all of the cute images and the fact that they can be cut out with the Big Shot using the Holiday collection of framelits.  Today I am showing a favor that I made for a class I held last month. It's an adorable (and easy to make) cocoa packet.  Wouldn't these make great stocking stuffers or a little something extra to attach to a gift???

Here's an image of the cocoa packet sliding out of the holder.  The trick is to use a long enough piece of ribbon to hold the packet like a sling.

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Gumball Green
DSP: Snow Festival
Ink: Gumball Green, Illuminate
Framelits: Holiday Collection, Labels Collection
Other: Dimensionals, Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Friendship Preserves Day 5

Hi Stampers!

Today I have a masculine card for you! Yaaaaay!!!!  I think masculine cards are the one project type that everyone is always asking about.  Today's card also has some small components on it....a great way to use up some scraps!

Framelits are just so great!  Not only can you use them to cut out the shape it's designed for, but the negative of the cut out is a great design element as well!

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso, Whisper White
DSP: Comfort Cafe
Ink: Midnight Muse
Stamps: Friendship Preserves
Big Shot: Window Frames Framelits, Woodgrain Embossing Folder (love this item!!!)
Other: Curly Label Punch, Linen Thread (Often overlooked in the catalog, but it is a "manly" ribbon!)

Have a great Stampin' Day!  Don't forget about the Online Extravaganza, going on until November 28th!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friendship Preserves Day 4

Hi Stampers!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Turkey Day!  Now it's Black Friday...
While everyone else is out fighting for parking spaces and battling for the best deals in the stores, you can shop the Stampin' Up! deals from the comfort of your own home.  I promise there will always be parking spaces and no one is going to fight with you over the items!  Go to my Stampin' Up! shop to see all of the deals, Sarah's Stamp Lab , and click on the Shop Now button.

On to today's project....

This is a cute little 3x3 card that you can include with a gift or just drop it on someone's desk at work to know that you are thinking of them!  I love the Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons! 

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Suede, Old Olive
Stamps: Friendship Preserves
Other: Apothecary Accents Framlits, Window Frames Framelits, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Mat, Piercing Tool, Brushe Bronze Designer Button, Dimensionals

Happy Shopping Day!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Friendship Preserves Day 3

Happy Thanksgiving, Stampers!!!

The big day is finally here!  I can't wait to spend the morning in my jammies, sipping coffee, and watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!  Then it's off to not one, but two turkey dinners for me and my hubby.  Today I am thankful for family, for friends, for pets, for having a job that allows me to be able to travel, and for having such a fun hobby as stamping!  In honor of Thanksgiving, I have decided to show a Thank You card!  I always have a stash of thank yous on hand because you never know when you will need one.  And who says, you need to send one for a particular reason?  I think some of the best thank you cards are the ones that say, "Hey, I'm thinking about you. Thank you for being my friend!" :-)

Psst! I used Elegant Eggplant on this card.  Not many people use this color, which is sad because it's so beautiful!

Stampin' Supplies:

Cardstock: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
DSP: Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
Stamps: Friendship Preserves
Ink: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Window Frames Framelits, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool, Piercing Mat, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls, Sponge Dauber

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Friendship Preserves Day 2

Hi Stampers!
Today I have a fun treat bag for you!  My fellow demonstrators may recognize this project as one from the demonstrator magazine Stampin' Success.  It was so quick and easy to put together.  Plus I filled it with a bag full of Whoppers!  How can you beat that?

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Stamps: Friendship Preserved
Ink: Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive
Big Shot Framelits: Window Frames, Apothecary Accents
Other: Cellophane bag, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Mat, Piercing Tool, Dimensionals

T-Minus 1 day until Turkey Time!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Online Extravaganza!

Starting Monday, Nov. 19th, Stampin' Up! is having its biggest sale of the year!  The Online Extravaganza!!!!

Here's what's onsale, and when!


24-Hour-Only 20% Off – Monday, November 19
Simply Scored™ Diagonal Plate
Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine
Big Shot Doctor’s Bag

24-Hour-Only 20% Off – Wednesday, November 28
Clear Block Bundle (Blocks A-I)
Clear Block Storage Caddy
Stack & Store Caddy

Monday, November 19 – Wednesday, November 28

20% Off
Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper

25% Off
More Merry Messages Stamp Set [w]
More Merry Messages Stamp Set [c]
Blue Ribbon Stamp Set [w]
Blue Ribbon Stamp Set [c]
Happy Hour Stamp Set [w]
Happy Hour Stamp Set [c]
A Fitting Occasion Stamp Set [w]
A Fitting Occasion Stamp Set [c]
Northern Flurry Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder

30% Off
Smooch Spritz® Bundle
Includes Gold Glow, Silver Foil, and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz
Stampin’ Sound Card
Kraft Gift Boxes
Special Events Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps
Ribbon Bundle
Includes Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, and Summer Starfruit
3/8" Basics Glimmer Brads
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Brights Designer Buttons
Shaker Frames

Anywhere Glue Sticks
Stampin' Spritzer
Tabletop Paper Cutter
Decorative Label Punch
1" Square Punch
Scallop Edge Punch
Petite Pennants Punch
Cupcake Punch
Blossom Petals Punch
Petal Cone Bigz™ L Die
Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die

40% Off
Pennant Parade Bundle [w]
Includes the Pennant Parade Stamp Set and Pennant Stampin’ Around® Builder Wheel
Pennant Parade Bundle [c]
Includes the Pennant Parade Stamp Set and Pennant Stampin’ Around Builder Wheel
50% Off

Snow Much Fun Stamp Set [w]

Snow Much Fun Stamp Set [c]

25 & Counting Stamp Set [w]

25 & Counting Stamp Set [c]

J – 25 Stamp Set [c; French]

Come to Bethlehem Stamp Set [w]

Come to Bethlehem Stamp Set [c]

You Are Loved Stamp Set [w]

You Are Loved Stamp Set [c]

Button Buddies Stamp Set [w]

Button Buddies Stamp Set [c]

Patterned Party Stamp Set [w]

Patterned Party Stamp Set [c]

It's a Wrap Occasions Stamp Set [w]

It's a Wrap Occasions Stamp Set [c]

Crosses of Hope Stamp Set [w]

Crosses of Hope Stamp Set [c]

Little Additions Stamp Set [w]

Little Additions Stamp Set [c]

Fabulous Florets Stamp Set [w]

Fabulous Florets Stamp Set [c]

MDS 2+ (download)

MDS 2 (download)

MDS 2 Upgrade (for those who already own My Digital Studio; download)

w = wood-mount
c = clear-mount

Place your orders by phone, email, or online by going to Sarah's Stamp Lab and clicking on the "Shop Now" button in the lower right corner!  

Happy Shopping!!!