Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SCS Sketch Challenge 449

Hi Stampers!!

The weather has been unseasonably cool  here in New Jersey and that inspired me to create this Autumn themed card. I was also inspired by the sketch posted this week on Splitcoaststampers for their weekly card sketch challenge.

I used my Stamp-a-majig to line up the leaf images in order to create the shadowed effect.

Stampin' Supplies:
Card stock: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit,Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Sweater Weather
Stamps: Magnificent Maple
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit
Other: Crumb Cake 1/2" Seam Binding, Basic Pearls, Stampamajig, Dimensionals

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lacy & Lovely Class II

Hi Stampers!

Today I have another card from my Lacy & Lovely class.  This card was inspired by one from Create with Connie and Mary.  It looks like a really simple card, but with some of the techniques used my customers were really wow'd! 

For this card, we focused on collage stamping.  Collage stamping is super easy and super fun.  The best part is that you do not need a ton of layers or embellishments to make a beautiful card that you would be proud to give a loved one.  The Lacy & Lovely stamp set is a really great choice for collage stamping.  Just choose some of your favorite colors and get to it!

For a little added dimension, we used some of the paper piercing templates to add an oval shape around the stamping.  To make that adorable little bow, all we did was stick the ribbon in between the tines on of the brad and then attach the brad as you normally would.   I know, I know.....I used some retired ribbon here but the 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon would work well with this technique - plus it comes in some new colors like Pear Pizzazz!

Stampin' Supplies:
Card Stock: Whisper White, Crushed Curry
Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Gumball Green
Stamps: Lacy & Lovely
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones, 1/8" Mini Brad, retired Calypso Coral ribbon
Tools: Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Piercing Mat, Occasions Paper Piercing Templates

Monday, August 19, 2013

Chicks with Paper Power Tools August Challenge

Hi Stampers!

I participate in a blogging group - Chicks with Paper Power Tools - and we have started to have monthly challenges.  This month the challenge was all about favorites!  You had to take one of your favorites - favorite color, favorite food, favorite people, etc. - and create a scrapbook layout based on that.  I chose to scrapbook my favorite band.  It was easy to create using My Digital Studio.  I added in a couple pictures take at the show, typed in the date, location, and the whole set list.  Then I printed it out on glossy photo paper and trim me it down to 8"x8" so that it can fit in my scrapbook album.  What a fun way to capture the memories of that day!  

Big thanks to Dell for hosting this month's blog group challenge!  Hugs!!!

Stampin' Supplies:
All Digi!  My Digital Studio

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lacy & Lovely Class I

Hi Stampers! 

I hope you are all having a great week so far.  Today I'm sharing with you one of the samples from the Lacy & Lovely class I held a while back.  The Lacy & Lovely stamp set is a great set of elements that can be used as focal points or for collage stamping.  I just think the elements are so fun, and when you pair them up with the bright Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper you get a really bright, fun card!

This card layout is based on one that I saw on Mary Fish's blog, but I changed up the color scheme so that it can coordinate with the Quatrefancy paper.  That's why I love Stampin' Up!'s color coordination - it makes everything easy, easy, easy!

Here's the card with it's coordinating envelope.

Stampin' Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango
Designer Series Paper: Quatrefancy
Stamps: Lacy & Lovely
Ink: Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Tangerine Tango
Punches: 2-1/2" Circle, 1-3/4" Circle, 1" Circle
Other: Basic Pearls, Large Basic Pearls

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cycle Celebration!

Hi Stampers!

Have you seen the Cycle Celebration stamp set in the 2013-2014 Idea Book and Catalog?  I love this set.  It was on my first order from that catalog.  Here is a masculine birthday card that I created using that stamp set and the Birthday Basics  Designer Series Paper.  I love that the DSP coordinates with the stamp set.  It makes creating beautiful cards super easy!  You may notice that the sentiment in the stamp set is much longer than just Happy Birthday.  Using your Stampin' Write markers allows you to ink up the entire stamp, or just the parts that you want for your project.  

I used the pewter embossing powder for the bicycle.  It's my favorite embossing powder out of all the colors Stampin' Up! carries.  It's super versatile!  I then added two Bermuda Bay candy dots to the centers of the wheels to give some added diminution.

Stampin' Supplies:
Card stock: Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Bermuda Bay, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Birthday Basics
Stamps: Cycle Celebration
Ink: Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Versamark
Other: Finishing Touches Edgelits, Sponge Dauber, Pewter Embossing Powder, Brights Candy Dots, Heat Tool, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Monday, August 5, 2013

May Paper Pumpkin Part 2

Hi Stampers!

This is the second installment of my May My Paper Pumpkin kit posting.  If you want to see the first part of this project, click HERE.

This kit is for a brag book that was part of my My Paper Pumpkin kit of the month club.  I love the bright geometric papers, and I thought they would be great to capture some highlights of my honeymoon to Hawaii.

This is the fourth page layout from the album.  The "Love This" stamp is also included in the kit.  I love the arrow shaped paper clip as a fun accent.

This is the fifth page layout.  Here I added in some Basic Black card stock, and used stamps from the Designer Typeset Photopolymer stamp set and Sent with Love (retired).

This is the sixth page layout.  Here I used some more Basic Black card stock added in.  I also took some of the scraps of the patterned paper included with the kit to create little banner flags to accent the lizard photo.

Finally, we have the back cover.  I kept it simple, but included the ticket sticker and put the date of our wedding on the ticket.  And what Hawaii album would be complete without a photo of a gorgeous orchid?  Cute, right?

If you are interesting in signing up for  My Paper Pumpkin subscription, you can join at a discounted rate!  Sign up before August 31st, using the coupon code PUMPKINDEAL and you will get your first two months at $10 per month.  After the first two months, the subscription price is $19.95, including shipping.  

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

The 2013 Holiday Catalog Is Live!

Hi Stampers!

Today the new 2013 Holiday Catalog goes live!  You are going to love all of the products featured in this catalog for all of your holiday crafting!

With every release of a new catalog I love to post my TOP TEN list!  

Drum roll please....

Sarah's TOP TEN Favorite 2013 Holiday Catalog Items 

10. Joy to the World Stamp Set [131796 (w) $21.95, 131799 (c) $16.95]: A bold sentiment set great for use as focal images and as accent sentiments.

9. Christmas Collectibles Bundle (stamps + punch) [133282 (w) $31.95, 133283 (c) $27.95]: Really modern in design.  Perfect for cards, scrapbook, and gift tags.  The coordinating punch makes crafting super easy!

8. Build a Banner Simply Created Kit [133507 $19.95]:  All you need to create lovely home decor banners.  You are only limited by your imagination!  (And if your lacking in mojo - there are Simply Created Accessory Kits to help you out!)

7. Halloween Hello Stamp Set [131718 (w) $18.95, 131721 (c) $14.95]: If you know me, you know how much I love Halloween.  Remember how gaga I was last year with the gogglier????  This year Stampin' Up! has even more Halloween goodness.  The Halloween Hello stamp set has a bunch of really cute little Halloween images - perfect for cards and to make little tags for favors.

6.  Color Me Christmas Stamp Set [131742 (w) $20.95, 131745 (c) $15.95]: Um, have you seen that reindeer wearing a sweater and scarf??? I don't think I need to say any more.

5. Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape [132156 $4.95]: Have you tried washi tape yet?  I'm new to it too, but let me tell you - once you start using it, you won't want to stop.  It's so easy to embellish all of your paper crafting projects.  How easy is applying a piece of tape to paper?  Simple, right?  That's how easy it is to use washi.  Plus it's for Halloween! Spooooooky!

4. A Banner Christmas [130252 (w) $21.95, 130255 (c) $16.95]: This is a really, really cool Christmas set.  It has a very modern, stylish look to it.  Banners and chevrons are so hot right now, your cards will be super chic.  My favorite stamp?  HO3 just because it reminds me of scientific shorthand!

3. Silver 1/8" Ribbon [132137 $4.95]: Super shiny silver ribbon that adds sparkle to your cards without the mess of glitter. 

2. Winter Frost Specialty [132341 $12.95]: All of your favorite shades of aqua (Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo) paired with cool Smoky Slate and silver foil make this paper wonderful for Christmas, Hanukah, and winter projects.
1. Festive Flurry Bundle [133284 (w) $54.95, 133285 (c) $46.95]: My favorite stamp set out of the whole holiday catalog.  Who doesn't love snowflakes.  They have a fun, geometric design to them which makes them really bold.  Cutting them out is a snap with the coordinating framelits.  You can purchase them in a bundle for a 15% discount.