Card Challenges

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge | Tim Holtz Texture Trio

Hello There,

Today I’m sharing some cards I made for the Simon Says Stamp – Wednesday Challenge. This week they’ve asked us to create some texture and use Tim Holtz products if we have them. I had lots of fun creating all the texture and using the cats from this stamp set (it’s been sitting in my “to use” pile for way too long)! Here is what I came up with:

And here are your close-ups:


I think I mentioned in the card kit post that I don’t often use embossing folders – I’m loving this one. The texture is so much fun to run your fingers over (esp if you use a good quality cardstock).

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These cats are so much fun – you can almost see the next scene there where he’s pounced and is tearing that yarn apart.

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As I mentioned in the video I finished off the inside of the card using the SSS-Kind Flowers stamp set – this set has lots of wonderful sentiments and is really handy because I make thank you cards the most.

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Zig colors: 093, 004, 080


This cat is my favorite – I love a calico cat and was so happy with how the coloring came out. You can almost see him thinking “What? For me?” while looking back at that milk.

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It took a while to come up with the color for that texture paste but it was worth it – I’m super happy with the result. This is one of my favorite stencils it looks great with texture paste or just plain ink blending.

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I used my envelope punch board to create coordinating envelopes for each card. The cards are just slightly smaller than 4-bar, so I used that size for the envelope measurements and it worked perfectly.

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Zig colors: 090, 061, 093, 041, 046, 049, 094, 021


Thank goodness that orange toned down a bit when it dried – he was looking slightly more neon than I was going for!

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I love these stamps from Heidi Swapp – they are really meant for planners, but her handwriting is so pretty and I think they work great for cards.

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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – that Minty Fresh ink is just to die for.

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Zig colors: 061, 060, 070, 041, 202, 033, 065

Thanks for stopping by to check out my cards – let me know in the comments which one is your favorite.

xoxo, Sarah

I’m having trouble linking to Simon Says Stamp using the new picture link program that I’ve set up. I’ve stopped including those links for now because I know how frustrating it is when you click on a link and it’s invalid. Please know that I’m working on it and will hopefully be including those links again soon!

10 Cards 1 Kit

10 Cards, 1 Kit | Patio Party (Part 2 of 2)

Hello lovelies,

Happy Friday!! It’s an extra happy Friday around here because my Simon Says Stamp April card kit arrived in the mail today. I know what I’ll be working on this weekend 🙂

As for now, I’m back today with part 2 of my 10 Cards, 1 Kit featuring the Patio Party collection. You can check it out here:

Here are your still shots:


I LOVE that floral paper – I would totally put up some wallpaper with that pattern. I really wanted to leave a navy border around the card to pull out the small blue flowers, but it just wouldn’t work with the sizing.

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The friend like you stamp set has so many great sentiments.

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Those flamingos are so much fun.

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I don’t do a lot of stamping on patterned paper (mainly because I ‘m worried about the readability) but I really liked how this turned out so I may try it more often.

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Those white stripes matched up almost perfectly with the two bottom sentiment lines.

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Isn’t that mint color to die for? I could paint every room in my house that color! So soft and cheerful!

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Thankfully those balloons worked out – they were the only ones I had!


OHHH I’m so excited with how this card came out! I think it will be really fun to open and I know just who I’m sending it to!

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My favorite (or maybe I should say “go-to”) way to finish off the inside of a card is with a matching stripe of paper – mainly because it’s easy.

How do you like to finish the inside of your cards?

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It’s funny, the addition of the butterfly was a total afterthought, but now when I look at the card it wouldn’t be complete without it.

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and ditto.

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The pop of gold foiling gives it a little something extra special.

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Hope you liked the cards – as always thanks for stopping by. xoxo, Sarah



I purchase my Copics from Blick Art Supplies – they have the best price I have found for individual markers and you can save even more if you sign up for their free loyalty card.

The colors I used today are:


BG10 & BG13, YG41 & YG25, Y32 & 435, and R20 & R43

10 Cards 1 Kit

10 Cards, 1 Kit | Patio Party (Part 1 of 2)

Hello there,

Hope everyone’s week is going well. So rather than stare at my mailbox waiting for the next Simon Says Stamp card kit to arrive, I decided I would create my own using one of the new paper pads I picked up recently. I fell in love with this Patio Party collection when I saw the reveal video from Creativation and snatched it up as soon as it was available. I sat down with it this past weekend and here is the first half of what I came up with:

Here are some stills for you:


Aren’t these ladies adorable?!?


I think this makes a great encouragement card.

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In LOVE with the texture on those masks!


I really like when you can combine several cut-a-parts to create a sentiment.

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This will come in handy the next time I have a friend cat sit for me 🙂

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I’d like to have those slippers in real life 🙂 ohh how cute would it be to pair this card with some slippers as a gift!


This striped paper was one of my favorites from the collection. I always thought that the scrapbooking papers from a collection were just larger print versions of the 6×6 paper pads, but this collection had a lot of different 12 x 12 papers. (That, or I was confused and looking at a totally different collection, lol.)

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I’m always looking for different ways to finish off the inside of cards. Honestly, I’m not sure I’m in love with this one.

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This paper collection has some really super cute tags.


I feel like I’m going to be making a lot of these bouquet wrap cards.

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I’m definitely checking to see if I can get a 12 x 12 of that floral paper.

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Lawn Fawn is my favorite ink to use and this may be my favorite color of all. That Minty shade is so soft and subtle.

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Not sure if you can tell, but the thanks is made up of that floral paper that I love.


I really like the bold pop of the yellow with the black and white stripe.

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And how serendipitous that there was an orange slice in the spa day set!

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I think this would make any recipient smile 🙂

Thanks for stopping by to check out my cards…xoxo, Sarah

I purchase my Copics from Blick Art Supplies – they have the best price I have found for individual markers and you can save even more if you sign up for their free loyalty card.

The colors I used today are:

Skin Tones: E18, E15, E13 and E13, E11, E00

Towels: RV63, RV66, RV69 and R20, R43, R35


Cards for Hospitalized Kids · Let's use and ENTIRE PACK of paper

Echo Park – Imagine That | 54 Cards, 1 Kit

Hello everyone,

Hope the new week has started off well for you. After all those mermaids and unicorns, I couldn’t leave out the little fellas, so  I’m back today with another Echo Park Imagine That paper kit, this time with the truck, dinosaur, rocketship, and robot version. I’m certain my nephews would approve.

I followed pretty much the same process as last time and will again be donating the finished cards to Cards for Hospitalized Kids. This is a great organization bringing smiles to kids all over the country and I’d encourage you to check it out if you have any interest.

Without further ado, here is your video:

And here are the still shots:


Whew…that was another long one. As always, thanks for stopping by. xoxo, Sarah

happy mail

Happy Mail | Mini – Crafting Kit feat. Crate Paper Flourish Collection


Hope you’ve all had a great weekend. Today I’ve got another piece of happy mail to share with you and this time I was able to include the process video. This for a swapbot exchange, if you’ve never heard of swapbot it’s a really fun website where you can sign up for swaps with others interested in the same hobbies as you.

As I may have mentioned previously I am IN LOVE with the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection and used it again for this piece. You can check it out here:

Here are some stills of the final project:

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Thanks for stopping – xoxo, Sarah

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