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Happy Mail | Loaded Embroidery Hoop – Pink Paislee Confetti Wishes

Hi-ya,

I’m back with more happy mail today. This time sharing some hoop mail I made using Pink Paislee’s Confetti Wishes collection. This collection is so much tropical fun – you can’t look at it without smiling! I made this for an exchange for my half-birthday month, so I’m waaay behind in posting it but I’m really happy with how it came out so I wanted to make sure to share it with you. Here is the video of what I came up with:

And here are some close-ups:

full hoop

Here is the full frame just as it was mailed out.

empty hoop

Here is the empty hoop…let’s fill it up šŸ™‚

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This is a close up of the front – I used cut-a-parts, chipboard stickers, and some tissue paper flowers to create a little collage in the center.

tag 1

I created two tags – this first one has some ephemera, chipboard, and stickers. I finished it off with a tab on the side and some orange baker’s twine.

tag 2

The second tag was made combining two of the pattern papers and using one of the tag ephemera pieces – I left that loose so it could move around. I again added a tab and some stickers to finish it off.

I packaged these back-to-back with a cello bag that I saved and topped it with some leftover papers.

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I altered some of the frames from the ephemera and packaged those back-to-back in the same way as the tags.

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Here are close-ups of each individual frame:

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I used some of the really colorful striped paper to create a rosette and added that ephemera record and some tissue flowers in the center.

mini shaker 1

I also made some mini shaker windows. Some backgrounds were cut-a-parts and others were made from patterned paper and some stickers. I used the 2-inch waterfall pockets from We R Memory Keepers and they make projects like this so easy because you only have to fuse 1 side.

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I again packaged these back-to-back like the others.

goodies

I created a little pouch of stickers, cut-a-parts, and ephemera for my recipient. This collection is just too fun not to spread around!

envelopes & washi

I also added in some handmade envelopes and a washi share.

buttons

And I finished up the handmade goodies with some flair buttons – I’m totally loving my button maker.

birthday card

Since this was birthday themed, I thought I’d create a birthday card to send as well. This purple background with the leaves is one of my favorites so I thought I’d let that shine and then popped up a piece of ephemera and placed one of the stickers on top.

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Inside I added a few stickers.

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And that finishes up the project for today. Hope you enjoyed what I came up with and Happy Birthday to any of you who are celebrating today! xoxo, Sarah


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Happy Mail | Summer Pocket Letter feat. Crate Paper Pool Side & Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness

Hello Everyone,

I’ve missed talking to you all so much. The move has gone well and I’m down to a minimal amount of boxes left but since I’ve been aching to get back to you I’m going to let those sit for a bit and share some happy mail. I made this a little while ago and am just now getting around to posting it. I’ve got a few others ready and waiting for voiceovers so after this drought, you may find yourself in video overload!

You can check out the process video here:

And now for some close-ups:

full with tags

This is the full pocket letter as I sent it, with the tags.

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Here it is with the tags taken out. I like to decorate behind the tags too so that when the recipient takes them out it still looks nice and full.

tags

I was really happy with how these tags came out – it was hard to give them up!

sunshine tag

I’d like to find more of the poolside collection that these chipboard stickers came from – it’s older so I was lucky to get these and they are so much fun.

flip flop tag

I’d love about 10 sets of those flip-flop stickers. I’m very much a flip-flop girl, I’m in them until there’s snow on the ground (and still wear them around the house in the winter).

bfly tag

I really love all the butterflies in the Simple Stories collection too – I picked up this snap pack at Tuesday Morning and it’s full of really fun summery images and patterns. I previously made 5 cards from it and still have some of the pack left over so it’s gone quite a long way.

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That sticker is from the Maggie Holmes sticker book and just went perfectly with this theme. (I’ve heard rumors that these sticker books are showing up at some Tuesday Morning stores and I’m going on the hunt this weekend.)

Left Corner

I used one of the SS ephemera pieces and hot-glued that to a pink paperclip, then just cut a slit in my background paper to slide it on to.

upper right

Then I filled this sunshine section with some of my favorite Studio Katia crystal fusion sequins.

center right

I stuck some 2-inch snap cards in the pouch on the side and added balloons on the outside for extra dimension – I attached them with removable glue dots so the recipient will be able to re-use them.

Wasn’t that Soak up the Sun sentiment was the perfect center title for the project?

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Both of these stickers are also from the Maggie Holmes book.

lower left

I used some of the Tim Holtz small talk stickers on a few of the background papers and love the look of the black type with that watermelon.

sunglasses

I added another MH sticker and these chipboard sunglasses to finish up the final tag pocket.

bathingsuit

Isn’t that bathing suit gorgeous! It’s so retro and so much fun šŸ™‚

paper bows

Finally, I always like to include a little something extra when I send my happy mail so I used some scraps to cut out some bows and added those to a card with some removable glue dots.

It’s wonderful to be back with you – hope I was able to give you some inspiration today. More coming soon! xoxo, Sarah


 

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Quick Look | Maggie Holmes – Willow Lane

Helloooooo

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve spoken with you all! This is just a quick check-in, I’m still working on moving but my family is coming this Saturday to help finish everything up, so soon I’ll be back to my regular video schedule. I’m so anxious to have everything done. I’ve been moving little by little each night after work and on the weekends and it’s exhausting!

Tonight I took a quick break because my Willow Lane stuff arrived right after I started moving and I’ve been DYING to share it with all of you. So I made a couple of quick look videos – below is the video of the 12 x 12 papers and you can check out the others on my YouTube channel.

I’m seriously in LOVE with this collection and I can’t wait to dig it and get some happy mail projects made! Stay tuned for those soon…


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit ā€“ SSS July Card Kit (Part 3 of 3)

Hello there,

I’m back with the last part of the cards I created using Simon Says Stamp July 2018 Card Kit. These cards will focus on the pattern papers included in the kit. Here is what I came up with:

Here are some close-up photos for you:

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I liked this pattern paper the best out of the bunch. I know I complained about them a bit, but I did enjoy the idea of the overhead shots that some of them had.

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This stamp perplexed me a bit at first and I didn’t think I’d use it, but it really worked perfectly for beach and pool themed cards.

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Again, I liked the overhead shot so I did this card similar to the first one and just let the paper shine.

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I saved that extra strip from the first card and added a mini beach scene to the inside of this one.

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Adding those sequins as scales on the fish was one of the first ideas I came up with for this kit and I’m really pleased with how it worked out. It really gives a lot of shine to the card.

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I went to my Cricut and used it to write out this fishy inside sentiment, then added a few more stamped fish to finish it off. As I mention in the video, it takes a little longer but there are some great ABC stamp sets out there that you can use to write out specific sentiments for your card. Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s ABCs is my favorite.

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I again used my Cricut to cut out this drink and then turned it into a shaker (which moves but doesn’t really shake). It gave me the look I was going for though. If you don’t have a Cricut, there is a great martini shaker die and stamp set from MFT that would give you a similar look.

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I kept the inside super simple since the front was so detailed and finished it off with some washi and a leftover cardstock strip from one of my previous cards.

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For this last card, I used this pool patterned paper and another one of the cutouts as the sentiment. I used an embossing folder that mimicked a raft and added a pink bikini using one of the SSS dies from a card kit last summer.

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I again went pretty simple with the inside and just finished it off with the sunshine sentiment.

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So this will finish up the cards using the July card kit and just in time because my August card kit arrived in the mail this week šŸ™‚ I’ll probably be a little later with that kit because of my moving but I’ll get it out to you as soon as I can and in the meantime I’ve got a few happy mail videos that I’ve already recorded and I’ll post those as soon as I can get the voiceovers done. Thanks, as always, for stopping by. xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit ā€“ SSS July Card Kit (Part 2 of 3)

Hello there,

Sorry I’m a bit slower in getting these videos out. I settled on my new condo on Friday and I’ve been cleaning and packing and ahh it’s so overwhelming. I can’t wait to have everything done and be fully moved in but that won’t be until the middle of next month. It doesn’t help that my internet is incredibly slow right now for some reason and it’s taking over a day to upload to YouTube!

Anywho…for this set of cards I focused on using the stickers that were included and here is what I came up with:

Here are some close-ups of the finished cards:

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I wasn’t sure what to do with these mini stickers and then when I saw that “you made my day” sentiment I thought, oh a calendar. I used my Cricut to create the grid, write in the numbers and a few events, and then cut a thin red circle to highlight one of the days.

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Sweet and simple. I think this would be great to use as a thank you card for a birthday or special trip you went on.

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Do you ever like the inside of your cards better than the outside? This happens to me every so often, so I just cut the halves apart and use the inside as a front panel. I really loved those rainbow stickers.

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I also really loved the script sentiments in the stickers – I could use a whole sticker pack of just those.

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I’m not sure about the background on this one. I liked the wooden panel paper but the colors were a bit crazy. I think it works, but it’s just a bit busier than what I usually do. Love the cacti stickers though šŸ™‚

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I can’t take credit for the inside sentiment – I found it on the internet, but I think it’s the perfect inside finish to the stuck on you stamp.

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I really love this card. It sort of came together by accident and once I had the idea, I had to do it.Ā  I really love the upside down hearts for the seeds too.

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I added these watermelon stickers and a strip of the lime green to finish off the inside. I think I will write inside with my white gel pen and that will allow the white outline on the watermelon stickers to really pop.

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Aren’t those butterflies gorgeous?!? This card really speaks for itself. I love how the colors of the butterflies match the colors in the sentiment letters perfectly.

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And you know how happy I was to find this matching sentiment for the inside!

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As always…thanks so much for stopping by to check out my cards. I hope I was able to give you some inspiration on using the sticker portion of this month’s card kit.

xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit ā€“ SSS July Card Kit (Part 1 of 3)

Hi-ya!

Hope everyone is having a great week. I’ve been a bit delayed because I’m settling on my first condo soon and I’m beginning to pack things up. I’m really excited not to be a renter anymore, but I don’t know how I’ve accumulated so much stuff over the last 6 years! The paper (and just-craft-things-in-general) addiction is real my friends.

Well, yesterday I finally sat down to edit the film using the SSS July Card Kit and have part 1 to share with you today. As I mentioned in the video I struggled a bit with this kit. It was filled with lots of goodies but I didn’t feel like everything went together (and if you’ve been watching me for even a small amount of time – you know how I love when things match!) So this will be part 1 of 3 because what I ended up doing was creating 5 cards with the stamps, 5 with the papers, and 5 with the stickers and I mixed things together a bit where possible.

Without further ado:

Here are your close-ups:

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This is the card that started all the stripes (well for this round – I did a card like this with the last kit too.) I’m just obsessed with the look of them.

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For the inside, I added that leftover strip and stamped the watermelon in black to echo the black from the sentiment on the front.

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Prismacolors: 929, 922, 1030, 989, 912

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I thought this stamp set was so much fun, I just loved all the images and the punny sentiments.Ā I did a lot of paper piecing with the images and thought it gave a nice crisp look to match with stripes.

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I used my Cricut to write out the inside sentiment – the font style is called Rumors. If you don’t have a Cricut, Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s ABCs stamp set is really similar.

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I love using those mini wobblers – they are such fun cards to open and don’t get me started on those sunglasses. So cute! I paper pieced the pineapple again and added that lighter green popped up and slightly askew to give some added dimension.

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I still kept the inside really simple and just stamped that pineapple across the bottom.

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I wanted to try something different with the stripes on this one and went diagonally. I like how it created the space for the sentiment.

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I finished off the inside with another fish and a few bubbles.

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The flamingo is my favorite of this set. I love that die cut! I paper pieced it together like the cactus and pineapple. My flamingo colors might not be quite accurate but I thought that orange and pink were summery and go together so well.

5 inside

Again I finished off the inside by stamping and added a leftover yellow stripe with some thin washi over top.

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As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my cards! xoxo, Sarah


 

5 Minute or Less Tutorials

How to: Stitched Binding in 5 minutes or less

Hi there,

It has been sweltering in Baltimore this week and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up so I’m hoping for a trip to the pool this weekend. Hope you guys have some fun plans too! In my last happy mail video, I created a stitched mini journal and several of you asked for a more detailed tutorial on how to do that. Here I’ve slowed down the process and added in a few tips I think will help you:

Here are some close-ups of the finished books:

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I hope I was able to explain all the steps clearly for you. If you have any questions, leave them below and I’ll do my best to help you out. xoxo, Sarah