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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.

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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


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Happy Mail | Mini Pocket Letter feat. Maggie Holmes Flourish

Hi-ya!

Sharing another Swapbot exchange with you today. Pocket letters are new to me and I had a lot of fun creating this one. I have fun anytime I’m working with the Flourish collection though – or anything Maggie Holmes for that matter. Have you seen the sneak peeks of her new Willow Lane collection?? GORGEOUS – I can’t wait for Scrapbook.com to get it in stock! But back to the pocket letter. My partner didn’t have a ton of info in her bio she did say she likes notebooks and journals so I created a mini one for her to add in as an extra goodie. Let me know if you’d like a more detailed tutorial of how I put it together.

Now without further ado, here is the process video:

And here are your close-ups:

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I just love the embossed look on that pheasant sticker. I combined a vellum tag, library sticker, and a few cut-a-parts to get this layered look; then added that gold puffy sticker for some shine.

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This was one of the cut-a-parts from a 12 x 12 sheet and I thought it made a perfect title for the project. I finished it off with this butterfly dimensional and then off to the side, that gold trim which balances out the gold sticker on the last section.

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Here again, I layered some tickets with that paper doily and added a few stickers. Then finished with a chipboard embellishment to top it off.

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I created a little mini journal using a scrap of some 12×12 double-sided paper and filled it with plain computer paper.

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Here is a close-up of the stitched binding.

Thanks for stopping by – hope you have a great day! xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit

10 Cards | 1 Kit ā€“ Love From Lizi July 2018 Card Kit

Hello there,

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend! Mine was cards, cards, cards – I completed the planning, filming, editing, voiceover (and now blog post) all in one weekend which I think is a record for me! I was just having so much fun I didn’t want to stop. Lucky for me I don’t have to because my SSS July kit came in the mail yesterday, lol. I think I’ll wait until tomorrow to start devouring that one.

As you know I’ve been eyeing the Love From Lizi Kits for quite some time now and was thrilled when they invited me to be a guest designer this month. I really enjoyed using all the stuff in the kit and there is probably enough leftover to make 10 more cards. Here is the video of what I came up with:

Here are some stills of the finished cards:

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The sand was such a great addition to the embellishment bag – it gave some fantastic texture to this scene. Isn’t that frog adorable?

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Ain’t that the truth?!? I am a beach girl and very much looking forward to my trip to Myrtle Beach this October!

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This card is my favorite. I LOVE that background stamp and was really pleased with how the coloring turned out.

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I love a punny sentiment.

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Zig Colors: 69, 21; 75, 72, 64; 94, 900, 901; 42, 49

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So cute! I love those little guys and the dimension of the decoupage is fantastic. I added the little wooden ship wheel under the puppy’s paws to make it look like he is steering.

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I used Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s ABC’s to spell out “you and me” so the full sentiment reads “By the sea, you and me.” I thought the font matched the thinner portion of the sentiment on the front really well.

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The photos don’t do this paper justice – it’s super sparkly and just gorgeous. I had originally planned to have 3 cones with the sentiment, but that background paper was so busy I decided on adding just one. I added some white cardstock behind that pink ice cream die cut to make it a strawberry/vanilla swirl.

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I used an old paper pumpkin stamp set to add this “Happy Birthday” sentiment and then added in some slots for a gift card.

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I was so disappointed when I saw the sand had shifted in front of those seashells. I thought I had figured it out!! Stay tuned, I’m going to sit down with this again and see if I can come up with a fix for you.

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Again, I love that punny sentiment and how about that gorgeous starfish paper? It was my favorite of the kit!

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This guy is too fun. I thought that frog was just adorable so I used him on quite a few cards. Here I’ve got him floating in the pool using a mini wobbler.

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Yes, indeed it is.

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This is my second favorite card of the kit. It took quite a bit of time to make but it was well worth it to have those doors open to reveal that lounging frog!

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Since the front was so detailed, I kept the inside super simple.

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This card will probably go to my niece – she loves the beach just as much as I do and will love all those little guys chilling in their beach chairs.

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Love that cat sleeping along the border there.

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This is a tie with the earlier stamped background card as my favorite. I love the subtle stamping for the beach and couldn’t be happier with how my ‘waves’ turned out.

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Since I used the Lawn Fawn Mermaid ink to dye the texture paste, I decided to continue that color on the inside.

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Again with the frogs – just too cute. I will probably send this to my nephew, I think He’ll get a kick out of them.

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Love that little guy splashing down in the inner-tube.

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This kit is already sold out, but you can still get the decoupage pages and a few of the other items on the Love From Lizzie website. I’ve linked what is available for you below.

As always, thanks for stopping by to check out my cards. Let me know which was your favorite in the comments!