die kits · Spellbinders

3 Cards | Spellbinders October Large Die Kit

Hello there,

Today I’m sharing 3 cards I created using the Spellbinders October Large Die Kit. This truck die is absolutely fantastic – it’s the reason I checked out the kits in the first place and I’m so glad I saw that sneak peek because I’m loving all of these kits so far. The really great part about this large die kit in particular, is how versatile it is – you can use this die set all year round! Here is the video of what I came up with:

Here are some photos of the finished cards:

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This card is my favorite. I love the blue truck with the orange pumpkins, it’s so perfectly Fall.

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I stamped out this sentiment from the SSS Thankful Heart set using Lawn Fawn Hippo ink and brought in a little piece of the orange to finish up the sentiment.

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Cardstock Colors: Nightshift Blue, Cement Gray, Steel Gray, Red Hot, Jelly Bean Green, Tandy Orange, Orange Fizz

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As much as I love the truck die, I think the snow is what really makes the picture. I’m still thinking about adding some puffy dots of that marvy snow pen in the “sky” in addition to the sequins I added.

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This Mama Elephant Jingle Greetings stamp set is wonderful – you’ll see me use it lots more during the coming Christmas Series.

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Cardstock Colors: Wild Cherry, Cement Gray, Steel Gray, Red Hot, Field Day, Chocolate Brown

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I created this card using the sample that came with the die set (love that they include this!). I just made a few changes and I used some of the pattern paper that came in the October card kit.

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I used SSS Birthday Bits stamp set for the sentiments on this card. I love this font and go back to it time and time again when I’m creating birthday cards. It embosses wonderfully too!

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Cardstock Colors: Bubblegum, Cement Gray, Steel Gray, Red Hot, Smooth White

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Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my cards. xoxo, Sarah


happy mail

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 🙂

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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.

mini shaker 2

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


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit – 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 🙂 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

10 Cards | 1 Kit – 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!


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit – SSS June Card Kit (Part 2 of 2)

Hello,

I’m back today with part two of my 10 Cards, 1 Kit using the Simon Says Stamp June 2018 Card Kit. Hope you like what I came up with:

Here are some close-ups of the finished cards:

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I really love this design, but I love almost any two-tone design. Somehow this card feels both masculine and feminine to me at the same time.

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I really love the look of partial stamping with that large floral spray. I would totally use this panel on the front of a card too.

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I mentioned it yesterday but I’ll say it again – these papers are lovely…pardon the paperlovely pun 🙂

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and again, the mix of the outline and solid stamps together makes for some great sentiments.

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I decided to do some more no-line coloring today. This was my first time using gray background paper and stamping with the hippo ink worked really great.

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The thanks stamp was a little small but combining it with that floral helps to balance out all the white space.

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These tulle shakers are so much fun and since there’s no foam tape, much easier to mail!

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Since the shaker is so busy I kept the inside simple with just the sentiment and extra stripe of that pretty purple sky.

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I kept this last card fairly simple though I added a lot of stamping – I really loved this paper but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it so I thought stamping with a colored ink would be nice. Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide did the trick.

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I finished this off with my favorite sentiment, an extra stripe of the patterned paper, and then finally a strip of some MFT Pure Plum card stock.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope I was able to give you some inspiration! xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · hero arts

10 Cards, 1 Kit |My Monthly Hero April (Part 2 of 2)

Hello There!

I’m back today with Part 2 of the April My Monthly Hero Kit. Hope you like what I came up with:

Here are some close-ups for you:

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This card was one of my favorites – I love the look of colored pencils on that Neenah desert storm cardstock.

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MFT’s Poppy card stock is one of my favorite colors – it’s so vibrant and such a beautiful orangey-red color.

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Prismacolors:

Cactus: 912, 109

Spikey Cactus: 989, 912, 1097

Snake: 911, 912, 942, 922, 992, 994, 941, 940, 994, 1092, 922

Bird and Donkey: 912, 916, 922, 992, 994

Cake: 916, 994, 1013, 289

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This didn’t turn out exactly like I wanted, but you know you have to try things and just see what happens sometimes. I do think maybe I should have tried Bristol paper for the background, I used Neenah and maybe switching that out might make a difference.

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The fiesta red ink that came in the kit is a really pretty pinkish red color.

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Prismacolors: 922, 924, 912, 911

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OH my, the layers! I was really happy with how this worked out. That banner die is super pretty, I’m so glad I added it on to my order. I think this would be nice for a quinceanera.

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That coral distress ink matched the darker pink paper I used for the die cuts almost perfectly.

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Such pretty detail – I think it would be fun to try stitching through the edges of the banner too.

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Somewhat simple, but really fun I think. I love how it looks like the snake is playing the guitar too. I was singing the Bailemos song in my head the entire time I was making this card (and it’s still stuck in my head now).

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That dancing mouse is by far my favorite from the stamp set.

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Prismacolors:

Mouse: 943, 1013, 923, 940

Guitar: 943, 945, 922

Snake: 911, 912, 942, 922, 992, 994, 941, 940, 994, 1092, 922

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And now we’ve got the whole gang together for a big party. I created the background using the same distress oxide inks I used in yesterday’s post.

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I thought I’d echo the purple from the mouse’s outfit with purple ink on the inside here and I think it looks especially nice next to the green border too.

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All Prismacolors for this last scene are exactly the same as those listed individually above.

As always, thanks for stopping by – let me know which card was your favorite in the comments below. xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · hero arts

10 Cards, 1 Kit |My Monthly Hero April (Part 1 of 2) + Giveaway Winner!!

Hi-ya! Hope your week has started off well 🙂

Gosh it seems so strange not to have spoken with you in two weeks! For those of you who only read the blog…my allergies went nutso week before last and I was down on the couch for most of it so I’m a bit behind. I worked on these cards a little each night of last week and am finally finished with the editing so here you go:

And here are some close-ups:

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I’m so happy with how this card came out – super simple and super sweet.

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This is the only time I use those flourishes but I think they worked as great accents.

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That ribbon is so lovely.

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Can you tell I loved that frame die? I wanted to create a row of dancers like I’ve seen in some of the traditional dances. This is busier than my usual cards but I like the multi-layered look.

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Again, I don’t know why this is mouse themed, but I think she is totally adorable.

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Prismacolors: 1008, 1009, 992, 105, 1002, 1032, 912, 109, 1068, 1072, 941, 1060, 927, 922, 928, 912, 1002, 1009

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This guy is so cute – in the video you can really see him bounce around as if someone has just taken a crack at him.

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The scattered candy takes up a fair amount of room so there’s not as much space to write, but I think it’s worth the trade-off.

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I’m not sure if it was the movement or the gold glitter but my camera was going crazy trying to take photos of this. It’s a bit blurry in places but it’s the best of about 20 photos.

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I love the texture this fringe creates – I’m so glad I picked this up as an additional die.

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I forgot to write down the colors for this but I used mostly the same colors as in other scenes and I have listed those.  (Can you tell my head has been full?)

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Again that ribbon – so beautiful!

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Can’t you just hear that snake hissing?

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I love when I can make a little cluster of things inside the card too. I’m not loving the black ink though, if I did this again I would do everything in the green.

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Prismacolors: 109, 1097, 912, 1005, 989, 913, 1012, 1098, 949, 916, 913, 994, 995, 922, 992

Thanks for stopping by today – let me know in the comments below which card was your favorite! xoxo, Sarah