Project Life · Valentines Day Series

12 Simple Valentines | 1 Project Life Kit

Hey There,

I’m starting off my Valentine’s series this year with some cards I made using a Project Life kit. I don’t do Project Life, but as a lover of all things paper I saw the pack and thought I could definitely do something with it. It made for such easy cards – I just used the Project Life cards in place of my usual patterned paper and the included embellishments pretty much did the rest. Although, I did add in some cork pieces and enamel dots from my stash too…

Here’s what I came up with:

and Here are your close-ups:

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Thanks for stopping by today – hope I was able to give you some inspiration for your own Valentines Day cards! xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · Spellbinders

10 Cards | 1 Kit ā€“ Spellbinders December Card Kit (Part 1 of 2)

Hello Everyone,

Hope you’re having a great week! Today I’m sharing part 1 of my 10 cards, 1 kit using the Spellbinders December card kit. So a lot of these cards are holiday-themed because the stamp sentiments included were Be Festive and Happy Holidays. You could easily substitute other stamps that you have in your stash, but I decided to just go ahead and use the stamps included and I’ll save those to mail out next Christmas. Without further ado here is the video:

Here are your close-ups:

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Such a cute deer – I could’ve used lots of those! The small flowers and leaves are finicky pieces, but I love that they include different sizes because this was the perfect addition and often times you can’t find dies that small.

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There aren’t enough words to explain how much I adore this sentiment stamp. That font. I want an entire stamp set of it!

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I used this bear on several cards – he’s so cute, I love that scarf and big black nose!

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I kept the inside simple here with just a stamped sentiment.

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This sentiment die cut is a great size – you could use it just by itself on a card front. I’m a bit obsessed with flowers lately (can you tell? lol), probably because it’s so gray and cold outside.

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Leaving this inside simple too so this could be used now and not just at Christmas time.

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Oh my, I love every card with this sentiment. It works great with the sketchy look of the mason jar too and I love the play of the poppy and mustard colors together. This mason jar was a lot of fun to stamp and there were lots of items to fill it with.

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Again keeping the inside simple again…I’ll probably add some type of “to you and yours” sentiment on the inside before I send it next year.

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This brown string is a really lovely texture. Instead of tying it in a bow I thought I’d leave it a little more masculine with a knot and then added some flowers to set it off and balance out the bear.

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Again I’m keeping the inside simple and added those flowers at the bottom to balance out the bunch on the opposite corner from the front.

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Lovely dimension.

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Thanks for stopping to check out my cards – make sure you come back tomorrow to see the final five. xoxo, Sarah


Card Kits · Spellbinders

3 Floral Cards | Spellbinders December Small & Large Die Kit

Hi-ya,

As promised, I’m back today with 3 more cards using the Spellbinders December small and large die kits. These cards are different from what I usually do, but I really love how they turned out. You can watch how I made them here:

Here are some close-ups of the finished cards:

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This is my favorite of the bunch, although I really like them all. I used the very last scrap of my MFT Persimmon cardstock to make that flower and if I’d had more, I’d have used it again on the other cards – that red is perfect to go with this greenery. Time to re-order.

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The outside was so busy, I kept the inside simple with just a sentiment. I used Simon Says Stamp’s Kind Flowers to complete all these cards – it’s my favorite to use for thank you cards.

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I really love the mix of this blue background with the greenery as well. I can’t seem to get enough mint colored things in my life, lol.

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I thought it would be fun and something different to have that flower popping up from the inside of the card. It made the sentiment a little challenging though. I wanted to stamp directly on the cardstock but didn’t want to mess it up after all that work on the front so I just added in a little sentiment strip.

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And I love a tone-on-tone as well. I used that pretty blue cut out from the previous card to back the die-cut sentiment.

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For the inside, I went with a Neenah panel and added a few of those fronds coming down from the top.

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Thanks for stopping by to check out my cards – these were really time-consuming to create but I’m super happy with the way they turned out. I already know who two of them are going to šŸ™‚ xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

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

Hi There,

I’m back with part 2 of my 10 Cards, 1 Kit using the Simon Says Stamp August 2018 card kit. These florals are absolutely gorgeous and I had so much fun coloring all the images. Here are the rest of the cards I created:

Here are close-ups of the finished cards:

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This peony image is so beautiful and that background stamp was exactly what I needed to finish off the shabby chic look for this card.

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I love the look of a watermarked stamp, I really need to remember to do that more often.

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Ink: Simon Says Stamp Intense Black

Prismacolors: 912, 913, 989, 988, 1060, 1061, 1013, 928

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So sweet and simple, this mason jar is lovely. I just let the image shine here on its own and added the twine bow at the top to finish off a pretty country look.

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The top portion of this flower pot would look great all along the border of a card.

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Ink: Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige

Prismacolors: 122, 922, 1013, 1009, 995, 994, 912, 913, 989, 988, 992, 1086, 289, 1014, 122, 923

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This picket fence stamp is great to add to your scene building stash. Though it does take quite a bit of work to cut it out if you want as much detail as I do.

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I kept the inside simple since the outside was so detailed a grabbed a red ink to match that poppy flower.

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Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo

Copics: R17, YR07, RV66, RV63, YG45, YG25, E15, E13, E18, YR02, YR04

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These watercolor cards ended up being my favorites of the bunch (along with the rainbow card from yesterday).Ā  I really like this technique of laying down the watercolor and letting it do its thing.

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I run out of ideas for the inside of cards sometimes – I think this is the first time I’ve mixed the different sentiment colors and really like the way it came out.

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As you may have guessed, the copics were my favorite way to color the poppy flower. Here I placed that wreath around an opening so you could see the sentiment on the inside. This would also be a great way to make a shaker card.

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I finished off the inside sentiment using some cardstock to match that poppy color and placed them so you wouldn’t see them through the opening.

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Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Copics: R17, YR07, YG45, YG25

So that will finish up the cards for this kit and whew, I’m feeling at least a little bit caught up now. I’ll be working on the September kit this week and get those videos up for you soon. Hopefully before the October kit arrives. I’m also putting together a Halloween kit – more on that soon, so stay tuned! xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

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

Helloooooo!

I’m so happy to be back and sharing my SSS August 10 Cards, 1 Kit video…better late than never right ?!? I absolutely loved this stamp set. The flowers are gorgeous and it was full of so many different little sentiments to really make the cards your own. Here is the first half of what I came up with:

And here are some close-up photos of the finished cards:

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That jar of flowers is just such a sweet image and really pops next to the black and white of the script paper and sentiments.

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For the inside, I stamped the jar image using Lawn Fawn Minty Fresh Ink. This is a nice light ink so it will be very easy to write over if necessary.

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Stamping Ink for all Copic coloring: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Copics: RV63, RV66, R35, R43, YG45, YG25, BG10

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Cutting out those detailed fences was time-consuming, but so worth it in the end.

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That poppy was my favorite flower out of all of them. I was so happy with the inside of this card, I considered trying to do the same partial coloring idea for the outside of a card (and still might!)

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Copics: R17, YR07, RV66, RV63, YG45, YG25

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I’m such a sucker for a rainbow – I literally love one on anything. This card makes me so happy šŸ™‚

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Every rainbow needs some gold at the end – this one has some gold washi.

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Rainbows, hearts, and clouds – I’m dating myself here but I just keep thinking “Care Bear Stare” when I look at it.

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This wreath is just a gorgeous stamp. I really wanted some single flowers and leaves to color and add all the way around the ring. Though I’m not sure I would have wanted to fussy cut all of them!

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I was thinking of maybe adding one more flower to the wreath so I fussy cut it out but it didn’t look quite right. Luckily I was able to add it to the inside panel.

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Ink: Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige

Prismacolors: 1002, 923, 122, 912, 913, 989, 988

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I was channeling some sort of flower shop with this card or maybe the inside of a potting shed. The variety of flowers in this set was amazing and I really enjoyed coloring these stamps.

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The contrast of that minty fresh and the tangy orange card stock is one of my favorite combinations.

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Ink: Simon Says Stamp Intense Black

Prismacolors: 934, 1008, 1009, 1063, 1051, 912, 913, 989, 988, 929, 994, 928, 1013, 1014, 916, 942, 1012, 122, 923, 945, 1032, 118, 1033, 920, 992, 911, 1002

As always thanks for stopping by to check out my cards…Part 2 coming soon! xoxo, Sarah


happy mail

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:

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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

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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.

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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


 

unboxing

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…