Watercolor

Stamping Bella | Thanksgiving Oddball

Hello There,

I’m on my way to Pennsylvania to visit with family but before I head out, I wanted to wish all my crafty friends a very Happy Thanksgiving! On that note, I’ve got one more Thanksgiving card to share with you using Stamping Bella’s Thanksgiving Oddball. Here’s the video of what I came up with:

Here are some stills of the finished card:

front

She is so cute – I love her crazy hair!

inside

I’m wearing leggings so I’m covered!

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Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back to start the Christmas series soon! xoxo, Sarah


Watercolor

Art Impressions | Pumpkin Spice

Hi-ya,

Today I’ve got a watercolor card to share with you using the Stamptember special edition AI Pumpkin Spice stamp set. This image is adorable – these ladies look like the best of friends chatting over their lattes. Don’t you just want to know what story she is telling? Here is the video of what I came up with:

Here are some still shots of the finished card:

Front

I followed the packaging art for where to add in the shadowing but added some brighter colors to my scene.

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Such a cute sentiment – it’s definitely pumpkin latte season.

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


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


13 Days of Halloween · halloween

13 Days of Halloween – Day 12 | Trick or Treat!

Hey There,

This is my last card for the Halloween season this year. I will have one more video to finish up the 13th day but I need to wait until after I’m sure the recipient has it as I don’t want to ruin the surprise. For this card, I combined two MFT stamp sets to create my trick or treaters. That’s one thing I really love about MFT – their stamps are for the most part sized the same and very easy to mix together (Lawn Fawn does this too).

Here is how I put it together:

Here are your close-ups:

front

This is another sweet simple card, and probably my second favorite of the bunch this year.

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I kept the inside really clean as well.

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Copics: E00, E11, E13, E15, E18, R20, N0, N4, Y32, Y35, B99, R17, RV66, YG25

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Halloween Series this year – I’ve really enjoyed making everything for you! 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 · Simon Says Stamp

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

Hello there,

I’m back today with Part 2 of my 10 Cards, 1 Kit featuring the Simon Says Stamp May 2018 Card Kit. I did a bit of water coloring, but for the most part, kept these cards pretty simple and just let that beautiful sentiment stamp set shine. You can check out the video here:

and here are your close-ups:6

It’s been so long since I’ve watercolored – I had a lot of fun with this image. I know there are such tiny pieces in the picture but I find this type of coloring to be so relaxing.

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I just love the “boom” of adding the last word of the sentiment on the inside by itself. I think it magnifies the significance.

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This MFT Pineapple cardstock matched perfectly with the bright yellow in this paper collection.

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Love that sentiment.

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This is one of my favorite cards of the bunch. I love the look of the 3 squares with the little highlight of yellow and if you can’t tell by now I love those enamel heart stickers too!

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Such a pretty sentiment. I really liked how the smaller sentiments worked with the larger stamped or die cut heart.

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I was disappointed I lost the footage for this card, it is also one of my favorites. I loved this background paper – If they made a pack in the entire rainbow of colors I’d totally buy it!

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I usually don’t heat emboss on the inside of my cards, but I wanted to match the gold on the outside and this SSS white cardstock is really thick and sturdy so it worked out well.

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I’m ending with all my favorites, but I love this one too lol. That amazing sticker is super fun!

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I’m really happy with how my floral corners came out too – I may play around with some masking and try to create an entire bottom border.

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As always, thanks for stopping by – more paper goodness coming soon! xoxo, Sarah


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:

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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

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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

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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!