12 Days of Christmas · happy mail · Uncategorized

Happy Mail | Mini Folio feat. Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa Collection

Hey There,

Today I’ve got some Swapbot happy mail to share with you. I made this cute mini folio flip using the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa Collection (Crate Paper if you’re reading…please oh please do another printing of this!) lol. I love this collection – it’s oh so fun and I was thrilled I was able to get my hands on another 6×6 paper pad and chipboard sticker set for this season, but now I am running very low! I may have to add experimenting with digital collections to my list of things for the new year… Ok enough chit chat – here’s the video of what I came up with:

And here are your stills:

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This was a really fun and quick project (depending on how much you embellish & what goodies you send).

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I love the look of adding the snow pen on top of the chipboard – I’ve actually never thought of that before and now I’ve made a mental note to try embellishing chipboard in other different ways.

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Goodies pictured are a washi sample (randoms from my stash) and sentiment stickers from Snow and Cocoa.

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I’m having a lot of fun with that fake snow from Target this year 😉

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Goodies pictured are gold glitter deer die cuts (Hampton Art) and a Snow and Cocoa mason jar.

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Last, but not least I added in a glittery snow mix packet and wrapped everything together with some baker’s twine.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project – hope it gave you some inspiration for your own paper crafting goodness. xoxo, Sarah


12 Days of Christmas · happy mail · Uncategorized

Happy Mail | Tag Flip feat. Crate Paper Merry Days Collection

Hello!

Today I’ve got a tag flip to share with you…I love this so much I wanted to keep it for myself, sigh. But I’m going to have to let it go and hope the recipient enjoys it as much as I do. I was late to the party in ordering the Merry Days stuff so I wasn’t able to get everything I wanted (why, oh why don’t they stock more to begin with??) However between scrapbook.com and amazon, I was able to get the things I really wanted. Here is how I put the tag flip together:

Here are some still shots of the finished tags:

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


13 Days of Halloween · halloween

13 Days of Halloween – Day 13 | Halloween Embellishment Box

Greetings from stormy Baltimore…it’s been raining here all day. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to stay in and do some more crafting this weekend 😉

This will be my final Halloween video for the season…I wanted to wait to be sure it was received before posting so as not to ruin the surprise and now that I’m sure it’s arrived I can share it with you.

Here is how I put the goodie box together:

Here are some close-ups:

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If you’d like to see how I made all those goodies, check out day 6 & 7 of the series. Thanks so much for stopping by today (and your patience as I’ve run late with some of these videos).  Now on to a few Thanksgiving cards and the Christmas Series! xoxo, Sarah


halloween · unboxing

Halloween Happy Mail Unboxing

Hello There,

Today I’m sharing a quick unboxing video of a surprise Halloween happy mail package I received from Alexandra. Thank you – you totally made my day!!!

Here are some close-ups of the goodies:

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Ahh – in LOVE with these rosettes. the picture doesn’t do them justice – that glitter is gorgeous 🙂

envelope flip

Thanks again to Alexandra! and thanks to you for stopping by! xoxo, Sarah

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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 🙂

front hoop close

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


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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.)

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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.

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 🙂

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


 

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