12 Days of Christmas · happy mail · Uncategorized

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


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 3 | Shaker Windows

Hello There,

I’ve got my favorite, The Nightmare Before Christmas, playing in the background and just settled in with a cup of hot cocoa to get down to typing and uploading today’s video. It’s freezing in Baltimore and I’m afraid we may have skipped Fall altogether this year! I guess that means I should create more fall cards to make up for it 🙂

I got the idea for these shakers from Rachel Tallman – she is amazing, I always get inspiration from her beautiful work. She did some of these with her spring blitz this year and I’ve been wanting to give it a try since then.

Here is what I came up with:

And here are some stills:


This one is my favorite of the bunch, mostly because of that ribbon – which took forever! I’m so disappointed that I lost the video of how I attached it but I will be making more of these and will add that in next time.

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Here’s a side view so you can really see the texture and dimension that ruffled ribbon created.


Love this guy! His expression is so great – I would love to have him as a trick or treater so I surrounded him with candy.

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My favorite part of this is the spider web – I used some scor tape around the edges on the back (before I put on the ribbon), and then just wrapped the string around the corners a few times. Then I glued all over the back and placed that down on some Neenah paper and trimmed around the edge again. Then I slid the ribbon behind the string on the front and stuck it down.

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All in all, I’m really pleased with how they came out. I used mostly items from the Halloween Kit I put together but will add links to the additional items used below. As always, thanks for stopping by. xoxo, Sarah

10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit – SSS July Card Kit (Part 1 of 3)


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:


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


I thought this stamp set was so much fun, I just loved all the images and the punny sentiments. 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


happy mail

Happy Mail | Travel Flip Book feat. Crate Paper Here & There Collection

Hi-ya! Hope everyone is having a great week! I’m currently filming some cards using the SSS Special Edition Mother’s Day kit (aiming to have it posted on Friday) but wanted to share this happy mail video with you in the meantime. I have so much fun creating these swapbot exchanges. If you’ve never tried it out I recommend giving it a shot! Here is what I came up with for a travel flip book exchange:

Here are some close-ups of the finished pages:


I thought this shaker window made a great start for the front of the flip book. I could make those shakers all day every day – it’s so much fun to shake it when that last seam is finished.


That tag was really hard for me to part with – I love those copper/rose gold accents but it went perfectly with that suitcase so I had to use it.


That taxi paper is my favorite of the bunch. I layered the postcard and New York ticket with the subway chipboard and then added the sequin share pouch to finish this page.


I like to add a little envelope with a handwritten note on all of my happy mail projects.


I made a few more envelopes with matching notecards to share and attached them with a belly band. Don’t you just love that sending love sticker?!?


I really wanted a sticker that said big ben, but I didn’t have one so I went with let’s travel. Those Tim Holtz Tiny Phrase Stickers came in really handy to add an extra something to the book.


Taxi or Subway – I’ll take New York any day of the week. Here I added an envelope and filled it with a bunch of matching ephemera.


I used the rolling stamp and some SSS intense black ink to add items to that bucket list.


This envelope came in a special envelope ephemera pack to match the collection. I added the rolling suitcase (another fav from the chipboard pieces) and tied in the blue again in the upper corner using the airplane sticker.


I’ve been eyeing one of those flair button makers for a while and finally took the plunge and got one. I plan to make some to sell (eventually – you know with all that extra time I have, lol) I’ll keep you posted on that once I get some packs started.

Thanks so much for stopping by today – Hope you enjoyed the video! xoxo, Sarah

10 Cards 1 Kit

10 Cards, 1 Kit | Patio Party (Part 1 of 2)

Hello there,

Hope everyone’s week is going well. So rather than stare at my mailbox waiting for the next Simon Says Stamp card kit to arrive, I decided I would create my own using one of the new paper pads I picked up recently. I fell in love with this Patio Party collection when I saw the reveal video from Creativation and snatched it up as soon as it was available. I sat down with it this past weekend and here is the first half of what I came up with:

Here are some stills for you:


Aren’t these ladies adorable?!?


I think this makes a great encouragement card.

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In LOVE with the texture on those masks!


I really like when you can combine several cut-a-parts to create a sentiment.

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This will come in handy the next time I have a friend cat sit for me 🙂

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I’d like to have those slippers in real life 🙂 ohh how cute would it be to pair this card with some slippers as a gift!


This striped paper was one of my favorites from the collection. I always thought that the scrapbooking papers from a collection were just larger print versions of the 6×6 paper pads, but this collection had a lot of different 12 x 12 papers. (That, or I was confused and looking at a totally different collection, lol.)

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I’m always looking for different ways to finish off the inside of cards. Honestly, I’m not sure I’m in love with this one.

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This paper collection has some really super cute tags.


I feel like I’m going to be making a lot of these bouquet wrap cards.

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I’m definitely checking to see if I can get a 12 x 12 of that floral paper.

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Lawn Fawn is my favorite ink to use and this may be my favorite color of all. That Minty shade is so soft and subtle.

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Not sure if you can tell, but the thanks is made up of that floral paper that I love.


I really like the bold pop of the yellow with the black and white stripe.

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And how serendipitous that there was an orange slice in the spa day set!

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I think this would make any recipient smile 🙂

Thanks for stopping by to check out my cards…xoxo, Sarah

I purchase my Copics from Blick Art Supplies – they have the best price I have found for individual markers and you can save even more if you sign up for their free loyalty card.

The colors I used today are:

Skin Tones: E18, E15, E13 and E13, E11, E00

Towels: RV63, RV66, RV69 and R20, R43, R35


5 Minute or Less Tutorials · Valentines Day Series

How to: Paper Rosettes in 5 minutes or less

Hi There! I know we can all use refreshers when we are creating something we haven’t done in a while. I decided to create this video series to show you how to make basic elements in the clearest and quickest way possible. If you have any requests for future videos, please let me know in the comments below.

You can check out the first tutorial on paper rosettes here:

Here are some stills of my finished rosettes:


Be careful – these are addicting. You make one…you’re going to want to make a dozen!


Those Tim Holts Small Talk Stickers are fantastic – I’m using them on everything lately.


This turned out to be one of my favorites – that cactus is to die for…


…and don’t get me started with the cotton candy

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Thanks for stopping today – xoxo, Sarah


Here are some links to the additional products I used today:

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Score Board – I’m using a Martha Stewart version (retired). You can still get them but the prices are outrageous. I’ve heard good things about this one but I have not personally used it.

Fiskar’s Circle Punch

Sizzix Big Shot: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Sizzix Bigz – Flower Layers Die

1/4 Inch Scor Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Art Minds Mini Hot Glue Gun

Mini Glue Sticks

Crate Paper Main Squeeze 12 x 12 paper

Crate Paper Main Squeeze Ephemera: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Tim Holtz – Small Talk Stickers: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

I’ve used several items from the older lines of Crate Paper  – I’ll include links here for what I can still find:

Crate Paper Hello Love Phrase Stickers: Amazon

Crate Paper Heart Day Embellishments: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Crate Paper Heart Day Chipboard Stickers: Amazon

Crate Paper Hart Day X’s & O’s Paperclips: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

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


Just a quick update since some of you might not have watched my last video…

I know I’ve been a bit MIA – I’ve been having a lot of computer issues. In fact my computer crashed 3 times while I was working on that last Thanksgiving card, so I finally gave up and ordered a new one. I’ll have a Christmas series starting in the next few days, but everyone seems to really enjoy the 10 cards videos so I wanted to be sure and share the November kit with you. Especially since this was such a fantastic kit!

Now on to part 1:

Here are some still shots:

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The stamp set that came in this set is HUGE and the large floral kind stamp is just gorgeous. It makes a great card front just by itself! I had a bit of trouble with my gold embossing powder, so those bumps are totally the fault of that, not the stamp. It was really old though, like we’re talking 10+ years so I picked up some new Recollections powder and it’s working much better.

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There are so many additional phrases for the inside of the cards too. I used a different one on all 10 cards.

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When I saw those old fashioned busts and that phrase…I just couldn’t resist. This is one of my favorite cards of the bunch.

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My ‘k’ got a little nicked because of that old embossing powder, but I’m still happy with the result. I’ll call it shabby chic? That periwinkle background was my favorite paper of the pack.

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That gold heart was the perfect final touch on the inside.

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Simple and sweet. I love when the kits include matching stickers, just popping up one of those flowers adds so much.

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What a cozy little cottage, who wouldn’t love to call that home.

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This was my favorite sentiment of the bunch.

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


Here are some links to the additional products I used today:

Misti Precision Stamping Tool: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Simon Says Intense Black Ink

Simon Says Stamp – Steel Blue Ink

Lawn Fawn Walnut Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn Fresh Cut Grass Ink: Simon Says Stamp

Lawn Fawn Peachy Keen Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Stampin Up – Old Olive Ink

Stampin Up – Pear Pizzazz Ink

Versamark Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Sizzix Big Shot: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT – Blueprints 32 Dies

Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies: Simon Says Stamp |Amazon

Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Darice Foam Strips: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Craft Foam:  Amazon

Grafix Vellum: Amazon

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT – Lavender Fields Card Stock

MFT – Nightshift Blue Card Stock

MFT – Insulation Pink Card Stock

ATG Gun: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

1/2 Inch Scor Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Ranger Multi Medium Matte: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Stampin Up Dimensionals

Prismacolor Colored Pencils: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

(929, 1001, 1013, 922, 118, 926, 1008, 995, 1009, 993, 956, 1012, 912, 913, 1005, 1097, 1006, 920)