12 Days of Christmas · Spellbinders

3 Cards, 1 Treat Box | Spellbinders November Large Die Kit

Hi-ya,

Today I’ve got some cards and a treat box to share with you that I made using the Spellbinders November Large Die Kit. I’m absolutely loving these kits – so much fun and an amazing way to build my die stash. I really can’t say enough about how great of a deal I think this is, the amount of items you get for the price is astounding. Here is the video of what I came up with:

Here are some still shots of the finished cards and box:

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Simple and clean – my favorite kind of cards. I LOVE that warm wishes sentiment, it’s such a pretty script.

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Again I’m using the Mama Elephant Merry Greetings and Jingle Greetings stamp sets.

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This card is my favorite – I love the shape of those tags, they make such a pretty pattern.

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I used some green ink for the sentiment to echo the green from the front and finished off this inside panel with a thin stripe of the pink paper.

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What a fun shaker to make! I don’t have a lot of dies that have these solid shapes and the inserts to match, so it’s new to me to use the insert and get so much detail on a cut-out window.

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You’re going to see these sentiment stamp sets a lot this season!

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These boxes are really cute and easy to put together – I hope my instructions were at least a little helpful.

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Here you can see the details of how I cut out off/around that outside red border.

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These would make a great advent calendar and I’m planning to make some as some favor boxes for each place setting at our family Christmas dinner this year.

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The detail of all those tiny dots around the border is really pretty. If any get stuck, you can use a needle tip to poke them out.

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As always thanks for stopping by to check out my work – I hope I was able to give you some inspiration for your own holiday merry making! 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

10 Cards | 1 Kit – SSS Mother’s Day Card Kit ( Part 2 of 2) Wedding Cards

Hi there,

As promised, I’m back with part 2 of my 10 Cards, 1 Kit using the Simon Says Stamp special edition Mother’s Day Card Kit. For this second half, I’ve created 5 wedding themed cards since it is that time of year and the papers in the kit worked really for those too. Here is what I came up with:

Here are some close-ups of the finished cards:

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I kept all of these cards fairly simple, but I love simple. That knot to echo the sentiment is just really sweet.

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And this is the perfect sentiment for inside a wedding card – at least I think so.

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This was as complicated as it got for this batch of cards. I’ve been doing a lot more layering in my happy mail lately and I think it spilled over a bit here. It’s not my normal design, but I really love this card.

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That peachy keen ink was a perfect match for these pattern papers.

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Couldn’t you just die over that congratulations script? This stamp set is wedding themed but you can use this one stamp on so many cards and the size of it makes for a great simple card.

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This would be really pretty to stamp on an envelope and add their last name in a fancy handwritten script.

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Such an easy card. As you know I am in love with everything Maggie Holmes – I was really excited to get both these hearts from the chasing dreams collection and the stickers from the flourish collection – yes, more please.

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This is why I always hang on to scraps, I only had a small stripe of that floral patterned paper left after the Mother’s Day cards but was able to use it on several cards.

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You know how I love a shaker card. I think this is such a great card to give because the new couple can take off the shaker and add it to the photo album if they’d like.

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Again that script is fantastic in or outside a card.

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


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 · Simon Says Stamp

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

Hi There,

Hope your week is going well. Today I’m sharing part 1 of my 10 Cards, 1 Kit using the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit. All I can say is GORGEOUS – that floral stamp is to die for and some of those papers too. Here is what I came up with:

Here are some close-ups of the final cards:

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Love these watercolor panels – they make such sweet, simple, easy cards.

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I am in LOVE with this stamp set – the mix of sizes and solids and outlines make for lots of choices and you can really make loads of different cards with them.

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Ok this may be my most favorite card of the year so far. Probably because I’m obsessed with Paris and the only thing this scene is missing is the Eiffel Tower in the background. I had so much fun making this tulle shaker card – I see lots more of them in my future.

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I kept the inside simple with just a piece of light pink washi which matched the lighter tones on the front picture.

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Beautiful floral piece – this makes making cards so easy, stamp it, color it and you’re done. I have been really stretched on time lately, but when things settle down I’m going to emboss and watercolor with this.

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Odd sized cards are so much fun right? I need to make more of them. I may go back and add a leaf to this stem, it feels like it needs a little something more.

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Prismacolor: 989, 912, 109, 1012, 916, 942, 928, 929, 994, 926, 923, 925, 934, 995, 1009

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So simple, but one of my favorites. This patterned paper pack was so lovely.

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What do you think of the double stripe keeping the pattern going? I think it looks really classy and it would look good to do a whole card front like that too!

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I was dying for some feathers to add to this for some texture. I keep meaning to pick up some boa’s so I can tear them apart but didn’t have any on hand so I went with the next best thing…stitching. I think it gives it that little extra pop it needed.

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I did a bit of stamp surgery to get these last two sentiments to work – well worth all the little piecing. (Prismacolor: 995)

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Thanks so much for stopping by – hope I was able to give you some inspiration to use with your kit! xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit

10 Cards, 1 Kit – Collaboration with Stephanie Harding (Part 2 of 2)

Happy Friday!

We decided to post both videos for you on the same day so you didn’t have to wait to check out the other half of our collaboration. In this video I’m using the kit Stephanie Harding put together – make sure you hop over to her channel to check out her videos too. Here’s what I came up with using her fantastic kit:

Here are some close-ups of the finished cards:

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Such a pretty sentiment – that cut apart sheet was a perfect pairing with the welcome home collection.

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I love the look of mint and red together.

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I loved that this collection had a range of different papers – they really seemed to cover all 4 seasons and had some great masculine patterns.

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This architect/house plan paper was another one of my favorites.

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Again…great masculine card options. Isn’t that mountain scene just breathtaking?

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I kept the inside simple because the men in my life don’t like lots of embellishment and this is definitely going to one of them.

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Love that picket fence – I don’t know where she found it (hopefully she will link it for you), but it gave fantastic dimension.

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Love this olive green ink from Stampin up – it’s the perfect color for stamping leaves.

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Talk about dimension – this wreath is gorgeous!

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I was so happy with how the flower pots came out too – they were a lot of work to fussy cut but SO worth it.

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This one still feels not quite done to me. It works, it just needs a little something more. Any suggestions?

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I do like the idea of finishing off the inside with these two stripes. It works great to use the leftover frame from the MFT BP-32 die.

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This is my favorite of the bunch – I love the cement pattern paper and that sentiment strip is so beautiful! The twine adds that final last touch of softness to balance things out.

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It’s a really simple thing, but I like how leaving the border around the inside pattern strip mimics the outside border.

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Like I said, I’m obsessed with these shaker windows – this is the first time I included something other than sequins and I really like the look of adding the key in there.

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Ahh – I was so excited when I found that matching ink!

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I loved these brads but it took me a while to figure out how to use them. It’s simple but sweet. I like the little cluster of homey things I put together.

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Don’t be afraid to cut apart cut-a-parts; I often forget I can do that.

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One last shaker – love that robin’s egg sequin mix. I wish the pictures would show how pretty the iridescent pieces are, hopefully you can see it in the video.

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I couldn’t resist using this floral paper again – it is gorgeous!

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Thanks for stopping by to check out my cards. Don’t forget to take a look at Stephanie’s video and enter to win the stamp set! xoxo, Sarah