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:

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She is so cute – I love her crazy hair!

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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


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:

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Aren’t these ladies adorable?!?

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I think this makes a great encouragement card.

1 close

In LOVE with the texture on those masks!

2

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

2 inside

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

2 close

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!

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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.)

3 inside

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.

3 close

This paper collection has some really super cute tags.

4

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

4 inside

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

4 inside close

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.

4 close

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

5

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

5 inside

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

 

10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

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

Hello there – hope you’re having a great weekend! We had some crazy wind yesterday, but today we’ve got some lovely sunshine and it really feels like spring. That just happens to be perfect weather to share my 10 Cards, 1 Kit using the Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit with you. It is sold out but you can still see all contents and purchase any items you might be interested in individually. I LOVED THIS KIT…so let’s get started:

Here are your close-ups:

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I thought of this card as soon as I watched the unboxing video. I knew I wanted to make some sort of a seed packet and I think this worked out pretty great. I couldn’t really add that sound in the video, but adding the seed beads inside really gives it some extra fun.

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I really love the paper and stickers from Carte Bella, I pretty much used all of mine by the end of the videos and I’m thinking about grabbing some more for my stash.

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This was my favorite sentiment of the kit – it’s so encouraging!

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This bunny is adorable and that pompom really takes it to the next level. I know I’ll use this on lots of spring cards in the years to come.

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I was obsessed with The Velveteen Rabbit when I was little – I had one of those kits where the book came with a cd that read it to you and I think I wore it out. I was thinking of that when I was coloring this guy and wondering where that got to.

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I kept trying to add that carrot on the front with the bunny and I just couldn’t make it look right – a few on the inside was a much better option.

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It’s hard to choose a favorite from this bunch, but if I HAD to choose, this would be it.

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Love the flowers, love the sentiment.

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I toted with maybe adding some window panes to this but in the end, decided less was more and I’m glad I did.

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I’m making it a goal of mine to try to make some more masculine cards this year – I know that the black paper has the names of flowers on it but this could be used as a thank you for a gift of flowers. Or you could also substitute out a plain black or gray paper too.

4 close

That script die is soooo pretty – It works on just about any type of thank you card.

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I was worried that yellow wasn’t going to show up bright enough, but on that cream cardstock I only had to stamp it once and I think it’s very “readable”.

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So pretty – I think anyone would be happy to receive this thank you card.

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The sentiments in this stamp set were really great – I love all the different ways to mix and match them to say thank you.

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And that will finish us up for today. As always thanks for stopping by to check out my cards. 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

Lawn Fawn – Peachy Keen Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn – Sunflower 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

Essentials By Ellen – Many Thanks Die

Reverse Confetti Flower Wrap Die

ATG Gun: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

1/8 Inch Scor Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

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

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

Post It Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Glue Dots: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Nuvo Glue

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Scissors: 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.

We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dial: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

ZIG Water Brush: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

(064, 072, 021)

Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Bristol Paper: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT Lemon Drop Card Stock

Valentines Day Series

Hero Arts | Case File Card – You Stole My Heart

Hello Lovelies,

Hope your week has started off well. I’m super happy with how this card came out and excited to share it with you! When I saw that Love Bandit stamp set I had to grab it right away. So let’s jump in…

Here are some stills for you:

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I was going for as much realism as I could make here and I’m happy with the resulting file shape. (As real as a case file on a raccoon could be, lol.)

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I had to fuss a bit to try and make this look full without looking too silly. I think when I mail this I’ll try to find some lined pink legal paper to write my letter on and then I’ll staple that on the righthand side over the last photo that way when the recipient lifts it, it’ll reveal the “Be my Valentine” message last.

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I’d also like to find some kind of raccoon paw print to stamp on that grid paper…

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He’s so sweet. How could anyone resist those eyes?!?

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I don’t have an envelope liner die for 5×7 envelopes so I just made my own. I’ll be doing a video on this for my 5 Minute Tutorial Series coming soon.

Thanks so much for stopping by. xoxo, Sarah

 

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

Hero Arts – Love Bandit Stamp Set: Simon Says Stamp | Hero Arts

Your Next Stamp – Paint Swooshes & Splatters: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Misti Precision Stamping Tool: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink

Lawn Fawn Lobster Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Hero Arts Cup o’ Joe Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

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.

ATG Gun: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

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

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher: Simon Say Stamp | Amazon

ZIG Water Brush: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

(900, 093, 902, 041, 042, 021, 022)

MFT Card Stock:

Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Bristol Paper: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

5×7 craft card base – I used the Ms. Sparkle & Co line from Joann’s

Project Life – Inked Rose Cards

 

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:

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

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

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

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…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

12 Days of Christmas · happy holidays

12 Days of Christmas | Simon Says Stamp (Part 1 of 2)

Hello there!

Man, my week has been crazy so far. I’ve still got presents to wrap, roasted pecans to make and of course videos to film. Of course you have to make time for cards and unwinding too. I had a lot of fun sitting down with this SSS kit, I alway love when they include the Doodlebug papers and this one was especially great since the stamp set was made to match. Here is the video of the first 5 cards I’ve come up with:

Here are some still shots for you:

1 front

I was drawn to this adorable little cake right away, it had to be the first card I made.

1 inside

and this cut apart sentiment was perfect!

1 close up

It’s a really small touch, but the shine from that nuvo drop and the shimmer pen really do make a difference in the finished card. I need to remember to use my nuvo drops more.

2 Front

These doodlebug scenes make for such easy cards.

2 close up

I was thrilled when I saw that those sequins would work as ornaments. I could have added a few to the largest balls in the wreath, but I decided to let the tree shine. And they really do shine when they catch the light.

3 front

I love the color mint. I love the color pink. When they’re combined – sheer perfection.

3 inside

This card will most definitely go to my niece at some point. I love that sentiment – if anyone knows of a stamp set that has something like this, please share it with me!

3 close up

Those accent stickers – too cute.

4 front

Ok. I’m going to toot my own horn here…I’m really proud of this card. It took me a while to decide how I was going to create that rooftop, but I was determined and in the end I decided that simpler was better. I’m SO excited with the result!

4 slide

I don’t know who’s going to receive this card yet, but I hope they love it as much as I do.

4 inside

Simple straight forward sentiments are always great for stash building.

4 our

I toyed with trying to keep him from coming all the way out of the chimney but I think it works ok this way. If the recipient doesn’t want to keep the card (I’m cringing saying that) they can always re-use Santa as a tag or bookmark.

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Mrs. Claus is adorable and I love that she’s not wearing a hat because now she can double as a grandma on another card.

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You have to smile when you see that #Squadgoals sentiment.

I know I end every blog post this way…but thanks for stopping by today. I really do appreciate you taking the time to look at my work. I know how much it inspires me to see things others come up with and I hope I’m able to pass some inspiration on to you as well. 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

Lawn Fawn – Lobster Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Versamark Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Simon Says Stamp Detail White Embossing Powder

Sizzix Big Shot: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT – Blueprints 32 Dies

Lawn Fawn – Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangles: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies: Simon Says Stamp |Amazon

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Fiskars Crimper

Neenah Desert Storm Card stock: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT Card Stock:

ATG Gun: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Glue Dots: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

1/8 Inch Scor Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

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

Stampin Up Foam Strips

Ranger Multi Medium Matte: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Uni-Ball Signo Black Gel Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Nuvo Drops – Red Berry: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Stampin Up Dimensionals

Prismacolor Colored Pencils: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

  • Santa: 923, 925, 935, 916, 927
  • Mrs. Claus Scene: 923, 925, 938, 1070, 935, 916, 912, 945, 1082, 1083, 927, 118, 1033

 

12 Days of Christmas · happy holidays

12 Days of Christmas | Art Impressions -Dairy Christmas

Whew…my day at work was so busy today, it was nice to unwind a bit doing this watercolor. Something about watercoloring in tiny spaces relaxes me, lol.

I found this Dairy Christmas set a while ago and had to purchase it, my Aunt loves chickens so this will be her card this year. I wasn’t sure what to do with it since the stamp I wanted to use is a bit smaller than what I usually watercolor, so first I thought I’d just make a mini card, but then I thought why not go bigger? I tend to always want to add things, but I try to stretch myself and leave white space every once and a while and this time I think it worked out.

You can check out the process video here:

And her are some still shots:

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Extra long. Extra cute.

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inside

LOVE me a pun.

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I stamped this again after I was done watercoloring and it was slightly off, not off enough to ruin it, but enough to drive me crazy. I should have known better, the watercolor warped the page, so even though I left the stamp on my misti, it just didn’t work. Don’t do what I did.

Thanks for stopping by today. xoxo, Sarah

 

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

Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Misti Precision Stamping Tool: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Art Impressions – Dairy Christmas: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Simon Says Intense Black Ink

Kuretake Watercolor Set: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

 

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

MFT – Poppy Card Stock