Pine Tree Tidings

This has to be my favorite Christmas card this year.  I love nature and this card makes me happy and calm!  I want to frame it!  :)
Stamp Set:
Lovely as a Tree
Word Play

Ink & Paper
Old Olive Stampin' Pad
Early Espresso and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
Early Espresso, Old Olive and Very Vanilla cardstock
Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper

Accessories:
Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Scallop Edge Border Punch
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Pull Out Christmas Card

A fun way to say Merry Christmas!  Just pull out the white cardstock and write your message on the bottom.  Don't you just love the Quilted Satin Ribbon.  I love the way it shimmers!

Stamp Set:
Pines and Poinsettias

Ink & Paper:
Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist Stampin Pads
Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White cardstock
Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper

Accessories:
Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin Ribbon
Eyelet Border Punch
Corner Rounder punch
Blender Pen
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Snowflake Greeting

This is a simple, yet elegant way to wish someone Happy Holidays.  I just love the Big Shot!  Have I said that before?  :)  Very minimal stamping on this card.  Just add some ink with a dauber to each snowflake and it looks stamped, too!  Add a rhinestone to the center of each snowflake and VOILA!  A sparkling card!

Stamp Set:
Sincere Salutations

Ink & Paper:
Night of Navy Stampin' Pad
Night of Navy and Whisper White cardstock

Accessories:
Big Shot
Northern Flurry Textured Embossing Folder
Decorative Label Punch
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Night of Navy 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Rhinstones
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Quilly Christmas!

I have always wanted to try quilling.  It's a technique that is AMAZING!  You take thin strips of paper, roll them up like a roll of paper towels and then shape those scrolls into shapes.  I tried my had at this technique, but it's definitely something I need practice on.  Here's my sample:
Stamp Set:
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper and Ink:
Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Soft Suede and Daffodil Delight cardstock
Garden Green Stampin' Pad

Accessories:
Paper Piercer (to wrap the strips of paper around)
Tombow Glue

Happy Halloween! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Wait... What?!?!  Thanksgiving or Halloween?  You pick!

Some ladies in my Stampin' circles don't celebrate Halloween, so I had the option to make a Fall card instead.  With the switch of just a few colors, the cards become completely different.  See for yourself!
Stamp Set:
Grateful Greetings

Paper and Ink:
Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie cardstock
Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black Stampin' Pads

Accessories:
Big Shot
Pumpkin #4 Sizzlit Die
Pumpkin Faces Sizzlit Die
Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Daubers
Scallop Trim border punch
Stamp Set:
Grateful Greetings

Paper & Ink:
Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede cardstock
Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Pads

Accessories:
Big Shot
Pumpkin #4 Sizzlit Die
Leaves #2 Original Sizzix Die
Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Scallop Trim border punch
daubers
Both cards side-by-side... The same but different!  :)

Fall Colors?

How about a twist in the traditional Fall/Thanksgiving colors?  Bravo Burgundy and Calypso Coral may not come up on your list of colors you'd use, but look how AMAZING they are together!  How'd I get the Top Note die smaller?  Cut two small strips of paper and just lay them on the edges of the die... they fit as the mat under another image... No one will know!  :)
Stamp Set:
Inspired by Nature
Grateful Greetings

Paper & Ink:
Bravo Burgundy and Very Vanilla cardstock
Bravo Burgundy and Calypso Coral Stampin' Pad
Bravo Burgundy Stampin' Write Marker
Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper

Accessories:
Top Note Die and Big Shot
Paper Piercer and Mat Pack

Resisted Tree

Stamp class was on 10/21/11 and we had a great time!  This tree was created by clear, heat-embossing on Whisper White cardstock and then using 3 colors: More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede, we draw random lines with daubers and then darken the lines by going over them multiple times.  When you are done, spritz the card with Stampin' Mist and wipe away the excess color with a napkin.  This is a magical technique when it's done.  So pretty!

Stamp Sets:
Leaves of a Tree (2011 Holiday Mini)
Grateful Greetings

Ink & Paper:
Cajun Craze and Whisper White cardstock
Cajun Craze, Soft Suede and More Mustard Stampin' Pads
Versamark Pad

Accessories:
Daubers
Clear Embossing powder and Heat Tool
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Stampin' Mist

Gold Autumn

Shiny gold leaves... Oh how that makes me love Fall! Gold heat embossing is great to add elegance and wow to any card! Using Versamark, stamp the image on the color paper of your choise, pour gold embossing powder over the Versamark, tap away excess and then heat... watch the dull ugly powder turn bright and shiny gold! Magical!

Stamp Set:
Autumn Splendor
Four Frames

Ink and Paper
Bravo Burgandy and More Mustard cardstock
Versamark

Accessories:
Linen Thread
Gold Embossing Powder and Heat Gun
Scissors
Decorative Label Punch
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Polka-Dotted Thanks

What a simple but elegant way to say your thanks! I love how the polka dots from 3 different stamp sets pull together to create a very unique card.

Stamp Set:
Autumn Days
Four Frames
Grateful Greetings

Paper and Ink:
Chocolate Chip and Whisper White cardstock
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Pad

Accessories:
Polka Dot Textured Embossing Folder and Big Shot
Chocolate Chip Scalloped Polka Dot Ribbon
Decorative Label Punch
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Harvest Truck

Oh, my lovely little Loads of Love set! You may already know, but I'll tell you again; this is my most FAVORITE stamp set! It is also the very first stamp set I purchased through my upline Jamie Albanese! Loads of Love, Loads of Accessories... so cute and so versatile!

Stamp Sets:
Loads of Love
Loads of Accessories

Paper and Ink:
Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point and Whisper White cardstock
Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie and Pacific Point Stamp Pads
Blush Blossom Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories:
Scallop Ribbon Punch
Stripes Textured Embossing Folder and Big Shot

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September Stamp Class


FRIDAY NIGHT STAMP CLASSSEP 16  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Pacific)
 Join us the 3rd Friday of every month for a Stamp Class at Sarah's house!

We will be creating 3 projects and playing with amazing Stampin' Up! products!  Learn new techniques, color combos and make new friends!   Not to mention, seeing the latest and greatest from this AMAZING company!

The theme of each class will change depending on the season!

Please provide your own adhesive and scissors.

When:  3rd Friday of EVERY month!
Where:  Sarah's House
Cost:  Class fee is $10 and includes supplies for 3 projects and something for dinner. Class is FREE with a $35 order!

Bring a NEW friend, and your class fee is 2 attendees for 1 price! $10 for both of you ($5 a person) and my sincere gratitude for introducing them to me and what I love to do!

Please RSVP to me one week before class so that I may have enough projects prepared!

I hope to see you there!
RSVP

Color Coach

My new favorite tool! Stampin' Up!'s Color Coach is so awesome, you could potentially decorate an entire room by the colors matched together! Each exclusive color has it's own color swatch and on the back of each color swatch are ideas of other colors that blend well with that color.


Not only that, but Stampin' Up! gives you some blank cards for your own color combinations. Don't like the colors they matched together, play with it! Put the colors alongside each other and find your own! LOVE IT!!!
$14.95 for the Color Coach (#120148) and then an additional $2.50 per In-Color (2010-2012 In-Colors #121048) (2011-2013 In Colors #124886). About $20 for ALL THOSE COLORS and INSPIRATION!

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Shiny Guy

And last, but not least at all, Birthday for him! I saved this card for last at the class... I love oohs and ahhs and I felt this one really lived up to that!

What's great about this company and this world of paper-crafting, is the friendships and ideas that flow and inspire. The foil idea was not my own idea, but a fellow Demonstrator's idea. Of course, what you do with an idea is was creates even more inspiration! Cover a piece of cardstock with foil and run it through the Big Shot in an embossing folder and VOILA! A fun, and shiny element and perfect for a guy's card!

Stamp Set:
Ain't Love Grand (2011/12 Hostess)

Paper and Ink:
Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, More Mustard and Whisper White cardstock
Island Indigo, Baja Breeze and More Mustard Stampin' Write markers
Foil

Accessories:
Silver Mini Brads
Houndstooth Embossing Folder and Big Shot
Cutter Kit (or a Folding Bone) to distress edges
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Cheerful Trio

I just LOVE the colored embossing powder we offer now! This trio was embossed using the Tempting Turquoise embossing powder and then daubed with Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight to get even more depth! I also love the new scalloped polka dot ribbon. So cute!

Stamp Set:
Array of Sunshine (2011/12 Hostess)
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper and Ink:
Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White cardstock
Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper (2011/12 Hostess)
Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Pad
Versamark Pad

Accessories:
Tempting Turquoise embossing powder and Heat Tool
Daubers
Linen Thread
Melon Mambo 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon
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Gumballs n Glitter

August Stamp Class brought the stampin' ladies birthday cards! One for him, one for her and one for kiddo! Up today, "one for kiddo." The Circle Treat Cups are perfect for our gumball machine! We used the Something Sweet set to make the gumballs, but with these cups, you could ACTUALLY put real candy in them! :) The ladies who came to stamp class got to choose the blue (boy) card or the coral (girl) card.

Stamp Set:
Something Sweet

Paper and Ink:
Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock
Calypso Coral and Pool Party Stampin' Pads

Accessories:
Designer Printed Brads
1/2" Circle Punch
1-3/4" Circle Punch
Circle Treat Cups
Stripes Embossing Folder and Big Shot
Chunky Glitter
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Many Accordion Flowers

Tomorrow, I will be a vendor at a local boutique, and I made MANY of these flowers to sell. I went to a local craft store today and purchased some foam-backed pins and made all these! ...TODAY! They are so much fun! I used Designer Series Paper that I've had sitting around here! Do you recognize any of these old papers?















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Accordion Flower

These accordian flowers are something I have been seeing a lot lately and I wanted to try my hand at one! I've decided to make it so it could be interchangeable. So, as you can see, I mounted a simple circle on a safety pin with sticky strip adhesive. I used velcro dots and put one part on the safety pin part and the other on the back of the accoridan flower. Now, you can change the flower easily and not use so many safety pins. A fun idea that can be changed with the season or with your favorite stamps and Designer Series Paper.




Stamp Set:
Circle Circus

Paper and Ink:
A great use of retired paper!
Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Pad

Accessories:
a scoring tool
Dimensionals
3/4" Circle Punch
Sticky Strip adhesive
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Message Station

This isn't my original idea, but I found it years ago and loved it so much that I've made SEVERAL as gifts. Just go to your local discount store that carries these acrylic picture frames and use the advertised insert as a template for your cut paper. Insert your own paper in the frame, make a small design for the top, and add post-its and VOILA! A cute little message center!

Add a custom-made pen by using the same Designer Series Paper made into a tiny tube, insert the tiny tube into an RSVP pen (see the pen aisle and you'll know what I'm talking about) and double-VOILA! A matching set!




I used some retired Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper and So Saffron ribbon. It's a great way to use up some of those retired papers and ribbons! Imagine making a message center with holiday paper! PRETTY!
I used some retired Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper and So Saffron ribbon. It's a great way to use up some of those retired papers and ribbons! Imagine making a message center with holiday paper! PRETTY!

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CD Butterfly

WHAT A FABULOUS IDEA! (Thanks to my dear upline, Jamie Albanese, for the CD idea!) (And thanks to my dear downline, Pam Miller for the sewing pin-antennae idea!) The SECOND Jamie brought this idea to my attention, I wanted to make one! I made this today and wore it to work (yep, I'd rather be stampin'!) and heard this many times: "where did you get that?" What an AWESOME conversation starter! I chose to leave this one as a raw CD since as you can see, where I work, the fun of it having been a CD made it even more interesting to those at the store. Pam used sticker material and used our Designer Series Paper to make decorative butterflies.

Want to learn how to make one of your own? Give me a call! Let's schedule a workshop!

What's needed:

Sizzix Bigz Beautiful Butterfly Die
Big Shot
Old CD's or for fun, a blu-ray dvd?
Sanding Blocks
Rhinstone Jewels
Silver ball sewing pins.
name tag pin to hot glue on the back
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Torn Medallion

Inspiration from Stampin' Success. What is Stampin' Success? Well, it's a magazine just for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators! This magazine is chocked full of ideas, success stories, inspiration and current events regarding Stampin' Up! It's a wonderful resource! Want to get your own? Just sign up! Ask me about how easy it is to be a Demonstrator!


















Stamp Set:
Medallion

Paper and Ink:
Basic Gray, Pool Party and Confetti White cardstock
Basic Gray Stampin' Pad

Accessories:
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Designer Printed Brads - In Color
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Wisteria Blossoms

This card was created for a shoebox swap at our 1st Annual Mini-Convention at Susie Reno's home! It was so much fun! Want to attend a Stampin' Up! event exclusively for Demonstrators? Join me! I just love this company! I feel special every time I attend an event down to every time I have to call Demonstrator Support! They are the most supportive and genuine companies!


















Stamp Set:
Array of Sunshine (2011/2012 Hostess Set)
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper & Ink:
Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade cardstock
Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write Marker
Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade Stampin' Pad

Accessories:
Eyelet border punch
Basic Rhinestone Jewels
Top Note Die and Big Shot
Wisteria Wonder 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon
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Punched Blossoms

I had so much fun coming up with this card. I love the cute flowers created by using the new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch!














Stamp Set:
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper and Ink:
Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake and Lucky Limeade cardstock
Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper (2011/2012 Hostess)

Accessories:
Blossom Bouquet Layering Punch
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Full Heart Punch
Crimper
Basic Rhinestone Jewels

Want to learn more? Join me at my Stamp Classes held every 3rd Friday of each month! RSVP online: www.stampedbysarah.stampinup.net/events
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Spotlight Flourish

This is such a simple, yet stunning technique! Stamp an image and choose the portion you'd like to highlight and punch a smaller circle out. Color only that circle and mat it on a larger circle of the mat color and pop it. Super simple, very few supplies (a couple circle punches and some coloring tools) and a fabulous card!


















Stamp Set:
Fine Flourish
Sincere Salutations

Paper & Ink:
Baja Breeze, Soft Suede and Whisper White cardstock
Baja Breeze Stampin' Write Marker
Soft Suede Stampin' Pad

Accessories:
1-1/4" Circle Punch
1-3/8" Circle Punch
Dauber
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Unhurried Time

Antiquing is so much fun! NO! Not the driving around finding old things! I'm talking about the staying PUT and making new things look old! In this instance, I stamped the clock face image on some Whisper White cardstock and then went back with Crumb Cake Stampin' Pad and a sponge to make the face appear to be older and slightly worn! Fun technique and easy to do!


















Stamp Set:
Sense of Time

Paper and Ink:
Marina Mist, Crumb Cake and Whisper White cardstock
Marina Mist and Crumb Cake Stampin' Pad

Accessories:
Metallic Brads
Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
Big Shot
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