Mini Basket

Although this Sizzix Box #2 Die has retired, I have decided to keep it.  It makes for a super-cute small basket/box for gift-giving.  With a couple cuts, you can turn this box with a lid into a basket!  Want to know more?  How about a workshop??  You gather a few friends, and I'll come with the supplies to show you how to make a super-cute project like this one!  Not to mention the hostess benefit you will receive when you host a party!  How about free products?  Who wouldn't want THAT?!

Stamp Set:
Elements of Style

Paper and Ink:
Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze cardstock
Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze Stampin' Pads
Twitterpated Designer Series Paper

Accessories:
Sizzix Box #2 die
Big Shot
Big Beautiful Butterflies Die
Rhinstones
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Paper Trimmer

SQSC45 Entry

I love these challenges!!  :)  Talk about making you think out of the box!

Here is this week's challenge:

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SQSC45 ***
http://gettincrafty.typepad.com/stampin_queens_sketch_cha/

***I found it funny that after going back to SQSC's website to get a copy of the image for this challenge layout for this post, I noticed another entry also used the same Lovely as a Tree stamp set... Just a coincidence, I promise!  I don't scroll down on purpose when looking at the challenge layout because I really believe in coming up with my own ideas, but I think it's great that the layout inspired two individuals to use the same stamp set!  :)
After all this heat we've been having, I long for Autumn.  I just wish we could skip right over Summer as it is my least favorite season (yet here I am living in the desert of Southern California!), but cardmaking and challenges allow me to think ahead... WAY ahead!  :)  So a Fall-themed card is what I did!

Have you ever used bleach as an ink?  Give it a try!  But be sure to be in a well-ventilated area.  Put a folded paper towel on a plastic or styrofoam plate and pour enough bleach over it to soak the towel.  After that, choose the stamp you want to use and lightly tap the stamp on the paper towel... stamp onto your cardstock and let it dry or dry with a heat tool to speed things up and watch your image appear! (Clean your rubber stamp right away to remove the bleach)  The image might be a bit blotchy, so what I do is go back with a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and stamp over the dried image in a dark color.  The effect is stunning and unique!  

Stamp Set:
Lovely as a Tree

Paper and Ink:
Early Espresso, Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake cardstock
Early Espresso Stamp Pad

Accessories:
5/8" Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon
Bleach, Paper towel and plastic plate
Corner Punch
Stamp-A-Ma-Jig


BluRay Butterfly

Seriously!  A BluRay Butterfly!  Now, forgive the geek in me (I DO work in Geek Squad), but there's a difference in CD's and BluRay discs and let me explain that where it applies to cutting for cards:

The regular CD's (the slightly green tinted ones) are one layer of plastic and just a coating on the bottom.  When you cut a butterfly out of one of those, the backing could peel off, for one, but what you cut is what you get. There won't be any change.  They are great for making all kinds of neat things and for also peeling off the backing and adding your own Designer Series Paper.

But when you cut a BluRay disc, they are constructed of two pieces of plastic with the coating between the layers.  What happens when you cut it is amazing:  The two layers will come apart and on one side, you'll have most of the coating with this cool watermarked BLUE metallic layer and on the other layer, the coating will be purple watermarked and the butterfly will be mostly clear!  Give it a try!  Don't mind the creaking and cracking as you run the discs through the Big Shot... I scared a BUNCH of guests at my last class!

Stamp Set:
My Friend

Paper and Ink:
Baja Breeze and Pacific Point  Stampin' Pads
Baja Breeze, Pacific Point and Whisper White cardstock

Accessories:
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Rhinstones
Big Shot
Big Beautiful Butterlfies Sizzix Die


WOW! I won a prize! How cool!

I was so excited when came online to check for a new challenge on Stampin Queen's Sketch Challenge and found out that I was one of the featured cards AND I won a 10-Second Bow Maker!  Woohoo!  Check out their post... 

Googly Fishy

This is just so much fun to see done.  This card was made using a Christmas Stamp set:  Decorative Ornaments.  Now, who says you can't use a stamp set for more than what it was intended for?  :)

Stamp Set:
Decorative Ornaments
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper and Ink:
Pacific Point, Crumb Cake and Whisper White cardstock
Tempting Turquoise and Crumb Cake Stampin' Pads
Real Red Stampin Write Marker
Versamark

Accessories:
Heat Gun and Tempting Turquoise Emboss Powder
Heat n Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds
Ornament Punch
Word Window Punch
Modern Label Punch
Daubers
Scissors

Bargello Scrapbook Page

As promised yesterday, here is an alternative to the same elements of the scrapbook page.  Using the same crinkled flowers and the same photo size and journaling size, you can come up with a completely different look.  The background technique is called Bargello and is when you take a patterned paper and cut it into strips and step it up or down or up and down in a wave on the page to create a whole new pattern!  Stunning to see a finished project

Paper and Ink:
Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade and Whisper White cardstock
Early Espresso Stampin' Pad (to add vintage)
Concord Crush Stamin' Write marker
Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper

Accessories:
Scallop Border Punch
Vintage Brads
Scallop Circle Punch
Paper Trimmer


Crinkle Flowers Scrapbook Page

I have always said that I am not a scrapbooker, but wow I could get started!  This is something I came up with using some retired Designer Series Paper.  The flowers are made from crinkling 3 scallop circles and fluffing them with a vintage brad in the middle.  Tomorrow, I will have another scrapbook page using some of the same elements.

Paper and Ink
Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper
Lucky Limeade and Concord Crush cardstock
Early Espresso Stampin' Pad (for vintage look)

Accessories:
Scallop Border Punch
Vintage Brads
Scallop Circle Punch

Bunches of Flowers

This was a fun card to create.  Imagine giving this to that someone special!  I've been seeing yellow and gray on a lot of things lately and I thought I would give it a go!

Closed card

What you get to see when you open up the card.

Stamp Sets:
Mixed Bunch
Word Play

Ink and Paper:
Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White cardstock
Basic Gray and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Pad

Accessories:
Flower Punch
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Decorative Label Punch
1/8" Daffodil Delight taffeta ribbon

SQSC44 Entry

The challenges provided by Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge are so much fun!  I've really become excited for Wednesdays when the new sketch challenge comes out.

This week, I received my order from Stampin' Up! with my newest stamp set:  For the Birds.  It's a great all-occasion stamp set covering most of the major holidays... not to mention they are fun to color!

Here is the challenge for SQSC #44:
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SQSC 44
http://gettincrafty.typepad.com/stampin_queens_sketch_cha/2012/06/sqsc-44.html

Stamp Set:
For the Birds

Paper and Ink:
Summer Starfruit, Marina Mist and Whisper White cardstock
Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit, Riding Hood Red and Old Olive Stampin' Pads
Patio Party Designer Series Paper

Accessories:
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Scallop Trim Corner Punch
1-1/4" Square Punch
1-3/8" Square Punch
Word Window Punch
Modern Label Punch
Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon

Pop-Out Flower

And the final two 2012-2013 In-Colors:  Gumball Green and Primrose Petals.  I love the two paired together.  Bright and cheerful!

I love the idea of this flower.  I've seen circles used the same way.  If you have any questions regarding the flower, please email me at stampedbysarah@gmail.com.  Or better yet, let's have a workshop!  I will show all of your friends and family how to make this card.  You provide the guests and some snacks and I will provide the card-making!  AAAAAND:  You will receive Hostess Benefits!  With just a minimum of a $150 workshop, you will earn $25 in FREE Stampin' Up! merchandise and a chance to get an exclusive Hostess stamp set!  Email me today!
Stamp Sets:
Mixed Bunch
You're A Gem

Paper & Ink:
Gumball Green and Whisper White cardstock
Gumball Green and Primrose Petals Stampin Pads

Accessories:
Bird Builder Punch
Blossom Punch
1" Circle Punch
1/4" Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

Stampin' Up! Fabric? YES!

Textiles
Stampin' Up! is now offering Designer Fabric! This new product line combines our exclusive designs and colors with high-quality fabric—making coordination with our other products a cinch!
Designer Fabric details:
  • 100% cotton
  • Patterns coordinate with select Designer Series Paper designs
  • Each assortment includes three coordinated designs in an extra-wide fat quarter size (28" x 18")
  • Each assortment includes an instruction booklet highlighting five projects you can create using the fabric
Contact me today for more information or to place your order!

Bubble, Bubble

This card is a lot of fun using on TWO colors!  Our new 2012-2013 In-color, Summer Starfruit, is really a fun color.  Paired with Daffodil Delight, it reminds me of Lemon/Lime... A very fun summery color!

I was inspired to create a get well soon card with so many of my friends suffering from various sicknesses.  The polka dots remind me of bubbles... Like 7-Up to make a tummy feel better!  :)

Stamp Sets:
Word Play
Circle Circus

Ink & Paper:
Summer Starfruit and Whisper White cardstock
Summer Starfruit Stampin Pad

Accessories:
Big Shot
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Designer Frames Folder
Extra-Large Oval Punch
1-3/8" Circle Punch
Dauber
Crystal Effects

June 2012 Promotion

If you haven't seen this, take a look at this June Promotion!  Join my Stampin' Up! family!  If you are trying to make this a business to earn some extra income to help your family or if you are a "kit-napper", I welcome you!

Click on the picture to be taken to my Stampin' Up! website.  

Bitty Cake & Banner

June Stamp Class was a lot of fun, as always!  My ladies breezed through these cards like it was a piece of cake!  (HAHA! Pun intended!)  I told them that I will be challenging them much more next month!  Can't wait to come up with those challenges!  :)

The theme of this month's Stamp Class was all about the new 2012-2013 In-Colors.

Stamp Sets:
Make A Cake
Itty Bitty Banners

Paper and Ink:
Midnight Muse and Raspberry Ripple Stampin Pad
Raspberry Ripple Stampin Write Marker
Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple and Whisper White cardstock
Patio Party Designer Series Paper

Accessories:
Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (it's a MUST with this set!)
Big Shot
Bitty Banners Framelits

Artisan Design Team 2012

Every year, Stampin' Up! Demonstrators have a chance to enter to be a part of a coveted team:  the Artisan Design Team.  For a one-year term, these 10 Demonstrators will be sent Stampin' Up! product to come up with ideas to show off on their blog and in magazines.

I decided this year to try it out.  The challenge:  Create 5 handmade cards, 3 scrapbook pages and 2 3-D items.  I cannot show what I entered, but they are in this room somewhere!

They were supposed to have 20 finalists picked by the 15th, and when I didn't receive a phone call yesterday, I sadly figured that I wasn't part of the 20.  But then, on Facebook, Stampin' up! posted that there was a delay min the judging and the winners will be notified by next week instead!  Oh the pins and needles continue and my hope is renewed!  From the 20 finalists, there will be another judging and the group will be composed of 10 super-talented Demonstrators who get to play for the next year with amazing Stampin' Up! product providing inspiration for all!

Fingers crossed!
My entries are in this sea of talent somewhere!

SQSC43 Entry

I had so much fun on the last challenge with Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge, that I decided to do another one!  Here is my entry for this week's challenge:


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This is the layout we are challenged with.

Visit here to read about the Challenge:
http://gettincrafty.typepad.com/stampin_queens_sketch_cha/2012/06/sqsc-43.html
And here is my rendition of that layout!  :)

Stamp Set:
Element of Style
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper and Ink:
Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede and Always Artichoke cardstock
Pretty in Pink, Always Artichoke and More Mustard Stampin' Write Markers
Soft Suede Stampin' Pad

Accessories:
Labels Collection Framelits.
1" Circle punch
Pearls
1/4" Whisper White Stitched Ribbon
Dauber


In a Spotlight!

I'm so excited!  Two posts below (Sunset Silhouettes), I mentioned that I entered a challenge on Stampin Queen's Sketch Challenge.. Well, the really cool thing?!  I was featured on their blog!  YAYYYY!  Take a peek:

http://gettincrafty.typepad.com/stampin_queens_sketch_cha/2012/06/sqsc-42-spotlights.html

I feel so happy and honored!  Their next challenge is up and I can't wait to get started!  :)

Oh, and take a look at my new badge on the top-left of my blog!

Too cool, right??  :)

Purple Frames

This card was made for a swap for the meeting my upline, Jamie Albanese had yesterday for her downline.  This uses Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant and the combination is really pleasing.  I love the elements added using the Big Shot. 
Want to know how to earn the Big Shot for half off?  How about a workshop?!  Gather your family and friends for an afternoon of stampin fun.  I come to you and show you easy ways to create stunning cards.  Just pick a date!  Let's have some fun!

Stamp Set:
Apothecary Art

Paper & Ink:
Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White cardstock
Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Markers
Elegant Eggplant Stampin' Pad

Accessories:
Big Shot
Framed Tulips Embossing Folder
Labels Collection Embosslits
Dauber

Sunset Silhouettes

This is a card created by a challenge called Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge 42 (visit here: http://gettincrafty.typepad.com/stampin_queens_sketch_cha/2012/06/sqsc-42.html)  

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Here is the layout idea
I've never participated in one of these challenges before, but I've always been intrigued and with this particular challenge, I saw a sunset in the sketch they provided.  So here is what I came up with.  Sunset Silhouettes!  :)  I just love it and even my hubby was impressed!  It's hard to see, but on the very bottom of the card, embossed in black, it says "my friend".  To get those bird shapes, punch a heart in the cardstock and then offset the punch above the heart just enough to create the birds.  :)

Thank you for the challenge!

Stamp Set:
My Friend

Paper & Ink:
Pool Party, So Saffron, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock
So Saffron, More Mustard, Certainly Celery and Pool Party Stampin' Pads
Versamark

Accessories:
Heat Tool and Black Embossing powder
Daubers (to create sunset)
Linen Thread
Heart Punch
Scallop Edge Punch

Dad's Day Bowtie

Tonight, I had my Downline meeting at my house as I do on the first Wednesday of each month.  And boy was this meeting needed!  I've had a rough week and I always come out of any Stampin' event, (whether it's a class or meeting) feeling recharged and so much happier.  I LOVE my downline!  They put a smile on my face everytime I'm with them!  

Tonight, I created a cool Father's Day card.  With the use of a few punches, you can make your own bowtie card!  Super fun for Dad and super cute, too!

Stamp Sets:
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Button, Button

Ink and Paper:
Early Espresso, Marina Mist and Whisper White cardstock
Early Espresso Stampin' Pad and Stampin' Write marker

Accessories:
Large Tag punch
3/4" Circle punch
Oval Punch
Word Window punch
Houndstooth Textured Embossing Folder
Big Shot

Polka-Dot Birthday

This is one of the brand new stamp sets from the 2012-2013 Idea Book and Catalog called Make A Cake.  The banner is a new set called Itty Bitty Banners.  This fun monochromatic card made with one of our new In-Colors, Midnight Muse, is perfect for a man or a woman!  Love the versatility!


Stamp sets:
Make A Cake
Itty Bitty Banners


Paper and Ink:
Marina Mist, Midnight Muse and Whisper White cardstock
Marina Mist and Midnight Muse Stampin Pads


Accessories:
Perfect Polka Dots Impression Folders
Big Shot
1-3/8" Square Punch
Rhinestones