Monday, April 24, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop - A Sara Thing Kit

Good Morning!  I am happy to be joining my friends for the first (hopefully of many) A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop!

This month we are taking the FABULOUS kit designed by Sara Douglas.  While the cards in the kit are awesome, we will be showcasing alternative card designs and projects you can make by changing it up a bit.

Looking at the kit the first thing that jumped out at me were the lined envelopes.  I loved the print on the inside of them!  I took my embossing tool and used it to heat the glue in the envelopes up so that it would be easier to pull apart and open.

I used the inside of two separate envelopes to create the background.  I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out the circle in the watercolor paper.  Using the FREE GIFT watercolor pencils included in the set, I colored the background and then used the brush included to distributed the water and created this lightly colored Lemon Lime Twist background color for the sentiment.

I love the fact that Sara used her own handwriting as part of the sentiments for this kit.  To finalize my card I added a banner going from left to right and used the awesomely thick embellishments of the flower and leaves to complete the card.

I love that everything you need to complete this alternative card was already included in the kit!

My second creation was inspired by my upline.  For my project, I again used the inside of the envelopes to create the striped background and then added two of our new in colors - Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist.  Attached to the outside of the glass frame is a magnetic mat.  This mat was cut from a package of vent covers that you can purchase at a home store.  I used glue dots to adhere to the front of the glass.  I added more of the embellishments to the corner of the frame and actually cut out the outside of the leaf stickers to add a little bit of contrast.  This is an excellent idea to place the dies you are using for a project so that the various pieces will stay put and not get "lost" in your work space.

I hope you have enjoyed my creations using this month's kit.  I know that you will continue to be inspired by all the lovely creations the team has made.  In just over a month, the new Stampin' Up catalog will be open for customer orders, if you do not have a demonstrator and would like a catalog, I would be happy to assist you.

Don't miss your change to win this kit for FREE!  BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY:  To be entered into a drawing for a FREE "A Sara Thing" Paper Pumpkin Kit, you must leave a comment on EVERY blog.  Drawing closes on Saturday, April 29th at 9 PM EST.  The winner will be announced on Monday, May 1, 2017.

I am so glad that you could join us for this special hop.  Please continue with the rest of the gang by hitting the next button.  You can also click each participants name below to go directly to their link.

Enjoy your day and as always - Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ribbons of Courage

Happy Spring!

We are finally getting back to higher temperatures after a cool snap here in Georgia.  This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the local Stampin' Up event in Savannah, Ga.  If you have never been to Savannah, it is definitely something that you should put on your bucket list.  We enjoyed walking the streets of Savannah as this was also the last weekend of the local music festival.

I always get excited this time of year as the retiring list comes out and as an attending, I get to hold the new catalog in my hand and dream about it for the next several days.  My roomies and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the upcoming products and demonstrations of the day, but we were also sad to see some of our favorites go.  I made sure to place my order for retiring products as soon as I could on Monday.

If you have items that you would like to order from the retiring list, I encourage you to order it as quickly as possible as it may sell out fast.  Below is a link to the retiring list.

One of the great things about attending Onstage is the awesome prize patrol giveaways.  In Savannah we were fortunate enough to be awarded the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.  Although we cannot show the stamp set itself, we can showcase projects we have made with the set.  

I am thrilled to share my card made with this set.  Since the pink ribbon signifies Breast Cancer, I decided to use my Melon Mambo card stock for my card.  I paired this color with Smoky Slate ink and paper as well as the silver cording.  To give the card a little bit more bling, I embossed the "Courage" sentiment on the banner.

I really love how this card turned out.  This card would be perfect to give to a friend or family member that is currently battling cancer or is a survivor.   

If you do not currently have a demonstrator and would like a new catalog, please contact me and I would be happy to send you a catalog.  I can't wait for the weekend so that I can create a variety of cards using this new set.

Until then, Happy Stampin'!