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This bright card was a creation that blended the challenges from Colour Q Challenges and Retro Sketches this week! I LOVED both and wanted to make one more project to show at a mini tool demonstration I did at a team meeting last night. My tips were all about die cuts, specifically ones with more than just 2 pieces when the cut is complete. I’m planning on filming some videos on the tips I shared so those will go up on the blog as soon as I get them done (I’m nursing some dry, broken cuticles back to health before I can film).

Colour Q 339Retro Sketch I’ve still been loving fun foam for popping up larger panels. I still use Stampin’ Dimensionals for most things but I know the fun foam for large panels holds up better if the card is going to be mailed. I’ve rediscovered my love for my ATG (Advanced Tape Glider) so I use that to adhere the fun foam to my cardstock, but any strong adhesive should work well. I have used Stampin’ Up!’s Tear & Tape, as well as Fast Fuse with good results!

Cut List
Thick Whisper White Cardstock: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″; 4″ x 1-3/4″
Whisper White Cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/4″ (no reason you couldn’t use the Thick here – I already had panels cut to this size)
Marina Mist Cardstock: 3-3/4″ x 1-1/2″, 2 strips at 1/2″ x 1-3/4″
Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, and Night of Navy Cardstock: 2 strips each at 1/2″ x 1-3/4″

How To 
1.Die cut Whisper White strip with ‘hello’ die from Hello You Thinlits Dies. Adhere a piece of Marina Mist cardstock to the back of strip.
2. Place regular word die cut (positive image) back into the cut strip to guide where to glue missing pieces in (the loops of the ‘h’ and both ‘l’s, and centers into the ‘e’ and ‘o’). *TIP: I use Multipurpose Liquid Glue (and a tweezers) for this but it is VERY important that you don’t get too much on the small pieces or it’ll squish out and adhere the positive image onto the Marina Mist too!
3. Adhere small colored cardstock strips to the bottom of Whisper White layer. Stamp Dots for Days Background Stamp (RETIRING) in VersaMark ink. Here’s another card using the Dots for Days Background Stamp!
4. Use SNAIL to adhere 1/4″ Pear Pizzazz Cotton Ribbon (RETIRING) about 3″ above the bottom of the card. Fold ends onto back. *TIP: I much prefer folding the ends of the ribbon onto the back of the card and securing them with Scotch tape to trimming the ribbon off at the edges. It often frays if it’s trimmed so taping it onto the back prevents this.
5. Adhere panel onto card base (I used Fast Fuse).
6. Use fun foam to pop up sentiment panel onto card front.
7. Cover a small area of a Tangerine Tango cardstock scrap with the clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush pen. Punch star from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (RETIRING) and adhere to card.

It’s really a pretty simple bright card, great for a masculine or kid’s card. It would also be super easy to make this into a more feminine card with a different color combo and a little heart (like in the original sketch). I was tempted to add some Candy Dots (RETIRING) or sequins to it but didn’t want to disrupt the white space, as I LOVE this sketch. I think I’ll have to use it again.

I have made all the retiring items in red letters, just so you don’t miss out on something you love! The Stampin’ Up! Retiring List is while supplies last for everything except stamps (they’ll be produced until May 22nd) and the last day to order these products will be May 31st. I’m a collector of background stamps and I think the Dots for Days is simply a MUST HAVE!

If you’re interested in checking out the retiring products in my Online Store,
simply CLICK HERE! 


Hello!  Today I’m getting my As You See It Challenge card posted!  A few days late but I’m getting closer to getting back on schedule!  This one was tricky as Stampin’ Up! has retired our edgelits and edge punches so I had several ideas swirling around on how to create the “ruffled” look. Check out the other Design Team gals’ creations at the As You See It Challenge Blog HERE! Check out Amy’s use of the fringe scissors…she’s a total genius! As for me, I ended up using the Envelope Punch Board to make my zig zag/ric rac look.  Watch for a video on that coming soon!

I also combined the sketch challenge from AYSI with the Color Throwdown Challenge for this week!  I LOVE the color combination here – I normally never do browns with blacks or greys so this really was a challenge for me! A tricky detail to see is the white sequins I’ve used to really draw the eye to the sentiment.  I’m obsessed with these Greetings Thinlits Dies! They are fantastic – wonderful size and great font!

Cut List

Kraft 12″x12″ Cardstock: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, scrap 2″ x 5-1/2″ (cut to width after punching)
Whisper White Cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Delightful Dijon Cardstock: scrap 2″ x 5-1/2″ (cut to width after punching)
Smoky Slate Cardstock: scrap 2″ x 5-1/2″ (cut to width after punching)

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I fell in love with this technique when I saw my demo friend, Jen do it in shades of blue.  I wanted to use this amazing edgelits set (RETIRING) as I’d just gotten it recently.  The sketch was an As You See It Challenge a few weeks ago but I got sick so I just got around to editing the pictures and SURPRISE, a video too so I’m sharing those today! Check out the current challenge HERE!

The best thing about this technique is that you can do it with items you already have!  Can’t beat that.  🙂  I love the color combo here of Pumpkin Pie (you can’t really see it except for at the very bottom of the colored part), Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss.  I find doing things like this just really make me feel like a true artist!

I layered all 3 of the framelits here with the village in Vellum Cardstock, the trees in regular Whisper White and the sleigh in Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper.  EACH layer was popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals so this is a VERY dimensional card.  I would not recommend sending it in a regular envelope.

A note about the white splatters.  I did them to tie all the white together with the technique piece.  However, I would do them differently next time.  I mixed a bit of Whisper White Craft Ink and water and splattered it on with a paintbrush.  14 hours later it wasn’t dry! So I tried to add White Stampin’ Emboss Powder to the wet splatters.  When I heated it, it was almost like the powder went to the edges and melted normally while the wet ink bubbled up through the center of the splatter.  Next, I tried 2 separate rounds of Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  It still wasn’t perfect (I could touch the splatters and still had a tiny amount of ink transfer onto my fingers) but it was as close as I thought it would get.  Next time, I plan to try splattering with a mixture of Multipurpose Liquid Glue and water and then embossing with either white or a mix of white and iridescent ice since I ended up loving the touch of sparkle in the sky.  Anyway, that’s how crafting goes…sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t!  Hopefully, you can learn from my mistake.

So here’s the video.  I’ll also add the closeup picture, as well as the measurements and supplies below! 🙂


I used As You See It Challenge 113 for this card!


Cut List

Blackberry Bliss: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″
Whisper White: 5-1/8″ x 4-7/8″
Watercolor piece (trimmed after technique was finished): 5″ x 4-3/4″
Village edge is 2″ from the bottom of the watercolor piece.

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Here’s this week’s As You See It Challenge card! I hope you’ll hop on over to the challenge blog at and check out what the rest of the design team has to share, as well as join in on the challenge yourself! Lighthearted Leaves is my stamp obsession for fall and when I saw this color combo from fellow demonstrator, Teneale, I had to try it out! It may be my new favorite color combo!


The leaf is definitely the star of the card. I kept the rest very simple to let it shine! That’s really where all the time is on this card. It is stamped in VersaMark and white heat embossed onto Shimmery White cardstock. I LOVE how this paper takes watercoloring and also the shimmery shine that shows through as well.

Let’s talk dimension! I’ve become obsessed with the tip from Jennifer McGuire to use Fun Foam (yes, like the kind kids love!) behind large layers. She did a comparison with regular foam adhesive and with the Fun Foam where she actually mailed them to herself. The results were pretty interesting; regular foam adhesive really smashed in the mail, leaving any areas without foam adhesive sunken in while the fun foam card looked perfect. I ordered Fun Foam that day! So it is behind the main panel. I still LOVE Stampin’ Dimensionals for the smaller pieces on cards, like my leaf here.

The silver sequins were glued on with the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen in the Holiday Catalog. The sentiment was stamped with Lost Lagoon ink onto the Lost Lagoon cardstock. This tone-on-tone effect is striking and provides a bit deeper color than the VersaMark watermark look.

I’m going to try making my blog posts a bit shorter by not doing the full How To list. I’ve also added in a great feature that shows the products on my card – simply click on an item to see it in my Online Store. However, I am always thrilled when I find a card I love and the measurements to make it are given so I’ll continue that. As always, if you have any questions about the project, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll reply with the answer!

Cut List
Whisper White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
Lost Lagoon Cardstock: 5 1/4″ x 4″
Season of Cheer DSP (Old Olive Pattern): 1 3/4″ x 4″
Silver Glimmer Paper: 1/8″ x 4″

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This is an extra special week of the As You See It Challenge!  I’m honored to be participating in Lola’s Challenge!  My best friend, Tara, has a sweet niece named Lola who has been battling cancer for several years now.  She just had a stem cell transplant and was in the ICU when we decided to do something special for her.  Since she was in the ICU, we decided a virtual card shower would be better than sending her cards…possibly with bad germs!

So here’s the challenge…before Wednesday, October 21st make a card with something for Lola.  Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness.  Unicorns, fairies and pink are all things Lola loves!  CLICK HERE to head on over to the As You See It Challenge site!  Check out the other Design Team cards and PLEASE make and enter your own card for Lola!  It’s so simple – you can pretty much put it anywhere online (as long as it’s public) and then just paste the link to enter your card!  I set a goal of 100 cards for Lola so please share with everyone you know!


So that brings me to the card.  I knew I wanted to include an image of one of Lola’s favorite things but I didn’t have any stamps with a unicorn or fairy…so I turned to the internet.  A few searches and some really great things popped up!  I chose this adorable Lucky Unicorn image from the Etsy shop 2CuteInk!  Love it!  I also found some great paper piecing files if you love to fussy cut or have a digital cutter.  Or go with the fairy punch art route.  If you want to play along, you can also use a FREE digi stamp too!

Besides the digi stamp and Copics I colored it with, everything is Stampin’ Up!  I even used my new alphabet rotary stamp for the first time on this project! (Thanks for telling me I *had* to buy it, Amy!)


*I’ll be back with the supply list and measurements soon! 🙂





My hubby had his birthday this week so this is the card I made him.  I used the fantastic Vintage Leaves stamp set, along with the sketch challenge from the As You See It Challenge this week and a fantastic color combo I dug up when googling fall color combinations.

I’ll try to come back and add more details soon!  The duo-toned leaves are all stamped in the center color and then I used a sponge dauber to apply a different color to the edges.  Very similar to the Rock and Roll Technique I used to do A LOT but it doesn’t work as well with the firm foam ink pads because they’re so juicy and have more squish to them than our old linen style ones. 🙂



Hi there!  Found a bit of time to create this week while little Miss Izzy was sleeping!  That was pretty exciting for me – to steal away and do something fun just for me, instead of doing laundry or dishes while she slept.

I hope you love the card this week.  It’s made with my VERY favorite stamp set from the Occasions 2015 Catalog.  Coincidentally, there’s something else I love about it…matching framelits!  Genius!  Another genius thing?  The stamp set and framelits are a bundle, so ordering them together saves you 15%.  Love that!  Anyway, on to the card details.

The balloon was stamped into a Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad first.  Then I used a sponge dauber to sponge Old Olive ink onto the left half of the balloon.  I think I could have done a better job at blurring the line between the two but oh well.

The “birthday” sentiment is stamped with VersaMark after dusting the balloon with the Embossing Buddy.  Then I used a combination of White and Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder (I believe my ratio was 1:1) and the Heat Tool to emboss it.

The banners were inked up with Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Pool Party Stampin’ Write Markers.  The bow was inked up with a Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Then all the pieces were cut out with the corresponding framelits dies.

The background is my FAVORITE part!  We learned this technique at Convention last summer, but this was the first time I tried it!  I placed the dots mask from the Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks onto a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Pool Party Cardstock.  Then I used the fine point of the Pool Party Stampin’ Write Marker to trace the circle and then fill it in with scribbles in one direction and then in the other direction.  It creates a really neat, crosshatch-like pattern.

A tad bit of Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine acts as the balloon string and the bow and banners were attached to the main balloon and Stampin’ Dimensionals applied to that group before attaching to the Pool Party piece.  Then that was attached to the Melon Mambo card base – cut at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″.

I hope you’ll play along with us at the As You See It Challenge this week.  This was a GREAT sketch with a myriad of options!  I also used the color combination from Colour Q Challenges.


Here’s a card I made for a challenge over at part of being on the As You See It Design Team!  It was several weeks ago but I have some news to share…I’m pregnant!  It seems the first trimester exhaustion has spilled over into my second trimester, so I apologize for my absence!  I am just, at 24 weeks, feeling more like myself again so hopefully that’ll mean good things for you if you’d like to see more from me! 🙂  I don’t mean it at all as complaining because we couldn’t feel more excited or blessed to add the first little person to our family in January, but I thought some explanation for my extended absences was in order! 🙂

Anyway, I liked this card so I thought I’d share anyway.  It also shows you that you can use previous challenges from any challenge site to inspire your creativity!!!  New challenges on As You See It post on Friday mornings and you have until the following Wednesday night to complete the challenge!  Check it out here at the As You See It Challenge Blog (and feel free to dive into the archives to check out some of the past challenges by our fabulous team leader, Amanda to inspire you)!


I’m so excited to show you my very first creation with Stampin’ Up!’s brand new alcohol-based markers, Blendabilities!  They’re beyond fantastic and I’m loving that they come in SU!’s exclusive colors and are totally fool proof as they come in sets of 3 with a light, medium and dark of the same hue!  I thought…if I’m using the piece of cake image from Sketched Birthday, why not make it Red Velvet?  YUM!

What else do I love?  THIS SKETCH!  It’s out of this world!  Won’t you please play along with us at the As You See It Challenge?  Head over there by clicking the link and check out what the other Design Team members have to share today!  I can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

I also used some favorites that will be gone after May 31st as they are in the Occasions Catalog.  The Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack is so darn cute!  I’m obsessed with this color combo!  I used the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and used a tiny amount of the darkest color to add the shading without using too much so that it would retain the brightness it needed to in order to look good with the Real Red in the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack.

Here’s a closeup of the focal image.  🙂  Again, it isn’t perfect coloring but I was still pretty happy with the end result.

Sarah-AYSI-Challenge-036-Sketched-Birthday-with-Blendabilities-CloseupHow To

1.  Cut Real Red Cardstock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″

2.  Cut Crumb Cake Cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Run through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine with the Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Adhere to card base with Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive. *TIP:  Anytime you want to adhere a textured piece of cardstock to another piece of cardstock, Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive is the best way to do it!  The liquid glue is able to seep into the nooks and crannies and provide an excellent bond between the two paper layers.

3.  Cut Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper (retiring May 31st) patterns to 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, 1-1/2″ x 2-5/8″ and 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.  Stamp the greeting from Sketched Birthday on the bottom of the largest DSP piece with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink*. *TIP:  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get perfect positioning of the sentiment on the DSP.  LOVE that Stamp-a-ma-jig!!!

4.  Cut Crumb Cake Cardstock layer to 2-1/4″ x 2-5/8″, Real Red Cardstock to 2-1/8″ x 2-1/2″, and Whisper White Cardstock to 1-7/8″ x 2-1/4″.

5.  Stamp the birthday cake image from Sketched Birthday onto the Whisper White piece from Step 4.

6.  Color with Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities* trios.  Add a bit of the lightest color from the Blendabilities Skin Tone Assortment* to the frosting and underneath the plate to add some extra dimension and realism (frosting isn’t truly white). *TIP:  To better match my Real Red in the color combination (from the DSP), I used a LOT more of the light and medium markers in the Cherry Cobbler trio than the darkest.  I used a tiny bit of the darkest color to add the shading I needed.

7.  Attach the 3 cardstock focal-point layers from Step 4 together.  *Tip:  I use SNAIL to adhere Whisper White to other cardstock.  Although Multipurpose Liquid Glue is my favorite adhesive, I find that it shows slight glue lines on top unless I apply it in a very thin and smooth layer, so I use SNAIL just to be safe.  I know this is pretty picky as it is hard usually to even see the glue lines, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. (One exception to this is if the Whisper White layer is textured with an embossing folder and the Big Shot…then I still use Multipurpose Liquid Glue.)

8.  Punch a Small Oval from the DSP.  Fold it around the layered focal point.  Punch a hole with the 1/16″ Circle Punch* and put a Candy Dot Brad Base through it.  Bend the prongs outward and attach a Crumb Cake Candy Dot from the Neutrals Candy Dots to the center of it.

9.  Cut two small pieces of 1/4″ Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain (while supplies last only) and attach with Glue Dots.

10.  Finally attach the main focal point with Stampin’ Dimensionals!  You’re done!





This post is probably the most picture-heavy post you’ve ever seen on my blog!  🙂  I’ve gone to Convention for the past six years and admired the display boards stamped by talented stampers from all over North America.  This year, I’m throwing my hat in the ring to be a display stamper.  We were asked to gather up three cards, two 3D items, and one scrapbook page to show examples of our work.  First my cards:

Label Love – I’ve included extra pictures to show some of the details on this card.


The first closeup shows a bit of the ruffled ribbon detail, as well as the dry embossing done with the Big Shot and Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.


The second closeup shows the main image embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder onto Bermuda Bay Cardstock, as well as the paper piercing on the circle, done with the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack.



Gently Falling, Sketch & Outline Alphabets – This card uses some of my favorite things!  A great two-step stamping set, the Chalk Talk Framelits, paper piercing, and a background stamp!  Check out my original post about this card to see the video I filmed on making your own custom die cuts (in this case I wanted to shorten) as well as how to use the Envelope Liner Framelits Dies (how I made the matching envelope liner in the first picture).

The second picture is the decorated inside of the card.  I kept the design of the inside super simple since I like to write a lot!  Sarah-AYSI-Challenge-007-Gently-Falling-Masculine-Card-Inside



So Very Grateful – I used Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder to make the stamped images really pop!  I also used it to turn one of our 1/8″ Silver Mini Brads into gold!  The main image is stamped onto watercolor paper and was colored using the Aqua Painter and our Classic Stampin’ Pads.


This picture shows a closeup of the dry embossing, again with the Big Shot, but this time using the Scalloped Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  You can also see the Gold Foil Paper under the sentiment and as the scalloped accent.  I love that stuff but boy is it hard to photograph! 🙂  You can also see the silver brad turned gold here too!

Just a closeup of the gold embossed and watercolored image!  I love this stamp set!!!




Ok…on to my 3D items!

Candy Dispenser Box – I was able to make this by adapting a basic template I found online (no measurements so it was a tad tricky) to fit this entire box on a sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock!  I love this combination of colors, taken from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack!


The front of the box is decorated with a sentiment from the Chalk Talk stamp set.  I also added a Bitty Butterfly punched out of designer series paper I first heat embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder to give it a great, glittery shine!  The butterfly is topped off with a Crumb Cake Candy Dot…LOVE those!  Loops of Linen Thread add to the whimsy!


The flower atop the candy dispenser is made with oodles of punches.  I punched two from each punch, the bottom layer from cardstock and the top from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack.  The punches I used, from largest to smallest are:  Blossom Punch, Pansy Punch, and Boho Blossoms Punch.  A Large Rhinestone Jewel added a bit of flair to the center after I crumpled the papers up to give them a bit more life.



Dream Banner – The second of my 3Ds is one of my favorite projects I’ve ever made!  It is 10 times more beautiful in real life!!!  I used the Pennants Framelits Dies to cut out both the black and vanilla Modern Medley Designer Series Paper (largest pennant die), and the Gold Foil Designer Vellum (2nd largest).  The pennant toppers were cut from the largest Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies.


You can get a bit more detail in this picture.  The letters are Gold Foil Paper with the So Very Grateful largest floral image (the one I used on the blue/gold card above) heat embossed on it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  It is so striking in real life!  The rosettes were made by scoring every 1/4″ on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  I strung them together with the Gold Baker’s Twine, used Sticky Strip to attach the Gold Sequin Trim and tied a knot of Victoria Crochet Trim at either end.  Voila! Display-Stamper-3D-Banner-Closeup


Gorgeous Grunge Scrapbook Page – On to the final entry!  The splatters are all from my favorite stamp set of all time, Gorgeous Grunge.  The letters are also heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder – the large ones again using a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.  The large gray portion in the background is embossed with the Modern Mosaic folder, but it is super hard to tell in my photos!


This picture shows the fun fringe I created with the Fringe Scissors.  I thought it was the perfect touch on a page all about my much loved bangs! 🙂


Here’s a closeup of the letters embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my projects!  I sure had a great time pulling together some favorites and making some new projects to enter into the selection for Convention 2014 Display Stampers.  Thanks for sticking with me through this long post!



Hi there!

Combining my Design Team project from the As You See It Challenge today with a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the color combo from Dynamic Duos (last week’s) has resulted in the card you see above.

Come on over to the As You See It Challenge and play along with us this week!  We’re switching it up with theme week this week…anything ANIMALS! 🙂  I chose to use this super cute bunny from the adorable Baby, We’ve Grown stamp set from the Occasions Catalog!  Love this little guy!


I got a little excited about this sketch and made a whole bunch of these cards in different color combos.  I also filmed a video for you on how to watercolor.  The sentiments on all 4 cards are different, showing how versatile this little image can be.  The main card above says “Happy Easter,” whereas the other 3 cards are baby themed with “for your shower,” “hello, baby,” and “thank you.”  Think of what a great gift a set of the “thank you” ones would be for a new mom!


I also showed some variety in the backgrounds.  One is Designer Series Paper, one is dry embossed cardstock and the other two are (surprise, surprise) my favorite, Core’dinations cardstock!!! (Seriously, can I even make a project without it?)

I’ll be back with the video as well as the How To and Supply List soon!



Back again today with a challenge card for the As You See It Design Team!  This sketch was a bit tricky for me as I had the main image part done and had to figure out what to do with the circle elements.  I ended up using buttons to mimic the circles on the sketch as well as to create a visual triangle around my main focal point piece.

The color combo and actually even the square inspiration came from an old Colour Q challenge that I’ll post below.  The image doesn’t show that you should use black, but I thought the black really made the other colors pop!  🙂

Please head on over to the As You See It Challenge Blog and check out what the rest of the Design Team has to share with you!  Then, before next Wednesday, play along and link your card on the blog so we can all check out your creation!!!

Because my card base was Basic Black, I also added a Whisper White layer to the inside to write on.  I decorated it with a few of my extra squares from the front too.  Check it out below.


*Full instructions to come!*



Our As You See It Challenge for the week is a double challenge.  You must use shades of blue and try to finish your project in under 10 minutes!!!  It’s a fun one and I really encourage you to give it a try!  As inspiration, here’s a video of my process from start to finish (I did fast forward while I was at my Big Shot).

How To
1.  Cut Midnight Muse cardstock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and score at 4-1/4″.  Cut Whisper White cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut 2 pieces of each of Soft Sky and Marina Mist cardstock and 1 piece of Midnight Muse all to 3-3/4″ x 15/16″.

2.  Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the cardstock strips in an ombre pattern. *TIP:  Multipurpose Liquid Glue is essential when you want to have a minute or two to slide paper pieces exactly where you want them.

3.  Stamp this piece with the World Map background stamp in VersaMark ink.  Glue it onto the Midnight Muse cardstock.

4.  Stamp the sentiment from Starburst Sayings onto Whisper White cardstock with Midnight Muse ink.

5.  Cut the sentiment out with the matching Starburst Framelits Dies, using the Magnetic Platform to hold your framelit in place on your stamped sentiment.  Attach it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


I’m having a customer appreciation event tomorrow night, including Make-and-Takes (the card above is one), a prize drawing for over $100 worth of SU! goodies, handmade items for sale, my Stampin’ Stash Sale, as well as an opportunity to get FREE SHIPPING on the orders placed tomorrow only (read on for more info).  It’s the LAST day of Sale-A-Bration tomorrow so it is the FINAL opportunity to get in on the Exclusive, FREE products with every $50 you spend.

The card above uses 4 of our Sale-A-Bration items!!!  Can you tell I’m a fan of this year’s offerings?  I used the stamp set See Ya Later for the greeting and Banner Blast for the banners.  I then punched out the banners with the fabulous, matching Banner Punch.  I ran the Whisper White layer through the Big Shot (AFTER stamping) with the 4th SAB item, the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.

I also wanted to share the Envelope Punch Board with my crafters, so we’re making the 3D Open Box too!  This was a fantastic idea from SU! Demo, Sam!  LOVE it!


Out of town customer?  You can be entered into the drawing for placing an order before the event.  If you are placing an order under $150, use the Hostess Code 666UFGFP to qualify for the FREE shipping offer (I will have to PayPal you the money back or send you a check if you live out of town).  If you are placing an order over $150, I will still offer the FREE shipping, but do not enter the Hostess Code as you qualify for Hostess Benefits on your order alone.

Anyone in the Saint Joseph, Missouri area is welcome to come to my event tomorrow night!  Feel free to send me an email at or call/text 816.341.0208 if you’d like directions to my house!  You can also call, text or email if you have other questions but my event runs from 6:30-9:30 pm tomorrow night so I will answer everything after that!  Orders must be in by 11:30 pm Central Time so I can get everything entered in before Sale-A-Bration ends.  I’m sad it’s coming to an end, as it’s my favorite time of year, but glad that there’s one more day!  I don’t want you to miss out! 🙂


I’m so in love with this sketch from our As You See It Challenge Blog!  Head over there and check out what the rest of the Design Team has to share with you!!!  (AND…play along, of course!!!)  My color combo this week is from the Colour Q Challenge…but I changed it up to use current SU! colors Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, and Calypso Coral!  I LOVE this color combo and will be using it again soon!

I’ve used the Sale-A-Bration sets, Petal Parade and See Ya Later on this project, as well as the Sale-A-Bration embossing folder, Decorative Dots.  Monday, March 31 is the last day that you can earn any of these items (as well as the other Sale-A-Bration) choices FREE with every $50 increment you spend!  Man, am I going to miss this year’s offerings!!!  🙂

The polka dotted background was a total DIY patterned paper, using the Eye-Catching Ikat Photopolymer Set!  I sure am addicted to it!  I love the look of these imperfect circles.  I also cut a tag out of Smoky Slate Core’Dinations Cardstock (from the Neutrals Core’Dinations Pack) and ran it through my Big Shot with the Sale-A-Bration Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Then I sanded it with my Stampin’ Sanding Block.  HOWEVER…the color that showed through was very vanilla…creamy…not fitting with my crisp, fresh color palette including white…SO…I just sponged on a bit of So Saffron ink with a Stamping Sponge wedge (be careful if you use a sponge dauber, as you want VERY light coverage here) to slightly tint the raised, sanded dots.

Here’s a closeup of the glittery beauty that adding Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder creates!!!  Man, I LOVE how pretty these look! 🙂


I’ll be back later today with a full supply list and some other details for you!  🙂



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