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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 friends!  I’ve been posting my weekly cards to our As You See It Challenge blog for my role in the Design Team over there but just haven’t gotten posts written here!  Well here we go!  I’ll try to get the posts up about the past challenge cards soon!

So it’s the 100th Challenge!  I can’t believe it!  I hope you’ll play along – you have TWO weeks to do so for this special challenge and there’s BLOG CANDY too!!!  The only requirement? Celebrate is the theme!

I chose to make a fun shaker card for this challenge and use one of the new wood element words.  I simply smooshed VersaMark on its front and covered it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I repeated that process a second time to really make it look like it was coated in gold. 🙂

The shaker card “bits” are a mix of punched stars from the Confetti Star Punch (both in Basic Black cardstock and Gold Glitter Paper), Star Sequins (clear from the Neutrals Sequin Assortment and pink from the Brights Sequin Assortment), and round sequins (black from the Neutrals Sequin Assortment and gold pulled off of the Gold Sequin Trim).

I also have a video to go with this card that will be up next week!!!



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.


Hi there!  I’m finally back!  My sweet baby girl is almost 7 weeks old now.  I enjoyed creating this card at an overnight crop at my church.  It took me a ridiculous amount of time as I probably hadn’t created in 3 months with my pregnancy challenges and then having a newborn. 🙂  But…although it took a long time, I enjoyed it SO much and really liked the end result.  I hope you do too!

I think the instructions are pretty straight forward this time.  How much do you love those cute little banners stapled on the edge of the main focal point?  LOVE!  I used the fantastic photopolymer set so I didn’t even need my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get perfect positioning of the sentiment!

Supply List

Butterfly Basics (Wood 138813, Clear 138816, Photopolymer 137154)
*Save 15% and buy it as a bundle with the Butterfly Thinlits Dies (Wood 139322, Clear 139323, Photopolymer 138865)

8-1/2″ x 11″ Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
8-1/2″ x 11″ Calypso Coral Cardstock (122925)
8-1/2″ x 11″ Crumb Cake Cardstock (120953)
8-1/2″ x 11″ Old Olive Cardstock (100702)
Brights Collection Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack (130134)
Park Lane Designer Series Paper (133694)

Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad (126983)
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad (126975)
Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (126953)
Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pad (126950)

1/4″ Rich Razzleberry Cotton Ribbon (134564)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)
Bone Folder (102300)
Craft Scissors (108360)
Paper Piercing Tool (126189)
Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199)
Essentials Piercing Pack (126187)
Handheld Stapler (139083)
Silver Mini Staples (135847)
Banner Punch (133519)



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 LOVED this card made with the Vivid Vases single stamp!  It was designed as one of our Make and Take projects for Stampin’ Up! Leadership 2014 this past January.  This project is also what inspired me to make my video the other day about coloring black and white Designer Series Paper to custom match it to your project.  (Check that out below.)

In particular, in this project, I thought coloring Designer Series Paper  was a good solution as the Whisper White in the Designer Series Paper looked super bright next to the more muted white of the Watercolor Paper.  It can also work well if your Designer Series Paper is Whisper White and your project features Very Vanilla or vice versa.


How To

1.  Cut a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score it at 4-1/4″ and crease with a Bone Folder.

2.  Cut a piece of the black & white diagonal striped paper from the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper pack to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Color it with the Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin’ Pad using one of the techniques in the video below.  Adhere it to the front of the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

3.  Cut Watercolor Paper to 3-1/2″ x 3-1/4″.  Stamp the Vivid Vases single stamp on it with the Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad.  *TIP:  For perfect placement, use the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

4.  Watercolor the images with the fine tipped Aqua Painter and the Strawberry Slush, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pads.  (I’ll add my Watercoloring Basics Video below.)  Adhere it to the card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

5.  Cut a strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock to 4-1/4″ x 1/2″ and  a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock to 3-1/2″ x 3/4″.  Punch the Bermuda Bay strip with the Scallop Edge punch, attach it to the Daffodil Delight strip and attach them both to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

6.  Thread a metal button with Whisper White Baker’s Twine, tie a bow and attach it to the card with a Glue Dot.

7.  Use Stampin’ Write Markers to ink up each vase in a different color and stamp them onto the envelope.  I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement (and to eliminate the sentiment on the envelope).  You can see the stamped envelope in the first picture.

Related Videos

*Check out below the videos for the full supply list for this card.

Adding Color to Black & White Paper

Easy Watercolor Tips

Supply List

Vivid Vases (Wood-Mount Only 133818)

8-1/2″ x 11″ Bermuda Bay Cardstock (131197)
8-1/2″ x 11″ Daffodil Delight Cardstock (119683)
Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper (132995)
Watercolor Paper (122959)

Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad (131171)
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad (126944)
Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (126953)
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad (126945)
Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin’ Pad (131178)
Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad (101406)

Basic Metal Buttons (133319)
Whisper White Baker’s Twine (124262)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
Mini Glue Dots (103683)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)
Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)
Bone Folder (102300)
Craft Scissors (108360)
Aqua Painters (103954)
Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882)
Grid Paper (102787)
Stampin’ Scrub (126200)
Stampin’ Mist (102394)
StazOn Cleaner (109196)


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!





Hi there!  Back with a new Quick Tip Tuesday for you on how to add color to black & white or black & vanilla paper!  While the two options I show in the video will soon be gone, there are 2 new options in the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog!  🙂  I LOVE to do this technique and I think the easiest to get great results turned out to be the brayering option.  Check out the video and let me know what you think.  Have you tried this before?  If not, will you try it now?  Feel free to send me your projects that you’ve made using this technique!  I’d love to see them and maybe feature you on the old blog-o if you’re alright with that!

I’ll be back later to add in the edited pictures of the project I show during the video.  Oh how I LOVE that card!!!


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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