Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Stippled Blossoms

Hi Everyone!  Today's card is for the challenge I'm hosting this week over at the Friday Mashup.  This week we're playing with colors and a technique...


Use the colors "Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi & Perfect Plum".
Use "an Aqua Painter or a Blender Pen to create a Watercolor Effect".
Or mash it up with the "Colors above & a Watercolor Effect".

Since I haven't used the set Stippled Blossoms in quite a while I decided to pull it out, dust it off and give it another try. I always love how my cards turn out when I use this set.  I used the three colors, but did I give it a watercolor effect?  I sure did!  It's just a little hard to see in the picture.  After I stamped each of the flowers I used my aqua painter to blend the colors together.  Usually when I stamp with this set everything is very crisp.  It still looks nice, just has more of a blended effect which is what I was looking for.  After I blended the colors I let them dry, cut out the flowers and (of course!) spritzed everything with smooch spritz to make it shimmer. :)  Don't forget to visit us at the Friday Mashup HERE to check out what all the other designers made.  Their cards are fabulous!  Well, they are every week, but I loved what each of them did using this week's mashup.  Don't forget to play along to show us what you can create. :)




Oh, I almost forgot to add where I got my card design from.  Can't forget to mention that!  It's been so long since I've played along with a challenge I almost forgot ! lol  As soon as I saw this week's sketch challenge from the Paper Players I knew exactly what I was going to make.  It usually takes me a while to figure out what I want to do since it never seems to turn out on my card the way I thought it would in my head.  Anyone else ever have that problem? lol  For once that wasn't the case...whew!  


Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Stamp Sets:  Stippled Blossoms & Simply Sketched
Card Stock:  Naturals White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum & Wild Wasabi
Jewels:  Basic Pearls
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer
Sponges & Aqua Painter
  


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Christmas Blessings

Hi Everyone!  With spring finally on it's way (I think) it's hard to be thinking about making Christmas cards, but that exactly what I did for today's post.  I have to say I was a little baffled about what I would make using this sketch and trying to make it "Christmas-y".  I thought for a bit, grabbed an embossing folder, stamp sets, some ink, a punch and got busy.  I didn't think it was going to turn out at first, but I have to admit I like it quite a bit.  Guess the sketch was just right after all. :)  Now I need to sit down and make the other three like I'm supposed to be doing!  I'm thinking maybe a dark blue, possibly rich razzleberry and one other color.  Any ideas for the last color?  Guess I'll have to think about that a little more.


Don't forget to visit us at 'Tis the Season and play along too!  We'd love to have you join us. :)


Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Stamp Sets:  Festive Flurry & More Merry Messages
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler & Naturals White
Glimmer Paper:  Silver
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Cherry Cobbler
Punch:  Chevron
Embossing Folder:  Pretty Print
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer
Sponges


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lovely as a Tree Sunset

Hi Everyone.  It's Tuesday, so that means it's time for a card for this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch challenge.  However we are doing things a little bit differently this week.  We're doing a blog hop!  If you're following the order of the blog hop you should have come here from Rose's blog, and when you're done looking at my card I'll leave you with the link to Sarah's blog.  You'll want to keep going through all the blogs to check out the great cards everyone made!  My card has actually been in my mind for a few weeks.  As I was driving home from work one evening I couldn't help but see the sun starting to set behind the trees, and thought it would make for a nice picture on a card.  The only difference is there was still snow on the ground.  Yup I changed it to grass!  I just thought the touch of green would be nicer. :)  This card also goes along with this week's twist:  A Masculine Touch.



This was great sketch to work with and who doesn't need more masculine cards to add to their pile for when you need one. :)  Now make sure you hop on over to Sarah's blog HERE to check out her great card!  Thanks for joining all of us!  Oh, I almost forgot to mention one thing...CherylAnn, the creator of Try Stampin' on Tuesday, will be holding a drawing for anyone who comments on any of the blogs.  I don't know what the drawing is for, but I guess that will have to be a surprise. :)  So go ahead and comment away on any or all of the blogs if you get a chance.   It's always nice to hear that someone likes something you've created. :)  Don't forget to join us by creating your own card using this week's sketch.
Sara H.

Stamp Sets:  Lovely as a Tree & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  Basic Black, Island Indigo, Old Olive & Pool Party
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe,
Crushed, Curry, Island Indigo, Old Olive & Pool Party
StazOn:  Black
Embossing Folder:  Argyle
Punch:  1" Circle
Brayer & Sponges

Friday, March 21, 2014

Masculine One Layer Card

Today's card is a little different than my norm, but it was actually really simple to make.  It's a one layer card, and that's what we need for this week's Friday Mashup challenge.  This week our challenge is from Lisa and here is what it is...

Create a project using a "Nautical Theme".
Create a "One Layer Card".
Or mash it up and create a project with the "One Layer Card with a Nautical Theme".

Since I've used The Open Sea Set so much lately I decided to use By the Tide for my nautical theme.  


Click HERE to check out the other designers' cards on this week's Friday Mashup.  


Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Stamp Sets:  By the Tide & Walk in the Wild
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede,
Cherry Cobbler & Night of Navy
Stampin' Write Marker:  Crumb Cake

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pool Party Watercolor

Today's card is the card I made for the Red Hots' card swap that we had at this month's meeting.  Fourteen of us swapped with each other using sets from either the sale-a-bration catalog or the Occasions catalog...and there were a lot of great cards from each of the ladies!  I'll have to take some pics and show them to you some time. :)  For now I'll show you what I swapped with the ladies and it's also going to be one of this month's stamp a stack cards.


Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Stamp  Sets:  Happy Watercolor & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  Pool Party and Naturals White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Pool Party & Pear Pizzazz
Ink Refills:  Pool Party & Pear Pizzazz
Embossing Folder:  Stripes
Framelits:  Windows Collection & Ovals Collection
Punches:  1" Square & Modern Label
Ribbon:  1/2" Seam Binding in Pool Party
Jewels:  Basic Pears
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer
Aqua Painter & Sponges

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Serene Silhouettes

It's Tuesday so that means it's time for a card for this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch challenge.  The twist to go along with this week's sketch is a cameo appearance.  Since I don't have any stamps that are cameos I went with a silhouette stamp from Serene Silhouettes.  This is a pretty quick and simple card to make and could be for a few different occasions.  Make sure you check out all the cards the other designers made HERE, and if you get a chance play along with us.







Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Stamp Sets:  Serene Silhouettes & Express Yourself
Card Stock:  Basic Black & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Basic Black
StazOn:  Black
Embossing Folder:  Modern Mosaic
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pretty Petite Petals

Ready for another challenge for the Friday Mashup?  Ready or not, here it is and I love it!  This week Heidi is bringing us a challenge with lots of color...

Create a project using the "Sketch".
Create a project with "Rainbows or Rainbow Colors".
Or mash it up and create a project with the "Sketch and Rainbows or Rainbow Colors".

I love using rainbow colors on my cards.  How about you?  Check out all the other cards by the Friday Mashup designers this week HERE.  If you get a chance make sure you play along too.



Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Stamp Sets:  Petite Petals & Wetlands
Card Stock:  Naturals White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Real Red, Tangerine Tango,
Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green,
Pacific Point & Elegant Eggplant
Embossing Folder:  Woodgrain
Punch:  Petite Petals
Jewels:  Basic Pearls
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer
Sponges


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Christmas Blessings

Well, the snow has finally starting melting here in Michigan and what am I posting?  A card with snow! lol  It's time for another Christmas card for this week's 'Tis the Season challenge blog, so I have a good excuse.  I've made a few different cards using this same concept...pine trees in the snow with the sun or moon behind them.  I don't think I'll ever get tired of it though.  Today's card's colors gave me another excuse to create lovely scene. :)  Stop by 'Tis the Season HERE to see what the other designers have created and play along to get a head start on your Christmas cards for 2014...it will be here before you know it!






Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Stamp Sets:  Evergreen & More Merry Messages
Card Stock:  Real Red, Garden Green & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Garden Green & Soft Sky
Embossing Folder:  Petals-a-plenty
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer
Sponges

Friday, March 7, 2014

Masculine Serene Silhouettes

Hi, Everyone.  Yes, I've been a little lazy about posting lately.  Last week was SO busy, so this week I've been taking it a little easier.  Good thing I'm involved in a few challenges or I might not get around to posting at all!  Since it's Friday, that means we have another mashup for you over at the Friday Mashup, and this week it's from Holly.  Let's check it out...

Create a "Masculine" project.
Create a project with some "Stitching/sewing on it".
or Create a "Masculine project with Stitching on it".

I had a little help with a Red Hot color challenge and this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch challenge.  I have to admit it's kind of hard to make a manly card with pink on it.  I really like how it turned out though, but I'm not to sure my hubby was impressed! lol  He actually said it wasn't too bad, but it wasn't his usual response to my cards.  Guess I'm lucky he has any response at all since I've heard some husbands don't really care. lol





Don't forget to check out what the rest of the design team made and play along HERE!


Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Stamp Set:  Serene Silhouettes
Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz & Primrose Petals
Stampin' Write Marker:  Early Espresso
Embossing Folder:  Argyle
Punch:  3/4" Circle
Candy Buttons:  Neutrals (Early Espresso)
Paper Piercing Tool
Sponges



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