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Sale-a-Bration Inspiration


Today’s Artisan blog hop is an explosion of Sale-a-Bration inspiration.

Let’s face it, Sale-a-Bration is a huge hit this year with a fantastic product line up.

I love looking on Pinterest and seeing all of the great ideas.  I’m even more excited to see what the Artisan team has up their sleeves today.  Let’s get busy.


Avant Garden

When I saw the samples in the Sale-a-Bration catalog, I couldn’t wait to use the Avant Garden stamp set.

Typically I don’t reach for a floral set, but the samples were so inspiring I couldn’t wait to ink this set myself.


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First thought when I inked up this gorgeous flower was water coloring.  I love how this card turned out with a few simple water coloring techniques.

Tips & Tricks


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  • Create a watercolor wash using Crumb Cake ink and Aqua Painter onto the Watercolor Paper (2-1/2″ x 4″) first.  Let the ink absorb and dry.
  • Stamp flower image using Archival Basic Black ink then watercolor image using Pear Pizzaz and Flirty Flamingo inks. Stamp the dots image over flower image using Crumb Cake ink.  To achieve a soft look, I stamped off several times before stamping over the flower.
  •  Tear the bottom of the Watercolor paper and curl one end. I like to use my Aqua Painter to saturate the paper, making tearing very easy.  Once torn, attach this piece to another piece of Watercolor Paper measuring 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ using dimensionals.
  • Stamp greeting and die cut using Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Attach with a small doily and twine underneath the die cut.



Finally, attach the watercolor paper to your card front of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and then onto your Whisper White thick cardstock base (4-1/4″ x 11″).

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Solid Flower Image

I wanted to try my inking hands using the solid flower image, and I love how this card came out.


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I kept this card pretty simple, so the focus was on the beautiful flower.

Tips & Tricks 

  • The flower was stamped using Calypso Coral ink, then watercolored around the image using Sahara Sand.
  • I fell in love with the beautiful Metallic Ribbon on page 11 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Not only does is look fantastic with the shiny gold and silver accents, but also it’s very pliable.   I’m totally impressed, and this is FREE (one silver, one gold) with a $50 purchase.
  • Lastly, the Petal Burst embossing folder was a perfect background addition for this card.


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Sale-a-Bration Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Avant Garden


No doubt, the Avant Garden stamp set will provide a delicate touch to any handmade cards with the beautiful floral images and fonts.  Let’s not forget the FREE factor as well.  Every $50 you spend in my online store you can receive a free product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

Look at all of the great products available this year.  

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Be Inspired! 

The inspiration doesn’t stop here.  It’s time to see what the Artisan Team has created.

Your next stop is with my friend Louise Sharp.  Oh boy, are you going to love this gals designs?  She has the art of bringing a soft, beautiful look at every single project.


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Be Inspired- Inside The Lines

Be Inspired- Inside The Lines 

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We all know that inspiration can be found everywhere when it comes to paper crafts. Today, that inspiration is coming from the Be Inspired Design Team, and you may have just hopped here from Carolynn’s blog.  Our theme today is Sale-a-Bration, which means a FREE product for every $50 purchase from Stampin’ Up!


Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper

I am sure as a paper crafter you might be aware of the popular new craze called adult coloring books.  While I am sure they have been around forever, this girl who lives under a rock discovered them last fall.

When I found them at a local craft store I instantly did not think of myself using them, but more so for my daughter who loves to color.  However, the images in these coloring books were breathtaking, and it did look fun.

Fast forward to our new Sale-a-Bration catalog and what do my eyes see? Yes, a designer paper just waiting to be colored.

The Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper leaves you with the opportunity to make the colors of each paper your own.


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Be Creative and Color

To my surprise, I ended up loving each of these cards, and I am eager to share them with you.

The creative process started with only taking 1 of each of the four designs and cutting each 12 x 12 designer paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″.

Each card is colored using a different tool such as the following:

  • Sponging
  • Watercoloring
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Markers

You will notice that each method of coloring provided a different look to the designer paper and gave more insight on how the paper would hold up using each of these tools.  While each card is different, they are very simple with only a few additional layers of embellishments.  All of the greetings came from one stamp set, Suite Sentiments.

Let’s see how this paper comes to life.


First, let’s take a look at how a simple sponge can create a beautiful look to this card.

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I sponged the leaves with Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz Classic Ink.

After I had sponged the leaves, I only fussy cut the image and layered onto another piece of the designer series paper.


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Next, stamp the greeting from the Suite Sentiments stamp set onto a Lots of Labels framelit dies.


Watercoloring on designer series paper added an entirely new appreciation for this beautiful paper.


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Quick Tips:

  • I used an Aqua Painter to color the flower using Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Classic Ink.
  • Heat set the paper using a Heat Tool.
  • Due to the watercolor, you might notice the paper will wrinkle. Use Fast Fuse adhesive so that the paper will lay flat onto the card base.

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Sponge Daubers

This next card uses one of my favorite sponging tools, Sponge Daubers.

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Rather than using the entire sponge to color the images as I utilized in the first card, the Sponge Dauber highlighted the flowers all over the paper using Crushed Curry Classic Ink.

The leaves were colored using Pear Pizzaz Ink and an Aqua Painter.  Finally, to finish the card, I added the greeting with a few die cuts and ribbon.



Last, but certainly not least I used markers to color the images.

One of the greatest coloring tools you will find in the Stampin’ Up! product line is the Many Marvelous Markers.  What sets these markers apart from any other marker is the color coordination with all of Stampin’ Up! products.

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I used the brush tip of the marker and quickly colored the flower using Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, and Tangerine Tango.

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A few things to note about each of the four cards:

  • All the colors coordinate together.
  • The coloring techniques only highlight a piece of the designer series paper.
  • Each card uses a greeting from the same stamp set, Suite Sentiments.
  • Embellishments are simple pieces of ribbons or doilies.


Crafting with the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper brought back great memories of coloring in color books all the while creating beautiful cards.  This product will not disappoint and will provide hours of crafting enjoyment.

Leave a comment and tell me which card catches your eye the most.


Time to Hop! Be Inspired 

Lastly, it’s time to be inspired by more Sale-a-Bration products from our creative Be Inspired Team.

Click the button and be inspired by my friend Sarah Berry.

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Looking for more ideas using this year Sale-a-Bration products?

Make sure to see THIS post using the Tasty Trucks stamp set and FREE tutorial.

Fun With Tasty Trucks Stamp Set

Tasty Trucks Stamp Set

Creating with the Tasty Trucks stamp set has not only been fun, but super creative.

This FREE sale-a-Bration stamp set is one you will enjoy the abundance of stamping opportunities.

I’ve seen this little truck turn into adorable options such as an ambulance, UPS truck and even a postal truck.

Of course, I’m always pretty simple when it comes to using this set but I have a few ideas I wanted to share.


Four Cards To Inspire You


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While you have many foodie images to choose from I fell in love with the cupcake image.  Maybe it’s because I would be giddy if a cupcake truck was found in my area.  Can you imagine? A girl can dream.



Try this Color Combination!

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Taco Tuesday

Another favorite with this truck is the tacos.  Taco Tuesday is a BIG deal in my house.  Seriously, my kids can change their attitude in a heartbeat if I say it’s Taco Tuesday.


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I paired this image with one of my favorite pattern papers, Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. The images in this paper are a perfect match for any Taco Truck.

This card will be perfect to give one of my kids a little kick in the pants when they are feeling gloomy.



I love the look of generation stamping and the different color hues you can see the more times you continue to stamp.

That is exactly how I created this card below using the congratulations image with the Tasty Trucks stamp set.

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The fonts in this set are simple and perfect in size to create small thin banners.

Try this Color Combination

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Playful Patterns 

Lastly, I wanted a card that was really playful and I love how you can achieve this look using our Designer Series Paper.

This card and the congratulations card above both use a FREE Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-Bration products called Carried Away.  This paper has an array of beautiful bold colors to use for your projects.



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Peekaboo Peach is a new InColor that I haven’t used enough.  I love how this looks watercolored and it’s perfect for spring paper crafting. I will definitely be pulling this color more for my spring projects.

Try this Color Combination!

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Tips & Tricks 

  • Watercoloring the truck after stamping the image onto Watercolor paper provided the best way to color this image because of the size.
  • Fussy cutting the truck gave me the ability to add the truck as another layer onto the card.
  • The taco truck awning was paper pieced using the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper.


Ready to Create? 

Create each of these projects using this FREE tutorial.   Click Here to download and enjoy!



Celebrate with Sale-a-Bration!

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See more Sale-a-Bration inspiration HERE.


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Hey Chick, Sale-a-Bration is Here!

Hey Chick, Sale-a-Bration is Here!

It’s hard to believe Sale-a-Bration is here.  The excitement of this promotion has been building for months!

Before I share today’s card, let me start with an apology.

If you read yesterday’s post, I completely led you astray on accident.

I edited the post late afternoon, but in case you did not see it I wanted to update you now.

The Glamper Greetings stamp set IS still be available!

I’m thankful for a kind demonstrator who helped me out with a carry over list from the Holiday catalog.  You can find it HERE.


Let’s Chat About Sale-a-Bration

This time of year is super exciting for so many reasons.

Today the new Occasions catalog products are available.  Now THAT is major excitement.  There are so many great stamp sets and accessories you are going to love.

Here are a few reasons why Sale-a-Bration is exciting…

  • Every $50 purchase you can choose a FREE stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.
  • Join Stampin’ Up! and receive TWO FREE stamp sets of your choice on top of your starter kit.  The starter kit is $99 and YOU can choose what goes in it.  To sum it up: You choose $125 retail product for $99 + 2 FREE stamp sets any price.
  • As a hostess, you can receive $25 extra when your party sales reach $250.


Hey, Chick! I’m FREE!

I love chickens, and especially a stamp set with chickens in it.

This Sale-a-Bration stamp set is going to be a HUGE hit and especially for those who love to watercolor.

The chicken images in this set are all line images, meaning they are open for you to color with your favorite coloring tools.


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Stampin’ Up! has added Watercolor Pencils back into our product line.  There are 12 pencils in the pack, each providing a creamy soft texture when coloring.

Tips & Tricks

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It’s been awhile since I’ve used Watercolor Pencils, but I love how easy they are to use with a Blender Pen on Whisper White cardstock.

Here are a few tips & tricks I used for this fun chicken card.

  • Stamp the image using Archival Basic Black ink.  Heat set the image using a heat tool, or let the ink dry very well before water coloring. I used a Blender Pen to water color the chicken image.
  • The Urban Underground Suite has perfect products to coordinate with the Hey Chick stamp set such as the designer series paper as well as the Hexagon Dynamic  Textured Impressions embossing folder,
  • Stamp the chicken and the greeting onto cardstock, then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  These will be available mid-January.

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You can see all products used for this project below in the clickable links. 

  • Lastly, I added my favorite twine using the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, taking one piece of twine from the ribbon and curling a few times in my palm and stapling to the focal image.


Create & Sale-a-Brate!

Make sure to check out the new Occasions catalog products in my Online Store HERE.

Remember, you can choose a FREE stamp set like the stamp set I’m using today, Hey Chick, from the Sale-a-Bration catalog for every $50 you spend.

Click to view the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration catalog online.


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Become a part of a growing team of talented stamping artists and enjoy the abundance of opportunities that lie ahead.

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You can find great stamp sets, ink, cardstock and amazing embellishments in my online store.

Click HERE and see the possibilities for creating fabulous projects this year.

I’d love to be your creative coach and share with you as you begin this hobby or if you are ready to step it up a notch.

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Little Things that Make me Happy!

Little Things that Make me Happy!

Sometimes it’s the little things that make me the happiest.


Today started off a bit out of the normal.  We had to get up early and the kids had dentist appointments at the crack of dawn (8 am is the crack of dawn for me)!


If you didn’t know this, I’m not an early riser.  I’m lucky enough to have second shift this year, meaning I get up with the girly girl and see her off to school.  We actually get to sleep in a little later than the boys.  It’s great because it works well with my night owl tendencies.


This morning however we were all up together sporting our happy faces.  Once the appointments were finished it was off to get the kids to their schools.  Brandon has a bit of a commute everyday to get to his school so we had a nice ride together.  Well, sort of.  He was very testy this morning and I thought maybe he had gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.  Then I remembered he is a teenager and at times he is an alien.


Coffee Please???

Once I dropped him off I came home to sit quietly and enjoy a LARGE cup of coffee and peace and quiet.  It wasn’t 15 minutes after being home I received a text from Brandon.  Normally I would be all kind of “mom crazy” with him for texting during school but this text made my heart swell with pride because my alien teenager turned back into his amazing loving self.


It was something so little that he said but it meant so much.  “I’m sorry, mom!”


This is huge my friends.  The fact that he realized he had made a few bad choices this morning was AMAZING.  I’m not going to lie,  I thought for a second that someone had grabbed his phone and started texting.  It happened once.  It wasn’t pretty.  True story.


It was him.  He apologized and I had a moment of being a proud mom.  I’m pretty amazed how teenagers can have the sweetest disposition one minute and turn bat crazy the next.  It’s really an adventure. For those few minutes I relished in the fact that he recognized he was not being kind. He truly apologized and the day would be better. It was MUCH better.


It’s the little things.


This idea, little things…  carries over into my crafting.  It’s the little things that bring me joy.  A simple little embellishment or a certain color I’ve used can make me so giddy.  Today the little thing is actually a BIG thing when it comes to crafting.  I like what I created and feel like a glimmer of my creative mojo is coming back.  That’s HUGE friends.  HUGE.


Friendly Wishes


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Once again I’m pulling out designer paper and using it.  I am a hoarder by nature and it’s got to be USED.  I made quite a few of these cards because they were so simple and easy to put together. Plus, I love the color combination.


Little Things, Friendly Wishes, Stampin' Up!


The best part of this card for me was adding the black cardstock.  I think it made all of the colors really pop.  The focal point (the greeting) came from the stamp set Friendly Wishes.  This is a great stamp set for friendship/relationship cards.  You can send a whole lotta love with this set.  You can see it on page 122 of the Main Catalog.


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Favorite Elements

A few of my favorite elements of this card

  • Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper #141022.  This is a FREE product when you spend $50.  If you love flowers, you will love this paper. What I love about the paper is the colors. The colors really pop and it’s very SPRING.
  • A simple piece of Delightful Dijon 1″ Dotted Lace Trim was a perfect match and simple addition to this card.
  • It’s My Party Enamel Dots #140554- another bright pop of color.
  • My favorite little scallop border from the Cutie Pie Thinlits # 138273

Lastly, this color combination was totally created using the colors from the designer paper.





It’s the Little Things

Today, I hope you can find joy in the little things.  Sit back and take a second to look around you.  What is something little that is HUGE for you? Once you find it, take it ALL in and enjoy it.  Life is busy.  Life is too fast sometimes.  Just enjoy the moment for a little bit.


Most of all, I hope you take time to get crafty.

You can find all the supplies I used for this card in the clickable links below.

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