Fun Pencils

This was a quick and easy project that I made for the girls on my SU Demo Getaway weekend.  I was shopping in the Target Dollar Spot one day (well maybe they don’t call it that anymore) and saw some fun pencils that looked like our SU colors – they were Emerald Envy, Blushing Bride and Basic Black.  I picked up a bunch of them to use as a little “pillow” gift for the getaway weekend.  Here is what I did with them.


I put three pencils in one of the 6×8 cello bags and stapled it shut.  The pencils are about as tall as the bags so I pushed them to one side at the top and stapled as close as I could get so that it would hold them in there.

Then I wanted to decorate the bag with a fun tag.  I decided the Pick a Pattern Designer Paper was a perfect fit and grabbed one of the Emerald Envy patterns and one of the Basic Black patterns – I cut those into strips and punched with the Triple Banner Punch.  I also cut a strip of Blushing Bride card stock and punch the end of it.  I stamped on the card stock with the Pieces & Patterns stamp set.  I also grabbed little bits of ribbon in the coordinating colors – Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding, Blushing Bride Double-Stitched Ribbon and some Black Mini Sequin Trim.  I stapled all those together at the top of my bag.

To finish the tag I stamped a bunch of the bears on Watercolor Paper and water-colored them in with some Sahara Sand ink.  Then I fussy cut the bear and attached him with a mini Stampin’ Dimensional.

Aspen was helping with the bears!


Not really he was just sleeping next to me and I wondered how many bears I could lay on him before he noticed.  The answer is 6 – just 6.  Then he looked up at me like what is going on here.

I love fun pencils and have lots of different ones.  I pretty much write everything in pencil – because then I can erase mistakes or when things change.  My calendar would be a mess if I didn’t write things in pencil.  Do you use a pencil or mostly write with a pen?

Have a great day!


Spring Retreat Make&Takes

Well I’m really behind on sharing about the Spring 2017 Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  It was a few months ago and I didn’t share about it on my blog then but I’m going to do that now.  And be sure to save the date for the Fall retreat – September 29-October 1.  I held the retreat at a beautiful cabin in the North Georgia Mountains.  I’m actually heading back up there later this month to host a Demonstrator Getaway Weekend.  It is so much fun to getaway for the weekend and be creative with friends.

At the Spring Retreat we had Make&Take projects for everyone there.  We had a project for Friday night and another one for Saturday.

For Friday night we stuck with a fairly simple project – a card and a little 3-D succulent.


These use products from the Oh So Succulent Suite from the Occasions Catalog.  We used the Popcorn Box die and cut it shorter to create the container for the succulent.  The card uses 4 x 5-1/4 piece of designer paper that is cut at a diagonal.  You can mix and match the patterns from a pack of designer paper.  Everyone at the retreat got a piece of all the different patterns in the pack.

On Saturday we had a bigger project and taught 5 different water coloring techniques.  We used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and dies to create a set of 4 cards – each with a different technique and a card holder with a 5th technique.

Everyone also made a 3D project to match the cards using the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  Since I prepped everything ahead I did a ton of Big Shot cutting for this one!


Inside the Window Box was a battery operated tea light – the back of the box opens up so you can turn on your light.  We strung a wire through so you could hang it from a hook somewhere.

The projects turned out great and everyone enjoyed making them and learning the new techniques.  I hope you can join me in the fall.

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A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop

Did you receive your April Paper Pumpkin kit?


It’s full of product and Sara created some fun watercolor cards for everyone to make following the directions in the kit and her video. But for today’s post I’m joining in with a group of talented demonstrators who have created some other ideas using items from this kit.  One of the wonderful things about the Paper Pumpkin community are all the different ideas that everyone comes up with.   So join us today as we bring you some more ideas for this month’s A Sara Thing Paper Pumpkin kit.


If you aren’t a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can sign up HERE. Sign up by May 10 to receive the May kit.

I made two different cards.  For this first card I wanted to try doing something “different” with the acrylic flowers.  I used a piece of watercolor paper (you can use a piece from the kit) and a spritzer filled with some water and Rich Razzleberry reinker.  I took some paper towels and placed the watercolor paper down and placed the flowers on top (I put the glittery side face down).  Then spritzed over the top.


Then carefully remove the flowers.  Since they are acrylic just wipe them off to clean them.


My first photo I spritzed a lot and decided it was too much so this second one was a little bit less.  Once it dried I used the watercolor pencil from my kit and added some color to each flower.


Then use the paint brush dipped in some water to smooth it out throughout the petals.  Repeat for each flower.


I added some Basic Black Baker’s Twine around this piece before adding it to the front of my card.  You can use the base from the kit or create your own.  And be sure to add a Whisper White liner on the inside of the card.  The greeting is stamped on a Whisper White banner piece. And finish with one of the acrylic flowers.


I hope you like this different twist on how to use those flowers.

I made another quick card with some additional supplies using the technique from the kit – I just create a rainbow on my watercolor piece using the watercolor pencils, the paint brush and water.


The card base is Rich Razzleberry.  I also used the Owl Builder punch to punch out some tiny hearts which I colored with the watercolor pencil and blended with the brush.  Finish with some stamping.  Sweet and easy.

If you live local to me join me for some stamping this week – Wednesday 4/26 – Paper Pumpkin Craft night and Friday 4/28 – Card Makers Class.  You can find details and RSVP on my website HERE.

Be sure to hop along and see the rest of the ideas. Next up is my friend Sue Plote – check out her creative ideas.

And here is the full list of blog hoppers:

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY: To be entered into a drawing for a FREE “A Sara Thing” Paper Pumpkin Kit, you must leave a comment on EVERY blog. Drawing closes on Saturday, April 29th at 9 PM EST. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Thanks for visiting.








Love You Lots

Did you know there are exclusive stamp sets just for hosts?

When you earn Stampin’ Rewards from hosting a party, you can use them to buy any catalog product, OR you can use them for the exclusive host-only items in the catalog.  They are on pages 198-201.

My favorite one was Love You Lots.  It has some adorable animals in it – an elephant, a little mouse (it reminds me of the mouse in Goodnight Moon), a frog, hedgehogs, and lady bugs!  It’s a set that is perfect for watecoloring with your Aqua Painters.  That is what I did here with this sample.


I used watercolor paper for both the back ground and the focal point.  And water colored the dots and the elephant with Smoky Slate ink.  I used my brand new Layering Squares framelits to cut the plain square and the scalloped square.  The tiny hearts are from the Confetti Hearts Border punch.

So cute!

Here is a list of supplies I used.

Product List

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Sale-A-Bration countdown – 3 more days

After today there are only 3 more days of Sale-A-Bration!  Thursday, March 31st will be the last day to get these items.  One of the most popular ones is the Botanical For You stamp set.  It has the big Just for You image along with some other phrases and flowers.  It coordinates with the Botanical Blooms bundle of products in the Occasions Catalog.

This project was a make&take and the Spring 2016 Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.


Everyone at the retreat received the Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit.  It is an awesome project designed to be a home decor project but it is so much more.  You can also use the pieces in scrapbook pages or make cards with them.  The box can be used to store the project or used to be given as a gift (with or without the actual project kit inside).  So we decide to decorate the box using the Botanicals for You stamp set, some left over pieces from inside the kit and then a few additional items.

The Just for you is stamped on Shimmery White card stock with Archival Black Ink.  Then we water-colored around it to add the Bermuda Bay color.  This technique was shared by Cindy Schuster who is my partner in crime at the retreats! For this technique go around your image with water filled aquapainter first.  Then come back and go around it with the aquapainter dipped in ink.

The doily, gold thread, and sequins came from the kit.  The flower is made with Cotton Paper just like the flowers in the kit and we also carried over the stamped butterfly idea from one of the kit pages.  The beautiful Watermelon Wonder ribbon is in the Occasions Catalog – don’t miss it – it is so soft and easy to work with.

Thanks for stopping by today!




You’ve Got This with a Framelit Technique

I’ve been playing around with the new Stampin’ Up! In-colors and probably my favorite one is actually the Tip Top Taupe.  But I’ve realized that it depends on my mood and at other times one of the others is my favorite.  For the card I’m sharing today I used a color combo that I actually found in a magazine.  It was a bedroom with a pretty comforter and when I looked at the colors I saw Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, a hint of Delightful Dijon and Whisper White.  So starting with that photo I ended up with this card.

youve-got-this-godiva-swapTo me the Tip Top Taupe looks like a darker version of Sahara Sand – and that’s actually what the background is stamped in for the card base.  I wanted it lighter.  Then the words are Tip Top Taupe so they would be darker.

A fun technique that I did on this card uses the Magnetic Platform and framelits.  Before cutting each of the frames I traced the inside of the framelit with my Stampin’ Write Marker – the magnetic platform helps hold it in place while you trace it.  Then I cut them out.  You could cut first and then trace but I found it easier to trace first.  And I made a whole bunch of these for a swap group that I’m part of.

For the flower I also did something kind of different and really liked how it turned out.  I stamped the background in Tip Top Taupe over the flower.  It “color’s” it in but not all the way giving it a textured look.  The leaves are watercolored with the aqua painter and the Mint Macaron ink.  Then it’s time for a bit of fussy cutting to get the beautiful flower.

youve-got-this-swapThe center of the flower is colored with the Delightful Dijon marker and a little bit of Linen Twine is tied around the flower stem.  I attached the flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I did do a version without the traced frames but it adds just a little bit extra to the card.

Here is a list of all the supplies with links to my online store.

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Fun with Watercolor Paper

Fun with Watercolor Paper

This is a really fun technique that I found on the internet somewhere – probably pinterest or Facebook – isn’t that where most of our ideas come from these days….

Its another way to use textured embossing folders – add ink to one side of the folder – then spritz it with water – put your watercolor paper inside the folder – close it up and press all over with your hand – open and ta-da – the design from the folder is transferred to your paper with a watercolor look to it.

watercolor-flower-patchEach time you do it you get a different look and it also varies based on how much water you spritz on it.  For this one I went a little bit lighter on the amount of water that I used so most of the hexagons have a lot of open space.  More water would have carried the color a little further throughout the design.

To finish the card I used the new Flower Patch Photopolymer stamp set.  for the center of my flower I added a star shaped sequin with a mini brad.  And I tied a piece of the new thick Baker’s twine around the front piece – love that thick twine!

water-color-flower-patch-2Here is a list of the supplies I used plus clear blocks: