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Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Big Day meets Best Year Ever…

I have so many favorite items in this year’s Sale-a-bration selection because many of them work so well together…

I came across a card that one of my Stampin BFF’s – Kay Kalthoff – designed that uses paper from Best Year Ever DSP onto which she stamped some images from the set Big Day and I just LOVED it – and so I had to make a few of my own because I knew my customers would love this idea too…

And here is my version…I made three different ones using various sheets of patterned papers…LOVE them all…


Isn’t that fun?  I love the idea of directly stamping onto patterned papers – it works so well and makes for making some quick & fabulous birthday cards to have on hand for when you need them through the year!

ALL OF THE STAMPS, RIBBONS & PATTERNED PAPERS I USED ARE FREE & FEATURED IN THE SALE-A-BRATION BROCHURE – you can choose one of these items for FREE with every $50 you order – but ONLY THROUGH TUESDAY MARCH 31st – so if you want any of them, HURRY and get your order in! 

The card bases…for the blue I used Coastal Cabana…for the yellow I used Crushed Curry…and for pink (see it below) I used Calypso Coral – and then onto each base I added a black layer to provide a bit of a dramatic backdrop.

The patterned papers…ALL are from the FREE Best Year Ever Designer Series Papers pack which you can find on pg 4 of the Sale-a-bration brochure…

The ribbon…I then wrapped around a piece of co-ordinating ribbon from the FREE Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (also on pg 4) and tied a little knot as a finishing touch…

The cake stamp…is from the FREE Big Day Stamp Set that you can find on pg 12 of the Sale-a-bration brochure – I simply stamped it using black ink directly onto the paper – LOVE how this looks!

The banner…is die cut using a die from Banners Framelits (pg 213) and onto it I stamped that big fab image – again, it is from the set Big Day – LOVE those stamps! – and I added the banner onto my card using Dimensionals.

The finishing touches…on the blue themed card I decided to add a row of Rhinestone Jewels along the stamped dotted edge on the banner…and on the pink one I popped a large Rhinestone Jewel to dot the ‘i’ in the word Big…



Here are all three cards…click on each picture for a larger version…

First the blue one…


Then the yellow one…


And lastly the pink one…


I LOVE them all – I am going to make a bunch to pop in my card box to have on hand!

Supplies used to make these cards:

Stamps: Big Day (CM 139109/WM 139112) – FREE!
Cardstocks: Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (121045), Coastal Cabana (131297), Crushed Curry (131199), Calypso Coral (122925)
Patterned Papers: Best Year Ever DSP (138633) – FREE!
Ribbons: Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (138634) – FREE!
Ink: Memento Black (132708)
Die: Banners Framelits (132173)
Misc: Rhinestone Jewels (119246), Dimensionals (104430)


Friday, March 20th, 2015

Time to Celebrate the first day of Spring…

Today heralds the first day of Spring…not that it feels like it in many parts of the country including here in Central Texas!!! 

We have lots of rain and misty skies today but I am thinking that all of these showers will be creating some beautiful flowers…and on my walk around the garden this morning (the rain doesnt deter me…must be the English girl in me LOL!!!) I saw lots of signs of spring a-coming…I took some photos and you can find them below…those bright colorful flowers brightened up this dull day…the skies are gray…misty…murky…


But then there are these bright spots…lots of beautiful native spring flowers – we didn’t install an irrigation system out here and so anything that grows here was already here and can naturally survive on very little water & extremely hot temperatures!





We’ve noticed that at this time of the year ALL of the flowers are shades of yellow & purple…must be something to do with attracting the right kind of insects at the right time of year!

AND some of the leaves of the new plants are vibrant green…LOVE how this color signifies fresh new life…you can see it in the lilies coming up here…


And another sign that Spring is here…the Live Oak trees are losing their leaves (we have like a second ‘Fall’ here where the leaves fall off of the oaks – used to drive hubby nuts when we lived in a neighborhood where we had to vacuum them all up twice a year – they stay where they fall out here LOL!!!)…


And my favorite trees…the Red Oaks are budding with their new leaves & tassels…


It’s also been Spring Break this week with the girls home from school, so not a whole lot of crafting got done by me…but I did manage to make some quick & easy thank you note cards to pop into various packages that I will be mailing out during the next month…


Super simple to make and very economical as you get 8 note cards from one sheet of cardstock – each note card is sized at 4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″…

The words…I stamped the sentiments using stamps from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit called Layers of Gratitude (LOVE those stamps!) and Early Espresso ink…

The bird…is a stamp from the Hostess set Time to Celebrate that you can find in the back of the Occasions Catalog or by clicking HERE – you can get this for free when your order totals $150+ or more!


Wishing you a wonderful and not too snowy or rainy weekend where you are – at least if the weather is frightful you can stay in the warm and stamp!


Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Doctor Who…and the Tardis…

Today I am doing something that I realized I haven’t done before…I am showing you a card that one of my girls made…

My girls LOVE creating with stamps, ink and paper and are really wowing me with their creations…including today’s card…

One of them came to me and asked for advice on how to make a card for her friend who loves Doctor Who – I told her to take a look on Pinterest for inspiration – she did, and found an idea and got to work…


Isn’t that AWESOME?!  In case you are not a Doctor Who fan, this is his transport – known as the Tardis – and she got this idea from a talented card maker named Katie Legge

My little girl – also called Katie – is 11 and got to work to make her version completely by herself – would not let me help her one bit – it blew me away – I absolutely LOVE it!

For the card base she used Night of Navy cardstock, Whisper White for the interior and windows and found printables for those signs…

I love how she inked the edges of the panels – without any help or advice from me, she went ahead and worked out how to do it…


And here is a peek inside with the doors opened up…


I think I am biased but what a great talent she has…I think I am going to be employing her here as my helper at SarahsInkSpot one day!


Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

This week’s Weekly Deals are here…for March 17th through 23rd…

Happy St Patrick’s Day to y’all!!!

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday March 23rd OR WHILST SUPPLIES LAST..


And with the prices discounted by up to 50%, if you want anything at these great prices, hurry & get your order in before they’re out of stock!


Click on the picture below for a larger view…


Here is a list of what is on sale – click on the blue words below to view each item


Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Barn Door Card featuring stamps from From the Herd…

Today’s card features stamps from one of my favorite sets in the Occasions Catalog – From the Herd – which features a fabulous bunch of fun animals on a large stamp along with lots of sentiments and accessory stamps – perfect for making cards for kids & adults alike!!!

I wanted to make a card for an 8 year old girl and so decided to make it interactive & fun – firstly there are flaps to open mimicking barn doors and secondly, on the inside I stamped the animals and left them uncolored – packaged up with this card is a set of coloring pencils so that she can color the animals in herself…which of course you could switch out for a crayons for a younger recipient…

And here it is…the front of the card…


And the inside of the card…


And the pack of pencils to go along with it…


What do you think?  I love love love it!!!  It just makes me smile every time I look at it! 

AND rather than describe every little bit of detail about how I made it & measurements which would clutter up this blog post, I put together a free printable tutorial to make it easy for you to make your own version - click HERE to find it (it will open in a new browser window)

The card base…I stamped my animals using a stamp from From the Herd (pg 15 Occasions Catalog) onto a piece of White card stock and then mounted this onto a piece of Black cardstock.

The barn doors…fun & easy to make using the background wood grain effect stamp called Hardwood (pg 175) – I cut two pieces of Crumb Cake card stock and stamped Hardwood onto both sides of them using Soft Suede ink – when done, I adhered them to the back of the piece of black cardstock and the basic card was done…now for the fun bit…adding some bling!!!

The front…I wanted the effect of barn doors and decided they needed some hinges and I found the PERFECT things to use in the Project Life Playground Accessory Pack (pg 189) – in that pack are some textured corrugated shapes which I trimmed to size, added some Neutrals Candy Dots (pg 208) and popped them onto my card – LOVE that textured look – it fits in perfectly…


 The animals…I stamped more and cut a couple out using my super sharp Paper Snips (pg 215) and added them using Dimensionals – under the pig you can see another bit of textured strip – just LOVE that look…


The speech bubble…I decided to add a speech bubble to my goat and cut it out using a die from Word Bubbles Framelits (pg 230) – and stamped word onto it using another stamp in From the Herd.  I then added a small red 3/4″ Circle and that heart is another embellishment in the PL Playground Accessory Pack


The door handles…are simply small black buttons from Neutrals Designer Buttons (pg 208) – I used glue dots to attach each to a black  1/2″ Circle and positioned them on my card – around one of them I tied a piece of Linen Thread (pg 206) and then cut it at 7″ so that there is plenty to twist & turn around the buttons to close the card.

The finishing touches…I added some Rhinestone Jewels in a few places…after all, a card needs some sparkly bling, eh?!

The inside of the card…I wanted some character going on in there too and so decided to add some more embellishments that I found in the PL Playground Accessory Pack – those corrugated circles with cut out hearts are just perfect in there – I added a piece of Real Red cardstock beneath each cut out and love how they look – check out that rustic texture…


 The sentiment stamps…are also in From the Herd – I stamped Happy Birthday onto a scrap strip of card stock and used my What’s Up Punch (pg 222) to shape each end into a perfect V – then I added it using Dimensionals and popped a black Candy Dot to each end.

The pencil pack…I decided that the box the pencils came in was just too boring LOL so decided to take them out and make a belly band to hold them together – full details & measurements to make this are also featured in my tutorial.

I stamped Hardwood several times onto a piece of Crumb Cake and shaped that top edge using the Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die (pg 233) to give a picket fence look…

from-the-herd-pencils-closeupI wrapped around a piece of Burlap Ribbon that I cut down & frayed, then Linen Thread and finally added a little tag to match in with my card…

Here it is all together…



Here are the images that are in the set From the Herd – it is available in wood, clear & photopolymer versionsclick on the blue words below to view in the online store…


AND here are just a FEW of the items that you get in the Project Life Playground Accessory Pack – LOVE these – this shows you at a glance what I used to make today’s card…see all of the other things also included in this pack by clicking the blue link below…


Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps: From the Herd (Photo 137162/CM 138834/WM 138831), Hardwood (CM 133035/WM 133032)
Cardstocks: Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (121045), Crumb Cake (120953), Real Red (102482)
Inks: Soft Suede (126978), Memento Black (132708)
Punches: What’s Up (133781), 1/2″ Circle (119869), 3/4″ Circle (119873), 1″ Circle (119868), 1 1/4″ Circle (119861)
Die: Word Bubbles Framelits (132968)
Accessories: Project Life Playground Accessory Pack (135303)
Trim: Linen Thread (104199), 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon (132140)
Misc: Paper Snips (103579), Neutrals Candy Dots (130934) Neutrals Buttons (130031), Basic Rhinestone Jewels (119246), Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683)


Well, I made quite the mess today LOL – check out my messy desk…this is after just making this one project and the rest of then other three surface look the same as this one…I think I have some cleaning up in my future…my hubby just walked in, mouth open…I told him this is just the result of the creative process (chuckle)…

What makes me giggle is I lose EVERYTHING by the time it gets to this state…I spend literally minutes hunting for my tape or dimensionals…and have NO ROOM left to work in…if only I’d be tidier along the way…


Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Today see’s the debut of a fabulous fun new stamp set called JUST KIDDING along with some Weekly Deals…

That’s right – Weekly Deals and a brand new Stamp Set are both released today! 

JUST KIDDING is a brand new Photopolymer stamp set available from TODAY – it is a set of 15 stamps priced at JUST $15.95 making it a great deal – find it in the store by clicking HERE

Order details & stamp set images:


And check out this CUTE sample made using some of those stamps…LOVE it…how fun is that?



AND also new for today – here are this week’s WEEKLY DEALS - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday March 16th OR WHILST SUPPLIES LAST..

With the prices discounted by up to 50%, if you want anything at these great prices, hurry & get your order in before they’re out of stock!


Click on the picture below for a larger view…

WeeklyDealsMar-10Here is a list of what is on sale – click on the blue words below to view each item


Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Paper Piecing with For Being You…

Did you see those fabulous FOUR BRAND NEW SALE-A-BRATION ITEMS that were just released?  I LOVE them all but my absolute fav’s are the stamp set ‘For Being You’ and the In Color Accessory Pack – WOW – what fab new products to get for free during March!

Today I decided to use the big ‘thanks’ stamp in For Being You to make a thank you card – and that is one BIG sentiment stamp measuring 4″ x 1″ and the beauty of it is that it is not too big so that you can add other things to your card front BUT it is big enough to make it the main event on a card if you want to do that…

And that is what I did today…I used some of those fab In Colors to add to it and look how it turned out…


I just LOVE LOVE LOVE those In Colors – they all work GREAT together, don’t you think?

The card base…is simply Whisper White onto which I layered a piece of Mossy Meadow sized 3 3/4″ x 5″.

The stamped images…I stamped the ‘thanks’ and ‘for all you do’ stamps using Memento Black Ink – if you go for the clear mount version, you can position them perfectly ahead of time on one large acrylic block – which means you can stamp them together at the same time, which makes for speedy stamping & perfect positioning, especially important if you are stamping a bunch of cards at the same time – here is how I positioned mine on the block…


The paper piecing…is how I got the color onto my letters – I simply took scrap pieces of the 2014-2016 In Colors, stamped the word ‘thanks’ onto each color and decided on my color line up…

And then I used my very sharp Paper Snips (pg 215) to cut out each letter from each color and used glue to adhere them in place…


SARAH’S TIP:  you know what helped me get that color line-up in order?  On the Sale-a-bration flyer that features the four new products, there is a photo of the rolls of twine in the In Color Accessory Pack and I figured if Stampin Up lined up the colors like that, then it must work well…

And so that is the sequence that I used on my card and it worked out great!  Here is that picture I used for inspiration, which led me to go blue-green-purple-orange-yellow:


The trim…after gazing at those beautiful twines above I knew I had to use some on my card…but I wanted a neutral color and so I picked white from Painted Blooms Cotton Twine (pg 37 Occasions Catalog) and tied it around my image layer ending with a cute bow in front…

The finishing touch…it needed just something more…and so I punched out a little green heart using the Confetti Hearts Border Punch (pg 5 Occasions Catalog) which gave me the perfect little something I was looking for…


So how do you get this fabulous new stamp set?  You can get it for FREE with a $50 purchase!  Spend $50 on ANY Stampin Up items from the Catalogs and/or Online Store and get this versatile set for FREE click HERE to find out more!

AND I just thought of another tip – if you do not have all 5 colors of the 2014-2016 In Colors then there is a very affordable way to get them – you can purchase the 2014-2016 In Color Assortment which gives you 20 sheets (4 of each color) for just $6.95 – this is a GREAT way to get all of the colors at a low price – click HERE to find them!

In Color Assorted PackHere are the four stamps that you get in the set For Being You:For Being You Stamp Set

Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps: For Being You (CM 139120/WM 139117) - FREE with a $50 purchase!
Ink: Memento Black (132708)
Cardstocks: Whisper White (100730), Mossy Meadow (133676), Lost Lagoon (133679), Blackberry Bliss (133675), Tangelo Twist (133677), Hello Honey (133678) OR Assorted 2014-2016 In Color Pack (133681)
Twine: Painted Blooms Cotton (137873)
Punch: Confetti Heart Border Punch (137415)
Misc: Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579)


Sunday, March 1st, 2015


That’s right – Stampin Up have added FOUR BRAND NEW FREE ITEMS for you to choose from for March AND they are A-MAZE-ING!!!

So where can you see ‘em?  Click HERE to view the flyer

Extra-SAB-itemsHow do you get ‘em?

As before, you get to choose ONE ITEM FOR FREE WITH EVERY $50 THAT YOU YOU SPEND on absolutely ANY online store or catalog items…

You can still choose from those in the Sale-a-bration brochure but these 4 new additions give you more options (just in case you already have everything in that brochure…like me LOL!!!)

  • CLICK HERE to place your order in the online store and get your freebies!
  • OR if you prefer, click HERE to email your order to me – and yes, you will still get your freebies!


For Being You Stamp Setavailable in both wood & clear mount versions:

forbeingyouIn Color Accessory Packincludes 25 yards of twine (5 yds of each color) and 30 buttons (6 ea of 5 colors):


Nature’s Perfection Stamp Setavailable in both wood & clear mount versions:

naturesperfectionSheer Perfection Vellum Stack24 sheets of 6″ x 6″ patterned vellum (2 ea of 12 designs):


I am tied between For Being You and the In Color Accessory Pack – LOVE them both!!!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

On Center Stage…Love is Kindness…

As soon as I saw the stamp ‘Love is Kindness‘ in the Occasions Catalog I knew I had to have it because I knew it would be one of those incredibly versatile stamps…

You can use it on all sorts of cards all year round – it will work for thank you’s, birthdays, engagements, weddings, Easter, Valentines, Mothers Day – almost any occasion…

And it looks like such a little stamp…but wait…it really isn’t!  I made a card today where it takes center stage and here it is…


Isn’t that a beautiful stamp?  WOW I love it!  Because it makes such a feature I decided to add nothing but some layering to frame & highlight it and I am super happy with how it turned out…

The card base…is Wisteria Wonder cardstock onto which I layered a piece of Basic Black sized 5 1/4″ x 4″ and then added another layer of black sized 5″ x 3 3/4″…

Love is Kindness stamp…you can find it by clicking HERE – I stamped it using Memento Black Ink onto a piece of Whisper White sized 4 1/4″ x 3″ and colored it using the light Markers from Wisteria Wonder and Old Olive Blendabilities – find them on pg 212 or online by clicking HERE

AND you don’t have to be a coloring expert to get that light/dark look on the petals – I simply colored one side of each flower a second time – easy, fast & gives a fabulous look…


To give the illusion of a thicker bouquet of flowers, I stamped the image a second time onto a piece of scrap white cardstock, colored some of the flowers, cut them and the newspaper bit out using my sharp Paper Snips (pg 215) and added it onto my first image, slightly staggered, using Dimensionals.

I then matted my image sheet onto another white layer sized 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ and just love how these layers help give a framed look – here is a closeup of that layering…


I absolutely love how stunning that focal image looks – got to be one of my current favorite stamps!

Here is the image that you get with Love is Kindness – click on the blue words below to view in the online store…


Supplies used to make this card:

Stamp: Love is Kindness (137131)
Ink: Memento Black (132708)
Blendabilities: Old Olive (130999), Wisteria Wonder (131002)
Cardstocks: Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (121045)
Misc: Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579)


Saturday, February 14th, 2015

A Valentine Fishing Tackle Box…

Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!

A few weeks ago I came across a very cute mini divided fishing tackle box…I knew I had to have it…and then I realized that I had the perfect stamp to use with in the set Hey Valentine

The stamp that has the fish on it is PERFECT to use with this little box…and so I got to work, popped different candies for ‘bait’ in the divided spaces and here is my finished treat…


I just LOVE it – and then I realized that you could make these for any time of the year simply by snipping off the ‘hey valentine’ part of the sentiment…imagine end of year teacher gifts…fun summer beach vacation treats…party favors…see where I’m going?

The box…is a mini fishing tackle box that I found on amazon…I filled my compartments with valentine colored candies – M&Ms, Jelly Beans, Candy Corn in the small bits and in two large sections some Gummy Worms and Swedish Fish – LOVE that I could put some realistic ‘bait’ in there…


Isn’t that super cute?

The band…I wrapped around a piece of 1 1/4″ White Jute Ribbon (pg 43 Occasions Catalog) – this ribbon fits really well into the theme because it is a course web type of look…

The stamped panel…I stamped the fish stamp from Hey, Valentine (pg 8 Occasions Catalog) using Memento Black ink and colored in the fish using Blendabilities Markers from the sets Coastal Cabana Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler – find them on pg 212 of the Annual Catalog…

OR right now during Sale-a-bration you can get a set of Blendabilities for FREE with a $50 purchase - click HERE to find out more!

I cut out the panel, matted it onto a piece of Real Red cardstock and added it to the top of my box using Dimensionals…and then popped a few small Rhinestones onto some of the bubbles to give a bit of  sparkle and depth…


The tag…I stamped the fish stamp again and using a die from Banners Framelits (pg 213) to cut out the sentiment which I then trimmed to the size I wanted – I made a small hole in the end, threaded through some White Bakers Twine, made a small hole in the Jute Ribbon and tied it on.  I added a single sequin from Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim (pg 13 Occasions Catalog) and added a Rhinestone in the center…

fish-bannerThe finishing touch…I added a blue button from Sweet Dreams Designer Buttons (pg 39 Occasions Catalog) onto the Jute Ribbon and tied a little knot in the center…


I LOVE this sweet treat and plan to make a bunch more for summer vacation!


Here are the images that you get in the set Hey, Valentine - which you can use YEAR ROUND too -  click on the blue words below to view in the online store…

hey-valentine-largeSupplies used to make this treat:

Stamps: Hey, Valentine (CM 138570/WM 137135)
Cardstocks: Whisper White (100730), Real Red (102482)
Ink: Memento Black (132708)
Blendabilities: Coastal Cabana (131000), Pumpkin Pie (130997), Cherry Cobbler (130995)
Die: Banners Framelits (132173)
Ribbons: 1 1/4″ Jute (137904), Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim (137910)
Button: Sweet Dreams Designer Buttons (137857)
Misc: White Bakers Twine (124262), Rhinestone Jewels (119246), Dimensionals (104430), Divided Mini Fishing Tackle Box