Sale-a-Bration Inspiration

We’ve got some great INSPIRATION from the Sale-a-Bration catalogs on the TGIF Challenges blog.  You can play along by uploading your creations made with any current Sale-a-bration product.  We select a winner every Friday and who doesn’t want to see their work showcased?


Today, I’m sharing 2 cards that I created from the Color Challenge that we had 2 weeks ago.  You can see my original card HERE.  I had so much fun using the pink combo with the Beautiful Peacock that I made another stepped up version and a very quick & simple card.

Beautiful Peacock

For the background, I selected a beautiful, Powder Pink background paper from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper.  Behind the stamped image, I created a ribbon ruffle with the Powder Pink shimmer ribbon.  This is an easy technique with a big WOW factor!  Simply place some strong adhesive along the edge of the cardstock.  I used the Tear & Tape adhesive on this project.  Next, you’ll fold the ribbon back and forth along the adhesive, creating the ruffle.  I popped the entire panel up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Beautiful Peacock Close Up

Another fun ribbon technique is to fray the ribbon.  Just pull on one of the strings gently until the ribbon begins to fray.  I used this piece to act as a fancy tail feather.  A few basic pearls were also added to accent the card.

Simple Beautiful Peacock

If you are short on time, you can easily create a beautiful card with some simple stamping.  The body of the peacock and greeting were stamped in Basic Gray ink.    For the feathers, I used the same color combination but stamped off to create more depth of color.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Sure Do Love You

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are having a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  It was a busy work morning, but I’ll be joining my daughter this afternoon for her Valentine party at school.  She even asked me to bring some stamps so that her friends could make cards during the party (so cute!).  After the party, I guess the hubs and I will figure out something romantic to do this evening.  My daughter offered to fix us dinner.  However, when I asked her what she would be making, she said the only thing she can “cook” is snacks in a bag.  I’m thinking we might just order take out.  LOL!

Sure Do Love You Always

I didn’t make this card for anyone in particular, but I’ve been wanting to pair this stamp set with a fun color combo.  Perhaps, I’ll just add this to the gift shop to sell.  The background features a repetitive pattern of Smoky Slate-stamped hearts.  For the focal point, I chose elements from the Sure Do Love You stamp set and stamped them in Berry Burst, Lemon-Lime Twist, and Dapper Denim.  And finally, to accessorize the card I used a few of the Tutti-Fruitti adhesive-backed sequins paired with rhinestones.  My favorite surprise element is the Berry Burst “fuzz”.  I was working to fray the Berry Burst metallic edge ribbon and this was the main string I pulled.  It turned out soft and fuzzy, so I decided to add it to the card for fun.

Sure Do Love You Close Up

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Amazing You FMS323

Today’s card features the Amazing You stamp set, Celebrate You Thinlits, and Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I created it for a special friend using the layout from this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.


A dear friend was in a head-on collision near my home last week.  When she couldn’t reach her husband by phone, I was her next call.  Therefore, I rushed to the hospital to meet her in the ambulance and was very surprised at how “good” she looked.  After scans and x-rays, she was cleared with a small fracture in her neck.  She’s going to be alright.  There have been some rough days since the accident and there will probably be more to come, but I’m simply amazed at her strength.  I am so thankful that her life was spared and that together we can continue to laugh, cry, and watch our children grow.


Amazing You

The Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper is a show-stopper on its own with the silver embossed images.  I added a silver foil die-cut “amazing” from the Celebrate You Thinlits dies and Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon that has been colored with the light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends.  To complete the greeting, I stamped the words in Marina Mist and Old Olive inks before cutting them apart.

Amazing You Close Up

Up until last week, I had diligently been working ahead on blog hop projects, videos, and posting on social.  I tend to shut down creatively when I’m feeling overwhelmed, but I’ll still post some of my now “late” projects this week as things return to normal.

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Monday Montage 109

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  Today’s card is another version of the In and Out card created with the Charming Cafe stamp set and coordinating dies.  I adore this lovely set and it works perfectly to create a multi-layered design.

Charming Cafe

For the layout, I chose this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.


The overall card is very simple and requires a small amount of supplies.  You’ll just need the Charming Cafe bundle, Black Memento Ink Pad, Stampin’ Blends, and Whisper White card stock.  To see the inner workings of this type of card, you can watch my recent video HERE.

Charming Cafe Close Up

Below is a picture of the second panel of the card.  I left the inside blank to give room for writing a personalized message.

Charming Cafe Inside

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There are 7 stops on this blog hop, so be sure to check out all of the amazing projects.

You can click the Back button to visit Kaitlyn or the Next button to visit Wendy. Thanks again for celebrating with us!

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Beautiful Peacock Color Challenge #TGIFC145

We have a very PINK color challenge at TGIF Challenges this week.  Simply use any combination of the colors below to create a card and upload it to the challenge blog by next Thursday.  You’ve got plenty of time to get those stamps inky and we’ve got some fantastic inspiration cards here.


Personally, I feel like I’ve run out of ideas.  So, I went looking to find a card to CASE (copy and share everything).  If you look at the cover of the Sale-a-Bration brochure, you’ll see the card I copied.  Believe it or not, I simplified quite a bit.  It’s been a long time since I’ve used my sewing machine and it doesn’t look like I’m getting it out anytime soon.  However, I tried to implement as many aspects from the original card as possible.

Beautiful Peacock Color Challenge

My favorite part of the card is the Shimmery White embossing paste that was applied to the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper with the Pattern Party Decorative Mask.  It adds a surprising touch of sparkle to the overall card design.  The feathers of the peacock were a pain in the *** to fussy cut, so I broke out my Silhouette Cameo instead.  Trust me, whoever created that card on the front of the Sale-a-Bration brochure is a VERY PATIENT person. And finally,  I changed the body of the peacock to Soft Suede and switched out the silver sequins for gold.

Beautiful Peacock Close-Up

If you find yourself creatively stuck, try combining a color challenge with a card in one of the catalogs.  Subtle changes can create a completely different masterpiece.

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