Wednesday, February 16, 2011

SAS ... SAB (Stamp-a-Stack ... Sale-a-Bation)

It's that time again -- Sale-a-Bration!  It's one of my favorite times of the year.  A time when we all can get FREE stuff and who doesn't like to get FREE STUFF!  If you don't know about Sale-a-Bration (or SAB for short), I'll tell ya ... if you spend $50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise you get a FREE SAB item out of the SAB mini catalog.  Click on the link at the right and check out the FREE stuff you can get.  Contact me and place your order now because Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31, 2011.

Here is one of the cards for my montly Stamp-a-Stack (or SAS for short -- you can tell I work for the government (USPS) because everything is an acronym!) class. I used one of my favorite SAB stamp sets -- "Sweet Summer."   I found the card sketch on the Clean & Simple blog as Challenge #113.  It was so simple -- yet was not a fast card because there is a lot of coloring as one of my customers pointed out!

This next card uses the same SAB stamp set as the one above and the lovely Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Occasions Mini - Springtime Vintage.  I love the colors -- Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla.   It's just a nice springy card.  I was inspired by Sue Robertson on SplitCoastStampers.  Here is her card.

Here is another SAB stamp set -- "Bliss."  I think I like this one even more than Sweet Summer!  I was inspired for this card here.  I love the softness of the design behind the butterflies (I used Crumb Cake) and I used the "rock 'n roll" technique for the butterflies.  You ink up your image using a light color ink (Pretty in Pink) then before you stamp the image gently rock & roll the image on a darker color ink (Regal Rose) just touching the edges of the image with the darker color. You can't see it very well on the picture but it gave the butterflies nice dimension.  Okay, I also go a little crazy over the pearls -- LOVE EM!!

I found a new technique -- you ink the acrylic block and stamp on the card stock for a "tumbled tile" look.  I inked the "C" block using Crumb Cake and then lightly misted it using water in a spray bottle.  Immediately, stamp on the card stock and let it dry.  I stamped the tree using Early Espresso.  I cased this card here.  I added ribbon because I love ribbon.  I think it turned out nice.  It makes a nice sympathy card or masculine card.

I LOVE cupcakes.  They are so in right now.  Everyone is making cupcakes -- real and paper!  Of course, the real ones are better -- especially chocolate!!  Anyway, I wanted to try using the new pom pom trim and found this card so I cased it.  Check it out here.

This last card uses the Bold Blossom stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I love the spring colors -- Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango.  I cased the card here.

That's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.