Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Sealed With A Kiss...and easy to mail!

My design starts with a base of papers from My Mind's Eye Record It! "Heirloom" paper. I have really enjoyed this Valentine paper pad...lots of fun prints with lovely colors. 

A border of May Art's Satin Hearts by the Yard trim (attached with 1/8" Scor-Tape), along with a sentiment tag stamped using Penny Black's clear set "From the Heart," stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink, finishes the low profile card.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Birthday Sharon!!!

We're "teaming up" to wish Sharon from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store a very Happy Birthday! We stamp together as The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Design Team and are thankful for the chance to be able to showcase our creative side with ribbon through Sharon's store.

My birthday card for Sharon features Seam Binding ribbon (Paradise Aqua) fashioned into a shabby bow with a Bow Easy.

The base of the card is Kaisercraft Key to My Heart decorator paper. The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed onto linen vellum using JustRite's clear "Enjoy the Day Vintage Labels Four" set. 

Druzy style Prima's "Say It In Crystals" adds a bit of birthday gleam.

Here's the link list for our Birthday Hop for Sharon:
Deb (you are here)


If you have a chance, head over to Sharon's blog and wish her a very Happy Birthday! I know that she will appreciate it! 

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Triple Heart

Here's a fun Valentine design using Penny Black clear stamp sets: "Heart Swatches" and "From the Heart." You can also buy the two sets as a bundle on sale!

I began by stamping the trio of hearts with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then shaded them with my Copic Sketch Markers. After hand trimming them, I used Versamark's Water Mark pad and applied Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to impart a shiny finish...(they almost look like licorice!) 

I layered the hearts onto a MME Lost and Found Record It! "Heirloom" decorator paper background using Thermoweb 3D foam strip pieces to add dimension.

The sentiment is stamped (using the PB "From the Heart" set) directly onto the background paper using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

A May Art's black Twill Ribbon ties it all together.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. (Still a FAB background stamp sale happening!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bee My Valentine and a Winner!

I wanted to create a Valentine that is a bit different than others that I have seen lately...I also wanted to use Spellbinders dies to do so.

I pulled my Spellbinders Die D-Lites "Laurel and Bee" set that has seen NO use although I really like it.

I die cut the bee from Prima's "Stationer's Desk" decorator paper and mounted it onto a Spellbinder Classic Heart die cut, also cut from Stationer's Desk paper. The laurel is cut from a scrap of green cardstock. 

The entire image is mounted onto a shaped border background...Spellbinders "Scalloped Borders Two" shape the bottom border of the card with more of Prima's Stationer's Desk paper.

A May Art's Wrinkled Ribbon tied across the top into a bow finishes the design.

Quick and easy way to crank out multiple Valentines using your dies! All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

The Seasons Givings winner from my blog for a $30.00 Gift Certificate from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is:

 Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh this is so pretty!!! I am your latest follower! Thanks for

a chance to win a fabulous prize!!! --

Congratulations Holly--I will be emailing you shortly.

Thanks to all who visited during the hop!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Seasons Givings Blog Hop!

Welcome to this year's Seasons Givings Blog Hop! 

*Blog Hop Drawing Closed*

This hop is for all of you loyal blog readers out there! Thank you for taking the time to regularly visit my blog (and others!) for inspiration!

Each participating blog in the hop has some sort of giveaway gift for someone...check out each post carefully to see what you need to comment on to possibly be chosen as the recipient.

My design for today:

I'm a big fan of vintage and shabby papercraft (although I do have a streak of CAS in me as well!) I love textures, muted colors, and an old fashioned feel. I'm happiest creating pieces that are based on just that...such as today's design.

I used Spellbinders M Bossabilities Embossing Folder in "Mystic" rubbing white craft ink on the folder before embossing the kraft cardstock panel with my Cuttle Bug, letterpress style.

Next layer: A Petaloo Paper Doily, once again distressed with a bit of white ink.

My bouquet is made up of Petaloo Botanica Minis, along with a Spellbinders Die D-Lites "Sprigs"  leafy branch with edges sponged with Tim Holtz Crushed Olive Distress Ink. A Seam Binding bow (tutorial HERE) made with a Bow Easy is accented by Maya Road Vintage Leaves pins.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

And, speaking of The Stamp Simply Ribbon gift to one fortunate reader in this hop: a $30.00 Gift Certificate to the very store. All you have to do is make a comment with your email address on this blog (comments open until midnight EST, Tuesday, Jan 6). I will announce the winner on my regular 8 AM blog post, Wednesday, January 7 and contact the winner at that time.

Now, please continue on to check out all of the fantastic inspiration and give aways:
Deborah Saaranen (you are here! Thanks for stopping by!)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sweet Baby Girl plus Something You Won't Want to Miss!

I'm so excited to announce that we have a sweet new grandbaby...Abigail! What a precious addition to our family!  In honor of her birth, I've created a personalized (yet quick!) baby card.

I began with a base made of Carta Bella Girl 6 x 6" "Baby Mine Girl" decorator paper and plain white cardstock. Love the bottle print! You can get both boy and girl decorator paper pads in both 6 x 6" and 12 x 12" pads HERE. Stay tuned for more designs from both boy and girl pads in the future!

I die cut/embossed some baby booties using new Marianne Design Creatables, "My First Shoes" fun! All Marianne Design baby dies HERE.

See the little bow? I made it with a Bow Easy and May Art's 1/8" Silk Ribbon...perfect little accent for Abigail's name--die cut with Spellbinders Font One Upper and Lower Case alphabet letter dies. Sakura's Quickie Glue Pen makes quick work of adhering the letters to the background.

A bit of Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips for bootie dimension, and I'm done! Nice and flat too--easy to mail.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

And we certainly cannot finish this post without sharing a picture of our sweet little blessing, Abigail Elsa. What a way to start a new year!

Now for the something that you will NOT want to MISS! I'm participating in a fabulous hop that goes live tonite at sure to come back and see what is will totally be worth your while! See you later! Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My 2014 Favorites

Looking back at 2014...picked some of my very favorite designs. Hope you enjoy them too!

Thanks for stopping by!