Aug 18

Bad Poetry Day

Today was Bad Poetry Day.  I didn’t realize it in time to celebrate properly, but we are going to celebrate nonetheless.  It’s a good thing they have a day dedicated to BAD poetry, because then anyone can be a poet…even me.  For today’s poem I decided to write a haiku.  Enjoy…

Card making is fun.

Sometimes fingers get inky.

Smudges ruin cards.

Of course, I really should illustrate the poem with an image, but I don’t want to make a bad card just for the illustration!  You’ll have to wait until the next “accident” happens in our studio and I may add the photo then, which will probably take place tomorrow.

In the mean time, I would LOVE to hear your attempts at celebrating Bad Poetry Day!  Please share your bad poetry samples in the comments.  It will be twice as nice if you write about my favorite hobby—STAMPING, but any bad poem will do!  If you want to write a haiku, remember 5 . 7 . 5 . That’s the syllable count for each line.  I hope that at least some of you will go for the rhyme though…in true poetry style.  One of you may be a poet and don’t know it. 🙂 . Its your turn now…go ahead…share your poem with me!

 

Jun 26

FLASH SALE!

Flash Sale!

Flash Sale today only!  On Monday, June 26, 2017, when you spend $25 on catalog product you will also receive a special invitation to an exclusive class.  I will be hosting an Over-The-Top Card Class for all my customers who qualify.  You can click the Shop Now tab at the top of the page and place an order online.  It is simple and convenient.  If you are a local customer, contact me and I can place the order for you.   Will you help me reach my goal today?!

May 09

Failure or Success?

Failure or success? Sometimes it is hard to tell. I heard two different examples of this today. The first was in reference to Reggie Jackson, the baseball player. He was hugely successful in his career and is remembered for home run hitting. But do you know what record he still holds today in major league baseball? It is the record for the most strikeouts…2,597 of them! The other example I heard today was also a sports figure, and it came from a completely different source. It was Micheal Jordan. He said that he had missed more than nine thousand shots in his career and that he had lost almost 300 games. He went on to say that he had failed over and over again…but that was also why he succeeded. Michael Jordan never quit trying, he never gave up.

Today I tried a new technique and it FAILED completely! I followed the instructions I was given, but it just did not work. I managed to salvage the card that I was creating and it still turned out cute. So was it really a failure? I mean, the technique did not work at all, but the card did, so maybe it was a success anyway? Hard to tell at times.  Here is my finished product…

Failure or success?

I know that saving my card wasn’t much of a risk.  I could have easily scratched it all and started again…its only paper after all.  But the lesson we can learn from Reggie Jackson and Michael Jordan is important for our lives in general, not just our paper crafts.  Have I quit on something when success was just around the corner?  Have I allowed temporary set backs to permanently stop me from moving forward?  I don’t want failure, or the fear of it, to cripple me from trying again.  And I know that God doesn’t want that for his children either.

So, my challenge for you today is to be BOLD.  Go for it…whatever your “it” is.  Trust that what God has called you to do, he will enable you to do.

May 08

Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye to our retiring product is a bittersweet time every year. Some of my stamp sets feel like old friends and I don’t want to let them go just yet. We also have to say goodbye to 5 In Colors every year and some of them are my favorite colors. (Still mourning the loss of Blackberry Bliss last year!) But the excitement of the new products that are arriving soon and the new “friends” that I will make, cheers me up and gives me something to look forward to.

The Traveler stamp set is one of my “old friends.” We have created cards for almost every occasion with this set, including Christmas. It might not seem versatile to you at first glance, but once you start playing with it, you realize the possibilities. You can see, from the picture of my Traveler stamps, that it was well loved.

Saying Goodbye

Today I decided to create yet another card with this set.  I needed a masculine birthday card and I wanted to do a reflection technique.  I love how it turned out and that just makes it harder to say goodbye to this retiring stamp set.

Saying Goodbye

We’ll be playing with this set and other retiring product at our Out with the Old class later this month. You can register for this class here!  Join us for this special stamping event and get a peek at some of the new items that will be available in June!

May 04

May the 4th Be With You! A Star Wars Themed Card!

May the 4th Be With You!  Did you know it was Star Wars day?  My family and I are huge Star Wars fans and so celebrating this day is something we look forward to.   This year, like most, we celebrated with a Star Wars Movie marathon.

I also try to create a Star Wars themed paper craft.  Last year I created a Darth Vader card.  In previous years I have created punch art characters like Yoda and R2D2.  It is challenging and I enjoy thinking outside the box to come up with ideas.  This year I created a Death Star card.

May the 4th Be With You! A Star Wars Themed Card!

The large circle was created from a circle cutter that I have had for many years.  None of my thinlits were large enough.  The smaller circle details were punched.   Aside from those tools, everything else was simply sponged using Basic Black ink on the Smoky Slate paper.

Now what do I do with my Star Wars day creations?  Maybe you are lucky enough to have a friend whose birthday is May the 4th, like I do.  Or maybe you just use it as a birthday card for someone who is a Star Wars fan any time of the year.  Either way, these Star Wars themed cards are unique and are sure to be appreciated by their recipient.

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Check back here often for new ideas and inspiration.  May the force be with you!

JoAnn

 

Mar 08

Are You Keeping Your Paper Crafting Resolutions?

Are you keeping your paper crafting resolutions for 2017?  As we begin this new month, it’s a good time to take a look at your goals and see where you are.  This year I resolved  to send a record number of birthday cards.  This, of course, has required me to create more cards as well, but that has been a good challenge too.

Even though we are only in March, I have already been reminded of some valuable information from this resolution.  First of all, everybody loves to get a birthday card in the mail.  I have sent to 5 year olds and 55 year olds. I received a video of the five year old opening the card I sent and pictures from an old high school friend who loved the card I made so much that she used it as decor in her home!

Paper Crafting Resolution

Secondly, giving something you made makes the recipient feel extra special, which is exactly what you want on their birthday!  Many friends have sent me notes of thanks for the handmade cards they received.  It has been a great experience!

And finally, this is exactly why I do what I do!  My love of paper crafting is mostly due to the fact that I want to make pretty things to give away.  If I hoard the cards I make no one is enjoying them, not even me.  When I give them away, it is a double blessing.

If you haven’t been keeping up with your paper crafting resolutions, you still have most of the year to get back on track.  Begin today.  If you need more cards, visit our events page to see the details of our upcoming classes.  If you need ideas or supplies I will be happy to assist you.  Contact me today and I will help you reach those paper crafting resolutions and/or goals however I can.  We don’t want this to be us…

paper crafting resolutions

Mar 07

Hot Glue Embossing

Hot Glue Embossing is a new technique for me.  I love the results I get with it and it uses an ordinary craft tool in a fun new way.  Here’s a peek at my projects so far…

Hot Glue Embossing

Hot Glue Embossing

These eye catching details were created with my hot glue gun!  Here’s how you accomplish this technique…

  1.  Preheat your hot glue gun until the glue flows freely from it.
  2. Use the glue gun to create a design on your cardstock or water color paper.
  3. Working quickly so the glue doesn’t dry too much, cover the hot glue design with embossing powder.
  4. Use a heat tool to set the embossing powder.  Be sure to heat it until it is shiny all over.  Do not overheat, or your image will loose some of its shine.

On the first card I showed you, I used Stampin’ Up’s gold embossing powder.  I created two horizontal lines on my water color paper and ran a toothpick down through the lines vertically prior to putting the embossing powder on the glue.  After embossing it with the heat tool and letting it cool, I used my AquaPainters and Stampin’ Up classic ink to water color around the detail.

On the cross card, I used copper embossing powder.   After embossing with the heat tool, I sponged around the cross using Stampin’ Up classic ink.  Once you have finished sponging, simply wipe away any ink that may have gotten on your hot glue embossed image.

Both cards have sentiments stamped from the Easter Message stamp set that is found in the 2017 Occasions catalog.  I will be sharing some other cards created with this stamp set later this week.  So check back soon!

I love finding new ways to use my basic craft tools.  Somehow it feels like you are getting more for your money. 🙂  I hope you will give Hot Glue Embossing a try.  And if you like what you saw here, please share our post on Facebook so others can try this out too!

Mar 06

Tiny Box

I love this Tiny Box.  When I first saw this package I knew I wanted to recreate it.  It all started with my latest Mary Kay order.   This is one of the packages I received.  I put a Hershey kiss with it so you can see how small it is.

Tiny Box

I took the little box apart and created a template that looked like this.

Tiny Box

Then I copied my template on the back of some of this wonderful scrapbook paper from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.Tiny Box

I used Stampin’ Up’s new Water Color Pencils to color the flowers, leaves and bugs on my paper and assembled the tiny box.  I even made a tiny bee to embellish the lid.

Tiny Box

Can you believe I actually fit 4 Hershey Kisses inside this box?  It was a tight fit, but it worked.  I’m going to use it as a “small” token of appreciation for someone who did something nice for us.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, inspiration is everywhere!  You can be inspired by the size of a package, like I was with this tiny box, or by the color scheme, the theme, or even just a specific design element that is used.  Be sure that Pinterest isn’t your only source of inspiration for your projects.  Look around your kitchen or even in your make up case.  Take a walk in your yard or at a local park, because God’s creativity in nature is limitless and will give us lots of ideas to work with.  I am so glad the Lord shares his creativity with us so we can make pretty things to share with others!

We share lots of inspiring ideas like this each month in our newsletter.  If you haven’t already signed up for our mailing list, fill out the form at the top of this page so you won’t miss any of the creativity that we share!

Mar 02

The Best Dr. Seuss Quote

What’s the best Dr. Seuss quote to use in a card?  This is the perfect question to ask on Dr. Seuss day!  So many of us have loved Dr. Seuss books from the time we were small children.  The silly nonsense rhymes made us giggle then and we still giggle now when we read them to our children or our grandchildren.

Because they are so recognizable, these are perfect to use as sentiments in your handmade cards.  They can be silly or profound, but are sure to bring a smile and maybe even a happy memory to the recipient.

But what’s the BEST Dr. Seuss quote to use?  I have done a little research on this and have come up with an answer for you.  Of course, this is my opinion and I think you should do some research yourself and figure out which Dr. Seuss quote is best for your card.  Here’s what I came up with…

The BEST Dr. Seuss Quote to use in a card

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And here’s a look at the front of my card…

The Best Dr. Seuss Quote

I love how the copper foil paper looks on this dragonfly.  It is so elegant!  And although all those tiny pieces were glued on individually, it wasn’t hard, just a little time consuming.  I am okay with spending the time when it produces a WOW effect like this one!

I simply printed my quote on a piece of whisper white cardstock and cut it to fit inside my card.  To get the best use of your paper, go ahead and print your sentiment on each quadrant of the cardstock so you can create 4 sentiments at once.

I hope you will choose to use a Dr. Seuss quote in one of your cards, even if it isn’t Dr. Seuss day.  It’s a fun way to share a smile with someone.  Please share our post on Facebook so that others can enjoy the silliness of this day too!

Jan 18

Winnie the Pooh Day

Did you know it is Winnie the Pooh Day?  When I heard that it was coming up this week I decided I would try to create something special to share with you for the occasion.  The card turned out really CUTE, but the amount of time and tedious effort that it involved was kind of ridiculous.  I am sure it was far too involved for Winnie the Pooh himself to have approved of it.   What do you think?

Winnie the Pooh Day

All of these characters were created with Stampin’ Up paper and punches.  It literally took me all night to make just the three that you see here.  I figure there is a lesson we can learn from this little exercise.  After all, Winnie the Pooh is all about simplicity… and honey.  In the end, I have the likeness of Pooh, but there is none of his character here.  It wasn’t simple and I don’t even have a honey pot on the card.

I wonder how often in my crafting, and in life in general, I do this?  Do I complicate things so much that it takes the fun out of it?  Or do I over think things and turn them into something they really aren’t?   It probably happens to me more than I care to admit.  So I made a list of Winnie the Pooh quotes that will give us wisdom in keeping life simple and fun.

Winnie the Pooh Wisdom

  1.  Don’t think too much.  You’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.
  2. Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.
  3. Let’s start by taking a smallish nap or two…
  4. Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
  5. When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles.
  6. “What day is it?”  “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.
  7. It’s more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like, “What about lunch?”

I hope this Pooh wisdom brought a smile to your face, I know it did mine. 🙂