Nov 23

2018 Paper Bag Scrapbook Kit

Get your 2018 Paper Bag Scrapbook Kit here!  These are ONLY available through Monday, November 26, 2018 or until supplies run out!  Instructions are included, making this a great gift idea!  Buy in multiples of 2 and SAVE.  Here’s what you get in the kit…

  • 1 Paper Bag Blank Scrapbook.  These are created with 3 paper bags and have 12 pages each.  They have a machine sewn binding.
  • 12  5″ X 5″ pieces of Designer Series Paper from the Stampin’ Up Farmhouse Christmas paper pack
  • All die-cut embellishments shown in the sample pages, plus a few extras not shown 😉
  • 3 journal page inserts with cardstock tabs
  • Instructions for replicating the sample pages

To complete the scrapbook as shown, you will also need adhesive, a black marker, a stapler (optional), scissors and a paper piercer/push pin/needle (something to poke a hole in the paper).  You will need to use a photo-safe adhesive to attach pictures inside the album.

For this sale, we are offering the kit for only $10.  That is a great bargain, but since it is Small Business Saturday, we wanted to offer you an even better deal.  So, if you buy 2, you’ll get the second one at half price!  That’s right, only $15 for 2 kits! 

Here are views of each page of the sample book.  Your kit will not be assembled.  You can create the kit exactly as we have, or change it up to suit your needs.

Front Cover

Layout 1

Layout 2

Layout 3

Layout 4

Layout 5

 

Back Cover

Sample journal page. Three of these inserts are included in the kit.

 

Nov 16

Being Thankful

Are you being thankful?  We talked yesterday about my season of gratitude.  As I tried to create that post my website crashed.  It took most of the day to repair it yesterday (and trust me, I had no idea what I was doing!)  At the end of the day though, my website was back to normal, mostly.  This has reminded me that I take this technology for granted.  Each day I assume that I will be able to communicate with you on my website, or my Facebook page, or through email or text.  Then along come days like yesterday, with all of its frustration and anxiety and tears, and I am reminded to be thankful for the ability to share my thoughts and creations with you so easily each day.  Not only has God blessed me with the tools I need, but He has also blessed me with half a brain to put those tools to use!  Wow.

It is in this spirit of thankfulness that I share today’s card with you.  I made it last month, but it is perfect for our topic today and for this season we are in.

                                                                   Being Thankful

Being Thankful

Let’s try really hard to be mindful of the blessings that God provides for us each and every day.  I don’t want to wait until my AC goes out to be thankful for having it in the hot days of summer.  I don’t want to miss opportunities to share a kind word.  I don’t want to be focused on things that I don’t have and miss the numerous blessings that I am given each and every day.  Instead, I want to appreciate each day and the opportunities they bring.  This is what my season of gratitude in November is about… being thankful and letting others know that I am.  If you haven’t yet decided to join me, I hope this post convinced you to do so.  Send a card, make a call.  Let someone know that you  love and appreciate them.

Nov 15

A Season of Gratitude

November is my season of gratitude.  This year I set a goal to mail 30 cards during November.  I plan to share random encouragement and thanksgiving with others all month long.  (There may be a sprinkling of birthday cards sent as well.)  I considered a card a day, but let’s face it, that is NOT happening.  So, if I mail 30 cards on the 30th, I can still succeed in reaching my goal.  However, I am not putting it off like that.  I am doing a bulk mailing each week.  This exercise has taught me a few things and I wanted to share them with you.

  1. I have too many cards in my card stash.  I’m not saying it is bad to have cards on hand, but I have way too many!
  2. I need to be more intentional and diligent about sharing encouragement and gratitude year round.
  3. In 2019 I will focus on inking EVERY single stamp I buy.  No more uninked stamps in my stash!  I want to use my resources wisely, not waste them.  So every stamp will be inked.
  4. In our digital age, people still LOVE to receive a handmade card in the mail.  It makes them feel special.
  5. This is an easy way for me to share God’s love with others.

I hope that you will consider joining me in my gratitude challenge for this month.  I know, the month is half over, but you still have plenty of time to share words of encouragement and thanksgiving with others.  And if you are like me, and you have too many cards in your stash, then make a point to use them!  We put too much into our card creations to let them sit in a box or on a shelf somewhere.  Put them in the mail and send a smile to someone.

Aug 21

Studio Clean Up Continues!

The studio clean up is not over!  As promised yesterday, I am continuing to share items I made from a recent purge of clutter from my studio.  I tend to hang on to every small piece of cute paper that I have.  My intentions are always good — that some day it will be used on the PERFECT project.  In actuality all that happens, is my paper storage gets too full!  So I am trying to use all that beautiful paper that I have instead of hoarding it. #goals

The projects for today are a little bit of an embarrassment.  I didn’t realize I had items quite this old waiting to be used.  They were items from a Stampin’ Up event that I attended in 2011.  The projects didn’t get completed at the time, but I don’t remember why.   And I certainly don’t remember what exactly they were supposed to look like. I just made my own cards from them, because the stamp sets that were supposed to be used have long since retired.

Studio Clean Up Studio Clean Up

Although I am disappointed with myself for letting this product sit in the bottom of a cabinet for 7 years, I am happy with the cards that I created out of them.  🙂

Tomorrow we are taking a break from the spring cleaning posts.  I have something else to share with you.  But on Thursday we’ll finish up this series.  I hope, if nothing else, this inspires you to use the paper that you buy.  Don’t save it for “someday”, use it now!  That’s my new plan. 🙂

Aug 20

Spring Cleaning in August

You might be a little behind if you are spring cleaning in August. Better late than never though, right? I am not so sure about that, but I am determined to reduce some clutter in my life! Mostly I have been throwing stuff out. Why do I keep every little scrap of cute paper?! There were a few things that I kept, but only long enough to create something out of it. If it was on my desk that night I threw it away. (Exercising tough love.) So this week I am sharing projects that resulted from this clean out. Maybe this will inspire you to sort through your paper stash also.

I got some Brusho Colours back in the spring and played with them one day recently. I used quite a bit of water on the page I was playing with and had to set it aside to dry. Well, there it sat and so when I got to that page I decided to punch out some items and make a couple of cards from it. I am pretty pleased with the way they turned out.

Spring cleaning in August

The first card used the Daisy Punch for that cute flower.  I paired it with some Designer Series Paper to create a cute quick card.  The next card used the Cat Punch with my Brusho water colored paper.  This one is my favorite!  I am a dog person at heart, but you gotta love that cute kitty!

Obviously I have a lot more experimenting to do with these Brusho Colours, but they were fun and easy to use.  (I am thinking I will make a pink cat next!) . These cards got me a little closer to reducing the clutter in my studio and I have some birthday cards for my stash—win, win!

I will continue sharing cards made from my “spring cleaning” this week, so check back tomorrow to see what else I found!  If you want to get one of these cute punches for yourself, let me know and I will help you with an order!

Jun 15

Color Run Challenge

I issued the Color Run Challenge after participating in a Color Run event over the weekend.  We took this awesome pic after we finished the race…

Color Run Challenge

I issued a challenge to create a project using Stampin’ Up! colors that most closely matched the ones we were throwing in the picture.  Here is my project.  I am so pleased with the finished card!

Color Run Challenge Sample

Color Run Challenge

The colors I chose for my Color Run Challenge project were Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch and Bermuda Bay.  I am so happy that Poppy Parade has returned.  It was an In Color years ago.  I loved it then and I love it now.  Mango Melody and Pineapple Punch, two brand new colors, have arrived just in time because they match the Color Run picture perfectly.  The blue was the hardest color to match, however I do think Bermuda Bay did a fair job.

Remember, you can find inspiration for your paper craft projects anywhere.  There are color combinations and patterns all around us.  Find one that you like and mimic it in a card or other project.  You can use colors from an ad, from clothing, from home decor, product labels…just about anything!

Please join in our Color Run Challenge.  Share a project with me that you create using the colors you feel most closely match the ones being thrown in my picture.  If I receive your project picture by Saturday, June 16, 2018, you will have a chance to win a prize!

 

Apr 08

Eclipse Technique for Decor

I’ve become addicted to using the Eclipse Technique for decor. I recently ordered the Large Letters Framelits (141712) just so I could play with this technique, and now I am in love! Prior to this I only had the Large Numbers Framelits, so I made a New Year’s card using the Eclipse Technique. It turned out super cute and I was hooked, but the number dies certainly limited my creativity. So, I invested in the alphabet dies too. Yes, this is a high dollar item, but oh so worth it!  I have loved everything I have used this die set for, and have only scratched the surface of the possibilities!

My first attempt at the Eclipse Technique for decor was a gift for a baby shower. Sometimes I have an idea for a project in my head and once I begin working on it, it changes to something different. But THIS project turned out exactly as I had pictured it in my head. It was all I had hoped it would be, and was relatively easy to do. This is a before and after picture of this makeover.

Eclipse Technique for Decor Eclipse Technique for Decor

Then I got this other Idea in my head. I had been “saving” this designer series paper for just the right project. (Sometimes it is so hard to make the first cut of that beautiful paper, but I am getting better at this!) . This project also turned out exactly as I had pictured it…and I LOVE it!  Plus, it only took me about 30 minutes to create. Yay!

Eclipse Technique for Decor

I cannot wait to use this technique for more projects…including Christmas cards! And, of course, I will definitely be using the Eclipse Technique for decor again soon. (I have this dinosaur idea rolling around in my head, so it will probably be next.)

I hope these projects have inspired you.  Now go create something fun!  And if you have considered investing in the Large Letter Framelits, I would definitely recommend them!

Jan 28

Party Pandas Birthday Box

This Party Pandas birthday box is such a fun project.  Don’t you know the recipient of this sweet bear is going to smile?  I love how it looks like he is barely able to stay grounded while holding on to those balloons!  Here’s our project for today…

Party Pandas Birthday Box!

Party Pandas Birthday Box

The additional balloons that I added to this image are from the Birthday Delivery stamp set.  To stamp them “behind” the original balloon I simply created a mask of that balloon by stamping it on a post-it note and cutting it out.  Then I was able to stick that mask on the balloon image before I stamped the extra balloons.  I sometimes shy away from masking because of the time involved, however, sticky notes are great for making quick and easy masks for smaller images.  Plus, I always have sticky notes ready to use.  And don’t forget to save the masks that you create.  They can be used for other projects too.  I simply store them in the box with the stamp set so they are easy to access next time.

The box is just a simple gable box.  I think with all the tools we have available to us for box making (box dies, gift box punch, etc) we sometimes overlook the tried and true box making method of cutting and scoring paper by hand.  Try not to overlook it though, because it opens up so many box styles to us!

This ends our week of sharing these cute Party Pandas with you.  I hope our samples have given you an idea of whether or not this stamp set is one you would like to add to your collection.  Remember, it is a Sale-A-Bration set, so you can earn it free with a $50 purchase through March 31.

Next week we will be sharing another Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  Be sure to check back to see which one it is!

 

Jan 26

Stampin Up Party Pandas Birthday Card

This Stampin Up Party Pandas birthday card is just FUN!  I love the colors, I love the little juggling panda, and I love that it was so easy to make.  This Sale-A-Bration stamp set allows you to create fun projects without having to use over-the-top details, like embellishments or lots of layers and frill.  Here’s a look at today’s project.

Stampin Up Party Pandas Birthday Card

Stampin Up Party Pandas Birthday Card

After having done a few different projects with this particular panda, I must say I really like this juggling  one.  The “balls” that he is juggling are simply punched cardstock circles using the colors in the background paper.  The background paper itself is from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper pack from the annual catalog.  I used markers and watercolor pencils to color his party hat in coordinating colors.

This is a great children’s birthday card, but I wouldn’t hesitate to send it to one of my fun loving adult friends either.  Who could resist that cute little bear?!  Surely he would bring a smile to the recipient no matter what birthday number they are celebrating.

Remember, this week we are sharing projects made with this Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  I know it is Friday, but I have been slow posting this week and so I will share a couple more projects with this set tomorrow.  Be sure to come and check them out!  One is a CUTE 3d item. 😉

Earn the Party Pandas stamp set FREE during Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration campaign that lasts until March 31.  During this time you can receive the Party Pandas stamp set for FREE with any $50 purchase.  There is still plenty of time to earn FREE product.  Contact me if you have questions or need help placing an order.  Don’t forget to stop back by tomorrow to see our final projects with this cute stamp set.

Jan 24

Party Pandas Valentine Card

This Party Pandas Valentine card is one of the first projects I made with the Party Pandas Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  I love that these stamps are so versatile.  I can make Valentine cards, birthday cards for kids or for adults, cards to say “hi” to my friends and family, even Christmas cards!  Here’s a look at the Party Pandas stamp set…

Party Pandas Valentine CardWe will be sharing projects made with this set all week, including some 3d items.   Now here’s a look at our Party Pandas Valentine card.

Party Pandas Valentine Card

I used a retired embossing folder to create that wonderful heart background.  Embossing folders are one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products.  For one thing, they aren’t expensive, that’s always a plus for me.  Also, they are easy to use and for very little effort add wonderful details to a project.  These hearts are a perfect touch to my little panda on this card.

Last week we shared project ideas using another Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Epic celebrations.  You can check out this set here.

Hopefully our posts will help you decide which of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets you want to own.  Remember, the only way to get them is to earn them FREE during Sale-A-Bration!

I want to hear from you!  If you have seen the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets, let me know which is your favorite by leaving a comment.  Or maybe you’re undecided and want to see more projects from a certain set, leave a comment about that too and I will try to post projects made with that product.