Oct 04

12 Weeks of Christmas

12 weeks of christmasThe 12 Weeks of Christmas starts in just 4 hours.  I love sending out Christmas inspiration throughout this season.  You don’t want to miss any of it!  Sign up for our mailing list by filling out the form on the top right side of this page.  You will receive weekly Christmas inspiration via email for 12 weeks, plus so much more!   Sign up today!

Oct 03

Ribbon of Courage

The Ribbon of Courage Class is less than a week away.  I wanted to share some of the cards I have made using this versatile set before the class.  This set can certainly be used to create items to encourage our friends and family who are fighting cancer, but it can be used for so much more!  Here’s the card for today…

I love all the fun details that are in this stamp set!  Look at those cute little flowers.  They are fun plain, or you could fancy them up by coloring with watercolor pencils or markers.  Our sentiment for this card is cute and will work to provide encouragement for any difficult time that your friends or family may face.

Check back tomorrow and we’ll give you a close look at another card made with the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.

And don’t forget, TOMORROW our 12 Weeks of Christmas emails begin.  This is a great way to get inspiration for the holidays!  We’ll be sharing card ideas for the first 5 weeks, then 4 weeks of gift ideas and finally, 3 weeks of ideas for bags, tags and wrapping.  These ideas are shared exclusively with our Mailing List Members.  If you aren’t already on our list, be sure to sign up today so you don’t miss even one Christmas craft idea!  Fill out the box on the top right to join today!  I look forward to stamping with you soon!

Sep 29

Saying Thank You

Saying thank you is important.  It isn’t always required or expected, but it is good manners and would make your momma proud.  When people go out of their way to make your life a little easier, you really need to take the time to appreciate it…AND to let them know that you appreciate it.  Recently someone did that for me.  She went above and beyond what she was asked to do and it was awesome.  I felt like she needed an awesome “thank you” in return.  So, I made this…

Saying Thank You

I have shared a card in a box with you before, but I don’t do it very often because it is time consuming.  I reserve these projects for really special occasions.  However, I don’t want to make it sound so daunting a task that you would never even try it!  You definitely SHOULD try it and I will tell you why.

  1. They have the WOW factor…like over the top WOW
  2.  It’s good to flex your creative muscles at times
  3.  You can still fit them in a regular envelope and mail them like an ordinary card
  4.  You can make them for any occasion and use any theme you want
  5.  It is FUN.  Remember, that’s why we do what we do…for enjoyment.

I admit that I did not squeeze mine into a regular envelope, I used too many pearls on it for that.  I made a special box envelope for it and dolled that up too.  That just added to the fun of saying thank you to her.

Saying Thank You Saying Thank You

If you need a tutorial for a card in a box, simply leave me a comment letting me know and I will get instructions to you.  And after you create one, please share a picture with me so I can be amazed at your cleverness!

Sep 27

“12 Weeks of Christmas” 2017

12 Weeks of ChristmasThe 2017 “12 Weeks of Christmas” event starts in only one week!  This is one of the most exciting events we do each year.  We provide a new project every week with instructions and photos to inspire you.  The ideas include 5 weeks of Christmas card ideas, 4 weeks of hand crafted gift suggestions, and 3 weeks of Bag, Tag and Wrapping inspiration.

We love creating and sharing these awesome ideas with you each year, BUT you will only receive these if you are signed up for our mailing list.   As a member of the mailing list, you will receive notice of upcoming offers and classes, weekly inspiration, and a free gift.  Of course you will also receive all of the project ideas we share during the 12 Weeks of Christmas!

Signing up is EASY!  Simply fill out the form on the right and start watching your inbox for the inspiration.

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.

If you enjoyed today’s project, be sure to sign up for our mailing list.  We will send you project ideas like this, and step by step instructions. You’ll also be informed about upcoming stamping events and special sales or other exclusive offers.  Just fill out the form at the top of this page to get started receiving your crafting inspiration every week.  You can also follow The Rock Paper Scissors Studio Facebook page.  We share lots of card ideas on our Facebook page!

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