Kindness & Compassion

The Kindness & Compassion stamp set is one that we never really want to need, but when we do, the sentiments it contains are precisely what we want to say. Many of you know that my dad passed away recently. I had some time last week to work on thank you cards that my family needed for those who so graciously loved on us.  This is the card I came up with…Kindness & Compassion

I must confess, I didn’t own this stamp set, I had to borrow it.  But trust me, it will be on my next order.  Here’s a look at the wonderful sentiments included in the Kindness & Compassion stamp set.

Kindness & Compassion

This set had the perfect sentiments for my thank you cards.  It also has beautiful sentiments for cards to express condolences to our friends and family.  In my research for the thank you cards I created, I came across a wonderful idea.   A fellow demonstrator suggested creating a set of these thank you cards. Package the card set nicely. Then, use it as a gift for someone who has lost a loved one.  I love that idea and will certainly be using it in the future.  So often when someone has lost a loved one, we feel helpless to do much to help.  Using our cardmaking skills to help someone in their time of grief in such a practical way will be blessing for both of us.  I hope you will remember it when someone you know has a need for these thank you cards.  And I hope you will add the Kindness & Compassion stamp set to your collection.


Workshop Recap

Here’s a workshop recap from last week.  I had a great time gathering with about a dozen other stampers to create.  We enjoyed great food (thanks Loretta!) and wonderful fellowship.  We also worked on some cute projects, which I will show you in just a second.  But first, the prizes!  Instead of doing a traditional door prize I chose to give something to everyone.  In keeping with my effort to continually reduce my card stash, I gave away almost all of my Valentine cards.  I say almost all because I kept the one I made special for my sweetie this year.  Of course, I can’t share a picture of that one just yet. 😉 . You can check out this post to see one that I gave away though.

Now for the projects!  We focused on Simple Stamping at this workshop.  This includes cards that use only paper, ink and stamps.  They typically have limited layers.  They’re called “simple”, but designing them can be anything but simple!  We get so used to adding layers and embellishments, that it can be difficult to appreciate and design a simpler card.  Here are the projects from our workshop…

Project #1

The first one uses the First Frost stamp set that was carried over from the Holiday catalog.  I love this set because the images themselves create depth, making layers unnecessary.  I used Blackberry Bliss on this card, which happens to be my favorite color!

Project #2

The next card is a masculine card using the Geared Up Garage stamp set from the Occasions catalog.  I used Night of Navy ink for this one.  Since we were trying to create Simple Stamping cards, I resisted temptation and stuck with a single color and white or vanilla.  Well, except for the last card…

Project #3

The card pictured says, “happy birthday,” but there was also a Valentine greeting available and most people chose it.  This card used the Bokeh Dots stamp set and Flirty Flamingo ink.  Then, we used Basic Gray ink and stamps from the January 2019 Paper Pumpkin (or Happy Birthday Gorgeous for the card pictured).  The “frame” around the image was hand drawn with a Basic Black marker.  Most chose not to attempt that detail, and the cards still looked great.

I would love to get together with your friends and provide a night of fun creativity.  If you are interested in hosting this at your home, contact me and we’ll set a date!

Count your blessings…not your problems

Count your blessings…not your problems

This weekend we had the privilege of moving our son to his first apartment.  He is stepping out into this great big world on his own…381 miles from home.  It would be easy for me to let fear and worry plague my mind.  I am a worrier from way back.  But Scripture tells me that God has not given us a spirit of timidity.  So, I am choosing faith over fear.  I am counting my blessings…not my problems.

Here is my list for today…

  1. My family is healthy
  2. Kansas City is in driving distance.
  3. God is in control.

This is the Valentine card I mailed to him before I left KC…

Count your blessings...not your problems

It should arrive in just a day or two.  Don’t you just love that little chameleon?! It is from the January Paper Pumpkin stamp set.   I hope he enjoys the bad pun also. 😉

In case you are wondering, the Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription that delivers a box of paper craft supplies directly to your mailbox.  Sometimes they are card projects, sometimes they are gift boxes or other items.  Either way, they are ALWAYS cute and come with a stamp set and at least one ink spot (a little one-inch ink pad).  Typically they deliver holiday themed kits a month prior, so I got the Valentine kit in January.  It is a great bargain and you get a little crafting happiness in. your mailbox every month, definitely one of those blessings you should be counting!  I’ll post pictures of the actual kit items when I get them made this week, so check back to see how cute they are!

So, remember, count those blessings this week, no matter what!  Don’t let ANY problems take the focus from the good things in your life.  And give someone a Valentine card…or lots of people!  Share your paper crafting skills and bring a smile to someone’s day.  That way, they will have an extra blessing to count too.  🙂

Brusho Crystal Colours

Brusho Crystal Colours are watercolor ink crystals.  Mix them with water to create watercolor washes and designs.  These were in my studio for some time before I got around to playing with them, and I am sorry I waited so long!

When you purchase Brusho Crystal Colours, you get a set of 5 including Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue and Yellow.  They are vibrant colors that are fun to work with and look great on your projects.  You can sprinkle these directly on the paper, then spritz with water and watch the colors burst!  It really is amazing.  Reminds me of a magic trick! 🙂

A framelit from the Window Box framelits dies made the perfect template for these projects.  Here is how my cards turned out…

Brusho Crystal Colours Brusho Crystal Colours

You can use a punch, like I did on the birthday card, to cut a shape from the design created with Brusho Crystal Colours, or simply cut it as a card layer like on the I Love You card.  Aren’t the results beautiful?!

I created this project using the Brusho Crystal Colours and Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  This one is a birthday present for one of my best friends. 🙂

If you haven’t played with the Brusho Crystal Colours, give them a try.  They are a wonderful addition to your craft room supplies.   When they arrive, don’t open the pots to apply on your projects, simply use a pin to poke holes in the lids of the containers and sprinkle them sparingly.  A little bit of Brusho goes a long way, so they will last you for a long time.  You can also try mixing the colors on your projects to get different effects.  Experiment and have fun with these beautiful colors.

Traditional Valentine Card

Do you prefer traditional Valentine cards?  Maybe you’d rather have something humorous?  Recently I have been creating several different types of Valentine cards, but the other day I just had an urge to create something with as many traditional Valentine details as possible, except the colors…I did not want to use red in my card.

The Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was perfect touch for this card.  It is so frilly and feminine looking!  The Colored Doilies helped me determine my color combination.  I think the Flirty Flamingo doily with Coastal Cabana give this card a nice retro feel.

The stamped images are from the First Frost stamp set that is carried over from the Holiday Catalog.  I used the coordinating die to cut the flowers.  The sentiment is stamped from the Detailed With Love stamp set.  I hope you will find inspiration from this card and try out  this traditional Valentine card.

What Inspires You?

What inspires you?  Sometimes I am inspired by a color combination or a pattern I see.  It can come from packaging in my kitchen or a rug in someone’s living room.  I see these things and imagine how I can reproduce them on a card.

Lately though, my cards have been inspired by Scripture.  I read the verse of the day on my Bible app one day and had an idea for a card, so I made it.  I enjoyed that so much that I did it again the next day and the next.  It has become sort of a challenge for me now.  The verses, so far, have been fairly easy to translate into a greeting card.  I know that won’t always be the case.  It is like a puzzle, and I have to figure out how the pieces go together.  If you know me, you know I love puzzles… and I love Scripture!  So this has been a lot of fun for me too.  My next challenge will be to actually give these cards away and not store them in a box!  (I am working on improving this!)  Here are some of the cards I have created…

I hope you are inspired by Scripture too.  Even if you don’t choose to translate it into a greeting card, I hope that you are reading the verse of the day and looking for ways to apply the truth in your life.  If you’d like to join me in this verse of the day card challenge, please let me know and share your projects with us so we can be inspired too!

Want a free catalog?

Want a free catalog?  Stampin’ Up! released their Occasions catalog last month.  It is filled with inspiration and ideas for all the upcoming holidays including Valentines Day, Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day as well as plenty of spring and all occasion ideas.  With the release of this new catalog, Stampin’ Up’s biggest sale of the year also started.  Sale-A-Bration is an opportunity to earn free products!  For every $50 you spend on product (before taxes and shipping) you will earn a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  There are a variety of products available including stamp sets, Designer Series Paper and embellishments.

Can’t wait to see all of these fun products?  Click on the picture of the catalogs on the right, and you can view them online.  If you want your own copy, contact me and I will get a catalog to you!

If you would like to see what I feel is THE MUST HAVE item from the Occasions catalog, read this post.

You can earn even MORE free product, by hosting a workshop during Sale-A-Bration.  Simply contact me to set up a date, invite a few friends over to craft with us, and fix a simple snack to share with them.  I will provide all the materials needed for our projects and plan a fun get together for you and your friends.  Contact me today to get your workshop on the calendar!

If I have an hour to spare today, I would…

If you had an hour to spare today, what would you do?  Sundays are one of my favorite days, even though they start really early!  As a member of our worship band at church, I have to leave my house at 6:30 a.m. for practice.  I am not complaining, I LOVE it!  (Well, not the early alarm, but playing in the band.)

Therefore, on a typical Sunday, any spare hour that I have is devoted to my Sunday nap.  I know, how exciting, right?!  My nap is known to my family as my “Sunday appointment.”  It happens most weeks at 2:00 p.m.  I take the “day of rest” commandment pretty seriously. 🙂

So, aside from my nap, if I had another spare hour, I would like to spend it doing a Bible Journal entry for the sermon that I heard that morning.  I don’t do nearly enough Bible journaling.  My sister does this at least weekly with a group from her church.  They get together on Wednesday evening and journal something from their sermon the previous Sunday.  My journaling experience is much more sporadic.

Have you done any Bible journaling?  Please share your work with us if you have!  If you have not tried your hand at this, and you would like to, contact me and I will help get you started.  If i happen to get that spare hour today, I will be sure to share my creation with you.  You can see one of my previous Bible journal entries here.


Why Now is the Best Time of the Year to Start Your Own Business

Have you ever wanted to work for yourself?  Being your own boss sounds fun, but actually starting your own business might seem intimidating and scary.  I want to share with you why NOW is the best time of the year to start your own business.

My Top 5…

  1. Its January.  Now that might seem silly, but for whatever reason, we like to take on new things at the beginning of the new year.
  2. It is Sale-A-Bration. This is always a great time to join the Stampin’ Up team because they offer something extra for new recruits.  This year, however, they have sweetened the deal with an extra option.  Check this out…
  3. No matter which of these 2 options you choose, you will get more product for your money by signing up now.  With this deal, you will easily have the supplies necessary to have your first workshop or a class!
  4. Very little risk is involved.  This point is closely tied to the previous one.  At most, you’re out $129.  It isn’t a huge risk, and, as stated in the previous point, you will have ALL the supplies  you need to begin making that investment back and earning a profit.
  5. It is Sale-A-Bration.  I know, that was point #2 also, but it is certainly worth repeating!  During Sale-A-Bration everyone earns a FREE item for every $50 they spend.  And FREE stuff is a really good motivator for your customers.  This offer can help your business be profitable almost immediately.
  6. Sharing what you love.  This is probably my favorite reason, any time of year, to own this type of business.  Its easy to share the excitement of something you love.  Your passion is contagious.  Talking about what you do will come naturally, and will allow you to invite people to come and stamp with you.

My team is growing, and I would love to have you join us!  If you are interested in turning your hobby into a profit making venture, I would be happy to talk to you about that.  Contact me today and I will answer any questions you have!

The One Product I Had To Have From The Occasions Catalog

Today I want to share with you the one product I had to have from the Occasions catalog.  I hope you have had a chance to browse through this catalog.  There are many choices for products that will fit your need, style and budget!  Its not easy choosing just one, but if I had to pick this is what it would be…

The one product I had to have from the Occasions catalog

Here are several reasons for my choice.

  1. Its a bundle.  I LOVE how Stampin’ Up! coordinates its products.  This makes our job of creating so much easier!  And, by purchasing these as a bundle, you save 10% on your purchase.
  2. The punch.  Bundles with punches are my favorites.  For one thing, they aren’t as expensive as bundles with dies.  For another thing, you don’t need a die-cutting machine or any additional tools…just paper and ink.  The clever design of this punch and stamp set allow you to stamp and then punch 2 butterflies at once, making quick work of projects that require multiples.
  3. Sentiments.  I always look for stamp sets that will be useful for many projects and occasions.  This set has a variety of sayings that I know I will use again and again.
  4. Butterflies.  Everyone needs at least one good stamp set with butterflies.  They communicate hope and renewal and elegance.  Use them to welcome a new baby. to express condolences or even to congratulate newlyweds.  They are also a great choice for Easter cards, Mother’s Day, Birthday… You get the idea.
  5. Variety.  Because of the way this stamp set is designed, you have choices for the ways you use it.  You can add color to these butterflies by simply stamping with the solid images over the detailed images.  You might prefer to use colored pencils or makers to add color to you butterflies.  This set provides lots of options for variety.

If you are interested in adding the Butterfly Gala stamp set and the Butterfly Duet punch to your collection, please contact me and I will help you with that!

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