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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
This is day 3 of Epic Celebrations stamp set! If you want to take a look at the images included in this set, check out this post. Today we have used repeated stamped images like our shoes yesterday, except with the guitar image. This card was surprisingly easy to do. Using Watercolor Pencils I quickly added color to the guitars. I like that the images were intentionally NOT colored perfectly, just quickly. It adds a sort of hand drawn feel to the card.
The Tailored Tag Punch (new in the Occasions Catalog) nicely frames the stamped sentiment and adds a wonderful masculine touch. Because of the straight lines, it is easy to to add a larger colored layer, even without a larger punch. A black marker and a ruler helped me add the “pin stripe” detail to the punched sentiment. This turned out exactly as I had hoped it would. How often does that happen? 😉 Like yesterday’s card, I added a little bling with some metallic thread, but in copper this time. It is shiny, but doesn’t look out of place on the masculine card.
Don’t forget, you can select the Epic Celebrations stamp set FREE with a $50 order during our Sale-A-Bration campaign going on now! We have 2 more cards to share from this set. Be sure to check back! There’s another shoe project coming tomorrow. 🙂
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.
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.
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!
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?
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
Don’t think too much. You’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.
Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.
Let’s start by taking a smallish nap or two…
Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles.
“What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.
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. 🙂
I have been playing with the Nailed It Bundle from Stampin’ Up’s 2017 Occasions catalog. I like the variety of sentiments included with this stamp set, but since my focus is on birthdays in January, I chose a sentiment from the Designer Tee stamp set in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.
I was pretty impressed with how that screwdriver turned out, so I created a quick video to show you how it was done.
Wasn’t that easy? I know that masculine cards can be a struggle sometimes, at least for me. With the Nailed It bundle I can see that I’ll be able to come up with super cute guy cards for any occasion. Father’s Day will be a breeze this year 🙂
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I actually saw pink llamas while we were on vacation last week. Of course they weren’t REAL ones, but they were oh so cute. We were at Cedar Point Amusement Park up in Ohio and they had these stuffed pink llamas as a prize at one of the games. You know, pay some money, throw balls at some blocks (that you have to knock completely off the table) and win a prize. My dear hubby did NOT want to play the game to win me a llama. He looked in every little shop we passed hoping that they sold the llamas somewhere, but he had no luck. At the end of the night he did invest $5 into my pink llama, but those blocks were NOT coming off that table…sigh. I left without my llama.
Back in my craft room this week I decided to create my own pink llama…and I LOVE it!
This little llama is actually sponged in Flirty Flamingo ink. I used my Fiesta Time Framelits & the Big Shot to cut the llama image from a piece of cardstock, and then used the negative image as a stencil to sponge my llama onto the card front. Then I used the Birthday Fiesta stamp set to stamp the llama details over my sponged image. This was super easy to line up, because the stamps are photopolymer and you can see exactly where you need to stamp it. The lighter pink frame around the llama is also simply sponged ink. It is hard to tell in the picture, but the card base is Basic Black.
Maybe you aren’t a llama fan like me, but you have to admit this little guy is pretty cute. How could you keep from smiling if he showed up in your mailbox?!
This is the stamp set and framelits that were used to create this card. If you’d like to make some llamas of your own, contact me today and we will get you started!
Today is not only National Coloring Book Day, it is also my niece’s birthday. What a great opportunity to create a fun card/gift and share it with you! I don’t know if you have gotten into the adult coloring craze or not. Personally, I am a coloring fan from way back when. I didn’t need adult coloring books to appreciate the stress relieving benefits of coloring. In fact, I got this sweet gift from one of my besties about a year before the more mature books made the scene—and I LOVED it!
I decided I would stamp a coloring book/birthday card to celebrate today. The cover was created using the Marquee Messages stamp set. It’s perfect because there’s lots of opportunity to color it, just what I was looking for. I used a metal key ring to attach all the cards together and fancied it up with a bit of ribbon.
The images on the inside are created from a retired Sale-A-Bration stamp set, but you can use whatever you have in your stamp stash. Just look for stamp images that are begging to be colored. They can be simple, like these, or more detailed if you’re celebrating with a more mature colorer. 🙂 If you end up using stamps with finer details, you might want to trade the crayons for colored pencils or even some nice fine tipped markers.
I hope you know a coloring book fan that has a birthday coming up so you can make one of your own! Of course, you don’t have to wait for a birthday. You can always make this for a thank you card or to simply say hello. School is about to start and kids are going to have new boxes of crayons and colored pencils to use. Maybe you have kids or grandkids that you could surprise by making some coloring book lunch box notes. There are so many possibilities!
Speaking of back to school…this weekend is tax free shopping weekend in Arkansas. Did you know that you can use this tax break on your Stampin’ Up! supplies? Check out this list of supplies that are available tax free this weekend and let me know what you want to order! us-2016-sales-tax-holiday
So blessed to have an opportunity this past weekend to spend time with family and friends. As I look for ways to bless others, I am continually amazed by the blessing it turns out to be for me.
Our church hosted a concert by the group Cloverton on Sunday and we had the opportunity, not only to attend the concert, but to have them stay in our home that night. We have known these guys for a few years now and are so blessed by their friendship. They are godly young men and we are always happy to visit with them. Our visits always end at Batten’s Bakery for breakfast before they hit the road. This trip we had the special treat of hosting a couple of their wives who were traveling with them (and with one adorable little boy who came along too!) When I found out that 2 of their wives were going to be here I decided to make little goodie bags as welcome gifts for them. You’ll have to trust me when I say the gift bags were cute, because I didn’t take a picture, but here is our picture with the guys before they headed home.
They weren’t the only special guests at our home this weekend. Our dear daughter was here from grad school! We were so happy to see her, even for just a few days.
Finally, a very special little girl turned 2 years old on Sunday. I had the joy of creating some of the decor for her party. Here are pictures of the name banner and the door sign that I made.
There is still a lot of time in February. I am excited to see the opportunities that God will provide for me to bless others! One easy way to fulfill this challenge is to make Valentine cards or treats for your friends, family and coworkers. You still have some time to do this. If you need some quick and easy ideas come back tomorrow and I will have some to share with you!