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!

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. 🙂

 

Jan 17

Nailed It!

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.

Nailed It!

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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Aug 18

Pink Llamas

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!

Pink Llamas

Pink Llamas

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!

Pink Llamas

 

Aug 02

National Coloring Book Day

Happy National Coloring Book Day!

National Coloring Book Day

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!

National Coloring Book Day

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.

National Coloring Book Day

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.

20160802_095816-1_wm 20160802_095846-1_wm National Coloring Book Day

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

Feb 11

So Blessed!

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.

So blessed to spend time with Cloverton

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.

So blessed to celebrate! So blessed to celebrate!

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!

Apr 08

Party on Campus!

My daughter had a birthday this week and is no longer a teenager! Makes me feel old, but we had fun celebrating with her. Last night was the opening night for a play she is in at college and we took some friends with us to see her on stage & celebrate with her afterward. Here are some highlights of the night…
She asked for a Daisy Rock pink bass guitar for her birthday!

We put trick candles on the cake & were afraid we’d set the smoke alarm off in the Student Center because they filled the whole area with smoke…I didn’t post the smoky pics 🙂

The Gammill family & Kendall were there to help us celebrate. Here’s Christina & Erin being silly together.

This is a picture of her & some fellow cast members of The Secret Garden. Christina played Colin, who is actually a young boy in the play.

I have some other items to post on here later today. I have been busy with craft projects and want to share some of them with you. Looking forward to more time in my craft room today!