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.

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.

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.

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 Card We 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.

Last Day of Epic Celebrations

Although this is our last day of Epic Celebrations, this is actually the first card I made with this set.  I took one look at that guitar and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!

Epic Celebrations

last day of epic celebrations

This background technique is called Direct to Paper. You create it by rubbing or brushing the ink pad directly on the paper.  The technique produces great color and a wonderful dynamic effect, not to mention the fact that it worked perfectly with this sentiment from the Marquee Messages stamp set.  I fussy cut the guitar like on this card, but, again, it really isn’t that hard to do.

Wrapping Up…

After working with this same stamp set all week, and since this is the last day of Epic Celebrations, I am sharing what I have learned with you.

  • Although at first glance it might seem more for masculine cards, with the right color combinations it certainly does make CUTE feminine cards too.
  • Make cards for all ages.  We can make a fun card for a 16 year old or a 60 year old with this set.
  • Pair it with bright colors, like today’s card, or with neutrals like this card.  I love it both ways!
  • Any of the images in this set work well for creating backgrounds with repeated stamping.

It is such a fun versatile set!  Remember, the only way to get it is to earn it through Sale-A-Bration.  During this campaign, for every $50 you spend you get to choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  This year Stampin’ Up is offering 2 levels of earning free product, giving you have even more options.  Earn the larger items with a $100 order.

You can view the Sale-A-Bration brochure by clicking on the rotating catalog picture on the side or bottom of this page.  Next, click the Sale-A-Bration image on that page.  We’ll be sharing inspiration from a different free item next week!

I’d love to hear from you!  Let me know which of the Epic Celebrations cards you liked the most.  If you need help with an order, or have questions, please contact me!

Sneakers and Speakers!

Sneakers and Speakers are two of my 18 year old’s favorite things!  He loves shopping for shoes and speakers/headphones of any kind.  I sort of share this shoe obsession with him.   I probably have way too many in my closet.  Maybe my love of cute shoes is one of the reasons I am enjoying this Epic Celebrations stamp set so much.  With it, I can create cute shoes in any color I want!

On today’s card I used my son’s two favorite things and two of my favorite colors, Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist.  I love them both, and together they really produce a WOW effect!  I chose to fussy cut the shoes for this card so I could use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop them up, but I think the card would still be epic if you didn’t have time for that extra detail.

sneakers and speakers

The headphones in the background were stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Since I don’t have a Lemon Lime Twist marker, I used a Blender Pen and my ink pad to color those wonderful green shoes.

If you don’t have Blender Pens (102845), you really need to buy some.  They allow you to color with any ink pad you have.  They also are wonderful to use with the Watercolor Pencils (141709).  (Check out these pink shoes colored with Watercolor Pencils.)  Blender Pens are $12 and you get 3 dual tipped pens, so they last a really long time.

sneakers and speakers

The new Occasions Catalog also offers variety packs of Classic Stampin’ Spots.  These are cute little ink pads that allow you to expand your ink pad color palette without the expense of full size pads.  There are two of these variety packs available for $9 each.

Tutti Frutti Classic Stampin’ Spots (145644)

sneakers and speakers

Picture Perfect Party Classic Stampin’ Spots (145641)

sneakers and speakers

Remember, until March 31, if you place an order of $50 or more you earn FREE product!  I can help you choose items that will stretch your dollars as far as possible!  (Shopping for Stampin’ stuff is more fun to me than sneakers and speakers shopping!)  Contact me today, I am here to help!

Day 3 of Epic Celebrations 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.

Day 3 of Epic Celebrations Stamp Set 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. 🙂

Scroll To Top