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!

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.

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JoAnn

 

Mar 07

Hot Glue Embossing

Hot Glue Embossing is a new technique for me.  I love the results I get with it and it uses an ordinary craft tool in a fun new way.  Here’s a peek at my projects so far…

Hot Glue Embossing

Hot Glue Embossing

These eye catching details were created with my hot glue gun!  Here’s how you accomplish this technique…

  1.  Preheat your hot glue gun until the glue flows freely from it.
  2. Use the glue gun to create a design on your cardstock or water color paper.
  3. Working quickly so the glue doesn’t dry too much, cover the hot glue design with embossing powder.
  4. Use a heat tool to set the embossing powder.  Be sure to heat it until it is shiny all over.  Do not overheat, or your image will loose some of its shine.

On the first card I showed you, I used Stampin’ Up’s gold embossing powder.  I created two horizontal lines on my water color paper and ran a toothpick down through the lines vertically prior to putting the embossing powder on the glue.  After embossing it with the heat tool and letting it cool, I used my AquaPainters and Stampin’ Up classic ink to water color around the detail.

On the cross card, I used copper embossing powder.   After embossing with the heat tool, I sponged around the cross using Stampin’ Up classic ink.  Once you have finished sponging, simply wipe away any ink that may have gotten on your hot glue embossed image.

Both cards have sentiments stamped from the Easter Message stamp set that is found in the 2017 Occasions catalog.  I will be sharing some other cards created with this stamp set later this week.  So check back soon!

I love finding new ways to use my basic craft tools.  Somehow it feels like you are getting more for your money. 🙂  I hope you will give Hot Glue Embossing a try.  And if you like what you saw here, please share our post on Facebook so others can try this out too!

Mar 02

The Best Dr. Seuss Quote

What’s the best Dr. Seuss quote to use in a card?  This is the perfect question to ask on Dr. Seuss day!  So many of us have loved Dr. Seuss books from the time we were small children.  The silly nonsense rhymes made us giggle then and we still giggle now when we read them to our children or our grandchildren.

Because they are so recognizable, these are perfect to use as sentiments in your handmade cards.  They can be silly or profound, but are sure to bring a smile and maybe even a happy memory to the recipient.

But what’s the BEST Dr. Seuss quote to use?  I have done a little research on this and have come up with an answer for you.  Of course, this is my opinion and I think you should do some research yourself and figure out which Dr. Seuss quote is best for your card.  Here’s what I came up with…

The BEST Dr. Seuss Quote to use in a card

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And here’s a look at the front of my card…

The Best Dr. Seuss Quote

I love how the copper foil paper looks on this dragonfly.  It is so elegant!  And although all those tiny pieces were glued on individually, it wasn’t hard, just a little time consuming.  I am okay with spending the time when it produces a WOW effect like this one!

I simply printed my quote on a piece of whisper white cardstock and cut it to fit inside my card.  To get the best use of your paper, go ahead and print your sentiment on each quadrant of the cardstock so you can create 4 sentiments at once.

I hope you will choose to use a Dr. Seuss quote in one of your cards, even if it isn’t Dr. Seuss day.  It’s a fun way to share a smile with someone.  Please share our post on Facebook so that others can enjoy the silliness of this day too!

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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Oct 31

Stampin Up Owl Punch

The Stampin Up Owl Punch is an incredibly versatile addition to your craft collection.   Seriously, you could choose any holiday through the year and we could come up with some way to use the owl punch to make a card for it.  This year I made a Halloween card using the Stampin Up Owl Punch, and the reason I did so is kind of sad.  :'(

It all started with this CUTE scarf….

Stampin Up Owl Punch

I bought this scarf early in October.  I was out shopping for some sunglasses and saw this on sale for $4.99.   You can’t tell from the picture, but it is made with really soft material along with being so stinkin’ cute!  I picked it up to send it to my daughter (who lives 6 hours away) for a little “surprise, I love you, thinking of you” kind of gift.  I intended to mail it that week so she could wear it throughout the month.  On Friday I found it still at my house and there was no reasonable way to get it to her for today.  Boo hoo!  In my despair I went to my studio and created a card inspired by the scarf.

Stampin Up Owl Punch Card

Stampin Up Owl Punch

I just love the Stampin Up Owl Punch!  This little “ghost” is adorable and he wasn’t hard to make.  Here’s how I made his costume…

First I cut a rectangle of white cardstock that was a tad wider than an owl punched.  It needs to be about 1 3/16″ wide.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Next, I used the large oval punch to cut the rounded shape to go over his head.  You can tell from the picture how I inserted the paper in the punch from the bottom so that only one end of my rectangle was being rounded.  You could also do this with an oval framelit, but you would insert it in the framelit just like this punch, where only one end was being cut.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Take your owl shape and place it over your punched piece so you can mark how long your costume needs to be.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Then, insert this piece into the scallop oval punch the same way you did the oval punch.  You only want to cut the bottom edge of the costume.  Use your pencil mark to make sure your costume is the right length.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

This is how the costume should look on the owl shape before you embellish with the facial details.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Honestly, the face was the most difficult part of this card because you’re working with smaller punched paper pieces, but if you had some googly eyes on hand you could completely eliminate this step and glue those babies on instead.

I just love this card and I love being able to use tools that I’ve had for a while in a fresh new way.  So… I am asking you to challenge me.  Come up with a holiday, or any card sending occasion, for me to create a card using the Stampin Up Owl Punch!  Please leave your suggestions in the comment section.   AND if you do that TODAY, I will give you the card that I make for the occasion you suggest…my Halloween treat for you!  Hope you all have a very blessed day!

Oct 13

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Cable Knit Sweater Card was not on my list of things to create today.  I had lots of items to work on in my studio, but this beautiful fall day was a bit of a distraction.  I played in the yard with the dogs for a while and returned an escaped (and unhappy) goat back to the pasture.  I did finally come back in the house and sat down in my studio to work.  Pinterest was my next distraction and I honestly cannot even tell you what I went there searching for, but I found some cute sweater cards made from the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (that’s a mouthful) from Stampin’ Up and I had to make one.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

The beautiful weather called me outside again and so I photographed my sweater card next to the pumpkin and mum on my front porch and “voila”…a near perfect fall picture was created.  Don’t you love those beautiful fall colors?  The bright orange pumpkin makes me so happy!  But that sweater card, though.  Isn’t it the cutest?! Here’s how I made it…

The card base is 11 X 4 1/4”.  I used Very Vanilla cardstock.  Fold it in half to create your card.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Next I used a 2″ circle framelit to cut a “neckline” from the folded edge of the card base.  You can always use a punch for this, but I didn’t have one large enough.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

It will look like this when you’re done.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Next I took a piece of Delightful Dijon cardstock that measured 4 1/4 X 5 1/2″ and ran it through the Big Shot using the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder.  REMEMBER that with this Embossing Folder you will only use a cutting pad on the top, not the bottom.  It is too thick to use two cutting pads like you normally would.  In this picture you can also see that I used a ruler to mark spots on the sweater front.  First, I marked the center of the card at 2 1/8″ from either edge.  Next I made a mark 1 1/2″ just below this center mark.  I also made marks at the top edge 1″ from both sides.  To create the sweater neckline, use scissors or your paper trimmer to cut the “V” shape you created with these dots.  You will see what I mean in the next step.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

This is how the sweater front looks when placed over the card base.  We’ll take our paper snips and trim those two triangles along the top edge that stick out from the sweater.  (You’ll see it in the final picture.)

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Use any punch or framelit that you have to create a “pocket-shaped” piece of cardstock.  The framelit I used is from the retired Chalk Talk framelits.  You can see that I ran it through the embossing folder after it was die cut, and that I trimmed off the upper edge to make it look more like a pocket.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Next, I grabbed my paper crimper and created the contrasting color trim for the sweater.  I also pulled out some self adhesive silver rimmed pearls to use for buttons.  You can check out the placement for the trim and the buttons on the final card.   Cable Knit Sweater I used Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive to attach the trim to the sweater and the sweater to the card.  The pocket was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Here’s a last look at the finished project…

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Cable Knit Sweater Card

I chose fall colors for this card, but my next one will be a Christmas sweater!  It was so much fun to make.  I hope you’ll try your hand at creating a Cable Knit Sweater Card too.

 

Sep 19

Cookie Cutter Christmas

The Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and punch bundle is one of my favorite products in the 2016 Stampin’ Up holiday catalog.  From my first peek at the new catalog, this cute set was on my MUST HAVE list!   I love its versatility and the just plain irresistible images!

Cookie Cutter Christmas

If you are like me, and want to add this set to your stamp collection then I have a class just for you.  Join me on October 4 for the Cookie Cutter Christmas Class.  Each participant will receive their own copy of the stamp set and coordinating punch.  We will be creating 3 projects with this set during the class.  Plus, I am going to be providing many other ideas for using this stamp set all year long.  Look at this CUTE Valentine card I created with this set…

Cookie Cutter Christmas

Aren’t those eskimos just the cutest?!  I used markers to color them and added them to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The tiny red heart is also punched from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  I used the Labeler Alphabet stamp set to add my greeting to the card.  Since it is a photopolymer set, it is easy to line up the letters so they are straight and I can create any sentiment I need.  It was perfect for this card!

Don’t miss out!  Tomorrow is the deadline to register for this class.   The class fee is $50 and includes the stamp set, the coordinating punch, and three projects made during the class. Contact me today if you are interested, or click here to sign up now.