Nov 16

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.

Nov 15

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.

Jan 24

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.

Jan 12

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!

Jan 11

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!

Jan 10

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. 🙂

Jan 09

Epic Celebrations in Pink!

Epic Celebrations in Pink?  What could be better?!  Today we are sharing our next project using the Epic Celebrations stamp set from Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration catalog.  This is such a fun set.  Yesterday, we used the fun guitar image, but today’s project is all about the shoes!  This card, like the one yesterday, was inspired by the catalog samples.  Here’s a look at our pink card…

Epic Celebrations in Pink

After stamping these shoes with black ink on my Powder Pink paper, I used my Watercolor Pencils to color them pink and white.  Aren’t they cute?!  Love how they turned out.  The sentiment is so fitting for these awesome shoes.  I also added a little sparkle with silver metallic thread.  This card will surely make someone smile when I pass it on.

Now, here are a couple things I want you to keep in mind from this project…

  • First, be sure to use your catalogs for inspiration!  I don’t know if I would have come up with those pink shoes on my own or not.  But I didn’t have to!  Stampin’ Up! catalogs are FILLED with wonderful project ideas.  Be sure to try them.
  • Second, the Watercolor Pencils look so good on the colored cardstock!  Don’t limit your coloring to Whisper White or Very Vanilla paper.

Check back tomorrow!  We have another guitar card to share with you!

Jan 08

Epic Celebrations

Epic Celebrations is the first stamp set that we are featuring on our Sale-A-Bration blitz.  Each week we will choose a different Sale-A-Bration item and post projects made using that item. Hopefully that will help you choose which of these great FREE stamp sets and items is right for you.  The Epic Celebrations set has quickly become one of my favorites!  Here’s a look at the stamp set…

Epic Celebrations

Epic Celebrations

It has fun images and sentiments.  We’ll be sharing masculine projects and girlie ones this week, because it works great for either.  A gift bag sample in the Sale-A-Bration brochure inspired our first card…

Epic Celebration

We used a variety of colors and images to create the fun background, but my favorite detail is that Tangerine Tango guitar!  I stamped the guitar with VersaMark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then I fussy cut it with my Paper Snips…which was actually pretty easy.  Add an “epic” sentiment and some sequin stars to finish it off.  So cute!

You can earn this stamp set FREE during our Sale-A-Bration sale that lasts until the end of March.  Simply place a $50 order, or more, and earn free product.  Click ‘Shop Now’ at the top of this page to get started.

I have four more projects from the Epic Celebrations set to share with you this week.  Be sure to check back tomorrow, you won’t want to miss any of them!

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.