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.

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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

Aug 01

Punch Art Mushrooms

Punch Art Mushrooms might seem like a random thing to be making, but I was at the park with my family the other day and I saw this…

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It was so cute sitting there in the grass that I just had to grab a picture of it.  When I showed the pic to my son, he suggested I use it as inspiration to make a card.  That’s one of the great things about having an artist in the family.  He is constantly challenging me and encouraging me to create.  It’s a great lesson though.  We spend so much time searching Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration for our cards and all we really have to do is look around us.  This little mushroom could have easily been overlooked, or just admired by me and then forgotten. I’m glad I took the time to photograph it and then create something fun from it.

Punch Art Mushrooms

Punch Art Mushrooms

First, I do realize that my punch art mushrooms are obviously more colorful than the original, but that’s okay, right?  They are made mostly of various circle punches.  The stem for the smaller one is the tree from the Tree Builder Punch (138295).  The stem for the larger one is the retired Modern Label punch, but it could easily be hand cut.

Since I created a square card I used my Envelope Punch Board to create an envelope for it.  Those stamped mushrooms are from the Foxy Friends Stamp Set (142326).  Don’t they do a good job of coordinating the envelope with it’s card?

So here’s your challenge for the day.  Look around you today and find something that you want to recreate in a card.  It can be an object, like my mushrooms, but it could also be a color combination or a pattern, or anything.  Let your imagination run wild!  We would love to see what you come up with, so please share your cards with us. 🙂

Jul 29

Loving the New In Colors

I am loving the new In Colors that were introduced last month in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Seeing these new colors each year is one of the highlights of seeing a new catalog.  For those who aren’t familiar with “In Colors,” these are 5 new colors that are released each year with the annual catalog.  Each set of 5 colors is active for 2 years.  The colors we are playing with today will be in the catalog until 2018.  Don’t get me wrong, I am still mourning the loss of Blackberry Bliss, but Dapper Denim is growing on me and I am having fun playing with all of them.  Here’s a little card I created to show them off…

Loving the New In Colors

Don’t they look good together?  From top to bottom here are the colors used:  Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Sweet Sugarplum.  Since I am drawn to pinks and blues I am partial to Flirty Flamingo and Dapper Denim.   After stamping the In Colors on Whisper White cardstock, I used the Heart Framelits to cut them into a heart and I cut a larger white heart to create the framed look.  It is very dramatic against that black cardstock, and the black really “pops” with that Flirty Flamingo layer framing it.  The “love” is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink.

Maybe you have been following my Card A Day Challenge on our Facebook page.  I have been busy every day this month creating Christmas Cards.  Our month is almost gone, but before it is over I am going to create a Christmas card using the new In Colors.  Head over to our Facebook Page to see all the Christmas cards we have created so far.  While you are there, be sure to ‘Like’ our page in order to stay up to date on the latest news and inspiration we share.

Jul 05

Baby It’s Hot Outside!

I have found a great way to deal with this oppressive summer heat we are experiencing!  I am already thinking about cooler weather, the holidays & Christmas cards.  I even walked through the Christmas decorations at Hobby Lobby just for fun. People don’t understand that, for a crafter, it is NEVER too early to start preparing for the holidays.

If you follow our Facebook page, you have seen the Card A Day Christmas in July challenge I am participating in with a friend.  By the end of July we’ll have 31 Christmas cards…that’s a decent head start. And I will be adding 10 more cards to that from our Christmas Card Club that starts this month!

Now, none of this makes it feel any cooler outside, but it does put the heat in perspective.  I know that it won’t last, and I should enjoy all the sunshine and swim days that I get this summer!  I can plan for cold weather and be grateful that today I can play outside with my pup and I don’t have to wear a coat or scrape ice off my car.  We have so much to be thankful for in every season.  Let’s choose to be happy for the day God has given us today…regardless of the weather.

Here’s a weather related card that basically communicates this same idea….

Baby it's hot outside!

I am so happy that the Sprinkles of Life stamp set was continued in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  It has such cute images and is so versatile!  When I was considering a card that had something to do with the weather, it was the first stamp set I thought of.

If you want to see the Christmas in July cards I am making this month, you cans see them on our Facebook page here.  You can join the challenge with us and get a head start on your holiday stamping too!  Contact me if you have questions!

 

Jun 23

Strength & Prayers

The new Strength & Prayers stamp set arrived at my house yesterday!  I finally got in my studio around 10:00 last night to play with my new toys.  That was just enough time to design and create a single card with this set, but I am planning on a little more studio time this evening and will share my creations with you on Facebook.  Make sure you “like” my page here so you can see what I come up with!

Strength & Prayers Stamp Set

Strength & Prayers

I mixed the old with the new on my color combo and used Sweet Sugarplum and Perfect Plum.  There’s a dainty feel to this card from the white embossed dove and the pearl accents, and I just love it.  Simple yet elegant.

Remember, I will be giving away the Strength & Prayers stamp set this month.  For every $25 you spend in product by Friday, June 24, your name will be entered once into the drawing.  So if you spend $25 your name is entered once, but if you spend $50 your name is entered twice, etc.  Contact me if you’d like to place an order, or simply click on the ‘Shop Now’ tab at the top of this page.

Be sure to head over to our Facebook page tonight to see what other projects I come up with using this beautiful stamp set.  And don’t forget…order by Friday for a chance to win!

Apr 25

Penguin Punch Art

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I thought Penguin Punch Art would be the perfect way to celebrate World Penguin Day 2016, but first I just have to share some cute penguin pictures with you.  Who doesn’t love baby penguins?!  Check out this little guy…

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When my daughter was in high school she visited Australia as a student ambassador.  She fell in love with the cute little blue penguins that live there.  They are also called fairy penguins.  Did you even know that penguins lived in Australia?!  Here is a picture of the Little Blue Penguins…

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I am not sure that a paper penguin can compare with the cuteness overload of the real thing, but it did turn out pretty adorable.

Penguin Punch Art

Penguin Punch Art

The penguin punch art is made mostly of ovals including his body, wing, feet and the white mask on his face.  His head and eye are obviously circles and the beak is from a flower punch.  Here is a list of the punches used…

  • Extra-Large Oval (119859)
  • Large Oval (119855)
  • 1 1/4″ Circle (119861)
  • Festive Flower Builder Punch (139682)
  • 1/8″ Circle (134365)

 Penguin Punch Art Altered

Penguin Punch Art

Because of the stamp set I decided to use on my finished project, I altered my penguin a little and added some snazzy sunglasses.  The arm of the glasses is the branch portion of the Bird Builder Punch.  I added the lens part with a pink 1/2″ circle and black circle from the largest eye portion of the Owl Builder Punch.  Didn’t they turn out cute?!  And now (insert drum roll)…

Penguin Punch Art Finished Project!

Penguin Punch Art

Love how the card turned out.  I may even decide to use this on a scrapbook page instead.  I partnered my penguin punch art with the Words of Truth stamp set (wood – 138758, clear – 139397).  This is a great set for cards or scrapbook pages and is perfect for Bible Journaling!  It is retiring in May, so you better get it before its gone!

I hope our post has inspired you to create something today.  Go get those punches out and see what you can come up with!  Make sure to share your creations with us so we can be inspired too!

 

 

 

 

Feb 27

Made From Scratch

Made from scratch cards are the best!  Occasionally I recreate card designs that I have seen on Pinterest or from someone else.  But I am most satisfied when the creations are all my own.  After all, I am created to create, right?

Sometimes my cards have to be slow cooked.  It might take several days to really finish it because I keep thinking of a different color to try or something to add or do differently. Then other days I put a card together quickly with very little forethought and when its done I can’t stop looking at it!  Those are my microwave cards and that’s what kind of made from scratch card I have for you today.

Made From Scratch

I have been working everyday to prepare for our Bible Journal Gathering next Tuesday and have not had much time to stamp.  Today, however, I took time to get some stamps inky for a card.  I used the Awesomely Artistic and A Dozen Thoughts stamp sets for this card.  I have neglected So Safron lately and I love how it looks with this Mossy Meadow card base.  The lighter green color is Pear Pizzazz.

Simple card designs like this one are pleasing to look at and come together quickly.  You do not have to fill every space of the card with details.  And, although layers can be fun, not many are needed for a simple elegant card.

Tell me what you think.  Do you prefer to create cards that are slow cooked or microwaved?  Or maybe you just like to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) cards that others have made?  I’d love to hear what the creative process looks like for you.

 

 

Oct 22

Woodland Embossing Folder

The woodland embossing folder is one of my most recent purchases from the Holiday Catalog.  I hadn’t even had a chance to play with it before I made the card featured in this post.  It was a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday evening.  We were having a wedding shower at church the next day and I was busy baking and gathering supplies for decorating.  I remembered that I did not have a card and my hubby said, “Surely you already have something that you can use.”  And he was right, I have lots of cards that were already made.  But there is something about creating a special card just for a special occasion or a special someone, that makes you not want to go to your stash, but create something new.  So I began thinking about something I could do pretty quick.

Since it was new, the woodland embossing folder came to my mind.  I had not made anything with it, but I had seen some cute cards that others had made, so I decided to give it a shot…

Woodland Embossing Folder

Woodland Embossing Folder

 

After embossing the Whisper White cardstock, I punched some hearts and adhered them to the card.  I used a black journaling pen to draw my strings and bows so they would look like they were hanging from the limbs.  (Love the bling from the red glimmer hearts!)

You can see a Halloween card made with the woodland embossing folder here.  I haven’t used it for a Christmas card yet, or Thanksgiving, but oh the possibilities!  I think my shower card would also work for Valentine’s day if we just change the sentiment.  We just about have every occasion covered with this one embossing folder.  What a bargain!

Don’t forget that TOMORROW is the final day to get 15% off stamp sets in the annual AND holiday catalogs.  I will be placing an order because there are still some holiday sets I want and I can’t resist a stampin’ sale!  Let me know if you want to take advantage of the sale too!

 

Oct 16

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

‘3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards’ might sound like an odd title from someone who doesn’t even really celebrate that holiday.  However, I read an article recently, from Kirk Cameron, that talked about how Christians should be throwing the biggest and most fun Halloween party on their block.  He challenged believers to invite their neighbors to a family fun event and use it as an opportunity to share Christ’s love with them.

So that got me to thinking about how I could translate that into my card making.  And here is what I came up with…

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

1.  Because you have some cute Halloween themed stamps and they need to be inked!  I don’t often buy Halloween stamps, but I do have some cute ones that have come in other holiday sets.  Now I could just ignore them, but wouldn’t it be better to partner them with an encouraging note and send them to someone who might need another smile in their day?!

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

2.  Because, if you’re like me, you LOVE the fall colors and will take any excuse to use that pallet in your card making!  The colors of fall are beautiful on the changing leaves and on our cards.  But those beautiful leaves don’t last long on the trees, and this season passes away just as quick.  Creating Halloween cards for our friends and loved ones gives us an additional opportunity to use these rich fall colors.

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

3.  Because Jesus has defeated the grave!  Is there a better time to talk about this than at Halloween?  What a great opportunity for us to remind others that Christ overcame death, and made a way for us to have eternal life with Him. That is worth celebrating!

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

Now those are just three of the reasons I came up with.  We all have loved ones who live away from us, and this is just another opportunity to let them know we’re thinking of them.  We probably all also have some kids in our lives that we care about.  Kids love to get mail and a cute Halloween card (nothing scary) would make their day!

Whether or not our 3 reasons to send Halloween cards inspired you, I hope you are using your creativity to bless others and that you are doing that often.  Let’s not let the holiday season sneak up and catch us off guard.  Get busy preparing those holiday cards and projects.  Start making your list now of all those people for whom you want to create something special.  If I can help you in your planning or in your actual projects, please let me know.  I would love to help!

Sep 26

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas

One final Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas card to end our week.  Lots of glimmer for this one.  The Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set has options when it comes to your Christmas cards and scrapbook pages.  It was fun creating this different card from the same stamp set.

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas

 

The background was created by stamping the snowflake image multiple times in Smoky Slate.  I can see how fun and useful this will be for my winter scrapbook pages and I can hardly wait for a snow day to take advantage of them! 🙂  I paired the Smoky Slate with Real Red and added lots of bling.

I hope you have enjoyed the different cards from the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 set that we have shared this week.  Remember, this set is available in the new Holiday Catalog, and for only $16 it is a good bargain for the variety you receive.  If you are interested in adding this stamp set to your collection, please let me know.  And if you don’t even have a stamp collection yet, this is a great set to start with because you can do so much with it!   Looking forward to hearing from you soon!