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….
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!
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
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!
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…
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…
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
‘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?!
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. 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!
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!
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
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!
Today’s project is using the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas images. If you have been reading all week, you know this is the third card we’ve shared from this stamp set. It’s a fun and versatile set that will be useful from September through December. And it is certainly NOT just for scrapbooks, though it is perfect for that also.
I am loving the turquoise and red color combo. So much so, that I am using that color combination in my home and not just on my cards! It is so cheerful and bright that I had to use it on this Christmas card.
Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas Card
I told you the other day that borders were super easy with this stamp set, because it is photopolymer and you can line it up without any problems as you stamp it. This card uses the 2nd border image in the set and I did not re-ink my stamp before I stamped it the second time so that it has a faded look. The words are also easy to line up and stamp straight because you can see exactly where you’re placing them as you stamp. The same is true for the tree and the star on top.
I will admit that I was not overly zealous about photopolymer stamp sets when they were first released. However, they have won me over and are now my favorite of the three types of stamps that Stampin’ Up! sells. Maybe you are a die hard fan of the wood stamp sets or the clear mount. I challenge you to give photopolymer a try and let me know what you think!
Thanksgiving cards might not be at the top of your holiday to-do list, but maybe you should add them. Typically we are so focused on Christmas cards that we miss out on a great opportunity to express gratitude to our family and friends. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas cards (and everything else about Christmas!) But I also love fall and the wonderful palette of autumn colors. Creating Thanksgiving cards gives us a chance to use these bold, rich fall colors and some stamp sets that might get overlooked.
This is Day 2 of using the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set for cards. I again used the masking technique, this time for the leaf image. I then stamped a single leaf in the coordinating color and cut it out before adhering it to the card front.
Tomorrow we have card #3 from this same stamp set. Be sure to check it out!
The Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set is not just for creating scrapbooks! I have had a lot of fun playing with this set and creating cards using all of the different images. I am going to be sharing these cards over the next few days, so check back tomorrow! Today’s card features the bat image in this set.
Spooky! Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015
I decided that I wanted a group of bats, instead of the single image. The masking technique was used to stamp the bat several times without overlapping them. And since this is a photopolymer stamp set, it is easy to create these zig zag borders and make them straight the first time. I hand lettered “spooky” across the card. The set does include a Halloween sentiment, but sometimes I enjoy adding a unique touch of my own to the cards.
There are so many great stamp sets in the 2015 Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog, but if you are looking for a versatile set that can be used throughout the holiday seasons, then the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set is an obvious choice. Tomorrow I will be sharing the Thanksgiving card I made from this set, so be sure to come back and check it out!