What Inspires You?

What inspires you?  Sometimes I am inspired by a color combination or a pattern I see.  It can come from packaging in my kitchen or a rug in someone’s living room.  I see these things and imagine how I can reproduce them on a card.

Lately though, my cards have been inspired by Scripture.  I read the verse of the day on my Bible app one day and had an idea for a card, so I made it.  I enjoyed that so much that I did it again the next day and the next.  It has become sort of a challenge for me now.  The verses, so far, have been fairly easy to translate into a greeting card.  I know that won’t always be the case.  It is like a puzzle, and I have to figure out how the pieces go together.  If you know me, you know I love puzzles… and I love Scripture!  So this has been a lot of fun for me too.  My next challenge will be to actually give these cards away and not store them in a box!  (I am working on improving this!)  Here are some of the cards I have created…

I hope you are inspired by Scripture too.  Even if you don’t choose to translate it into a greeting card, I hope that you are reading the verse of the day and looking for ways to apply the truth in your life.  If you’d like to join me in this verse of the day card challenge, please let me know and share your projects with us so we can be inspired too!

Want a free catalog?

Want a free catalog?  Stampin’ Up! released their Occasions catalog last month.  It is filled with inspiration and ideas for all the upcoming holidays including Valentines Day, Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day as well as plenty of spring and all occasion ideas.  With the release of this new catalog, Stampin’ Up’s biggest sale of the year also started.  Sale-A-Bration is an opportunity to earn free products!  For every $50 you spend on product (before taxes and shipping) you will earn a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  There are a variety of products available including stamp sets, Designer Series Paper and embellishments.

Can’t wait to see all of these fun products?  Click on the picture of the catalogs on the right, and you can view them online.  If you want your own copy, contact me and I will get a catalog to you!

If you would like to see what I feel is THE MUST HAVE item from the Occasions catalog, read this post.

You can earn even MORE free product, by hosting a workshop during Sale-A-Bration.  Simply contact me to set up a date, invite a few friends over to craft with us, and fix a simple snack to share with them.  I will provide all the materials needed for our projects and plan a fun get together for you and your friends.  Contact me today to get your workshop on the calendar!

If I have an hour to spare today, I would…

If you had an hour to spare today, what would you do?  Sundays are one of my favorite days, even though they start really early!  As a member of our worship band at church, I have to leave my house at 6:30 a.m. for practice.  I am not complaining, I LOVE it!  (Well, not the early alarm, but playing in the band.)

Therefore, on a typical Sunday, any spare hour that I have is devoted to my Sunday nap.  I know, how exciting, right?!  My nap is known to my family as my “Sunday appointment.”  It happens most weeks at 2:00 p.m.  I take the “day of rest” commandment pretty seriously. 🙂

So, aside from my nap, if I had another spare hour, I would like to spend it doing a Bible Journal entry for the sermon that I heard that morning.  I don’t do nearly enough Bible journaling.  My sister does this at least weekly with a group from her church.  They get together on Wednesday evening and journal something from their sermon the previous Sunday.  My journaling experience is much more sporadic.

Have you done any Bible journaling?  Please share your work with us if you have!  If you have not tried your hand at this, and you would like to, contact me and I will help get you started.  If i happen to get that spare hour today, I will be sure to share my creation with you.  You can see one of my previous Bible journal entries here.

 

The One Product I Had To Have From The Occasions Catalog

Today I want to share with you the one product I had to have from the Occasions catalog.  I hope you have had a chance to browse through this catalog.  There are many choices for products that will fit your need, style and budget!  Its not easy choosing just one, but if I had to pick this is what it would be…

The one product I had to have from the Occasions catalog

Here are several reasons for my choice.

  1. Its a bundle.  I LOVE how Stampin’ Up! coordinates its products.  This makes our job of creating so much easier!  And, by purchasing these as a bundle, you save 10% on your purchase.
  2. The punch.  Bundles with punches are my favorites.  For one thing, they aren’t as expensive as bundles with dies.  For another thing, you don’t need a die-cutting machine or any additional tools…just paper and ink.  The clever design of this punch and stamp set allow you to stamp and then punch 2 butterflies at once, making quick work of projects that require multiples.
  3. Sentiments.  I always look for stamp sets that will be useful for many projects and occasions.  This set has a variety of sayings that I know I will use again and again.
  4. Butterflies.  Everyone needs at least one good stamp set with butterflies.  They communicate hope and renewal and elegance.  Use them to welcome a new baby. to express condolences or even to congratulate newlyweds.  They are also a great choice for Easter cards, Mother’s Day, Birthday… You get the idea.
  5. Variety.  Because of the way this stamp set is designed, you have choices for the ways you use it.  You can add color to these butterflies by simply stamping with the solid images over the detailed images.  You might prefer to use colored pencils or makers to add color to you butterflies.  This set provides lots of options for variety.

If you are interested in adding the Butterfly Gala stamp set and the Butterfly Duet punch to your collection, please contact me and I will help you with that!

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock Paper Scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors.  Its a game most of us have played.  You don’t need skill, its really just luck.  Kids use it to decide all sorts of things, like who gets to choose what to watch on TV or who has to take out the trash.  We are a family that loves games.  Card games, board games, video games, trivia games.  We play them all.  We’re also pretty competitive.  None of us like to lose!

When I was contemplating a name for my business I wanted something more than just Random Stamper blah blah blah.  I wanted it to be clever AND meaningful.  I don’t really know how I came upon the Rock Paper Scissors idea, but I LOVED it.  It was exactly what I was looking for.

Putting God first in every part of my life has always been my goal.  It seemed so fitting that this name put Him first too.  He is the Rock, the solid foundation, of my life.  Paper and scissors are pretty self explanatory considering my art is paper crafting.  So the name includes all the important aspects of my work and it is clever.  Perfect.

Since the Lord has blessed me with this opportunity to serve Him and others while creating art, I want to make sure that I include Him in my artwork.  I’ll be adding special projects each month that embody everything that The Rock Paper Scissors Studio stands for.  Be watching for these posts that will highlight one of these three areas.

I would love to hear how you include the Lord in your creative efforts.  We can all learn from each other, so let me know what you are doing creatively to spread His name and His fame!  And be watching for our ROCK PAPER SCISSORS posts for January.

6 Reasons You Want to Register Today for our Occasions Kick Off Party

If you are still undecided about our Occasions Kick Off Party, here are some reasons to participate that you might not have considered!

  • #6  $$$ This is the cheapest class we will offer ALL year!  I am starting 2019 out with a bargain for you!  Can you even buy a decent store bought card for $5 any more???  We will make THREE super cute cards at this class…all for only $5!
  • #5  CATALOGS! Everyone will receive their own copy of the new Occasions catalog and the 2019 Sale-a-bration brochure at this class.  Tons of project samples and inspiration are in these catalogs.  You can shop from them, of course, but you can also use them to generate ideas for color combinations, 3-d projects and so much more.
  • #4  PRIZES!  This is a party after all.  We’ll be playing some games and giving away fun prizes.
  • #3  NEW PRODUCT!  You get to see and play with the brand new “toys” I have purchased!  I have new stamp sets, dies, punches and paper.  I have been very busy in the studio creating with these new items.  Come check out what I have made!
  • #2  R & R! I have heard people say that stamping is cheaper than therapy. If you’ve never attended one of our events, you can expect to have fun and make new friends.  We laugh and have a good time while we are being productive.
  • #1  BLESSING OTHERS!  When we share our handmade cards with people, they smile. You will have 3 opportunities to make someone smile with the projects you’ll create at our class.  That, my friend, is priceless.

You can sign up for the Occasions Kick Off Party here!

2018 Paper Bag Scrapbook Kit

Get your 2018 Paper Bag Scrapbook Kit here!  These are ONLY available through Monday, November 26, 2018 or until supplies run out!  Instructions are included, making this a great gift idea!  Buy in multiples of 2 and SAVE.  Here’s what you get in the kit…

  • 1 Paper Bag Blank Scrapbook.  These are created with 3 paper bags and have 12 pages each.  They have a machine sewn binding.
  • 12  5″ X 5″ pieces of Designer Series Paper from the Stampin’ Up Farmhouse Christmas paper pack
  • All die-cut embellishments shown in the sample pages, plus a few extras not shown 😉
  • 3 journal page inserts with cardstock tabs
  • Instructions for replicating the sample pages

To complete the scrapbook as shown, you will also need adhesive, a black marker, a stapler (optional), scissors and a paper piercer/push pin/needle (something to poke a hole in the paper).  You will need to use a photo-safe adhesive to attach pictures inside the album.

For this sale, we are offering the kit for only $10.  That is a great bargain, but since it is Small Business Saturday, we wanted to offer you an even better deal.  So, if you buy 2, you’ll get the second one at half price!  That’s right, only $15 for 2 kits! 

Here are views of each page of the sample book.  Your kit will not be assembled.  You can create the kit exactly as we have, or change it up to suit your needs.

Front Cover
Layout 1
Layout 2
Layout 3
Layout 4
Layout 5

 

Back Cover
Sample journal page. Three of these inserts are included in the kit.

 

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.

Studio Clean Up Continues!

The studio clean up is not over!  As promised yesterday, I am continuing to share items I made from a recent purge of clutter from my studio.  I tend to hang on to every small piece of cute paper that I have.  My intentions are always good — that some day it will be used on the PERFECT project.  In actuality all that happens, is my paper storage gets too full!  So I am trying to use all that beautiful paper that I have instead of hoarding it. #goals

The projects for today are a little bit of an embarrassment.  I didn’t realize I had items quite this old waiting to be used.  They were items from a Stampin’ Up event that I attended in 2011.  The projects didn’t get completed at the time, but I don’t remember why.   And I certainly don’t remember what exactly they were supposed to look like. I just made my own cards from them, because the stamp sets that were supposed to be used have long since retired.

Studio Clean Up Studio Clean Up

Although I am disappointed with myself for letting this product sit in the bottom of a cabinet for 7 years, I am happy with the cards that I created out of them.  🙂

Tomorrow we are taking a break from the spring cleaning posts.  I have something else to share with you.  But on Thursday we’ll finish up this series.  I hope, if nothing else, this inspires you to use the paper that you buy.  Don’t save it for “someday”, use it now!  That’s my new plan. 🙂

Spring Cleaning in August

You might be a little behind if you are spring cleaning in August. Better late than never though, right? I am not so sure about that, but I am determined to reduce some clutter in my life! Mostly I have been throwing stuff out. Why do I keep every little scrap of cute paper?! There were a few things that I kept, but only long enough to create something out of it. If it was on my desk that night I threw it away. (Exercising tough love.) So this week I am sharing projects that resulted from this clean out. Maybe this will inspire you to sort through your paper stash also.

I got some Brusho Colours back in the spring and played with them one day recently. I used quite a bit of water on the page I was playing with and had to set it aside to dry. Well, there it sat and so when I got to that page I decided to punch out some items and make a couple of cards from it. I am pretty pleased with the way they turned out.

Spring cleaning in August

The first card used the Daisy Punch for that cute flower.  I paired it with some Designer Series Paper to create a cute quick card.  The next card used the Cat Punch with my Brusho water colored paper.  This one is my favorite!  I am a dog person at heart, but you gotta love that cute kitty!

Obviously I have a lot more experimenting to do with these Brusho Colours, but they were fun and easy to use.  (I am thinking I will make a pink cat next!) . These cards got me a little closer to reducing the clutter in my studio and I have some birthday cards for my stash—win, win!

I will continue sharing cards made from my “spring cleaning” this week, so check back tomorrow to see what else I found!  If you want to get one of these cute punches for yourself, let me know and I will help you with an order!

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