Celebrate Cyber Monday with us! Like you, we have been busy getting ready for the holidays. One of our favorite projects has been this advent calendar. It is easy to get so caught up in our preparations for Christmas, that we forget to really celebrate what the season is all about. This project is designed to remind us every day in December where our focus should really be. It is a visual reminder for us, but it can be much more than that if we want. I will show you how…
December is a wonderful month. So many fun activities are happening, Christmas parties, school plays, church activities, gift buying and wrapping, etc, etc. The list goes on and on. It can consume us and our families. Use this advent calendar to refocus your thoughts and your families. Make a list of 25 things that will remind you and your family of the precious Gift we were given on that first Christmas night. It can be a Scripture, a random act of kindness to complete, a song to sing, etc. Assign an activity for each day and write it on the back of that day’s paper. If you would like to include the kids each day, write the activities on slips of paper and have them draw one, then record it on the back of that day’s paper.
You would pay over $40 just to purchase the paper packs to create this project. Then you would have to measure and cut each piece. We have done that work for you, and are offering this today, as a kit, for an incredible price. We have a limited number of these available as a kit. They include the paper and the binder rings needed. For assembly you will need adhesive and a hole punch. The numbers can either be stamped, hand written, or die cut. We used the Number of Years stamp set for our project.
This advent calendar is useful and cute! If you would like to use this tool to help you celebrate the season in style, simply click the link below!
The 12 Weeks of Christmas starts in just 4 hours. I love sending out Christmas inspiration throughout this season. You don’t want to miss any of it! Sign up for our mailing list by filling out the form on the top right side of this page. You will receive weekly Christmas inspiration via email for 12 weeks, plus so much more! Sign up today!
The Ribbon of Courage Class is less than a week away. I wanted to share some of the cards I have made using this versatile set before the class. This set can certainly be used to create items to encourage our friends and family who are fighting cancer, but it can be used for so much more! Here’s the card for today…
I love all the fun details that are in this stamp set! Look at those cute little flowers. They are fun plain, or you could fancy them up by coloring with watercolor pencils or markers. Our sentiment for this card is cute and will work to provide encouragement for any difficult time that your friends or family may face.
Check back tomorrow and we’ll give you a close look at another card made with the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.
And don’t forget, TOMORROW our 12 Weeks of Christmas emails begin. This is a great way to get inspiration for the holidays! We’ll be sharing card ideas for the first 5 weeks, then 4 weeks of gift ideas and finally, 3 weeks of ideas for bags, tags and wrapping. These ideas are shared exclusively with our Mailing List Members. If you aren’t already on our list, be sure to sign up today so you don’t miss even one Christmas craft idea! Fill out the box on the top right to join today! I look forward to stamping with you soon!
The 2017 “12 Weeks of Christmas” event starts in only one week! This is one of the most exciting events we do each year. We provide a new project every week with instructions and photos to inspire you. The ideas include 5 weeks of Christmas card ideas, 4 weeks of hand crafted gift suggestions, and 3 weeks of Bag, Tag and Wrapping inspiration.
We love creating and sharing these awesome ideas with you each year, BUT you will only receive these if you are signed up for our mailing list. As a member of the mailing list, you will receive notice of upcoming offers and classes, weekly inspiration, and a free gift. Of course you will also receive all of the project ideas we share during the 12 Weeks of Christmas!
Signing up is EASY! Simply fill out the form on the right and start watching your inbox for the inspiration.
Today was Bad Poetry Day. I didn’t realize it in time to celebrate properly, but we are going to celebrate nonetheless. It’s a good thing they have a day dedicated to BAD poetry, because then anyone can be a poet…even me. For today’s poem I decided to write a haiku. Enjoy…
Card making is fun.
Sometimes fingers get inky.
Smudges ruin cards.
Of course, I really should illustrate the poem with an image, but I don’t want to make a bad card just for the illustration! You’ll have to wait until the next “accident” happens in our studio and I may add the photo then, which will probably take place tomorrow.
In the mean time, I would LOVE to hear your attempts at celebrating Bad Poetry Day! Please share your bad poetry samples in the comments. It will be twice as nice if you write about my favorite hobby—STAMPING, but any bad poem will do! If you want to write a haiku, remember 5 . 7 . 5 . That’s the syllable count for each line. I hope that at least some of you will go for the rhyme though…in true poetry style. One of you may be a poet and don’t know it. 🙂 . Its your turn now…go ahead…share your poem with me!
Flash Sale today only! On Monday, June 26, 2017, when you spend $25 on catalog product you will also receive a special invitation to an exclusive class. I will be hosting an Over-The-Top Card Class for all my customers who qualify. You can click the Shop Now tab at the top of the page and place an order online. It is simple and convenient. If you are a local customer, contact me and I can place the order for you. Will you help me reach my goal today?!
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…
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.
Are you keeping your paper crafting resolutions for 2017? As we begin this new month, it’s a good time to take a look at your goals and see where you are. This year I resolved to send a record number of birthday cards. This, of course, has required me to create more cards as well, but that has been a good challenge too.
Even though we are only in March, I have already been reminded of some valuable information from this resolution. First of all, everybody loves to get a birthday card in the mail. I have sent to 5 year olds and 55 year olds. I received a video of the five year old opening the card I sent and pictures from an old high school friend who loved the card I made so much that she used it as decor in her home!
Secondly, giving something you made makes the recipient feel extra special, which is exactly what you want on their birthday! Many friends have sent me notes of thanks for the handmade cards they received. It has been a great experience!
And finally, this is exactly why I do what I do! My love of paper crafting is mostly due to the fact that I want to make pretty things to give away. If I hoard the cards I make no one is enjoying them, not even me. When I give them away, it is a double blessing.
If you haven’t been keeping up with your paper crafting resolutions, you still have most of the year to get back on track. Begin today. If you need more cards, visit our events page to see the details of our upcoming classes. If you need ideas or supplies I will be happy to assist you. Contact me today and I will help you reach those paper crafting resolutions and/or goals however I can. We don’t want this to be us…
The Window Box Thinlits Die from Stampin’ Up! is a new product that I have been playing with. Here’s what I like about it so far…
- You can create the box with a single sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 paper
- The size is not too big and not too small.
- The hexagon shape is unique and fun
- The variety of decorative dies that come in this set allow me to embellish it for any occasion
We worked with this box in a class earlier this week where we created birthday themed items. Making the first box is probably the hardest, but it really is not difficult at all to put together. This is the box we made in our class…
Notice the cute birthday candles on the side panel? Those are so easy to create with the dies that come in this set. The top piece was also cut out with these detailed thinlits. Even the banner was created using a special thinlit from this set that ‘flags’ the ends of the paper and creates score lines to ‘pop’ your banner up.
Valentine Window Box
Today I worked on a box with a Valentine theme. I used some of my Falling In Love Designer Series Paper to decorate the top of it and added hearts on the sides using one of the coordinating decorative framelits. It looks like a lot of work, but really didn’t take that long to pull together.
Here’s a look at the top of the box where I used the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper. This 12 X12 paper has such soft colors and elegant prints!
And here’s the top after it is all decorated…
That cute tag is another one of the thinlits that comes with this set of dies. I used some silver metallic thread to attach it to the pink satin ribbon. The sentiment was stamped from the Window Shopping stamp set that coordinates with the Window Box Thinlits Dies. Here’s one more look at this box…
From this view you can see how pretty that heart thinlits die really is. Once it was all finished I decided that some tiny pearls would be the perfect finishing touch for this elegant little box. I am so pleased with how it turned out!
The Window Box Thinlits Dies (142762) are available in the new Occasions catalog. The coordinating stamp set is called Window Shopping and is available in wood mount (142920) or clear mount (143265). You can purchase these items as a bundle and save 10%! Plus, until March 31, when you purchase this bundle you will also earn a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure! (I know you NEED some cute chicken stamps!) If you are interested in placing an order contact me today, or click the SHOP NOW tab at the top of the page.
Birthday Fiesta is one of my favorite stamp sets from Stampin’ Up! Last year when I saw the new catalog I was so very excited to find a llama stamp and it was the first thing on my “Gotta Have It” list. I love llamas, and alpacas and my family surprised my on my birthday in November with 3 alpacas of my very own. <3 They are adorable and funny and I have enjoyed them so much. In the barn the other day I was snapping pictures of them and Flash was curious about my camera…
Maybe it is a face that only a mother could love, but that sweet thing just melts my heart! He is the friendliest of my alpacas and is obviously NOT camera shy. He is the inspiration for this….
I used the Birthday Fiesta stamp set with the coordinating Fiesta Time Framelits Dies and I paired it with that gorgeous paper from the new Occasions catalog. It is called Cupcakes & Carousels and is a 6 X 6 paper stack.
I couldn’t leave my other 2 alpacas out, so here’s how I included them. Three little heads for my three little friends 🙂
This week our challenge has been masculine birthday cards, so I tried to keep the colors kind of neutral and didn’t add any bling.
There is still plenty of time left in January to join our card a day birthday challenge. Here at The Rock Paper Scissors Studio we are hoping to send a record number of birthday cards in 2017. Maybe you would like to take on that challenge as well. I love how easy it is to wish friends and family ‘happy birthday’ on Facebook, but sending or giving an actual card is certainly even more special. And sending one that you have handmade takes that special feeling up another notch.
If you would like to check out other birthday cards from this month, you can visit our Facebook page. Be sure to like our page while you are there. You can join the challenge and share your handmade birthday cards on our page too. 🙂