Aug 21

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. 🙂

Aug 20

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!

Jun 15

Color Run Challenge

I issued the Color Run Challenge after participating in a Color Run event over the weekend.  We took this awesome pic after we finished the race…

Color Run Challenge

I issued a challenge to create a project using Stampin’ Up! colors that most closely matched the ones we were throwing in the picture.  Here is my project.  I am so pleased with the finished card!

Color Run Challenge Sample

Color Run Challenge

The colors I chose for my Color Run Challenge project were Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch and Bermuda Bay.  I am so happy that Poppy Parade has returned.  It was an In Color years ago.  I loved it then and I love it now.  Mango Melody and Pineapple Punch, two brand new colors, have arrived just in time because they match the Color Run picture perfectly.  The blue was the hardest color to match, however I do think Bermuda Bay did a fair job.

Remember, you can find inspiration for your paper craft projects anywhere.  There are color combinations and patterns all around us.  Find one that you like and mimic it in a card or other project.  You can use colors from an ad, from clothing, from home decor, product labels…just about anything!

Please join in our Color Run Challenge.  Share a project with me that you create using the colors you feel most closely match the ones being thrown in my picture.  If I receive your project picture by Saturday, June 16, 2018, you will have a chance to win a prize!

 

Nov 27

Cyber Monday

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…

Cyber Monday

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!  




Oct 04

12 Weeks of Christmas

12 weeks of christmas 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!

Oct 03

Ribbon of Courage

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!

Sep 27

“12 Weeks of Christmas” 2017

12 Weeks of Christmas 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.

Aug 18

Bad Poetry Day

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!

 

Jun 26

FLASH SALE!

Flash Sale!

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?!

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.