Mar 08

Are You Keeping Your Paper Crafting Resolutions?

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!

Paper Crafting Resolution

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…

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Jan 13

Window Box

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…

Window Box

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.

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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!

Window Box

And here’s the top after it is all decorated…

Window Box

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…

Window 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.

Jan 12

Birthday Fiesta

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…

Birthday Fiesta

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….

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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 🙂

Birthday Fiesta

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. 🙂

Oct 26

Christmas Countdown?

Christmas Countdown

Are you counting the days till Christmas?  If you are a crafter, it’s a good idea to keep track of these things!  How many times have I wanted to complete a project and put off getting my supplies or starting on it, and I ran out of time.  The project didn’t get done and, if I did buy supplies, they were not used.  Sadly, this has happened to me numerous times.

If we do a little planning now, then our holidays will go much smoother.  Make a list of the projects you can reasonably tackle.  Take note of any supplies you will need to purchase for your projects.  Schedule time to tackle these items before the December crunch gets here.  Teacher gifts, secret santa items, gifts for co-workers and for our family – these are all things we can begin working on now.

In our class next month we’ll be tackling a few items that might be on your list.  Watch for details soon! Also, there are some pretty great all-inclusive kits in the annual catalog that will make fun gifts for your crafty friends and family ( and maybe for those who aren’t so crafty, too.)  If you have questions or need some suggestions, please reach out to me and I will help however possible. 🙂

Oct 05

FLASH SALE

Flash Sale today only!  Contact me today to order the Designer Tin of Cards Kit for only $20.   This kit is $27 in the annual catalog, plus tax and shipping.  However, today Stampin’ Up! is offering this kit at a discount and I am going to pay  your tax and shipping for you.  How do you turn down a deal like that?!

For your $20 you will receive the kit which includes items to create 16 cards, plus envelopes, the cute tin to hold them, and dividers for your tin to keep you organized.  This is great for your card stash or to give away during the holidays.

You must contact me by 9 p.m. CST today, October 5, 2016 to take advantage of this offer.  I will also be ordering the coordinating stamp set, so if you are a local stamper we will get together to create our cards after the kits arrive.  Happy Stamping!

Oct 05

12 Weeks of Christmas is Coming!

20160903_225051-1_wm I LOVE this time of year.  Everything Christmas excites me, and that includes the preparations leading up to it.

Each year at The Rock Paper Scissors Studio we do a 12 Weeks of Christmas event exclusively for our newsletter subscribers.  We will email a new project to you each week featuring a Christmas card or gift idea or bag/tag/wrapping idea.  By starting now, we’ll be able to get a head start on our holiday crafting.

These projects are ONLY sent to our newsletter subscribers, so if you aren’t on the list be sure to click the button on the right to get on our list today!  You must be on the list by Thursday at 1 p.m. central time to receive all 12 projects.

Sep 20

Pepper The Pig (& Pig Punch Art)

For several years my dear hubby has wanted a tiny pig for a pet.  We are animal people and share our home with multiple dogs, cats, and a pigeon.  We have goats and chickens too.  It seemed only natural to add a pig to the mix.

I did my homework on the subject.  Searched for a reputable breeder and researched what we would need for a pet pig. In June, as a Father’s day gift, we brought  our sweet baby piggy home.

I don’t know what I expected in a pig, certainly not the affection that we get from our little girl.  She is playful and loves attention.  She makes the cutest little pig noises.  She gets along with our dogs and our cats….everybody loves Pepper.  So today I thought I would share her with you.  I’m sure if you met her, you’d love her too.

Pepper the Pig

Some interesting facts about our little piggy:  her favorite food is Cheerios, she is a very good jumper, she LOVES to have her belly rubbed,  she screams like the Nazgul in the Lord of the Rings when she doesn’t get her way!  Pepper is supposed to weigh about 30 pounds when she is fully grown.  Currently she is 4 months old and about the size of our miniature dachshund.   She is smart and was potty trained before she came to us…just a few weeks old.

In honor of my pig post today, I created a pig card.  I have no idea who in the world I will send this too, but it did turn out cute (almost as cute as Pepper)

Pig Punch Art

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This little pig was made mostly of circle punches.  You can tell his little hooves were made with a heart punch.  I used the Hardwood background stamp to create my fence, I just cut the planks apart and trimmed the ends to look more fence-like.

Punches are a great tool in the craft room.  They can be used for so many different things, from pig punch art like this, to simply punching out a word to go on a card or scrapbook page.  Whether you have punches in your craft room already or don’t own a single one, our Cookie-Cutter Christmas class is something you should check out.  The deadline to register is TODAY.  Click here for details.  And if you have a suggestion for who I should send my pig card to, let me know!

 

 

 

Sep 19

Cookie Cutter Christmas

The Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and punch bundle is one of my favorite products in the 2016 Stampin’ Up holiday catalog.  From my first peek at the new catalog, this cute set was on my MUST HAVE list!   I love its versatility and the just plain irresistible images!

Cookie Cutter Christmas

If you are like me, and want to add this set to your stamp collection then I have a class just for you.  Join me on October 4 for the Cookie Cutter Christmas Class.  Each participant will receive their own copy of the stamp set and coordinating punch.  We will be creating 3 projects with this set during the class.  Plus, I am going to be providing many other ideas for using this stamp set all year long.  Look at this CUTE Valentine card I created with this set…

Cookie Cutter Christmas

Aren’t those eskimos just the cutest?!  I used markers to color them and added them to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The tiny red heart is also punched from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  I used the Labeler Alphabet stamp set to add my greeting to the card.  Since it is a photopolymer set, it is easy to line up the letters so they are straight and I can create any sentiment I need.  It was perfect for this card!

Don’t miss out!  Tomorrow is the deadline to register for this class.   The class fee is $50 and includes the stamp set, the coordinating punch, and three projects made during the class. Contact me today if you are interested, or click here to sign up now.

Aug 19

Fiesta Birthday

Fiesta Birthday was THE set I first fell in love with when I looked through the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  For one thing, birthday sets are always needed.  For another, I absolutely adore llamas.  I have been asking my husband to buy one for about 5 years now.  We haven’t added a llama to our animal collection (YET), but I didn’t hesitate to add the Fiesta Birthday llama to my stamp collection.

The other day I shared a card with a pink llama on it.  You can see that little cutie here.  But the llama isn’t the only “star” in this stamp set, and the card I want to share with you today is created using the other “star.”

Fiesta Birthday

This little guy just makes me smile.  Its easy to cut the cactus image using the coordinating framelits dies.  His little hat was made using the coordinating framelits also (and someone’s creative imagination).  If you don’t have googly eyes in your craft stash, you need to go get some.  The ones I used are 4mm eyes.  I simply used a Black Stampin’ Write marker to draw his smile.

I hope you will consider adding this stamp set and framelits to your own stamp library.  When you do, be sure to share some of your creations here so we can be inspired by your creativity.

Aug 17

Sneak Peek from the Holiday Catalog

I have a sneak peek from the holiday catalog to share with you today.  I have been posting some sneak peek Christmas cards on our Facebook page, so I decided to do some regular cards using goodies from the new holiday catalog that goes active on September 1.  It is always great to have supplies that will work for almost any type of project, and the Seasonal Decorative Masks will do just that.  Here are the cards I created, so far, using these versatile masks.

Sneak Peek from the Holiday Catalog

This first card is so colorful and fun.  My parent’s 60th wedding anniversary is coming up in October and I have been playing with the colors that we are using for their big celebration.  I included Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Elegant Eggplant.   Stampin’ Sponges were used over the mask to achieve the multi-colored pattern.   20160815_231525-1_wm

I used Versamark ink to create this card.  I simply placed my mask on the cardstock and the dabbed the Versamark ink pad directly onto it.  I love that gold embossed image and can’t wait to try this one with copper embossing powder for some fall cards!  I added layers of Designer Series Paper and an embossed sentiment to finish off this card.  It looks complicated, but really was quite simple to make.

These Seasonal Decorative Masks are also simple to clean up.  Just run it under some water and the ink washes off.  There are actually 4 masks in the set, I’ve only shown you 2 of them here.   We’ll be playing with the others later this week so check back and see what we come up with!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our sneak peek from the holiday catalog.  You can receive your own copy of this catalog.  Just contact me and I will get one to you.  You still have some time before September 1st to get your wish list started!