Mar 22

Bunny from Framelits

A bunny from Framelits….how clever is that?!  I totally swiped this idea from another crafter because it is just too cute.  I had planned to have Easter crafts for you every day this week, but yesterday got away from me.  Five kids home for Spring Break and one car in the shop has pretty much destroyed my routine for the week.  Our college senior comes home later in the week and is bringing a friend with him.  It will be crazy, but I love it and can’t wait to see him!

Anyway, back to the bunny.  I saw where someone had put together some framelits to make a cute little rabbit and I wanted to mimic it, but I did not have the framelits they used.  I looked through my framelit collection to see if I had anything that might resemble a bunny ear.  Here’s how mine turned out…

Bunny from Framelits

Can you tell what  I used for that cute little bunny’s ears?  The person that I got the idea from had used a flower framelit, but I didn’t have a flower that would work.  Here are the ingredients that I used to create this cute little fella.

Bunny from Framelits

Circles Collection Framelits (130911) and the Handpicked Framelits (137361).  The tiny punch I used for the tail is a retired item.  You could easily use a small circle punch, I just wanted it to look “fluffy.”

I am just in love with this cute bunny from framelits!  Won’t he look so sweet on a baby card with pastel blue or pink Designer Series Paper behind him?  This has also challenged me to rethink my framelits.  What other animals or people or things can I create this way?  I hope it has got you to thinking too.  If you have some good ideas, please share them in the comments below!

Mar 08

A Tribute to Working Women

Today is International Working Women’s Day.  I am not really sure how to take that name.  Don’t all women work at something?  I graduated from Physical Therapy school just months before I got married.  I worked full time in that field for nearly 10 years.  Eventually I was promoted to a full time mom and later to a homeschooling mom.  Currently I work part time outside the home, run a home based business and am a foster mom to 5 boys.   By far, I have enjoyed my time working at home more than I did working outside the home.  But not because it was easier or any less work, just a different focus.

So my tribute today is for all women, whether your commute to work is across town, across country or across the hall.  Some are making life and death decisions daily and others are teaching little ones to tie their shoes and count to ten.  God has gifted each of us in unique ways and has blessed us with opportunities to serve others, either in our home or outside our home.

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Since we all work at something, we should also all have time to relax and enjoy ourselves.  I think our stamping classes are an excellent way to spend an evening with friends and enjoy some “me” time.  We have fun and yet are productive at the same time.  Its a win win situation.  I hope you will join us for one of our upcoming events.  You can check out our calendar here.

 

Mar 03

My Favorite Children’s Book

Yesterday was Dr. Seuss Day.  I didn’t realize that fact yesterday, but I did have a conversation with my friend about books we used to read to our kids when they were little.  Our daughter’s favorite book was “Watch Your Step Mr. Rabbit” by Richard Scarry.
Favorite Children's Book

I know we read that book hundreds of times.  We all had every line of every page memorized.  She still loves reading as much as she did when she was a little girl.

When I was a kid my favorite books were the Boxcar Children books and Nancy Drew mysteries.

Vintage 1942 Boxcar Children Book Nancy Drew Book

My mom took us to the public library all the time to find new books to read.  We would spend hours walking among those shelves of books choosing just the right one.

I am thankful that I have kids who still love to read and that I have a mom who helped instill a love of reading in me as well.  Reminiscing about all of this has given me an idea for Mother’s day.  I think I will begin now making a list of things like this that I am thankful that my Mom did for me and include it with her Mother’s Day card/gift this year.  Maybe I will even choose a small gift that relates to each of the items on my list.  Of course, my first gift is going to have to be a book… 🙂

Maybe you would like to join me in this gratitude list.  What a nice way to honor our Mom’s on Mother’s Day (or our Dad’s on Father’s Day).  If you have ideas of items you will include in your list, please share them in the comments section.  Your creative ideas may help spark creativity in someone else too!

Feb 12

Valentine Cookie Treats

Valentine cookie treats for your sweetie?  These are so very cute!  I know, they aren’t really cookies, but animal crackers.  Still, they are hard to resist and make a sweet treat for any holiday.

Valentine Cookie Treats

Valentine Cookie Treats Supplies

Here’s my supply list for this project:

Stamp Sets:  Zoo Babies and Going Globoal

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler & Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Project Life Corner Round Punch, Chalk Talk Framelits, Cellophane bag, white ribbon and, of course, animal crackers

I love the way the little monkey’s hand fits onto the heart.  This is easy to create by using a Stamp-a-ma-jig.  It allows you to position that perfectly every time.  If you don’t have this tool in your craft room, you need to get one.  I don’t use it all the time, but when I need it, it is a lifesaver!  I tried to just eyeball the little monkey and never got the right position.  Pull out my stamp-a-ma-jig and BINGO, it is right every time!

Valentine’s day is just a couple of days away and these little Valentine cookie treats will be a quick and cute gift for a child or an adult.  I hope it inspires you to get busy making something to share with others!

Now for an announcement, I have a special offer coming up on Valentines day that will be for ONE DAY ONLY!  Check back to take advantage of it!

Hope you have a blessed Friday!

 

Feb 01

Stamping on Shoes

I know we usually stamp on paper, but the other day I switched things up by stamping on shoes.  I bought these shoes a long time ago.  I intended on embellishing them all this time, and never got around to it.

Stamping on Shoes

They’ve never even been worn.  I decided yesterday was the day for their transformation and I am very pleased with the way they turned out. 🙂

Stamping on Shoes

Stamping on Shoes

Stamping on shoes was only slightly more difficult than stamping on paper.  I used Stazon Ink so it wouldn’t run or wash out.  The flower stamps are from the Stampin’ Up! set, Botanicals For You.

Stamping on Shoes

This experience has me wondering what other sort of non-traditional stamping I can do.  Let me know if there is something you would like to see stamped.  Not something ordinary, but totally out of the box.  I like a challenge and I promise not to wait as long to do it as I waited to finally stamp on shoes!  Leave a comment and let me know what you would like to see stamped on!

Jan 31

3 Ways to Inspire Your Heart With Art

Today is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day and I think we should celebrate!  I enjoy creating art that will make someone smile, or laugh or be encouraged.  But today is all about Inspiration!  How can we use our art to inspire our hearts?  Well, here are some thoughts that I had….

Inspire Your Heart With Art

1.  Use Scripture When Possible

I can’t think of anything that inspires my heart more than Scripture.  The Word of God is powerful and speaks truth to us like nothing else can.  Whether we want to pass on comforting words in a difficult time or simply let someone know that they are in our thoughts, using Scripture will convey our message with beauty and great meaning.

Inspire your heart with art Inspire your heart with art

2. Include Things That You Love

Beauty is inspirational, so be sure to use the beautiful things around you in your artwork.  Choose colors schemes that you love, or a theme that is dear to your heart.  That might include an animal that you are fond of, a sports team, or even your spouse and kids.  This is a great way to personalize art for someone if you are creating it as a gift.  If it is for your parents, by all means, use pictures of the grand kids!  If it is for a Bronco fan, make it navy and orange!  If it is for my son, definitely include a cute fox.  You get the idea.

Inspire your heart with art

Inspire your heart with art

3. Have Fun!

We have plenty of negativity in our world, certainly more than enough to go around.  In our art creations, let’s lighten the load.  Let’s do fun things that will bring joy and smiles.  Inspire good feelings and happy hearts with the things you create.

Inspire your heart with art

Now some people might think that artwork needs to be something to hang on the wall, but the handmade cards that we create are most certainly artwork too.  Use these tips in your card making to inspire your heart with art, and to inspire others also.  If you have found this information useful, please share it with others so they can be inspired too!

 

Jan 28

Bible Journaling

Lately I have neglected my Bible journaling—not my Bible, just the art part.  We are currently in the middle of the Southside Bible Challenge on Wednesdays at our church.  This is an event we do annually in January.  It is a competition and focuses on a different book of the Bible each year.  If you know me, then you know I am extremely competitive.  And you may or may not know that I LOVE to memorize Scripture.  This event is a perfect combination of these things and I find it fun and challenging each year.

This year we are in the book of 2 Corinthians, and this particular week we are working on chapter 3.  I woke up on Tuesday morning with only about half of the chapter memorized, so at 7 a.m. I was hard at work trying to get those other verses in my head.  And then it happened…  I came upon verse 17.  This verse was like a breath of fresh air to me, and not just because of what it says.  The real beauty of this verse was that I already knew it!  It was a freebie. 🙂  When you are trying to memorize half the chapter in one morning, you really need at least one freebie.

This verse delighted me so much, that I decided to illustrate it.  I hadn’t done anything new in my journal Bible since last month, and it felt good to get back into it.  Here’s how my page turned out…

Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling January 2016 What a beautiful promise this verse contains for us.  As Christians we are promised the Holy Spirit living inside us permanently.  He doesn’t come and go or just come half way.  He is completely with us every moment of every day.  And, according to 2 Corinthians 3:17, this means we have freedom every moment of every day.  It isn’t temporary freedom or partial freedom.  It is complete freedom and it is found only in a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Wow!

Illustrating my faith is such an enjoyable experience for me.  It allows me to combine my love of art with my love of Scripture.  Unlike the other art that I create, Bible Journaling is just for me.

If you are interested in learning about illustrating your own faith, I would love to help you get started with Bible Journaling!  Leave a comment below, or contact me at joann@therockpaperscissorsstudio.com.

Jan 27

Share the Love

Share the love this week!  Make sure those closest to you know that you love them and how blessed you are by them.  Every day is a good day to share the love with your family and friends.

A few weeks ago we took down all our Christmas decorations and my husband teased about leaving the mistletoe up year round.  I made this card for him and assured him that mistletoe was NOT a requirement for a kiss. 😉

Share the Love

Share the Love

I used Stampin’ Up’s Friendly Wishes stamp set for this card.  Not only is this a versatile set, but it has fun little details in addition to the variety of text images.  I used the little heart stamp to create a sort of border image across the card.  The sentiment was stamped using two different colors of ink.  Both of these details allow me to use a basically plain card front without creating a plain looking card!  And, of course, any time you create and give away a handmade card, you are already sharing the love!

Our church family is sharing the love in a special way today also.  We are fasting and praying for our pastor!  Please join me in saying a prayer for our pastor and his family as he continues with his chemotherapy treatment.  Join us in praying for healing and for the Lord’s will to be accomplished in his life.   Thank you for sharing the love!

Jan 26

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Jan 24

Banner Blessings

Banner Blessings is one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! stamp sets.  I love to include Scripture on my cards, and this set makes that easy to do and CUTE!  I also love that it is a photopolymer stamp set, so I can see exactly where I am stamping and if I have it straight.  Because the stamps in the set are all in the same format, you can put together a set of cards quickly, while using each of the different stamps.  Check out the stamps included in this set…

Banner Blessings

Banner Blessings Stamp Set

I used the Banner Blessings stamp set this week to make some cards for a friend.   She needs some thank you cards, so I included the “Thanks” and “Friend” sentiments on her card set.  I used different colors for each card, but coordinated the set by including 2 of the 4 colors on each card.  Other than the stamp set and cardstock, the only embellishing I did was to emboss with a retired embossing folder.  It added such a pretty and delicate look to this card set. 🙂
Banner Blessings Banner Blessings

Since I created 4″ X 4″ cards for this set, I used my envelope punch board to make envelopes also.  I love the look of square cards, but custom envelopes can be tricky and time consuming…unless, of course you have the right tools.  I created the matching envelopes for this set in just a few minutes.

If you are looking for a versatile set of Scripture stamps, then the Banner Blessings set is definitely for you!  You can see from the cards pictured, that this set creates a beautifully simple card without using a lot of embellishments or fancy stamping techniques.  It will be a great addition to your craft collection.

I would love to hear what your favorite Stampin’ Up! stamp set is right now.  Share it in a comment below and tell us why you love it!