Aug 02

National Coloring Book Day

Happy National Coloring Book Day!

National Coloring Book Day

Today is not only National Coloring Book Day, it  is also my niece’s birthday.  What a great opportunity to create a fun card/gift and share it with you!  I don’t know if you have gotten into the adult coloring craze or not.  Personally, I am a coloring fan from way back when.  I didn’t need adult coloring books to appreciate the stress relieving benefits of coloring.  In fact, I got this sweet gift from one of my besties about a year before the more mature books made the scene—and I LOVED it!

National Coloring Book Day

I decided I would stamp a coloring book/birthday card to celebrate today.  The cover was created using the Marquee Messages stamp set.  It’s perfect because there’s lots of opportunity to color it, just what I was looking for.  I used a metal key ring to attach all the cards together and fancied it up with a bit of ribbon.

National Coloring Book Day

The images on the inside are created from a retired Sale-A-Bration stamp set, but you can use whatever you have in your stamp stash.  Just look for stamp images that are begging to be colored.  They can be simple, like these, or more detailed if you’re celebrating with a more mature colorer. 🙂  If you end up using stamps with finer details, you might want to trade the crayons for colored pencils or even some nice fine tipped markers.

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I hope you know a coloring book fan that has a birthday coming up so you can make one of your own!   Of course, you don’t have to wait for a birthday.  You can always make this for a thank you card or to simply say hello.  School is about to start and kids are going to have new boxes of crayons and colored pencils to use.  Maybe you have kids or grandkids that you could surprise by making some coloring book lunch box notes.  There are so many possibilities!

Speaking of back to school…this weekend is tax free shopping weekend in Arkansas.  Did you know that you can use this tax break on your Stampin’ Up! supplies?  Check out this list of supplies that are available tax free this weekend and let me know what you want to order!  us-2016-sales-tax-holiday

Jul 21

Cards from Scraps

I made some cards from scraps that were on my desk from other random projects.  I didn’t want to throw away these “extras” but they tend to just sit on my work space if I am not intentional about using them up.  So, as I was cleaning the other day, I decided to give these paper pieces a new home.  I am pretty excited about they way they turned out….and with the space that I cleared off of my work area!

cards from scraps

I created this Watermelon Wonder background piece for a different project a while back.  I liked the way it turned out, but not for the card I was making at the time, so I saved it.  I am so pleased with the way this card came together.  I love the gray and black combination paired with watermelon wonder.  Can’t wait to send this card to someone special!

cards from scraps

This beautiful butterfly was on a different project that I decided to dismantle and repurpose.  The butterfly is certainly the “star” of this card, so I kept the rest of it very simple.  Love it!

cards from scraps

I cannot remember what I created this little stamped squares for originally.  They have been sitting on my work space for a while and I contemplated pitching them.  Instead, I put together this masculine birthday card…we can never have too many of those!

cards from scraps

I had been playing with the pineapple background stamp last month and embossed one in gold.  It was pretty, but I hadn’t done anything with it and I wanted to turn it into something completely different.  I used the Festive Flower Builder Punch and created some petals for a flower.  Added a little rhinestone bling and this stunning card came to life!

I am so pleased that I took these random project pieces and created these cards from scraps.  I have less clutter.  I feel productive.  AND I have beautiful cards to share with others.  Plus it was a nice break from the Christmas cards I am making each day in July.  If you want to see those, check out our facebook page here!  While you are there, be sure to like our page so you don’t miss the other Christmas cards we make this month!

 

 

Jun 04

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

I couldn’t wait to share my favorite items from the new catalog with you.  If you attended our Catalog Kick Off Party this week, you saw most of my favorites.  For those that were unable to make it, I wanted to share this information with you also.   There are so many wonderful new items to share that I will probably have a second post about the stamp sets I want to get specifically for Bible Journaling.  But for this post, I will list my favorites overall (in no particular order).

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog…

Better Together

This set is THE set to have for cards of all occasions.  It not only includes fun images and sentiments to use on card fronts, but it also has sentiments that can be used for the insides of cards as well.  If you are new to rubber stamping this is a great set to start with, but even veteran stampers will find this set useful to have on hand for any occasion.

My Favorite Items From the New Catalog

There are 19 stamps in this all-around fantastic set.  Here is how it looks on some cards. My Favorite Items from the New Catalog My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

Pineapple Background Stamp

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

 

This background stamp has been an interesting but fun challenge to work with.  Initially I was trying to use it with typical pineapple colors, and it was pretty.  But then I saw some pink pineapples and I was smitten!  I love the fun whimsical look of this card and I will be using pineapples on many different types of cards this year!

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

Fiesta Birthday

Not everyone will get married, or have a baby or graduate high school this year, but every person you know WILL have a birthday this year!  That is why fun birthday sets are a MUST HAVE for our craft rooms.  Now I will admit that this set might not have the versatility that others have, but it certainly makes up for that in its festivity!  (Besides that I LOVE llamas!!!!)

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

You can see that this set has a coordinating framelit collection and you can purchase them in a bundle and save 10%.    The stamp set is photopolymer and includes 21 stamps. The fun little banners, streamers and flowers will be great for all sorts of cards.  Here is the Fiesta Birthday set in action. My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

One more set to share with you today.  As an animal lover I HAD to include this in my favorite items from the new catalog!

Foxy Friends

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

This is also a photopolymer set and includes 29 stamps!  It has a coordinating punch which you can bundle and save 10%.  There is also a paper stack (A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack) that coordinates with it.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this set and the punch!  As you can see, it says FOX, but can actually be several different animals.      My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my favorites from the new catalog, but I want you to make a list of your favorites too!  If you have not received a copy of the brand new 2016 – 2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog, please contact me and I will get one to you!  If you already have a copy, please leave a comment and tell us which stamp set is at the top of your wish list for the new catalog!

 

May 06

Three Great Mother’s Day Card Sayings and Messages

These three great Mother’s Day card sayings and messages are for you procrastinators out there who don’t have your card all ready to go.  It’s okay though, you still have a couple of days and I am here to help you out!  We all want our mom’s to feel special this Sunday and a homemade Mother’s Day card will do just the trick.  The neat thing about Mom is, she isn’t going to care whether the card is fancy or plain, if you made it she is going to LOVE it.

 

I thought I would help you our some with the greeting part of your card.  I know, sometimes figuring out what to say on the card (other than Happy Mother’s Day) is the hardest part.  But this year it will be a snap because I am going to give you some simple, but thoughtful, ideas to use.

Three Great Mother’s Day Card Sayings and Messages

  1. Thank you for always believing in me, always encouraging me and always loving me!
  2. The only thing better than having you for a mom, is my children having you for a grandma!

Or for a humorous card…

       3. Mom, you’re so crafty, you made me!

Or even….

Three Great Mother's Day Card Sayings and Messages

Whether you go with sweet or saucy, just be sure to let your momma know that you are thinking of her!  I hope each of you has a great weekend and that your Mother’s Day is blessed beyond measure!  If you choose to use one of these sayings on your card, please share and let us see how it turned out!

May 04

Star Wars Day!

Did you know that today was Star Wars Day?   Or did you even know that there was such a thing?  In case you didn’t, I will explain.  It is May 4th….or May the fourth…be with you….get it?  I began my Star Wars marathon yesterday because I knew I had to work today.  Going home tonight to watch the Return of the Jedi.  Yay!

Some people are lucky enough to have a birthday on Star Wars Day.  I wish I was one of those cool kids, but mine is in November.  Anyway, I had fun creating a Star Wars birthday card for my friend and fellow stamper who IS cool enough to have been born on May the Fourth.

Star Wars Day Birthday Card

Star Wars Day!

And the inside….

Star Wars Day!

I toyed with the idea of putting “Happy Birthday you rebel scum!” on the front, but my hubby thought it sounded too harsh. 😉  My friend is a Star Wars fan and I think she would have appreciated the humor, but the way it turned out was nice too.

I cut Darth Vader from vinyl using my Silhouette and adhered it to cardstock.  LOVE how it turned out.  I hope you plan to celebrate this holiday too.  Perhaps you would like to create your own Star Wars character from paper.  You can find all kinds of punch art ideas for Star Wars on Pinterest.   Please share any Star Wars Day projects that you make with me.  I love to see how creative you all can be!

Apr 18

All Occasion Card Set

Coordinating an all occasion card set is fun to do and it also makes a practical gift. You can coordinate the cards by using the same stamp set, the same technique, the same color combination, etc.  For our set today I used a single stamp set and also the same color combination for all three cards.

With the Paper Pumpkin kit this month, Stampin’ Up! also included a “thank you” stamp set for subscribers.  It is called the All About Everything stamp set and it is cute, cute, cute!  It has a floral theme and lots of great sentiments.  I had fun playing with this new stamp set this weekend and creating my all occasion card set.  I made three different cards and there are still plenty of stamps in this set that have not even been inked yet.  I will have to play some more with them this week. 😉

All Occasion Card Set

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Color coordination is one of the easiest ways to create a coordinating all occasion card set.  For this set of cards I used bermuda bay, coastal cabana (retired in-color), pool party, daffodil delight, basic gray and whisper white.  All are Stampin’ Up! colors.  The “smile” sentiment on the second card was just a handwritten touch I added and is not one of the stamps from the set.   I was just looking for a way to add a touch of yellow to the card after I had created it, and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

This would be a cute set of cards to put in a paper tote like the ones we are creating in our All About Mom class next month.  Check out the details here.

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Mar 29

Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

Happy Mom and Pop Business Owners Day!  Did  you even know that was today?!  It might not seem like much of a holiday to some, but for those of us that own a small business it is worth celebrating.  How blessed we are to live in a country where we can pursue any career or interest that we want.  Some mornings I get up and drive 30 minutes to work for someone else.  But on other mornings I simply walk down the hall to my studio and spend the day doing things that I love and am passionate about.  I am grateful for both of my jobs and thankful for the opportunity to divide my week or my days up any way that I choose.

Supporting small businesses is something we should all be doing.  Whether it is your local stamping business owner or the cup cake shop down the street, small businesses are an important part of our communities.  So take some time to celebrate this day.  Go buy that cupcake!

Mom & Pop Business Owners

Or, better yet, buy a handmade card to say “Thank You” to the Mom and Pop Business Owners that make your life easier or more enjoyable!

Mom & Pop Business Owners

 

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!