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

All Occasion Card Set All Occasion Card Set All Occasion Card Set

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.

Working Women Working Women Working Women Working Women Working Women   Working Women

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.