Jan 21

Batman Birthday

I don’t really need a special occasion to make a card, but I take advantage of them when I can.  As many of you know, we have a few boys at our house, and not many months go by without a birthday to celebrate.  January was no different.  This teen was turning 17 and I wanted a fun card, but not one that was too childish.  Here’s what I came up with…

Batman Birthday

Batman Birthday

The background batman paper was printed on my computer and left over from another project.   I used a retired photopolymer stamp set called Calling All Heroes for all the other details.  I love how it turned out and, more importantly, the birthday boy liked it too!

If I had a house full of girls, card inspiration would be easy, but teen boy cards can be challenging.  I hope this Batman Birthday card gives you some inspiration for your next project.  Maybe you have some inspiration you can share with us.  Please leave a comment below if you have questions or an idea to share!

Jan 18

What to Look Forward to in 2016

What to Look Forward to in 2016!

What to look forward to in 2016

Wondering what to look forward to in 2016?  I am so excited about the stamping opportunities coming this year!  At The Rock Paper Scissors Studio we have BIG plans for the year.  We will continue with our monthly newsletters that provide you with inspiration, instruction and timely offers.  If you are not signed up, be sure to fill out the form on the right so you won’t miss any of these great ideas and offers.

We will also continue to provide inspiration and instruction through our local classes.  In these classes we teach new techniques, try out fun new tools and create a variety of useful projects.  Often the classes include seasonal cards and 3D projects.  In 2015 we had our largest Christmas Card Club so far, and we hope to grow that club even bigger this year!

New for 2016!

We are excited to announce that in 2016 we will be adding a series of online classes also.  That means, those who cannot attend the local classes will still have access to our instruction and inspiration.  We have plans to establish a library of videos, from stamping basics to advanced techniques, that will be available for your instruction and inspiration 24/7.

The Rock Paper Scissors Studio blog will continue to provide you with stampin’ inspiration and tutorials, but we are stepping up the efforts in 2016 to provide more inspiration and more instruction than ever before!

So, if you are wondering what to look forward to in 2016, then you have found it!  At The Rock Paper Scissors Studio we are going to make this our best stampin’ year yet!  Come join us for this adventure! Don’t forget—-sign up for our newsletter today so you won’t miss any of it!

Jan 06

Easel Calendar Card

Here’s the Easel Calendar Card project that I agreed to share with you yesterday.  I put these together for our Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator’s Christmas party and everyone loved them.  They aren’t hard to make and are very useful.

Easel Calendar Card 2016

Easel Calendar Card


Supplies Needed

Basic Gray Cardstock (121044)  11 X 4 1/4″, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4″, 2 3/8 X 2 3/8″

Basic Black Cardstock (121045)  5 1/4 X 4″

Whisper White Cardstock (100730)  3 3/4 X 3 3/4″, scrap for date banner

Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995)

Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)

World Traveler Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (138289)

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)

You will also need these non-Stampin’ Up! items:

Metallic Contact Paper (I purchased this at my local home improvement store.)

3 X 3 sticky notes

2 X 2 calendar



1.  Use the Score Tool to score the long side of the 11 X 4 1/4″ piece of Basic Gray cardstock at 5 1/2″ and 8 1/4″.

Calendar Easel Card

2.  Attach 5 1/2 X 4 1/4″ piece of Basic Gray cardstock to the easel card front, BUT only adhere it on the bottom section as shown.  this creates the base of the card and allows it to bend and achieve the easel shape.

Calendar Easel Card Calendar Easel Card

3.  Attach a square of metallic contact paper to the Whisper White cardstock square.

Calendar Easel Card Calendar Easel Card

4.  Run this through the Big Shot using the World Traveler Embossing Folder.

Calendar Easel Card

5.  Attach this metallic piece to the top center of the Basic Black cardstock.

6.  I purchased my calendar from this etsy shop for only $1.  I printed the 2 X 2″ file and cut it at 2 1/4 X 2 1/4″.  Stack and center your tiny calendar squares on the  2 3/8″ square of Basic Gray cardstock and staple together.

Calendar Easel Card

7.  Attach your calendar to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

8.  I printed the “2016” on my computer  on Whisper White cardstock and cut it into a strip.  Use your scissors to flag the right end of this strip and attach to card front as pictured.

Calendar Easel Card

9.  Use some Tear & Tape to attach a stack of 3 X 3 sticky notes to the “inside” of the easel card.  These sticky notes are what holds the easel calendar card up.

That’s it!  The card will fold mostly flat and can be put in an envelope to give away.

If you have any questions about this project please let me know, I am happy to help.  If you would like to order supplies to make one of your own, simply click the ‘Shop Now’ tab at the top of the page.  Please share your creations with us.  We would love to see how you re-create this project!


Jan 05

Welcome 2016!

Welcome 2016!  Are you glad to see the end of the old year and the beginning of a brand new one?  I am always sad to see the Christmas decorations put away and to hear regular music on the radio instead of Christmas songs.  I am NOT sad to see school start back for the 5 extra boys eating living in my  house.  {Feeding 9 people three meals a day was getting a little old. 🙂 }  I am also NOT sad to see files from the old year packed away and brand new neat and tidy files put in their place.  I like brand new calendars that are waiting to be filled.  A new year is like an empty canvas and we are waiting expectantly to see what God will paint on it for us.  There is so much hope and possibility that comes with January!


My husband was challenged this year to pick a word for the year instead of a verse.  I decided that I needed a word for the year too….and I chose transformation.  I am hoping to see God do some amazing work in my life this year.  But I don’t intend to sit back to watch what happens.  I am already working on transforming areas that I know need some work.  I plan on reading more in 2016.  I love to read, but lately have not done much of it.  I used to never start a book without finishing it.  In the last several years though,  I have started numerous books but not read to the end.  Not this year!  I also have some transformations planned for my business and my home.

I have created some items in my studio to welcome 2016 and keep my one word in front of me.  I’ll change it up as we progress through the year, but for now these are my reminders to allow God to transform me…

Welcome 2016!

Welcome 2016!

Welcome 2016!

Did you set goals for the new year?  I would love to hear what kind of transformations you are hoping for!
Share them with me in a comment below.  If you are one of the first 4 to share I will send you this cute easel card calendar for your work space!  Come back tomorrow and I will share the instructions for creating the calendar easel card.

Welcome 2016!

Oct 23

Happy Fall!

Fall is in full swing.  The leaves are starting to change. We’ve had some cooler weather.  Costumes are in all the stores.  Yep, we can actually say “Happy Fall!”  I know I say this every year, but I love fall!  I like wearing hoodies and hosting bon fires where we cook hot dogs and s’mores over the fire.  I love football at the high school on Friday nights and in my family room on Sunday afternoons.  I love to buy candy corn and mix it with peanuts so it tastes like a Payday candy bar.  Caramel apples, fall scented candles, mums and pumpkins on the front porch– I love it all!

The card I have to share with you today is truly a celebration of this time of year.  The theme, the colors, even the textures used say…

“Happy Fall!”

Happy Fall!


Don’t you just love those cute little acorns?!  They are easy to create with the Acorny Thank You stamp set and the Acorn Builder Punch.  The sentiment comes from the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set and is perfect paired with those acorns.

I know we all focus on Christmas cards this time of year, but I would like to challenge you to stop and enjoy fall for a while.  Surely you know some people who need a little encouragement and a friendly “Happy Fall!” card.  There are also people to whom we need to express gratitude, and this is the perfect “excuse” to do that.  If you’re like me, you might be creating these fall cards while listening to Christmas music.  And that’s okay.  Let’s just not get so wrapped up in Christmas preparations that we overlook this beautiful time of year that leads up to it.

One last reminder that TODAY is the LAST DAY to take advantage of the 15% off stamps sale through Stampin’ Up.  As always, you can order online anytime HERE by clicking the ‘Shop Now’ tab.  Or contact me today and I can get the order placed for you.

Happy Fall!                                                                                                                                                         JoAnn

Oct 15

Sweet Treats Class

The Merry Everything stamp set and the Note Tag punch Bundle in the annual catalog is a bargain.  When you purchase them both together you get a 15% discount. (I LOVE a sale!)  BUT I am going to sweeten the deal a little more for you, and today is the last day to take advantage of it.  On October 26 we are holding our Sweet Treats Class.  We will be making 3 projects involving a variety of holiday goodies and using several stamps from the Merry Everything set.

The class fee is $30 and you will receive the Merry Everything stamp set, the Note Tag punch and the three projects we make that day.  As a bonus for those attending the Sweet Treats class, I am going to show you how to get an additional stamp from the scrap rubber in this stamp set! (Yay!  A free stamp!)

The Sweet Treats Class uses the Merry Everything Bundle

Sweet Treats Class bundle

Remember, TODAY is the last day to sign up.  You can still buy the Merry Everything Stamp Set and the coordinating Note Tag punch tomorrow for $30….but you will have to pay shipping and tax and you won’t get to hang out with some fun people on the 26th or make the cute projects that we are going to create.  Don’t miss out…sign up today!

Plus, check out our Facebook Page to see a variety of additional projects made using this stamp set and punch.  Some are holiday, some are not.  This stamp set is useful for so much more than tags.  I made some really CUTE cards using the set…Check it out here!

Oct 13

Bird Punch

The bird punch saved me a lot of time last week.  It was the end of a rather hectic and stressful day.  I was ready to call it done… and then I read my email.  I was reminded that I had a few hours left to participate in a stamping challenge that required me to make a project featuring a bird image.  I could have just gone to sleep, but I am far too competitive to pass up a challenge.  So, instead, I headed to my studio to see what I could come up with….quick.

Bird Punch Silhouette Card

Bird PunchI don’t even think I sat down to make this card.  I have been “drawn” to the silhouette bird images that seem to be everywhere.  After considering some bird options, I decided to mimic that technique.  The bird punch and some basic black cardstock made this a VERY simple project.  The hardest part was the hand drawn branch….and that really was not hard at all.  I chose to make a 4 X 4 card, and I love how it turned out.  I will have to create a custom envelope for this, but with my handy envelope punch board that will be a simple task.  Wouldn’t a set of these be a sweet gift for a friend or coworker at Christmas?

So why not take this challenge with me?!  All you have to do is create a project with a bird image.  It can be any kind of project you want (or need) to make.  The bird image can be stamped, punched, or even found own some Designer Series Paper.  Have fun with it and see if you can come up with as easy a card as I did.  Please share pictures of your project on the Rock Paper Scissors Studio facebook page so we can all benefit from your creativity!

Have a blessed day!

Sep 27

12 Weeks of Christmas

The 12 Weeks of Christmas is coming soon!  This is such a fun time of year.  Each week from now until Christmas you will receive a new project in your inbox.  The first several weeks will be card ideas, then we’ll share some gift ideas with you, and the final weeks will be focused on bags and tags to help you wrap up the season in style.

You won’t want to miss all of these great projects and holiday inspiration.  To participate, you MUST be signed up for our mailing list.  There are several perks for being on the mailing list, aside from the 12 Weeks of Christmas.  First, you receive a free gift just for signing up.  You also receive project ideas monthly, complete with supply lists and step by step directions.  Those on the mailing list are also first to be notified of limited offers and specials.  Signing up is easy, simply fill out the form on this page.12 Weeks of Christmas

Remember, it starts this week so get signed up today and you won’t miss any of the Christmas project ideas that we share!

Sep 22

Business Women’s Day

Happy Business Women’s Day!  Since I was a little girl all I ever wanted to be was a mom.  I didn’t have dreams of climbing any corporate ladders, or becoming a top seller in a company or anything like that.  I did love my career as a Physical Therapist and know that it was part of God’s plan for my life.  But I was more than happy to “retire” from that in 1996 and just be a mom.

Fast forward to 2009 when child #1 graduated high school and moved to college.  This was the beginning of my Stampin’ Up! business.  Over the past 6 years I have experienced the joy of seeing my children succeed and attend college, the emptiness of an “empty nest”, and the roller coaster ride of foster parenting.  Through all of these major life transitions I have enjoyed the opportunity to love what I do and share what I love through Stampin’ Up!  I have made friends that I would never have even known if not for my Stampin’ Up! business.  I have learned about things that I never thought a paper crafter would need to know, like retargeting pixels and responsive blog themes.  I have grown in so many ways and even though most days I don’t think of myself as a business women, I do run a business so I guess the term fits.

Stampin’ Up! has certainly been a blessing in my life. My hope and prayer has always been that others would be blessed through my business too.  So, on this Business Women’s Day, I want to say “Thank you!” to all my customers and my friends who support and encourage me on this adventure.  You all make what I do a joy and not a chore.

I would also love to share my experience in this business with others who want to make creativity their business too.  If you have ever thought about becoming a demonstrator I would love to answer your questions.  Please contact me for more information.  I would love to hear from you!

May 27

DIY Water Bottle Labels

DIY water bottle labels are an enhancement for any celebration and we had much to celebrate last week.  Two of our foster sons graduated from high school, another celebrated his 8th birthday, and another was baptized!  We had a small gathering to celebrate these young men and their accomplishments.  These cute diy water bottle labels were created for the party.

DIY Water Bottle Labels

DIY Water Bottle Labels

Here’s How I Did It

I started by removing the labels from my water bottles.  Then I began cutting decorative paper into strips that were 8 1/2″ X 1 1/2″.   I used StazOn Jet Black ink to stamp a scripture on each strip.  Next I cut 9 1/2″ strips of 2″ wide packing tape.  The scripture paper was laid face down onto the sticky side of the packing tape and then adhered to a water bottle.

I made 36 of these in a relatively short amount of time.  It is a nice touch that  you can add to all kinds of parties, showers, holiday gatherings, etc.  I did refrigerate these, but did not stick them directly into ice in a cooler.  The condensation from being refrigerated did not bother the paper or the stamped image.

I hope you are preparing to celebrate something special soon, and that you’ll be able to use these instructions to create your own diy water bottle labels.  If you do, please let us know what you created them for and how they turned out!