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

February Newsletter is Coming!

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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!


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!