Jan 09

Epic Celebrations in Pink!

Epic Celebrations in Pink?  What could be better?!  Today we are sharing our next project using the Epic Celebrations stamp set from Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration catalog.  This is such a fun set.  Yesterday, we used the fun guitar image, but today’s project is all about the shoes!  This card, like the one yesterday, was inspired by the catalog samples.  Here’s a look at our pink card…

Epic Celebrations in Pink

After stamping these shoes with black ink on my Powder Pink paper, I used my Watercolor Pencils to color them pink and white.  Aren’t they cute?!  Love how they turned out.  The sentiment is so fitting for these awesome shoes.  I also added a little sparkle with silver metallic thread.  This card will surely make someone smile when I pass it on.

Now, here are a couple things I want you to keep in mind from this project…

  • First, be sure to use your catalogs for inspiration!  I don’t know if I would have come up with those pink shoes on my own or not.  But I didn’t have to!  Stampin’ Up! catalogs are FILLED with wonderful project ideas.  Be sure to try them.
  • Second, the Watercolor Pencils look so good on the colored cardstock!  Don’t limit your coloring to Whisper White or Very Vanilla paper.

Check back tomorrow!  We have another guitar card to share with you!

Jan 08

Epic Celebrations

Epic Celebrations is the first stamp set that we are featuring on our Sale-A-Bration blitz.  Each week we will choose a different Sale-A-Bration item and post projects made using that item. Hopefully that will help you choose which of these great FREE stamp sets and items is right for you.  The Epic Celebrations set has quickly become one of my favorites!  Here’s a look at the stamp set…

Epic Celebrations

Epic Celebrations

It has fun images and sentiments.  We’ll be sharing masculine projects and girlie ones this week, because it works great for either.  A gift bag sample in the Sale-A-Bration brochure inspired our first card…

Epic Celebration

We used a variety of colors and images to create the fun background, but my favorite detail is that Tangerine Tango guitar!  I stamped the guitar with VersaMark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then I fussy cut it with my Paper Snips…which was actually pretty easy.  Add an “epic” sentiment and some sequin stars to finish it off.  So cute!

You can earn this stamp set FREE during our Sale-A-Bration sale that lasts until the end of March.  Simply place a $50 order, or more, and earn free product.  Click ‘Shop Now’ at the top of this page to get started.

I have four more projects from the Epic Celebrations set to share with you this week.  Be sure to check back tomorrow, you won’t want to miss any of them!

Nov 27

Cyber Monday

Celebrate Cyber Monday with us!  Like you, we have been busy getting ready for the holidays.  One of our favorite projects has been this advent calendar.  It is easy to get so caught up in our preparations for Christmas, that we forget to really celebrate what the season is all about.  This project is designed to remind us every day in December where our focus should really be.  It is a visual reminder for us, but it can be much more than that if we want.  I will show you how…

Cyber Monday

December is a wonderful month.  So many fun activities are happening, Christmas parties, school plays, church activities, gift buying and wrapping, etc, etc.  The list goes on and on.  It can consume us and our families.  Use this advent calendar to refocus your thoughts and your families.  Make a list of 25 things that will remind you and your family of the precious Gift we were given on that first Christmas night.  It can be a Scripture, a random act of kindness to complete, a song to sing, etc.  Assign an activity for each day and write it on the back of that day’s paper.  If you would like to include the kids each day, write the activities on slips of paper and have them draw one, then record it on the back of that day’s paper.

You would pay over $40 just to purchase the paper packs to create this project.  Then you would have to measure and cut each piece.  We have done that work for you, and are offering this today, as a kit, for an incredible price.  We have a limited number of these available as a kit.  They include the paper and the binder rings needed.  For assembly you will need adhesive and a hole punch.  The numbers can either be stamped, hand written, or die cut.  We used the Number of Years stamp set for our project.

This advent calendar is useful and cute!  If you would like to use this tool to help you celebrate the season in style, simply click the link below!  




Oct 04

12 Weeks of Christmas

12 weeks of christmasThe 12 Weeks of Christmas starts in just 4 hours.  I love sending out Christmas inspiration throughout this season.  You don’t want to miss any of it!  Sign up for our mailing list by filling out the form on the top right side of this page.  You will receive weekly Christmas inspiration via email for 12 weeks, plus so much more!   Sign up today!

Oct 03

Ribbon of Courage

The Ribbon of Courage Class is less than a week away.  I wanted to share some of the cards I have made using this versatile set before the class.  This set can certainly be used to create items to encourage our friends and family who are fighting cancer, but it can be used for so much more!  Here’s the card for today…

I love all the fun details that are in this stamp set!  Look at those cute little flowers.  They are fun plain, or you could fancy them up by coloring with watercolor pencils or markers.  Our sentiment for this card is cute and will work to provide encouragement for any difficult time that your friends or family may face.

Check back tomorrow and we’ll give you a close look at another card made with the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.

And don’t forget, TOMORROW our 12 Weeks of Christmas emails begin.  This is a great way to get inspiration for the holidays!  We’ll be sharing card ideas for the first 5 weeks, then 4 weeks of gift ideas and finally, 3 weeks of ideas for bags, tags and wrapping.  These ideas are shared exclusively with our Mailing List Members.  If you aren’t already on our list, be sure to sign up today so you don’t miss even one Christmas craft idea!  Fill out the box on the top right to join today!  I look forward to stamping with you soon!

Sep 29

Saying Thank You

Saying thank you is important.  It isn’t always required or expected, but it is good manners and would make your momma proud.  When people go out of their way to make your life a little easier, you really need to take the time to appreciate it…AND to let them know that you appreciate it.  Recently someone did that for me.  She went above and beyond what she was asked to do and it was awesome.  I felt like she needed an awesome “thank you” in return.  So, I made this…

Saying Thank You

I have shared a card in a box with you before, but I don’t do it very often because it is time consuming.  I reserve these projects for really special occasions.  However, I don’t want to make it sound so daunting a task that you would never even try it!  You definitely SHOULD try it and I will tell you why.

  1. They have the WOW factor…like over the top WOW
  2.  It’s good to flex your creative muscles at times
  3.  You can still fit them in a regular envelope and mail them like an ordinary card
  4.  You can make them for any occasion and use any theme you want
  5.  It is FUN.  Remember, that’s why we do what we do…for enjoyment.

I admit that I did not squeeze mine into a regular envelope, I used too many pearls on it for that.  I made a special box envelope for it and dolled that up too.  That just added to the fun of saying thank you to her.

Saying Thank You Saying Thank You

If you need a tutorial for a card in a box, simply leave me a comment letting me know and I will get instructions to you.  And after you create one, please share a picture with me so I can be amazed at your cleverness!

Sep 27

“12 Weeks of Christmas” 2017

12 Weeks of ChristmasThe 2017 “12 Weeks of Christmas” event starts in only one week!  This is one of the most exciting events we do each year.  We provide a new project every week with instructions and photos to inspire you.  The ideas include 5 weeks of Christmas card ideas, 4 weeks of hand crafted gift suggestions, and 3 weeks of Bag, Tag and Wrapping inspiration.

We love creating and sharing these awesome ideas with you each year, BUT you will only receive these if you are signed up for our mailing list.   As a member of the mailing list, you will receive notice of upcoming offers and classes, weekly inspiration, and a free gift.  Of course you will also receive all of the project ideas we share during the 12 Weeks of Christmas!

Signing up is EASY!  Simply fill out the form on the right and start watching your inbox for the inspiration.

Aug 18

Bad Poetry Day

Today was Bad Poetry Day.  I didn’t realize it in time to celebrate properly, but we are going to celebrate nonetheless.  It’s a good thing they have a day dedicated to BAD poetry, because then anyone can be a poet…even me.  For today’s poem I decided to write a haiku.  Enjoy…

Card making is fun.

Sometimes fingers get inky.

Smudges ruin cards.

Of course, I really should illustrate the poem with an image, but I don’t want to make a bad card just for the illustration!  You’ll have to wait until the next “accident” happens in our studio and I may add the photo then, which will probably take place tomorrow.

In the mean time, I would LOVE to hear your attempts at celebrating Bad Poetry Day!  Please share your bad poetry samples in the comments.  It will be twice as nice if you write about my favorite hobby—STAMPING, but any bad poem will do!  If you want to write a haiku, remember 5 . 7 . 5 . That’s the syllable count for each line.  I hope that at least some of you will go for the rhyme though…in true poetry style.  One of you may be a poet and don’t know it. 🙂 . Its your turn now…go ahead…share your poem with me!

 

Jun 26

FLASH SALE!

Flash Sale!

Flash Sale today only!  On Monday, June 26, 2017, when you spend $25 on catalog product you will also receive a special invitation to an exclusive class.  I will be hosting an Over-The-Top Card Class for all my customers who qualify.  You can click the Shop Now tab at the top of the page and place an order online.  It is simple and convenient.  If you are a local customer, contact me and I can place the order for you.   Will you help me reach my goal today?!

May 09

Failure or Success?

Failure or success? Sometimes it is hard to tell. I heard two different examples of this today. The first was in reference to Reggie Jackson, the baseball player. He was hugely successful in his career and is remembered for home run hitting. But do you know what record he still holds today in major league baseball? It is the record for the most strikeouts…2,597 of them! The other example I heard today was also a sports figure, and it came from a completely different source. It was Micheal Jordan. He said that he had missed more than nine thousand shots in his career and that he had lost almost 300 games. He went on to say that he had failed over and over again…but that was also why he succeeded. Michael Jordan never quit trying, he never gave up.

Today I tried a new technique and it FAILED completely! I followed the instructions I was given, but it just did not work. I managed to salvage the card that I was creating and it still turned out cute. So was it really a failure? I mean, the technique did not work at all, but the card did, so maybe it was a success anyway? Hard to tell at times.  Here is my finished product…

Failure or success?

I know that saving my card wasn’t much of a risk.  I could have easily scratched it all and started again…its only paper after all.  But the lesson we can learn from Reggie Jackson and Michael Jordan is important for our lives in general, not just our paper crafts.  Have I quit on something when success was just around the corner?  Have I allowed temporary set backs to permanently stop me from moving forward?  I don’t want failure, or the fear of it, to cripple me from trying again.  And I know that God doesn’t want that for his children either.

So, my challenge for you today is to be BOLD.  Go for it…whatever your “it” is.  Trust that what God has called you to do, he will enable you to do.