Mar 07

Hot Glue Embossing

Hot Glue Embossing is a new technique for me.  I love the results I get with it and it uses an ordinary craft tool in a fun new way.  Here’s a peek at my projects so far…

Hot Glue Embossing

Hot Glue Embossing

These eye catching details were created with my hot glue gun!  Here’s how you accomplish this technique…

  1.  Preheat your hot glue gun until the glue flows freely from it.
  2. Use the glue gun to create a design on your cardstock or water color paper.
  3. Working quickly so the glue doesn’t dry too much, cover the hot glue design with embossing powder.
  4. Use a heat tool to set the embossing powder.  Be sure to heat it until it is shiny all over.  Do not overheat, or your image will loose some of its shine.

On the first card I showed you, I used Stampin’ Up’s gold embossing powder.  I created two horizontal lines on my water color paper and ran a toothpick down through the lines vertically prior to putting the embossing powder on the glue.  After embossing it with the heat tool and letting it cool, I used my AquaPainters and Stampin’ Up classic ink to water color around the detail.

On the cross card, I used copper embossing powder.   After embossing with the heat tool, I sponged around the cross using Stampin’ Up classic ink.  Once you have finished sponging, simply wipe away any ink that may have gotten on your hot glue embossed image.

Both cards have sentiments stamped from the Easter Message stamp set that is found in the 2017 Occasions catalog.  I will be sharing some other cards created with this stamp set later this week.  So check back soon!

I love finding new ways to use my basic craft tools.  Somehow it feels like you are getting more for your money. 🙂  I hope you will give Hot Glue Embossing a try.  And if you like what you saw here, please share our post on Facebook so others can try this out too!

Mar 06

Tiny Box

I love this Tiny Box.  When I first saw this package I knew I wanted to recreate it.  It all started with my latest Mary Kay order.   This is one of the packages I received.  I put a Hershey kiss with it so you can see how small it is.

Tiny Box

I took the little box apart and created a template that looked like this.

Tiny Box

Then I copied my template on the back of some of this wonderful scrapbook paper from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.Tiny Box

I used Stampin’ Up’s new Water Color Pencils to color the flowers, leaves and bugs on my paper and assembled the tiny box.  I even made a tiny bee to embellish the lid.

Tiny Box

Can you believe I actually fit 4 Hershey Kisses inside this box?  It was a tight fit, but it worked.  I’m going to use it as a “small” token of appreciation for someone who did something nice for us.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, inspiration is everywhere!  You can be inspired by the size of a package, like I was with this tiny box, or by the color scheme, the theme, or even just a specific design element that is used.  Be sure that Pinterest isn’t your only source of inspiration for your projects.  Look around your kitchen or even in your make up case.  Take a walk in your yard or at a local park, because God’s creativity in nature is limitless and will give us lots of ideas to work with.  I am so glad the Lord shares his creativity with us so we can make pretty things to share with others!

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Mar 02

The Best Dr. Seuss Quote

What’s the best Dr. Seuss quote to use in a card?  This is the perfect question to ask on Dr. Seuss day!  So many of us have loved Dr. Seuss books from the time we were small children.  The silly nonsense rhymes made us giggle then and we still giggle now when we read them to our children or our grandchildren.

Because they are so recognizable, these are perfect to use as sentiments in your handmade cards.  They can be silly or profound, but are sure to bring a smile and maybe even a happy memory to the recipient.

But what’s the BEST Dr. Seuss quote to use?  I have done a little research on this and have come up with an answer for you.  Of course, this is my opinion and I think you should do some research yourself and figure out which Dr. Seuss quote is best for your card.  Here’s what I came up with…

The BEST Dr. Seuss Quote to use in a card

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And here’s a look at the front of my card…

The Best Dr. Seuss Quote

I love how the copper foil paper looks on this dragonfly.  It is so elegant!  And although all those tiny pieces were glued on individually, it wasn’t hard, just a little time consuming.  I am okay with spending the time when it produces a WOW effect like this one!

I simply printed my quote on a piece of whisper white cardstock and cut it to fit inside my card.  To get the best use of your paper, go ahead and print your sentiment on each quadrant of the cardstock so you can create 4 sentiments at once.

I hope you will choose to use a Dr. Seuss quote in one of your cards, even if it isn’t Dr. Seuss day.  It’s a fun way to share a smile with someone.  Please share our post on Facebook so that others can enjoy the silliness of this day too!

Jan 18

Winnie the Pooh Day

Did you know it is Winnie the Pooh Day?  When I heard that it was coming up this week I decided I would try to create something special to share with you for the occasion.  The card turned out really CUTE, but the amount of time and tedious effort that it involved was kind of ridiculous.  I am sure it was far too involved for Winnie the Pooh himself to have approved of it.   What do you think?

Winnie the Pooh Day

All of these characters were created with Stampin’ Up paper and punches.  It literally took me all night to make just the three that you see here.  I figure there is a lesson we can learn from this little exercise.  After all, Winnie the Pooh is all about simplicity… and honey.  In the end, I have the likeness of Pooh, but there is none of his character here.  It wasn’t simple and I don’t even have a honey pot on the card.

I wonder how often in my crafting, and in life in general, I do this?  Do I complicate things so much that it takes the fun out of it?  Or do I over think things and turn them into something they really aren’t?   It probably happens to me more than I care to admit.  So I made a list of Winnie the Pooh quotes that will give us wisdom in keeping life simple and fun.

Winnie the Pooh Wisdom

  1.  Don’t think too much.  You’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.
  2. Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.
  3. Let’s start by taking a smallish nap or two…
  4. Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
  5. When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles.
  6. “What day is it?”  “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.
  7. It’s more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like, “What about lunch?”

I hope this Pooh wisdom brought a smile to your face, I know it did mine. 🙂

 

Jan 17

Nailed It!

I have been playing with the Nailed It Bundle from Stampin’ Up’s 2017 Occasions catalog.  I like the variety of sentiments included with this stamp set, but since my focus is on birthdays in January, I chose a sentiment from the Designer Tee stamp set in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Nailed It!

I was pretty impressed with how that screwdriver turned out, so I created a quick video to show you how it was done.

Wasn’t that easy?  I know that masculine cards can be a struggle sometimes, at least for me.  With the Nailed It bundle I can see that I’ll be able to come up with super cute guy cards for any occasion.  Father’s Day will be a breeze this year 🙂

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Jan 13

Window Box

The Window Box Thinlits Die from Stampin’ Up! is a new product that I have been playing with.  Here’s what I like about it so far…

  • You can create the box with a single sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 paper
  • The size is not too big and not too small.
  • The hexagon shape is unique and fun
  • The variety of decorative dies that come in this set allow me to embellish it for any occasion

We worked with this box in a class earlier this week where we created birthday themed items.  Making the first box is probably the hardest, but it really is not difficult at all to put together.  This is the box we made in our class…

Window Box

Notice the cute birthday candles on the side panel?  Those are so easy to create with the dies that come in this set.  The top piece was also cut out with these detailed thinlits.  Even the banner was created using a special thinlit from this set that ‘flags’ the ends of the paper and creates score lines to ‘pop’ your banner up.

Valentine Window Box

Today I worked on a box with a Valentine theme.  I used some of my Falling In Love Designer Series Paper to decorate the top of it and added hearts on the sides using one of the coordinating decorative framelits.  It looks like a lot of work, but really didn’t take that long to pull together.

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Here’s a look at the top of the box where I used the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper.  This 12 X12 paper has such soft colors and elegant prints!

Window Box

And here’s the top after it is all decorated…

Window Box

That cute tag is another one of the thinlits that comes with this set of dies.  I used some silver metallic thread to attach it to the pink satin ribbon.  The sentiment was stamped from the Window Shopping stamp set that coordinates with the Window Box Thinlits Dies.   Here’s one more look at this box…

Window Box

From this view you can see how pretty that heart thinlits die really is.  Once it was all finished I decided that some tiny pearls would be the perfect finishing touch for this elegant little box.  I am so pleased with how it turned out!

The Window Box Thinlits Dies (142762) are available in the new Occasions catalog.  The coordinating stamp set is called Window Shopping and is available in wood mount (142920) or clear mount (143265).  You can purchase these items as a bundle and save 10%!  Plus, until March 31, when you purchase this bundle you will also earn a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!  (I know you NEED some cute chicken stamps!)  If you are interested in placing an order contact me today, or click the SHOP NOW tab at the top of the page.

Jan 12

Birthday Fiesta

Birthday Fiesta is one of my favorite stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!  Last year when I saw the new catalog I was so very excited to find a llama stamp and it was the first thing on my “Gotta Have It” list.  I love llamas, and alpacas and my family surprised my on my birthday in November with 3 alpacas of my very own. <3   They are adorable and funny and I have enjoyed them so much.  In the barn the other day I was snapping pictures of them and Flash was curious about my camera…

Birthday Fiesta

Maybe it is a face that only a mother could love, but that sweet thing just melts my heart!  He is the friendliest of my alpacas and is obviously NOT camera shy.  He is the inspiration for this….

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I used the Birthday Fiesta stamp set with the coordinating Fiesta Time Framelits Dies and I paired it with that gorgeous paper from the new Occasions catalog.  It is called Cupcakes & Carousels and is a 6 X 6 paper stack.

I couldn’t leave my other 2 alpacas out, so here’s how I included them.  Three little heads for my three little friends 🙂

Birthday Fiesta

This week our challenge has been masculine birthday cards, so I tried to keep the colors kind of neutral and didn’t add any bling.

There is still plenty of time left in January to join our card a day birthday challenge.  Here at The Rock Paper Scissors Studio we are hoping to send a record number of birthday cards in 2017.   Maybe you would like to take on that challenge as well.  I love how easy it is to wish friends and family ‘happy birthday’ on Facebook, but sending or giving an actual card is certainly even more special.  And sending one that you have handmade takes that special feeling up another notch.

If you would like to check out other birthday cards from this month, you can visit our Facebook page.  Be sure to like our page while you are there.  You can join the challenge and share your handmade birthday cards on our page too. 🙂

Oct 31

Stampin Up Owl Punch

The Stampin Up Owl Punch is an incredibly versatile addition to your craft collection.   Seriously, you could choose any holiday through the year and we could come up with some way to use the owl punch to make a card for it.  This year I made a Halloween card using the Stampin Up Owl Punch, and the reason I did so is kind of sad.  :'(

It all started with this CUTE scarf….

Stampin Up Owl Punch

I bought this scarf early in October.  I was out shopping for some sunglasses and saw this on sale for $4.99.   You can’t tell from the picture, but it is made with really soft material along with being so stinkin’ cute!  I picked it up to send it to my daughter (who lives 6 hours away) for a little “surprise, I love you, thinking of you” kind of gift.  I intended to mail it that week so she could wear it throughout the month.  On Friday I found it still at my house and there was no reasonable way to get it to her for today.  Boo hoo!  In my despair I went to my studio and created a card inspired by the scarf.

Stampin Up Owl Punch Card

Stampin Up Owl Punch

I just love the Stampin Up Owl Punch!  This little “ghost” is adorable and he wasn’t hard to make.  Here’s how I made his costume…

First I cut a rectangle of white cardstock that was a tad wider than an owl punched.  It needs to be about 1 3/16″ wide.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Next, I used the large oval punch to cut the rounded shape to go over his head.  You can tell from the picture how I inserted the paper in the punch from the bottom so that only one end of my rectangle was being rounded.  You could also do this with an oval framelit, but you would insert it in the framelit just like this punch, where only one end was being cut.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Take your owl shape and place it over your punched piece so you can mark how long your costume needs to be.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Then, insert this piece into the scallop oval punch the same way you did the oval punch.  You only want to cut the bottom edge of the costume.  Use your pencil mark to make sure your costume is the right length.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

This is how the costume should look on the owl shape before you embellish with the facial details.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Honestly, the face was the most difficult part of this card because you’re working with smaller punched paper pieces, but if you had some googly eyes on hand you could completely eliminate this step and glue those babies on instead.

I just love this card and I love being able to use tools that I’ve had for a while in a fresh new way.  So… I am asking you to challenge me.  Come up with a holiday, or any card sending occasion, for me to create a card using the Stampin Up Owl Punch!  Please leave your suggestions in the comment section.   AND if you do that TODAY, I will give you the card that I make for the occasion you suggest…my Halloween treat for you!  Hope you all have a very blessed day!

Oct 26

Christmas Countdown?

Christmas Countdown

Are you counting the days till Christmas?  If you are a crafter, it’s a good idea to keep track of these things!  How many times have I wanted to complete a project and put off getting my supplies or starting on it, and I ran out of time.  The project didn’t get done and, if I did buy supplies, they were not used.  Sadly, this has happened to me numerous times.

If we do a little planning now, then our holidays will go much smoother.  Make a list of the projects you can reasonably tackle.  Take note of any supplies you will need to purchase for your projects.  Schedule time to tackle these items before the December crunch gets here.  Teacher gifts, secret santa items, gifts for co-workers and for our family – these are all things we can begin working on now.

In our class next month we’ll be tackling a few items that might be on your list.  Watch for details soon! Also, there are some pretty great all-inclusive kits in the annual catalog that will make fun gifts for your crafty friends and family ( and maybe for those who aren’t so crafty, too.)  If you have questions or need some suggestions, please reach out to me and I will help however possible. 🙂

Oct 13

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Cable Knit Sweater Card was not on my list of things to create today.  I had lots of items to work on in my studio, but this beautiful fall day was a bit of a distraction.  I played in the yard with the dogs for a while and returned an escaped (and unhappy) goat back to the pasture.  I did finally come back in the house and sat down in my studio to work.  Pinterest was my next distraction and I honestly cannot even tell you what I went there searching for, but I found some cute sweater cards made from the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (that’s a mouthful) from Stampin’ Up and I had to make one.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

The beautiful weather called me outside again and so I photographed my sweater card next to the pumpkin and mum on my front porch and “voila”…a near perfect fall picture was created.  Don’t you love those beautiful fall colors?  The bright orange pumpkin makes me so happy!  But that sweater card, though.  Isn’t it the cutest?! Here’s how I made it…

The card base is 11 X 4 1/4”.  I used Very Vanilla cardstock.  Fold it in half to create your card.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Next I used a 2″ circle framelit to cut a “neckline” from the folded edge of the card base.  You can always use a punch for this, but I didn’t have one large enough.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

It will look like this when you’re done.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Next I took a piece of Delightful Dijon cardstock that measured 4 1/4 X 5 1/2″ and ran it through the Big Shot using the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder.  REMEMBER that with this Embossing Folder you will only use a cutting pad on the top, not the bottom.  It is too thick to use two cutting pads like you normally would.  In this picture you can also see that I used a ruler to mark spots on the sweater front.  First, I marked the center of the card at 2 1/8″ from either edge.  Next I made a mark 1 1/2″ just below this center mark.  I also made marks at the top edge 1″ from both sides.  To create the sweater neckline, use scissors or your paper trimmer to cut the “V” shape you created with these dots.  You will see what I mean in the next step.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

This is how the sweater front looks when placed over the card base.  We’ll take our paper snips and trim those two triangles along the top edge that stick out from the sweater.  (You’ll see it in the final picture.)

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Use any punch or framelit that you have to create a “pocket-shaped” piece of cardstock.  The framelit I used is from the retired Chalk Talk framelits.  You can see that I ran it through the embossing folder after it was die cut, and that I trimmed off the upper edge to make it look more like a pocket.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Next, I grabbed my paper crimper and created the contrasting color trim for the sweater.  I also pulled out some self adhesive silver rimmed pearls to use for buttons.  You can check out the placement for the trim and the buttons on the final card.  Cable Knit SweaterI used Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive to attach the trim to the sweater and the sweater to the card.  The pocket was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Here’s a last look at the finished project…

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Cable Knit Sweater Card

I chose fall colors for this card, but my next one will be a Christmas sweater!  It was so much fun to make.  I hope you’ll try your hand at creating a Cable Knit Sweater Card too.