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.

 

Oct 05

FLASH SALE

Flash Sale today only!  Contact me today to order the Designer Tin of Cards Kit for only $20.   This kit is $27 in the annual catalog, plus tax and shipping.  However, today Stampin’ Up! is offering this kit at a discount and I am going to pay  your tax and shipping for you.  How do you turn down a deal like that?!

For your $20 you will receive the kit which includes items to create 16 cards, plus envelopes, the cute tin to hold them, and dividers for your tin to keep you organized.  This is great for your card stash or to give away during the holidays.

You must contact me by 9 p.m. CST today, October 5, 2016 to take advantage of this offer.  I will also be ordering the coordinating stamp set, so if you are a local stamper we will get together to create our cards after the kits arrive.  Happy Stamping!

Oct 05

12 Weeks of Christmas is Coming!

20160903_225051-1_wmI LOVE this time of year.  Everything Christmas excites me, and that includes the preparations leading up to it.

Each year at The Rock Paper Scissors Studio we do a 12 Weeks of Christmas event exclusively for our newsletter subscribers.  We will email a new project to you each week featuring a Christmas card or gift idea or bag/tag/wrapping idea.  By starting now, we’ll be able to get a head start on our holiday crafting.

These projects are ONLY sent to our newsletter subscribers, so if you aren’t on the list be sure to click the button on the right to get on our list today!  You must be on the list by Thursday at 1 p.m. central time to receive all 12 projects.

Sep 20

Pepper The Pig (& Pig Punch Art)

For several years my dear hubby has wanted a tiny pig for a pet.  We are animal people and share our home with multiple dogs, cats, and a pigeon.  We have goats and chickens too.  It seemed only natural to add a pig to the mix.

I did my homework on the subject.  Searched for a reputable breeder and researched what we would need for a pet pig. In June, as a Father’s day gift, we brought  our sweet baby piggy home.

I don’t know what I expected in a pig, certainly not the affection that we get from our little girl.  She is playful and loves attention.  She makes the cutest little pig noises.  She gets along with our dogs and our cats….everybody loves Pepper.  So today I thought I would share her with you.  I’m sure if you met her, you’d love her too.

Pepper the Pig

Some interesting facts about our little piggy:  her favorite food is Cheerios, she is a very good jumper, she LOVES to have her belly rubbed,  she screams like the Nazgul in the Lord of the Rings when she doesn’t get her way!  Pepper is supposed to weigh about 30 pounds when she is fully grown.  Currently she is 4 months old and about the size of our miniature dachshund.   She is smart and was potty trained before she came to us…just a few weeks old.

In honor of my pig post today, I created a pig card.  I have no idea who in the world I will send this too, but it did turn out cute (almost as cute as Pepper)

Pig Punch Art

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This little pig was made mostly of circle punches.  You can tell his little hooves were made with a heart punch.  I used the Hardwood background stamp to create my fence, I just cut the planks apart and trimmed the ends to look more fence-like.

Punches are a great tool in the craft room.  They can be used for so many different things, from pig punch art like this, to simply punching out a word to go on a card or scrapbook page.  Whether you have punches in your craft room already or don’t own a single one, our Cookie-Cutter Christmas class is something you should check out.  The deadline to register is TODAY.  Click here for details.  And if you have a suggestion for who I should send my pig card to, let me know!

 

 

 

Sep 19

Cookie Cutter Christmas

The Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and punch bundle is one of my favorite products in the 2016 Stampin’ Up holiday catalog.  From my first peek at the new catalog, this cute set was on my MUST HAVE list!   I love its versatility and the just plain irresistible images!

Cookie Cutter Christmas

If you are like me, and want to add this set to your stamp collection then I have a class just for you.  Join me on October 4 for the Cookie Cutter Christmas Class.  Each participant will receive their own copy of the stamp set and coordinating punch.  We will be creating 3 projects with this set during the class.  Plus, I am going to be providing many other ideas for using this stamp set all year long.  Look at this CUTE Valentine card I created with this set…

Cookie Cutter Christmas

Aren’t those eskimos just the cutest?!  I used markers to color them and added them to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The tiny red heart is also punched from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  I used the Labeler Alphabet stamp set to add my greeting to the card.  Since it is a photopolymer set, it is easy to line up the letters so they are straight and I can create any sentiment I need.  It was perfect for this card!

Don’t miss out!  Tomorrow is the deadline to register for this class.   The class fee is $50 and includes the stamp set, the coordinating punch, and three projects made during the class. Contact me today if you are interested, or click here to sign up now.