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.

Aug 19

Fiesta Birthday

Fiesta Birthday was THE set I first fell in love with when I looked through the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  For one thing, birthday sets are always needed.  For another, I absolutely adore llamas.  I have been asking my husband to buy one for about 5 years now.  We haven’t added a llama to our animal collection (YET), but I didn’t hesitate to add the Fiesta Birthday llama to my stamp collection.

The other day I shared a card with a pink llama on it.  You can see that little cutie here.  But the llama isn’t the only “star” in this stamp set, and the card I want to share with you today is created using the other “star.”

Fiesta Birthday

This little guy just makes me smile.  Its easy to cut the cactus image using the coordinating framelits dies.  His little hat was made using the coordinating framelits also (and someone’s creative imagination).  If you don’t have googly eyes in your craft stash, you need to go get some.  The ones I used are 4mm eyes.  I simply used a Black Stampin’ Write marker to draw his smile.

I hope you will consider adding this stamp set and framelits to your own stamp library.  When you do, be sure to share some of your creations here so we can be inspired by your creativity.

Aug 18

Pink Llamas

I actually saw pink llamas while we were on vacation last week.  Of course they weren’t REAL ones, but they were oh so cute.  We were at Cedar Point Amusement Park up in Ohio and they had these stuffed pink llamas as a prize at one of the games.  You know, pay some money,  throw balls at some blocks (that you have to knock completely off the table) and win a prize.  My dear hubby did NOT want to play the game to win me a llama.  He looked in every little shop we passed hoping that they sold the llamas somewhere, but he had no luck.  At the end of the night he did invest $5 into my pink llama, but those blocks were NOT coming off that table…sigh.  I left without my llama.

Back in my craft room this week I decided to create my own pink llama…and I LOVE it!

Pink Llamas

Pink Llamas

This little llama is actually sponged in Flirty Flamingo ink.  I used my Fiesta Time Framelits & the Big Shot to cut the llama image from a piece of cardstock, and then used the negative image as a stencil to sponge my llama onto the card front.  Then I used the Birthday Fiesta stamp set to stamp the llama details over my sponged image.  This was super easy to line up, because the stamps are photopolymer and you can see exactly where you need to stamp it.  The lighter pink frame around the llama is also simply sponged ink.  It is hard to tell in the picture, but the card base is Basic Black.

Maybe you aren’t a llama fan like me, but you have to admit this little guy is pretty cute.  How could you keep from smiling if he showed up in your mailbox?!

This is the stamp set and framelits that were used to create this card.  If you’d like to make some llamas of your own, contact me today and we will get you started!

Pink Llamas

 

Aug 17

Sneak Peek from the Holiday Catalog

I have a sneak peek from the holiday catalog to share with you today.  I have been posting some sneak peek Christmas cards on our Facebook page, so I decided to do some regular cards using goodies from the new holiday catalog that goes active on September 1.  It is always great to have supplies that will work for almost any type of project, and the Seasonal Decorative Masks will do just that.  Here are the cards I created, so far, using these versatile masks.

Sneak Peek from the Holiday Catalog

This first card is so colorful and fun.  My parent’s 60th wedding anniversary is coming up in October and I have been playing with the colors that we are using for their big celebration.  I included Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Elegant Eggplant.   Stampin’ Sponges were used over the mask to achieve the multi-colored pattern.  20160815_231525-1_wm

I used Versamark ink to create this card.  I simply placed my mask on the cardstock and the dabbed the Versamark ink pad directly onto it.  I love that gold embossed image and can’t wait to try this one with copper embossing powder for some fall cards!  I added layers of Designer Series Paper and an embossed sentiment to finish off this card.  It looks complicated, but really was quite simple to make.

These Seasonal Decorative Masks are also simple to clean up.  Just run it under some water and the ink washes off.  There are actually 4 masks in the set, I’ve only shown you 2 of them here.   We’ll be playing with the others later this week so check back and see what we come up with!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our sneak peek from the holiday catalog.  You can receive your own copy of this catalog.  Just contact me and I will get one to you.  You still have some time before September 1st to get your wish list started!