Aug 03

Thoughtful Branches

The Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set and coordinating Framelit Dies are now available for a limited time!  Don’t you just love to have supplies in your craft stash that you can use year round for all sorts of occasions?!  Those are my favorite items to purchase.  Well, this new Thoughtful Branches set from Stampin’ Up! is exactly this kind of set.  Check out the variety in this 23 stamp set….

Thoughtful Branches

Thoughtful Branches

Here is an example of the variety of projects that can be made from this set….

Thoughtful Branches

This set is only available this month while supplies last.  If you’re interested in adding it to your stamp library then please let me know.  Of course you can always place an online order by clicking the ‘shop now’ tab at the top of this page.

Aug 02

National Coloring Book Day

Happy National Coloring Book Day!

National Coloring Book Day

Today is not only National Coloring Book Day, it  is also my niece’s birthday.  What a great opportunity to create a fun card/gift and share it with you!  I don’t know if you have gotten into the adult coloring craze or not.  Personally, I am a coloring fan from way back when.  I didn’t need adult coloring books to appreciate the stress relieving benefits of coloring.  In fact, I got this sweet gift from one of my besties about a year before the more mature books made the scene—and I LOVED it!

National Coloring Book Day

I decided I would stamp a coloring book/birthday card to celebrate today.  The cover was created using the Marquee Messages stamp set.  It’s perfect because there’s lots of opportunity to color it, just what I was looking for.  I used a metal key ring to attach all the cards together and fancied it up with a bit of ribbon.

National Coloring Book Day

The images on the inside are created from a retired Sale-A-Bration stamp set, but you can use whatever you have in your stamp stash.  Just look for stamp images that are begging to be colored.  They can be simple, like these, or more detailed if you’re celebrating with a more mature colorer. 🙂  If you end up using stamps with finer details, you might want to trade the crayons for colored pencils or even some nice fine tipped markers.

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I hope you know a coloring book fan that has a birthday coming up so you can make one of your own!   Of course, you don’t have to wait for a birthday.  You can always make this for a thank you card or to simply say hello.  School is about to start and kids are going to have new boxes of crayons and colored pencils to use.  Maybe you have kids or grandkids that you could surprise by making some coloring book lunch box notes.  There are so many possibilities!

Speaking of back to school…this weekend is tax free shopping weekend in Arkansas.  Did you know that you can use this tax break on your Stampin’ Up! supplies?  Check out this list of supplies that are available tax free this weekend and let me know what you want to order!  us-2016-sales-tax-holiday

Aug 01

Punch Art Mushrooms

Punch Art Mushrooms might seem like a random thing to be making, but I was at the park with my family the other day and I saw this…

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It was so cute sitting there in the grass that I just had to grab a picture of it.  When I showed the pic to my son, he suggested I use it as inspiration to make a card.  That’s one of the great things about having an artist in the family.  He is constantly challenging me and encouraging me to create.  It’s a great lesson though.  We spend so much time searching Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration for our cards and all we really have to do is look around us.  This little mushroom could have easily been overlooked, or just admired by me and then forgotten. I’m glad I took the time to photograph it and then create something fun from it.

Punch Art Mushrooms

Punch Art Mushrooms

First, I do realize that my punch art mushrooms are obviously more colorful than the original, but that’s okay, right?  They are made mostly of various circle punches.  The stem for the smaller one is the tree from the Tree Builder Punch (138295).  The stem for the larger one is the retired Modern Label punch, but it could easily be hand cut.

Since I created a square card I used my Envelope Punch Board to create an envelope for it.  Those stamped mushrooms are from the Foxy Friends Stamp Set (142326).  Don’t they do a good job of coordinating the envelope with it’s card?

So here’s your challenge for the day.  Look around you today and find something that you want to recreate in a card.  It can be an object, like my mushrooms, but it could also be a color combination or a pattern, or anything.  Let your imagination run wild!  We would love to see what you come up with, so please share your cards with us. 🙂

Jul 29

Loving the New In Colors

I am loving the new In Colors that were introduced last month in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Seeing these new colors each year is one of the highlights of seeing a new catalog.  For those who aren’t familiar with “In Colors,” these are 5 new colors that are released each year with the annual catalog.  Each set of 5 colors is active for 2 years.  The colors we are playing with today will be in the catalog until 2018.  Don’t get me wrong, I am still mourning the loss of Blackberry Bliss, but Dapper Denim is growing on me and I am having fun playing with all of them.  Here’s a little card I created to show them off…

Loving the New In Colors

Don’t they look good together?  From top to bottom here are the colors used:  Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Sweet Sugarplum.  Since I am drawn to pinks and blues I am partial to Flirty Flamingo and Dapper Denim.   After stamping the In Colors on Whisper White cardstock, I used the Heart Framelits to cut them into a heart and I cut a larger white heart to create the framed look.  It is very dramatic against that black cardstock, and the black really “pops” with that Flirty Flamingo layer framing it.  The “love” is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink.

Maybe you have been following my Card A Day Challenge on our Facebook page.  I have been busy every day this month creating Christmas Cards.  Our month is almost gone, but before it is over I am going to create a Christmas card using the new In Colors.  Head over to our Facebook Page to see all the Christmas cards we have created so far.  While you are there, be sure to ‘Like’ our page in order to stay up to date on the latest news and inspiration we share.

Jul 21

Cards from Scraps

I made some cards from scraps that were on my desk from other random projects.  I didn’t want to throw away these “extras” but they tend to just sit on my work space if I am not intentional about using them up.  So, as I was cleaning the other day, I decided to give these paper pieces a new home.  I am pretty excited about they way they turned out….and with the space that I cleared off of my work area!

cards from scraps

I created this Watermelon Wonder background piece for a different project a while back.  I liked the way it turned out, but not for the card I was making at the time, so I saved it.  I am so pleased with the way this card came together.  I love the gray and black combination paired with watermelon wonder.  Can’t wait to send this card to someone special!

cards from scraps

This beautiful butterfly was on a different project that I decided to dismantle and repurpose.  The butterfly is certainly the “star” of this card, so I kept the rest of it very simple.  Love it!

cards from scraps

I cannot remember what I created this little stamped squares for originally.  They have been sitting on my work space for a while and I contemplated pitching them.  Instead, I put together this masculine birthday card…we can never have too many of those!

cards from scraps

I had been playing with the pineapple background stamp last month and embossed one in gold.  It was pretty, but I hadn’t done anything with it and I wanted to turn it into something completely different.  I used the Festive Flower Builder Punch and created some petals for a flower.  Added a little rhinestone bling and this stunning card came to life!

I am so pleased that I took these random project pieces and created these cards from scraps.  I have less clutter.  I feel productive.  AND I have beautiful cards to share with others.  Plus it was a nice break from the Christmas cards I am making each day in July.  If you want to see those, check out our facebook page here!  While you are there, be sure to like our page so you don’t miss the other Christmas cards we make this month!

 

 

Jul 05

Baby It’s Hot Outside!

I have found a great way to deal with this oppressive summer heat we are experiencing!  I am already thinking about cooler weather, the holidays & Christmas cards.  I even walked through the Christmas decorations at Hobby Lobby just for fun. People don’t understand that, for a crafter, it is NEVER too early to start preparing for the holidays.

If you follow our Facebook page, you have seen the Card A Day Christmas in July challenge I am participating in with a friend.  By the end of July we’ll have 31 Christmas cards…that’s a decent head start. And I will be adding 10 more cards to that from our Christmas Card Club that starts this month!

Now, none of this makes it feel any cooler outside, but it does put the heat in perspective.  I know that it won’t last, and I should enjoy all the sunshine and swim days that I get this summer!  I can plan for cold weather and be grateful that today I can play outside with my pup and I don’t have to wear a coat or scrape ice off my car.  We have so much to be thankful for in every season.  Let’s choose to be happy for the day God has given us today…regardless of the weather.

Here’s a weather related card that basically communicates this same idea….

Baby it's hot outside!

I am so happy that the Sprinkles of Life stamp set was continued in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  It has such cute images and is so versatile!  When I was considering a card that had something to do with the weather, it was the first stamp set I thought of.

If you want to see the Christmas in July cards I am making this month, you cans see them on our Facebook page here.  You can join the challenge with us and get a head start on your holiday stamping too!  Contact me if you have questions!

 

Jun 23

Strength & Prayers

The new Strength & Prayers stamp set arrived at my house yesterday!  I finally got in my studio around 10:00 last night to play with my new toys.  That was just enough time to design and create a single card with this set, but I am planning on a little more studio time this evening and will share my creations with you on Facebook.  Make sure you “like” my page here so you can see what I come up with!

Strength & Prayers Stamp Set

Strength & Prayers

I mixed the old with the new on my color combo and used Sweet Sugarplum and Perfect Plum.  There’s a dainty feel to this card from the white embossed dove and the pearl accents, and I just love it.  Simple yet elegant.

Remember, I will be giving away the Strength & Prayers stamp set this month.  For every $25 you spend in product by Friday, June 24, your name will be entered once into the drawing.  So if you spend $25 your name is entered once, but if you spend $50 your name is entered twice, etc.  Contact me if you’d like to place an order, or simply click on the ‘Shop Now’ tab at the top of this page.

Be sure to head over to our Facebook page tonight to see what other projects I come up with using this beautiful stamp set.  And don’t forget…order by Friday for a chance to win!

Jun 22

Favorite New Stamp Sets for Bible Journaling

Choosing my favorite new stamp sets for Bible journaling was not hard.  In fact, this year I looked at my brand new Stampin’ Up! catalog with totally different eyes.  Looking through the new catalog is such an exciting experience for me.  I love to ohhh and ahhh over all the fun new stuff.  I make lists of what I absolutely have to have immediately, and what I really want but can’t afford just yet.  I look at all the new projects others are posting and my lists just get longer.

This year, even the first time glancing through, I was noticing the new stamp sets that I wanted to use in my journal Bible.  I have ordered a few of them and they are arriving at my house this week, so you should be able to see how I have used them personally VERY soon.  In the meantime, I will share the ones that stood out to me.

Labeler  Alphabet

favorite new stamp sets for Bible journaling

I have shopped for letter stickers like these and not had much success.  You can imagine how excited I was to see this item in the new catalog.  I can stamp these in any color I want.  I can spell words with LOTS of vowels and not worry about running out.  And, because it is a photopolymer stamp set, I will be able to line my letters up easily to spell any words I choose.  This was a MUST HAVE for my Bible Journal!  As a bonus, I can create totally personalized and unique cards or gift tags with this alphabet too.  Its definitely a WIN WIN situation.

Wherever You Go

favorite new stamp sets for Bible journaling

This bridge just screamed BIBLE JOURNAL to me the first time I saw it.  Something about not being able to see the beginning or the end seems almost poetic to me.  The fact that it is paired with a bird in flight, a beautiful compass and that great sunrise/sunset stamp, just adds to the value I see in using this to illustrate my faith.  {LOVE}

Best Birds Bundle

favorite new stamp sets for Bible journaling

I really love bird images and these are some sweet little birds.  The fact that I can easily cut them out with a coordinating framelit makes them almost irresistible!  This set will definitely be used in my Bible and for many beautiful cards too!

Falling Flowers Bundle

favorite new stamp sets for Bible journaling

I mainly am drawn to this set because of that awesome flourish image.  I can see that working well on several different types of Bible pages.  Of course, flowers are always good too and can be used for lots of different things.  I like the variety of flowers and the variety of flower sizes in this set.  Once again, having a coordinating framelit to cut these out easily is definitely a selling point!

Do you have any new favorite stamp sets for Bible journaling?  If so, I would love to hear which ones you will be using.

If you are interested in Bible Journaling, but have no idea where to start, you can join us at a gathering on Tuesday, June 28.  We’ll be getting together to work on our pages and maybe try out some new tools or techniques.  There is no cost to participate and you do NOT have to have a journal Bible to attend.  We have some sample pages you can practice on and plenty of supplies to try out.  If you’d like more information, please leave a comment below!

Jun 04

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

I couldn’t wait to share my favorite items from the new catalog with you.  If you attended our Catalog Kick Off Party this week, you saw most of my favorites.  For those that were unable to make it, I wanted to share this information with you also.   There are so many wonderful new items to share that I will probably have a second post about the stamp sets I want to get specifically for Bible Journaling.  But for this post, I will list my favorites overall (in no particular order).

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog…

Better Together

This set is THE set to have for cards of all occasions.  It not only includes fun images and sentiments to use on card fronts, but it also has sentiments that can be used for the insides of cards as well.  If you are new to rubber stamping this is a great set to start with, but even veteran stampers will find this set useful to have on hand for any occasion.

My Favorite Items From the New Catalog

There are 19 stamps in this all-around fantastic set.  Here is how it looks on some cards.My Favorite Items from the New Catalog My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

Pineapple Background Stamp

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

 

This background stamp has been an interesting but fun challenge to work with.  Initially I was trying to use it with typical pineapple colors, and it was pretty.  But then I saw some pink pineapples and I was smitten!  I love the fun whimsical look of this card and I will be using pineapples on many different types of cards this year!

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

Fiesta Birthday

Not everyone will get married, or have a baby or graduate high school this year, but every person you know WILL have a birthday this year!  That is why fun birthday sets are a MUST HAVE for our craft rooms.  Now I will admit that this set might not have the versatility that others have, but it certainly makes up for that in its festivity!  (Besides that I LOVE llamas!!!!)

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

You can see that this set has a coordinating framelit collection and you can purchase them in a bundle and save 10%.    The stamp set is photopolymer and includes 21 stamps. The fun little banners, streamers and flowers will be great for all sorts of cards.  Here is the Fiesta Birthday set in action.My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

One more set to share with you today.  As an animal lover I HAD to include this in my favorite items from the new catalog!

Foxy Friends

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

This is also a photopolymer set and includes 29 stamps!  It has a coordinating punch which you can bundle and save 10%.  There is also a paper stack (A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack) that coordinates with it.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this set and the punch!  As you can see, it says FOX, but can actually be several different animals.     My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my favorites from the new catalog, but I want you to make a list of your favorites too!  If you have not received a copy of the brand new 2016 – 2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog, please contact me and I will get one to you!  If you already have a copy, please leave a comment and tell us which stamp set is at the top of your wish list for the new catalog!

 

May 06

Three Great Mother’s Day Card Sayings and Messages

These three great Mother’s Day card sayings and messages are for you procrastinators out there who don’t have your card all ready to go.  It’s okay though, you still have a couple of days and I am here to help you out!  We all want our mom’s to feel special this Sunday and a homemade Mother’s Day card will do just the trick.  The neat thing about Mom is, she isn’t going to care whether the card is fancy or plain, if you made it she is going to LOVE it.

 

I thought I would help you our some with the greeting part of your card.  I know, sometimes figuring out what to say on the card (other than Happy Mother’s Day) is the hardest part.  But this year it will be a snap because I am going to give you some simple, but thoughtful, ideas to use.

Three Great Mother’s Day Card Sayings and Messages

  1. Thank you for always believing in me, always encouraging me and always loving me!
  2. The only thing better than having you for a mom, is my children having you for a grandma!

Or for a humorous card…

       3. Mom, you’re so crafty, you made me!

Or even….

Three Great Mother's Day Card Sayings and Messages

Whether you go with sweet or saucy, just be sure to let your momma know that you are thinking of her!  I hope each of you has a great weekend and that your Mother’s Day is blessed beyond measure!  If you choose to use one of these sayings on your card, please share and let us see how it turned out!