Did you know that today was Star Wars Day? Or did you even know that there was such a thing? In case you didn’t, I will explain. It is May 4th….or May the fourth…be with you….get it? I began my Star Wars marathon yesterday because I knew I had to work today. Going home tonight to watch the Return of the Jedi. Yay!
Some people are lucky enough to have a birthday on Star Wars Day. I wish I was one of those cool kids, but mine is in November. Anyway, I had fun creating a Star Wars birthday card for my friend and fellow stamper who IS cool enough to have been born on May the Fourth.
Star Wars Day Birthday Card
And the inside….
I toyed with the idea of putting “Happy Birthday you rebel scum!” on the front, but my hubby thought it sounded too harsh. 😉 My friend is a Star Wars fan and I think she would have appreciated the humor, but the way it turned out was nice too.
I cut Darth Vader from vinyl using my Silhouette and adhered it to cardstock. LOVE how it turned out. I hope you plan to celebrate this holiday too. Perhaps you would like to create your own Star Wars character from paper. You can find all kinds of punch art ideas for Star Wars on Pinterest. Please share any Star Wars Day projects that you make with me. I love to see how creative you all can be!
I thought Penguin Punch Art would be the perfect way to celebrate World Penguin Day 2016, but first I just have to share some cute penguin pictures with you. Who doesn’t love baby penguins?! Check out this little guy…
When my daughter was in high school she visited Australia as a student ambassador. She fell in love with the cute little blue penguins that live there. They are also called fairy penguins. Did you even know that penguins lived in Australia?! Here is a picture of the Little Blue Penguins…
I am not sure that a paper penguin can compare with the cuteness overload of the real thing, but it did turn out pretty adorable.
Penguin Punch Art
The penguin punch art is made mostly of ovals including his body, wing, feet and the white mask on his face. His head and eye are obviously circles and the beak is from a flower punch. Here is a list of the punches used…
- Extra-Large Oval (119859)
- Large Oval (119855)
- 1 1/4″ Circle (119861)
- Festive Flower Builder Punch (139682)
- 1/8″ Circle (134365)
Penguin Punch Art Altered
Because of the stamp set I decided to use on my finished project, I altered my penguin a little and added some snazzy sunglasses. The arm of the glasses is the branch portion of the Bird Builder Punch. I added the lens part with a pink 1/2″ circle and black circle from the largest eye portion of the Owl Builder Punch. Didn’t they turn out cute?! And now (insert drum roll)…
Penguin Punch Art Finished Project!
Love how the card turned out. I may even decide to use this on a scrapbook page instead. I partnered my penguin punch art with the Words of Truth stamp set (wood – 138758, clear – 139397). This is a great set for cards or scrapbook pages and is perfect for Bible Journaling! It is retiring in May, so you better get it before its gone!
I hope our post has inspired you to create something today. Go get those punches out and see what you can come up with! Make sure to share your creations with us so we can be inspired too!
Coordinating an all occasion card set is fun to do and it also makes a practical gift. You can coordinate the cards by using the same stamp set, the same technique, the same color combination, etc. For our set today I used a single stamp set and also the same color combination for all three cards.
With the Paper Pumpkin kit this month, Stampin’ Up! also included a “thank you” stamp set for subscribers. It is called the All About Everything stamp set and it is cute, cute, cute! It has a floral theme and lots of great sentiments. I had fun playing with this new stamp set this weekend and creating my all occasion card set. I made three different cards and there are still plenty of stamps in this set that have not even been inked yet. I will have to play some more with them this week. 😉
All Occasion Card Set
Color coordination is one of the easiest ways to create a coordinating all occasion card set. For this set of cards I used bermuda bay, coastal cabana (retired in-color), pool party, daffodil delight, basic gray and whisper white. All are Stampin’ Up! colors. The “smile” sentiment on the second card was just a handwritten touch I added and is not one of the stamps from the set. I was just looking for a way to add a touch of yellow to the card after I had created it, and I’m pleased with how it turned out.
This would be a cute set of cards to put in a paper tote like the ones we are creating in our All About Mom class next month. Check out the details here.
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Happy Mom and Pop Business Owners Day! Did you even know that was today?! It might not seem like much of a holiday to some, but for those of us that own a small business it is worth celebrating. How blessed we are to live in a country where we can pursue any career or interest that we want. Some mornings I get up and drive 30 minutes to work for someone else. But on other mornings I simply walk down the hall to my studio and spend the day doing things that I love and am passionate about. I am grateful for both of my jobs and thankful for the opportunity to divide my week or my days up any way that I choose.
Supporting small businesses is something we should all be doing. Whether it is your local stamping business owner or the cup cake shop down the street, small businesses are an important part of our communities. So take some time to celebrate this day. Go buy that cupcake!
Or, better yet, buy a handmade card to say “Thank You” to the Mom and Pop Business Owners that make your life easier or more enjoyable!
When I heard you could make a berry basket without the die I knew I had to give it a try. I love these cute little baskets, but the Big Shot Die to create them is still on my wishlist. Creating this basket from scratch is really pretty simple and I love how it turned out. All you need is some 8 1/2 X 11″ cardstock, a paper trimmer with a scoring blade, a stapler and some strong adhesive—I used Stampin’ Up’s Fast Fuse. I also embellished mine with stamps and ink. Here’s how it turned out…
Isn’t that adorable? I used flowers from the Botanicals For You stamp set to embellish it before I assembled the basket. This little basket is perfect for some Easter treats, but I have lots of ideas running through my head for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts and lots of other holiday fun. I am excited to make another one with a handle on it.
I was in a department store the other day and saw the cutest Easter grass in a package. It was made of paper….not the plastic stuff, but they wanted $9.99 for a small bag! I decided to create my own and save the money. I used Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the “grass” in my Easter basket. Here’s another look…
If you like this project and think others would too, please share this page. I am working on a video for this project that should be published soon so watch for it!
A bunny from Framelits….how clever is that?! I totally swiped this idea from another crafter because it is just too cute. I had planned to have Easter crafts for you every day this week, but yesterday got away from me. Five kids home for Spring Break and one car in the shop has pretty much destroyed my routine for the week. Our college senior comes home later in the week and is bringing a friend with him. It will be crazy, but I love it and can’t wait to see him!
Anyway, back to the bunny. I saw where someone had put together some framelits to make a cute little rabbit and I wanted to mimic it, but I did not have the framelits they used. I looked through my framelit collection to see if I had anything that might resemble a bunny ear. Here’s how mine turned out…
Can you tell what I used for that cute little bunny’s ears? The person that I got the idea from had used a flower framelit, but I didn’t have a flower that would work. Here are the ingredients that I used to create this cute little fella.
Circles Collection Framelits (130911) and the Handpicked Framelits (137361). The tiny punch I used for the tail is a retired item. You could easily use a small circle punch, I just wanted it to look “fluffy.”
I am just in love with this cute bunny from framelits! Won’t he look so sweet on a baby card with pastel blue or pink Designer Series Paper behind him? This has also challenged me to rethink my framelits. What other animals or people or things can I create this way? I hope it has got you to thinking too. If you have some good ideas, please share them in the comments below!
Today is International Working Women’s Day. I am not really sure how to take that name. Don’t all women work at something? I graduated from Physical Therapy school just months before I got married. I worked full time in that field for nearly 10 years. Eventually I was promoted to a full time mom and later to a homeschooling mom. Currently I work part time outside the home, run a home based business and am a foster mom to 5 boys. By far, I have enjoyed my time working at home more than I did working outside the home. But not because it was easier or any less work, just a different focus.
So my tribute today is for all women, whether your commute to work is across town, across country or across the hall. Some are making life and death decisions daily and others are teaching little ones to tie their shoes and count to ten. God has gifted each of us in unique ways and has blessed us with opportunities to serve others, either in our home or outside our home.
Since we all work at something, we should also all have time to relax and enjoy ourselves. I think our stamping classes are an excellent way to spend an evening with friends and enjoy some “me” time. We have fun and yet are productive at the same time. Its a win win situation. I hope you will join us for one of our upcoming events. You can check out our calendar here.
I thought I would share more Bible Journaling with you today. I just love this aspect of Bible study and worship. Bringing my artistic side into the equation is so much fun! The page I am sharing today was sketched out in my practice journal months before I ever put it on the actual Bible page.
It is inspired, of course, by the song from Third Day titled “Soul on Fire.” A while back I went through a spell where I listened to this song all the time. That’s when I first designed the page. As you can see, it just made it into the book of Jeremiah last week. Here’s how the NLT words this verse…
“But if I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!” Jeremiah 20:9
Don’t you want a soul on fire too? I want my life to burn so brightly for Christ that there is NO WAY others will miss it when they look at me. I want that fire to rage wildly so that it cannot be contained!
Sharing my Bible Journaling is just one way that I can burn for him. Maybe my pages will ignite a fire for the Lord in someone else too. I will keep sharing this journey with you. Please share this page with others that you think might be interested. I had a blast this week teaching others the first steps to Bible Journaling. If you have questions about how to get started, I would love to answer them for you. We will be having another class next month so if you want to join in let me know!
Yesterday was Dr. Seuss Day. I didn’t realize that fact yesterday, but I did have a conversation with my friend about books we used to read to our kids when they were little. Our daughter’s favorite book was “Watch Your Step Mr. Rabbit” by Richard Scarry.
I know we read that book hundreds of times. We all had every line of every page memorized. She still loves reading as much as she did when she was a little girl.
When I was a kid my favorite books were the Boxcar Children books and Nancy Drew mysteries.
My mom took us to the public library all the time to find new books to read. We would spend hours walking among those shelves of books choosing just the right one.
I am thankful that I have kids who still love to read and that I have a mom who helped instill a love of reading in me as well. Reminiscing about all of this has given me an idea for Mother’s day. I think I will begin now making a list of things like this that I am thankful that my Mom did for me and include it with her Mother’s Day card/gift this year. Maybe I will even choose a small gift that relates to each of the items on my list. Of course, my first gift is going to have to be a book… 🙂
Maybe you would like to join me in this gratitude list. What a nice way to honor our Mom’s on Mother’s Day (or our Dad’s on Father’s Day). If you have ideas of items you will include in your list, please share them in the comments section. Your creative ideas may help spark creativity in someone else too!
Made from scratch cards are the best! Occasionally I recreate card designs that I have seen on Pinterest or from someone else. But I am most satisfied when the creations are all my own. After all, I am created to create, right?
Sometimes my cards have to be slow cooked. It might take several days to really finish it because I keep thinking of a different color to try or something to add or do differently. Then other days I put a card together quickly with very little forethought and when its done I can’t stop looking at it! Those are my microwave cards and that’s what kind of made from scratch card I have for you today.
I have been working everyday to prepare for our Bible Journal Gathering next Tuesday and have not had much time to stamp. Today, however, I took time to get some stamps inky for a card. I used the Awesomely Artistic and A Dozen Thoughts stamp sets for this card. I have neglected So Safron lately and I love how it looks with this Mossy Meadow card base. The lighter green color is Pear Pizzazz.
Simple card designs like this one are pleasing to look at and come together quickly. You do not have to fill every space of the card with details. And, although layers can be fun, not many are needed for a simple elegant card.
Tell me what you think. Do you prefer to create cards that are slow cooked or microwaved? Or maybe you just like to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) cards that others have made? I’d love to hear what the creative process looks like for you.