Jan 12

Last Day of Epic Celebrations

Although this is our last day of Epic Celebrations, this is actually the first card I made with this set.  I took one look at that guitar and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!

Epic Celebrations

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This background technique is called Direct to Paper. You create it by rubbing or brushing the ink pad directly on the paper.  The technique produces great color and a wonderful dynamic effect, not to mention the fact that it worked perfectly with this sentiment from the Marquee Messages stamp set.  I fussy cut the guitar like on this card, but, again, it really isn’t that hard to do.

Wrapping Up…

After working with this same stamp set all week, and since this is the last day of Epic Celebrations, I am sharing what I have learned with you.

  • Although at first glance it might seem more for masculine cards, with the right color combinations it certainly does make CUTE feminine cards too.
  • Make cards for all ages.  We can make a fun card for a 16 year old or a 60 year old with this set.
  • Pair it with bright colors, like today’s card, or with neutrals like this card.  I love it both ways!
  • Any of the images in this set work well for creating backgrounds with repeated stamping.

It is such a fun versatile set!  Remember, the only way to get it is to earn it through Sale-A-Bration.  During this campaign, for every $50 you spend you get to choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  This year Stampin’ Up is offering 2 levels of earning free product, giving you have even more options.  Earn the larger items with a $100 order.

You can view the Sale-A-Bration brochure by clicking on the rotating catalog picture on the side or bottom of this page.  Next, click the Sale-A-Bration image on that page.  We’ll be sharing inspiration from a different free item next week!

I’d love to hear from you!  Let me know which of the Epic Celebrations cards you liked the most.  If you need help with an order, or have questions, please contact me!

Jan 11

Sneakers and Speakers!

Sneakers and Speakers are two of my 18 year old’s favorite things!  He loves shopping for shoes and speakers/headphones of any kind.  I sort of share this shoe obsession with him.   I probably have way too many in my closet.  Maybe my love of cute shoes is one of the reasons I am enjoying this Epic Celebrations stamp set so much.  With it, I can create cute shoes in any color I want!

On today’s card I used my son’s two favorite things and two of my favorite colors, Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist.  I love them both, and together they really produce a WOW effect!  I chose to fussy cut the shoes for this card so I could use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop them up, but I think the card would still be epic if you didn’t have time for that extra detail.

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The headphones in the background were stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Since I don’t have a Lemon Lime Twist marker, I used a Blender Pen and my ink pad to color those wonderful green shoes.

If you don’t have Blender Pens (102845), you really need to buy some.  They allow you to color with any ink pad you have.  They also are wonderful to use with the Watercolor Pencils (141709).  (Check out these pink shoes colored with Watercolor Pencils.)  Blender Pens are $12 and you get 3 dual tipped pens, so they last a really long time.

sneakers and speakers

The new Occasions Catalog also offers variety packs of Classic Stampin’ Spots.  These are cute little ink pads that allow you to expand your ink pad color palette without the expense of full size pads.  There are two of these variety packs available for $9 each.

Tutti Frutti Classic Stampin’ Spots (145644)

sneakers and speakers

Picture Perfect Party Classic Stampin’ Spots (145641)

sneakers and speakers

Remember, until March 31, if you place an order of $50 or more you earn FREE product!  I can help you choose items that will stretch your dollars as far as possible!  (Shopping for Stampin’ stuff is more fun to me than sneakers and speakers shopping!)  Contact me today, I am here to help!

Jan 10

Day 3 of Epic Celebrations Stamp Set

This is day 3 of Epic Celebrations stamp set!  If you want to take a look at the images included in this set, check out this post.  Today we have used repeated stamped images like our shoes yesterday, except with the guitar image.  This card was surprisingly easy to do.  Using Watercolor Pencils I quickly added color to the guitars.  I like that the images were intentionally NOT colored perfectly, just quickly.  It adds a sort of hand drawn feel to the card.

Day 3 of Epic Celebrations Stamp Set The Tailored Tag Punch (new in the Occasions Catalog) nicely frames the stamped sentiment and adds a wonderful masculine touch.  Because of the straight lines, it is easy to to add a larger colored layer, even without a larger punch.  A black marker and a ruler helped me add the “pin stripe” detail to the punched sentiment.  This turned out exactly as I had hoped it would.  How often does that happen? 😉  Like yesterday’s card, I added a little bling with some metallic thread, but in copper this time.  It is shiny, but doesn’t look out of place on the masculine card.

Don’t forget, you can select the Epic Celebrations stamp set FREE with a $50 order during our Sale-A-Bration campaign going on now!  We have 2 more cards to share from this set.  Be sure to check back!  There’s another shoe project coming tomorrow. 🙂

Jan 09

Epic Celebrations in Pink!

Epic Celebrations in Pink?  What could be better?!  Today we are sharing our next project using the Epic Celebrations stamp set from Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration catalog.  This is such a fun set.  Yesterday, we used the fun guitar image, but today’s project is all about the shoes!  This card, like the one yesterday, was inspired by the catalog samples.  Here’s a look at our pink card…

Epic Celebrations in Pink

After stamping these shoes with black ink on my Powder Pink paper, I used my Watercolor Pencils to color them pink and white.  Aren’t they cute?!  Love how they turned out.  The sentiment is so fitting for these awesome shoes.  I also added a little sparkle with silver metallic thread.  This card will surely make someone smile when I pass it on.

Now, here are a couple things I want you to keep in mind from this project…

  • First, be sure to use your catalogs for inspiration!  I don’t know if I would have come up with those pink shoes on my own or not.  But I didn’t have to!  Stampin’ Up! catalogs are FILLED with wonderful project ideas.  Be sure to try them.
  • Second, the Watercolor Pencils look so good on the colored cardstock!  Don’t limit your coloring to Whisper White or Very Vanilla paper.

Check back tomorrow!  We have another guitar card to share with you!

Jan 08

Epic Celebrations

Epic Celebrations is the first stamp set that we are featuring on our Sale-A-Bration blitz.  Each week we will choose a different Sale-A-Bration item and post projects made using that item. Hopefully that will help you choose which of these great FREE stamp sets and items is right for you.  The Epic Celebrations set has quickly become one of my favorites!  Here’s a look at the stamp set…

Epic Celebrations

Epic Celebrations

It has fun images and sentiments.  We’ll be sharing masculine projects and girlie ones this week, because it works great for either.  A gift bag sample in the Sale-A-Bration brochure inspired our first card…

Epic Celebration

We used a variety of colors and images to create the fun background, but my favorite detail is that Tangerine Tango guitar!  I stamped the guitar with VersaMark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then I fussy cut it with my Paper Snips…which was actually pretty easy.  Add an “epic” sentiment and some sequin stars to finish it off.  So cute!

You can earn this stamp set FREE during our Sale-A-Bration sale that lasts until the end of March.  Simply place a $50 order, or more, and earn free product.  Click ‘Shop Now’ at the top of this page to get started.

I have four more projects from the Epic Celebrations set to share with you this week.  Be sure to check back tomorrow, you won’t want to miss any of them!

Sep 29

Saying Thank You

Saying thank you is important.  It isn’t always required or expected, but it is good manners and would make your momma proud.  When people go out of their way to make your life a little easier, you really need to take the time to appreciate it…AND to let them know that you appreciate it.  Recently someone did that for me.  She went above and beyond what she was asked to do and it was awesome.  I felt like she needed an awesome “thank you” in return.  So, I made this…

Saying Thank You

I have shared a card in a box with you before, but I don’t do it very often because it is time consuming.  I reserve these projects for really special occasions.  However, I don’t want to make it sound so daunting a task that you would never even try it!  You definitely SHOULD try it and I will tell you why.

  1. They have the WOW factor…like over the top WOW
  2.  It’s good to flex your creative muscles at times
  3.  You can still fit them in a regular envelope and mail them like an ordinary card
  4.  You can make them for any occasion and use any theme you want
  5.  It is FUN.  Remember, that’s why we do what we do…for enjoyment.

I admit that I did not squeeze mine into a regular envelope, I used too many pearls on it for that.  I made a special box envelope for it and dolled that up too.  That just added to the fun of saying thank you to her.

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If you need a tutorial for a card in a box, simply leave me a comment letting me know and I will get instructions to you.  And after you create one, please share a picture with me so I can be amazed at your cleverness!

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. 🙂