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. 🙂

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!

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 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.

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!