This Little Piggy

This Little Piggy is simply the cutest.  I don’t know how someone could look at this card and not smile.  His little flower and the sweet grin on his face…adorable!  Aside from the cute image though, I love the simplicity of this card.  The solid background makes the pig truly the star of this card.

This Little Piggy

I used this same layout to create another fun card, totally unrelated to the pig though.

You can see that this card has a simple background also, which is appealing since the stamped image has lots of color in it.  I couldn’t resist adding this funny sentiment on the inside of this one…

 

Funny, but truthful…at least its that way at my house sometimes.

Both of the stamp sets (This Little Piggy & Crafting Forever) that we used on these cards are going to be available in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! catalog, so we have plenty of opportunity for more fun cards with them.  I hope that you will try this simple card layout for yourself.   And if you aren’t already on our mailing list, sign up today.  We share all kinds of inspiration for cards and other projects there every week.  Plus you will get all the latest information for special offers and promotions.  So click on the sign up box at the top of this page to register and receive additional card/project ideas like this little piggy!

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Card

The perfect card doesn’t exist.  Well, nothing is perfect, right?  But this card started out far from perfect.  In fact it was the opposite.  It was a mistake—a throw away, really.  I was working on this card that we did in the Flowering Desert Class.

the perfect card

But I created a flower and it seemed all wrong.  Too many petals, not equally spaced.  It wasn’t what I was going for.  So I tossed it aside and tried again.  Days later I was sitting at my desk talking on the phone.  I grabbed this flower and started doodling on it with a black pen.  I liked the way that it was looking, so added some more doodles.  Then, I decided to try cutting it out and placing it on a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  This card was the result.

the perfect card

I LOVE the way it turned out.  It might be the perfect card!  Well, nearly anyway.  Now, I can honestly say that most of the time when I try to “save” something that I have messed up, it usually ends up in the trash.  Even when I try to fix it, I am typically NOT pleased.  This time was different.  I love the flower and this card makes me happy!

In a very small way this is what God does with our broken and messed up lives when we turn them over to him.  He doesn’t make them perfect, but he does re-work them into something beautiful and new, like my card.  The miracles he works are far more impressive and they have eternal impacts.  How awesome is that?  I hope you have experienced this for yourself.

If you have the Flowering Desert stamp set, I would highly encourage you to try this doodle technique.  Just use the large cactus-piece stamped in a circle to make the petals.  Then begin doodling and see how your’s turns out.  I hope you make “the perfect card” too.

 

Workshop Recap

Here’s a workshop recap from last week.  I had a great time gathering with about a dozen other stampers to create.  We enjoyed great food (thanks Loretta!) and wonderful fellowship.  We also worked on some cute projects, which I will show you in just a second.  But first, the prizes!  Instead of doing a traditional door prize I chose to give something to everyone.  In keeping with my effort to continually reduce my card stash, I gave away almost all of my Valentine cards.  I say almost all because I kept the one I made special for my sweetie this year.  Of course, I can’t share a picture of that one just yet. 😉 . You can check out this post to see one that I gave away though.

Now for the projects!  We focused on Simple Stamping at this workshop.  This includes cards that use only paper, ink and stamps.  They typically have limited layers.  They’re called “simple”, but designing them can be anything but simple!  We get so used to adding layers and embellishments, that it can be difficult to appreciate and design a simpler card.  Here are the projects from our workshop…

Project #1

The first one uses the First Frost stamp set that was carried over from the Holiday catalog.  I love this set because the images themselves create depth, making layers unnecessary.  I used Blackberry Bliss on this card, which happens to be my favorite color!

Project #2

The next card is a masculine card using the Geared Up Garage stamp set from the Occasions catalog.  I used Night of Navy ink for this one.  Since we were trying to create Simple Stamping cards, I resisted temptation and stuck with a single color and white or vanilla.  Well, except for the last card…

Project #3

The card pictured says, “happy birthday,” but there was also a Valentine greeting available and most people chose it.  This card used the Bokeh Dots stamp set and Flirty Flamingo ink.  Then, we used Basic Gray ink and stamps from the January 2019 Paper Pumpkin (or Happy Birthday Gorgeous for the card pictured).  The “frame” around the image was hand drawn with a Basic Black marker.  Most chose not to attempt that detail, and the cards still looked great.

I would love to get together with your friends and provide a night of fun creativity.  If you are interested in hosting this at your home, contact me and we’ll set a date!

Being Thankful

Are you being thankful?  We talked yesterday about my season of gratitude.  As I tried to create that post my website crashed.  It took most of the day to repair it yesterday (and trust me, I had no idea what I was doing!)  At the end of the day though, my website was back to normal, mostly.  This has reminded me that I take this technology for granted.  Each day I assume that I will be able to communicate with you on my website, or my Facebook page, or through email or text.  Then along come days like yesterday, with all of its frustration and anxiety and tears, and I am reminded to be thankful for the ability to share my thoughts and creations with you so easily each day.  Not only has God blessed me with the tools I need, but He has also blessed me with half a brain to put those tools to use!  Wow.

It is in this spirit of thankfulness that I share today’s card with you.  I made it last month, but it is perfect for our topic today and for this season we are in.

                                                                   Being Thankful

Being Thankful

Let’s try really hard to be mindful of the blessings that God provides for us each and every day.  I don’t want to wait until my AC goes out to be thankful for having it in the hot days of summer.  I don’t want to miss opportunities to share a kind word.  I don’t want to be focused on things that I don’t have and miss the numerous blessings that I am given each and every day.  Instead, I want to appreciate each day and the opportunities they bring.  This is what my season of gratitude in November is about… being thankful and letting others know that I am.  If you haven’t yet decided to join me, I hope this post convinced you to do so.  Send a card, make a call.  Let someone know that you  love and appreciate them.

Spring Cleaning in August

You might be a little behind if you are spring cleaning in August. Better late than never though, right? I am not so sure about that, but I am determined to reduce some clutter in my life! Mostly I have been throwing stuff out. Why do I keep every little scrap of cute paper?! There were a few things that I kept, but only long enough to create something out of it. If it was on my desk that night I threw it away. (Exercising tough love.) So this week I am sharing projects that resulted from this clean out. Maybe this will inspire you to sort through your paper stash also.

I got some Brusho Colours back in the spring and played with them one day recently. I used quite a bit of water on the page I was playing with and had to set it aside to dry. Well, there it sat and so when I got to that page I decided to punch out some items and make a couple of cards from it. I am pretty pleased with the way they turned out.

Spring cleaning in August

The first card used the Daisy Punch for that cute flower.  I paired it with some Designer Series Paper to create a cute quick card.  The next card used the Cat Punch with my Brusho water colored paper.  This one is my favorite!  I am a dog person at heart, but you gotta love that cute kitty!

Obviously I have a lot more experimenting to do with these Brusho Colours, but they were fun and easy to use.  (I am thinking I will make a pink cat next!) . These cards got me a little closer to reducing the clutter in my studio and I have some birthday cards for my stash—win, win!

I will continue sharing cards made from my “spring cleaning” this week, so check back tomorrow to see what else I found!  If you want to get one of these cute punches for yourself, let me know and I will help you with an order!

Eclipse Technique for Decor

I’ve become addicted to using the Eclipse Technique for decor. I recently ordered the Large Letters Framelits (141712) just so I could play with this technique, and now I am in love! Prior to this I only had the Large Numbers Framelits, so I made a New Year’s card using the Eclipse Technique. It turned out super cute and I was hooked, but the number dies certainly limited my creativity. So, I invested in the alphabet dies too. Yes, this is a high dollar item, but oh so worth it!  I have loved everything I have used this die set for, and have only scratched the surface of the possibilities!

My first attempt at the Eclipse Technique for decor was a gift for a baby shower. Sometimes I have an idea for a project in my head and once I begin working on it, it changes to something different. But THIS project turned out exactly as I had pictured it in my head. It was all I had hoped it would be, and was relatively easy to do. This is a before and after picture of this makeover.

Eclipse Technique for Decor Eclipse Technique for Decor

Then I got this other Idea in my head. I had been “saving” this designer series paper for just the right project. (Sometimes it is so hard to make the first cut of that beautiful paper, but I am getting better at this!) . This project also turned out exactly as I had pictured it…and I LOVE it!  Plus, it only took me about 30 minutes to create. Yay!

Eclipse Technique for Decor

I cannot wait to use this technique for more projects…including Christmas cards! And, of course, I will definitely be using the Eclipse Technique for decor again soon. (I have this dinosaur idea rolling around in my head, so it will probably be next.)

I hope these projects have inspired you.  Now go create something fun!  And if you have considered investing in the Large Letter Framelits, I would definitely recommend them!

Party Pandas Birthday Box

This Party Pandas birthday box is such a fun project.  Don’t you know the recipient of this sweet bear is going to smile?  I love how it looks like he is barely able to stay grounded while holding on to those balloons!  Here’s our project for today…

Party Pandas Birthday Box!

Party Pandas Birthday Box

The additional balloons that I added to this image are from the Birthday Delivery stamp set.  To stamp them “behind” the original balloon I simply created a mask of that balloon by stamping it on a post-it note and cutting it out.  Then I was able to stick that mask on the balloon image before I stamped the extra balloons.  I sometimes shy away from masking because of the time involved, however, sticky notes are great for making quick and easy masks for smaller images.  Plus, I always have sticky notes ready to use.  And don’t forget to save the masks that you create.  They can be used for other projects too.  I simply store them in the box with the stamp set so they are easy to access next time.

The box is just a simple gable box.  I think with all the tools we have available to us for box making (box dies, gift box punch, etc) we sometimes overlook the tried and true box making method of cutting and scoring paper by hand.  Try not to overlook it though, because it opens up so many box styles to us!

This ends our week of sharing these cute Party Pandas with you.  I hope our samples have given you an idea of whether or not this stamp set is one you would like to add to your collection.  Remember, it is a Sale-A-Bration set, so you can earn it free with a $50 purchase through March 31.

Next week we will be sharing another Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  Be sure to check back to see which one it is!

 

Stampin Up Party Pandas Birthday Card

This Stampin Up Party Pandas birthday card is just FUN!  I love the colors, I love the little juggling panda, and I love that it was so easy to make.  This Sale-A-Bration stamp set allows you to create fun projects without having to use over-the-top details, like embellishments or lots of layers and frill.  Here’s a look at today’s project.

Stampin Up Party Pandas Birthday Card

Stampin Up Party Pandas Birthday Card

After having done a few different projects with this particular panda, I must say I really like this juggling  one.  The “balls” that he is juggling are simply punched cardstock circles using the colors in the background paper.  The background paper itself is from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper pack from the annual catalog.  I used markers and watercolor pencils to color his party hat in coordinating colors.

This is a great children’s birthday card, but I wouldn’t hesitate to send it to one of my fun loving adult friends either.  Who could resist that cute little bear?!  Surely he would bring a smile to the recipient no matter what birthday number they are celebrating.

Remember, this week we are sharing projects made with this Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  I know it is Friday, but I have been slow posting this week and so I will share a couple more projects with this set tomorrow.  Be sure to come and check them out!  One is a CUTE 3d item. 😉

Earn the Party Pandas stamp set FREE during Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration campaign that lasts until March 31.  During this time you can receive the Party Pandas stamp set for FREE with any $50 purchase.  There is still plenty of time to earn FREE product.  Contact me if you have questions or need help placing an order.  Don’t forget to stop back by tomorrow to see our final projects with this cute stamp set.

Party Pandas Valentine Card

This Party Pandas Valentine card is one of the first projects I made with the Party Pandas Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  I love that these stamps are so versatile.  I can make Valentine cards, birthday cards for kids or for adults, cards to say “hi” to my friends and family, even Christmas cards!  Here’s a look at the Party Pandas stamp set…

Party Pandas Valentine Card We will be sharing projects made with this set all week, including some 3d items.   Now here’s a look at our Party Pandas Valentine card.

Party Pandas Valentine Card

I used a retired embossing folder to create that wonderful heart background.  Embossing folders are one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products.  For one thing, they aren’t expensive, that’s always a plus for me.  Also, they are easy to use and for very little effort add wonderful details to a project.  These hearts are a perfect touch to my little panda on this card.

Last week we shared project ideas using another Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Epic celebrations.  You can check out this set here.

Hopefully our posts will help you decide which of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets you want to own.  Remember, the only way to get them is to earn them FREE during Sale-A-Bration!

I want to hear from you!  If you have seen the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets, let me know which is your favorite by leaving a comment.  Or maybe you’re undecided and want to see more projects from a certain set, leave a comment about that too and I will try to post projects made with that product.

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

last day of epic celebrations

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!

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