Tuesday, May 22, 2018

In a Mess and Out of Ideas


Hello!

(I promise you two card ideas at the end of this blog post).

This is going to be a different type of blog post. I'm going to be real and I hope you'll forgive my ramblings. I also hope writing things out will help me and maybe help someone else who feels the way I do right now.

Sometimes I just hit a creative wall and have a hard time breaking through. Do you? Please say you do. Usually it doesn't last very long but the last part of April and the whole month of May so far have just been so darn hard for me! Sure, I've posted a few cards, but I just feel in a rut.  Here's what my craft room has looked like for a few weeks and these photos were taken after I cleaned up a little bit. My whole craft room has looked like a disaster and I have felt like a disaster!



See what I mean? I even got some new stamps to play with and haven't felt like breaking them open. I know. You're probably saying, "If you'd clean up, you'd feel like creating." Usually that's true! However, I cleaned up in April and still felt the same. Even the Youtube videos I usually watch and the Instagram feeds I follow aren't as inspiring to me as they normally are.

Am I depressed? Not at all! I feel like my life is pretty great!

I've been spending a lot more time out in my flower beds cleaning them up and planting new pretty flowers. Planting veggies in my garden and even harvesting lettuce and spinach which have been so delicious! I've enjoyed working in the soil again. Feeling the sun on my back. Hearing the birds sing in my trees and privet hedges. Seeing my yard come to life.

Gardening is a different kind of being creative isn't it? Maybe I just need to relax and let my brain be creative in the way it wants to right now. Life ebbs and flows.

School is almost out. Then I'll have more time. That'll help me feel less overwhelmed I think.

I hope my ramblings help someone. Do you experience creative slumps? Do you do anything specific to break free? Do you just let things happen until you feel inspired to create again? Leave me some advice in the comments. I'd love to hear!

I found this Tuesday Tidbit that I absolutely love:

"Creative dry spells are like white space. They help your artistic life to breathe and refocus." -- Unknown

If you're still reading thank you! I so appreciate you visiting me through the good and the not so good. ;)

As promised, here are two cards I made a year ago that I still love. And yay! The Lemon Zest stamp set will be in the new upcoming Annual Catalog!



Remember, you can't have a great day unless you make it a great day!

Rebecca :)










Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Lovely Wishes - Tropical Style

Hello!

I'm sharing a card today using the Lovely Wishes stamp set.


This has some beautiful soft images that can be used for lots of different types of cards. 

The card I made has kind of a Hawaiian vibe, doesn't it? It just shows how versatile this set can be!



Here are a couple of other ideas for this set from the Concept Artists at Stampin' Up! They are so pretty!



And that's it! This stamp set is retiring this month so get it before it's gone. Remember to use my May Hostess Code at the top of my blog to get a free thank you gift from me!

Here's Tuesday's Tidbit on a Wednesday:

"The essence of being human is being creative." --Joel Garreau

Thanks for visiting and remember to make it a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)



Friday, May 4, 2018

Share What You Love!

Hello!

One thing I love about being a Demonstrator is the opportunity to purchase products well before the general public. And while the Share What You Love offering has been available for about a month now to Demonstrators, during the month of May you get the chance to purchase these amazing collection of products before they are available in the upcoming catalog starting June 1st!

I'm going to let Brandi from the Home Office tell you all about it. Make sure you watch out for the free gifts you can get with your purchase and also the exclusive stamp set that won't be available in the new catalog. You're going to want to order during this special pre-order period!


If you purchase any of the bundles, please you the May Hostess Code on the right side of my blog to receive my May thank you gift! If you choose to order $150 or more, don't use the Hostess Code because you'll get ALL of the Hostess Rewards for yourself!

I'd love to hear what your favorite product(s) are from this suite! I think mine is the Designer Series Paper and the Love What You Do stamp set but I really am wanting the Gotta Have It All bundle! I can't wait to start creating!

Make today a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Combining Two Stamp Sets


Hello!

May is here already! The last month of spring and the last month of the 2017-2018 annual catalog. Time just needs to slow down! However, I've seen the 2018-2019 annual catalog and I can say that you're in for a treat.

I've decided, over the next few posts, to highlight the stamp sets I own that are retiring. First off I've combined two sets into one soft and pretty card.



I used Paisleys and Posies and Lots of Love stamp sets for a fun and whimsical design. At first glance, these two sets don't really look like they work together do they? But yet they do beautifully!



I stamped all of the images in Crumb Cake ink first onto Thick Whisper White card stock. Then I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Finally, I used my Watercolor Pencils to give the paisley images soft color.



You can see in the photo above, I added some Calypso Coral Enamel Shapes and some yellow sequins from the Tutti Frutti Sequin Pack


Inside I stamped another sentiment from the Lots of Love set and accented it with a Crumb Cake leaf cluster from that same set.  Here's another look.


And that's it! I really like how these two stamp sets came together to make a pretty card!

Look through your stamps and see what unlikely pairings you can combine to create a beautiful and unique look.

Today's Tuesday Tidbit:

"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try!" -- Dr. Seuss

Thanks for stopping by and remember to make today a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Using a Color Combo

Hello!

I was looking through my ink colors the other day and decided to pull out three colors I've never used together before to create a card.


Blue is my favorite color. Any shade of blue, really, so this combo really speaks to me.  Since I already had the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set out I decided to use it again. I'm crossing my fingers real tight that this set makes its way over to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog! You too? 

Here's my card.


I added some silver embossed confetti in between the bows to add even more of a party feel. Then I embossed the sentiment on a piece of Vellum card stock and placed a silver banner underneath so the sentiment piece stood out a little more. Last, I added some Silver Metallic Thread and Clear Faceted Gems. The texture on those things are through the roof!






And that's it! I'd love for you to make something with this color combo and share it with me in the comments.

Today's Tuesday Tidbit:

"Creativity is experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." --Mary Lou Cook

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to make today a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)

Friday, April 6, 2018

CASE-ing the Magazine


Hello!

One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is the quarterly magazine, Stampin' Success. Inside you'll find lots of fun samples and business tips. I was looking through some past issues and came across this card that I loved.


What I loved about it is the Tree Rings background heat embossed on the Pool Party card with the color pops around the sentiment. I liked how the artist didn't cover quite the whole card panel making it look a little scalloped on the edge.

Here's my CASE card inspired by the Stampin' Success sample.


I decided to take the scallop look one step further by fussy cutting around the bottom of the Tree Rings background.


I didn't have the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set so I pulled out my Paisleys & Posies stamp set and framelits dies. I kept the colors the same. Pool Party for the card base, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzaz for the leaves. I used the Leaf Punch for my greenery. Instead of using the Silver Metallic Thread, I opted for the Silver Baker's Twine.

The sentiment is from the Painted Harvest Stamp set and it is stamped in Smoky Slate and cut out using the Big Shot and a die from the Layering Circles die set.

And that's it!

If you want extra inspiration, consider joining my team of fabulous Stampin' Up! Demonstrators!

Thanks for stopping by. Make it a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Step it Up birthday cards

Hello!

I'm back today with ideas from the beginning card maker to the more seasoned card maker.

The set I'm using today is the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set. This has quickly become one of my favorites!

This first card is a very basic but happy card that anyone would love to receive. The candles were stamped in Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, and Pool Party inks on Thick Whisper White card stock. The flames were stamped with Daffodil Delight.

Then I simply stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I adhered the stamped panel to the Bermuda Bay card with Snail adhesive and it's done!


The next card has a little added interest.  I stamped confetti in the corners of the Bermuda Bay card base then I added designs to the candles with Fresh Fig, Island Indigo, Emerald Envy, Tangerine Tango, and Bermuda Bay inks. The black sentiment is stamped on a banner piece I cut from the Mini Treat Bag thinlits dies. Then I popped that up with Dimensionals and popped the panel up as well on the card base.



The last card has the most going on and is what I would call an avid crafter card.  I cut another panel of Bermuda Bay card stock, stamped the corners with the confetti stamp and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I then popped that up on the card base with Dimensionals. After stamping the candles in the same way as the second card, I fussy cut them out and popped them up on the Thick Whisper White card panel. Then I added some shadows with the Light Smoky Slate Blends marker (NOTE: the Blends are not currently available to order due to high backorder numbers. They will be available again at the end of May. I promise they'll be worth the wait!


I used my Bermuda Bay and Basic Black markers to give a two-toned look to my sentiment and stamped that directly on my card panel. Then I added sequins from the Tutti Frutti Adhesive Backed Sequin Pack and adhered that panel directly to the stamped and embossed panel.


Here's a look at all three of them together. 


And that's it! I hope you've found some inspiration no matter what experience you have with card making.

Today's Tuesday Tidbit is: 

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." --Maya Angelou

Thank you for stopping by. Make it a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)




Friday, March 30, 2018

Orange Soda birthday card

Hello!

We only have today and tomorrow to take advantage of the 2018 Sale-A-Bration offerings so don't wait any longer!

I made a fun birthday card with the Designer Series Paper Bubbles and Fizz that you can only get for FREE with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration.


One of the sheets has these cute drink bottle designs so I decided to fussy cut one of the Calypso Coral bottles and make a little Orange Soda birthday card.

The sentiment and bubbles around the circle are stamps from the Eclectic Expressions stamp set that is also an exclusive 2018 SAB offering. I stamped the bubbles in Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, and Lemon Lime Twist inks. Then I topped some of the bubbles with the Glitter Epoxy Shapes and added a couple of epoxy drops to the bottle itself. Then I added Wink of Stella and Fine Tip Glue to the heart on the bottle.



And that's it! Don't forget to take advantage of the FREE Sale-A-Bration products before they're gone tomorrow night at 11:59!

Another thing that goes away tomorrow night at 11:59 is the March Hostess Code so place your order before then to receive my thank you gift!

Thank you for visiting and make it a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sale-A-Bration card with video!

Hello!

I've been talking to myself and my husband a lot about this the last year and I finally did it! I made an official Youtube video of me making a card! I had almost given up on the idea and then my sweet Superman made me a camera stand and gave it to me for Christmas. I just love him.

I used the Amazing You stamp set that you can only get for FREE until this Saturday night, March 31 at 11:59 pm so don't miss out!

My favorite technique is emboss resist so I used that technique with some watercoloring. I love how this card turned out!



The black and white background piece is the Brushstrokes Background stamp. It adds more watercolor texture but also grounds the rainbow panel. You'll notice in the video I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig instead of the Stamparatus. That's because my Stamparatus hadn't arrived yet. But I still do pull out the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig sometimes.

The little Brights and Subtles Enamel Shapes plus the Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine add a great finishing touch to this artsy card.

Here's the video in case you didn't see it. :)




And that's it! Have you ever tried the emboss resist technique? Tell me in the comments!

Thanks for visiting and make it a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Rainbow Love with Stampin' Up! products

Hello!

I've been obsessed with rainbow paper crafting lately. Give me lots of color on a neutral card background and I swoon. If I haven't mentioned this before (but I think I have, lol), sometimes card ideas come to my brain as I'm drifting off to sleep. Does that happen to you? I have yet to make myself wake up enough to jot them down. But if I'm lucky enough to remember them the next morning, I make a quick sketch and write a few notes so that when I have time to sit and create I can!

Enter this rainbow card:


If I also haven't mentioned, clean and simple cards appeal to me the most and I think this fits the bill. I used the heart die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits die set on 1/2" Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, and Fresh Fig card stock strips. You can see the die here:



After I adhered the strips to a Thick Whisper White panel, I attached it to a Thick Whisper White card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Then I took a length of Basic Black Metallic Thread around my fingers several times and tacked it to the card front. The sentiment is from the Birthday Blooms stamp set and after I stamped it, I die cut a stitched circle and placed it over the thread with more Stampin' Dimensionals.

Because I had so many little hearts from die cutting, I took one of the Melon Mambo hearts and painted some Wink of Stella over top. Then I covered it in the Fine Tip Glue and let it dry. Look and sparkly and shiny it is!


And that's it! Leave me a comment telling me whether you love the rainbow craze or you could do without it. I won't be mad if you don't like rainbow paper crafting. ;) But I hope you do, too.

Don't forget that if you use March's Hostess Code and spend $30, I'll send you a thank you gift. If you spend $50, you'll get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item PLUS my thank you gift. I so appreciate you supporting my business!

Here's a Tuesday Tidbit I came across that made me happy that I'm a crafter.

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." --Pablo Picasso

Make today a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)





Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sale-A-Bration is Almost Over!


Hello!

There's only about 3 weeks left of Sale-A-Bration 2018.  Did you earn what you wanted to yet? If no, there's still time! One of my favorites from this year's SAB is the cute Party Pandas stamp set.

These simple images make cute cards in a snap! And when you pair them with the Stampin' Blends, it brings those cute little guys to life and adds great dimension!

Here's a card I made with them recently.


I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen (138309) to add dimension to the hat, balloon, and envelope.  My glue was giving me a little bit of a fit on the balloon but it still looks cool.  It just adds to the handmade look.  And that's the point of making our own cards, isn't it? So embrace the imperfections because they make our cards unique and wonderful!


I used my light Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends (145054) to give my pandas shadow and dimension.  Light and dark Cherry Cobbler (144598) and light and dark Pool Party Blends (144605) were used for the other accents.





Here's another one of my favorite SAB stamp sets in action:



That's it for today! I LOVE Sale-A-Bration.  It's one of my favorite times of the Stampin' Up! year!

There's still time to earn free Sale-A-Bration products and I would so appreciate your business.  I try to send at least a handmade card to everyone who orders through my online store and I'm trying to come up with a rewards program for my loyal customers. That's a work in progress :)  But for now, if you spend at least $30 this month using the March Hostess Code at the top of my blog, I'll send you a gift as my way of saying thank you!

Thank you so much for visiting me today.  Make it a great and crafty day!






In a Mess and Out of Ideas

Hello! (I promise you two card ideas at the end of this blog post). This is going to be a different type of blog post. I'm going to...