Nine Lives Sketch Challenge

One of the most difficult parts of papercrafting is sitting down at your desk and waiting for inspiration to strike from the heavens.  I’m sorry to report it usually doesn’t work like that?  Well, at least not in my case, so one of the things that I’ve found to be super helpful, is to use a “sketch”.  A sketch is just that…a layout to inspire your creativity and give your mojo a little jump start.  I’ve found using sketches are the ticket to make rubberstamping easier and more enjoyable for me.  To use a sketch, simply find a card you like in a current or past catalog, on pinterest or on a long running website for papercrafters, called splitcoaststampers.  I love that there are sketches posted on a weekly basis over there and with a simple click, you can have a boat load of sketches at your fingertips.  I was panicking for a card a class recently…(go figure, design time has been a little limited recently!) and so it was a sketch to the rescue.

I wanted to use the Nine Lives stamp set for my Critters class and was just not feeling the inspiration.  Enter SC743  and I was thrilled with the result.  We have the sweetest kitties that wander the yard and greet my stampers.  We have Minnie, Lloyd, and Leeda.   Now here’s your fun fact for the day.  Did you know that if the cat is a calico (meaning three colors) there is a 99.97% percent chance it’s  a female and if, on the long shot, it’s a male, it is almost certainly sterile.  That is definitely not the case with our dear little Leeda…she is the very sweet Momma kitty to quite a few batches of kittens and when I was running out of customers to give  kittens too, I knew it was time to take care of business and had her spayed.  Now, I’m desperately longing for kittens again because they were so incredibly funny and cute. Ella had those kittens so tame that they are almost infamous in their” begging for attention/dog-like qualities.”

So it was pretty fun to have a little card that was in Leeda’s honor.  Since the calico cat image was fairly “busy”, I didn’t want to overwhelm the card with busy DSP or complete with the calico cat focal point, so I used “texture” for interest in lieu of a patterned paper.  Now of note, there are quite a few of the embossing folders on the retiring list and I would encourage you to check them out before they are gone.  So what do you think?  Do you like working with sketches?   Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

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Cat Punch




Fable Friends – Darling Baby

The little bunny from the Fable Friends is absolutely squeal worthy.  How can you NOT fall in love with something so stinkin’ cute as this sweet little guy or girl bunny?

As a little girl, one of my ALL time favorite books was the book called The Little Country Bunny and the Golden Slippers. Its a sweet little story about a momma bunny with entire passel of baby bunnies and her dream is to earn one of the coveted spots as an Easter Bunny with the Gold Shoes.  All the faster boy bunnies won’t take her seriously and pick on her for even trying.  So she spends her time getting all the little pairs of baby bunnies organized and working to help one another out but when injury befalls one of the Easter Bunnies, she’s needed to deliver the most special egg up a dangerous path to a sick little child.  It’s such a heart warming story.  Seriously, this story still makes me a little teary eyed.  i’m such a sap and I now i need a Kleenex again. Ugh….I’ll bring the book out from the loft and have it here in the studio if anyone else would like to read it.  It’s just the cutest little story with delightful illustrations.  I’m not sure if I was more in love with the idea of organizing a bunch of children to be productive or the idea of a little old momma bunny could do anything her heart desired.  It’s a lovely little story…

So i’ve just fallen love with that Fable Friends stamp set.  The bunny makes an adorable Beatrice Potter style Peter Rabbit or a sweet little Momma Country Bunny.  I found this adorable layout on pinterest by one of our Artisan Stampers, Stesha Bloodhart.  I loved her little Peter Rabbit and was inspired to create my Country Bunny version.  I needed a Baby Card and used the flower from the Well Said framelits to make a feminine version of this little bunny.  This was one of the stinkin’ cute cards we stamped this week at my Critters Class.  🙂



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So make sure this little boy or girl bunny is on YOUR April Order.  It’s just too sweet!

Don’t forget to use the April Host Code of REDJNN6U to be entered in a drawing for a stamp set. 

Order here. 

Facebook Friday – Cracked Glass Technique.

It’s Finally Friday and I’ve got just a quick overview of the Cracked Glass Technique I shared on my Facebook Friday this morning.  I will be sharing a more in-depth tutorial on the you-tube channel here in the near future but here’s just a quick overview of the fun technique.  I used the Tea Together Set and coordinating framelits.  Check out my masking tip.  It’s pretty cool.

Now the Tea Time Framelits aren’t currently available..  They were a FREE product during SALE-a-bration but hang tight.  They will  be available as a purchased item in the NEW 2019-2020 catalog.  And speaking of catalogs…I will be sending all my current customer a complimentary copy of the newest catalog as soon as I get my hot little hands on them!  Of course, if you currently don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be delighted to send a copy to you as well.  Leave me a comment below or send me a message in the contact me area and I’ll be sure to get one out to you!  Oh but wait, there’s more!  If you are a Rewards Club Member, your copy comes spiral bound…just an added little perk of being a rewards club VIP!  🙂  And Don’t FORGET to follow and LiKE me on FACEBOOK! 
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Upcoming Critters Class

Isn’t this little bunny absolutely adorable!?  He’s so cute I can hardly stand it and I’m sure I’ll consider him cute until I find him eating my green beans sprouts in a couple of weeks…that’s a little bit like babies and children…they are really cute until you find them scribbling with Sharpie on the kitchen cupboards, or sitting naked on a rocking horse covered with about 1 pint of honey, screaming their fool heads off at 3am or crashing a four wheeler because there was a spider on their shoulder.    Don’t ask me how I know…I just do.  🙂  But really they are heart meltingly sweet, right?!?  (funny how auto-correct wanted to change meltingly to tormentingly)  Freudian slip I would say?!?


So my challenge this week is to use this sweet little bunny in a card for my class NEXT week called Critters.  We are sure to use the Let It Ride set, along with this little bunny and some of the dog/cat punch options.  And no…I don’t have anything designed yet.  I’m working on it!  hahah…just trust me, they are going to be stinkin’ cute no doubt!
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Here’s a link to the calendar where you can browse upcoming events and register for class!  Isn’t that fun!