Sentimental Rose Scrapbook Layout

Somehow i managed to get absolutely NOTHING done today outside of booking an excursion for our Greek Island tour, (so exciting) a load of laundry, closed up a Hostess club order and this layout for class this week.  The weather was gorgeous and I really should have weeded a little bit in the garden before heading in to work now but alas…the day was fleeting at its best.

I am rather pleased with how this layout looks and am looking forward to sharing it with my Layout class attendees on Thursday.  Don’t forget I have a layout class once a month.  We make 4 pages using a variety of colors and themes.  It’s a great way to get a bunch of pages done.    Class is done drop-in style.  “drop in anytime between 4pm – 8:30pm to whip up your pages.  Here’s a link to the registration.

I’ve used April’s Paper Pumpkin stamp set to create this lovely page that would be perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays or etc.  I’m kind of thinking I’ll use it for photos of a recent Bridal shower I attended.  What do you think?  Should I save you a spot at class?

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

$18.00

Stamparatus

$49.00

So Hoppy

I’ve been “so hoppy” to hear the spring peepers recently as the evenings have been nice and warm.  It’s one of my favorite parts of spring here in the country.  I skipped out of the office yesterday to take advantage of the gorgeous spring day and went for a quick ride on the Kettle Moraine State Trails.

As we rode past a little pond, the noise from these little chorus frogs was almost deafening.  We usually hear them only in the evening so was surprised for the treat.  Maybe they had some kind of instinctual urge to hurry up and find a girlfriend to snuggle with when this un-springlike weather descends on us in the next few hours/days?  Regardless they ain’t gonna be Hoppy…pun intended.  Here’s a little video for you city folks that may not know the enjoyment or annoyment of peepers.  They can be pretty loud.  🙂

And because you need to learn something everyday, here are interesting facts from the Farmer’s Almanac.

And because it IS a stamping blog and not the Nature Channel, I wanted to share a sweet little card that we recently did for my Take Three Class.  It was a fun fold.  I’m calling it a Peek-a-Boo Window card.  We used some of the past Sale-a-bration Stamp Sets, So Hoppy Together and the Part of My Story.  I’ll add a link to the tutorial video below and you can check it out for tips and tricks.  Make sure that you leave a comment, a thumbs up and subscribe to my You-Tube channel.  Every view and interaction help me build my business and helps ensure that I can be YOUR Stamipin’ Up! demo for years to come and I’m so thankful for that because I LOVE what I do..

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. 

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!

 

 

Post Sale-a-bration Blues Busters

So it’s April 1st and we’ve just finished up a very successful Sale-a-bration 2019.  Problem is that I usually feel a little like Dec 26th..A little wrung out with the post-holiday blues.  There’s so much fun to be had with free stamps and so it’s a little bit of a let down to have to face just “normal” again. The great news is that Stampin’ Up! knows me so well after 20 years as a demo and knows that I need something else to look forward too.  So, they are giving me this!….

Storage by Stampin’ Up!  I am ordering mine today!  I hope to have it here for my Take Three class so that YOU can check it out as well.  Here’s a link to a PDF that will tell you a little more about our products!

Use April’s Host Code of REDJNN6U when ordering to be entered into a drawing for a FREE stamp set! 

And because we can….here’s a link to a configuration chart that will help you figure out what you need and how many you should have.

Now, that was from SU…here’s what I’ve done today to start getting myself perked up and back into the swing of things.  I’ve added the registration for the NEXT Stamp Camp!  Mark your calendars for June 22nd for

Summer Camp 2019.  

Head over to the Events Tab and click on the registration for camp.  Early bird pricing is thru May 22nd, and final registration closes on June 12th.  With the makeover, we’ve set up registrations so that you can make a payment, if prefered, directly online,  Registration can be paid for with paypal (they can run your credit card) or it can be printed out and mailed in with a personal check.  So that’s what I’ve gotten accomplished today!  Off for lunch and to try and further console myself with a few stamps and my paper.  It’s great therapy