Ahhh…summer is here. Ella’s last day of school was Friday and our summer routines have started….I’m that kind of mom hat believes in summer chores and while it’s a struggle to get her to “work”, I believe it will help in the long run. She’s supposed to complete four “jobs”, keep her room picked up and work on 10-15 minutes of soccer drills before she can have her electronics and is rewarded monetarily. $2 bucks a day…$1 for the work and $1 for attitude. We are on Day 2 and so far it’s not been too bad and let me tell you they aren’t really hard jobs. She washed the windows in the studio, feed the chickens and gathered eggs, watered my planters and spray painted a bucket so don’t feel too bad for her…
So now that Ella’s productively engaged…I’m sharing a few of the pages that we did last month at Layouts Class. I love our Monthly class as it’s a great way to get some photos off those phones/cameras and into books. Did you know Walgreens has a 50% off printing coupon? It’s PRINTHIM. Go ahead…check it out.
Another Facebook Live this week. This week we chatted about the our resident ghost and the May Paper Pumpkin that is so absolutely gorgeous! I have six kits available if you didn’t listen to me last month when I told you it was AMAZING and that you needed to make sure you had this kit, if you had nothing else. These are going to go FAST!
Here’s a You-tube link if you weren’t able to stop in on the Live.
I also share a fun little tip with the Triple Banner Punch so that you could make pennants instead of just banners. This is the card that I’m referencing in the video and it’s one that is part of my Everything is Rosy Medley virtual class. Place an order for the Everything is Rosy bundle and I’ll send you a packet of cardstock to make four cards along with a PDF and link to a video to make the cards included in the packet.
So Stinkin’ Cute, hey? Of course, this bundle is available thru May 31st, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
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?
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.
Well not for Yours Truly anyway, but for the 2018-2019 Catalog and Idea book. I sent out a newsletter yesterday and mentioned that I would have the current retiring lists here on my website. Now remember…it can be a little confusing. I know, I had to stop and think about a few of these things.
- All stamps will no longer be offered as a wood option and ALL stamps going forward will be in the “new” sticker style called CLING. We will have two options…cling mount and photopolymer, depending on the set.
- All current bundles (10% discount) will be discontinued and the stamp and coordinating product may or may not be retiring. Check out the list to be sure. New and different bundles will be offered in the new catalog.
- All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after June 3. Retiring stamp sets will have a guaranteed availability thru May 24th.
- Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after May 9th but I’m not sure I would wait around for the price to drop if it’s something you desperately want. I have countless stories of customers looking for product that’s sold out.
- Don’t forget the retiring In-Colors – Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Powder PInk, and my favorite, Lemon-Lime Twist – I didn’t call it Lucky Limeade! Just in time for it to retire!
Here’s a quick little card for your Easter Weekend…I used the Pineapple Punch and Grapefruit Grove Markers to color my daffodils. And yes, this set “You’re Inspiring” is on the retiring list. It’s one that I’ve enjoyed using…now, what are YOUR plans for the Holiday Weekend?
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..