Have You Said This Before?

Yes, I said it!

Have you ever said something you wished you could retract quickly?

This happened last night at our church small group.

No…. I didn’t say a bad word…. Although that has happened.

I you don’t mind that I’m sharing a little crafty and personal today, it boils down to being grateful!

 

Words Have Meaning 

After spending a few hours in the kitchen yesterday fixing my new recipe of Mexican Casserole-I was starving.

I was so excited to attend our small group because it was Mexican night.  WAHOO!  My favorite.

I walked into small group last night and the aroma of all the delicious food hit my face immediately and that’s when it happened.

I let out a big scream and said…

“I’m STARVING!”

Really, I was!  I cooked all day and didn’t have a bite to eat. My belly was growling.

I wasn’t kidding.  I was starving.

It was at that moment when my girlfriend looked at me and laughingly said, “Girl, we don’t say that word in our house!”

Instantly I thought to myself… well why not? Are you silly?

 

 

Hearing the Truth with Love

Of course in the moment it didn’t dawn on me what in the world she was implying.

My great friend is also our Pastor’s wife.  When I looked at her puzzled she lovingly responded with, “With all the countries we’ve visited and they are truly starving…”

She didn’t have to finish her sentence.  The words “I’m starving” was all I could hear repeated over and over again.  In fact I was hearing them in slow motion now, over and over.  She was still speaking but it all sounded like Charlie Brown.

 

I admit that I didn’t mean to say those words out of context and of course my sweet friend was not implying anything negative when she made her statement.

While the word starving kept resonating in my head all night, it was the events after that moment that were more convicting.

 

Manna Food Bank

There is no doubt that I love to see God working in my life and today was one of those days.

Today our church passed out food to our local community in need.

Was it irony that I happened to be passing out food a day after I said I was starving?

I would have to answer no.  I believe this was God lovingly showing me that I’m not starving for food, but maybe a little more spiritual awareness of the many blessings he bestows upon me.  Plenty of food is one of them.

 

It gets better and honestly kinda funny.

I was behind the table passing out meat.  Tons and tons of meat like chicken, beef, pork and even PIG EARS!!

Why funny you might be asking?

Something that makes me gag quicker than anything is touching with my bare hands meat packages.  I don’t know if it’s the nurse in me who is scared of salmonella and E-coli, but touching those packages was truly painful.  PAINFUL, but I did it.

 

Learning a Lesson

There was a big lesson for me to learn today.  Realistically I knew I was not starving.  I promise I did.  However, it made me re-think the words I use.

Not only was it a lesson about the words I use, it was a lesson of gratitude.

I was grateful I could take the time to help those in need in my community and the food on my plate!

While touching the meat was a fear I had to push through I knew that I was helping someone else.

It was all for the glory of the one that provides me everything in life, God.

 

The Lesson is Simple

Where does all of this fit in my crafty world? You know it does…

It’s a simple reminder of being grateful about everything. Grateful I can get up in the morning and create.  I’m grateful I have someone to send a card to.  Lastly, I’m grateful Stampin’ Up! creates images that I can bless someones life.

The lesson is simple- gratitude!  Plus I’m grateful I have a card to share with YOU.

 

Paisleys & Posies Stamp Set

Grateful, Stampin' Up!, Paisleys & Posies

 

This stamp set is amazing and perfect to share how thankful and grateful we are.

Grateful, Stampin' Up!, Paisleys & Posies

 

Can the Paisley be anymore beautiful? The Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper is rich in colors.

 

Grateful, Stampin' Up!, Paisleys & Posies

 

Today I challenge you to create a card and share the blessing with them.

If you have a story similar, I would love to hear about it.  Leave a comment and share.  We all learn from each other.

 

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Decorative Masks- Do You Use Them?

Using Decorative Masks

Decorative Masks are a fun way to alter any project and especially easy when using the new Seasonal Decorative Masks.

I pulled out a super cute stamp set to try this out on today, Cookie Cutter Christmas.

Oh my word, this reindeer was love at first sight.

 

Simple Use of Decorative Masks

Decorative Masks, Stampin Up!, Cookie Cutter Christmas

 

The Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle is one of the easiest stamp sets to create with and seems to be one of the most popular.

With all of the cute images, it makes your paper crafting quick and simple.  I love my punches and even better when they coordinate with a stamp set or two.

Now add the addition of Decorative Masks and you create a fun way to add interest or texture to a card. Remember, you are not limited to using Decorative Masks on only paper.

 

Products to Use with Decorative Masks

Here are a few products you can use with Decorative Masks:

  • Ink
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Markers
  • Modeling Paste

These are the following tools I use when adding ink, paint or any paste when using the Decorative Masks:

  • Sponge Dauber
  • Sponge Brayers
  • Spritzer Tools
  • Sponges
  • Aqua Painter

Decorative Masks can be used on fabric and canvas as well.

Decorative Masks, Stampin Up!, Cookie Cutter Christmas

 

For this card I used the new Decorative Masks with a sponge dauber and White Craft ink.  I loved the polka Dots and by using the Sponge Dauber I softly sponged the ink to create a look of softly falling snow.

Tips & Tricks for Decorative Masks

Decorative Masks, Stampin Up!, Cookie Cutter Christmas

 

  • Keep Decorative Masks from moving by using Washi Tape.  Washi Tape when carefully removed will not rip your cardstock.
  • Use an Aqua Painter loaded with ink and gently wash a small amount of color in the open masked areas.  This creates a fun decorative look from the Decorative Mask and a watercolored look.
  • Try creating a patterned splatter technique with an Aqua Painter.  Simply load Aqua Painter with ink, then tap over the Decorative Mask heavily.
  • Using a sponge dauber will create a fully inked look within the masked area, while the Sponge Brayer will create a softer fully inked look.  Both have a fun distinctive look and you can change the look by the amount of pressure you add when using.
  • Clean your Decorative Masks by running under water and washing with dish soap gently.  Pat dry with a paper towel.

 

Four New Decorative Masks 

Decorative Masks, Stampin Up!, Cookie Cutter Christmas

 

Stampin’ Up!’s newest edition of Masks includes the Seasonal Decorative Masks.  These are filled with great patterns to use for Fall and Christmas Themes.  These make the perfect back drop for any project.  You can order your Seasonal Decorative Masks HERE.

 

Decorative Masks, Stampin Up!, Cookie Cutter Christmas

 

Tips & Tricks for the Reindeer

  • Stamp the reindeer onto Crumb Cake cardstock using Soft Suede ink.  Using a Blender Pen, add a slight shade to the edge of the nose, ears and antlers.  Color the nose using Real Red.  Punch the image out using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  SO fun and easy.

Be Creative and Mask!

As you can see there are so many great uses for Decorative Masks.  If you haven’t tried them go back over the tips and uses and give it a try.  Let your creativity soar and enjoy the creative process.  This inexpensive product can be a game changer for you when creating and definitely add a fun twist to your paper crafting.

 

 

NEW and EXCITING

 

new tutorial is coming on September 22nd.  If you are a subscriber you will receive an email automatically on the 22nd.  Otherwise the tutorial will be on sale September 22nd.  This is a rock star tutorial that shouldn’t be missed.

If you missed last months tutorial, make sure to check it out HERE.  There is still time to subscribe.  OR, find out how you can get this tutorial for FREE.

Here is a sneak peek!

 

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NEW Stamps in the Mail!

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Third….

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Four Halloween Products- Which Are Your Favorites?

Halloween Favorites

Halloween is around the corner and I’m sharing my favorites today!

From years past if you look around this time of year on my blog you will see Halloween gets a heavy dose of love.

Halloween has always been a favorite holiday for me to create.

 

Why Halloween?

Of course when I tell people that Halloween is one of my favorites some people look at me like I’m crazy.

Why in the world?

Halloween is perfectly inline with my beliefs about creativity.  I love watching little ones creatively use their minds to dress up and  use their imagination. That’s it.  Nothing spooky about it… just pure CREATIVITY.

It’s exactly what I do when I create with paper.  I get to dress the card up and use my imagination.

Halloween images are cute, even though they have the spooky tendency.  Personally I do not see anything FOR REALZ spooky in a Halloween stamp.

Truthfully, they are spooky adorable.    The spooky tree is not going to give me any nightmares and though I’m not a fan of any bat, the bat images are SO adorable.

 

Four Favorite Halloween Products

Below are four of my favorite Halloween products this year.

You will notice that one is not considered a Halloween product.  It’s an everyday (all kinds of uses) product, however its PERFECT for Halloween.

 

Halloween Favorites, Stampin' Up!

 

I’ve placed all of my favorites on this one Halloween card to show you how quick and easy you can create a fun Halloween scene.

 

In general, these are my four favorite Halloween products today…. tomorrow is a different story.

  • Halloween Scares stamp set
  • Spooky Fun Photopolymer stamp set
  • Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies
  • Lots of Labels Framelits Dies

 

Halloween Favorites, Stampin' Up!

 

The Halloween Scares stamp set let’s you create a fun halloween scene.  When paired with the Spooky Fun stamp set, you not only have fun Halloween images, but now you can use the Halloween greetings.

The Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies create a fun addition to your Halloween card and the not so spooky tree is one of my favorite.s

 

Halloween Favorites, Stampin' Up!

 

The true favorite and most widely used of the Halloween favorite bunch is not even a Halloween related product.

The Lots of Labels Framelits Dies creates the perfect tombstone.  You could make your own graveyard with all the different sizes available.

I loved how I could die cut the smallest framelit to create a tiny tombstone for this card.

 

Halloween Favorites, Stampin' Up!

 

Another favorite about the Spooky Fun Halloween stamp set is the fonts used.  I love how slender they are.  Making it easy to add the greeting to a banner.

Let’s not forget the cutest one of all… “eek!” That little greeting cracks me up!!

 

Quick Tips: 

  • The splatter was created using an Aqua Painter and Perfect Plum Ink.  Simply load the Aqua Painter with ink, tap over images using bone folder.
  • The moon was stamped and then gently sponged over the image using a sponge dauber and Delightful Dijon ink.
  • Attach the tree die cut image using Mini Glue Dots.

 

Which are Your Favorites? 

I realize this holiday (if we can even call it that) is not a fan favorite for all, but I hope I could give you a little inspiration on a few favorites of my own and why this spooky celebration ignites my imagination and creativity.

What are your favorite Halloween images? Do you have a favorite product this year? OR… do you think I’ve fallen off the pumpkin truck?

Regardless, I would love to hear from you.

 

Creative Housekeeping 

No, I don’t have anything creative to keeping a good clean house… but I do have some great deals and of course some promotions I don’t want you to miss out on.

First…

A new tutorial is coming on September 22nd.  If you are a subscriber you will receive an email automatically on the 22nd.  Otherwise the tutorial will be on sale September 22nd.  This is a rock star tutorial that shouldn’t be missed.

If you missed last months tutorial, make sure to check it out HERE.  There is still time to subscribe.  OR, find out how you can get this tutorial for FREE.

Here is a sneak peek!

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Second…

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I’ve been doing Stamps in the Mail for over 9 years.  This program fits all different types of stampers from beginner to advanced.  See all the fun details and why this program has been SO popular.  Click HERE to find out more information.  I would love the opportunity to stamp with you.  Will you join me?

 

Third….

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Impressive Jewel Tones

Impressive Jewel Tones

Jewel Tones are one of my favorite color tones to work with.  These bright beautiful colors were a perfect fit with the Moroccan Suite.

Big News…  time for another inspiring  Artisan Blog Hop.

Today you will be inspired by a few amazing products-Moroccan Suite as well as the Thoughtful Banners Bundle.

 

Gathering the Colors Together

 

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

The colors in the Moroccan Designer Series Paper provided the perfect starting point to begin creating.

The color tones in the paper are fresh and instantly I think of a fall, although it’s definitely not limited to fall.

One of the colors I seem to love pairing together is Emerald Envy and Bermuda Bay.  When I add a splash of color such as Delightful Dijon and Early Espresso I’m instantly in LOVE.

You will see this in both of today’s cards.

 

Create a Background

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

Using the large border image in the Moroccan Nights stamp set created a perfect background.  I alternated the images by stamping a full on ink, and then immediately stamped again.   This is called generation stamping.

 

 

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

Tricks & Tips

  • The greetings were created using the Thoughtful Banner stamp set and the Classic Label Punch.
  • Add a strip of the Moroccan Designer Series Paper to add a bit of contrast to the card.
  • Stamp the large medallion image onto Very Vanilla cardstock, die cut using the Layering Circles Framelits, layer with Early Espresso scallop circle.
  •  Ribbon and Enamel Dots provide the perfect embellishment for any project.  Stampin’ Up! has a wide variety of coordinating  colors for each of these products.
  • Use the Gold Wink of Stella pen to add splatter.  Simply tap with your bone folder to create the splatter.

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

Shadow Stamping – Another Way

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

 

The last Artisan Blog Hop I shared a fun technique called Shadow stamping. This technique looks beautiful on color cardstock, but what about Very Vanilla or Whisper White.

In order to get the opposite look for this card,  stamp the Medallion using Bermuda Bay ink onto the Very Vanilla cardstock, then with the help of the Stamp-a-ma-jig  stamp over the same image using Whisper White craft ink.

Note how this created a softer tone of the Bermuda Bay ink and a unique look.

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

 

More Tips & Tricks 

  • Tap the Gold Wink of Stella for the addition of  splatter over the Medallion image. Note how this pulls more of the gold (a beautiful jewel tone) tones from the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate– on sale until September 14th 11:59.
  • Another great use for Washi Tape is to hold your Acetate in place on your project.
  • Most noteworthy for this card is adding the perfect accent. Try die cutting two Layering Squares Framelits together to create a frame. Off set the frame to add visual interest.

Fall, Stampin' Up!, Moroccan Suite

 

 

Time to Be Inspired and Create!

Now be inspired by the other Artisans and their projects.  Your first stop will be Krista Frattin’s blog.  Always a gorgeous project shared by her.  Don’t forget to sit and create yourself.  We can be inspired by the masses, but make sure you are putting the ideas to use.  Set aside time to create something pretty today.  Even if you only have 30 minutes.

Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

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This Number Kinda Scared Me!

This Number Kinda Scared Me!

Days until Christmas- 103.

Over the weekend I started pulling my Christmas stamp sets and I felt a rush of thoughts and emotions.

Things like:

  • Didn’t we just do this?
  • How can this be coming up so quickly?
  • I kinda like Christmas music.
  • Christmas cookies are yummy
  • I have to pull all those decorations out of the attic? UGH!
  • I like stamping Christmas trees…

I decided to go to my trusty google and type in the question of the day….

How many days until Christmas?

This popped up and immediately I started laughing.

Christmas Countdown, Stampin' Up!, Twinkle Trees

 

Obviously someone else feels the same way I do.  Maybe you are feeling the same?

 

Spirt of Christmas Begins

I realize for some of you this may be an easy task.

It’s not that I don’t love the season because honestly it’s my favorite.  I love EVERYTHING about it.  It just takes me a little while to get my Christmas groove on.

 

This weekend when I pulled the Christmas sets together and I started to create the Christmas mojo started happening.

It doesn’t take much because stamping during this season comes very naturally for me.

Unlike Spring and Summer where I sit and stare at floral images for hours….

Does this happen to anyone?

The first stamp set I started with was the Twinkle Trees Photopolymer stamp set.

Christmas Countdown, Stampin' Up!, Twinkle Trees

 

I love the large tree in this stamp set and off the top of my head I knew I wanted to use it as the background instead of the focal point.

Christmas Countdown, Stampin' Up!, Twinkle Trees

 

Pair Stamp Sets Together

 

I paired the Twinkle Trees stamp set with the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set.  I love the font in the greetings.

I’m a HUGE fan of non traditional colors for Christmas.  The pinks and blues are my favorites to use and of course I still use a little red and green at times.

 

 

 

Christmas Countdown, Stampin' Up!, Twinkle Trees

 

Grab Your Favorite Coordinating Products

All the products around this greeting/tag makes me put on my happy pants.

I love how adding a smidgen of gold really made this greeting pop a little more.

A few of my favorite products I used:

  • Red Glimmer Paper
  • Layering Circle Frameits
  • Bakers Twine Trio Pack
  • White Delicate Doilies
  • Fancy Frost Sequins
  • Candy Cane Designer Washi Tape

All of this love around the image exceeds my happiness level.  YAY YAY YAY.

 

Christmas Countdown, Stampin' Up!, Twinkle Trees

 

Forget the Number and Create!

Once I got in my Christmas mood, the amount of days left until Christmas quickly left my crazy brain and I was on my way to a carefree creating session.

 

Don’t let the number get in your way.

Choose a stamp set you are in love with and start creating.

Christmas Countdown, Stampin' Up!, Twinkle Trees

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Use half of the circle scallop die cut instead of the whole circle.  I love how these tiny scallops look.
  • Wrap the Gold Twine like a bow underneath all of the elements and kept it in place using dimensionals.
  • Wash Tape- USE it.  Remember that you can add a fun element to your envelopes by putting a piece of Washi Tape across the bottom or seal the envelope with the Washi.  This looks AWESOME.
  • The Fine-Tip Glue Pen is perfect to keep sequins in place.

 

 

 See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links and shop Online 24/7!

Place an order through my Online Store and receive a free gift and free Online Class.

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Have You planned your Christmas Cards for this Year?  

If you haven’t planned your Christmas cards this year, remember I’m here to help you.  Get started early and let this season be the BEST ever because YOU relaxed and finished them EARLY.

I know it sounds to good to be true.  If you stamp a little every day you will notice the assembly will go quickly.

XOXOXO