Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Beginnings

Hello and Happy New Year!

It's been far too long since I've shown up around here.  I'm so sorry!  There has been a lot happening in my life since my last post:

I became a grandma:




I sent another missionary off (I now have two missionaries out teaching people about Jesus Christ and my church):




We celebrated my Mom's 80th birthday: (written on each of those stars is a memory about her or something we admire about her.  She loved it!)




And I spent the Holidays surrounded by my family.  It's been a wonderful last few months:




I wanted to leave you with one bit of crafty inspiration.  A year or two ago, in one of my Simon Says Stamp Card Kits, we got a snowflake stencil.  It was intended for spraying, or inking images onto cards for Christmas/winter.  Well just before Christmas this past year, we had a party with the young women of my church and we were all supposed to bring a treat to share.  I pulled out my trusty brownie mix and when they came out of the oven, while they looked delicious, didn't look very festive.  So I cut them into squares and pulled out that cute Simon Says Stamp snowflake stencil.  I placed the stencil on top of each square and dusted them with powdered sugar.  They were the hit of the party!  Even the great folks at Simon Says Stamp loved the idea so much that they pinned it to their Happy Holidays Pinterest board and it also now resides on their website under alternate ideas for the Maryanne Snowflake stencil.



I've been missing my little piece of blogland so I thought I'd take the opportunity to renew my commitment to my crafty posts.

However, this time, I'm not going to fill you with daring claims of posting three times a week, or even once a week.  I keep letting myself down when I plan that many and, let's face it, I don't get paid for blogging (I wish!) and so I need to carve out time in my life to do them which is sometimes hard to do!

So, for now, I will commit to once a month.  Which day, each month is yet to be determined but keep a look out because it will for sure happen! :)

Thanks for joining me at The Table today!



Monday, August 11, 2014

What Does the Fox Say?

Hello!

This song has probably been sung WAY too much, but my son still loves it and it frequently makes an appearance on his playlist.  I probably should tell you he just turned 18.  He's a crazy, fun guy who loves life and lives it to the fullest.  Whenever he sees a fox he says "I wish I could just have a fox for a pet!" ha ha ha.  Since that isn't going to ever happen, I thought I'd give him an attempt at a fox for a pet with this birthday card:


I love, love, love my Silhouette and how I can use it to completely customize my projects.  This fox is #58218 by Jillibean Soup in the Silhouette store.

I decided to pop up the top layer and place a card stock piece I embossed with a star stamp and clear embossing powder behind.  Here's a closer look:



Happily, he thought this was a great card!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Tag, you're it!

Hello!

I've been inspired by my Tag, You're It! board on Pinterest and thought I'd make up a few this week.


I used all Stampin' Up! products and really like how all of these turned out!  Can you tell I LOVE the Scallop Tag Topper punch?  Now if only it was adjustable so I could make these in different widths.  Here's a closer look at each tag:






There are so many ribbons and fibers that Stampin' Up! offers that you're sure to find a perfect fit with whatever tag you want to create.

I think the last tag is my favorite.  Living with four comic book/superhero guys, I couldn't pass up the chance to buy the Calling All Heroes Photopolymer stamp set.  It's so fun and there are so many possibilities!

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Deal

Hello!

Have you heard about Paper Pumpkin?  It's a monthly project kit club from Stampin' Up!  Everything you need to make a project is included! (except adhesive).  So you get the pre-cut papers, embellishments, stamps, ink all in your cute red box each month.  Past projects have been cards, home decor, gifts, party decor, etc.

You don't need to be a craft expert to complete Paper Pumpkin projects.  They are simple, but not so simple that you'd be disappointed with the results.  These are cute and fun projects, people!

Each Paper Pumpkin kit comes with complete, full-color instructions, too!  So follow those to the letter or branch out and come up with your own design using the provided materials.




And now, Paper Pumpkin is even better!  Sign up before September 10, 2014 and receive your first two months for HALF OFF!  You can cancel your subscription at any time.

When you sign up, please list me, Rebecca Fellows, as your demonstrator.  Just go to mypaperpumpkin.com.

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine

Hello!

Just wanted to share a little peek into the August issue of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine.  I was excited when I got the email that they wanted to pick up my card and it's even more exciting to see it in print!  You know they work on these magazine issues months in advance, don't you?  Well they do.  And if you think it's easy to wait and wait and wait and wait and... for your project to be published, it's not.  At least not for a newbie like me!  I think I got the acceptance email way back in March so waiting clear....till....August.... to see it sure seems like a looooong time to wait.  But at last it's here.

I started collecting the hard copies of the publications I am in (which really, who am I kidding.  It's not many) a year or so ago but now that PC&S is only digital, I'll just pray and keep my fingers and toes crossed that nothing happens to my iPad!  Yeah I know.  I can save it to my desktop computer, but I highly doubt that I'll cuddle up in bed with my big computer any time soon.  Does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with digital books and magazines?  I mean really.  Who doesn't love that you can store hundreds of books and magazines on a slim device, meaning less bookcases to find room for but how can you not love to thumb through an actual paper magazine or book?  See the pretty spine on your shelf and smell the paper?...ah well.  Such is the way of technology, right?

Anyway, my card is right there on the right.  The one right there with the feathers and stitching.  I'm in the section of the magazine that you take a sketch they provide and you make something based off of the sketch (as I'm sure you can tell by the similar layout of the awesome card by Miriam next to mine. ha!)




So in love with how this turned out (on the first try, I might add) and so happy that PC&S liked it too!

Thanks for joining me at the Table today.



Thursday, May 22, 2014

We R Instagram Album in a New Way

Hello!

I wanted to show you how I'm using one of my adorable Instagram Albums from We R Memory Keepers.  

I like to have my inks already stamped on scraps of paper so I can really see how they might look with other papers. That way I can get the perfect coordination between paper, ink, and embellishments.  At one point I had stamped a bunch of tags with all my ink colors and then put the tags on a binder ring.  I liked to see it hanging in my craft room but I never used it.  It was a pain trying to leaf through all the tags to see exactly what I had and to try to come up with color combos so I've been searching for a different solution.

I think it was Jennifer McGuire who I saw organize her swatches in pocketed page protectors.  I loved that idea so I ran with it.  I decided to take the 2x2 divided We R page protectors to house my swatches.

Since I don't have an awful lot of colors, this little album is the perfect size.  I stamped my color on white card stock, punched it out with a 2" square punch, wrote the company and color name at the top and then just slid each swatch into one of the 2x2 pockets.  Like this.



You might wonder why I have a different stamp image up top.  It's simply because I don't have that heart stamp set anymore and I just used a different stamp set with the new colors I got.  I love that Pale Tomato color from Hero Arts!  

I'm not in love with my handwriting, but I don't have a labeler yet so I'm just going to deal with it this way for awhile.


And here she is sitting pretty on my punch storage unit right next to a picture my son drew of himself when he was 8.  He's almost 24 now so I've had that treasure a long time and it still makes me smile.  In case you're wondering, the album color is called Mint.  It's just the perfect light aqua and matches my craft room decor to a T!

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

You're so very strong

Hello!

Just popping in real quick to share a card using the Inked Rose collection from We R Memory Keepers.

My mom's Dr. put her on a Chemo pill and while that means she isn't tied up to an IV for hours at a time, there are still side effects that aren't very nice.

My mom has been a great example of "keep on keepin' on" even if you don't feel well these last few months so I wanted to tell her how much I admire her.


I love the Frame patterned paper and how could you not be tempted to use one of those gorgeous frames to house your sentiment?

I used the new Triangle embossing folder to add some coordinating texture to the card base.

Then I just added some We R enamel dots and shapes plus some of my leftover Sheer Metallic clouds and a flower sticker from the collection.

A bright, cheery, beautiful card to tell my mom how much I love her!

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!