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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Bestsellers… Stampin’ Up! Style

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Simply the Best

Stampin’ Up! is excellent at keeping up with trends, but they are also extremely good at designing products from the ground up that meet the needs of crafters– and those who simply have great taste and a need for quality tools for everyday use. These factors are reflected in my all-time best sellers list. You might be mentally checking things off your list because you have already purchased these items, but if you’re mentally adding things to a list, you can purchase any of these products from my online store and have it shipped straight to you ASAP (be sure to include a hostess code at checkout if you’ve been invited to a party)!

Formula to Fabulous {series article #1}

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Do you feel like there’s a large divide between your paper crafting projects and the lovely pictures you see of others’ creations? Sometimes following the rules can be boring, but sometimes it’s just what you need to launch your crafts into the major league. Follow this series of bite-sized articles and share in the comments what you’ve learned so we can all improve together! Sometimes following the rules can be boring, but sometimes it’s just what you need to launch your crafts into the major league. Follow this series of bite-sized articles and share in the comments what you’ve learned so we can all improve together!

 Bite-sized Article #1 of series on www.thesocialstamper.com

Rule #1: Have a Plan

This rule is not as strict as it may seem initially. In general when I think about having a plan, I think about a step-by-step process to get something accomplished. Step-by-step can be useful when CASEing* a project, but not likely to be utilized when creating from scratch. Applied to paper crafting, having a plan simply means that when you sit down to create, you have some idea of the direction you want to go. Here are some examples of starting points when applying this rule:

  • You have a specific holiday or event you’re creating for.
  • There is a color combo you’ve been dying to try.
  • You found a card or scrapbook layout that you love.
  • A Pinterest project caught your attention, and you are anxious to make your own version.

So before you start pulling out your supplies, take a minute to visualize the direction you are headed. Internalize your inspiration, really let it sink into your thoughts. I find that the more concrete these thoughts are, the happier I am with the process and the results of my crafting.

I’ve got more articles coming your way to help you sharpen your paper crafting design skills. Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss anything! You can also sign up to receive my email newsletter if you want some extra awesome crafting content. Happy stamping!

*(CASE means Copy And Share Everything, a policy most stampers adhere to that means they are happy to allow you to copy their work, or use it as a basis for your own personal crafting. Obviously it is generally unethical to copy someone’s work exactly if you’re intending to sell it or use it for personal gain.)

If you missed the other articles in this series, I will keep this list updated for easy navigation:

Rule #2: Think in Thirds

I hope you’ve been inspired to create even better paper crafts as you read the Formula to Fabulous article series. Remember to share with your friends!

Happy stamping,

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Send Your Mom Some Love

Pretty Mom {preview} by Becky Gifford The Social Stamper

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday. I hope you’re not surprised by that, but if you are, there’s still time to get your mom something special! Ever since you could eat a crayon make your mom hand-made items, she has treasured them. I am confident of this because I have a 3-1/2 year old who makes me the most adorable, random projects, and each time I receive one my heart swells with joy. Why? If you could see the look of pride on his face that he made something special to surprise me with, you would totally understand. That boy is beaming with excitement and love for his mama! Today I got a paper strawberry with freshly painted dots (“seeds”), and didn’t even care that I got paint all over my hands and shirt before realizing it wasn’t quite dry. The most important thing to me was that Eli knew how special it made me feel when he gave me that special gift.

I can’t speak from experience, but I would think that the feeling of receiving something hand-made from your children never fades as they get older. The creations get more sophisticated, but the love that motivates the gesture remains the same. I hope my mom and my mother-in-law can feel that love when they each receive this card from me (hopefully on time– I chased the mailman down today because I was late putting it out in my box)!

Pretty Mom by Becky Gifford The Social Stamper

Some of my absolute FAVE products are retiring, and I used several of them on this card. The following will only be available until June 1st, or while supplies last:

Thankfully, lots of the beautiful products I used on this card will be available for at least one more year! Here are the other products I used (I actually used some Lucky Limeade card stock for the leaves and banner, but Pear Pizzazz would be a perfect substitute!):
The background flowers that fade into the corner give some subtle visual flow to the card, don’t you think? If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, then be sure to subscribe using the button on the left. Soon I will be writing a series of articles called “Formula to Fabulous,” which is all about the design principles that take your projects to the next level. I know you’ll be able to improve your craft using my strategic design system!
Happy Mother’s Day to all my mom readers! Please comment, share, and pin– and of course purchase!– anything you see that you like so that together we can spread some stampin’ love!
Happy Stamping!
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