Take This Quiz – Is Stamping Family Right For You?

You need a “fun” break – take this quiz and learn if Stamping Family is right for you!  Note the answer that most accurately reflects your response and we will tally up your score at the bottom.  Let’s get started!

1. When you make a huge mess in your craft area you look at it and think:

A.  Mess?  What mess?  This reflects creative genius at work!
B.  Oh NO!  I need some organizing ideas STAT!
C.  OOh look how pretty that scrap of ribbon looks on that paper – gotta make a card!

2. When you need an idea for a project you:

A. Know how to search for the type of project you want and find it quickly.
B. Know if you search long enough through your piles you will find SOMEthing.
C. The first thing you see is the first thing you will make.

3.  When you decide to take an online stamping class you:

A. Prefer videos because you like to watch someone show you the steps.
B. Prefer videos because you need to see it done before you can imagine it coming together.
C. MUST have videos because, hello?, how the heck else can anyone figure it out?

4.  When you are done with a project the first thing you do is:

A. Make note of the items you used, what occasion it is for and to whom you will send it.
B. Add it to your collection knowing that at some point you will wish you kept a photo to make it again.
C. Toss it in the pile and hope at some point you see it again.

5.  When it comes to stamping friends you:

A. Like to get to know people gradually through sharing your projects and ideas.
B. Feel the more the merrier!
C. Wonder who has the time to go out and meet people with all the stamping that you can do?

6.  When you learn about a new tip or trick you:

A. Marvel at their ingenuity.
B. Wish you had a place to remember all of them.
C. Do it right away because you can always use a good tip!

7.  When it comes to showing off your projects you:

A. Have total confidence and love to share to inspire other people.
B. Wouldn’t mind sharing if you knew people were going to be kind.
C. Would love to but don’t have a place or a system to do it easily and quickly.

8.  You prefer to get ideas for:

A. Sketches
B. Color combinations
C. Hit me with something crazy

9.  When it comes to paying for classes online you:

A. Don’t mind paying for high quality classes.
B. If someone can show you how to do something new that you thought was hard you are IN!
C. Want to see everything from the basics to complicated but don’t want to shell out a ton.

10.  When it comes to other crafters you are:

A. Friendly and nice – we are all in the same boat and love what we do.
B. Kind of in and out but do love to share.
C. OMG – LOVE meeting new people!

Ok, now look at your answers and see below for your results to learn whether or not Stamping Family is right for you!

If you responded mostly with As you are what we call a “Focused Crafter”.  Focused Crafters work with a plan and they love to be organized yet ready to stamp when the mood strikes.  Focused Crafters LOVE the Stamping Family Gallery feature because they can instantly create their own gallery with spots to record a category, a dull description, respond to any comments or questions and be able to reference back to your projects any time.  Focused Crafters also love the Stamping Family Inspirations that allow members to use them to create their own versions of a multitude of projects meaning inspiration is always at hand and never ending.  Focused Crafters also love that all video classes created by founder Megan Daves are FREE to Stamping Family members and are available to watch when you are interested in learning. Focused Crafters love Stamping Family because the site is incredibly well organized, contains tons of content and they can easily find and navigate through their favorite spots.  Stamping Family LOVES Focused Crafters because they provide tons of ideas and helpful suggestions, are super kind and friendly and know how to get stuff done.

If you responded mostly with Bs you are what we call a “Spunky Crafter”.  Spunky Crafters are so in love with crafting that they often don’t really care what they are making but let the process direct them.  Spunky Crafters may LOOK like they are a hot mess but they always execute something they and others love.  Spunky Crafters are particularly attracted to the Stamping Family Inspirations because the minute they see them, their creative juices begin to flow and they can’t WAIT to start crafting!  Spunky Crafters may not be as confident as Focused Crafters but they do love to show off their projects in their own gallery and know that Stamping Family members are the nicest on the web and will shower them with love.  Spunky Crafters love that they get all Megan’s classes for free and can’t wait to try something new. Spunky Crafters love Stamping Family because there are always new ideas, the community is incredibly supportive and fun and they know they can find that thing they saw again without having to go nuts looking for it.  Stamping Family LOVES Spunky Crafters because they provide a new and fresh look at things, they have a fun energy and their projects often bring a whole new round of creative inspiration for other members.

If you responded mostly with Cs you are what we call an “Impulsive Crafter”.  Impulsive Crafters also love to craft and allow their inner creative imps lead them to their projects.  Similar to the Spunky Crafter, an Impulsive Crafter can take an idea and turn it on its head, usually in a new and funky way.  Impulsive Crafters love the social aspect of Stamping Family and are excited that Stamping Family combines that and endless inspiration.  Impulsive Crafters also love that the site is super organized because otherwise they might get lost in all the creative offerings. Impulsive Crafters particularly love Stamping Family for the fact that it offers everything from refreshed beginner information all the way to the FREE and fun advanced technique classes and videos from Megan Daves.  Stamping Family LOVES Impulsive Crafters because they always have new ideas popping up and aren’t afraid to make and share them with the entire community.

Hey.

Wait a minute.

Did you notice that Stamping Family is a fit for EVERY type of stamper?  Well, how about that?  Who knew?

Well it’s true.  And that’s what we set out to create.  Click below to learn more.  The only thing missing from Stamping Family is YOU!

Click here to get started – we can’t wait to meet you!

Stampin’ Up! 2016 Retiring List Just Released!

                DON’T BE THIS WOMAN!

on the 2016 Stampin' Up! Retiring List!

The Stampin’ Up! 2016 Retiring List was JUST released and there are TONS of products on sale – some up to 50% off!  Stampin’ Up! has often offered discounts on items on their annual retiring list but I don’t ever remember seeing so many and at such steep discounts!  Here’s the thing you must know

      ITEMS SELL OUT VERY QUICKLY!

If there is something you really want you have to let me know right away!  Any item that is NOT a stamp set will NOT be reordered by the company and even some stamp sets won’t get rerun if they sell out so please please don’t wait.  I can’t tell you how many people I have had to console because they’ve been really sad at having lost out because they waited even one day.  I know it sounds dramatic but it happens every year. PLEASE don’t you be this year’s customer in tears!

You can see the list here.  I will be updating this list daily – sometimes more than once each day – so you can see what is still available.  Remember that ALL purchases, even those at the discount on this list, will count toward Stampin’ Rewards and I Teach Stamping Rewards so stock up now on those things you have loved and will never see again.

 

Creative Gift Packaging

How many times have you been on the fly, had a super cute gift for someone, five minutes to get it ready and wish you had an idea for some creative gift packaging?  Happens a lot, right?  Well if you have ANY box that will fit what you are giving and a few crafting supplies you can have creative gift packaging solutions at your fingertips every time!

First, find (or make, if you are feeling uber crafty) a box that will fit your gift.  And if you don’t have something that’s an exact fit here are some tips to make what you have work:

- If the item is to TALL for the box, consider wrapping the item in tissue and nestling it in the box.  Add some ribbon or a belly band lengthwise around the box and add a cluster of stamped and cut out embellishments and a bow on the top of the tissue.

- If the item is too narrow for the box, hand stamp some tissue with a matching or coordinating stamp to what you plan to use and bunch it up around the item for a cushy “bed”

- If the item is slightly too wide for the box, try creasing the sides of the box in the center of each side panel and slight crush the box to make a “bowl”; wrap the entire thing in clear cellophane (rolls are available at craft stores and they are EXCELLENT to have around!) and tie up with a pretty ribbon and a cluster of stamped embellishments.

- If you have a box and not a lid, wrap the whole thing in the same cellophane to make a clear “lid” and decorate.

Recently I had a little something that I wanted to get to someone and here’s what I made:

Creative Gift Packaging - Completed Box

This came together so fast even *I* was surprised.  I had one of these boxes lying around – you can purchase them here for less than a dollar each – and all I did was cover the box with a cute paper and then add a belly band.  A belly band is any band that goes around the “belly” of an item.  Belly bands can be purely decorative or they can actually help hold something closed like a pocket card, a mini scrapbook, or gift packaging.  Here, it’s purely decorative and adding a few layers adds a lot of punch and colors.  The belly band is layered on the acetate sleeve so it won’t interfere with the sliding of the sleeve on and off the box..  Here’s what the box looked like before I added my stamped embellishments:

Creative Gift Packaging - Box with Belly Band

In the photo above you can see the clear acetate sleeve that slides over the box allowing a peek at the treat inside.  Because I wanted to hide the gift from view until the recipient opened it up, I filled in around it with some simple shredded paper.  Just use your paper trimmer to slice thin slivers off a sheet of printer paper and crunch in your hands.  If you have a paper shredder, you can use that, too!

To add a lot of WOW to this creative gift packaging I simple stamped a few flowers, punched them out, added them to a layered tag and blinged them up with those Basic Rhinestones (you can NEVER had too much bling on a gift!) and it truly was that simple.  All the layering – the layered tag, the layered flowers, the leaves tucked in among them, the layers on the belly band – all these things which are very simple to do add a lot of texture and richness to creative gift packaging.  You cannot go wrong when you use coordinating colors and images and layer them up like I did here.  Here’s a closer look at the layering:

 

Creative Gift Packaging - Box with Flower Cluster

Here are the items I used to decorate this box:

 

130698s

$15.95

117191s

$16.95

 

That’s it!  Once you start experimenting you will hit on a few designs that you know you can pull together at a moment’s notice.  And once you find something that works for you, you can substitute stamps and colors using the same basic plan and never, ever run out of ideas – or supplies! – for your own creative gift packaging!

 

Friday Flip| Birthday Card Ideas For a Boy

Here is another Friday Flip that is perfect for you if you need birthday card ideas for a boy, for a kid, or for a guy (cuz they are just big kids anyway, right?)

The Friday Flip is all about re-purposing ideas that we love in our hobby.  If it was a great idea once, why not go for it again?

We start with one card and we FLIP it into another.

Here is our inspiration project:

 

friday flip | birthday card ideas for a boy

 

I love the simplicity of this card, but I also love the way the space is broken up with the different elements.

Watch the Friday Flip video tutorial where we turn this into a completely different card:

 

 


 

There we have it!  We kept the simplicity and so many of the elements.

 

friday flip | birthday card ideas for a boy

 

And what about the fun stamp on the backside of the card?  Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be the backside of the card, it can also go on your envelopes!

 

#imbringingbirthdaysback

 

 

Here is the list of supplies I used to create this card.  If you want to make it yourself and need some supplies, simply click a pic and get them delivered to your home!

 

Thank you for joining me for today’s Friday Flip.  And stay tuned for more birthday card ideas for a boy!

One of Many Birthday Card Ideas Using Washi Tape

If you are like lots of other stampers, you are always looking for new ideas and here is just one of many birthday card ideas using washi tape.  Now, washi tape isn’t one of my favorite things to use but in this project it provided the PERFECT little splashes of color needed to make this card a super cute one.  Let’s take a look:

One of many birthday card ideas using washi tape

You don’t see a lot of black being used on birthday card ideas, but this playful spotted washi tape offers a perfect foil to the bright Melon Mambo and the soft Mint Macaron – black can be like the salt in cooking – a color unifier.  The addition of the coordinating washi in those colors and then the addition of the Crushed Curry in the balloon washi adds just enough energy to make this a really fun card.

Here are the supplies I used to make this:

The other fun thing about this card is that it is derived from a sketch used over on Stamping Family.  We post a weekly sketch to help people be inspired and use them to generate baby card ideas, thank you card ideas, birthday card ideas – just about anything and everything for the idea collector!  I encourage you to try using this card as a one for your own birthday card ideas but if you get stuck, come on over to Stamping Family – at less than the price of a small plain pizza you will find TONS of inspiration and FUN!