Archive for June, 2013

Happy Father’s Day

Posted June 16, 2013 By Becky Tuttle

This is the first year that I am at a loss on Father’s Day. My father passed away this last February so today I am without a father. To make it doubly hard it is also my mother’s birthday. She has been gone since 2007. So you can see that today is a bit difficult for me.

Being the card maker that I am as well as a Stampin’UP! Demonstrator I was obligated to make Father’s Day cards with my customers. You will see a few of the card samples below.

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This is a card that I CASED from Connie Babbet. The DSP is from the retired Parker’s Paper and the stamp set is also retired, “Best Dad Ever.”

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This is a card design that I found somewhere on the web and I apologize that I don’t remember who had created it so I could extend the acknowledgement to them. If I remember correctly I believe I switched up the stamp set used on the card front. The stamp set that I used is Amazing Family. I don’t remember for certain what the sample I saw used but I don’t remember it being this set.

Since my father is not with me I would like to extend these two cards to my son and son-in-laws … they are wonderful fathers and I hope they have the best Daddy’s Day ever!

 

Becky

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Stampin’UP! Simply Sketched

Posted June 11, 2013 By Becky Tuttle

Stampin’UP! is always good to share ideas with their demonstrators. They have a magazine that we receive every other month filled with suggested samples and sneak peeks of new products or specials that they will feature. Just before the new catalog arrived they shared a sample similar to the card that I have posted below. I  often enjoy the suggested samples but I may not have the stamp set that they use, or perhaps I want to use that card with a larger group and the sample they show is just too time consuming. That was case with this card. The basic design and colors are what SU used but I switched up the stamp set and the embellishments.

Looking to magazines and other media for inspiration is something that we all do. I am just glad that I don’t feel locked in to using only what is shown. It is fun to watch attendees to my classes and workshops when they are making their cards. Many of the stampers will not vary from the design that I display. They will carefully follow every little detail. At the Launch Party I had some young stampers attending and they looked outside the box. They created their own designs with the materials that were provided. When that happens I know that I have done my job. I have witnessed the creativity of others on their blank canvas, the basic card front.

Simply Sketched

Featuring Simply Sketched (#129672) stamp set. This is a Hostess stamp set that you can earn with a workshop order totaling $150 or more.

Ingredients: Card Stock: Bermuda Bay (#131197), Crushed Curry (#131199), Melon Mambo (#115320), Pool Party (#122924),and Whisper White (#100730). Classic Ink: Old Olive (#126953). Other: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439), Stripes Embossing Folder (#123128), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246), Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430), and Snail Adhesive (#104332).

I hope you enjoy this card and perhaps find some inspiration from it as well. Please leave a comment below before you leave.

Becky

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Why are you so hard on yourself?

Posted June 4, 2013 By Becky Tuttle

I have been a paper crafter/scrapbook creator for about 14 years. Before that I worked in many different mediums when creating. I don’t think of myself as a crafter, I am a craft artisan … and you know what? You are too.

When I have my items for sale at boutiques many people will come up and comment, “Oh, I could never do that.” “Your work is so good and mine … I just have trouble getting things straight and looking so good.” I listen to these comments and all I can think is that goodness, we ARE so critical of our own work. What do I have to say to all of you that feel that way? “Why? Why are you so dissatisfied with your work?”

You have this plan in your head of what you want your project to look like and if it deviates just a smidgen then you are unhappy. You know that there was a mistake, but no one else knows that. I tell people in my classes all the time that there are no mistakes. All you did was give your item some personality! Remember that we are all at different levels of expertise.

You know that I didn’t just pick up a rubber stamp and stamp pad and start creating the items that I do now. I had to go through the same learning curve as everyone else. I couldn’t tell you how many cards had the inking of the edge of the stamp rubber around the images, or how many times I smeared my ink not realizing that I needed to let it set or dry before I tried to color it in. I am sure that the people that received those first cards thought “yuck, she really could afford to go buy something much better from the store!

But I didn’t give up. I went to classes, read magazines, and later watched videos to learn how to stamp better. I still make mistakes, but the difference now is that I don’t let it upset me. If I can’t do something to hide the obvious flaw that the average person would know is a mistake (outline inking on the card) then I just get a new piece of paper or card stock and do it again. Gosh, it is only paper. It is not the end of the world! Remember there are two sides to every piece of paper. If the ink shows on the backside then remember that it is recyclable!

What I am trying to tell you is don’t be so hard on yourself. We all were a beginner at some time. From there we went through the learning progression. Some are farther along than others but we are all doing what we want to do AND what we enjoy to do. It doesn’t matter what your craft is, you are an artisan. You ARE creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Be proud!

If you would like to improve and learn more techniques in stamping then I would like to invite you to contact me or leave a message about scheduling a workshop in your home or to register for a class. Do it today!

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