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Cardstock Clean Up

Posted January 13, 2016 By Becky Tuttle

I have challenged myself to work on my craft room and to focus this month on getting all of my card stock under control. I have been working at least 15 minutes each day to gather and collect all of my card stock into one place so I can go through it and decide if it is worth keeping or not. I have found that my 15 minutes leads me to spending a bit longer time at trying to clean because I find things that have been missing or attempting to clean one area and taking care of other items that are in the way. An example … I couldn’t even walk near my paper and card stock shelf because I had so much fabric and old blankets that I want to use for projects just tossed on the floor. 5 minutes of folding got the collection under control. It is still not where ever it is that I will be storing it (I haven’t decided), but at least I have it together and can now get to my shelf to see what I have!
Tonight I will put in some more time on the room and focus a little more on my card stock … and probably find a few more hidden and lost items to side track me!

Becky

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Choose Happiness by Stampin’UP!

Posted June 29, 2014 By Becky Tuttle

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The Stampin’UP! Convention is drawing near and oh how I wish I was going. This year I must pass on attending but I am not passing on swapping card fronts with others. I have made 50 of this card to send with my friend and to also mail to an on-line swap. I have to say that I really do like the design and the results.

Stamp Set: Choose Happiness, Work of Art

Card Stock: Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White

Inks: Pretty in Pink, Baked Brown Sugar

Other: Basic Jewels Pearls, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Cotton Ribbon Blushing Bride,

Thick Baker’s Twine Baked Brown Sugar, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and Snail Adhesive

Now that you have the supply list it is your turn to create your take on this card!

Please leave a comment below letting me know what you think of my card. Comments let me know that there

really is someone out there reading my blog! And, it makes me happy.

Happy Stamping!

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Today is Trivia Day … Here’s Your Question!

Posted January 4, 2014 By Becky Tuttle

In honor of Trivia Day I have a question for you. I bought my very first Stampin’UP! stamp set in 2006 to make Christmas cards that specifically reflected the life of this household. What stamp set did I purchase? Email your answer to me at justbusystampin@comcast.net. Then leave me a comment below letting me know that you have sent me an email.

Need a hint? Think about what my husband and I enjoy doing!

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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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What is on your Stampin’Up! wish list?

Posted May 22, 2013 By Becky Tuttle

Can you believe that it is that time of the year again? It is time for the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. Along with the new catalog you will find a number of new stamp sets and new embellishments. There is always so much that we want but think … goodness, I will never be able to use all of this, but I really want one of each! Well, I am here to help you out. I am offering up a variety of ribbon shares that will feature all of the ribbons that will be found in the catalog. Each ribbon share will include 2 yards of each ribbon in that share. All details are listed below.

  • Please EMAIL ME at justbusystampin@comcast.net with your preorder
  • I will send you a PayPal Invoice for the total amount, plus shipping if necessary or direct you on other payment arrangements. Please identify the PayPal Email that I should use. All payments must be received by May 31st.
  • Shares are 2 yards each color in each ribbon family
  • I will be placing this first round of preorders will be placed May 31st.
  • With the beginning of the new catalog I anticipate that it will be approximately 1 week before the order arrives to me from Stampin’Up! I will prepare the ribbon shares as soon as it arrives and expect it to be a few days before I have them completed and will notify local customers by email when they are available for pick-up.
  • For out of area customers the ribbon shares will be mailed Priority Mail. Please add $5.50 for one to four shares. If you purchase 5 or more shares I will need to notify you of the postage.

 

Ribbon Share #1 – NEW!!! 3/8 Ruffled Stretch Trim Ribbon $11.00

The  New 2013-2015 In Colors! – Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush

2 yards of each color

10 yards total

 

Ribbon Share #2 – NEW!!! 3/4 Chevron Ribbon $25.00 

12 Colors – Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Wisteria Wonder

2 yards of each color

24 yards total

 

Ribbon Share #3 – In Color 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon – $11.00

The 2012-2014 In colors – Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit

2 yards of each color

10 yards total

 

Ribbon Share #4 – 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon – $12.00

10 new colors! – Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi

2 yards of each color

20 yards total

 

Ribbon Share #5 – 3/8” Taffeta Ribbon $8.50

5 beautiful colors – Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Whisper White

2 yards of each color

10 yards total

 

Ribbon Share #6 – 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon $10.00

7 georgeous colors – Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red

2 yards of each color

14 yards total

 

Ribbon Share #7 – 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon $10.00

6 colors – Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla

2 yards of each color

12 yards total
**Please note that these product shares are not available from Stampin’Up! These item collections must be ordered directly from Becky Tuttle, Stampin’Up! Demonstrator.

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Monthly Stamp Clubs – why or why not?

Posted April 21, 2013 By Becky Tuttle

I am a person that really enjoys  being with others when I am working on my papercrafting. I get an extra dose of mojo and energy from those around me. That is one of the reasons that I offer classes in my home. I am a serious crafter and have so much in equipment that I am willing to share … goodness I know that money is an issue for so many these days that doesn’t it just make sense to share if I am able to? On the flip side, I know that there are many out there that prefer to just stay home and work solo. It may be that time is a restriction, travel to and from classes or workshops is not convenient, there are many possible reasons, and that is why I offer a monthly stamp club.. Is this something that is for everyone? Certainly not, but it is an option that works for many.

So now those of you that have not heard of a stamp  club wonder just what exactly is it. The stamp club that I offer is not one that sends out kits to be completed. I offer you a stamp set that perhaps you as well as others have indicated to me that there is an interest in. I then will create 4 cards using that stamp set and create an instruction sheet to allow those club members to replicte those cards. The stamp set, the completed cards, and the instructions are packaged and mailed to the club members with a target date of approximately the 25th of the month to be in their mailbox. It is a win-win for everyone. I receive your order for the stamp set and get to create cards, which I love to do; and you get this fantastic stamp set, four completed cards with envelopes, AND instructions to make more cards! Plus sometimes you will find an extra little something inside your package!

If you would like to learn more about my Monthly Stamp Clubs just click on the page tab at the top of the page. Have questions? Just send me an email.

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Hello my friends … this is a work in progress

Posted April 7, 2013 By Becky Tuttle

I have been working on putting together a new blog page that I could call my own. It is not an easy thing for me since though I consider myself somewhat computer savvy I still feel that I am computer illiterate in many areas … such as blogging! I welcome you to this new site for my Just Busy Stamping ventures and hope that you will be patient as I tweek and fine tune the site over the coming months.

I gave thought of waiting until I have all the little bells and whistles in place before inviting you to join me on this site, but that is like waiting to have a baby only until after you have enough money to afford it! If I waited until the site was done then it would take even longer for me to complete it than if I have to come to visit it on a daily basis! So please be patient with me during these growing pains that I will be facing. As I mentioned I am not all that confident and change is difficult for me. Please give me encouragment with your comments and suggestions will be appreciated as well. I know that there is a lot that I need to do and want to do but I am learning as I go. So until I have it just how I want it, think of this blog page like a house being remodeled and the dust is still flying!

Thank you for dropping in and please do come back again soon.

 

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