Decisions, decisions, decisions!!!

So, my friends, here is where one decides to either sit back and let things remain status quo, or step it up and start doing all those challenges that are sitting on that “to do” list. Big choice, huh?! I finally decided to step it up…and did it within a week of my shoulder surgery! Crazy, I know, but it’s been long enough of “making excuses” (yes, surgery is a good one for not creating things, but…) and not taking that leap forward that can make or break me. Not only as a person, but also make or break my business. Since I joined a swap for OnStage (even though I’m unable to attend, sadly), and have a lot of birthdays in October, this Fab Friday Challenge was a perfect one for me to get busy with. So with no further ado, here is what I made for the FabFri148 Color Challenge.

OnStage Swap Card (2)

Since I absolutely love love love using Basic Black as a background for my cards since it makes everything else really pop off the page, I think it really does the trick here to show off the Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, and Pumpkin Pie. The stamp sets used here are Touches of Texture and Picture Perfect Birthday. I think adding the Gorgeous Grape ribbon and the So Saffron pearls were the perfect finishing touches for this card.

Whether or not this card is chosen as a Fab Fave doesn’t matter. What matters is I took that step, used the challenge and created a card I felt comfortable with. I challenged myself, and stepped up. I will continue to set more challenges for myself and continue to step forward to meet them. I hope you, my friends, will join me and continue to set challenges for yourselves. Let me know how you’ve stepped up to your challenges in the comments section so I can help cheer you on! ūüôā

Oh…and I also created a second look using the same color scheme and stamp sets, but used the flower from Touches of Texture as the front centerpiece instead, and used Basic Rhinestones instead of Pearls. Here’s that one:

OnStage Swap Front (2)

I hope you all have a foot-forward challenging day!

As always, stay creatively stamping!

Trisha

October’s Christmas Card Class by Mail

October class by mail preview

Hey everyone! I hope those of you that have been purchasing my classes are enjoying them, and are getting your cards ready for mailing in a few weeks! For those of you who have yet to start thinking about Christmas cards, there is one more month of card classes to go after this! However, if you were interested in October’s Christmas Card Class by Mail but have not yet ordered it, you must order by midnight tomorrow in order to get October’s class. Time is running out, and so are the spots for the classes. I have included a little preview of this month’s Christmas card as a little enticement for those last-minute procrastinators (like me lol). Remember with my classes you’ll get supplies for 10 complete cards with matching envelopes for $25.35 (shipping included), plus all Big Shot cutting will be done by me, so all you will need to do is follow the enclosed fully completed card with whatever stamp set you chose from your own supplies at home. (If you decide you like the set I chose, click here to let me know.)

In that little preview, you can see the new shimmer paints, new Blends markers, the new embossing pads for the Big Shot, as well as the matching thinlets dies for the Beautiful Baubles stamp set, not to mention one of my favorite holiday embellishments…the mini sequins ribbon. I hope this will get your curiosity going, and you send me a quick “yes, I want this month’s class by mail” message. If it does, just contact me by clicking the button at the top of the page, or just click here to email me.

As always, stay creatively stamping!

Trisha

Flash Sale Going On Now!!

PP Flash sale 10_2018

From now until supplies run out, new subscribers can get their first month of Paper Pumpkin for only $5! So…not only is the regular price of Paper Pumpkin a great deal, but for the next 48 hours, new subscribers are getting an even greater deal!!

Don’t wait, subscribe now, because once supplies are gone, orders will automatically be taken for November’s exclusive unique Holiday Paper Pumpkin kits.

Just click here to start your Paper Pumpkin subscription, and new subscribers, please make sure to enter FLASH1018 to get the special flash sale price!

As always, stay creatively stamping!

Trisha

October Christmas Card by Mail

Beautiful Baubles Photopolymer Stamp Set

Silver Foil-Edged Cards & Envelopes

For those of you who have been following along, October will be the next to the last month to get your Christmas Card classes done. For October, the Christmas class by mail will use the Beautiful Bauble set and the silver foil envelope set. You will get supplies for 10 complete cards along with the matching envelopes, and the cost is $20 plus shipping.

Should you wish to purchase the Beautiful Bauble photopolymer stamp set ($17), please be sure to let me know, so I can add the set to your order.

Contact me at the link above, or click here to send me a message about the Christmas Card by Mail class, before October 20th so you can be part of this month’s class. Remember, all the Big Shot die cuts and embossing will be done before you get your kit.

Don’t wait until last-minute to place your order for your Christmas Card Class by Mail as there is a limited amount of kits available.

As always, stay creatively stamping!

Trisha

Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale Coming Soon!

PP Flash sale 10_2018

Coming soon…and going fast! Stampin’ UP! Paper Pumpkin kits will be going on sale…a flash sale actually! Starting October 8th at 3:01 am Eastern Time (that’s 12:01 Mountain Time), new subscribers will be able to get their first kit for only $5…but only as long as supplies last! This is the perfect time to try the kit you’ve been thinking about for months, but haven’t quite gotten around to subscribing to. Set your calendars and alarms to remind you about the start time (or a good time during the sale). Remember, once the sale kits are gone, they’re gone for the month of October. Regular subscription prices will return, and will be taken for November only…so don’t hesitate if you plan to take advantage of this flash sale.

Just click here to order your October Paper Pumpkin kit!

Make sure to use the promo code FLASH1018 if you are a new subscriber!

As always, stay creatively stamping!

Trisha

Out of Order…

A while back I mentioned I would be transferring my blog to a new location. I have yet to do so, and have been searching for a good home to locate my blog. In the mean time, I have undergone some issues that have taken away from my time that I would normally have spent in my craft room. It has been a rather stressful time since my last post as my craft room is my “safe haven”, my place of solitude where I can get rid of all the nonsense of the outside world and just focus on me for a little bit.

I will be dedicating¬†a lot of time on getting back to focusing on my own needs as well as the needs of those around me. My craft room needs major work¬† and my projects need to get caught up and finished. So, over the course of the next few days, my desk will become visible again, cards will be made, swaps will be completed, November’s hop will be prepped and ready to publish as will upcoming sales…and I will get ready for upcoming shoulder surgery.

Will my creativity time ever be back to normal? Yes…yes it will. It will just take a little work and determination on my part, and a little understanding from those around me that I am an artisan¬†who needs to release frustrations by cutting, snipping, pasting, and sharing (among other such things). Otherwise, I am totally out-of-order and down for the count…at least mentally.

As always, stay creatively stamping!

Trisha