April 2, 2013


And, it's back to The Basics!

Have I mentioned how much fun I am having with the Stampin' Up! online class, The Basics? Oh yeah, I think I have mentioned it. There is just something so wonderful about having my homework to look forward to doing at the end of a long, hectic day.

This next batch of four projects continues with learning the ins an outs of using the trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig in the first three, then moving onto a new technique in the fourth.

Project 9
This particular project called for the Natural Composition Specialty paper found on page 162. I, however, do not have that paper, so guess what!? I made my own! Of course, it doesn't look like the DSP, but it was close enough that it substituted nicely in this project. 

And then, I also do not have the Field Flowers set called for in the project supplies. So I dug out an old set featuring a lilac branch that allowed me to do the technique perfectly.

Project 10
Next up is what I consider my favorite creation from this online class thus far. Looking lots different from the class sample, I am very HAPPY with the results. Lacking the called-for supplies, well, you know . . . 

Being able -- and willing -- to substitute is part of the beauty of this online class. You still work through the "problem" of the technique assigned, but you don't need to buy a whole lot of supplies, simply using what you already have and being a little creative. Very satisfying indeed. And, besides that, I am able to resurrect some of my retired supplies that still have a little place in my heart, but I haven't used in awhile.

Project 11
If you're a regular reader of Paper Seedlings, you have already been introduced to this little "poor thing". I asked you in this post http://www.paperseedlings.com/2013/03/can-this-poor-thing-be-saved.html if you thought it could be saved. 

I struggled with this assignment so terribly, and I am still not happy with my results. 

Project 12
After we finished the Stamp-a-ma-jig lesson, we moved on to a technique I usually thoroughly enjoy, but <too> often forget about. It was really nice to have this little reminder chapter on what all you can do with masking. 

Unfortunately, once again I was lacking the Tea Lace Paper Doilies called for, so I made my own doily using the Paper Doily Sizzlits L in my Big Shot. I, of course, also switched up a few other elements, and was happy with my own creation.

Each day as I finish my homework, I am sorely tempted to sneak on to the next lesson. But, I manage to control myself. After all, I vowed to do merely one project each day so the online class lasts me 34 days.




  1. So pretty. The classes sound like a good idea.

    1. Thanks, Christina! Did you sign up for them yet? :>)

  2. Your cards are gorgeous! I like them all. My favorites of these are the 'Hello' and 'Happy.'
    Thanks so much for coming by and linking up! I hope to see you again next week.

    1. Thank you so much, KC! And thanks for letting me continue to link up! :>)

  3. ow fun, love the lilac card!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop.Your participation helps to make it fun xo. P.S. I posted the new giveaway yesterday, come on over and get your entry in :-)

  4. Beautiful! You are very talented and creative. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from USS Crafty. Have a great week :)


  5. This is absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party :-)

  6. Oh, don't sell yourself short! Your cards are beautiful! I don't have a lot of talent in that department, but I can really appreciate yours. Keep it up! Found you over at Anything Blue Friday. Have a great week!


  7. Yep, love the lilac card...but why do I have to pick just one?? I do that all the time. I pick one thing off a page in a magazine for example while I peruse through one. Then if I don't pick something from one page, I can pick two from another. So, in that vein, I pick the lace card too! So pretty!
    I know, I'm a crazy lady, but that's just how God made me!!
    OH, and thanks so much for being such a loyal follower and joining my parties each week. I really love seeing your cards!

  8. I like the lilacs. It's so pretty it should be framed and hung up! Have a great day. Linda

  9. Love the lilacs!! You do a great job. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

    1. Thanks, Betsy, for the nice compliment and for letting me link up! :>)

  10. I love these! Thank you so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! I hope to see you again tomorrow. :)