Monday, June 26, 2017

Plan It Out Monday - Using It So Far...

Today is the last in this Monday series on the Love Today Planner.


In the video today, I am stamping/decorating the week of July 3rd with you.

I have had a little more time to use the planner,
and I think that the spaces are a nice size.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Simple Bible Journaling with Stamps...

It has been a while since I have shared a Bible Journaling process with you.

And so, today we are going to journal Psalm 139:23-24 together.


Well, actually, I already did it 😊 but now I can share with you what I did.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Plan It Out Monday - More Set Up...

Welcome to the next installment of the Plan It Out Monday series,
where we are going to look at my set up
of the Love Today Planner and what I have decided to do with it so far.


I don't have much commentary to go with this post, 
so we'll just dive right into the video...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sweet Strawberry Jam Birthday Card...

Strawberries come into full swing here in the month of June.
Whether you grow your own, go pick them yourself, 
or just stop and pick some up at the local road side stand, 
they are abundant...as well as delishious!

So, I made some Sweet Strawberry Jam...
in the form of a card!


Although, this year my oldest daughter said that she wants us to try to make some jam...
I made some when I was still in school...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Plan It Out - Unboxing and Starting to Set-up...

Welcome to the start of a new week...
and for me a new planner.
Are you all as giddy as I am?
Well, probably not, but you can be...


You can order one now and have it in time to start with it in July!
I realize that that probably doesn't work as well for most,
however, it might help more than you may think at first...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wood Words with Overlay...

The new catalog is brimming with great products.
The Wood Words stamp set and coordinating dies, Wood Crate,
are just one of the great bundles.


It was one of the available preorders for demonstrators, so I got mine last month,
but it seemed like I didn't get much of a chance to work with it until last week...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Plan It Out - Preview...

Are you a plan things out kind of person?
Or are you more of "I write appointments on a calendar and that's about it" kind of person?

Well, either way, you might like this beautiful planner...

I love office supplies...
And new planners are great!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

New Catalog Day...

Good bright Thursday morning!
It's June 1st, so that means 
NEW Catalog Day!
The 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! catalog is now available!


The ordering will go live at 12 p.m. (MT time),
which is 2 p.m. for me here in the Eastern time zone.

Looking forward to getting my order in...

Do you want to look through the new catalog?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day...

Good morning and welcome to the Memorial Day holiday
(here in the United States).

Today, we take time to celebrate the lives of those that 
died while in active duty in our country's military.

While some family's are personally affected,
and others are just grateful citizens that pay their respects 
to those that have suffered this great loss,
we all are moved by the strength shown by those that have lost those closest to them.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Adirondack Chair Cards...

I finally had some time to work with some of the new products
that arrived just before we went on vacation.

I've always liked Adirondack chairs
and they were prevalent in the yards in Connecticut (where we were on vacation).

So, I was excited to get home to use the new Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies
and the chair in the set...
once I got a chance to start creating again.


I made two variations of the card...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Make it the Way You Like... (Paper Pumpkin Alternative)

Sorry that I am a day late on my 'Monday Blog Post'...
Things were quite busy, so I just didn't get everything all done yesterday.

But here it is, a Paper Pumpkin alternative for this month's (May 2017) kit.


A little pink :) but I was using colors I have that coordinated with the kit.
It will be great for ladies.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Graduation Hat Card...

So, their rightful name is mortarboard
but how many actually look that up 
when they want to make a graduation card?

Simple and to the point is a good way to go!


There are two graduates in our family this year...
One from Law school
and the other from High School.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Nature Scene Bible Journaling...

Psalm 104 has a number of references to nature in it.
And after reading in my daily reading, 
I decided to journal a nature scene...


Here is the video showing my process.


The stamp sets used are retiring at the end of May,
so if any peek your interest,
don't wait to order them!

In the Meadow Clear-Mount Stamp Set            Always an Adventure Clear-Mount Stamp Set
The colors used today are
Pacific Point
Tempting Turquoise
Smokey Slate
Old Olive

What have you been working on in your Bible?

Thank  you for coming to Create with Me today!

"Who laid the foundations of the earth,
that it should not be removed for ever."
Psalm 104:5

Amanda

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fabric Inspired Card...

Last week, I put this picture on my Facebook page
showing the fabric I was using to make culottes with matching ink colors.
My friend wanted to see the card inspired by the culottes!
So, I came up with one...


And it also has two matching varieties to go with it.


Here is the video showing how I made it...



I used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and the Flourish Dies
(the bundle will be available until the end of the current catalog),
which are carrying over to the new catalog!

The colors used are

Dimensions are in inches...
The card base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
The background 3 3/4 x 5,
and the sentiment piece is 3/4 x 3 1/2.
Extra pieces of very vanilla and/or other matching cardstock
 are needed for die cuts.

How do you get inspired for projects?

Thank  you for coming to Create with Me today!

"And this is the confidence that we have in him,
that, if we ask any thing 
according to his will, he heareth us:"
1 John 5:14

Amanda

Monday, May 8, 2017

Appetizer Umbrella's for Geography Fair...

Here at Quarter Acre Academy 
we are finished up with most of our 2016-2017 school year.
Part of our activities included a Geography Fair.


 Our local homeschool group did it's second academic fair this year.
(Last year it was History.)

My oldest daughter chose to do the United States National Parks.


My youngest daughter did Norway.


All the kids did a good job!

A friend of ours was also participating in the fair 
and did her display on the Amazon Rainforest.

We all were bringing snacks, with a lot of them being from the areas being shown on the displays.

The idea for the Amazon Rainforest was little umbrellas on some pepperoni and cheese appetizers.
But the umbrellas couldn't be found at the store...


So, I'm going to show you a quick video on how I made some easy Appetizer Umbrellas.


Supplies needed:

toothpicks
printed paper
2 inch circle punch or dies
tape

What are you doing to finish up the school year with your kids?

Thanks for stopping by to Create with Me!

"Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, 
thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."
Psalm 12:7

Amanda

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Scrapbook "Show and Tell"...

Today is National Scrapbook Day...
So, I thought I would take you on a tour of the scrapbooks I have done.


"Scrapbooking is a method for preserving family history, 
personal momentoes, photographs, newspaper clippings, 
artwork and other memorabilia."
There is a complete overview of what the day is about 

Here is the video tour of my the scrapbooking I have done in the past.



Do you enjoy scrapbooking?
What is your favorite way to scrapbook?
Do you use a particular memory keeping system?

Thank you for stopping by to Create with Me today!

"They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness,
 and shall sing of thy righteousness."
Psalm 145:7

Amanda

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Silver Lining...

Do you ever have a project were it is just not turning out the way you wanted it to?
Today's card was one of those kind of projects.


I worked on it, but what was developing wasn't what I wanted.
So, I walked away...

Did other things and then came back to try again.
I don't even think I returned to it the same day.

But the break must have been needed, 
because after I started on it again, it worked into something I liked a whole lot better than where it was going earlier.

So, I made one of the 'good' ones for you...


Silver Lining card stats (in inches):

Sprinkles of Life Photopolymer Stamp Set
White card base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 
scored and folded at 4 1/4.
Night of Navy cardstock cut at 4 x 5 1/4.
Another piece of white cardstock at 3 3/4 x 5.
A piece of Designers Series Paper at 1 1/2 x 3.
A 2 inch circle of
2 inch circle punch or die or stitched die.
A scrap piece of white cardstock for the cloud.
Stamp set used was the Sprinkles of Life,
along with the coordinating Tree Builder punch.
Tree Builder Punch
Thank you for coming to Create with Me today!

"Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; 
and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds."
Psalm 36:5

Amanda

Monday, May 1, 2017

April Paper Pumpkin Alternative Idea...

Welcome to a new week!
Last Monday I shared an idea for different ways 
to use your April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit, 
well, today I have another one!

The extra it uses that are not included
 in the Paper Pumpkin kit is a piece of white card, 
a piece of printed paper, and some coordinating ink.

I also did this one that is very similar to what the kit is,
 except I did only the Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry colors
 and added a strip of Melon Mambo cardstock (that's not included in the kit).

Here is the video showing how I put the green alternate card together.

I enjoyed working with this kit.
There were some refill kits available, but they sold out already!
It was very popular.

Do you like the thoughts of doing some paper crafting, 
but don't want to invest in a lot up front?
Why not sign up for Paper Pumpkin? 
You get everything you need right in the box for only $20! 
(And that includes the shipping!)
Sign-up by May 10th to get this month's box...
don't miss another month!


Thank you for coming to Create with Me today!

"Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.
Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble;
incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily."
Psalm 102:1-2

Amanda

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring Woods...

Spring is very nice here and it is quiet warm today.

This card is my take on some spring woods...


I really like how the wood background paper turned out with the Woodland Textured embossing folder used over it....then adding the ink to darken the trunks more.

Some of the paper used was not Stampin' Up!, but I'm excited to see that there is some wood inspired paper coming in the new catalog that demonstrators get to start ordering from in May, and customers get to see it in June...

But until then, here is the video to show how I got the effects I did for this card.


I used the Woodland Embossing folder on a piece of wood grained designed cardstock,
running it through the Big Shot twice.

I used the Flourish Dies set to cut out the leaves and flowers. 
The leaves were made using Old Olive cardstock, and a light yellow was used for the flowers....
They would probably look great in Daffodil Delight or So Saffron!
The ink used was the soon retiring Tip Top Taupe.

Any sentiment will work lovely on this card.

Thank you for stopping by to Create with Me today!

"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart,
all ye that hope in the Lord."
Psalm 31:24

Amanda

Monday, April 24, 2017

Glimmer & a Sara Thing Card Mix...

Good Monday morning friends!


Today I have an April 2017, A Sara Thing, Paper Pumpkin alternative today.
I used some of the now unavailable Sale-A-Bration glimmer paper,
however, there is glimmer paper in the Annual Catalog...
in Blushing Bride
Dazzling Diamonds
Gold
Red
and Silver.

The video was a little longer than I thought it would be,
and I was trying to hurry to get the video done while the house was quiet,
but it all worked out.

So here is the video...

The A Sara Thing Paper Pumpkin kit for this month is really nice.
I like having the black card bases for a switch up from other colors and white.

The pieces I cut from other cardstock was
4 x 5 1/4 inches from colored cardstock - Mint Macaron in the video -
3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches from white cardstock
and a small piece of the colored cardstock to fit your sentiment.

Here is the intended cards to be made with this kit...
(Click the picture to view the video of Sara showing how to make these cards.)

Pretty huh?
Would you like to still get these supplies? 
The refill kits are now available for $9!
(With the refill you will not get the stamp set or ink spot,
but you do still get the watercolor pencil samples!)

However, you do need to be a current subscriber to Paper Pumpkin to get the refills...
So what are you waiting for?
Stop missing out on great paper crafting kits and subscribe today!


Thank you for stopping by to Create with Me today!

"Those that be planted in the house of the Lord 
shall flourish in the courts of our God."
Psalm 92:13

Amanda

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sweet Sparrow Bible Journaling...

This week went by so fast... 
Sorry for not posting on Monday, 
because, although I have material ready, 
I had not been able to get a post written.

But today, I have a few minutes to share my Bible journaling with you...

For this particular project, I did not use all Stampin' Up! supplies....
I used what I had on hand that went with what I wanted to produce on the page.

I love the bird and hope to get more bird stamps,
 so I can do a variety of them in the pages of my Bible,
not to mention other projects. 
Birds are rather versatile and most people don't mind them!


Here is the process video...
Enjoy!


What Bible journaling have you done lately?

Thank you for stopping by to Create with Me today!

"But even the hairs on your head are all numbered. 
Fear not therefore: ye are of more value then many sparrows."
Luke 12:7

Amanda

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Daffodil Woods Card...

Daffodils are the first flowers we have around here when it starts warming up,
and I like them!
So, I went with them as my inspiration for a card...


I just love seeing the daffodils in the woods.

This card is a little more involved, but there is a video!


The card details:

White card base is 5 1/2 x 8, scored at 4 1/4 inches.
Piece of Mint Macaron cardstock at 4 x 5 1/4 inches...
then the middle removed at 1 inch in all the way around, 
then done again at 1/2 inch. all the way around.
White background piece at 3 3/4 x 5 inches

Ink colors are

As of this week, the new catalog has been released to demonstrators.
There is some great stuff in the new catalog!
However, with the new catalog, some things must go...
So there is an extensive retiring list...

And the two stamp sets I used for this card
In the Meadow (which I love)and the Oh So Succulent set
Oh So Succulent Photopolymer Stamp Set
are on the list to go...
You can still get these stamp sets until May 31, 2017
or while supplies last.

The In the Meadow clear-mount set is on backorder,
but they do have it in wood-mount!

And the Oh So Succulent stamp set is 25% off!

Of the colors used, Mint Macaron is also a retiring color,
so you will need to hurry to get it if it is a color you need!

Whew! 

I made this card before the retiring list was released,
so, I had no idea so much of one card would be going away.


Thank you for coming to Create with Me today!

"In his hands are the deep places of the earth: 
the strength of the hills is his also."
Psalm 95:4

Amanda

Monday, April 10, 2017

Super Simple Thank You Card...

Today, I wanted to bring a project that was super easy and didn't take too many supplies.
So I came up with these...

They went so fast that I made 4 up before I even got around to making the video.



I think it helped using different colors.

From front to back:

Then in the video I make the Bermuda Bay one, 
but I also made one with Island Indigo...


I decided to go ahead and stamp on the inside of these cards as well.


The video here will show you how I did the outsides...

The stamp set used was the Flourishing Phrases from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

I hope you enjoyed this simple card project
and thank you for coming to Create with Me today!

"Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks:
for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare."
Psalm 75:1

Amanda

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Just Stop Losing Your Happy...

Today I have a Happy Birthday card for the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop...



If you are stopping by today for the hop, welcome! 
If you are a regular follower of Home Designs by Amanda, 
Thank You for your continued viewership!

Today is the April Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop
and the theme is to use the Retiring 2015-2017 In-Colors.

There are a couple of birthdays coming up in the next couple months that I need cards for... 
so I decided to make some cards for them.


I used the Number of Years photopolymer stamp set for these cards.
While I was working on these cards, I was away from my desk, 
and a family member caused an unintentional misplacement of one of the stamps...
specifically the 'happy' stamp.

So, when I discovered that it was gone, we went looking for it,
and found it in the entry way to another room of the house...

But the story doesn't end there...

That night I left everything where it was on my desk because I wasn't feeling well..
and still needed to work on them.
The next morning my youngest daughter (she's 6) was in the room with me, 
and I said,
"I think I lost my 'happy' again."

She was so cute and said, 
"Would you stop losing your 'happy'!" 
as we found it on the floor near my desk.

I think we both saw the underlying meaning to that statement...

because as I was thinking about the application that could have in our lives,
she asks, "Mommy, are you happy?"

I answered with a nonchalant, "I guess so." 
(I'm not a definitive person when it comes to these types of questions...)
and we moved onto getting some breakfast.


The happy was found and now lets see how the card was made...


and I also used the coordinating die set,
Large Numbers Framelits Dies.

The card base was 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 inches.
The white background piece is cut at 3 3/4 x 5 inches.
Numbers and 'flag' are cut out of pieces of white and colored cardstock.

The theme of this month's blog hop
was the retiring 2015-2017 In Colors,
so I used the ones I had...



Do you easily lose your happy?

Recently, I did a Ladies Bible study on Joy 
and this little episode just reminded me
 of how our happiness is based on what happens to you...
Joy is based on what is in your heart.

Although, we may at times seem to lose our 'happy,'
we can have Joy.

The best base for joy in your heart comes from a relationship with Jesus.
If you want more information about this, 
click the TODAY...
 to see how you can have that relationship and find real joy!

Thank you for stopping by to Create with Me today!
And for joining the blog hop...
check out the list of fellow Stampin' Up Demonstrators below
to get more great card and project inspiration using the retiring in colors.

"And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full."
1 John 1:4

Amanda

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Getting projects ahead...

So, like I mentioned in Monday's video, I am trying to get some planning and projects done ahead 
so that I am not scrambling each blog/video day to get something posted.


It is going well, but I am far from feeling far enough advanced...
So, for today, I am going to take a day off from posting a new project and video.

This planning ahead will hopefully help me add to my posting schedule...

When I first started the stamping and doing videos in January, 
my husband and I decide that I should post videos two days a week 
- Monday and Thursday - and thought that would be a good start.

Well, two-ish months and some social media insights later,
a better number sounds like three.


So, I'm setting up my plan for posting three projects/videos a week...
but to do this and keep up with consistency, 
having them ready ahead of time will be crucial.

Hope you don't mind the day off...
but to keep you going, you can sign-up for my newsletter,
either by clicking on the tab at the top of the page 
or filling in the form on the left side bar on my home page.
You will receive a welcome letter from me that includes a newsletter exclusive video,
and then two newsletters each month.
There may be occasional extra emails, especially to inform you of specials, 
but I promise not to send too many!

Thanks for stopping by to Create with Me today...
even if we didn't make anything :)

"And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek,
 and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
Luke 11:9

Amanda