When things don’t turn out the way you expect

Have you ever noticed that things don’t ever seem to go the way you plan?

I guess that’s why they say “life is what happens when you are busy making other plans”

Well this summer definitely lived up to that saying!

As many of you know I had surgery on June 2nd. It was my first surgery ever, and as far as surgeries go, I think it went quite well. I seemed to recover fairly quickly – at least enough that I was occasionally able to sneak down to my studio and create, post to my blog and send out email updates to you guys – all while my husband wasn’t paying attention LOL – because, you know, you’re actually supposed to rest after a surgery (how ’bout that?) read more…

Let’s Make It Over: Hello You Made My Day

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Welcome to another Let’s Make It Over – a special feature here on the Sunny Stampin’ Blog designed to help you think out of the box to adapt card ideas you see on the web and transform them into something that is uniquely your own using your stash of Stampin’ Up! products.

Today I show you how I transformed a card from Amy Sheffer – a Papertrey Ink Design Team member. read more…

The Myth of Creativity – Breaking Through Your Creative Barriers

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In all my years of blogging and teaching paper crafting – in speaking with and teaching thousands of card makers and mixed media artists around the world – the #1 thing that I hear, over and over again is this:

“I am not creative”, “I am not artistic”, “I can’t come up with my own ideas”,  “I don’t know how to take an idea and make it my own”.

Different ways of saying it – but ultimately all saying the same thing.  “I am not creative!”

I am here to tell you that this belief is absolutely, unequivocaly NOT TRUE! read more…

Let’s Make it Over: Birthday Duo

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Do you ever struggle to come up with card ideas?

Do you ever see cards on the internet – whether it’s on blogs or Pinterest – that you absolutely love – but you’re not sure how you can take that idea and make it work with the supplies you have on hand? read more…

How to Transform an Ugly Card

Last week on Tuesday I sent out an email to those of you that are on the Sunny Stampin’ email newsletter list with a photo of a card I had created, and asked the following question “What do you do with an ugly card?”  I mentioned that I would share the transformation today, but in the meantime asked people to give me their suggestions on how I transformed it.

So, here is the “before” card:

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Here is the after card: read more…

Let’s Make It Over: A Little Kindness Card

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You’re standing in your crafting space surrounded by your glorious stash of Stampin’ Up! products just begging to be used.

You know you want to make card – you even know the theme of the card you want to make, but beyond that you’re drawing a blank. It’s been a few days since you’ve sat down to create so you’re not feeling the mojo. read more…

Donna Downey Studios Artist Gang 2015: “Be a voice” Mixed Media Video Tutorial

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Welcome to another Donna Downey Studios Artist Gang Tuesday! For this month’s project I decided to create another 12″ x 12″ mixed media canvas with an inspirational quote.

My poor studio is sadly lacking in art pieces for the wall because in the past my tendency was to create most of my art in my journal.  My reason for this was simple – I was experimenting, and I didn’t want to chance “ruining” my canvases. I wanted to save my canvases for the time when I felt as though my artwork had progressed enough to be “worthy” of a canvas. read more…

Let’s Make It Over: Hello My Friend

Welcome to my first “Let’s Make It Over” post!  The purpose of the “Let’s Make It Over” feature is to show you innovative ways to use your Stampin’ Up! products to re-create trendy cards created by talented designers in the blogosphere. In card-speak it would be called CASEing a card (acronym for “Copy And Share Everything”).

For each “Let’s Make It Over” feature I choose a card I like, make it over with products from my Stampin’ Up! stash, and then share my thought process behind my product choices and how I adapted my products to fit the design I want to re-create.

For this week’s project I found an awesome card by Laura Bassen from her blog Doublestick Heaven. Here’s a before & after snapshot of the projects:

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Laura’s card featured a Papertrey Ink stamp set called Plaid Builder – which is essentially a collection of different line widths and textures. I loved the way she used one of the line stamps to build a colorful striped background.  I had several thoughts as I was re-creating the striped background. read more…

Donna Downey Studios Artist Gang 2015: “She Is Clothed In Strength” Mixed Media Video Tutorial

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Welcome to another Donna Downey Studios Artist Gang Tuesday! For this month’s project I decided to create an inspirational piece of artwork that I could frame.  Now instead of working on a canvas, because I knew I wanted to work with my water colors,  I decided to work on some 140 lb Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper which I cut to 9″ x 12″. read more…

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