What Would Connie Do?  Ask your questions at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com I get asked a lot of questions and so it seemed only fitting to start a new series – “What Would Connie Do?”   I thought I might take some time to answer your questions here because you might be wondering the same thing OR you’ll learn a different way of doing things OR you’ll get affirmation that you’re doing it right.  Not to say I know how to do everything right.  I try, but…. well, you know what I’m trying to say.  I’m going to give it my best shot.  So… with that being said, let’s get started with our first question…

Sharon wrote me and asked…
 “I love everything that I have seen you make and I’m in a slump.  Going to a 12 hrs Breast Cancer crop on 11/1 and I have nothing planned out, was hoping to make some Christmas cards.  What do you suggest stamp wise, paper, etc.?”

Dear Sharon,
Stampin’ Up offers SO many different style of artwork to suggest which ones you should buy would be really difficult.  There are stamp sets in our catalog I just don’t like (yes, it’s true).  There are others that I LOVE and it could be a stamp set that you don’t particularly like.  It’s all good!  We all have different tastes and that’s why Stampin’ Up offers so many different types.  

So, to answer your question  which stamp sets you should get… Do you have our Holiday catalog?  I would browse through it and see what catches your eye.  Always keep in mind that just about any stamp set can be used on any layout so if you have a layout in mind (Flash Card maybe?) then go for it!  

Paper…. well, you can never go wrong with our assorted cardstock packages.  You get 20 sheets, 2 of each color, for only $6.95.  Each package will make 40 card bases so that’s pretty good!  A package of Whisper White and Very Vanilla are STAPLES and are a must have for any stamper.

Speaking of paper and card bases, Natasha emailed me and asked,
“Hi Connie, Got a question about the Flash Cards. Do you make the bases as you need them or do you make 8 each of every color?”

Dear Natasha,
Personally, I would make 2 of each color and of each size.  You will need 2 sheets of each color (again, going back to the previous question) our assorted cardstock packages are perfect for this.

  • Score 1 sheet of cardstock at 4 1/4″ and cut in half at 5 1/2″
  • Score 1 sheet of cardstock at 5 1/2″ and cut in half at 4 1/4″

You can keep these in a plastic shoe box or those photo boxes.  You’ll always be ready when you need a card!

One of my most commonly asked questions…
“Where do you go for inspiration or are you just naturally creative?”

I get asked this question a lot!  First of all, let me say, I am SO not naturally creative.  Just ask my Mom.  I flunked Sandbox in Kindergarden because my idea of sand art was a hill of wet sand.  I have pictures to prove it.  But I digress…Where do I go for inspiration?  

Well, my favorite place for inspiration is PINTEREST.  What a great place to find inspiration!  Start an account (it’s free) and start a “Board” and call it “Stampin’ Up Inspiration” or “Stampin’ Up Cards” or “Connie’s Flash Card Ideas” (shameless plug).  Now, do a quick search for Stampin’ Up.  You’ll start to see the names of people who have posted Stampin’ Up ideas.  When you see someone that has the same style as you, “FOLLOW” them.  There is a button to do this.  I would recommend you only follow the boards you want vs. following everything.  Then, every time you log into Pinterest, their ideas will show up. Be sure to follow me!  Just search “Connie Stewart – Simply Simple Stamping” and you should find me.  On the website you can add a PIN IT button to your bookmarks.  Just click it whenever you see something you like.

My other favorite place to go for ideas using a specific stamp set is images.google.com.  LOVE this site!  Let’s say you just bought the Festival of Trees bundle (and a bunch of you have).  Type “festival of trees stampin’ up” so that you are sure to get projects using the stamp set and not other things.  BOOM!  There ya go!  Lots of ideas.

When you see those cool ideas, click on the picture and PIN IT to your Pinterest board.  Now you have all your great ideas in one place!

Well, I hope that you found today’s Q & A helpful!  I would love to answer your questions.  Just email me at [email protected] and put “What Would Connie Do” in the subject line.  I will do my best to answer your questions here.

I am going to try to post tomorrow BUT I have a VERY busy few days ahead of me.  Ginny is out of school for Fall Break today and tomorrow.  Christina is out of college for Fall Break Monday and Tuesday PLUS my best friend in the entire world, Brenda, is coming to visit all next week.  I have been busy cooking, cleaning (okay, not really but I will be cleaning later), and catching up on laundry.  I am really looking forward to spending some time with her chatting, drinking WAY too much coffee and of course, stamping together. She’s the mastermind who got me starting in all this madness!  God bless her!

So, with all that going on, I am going to go fold that laundry that beeped an hour ago.  I hope you guys have a wonderful Thursday!  See ya soon!

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