Sentiments Jan 27th 2014

The Sentiment Categories for January are Mom Birthday. Memorable Birthday, Bon Voyage, Christening, Congratulations, Dad’s Day, Friendship and Get Well. The Seasonal Post for Valentine’s Day will be posted on Feb. 3rd. Please feel free to use any of the following:

Mom’s Birthday:
You’ve always shown me what is important in life, and today, THAT IS YOU!
Thank you for being my parent, my nurse, my coach, my teacher, and my friend. I hope that today will be every bit as special as you are. Happy Birthday!
Too often we forget what a birthday is really all about – Today I started thinking about you and what a difference you’ve made in the lives of the people who know you. I just can’t imagine what things would be like if your life weren’t part of mine. It reminded me of what birthdays are for- and so today, I celebrate you and the difference that your life has made in this world.
Memorable Birthdays:
May everyday in the year ahead bring you something to enjoy.
It’s your day to surround yourself with everything you love.
Wherever this year takes you, may you find happiness along the way.
How do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any older?
Happy is the person who keeps a child’s heart. Happy Birthday!

Bon Voyage:
Good luck in your travels! I have heart that ___________ is a wonderful place and I can’t wait to see your photos and hear your stories when you come home!
Have a wonderful adventure. We’ll miss you.

May the Christening of your child find him/her surrounded by love and happiness.
May the love of God guide you through life’s journey. Congratulations.
Congratulations on the Christening of ___________.
Congratulations on all you have achieved. You deserve it.
Congratulations on ___! We hope your future is filled with as many successes as you’ve already achieved.

Dad’s Day:
Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I am so lucky to have grown up with such a wonderful father – you’ve always been there to love, support and encourage me.
Some Grandparents spoil their Grandkids with toys and gifts, but instead you spoiled me with your time and your love. I wouldn’t swap those memories for anything in this world. Happy Father’s Day, Grandpa.
To the world’s greatest Dad/Granddad. I hope you have a wonderful day.

A true friend is the one who walks in when others walk out.
Friends are how God gives hugs.
Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.
Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.
Thanks so much for your friendship.

Get Well:
Sending you a thousand smiles to brighten your day. Get Well Soon.
Being in the hospital is a downer, but look on the bright side, you get breakfast in bed!
It won’t be long before you’re better and back to being your same old self again. Enjoy the rest while it lasts!

Fellow Crafters,
I have noticed that this topic is one of your favorites – so if you want me to add another category please let me know.

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Need your feedback

Dear Fellow Crafters,

I have been thinking lately of starting a new blog. The new one, tentatively to be called Sallie’s Paper Adventures or One Unique Card, would feature blog posts about journal writing, instructions or tutorials etc. I am also thinking of taking down Uniquelyyourscards, my public website to concentrate more on writing. Oh, I would still sell cards, just not at the site.

Please respond at your earliest convenience.

Thanks, Sallie

Paper Crafting 101

Paper Crafting 101 Jan. 13th 2014
Embossing Powder
Embossing powder is a fast melting powder compound that is applied to wet pigment ink and when heated (with a heat gun) causes a raised design to appear. The powder, usually sold in small jars with lids, can be found in most craft stores. There are many web sites you can research for directions on how to emboss. My tips are:
1. Be sure to liberally apply ink to the stamp image.
2. Sprinkle embossing powder all over the design.
3. Gently tip the paper up and tap off the powder onto a scrap paper and funnel it back into the jar.
4. Use a heat gun to heat the image until it melts. Leave the image to cool.
Type of Powder:
1. Standard Embossing Powder (EP) – if you’re a beginner – use this type.
2. Detail powder – use if you have an intricate image.
3. UTEE – is a large particle type of powder that is extra thick and usually used to create jewelry.
4. Transparent _ clear is one of these types.
5. Opaque – the color of the powder dictates the final color.
6. Puffs – creates a fuzzy image or snow effect.
Colors: Vary from black, white, clear and black detail and others. Semi-transparent (use with colored paper) colors range from antique gold and silver to gold or silver pearl. Opaque and hologram create other types of looks.
One of the best sources for embossing powder is Stampendous for more information. You can reach them at

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Pursuit of Happiness- Hopes and Dreams

Paper Adventures January 6, 2014

The Pursuit of Happiness in the Craft Room

Dear Fellow Crafters,
The last days of any year for all of us, is a time to review the events and opportunities of the last year. For me, it’s a time to organize my craft room after the Christmas Card-making blitz and it’s a time to eat way too many cookies!
One of the things I have discovered this past year is that I’d forgotten how much I like to write. A good friend of mine recently told me how surprised she was when she first read some of my posts. She had no idea that I wrote and that she looked forward to my weekly paper adventures.
Since one of my goals this year is to reignite the flame of creating, I decided to research the topic “breaking Crafter’s Block.” We all go through it – “dry spells” they call them. The stack of card stock that sits untouched, the just bought “gotta have” dies, embossing folder or rubber stamp – they all sit waiting for us to create something new from the blank canvas on our desks.
We desperately want to create but we don’t know what and we know we won’t be happy until we do create something. Crazy, isn’t it?
So fellow crafters, I’ve decided to devote the first post of every month to a few words on spiritual and crafting inspiration to help you unlock your potential for the month. I’ll be using Henry S. Miller’s “The Serious Pursuit of Happiness” for the spiritual part and many of my journal prompts for the crafting parts. If YOU have any suggestions to help us on this journey, please email me at
January is a month of hope and plans. Journaling is one of the first tools used to teach aspiring writers how to tap into their creative flow. Resolve to write one positive goal each morning of each day of January and plan to make the plan a reality. Old photos (scanned, if possible) are great starting points and if you take the time to create your cover first, you will have to write now! Don’t make this a chore – open your eyes and heart for the possibilities that await you! There was a TV personality that said that she finds inspiration all over even in commercials! I wonder if she was talking about color concepts. Journals can be made from composition books you can find at dollar stores. Cover them with patterned paper, stickers, and flowers – virtually anything you want. But beware – making journals can be addictive – almost like eating chocolate chip cookies!

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