Sunday, September 30, 2012


Hi girls!

Here is your weekly sketch challenge.  This week, one sketch to make a card and a scrapbook page.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Feeling Creative?

This card was made in September's Card Making Class. 

It features the stamp set Creative Elements (page 126AC #122647  $30.95) 

We stamped the images with Versamark Ink (page 159AC  #102283  $9.95) and heat embossed with Early Espresso embossing powder (page 32HC #128980 $5.95) 

Then we cut faux frames using spellbinder dies. 

Finally a piece of retired Chocolate Chip satin ribbon was formed into an inline bow and attached with sticky strip.  

If you would like to make cards- join us for card class!  It is a fun night out with the girls! 

You get to choose whether you pay a flat fee of $20.00 or purchase $30.00 in products from the catalog and you get the class for FREE. 

Also, as an added bonus, if you attend a class, you get a bonus FREE Crop day!  

For more information check out the tab at the top of my blog on classes & events or contact me!  


Friday, September 28, 2012

Anniversary / Love Card....

This is another card we made in September's Card Making Class. 

It would make an awesome anniversary card!  

The greeting is from the Loving Thoughts stamp set (page 136 AC  #125845  $28.95.

The card base is basic black and the mat is real red.  The whisper white top layer is punched with the full heart punch (page 182AC #119883  $22.95)  

A piece of designer series paper is placed behind the top layer to color the hearts.  I chose Polka Dot Parade (page 164 AC  #126902  $13.500 

A tiny heart was free cut and applied to the top right corner. 

A black journal-ling pen was used to draw little lines around the hearts to add interest.  

Finally a bow was made with Rose Red seam binding ribbon (page 172  #121884  $9.50)  that was colored with real red ink to match

If you would like to make cards- join us for card class!  It is a fun night out with the girls! 

You get to choose whether you pay a flat fee of $20.00 or purchase $30.00 in products from the catalog and you get the class for FREE. 

Also, as an added bonus, if you attend a class, you get a bonus FREE Crop day!  

For more information check out the tab at the top of my blog on classes & events or contact me!  

Thursday, September 27, 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas....

12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas Starts Soon!

Are you looking for holiday inspiration?  

Well don't look any further. 

Just click this link ----> Sign up  to receive my 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas, and start receiving a holiday project idea each week for 12 weeks, right in your inbox! 

Don't want to sign up, then keep your eyes on my blog for the posts!

Your first weeks inspiration will be out the week of October 7th!  

The Open Sea....

Here is a great "guy" card that we made in September Card Making Class. 

 It features the stamp set The Open Sea (page 104 AC- #123032  $22.95)  which was heat embossed with the new Early Espresso embossing powder (page 32 HC  #128980 $5.95)

The greeting is from the stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes ( page 133 AC  #127802  $32.95)

The bottle was a hand drawn sketch that we cut out of cardstock.  It was "aged" with soft sued ink
The map is actually a road map of  Manitoba that was crumpled up, edges torn,  and then sponged with soft suede ink. 
The compass was made with three circle punches, assembled then tied with bakers twine to the bottle.  

The mat is early espresso and the base is crumb cake.  

The greeting was punched with the modern label punch (page 183 AC #119849 $22.95) and adhered with brads. 

If you would like to make cards- join us for card class!  It is a fun night out with the girls! 

You get to choose whether you pay a flat fee of $20.00 or purchase $30.00 in products from the catalog and you get the class for FREE. 

Also, as an added bonus, if you attend a class, you get a bonus FREE Crop day!  

For more information check out the tab at the top of my blog on classes & events or contact me!  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Playing with Re-inkers.....

The other day, I was making a card, and needed ribbon, but did not have the correct color. 

So, I figured it was worth a shot to try to make my own. 

I grabbed some retired grosgrain ribbon…..then took some re-inker and water and mixed it together and painted it on the ribbon with a stiff paint brush.

A little help from my heat gun sped up the drying time, and voila!  I have Night of Navy ribbon!

How cool is that!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Get Well Card...

Here is a super fun card for someone who is not feeling well:

Now wouldn't this put a smile on your face  if you were not feeling well and someone sent you this card? 

Monday, September 24, 2012

New Silicone Craft Sheet......

Product ReviewSilicone Craft Sheet

This item is found on page 31 of the Holiday Catalog.  Item #127853 $7.50

Size:  6” x 6”

Soft, thick, flexible, non stick, silicone mat – a perfect size- not too big, not too small!

Easily assemble embellishments by simply dropping a dollop of any adhesive in the center of the mat.  

Attach the paper parts and let dry- then it simply peels of the mat- no sticking!  How cool is that! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Weekly Sketches for Sept 23 2012.....

Hello Everyone!

I trust you had a fantastic week.

Here are your weekly sketches for this week:

Saturday, September 22, 2012

These flowers are FABULOUS....

These flowers are FABULOUS.....Fabulous Florets that is!

Do you remember this weeks sketch challenge, where I challenged you to make a card and/or a scrapbook page?

Well I chose the Fabulous Florets stamp set on page 83 of our annual catalog, (part number 123027 $21.95)   I needed a welcome to the neighborhood card for a young couple who just moved in two doors down.  Here is what I came up with:

I chose Rich Razzleberry, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black and Whisper White for my cardstock colors.  I used a blender pen and Garden Green, More Mustard and Rich Razzleberry markers to watercolor the images that I stamped with black stazon ink. I just scribbled the marker onto an acrylic block and picked up the color with my blender pen to color the images.  The greeting is from the Lacy and Lovely stamp set- Love the fancy greetings in this set!  (page 99 part number 122887 $21.95)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wise words....

I received this in my email today from a fellow demonstrator.  She found it somewhere on the internet.  

Please take a couple of minutes to read this post in its entirety- 30 things to stop and 30 things to start doing to yourself.....WISE WORDS.....I bet each and every person can find at least one item here that applies to them.

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself ...
  1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
  2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
  3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself. Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
  4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
  5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
  6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.
  7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success. You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
  8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us. We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
  9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive. But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.
  10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either. You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else.
  11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. Making progress involves risk. Period! You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
  12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
  13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
  14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
  15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
  16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Ask yourself this: “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
  17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough. But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.
  18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
  19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
  20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right.
  21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
  22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
  23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.
  24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.
  25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.
  26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
  27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out. But making one person smile CAN change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. So narrow your focus.
  28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
  29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
  30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.
30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself ...

  1. Start spending time with the right people. – These are the people you enjoy, who love and appreciate you, and who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways. They are the ones who make you feel more alive, and not only embrace who you are now, but also embrace and embody who you want to be, unconditionally.
  2. Start facing your problems head on. – It isn’t your problems that define you, but how you react to them and recover from them. Problems will not disappear unless you take action. Do what you can, when you can, and acknowledge what you’ve done. It’s all about taking baby steps in the right direction, inch by inch. These inches count, they add up to yards and miles in the long run.
  3. Start being honest with yourself about everything. – Be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed. Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become. Be honest with every aspect of your life, always. Because you are the one person you can forever count on. Search your soul, for the truth, so that you truly know who you are. Once you do, you’ll have a better understanding of where you are now and how you got here, and you’ll be better equipped to identify where you want to go and how to get there.
  4. Start making your own happiness a priority. – Your needs matter. If you don’t value yourself, look out for yourself, and stick up for yourself, you’re sabotaging yourself. Remember, it IS possible to take care of your own needs while simultaneously caring for those around you. And once your needs are met, you will likely be far more capable of helping those who need you most.
  5. Start being yourself, genuinely and proudly. – Trying to be anyone else is a waste of the person you are. Be yourself. Embrace that individualinside you that has ideas, strengths and beauty like no one else. Be the person you know yourself to be – the best version of you – on your terms. Above all, be true to YOU, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.
  6. Start noticing and living in the present. – Right now is a miracle. Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you. Right now is life. So stop thinking about how great things will be in the future. Stop dwelling on what did or didn’t happen in the past. Learn to be in the ‘here and now’ and experience life as it’s happening. Appreciate the world for the beauty that it holds, right now.
  7. Start valuing the lessons your mistakes teach you. – Mistakes are okay; they’re the stepping stones of progress. If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not trying hard enough and you’re not learning. Take risks, stumble, fall, and then get up and try again. Appreciate that you are pushing yourself, learning, growing and improving. Significant achievements are almost invariably realized at the end of a long road of failures. One of the ‘mistakes’ you fear might just be the link to your greatest achievement yet.
  8. Start being more polite to yourself. – If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend? The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. You must love who you are or no one else will.
  9. Start enjoying the things you already have. – The problem with many of us is that we think we’ll be happy when we reach a certain level in life – a level we see others operating at – your boss with her corner office, that friend of a friend who owns a mansion on the beach, etc. Unfortunately, it takes awhile before you get there, and when you get there you’ll likely have a new destination in mind. You’ll end up spending your whole life working toward something new without ever stopping to enjoy the things you have now. So take a quiet moment every morning when you first awake to appreciate where you are and what you already have.
  10. Start creating your own happiness. – If you are waiting for someone else to make you happy, you’re missing out. Smile because you can. Choose happiness. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be happy with who you are now, and let your positivity inspire your journey into tomorrow. Happiness is often found when and where you decide to seek it. If you look for happiness within the opportunities you have, you will eventually find it. But if you constantly look for something else, unfortunately, you’ll find that too.
  11. Start giving your ideas and dreams a chance. – In life, it’s rarely about getting a chance; it’s about taking a chance. You’ll never be 100% sure it will work, but you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work. Most of the time you just have to go for it! And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something. Win-Win.
  12. Start believing that you’re ready for the next step. – You are ready! Think about it. You have everything you need right now to take the next small, realistic step forward. So embrace the opportunities that come your way, and accept the challenges – they’re gifts that will help you to grow.
  13. Start entering new relationships for the right reasons. – Enter new relationships with dependable, honest people who reflect the person you are and the person you want to be. Choose friends you are proud to know, people you admire, who show you love and respect – people who reciprocate your kindness and commitment. And pay attention to what people do, because a person’s actions are much more important than their words or how others represent them.
  14. Start giving new people you meet a chance. – It sounds harsh, but you cannot keep every friend you’ve ever made. People and priorities change. As some relationships fade others will grow. Appreciate the possibility of new relationships as you naturally let go of old ones that no longer work. Trust your judgment. Embrace new relationships, knowing that you are entering into unfamiliar territory. Be ready to learn, be ready for a challenge, and be ready to meet someone that might just change your life forever.
  15. Start competing against an earlier version of yourself. – Be inspired by others, appreciate others, learn from others, but know that competing against them is a waste of time. You are in competition with one person and one person only – yourself. You are competing to be the best you can be. Aim to break your own personal records.
  16. Start cheering for other people’s victories. – Start noticing what you like about others and tell them. Having an appreciation for how amazing the people around you are leads to good places – productive, fulfilling, peaceful places. So be happy for those who are making progress. Cheer for their victories. Be thankful for their blessings, openly. What goes around comes around, and sooner or later the people you’re cheering for will start cheering for you.
  17. Start looking for the silver lining in tough situations. – When things are hard, and you feel down, take a few deep breaths and look for the silver lining – the small glimmers of hope. Remind yourself that you can and will grow stronger from these hard times. And remain conscious of your blessings and victories – all the things in your life that are right. Focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t.
  18. Start forgiving yourself and others. – We’ve all been hurt by our own decisions and by others. And while the pain of these experiences is normal, sometimes it lingers for too long. We relive the pain over and over and have a hard time letting go. Forgiveness is the remedy. It doesn’t mean you’re erasing the past, or forgetting what happened. It means you’re letting go of the resentment and pain, and instead choosing to learn from the incident and move on with your life.
  19. Start helping those around you. – Care about people. Guide them if you know a better way. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. Love and kindness begets love and kindness. And so on and so forth.
  20. Start listening to your own inner voice. – If it helps, discuss your ideas with those closest to you, but give yourself enough room to follow your own intuition. Be true to yourself. Say what you need to say. Do what you know in your heart is right.
  21. Start being attentive to your stress level and take short breaks. – Slow down. Breathe. Give yourself permission to pause, regroup and move forward with clarity and purpose. When you’re at your busiest, a brief recess can rejuvenate your mind and increase your productivity. These short breaks will help you regain your sanity and reflect on your recent actions so you can be sure they’re in line with your goals.
  22. Start noticing the beauty of small moments. – Instead of waiting for the big things to happen – marriage, kids, big promotion, winning the lottery – find happiness in the small things that happen every day. Little things like having a quiet cup of coffee in the early morning, or the delicious taste and smell of a homemade meal, or the pleasure of sharing something you enjoy with someone else, or holding hands with your partner. Noticing these small pleasures on a daily basis makes a big difference in the quality of your life.
  23. Start accepting things when they are less than perfect. – Remember, ‘perfect’ is the enemy of ‘good.’ One of the biggest challenges for people who want to improve themselves and improve the world is learning to accept things as they are. Sometimes it’s better to accept and appreciate the world as it is, and people as they are, rather than to trying to make everything and everyone conform to an impossible ideal. No, you shouldn’t accept a life of mediocrity, but learn to love and value things when they are less than perfect.
  24. Start working toward your goals every single day. – Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Whatever it is you dream about, start taking small, logical steps every day to make it happen. Get out there and DO something! The harder you work the luckier you will become. While many of us decide at some point during the course of our lives that we want to answer our calling, only an astute few of us actually work on it. By ‘working on it,’ I mean consistently devoting oneself to the end result.
  25. Start being more open about how you feel. – If you’re hurting, give yourself the necessary space and time to hurt, but be open about it. Talk to those closest to you. Tell them the truth about how you feel. Let them listen. The simple act of getting things off your chest and into the open is your first step toward feeling good again.
  26. Start taking full accountability for your own life. – Own your choices and mistakes, and be willing to take the necessary steps to improve upon them. Either you take accountability for your life or someone else will. And when they do, you’ll become a slave to their ideas and dreams instead of a pioneer of your own. You are the only one who can directly control the outcome of your life. And no, it won’t always be easy. Every person has a stack of obstacles in front of them. But you must take accountability for your situation and overcome these obstacles. Choosing not to is choosing a lifetime of mere existence.
  27. Start actively nurturing your most important relationships. – Bring real, honest joy into your life and the lives of those you love by simply telling them how much they mean to you on a regular basis. You can’t be everything to everyone, but you can be everything to a few people. Decide who these people are in your life and treat them like royalty. Remember, you don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends you can be certain of.
  28. Start concentrating on the things you can control. – You can’t change everything, but you can always change something. Wasting your time, talent and emotional energy on things that are beyond your control is a recipe for frustration, misery and stagnation. Invest your energy in the things you can control, and act on them now.
  29. Start focusing on the possibility of positive outcomes. – The mind must believe it CAN do something before it is capable of actually doing it. The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful. Listen to your self-talk and replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Regardless of how a situation seems, focus on what you DO WANT to happen, and then take the next positive step forward. No, you can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can control how you react to things. Everyone’s life has positive and negative aspects – whether or not you’re happy and successful in the long run depends greatly on which aspects you focus on.
  30. Start noticing how wealthy you are right now. – Henry David Thoreau once said, “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” Even when times are tough, it’s always important to keep things in perspective. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night. You didn’t go to sleep outside. You had a choice of what clothes to wear this morning. You hardly broke a sweat today. You didn’t spend a minute in fear. You have access to clean drinking water. You have access to medical care. You have access to the Internet. You can read. Some might say you are incredibly wealthy, so remember to be grateful for all the things you do have.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Framelit Dies- four applications......

Did you know......there are FOUR ways you can use Framelit dies?

Floral Frames Framelits Dies
Floral Frames Framelits Dies127012

See what you're cutting with Framelits dies. Use with the Big Shot, Standard Cutting Pads, and the Multipurpose Platform. Floral Frames Framelit Dies coordinate with the Daydream Medallions Stamp Set. 5 layering dies (largest: 5-1/4" wide). Cuts a single sheet of paper.
Not only do our framelits dies coordinate with stamp sets, but there are actually four more ways I have found that you can use them! 

One: Cut out an image:  Stamp an image on card stock, place the Framelit over the image and then run it through the Big Shot

 Two:  Emboss with a Framelit.  Simply flip over the die so the cutting edge is away from the card stock, and put it through the Big Shot.  Use two Silicone Pads instead of a Cutting Pad under the card stock.  So You should have:

  1. Multipurpose Platform with Tab 2, 
  2. two Silicone Pads, 
  3. card stock, 
  4. Framelit with the cutting side facing up, then the second cutting pad.

Three: Cut a frame - use two different sized framelits to make a "window frame" to apply to your cards or scrapbook pages

 Four:  Mask- use the framelit as a mask- grab a sponge and an ink pad and sponge inside the framelit, then remove. 

Framelits are very easy to store as they take up little space, and have you checked out how many of these little die sets we have now?  9 different sets of framelits and three different edgelits.  And all coordinate with stamps and some even coordinate with the paper piercing templates.  Check them out!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Designer Frames Mini Embossing Folders....

I just had a comment send to me from one of my readers, asking about the Designer frames Mini Embossing Folders.

Unfortunately they forgot to leave their email address so I could respond to their question.

Question:  Designer Frames Mini Embossing Folders Are these still available? 

Answer:  YES!  These little embossing folders are still available.  They are found on page 180 of the annual catalog.  The part number is 123120 and the cost is just $10.95- see photos below! 

You should also check out the adorning accents folders item#125601 cost $10.95 on the same page- they put awesome embossing on the edges of cards, and they coordinated with the Adorning accents edgelit dies on page 191  item #125595 cost $11.95

The Delicate designs folders item #127023 cost $10.95 are also a great idea! 

Adorning Accents Folder

Delicate Designs Folder

Designer Frames Folders

Adorning Accents Edgelit dies

Scrapbooking Basics

Sometimes we forget, that there are beginning scrappers out there who are looking for guidance.  This blog post is dedicated to the beginners.

Who Scrapbooks?

All ages, men and women and children

What do I Scrapbook About?

1.  Important events
2.  Vacations
3.  Heritage
4.  Family events and occasions
5.  Everyday life….remember it is the simple moments that bring warm memories.

Where do I Scrapbook?

 Space where supplies can be kept in one area, such as abox stored under bed or on shelf.  Remember that you must have enough room to have supplies at hand.  If you do not have a dedicated craft space, you can set up a card table in a corner. Remember, you must have good lighting. 

Why do I Scrapbook?

1.    To save memories and family history
2.    It is a great stress reliever.
3.    Because it is FUN!

When do I Scrapbook?

Whenever you have time for yourself.  Try to set aside at least an hour a week of uninterrupted time.


1.  Keep a 3 ring notebook to keep ideas in.  You can insert page protectors to slip in letters, mementos, ticket stubs etc that may be added to pages.  Add stories and events and ideas for future use on pages.  Keep maps and postcards from vacations to use as embellishments.

2.  When putting a page together, put your pictures on the page and your journaling.
The final step is to embellish it.

3.  Get organized before putting the pages together and your job will be more fun and relaxing. Start with a clean work space and have readily available all the tools / products you are going to be using.

4.  After you have pictures developed make certain that you use an acid free pen and write dates, people, etc. briefly so you do not forget important info. Then you can file them away for future scrapbook pages.

5.  My number one tip is to invest in a scrapbook album that has RINGS not posts.  It is so easy to rearrange pages, insert more page protectors if you choose a ringed album.

7.  I suggest you use Tombow adhesive for scrapbooking….it is permanent and you NEVER have to worry about the pages or embellishments falling off. Now you may need sticky strip or glue dots for heavy embellishments as well.

8.  Start simple with a loose leaf notebook, cardstock, dsp,  journaling pen, album and page protectors.. Gather your photos and start organizing them into groups that you would like to make pages for.

If you are new to scrapbooking, and feeling overwhelmed, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.   Also, I offer scrapbooking classes once a month. This is a fun night out with the girls where we create three pages using a variety of tools, techniques and embellishments.  Check out my class schedule the the top of this blog post under the "Classes and Events" tab. 

Happy Scrappin!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How to get out of a sticky situation.....

Ha!  Love the title!

Today's post is actually a mini tutorial on Sticky Strip.  
This super-strong adhesive will hold together a box or pouch like a dream! It won’t lift, curl, distort, warp, or wrinkle. You can also use it to adhere other craft-related embellishments, such as beads, glitter, or embossing powder.

■ Double-sided, pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive.
■ Acid free
■ 1/4" wide
■ 10 yards
■ Comes in a zippered plastic bag for convenient storage

This stuff is the greatest- it has super duper strong adhesive and is great for a variety of different applications. 

However, I sometimes have trouble getting the adhesive not to stick to the red liner.  Well here is a quick and easy solution: 

Apply your tape as you normally would.  

Grab  your bone folder and rub the red liner back and forth a few times, burnishing it, causing the adhesive to soften a bit and  stick to your paper and allowing the release from the red liner.  

Then just take the tip of your bone folder, or your fingernail and pick the red liner up from the SIDE, not the end.  


Hope you enjoyed this tip- come back again tomorrow! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Wild Thing, you make my heart sing...

I made today's card to submit to a challenge on SUDSOL. It is an online sharing forum for Stampin Up demonstrators.  Here is the sketch that was the inspiration behind my card. 

 As I was making it, all I could think about was a stupid song in my head....
Wild make my heart sing.... I had that song in my head for hours afterward....too funny! 

This card features the stamp set called Lovely Little Labels on page 105 $13.95 clear.  It features tiny shapes and words to fit inside tiny fun!  

The squares were punched with the 1" square punch Page 183 $21.95, and the black mats were punched with the postage stamp punch page 182 $21.95.

The cardstock colors used is whisper white, basic black and real red.  

The ribbon is the 5/8" organza ribbon on page 173 $8.25 for 15 yard spool.   

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Weekly Sketches...

Hello Girls!

Hope you had a great week.

This week I have a special sketch for sketch......two challenges!  Yep, that is correct- challenge one is to make a card using this sketch....and challenge two is to make a scrapbook page using the same sketch!  How fun is this one?

I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Scallop Dot Ribbon Flowers

Today I have a quick tutorial for you, for ribbon flowers! 

Here is a sample flower in more mustard (sorry my lighting was not the greatest) 

 They are very quick and easy to make using the Scallop Dots ribbon! It is found on page 172 of the catalog.  It costs just $10.95 for a ten yard spool,  and comes in a wide array of colors.

The holes are already in the ribbon, all you have to do is grab a needle and thread and in seconds you will have awesome ribbon flowers.

1.  Start with a 3-4" length of the dotted scallop ribbon. Using sturdy thread sew a running stitch in and out of every hole along one edge.

2.  Sew a running stitch in and out of every hole along one edge as shown in the picture above. 

3.  Pull tight, take a couple of stitches back at the beginning, and knot.

4.  Now cut the thread, or if you wish, you can stitch the raw edges together.  I have also used a glue dot to hold the rough edges together. 

Try it girls!  You are going to love these little flowers!  All it takes is a couple of glue dots to attach these to your card or scrapbook page!

Thursday, September 13, 2012


I recently held a BFF Class- Bring a Friend for FREE!

The girls got to make one scrapbook page and two cards. This was a great way to try out card making and scrapbooking to see if you liked it.

Well it was a hit!

Here is the scrapbook page we made:

The background is real red and the mats and letters are tempting turquoise.  The stamp sets World Treasures was used for the peacock image which was heat embossed in black and then colored with Stampin Write markers.  The flowers were finished with brads for the centers and a pretty butterfly was added and blinged up!  I also used the retired photo corner punch.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 2012 Scrapbooking part three.....

This is our third and final page for September Scrapbooking class.

It features garden green cardstock for the background.  Next I took daffodil delight cardstock and sponged it with cherry cobbler, cajun craze and always artichoke ink.  Next I took the craft core early expresso paper and ran it through the big shot with the tree embossing folder. Then I sanded it with the sanding block. I attached two pieces together to form the trunk of the tree and attached it.  Next I used a chocolate chip marker and drew some branches.  I used Autumnfest stamp set and Leaves#2 die to create the leaves.

This was a really fun page to create.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 2012 Scrapbooking Class part two.....

This is the second of three pages we made during September Scrapbooking class.

This page features letters cut out on the cricut.  Also we used assorted Stampin Up! punches and stamps.

The title, embellishments and some of the mats were created using Poppy Parade cardstock.  The background cardstock is garden green.  Fine strips of cardstock creates the border at the top of the page that resembles ribbon.

This page tells the story about our August 2012 free crop.  My husband was out in the garage working while the girls and I were having a super fun day.  Hayley had brought "fairy cakes"- they are chocolate cupcakes with white icing piped in the top and then two little wings made of cake are attached to the icing.

The photo of my hubby shows him getting caught with his hand in the fairy cake jar-poor guy, I don't bake since all the kids have gone.....

Come back tomorrow for our final page- it is a real beauty!