Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I just love Halloween! I am not into all the scary stuff. I just like to see how excited the kids get about costumes, candy, and parties at school. So fun!

I have a pretty busy day today since my family is leaving this afternoon to go to my parent's house and stay the night. Packing over night bags for a family of 6 (including the Halloween costumes and treat bags) is no easy task! But I wanted to quickly show you some Halloween projects that I made duing the month...

First is this cute Frankenstein Halloween box...

I bought the green take out box from Michaels for like 25 cents. Then I decorated it with some hand cut black cardstock for hair and some circle punches for the eyes and nose. The mouth and the star were made with a sharpie marker. This box is perfect for some Halloween cookies, a cupcake, or a bunch of candy. So cute!

Next I have a Halloween card that I completly CASED from another blog. I cannot for the life of me remember which blog as I have no many blogs I like to visit. I will look for it as soon as I get a moment so I can give credit where credit is due. If it is you- let me know!

The swirly circles are from the set Tasty Sweet. It is not just for Halloween though! Those swirls would be great on lots of projects! The patterned paper is from the Ghostly Greetings pack, the ribbon is tangerine Tango and the card base in Basic Gray.

Finally, so you remember THIS post where I showed you how to make a pencil pouch? Well here is what 45 pouches look like when they are finished!!!

It really wasn't that bad! My kiddos helped me by putting all the pencils in them and my son was on cloud 9 about bringing them to his friends at school!

I also made 70 small goodie bags (with ribbon and a hand stamped tag) for the girls' classes. But I didn't have time for a picture : (

I have recently had a few people ask "Where are the pictures of your kids?" I actually stared a FAMILY BLOG to keep these pictures since this site is mostly stamp projects! You are welcome to check it out and thanks for asking about them!

Have a happy and safe Halloween! I will have more for you on Monday!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Last Chance!

Today and tomorrow are your last chances to get a birthday stamp set for 20% off!!! Don't miss this opportunity!



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Two Page Boo!

Every month my scrapbook clubs get to make a 2 page 12x12 scrapbook layout for FREE! This month I CASED myself and made THIS layout into a 2 page spread.

Here is a closer look at each page...

Here is a close up of those 1/2 inch journaling strips that I seem to use on almost every layout these days...

Aren't those pumpkins cute?! They are from the set Halloween Frights in the Holiday Mini. The black cat is from the same set.

Here are a couple of notes about how I made the layout...

- I heat embossed the title and the black cat. I stamped the images in Black Craft ink and then embossed with black embossing powder.

-The star in the title was made with the Big Shot, chipboard and a scrap of summer sun cardstock. I glued the cardstock on to a small piece of chipboard and then ran it through my Big Shot with the star die.

-Those cute girls in the pictures are my three year old twins- Danika and Makenzie!


Stamps: Well-Worn Alphabet, Halloween Frights (#111766, $15.95)

Paper: Ghostly Greetings Designer Series Paper (#112463, $9.95), Basic Black, Whisper White, Summer Sun

Ink: Black Craft, Pumpkin Pie

Other: Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder, Kiwi Kiss Striped Ribbon, 3/4 inch circle punch, Black Marker, Chipboard, Big Shot, Star Die

Click on the Shop Tab to purchase any of these products! Here is a better look at the stamp set and the Designer Series Paper...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Merry Christmas

Here is a simple and elegant Christmas card. I LOVE the stamp set Baroque Motifs! It is not a holiday stamp set- but it is so versatile that it can be used for the holidys, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, friends, etc!!!

I just love the fun bow! We learned ow to make it at Stampin' Up! convention and I shared a tutorial on it with my newsletter subscribers.



Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Holidays & Wishes

Paper: Ski Slope DSP, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip

Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip

Other: Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Santa Baby

Ok I don't normally post at night. And I don't do a whole lot of digital scrapbooking. But I did make a layout today and I am just so darn excited that I have to show you now!!!

This morning I had the honor of taking photos of a friend's 2 month old twins. I am not a profesional photographer- but I do enjoy taking and editing pictures and I have started to get a few customers!

So the picture on this layout is just one of the cute photos I took today!

Isn't she yummy?!!! The layout is on a piece of white digital paper and since my screen is white- I think that is hard to tell. Don't forget that I am very new to digi scrapping. Go easy on me! I took an online class with Jessica Sprague and I had to re-do the class assignment several times!!!

I am going back to my photo editing but I hope you enjoy this litle cutie!

Same Sketch- New Layout!

I loved the sketch I used on THIS Halloween layout so much that I decided to use it again on some cute pics of my son!

I used chipboard from the Lots of Letters pack again for my title. I just moved it to the bottom of the layout this time.

And I used stips of cardtsock again for my journaling!

I changed the whole color scheme, the patterned paper, added some ribbon and brads and moved my titile. But it was so easy to make since I copied the general layout!!!

Here is my scrapbooking tip for you today (even though you didn't ask!): Don't start from scratch every time!!! If you make a layout that you like- check your stack of photos that need to be scrapped and see if you have other that would fit in the same sketch! Use different paper and embelishments and it will look different!

When I am in a rel scrapping slump- I pull out my own scrapbooks and look for a layout that I can CASE!

Go get scrappin!!!!



Stamps: NONE!

Paper: Murifield DSP, Very Vanilla, Pacific Point

Ink: Pacific Point (to ink up the chipboard)

Other: Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss Striped Ribbons, Brads, Old Olive Marker, Sponge Dauber, Lots of Letters Chipboard

Monday, October 27, 2008

Holiday Gift Card Holder!

Here is a fun (and simple!) gift card holder that I am making for several holiday boutiques that I have coming up in November and December.

Here is what it looks like when you untie the bow and open it up...

Isn't that fun?!!!

If you want to learn how to make this project (and many more!) make sure you sign up for my email newsletter. I am currently making a new holiday tutorial every week entil Christmas- plus a there is always a tutorial in my monthly newsletter!!!


Stamps: Christmas Classics

Paper:Holiday Treasure DSP, Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White

Other: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, and Old Olive markers, Word Window Punch, Red Gingham Ribbon

Friday, October 24, 2008


Do you find scrapbooking to be a scary task? I know that a lot of people do. In my monthly newsletter I have been including a series on scrapbooking. So if you need a little extra help- please be sure to sign up for my email newsletter in the top left bar. Also- I have a monthly scrapbooking classes and I would love to have you join us!

So here is my Scary page...


It is a 12x12 layout which is my very favorite size to work with. And it is only a 1 page layout because I only had a few pictures I wanted to include so I didn't want to drive myself crazy trying to fill the space on 2 pages!

I LOVE the layout of the pictures and the patterned paper on this one. It is very clean and yet it shows off that patterned paper that I so love!!!

Here is a close up of the title. It is chipboard (Lot of Letters pack) that I inked up with a black craft pad.

I ALWAYS include some sort of journaling on my scrapbook layouts. I don'y just want to glue pictures to paper and not tell my kid's the stories behind the pictures. My favorite way to add journaling right now is on 1/2 inch stripes of cardstock. And I think that the journaling on this page will really tell my kids what I was thinking when I asw these adorable pictures...

The pictures were taken just a couple of weeks ago. Now don't get me wrong- I have hundreds of pictures from the last several years that are not scrapped yet. But I was moer inspired by these new pictures- so I went with it. Often if I force myself to scrap pictures that I am not inspired by- it takes FOREVER to finish the layout! This one only took me about 30 minutes and that includes the time designing and picking pictures. My advice to those struggling with their scrapbooks- don't worry about "catching up." Just tell the stories that are most important to you right now!

That's enough from me!!! I will be back on Monday. Have a great weekend!



Stamps: Halloween Frights

Ink: Basic Black, Black Craft

Paper: Ghostly Greetings DSP, Basic Black, Whisper White

Other: Balck Marker, Lots of Letters Chipboard


Very Merry Snowflake

It's another Festive Friday and I have 2 posts for you today!!! First I am going to show you a super simple and Christmas card and then I am going to post a Halloween Scrapbook Page!


So here is the card...

I told you it was simple! But that Felt Flurry (from the Holiday Mini Catalog) makes this card super special!


Stamps: Short and Sweet

Paper: Frosty Days DSP, Kiwi Kiss

Ink: Close to Cocoa

Other: Small Felt Flurries, Rhinestone brad, scallop edge punch, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Some fun Christmas cards!!!

I know it's not even Halloween- but I am in Christmas card mode! I made these cards last week and since I didn't get to stamp yesterday because I was prepping f'or clubs and workshops- I thought I would show them to you today!

This one uses the Holiday Lineup set- again!


Stamps: Holiday Lineup

Paper: Ski Slope DSP, Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive

Ink: Basic Black

Other: Old Olive, Real Red, Close to Cocoa and Blush Blossom markers, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon


And this is a very simple card using another one of my very favorite sets- Merry and Bright.


Stamps: Merry & Bright

Paper: Frosty Days DSP, Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White

Other: 1 3/8 inch circle punch, circle scallop punch, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Bashful Gingham Ribbon, Blender Pen


So have you started making Christmas cards yet???



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Holiday Lineup Class

I am so excited to share with you my November class projects!

Each class attendee will receive the holiday Lineup stamp set and will make 6 cards and a portfolio.

Class Info:

When: Friday, November 14th at 7pm  or   Sunday, November 16th at 1pm

Where: My home

Class Fee: $28 (which includes the stamp set!)

Class size is limited and you seat is not reserved until I receive the class fee. Class registration will close on November 7th.

Reserve your seat now by clicking on the Buy Now button to pay the class fee!!!


Class By Mail Info:

Can't make it to class? I will prepare a class by mail kit which will include all the cardstock, patterned paper, and ribbons that you need to assemble all 6 cards and the portfolio. You will also receive the Holiday Lineup Stamp Set and an email file with direction on putting together the projects. You will need black ink, a selection of markers, and, although optional, stampin' pastel chalks and a blender pen.

Fee: $32 (which includes priority shipping anywhere in the US)

Class registration will close on the 7th of November and kits will begin to ship on the 14th.

Sorry- but my class kits are only available to United States residents.


Treat Plate

As soon as I saw this plate project demonstrated at Stampin' Up! convention- I knew that I needed to make one!!! And I couldn't just stop at one! I had to make a Christmas one too! And it just so happens that I have written a tutorial on how to decorate this glass plates and I will be sharing it in 2 weeks with those who are on my newsletter list! I have been sending them holiday tutorials every week! If you want to be a part of it- just sign up in the top left corner of this blog. is my Halloween Treat plate...

I used glue dots to adhere the cardstcock and patterned paper to the bottom of the plate, so I can put cookies or other goodies on top of the plate.


Stamps: Tasty Sweet

Paper: Ghostly Greetings, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Black

Other: Clear glass plate from Wal-Mart ($1.99)


I also have a few ladies that I want to welcome to my Stampin' Up! team: Stacey, Cheryl, and Jodi. I am so very blessed to have such a fantastic team of women to work with!

Would you like to get all of your papercrafting supplies at a discount? Would you like a little extra income to help with family finances or to save for a family vacation? I would love to have you join my Stampin' Up! team! Click HERE for more info or send me an email and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Eastern Elegance Frame

Here is my 2nd project for today. Make sure you check out the card in the last post!

For this project I used a shet of Chipboard (which Stampin' Up! sells) and the Top Note Die in the Big Shot to make a picture frame!

I cut a piece of the chipboard down to 6x7. I cut a piece of patterned paper to the same size and glued it on with Stampin' Up! 2 way glue. Then I positioned the Top Note die in the center and sent it through the Big Shot. Voila!

The picture is of my very sweet Laynee when she was swimming in our kiddie pool in the backyard last month. I just love the look on her face!

Here is a view from the back. I just trimmed a 2 x 5 piece of chipboard, covered it with cardstock, scored it at 1/2 inch and then attached it to a piece of cardstock cut to 6x7 with a coupe brads.

Frames like this would be a very inexpensive holiday gift!!! All products used are made by Stampin' Up! and can be purchased online! Just click on the "Shop" tab above to see how! And you can also click on the Sissix Tab to learn more about the the Big Shot machine and my special incentive for those who purchase it from me!



Stamps: Eastern Elegance

Paper: Murfield DSP, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White

Ink: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze

Other: Chipboard, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Vintage Brads


I have 2 projects to share today: a card and a 3d! I am going to do two separate posts. First, here is the card...

It's really a very simple card- but that is my style really! The only thing I wanted to mention is that the button does not have thread through it. I don't even think I own thread!!! I judt cut a tiny sliver of Whisper White cardstock and threaded it through the holes. Then I attached the button with a small piece of demensional since I had popped up the square.


Stamps: Say it with Scallops

Paper: Washington Apple DSP, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White

Ink: Pumpkin Pie

Other: Square Scallop Punch, 1 1/4 inch square punch, Pumpkin Pie ribbon, Blus Gingham Ribbon, Corner Rounder, Bashful Blue Button

Blog Candy Winner

Thanks for all the sweet somments on my blog candy post!!!

I thought that is I asked you if you liked cards, scrapbook pages, or 3d items- I would have a better idea what types of projects to post more often on my blog. But it turns out- that you guys like them all!!! I guess I have to keep making a little of everything! No problem!!


Ok the winning number for the blog candy was 51. The winner is Sarah:

"I just love your blog! It’s so hard to pick a favorite project. I am absolutely drawn to your scrapbook pages. They’re always great! I love all of your other stuff too, though. There is never a bad post. :)

Thanks for the chance to win!"

Thanks, Sarah! I will send you an email and get your shipping info and which pack of paper you would like!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Festive Friday Blog Candy!!!

Happy Friday!!! It has been ages since I have given away any blog candy. So today is the day! This is my way of thanking you for coming to my new blog and leavilng such sweet comments! But before I get to the candy...I want to show you my Festive Friday project. Thanks to the incredibly talented Lauren Meader- I have made a fun cup holder with hot chocolate and marshmellows!



Isn't it adorable?! I think this would be a fabulous hostess gift for Holiday parties or even a fun teacher gift. The Mr. Twigster stamp set is just too darn cute! I filled the cello bags with hot chocolate mix and large marshmellows and then just tied it closed with some Old Olive ribbon. I covered the cups with some pretty Designer series paper. If you have never covered cups with paper before- here is a tip: Take an extra cup and cut it done the seem on the side. Cut the bottom of the cut off. Now use this as a template and trace it onto your patterned paper.


Stamps: Mr. Twigster, Many Merry Messages

Paper: Ski Slope Designer Series Paper, Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive

Other: Circle Scallop Punch, 1 3/4 circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, white gel pen, real red and Pumpkin Pie Markers, Small Felt Flurries, Real Red Button, Old Olive Ribbon, Disposable cups (bought at Target), hot chocolate mix, and Large Marshmellows


Now on to the blog candy!!!!

Would you like to win a pack of Stampin' Up! Designer Series paper?!!! Of course you would!!! There are so many adorable prints! All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post. If you want- tell me which type of project you liek the most- cards, scrapbook pages, or 3d projects. Leave your comment by 8AM MST on Monday, October 20th. I will anounce my winner Monday! Good luck!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Frosty Day Gift Bag

Here is a fun gift bag that I made last week with the Frosty Days Sesigner Series Paper.

Isn't the bow cute?! We learned how to make it at convention. So easy!

And the tag on the bag was made with some chipboard and my Big Shot Top Note Die.

Isn't that snowflake cute? They are called Felt Flurries and you can find them in the Holiday Mini. That is also where you can find this cute patterned paper. Just check out the other patterns in the pack...


Stamps: None!

Paper: Frosty Days Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip

Other: White SU! gift bag, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Chipboard, Litle Felt Flurries, Rhinestone Brad, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Kiwi Kiss Striped Ribbon

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Merry & Bright

The set Merry and Bright was my very favorite holiday stamp set last year so I was very excited to see it in the catalog this year!!! Don't you love the snowman?!


I made the front of the card a half inch shorter than the back and used my scallop edge punch on it.

The patterned paper that I used is not your typical patterned paper! It is from the pack called Muirfield. I used the same paper for my Big Bold Birthday card on Monday!


Stamps: Merry & Bright

Paper: Muirfield DSP, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss

Ink: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss

Other: Scallop Edge Punch, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Blender Pen, Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch, Word Window Punch

One Year

I am working ona digi album for a gift. It is not easy!!!! Most of the time I could make the layouts faster with real paper and some adhesive! But I am learning!!!! I actually took a class by Jessica Sprague and that is the only way I am able to make even this simple page!

The page was made with a kit called the Bella Collection. And the pictures are ones that I had taken when Laynee turned one. Aren't they sweet?

So what do you think? Go easy on me! I am new to this stuff!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I have been having scrappers block for the past couple of weeks. But then yesterday afternoon I was flipping through the August Scrapbook Trends magazine (which I have a card published in!) and I saw a layout that stood out to me. And about 30 minutes later I had this layout complete. It looks nothing like the original except the placement of pictures!!!

I stamped my title in Black Craft Ink and then heat embossed it with black embossing powder. It just makes it stand out even more! The star (that mimicks the one on her dress) was cut with my Big Shot and some chipboard!

I love to add journaling on little 1/2 inch stripes of cardstock. I doodled on mine with a black marker and added a Pumpkin Pie brad to each one.

What do you think????!



Stamps: Well Word Alphabet

Ink: Black Craft

Paper: Ghostly Greeting Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Whisper White, Summer Sun

Other: Big Shot, Star die, Black embossing powder, heat gun, pumpkin pie brads, clips assortment, Kiwi Kiss Striped Ribbon