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Posted on October 18, 2018

Glitter Bomb – Scrapbooking in New Orleans

Contests/ People/ Scrapbook

Hello Stampers from wet and rainy Texas! My goodness I love the rain as much as anyone but…I think we've had enough for awhile! The ground needs to get a bit of a chance to dry out. I'm going on a stamping and scrapbooking retreat and it would be really nice to have a little sun, especially as we are all unloading our “stuff”! ūüôā

Speaking of scrapbooking, have you been introduced to the New Orleans Scrapbooking mystery series by Laura Childs? If not, I highly recommend these books! Her latest one, Glitter Bomb, continues the adventures of Carmela Bertrand, scrapbook store owner and amateur sleuth.

Glitter Bomb - Scrapbooking in New Orleans

Glitter is a staple in my crafting vortex and, as a matter of fact, my home always has a trail of it leading out of my craft room. Yours, too? ūüôā

Be sure you are on my mailing list (you can subscribe above) by next Tuesday. I'll be announcing a contest that you won't want to miss! HINT: it involves GLITTER!!


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Posted on April 5, 2018

Ft. Worth Stampin’ Up! OnStage Excitement and Swaps

Classes / Events/ Memories & More/ Scrapbook

Hey Stampers! Today I wanted to share some Ft. Worth Stampin' Up! OnStage Excitement and Swaps with you! These big events are always a blast, but this one will be  even more exciting for me because I am a presenter! It's an honor to be chosen; I'm a bit nervous but I've practiced a lot and some of my team will be there  to cheer me on!

I'll be driving over tomorrow morning with one of my team members; stopping at Starbucks on the¬†way of course! In the afternoon I have a¬†rehearsal for my Saturday presentation and¬†later in the evening¬†the CentreStage event for silver Elites and above. We always get some fun “goodies” (aka new products coming out in the 2018-2019 annual catalog!) and get to party with our stamping friends!

One of the most fun things about attending an event such as this is making and exchanging “swaps”. We get lots of great ideas. I used one of our Memories &¬†More kits to make mine.

Ft. Worth Stampin' Up! OnStage Excitement and Swaps

I just love these card packs. You get so many cards of 2 different sizes, along with some sticker embellishments. You can  put together cards in a snap or use these kits in your scrapbooking. Check out all of our Memories & More offerings here.

One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and¬† attending these OnStage events is the¬† ability to see and pre-order new products before anyone else…woo hoo! I had some ladies join my team during our Sale-A-Bration special and they are uber excited about getting to order NEW STUFF!¬† I won't be able to actually share product pictures until Monday after the event (confidentiality rules), but I'll try to post my stamping friends and I having fun!

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Posted on October 30, 2017

SU Designer Series Paper Sale Ends Tomorrow!

Product Information/ Scrapbook

Hey stampers! Hope you all had a great weekend! My Cowboys won so all is well in my world! ūüôā Today's post is short and sweet. SU Designer Series Paper Sale Ends Tomorrow! I'm sure you don't want to miss out on this opportunity to get a free package of one of our DSP packages. Whether you are a cardmaker or scrapbooker, this is a great deal!

October 31 is the Last Day for Designer Series Paper Freebie

Click belowto see the flyer with all the details.


Here are just a few ideas of projects you can make with our amazing patterned paper.

October 31 is the Last Day for Designer Series Paper Freebie




October 31 is the Last Day for Designer Series Paper Freebie




October 31 is the Last Day for Designer Series Paper Freebie


Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Papers coordinate beautifully with our colors and stamp sets, no matter what occasion is at hand. I keep several of my favorite packages in my craft room so when I need to create a quick card, I'm ready to go!

You can purchase any of the papers at my online store. These make great gifts for your favorite crafter, too!

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Posted on March 15, 2017

Take Better Vacation Photos

Project Life by Stampin' Up!/ Scrapbook

Hey stampers! I've got some great tips today to help you take better vacation photos! Summer is just around the corner and we'll all be off on some fun trips. You might also be sneaking away for a long weekend over spring break.

Follow some of these ideas and you'll end up with some awesome shots that will work perfectly in your scrapbooks or Project Life memory system.

  1. Start with a clean lens, whether using your camera phone or your $3,000 Canon.
  2. If your travels take you to an aquarium, don't use the flash when you're photographing…you'll get a big flash and no fish!
  3. Don't ruin a beautiful photo by putting the light BEHIND your subject. Switch the scene OR use the HDR mode on your camera which will balance the light and dark areas.
  4. Take multiple shots instead of just one. Someone's eyes will always be shut or you'll get a random tourist running through. You'll¬† get tired of answering “who's that” when sharing your photos after the trip.
  5. When you've lined up the perfect shot, take a big breath and exhale…THEN snap it. Believe it nor not, that's when your hands will be most steady.
  6. Don't shoot everything dead center….that's boring. Shoot with people or objects to the side.
  7. Landscapes by themselves CAN be pretty…

but don't take too many of these; they will be much more interesting with people or something about 10 feet away to visually anchor the shot.

8. If you're ready to graduate from your phone to a nice camera, you'll see some great benefits. Bigger lenses will allow you to shoot good photos in bad lighting and you can also play around with depth,  blurring the backgrounds.

I mentioned Project Life above. If you haven't heard of this simple, cost-effective system for organizing your photos and memories, I invite you to check out Stampin' Up!'s exclusive line of PL supplies here.

I hope these tips will help you take better vacation photos…have fun on your trips!



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Posted on July 28, 2016

Sketch Challenge

Projects/ Scrapbook/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Ever get stuck in a rut with your cardmaking? Using the same colors, the same designs, your same old “standby” stamp sets?

This happens to me sometimes; when it does, I look for a sketch challenge to get my creative juices freely flowing again! Here's one I found at Becky Fleck's PageMaps (
card map
Think of all the scraps from your scrapbooking or stamping¬†you could use up…each card would be different and any sentiment would work!

I hope today's sketch challenge inspired you; I'd love to see your creations!
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Posted on February 10, 2015

Does Your Washi Tape Have A Mind of It’s Own???

Scrapbook/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Am I the only one, or does your Washi Tape have a mind of it's own, too? Does the end stick to the roll and tear when you are trying to peel off? Can you even FIND the end????

Here is a great tip I found while surfing around….not sure who was the original inspiration…but THANK YOU, whomever you are!!

WashiTape_Empty Dispenser Tip

Save your clear tape dispenser when all the tape is gone. Instead of throwing into the trash can, take out the center “circle core” and insert a roll of Washi. Great way to recycle AND organize at the same time!

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Posted on January 27, 2015

Embossing Folder Tricks

Scrapbook/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey stampers….since Stampin' Up! has several Embossing Folders in our “Weekly Deals” this week, I thought I'd share some of my favorite “embossing folder tricks” you can use to step up your projects!


  • try using a Stampin' Sponge or Sponge Dauber to put ink on the raised parts. You can rub all over the raised image or just choose a few areas. Experiment and see which you prefer!
  • Use Versamark Ink and an embossing heat tool to put some shimmer on the raised parts; again, you can use this technique all over or just on specific areas.
  • Use a “hobby knife” to cut around parts of your embossed image or to cut out an entire piece to use on a card front.
  • Lastly, try using a sanding block or tool on the embossed piece; if you use Cor'dinations paper, because of the white inner “core”, the results can be quite unique. You can also sand embossed pieces created with regular cardstock or patterned (like Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper).

See all the Embossing folders that are on sale in the Weekly Deals section of my online store.

What are some ways you “step up” your embossed cards? Leave me a comment…I always like to learn from you!!

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Posted on September 10, 2014

Have You Discovered Project Life by Stampin’ Up!?

Product Information/ Project Life by Stampin' Up!/ Scrapbook

Let me tell you, I am totally a fan! ¬†I've known about Becky Higgins for awhile but until Project Life by Stampin' Up! was introduced to us, I haven't really checked it out. To be honest, I didn't need “one more piece of scrapbooking paraphanalia”!

Project Life by Stampin' Up! is not scrapbooking! Think of it as a way to make your card-making, memory keeping, and event documentation a whole lot easier.

Today I'm going to focus on the  Everyday Adventures Card Collection and the Everyday Adventures Accessory Pack. I'll show you how I used these two products to make some easy, colorful, and eye-catching cards.

Watch the featured video below where I  show you all the fun things in this collection that is just awaiting YOUR ideas!!


Ready to get started? Visit my online store and order your supplies today!

I'm also forming a NEW Online Project Life by Stampin' Up! club where you'll get exclusive content, including PDF instruction sheets and you'll even get hostess benefits! You can live anywhere to join this club since it is online. Email me and join today!

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Posted on July 9, 2014

WHICH Black Ink Should I Use??

Scrapbook/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Uncategorized

Hello stampers! I had one of my monthly clubs last night and we played with our awesome new Blendabilities. We have several different “color” options, I wanted to clear up any questions they had as to which black ink they should use with each.

Here is a great chart I got from one of the leaders' boards in which I participate. Hope it is helpful for you! Still have questions? Please email me and I'll do my best to help you.

Stampin' Up! Black Ink Options

Learn Some Basic Blendabilities Tips

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Posted on May 21, 2014

2014 – 2015 New Ribbon Shares

Announcements/ Scrapbook/ Stamping

I know many of you will coming to my BOGO on June 7 and I'll have ribbon share sign-ups there.  You'll get your new catalogs, too,  so you can check it all out and, I'll have some of it for you to touch and feel! But, for any of you who live outside the DFW Metroplex, you can also participate!

Each year I offer¬†“ribbon shares”¬†so that my customers are able to get a sampling of all the ribbon, including the new colors, without breaking the bank. This year, I'm also again offering the returning Chevron Ribbon just in case your supply needs to be replenished!¬†If you've been around Stampin' Up! for awhile, you already know that our ribbon is the BEST value out there. It is high quality, coordinates with our exclusive colors, and is a great price.

Take a look at the options below and then email me¬†the share/s in which you'd like to participate and I'll add you to the list. Once the shares are filled, I will send out PayPal invoices and once I receive all the payments I will order the ribbon from Stampin' Up!. This process usually takes 10-12 days. If you don't do PayPal…no worries. Just let me know that when you reserve your spot and we'll work out the details!

One other note, if you live in or near Wylie, TX and can pick up your ribbon from me; of course you won't pay shipping!


I MUST HAVE ALL THE NEW RIBBON BUNDLE $73.75 (plus $5.75 priority shipping) includes approximately 90 yards of new ribbon:

Venetian Crochet Trim – 1 yard
1/8″ Ribbon – Gold – 2 yards
1/8″ Taffeta (3 new colors) 2 yards¬†each
5/8″ Satin (4 colors)¬†2¬†yards¬†each
1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain ¬†(5 colors)¬†2¬†yards¬†each
Thick Baker's Twine (5 colors) 3 yards each
3/8″ Stitched Satin (5 colors) 2 yards¬†each
1/4″ Cotton (12 colors) 2¬†yards¬†each
1/2″ Seam Binding ¬†(7 colors) 2¬†yards¬†each

3/8‚ÄĚ Stitched Satin In Color Ribbon: $12.50 (plus $2.50 shipping):¬†¬†includes approx two yards of each 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in the five new 2014 – 2016 In Color Collection:¬†Blackberry Bliss, HELLO Honey (emphasis on the hello – for you Elisa), Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist

1-1/4‚ÄĚ Striped Grosgrain: $12.50 (plus $3.00 shipping):¬†¬†includes approx two yards of each 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in the five new 2014-2016 In Color Collection:Bermuda Bay Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry

1/4″ Cotton Ribbon: $18.25 (plus $3.00 shipping):¬†This share includes approx two yards of each 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon in 12 colors: Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

Taffeta and Gold & Silver Woven: $15.50 (plus $3.25 shipping):¬†¬†includes: two yards each of ¬†woven ¬†Silver and Gold¬†and ¬†two yards each of 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in¬†8 colors: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Real Red, ¬†Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky

1/2″ Seam Binding: $21.75 (plus $3.00 shipping): This share includes approx two yards of each 1/2″ Seam Binding ribbon in 12 colors: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla Soft Sky, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder)

3/4″ Chevron Ribbon:¬†returning from 2013 – 2014 catalog: $26.50 (+$4.00 shipping)
This share includes approx 2 yards of each 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon in 12 colors: Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder

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Posted on May 4, 2014

Photography Tips

My Digital Studio / Digital/ Scrapbook

As I was getting our camera ready to pack for our trip, I was thinking about all the pictures we'll take. Thought I'd share some of my favorite tips for taking the best photos and preserving them, too!

  • Fill up the entire frame and move in close to your focal point. Focus on the eyes when you are photographing people.
  • Whenever possible, use natural light instead of a flash. Early morning or late afternoon lighting is best; it's softer.
  • If you are shooting a group of people, focus on heads, not feet or legs.
  • When photographing a seated group, stand up on a chair above the group and have everybody look up towards the camera. This provides the most flattering angle for the shot.
  • Store photos in a dark, cool place out of direct sunlight. These days, most people take digital pictures so this isn't a problem.
  • Keep your original photos intact; you don't want to crop a one of a kind photo; make copies and crop those.
  • Use as little adhesive as possible when putting photos onto your pages. Another plus for digital scrapbooking.

If you haven't taken a peek at Stampin' Up!'s digital program, My Digital Studio, check it out.  I doubt you'll find a more robust, easy to use program for the price Рunder $20! You can even get a thirty day free trial before purchasing so you've got nothing to lose.

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Posted on April 30, 2014

Best Day Ever Mini Album

Product Information/ Projects/ Samples/ Scrapbook

My swap group “assignment” for May is a mini album…it had to be less than 4″ x 4″, and I wanted to do something totally different from anything I've ever done.

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For most of the pages and some embellishments, I used pieces from the “Pop-Up Posies” Designer Kit

pop up posies

currently available for only $3.99 in the Clearance Rack of my online store. I also used some of the¬†“Epic Day” stickers, ¬†a part of the “This and That” suite of products.

thisandthat stickers

I created pockets at the top of each page by adhering 2 of the embossed paper tags together, leaving the top area open so I could put in little tags for journaling or photos.

To see more fun projects like this one, be sure to follow me (click on social media buttons under my picture)¬†on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, and…coming soon – Instagram!

I'd also love to welcome you as a subscriber to my newsletter by giving you a free gift! Just fill in your information in the big, coral circle at the top of the page, ¬†and be sure to confirm your subscription when you get the confirmation email. We do this so we never “spam” anyone!

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Posted on April 25, 2014

Getting Punchy

Scrapbook/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Videos

If you have been around Stampin' Up! for awhile, you know we have some great tools, including punches! Because of their versatility, punches are often my “go to” tool when I'm creating cards and layouts; they are a great value for the money!

Here are just a few tips that perhaps you might not have thought of when it comes to “creating” with your punches:

– create a stencil by using the “negative” image from your punched out shape. This works especially well with the larger punches.

– create a multi-dimensional image by stacking punched pieces onto the page….i.e. stacking circles can create cute snowmen and “bookworms”.

–¬†¬†by layering or blending different shapes, you can create flowers, animals and other objects; use a heart punch to create a four leaf clover; use the “wing” from the Bird Builder Punch to create a tulip, the bird itself can also be used to make beautiful flowers.

– experiment with border punches to give different looks to your cards and also your mats on scrapbook pages.
To keep your punches sharp, occasionally punch through a piece of aluminum foil. To keep them punching smoothly, without sticking, punch through a piece of waxed paper every so often. If your punch does get stuck, I have a great video on my You Tube channel that will show you how to repair it!

Punch Repair – new style punch

Punch repair – old style punch

If you haven't already done so, please subscribe to my You Tube Channel; I don't want you to miss any techniques and/or new product information!

See our selection of punches

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Posted on April 24, 2014

Punch And Banner Scrapbooking

Big Shot/ Classes / Events/ Die Cut/ Scrapbook

Here is page #2 from my class. ¬†Using punches and banners, I wanted to show the girls that, even without a lot of ¬†embellishments, you can create awesome pages and layouts! Of course, I'm always happy to provide you with the most fabulous embellishments sold by Stampin' Up!¬†ūüôā

The girls created banners using the Banners Framelits Dies in the Occasions Catalog. They punched scallop circles on which they could journal; or, if they chose, use for small photos. They loved the Washi Tape for adhering the scallop circles, instead of adhesive. Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite way to use Washi Tape!

Of course, there are tons of ways you could “step up” this page. My goal, however, was to let them put together simple pages and have instant scrapbooking success!

Come back tomorrow and you'll see how a few strips of paper and Washi Tape makes a great background on your page!

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