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Posted on April 23, 2014

Scrapbooking For Dummies

Big Shot/ Classes / Events/ Die Cut/ Scrapbook/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Now, I am not really calling anyone a dummy; but, I'm sure you've seen all those __________________For Dummies books at the bookstore. Sometimes I really do think we need a book like that for scrapbooking! A couple of weeks ago, I was teaching a class to some high school seniors and I had been asked to create some pages they could easily duplicate. I'm going to be sharing these pages over the next few days.

I wanted the first page to be one that anyone could do, even if they were brand new to the crafting world; hence, my post title! I did have a couple of newbies, so I'm glad I had something that would make them feel successful right off the bat.

I used colors from the Brights Collection and pre-cut the large squares. All they had to do for the background was to pick the four colors that most appealed to them. Next, they chose coordinating solid colors to run through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine to create their photo “mats”.  The librarian hosting the class wanted bright, springlike pages. Using the Floral Framelits made it so easy and the girls loved it!

Lastly, they needed a place for journaling. I had some cards left over from some other projects so I spread them all out and let the girls choose. Everyone got the little word bubble clip, so they didn't even need adhesive for this part.

My favorite thing about getting together with these girls was returning to the basics and remembering back how it was when I first started scrapbooking and didn't have too many products. I still wanted to create fun pages. Of course, as we continue to create our pages, our style changes and that is fabulous, too. A hobby for anyone and everyone!

Tomorrow I'll share the next page… sure to come back!

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Posted on April 15, 2014

More Info On Project Life Coming To Stampin’ Up!

Announcements/ Projects/ Scrapbook

You’ll be able to order a selection of Project Life products starting May 1! And with the launch of our new annual catalog on June 2, you’ll be able to buy from our complete line of Project Life products.

Can’t wait that long? Stampin’ Up! demonstrators will be able to order the limited selection starting April 21. So if you’re a demonstrator make sure to check the demonstrator website that day; if you’re not a demonstrator, sign up and you can order the products early too! 🙂 How do I sign up?

You will be able to order a selection of Project Life products starting May 1. And with the launch of Stampin' Up!'s new annual catalog on June 2, you'll be able to buy from the complete line of Project Life products!

  • Coordination, coordination, coordination. You know Stampin' Up! does it best, and the Project Life line is no exception.
  • Our products center on things that matter most-weddings, babies, kids, and the everyday moments of getting together with your favorite people-all things that need to be remembered.
  • Our card collections come without rounded corners so you can decide if you want to keep them that way (and match the corners of your photos as they come) or use our Project Life Corner Punch to round them out.
  • Our card collections come packaged in an exclusive storage system that holds all your Project Life supplies on your desk: cards, journaling pens, photos, accessory packs, stamp sets, and more.


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Posted on March 25, 2014

Quick Tuesday Tip – Embossing Buddy

Scrapbook/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

The Embossing Buddy (103083) is a small bag of powder that is essential for heat embossing. Rubbing the surface of your cardstock with the “buddy” helps to reduce static electricity and also removes any oils that may have been left on the card stock .


BUT,  here's another tip for this tool. If you use SNAIL Adhesive on the back of ribbon you're using on a project, it is a bit difficult to apply the adhesive without some hanging over the edge, especially on narrower ribbon. When this happens, your card becomes sticky, which is not good. Try rubbing (gently) the Embossing Buddy over the unwanted adhesive…problem solved!

This will also work if you are a bit heavy-handed when applying adhesive to a card layer and you want to remove it from around the edges of your card project or scrapbook page.

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Posted on February 24, 2014

Stampin’ Up! “Your” Way!

Paper crafting/ Scrapbook/ Stamping

card class #1

Which one of these cards suits your style best? Maybe your answer is…neither of them. That's okay, too.  Stampin' Up! offers so many different options no matter what your stamping or scrapbooking “style” might be!

Let's say you would like  a custom class with a targeted topic? Let's plan it! Prefer a traditional workshop with the ability to earn great hostess benefits? We can do that, too.

Reach out to me and I'd love to show you some solutions for your crafting needs, no matter what your style!

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Posted on February 18, 2014

It’s Finally Finished!

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Projects/ Scrapbook

I've been working on my cover for the mini album page swap with my monthly group and it is finally finished! I am so happy with the way it turned out.

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I used the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper, one of the free Sale-A-Bration choices. If you click on the link, you can go to my site and download a copy. Every once in awhile, Stampin' Up! will put a Sale-A-Bration item in the next big catalog….I am hoping this paper will be one of those. I absolutely love it!

I used the Spiral Flower Originals Die for all the three dimensional “blooms” on the cover. You can make these flowers by punching out a circle of your choice and then using paper snips to cut out a spiral piece that you can then form into the flower. But, this die makes the process SO much easier!! I've put a short video link below that you can watch to learn all about this fun, new die.

You Tube Video

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Posted on February 3, 2014

Puppy Love Valentine Punch Art

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Punch Art/ Scrapbook

I saw this cute little project on a craft website last week….of course I had to try using Stampin' Up! products and changing to make it my own…can't just totally CASE!! I was doing a class at the library in Howe, TX and all the girls, ages 10 to senior in high school and their moms, seemed to enjoy this project.

We've set a date and I'll be teaching them some scrapbooking techniques for their “senior” scrapbooks. The evening will culminate with each of them doing 4 pages I am bringing. If you live near the area and have a high school senior who might enjoy (Howe, Sherman, Pottsboro, Dennison, etc), please give me a shout and I'll give you the details. We'd love to have your senior join us…the more the merrier in our crafting vortex!

puppy love punch art

Now, back to this project. I used the Hearts Collection Framelits for the puppy's body, feet, ears, nose and red glitter “heart”. The accenting on ears and feet is done with White Stampin' Chalk Marker. Card base is Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock, body, ears and feet are done with Baked Brown Sugar 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock, nose is Basic Black scrap and heart is scrap of Red Glimmer Paper. I drew in eyes with Black marker.

Come back tomorrow and I'll show you a VERY easy Valentine note card made with 1/2″ circles.

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Posted on January 31, 2014

Tips For Using Fringe Scissors

Scrapbook/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

If you haven't quite mastered the technique of using the new fringe scissors, here are a couple of tips:

1. Be sure to use the middle of the blades (instead of going all the way in near the scissor handles); this will give you a much cleaner cut.

2. If you are having a hard time cutting your fringe in a straight line, use a ruler to draw a line on the back of your cardstock, and then use as a guide while cutting. Your “grass” or “fringe” will line up perfectly!

3. If you don't like the look of the fringe, try putting a piece of scotch tape on the back of your paper so that when you are cutting, you are cutting through the tape and the cardstock. You will get a different look.

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Posted on December 6, 2013

Ice Day!

Projects/ Scrapbook/ Uncategorized

Get to stay home from work today so I'm spending time organizing my craft room after our recent move…whoa…who KNEW I had SO much stuff!!

sammysb page

In my cleaning frenzy I ran across this fold up scrapbook page I did about five years ago of my adorable grandcherub, Sammy. This page folds up into a card that you can mail!

Would you like to see a tutorial on this?

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Posted on August 31, 2013

Gorgeous Goblins

Holidays / Special Days/ Product Information/ Scrapbook/ Uncategorized

I love the faces on my friend Dee Ann's kids! Her son Gabriel was NOT happy in this picture and it surely shows. Good thing his sisters are such beauties!

Our Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper (132185) has so many Halloween themed sheets to make scrapbooking this year's (or past years that might still be laying around in a box!) pictures easy peasy!

This particular sheet has very few embellishments added because the background of the paper itself does most of the work. I think the Washi Tape adds a lot and all you have to do is tear off small pieces and stick on your pages.

See you tomorrow for my next project…hope this week of Halloween ideas is helping you get your Halloween Mojo going!

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Posted on August 19, 2013


Contests/ Holidays / Special Days/ Scrapbook

I had the best time with some awesome “crafty” friends this past weekend. The BEST part is I finished every project I took along with me AND I didn't take my entire craft room…woo hoo! I am so grateful when I get to go away and spend time with old friends and new ones I just met.

Speaking of grateful, I think this project would be so wonderful to make ahead of time for every guest coming to Thanksgiving dinner…OK, I know it is only August, but if you procrastinate like I do it's NOT too early to start getting your holiday ideas together!



Harvest of Thanks Stamp Set
Truly Grateful Stamp Set
Thankful and Woodgrain Stamps

Soft Sky Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper
Whisper White Square Envelopes

Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad
VersaMark Pad
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories & Tools
Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape
Early Espresso Stampin' Emboss Powder
Linen Thread
Naturals Designer Buttons
Stampin' Dimensionals
Aqua Painter
1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
Big Shot
Bitty Banners Framelits Dies


To create the cover:

  1. Cut the flaps off several Whisper White Square Envelopes.
    Tip: We used nine in our little book. You choose how many pages you want in your book.
  2. Stamp the woodgrain background in Crushed Curry ink on the front of one envelope. Add splashes of Pumpkin Pie ink to front of envelope using an Aqua Painter.
  3. Stamp the woodgrain background in Early Espresso ink on the back of the envelope.
  4. Stamp “Thankful for” in Early Espresso Ink on the back of the envelope.
  5. Write journaling using a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker under the “Thankful for” image.
  6. Punch a scallop circle from Soft Sky Cardstock. Adhere it to the front of the book.
  7. Stamp the log image in VersaMark ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Sprinkle Early Espresso Stampin' Emboss Powder over the image and heat emboss it. Adhere the Soft Sky scallop circle.
  8. Stamp “Gratitude” in Crushed Curry ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Cut out the “Gratitude” image using the Bitty Banners Framelits Dies and the Big Shot. Adhere the sentiment over the log image.
  9. Thread a piece of Linen Thread through the button holes in the Naturals Designer Button. Adhere over the log image.

To create pages and put the book together:

  1. Stamp the woodgrain background in Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, or Soft Sky ink on the back of the remaining envelopes.
  2. Stamp “Thankful for” in Early Espresso Ink over the woodgrain background on the back of the envelopes.
  3. Write journaling using a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker under “Thankful for” image.
  4. Adhere the sides of the cover and other envelopes together using strips of washi tape to create the book.
  5. Cut a 3-1/4″ square of Designer Series Paper for each inside page. Adhere.
  6. Cut a 2-1/4″ square of Whisper White Cardstock for each inside page. Adhere one to the center of each inside page. Adhere photos over each square of cardstock.
  7. Create spine for the book with a strip of washi tape.
  8. Fold nine 3″ x 6″ pieces of Whisper White Cardstock to create nine cards. Place the cards in the envelope openings.

I'll be starting my 7 days of Halloween projects soon AND you will have a chance to win some fun “blog candy” so stay tuned!!

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Posted on August 9, 2013

Back To School Savings – Tax Free Weekend

Holidays / Special Days/ Scrapbook/ Stamping

Did you know Stampin' Up! carries items that are considered “school supplies”. It sure does! Here is the list…why not pick up some of the items on your list without even leaving your home! If you don't have any kiddos for whom you must shop, get the savings for yourself by stocking up on some of the items you use the most!

The scoop: The state of Texas is having a sales tax holiday for school supplies up to $100 per item from August 9-11. Because school supply items are included in this sales tax holiday, the list of items below will be state tax-free during the holiday period. Please note that you must place your order with Stampin' Up!® during the tax holiday period in order to receive these items tax-free. Also, keep in mind that this is a state sales tax holiday and may not apply to additional city, jurisdiction, or county taxes.
The following items are tax-exempt during the Texas sales tax holiday:
  • 2-Way Glue Pen (item 100425) $4.50
  • Snail Adhesive (item 104332) $6.95
  • Snail Adhesive Refill (item 104331) $4.50
  • Sticky Strip (item 104294) $6.95
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (item 104430) $3.95
  • Mini Glue Dots (item 103683) $4.95
  • Paper Snips (item 103579) $9.95
  • Craft & Paper Scissors (item 108360) $29.95
  • Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen (item 105021) $3.95
  • Blender Pens (item 102845) $9.95
  • Stampin' Write Markers (various item numbers) $3.50
  • Subtles Stampin' Write Markers (item 131263) $28.95
  • Regals Stampin' Write Markers (item 131262) $28.95
  • Brights Stampin' Write Markers (item 131259) $28.95
  • Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers (item 131261) $22.95
  • Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive (item 110755) $3.95
  • Anywhere Glue Sticks (item 104045) $3.95
  • 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (item 126856) $14.95
  • 2013-2015 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (item 131260) $14.95
  • Stampin' Write Marker New Color Kit (item 130034) $28.95

Use hostess code 6N24QSAB when you order and you will receive an automatic entry into a drawing for a set of markers in our fabulous new 2013-2104 In Color Markers!

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Posted on July 12, 2013

Convention Countdown…..

Big Shot/ Holidays / Special Days/ Join My Team/ Scrapbook

My Girls INK'ers and I will be leavin' on a jet plane in only FIVE days…woo hoo!  SweetMoments1 SweetMoments2 SweetMoments3 SweetMoments4 SweetMoments5 SweetMoments6 SweetMoments7

This little mini scrapbook is one of my 3D swaps? What do you think?

It's made with the Top Note Die (113463),  Crisp Cantelope cardstock (131298),  Designer Series Paper (130136), and 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Ribbon (130021). Have I mentioned how much I love this new In Color?????? The Stamp Set is Happy Day (130297).

It is pretty easy to put together….if you'd like the instructions and complete supply list, shoot me an email:

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Posted on June 18, 2013

Quick Journal Project

Paper crafting/ Projects/ Scrapbook/ Stamping/ Videos

Today's project is a fun journal that has many different uses: as a “happy” to encourage a friend, to show a favorite teacher that she is appreciated, to say thank you to a special hostess or customer, or…??? The one I'm showing you today is a prayer journal for one of my stamp club hostesses.

Dave, the Stamp Slave, has made a short video to show you how to create some of the pieces of this project. If you're not a subscriber to my newsletter, be sure to sign up before Wednesday, by putting your info in the coral colored circle on the right-hand side of this page. We give our subscribers exclusive content and this week's mid month newsletter will include a link to a short video where I'll show how to create the little rose embellishment on the front of this journal.

If you have any questions while you're putting together your journal, please feel free to post a comment and I'll get right back to you.

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Posted on June 12, 2013

Mini Brag Book – “How To”

Paper crafting/ Projects/ Scrapbook/ Stamping

Here are the instructions for Mini Brag Book (you can see pictures on Monday, June 10th's post) I promised. This comes together very quickly and has so many fun uses; here are a few:

  1. add a few pictures and journaling to record memories from a fun event
  2. make an autograph book for kids to take to summer camp
  3. fill with favorite Scripture and give to a friend who needs encouragement
  4. ??? – leave me a comment with your ideas!


Stamps: Embellished Events (131984-W, 126497-C)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Pad (131174)
Paper: Whisper White Card Stock (100730), 2013-2015 In Color Paper Stack (130136) and solid card stock to match whichever color you choose.
Tools & Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Top Note Bigz Die (113463), Hung Up Cute Clips (129389), Artisan Label Punch (130920), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Stampin’ Sponges (101610) binder rings, chipboard, hole punch or Crop-A-Dile

1. Using the Top Note Die and the Big Shot:
a. Cut a front and back cover for the brag book out of chipboard (the back piece in a DSP      pack works well)
b. Cut a designer series paper (DSP) cover for the front and back
c. Cut the inside pages (4-6 work well) with Whisper White card stock
2. Adhere the DSP to the front and back cover of the brag book chipboard using liquid glue.  Adhere the coordinating solid color to other side of each cover. Sponge edges if desired.
3. Stamp the sentiment of your choice (I used “celebrate” with Baked Brown ink onto a piece of the DSP used for cover). Punch out with the Artisan Label punch. Cut a small piece of matching Ruffled Ribbon and adhere to the sentiment piece using SNAIL adhesive. Choose a mini clip and slide onto this piece. Adhere to front cover with 2 Dimensionals. (You can also stamp your greeting onto Whisper White card stock, punch out with the Artisan Label punch, and then punch a piece of DSP with the decorative Label punch and cut in half. Adhere each half to the back of the stamped white piece for a little different look).
4.Using a large hold punch or Crop-A-Dile, punch two holes through the front & back cover, as well as the inside pages and hold together with binder. You can decorate the rings with ribbon or just leave plain.


Extra “finishing” ideas:


I created pockets for 2 of the inside pages by using Top Note Die and a 5” x 4” piece of coordinating DSP. Cut the Tope Note piece in half and glue to the white page to form a pocket. I then used a piece of Baked Brown Sugar card stock, cut to 3 ¼” x 2” and corner rounded the edges. Then use SNAIL to adhere a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3 1/8” x 1 7/8” with edges corner-rounded. Use a stapler to attach a small piece of coordinating ruffled ribbon. This can be a journaling tag.


I used the “Remember This and That Rotary Stamp” (130133) to add some fun touches to the inside pages.

Any questions just give me shout!

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