Saturday, December 31, 2016

Project Life cards- Sending Love

Hello my crafty peeps!

Can you believe it's time to start thinking about Valentines day already? I swear the older I get the faster time flies. I'm pretty new to the Project Life phenomena and...yea...I'm addicted. I can pre-make cards and pages for upcoming events really easy. That's what I did for the Hello December 2016 set. All I have to do now is add photos and journaling. It's a time saver for sure.

Today's project is all about making your own PL cards. I'm using the Sealed with Love bundle from the new Occasions catalog. There are so many options with this set! Lovin' it!

Whisper White CS- 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Basic Black CS- scrap
Sending Love DSP- 2 6 x 6 sheets

Until next time...happy crafting!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thankful Thursday- Lift Me Up card

Hello my crafty peeps!

We've got another fun project using products from the Occasions 2017 catalog! I'm a big fan of hot air balloons. Maybe it's my love for Jules Verne manifesting. Lol. There's a lot of easy dimension in this card and some ink blending which is a technique I haven't shown before. Join me as we lift gently into the evening sky...

Very Vanilla CS- 4 1/4 x 11
Basic Black CS- 3 1/4 x 4
Whisper White CS- 4 x 5 1/4

Remember the Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-bration starts January 4, 2017!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Easy Elegance: Ferris Wheel Birthday card

Hello my crafty peeps!

I've got a new project for you using some new product! So exciting! I have fallen in love with the Cupcakes and Carousels suite. All the products are gorgeous and have just the right amount of vintage goodness. Want to join in the fun? The Occasions Catalog goes live January 4th which is also when Sale-a-bration starts!

Very Vanilla CS- 4 1/4 x 11
Peekaboo Peach- 4 x 5 1/4
Very Vanilla CS- 1 x 4
Basic Black CS- 1 x 4 1/2

Until next time...happy crafting!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Occasions & Sale-a-bration 2017 walk through & tutorial

Hello my crafty peeps!

It's Sale-a-bration time! Starting January 4-March 31 you will be able to pick 1 product from the Sale-a-bration brochure for every $50 you spend. That's pretty awesome! And we've got a new Occasions catalog for our spring and summer months. You can start ordering from that catty January 4th. There's some gorgeous products. Join me as I take you on a jaunty walk through the catty & SAB brochure.

Update: I've been informed that we can't show the catalog until Jan. 4 so my walk-through video will relaunch then. 

And here's a little project using one of the Sale-a-bration products

Very Vanilla CS- 4 1/4 x 11
Basic Black CS- 4 x 5 1/4
Old Olive CS- 3 3/4 x 5
Whisper White CS- 3 1/2 x 4 3/4

Until next time...happy crafting!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Unboxing- Online Extravaganza! and Occasions/ Sale-a-bration pre-order

Hello my crafty peeps!

Who's ready for the holidays? I say that I am but I keep finding little things that still need to be done. Ain't that always the way. Lol. I've taken a break this week from project videos so I can get caught up and work out my game plan for the coming year. Speaking of the New Year, did everyone hear about my giveaway? See my post from last Saturday for more detail and to enter!

My next project video will be featuring new product from the Occasions catalog that will go live on my shopping site January 4. This will also begin Sale-a-bration, a wonderful time during which you can earn free product for every $50 you purchase.

My video for today is an unboxing of what I grabbed during the Online Extravaganza! I've already used some of the products in previous tutorial. So far I have loved everything I have acquired from Stampin' Up! It's great to find a company that you can count on delivering quality products.
I'm also adding the unboxing for my Occasions and Sale-a-bration pre-order. Figured I get both out of the way so I can get back to creating!

Until next time...happy crafting and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New Year's Giveaway!!

Hello my crafty peeps!

Who's excited for the New Year? I think it's so therapeutic to learn from the past and let it go so we can embrace the future.  For me, the New Year is a time to reevaluate and make positive changes. To set the goals I want to achieve in the next year. Granted, this is something that can be done at any time but..this is how I like to roll.

In the spirit of New Year's I've put together a giveaway for y'all. I'm putting together not one but two prize packs. One will be more of a travel theme and the other will be Holiday themed. There might even be some sneak peaks from the new Occasions catalog. Both will have a selection of paper and a die cut of each Stitched Shapes Framelits cut from Whisper White cardstock. And the rest will be a surprise!

So what do you have to do to enter? Use the widget at the bottom of this post.

1. Leave a comment here answering this question...
What is one of your New Year's Resolutions?
And while you're here...why not follow or sign up for notifications so you won't miss any of my posts

2. Next, visit my Facebook page. And while you're could go ahead and hit that like button so you won't miss any of those posts.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Jingle Bell Earrings & Gift Bag

Hello my crafty peeps!

Welcome to day 12 of my 12 days of Christmas! This is it! The finish line has been reached and the trophies handed out. It's been a wild ride and I had so much fun designing projects. I've learned a lot and hope I can do even better next year. Oh, yes. There will be a next year. Lol.

I wanted to show you how you can use Stampin' Up! products for more that just cardmaking and memory keeping. Let's grab some jewelry making supplies from our local craft store and make some earrings! And...let's make a gift bag using the gift bag punch board. There was a bit of a learning curve for the punch board, mostly because I can't remember where I put the full instructions... Yep. This is my life. Lol. But...once I figured it out things went pretty well. Join me on my journey of discovery!

I've got an announcement to make so be sure to check in here Tuesday to find out what the news is!

Until next time...happy crafting and Happy Holidays!

Fancy Frost SDSP- 5" x 10"
Real Red CS- scrap

Additional items needed:
Earring wires
Small jump rings
Eye pins
Needle nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Beads of your choice

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holly Jolly Jingle card

Hello my crafty peeps!

It's day 11 of my 12 days of Christmas! How many of us are ready for Christmas? I feel like I'm pretty ready. The shopping for the kiddos is done and I'm just waiting on a good time to sit down and watch White Christmas while wrapping presents. It's my thing. Lol. Can you believe my boyfriend had never seen White Christmas until last year when I made him help me wrap? Yes, he did live under a rock. He says it was quite a nice rock.

On to today's project. Another card! I'm using the Holly Jolly layers hostess stamp set and just like the Cozy Critters set you can only get it using Stampin' Rewards. See my last post if you want more info. This is a really awesome set to make quick and elegant cards and tags and anything else you would want to add a nice sentiment to.

Whisper White CS- 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" & scrap to stamp sentiment
Basic Black CS- 4" x 5 1/4"
This Christmas DSP- 3 3/4" x 5"
Garden Green CS- 2 1/2" x 2 1/2 "

Until next time...happy crafting and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Foxy Cozy Critter card

Hello my crafty peeps!

We're on day 10 of my 12 days of Christmas! Can you believe it?!

 I've got another card for you but now that we're in the final stretch I wanted to make it fairly simple so you can whip out a bunch and send them off quick. I'm still loving the Cozy Critters hostess stamp set and want to get as much use out of it as I can until it's retired. Which it will be after Jan. 4th. The good news is that we have fun new products coming out in our Occasions catalog! Back to Cozy Critters. It is a hostess set which means you can only get it using Stampin' Rewards which you earn on any order over $150. That's when hosting a party sounds really nice, right? Contact me if you're interested in a virtual party through Facebook or if you're local to the Bennington, Vt area we can schedule a live party. And feel free to sign up for my Classes & Kits mailing list. I'm still working out the logistics but hope to do at least one class a month.

Now..on to the video!

Old Olive CS- 5 1/2" x 8 1/2 "
This Christmas DSP- 4" x 5 1/4"
Whisper White CS- 3 3/4" x 5" & 3" x 4" & small scrap for scarf and tail piece
Cherry Cobbler 3" x 4" & 1" x 4"

Until next time...happy crafting and Happy Holidays

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Gingerbread House Ornament

Hello my crafty peeps!

It's day 9 of my 12 days of Christmas! Can you believe how fast it's going? It's going to over before I'm ready for it to be. Lol.

For today's project we're pulling out the Sweet Home bundle and making a gingerbread house. And to add a different twist, we're going to hang it from our Christmas tree! So much fun! You can decorate your house however you wish. This is what I did so just let it inspire you and above all, learn from my mistakes. Lol.

Until next time...happy crafting and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Simple Candy Cane Christmas card

Hello my crafty peeps!

Welcome to day 8 of my 12 days of Christmas! Hard to believe it's only 4 more projects. I've got so many more ideas. I'll have to start earlier next year. Lol.

Today's project is a pretty simple card that can easily be massed produced. While filming I had quite a few things go wrong. Human error is part of making something handmade. You've got to be adaptable and roll with the punches. I kept the video 'as is' so y'all can see that it's okay to make mistakes and that sometimes things don't go according to plan. Nobody is perfect and that's okay too. The important part is that you keep trying or use your imagination and creativity to come up with a solution. That's right, make some delicious lemonade with those lemons!

Until next time...happy crafting and Happy Holidays!

Download project PDF here

Candy Cane Lane Mini Gift Boxes

Hello my crafty peeps!
It's day 7 of my 12 days of Christmas. Time is flying. Soon we'll hear sleigh bells on the roof and the Jolly Elf himself 'ho, ho, ho-ing' over our cookies and milk. But before all that we still have time for some Christmas crafting. Have you checked out the Year End Closeouts yet? It's a great time to stock up on items that are retiring before you can't get them anymore. You can also pick up some items that are overstocked in the warehouse. Enough about all that, let's get to today's project.

This year my boyfriend and I will have our kiddos for Christmas! Shout out to all the blended families out there who split holidays. My Ethan is 12 and the Princess is 4. So stocking will be hung by the chimney with care with the hopes that they will be filled with fun goodies. I decided to use my new Gift Box punch board to make some little boxes so I could fill them and put them in the stockings. I'm making them so they 'explode' open. No actual explosives will be used. Lol. I've made bows to decorate the Princess's boxes and kept Ethan's plain.

Until next time... happy crafting and Happy Holidays!

Download project PDF here

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Stampin' Up! Year End Closeouts

Hello my crafty peeps!

Stampin' Up! is having their Year End Closeouts and I thought I'd share some info with y'all.

1. There's some good deals going on!

2. Remember you won't be able to order retiring products from the Holiday catalog after January 3. They will be while supplies last.
Download a PDF list of retiring holiday products here

3. Some items are overstocked so you can get them on sale before they go back to regular price on January 4th.

4. Closeout runs from December 1- January 4

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mixed Media Christmas canvas

Hello my crafty peeps!

It's day 6 of my 12 days of Christmas and I've got a special project for you. Since I've been decorating my home for the Holidays I realized I need more decorations. I love to make my own home decor and be able to completely customize it. I went into what I call my 'blanks' supplies (you know, all the things you pick up here and there with the intention of altering and making into something) I grabbed a small 4" X 4" canvas and some of my supplies and made art! For beginners the small size of the canvas is less intimidating and easier to fill with mixed media bits and pieces.
So here is a video on the process I went through to achieve the finished project. If you choose to try this at home you can keep it more simple if you like. Use the techniques that you like and make your project your own.

Until next time...happy crafting and Happy Holidays!

Candy Cane Snowman card

Hello my crafty peeps!

Welcome to day 5 of my 12 days of Christmas! I can't believe it's already December 1st. Time is flying and I've still got so many project ideas! Next year I'm going to have to start early and do more.
In the meantime, I have a cute card in the distressed style I love so much. I had so much fun designing this. And I can finally show you the best way to use the candy cane stripe decorative mask.

Until next time...happy creating and Happy Holidays!

Download project PDF here

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cozy Critters gift tag and bonus project!

Hello my crafty peeps!

It's day 4 of my 12 days of Christmas! I've got a gift tag to show you using the Cozy Critters hostess stamp set and a bonus project. Ready for it?! A gift card gift box! It pretty simple to make. The hardest part was tying the bow. Lol.
Let's make those presents pretty!

Until next time...happy crafting & Happy Holidays!

Download project PDFs here & here

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Hello December 2016 Project Life title page

Hello my crafty peeps!

It's day 3 of my 12 days of Christmas. I think we're off to a pretty decent start. For today I'll be showing you the Hello December 2016 Project Life kit. The card set and the accessory pack for this collection is on sale now as part of Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza going on November 21-28. If you're behind on your scrapbooking like I am, Project Life is a lifesaver. Get it? Life...saver.
Any my video to see more of this fabulous product and watch as I finish my title page for my December 2016 album.

Download the project PDF here

Until next time...Happy crafting and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Jar of Cheer Snowman Shaker card

Hello my crafty peeps!

It's day 2 of my 12 days of Christmas. I thought I'd get in a fancy shaker card early on. We'll be using the Jar of Cheer stamp set that coordinates with the Everyday Jar dies. Y'all know I love the Jar of Love bundle! This is not a card for mass production, unless you're a glutton for punishment. Lol. Make this card for your favorite people. Those special few who really get you.

And now without further ado...I present the comedy of errors that I'm dubbing
The Glitter Invasion!

For a project PDF listing dimensions and supplies click here

Until next time...Happy crafting and Happy Holidays

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Christmas Treats gift box

Hello my crafty peeps!

It's that time of year again! I hear those sleigh bells jingling and smell chestnuts roasting on an open fire. That also means it's time for my 12 days of Christmas! Today's project is for all the yummy goodies we make and gift to friends and loved ones. Stampin' Up! white gift boxes are the perfect size and so easy to decorate. And they are food safe. I can't say enough good things about the Candy Cane Suite in the Holiday catalog. It's all so adorable but I have a soft spot for gingerbread men and peppermint. Lol.

To download the project PDF with dimensions and supplies click here

Until next time...Happy crafting and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza: new gallery

Hello my crafty peeps!

I've gone ahead and made a gallery for what's on sale at Stampin' Up! Nov 21-28. I was able to put everything on it except the special bundles that are part of the 24 hour flash sales Nov 21 & 28.
Those are-


  • Enamel Shapes Bundle #146002 
  • Ombre Pads Bundle #146003 
  • Embellished Ornaments & Delicate Ornament Bundle wood #146004, clear #146005, french clear #146006 
  • Note- the gift bag & gift box punch boards are part of the flash sale

  • Flurry of Wishes & Snow Flurry Punch Bundle #146008, french clear #146009
  • Note- the Big Shot Magnetic Platform, Playful Palette DSP, and Bell Punch are part of the flash sale
Also note the prices in this gallery may not reflect the sale price. Happy Shopping!
Download sale PDF here

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas Magic Frosty Tag

Hello my crafty peeps!

It's so wonderful to be working in my new art space! I've got so much room. And it's away from all the hubbub but I can still hear what's going on in my house. Very important when you have kids. Lol. My creative juices are a-flowing!

I put together this quick little tag for y'all. I wanted to play with the new Stitched Shapes framelits but didn't have a ton of time so I needed something quick. Tags are also a great way to use up scraps. Easy peezy, my peeps. I'm amazed at the difference a little bit of stitching makes. It makes this quick tag look so professional. Just buy it a suit and send it off into the workforce. Lol.

Don't forget about the Online Extravaganza November 21-28. Select Stampin' Up! items will be up to 40% off!
Unitl next time...Happy crafting!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza sneak peek

Hello my crafty peeps!
I've got exciting news to share! Stampin' Up! is having their Online Extravaganza November 21-28. Lots of goodies on sale. It's the perfect time to grab some products you've been eyeing. There's stuff to make goodie boxes and bags along with stamp set to decorate them. Still not sure what to do about Christmas cards? There's quite a few sets to choose from. Even some easy kits will be available. You can download the PDF listing everything included and what the sale price will be. It also has the product numbers for easy ordering. I've made a video going through the Holiday and Annual Catalogs so you can have a visual to go along with the PDF. I wasn't able to go over any of the Paper Pumpkin kits listed but if you're interested a google search will enlighten you. Just so you know, the Paper Pumpkin kits come with the stamp set but the refills will not.

Download PDF here
To place an order with me click here

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thankful Thursday: Paisley Coloring Thank You card

Hello my crafty peeps!

Welcome to another Thankful Thursday! Todays card features the Paisleys and Posies stamp set. I love the big paisley and thought it would be fantastic to stamp it in basic black and hand color it. Coloring is a good way to relax and it's all the rage these days. So jump on the bandwagon with me and let's make this card!

Don't forget about the Online Extravaganza November 21-28!
Until next time Happy crafting!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stampin' Up! unboxing Nov 2016

Hello my crafty peeps!

It's been a hectic few weeks for me and my family. We were scrambling to get our mortgage cleared and close on our new house. We're first time homebuyers! Then we were scrambling to move into said house. Boy do we have A LOT of stuff! And just to make sure we met our quota on moving for the next few years, we moved what my mom had in storage into our barn. It was great to see my mom, she was visiting from Florida, but next time we'll have more fun time. I've been busy unpacking and settling in so I've fallen a little behind on everything.

Anyway, on to the important stuff. I placed a Stampin' Up! order before the move and it's the first delivery I had at our new home. Exciting stuff. This order all began with NEEDING the new Stitched Shapes framelits. They are gorgeous! And since I was placing an order I went ahead and stocked up on basics and add to my paper supplies. Can you ever have too much paper?

While I've got your attention...Stampin' Up! is having an Online Extravaganza November 21-28. Select items will be up to 40% off! It's a perfect time to get what you need for the Holidays. So mark your calendars and prepare for the savings!

Until next time...Happy crafting

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Holly Jolly Layers card

Hello my crafty peeps!
Hey...guess what? Santa Claus is coming to town. That's right, folks! He's coming! Making a list and checking it twice. Better spread the word! Lol. You know what that means? Time to make a card.
Once I was done with this card I decides I didn't like that basic black cs and will change it out with crumb cake, real red, or emerald envy on any I make in the future. Maybe even soft suede if I want to keep it more masculine. The hardest part of this card was picking all the oval and getting them lined up. Everything else went together quickly.
The stamp set I used is the Holly Jolly Layers Hostess set from the Holiday 2016 catalog. As a hostess set you can only purchase it with Stampin' Rewards. You earn Stampin' Rewards on any purchase over $150. If you host a party, in person or virtual online, the purchases your guests make will go towards your Stampin' Rewards. Sound like something you're interested in? Contact me through my Stampin' Up! website for more information.
Until next time...Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Rainbow Watercolor Collage card

Hello my crafty peeps!

 I am so in love with the card I'm showing you today! It turned out better that I imagined it would. I usually don't plan to keep my cards but this one is going on permanent display in my new art studio. Want to see how I did it? Watch my video to find out!

Until next time...Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tips & Techniques Tuesday: using ink on embossing folders

Hello my crafty peeps!
Remember last week when I said I love embossing? This week we're doing more of the same. Time to pull out your Big Shot and embossing folders and have some fun. I'm going to show you how to add ink from your stamp pads to achieve different looks and get more out of your products. Don't we all love that?
 Until next time... Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Cozy Critters card

Hello my crafty peeps!
We've got another winter holiday card today! This one is featuring the Cozy Critters Hostess Stamp set from the Holiday 2016 catalog. It's such a cute set. The little fox and owl coordinate with the fox builder and owl builder punches. Since this is a hostess set you can only purchase it with Stampin' Rewards. You earn Stampin' Rewards on any purchase over $150. If you host a party, in person or virtual, your guests' purchases will go towards your Stampin' Rewards! If this is something you'd be interested in I'd be happy to work with you. Just contact be through my Stampin' Up! website for more information.
  Until next time...Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Easy Elegance: Warm Wishes card

Hello my crafty peeps!
The winter holidays are just around the corner. Now's the time to start thinking about all the homemade goodies you want to make. I've got an easy elegance card for you today. You can quickly make a whole pile of these simple cards. This is also a good template for when you need a quick card. Change out the sentiment and maybe the color of the bow and twine and this card can work for a lot of different occasions.
Until next time...Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tips & Techniques Tuesday: Watercolor lift heat embossing

Hello my crafty peeps!
I love embossing! Any kind of embossing. Doesn't matter to me whether it's dry or heat was used, it's all gorgeous. Today we're focusing on a heat embossing technique. Using our Stampin' Up! stampin' pads as watercolor and clear embossing to capture the color we're going to have a lot of fun making backgrounds. People will be left wondering 'how'd they do that?'
Just watch this quick video to see how it's done!
 Until next time...Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Easy Elegance: Pop of Pink card

Hello my crafty peeps!
I've got an Easy Elegance card for you today! You're going to be amazed by how quickly you can make this card. In just a matter of minutes you'll have a finished card that looks amazing. The trick is to let your Specialty Designer Series paper with their foiled bling do the work for you. And Stampin' Up! makes it easy to match your colors. The gold foil is the same color as the gold Stampin' emboss powder making for a cohesive, and dare I say elegant, look.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Stampin' Up! Stitched from the Heart

Hello my crafty peeps!
I've got a new product for you! And I'm sooooo excited about it! Stitched Shapes Framelits! They will be available November 1st and the coordinating stamp sets will be 25% off. You can bet that I'll be placing my order for these babies! Click here to shop

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thankful Thursday: Autumn Thanks card

Hello my crafty peeps!
Welcome to Thankful Thursday! I'm going to show you how to make a card using the Paisleys and Posies stamp set. I love these stamps! They're so versatile and can be used year round. Just change up your color pallet. You can get them in a bundle with the Paisley framelits and save 10%. Having the coordinating dies opens up even more design possibilities. Remember these are only available for a limited time from the Holiday 2016 catalog
I think this is a pretty easy card to make and it came together fairly quickly. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Paper Pumpkin October 2016

Hello my crafty peeps!
Who doesn't love getting surprises in the mail? I know I do! That's one of the reasons I'm a bit addicted to monthly subscription box services. If I had the resources I'm pretty sure I'd get them all. And since I'm a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator I just have to subscribe to their service. I love Paper Pumpkin! Every month there's a new project in my mailbox. Everything you need is in the box. Except the stampin' block you receive in your first box. The projects are perfect to do with kids. Not to mention it's a great way to build your stamp collection.
Pre-paid subscriptions make excellent gifts for the crafty people in your life. The products will not overlap with what they already have since it's all new designs. And even if they are already subscribers, a pre-paid subscription can be added to their account at any time.
To start you subscription click here.

Until next time...Happy crafting!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness card

Hello my crafty peeps!
Not only is October the month of fall foliage, pumpkins, and Halloween fun but also a time to bring Breast Cancer awareness.
So many people have been touched by cancer. It's estimated that 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer. In 2016, there are more than 2.6 million women with a history of breast cancer in the US.
I've been a hairstylist since 2000 and I've had clients over the years go through chemo and radiation therapy. I've been on the journey with them as they've lost their hair. I've shaved their hair as the loss became too much. It's such an emotional experience and it's one of those moments of perspective when you appreciate what you have in your life. I've also been there when my clients have made it through and their hair begins to grow back. There's always hope even on the darkest days. The sister of one of my sisters-in-law had many battles with cancer. She never gave up and was hopeful and positive to the very end. She will always remain an inspiration to me and I know many others feel the same way. She touched so many lives and has left a beautiful mark on the world.
As with any health issues, early detection is key. Do your monthly self checks. Go to your preventative care appointments. Help spread awareness.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thankful card featuring Paisleys and Posies

Hello my crafty peeps!

In my last post I showed you how to use Stampin' Up! ink pads to watercolor over embossed images. It's highly addicting, right? I want to use it on all my projects and use all my stamps and ink pads. There goes my supply of whisper white and very vanilla. Lol. There's so many possibilities. Today I'm showing you how you can use all your new handmade specialty paper to make a card. We'll be continuing with the Paisleys and Posies set and using the Paisley dies. I'm loving this set! I can't believe I almost didn't buy it. I can see myself using this set for years to come in my personal crafting. I feel it's always worth purchasing the bundles so you can save 10% and have all the coordinating pieces.
Waning: I didn't pre-plan what I was going to do. This was a mistake that I have now learned from. What does it mean for you? A video that doesn't flow quite as well as it could. I like the card I ended up with but it was a challenge to get there. Not to mention the extra editing needed to cut out the enormous amount of unneeded content. Lol.

Until next time...Happy crafting!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tips and Techniques Tuesday

Hello my crafty peeps!
Tips and Technique Tuesdays are back! Halloween was fun and I wish I was able to do more but I'm also excited to shift my focus to fall and Thanksgiving themes. The leaves are showing their autumnal colors and the weather is getting downright chilly. Mother Nature is doing a great job of inspiring creativity.
I've decided to do a focus on heat embossing. It really is quite simple and economical. A jar of embossing powder will last a long time since only a little is required to get the job done. I've had some of my powders for years! You'll also need are a heat tool and a watermark/embossing ink. And the stamp of your choice. That's just for starters. As you get more comfortable with heat embossing you can try a lot of techniques that I find are fun and satisfying.
Here's a tutorial on how to make your own background for cards or project life. I show you on an 4.25"x5.5" piece of very vanilla cs but you can go big with this technique. Try it on 8.5"x11" cs and cut it up how you need it.

Until next time...Happy crafting!

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Don't forget to take advantage of the Designer Series Paper sale at Stampin' Up! Buy 3 sets get 1 free! It's a great time to stock up.

Stampin' Up! Christmas unboxing

Hello my crafty peeps!
It's time for another unboxing video. Today's theme is Christmas! Stampin' Up! has so many wonderful items to make your holiday crafting easy. There's some gorgeous designer series paper and washi tape. The stamp sets range from super cute to elegant. The options for coordinating die sets are amazing! I wish I had the resources to get everything. Best of all, they tell you exactly what colors go with each set! No guessing and hoping that all the elements of your project match. There's some great kits as well if you need something easy. If you have any question on any of the products please feel free to contact me.

Until next time..Happy crafting!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Halloween Project Life cards

Hello my crafty peeps!
We've come to the end of my 13 days of Halloween. I've learned so much from this experience and can only hope that next year is even better. I was going to go out with a bang and show you how to alter  the Home Sweet Home die to make a Haunted Mansion but...I don't remember how I did it. I was working on it after my migraine a couple weeks ago and was still under the influence of the medications.

As you can see it would've been a great way to end. But I came up with something that I hope will not be too much of a let down. I was looking around my desk waiting for inspiration to hit. It was covered with scraps from my various Halloween projects. That's when it hit me! I have to do something with all these scraps. Hmm...what can I do? Project Life cards! I'm very big into scrapbooking and memory keeping. It's the inner historian in me. I think it's important for all of us to have some record of our memories to look back on. Something that future generations can pass down. Project Life makes it fast and easy for anyone. And I do mean anyone. As long as you can slide photos into plastic sleeves you can do this. Purchase pre-made cards or make your own.
This video is more about my process when designing than an actual tutorial.

Until next time...happy creating & Happy Halloween!