Friday, September 4, 2015

Be Joyful - a Clean and Simple Notecard

Somedays, I am the queen of clean and simple. 
Other days, I can't walk away from a card unless it has 7 layers, buttons, brads, ribbon and a cherry on top. 
Well, maybe not the cherry, but you get where I'm going....

In any event, there's a time and place for it all and yesterday was the time and place for this clean and simple beauty:

I needed a little notecard to include in a package I was mailing and the only stamp set sitting out on my table was the Joyful Season stamp set from the Holiday Catalog. 
Here'a s photo of it: 

This is a fantastic stamp set for Christmas cards and projects - but for everyday? 
Umm....ok. Being the lazy stamper I am, I thought, why not? 

So, I inked up the Joyful greeting with Watermelon Wonder ink and stamped it in the lower right corner of the notecard. Next, I used my Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker from the Regals Collection and inked up just the "be" from one of the greeting stamps. I positioned it just so over the Joyful and voila! 
Be Joyful!

Of course, it needed something else - so I got out the Petite Petals stamp set and inked up one of the flowers with my Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker from the Subtles Collection and stamped it four times randomly around the greeting. need centers, so I snipped off a few gold sequins from the roll of trim and added them on to the flowers with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. 

(Ahem....that Glue Pen is one of my 5 MUST OWN products from the Holiday Catalog - have you ordered yours yet?)

I liked this project so much, I did a LIVE Periscope Broadcast for it and showed how to use that amazing glue pen. 
Did you miss it? 
You NEED to follow me on Periscope: 

It's a new FREE app for iPhone and Android devices. 
And if you download it - you may just be one step ahead of your kids and grandkids. It's pretty new stuff, but I LOVE how easy it is to connect with my followers and show them what's going on in the studio! You can watch the playback video for up to 24 hours, then POOF! It's gone. 

When you watch either the live broadcast or playback video, you can tap the screen on your device to send me hearts! This tells me that you LIKE what I'm doing and what you are seeing! It also helps me to get found by other paper crafting freaks like us! 
So, yeah...just do it, ok? 

Since you probably missed the broadcast yesterday, I saved it to my phone and downloaded it to show you here with this blog post! 
Yes, you're welcome! I think you're awesome too!
Here ya' go: 

And here are all the products I used to create this project: 

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As always, to place an order for anything I've used, simply click on any of the thumbnail photos of the products above and you'll go right into my Online Store where you can shop to your heart's content! Remember to check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack while you're there!

I'd love your feedback on the Periscope Videos and on this project or anything else you'd like to tell me! Just leave a comment below! 
Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon with more paper fun! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wonderland Christmas in White and Gold

So, yesterday we FINALLY got to share the New Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog with everyone - 
those of us who are demonstrators with SU! have been literally drooling over the selection of products available since our Convention in mid-July. 

We've also been pretty much buying everything between the catalog covers, so we're eating a lot of Ramen these days. Just so we can play with all the new crafty toys and create ourselves silly. 
Kind of like being in college again, which is appropriate since it's 'back-to-school' time for all of us. :)

I can hear the grocery store clerks now, "Here come those poor Stampin' Up! demonstrators again, carts full of Ramen Noodles. Must be new Catalog time...." Hehehe...

Now it's your turn. :) 
Someone please tell me how you can resist this:

White and Gold and Vellum and clean simplicity - 

This is the Wonderland stamp set and I honestly could. not. stop. creating with it. 
Here. See for yourself how awesome these images are: 

Ya'll....those trees....
and the font for the words. 
So. much. love.

Anyway, today I thought I'd share one of the several cards I created with this set. Actually, I made this card 3 ways, using different gold for the mat layer. 
Here's two of them: 

The card on the left uses the Gold Glimmer Paper for the mat. The one on the right uses the Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. 
Here's a close up of that one: 

I created the third version using the Gold Foil Sheets, but I forgot to take a picture of it before I mailed it off for the card swap I was in.  :(
Sorry 'bout that. 

All the cards are the same design. I used Whisper White card stock for the base and stamped layers, Vellum card stock for the accent piece and the New Gold Cording and Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the Holiday Catalog. The shapes are cut with my Big Shot and the Lots of Labels Framelits. 

We're gonna be making this card at my Christmas in September Stamp-a-Stack 
on Sept. 28th here in the studio. 
But I know a lot of you can't come to a class here, so I'm gonna offer a Class-to-Go option too. 
There will be three different cards to choose from - you'll get supplies to make 10 total from the 3 designs. Details coming soon, so stay tuned! 

In the meantime, here's a supply list of what I used to create today's cards: 

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All you need to do to purchase from my supply list is click on any of the above thumbnail photos of the products. You'll go straight into my Online Store and be able to fill your cart and check out from there! 
In the meantime, I need to run to the store. 
We ran out of Ramen last night. ;)

Stampin' Up! demos are going hungry today. Tragic.
But at least they still have stamps, ink and their Big Shots. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Peace, Purple and Snowflakes - A Christmas Card

I love purple. 
I guess I'd better since I have purple in my hair, ya' think?! 
Purple has always been a favorite color, really, any tint or shade of purple, doesn't matter. 
But you don't often see purple on Christmas cards. 

Recently I participated in several card swaps with other Stampin' Up! demonstrators and today's card is one that I made for one of the swaps. 

I love this combo of Wisteria Wonder, Smoky Slate and Whisper White. 
And it's got enough added bling with the Silver Glimmer Paper and the Silver Cording. 
It's an easy-peasy Z-fold card. 
Just cut your card stock at 4 1/4" x 11". 
Fold in half at 5 1/2". 
Score the front at 2 3/4" and fold it back on itself. 
That's your card base.
See? Easy-peasy!

You can decorate any way you choose.
I opted for the new Softly Falling Embossing Folder on the folded-back card front. 
The circle layers are cut with the Circles Framelits on my Big Shot as is the "peace" from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies. 
The stamp set is Holly Jolly Greetings - super versatile! And the Christmas Greetings come in a money-saving bundle with the stamp set. Deal. 

See that rhinestone center on the snowflake? 
That's from the Iced Rhinestones Embellishments in the Holiday Catalog. 
Seriously - they are the The catalog photo doesn't do them justice AT ALL. They are gorgeous in person! You NEED them. Trust me. (They are self-adhesive!)
You get 24 of them for 5 bucks. That's like, .21 each. 
Just order them, you'll thank me later. :)

Here's all the supplies I used to create this card:

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I really, really, REALLY love this card and I hope you do too!
If you do, and you need the supplies to re-create it yourself, just click on any of the thumbnail photos of the products I used to create it and you'll be sent to my Online Store so you can get what you need. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 
Be sure to share my blog with your friends - you can pin any of the images to Pinterest too just by clicking the little red icon in the top of each photo. It appears when you hover over it with your cursor. Neat, huh?

Don't forget to check out this week's Weekly Deals at this link here:

And be sure to visit my #SubscribeTDS page to learn about my Monthly Card Kit Subscription Service! You can join anytime! 
Here's the link:

Today's the Day - 2015 Holiday Catalog is LIVE!

It's HERE!!
The 2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!

Click HERE to view ALL the NEW Holiday Products in my Online Store!

I have so many fun and fabulous projects to share with you - all made with the amazing products from this catalog! 
Here's a sneak peek:

There are 5 items you MUST own, so when you are shopping, be sure to add them to your list. 

Here they are: 
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There's a LOT more you are going to WANT to own, but if you don't add these - you will be sad. 
They are my 5 favorite things from this catalog because they are wonderful tools we can use in our crafting ALL YEAR LONG!

It's easy to shop in my Online Store- 
simply click on any of the thumbnail photos and you'll go right there thru the magic of the internet! 

Thanks for stopping by today, I'll be back later with one of the card projects I sneak-peeked for you! 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Lunchbox Notes Boxed Set - A #SubscribeTDS Project

It's back to school day today!
And I'm admittedly bittersweet about it - it's Emma's last 1st Day of grade school. Her 1st day of Senior Year. 
Yeah.... 11 months from now she'll be off to college. 
Exciting? Yes. 
Hard? Oh, for sure. 
So, I'm gonna cherish every minute I've got this year with my sweet girl and make LOTS of great memories! And yes, take LOTS of pictures - she's been warned. LoL! 

So, as a special treat for you today - I'm sharing one of my #SubscribeTDS Card Kit projects with you. My subscribers received this with their August kits, but I thought you'd all enjoy making these for your kiddos, or even your adult loved ones! 
We all need a little encouragement some days, don't we?

I created the box using the Envelope Punch Board - super easy! 
My instruction sheet doesn't have those directions because my subscribers receive the box already created for them - they just have to stamp and assemble!
I'll add the instructions at the bottom of the post for you though. :)

Click HERE for the Project Tutorial. It's a downloadable PDF file. 

My subscribers received supplies to make 8 cards - 4 TRUTH cards and 4 REMEMBER cards. 

I just LOVE these! Don't you?
The little paper flags are made with the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper. I cut them at 3/4" x 2" and simply snipped a triangle out of the end to create the flag. 

Here's a list of the supplies I used to create this project: 

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Of course, you can easily change out the ink color on the box if you need more masculine colors. I created mine with my sweet girl in mind. ;)
All the supplies I used are available in my Online Store. Simply click on any of the thumbnail photos of the products shown above and you'll go right to it thru the magic of the internet! 

Card Box Instructions

  • To make the box itself, you need a piece of card stock cut at 8 1/4" square. 
  • Place it in the Envelope Punch Board at the 3 1/8" measurement then punch and score. 
  • Slide the card stock down to the 4 1/8" measurement, punch and score again. 
  • Turn the card stock to the opposite side and repeat the above. 
  • Next, turn the card stock one time to an un-punched side. 
  • Line up the score lines with the pointer at the top of the board, one at a time, punch and score. 
  • Turn the card stock to the opposite side and repeat. 
  • Use the Corner Rounder on the Punch Board to round all four corners. 
  • Assemble with Fast Fuse, Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue or Tear n' Tape

**I'd love to have you as one of my #SubscribeTDS Monthly Subscribers! 
September begins another 6 month series and you can join any time before the 10th. 

Each month, I send out a Special Code along with what stamp set or sets I'll use to design the projects. 
You simply visit my Online Store and place a minimum $30 order using the Special Code. 
This indicates that you are part of my #SubscribeTDS Subscription Service. 
Your order will ship directly to you! 
You will receive a minimum of 4 FREE Card/Project Kits that month from me, along with step-by-step instructions for stamping and assembly. 
The kits include everything you need to create these exclusive projects - all you do is stamp and assemble! 
(You provide stamps, ink and adhesive.)

You'll also receive multiple full-color photos of the projects, and starting in September, a Video of me assembling the projects. 
There is a Facebook group expressly for my Subscribers where I post all the tutorials and photos (I email them to you as well.) along with the occasional bonus project. 
PLUS - by joining my Subscription service for 6 months, you will also receive YOUR Choice of ANY stamp set in the current catalogs in month 6 as a BONUS

If you'd like to give it a try, simply email me at or comment on this post with your email and I'll be in touch! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I have lots of stamped projects to share with you in the coming days so I hope you've bookmarked my site so you can visit often! 

P.S. Thought you might like to see this picture of my newly minted Senior! 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Some Christmas Peace in August

I always love working on Christmas projects. 
It's my favorite time of the year for a number of reasons. My husband and I were married in December. My daughter was born in December. And it's the time of year we celebrate the birth of Christ. 
Christmas is a magical, fun filled season and I love everything about it - even if it's not always the most peaceful time of year for me. 
It's easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of it all - the parties, festivities and activities can leave you desperate to catch your breath. 
I was reflecting on all that tonight as I worked in my studio on some projects for the coming months. 
Here's a sneak peek of one of those cards: 

The soft tones of the Smoky Slate and Wisteria Wonder are so soothing that you can't help but think of "peace" when you see them together. 
Add a little bling and you have a taste of the sparkling magic that makes Christmas truly the most wonderful time of the year. 

I'll be sure to show you the WHOLE card project soon - as soon as the Holiday Catalog goes live for you all. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your Sunday. 
Find a little peace wherever you may be. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sweet and Simple Thank You Card

Earlier this week, I shared the Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals with you here on the blog, but did you also know that I did a short LIVE Broadcast on the new app Periscope?
Yep - I sure did! And it was fun! 
(See the bottom of this post for more info on Periscope and how to follow me there!)
I walked through each of the items that are on special this week and as I did so, I used a couple of the products. Well, those pieces were sitting on my stamp table mocking me (not really, but I couldn't just toss them in the trash bin!) so I decided to use them to make a quick and easy thank you note to put in a package I was sending. 

I used the Envelope Punch Board and a 6" x 6" piece of the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (Smoky Slate) to make an envelope that holds a 3 1/2" square card. 
The sweet little bow was made with the Bow Builder Punch in matching paper. 
SO stinkin' cute! I LOVE this punch!
The little card was made with a piece of 3 1/2" x 7" Thick Whisper White card stock folded in half. I stamped the outside and inside greeting from the Me = Grateful stamp set in Rich Razzleberry ink. 

It's such a sweet little spud! 
Check out the ribbon that ties it all together - 
it's the NEW Rich Razzleberry Ribbon from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog! There's 10 yards on a roll and you're going to drool when you get it delivered. It's yummy!

Here's all the products (except the ribbon) that I used on this project:

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As always, simply click on any of the products shown and you'll go directly to my Online Store to shop for the items you need and much more! 

So, are you wondering what Periscope is?
Wondering HOW do you find me there? 
Here's the scoop:

Periscope is a LIVE Broadcasting app for your mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android) and you can download it FREE from iTunes and Google Play! 
Yep, FREE!

Anywho, once you have the app, you can follow lots of fun people - and ME! and be notified when they begin a LIVE Broadcast. 
If you can't tune in right then, you have up to 24 hours to watch the replay! 

The fun part is that it is - or it CAN be - interactive. When you join a LIVE Broadcast, I can see you there (if I'm looking at the screen at the time) so I know who's watching and can talk to you. You can type in messages to say HI, or ask a question or give me feedback. 
AND if you like what you are seeing or if you want to respond to something I talk about, you can simply tap your screen and the app gives out "Hearts"! 
The hearts boost not only my confidence, but my rating for searches in the app - so you're helping me be discovered by NEW paper crafters all over the world! 

The broadcasts are live and in person - no editing at all, so what you see is what you get. And I LOVE that! I love to keep it real and I love to share the joy I get from this awesome craft, but more often than not, I don't have time to film, edit and post a 'perfect' video. And we both miss out on SO much!

I'm planning to do lots of LIVE Broadcasts from the studio and share my passion for Stampin' Up! and paper crafting. I'd love it if you joined me in the journey - and SHARE it with your friends too. 

Download the app and Follow me! 
My user name is @trinitydesign95

See you back here - and on Periscope - soon!