Thursday, July 31, 2014

Project Life by SU for You Blog Tour - #PLxSU4U

Hey there!

Yeahhhh.......I've been away for a bit.
I've been taking a break from the studio to focus on family matters this Summer, BUT....if anything can bring me back to creating, it's this fun, new memory keeping system from SU!.

We've partnered with Becky Higgins (yes, THE Becky Higgins of scrapbooking fame!) to bring you Project Life by Stampin' Up! #PLxSU
Need a quick and simple way to get your photos out of boxes, off the computer and into an album that everyone can enjoy?
Here ya' go.

It's affordable, easy, time-saving and best of all, requires zero design skill.

I've teamed up with my 2010 Advisory Board Sisters to bring you all a once a month Blog Hop that highlights all the different creative ideas we have for using Project Life.
Because it's so versatile, you can use it not only for memory keeping, but cards, traditional scrapbooking and your other paper crafting projects.
Look for this logo on the last day of each month and you'll know you've got great creative ideas at your fingertips!

If you are starting here on my blog, be sure to click through and visit all the other blogs of my #ABsisters2010
Click the arrow below to go back to Stella MacKay's blog:

At the beginning of 2014, I decided that this would be my #yearoflivingawesomely (year of living AWESOMELY)
A year of embracing change and growing in ways I had only dreamed of before.
Since this is a seminal year in my life - I turned 50 - naturally, I wanted to document it. However, as a busy Mom, Wife, Writer and Business Owner, my time is SO limited. As much as I love traditional scrapbooking, I knew it wouldn't happen for this project.

When Stampin' Up! introduced our partnership with Becky Higgins and Project Life, I knew I had the solution.
Take a gander at my first layout:

In less than a 1/2 hour, I had the basic layout done - all photos chosen and in place, journaling blocks inserted AND JOURNALED! (a major victory - can you relate?) and the ideas for my extra embellishments.

The best part is that you don't have to add ANYthing else but your photos and journaling. Period!
I am however, an overachiever and cannot resist jazzing it up with some nifty adornments.
For this first page, I used the NEW Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection and Accessory Pack. (see photos at the end of this post)
Here's some close up pics of the layout:

The polaroid cut out frame is done with the On Film Framelits and my Big Shot. I placed it on top of the page protector, and held it in place with a few glue dots. The letters are stickers from the accessory pack and I used the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to punch out the Red Glimmer Paper heart.

For the journaling block in this photo, I used a tag from the Celebration Basics Banner Kit and a scrap of Bermuda Bay Cardstock embossed with the Alphabet Press Textured Impressions Folder. The tag is attached with Washi Tape from the Retro Fresh collection.

Here's the next close up:

The journaling tag here is straight from the Card Collection. I used the Project Life Journaling Pens and stamped the "awesome" in Pumpkin Pie ink using the Make Note Rotary Stamp.
Easy peasy!

The last close up:

The journaling piece again is straight from the Card Collection. I stamped the month, arrow and year on it in Bermuda Bay ink using two of the Project Life photopolymer stamp sets - Day to Day and Point & Click.

Simple, fun and DONE!

I think you are going to LOVE Project Life and this fresh, new way of documenting your memories!
Click the arrow below to visit my friend Jodi Reinert's blog and see her #PLxSU ideas!
Scroll down for info on the products I used here and a link to my Online Store.

Here are the Project Life Products I used on today's layout:

You can place your order in my Online Store for all of these and more Project Life Assortments - including a smaller, 6 x 8 album if you don't want to go for the gusto with a 12 x 12. 
Click this icon to visit my online store today:
Thanks so much for stopping by our Blog Hop today - I hope you've been inspired to do some memory keeping of your own.
Let me know how I can help you!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Has it REALLY Been a Month?

Time sure does fly when your life is completely nutso, doesn't it? 

I popped on here this morning to post a Special Offer and saw that my last post was on March 7th!
OMG, where has the time gone?

I've been working, I promise. 
And stamping. And creating. And cleaning - lots of cleaning. 
But apparently I haven't been sharing. At least here on my blog. 
I'm SO sorry - forgive me? 

Since I've been gone so long, then maybe this Special Offer will help smooth things over with you all. I posted it on my Facebook page too and it's JUST for you readers here and there. 

Aaaandd..........I guess I could sweeten the deal with a little Blog Candy. What say you? Yes?
Ok, YES! 

Here's the Special Offer: 

Place an Online Order of $40 or more with me through Monday, 4/21 and receive your choice of any of these Adhesives as my GIFT to you. 

- SNAIL Refill
- Stampin' Dimensionals
- Sticky Strip

It's my "Thanks for STICKING with me!" special and it's just for my Facebook and Blog readers!
You can place your order at this link here:

 Once you place your order, e-mail me at with your choice of adhesive and I'll mail it out to you!

Did you know that there are NEW Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up! today? 
AND NEW Digital Downloads too??
Yes, there are and here's the info on them: 

You can order ANY of these items as part of your $40 - they all count! Along with Clearance Rack items and ANY other special offers that Stampin' Up! is running. 
Here's the Blog Candy Criteria: 
Comment on this post and tell me what is your FAVORITE Sign of Spring!
Mine is my Lilac Bush blooming in my backyard - love it! 
On Wednesday, I'll draw a winning name from all the commenters and send them a fun prize package of Stampin' Up! products!

Thanks so much for your understanding with my sporadic posts these past months. Since my Mom passed away in November and my knee surgery in January, 
I've struggled to keep up with everything. 
Slowly, but surely, I'm getting back on track and I'm hoping that this week (it's Spring Break here) will give me the down time I need to really get back in the groove.
Mark and I leave on the Stampin' Up! cruise in just 19 days as well, and I know that will give us both some more much needed rest and mental break. 

Have a wonderful day everyone - try and find time to stamp something fun!

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Back to Where it All Started

Has it really been 6 years?
6 years ago today, I wrote the first post on this blog and shared this scrapbook page:
Click the photo for a link to the first blog post!

There are a few of you who have been here with me since the very beginning - it's been quite the journey hasn't it?
All of the rest of you awesome blog friends have found me somewhere along the way and I'm grateful for EACH one of you.

I love being able to share here with you - life and creativity and fun. You've watched me grow as an artist and watched my daughter grow up. You've walked with me through the ups and downs of life. You've prayed me through the illnesses and deaths of both my parents and you've celebrated with me when I achieved unbelievable honors from SU!.

And you've loved my artwork - which makes my heart happy. Our creations aren't really for us when we make them, they are for others who will receive joy and delight when we share them.

So, what do you say?
6 more years? At least?
I think so - after all, we have a lot of life to travel together and a lot of creativity to explore!

Now, go stamp something fun!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spring in a Box! A Fun Fold-Out Card

Oh, how I need a little "Spring" today!
What about you?
I live in Northern Virginia where the average temperatures for Winter are around 30 degrees.

This morning it was -2.
Isn't that like, I dunno, Canada cold? 
So yes, a little peek at Spring is definitely called for.

These cute little card in a box projects are all the rage right now, so when I was designing for my stamp clubs last month, I knew we had to make one.
I used a couple of different products from the Sale-A-Bration freebies that are only available until the end of March - the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper decorates the box and the You're Lovely Stamp Set provided the image for the tag.

The color scheme is Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush and Sahara Sand. I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the card/box and Pistachio Pudding for the "grass". 

All of the stamping was done on Very Vanilla cardstock. The tag was colored with Stampin' Write markers and cut out using the Deco Labels Framelits. I attached it to the box tab with Stampin' Dimensionals.
#130102 Deco Label Framelits  $24.95
I used the Backyard Basics Stamp Set and Framelits (which are available in a money-saving bundle!) for the pop-ups.
#132728 Backyard Basics Clear-Mount Bundle $36.50

I stamped each element in a different color, then cut them out with the Framelits and sponged the edges with Sahara Sand ink.
They were all mounted in the box, popping up over the "grass" that I'd cut with the Fringe Scissors out of Pistachio Pudding cardstock.
Oh, how this made me smile!
#133325 Fringe Scissors $9.95
Here's another look at my finished Spring in a Box:

All of the supplies I've used here can be found in my Online Store:

Don't forget - Sale-A-Bration is going on until the end of March!
With each $50 purchase you make, you earn a FREE exclusive product!
You can check them all out at the Sale-A-Bration Brochure link at the top right of my blog.

If you're on Facebook, be sure to follow and "LIKE" my page:

Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you enjoyed this little bit of Spring - stay warm friends!


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Retro Fresh Banners Card

March is National Craft Month, did you know that?
Well, they say you learn something new every day, so there you go - you're welcome! Ha!

Anyway, I have a TON of completed projects that I've been dying to post for you here on the blog, but there haven't been enough hours in my day, can you relate?
So, hold on to your ink pads, you're gonna get lots of inspiration this month!

First up is one of the cards I created for my Just Cards - Express classes in February.
I think it was one of the crowd favorites, what do you think?

I used oodles of Spring Catalog products on this one and that fun, fresh color combo just makes me long for SPRING!

My card base is Tangerine Tango layered with a piece of So Saffron which I dry embossed with the Arrows Embossing Folder in my Big Shot.

#132187  Arrows Embossing Folder  $7.95
It's layered with a piece of Retro Fresh Designer Paper that I cut with one of the Banners Framelits.

#132173 Banners Framelits  $26.95

#132993 Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper  $10.95
I love all the layers and textures on this card.

The ribbon layers are done with pieces of Burlap Ribbon and Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon. Both are trimmed with the Paper and Craft Scissors into flagged ends then layered together with a bit of SNAIL Adhesive.
I attached them to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The greeting was done by stamping the sentiment from Perfect Pennants in Bermuda Bay ink. I stamped the heart image from the same set in Tangerine Tango ink, but stamped off on Grid Paper first to lighten the color a bit.
Once the stamping was done, I cut it out with another size from the Banners Framelits and layered it onto the ribbon with more SNAIL.
The finishing touch was a button from the Naturals Buttons collection adhered with a Glue Dot.

Such a great card and a breath of fresh air to remind us that Spring is on the way!

Here are the ribbons I used:
#130019 Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon $8.95
#132140  Burlap Ribbon $7.95
All of the supplies used on this project can be found in my Online Store. Here's the link:

Don't forget - Sale-A-Bration is going on until the end of March!
With each $50 purchase you make, you earn a FREE exclusive product!
You can check them all out at the Sale-A-Bration Brochure link at the top right of my blog.

If you're on Facebook, be sure to follow and "LIKE" my page:

Have a spectacular Saturday - go make something fun!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Finding Your Favorites on Facebook - An Easy Tutorial

Hey there creative friends,

This post isn't really about stamping or crafting.
BUT, it is about being CREATIVE.
As in, finding a CREATIVE way to work around all the crazy Facebook settings and get the things YOU really WANT in your NEWS FEED.

If you are like me, there are lots of Pages and Interests that you've "Liked" on Facebook.
Because you want to SEE what those companies or services or products are doing.
You want to SEE what they have to offer you.
Well, because Facebook has a crazy way of editing exactly what we see when we are on our home page there, you have to work around it to be able to see EVERYTHING from a particular business or Facebook Page.

Since I'm the owner and administrator of several Facebook Pages, this is particularly important to me. When I post something or write something or create something especially to share on those pages - I want YOU to see it.
And I'm guessing since you've "Liked" my pages, you want to SEE it too.

Last week, I stumbled upon a way to ensure that all the pages I want to see actually show up in my News Feed and since it worked so well for me (for now), I did a step-by-step photo tutorial to show you how to do it too.

So, to follow along, open up your Facebook page in another window. Go ahead, I'll wait here.

Ok, good, you're back.
Let's start with Step 1:

The photo above is the left side column of my News Feed page. Yours should look pretty much the same.
See the Red Arrows?
They are pointing to the "Interests" tab.
Go ahead and click on "Add Interests".

Step 2:
The next photo is the top of my Facebook page, opened up to the ADD INTERESTS page.
Yours should look similar.
The Red Arrow on the right is pointing to a box that says "Create List".
Go ahead and click on that box.

Step 3:
So far so good.
Your page should now have a box that popped up that looks something like this photo:

It says "Create New List" at the top left.
See the Red Arrow?
It's pointing to the word "Pages" which is highlighted in blue.
This indicates that all the little square boxes with pictures in them that you see here are actual Pages I've "Liked". These are for businesses, services, movies, tv shows, travel, you name it, that I've personally "Liked" on Facebook and wish to follow.
Yours should look similar.

Step 4:
Now, it's recommended that you create lists that contain similar likes. Such as a list for all the Stores you like.
Or a list for all the Stamping pages you like (Trinity Design Studio should be one of them, just sayin'.)
Or maybe a list of all the Food related pages you've liked.
Get the idea?
So, lets start for you with something easy. Lets make a list for Stores you like.

Using your cursor, click on each icon (picture in a box) for Stores that you've liked on Facebook. 

Looking at my photo, there are two that jump out immediately - Barnes and Noble and Bath and Body Works.
(All of your Pages Likes will show up here in alphabetical order.)

Once you click on an icon, it will have a blue box show up around it with a check mark in the bottom right corner. That's how you know you've selected it. You can unselect it too if you mess up.
You can also go back at anytime and add or remove Pages from your list.

For now, just click on a few Stores and then scroll all the way to the bottom to the "NEXT" button in the blue box. I've highlighted it with a Red Arrow for you.

Step 5:
The next box that pops up will allow you to name your list.
Again, I've used a Red Arrow to highlight it.
My example in the photo is my List for different People Pages I follow, so I named it "Interesting People". (not very original, I know, but at least I know what it is...)

Also, you can choose who the list is visible to.
I've used another Red Arrow to highlight it.

Once you've done these two things, click on the "DONE" in the blue box at the bottom right.

Step 6: 
Once you've clicked "Done" and created your list, this is the next screen that will appear:

It's the actual "List" page where all your "Likes" that you've grouped here will appear.
Want to know the BEST part??
You will see EVERY post, from ALL of these pages in REAL time.
Yep! I've tested it with mine and it's fantabulous!
No more missed posts!!

Check out the Red Arrow that's pointing to all the photo icons.
That is where you can see all the Pages you've added to that particular list.

Check out the Red Arrow pointing to "Manage List".
That's where you can add or remove Page Likes and do other editing to your list.

Step 7:
Once you've created your "List", it will appear by name on the Left side of your Facebook News Feed Page under "Interests"

You can choose to leave it here and just click on it when you want to view the updates (indicated by a number beside the name).
you can move it up to your Favorites section.
I've chosen to do that.

Step 8:
To Add your Interest Pages to your Favorites, simply click on the little pencil that appears when you hover your cursor to the left of the List Name. I've indicated this with another Red Arrow.
Next, click on "Add to Favorites" that appears in the blue box.

Once you've done that, your List will appear at the bottom of your Favorites in the Left side of your News Feed. I've added Red Arrows to show you what to look for.

I hope this photo tutorial was helpful to you.
As a disclaimer, I am in NO WAY, a Facebook expert or computer expert. I just was able to figure this out and it helped me tremendously in keeping up with things I WANT to see on Facebook, so I thought it would help you too. :)

If you found it helpful, please feel free to share this post. You can add it to Pinterest using the "Pin It" button I've added under the second photo, or just share the link to this post.

And if you haven't "Liked" either of my Facebook Pages yet, here are the links so you can!
Once you do, you can add them to your new Interest Lists and never miss a post. :)

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Have a great day and thanks for visiting,

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bold and Simple Dry Embossed Card

This card says "Make a Wish".
Well, here's mine - no more snow please!

Hahaha! Are you tired of all the white stuff too?
Yep, I'm so ready for Spring and it shows in my stamping this week. Everything I've done includes bright colors and combinations.
Like this card here:

I received a very similar card from my friend Sharon McNeely in a card swap, but since I was creating for my Just Cards - Express classes, I needed to change some of the elements with supplies I had on hand.

The base is Real Red cardstock layered with a piece of Real Red Co'ordinations cardstock. I ran that layer through my Big Shot with the Scallops Embossing Folder:

#132971  Scallops Embossing Folder  $7.95
Once it was embossed, I sanded it lightly with a Sanding Block, bringing out the white core in the cardstock. It was adhered with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

The tag embellishment was made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch:

#133324 Scalloped Tag Topper Punch  $22.95
I stamped the greeting from the Perfect Pennants stamp set before I punched the tag using Bermuda Bay ink. I stamped it again in Real Red ink on a scrap and used my 1/2" Circle Punch to punch out the "a". It's popped up with a Stampin' Dimensional.
Across the bottom of the tag, I added an image from the Tape It stamp set in Real Red ink for an additional accent.
It's tied up with a piece of Silver Baker's Twine.
I used my Fringe Scissors to add some fun to the bottom of the tag with a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock.

#133325 Fringe Scissors $9.95
As a final accent, I added a small piece of Natural Chevron Ribbon to the top, stapling it on to the tag.
#132982 Natural Chevron Ribbon $6.95

#133230 Perfect Pennants stamp set  $21.95
The day I made this card, it was another of our dreary, snowy days and the colors made me smile really big! We all need a splash of color to cheer us up from time to time, don't you think?

I previewed this card project for all my Facebook followers and they loved it. They really love getting sneak peeks and announcements before anyone else - kind of like inside information. :)

Here's the link to my Facebook Business page so you don't have to miss out on fun things like that anymore. Just click the link and "Like" my page. It's that easy!
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If you're not local to me, but would still like to make this card at home, you can visit my Online Store to purchase all the supplies you'll need. Just click the icon below to shop now!

Don't forget - orders of $50 or more through the end of March earn FREE exclusive products from our Sale-A-Bration promotion. Click the link at the top right of my blog to view the brochure.

Thanks for stopping by today - hope you make time to go stamp something fun!