Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Project Life by SU! for You - Blog Tour #PLxSU4U

Happy New Year's Eve everyone!!

After taking a pretty extended hiatus from my blog I'm back and I'll be posting again on a regular basis. Life is finally starting to settle down and be less complicated in our home - all good stuff, just a lot of it! 
I've missed creating and sharing what I love and it's time to get back in the saddle! 

Today is another Project Life Blog Tour #PLxSU4U with my Advisory Board Sorority Sisters #ABsisters2010.  
If you are following the tour, you've landed here from my dear friend Georgia Giguere's blog. You can click on this arrow to go back if you want to: 

I sat out the past two months, but I've been busy playing with the Project Life App on my iPhone during our travels and I thought it would be fun to share some of the layouts with you here. 

If you don't have the app yet for your phone, you will want to download it. It's one of the easiest photo/memory keeping/sharing apps I've used. You can create pages in literally 10 minutes - who wouldn't love that? 

Here's one of the pages I did after Christmas this year: 
And this one was from my 23rd Wedding Anniversary on December 7th: 

 We travel a lot with my daughter Emma's skating team - the National Blades - and this layout was after their competition in Hillsborough, NC.
They won Gold!
 And this page was done after her team took GOLD yet again in Stamford, Connecticut.
It was an awesome day and I was thrilled to record it this way.
What's great about the app is that you can create pages and save them as .jpg files (photos). It's easy to share them online this way and you can print them out as well to put in an album.
Love the ease of this and the fact you can do it on the fly - fits my lifestyle, how about yours?

Next up is my sweet friend Jodi Reinert's blog. You can click on this arrow to go there now:

I'm so glad you stopped by today - have a Happy New Year everyone, I'll see you here in January!
Creative blessings, 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NOEL Gift Box Stack - A TDS Project Pack

I'm always on the lookout for fun and unique packaging ideas, so when I can create something that's decorative as well as functional, that's a big win!

This season, Stampin' Up! has made it easy to make gift boxes in all sizes by offering us the 

I recently taught an in-person class that included this nifty tool. 
The three projects we all created together were such a hit that I had to find a way to share them with you at home.
I created a tutorial video for these adorable little boxes and it's posted on my new YouTube Channel Trinity Design Studio

But as I thought about it some more, I couldn't leave you with just a video and a "here ya' go" now figure it out on your own, sooooooo.....

The FIRST ever TDS Project Pack was born! 

Check it out! 

NOEL Gift Box Stack

These Project Packs use the gorgeous Under the Tree Designer Series Specialty Paper from this season's Holiday Mini Catalog. It's strong and sturdy, perfect for box making and the colors of Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green are not only traditional, but easy to coordinate too. 

Project Pack Contents: 

Your Project Pack(s) will contain all the pre-cut pieces for creating your own NOEL Gift Box Stack:

4 - 6" x 6" pieces of Under the Tree Paper, scored, punched and ready to fold and assemble
4 - 1 5/8" pieces of Crumb Cake cardstock
4 - 1 1/2" pieces of Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper
4 - pre-cut letters spelling NOEL using Champagne Glimmer Paper
1 - pre-cut and embossed set of Gift Bow pieces ready to assemble
2 - paper ribbon strips

*You will need your own adhesive and Encore Gold Ink Pad.  

Your Project Packs(s) will be one of either color combination shown, but all will have Champagne Glimmer Lettering for easy coordination. 

All the supplies will be crafting-ready! You just need 1/2 hour, your adhesive and your iTunes (crafting music, mmhm...)
Here's how to order: 

Project Pack Pricing
Purchase multiples and SAVE! 

1st NOEL Gift Box Stack Project Pack - $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping

Purchase a 2nd Project Pack for just $7.50 and NO additional shipping fee

Purchase 3, 4 or more Project Packs for just $5.00 each and NO additional shipping fee. 

Purchase 5 Project Packs and receive a 
BONUS "Starry Surprise" 4" Square Box Project Pack 
FREE as my gift to you!

The "Starry Surprise" Gift Box Project Pack is NOT available for purchase separately, but is only available as a BONUS gift when you purchase 5 NOEL Gift Box Stack Project Packs. 

Click HERE to purchase your Project Packs today! 
NOEL Gift Box Project Packs will be available for purchase through 12/31/14. 

Click HERE to view the Tutorial Video!

I hope you enjoy this fun project as much as I did creating it. There are many more Project Packs in the works for you, so stay tuned here for all of my upcoming projects and tutorial videos!

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Project Life by SU! for You - Blog Tour #PLxSU

Hey there everyone!
Welcome to my blog - I'm so happy to have you here to see the next installment of my Year of Living Awesomely (#yearoflivingawesomely) Project Life Album.
I'm sharing this project with you as part of the Oh Snap! Blog and Instagram Hop I'm doing with my sweet Advisory Board 2010 sisters. 

You may have come from my dear friend Stella MacKay's blog - the link is in the Previous Blog button below. I know she had something adorable to show you!

Here is a photo of my entire 12 x 12 page this month:


I love that I'm not on vacation this month and was able to add some fun elements from my studio to this layout!

Not only did I use the journaling cards from the Everyday Occasions Card Collection, I was able to create a panel of my own using the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape.
The tags are punched out with our new Note Tag Punch and I stamped the greeting with the Remember This Project Life stamp set in Blackberry Bliss ink.
Gold Sequins and some Old Olive two - tone trim finished off the panel.

Here's a close up of the left side of the page:

I added  sticker from the Everyday Occasions Card Collection to my car pool line photo and a Rhinestone Jewel. But my favorite part is the corkboard panel I made. :)
I just trimmed a piece of corkboard to 3" x 4" and added a scrap of Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper with a stamped piece of Naturals Ivory Cardstock. The 'thumbtack' is a Candy Dots Brad Base. Too fun!

This last photo shows a close up of the days of the week panel card, I simply added some Rhinestone Jewels to emphasize each day and a glimmery heart in the middle.

Once again, a super quick and easy way to document the everyday important things of your life.
Love it!

Head on over to my friend Jodi Reinert's blog, she has some adorable cards to show you!

Happy day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Project Life by SU for You Blog Tour - #PLxSU4U

Happy Last Day of August!
Welcome to month #2 of the Oh Snap! Project Life Blog Tour. (#PLxSU4U)

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!

You may have just come from my talented friend Jodi Reinert's blog. I'm sure she had something cute and cool to share with you. If you didn't see her project, you can click back by clicking on the icon below:

So, I told you guys last month that this would be my #yearoflivingawesomely (year of living AWESOMELY).
Because of the crazy busy schedule we've been keeping in our home this year, I knew I'd never be able to document it by scrapbooking the traditional way, so I chose Project Life to help me get it done.
Here is the next page in my 12 x 12 Project Life Album:

One of the things I love is the portability of Project Life.
The month of August flew by for us and I had to take my supplies on vacation with me to complete this page for our blog hop. Ya know what? It was SO easy!
The beauty of this system is that you don't need a ton of supplies to document the important moments in your life.
This next page in my #yearoflivingawesomely book is all about our family Road Trips for my daughter's ice skating team, the National Blades. Kind of ironic that I was on another family road trip when I created it, huh? :)

The photo above is simply showing photos and Project Life cards inserted into the 12 x 12 pocket page. The only embellishments I added were the star and heart stickers that are included in the Accessory Pack. I used the Project Life Journaling Pens to write my commentary - love how precise they are.

This next picture shows the only thing I did uniquely on this layout:

I used one of the clear/colored embellishment punch outs and one of the wood arrows on the outside of my layout to highlight my travel coffee cup in the photo. So easy to add with some Glue Dots.

Even with a memory keeping system as simple as Project Life, you can think outside the "page" and be as creative as you wish. Love that!

Your next stop on the tour is my good friend Stella MacKay's blog. I think she has a little something different and cool to show you today - don't miss it!

Here's the info on some of the products I've used on today's project:

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!

Happy Creating!

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!