Thursday, April 30, 2015

PLxSU4U - A Project Life Blog Tour! #PLxSU4U

It's that time again - our end of the month Blog Tour featuring Project Life by Stampin' Up! I really enjoy being able to share some fun projects with you each month using these adorable products that make memory keeping so quick, easy and affordable!
Take a look at the 12" x 12" page I've created this month!

If you follow my blog, you know that I participate in this Blog & Instagram Hop each month with a group of VERY special ladies, my sisters from the 
2010-11 Stampin' Up! Advisory Board. 
The links to Stella and Jodi's blogs are at the bottom of this post so you can navigate the full tour. 

 My daughter's boyfriend got very creative this year when he asked her to Prom - he knows how much Emma loves Chick-Fil-A and was able to set up a cool Prom-Posal with her favorite meal!


Luckily we have a friend who used to work for Chick-Fil-A and was able to "loan" us the famous cow to help Andrew ask her. LOL!

For this picture, I added a white margin at the top and bottom so I could embellish with some Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding. I tied the bottom ribbon in a bow so it would mimic the bow tie he'll be wearing. :)

The Love Story Card Collection was perfect for the photos, I added some Gold Sequins from the Sequin Trim and stamped some random hearts from the You Plus Me stamp set on the black and white 4" x 4" card. 
I downloaded this fun Chick-Fil-A logo from Google Images and printed it out on Whisper White card stock, then punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch. It's popped up on stampin' dimensionals. 

The "you make me happy" journaling 4" x 4" card was perfect to give a short version of the story - the pictures really say it all which is what I LOVE about Project Life!
I added some more Gold Sequins to that card as well. 
The Word Bubble Framelits were perfect for adding another little touch to the page. I stamped the heart arrow from You Plus Me and wrote with a Real Red marker above it. This piece is on Dimensionals on the outside of the page protector. 
Yes, it's ok to do that! It's YOUR album! :)

I hope you like my Project Life page idea today! 
Be sure to click ahead to Jodi's blog and click back to Stella's blog if you missed it! 

Happy creating everyone!

If you want to shop for any of the supplies I've used today, just click on the thumbnail photo of any of them below. It will take you to my Online Store where you can place your order! 

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pretty Paper Gift Bag! #paperweek

It's #paperweek here in the studio and I'm very excited!!
There is a LOT of gorgeous Designer Series Paper (DSP) on the Retiring List and when I saw this meme, it got me thinking about all the things you can do with DSP. 

I mean, we buy all that paper so we can make pretty stuff, right?

Because you can never have too much - 
Because we NEED Options people! 
Can't our hubbies understand this??

Anyway, this week, here and on my Facebook and Instagram feeds, is Paper Week (#paperweek) and it's my mission to show you some awesome projects you can make with your DSP. 
Consider it therapy for you hoarders out there. 
You'll make some pretty things out of all that paper you have been stashing away and then when all the new DSP comes out in the next catalog, you'll be ready for more!!

Today's project is a DIY Paper Gift Bag

For my samples, I used the Painted Blooms DSP from the Occasions Mini catalog. 
The tags were created with the Painted Petals stamp set. 
A complete supply list is at the bottom of this post. 

Here's a quick and easy photo tutorial for you:

You can click on the photos and open them larger in a new window. 

Take 2 sheets of MATCHING DSP and score BOTH of them as shown in Steps #1 - #3:
Steps #1 - #3
Once both pieces are scored, you cut each of them differently:
Steps #4 - #7
 Be sure and fold and crease all the score lines well. Especially the 2" scored section that is around the top of the bag. You will fold that one out to create a contrasting band around the top of the bag like in this photo. 

Step #8
Once you glue the sides together (I glued the flaps on the bottom to the sides), you'll want to add your ribbon handles: (I did use my Crop-a-Dile, but a 1/4" handheld punch will do.) 
You will need 16" of ribbon for each handle.

I LOVE how these turned out!!

Use the supply list below to place an order from my Online Store for any of the items listed. 
Click on any of the thumbnails and it will take you directly there!
You can also order from the Retiring Lists, Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack all at the same time - one stop shopping!

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If you enjoyed these cute projects and the easy tutorial, please feel free to Pin any of the pictures to Pinterest and share it! A link will appear when you hover over the pictures. 

Happy crafting and creating everyone! 
I'll be back tomorrow with another fun #paperweek project for you. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Butterfly Bundles and Retiring Products!

Today's the day - the Annual Retiring Products List is published. 

Many, many product are discounted, which is AWESOME! 
Many, many products will SELL OUT! 

Some products are already GONE - like some In Color 2013-15 items.....

So, here's the link to the list - find your favorites and ORDER THEM! 
Only stamp sets are guaranteed to be produced until May 26th. 


Place your order from my Online Store using this Special Code - 


I'll send you a packet of 5 hand-stamped cards when you spend $50 or more!

The Butterfly Bundles are BACK!!

You've been waiting most of the Spring to order the Butterfly Framelits and the Bundle that includes the Butterfly Basics stamp set. Well, your wait is OVER! 
AND....SU! has sweetened the deal. 

When you order Any of the Bundles, SU! is giving you a choice of 3 Sale-A-Bration products - FREE! 
While Supplies Last!
Click on the graphic below to visit the Online page for Product Bundles -

That's a lot of news to digest today - I'll leave you to it to get shopping and stock upon your retiring faves before they are gone, gone, gone! 

Happy stamping and shopping!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Stamp Out Autism - Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog today! 
I'm thrilled you are visiting me and I hope you'll take the time to visit all the other wonderful Stampin' Up! Leaders who are participating in the Stamp Out Autism Blog Hop. #stampoutautism

When I was thinking about my project I wanted to create something that reflected the love and concern that is evident for those who deal daily with Autism. Not just those who suffer with it, but their families and friends who love them dearly and make many sacrifices because of this terrible condition. 
The heart-shaped puzzle was my inspiration so I created a heart-shaped card made up of a collage of smaller hearts. Each overlapping the other like hugs. 

Here, take a look: 

I have several friends who have autistic children and relatives and to a person, they all say the same thing about their loved ones - they make their hearts happy! I thought this was a perfect tribute to those families. 

The products I used to create this card all co-ordinated so well together - the Hearts Framelits were used to create the card front and the easel base as well as the greeting piece. 
I used the Sweetheart Punch for all the small hearts and punched them out of two different Designer Series Papers - Birthday Bash and Maritime. The ribbon is the Night of Navy Seam Binding and the tiny heart is punched out of Red Glimmer Paper with the Heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. 
This perfect greeting is from the Lovely Amazing You stamp set and is stamped in Night of Navy ink.  I used a Vintage Button and some Whisper White Baker's Twine for the 'stop' to make the card easel stand. 

Scholars and Parents debate whether Autism is a Disability or whether it should be considered merely a different kind of personality.

As part of our Blog Hop today, we are offering you an opportunity to help this worthy cause by donating to the Autism Society. Simply click the link below and you'll be able to donate quickly and easily. No amount is too small! Thank you so much for considering this. 

Donate HERE!

Thanks so much for visiting today! 
Be sure to keep hopping and see all the projects and read all the facts about Autism. 
Janet Wakeland's blog is up next!

Click Here to visit Janet Wakeland's blog
Click Here to visit Sharon Burkert's blog

Happy crafting everyone!