Getting Started with Project Life: Intro

I've been scrapbooking and papercrafting for YEARS!!!  But lately I have noticed my mojo has been lacking ... thus the lack of blog posts.  Let's face it, we all hit that brick wall at some point in our scrapbooking lives.  I still want to preserve the memories and events in my life, I just don't want to do the huge 12 x 12 layouts anymore.  I want something easy and quick.  So, I have refocused and am giving Project Life a try!  Pretty excited!

Since this is my first time working with Project Life and similar systems, I thought you might like to follow along while I figure out how to organize, plan and create Project Life Pages.  If you are not sure what Project Life is or what it is all about, check out this video.

I'll be back soon with an update!


Stampin' Up! 2014 - 2015 Retiring List

Oh, happy day!!!  Stampin' Up!'s 2014 - 2015 Retiring List has just been announced.  Gotta make room for new and exciting products when the 2015 - 2016 Annual Catalog is released on June 3!  Better check it out soon before your favorites are no longer available.  

*Note: Due to high demand for retiring stamps, SU will keep producing retiring stamps until May 26 (not accessories-accessories are only while supplies last).


Watch the "Our Favorite 2015 Retiring Products" video!

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Bra Card for Lingerie Shower

Hello, everyone!

My allergies are kicking up, my dogs are chasing and barking at anything that flies, and the grill is uncovered ... that means it's SPRING!!!  Woo Hoo!!  And what comes with spring?  Weddings and bridal showers!  And our family is in the throws of planning for one.  Cousin C is getting married this May and we have circled the wagons to get everything ready for her big day.  The Rowe Girls (tribute to my Grandma Rowe) are on a mission!

Here is the card I made for Cousin C's lingerie shower we had this past weekend.  Angie has a great tutorial on how to create this card on her blog, AngiesPaperPassion

 The bra is the front of the card and the panty is the back.  BTW:  I did round out the "cheeks" a bit.  :) 

How it's made ...

Base: CS cut to 6 in x 7 in ... scored at 3.5 in
Template:  CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge
Paper:  I think it was My Mind's Eye, but I'm not sure.  I'll update once I find out.
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon

The card came together pretty quick!  And it was a hit at the shower!  Now, off to work on cupcake toppers!


Sheltering Tree Card

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day!  I sure did!  Hubby gave me tuplis (my fave!) and a beautiful card.  We shared a lovely dinner with live music Friday night and then a wonderful lunch with a little shopping in Nashville Saturday.  The best part?  Spending the whole day with HIM!

Now, I whip up a card like no one's business ... need one in 2 hours ... done!  But when it comes to Hubby's cards, I tend to research, study, sketch, and ponder for days until it finally comes to me.  Same thing happened this time until inspiration finally hit at the right time!  Here it is! 

I have seen many versions of this card on Pinterest.  Here's what I used ...

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I also used a small heart punch, red glitter paper, and red/white bakers twine I already had in my stash.

I'm not going to show you the inside as there are somethings that are not meant to be shared.  But I will tell you I continued the Sheltering Tree theme in my message to Hubby.  HE LOVED IT!!  This was our 11th Valentine's Day together so I placed 11 hearts on the tree.  He caught it! 

Thanks for looking!


Thoughts & Prayers

Good afternoon all ...

Today I am sharing a card I made last night for a sweet lady whose mother recently passed away.  I was not able to attend the visitation nor the service, but I wanted her to know I was thinking of her and the family.

This card came together so fast.  The Thoughts & Prayers stamp set provided the perfect sentiment I was looking to convey ... simple but heartfelt.

Here are the SU! items used:

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Thanks for looking.



Valentine's Day Treats

Happy Monday, everyone!  It has been a busy two weeks for me.  We had a 3 day crop 2 weeks ago to benefit the Salvation Army Angel Tree Toy Shop and this past weekend was my monthly crop.  Let's not even mention my regular job and family time.  Whew!  But I am super charged with Valentines Day this Saturday.  This Friday I will be giving out these treats to co-workers, nurses and anyone else who I may bump into.  It holds 2 Hershey Nuggets perfectly!

Jill Coleman over at JillStamps.com (direct link) has an excellent tutorial!  Check it out.  We made about 120 on Saturday for the girls in my family to give to co-workers and friends.  We are big on production line assembly.  :)   Isn't that the cutest fox? 

Here are the dimensions for the holder (from Jill's blog):
  • start with 2" x 6" piece of cardstock
  • Punch each end with Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
  • Score at 1 1/8", 2 3/8", 3 3/8" and 4 5/8"
Below is a list of SU! items used.  I also used my Copics to color the tag, a score board, and some ribbon I had in my stash.

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Thanks for looking!


Storage Idea - Ribbon

I love ribbon!  All the colors, textures, designs ... every aspect of it!  Well, almost every aspect.  I don't like is the space it takes up in my playroom.  Buckets and stacks of ribbon everywhere.  Have you ever noticed how much empty space there is inside the actual spool?  We all know space is a premium in any proper playroom.  My solution?  Get the ribbon off those large spools.  Wasteful!  So I zipped over to my local Michael's and found this Iris® photo box with 16 individual cases included.

I went from this pile of 79 spools of ribbon ...

to 8  little containers ...

All the ribbons are stored in their color family and there's still room to add more in the individual cases.  Here's how it looks in the carrier.  My ribbons are on the left.  Now I am ready to pick up and head to a crop!

Need an idea for all those spools?  I use them to start a fire in the fire pit and the wood stove.  Thanks for looking!


Birthday Card - Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die

Good morning, all!  I have another birthday card for you today.  FYI - we are in birthday season at my house.  Yesterday was my Nephew M's 13th birthday.  13!?  Say it isn't so!

It's so hard to create a card that is just right for a teenager.  But I got it thanks to CASE-ing a card by D. Daisy ...  and adding some cash! 

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Thanks for looking!


Shaker Card!

Hello, everyone!  I just got back from an AWESOME weekend retreat with 38 very talented croppers and cardmakers.  I spent my time working on a couple birthday cards, a Stampin' Up Paper Pumpkin kit, making Valentine's Day treats, and of course, chit chatting the weekend away with my scrapping sisters! 

Here's a shaker card I made for my aunt's birthday.  I used some items I had in my stash (acetate sheet, yellow twine, etc.) but also used some Stampin' Up products.  Check out the list below.

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This is the first time I had worked with SU's cardstock right out of the package.  Let me tell you something ... this is some hefty cardstock.  I've used other cardstock in the past to make cards, but the finished card always felt flimsy.  This card is super, duper sturdy thanks to a great cardstock foundation!

Thanks for looking!


Watercolor Card

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope yours is off to an AWESOME start!

Was it just me, or was December a very busy month?  Hubby and I were down with the flu bug over new year's.  But,we are on the mend now!  While I was sick, I started thinking about people who have come in to my life this past year.  That inspired me to create this simple watercolor card.

Here's how ...
  • place a couple of drops of re-inkers on an acetate sheet, being sure they do not run together
  • emboss the saying using black embossing powder (don't forget to rub it first with your Embossing Buddy)
  • wet the area around the embossed image with water using an aqua painter
  • dipped the wet aqua painter into the reinker drops and start brushing onto the watercolor paper
  • keep adding color until desired color is reached
I loved creating this card using this simple and fun technique.  The possibilities are endless!