Sunday, January 4, 2015

Note Card box

I have been very busy with some new items that I found. Graphic 45 Mixed Media boxes and Book Boxes have taken over my craft life!! They are just too much fun to decorate and they can be used for lots of different things....I just LOVE them!!

This is the latest one that I created for my neighbor.....

The box actually comes in a color much like the Kraft color Stampin' Up carried. But, the paper that I used really looked better with a black background so I painted the box with acrylic paint. Worked like a charm :) Then I started playing......

I used the Isabella Collection from Bo Bunny Press because she wanted something focused on butterflies. I love the colors in this collection as I can coordinate them nicely with my Stampin' Up cardstock. I used Pretty In Pink (retired but still a fave), Basic Black, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White. The box comes with three large tags that you can decorate and use on gift if you choose or you could scrap a photo on them. I chose to designate them as gift tags.........

I just used images from the paper and added some lace flowers and a bow. They hook together with a large book ring that also comes with the that I don't have to buy the rings!

The paper collection also has some great images that I thought would make cute note cards so I purchased the note cards from Stampin' Up and put 6 of them in the set......

Aren't they sweet? They are just the perfect size to send a little note to a friend :) And it such a plus that they come with envelopes! I didn't have to do any stamping at all with these which means they aren't very time consuming at all. The prep time is the longest part of the project.

The last thing to do was decorate the front of the box. I had some fabric flowers left over from another project so I gathered them up along with some more of the lace flowers and some pretty pink flowers and got out the hot glue gun :) I found a spool of pearls on a string that I thought would be a great addition to the ribbon bow and I love the Tim Holtz locks that are very vintage. I also had some Graphic 45 keys so I added one of those to the bow.......

 I added some butterflies that I cut using some Memory Box dies from two of the papers. I wanted something that looked lacy and these did the trick nicely......

It was just the right touch. I also attached a chipboard sticker with dimensionals for that "little extra." 

I love these boxes because once you have used the tags and sent out the note cards, you still have a box for special treasures. It would be great for special souvenirs and keepsakes or anything else you want to keep inside. Or you could just use it as an accent piece in your favorite room.

Well, I have 8 more of these to do so I should get to work :) So glad you stopped by today so I could share my project and hopefully you got some inspiration to create your own keepsake box. 'Til next time...............

Happy Scrapping,


Remember to get your mammogram!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Finally Back!!!

Oh my has been so long since I have posted!!! I honestly have not been doing much stamping or scrapbooking for the past year but I am finally back in the game :)

I have been focusing on more scrapbooking and have done a few really fun projects. One of my most recent is a shadowbox for my mom. We got some very old family photos from my cousin. In fact, they are so old we are having to guess who is in them. But, we found one that we believe is her grandmother and aunt. This photo would have been taken in the very early 1900's in France.

So, I decided I wanted to do something really vintage to create a timeless keepsake. I uploaded the photo to My Digital Studio and printed it in Sepia tones on Very Vanilla cardstock and it looked like a wonderful old photo. Then I started playing. I used a combination of Stampin' Up paper and products along with some non-SU paper by Kaisercraft and some wonderful Primo flowers. I wanted to use the new Striped Scallop thinlit die and it created an awesome lattice piece.....

I cut two of them and attached them using Tombo All-purpose glue. I put one to the very bottom of the page and the other to the very top. It leaves a gap between but, no worries.....I found a way to cover that you will soon see :) I cut the butterfly from one of the sheets of Kaisercraft paper....I used their "75 Cent" collection. It coordinates beautifully with Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Hello Honey, and Baked Brown Sugar.

The flowers added the perfect touch. They are gold and have a metallic look that echos the vintage theme......


I also had a package of vanilla roses that I could mix in as well. I cut the leaves from Always Artichoke cardstock with the leaves in the Secret Garden (retired) framelits and added some Gold Baker's Twine to the back of the rose.

I cut a pre-printed shape from the Kaisercraft paper and stamped on my favorite sayings from the "Feel Goods" stamp set and attached it using glue dots to cover the gap between the scallop pieces.

I still had some of those wonderful large pearls that I was so sad to see retire so I added a few of them below the sentiment. I put some more flowers in the upper corner and decided some paper doilies would be a nice touch as well. I matted the photo using a base of Early Espresso and then a couple layers of the designer paper. I wanted to be more unique so I tilted the photo rather than placing it square to the mat.

I still need to purchase a frame (I have been hoping to find one that is vintage) but I will show you the finished page......

I just love the way it turned out and Mom was pretty happy, too. I love Stampin' Up but I sure have found some awesome designer papers to play with!! I have quite the stock of them so I really need to get to work and do some more mom thinks I need a 12-step program to cure my addiction to paper!!

But, it is so good to be back and I hope you enjoy my project and that it inspires you to create a fun keepsake to share with someone. 'Til next time.........................

Happy Scrapping,


"Remember to get your mammogram!"

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas!

I know it has been awhile since I posted, but life has just been crazy!!! I got moved to California in the latter part of September and have finally finished my classes for the semester :) So, now I can get down to business......

I held a 6x6 Scrapbook class and have some ladies ready to start a monthly class in January...can't wait!!! I have found so many awesome products to work with. It is going to be loads of fun putting together all of my ideas.

In the meantime, I am helping my mom decorate for Christmas and this is the first decoration that we hung up today.....

My sister-in-law had posted this on facebook and I couldn't resist giving it a try :) It was so easy! I added the scalloped circles to the center of mine and made a snowflake ornament using the Festive Flurries bundle from Stampin' Up on top. I followed the directions in the video on their website for the snowflake ornament kit they were selling. I found a sparkly bow to add and tied the candy canes together with curly ribbon......

A little tricky getting the ornaments that were scored into the circle and hot-glued in the center, but with a little patience it all worked out pretty well :) And if all else fails and it falls apart, at least we have some candy to!!!

Lots more decorating to do and some time planned with friends and family over the next couple of, in case I don't make it back....I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and I am looking forward to the coming year and sharing lots of fun ideas with you. 'Til next time.....

Happy Scrapping,


Remember to get your mammogram!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A New Endeavor

I know it has been quite some time since I have posted and shared with you. Well, that will certainly change from this point on. After much soul searching, I have decided to leave Stampin' Up and make some changes in my business and my life.

Last month, I left Michigan and relocated (once again) to Southern California. With that, I decided to take a path in my business dedicated to preserving memories through scrapbooking and other fun ways to display those precious memories. Since Stampin' Up no longer offers a product line for scrapbooking that includes albums and kits, I decided to explore other options. Through my search, it has become clear to me that I don't need to belong to any direct-selling company at all. There are soooo many places that I can get the supplies I need to offer wonderful classes! And I am so excited to get started.

I will be offering all of my classes as kits if you are not local to my area and the plan is to keep them very affordable for everyone. I can say there will be very little stamping but lots of fun accessories so you won't need anything that isn't in the kit or class except your own scissors and adhesive.

My first class will be online in a few weeks so I hope you come and visit. Thank you for being loyal and not giving up on me as I make these big changes. 'Til next time...................

Happy Scrapping,


Remember to get your mammogram!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Fun Stuff!!!

I received a box of new products from Stampin' Up this week! And, yes....I am a 2nd-Day Air junkie because I cannot stand to wait a week or longer to get my stuff !! LOL! And, this time I needed to get it sooner so I could start working on my project for the Inky Fingers Club. Here are some of the products I will be using:

I have some fun cards planned and a super neat box to store them in.....can't wait to share them with you!!! Mine are just a sample of the fantastic projects you will receive when you purchase the Summer 2013 event with Inky Fingers Club. Here are the details:

Inky Fingers Club

Summer 2013 Session

July 7th through July 20th


All New Stampin’ Up! Products

Over 50 Exclusive Designs

Creative Card Sets & Containers

14 Daily Tutorials

Talented Guest Designers

Step by Step Directions

Lots of Photos


Daily Challenges with Prizes

Original Artwork shipped to Members

Doesn't this sound like fun???? I know you will not be disappointed! There is a fabulous line-up of designers and all of the projects use NEW items from the Stampin' Up 2013-2014 Annual Catalog! Here is the link to join....there is an early bird opportunity this weekend :) Be sure to email me when you join!!

Well, I need to get back to work.......have lots to do now :) Be sure to join me for the Inky Fingers Club Summer 2013 Session today!! 'Til next time..........
Happy Stamping,
Remember to get your mammogram!


Tuesday, June 4, 2013


I am so excited to have been chosen as a Guest Designer with the Inky Fingers Club!! I will be designing a project using new products from the 2013-2014 Stampin' Up Catalog!

I will be posting more details in the next few weeks so please check back for your chance to get registered for this AWESOME online event!!! You won't want to miss out on these great projects!

I have to get back to work for now.....'til next time.....

Happy Stamping,


Remember to get your mammogram!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

My Prayer Journal

It is such a great feeling to get back to stamping!!! It has been such a long time since I have just been able to sit down and play with some paper and ink :) I am finished with school until Fall and have lots of plans for projects over the summer. I will be a guest designer for an upcoming online event that you will NOT want to for more details soon!

But, now onto the project at hand. I am not the original creator of this project, but have tweaked it a bit to make it more "my own." I am taking a very serious look at my prayer life and this journal is a wonderful tool in my endeavor:

The journal is made with the brand new "Epic Day This and That" journal that is in the new Stampin' Up catalog that goes live on May 31st!! I love it!! I admit that I was skeptical at first but once I got my hands on it, I was hooked.....have lots of ideas for this little treasure :) I already have another one ordered. This would be an awesome gift and I can think of so many people to make them for!
There are five pockets on the inside to keep little scraps of designer series paper for prayer requests. Each pocketed page has a tab that you can label with whatever  or whomever you pray for often. I plan to add a few more embellishments to "dress it up" a bit but I just couldn't wait to share it with!!

The first and the last pockets each hold two greeting cards that are ready to send out, except for the sentiment. I decided to wait to add that when I was ready to send the cards. You don't always know ahead of time what you are going to send one out for so I just put them together and will add that just before sending.

I am currently putting together a tutorial for this project and will offer a kit as well. If you are in the central Michigan area, there will be an in-person class option or you will able to purchase it long distance and receive a kit in the mail. I will have it up and ready right after Memorial Day so I hope you come back and check it out :)

I am really excited to start using this in my daily prayer time. I believe that having prayer requests recorded makes it so much easier to keep them constantly in our prayers. As I fill this one up I will be definitely be making another and another and another.....etc. This will get a lot of use!!

Well, once again, it is so good to be back and stamping!! The new catalog is coming soon and that is always such a fun time....lots of changes this year which will bring some challenges to some of the projects I had planned, but I have decided to face it head-on :) Looking forward to the new stamping year!! I hope you will join me :) 'Til next time...............

Happy Stamping,


Remember to get your mammogram!