Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Let Summer Crafting Commence!

Need some adhesive, cardstock, patterned paper or envelopes?  Now is the best time to stock up on supplies!  Visit my page to start your shopping -- and peruse through the NEW Stampin' Up catalog!  So many adorable new things to use for cardmaking, scrapbooking and pocket scrapbooking!  Be sure to let me know of you have any questions by clicking the "Email Me" link on my shopping page.  I'm here to help with your crafting addictions!  And FYI -- all my new customers get an additional goodie bag from with various, fun items!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Tutorial: How to Make a Simple Card

It's World Cardmaking Day, and if you are a scrapbooker who normally doesn't make cards, let this be my challenge to you to give it a try today using your current scrapbook supplies.

Join my Facebook group to get in on all the #WCMD2016 fun!  

These Halloween cards were made using only cardstock, patterned paper, stickers, Thickers and a 1-1/2" circle punch. They were actually made when I was first starting to make cards, and I thought it would be a good example to show that anyone can make cards!

If you are a step-by-step person, here is a tutorial to make a simple card (using no stamps!) with dimensions, along with a sketch for better visualization and to pin for future reference.

1. Cut a piece of 8-1/2 x 11" colored cardstock in half to make two pieces that are 8-1/2 x 5-1/2". Fold each piece in half to make two card bases. 2. For one card, cut a piece of patterned paper 4" x 5-1/4" to adhere to one of your card bases. 3. Find letters that spell a short word for a sentiment. You can highlight the word by punching 1-1/2" circles and putting a letter in each circle. Add dimension by popping up every other letter with pop dots. 4. Add a strip of coordinating patterned paper or ribbon to add a little flair to your design. Cut the same length as your patterned paper, or you can wrap the ends of a longer piece around to the back of your patterned paper before you adhere it to your card base. 5. Add one or two stickers or die-cuts for embellishments. If you are using dark card stock, cut a piece of white paper 4 x 5-1/4" to adhere inside the card recipients can read a written message.
Give it a go! If you make a card today, share it over in the Facebook Group. Happy Cardmaking!!

It's World Cardmaking Day! #WCMD2016

I'm busy in the craft room today for World Cardmaking Day 2016!  It's a great day to make some handmade kindness to share with others.  Do remember the last time you received a card in the mail?  In a sea of junk mail and bills, a card is a simple thing that really stands out to a person who receives it.  Sending a card is a small gesture that shows just how much you care about that special someone in your life. 

  In my Facebook group today, I'm sharing simple-to-make cards to get you started plus a GIVEAWAY. Come check out the fun! (Ask to join and I will acknowledge the request ASAP!)

There is a special promotion to celebrate too:

Whee!  Head over to my website and click "Shop Now" to see the details. The best deal is on the Designer Tin of Cards with 25% off!  For an idea of how awesome this kit is, take a look at this video over on the Stampin' Up You Tube Channel.

Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Scrapbook Layout Process: "Homegrown" & Sketch Challenge Entry

I'm back to share my second challenge entry for The Memory Nest blog Summer Sketch Challenges.

Say that three times fast.

Again I am using the Echo Park "Homegrown" Collection I purchased earlier this year with the purpose of documenting my new gardens.

This layout is showing off my prize winning tomatoes.

Well, not prize winning.

But tomatoes.

Growing, alive tomatoes.

So, Winning.

This sketch challenge was tougher than the one I shared yesterday.  However, I tried to look past the actual structure of the sketch and think a little outside the box.

Here is the sketch from Make it Monday #70:

There is white space.  Does "white space" on a layout scare you? Just a little? It does me.

It's just out there. Empty.

But once I got going, this layout came together quickly:

That little pocket? It's from Basic Grey "Herbs & Honey" Collection. I actually came across a package of these at Tuesday Morning. Bonus. 

To see the process, watch the video below where I also tell the tale of my garden predator. 

Also see a complete list of products used over in my gallery at Scrapbook.com.  I hope you will also give it a "thumbs up" if you visit.  

If you need some fresh challenges to get the mojo flowing, I hope you will check out Leslie's blog, give her some love, and complete this challenge for yourself. The deadline is September 4.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Scrapbook Layout Process: "How Does Your Garden Grow" & Sketch Challenge Entry

A couple years ago, I was privileged to be on the The Memory Nest blog design team. Once we started homeschooling, I did not re-apply, but I miss designing for Leslie's sketch challenges.  Sketches are the hardest for me, but I appreciate how it forces me to think outside the box and try something new.

It was satisfying to finish a couple layouts to post in Leslie's "Make it Monday" summer challenge series using the Echo Park "Homegrown" Collection that was sitting in my stash.

HG87016 Homegrown Collection Kit F

I specifically purchased it to document my new backyard vegetable and flower gardens.

Not that my gardens are spectacular, but since I do not have a green thumb, 
anything that stays alive should be documented.


Here is the sketch from Make it Monday #69, along with my design.  

I originally finished the layout with photos without white borders. 
It just seemed as though something didn't work. Reprinting the photos with 
borders make the layout easier on the eye.  

In my opinion.  

Watch the process in the video below and I'll explain the reason for my strange contraptions over my plants. Also see a complete list of products used over in my gallery at Scrapbook.com.  

Tomorrow I will share another completed challenge from The Memory Nest.  
(I know you absolutely cannot wait, right?)  In the meantime, I hope you will check out Leslie's blog, give her some love, and complete this challenge for yourself. The deadline is September 4.