Sunday, July 31, 2016

Scrapbook Process: "Star Party"

Today's layout was inspired by Pinterest.  I have more ideas pinned than I will every be able to complete in this lifetime, how about you?

I selected this layout to scraplift because it is simple, clean and classic. The pin is shown in the video below, but I also repinned it at this new board for the blog:  

The photos were from a Star Party we attended, sponsored by the local library. Volunteers from the Austin Astronomical Society brought their phenomenal telescopes and graciously shared with the kids (and adults) the features of the night sky.  

Society volunteers pointed out Venus rising as we waited for it to get dark, but the real show happened close to 9:00 PM.  Through their telescopes we observed Jupiter, along with four of its moons (we could even see patterns on the planet surface!), Mars, (not as impressive, but we could tell it was red) and the "star" of the evening - Saturn! Being able to see the visible rings on this glowing planet was really a treat.  

On the finished layout, I added the Bible reference Job 9:9.  Thousands of years ago, Job was a stargazer who was just as impressed with the night sky, and obviously had a course in Astronomy.

He {God} is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, 
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

God's universe is all the more majestic seeing it with the today's technology! 

Here is the video of the scrapbook process for this layout.  You will see a special visitor pop into my craft studio as I was doing the video:

The products I used were: 

Heidi Swapp - "September Skies" paper pad
Thickers - "Cinnamon"
Amy Tangerine Remarks - "Good Stuff" sticker pad

If you liked this sketch and decide to scraplift it too, please post a link of your project in the comments below so that myself and others can see your work!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Scrapbook Layout: "Nothing's Better" using Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper

With the new Stampin' Up "Pop of Pink" Designer Series paper featuring gold touches,  I had to try it out on a scrapbook layout!
This layout features photos of my new craft room we completed this Spring. There is "nothing better" than having a private space to spread out! (I now have a door to close clutter away from the rest of the house!)

Here is today's video that shows the products I chose to complete the layout, and the process. Scroll down to get a free layout sketch of my layout that you can use for yourself!

You'll see in the video that it was hard to decide: Pink? No Pink?  I'm happy with my final choice of a black, white and gold combination.  One of the banners has a little pink.  Just because.

Another look at the final layout:


And now, here is your free sketch if you want to replicate the layout:

If you cannot print right now, Pin It for later! (Hover your mouse over the top left hand corner of the sketch.)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Card Share: Scraplifts from CardMaker Magazine

Each quarter, I look forward to receiving my new issue of CardMaker Magazine. Not only it is one of the few printed card magazines still in circulation, but each issue has tutorials and card examples that even the beginner card maker can follow.

With each issue, I like to challenge myself by re-creating some of the card samples portrayed in the magazine. It is good way to revisit some forgotten techniques and add to my card stash.

From the Summer 2016 issue I selected six cards to lift, this time using all Stampin' Up products.  

Listed with each photo below are the products used for each card that you can find in the new 2016-2017 Stampin' Up catalog. If I used a retired item (I used a couple), I have some perfect alternatives you can get to recreate the card. 

If you'd like to see where I got my ideas from the magazine, plus a few tips here and there, scroll to the bottom of the post to see the YouTube video. 

Don't forget to Pin your favorite card, (hover your mouse over the top left corner of each photo) and let me know in the comments what card you plan to CASE.

If you don't have your very own Stampin' Up demonstrator in your life, I'd love to be your crafty mentor!  As always, you can shop for your favorite products, in addition to downloading a free digital copy of the new catalog at my website:

Now let's look at each of the cards:

From Page 9:  Birthday Blossoms stamp set # 139471, Pansy punch #130698,
Affectionately Yours designer series paper #141632, Mint Macaron cardstock #141633
To replace this retired sentiment, try using Suite Sayings #140712 or Friendly Wishes #139579
From Page 20:  Sunburst Sayings stamp set #140725, Thoughtful Banners stamp set #141614,
Hello You Thinlit #137363, In-Color 2016-2017 Stampin' Pads #141818,
Dapper Denim cardstock (from the In-Color cardstock pack) #141413
To replace the stamps I used for the background, use Blooms & Wishes #141784
or Garden in Bloom #139433
From Page 26:  Sunburst Sayings stamp set #140725, Affectionately Yours DSP #141632,
Night of Navy Stampin' Pad # 126970, Night of Navy cardstock #100867
From Page 41:  Grateful Bunch stamp set #140691, Thoughtful Banners stamp set #141614,
Blossom Bunch punch #140612, Daffodil Delight Stampin' Pad #126944,
Sunburst Thinlits #140617
From Page 62:  Number of Years stamp set #140653, Petite Petals #133155,
Petite Petals punch #133322, In-Color 2016-2017 Stampin' pads #141818,
Layering Ovals Framelits #141706, Dapper Demin cardstock #141414
From Page 66:  Sunburst Sayings stamp set #140725, Affectionately Yours DSP #141632, 
Bold Butterfly Framelits #138135, Night of Navy Stampin' Pad # 126970,
Night of Navy cardstock #100867

Friday, July 8, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Card Alternatives with June Kit

Every month's Paper Pumpkin kit is such a treat. Each specially designed kit comes with instructions, pre-cut elements, ink spot and stamp set -- everything you need for a fun, relaxing, crafting time.

Click above to learn more!

Why not shake it up a bit? With all the fun items in each month's kit, let your mind wander as to what else you could create . . . .

The following video shows some of my ideas of what I made with this month's kit.

Do you make alternatives with our kit?  Watch my video, then if you have made your own video or have a blog post with your creations, post that link below so everyone can check it out!

For more information on how you can get your very own Paper Pumpkin kit each month, check out the details HERE.  You can sign up for just one month to see what you think.

Questions?  Leave them in the comments below!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

It's Bonus Days with Stampin' Up!


  • Squee!  I’m so excited about Bonus Days! This is the first time Stampin’ Up! has offered coupons to customers!  All you need to do for your $5 USD/$6 CAD coupon is spend $50 USD/$60 CAD in July.
    Stampin’ Up! will email you a coupon for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend,
    and you can use coupons on anything you want in August!
  •  I recommend using this time to stock up on essentials or splurge on your wish list items. Once August rolls around, you’ll get to have fun shopping again with all your Bonus Days coupons!
Questions?  Just leave it in the comments below.  I don't want you to miss out!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Let's Create! Pinterest Sketch Challenge #1

This week over on at the Ink. Paper. Glue. And Coffee Facebook page, I have posted a new card sketch from one of my Pinterest boards to get the juices flowing!  The sketch can certainly be used as an idea for a scrapbook page as well. 

Let's see what you create!  Head over to the Facebook page, join and then post what you have made so we can all ooh and aah at your creative genius! 

Here is the sketch from Teresa Collins blog:
Can't wait to see your creation!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Stampin' Up New Product Showcase: Love You Lots Host Stamp Set

Today I want to show you an adorable, sweet stamp set that is perfect for making thank you and friendship cards.  And you can earn it FREE as a Stampin' Up host!  I am pretty sure this will be one item that you will add to your wish list!

Just schedule your very own card party and you are on your way to earning this stamp set that is one of my new favorites!

This video will show you the stamp set, and the easy little notecard set I made with it: