Tuesday, September 18, 2018

It's time to share what I've been up to. (Read my post from yesterday morning if you're not sure what I'm talking about!)

I have joined Close to My Heart as a consultant!

I'm very excited to have an opportunity to share CTMH with you! Here are just a few things that I love about CTMH:

* How-to-books! I own most of them already. They are full of ideas for paper crafting (for scrapbookers & cardmakers!) with cutting guides to make it easy! Every papercraft needs to add these to their craft room! The latest book is even about color theory!

* Workshop kits! Just about everything you need (including instructions) to put together scrapbook pages or cards all in one package! You all know how much I love my coordinating product bundles!!!!

* Monthly subscription! Okay, I don't have mine yet, but I already know I'm going to love it! Available in monthly, quarterly or yearly subscriptions! Each month gives you 2 two page layouts that go together in 15-20 minutes! And they coordinate with current catalog products so you can bling up your pages as little or as much as you want! I will finally get caught up on scrapbooking all the pictures I have! 


Do something creative today!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Endings and New Beginnings

Today is a bit of a turning point for me.  I turned in my resignation as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
Now, don't get me wrong.  I love SU! as a company.  I love their products.  I love what they stand for.  I am extremely grateful for the people and relationship that have come into my life as a result of Stampin' Up! I feel blessed to have been part of such a wonderful company.
But life happen and priorities change. There comes a point when you know it's time to end a journey you're on and begin something new.  So as I've been going through a bit of a 'discovering myself' lately, looking at where I spend my time and energy, and re-prioritizing, I've decided it is time to end my time as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and begin a new adventure.
This blog will remain active. I will still be paper crafting, but with a slightly different focus. I'll be back soon to share more about where I am heading!

Happy Stampin' 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop: Sketch Challenge

Welcome to this month's Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop!  This hop is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators who are excited to share their passion for scrapbooking and memory keeping. This month we worked with a sketch to create our projects, so as you work your way through the hop you will see similar, but yet very different pages based on the same sketch.  At the end of this post you will find a 'next button' to take you to the next blog. 

I mainly used products from Stampin' Up! Country Lane product line, but also pulled the woodgrain background paper from the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series pack (yes, that's a Christmas paper!). 

This is the sketch that the page is based on.  The sketch was a lot of fun to work with.  I played with a few different ways to interpret it, but in the end decided to follow it  I pretty literal. I think the only change I made was the size of my photos.

The circles were cut with the 1-1/2" circle punch from the Country Lane DSP, Blackberry Bliss cardstock, Chicken Wire elements, and Galvanized Metallic Paper.  The Galvanized paper was embossed with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder (my favorite EF from the catalog!).  HINT: To get a clean punch with the Chicken Wire elements, layer the 'chicken wire' on a piece of scrap cardstock or copy paper when punching.  

My title was cut with the Silhouette Cameo.  I've had my Cameo for quite a while but haven't taken the time to really learn how to fully use it, but I love that I can use any font on my computer to create a title for my scrapbook pages!

When I first joined Stampin' Up! almost 10 years ago (yikes!) I did it to get a discount on all of my scrapbooking supplies and thought I would only stay a demonstrator for a short time.  Over the past 10 years, I have probably made less than a dozen scrapbook pages!  My pile of pictures to scrapbook has only grown.  I've recently had an increased desire (maybe even a need) to get these pictures in albums.  So, whether you follow me here, by email, or on Facebook, expect to see more scrapbook pages in the upcoming months.  I have some BIG changes planned for the future, so I hope you'll stick around to see them!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today!  I'm so glad you stopped by.  Please take a moment to follow my blog while you are here so you don't miss any posts!  Be sure to use the Next button blow to continue on the hop!

Happy Stampin' 

Visit Karen's blog next!

September Roll Call

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Kre8tors Blog Hop:Sympathy

Welcome to this month's Kre8tors Blog Hop!  This month we are focusing on a type of card that is difficult to make, but very much appreciated: sympathy cards.  When I make sympathy cards I usually try to keep them monochromatic in neutral tones.  Here is what I came up with for today:

I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set for this card.  This set is great for a variety of themes: masculine, autumn, and of course sympathy.  I also used Itty Bitty Greetings for the sentiment.
My colors combination is Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla.

I really love all of the textures on this card: the frayed linen trim, smooth cardstock, and the textured cardstock from the Subtle Embossing Folder.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.  I hope you have been inspired to stamp something today.  Please take a moment to leave me a comment and let me know you were here.  As always, I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about this project or any Stampin' Up! product.  Don't forget to subscribe to my blog or follow me on Facebook so you won't miss any future posts!
Happy Stampin!

Visit Sue's blog next!

September 2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop Roll Call List

Product List

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ink & Share Blog Hop: Holiday Catalog Preview

Welcome to this month's Ink & Share Blog Hop.  This month we are offering a preview of the upcoming Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  I think it's safe to say that in the ten plus years since I discovered SU!, this may be my favorite catalog!  I went WAY overboard on my pre-order (my favorite benefit of being a demo!) and I still have things on my wish list!

For my cards today I decided to feature the Festive Farmhouse Suite.  This suite is perfect to create projects with a cozy and homey feel.   This suite is right up my alley! (Though as much as I love the country, I love living a little closer to the city).

For my first card I used a sponge to add some Balmy Blue ink to the top half of the Whisper White background before adhering the picket fence (my favorite die in the set!)  I then used the the Stampin' Blends to color the farm house and truck.  There are coordinating dies for these stamps, making it super easy to cut them out!  The lights and the wreath on the house are separate stamps, making this house stamp more versatile. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm thinking make the fence black or dark gray and then add some cobwebs to the house and you have a great Halloween card with the set.  Or add an appropriate greeting and you have a house-warming card!

My second card features the same bundle. This one is a very quick and easy card, making it perfrect for making multiples!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today.  I appreciate each and every visit!  I hope you have been inspired to stamp something today!   Please take a moment to leave me a comment and let me know you were here.  And, as always, I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about these cards or any Stampin' Up! product. Don't forget to click on the Next button to hop on over to Laura's blog. There is a roll call list below in case you get lost along the way.

Happy Stampin!

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Supply List

If you live within the United States and do not already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would love the opportunity to be your creative coach!  Clicking on any of the images below will take you to my online store.  If you place an order with me I will send you a hand stamped thank you card and an invite to my customer-only VIP Facebook group.