Oct 21, 2020

Gnome for the Holidays Meet Stampin' Up Self-Adhesive Sheets


As soon as I saw these adorable little gnomes in the Stampin'  Up August-December Mini Catalog, I knew I had to own them. And I've been playing with this set ever since, really.

In fact, I designed my October Stamp Club Class around it because I loved it so much. (Registration for that class is open for just one more day!).

But, it is so much more than Christmas... I paired it with a sentiment from the Dino Days stamp set, and we have a super fun and festive Valentine's Day card (I know, I know -- I'm super early -- but this is really the only time you can say that about me!).

But what I want you to pay close attention to on this card is actually the detailed heart dies that are in the background. 

That die is amazing, and adds such pizzazz to a card, but if you've ever fussed with trying to glue a detailed die-cut down using liquid adhesive, you know that it can be a real challenge. Enter in the Stampin'  Up Self-Adhesive sheets! I'm sharing a video on this below -- but let me just tell you these little beauties are a GAME. CHANGER. for your detailed dies.

Essentially, you apply the sticker sheet to your cardstock before you run it through your die-cutting machine, and then when you're finished, the die-cut becomes a giant sticker where you can basically peel off the back and attach to your project. 

Check out my video below, and let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help you with your crafting endeavors. 

So what do you think? Will these be a tool you'll be adding to your crafting basics? What die do you think will be a must-have for these self-adhesive sheets?

As always, thanks so much for hanging out with me. Until next time...


Oct 9, 2020

Confession Time: Hidden Secrets of an Infrequent Scrapbooker

I love to scrapbook, but you wouldn't know it from looking at this mess. If I'm honest, I think the reason why I haven't scrapbooked my own photos in ages, is because I'm overwhelmed. Do you ever feel that way?

But I'm committed to fixing this process for myself, and I have a feeling that you may be struggling with this issue, too. Whether it is physical photos like mine, or perhaps a web of digital pictures that could span the earth - or both - I'm determined to develop a process for tackling my photo storage so that I can find photos when I need/want them, and keep track of the ones I want to scrap.

So I'd love to know, if you like to scrapbook, what are YOUR struggles around scrapbooking? Why don't you do it more often? What would make it easier for you? What do you enjoy about scrapbooking? Why do you think it is important?

As I work through this struggle myself, I'd like to think about ways I can streamline the process and potentially help you, too!

I've literally shared a deep dark secret from my closet today (ha!) - so let me know what struggles you have around this area -- and feel free to share what is working for you, too! 

Until next time... stay out of my closet! ;)



Oct 7, 2020

Three Crafty Ways to Say "Thanks"

Let me first start this post by saying "thanks" to you for showing up here on this sad, neglected blog. It has been a long time since I have visited, even though I've been thinking about revamping it for well over a year!

Anyway, I thought I'd share a few "crafty" ways to say thanks to those people in your life that always seem to go above and beyond. 

Idea #1 is Treat Them to some Coffee. Of course, you'll want to present it in a fun way. Check out THIS By the Shore Stamping YouTube tutorial for a really fun (and easy!) gift card holder featuring the Merry Moose bundle (which is still available!). You could pair it with the Plaid Tidings Designer series paper for a very similar look. 

Merry Moose Three Panel Gift Card Holder

Another great way to say "thanks" is a little treat box filled with goodies:

I'll be doing a You Tube video on how to make these super cute boxes real soon -- so head on over to my You Tube Channel and subscribe so you don't miss it!

The third way to say "thanks" in a "crafty" way is, of course, A CARD! This month for my Stamp Club, I created an additional design featuring the Love of Leaves stamp set and hand-stamped each person a thank you card - just to let them know how much I appreciate their support. 

And here's a sneak peek at the cards participants got to make for Stamp Club:

These were truly some of my favorite cards this year, although they were quite a chore to prepare! If you want to know more about Stamp Club, make sure you are on my mailing list so that you get notification of all my future classes and events. My next Stamp Club will be announced on October 15th. You can join my email list HERE

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I plan to post two times a week so bookmark this site (again!), and I'll see you real soon.



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