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

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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

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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!

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The Bucket List of Summer Photos For Scrapbookers

When the weather starts to get warmer and the days get longer, I don’t really spend as much time in my craft room creating. Can you relate? But summer is my very favorite season and I love to document in — particularly when I’m up to my eyeballs in snow say, mid-February! But in order to do that, I need to make sure I’ve planned ahead and have summer photos at the ready. I am not a chronological scrapbooker, so I like to think about the quintessential photos that tell the story of summer without being a 100th page on a family cookout or another summer birthday layout — not that there is anything wrong with those things — I just like to find the “bigger picture” in the smaller moments. So here are my suggestions for the top five “must have” summer photos for scrappin’ next winter (how dare I write that word right now!): 1. I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream. One of my favorite activities in the summer (and all year, really) is getting ice cream at one of the many ice cream shops on Cape Cod. Be sure to grab a photo

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Spotlight on Perfectionism

Can I tell you something I’ve been struggling with lately? I’ve been wanting to revitalize this blog for months now. Months. But I’m struggling with perfectionism. What’s funny is if you were to ask me if I am a perfectionist, I would tell you no. But it literally just became clear to me this morning that everything I’m holding myself back from is due to perfectionism. There, I said it. “You should wait until you have something important to say.”“You should start eating better on a day when you haven’t already overshot your calorie goal.”“You should go shopping because nothing you own right now looks good on you.” All things I’ve told myself within the last 24 hours. I didn’t realize what has been holding me back both personally and professionally has been a major case of not being “up to par.” I’m telling you here because, well, I think calling it out is the first step in making a change. And I suspect, I’m not the only one that talks to herself so negatively – and I hope by admitting it here that perhaps it may help you see that you’re not being kind to yourself either. So here

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New Color Week: Day 8!

Do you ever struggle with where to begin when you sit down to craft? Staring at an empty craft table or even a blank piece of Crumb Cake cardstock can be overwhelming when you are surrounded by supplies. The Stampin’ Up Idea Book & Catalog is a great resource not just for the best crafting supplies on the planet (in my opinion!), but it can also be a great tool for idea generation. Today’s featured project was inspired by a project on page 18 of the brand new 2018-2019 Idea Book and catalog. I love the card above in general, but I really fell in love with the purple and ocean blue color combo. So I used that inspiration and added in one of my favorite “ocean” themed stamp sets Magical Mermaid and came up with this: Sometimes all we need is a little starting point to get our creativity flowing. I must say that I think this was my favorite project during New Color Week. How about you? Which project was your favorite? I’d love to know! Comment below! In the meantime, here is the video for today’s project: The color combo for today’s card was Gray Granite, Coastal

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New Color Week: Day 7!

We’re in the home stretch of my New Color Week kicking off the brand new colors introduced in the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up catalog. And I think I’ve saved my two favorite cards for last. Today’s card is a favorite because it uses my much loved High Tide stamp set. Here’s a sneak peek: Nice and “beachy” just the way I like it! Today’s color combo features the brand new Blueberry Bushel and Mango Melody. Of course there is some Crumb Cake in there as well and a bit of Soft Suede. This color combo actually matches the new Best Route Suite — it has some amazing Memories and More cards that are going to be great for those travel albums! Here is today’s video showing you how I put together today’s card: And here is the finished project: Don’t forget about my new Color Club — a great way to get all 16 new colors in the core color families on a budget. You’ll be able to get all 16 new colors (ink pads, refills and markers), two a  month for 8 months. It’s a great way to get the whole collection without breaking the bank. As a perk, you’ll

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New Color Week: Day 6!

Weekend is here! It’s actually glorious weather here on the Cape and I’m hoping to escape down to the beach for a little bit today or tomorrow. The ocean is my safety and sanity zone… just makes me clear my head and calm down in what has been a bit of a difficult week. But! I have some fun inspiration for you today — in fact, while my heart is at the beach, I’m thinking about Christmas today! Can you believe it? Don’t worry — I’m not going to deluge you with Christmas projects quite yet, but I do have a color combo today that just cried out to be a holiday card. Our color inspiration today is Merry Merlot, Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede and a touch of Crumb Cake. What do you think? Are you ready to do holiday crafting yet? No worries if you’re not… I’ve got some beach inspired inspiration for you tomorrow.  Until then, here is the video with details on how I made today’s card.  Enjoying this New Color Week inspiration? Be sure to join me on my Facebook page where I share tips, tricks and new products on a daily basis! xoxo,

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New Color Week: Day 5!

Happy Friday! I have to admit Fridays don’t have the same joy as they used to have when I worked 9 to 5 — but that’s because every day feels like Friday to me! I love being able to be my own boss, set my own schedule and save time for what is important to me. And with that in mind, I want to share the amazing starter kit deal with you today. If you are finding a lot of new stamping toys you “must” have for your craft room, listen up. 🙂 Did you know that for just $99 plus tax, you can select $125 worth of product of your choice… anything out of the catalog? Well, you can. And you know what’s even better? You get a 20% discount on anything else you order moving forward (for as long as you’re an active demonstrator). There is no obligation to sell or host events (you can totally buy the kit because it’s an amazing deal), but hosting a class or two a month can cover the costs of all your own goodies, or even make you some extra cash to cover a bill or two! If you love to

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New Color Week: Day 4!

We’re on Day 4 of my New Color Week featuring brand new colors from the Stampin’ Up 2018|2019 annual catalog. I thought it might be helpful if I shared a picture of all the brand new colors. Here they are: Some amazing new colors, yes? Which one is your favorite… I must admit that I’ve only used it a tiny bit so far, but I’m kind of in love with Soft Sea Foam. And just looking at this photo made me want to do a card with Soft Sea Foam and Gorgeous Grape (and maybe add in some Highland Heather, too!). As a member of my new Color Club you will get all of these colors PLUS the returning In Colors: Coastal Cabana, Mossy Meadow, Flirty Flamingo, Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron and Poppy Parade. Don’t worry — if you still have those colors from previous years, you can just let me know and we can swap it out for another color you don’t have. This is going to be so much fun… each month you’ll get a fun package that includes two ink pads, two ink refills and two markers plus a some extra goodies from me. We’ll have a

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