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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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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Fall for Holiday Catalog Countdown: Teacher Treat Box

Hello my friends! It’s September 1st! That means it’s new Stampin’ Up holiday catalog day! Yay! It also means it’s day one of my 12-day Fall for Holiday Catalog Countdown. Each day I’ll be sharing a new project here on the blog and I’ll also be sending it out via email (with some special perks for my subscribers… so be sure to jump on my mailing list here). Being September 1st, it also means back to school for many kiddos — some may have even already gone back already (is summer really over??)! So today, I’m sharing a project featuring the “Year of Cheer” Suite (pages 36-37 of the Holiday catalog). As the kids start school, it’s never a bad idea to “bribe” the teacher a little, right? And what better way to butter up the teacher than with a little chocolate! So today’s project is this adorable (and easy!) treat box. In addition to the Year of Cheer Suite, I also used the envelope punch board as a major component of this project. It’s such a handy little tool in the craft room! So here’s the project: I made a video to show you how to make this little

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Stampin’ Up Leadership 2014: Paper Pumpkin Craft Wars!

Hello everyone! Happy Monday… we’re getting ready for another snow storm here on Cape Cod. Are you ready? I’m really not, but perhaps I’ll get to work from home in my pjs on Wednesday… that would be nice! 🙂 So I hijacked the card to the left from the Stampin’ Up corporate blog. You want to know why? Well, I made it and it’s being featured on the SU blog along with 19 other cards by some amazingly talented demonstrators. At Leadership 2014 Stampin’ Up hosted “Paper Pumpkin Craft Wars.” They had a few tables set up in the Demonstrator Resource Center. One station had the pre-cut card bases, designer series paper and embellishments. The other table had all the exclusive Paper Pumkin stamps, ink pads and some Stampin’ Trimmers. They gave us 15 minutes and we had to create a card with what was on hand.                                                                                         I have to admit it was very overwhelming (most of the DSP was still in 12 x 12 size… it takes a lot of convincing on my part to cut into a new piece of 12 x 12 cardstock… something I struggle with nearly every day! 😉 Anyway, once I got going I was ok. I

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Remembering Christmases Past

  Can you believe I didn’t take one single picture during Christmas this year? Well, except this one. Some scrapbooker I am, huh? I have to admit it is really hard to get into the season now with both my Mom and Dad missing. It just never quite feels like Christmas to me even though I’m surrounded by my family. Somehow the spirit of Christmas seemed to die off along with them. We don’t really have any real young kids anymore (the youngest is 10), which usually infuses a house of that never ending glee of Santa Claus visiting… so it’s just sort of any other day, but with family by your side. Don’t get me wrong… I am so very appreciative of having my family with me — I couldn’t face the day without them (My Dad’s 70th birthday would have been Christmas day 2013), but I don’t know… it’s just not Christmas. It’s a really fun day, but missing something (or someone!). Anyway, this year I decided to make a special gift for my sister and brother to hopefully bring my Mom back into the celebration a bit. I made the two frames above (the one on the

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A Stampin’ Up Artisian Award Entry 2013

  Hello there! Happy Saturday… it looks like this is at least becoming a weekly thing – this blogging. I’m working on my consistency folks… bear with  me!   I’m actually hanging out at the Cool Crops Scrapbooking Retreat this weekend and had a few moments to check-in on the ole’ blog and thought I’d share with you a scrapbook page I made as one of my entries for Stampin’ Up’s annual Artisan Design Team.   Demonstrator selected for the team receive a box full of FREE goodies each month to play with. Fun, right? Just another perk of being an SU demo. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut this year, but there is always next time.   The good news is that I can now share these samples with you as the winner announcement was made at convention. I’m a little behind in posting them, so most of the supplies on this layout are retired, but it can still be a great starting point for a page if you have one special photo you’d like to showcase.   This page features my Mom. I’ve had so many stories bouncing around in my head since losing her last year. So

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Quick Tips for Stress-Free Handmade Holiday Cards

Hello and happy Saturday! The weather is absolutely beautiful today so after spending the morning in my stamp room working on some projects for the upcoming Cool Crops event, I’m headed to the beach! But I wanted to stop by with some quick tips for making your own holiday cards this year — but without the frantic last minute stress. So without further ado, here are my thoughts: 1. Start early! Well, duh… that’s why I’m posting this in September. Of course we all have good intentions of creating beautiful hand-stamped cards for our friends and loved ones, but as time slips by (because clearly September is too early to be thinking about this — or is it??). Start now! Start with this: 2. Write a list of who you would like to send cards to. Once you get to the point of creating your cards (and hopefully ordering SU supplies), you’ll need to know how many finished cards you’d like so you know how much paper and envelopes to order. And just think how great it would be if you created a nice little list with addresses and everything so when you get to the card-writing part, you can

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Top Five Tuesday (on the weekend!): How to Find more Time for you Craft

The one thing I hear most often when I tell people that I like to scrapbook or make hand-stamped greeting cards is “Oh, I don’t have time for that.” You know what? I’m super busy, too. But when things are important to you, you make the time to do them. That’s how I feel about stamping, crafting… and especially scrapbooking. This is about your legacy. This is your mark on the world. Scrapbooks will still be here long after we’re gone and when you have kids, I think it’s even more important to leave them the stories about your life and their heritage. With all that said, I’m struggling to keep scrapbooking on the table these days (ha, ha — no pun intended). Life is busy — full-time job, an increase in custom orders, more classes and a very exciting scrapbooking retreat are all on my table, too, right now. So as I was heading home from a recent getaway (that’s me parasailing in the photo above — on the right), I brainstormed some ideas for how I would get some more scrapbooking time in… and I thought you might find some of these ideas helpful, too!1. Get up/Stay up a little earlier. Let

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