Live Your Bliss - Cardabilities Sketch 30


Today begins a new sketch over at Cardabilities! And just like last week, I really enjoyed creating along with this sketch. I love the layers and possibilities that each beautiful sketch brings. Take a look...

See! I told you it was a beauty! And here is my take on the sketch...

For my card, I used papers from Stella and Rose by My Mind's Eye. I really love the texture of their paper! Of course, I used a simple white doily and added layers of embellishments. Hey! There's even some Zva bling in there too! 

I used the Mat Stack Collection 1 die from Papertrey Ink and sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages

"Live Your Bliss" - isn't that the truth! I intend on thinking that motto as I step into the weekend.

I hope you will join us and enter your creation for Sketch #30 over at Cardabilities! I always enjoy seeing what you create!

Supplies Used for "Live Your Bliss" Card:
Cardstock: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink; (yellow) Bazzil Basics
Patterned Papers: (Gertie - Stella and Rose) My Mind's Eye
Die: (Mat Stack Collection 1) Papertrey Ink
Stamps: (Mat Stack Collection 1, Mega Mixed Messages) Papertrey Ink
Jewels: Zva Creative
Flower: Recollections
Leaves: Prima

Little Notebook Tutorial


Hi everyone! Today I have a tutorial that I am sharing here and over at the Papercraft Star blog, creating a little mini notebook using just a few scraps of paper. Yes-sir-ee! We are using up those scraps - in a very resourceful way. Trust me - it's easier than you'd think!

Step 1. Cut out two pieces of scrap paper 6 1/2" x 3" - one solid cardstock and the other patterned paper. Score both pieces at 3 1/8" and again at 3 3/8" - this will create the seam backing for your notebook.

Step 2. Add glue or some type of adhesive to the solid piece of cardstock. Place a piece of ribbon across the top, then adhere the patterned paper directly on top to cover to the solid paper.

Step 3. Gather 3 sheets of paper. I used grid paper because of its unique pattern. Stack them all together and run through your paper trimmer to measure 3" x 2 3/4". Cut a strip of solid paper that measures 2 3/4" x 3/4" and fold in half. Add glue to the strip of solid paper and adhere to the side of the grid paper. This will keep all your papers together - especially if you use a generous amount of glue.

I used a small clip to hold all the papers together while the glue dried. I only waited about 3-5 minutes. 

Step 4. Once the glue is dry, add another layer of glue to the outside of the strip of solid paper. Place it into the notebook cover and squeeze the binding together.

Step 5. I used my bone tool to add a small seam down the spine of the notebook. This allows the notebook to open up nicely. Plenty of space to write a sweet little note inside!

Now it's time to decorate! I added a simple piece of chipboard and used small sticker letters to write "Notes" on the front cover. Just tie your ribbon and you've created a nice little notebook ready to give to someone or keep for yourself! 

I plan on giving this little notebook to my daughter, who loves to doodle and write little notes to herself. She is especially fond of post-it notes, but I am always finding them all over her room. This might be a better alternative - plus it's super small and super cute!

Oh! And don't forget to enter your projects for this week's challenge with us at Papercraft Star! You have until Sunday, May 1 at 9:00 p.m. (eastern). 

Supplies Used for "Mini Notebook":
Cardstock Scrap: (Spring Rain) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper Scraps: (PennyLane) My Mind's Eye
Chipboard: (Restoration) Crate Paper
Sticker Letters: (Tiny Type) Cosmo Cricket
Ribbon: (Firefly) 

Let's Celebrate - Papercraft Star Challenge 43


Today begins a new challenge over at Papercraft Star! This week we are creating projects based on an inspirational photo. I was inspired by the striped wall paper and the banners from the photo. I knew that the Minerva striped paper from Melissa Frances would be perfect for my card!

I used some new turquoise lace trim and some lime green ribbon to wrap around my papers. Then I adhered some Jenni Bowlin pearls and a pretty velvet flower from Maya Road. 

You can easily create these little banner flags by either cutting out a small triangle and cut the edges with zigzag scissors, or do what I did! I used the Lacey Pennants die from Spellbinders to cut and emboss my flags. Then, I taped some toothpicks to the backsides and adhered to my card with foam tape. 

So are you ready to play along with us at Papercraft Star? I hope so! Here are the deets...

Challenge 43: Photo Inspiration

Use this photograph as your project inspiration. 

You have until Sunday, May 1 at 9:00 p.m. (eastern) to enter your creations and be eligible to win the People's Choice Award - plus well deserved bragging rights! Good luck to everyone!

Supplies Used for "Let's Celebrate" Card:
Patterned Papers: (Minerva, Geraldine) Melissa Francis
Velvet Flower: (Pumkin and LatteMaya Road
Pearls: Jenni Bowlin
Die Cut: (Lacey Pennants) Spellbinders

Stamping On Candles - Papercraft Star Challenge 42


Today at Papercraft Star we are celebrating the upcoming Earth Day by creating projects using recycled or re-purposed items to help save the Earth!

Now I am not really sure that my project will help save the Earth, but it did delay one box and several pieces of gift packing tissue from being tossed into the recycle bin by re-using it for a new purpose.

In my stash of scrapping supplies, I found a box of alpha-chipboard that only had a few pieces of the alphabet left. I decided to re-purpose this packaging into a gift box full of little tea light candles!

I simply traced the box onto my patterned paper. Then I had to measure the center of the paper to allow the window pane to show through. Easy enough, right?

I painted the bottom piece of the box and added re-purposed tissue paper from my stash of gift wrapping supplies. To achieve the grassy look, simply fold your tissue paper several times and cut into small strips. For color, lightly spray some glimmer mist onto the tissue paper. 

For the candles, I stamped a doily pattern directly onto more tissue paper and added a hole punch to the center. Then I placed the tissue paper directly over the wick and onto the wax using my heat gun to melt the tissue paper into the warm wax. I placed the candles in the freezer for just a few minutes to cool them down before placing them into my box.

Last, I tied a simple bow around my box and embellished with a vintage button I found at the flea market and a hand-made resin heart locket. 

So! We've got a few re-purposed items here: box, tissue paper, vintage button, and tealight candles that I found in my home. An easy gift that didn't cost me anything, and was created by using items I already had in the house!

So what do you have around your house that you can re-purpose into something lovely? I want to see your Earth-friendly projects at Papercraft Star! Here are the deets...

Earth Day Theme

Create a project with Earth Day as your inspiration. Include a recycled or re-purposed item in your project to help save the Earth! Don't forget to tell us what it was in your blog post. 

You have until Sunday, April 24 at 9:00 p.m. (eastern time) to enter your creations and be eligible to win!  Good luck everyone!

Supplies Used for "Candles Gift Box":
Box: Re-purposed
Patterned Paper: (Emma's Shoppe) Crate Paper
Grass: Re-purposed tissue paper; Glimmer Mist
Button: Re-purposed vintage find
Heart Locket: hand-made resin embellishment

Feelin' Blue (In a Good Kind of Way)


The new challenge this week at CR84FN came at a perfect time. I had just bought these lovely blue patterned papers and was planning on using them soon. Now I have a good reason to use them right away while playing along to one of my favorite color challenges!

My newest papers are from Webster's Pages and The Girl's Paperie - a perfect combination of pale blue, aqua, and a bit of cream. Next, I added a doily and framed a vintage image from Crafty Secrets of a cozy little bird's nest. 

I painted my chipboard with white acrylic paint and distressed it - just slightly. Then I stamped it with one of my go-to stamp sets, Mega Mixed Messages from Papertrey Ink. I love the sizes of these simple sentiments. They are perfect for stamping onto small tags!

Isn't that little bird adorable? Another new find from Webster's Pages. Small, sweet, and a great finishing touch. 

Well that's my take on the color challenge! If you want to join in, you can link up your creations here

Thanks for stopping by and as always for your lovely comments!

Cardabilities Sketch 29 - My First Card Reveal!


Good morning! Today, I am super excited because it's the new Design Team reveal over at Cardabilities! We are playing with Sketch #29, and I can't tell you enough that this sketch is am-az-ing!

Take a look!

I had no trouble at all jumping right in with my scalloped punch and patterned papers! Karan's sketch made it all so easy and I just love the cluster of embellishments she included. Oh how I love embellies!

Here is my take on the sketch...

This card is the perfect spring color palette - soft, shabby, and oh so sweet! Everything I used from my patterned papers, to embellishments and chipboard are Emma's Shoppe - my favorite collection right now at Crate Paper

My sentiment was stamped onto chipboard using Lawn Fawn's Sophie's Sentiments. I love the happy script-style font. It's just so charming!

For all the embellishments, I inked around the edges to make them really pop! Added some small white pearls to the center of my butterflies and tied some string around for some texture. My favorite part is the zig-zag stitching - it really adds something to special to any card or project!

Well? Did I do good for my first Cardabilities reveal? I can't wait for the next challenge. Until then, I hope you join us and enter your creations for Sketch #29 right here!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and as always, for your lovely comments!

Color Challenge & Easter Theme - Papercraft Star


Hello everyone! I just love a good color challenge. Today at Papercraft Star we are playing with an amazing color challenge combined with some Easter lovin' inspiration!

I just love spring! It's one of my favorite seasons. The weather is perfect and everything is in full bloom! With that in mind, I knew playing with the color challenge at Papercraft Star would be exactly like I envision spring - in full bloom, bright and cheerful!

This adorable little Easter card took me only a few minutes to create - thanks to the journal tags from Crate Paper. I simply stitched around my patterned papers, adhered a journal tag in the center, and trimmed around my bunny and banner stamp. Easy peasy!

My little bunny was colored ever-so-lightly with Copic markers. I really wanted her to blend in with the soft pastel colors of my card. Aren't her blushing cheeks so adorable? 

This banner stamp came with only five banners. To spell out Easter, I simply added one more banner to fit all six letters in "Easter" - perfect! Last, I adhered small white pearls and some little bows to the ends. Ta-dah!

So are you ready to play along with us? How about I entice you by saying that the winner of this challenge will receive bragging rights with the People's Choice Award! Here are the deets...

Color Challenge & Easter Theme:

Create an Easter inspired project using one or more of these colors. 

You have until Sunday, April 17 at 9:00 p.m. (eastern time) to enter your creations and be eligible to win!  Good luck everyone!

Thank you so much for visiting me today, and as always, for your lovely comments!

Supplies Used for "Easter Bunny" Card:
Cardstock: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers/Journal Card: (Emma's Shoppe) Crate Paper
Stamps: (Bannerific) Lawn Fawn; (alphabet) Hero Arts; (bunny) Michael's
Markers: Copic
Twine: Papertrey Ink

La Carte Postal Rose {The Pink Post Card}


Good evening everyone! Is anyone still awake? This is a late post for me (it's past my bed time), but I really wanted to jump on in here tonight to share a card I created for the latest CR84FN Color Challenge.

The colors this week are light pink, cream, and black. Here's my card...

It kind of reminds me of a French boutique shop. The kind where they wait on you while you sip champagne. I certainly wouldn't mind this at all!

And don't you just love my newest stamp? It's the Tim Holtz Post Card stamp collection that I purchased this weekend at the most amazing scrapbook store I have EVER been in! Thanks to my friend (you know who you are) for driving me all the way to this HUGE store that I can only say is like Disneyland for papercrafters! It was so overwhelming, I needed a nap to recover after the shopping was done! 

See the laced up stitching on the bottom? I have been wanting to try this for so long! It's just like lacing up your shoestrings only much, much prettier. Although it kind of reminds me of a Victorian corset - don't you think?

Well that's my take on the color challenge! If you want to join in, you can link up your creations here

Thanks for stopping by and as always for your lovely comments!

Supplies Used for "Hello" Card:
Cardstock: (Fine Linen) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: (Emma's Shop) Crate Paper; (Circa 1934) Cosmo Cricket
Frame: Tattered Angels
Flowers: Prima
Pins: Jenni Bowlin and Little Yellow Bicycle
Button: Vintage Flea Market Find
Stamps: (Just My Type) Lawn Fawn; (Post Card) Tim Holtz

Exciting News - My Latest Adventure!


Hello everyone! I have some exciting news.

I have been selected to join the Cardabilities Design Team for the next three month term! I feel so honored to be a part of this team. Karan has the most amazing sketches full of inspiration that I cannot wait to share with you.

Our first sketch on the new team will reveal this Friday, April 15, and my-oh-my, the sketch is so lovely! I know you're going to want to play along with the Design Team for this one!

I would also like to introduce to you the other Design Team members chosen to provide you with inspiration for each new sketch reveal. Please take a moment to stop by their blogs and say hello. They are...

I am super excited to be joining this team. There is some major talent going on with these ladies, and I am sure you will all agree. Here's to all the best for this new adventure!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my news with you!

A Crate Paper Layout - Papercraft Star Challenge 40


Hello everyone! Before I get started, thank you to everyone who commented and sent me such lovely emails about my craft studio makeover. I have been enjoying every minute in my new room and find that I never want to leave this cozy space! The best part is that now everyone in my family has been hanging out in the room with me - it's become a wonderful little hang out!

Today I am sharing my latest creation for the Design Team over at Papercraft Star! It's a new challenge and we are playing along with another amazing sketch from Liz Chidester. She really knows how to rock out a sketch and always gives me the courage to stretch my creativity! 

Yes-sir-ee! That means I created a layout and not a card!

I really needed some layouts of my children to hang on the walls in my craft room and found the new Portrait collection from Crate Paper had the perfect colors to match the white, creams, and blue in my room. 

I gathered my favorite photos of my kiddos that were taken one day on the beach. A perfect day, with perfect weather, my camera, and happy kiddos playing in the waves. What could be better? 

I printed my journal tag onto vellum paper, trimmed it into the shape of a banner, and adhered to my layout with an ever-so-subtle wave to replicate the breeze from the ocean. 

Sigh! I just can't wait to go back to the beach and enjoy that breeze again! Got any plans this weekend? Want to join us? 

For my stitches, I used a denim thread. The color was perfect and the thickness really makes it stand out. Don't you think? 

So are you ready to play along with us? How about I entice you by saying that the winner of this challenge will receive not only the People's Choice Award, but will also receive a wonderful prize from our sponsor and will be entered to win the Grand Prize at the end of the month! That's a whole lot of reasons for you to play along! So let's get to it! Here are the deets...

Create any project you wish using this sketch as your inspiration.

You have until Sunday, April 10 at 9:00 p.m. (eastern time) to enter your creations and be eligible to win!  Good luck everyone!

Supplies Used for "Our Day" Layout:
Patterned Paper: (Portrait) Crate Paper
Embellishments & Title: (Portrait) Crate Paper
Frames: Tattered Angels
Ribbon: American Crafts

My Craft Studio Reveal - After


Thanks for joining me again for the "After" of my Craft Studio Reveal. If you are just joining me, please click here to see the "Before Reveal"

Today, I am taking you on a tour the finished room and a peak inside all my baskets and drawers full of scrapbook supplies. 

There are a ton of photos, so take your time to browse. I will keep these posts handy on my right sidebar so you can reference them later at your convenience. 

So! Let's get started...


This is my craft studio. Complete. Cozy! Wonderful! 

I have a dining room table in the center of the room for crafting with the kids or playing board games. The 12 foot long table is where I do most of my scrapping and create my projects - it's useful because everything is within arms reach (or a little farther because it is 12 feet, after all). I also have a large desk where I keep my large equipment like my sewing machine, Cricut, Cinch, and Cuttlebug. The drawers are handy for keeping related necessities like die cuts, punches, Cricut cartridges, and sewing thread.

In addition, I have a large hutch where I keep my larger supplies, like boxes that I want to embellish.

My desk is also in this room. And my little photo studio too! 

There is enough room for eight to join me and scrap. The table in the center of the room was a wonderful antique store find. It it a gorgeous oak table with the original wonky swivel wheels. The table was painted entirely white when we found it, but that was a little too much white for me. We removed the paint from the table top to find a gorgeous oak finish. We stained it slightly and now it's perfect, shabby and chic!

Plus there are two leaf extensions so it can fit even more people if needed!

The desk on the left side is perfect for storing my punches and die cuts. Plus I am now able to keep my sewing machine out at all times. Before I had to keep it in the garage and bring it back and forth. It became quite exhausting for as much as I enjoy using it.

Also, my intent is to start using my Cricut machine more. Hopefully now that it's stored on top of the desk, I will see it and put it to use. 

Here is the side view of all the shelves we built. I also just love the storage containers tucked underneath my 12 foot table. They are made my Jetmax and you can find them at Michael's. They were all on sale when I bought them for 40% off! Perfect timing for my room makeover weekend!

Also on sale at Michael's were these baskets. I am so lucky they were having a sale on the same weekend that I went shopping. Otherwise I would be broke by now! Each cubby is full of paper sorted first my manufacturer, then the extras are sorted by type. 

Underneath my shelves is plenty of room to store all the common items that I reach for the most. I placed everything in the order of how I most often reach for them so I don't have to look to hard. 

My glues and paints are stored in a little spice rack. Another thrift store sale find for only .90 cents! Score! And my wooden stamps, embossing powders, and glimmer mists fit perfectly on a wire rack. 

In the center of my table, I keep my stamps and buttons. I use these the most so placing them in front of me was a must!

I keep my buttons organized by color. I prefer to keep them in one giant box, rather than individual jars. I do this because if I want more than one color for a project, I don't have to keep getting up and down. They are all here when I need them in one big helping!

Another clever storage container that I own is made by Craft Mates. I love this little box full of my handmade resin embellishments. The container will not open unless you press a button on the side. It keep accidents from happening, which I learned the hard way when all my buttons went flying across the table. But no more! Not with little genius little box!

Inside my baskets, I have them organized by type of product. Here is a basket full of flower embellishments. 

In this basket, I store my rub-on stickers and alphabets. They seem to be in the same size packaging, so for me, it made sense. I also have a basket just for the kids. It's full of markers, crayons, and scrap papers that I have given to them. My son loves to come here to color. He is a very good artist and loves to create paper bag mini albums with all his artwork inside. I will have to take a photo of some of his finished art pieces. They are just too adorable!

Another great thing about these Jetmax storage drawers is that they are the perfect size to store all of your completed cards! I have them organized by type of occasion so they are easy to find at a moments notice! Notice the card in the back row on the right side? It was given to me from Heather Jensen! She has a ton of talent and I love that she sent me a card!

Let's talk about scrap paper! If you're like me then you have a ton of it. I decided that I wanted to keep it more organized. I used to dump it into one large tupperware, but could never find what I was looking for. 

Usually when I create, I stay close to using one manufacturer at a time rather than mixing too many products. When I have leftover scraps, I keep them stored in the plastic binder sheets, sorted by manufacturer. So the photo above shows all my Cosmo Cricket scraps. Next time I use more Cosmo Cricket, I can look through my stash first!

Here is my desk. It's giant! And heavy! I had to call for help to carry it into the house. Which of course, we broke off a piece of the back. But it's covered, so no one will ever know. Oops! Forget I told you that part!

On top of the desk are my son's gold fish. Can you believe they have lived for almost four years now? Is that even possible? 

Inside the drawers are my die cuts and plates. They are so easy to use because they are kept right next to my Cuttlebug and my Cricut machines. No excuse for not cleaning up anymore!

The desk drawers are also perfect for keeping my punches. I used to keep them in one giant basket. That was torture because just my luck that the punch I always wanted was always at the bottom of the basket! Not anymore! They are all in view and so easy to find!

I had forgotten I had all these punches! Have you ever seen me use a scalloped square? Or how about those stars? It's like I have all new goodies to play with now!

My other way of keeping scraps are in this antique mixing bowl. Usually embellishments like chipboard of paper flowers I created are stashed here until I find a use for them. 

This wire basket was another amazing antique store find. I keep all my seam binding ribbon here and extra ribbon that doesn't fit on my ribbon holder. Each tier spins so you can find what you need on the back side. Plus, it's a gorgeous green color! I am in love!

Well, thanks for taking the tour! I know it was a lot of photos see, but a craft room makeover doesn't happen very often. 

I hope you enjoyed your visit into my home. If you have any questions at all, you may leave me a comment or send me an email. I'd love to hear from you!