Monthly Archives: February 2013

Video Tutorial: Sizzix Pop ‘n Cuts Watercolor Hello


Hello Blogosphere!

I have another video tutorial & this time it’s up on the Sizzix Blog for your viewing pleasure! It will show you the cool technique I used to create the watercolor background for the inside of my pop-up card & it will show you how to complete this card from start to finish 🙂

Here’s the front:


Thanks for dropping by,



Project Life: Deployment Edition (Title Page)


Hello Blogosphere!

I finally took the plunge. I bit the bullet and settled on my favorite Project Life Core Edition & decided to go hybrid! So, here’s my title page! I have a Wide Format Printer, so I can easily print these beauties at home at my convenience. After I print them out on photo paper, I’ll add embellishments, stamping, and other little momentos!

Why did I choose to go hybrid?

1. Convenience. I love dragging and dropping photos directly into photoshop. There’s no need to trim photos or worry about having them ordered. In the end, I can just print off all the pages at home or through a printing service, quickly add momentos, and then throw them into page protectors.

2. Price. I know me. When I buy something, I have to have it ALL. Having everything digital will restrict my supply buy-age.

3. I’ll get it done. It can be awfully intimidating to create page after page with my supplies. You run the risk of those craft mishaps (mis-stamping, ink rubbage, glue boogers, etc.). With the digital format, everything is clean & simple!

4. Easy to collaborate with my soldier in Afghanistan. My husband can simply send me pictures via email, then I can open them, drag them into Photoshop, and viola!

Here are some of the products I will be using with the help of Photoshop Elements:

Project Life Templates A-J, These fit the special page protectors!

Seafoam Edition, Digital

Fonts: Bebas, Impact Label, Traveling Typewriter, Ostrich, and more!

HP Wide-Format Photo Paper (13×19)

HP Officejet 7000 Wide Format

Uniformed Scrapbooks of America US Army Scrapbook

Here’s a helpful link with information on how to use the templates with photoshop:

So, are you a Project Lifer? What do you use? What do you like? I’d love to hear!

Thanks for dropping by,


New Lawn Fawn Dies!

_MG_7629Hello Blogosphere!

Hip hip hooray!!! Lawn Fawn just released their die-cutting line, Lawn Cuts! Mine arrived yesterday and  I was quick to put them to work!

For my card, I used Lawn Fawn’s Home Sweet Home stamp set with its coordinating Lawn Cuts Dies! The Lawn Cuts dies cut through this cork perfectly and I can’t wait to try them out with other materials!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Materials: Lawn Fawn (Home Sweet Home stamp set & Lawn Cuts), Basic Grey 6×6 paper (Hey Girl, Hey Boy), Studio Calico Wood Veneer (tiny stars), Memento Ink (Brown), Fresh Ink (pool), washi tapes, Bazzill Card Shoppe cardstock (Marshmallow)

Quick & Easy Manly Birthday!

_MG_7461Hello folks!

Today is a good day! The house is sickie clear (finally-knock on wood) & I’m getting ready to introduce weight lifting to my exercise routine (eeeeeps)!

Here’s a quick & easy manly birthday card I created with a fun Sizzix Textured Impressions set, Mustache Set of 4!

Using Coredinations Cardstock, simply emboss an A2 sized piece for the background using the largest Textured Impressions, then emboss a strip of coordinating cardstock using one of the sentiment Textured Impressions, sand both, and viola! After that, just create the sentiment sign with some twine and adhere it to the front with a button! Add sequins and this card is ready to go to that special man in mind 🙂

Sorry, but I mustache…

Don’t laugh TOO hard,


Cornish Heritage Farms & Design Memory Craft Blog Hop

Screen Shot 2013-02-21 at 1.55.01 PMHello Blogosphere!

Welcome to the Cornish Heritage Farms & Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Blog Hop! All week long BOTH blogs will be supplying LOTS of awesome inspiration!


I created two cards using the Large Daisy Backgrounder and the Script Essential Expressions. The quality of their rubber stamps is amazing and some of the best I’ve seen in the industry!

Please go to the Design Memory Craft Blog and leave me some love!

2 lucky winners will win a prize pack valued at over $50! Here’s how you can do it:

1. You have until midnight EST on February 28th to complete the hop.

2. Cornish Heritage Farms Rubber Stamps and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will have a new craft to share with you every day. Visit their blogs and leave a comment on each post. This way, we’ll know you were there.

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Blog

Cornish Heritage Farms Rubber Stamps Blog

3. HAVE FUN! We look forward to your comments!

Thanks everyone,


Video Tutorial: Mix-Ability Challenge, Mix4



Hello Everyone!

It’s another Friday spent at the Mix-Ability Challenge Forum!!!

This week, MIX4, challenges everyone to use water-soluble mediums and water to make color move! Hence, the challenge name, “Water You Doing”!



And, the video for your viewing pleasure:

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy your weekend,


Materials: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft – Tropical Gelatos, Stamper’s Big Brush Pens (Violet, Pink Madder, Chrome Green, May Green), Mister, Hero Arts Stamps- Everything Flower, Antique Engravings, Sweet Threads Labels, Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock (Marshmallow), Recollections Vellum, Baker’s Twine, Kaisercraft Gems, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Party Like It’s Your Birthday!


Good Morning!!!

Here’s a playful card I made using the Sizzix A2 Pop-up Card & Party Insert with Lawn Fawn Stamps!

I love fun pop-up cards like these because they’re easy, yet pack a lot of punch!


I used the following materials:

Sizzix Pop ‘n Cuts A2 Card, Sizzix Party 3-D Insert, Sizzix Party Sizzlits

Lawn Fawn Just My Type Too, Lawn Fawn Dewey Decimal Paper Collection, Lawn Fawn Year One, Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me

Hope you enjoy your day!



Video Tutorial: A Study in Eggs

_MG_7477Hello Blogosphere!!!

Have you ever had an idea that began as an itch? I bought this printer’s tray forever ago…maybe 4 years ago…and it just sat there. It survived 2 cross-country moves and it still sat there. Then, The Stamps of Life released their Egg Dies (set of 12+ dies) that coordinate with Eggs2Hunt and Eggs4Easter, and like magic I GOT THE ITCH!!!!

I stayed up all night debating what “egg types” I would include on my printer’s tray collection. So, we have felt, hipster, TSOL (The Stamps of Life), canvas, chalkboard, woodgrain, hatched, eco-friendly, washi tape, vellum, cork, and sequined.

Which one do you fancy?

Here’s a close-up:


I love the canvas egg!!! In fact, I have a little video tutorial for ya on how to achieve this look:

Thanks for stopping by,


Lawn Fawn Release Week: Pink Lemonade


Hello Blogosphere!!!

Lawn Fawn is introducing all SORTS of fun releases this week! Today, we’re featuring projects using Pink Lemonade, a new scrapbook paper line!!! For the project above and below I finally made use of my Doodlebug flower bouquet I purchased a year ago! How to you like it? I even used the Pink Lemonade Trimmings (variegated)!

Lollipop Bouquet:


For the next project, I cut out two mason jars from the patterned paper, created a clear pocket, and inserted sequins! I used some matching Lawn Fawn Trimmings (vivid hemp cord pack) and the Grand Greetings Stamp Set as well!


Here are two layouts I created for the CHA2013 Winter Show:


This one was crumpled in the mail, but I still can’t wait to add it to our scrapbook! I used the smitty’s abcs stamp set to list my boys’ characteristics on each jar.


So, what do you think!? Pretty fun papers, stickers, and twine right!? Make sure to drop by the Lawn Fawn blog all week long for giveaways and inspiration!!!

Thanks for dropping by,


Video Tutorial: Mix-ability Challenge Mix3



Hello Blogosphere!!!

What’s White and Read All Over???? Your current Mix-ability Challenge (mix3), that’s what! This week’s Mix-ability Challenge at is to use Newsprint and transparent shades of red! If you make something, come for a chat in the Mix3 forum & upload your card to the Mix3 gallery by using keyword “mix3”!

Here’s a close-up of mine:


I also have a special video tutorial for you using the lastest and greatest from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft:

Thanks for visiting,


Materials: Hero Arts Stamp Set & Sizzix Framelits Set (Butterflies #3), Sizzix Framelits Dies (Ornate #3), Hero Arts Stamp Set (Congrats), Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft (Stamper’s Big Brush Pens, Gel Medium, Blood Orange Gelato-50s Diner), Recollections Vellum, Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock (Marshmallow), Colorbok butterflies, Prima E. Pearls, Xyron vellum adhesive, 3G ATG adhesive, foam brush, American Crafts Zap! heat tool, mini brayer