Monday, June 29, 2015

So, I Got Bored

Not too long ago I got bored. Bored with all the design teams and promoting...and stressed following someone else's schedule. Just kind of BLAH. Bored. Then I made some changes and took a step back and thought...hmm...I no longer have any design commitments beyond Sizzix...what do I want to do. So, I sat...and waited. Sure enough I found my answer. In one of the least expected places. Stampin' Up! Yep. I did it. I am not a seller. I am a crafter. I've avoided SU for the longest time simply because I've seen some people who are a wee bit obsessive. THEN I looked into it more.
I wanted to create. 
I wanted to do it on my own time. 
On my own schedule. 

I wasn't really interested in parties or classes.

I wanted to play with things that interested ME. Not just something on someone else's release schedule.

I didn't want to have to sell things constantly.

That's EXACTLY what I found!

Until the end of June, Stampin' Up is running a sign-up special. For $99 you get:
$125 of product of YOUR CHOICE. That's right. Anything YOU want.
PLUS two bonus stamp sets of YOUR CHOICE
PLUS all of your selling tools such as catalogs and order forms.
You get a 30% discount on your first order of $150 or more within the first 45 days...or 30% profit, however you choose to make the $150 order.
And if you place the order for yourself--you're the hostess!! Meaning you get the hostess benefits too!

I got around $250 in stuff for just $99.
But this offer ends TOMORROW, June 30.
(click the image above for all the details!)

It's like being on a design team except I get to pick my own "release"!! If I want to sell, I can sell, If I just want to shop, I can shop. I am already buying supplies so why not get a discount and some free goodies while I'm doing it!!

So, here I am doing what I love. 

On my own schedule.


Curious what I picked for my kit??

Here is a peek at just two of the sets I have on the way:. *and* I picked the Bundle and Save option so I will have matching punches too!!

I'll be back soon to share what else I got too!!!

And if you need anything to add to your creative stash you can shop online here:

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Monday, June 01, 2015

Tim Holtz Distressed Floral Tag

Today I have a quick and easy paper project to share with you using some Core'dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection cardstock and Sizzix dies by Tim Holtz . Not only is it filled with layers of texture, it can be used for any occasion and created in any color you desire!

*When using Bigz dies use a die-cutting sandwich of: a Standard Cutting Pad, followed by the Bigz die (cutting side up), cardstock  and second Cutting Pad. 
*When using Thinlits dies use a die-cutting sandwich of: Sizzix Magnetic Platform, a Standard Cutting Pad, chosen paper or fabric,  Thinlits die (cutting side down), and, finally, a second Cutting Pad.

1.Die-cut largest tag shape from Linen cardstock and hole reinforcement from Black Soot cardstock. Sand edges; adhere together.

2. Die-cut vine shape from Forest Moss and Peeled Paint cardstocks. Add veins to leaves using stylus. Sand and shape as desired. Adhere Forest Moss layer to tag using feature photo as a guide and trimming as needed. Layer Peeled Paint layer on top of previous layer adhering only along stems and curving leaves upward.

3. Die-cut two flower shapes from Victorian Velvet cardstock and one from Tattered Rose cardstock; sand lightly. Shape layers as desired; layer together as shown alternating colors and using foam squares in between layers. Adhere assembled flower to tag.

4. Thread button with thread. Attach to center of flower using adhesive dot.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

An Introduction to--Sewing!

Many of those who have been following my blog, or know me, know that I have been paper-crafting for about 17 years now. Well, over the years my paper-crafting has become more of a job and not just a hobby. A job that I love! But, recently I decided I need to change things up on occasion. So, I decided to venture into sewing. I mean what paper loving girl wouldn't love to stand and drool over the colors and patterns in a fabric store!! Yes, please! The funny thing is, between my editing for CardMaker and my Sizzix projects my "job" and my "hobby" will still go hand in hand quite often with the addition of fabric. Gotta love it!

Anyway, that said I have been doing a lot of researching and learning a lot along the way--everything from tools to fabric to brands/products to stitches. So, in addition to my usual paper-crafting I would also share my sewing/quilting/home decor adventures with you! I already have lots to share and I hope you will follow along and learn with me. You can join me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well....and bring your friends, both new and experienced, I'd love to learn together!

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Quick & Easy Mother's Day Card

Happy Sunday! I'm back again today with a Clean and Simple (CAS) card design perfect for those last minute Mother's Day projects. 


*When using Originals dies use a die-cutting sandwich of: a Standard Cutting Pad, followed by the Originals die (cutting side up), cardstock  and tasecond Cutting Pad. 
*When using Thinlits dies use a die-cutting sandwich of: the Sizzix Magnetic Platform, a Standard Cutting Pad, chosen paper or fabric,  Thinlits die (cutting side down), and, finally, a second Cutting Pad.

Adhere snowflake Spotted cardstock to card front; trim to fit.

Die-cut large heart from patterned paper; attach to card front using foam squares.

Die-cut “MOM” from orange cardstock; adhere to card front.

Embellish card front attaching enamel dots to embossed pattern as desired.

And there you have it! 

Tip: Tie everything together using a simple element such as the dot design in this card. Easily accomplished by combining the dot patterned paper with the embossed cardstock.

Tip: This card can easily be customized by changing the colors and sentiment to fit the occasion/recipient.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Quick & Easy Mother's Day tag

Mother's Day is fast approaching so if you haven't already made your cards, tags and gifts now is the time to get started! I have a few "Mom" projects to share that I have recently created.  For today's project I have a quick and easy tag design.


1. Remove metal eyelet from light purple tag. *Tip: Removing the eyelet from the bottom tag allows easy layering without extra bulk.

2. Die-cut Mixed Media shape from center of white tag; attach on top of purple tag using foam squares. For this step you will use a Sizzix sandwich of your Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine and  sandwich of the Magnetic Platform, a Standard Cutting Pad, white tag, the Sizzix Thinlits Mixed Media die (cutting side down), and, finally, the second Cutting Pad.

3. Die-cut "MOM" from Gemstones cardstock; attach to tag using foam squares. Attach rhinestones along right edge. For Bigz dies, such as this begin with the a Standard Cutting Pad, followed by the Block Talk Capital die (cutting side up), cardstockr  and the second Cutting Pad. 

4. Wrap tag with ribbon as shown; tie in a knot.

5. Die-cut three flower layers from pastel purple cardstock using the same Sizzix sandwich as in Step 3; shape as desired.

6.  Layer die-cut flowers using foam squares. Attach pearl to center; attach to tag.

7.  Tie ribbon through top of tag. And there you have it!

Note: This tag can easily be changed to a Father's Day tag by changing the colors and adding a more masculine element in place of the flower!

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