Wednesday, August 24, 2016

{Go Big!}

A fun card that I was playing with instead of cleaning up my craft mess...
I call it, "Go Big."

(Stamp set and dies coming up in the Holiday catalog - ordering starts September 1st!)
Or you could order it today if you sign up to be an independent demonstrator on my team!  Email me : )

Saturday, August 20, 2016

{it takes a demonstrator village}

so, I love demonstrating Stampin' Up! products, techniques, etc. - and showing how they can be used with scrapbooking, especially!
and, even more than that, if possible, I love meeting the people who want to do these things, too - customers, other scrapbookers, other demonstrators, you name it : )
 (a card project that we did using things from both the big book and the new holiday catalog!)

my Stampin' Up! upline, the lovely, amazing Lydia Fiedler, is all the way in Texas, so it's difficult for me to make it to her events - LOL.  but there are oodles of awesome demonstrators right here in my neck of the woods, well, in Cleveland and surrounding parts!!
so, a couple of super-nice, super-skilled, super-lovely demonstrators from this area were able to come play at my house last week.  I had a blast!  a lovely, nice, quiet, comfortable blast : )  and we're going to do it again!  I can't wait!
another project made for that night - inspired by the catalog sample!

would you like to join us?  if you aren't a demonstrator already, sign up!  email me and let me know that you're interested.  ask me a million questions, if you have them.  I love talking about this stuff : ) 

plus, if you sign up, you could go to OnStage in November!  I'd love to meet you there.

(in case you're looking for the challenge post for day 3 of the previously mentioned Starry Eyed challenges I'm working on - today's is about honoring your mother, and, as I've recently made a page doing just that, and the feelings are still quite raw, I'm not scrapping that today, just completing the challenge as it's given in the MOPS welcome pack.)

Friday, August 19, 2016


 so, day 2 of my #wearethestarryeyed -inspired challenges!
this is my *shine* card for the "blessing the night" challenge name.
(another fantastic chapter and challenge from MOPS -please see my previous posts to know what the heck I'm talking about - LOL)
I'm so excited about this stamp set that I used - my favorite (probably!) of the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog!  It's called "Star of Light" and it has matching Thinlits dies.  I paired them with the Fancy Frost sequins and Glitter Ribbon, plus some Silver Metallic Thread, doily and foil cardstock.  The colors are Soft Sky and Smoky Slate.  It could be a Christmas card if I wanted it to be, but it was intended to be an encouragement card.  I think it's perfect either way : )

(Be thinking of what you'd like to use for Christmas cards this year.  The ordering period for the Holiday catalog begins September 1st!  You can actually be pro-active this year and get some cards made early!!)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

{ooh, so ready for fall to get here}

the new Paper Pumpkin kit arrived yesterday, and it's Gor-Geous.
lovely fall colors and stamps and doo-dads!  going to make some beautiful cards.
august 2016 Bold Botanicals Kit - Paper Pumpkin
 but, first, a scrapbook page made with pieces of the kit and co-ordinating items from the Moroccan Suite in the annual Stampin' Up! big book.

 this is inspired by the first of 28 days #wearethestarryeyed challenge:  "swell seasons"
(did you head over to the MOPS website to see the theme?)
the scrapbook page isn't really related to the actual challenge - that's more of a personal thing, not a blog thing for me.  but I am doing the challenges, and the page is related to the title of the challenge : )

oh, and a little reminder!
the BOGO offer for Paper Pumpkin is still going!
and, if you subscribe before august 30th, I'm throwing in a GWP : )
because, FYI, you can never have enough acronyms (LOL)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


{long post alert!  steep a cup of tea first}
yes, I do realize that my kids are no longer preschoolers, but, really, you need to check out what MOPS has going on, whether your kids are preschoolers or not.

the MOPS theme this year is We Are The Starry Eyed, and it is a beautiful thing.

this last year (or two or three, to be honest), I have seriously felt like a failure in any search for hoping, believing, trusting.  life's gotten really hard, felt really isolated.  but I know that I know that I know that it doesn't have to feel that way.  so I'm reaching out a little.  a lot.  I'm searching again and going to keep on searching until there's the hope, the belief, the trust (that life doesn't have to feel so lonely and like such a struggle) again.

you may have heard this from me recently:  I need a tribe, a community, a village.  I've started scrapbooking again, papercrafting again, blogging again, Stampin' Up! again.  those were my lifelines, my peeps, when the kids were very little.  but I still feel the need for more mommy peeps in this with me.  enter MOPS.

I searched for a local group to see if maybe they would need a speaker, sponsor or presenter at one of the meetings.  I thought it might be a great way to at least meet some other moms, even if their kids were younger than mine.  well, I think a lot of the local groups are not around anymore, not sure, but I signed up for a membership so that I could at least have a subscription to their magazine: Hello, Dearest (even the name of that is comforting, right?).

well, I just this week got my welcome package from MOPS, and OMG.  they have gone all out with their Starry Eyed theme!  this envelope is full of tidbits of kind words, inspiration, pretty things, ... hope.  there's just something about it all that really speaks to me.  exactly the words that I'm needing desperately to hear these days.

and they have this 28-day Challenge that I am diving into head-first.  it's based off of a booklet (which they've included in the membership pack, btw!)  that is based off of a book, "Starry-Eyed", by Mandy Arioto.  it's full of truth-or-dare challenges that look to really push you (me) to go out on a limb, look deeply at yourself and reach out deeply to others.  sounds like just what I need.

and isn't that the way that things seem to eventually work out?  : )

anyway, since this is a scrapping and crafting blog, I'll get to the point of why I'm posting this here.  for the next 28-ish days, I'm going to post something I create inspired by each 28-day challenge.  not the heart-baring deep stuff - I'll hold that close for now.  but you really need to see for yourself what I'm so excited about.  even the names of the chapters and challenges have sparked a whole slew of ideas creatively.

in fact, I'd love it if you would join me in the 28-day challenge.
(well, 28-ish.  I'm not stressing over the exact days...)
friends, family, fellow moms, fellow stampers and scrapbookers, homeschoolers.  join me!
even if you aren't a crafter, you can still follow along and personally take the challenge.

are you a member of MOPS?  I'm sure they would love to have you.  would you join me in the challenge?  if you're not ready to start this with me today, that's okay.  I'm going to get started and leave this open for anyone to join in at anytime.

I'll be back tomorrow with a post of what I feel inspired to create today.  I really, really hope to see you here!

p.s.  all of the MOPS things, especially the 28-Day Challenge and the Starry-Eyed theme, are all Copyright 2016 MOPS International.  they don't really even know who I am, we aren't affiliated in any way, so please make sure to honor their copyright.

Friday, August 12, 2016

I love Paper Pumpkin so much and think you will too!

 Take advantage of the Paper Pumpkin BOGO offer before August 30th, 2016, and I'll send you one of these to use while you're having fun with your monthly kit!

Paper Pumpkin Scrap Bin
Must use my direct link or choose me as demonstrator at sign up.
from previous kit materials
All of the details of the BOGO offer still apply.  See previous post.

example of previous kit
Sign up at by October 10 to get your second month FREE!
Use promo code: BOGO
using previous kit materials 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

bogo paper pumpkin!

Have you tried Paper Pumpkin? Right now is a great time to get in on the fun! Buy your first month and get your second month FREE.

edited to add:  see above post for gift-with-purchase offer from me : )


The Fine Print:
  • promo code BOGO
  • IMPORTANT: Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months.
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).
  • If you subscribe with the promo code between now and September 10, you will pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit free. If you subscribe between September 11 and October 10, your first kit will be the October kit and you will get the November kit free.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

*white butterflies*

so, on the anniversary of my mom's passing, I made this page.

 and this is the way that the close-up picture photographed (well, I filtered the white-balance, but I didn't touch the ray of light)...
 love you mum

Thursday, August 04, 2016

head over to splitcoast before it's too late!

If you haven't yet, head over to Splitcoast Stampers to join the Fan Club!
It's the only way to have access to the annual Dare to Get Dirty Challenges,
hosted by the Dirty Dozen Alumni (and current!).

Here are my samples that I made for 2 of the challenges, but I can't give you the challenge details.
That would spoil all of the fun, wouldn't it?!
shabby samples: 

and CAS (Clean and Simple) samples:
Click on any of the cards to go straight to my Splitcoast gallery where you'll find links to the challenges.
But you must be a Fan Club member to participate.
This is SCS's big, huge Thank You!! to all of the Fan Club members that make SCS what it is : )

...wonder and peace...


 A non-traditional Halloween theme 12x12 page

The Cleveland Orchestra offered kids a hands-on instrument "discovery" at their Halloween event.  Combine that with a costume contest, and you have the makings for the cutest little musicians ever : )


The stamped "title" and the lanterns are stamped with Versamark ink and embossed in copper.  The lanterns are then cut out and strung onto copper thread.  And I used the washi tape right onto the photo (not recommended for archival purists - LOL).

Supply list:
All current Stampin' Up! products:
Moroccan Designer Series Paper
Gold Glimmer Paper
Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Moroccan Nights (lanterns)
Flurry of Wishes (sentiment title)
Ink and embossing:
VersaMark ink
Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder
Tags and Labels Framelits
Sizzix Big Shot
Ribbon and Thread:
Gold 5/8" Satin Ribbon
Copper Metallic Thread
Moroccan Designer Washi Tape
Metal Rimmed Pearls
Metallic Foil Doilies
Multi-photo (2 - 5x7 photos and a wallet-size)

Please email me or check out my Events calendar on my Stampin' Up! webpage if you'd like to learn how to do these pages or techniques yourself!

(You can also be shopping at a discount by joining my team and signing up to be your own Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!  For info, please click the Join My Team link at the top of the page.)

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

{sneak peek at paper pumpkin}

a rare sneak peek from Stampin' Up! of next month's Paper Pumpkin kit...

 and it will be a card kit!  pass it on... : )

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

{5th anniversary, of sorts}

I love having these photos taken 5 years apart at the same wolf statue in the zoo!  It totally shows me how much the kids grew up in those years.  If only we could make it slow down a little!

Sketch from Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine
Supply list:
All current Stampin' Up! (with tool exceptions, as noted):
A Little Foxy 6x6 Designer Series Paper Stack
Neutrals 12x12 Designer Series Paper Stack (Smoky Slate)
A Little Foxy Cardstock Pack (Pool Party, Calypso Coral)
Whisper White 12x12 cardstock
Kraft 12x12 cardstock
Foxy Friends (animals, tree, stump)
Number of Years (number and journaling stamps)
Writing Notes (background stamp)
Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso (distressing)
Burlap ribbon
Calypso Coral bakers twine
Pool Party Stitched Satin Ribbon
Silver ribbon
Brights Enamel Shapes
Fox Builder punch
Notebook punch (retired Stampin' Up!)
Tag Maker (other)
Corner Rounder (other)