Monday, August 7, 2017

Getting Organized with the Love Today Planner Kit

Hello All!

I hope you are enjoying the end of your summer.  If you have kids, or are in education, you are gearing up for another school year. While I love summer and relaxed scheduled, I also love routines and being organized.  Another thing I love, school supplies!  I enjoy buying office stuff, pretty pens, post its....and planners.  

I was SOOOOOO excited when Stampin' Up! came out with their very own planner.  For me it's the best of both worlds, pretty paper products and a paper planner which I love. The planner was the first thing I purchased from the new catalog when it was released in June.  I love how pretty it is. 

Here is a tip to keep it erasable pens! I love Pilot FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Ink Retractable Pens found HERE or anywhere else.  They write well and I can erase any mistakes.  There is even a blue that matches the planner!

Here are some details on the planner: 

Love Today Planner Kit
Product Number 144257

Price: $37.00
This planner will help keep you on schedule and give you a creative outlet too! This all-inclusive kit with has everything you need to create a customizable yearly planner.

* No dates are printed, so you can start when you want.
* Write, stamp, or draw your own.
* Printed Night of Navy/gold foil binder with gold metal corner accents.
* Binder size: 7-3/4"" x 8-3/4"" (19.7 x 22.2 x 5.1cm).
* Includes Night of Navy 2-ring binder; 12 divider pages; calendar pages; 4 photo protector pages (hold six photos each), 5"" x 7""( 12.7 x 17.8 cm); page lifter, 3"" x 8-1/4"" (7.6 x 21 cm); printed and gold foil accent stickers; sticky notes.
* Refill kit available (sold separately).
* Colors: Gold, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Real Red.

Here are some pictures of it:

Want to see more, check out the video!

Want to order one?!  Go directly to the item by clicking on the photo below.  Use Hostess Code: 63N94KRQ for a thank you surprise in the mail.  Make sure you do not select, 'no contact' so that I know who you are!

Friday, July 28, 2017


Once a month, I get a cute little orange box in the mail filled with lots of goodies.  I anxiously wait for the box and feel like it's Christmas every time I open it! I love the surprise factor each time I open it.  Plus, it is the one time a month I can count on something fun in the mailbox!

This month's kit was Positively Picturesque:
The Positively Picturesque kit came with the Positively Picturesque Stamp Set, Soft Sky and Tranquil Tide ink spots, 4 standard card bases (2 ea. of 2 colors), 4 sheets white die cuts (2 ea. of 2 designs), 4 note card bases (2 ea. of 2 designs, 4 printed standard envelopes, 4 printed note card envelopes, 2 printed flower cardstock pieces, 1 sheet of 8 die cut stickers, 3 sheets die cut elements, 12 wood cuts, 5 yds. pink washi tape, 5 yds. blue washi tape, 65 dimensionals, and 100 adhesive dots.

That's a lot of project materials! This month's kit was super cute as always. Here is a short video on the project kit.

If you are interested in trying out My Paper Pumpkin, follow this link to sign up!  Also check out this blog post by Stampin' Up! with more details and more project alternatives using this kit. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sending Lots of Love- One Layer Card

I love making cards, but I especially love making simple and stunning cards.  You know, those that are simple to make, but so beautiful.  The kind that you can easily make a stack of in no time! Today's project is one of those cards.  When I first got the catalog I was drawn to this stamp set because of the beautiful font.  I loved the look of it.  However, I questioned whether or not I would have use for it.  Now, after I have made lots, I can say I am using these cards for lots of things- just because, to send photos, or even as a birthday card.  I made a quick video with this card to show you how easy it was to make.

Take a look!

Place a $50 order with me between 7/27-7/31/17 and get a FREE PACKAGE OF DIMENSIONALS and a $5 coupon to spend in August!  Place your order HERE and make sure you enter code 63N94KRQ

Here are the products used for this card!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Best Deal in the Catalog, even better this month!

This month Stampin' Up! has bonus perks when you purchase the Starter Kit (which is normally already a great deal!).

Purchase the starter kit (now to July 31st) for $99 and get:

  • $125 in products of your choice (anything you want!!)
  • Free Shipping (savings of at least 9.99)
  • $50 in business products (in case you want to have a business, totally optional!)
July Bonus perks:
  • 2 D blocks (one for you and one for a friend!)
  • Grid Paper
  • Paper snips (aka really good scissors!)
  • Bone Folder
  • Carols of Christmas Stamp Set
There are so many PERKS of becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and joining my Stampin' Circle. Here are a few:
  • Tons of product/project tutorials, tips and ideas
  • Get products, catalogs, and other info first
  • Be part of a great community that shares ideas, and loves crafting!
A few other things to note:
  • No obligations!  Zero pressure from Stampin' Up! (or me!) to sell or do classes!  I have a couple people in my "team" that are hobby demonstrators.  They stay active with SU just to enjoy the discount and buy products just for themselves.
  • If you want to enjoy the product discounts, it's easy, I'll tell you how!
  • However, if you want to make some money selling Stampin' Up!, SU and I will support you with it.

  • Yes, you can buy it again, even if you have purchased it in the past!

Questions?  Contact me and I will answer them, no pressures to buy anything.  Then you can decide for yourself if this works for you.  Believe me, it is a great deal!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Recap and all the details of Creative Escape - Spring 2017!

If you missed it, here are all the details for our first ever Creative Escape day last month!  First off, I meant to take more pictures, especially once everyone arrived.  However, once we got started, we were having so much fun and I was so consumed with my projects that I totally forgot!  We also planned to Facebook Live, but again, time flew by and we forgot!  It was so much fun!  So much fun that we have the date set for the next one.

Save the Date!
Fall 2017 - Creative Escape
Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Location

Our location was a local church multi-purpose room!  I loved it there!  It was only our group in the entire building and they had a ton of tables!  If you are a stamper, scrapbooker, or know table space is so valuable!  We had so many tables available, so everyone had plenty of room and more!  The room was huge, but also felt cozy!  We had a full kitchen too, so it made it easy to take food (more of food below!)

The Morning and Set Up

We had a project area where we set up the projects we took for everyone to complete.  It was lots of projects:

  • 3 - 2 page 12x12 layouts (so 6 full 12x12 pages total!)
  • 2 gift card holders
  • 2 cards
  • 1 gift box

Everyone was welcome to come and go to the group project area as they wished.  So some worked on their own projects first and then did a couple projects or vise versa.  It was basically- work at your own pace.

Everyone had their own half-table.  Their area was set up with some goodies and a stamp set to keep (shown above).  Here is a close up of their gifts:

Water bottle with a snapple packet.

A chocolate goodie bag, because who doesn't love chocolate!

...and a name card!

Alisha and I also took our big shots and lots of framelits and embossing folders for everyone to use.

The Projects!
The idea for the event was for everyone to bring a project to work on.  Some brought scrapbooks, some brought materials to make paper cakes, one person was making Christmas decorations, Alisha was making cards.  However, no event is complete without make and takes.  So here are the make and takes we provided!  I think they were a hit!  Alisha and I split the task and each prepped a few.

My projects and work space!

Alisha and I shared a table.  If you don't know Alisha, she is one of my downline members, my partner in crime, and a great friend!  However, Alisha and I should not share a table!  She and I have way to much stuff and need lots of space!  Can you guess what side of the table is mine?!  She wasn't completely set up, but still.  Since we had a ton of tables, we both added mini tables to our sides to give us extra space!  

I worked on our family 2013 scrapbook and got about half way done. I was happy with that.  Part of my time was spent sorting pictures into categories.  Next time I will sort at home to save time.

The Food!

Part of the event fee included food.  Alisha made banana choclate muffins for the morning.  I didn't get a picture of those, but they were delicious!  I ate a couple!  For lunch we had a pasta bake, salad, and french bread.  For dessert, Alisha made cheesecake cups.  They were so good!

It was so much fun we can't wait to do it again!  We set the date while we were there because we were having so much fun and so were our guests!  The Fall Creative Escape will be holiday themed!  Save the date- September 16th!

Free Stamps!

Everyone that attended got a free stamp set: 
Suite Sentiments Clear-Mount Stamp Set #142971
Want a chance to win a Suite Sentiments Clear Stamp Set?!  Here is what you need to do:

  1. Subscribe to my blog (it's under the About Me icon on the right hand column)
  2. Share this email or blog post with a friend (bonus points if your friend wants to subscribe to my blog or join my e-list!)
  3. Share your favorite from my recap...anything, projects you liked, something you liked, your interest in coming in the fall, that your sad you missed it and why....something!  Email me your comments to to enter with 'Creative Escape Recap' as the subject by Wednesday 5/10.
Good Luck!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Stamp and Punch with Crazy about You

It's no secret, I love to make pretty cards and paper crafts.  However, what I love even more is making pretty projects that look like they were hard to make- but they are not!  So, that is why I love punches.  They make card making easy.  Simply stamp and then punch out the image.  So easy!

I recently bought this stamp set "Crazy about You" and the "Flower Medallion Punch".  I love them! I have been making a few cards with the pair and love how easily they come together.  You can see from the picture about that I used the same basic layout (easy) for both cards, I just mixed up the colors and designer series paper.

What do you think?!  If you like these, buy them now!  They are both on the Retiring List...while supplies last.  In fact the punch is on sale too!  Click on the links below to go to my store.  Enter Workshop Code H7ACU6FJ for a fun surprise in the mail.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Joy in Simple Scrapbooking

I first fell in love with paper crafts with Scrapbooking.  I truly enjoyed spending hours on a layout and enjoying the creative process.  Fast forward 15 years, I have 3 kids, a husband, a business, a job and other daily tasks.  My days of spending hours on one single layout are over!

Here is my reality.  I love taking photos and putting them in pretty pages.  I mean look at this cute photo!  It needs a pretty page, right?!

My girls love to look at their scrapbooks and feel the love I put into them, even my littlest one. Seriously, she never sits still....but she will if she is looking at these scrapbooks!

I want to preserve beautiful photos like one of my favorites here, but in a fraction of the time.  So, I have made it my mission to Scrapbook more.  In my local Stamp Club, I have incorporated a monthly layout into our projects.  The girls love it, and it gives me an excuse to scrapbook!  Here are a couple of layouts we have done this year:

Depending on your scrapbooking skill or interest level, you may or may not think these are simple.  For me the Sunshine Layout is a little simpler in the sense that I followed my own layout formula: Title + Border (designer series paper strips) + Matching Cardstock mattes + A few stamps!  I try not too spend too much time and just these key elements in most of my pages.  Oh, plus a place to journal too!

Like these projects?!  Some of the products I used are listed below.  I always use only Stampin' Up! products, which you can buy at my store HERE.  Or here are two other ways you can make these pages:

  • Register by 3/18 to  Creative Escape day and pick a layout above to make.  What's Creative Escape? We have rented a church gym in Sacramento/Elk Grove area to have an all day Crafting Day on 4/22.  Ask me for details! It's a chance to come, relax, work on projects ( a few make and takes we provide and bring your own!).   If you are in my club, I will take you a surprise layout, you haven't done!  Register yourself and a friend and you can make both layouts.  This offer is good for the first 8 people who register (while supplies last).
  • Sign up for my club!  We make a 2 page layout each month!  You will make similar pages each month. 
So, I realize that traditional scrapbooking is not for everyone!  Stay tuned next week for more ways to preserve your photos, still cute, but faster and easier!

Products used in the Sunshine Layout:

Products used for the Love Layout:
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