Wednesday

take note...

I love a Travelers Notebook... yes I do. There is something about the size- it's perfectly proportioned.

Yes, of course you can buy the blank inserts for your book but why would you want to do that when they're so easy- and fun- to make?? Plus it's a great excuse to use up that paper you've been hoarding, right?
Here is one I made for a trip we took this past weekend. Most of the time my inserts are only 4-6 pages and I find that works perfectly for me. I like to machine stitch the pages together but staples will also work.
The blank pages are covered with scrapbook papers and postcards...
Journaling cards and tags... 
... and pockets!
This particular pocket is made out of a menu but I've also used programs from plays or events, book pages, brochures... with the Scoop Pocket die from Tammy Tutterow, it only takes a minute to create your pocket.

Waterfall flips are always a great way to display a bunch of photos but I could never figure out how to put them together until I tried this die from Tammy. She makes it so simple because the crease is already there and there are different edge designs to choose from; now the hardest part is deciding how many layers I want to use!

Once the base pages are put together you can go to town filling it with pictures, journaling, business cards and any little pieces of ephemera you pick up along the way... the more you fill it, the more it will spark memories when you look back through your pages.

Happy hunting!

xo,

Thursday

welcome wee one...


It's always sweet when I get the chance to make a baby card for someone special- and this stamp from Tammy Tutterow made it even sweeter.

Welcome Wee One!
I'm head over heels in love with this darling set of stamp with it's matching die. 

If you've ever tried to fussy cut a delicate sentiment then you'll really appreciate having a die that does it for you- perfectly, every single time. It's amazing how quick and easy it is!
 
Combined with a whimsical sheet of paper (look at those little puppies!), small bits of trim and my sewing machine... I was able to put this card together quickly. 
... almost too quickly! I had so much fun I ended up making a few more. 
You never know. 
*wink*

xo,

Wednesday

I feel a party coming on...

A party? Heck yah it was a party! 

I spent 3 days this past weekend with a bunch of friends at an awesome crop at It's All About The Scrapbook in Dixon, CA. Those ladies really know how to throw a party!
This stamp from Tammy Tutterow was EXACTLY how I was feeling all weekend long!

It's fun, it's colorful, it's full of happiness... it's a party!
After stamping and coloring the image, I used my trusty sewing machine to add some pizzazz with orange and turquoise silky thread in a straight stitch around the edges. If you haven't tried stitching on your paper projects, you've GOT to give it a go- you'll be hooked.
In addition to the darling stamp in this set, you also get a die for the multiple layers of the party hat which makes it so easy and quick to add dimension. 

A couple sequins and some platinum Stickles lightly added for a little sparkle- and I was done. This card was really fast and fun to make! 

Party on, people.

xo,

Thursday

falling for you...

Fall. It's the most beautiful time of year!
As soon as I saw this stamp I KNEW what I wanted to make with it. 

I have a huge stash of candlesticks- they're perfect for so many craft projects. True, I'd never used one as a stand for a chunky canvas- but... it worked!

Using a chunky 8-inch canvas, I slapped a single coat of chalk paint onto it. So far, so good. Next I needed to add the cute image from Tammy Tutterow's Fall For You stamp. I have to admit, my first try was unsuccessful. I stamped directly onto the canvas and it was a disaster. 

My second try wasn't much better- I stamped onto a piece of paper, intending to lay it over the top of the canvas. It was vanilla. Totally dull. 

Then I decided to stamp it onto a sheet of old pattern tissue. I loved it- and hated it too. The print on the tissue made it difficult to see the stamped image. 
OK, number three into the trash.
Finally I brushed a single coat of gesso over the tissue, let it dry and then stamped over that. It was perfect!
Using a leaf die from Tonic Studios, I cranked out a couple dozen from mixed printed papers in all the beautiful shades of Fall that I love so much. It was quick work to arrange them into a wreath around the central stamped image.
One last detail- Nuvo Cryatal Drops in brown to give the impression of nailheads around the edge of the canvas.
After that, all that was left was to glue the canvas  onto the top of the candlestick. 

I loved the look of the slender candlestick with the heft of the canvas on top- and now I can't wait to make another one... thinking about varying heights of candlesticks and different sizes of canvases... oh, the possibilities!

xo,

Wednesday

sweet heart...

There are a few things that I love to use over and over again in my projects- sheet music, doilies and hearts. 
Hearts, hearts and more hearts!

Well I've just found a new love- stamped sentiments that come with a die to cut them out! Ohhhh yessss... Tammy Tutterow's stamp & die sets are here
I. AM. IN. LOVE.
Also fresh off the press from her is this sweet heart die. There is almost no place a heart doesn't work! This one is the largest in a set of three and I know they're gonna be very well loved in my stash.

I layered it over a doily die from Tim Holtz and embellished the whole thing with leaves and tiny flowers from another new set- Bitty Posies. Aren't they just darling?
 ...but, the best thing ever is the sentiment! I love fussy cutting but let's be real- cutting around little letters can be a bit time consuming, not to mention a huge cramp in the hand. All you do with these is stamp, lay the die over the top and crank through your machine. 

Perfection. 
Every time.

Now that IS sweet.

xo,
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