the adventure begins...

It's been ages since I last posted. Sometimes life doesn't go as planned and we can either crumble under the weight... or pick ourselves up, dust things off and move on. This much needed respite has left me feeling re-charged and embracing creating once again!

Graduations are upon us and this project was created for one of my favorite graduates. 
I didn't want anything too fussy, it was for a young man, after all. While digging through drawers to find anything that looked masculine, I found the gold skeleton leaves and hoped to find a spot to tuck them in, even though they didn't exactly scream "guy". 

The entire thing was built on a long kraft envelope, perfect for tucking in good wishes and a little spending money. 
I had so much fun creating the layers while trying to be mindful of not over-doing it. For someone that believes more is MORE, that was quite a challenge!
Here's to all the graduates out there- 
               ...time to let the adventures begin!



merry and bright...

It's hard to believe Christmas is only days away... there is still so much to do!

Lots of wrapping to finish, cookies to bake, candy to package and- as always- just a couple more cards needed to tuck into those goodies.
I've got a clean and simple card that fits the bill!

Tammy Tutterow's Merry & Bright stamp was perfect to play with. It is SO stinkin' cute!! I stamped it onto some green patterned paper and again onto a plain white card stock, then once more onto a red-framed label. A little fussy-cutting and layering and it was done. Colored pencils took care of the details on the white layers. The fun little tree lights and star topper are rhinestones!
CAS is a style I admire but find difficult to mimic. Once I added a simple ribbon and some decorative photo corners I was satisfied with the overall level of embellishment. 
"Less is more" is really tough to do!!
This stamp would also work perfectly stamped onto some shipping tags, colored in and tied up with pretty ribbon- what a nice way to finish off your gifts.

Wishing you all a holiday filled with love and laughter!



be merry...

'Tis the season to be merry. 
It's also the season to be short on time but wanting to make a few gifts to share with those you care about. Don't panic. 

If you find yourself needing a little crafting time to unwind, here's the perfect little project to fill it with!

With nothing more than a small box (mine is an extra Tim Holtz Configuration box), some scraps of paper and chenille stem, plus a charming rubber stamp... you'll be done before you can finish baking that batch of sugar cookies for your neighbor. 

I adore this image from Tammy Tutterow and continue to find ways to use it. Here I have stamped it onto white cardstock, filled it in with colored pencils and fussy-cut the entire thing out. 
Time out for a cookie or two from that first batch.

Once that was done, I glued some gold chenille stem around the outside edge. Maybe just one more cookie (who's counting??)

The entire embellished image was glued onto my box, after covering both the inside and outside with scraps of cheery holiday paper and edging it with more chenille stem.
OK, one last cookie.
 The final detail is a hanging loop made from a simple swirl of chenille stem. 

That's it! If you hurry you can whip up a dozen of these to tie onto those trays of cookies...
There are still some left, right??



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!



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. 

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