iNSD Celebrations

Happy interNational Scrapbooking Day!  How are you celebrating?  I was supposed to be hosting a weekend event in the mountains in Northern California but that was canceled so I’m crafting at home.  Here’s a few things that I’m doing today.  Comment with what you’re doing!

Close to My Heart all day crop.  I purchased the Card Kit #1 and will be following along making that.

Creative Memories Virtual Crop. I’m considering using one of these sketches for my Layout of the Day today.

Layout a Day Challenge started yesterday so I’ll make sure to finish at least a layout today!  Join this weekend with promo code BEATLES25 and save 25% (through May 3, 2020).

I’m also going to spend some time outside in the yard and getting some sun!

Join my Forever VIP Group  and my Scrapping Challenge Group for more inspiration!

Monogram Cards for Mother’s Day

My mom asked me to to make her some Monogram cards for Mother’s Day.  I love how these came out and they were super easy in Artisan!  Click on each image to see them in Forever.  I’d love to make some for you or your mother – just let me know!

Create a free Forever account here. Earn a discount coupon when you confirm your email and use it with your first order.  Once you login to your Forever account, click the images above and copy the card(s) you like to your Library.

Make sure to check the Deals page before you place your order as there are often discounts on printing and shipping.

Print a Picture, It’ll Last Longer!

What kind of memory makers would we be if we didn’t encourage you to do something with them?!

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Forever Friday: Making Greeting Cards in Projects


This week, I’m showing you how to make greeting cards with Forever Projects.  From birthday cards, monogrammed cards and thank you cards, there’s really no limit to what you can create!


Also, I have a little secret… Forever is discounting all printed cards 30% in February but you can enjoy the discount now with the promo code BEMINE.  I’d love to see a screen shot of the cards you make!


Animated Stamps at CHA

The only video I took while at Creativation was Uchi Design’s Animated Stamps.  I found them truly innovative and interesting.

Other trends seemed to be  multi-step stamps (one stamp set, maybe three stamps that you use, one after another, to build an image) like this marble stamp.


I also saw quite a bit of stamp/die combos. The combos you could buy sometimes together, sometimes separately. We even saw one that embossed and die-cut *at the same time*.





There was so much to see!  I was certainly on overload after two days here, but it was well worth the trip!


Holiday Card Making

It’s so interesting for me to see trends develop with Holiday Greeting Cards.  It’s true that I’m seeing fewer and fewer cards sent to me in the mail.  Just the other day, I received an email with a very clever holiday poem.  Will I print it and include it with this year’s cards?  Good question.

I love crafting and for some reason, even more so during the holidays.  This year, I used the season to subscribe to Stampin’ Up’s Pumpkin Patch kit and just loved their cards.  Inside I added a sentiment from SU’s Cookie Cutter Christmas stamps and then clear embossed the reindeer from the same set for the envelope.  These cards were sent to my Scrap Happy and Our Happy Scrappin’ Place card swaps.



Oh!  Did you see my Misti in these pictures!  I’m loving this tool for production stamping!


I also made some fun winter tags.  Years ago, I purchased some metal sheets with the vision of embossing snowflakes – I just never made the time to do it until yesterday.  I am really pleased with these and plan on incorporating them in many more projects in the future.  They embossed easily with my Cuttlebug and punched out well with my [old] Creative Memories tag punch.  I’d love to try using paint or markers on this material too.




It’s already 8 days into December and we’ve only received 2 cards in the mail and 1 by email.  Mine are going out next week.

Are you sending greeting cards?  I’d love to hear your stories, let’s connect in the comments.


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A Thankful Heart

I love creating this time of year.  It’s really fun for me to make photo gifts, handmade cards and more!  Last year, I purchased some great leaf stamps from my Close to My Heart rep and decided to make some thankful cards.


I’m so thankful for all of you – who read and follow me.  I really appreciate your support!

Here are some holiday shopping specials I hope you’ll enjoy, click the images to go to my shopping pages.





True Stamp Classes on Sale Starting Today

I loved all the classes from the recent all day live online event True Stamp.  Starting today, you can purchase individual classes a la carte, or all six classes at a special bundle price.

But before we talk about that, did you arrive here from Gina’s guest blog post?  What a neat way to make an upcycle gift!  Read on to see who’s next in our Make it Monday Circle.

Ok, now back to True Stamp.  My favorite class from the series is Raisin Boat’s class on adding dimension to your stamped projects.  I love the idea of creating 3D projects and the ladies from Raisin Boat have come up with some truly clever ideas!  [click the image to see more info]



I also loved the class by Paper Smooches that taught new ways to use those tiny stamps – you know the ones that are on the sheet of stamps that you never use?  [click the image to see more info]



All six classes are really terrific!  And through next Monday (June 22nd), everything is being offered at a sale price!   Individual classes are only $9.95 yet the bundle of all six classes is $39 (when you use the code SUMMER at checkout).

Click here for more information on all six classes.

Which class most excites you?

Are you ready to continue on in our Make it Monday Blog Circle?  Next up is Alison who is showing us how she got back into her crafting groove.



Digi Father’s Day Card

Welcome back to the Make it Monday blog circle!  Did you come from Alice who showed how to make Dad a mini album for Father’s Day?  Her tips make it oh so easy!

Through my Scrap it Up 365 membership, I created a fun Father’s Day card with Panstoria Artisan.  Here’s the sketch that was the inspiration and my finished card.




I opened a Miscellaneous 8 1/2 x 11 project to a blank page.  I selected the Createwings Beach Memories kit as I love the papers in this kit and have been in a beachy mood lately.


I cut out a square shape from the blue paper and resized it to 5×7.  To make the circles, I cut them out of the blue paper, revealing the white background.  To get the shadow effect, select the 5×7 paper with the cut out circles and Format > Heavy Shadow.  Or play with a custom shadow if you’d like something different.

I then cut a star shape out of the brown paper.  I put the star on one of the circles, played with the sizing and tilt until just right.  I then copy/pasted it a few times for the other circles.  From there, I selected the stars in a single circle and Cut & Fill > Shapes and used the same circle shape as before.  Move it over the circle and cut – what’s left is the star peeking from behind.

I then added some string, banners and a title.

I loved the concept of the cut outs and will be doing that again and again with different shapes!  I’ve added this card to my Sendcere account so click here if you’d like to send it to your dad too!

Thanks Melissa from Scrap it Up 365 for your inspiration!  Scrap it Up 365 is a new membership site for paper and digi scrapbookers.  There are monthly sketches, make ‘n takes, live events and challenges.  Check ’em out (and please tell them that I sent you)!

Now, continue in the Make it Monday Blog Circle to Kristie who is showing you a great folded shirt card, perfect for the guys! Added Bonus: it holds a gift card!  .

Today is the official kick off of the 2015 Summer Scrapping Challenge.  Have you joined our Facebook Group?  Click the image below to see what’s happening.