Monday, February 29, 2016

Use It/Move It - Grid Design Card with Envelope

A few weeks ago, I participated in a challenge to use a grid design, pink and a heart on a project.  I created a couple of these cards using an older Stampin' Up! set.  It is one of my favorites but it currently in my Use It/Move It box.  I've tried to move this one out before and I always put it back in my stash.  I just love the cards it makes but then I only use it every couple of years.  Maybe this time, I really will sell it.

For the card, I stamped the images in various colors and arranged them between strips of Washi tape.

Here's the process video at YouTube:

See how this series got started with this video  

Thanks for watching!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Basic Grey Warehouse Box

It is a bittersweet day in my craft room.  My Basic Grey Warehouse box arrived!!! Yeah!!!

And it will be the last new BG collections I recieve.  Boo hoo!

Basic Grey is leaving the papercrafting business.  I happened to read about this on one of the message boards back in January. They had just announced that day along wit an offer to buy a warehouse box for $39 + shipping.  I couldn't get signed on that night so I called them the next day.  There were only 9 boxes left when I ordered.  Yikes, I almost didn't get one!

The boxes were not to be shipped until mid-February as they would contain brand new product from their new lines.  I only found that out because I asked if the boxes were different.  Anyway, that was still fine by me.  So for about $50, I would get $130 worth of product.

Late this week, I've read many people saying what was in their box and frankly I was set to be disappointed.  Some of the selections didn't sound that great.  I think I got a good one though.

Today the box arrived and I'm sharing in this YouTube video. You'll see that I did indeed get product from all the new lines.   There isn't much from Saturday morning.  I may order a few other pieces while these products are still available for purchase at or (and maybe other places, I don't know).

All in all, I'm very happy with my box.  It does not contain the promised Best of BG pad but they sent a lot of the new 12x12 paper so I think that more than makes up for it.

I hadn't realized how well Dear Heart and Hillside go together.  The colors are much the some so I'll be mixing these.

Now I just need to figure out what to do with those wooden plant stakes???

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

In the news

My husband made the local paper a few months ago.  He refurbishes pinball machines and does repairs on machines.  A reporter called and wanted to interview him and came right on over and the wrote an entire page!

This isn't the first time he has made the paper.  The Charlotte Observer did a piece on him years ago.  I saved copies but I didn't scrapbook that one.  I wanted to be sure and get this one in for what better place to keep your memorabilia than in your scrapbook.

The video is longer than usual as it covers a lot.  There is a trick to make the titles easier to manage from the Silhouette, the memorabilia pocket and instructions on how to do two column, justified journaling in Word so you can make your journaling look like a newspaper.

I also made my own 'flippers' and pinball for the theme.

Process video:

And here is the sketch that goes with the page.

More sketches are in the last 3 years sketchbooks.  See the info here:

Thanks for watching!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Valentine Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Valentine giveaway prize is

Anna  who posted on February 16 at 2:23 p.m.

Anna, please email me at with your contact info.

Thank you all for your kind comments!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Scrabble Tiles Layout

Most days at lunch my husband and I play Scrabble.  It typically takes us two lunches to finish a game.  We have one iron clad rule - no looking up words between games even if it is something that has already been played.

We are pretty evenly matched.  He has a better vocabulary than I do but I'm the better player.  I see opportunities sometimes that he will miss.  Then again, it is often in the luck of the draw.  It's fun and he particularly enjoys learning new words because you can do all the looking up between games you want.

For the page, I used a set of Scrabble tiles I was sent to evaluate by Clever Crafting.  They sent them last year and I did one project but unfortunately life got in the way and I didn't get to use them again until just recently.  They are fun to work with and very appropriate for my project. The one project I did with them last year was a big hit with my cousin and his bride:

The tiles are the same number of letters as regular Scrabble tiles plus numbers and a few extra symbols like the heart and wedding ring shown on the canvas.  You can find these on Amazon.

The blog post about it is here.

My layout is getting featured in our house in a frame originally intended for record albums.  Target no longer sells this type of frame but you can find shadowbox frames online in various sizes.

See the process video:

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Use It and Move It

I'm not stamping as much as I used to.  I still use stamps on mixed media and occasionally on my scrapbook pages.  I make a few cards but not as many as I did when Operation Write Home was sending cards to our troops overseas.  So my stamps sit idly by taking up valuable storage space.

Working out of a guest bedroom that has to still function at least in the most basic way as a bedroom - in other words, I can't get rid of or cover up the bed - I have limited space.  I have even procured the bathroom cabinet for paint but I draw the line at storing things in the bathtub.  So that stamp space some of it prime real estate for its ease of access is needed for other things.

I decided I could part with some stamp sets primarily used for cards that I'm not using much anymore.  First though, I want to use these stamps one more time to make one or a few more cards for my stash.

In this video, I share what I'm trying to move out in stamps and some papers - mostly discontinued or Papertrey Ink cardstock.  I love Papertrey Ink's cardstock quality.  It is very thick; however that is what does them in a bit in that it is so thick I have to adjust settings on my Silhouette when I use it and I don't want to have to remember to do that.  Also, their cardstock does not come in 12x12 so I'm not planning to invest in these colors.

The video also shares the process to the card above.

I have already recorded a couple of other card process videos to share over the coming weeks.

Don't forget about my giveaway on this post.  It closes this Saturday.  Thanks for joining me today!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Love Story Challenge and Giveaway

Happy Valentine's Day!

I have a special layout for you for a challenge I'm hosting.  Leave a comment below for a chance at a prize and get an extra chance by playing along with the challenge.

Here's the challenge:

Create a page telling a love story - just not your love story with your significant other.

Make your page about another relationship, maybe parent/child or you and one of your siblings.

Or you can do as I have and create a page to tell someone else's love story.

My page is about my aunt and uncle who were married 72 years.  They married just a couple of months after Pearl Harbor and only a few days before he was deployed.  The built their life together back here in North Carolina as dairy farmers, parents, and active members of their church.  My aunt was a remarkable woman and I was blessed to have them in my life.

The circle of hearts die cut shown above and in the video is available here in SVG format:  Hearts Joined In Circle  Ungroup the design to get to the heart in the center.  That is the one you can cut 8 times to create the hearts to fill in if you wish.

You don't have to use the cut file for the challenge.  Though you may take up another part of my layout and that was to use non-traditional Valentine colors.  I used Authentique's Nestled 6x6 pad which is actually a fall collection.

So have fun creating a page to tell use a love story and share a link to your page in the comments.  I look forward to seeing them!

Here's the video at YouTube:

And here is the love themed giveaway prize for one lucky winner:

Prize contains 1 6x6 pad from Prima called Something Blue, Stampin' Up! Washi tape (remember this from my shopping video), Silver foam letter stickers, 1 1/2 yards gray chevron ribbon and one Valentine stamp.   The stamp is from my collection but all other items are brand new.

Giveaway details:  The giveaway is open to anyone who wishes to leave a comment.  You may leave one additional comment with a link to your challenge project for an extra chance to win.  Giveaway chance closes at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday February 20, 2016.

Randomly chosen winner will be posted on this blog by Sunday the 21st.  Check back to see if you have won.  The winner must email me by the following Wednesday.  If I don't hear from the winner, I'll draw another commentor.

While you are visiting, check out info on the Sketchbook here.  40 scrapbook sketches for only $6!   I have 3 on-line self-paced scrapbooking classes one also on the classes page.  Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Card Party

(Background stamp on book paper and stamped with Stampendous stamp)

(Gelli printed background using 3" and 4" round plates) 

(Some fun with an older Stampin' Up! set and Echo Park paper)

Two of my friends came over this week to make these cards.  We also did a Stampin' Up! order.  They let me share their purchases also in this shopping video:

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine Project

I have  a little Valentine project for you.  I'm going to use this as my card for my husband.  It would be great for home decor.  Or with minor modifications, you can use the steps for any type of banner.

Here's the process video on YouTube:

The hearts used for this banner are left overs from another layout coming your way next weekend.  Stay tuned for that special Valentine page process video and a little giveaway :-)  

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Saving a Custom Background

Some things don't work like you planned.  I truly don't remember what I was trying to create when I did the watercolor background that ended up on this page.  It was a long time ago and I hung onto it.  Eventually I had these photos that were perfect with it and finally I've turned it into a page.

I used the 2015 Sketchbook to find a sketch so I didn't have to start from scratch on the arrangement.  I had more time to spend on the chipboard elements.

Here's the process video:

Thanks for stopping by today!
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