No Calorie Cookies

February 12, 2009



Oh these are the cutest things!  Wouldn’t these be so easy to make and you can attach a cute little oval pick saying Have a Cookie of a Birthday!  Can you tell I am hungry? he he…

I was searching for puns for a few cards I am making and I stumbled upon a blog where there are 10 reasons when eating a cookie will be “no calorie!”…

Here’s the blog:

Oh these 10 reasons would make really cute cards!


P.S.  I am not responsible for the weight gain for eating cookies or one of these really nifty cup cakes… gosh I do so love sprinkles!


Stampaloooza Paper Lover’s Club

February 11, 2009




Are you addicted to Paper?  Do you want ALL the new designer series paper in the new catalog – even the new textured designer paper?  I can help you get all of these papers in a very cost effective way!

Oh gosh… let’s do a Stampaloooza Paper Lover’s Club*.  I need 8 wonderful ladies who would like to have ALL of the Designer Papers Offered by Stampin’ Up! (Spring 2009) (See picture above for details) for $25.00 plus shipping/tax… You’ll get 6″x6″ sheet of every designer series paper in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog for only $25**!! That’s 120 sheets of 6×6 paper for only $25** – it’s a sweet steal of a deal.

A group of 8 will share each pack of Designer Series Paper and once a group is filled I’ll order the paper and get it ready to deliver to you.

You’ll get 1 6″ x 6″ of each the following papers:

{ Stampin’ Up! Textured Designer Series Papers }

  • Rockability, Parisian Breeze, To the Nines, Sweet Slumber

{ Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers }

  • Jackpot, Urban Garden, Bella Rose, Candy Lane, Bella Birds, Pink Flamingo, Manchester, Rainbow Sherbert, Good Morning Sunshine, Raspberry Tart, Sweet Always, Urban Oasis, Washington Apple, Bella Bleu, Flock Together, Tea Party

Hurry now while spots are available… I’ll keep you posted at this post as to how many club members joined… (just look at graphic above…)  Click the Buy Now button below to join this club…


Happy Scrappin’!


*{ Note: Please note that this paper pack does NOT include Patterns Designer Series Paper and is only available for orders placed in the United States.   If there is interest in a separate Paper Lover’s Club for Patterns Designer Series Papers, please let me know and I will create a different club. }

** { Note: Plus Shipping and Tax }

Photography – Capture the moment using odd angles!

February 10, 2009




No matter how much you embellish a scrapbook page, the photograph is the main part… and should tell a very interesting story… In this photograph, my daughter wanted to capture her shoes!  She loves her converses!  And these shoes have been everywhere!  So instead of simply taking a photo of the shoes … she chose to take a photo of her shoes from her perspective!  She’s 4’10” so she is tiny but this picture makes her look tall!  And oh those shoes…

If you look a little closer… there is another neat thing about this particular photograph – the sand… see how the shadows enhance the stones and add texture?  This photograph was taken at sunrise and as you can see the colors are richer and the lighting is slightly different… which causes your eyes to linger a bit more…

So today think about the events coming up that you take photos for and think about taking a few photographs where the angle is slightly different… it’s a neat way to make the event/story more interesting…

Here’s a few articles that can give you neat ideas for your photographs:

Happy Snapping!


In-Color Color Combinations

February 4, 2009


{ Click above for ’09/’10 In-Color Combining Chart! }

Oh I just absolutely love the new In-Colors… but have you ever wondered which standard Stampin’ Up! color matches with our new In-Colors?

My favorite In-Color combination is:


If you click on either picture above, you can get an In-Color Combining Chart to help you see which of the non-In-Colors from Stampin’ Up! match the new In-Colors!



Sale-a-bration 2009!

February 1, 2009




Oh…. I am soooo excited!  This year’s Sale-a-bration stamp sets are wonderful!  My favorite is the 113782 Yummy stamp set!  I give it four monkeys! monkey-face-smmonkey-face-smmonkey-face-smmonkey-face-sm { that’s top bananas! }

Did you see all the yummy things you can make with this set?  I just adore the scrapbooking picture!  And for gifts you could use this with our top note bigz die… oh wow! Now imagine how many creative and beautiful gifts you can make with this set! … and you cannot beat the price! monkey-face-sm

mmmm…. this really is a fun set and for those of you who are new to Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration is a wonderful time of the year where you can earn free stamp sets – for every $50.00 you spend, you get a free stamp set, ribbon bundle or designer series paper.  Check out the Sale-a-bration brochure !


Scrapbooking is a lot like quilting!

January 27, 2009



Scrapbooking and color usage goes hand in hand. Just like a quilt, you need to ensure that the colors involved in your page layout coordinate and do not clash with your photo or with each other.

A very important tool when scrapbooking is a color wheel.  Using Stampin’ Up!’s color wheel certainly helps me when I am trying to determine what my color scheme should be and with Stampin’ Up!’s 52 colors, you are sure to find a color scheme that compliments your color.  With so many choices though, you can go wrong very quickly… so figure out what your main color will be and then look for other colors using the color wheel to compliment your main color.

Here’s a few ideas that will help you with your page color schemes:

  1. Avoid Color Overload – only use 2-4 colors in your scrapbook layout.  This will keep your photograph as the focus of the page instead of your colors.  Remember the colors are going to bring out the photo.
  2. Use colors that invoke the right mood – for example blues are soothing colors while reds are exciting colors… keep that in mind when using color to enhance your page.
  3. Black – dominance, sickness, death, danger, fear
    White – purity, newness, cleanness
    Blue – contemplation, sadness, peacefulness, masculinity
    Red – passionate, angry, cautious, hot
    Orange – happy, warm, appetite
    Green – envy, stinginess, tranquillity, youthfulness
    Purple – royalty, power, mystical, holy
    Pink – youth, femininity, healthy
    Yellow – joyful, freshness

  4. Avoid black and white backgrounds – black seems to make the photographs darker and white seems to wash out the photographs.  Save the black and white as framing colors instead of background color.
  5. Avoid huge patterned backgrounds – these take away from your photo – use the patterned backgrounds for embellishing your page instead of the main background.
  6. Look through magazines to get ideas on colors that work together… pay attention to the emotions you are feeling as you page through the pages … pay attention also to the pages that draw you towards the photograph… companies pay large sums of money to advertising agencies who specialize in color combining… take advantage of that and get inspired a bit…
  7. Use your computer to create headings for your page that match a color in your color scheme… refer to the Computer Fonts Overview at this site to get the color RGB/CMYK values for Stampin’ Up! colors.
  8. There are four types of color schemes you can choose to use:
    – Monochromatic schemes use varying shades of one color, such as a layout mixing dark and light blues.
    – Analogous schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, such as purple and blue.
    – Complementary schemes use colors that are directly opposite one another on the wheel, such as blue and orange.
    – Triadic schemes combine three colors that create a triangle on the wheel, such as red, yellow, and blue.
  9. If you’re having trouble getting started with your project, however, there are two easy ways to break though this creative block:
    – Choose a dominant color from your photos as the starting point for your color scheme. For example, you may wish to build your son’s birthday layout around the vibrant red shirt he’s wearing in the photos.”
    – Choose colors that help support the theme of your photo, such as pastels for a springtime layout or cool blues and greens for pictures of your most recent beach vacation.

Utilize the color wheel to help you get started… if you have a photo that does not match the cardstock you have, consider making the photo black and white.  This will give you maximum flexibility in colors to use in your layout…

Want to learn more… check these booksbook-club out:

The Scrapbooker’s Color Palette: Using Color to Create Fabulous Scrapbook Pages (Hardcover)

The Scrapbooker’s Essential Guide to Color

Happy Scrappin’,


February 2009 Featured Product

January 25, 2009


newAdd dimension and depth to your pages by using Stampin’ Up!s exclusive Texturz Plates!  Whether you are making cards or simply adding a few embellishments to your scrapbook page, these texturz plates are sure to be a hit!

Here’s a neat technique:

step1 Take a sponge and ink up the sponge with the Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink color of your choice.
step2 Take the inked sponge and apply the ink to the embossing plate.
step3 Place your Stampin’ Up! cardstock on top of the inked embossing plate and make a sandwich for your Big Shot Machine.
step4 Run the sandwich through the Big Shot Machine.
step5 You now have an embossed cardstock that is colored! Rinse off the embossing folder immediately so that it will not stain!

Here’s a gallery of ideas that use this technique:

Wow this is a quick and easy way to enjoy your new Texturz Plates…

Happy Scrappin’…


Faithbooking: Joy

January 24, 2009


Hmmm… what comes to mind when you think of the word Joy?  Happiness… Jubilation… Relief… Celebration… But what happens when your life is not on an upswing?  What happens when your life takes an unexpected turn and you are facing a deep challenge… the pain can be immense… but with God’s help… he can steer you through the pain and bring  joy once again to your heart.

Faithbooking is all about documenting our Lifesongs™.   The good… and the bad… because that will be our witness to our generations to come about His power.  Spend a few minutes today journaling about a challenge you are facing… focus on this week’s scripture:

“He set my feet upon a rock and
gave me a firm place to stand.” – Psalm 40:2

As you journal, think about this scripture verse and imprint it into your heart.  To me this verse gives me hope when I am down… it’s a promise that if we trust in Him, he will provide a solid ground for us to stand on.  Sometimes our challenges can also be our strengths and greatest truimphs… and sometimes we can find ourselves through the pain to become better Life Warriors and Living Stones!

Are you facing a deep challenge in your life right now?  Take a journey with me… pick up a copy of Beth Moore’s book book-club Get Out of that Pit – it’s a wonderful read and will help you navigate towards the Joy that God wants for your heart.


Need a lift?  Click here… beth-more-live

Page Sketch1: Elegant Monogram

January 24, 2009



I just absolutely adore monograms and with wedding season right around the corner… wouldn’t this be a sweet layout to have…  You can take pictures in a series of timed events… getting ready for the wedding… walking down the isle… putting the ring on her finger and finally the first dance!

Oh the possibilities are endless with this one…  thinking that our new designer papers would make this page really beautiful…

Challenge: To give this layout a little more depth – try printing your Journaling/ Page Title onto one of our designer series papers and then cutting it out…

I am using the Brock Script Font and you can download it here for free!:

Let me know how you liked this layout…


Welcome Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog!

January 19, 2009

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah…. {think huge drum roll…}

Ooooooooooooooh… {think sock monkeys dancing…monkey-face-smmonkey-face-smmonkey-face-sm}

Mmmmmm… {think your favorite chocolate…chocolate}

It’s here… it’s finally here… all 208 beautifully designed pages!  It has something for almost everyone in it!  Whether you love to scrapbook or love to make cards, looking for wall words to decorate your home with or simply want some items to make gifts… there’s a whole lot of wonderful things that are sure to please you…

There are a few color styles too to help you coordinate your project colors:

  • Manhattan Style  { kiwi kiss, baha breeze, kraft, chocolate chip, basic gray, basic black }
  • Retro Fresh Style { rose red, pumpkin pie, summer sun, kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, pacific point }
  • Sweet Bella { baja breeze, so saffron, kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, pink pirouette, riding hood red }

I really enjoy the Manhattan Style and Sweet Bella style colors!

The ordering link is now up and you can order here:

PS: Don’t forget to order yourself a catalog!