Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza Starts Today!

Its that time of year for awesome sales, and today is no exception.  I wanted to make sure you all knew about the Online Extravaganza that Stampin’ Up! is kicking off today.  There will be a bunch of special deals available from November 21st through November 30th.

However, make sure you check it out TODAY because there are a few specials only available for 24 hrs on November 21st

View a PDF of all 3 pages of the specials and bundles here:


Check out all the deals now in the Online Store

(NOTE: when you look in the online store, you have to click into an item and add it to your bag to see the discounted price, for some reason the listing on the page that shows all the sale items shows regular price)

Once you are done shopping, let me know what your favorite deals are. Smile  And as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at !

Progressive Scrapbook Page using Spice Cake DSP

So, yesterday I shared with you the first part of my progressive scrapbook page.  I had created an 8.5” x 11” scrapbook layout and so today I wanted to share how with a few simple touches you can turn that into a 12” x 12” scrapbook page.

Day of Gratitude Pumpkin Patch Scrapbook Page

You can see how the original 8.5” x 11” page looked here, but pretty much all I did was layer some extra Old Olive grosgrain ribbon on a piece of Spice Cake designer paper so that it would line up with the ribbon on my smaller layout.  Then I added a different pattern of the Spice Cake paper behind one side of the original layout to give some contrast to the page.  Finally, I added some felt letters down the side for my title.  Overall, a pretty simple page; but since I knew I was going to be adding a bunch of pictures to the 2nd page of my layout, I figured simple was good. 

So, want to see the full spread? Smile

Day of Gratitude Pumpkin Patch 2011 Scrapbook 2 Page Layout

I actually started from the same 8.5” x 11” page kit only I flipped it to be landscape instead of portrait orientation.  I still stamped the leaves and flowers from the Day of Gratitude stamp set so that it would tie in with the left page.  Then I added coordinating ribbon to the Spice Cake designer paper.  I loved all my pictures of Nicholas stomping in the puddles, so I trimmed them down so I could lay them out filmstrip-style on the right hand side of the page leaving me just enough room to journal at the bottom of the page.

IMG_3623Oh and the journaling, I had to try something different here too.  I started out journaling on Vellum cardstock so that it would blend into the page.  Unfortunately, it blended too much, and so I had to put a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock underneath so it was easier to read.  then I attached the vellum to the page using some Early Espresso brads.

I had a lot of fun coming up with how to create a progressive scrapbook page using my 8.5” x 11” layouts and turning them into 12" x 12” layouts.   Hopefully these gave you some ideas for different sizes of pages!

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Progressive Scrapbook Page Recipe:
Day of Gratitude
Ink:  Old Olive classic, Cajun Craze classic, Early Espresso marker, Cajun Craze marker
Paper: Old Olive cardstock, Cajun Craze cs, Early Espresso cs, Very Vanilla cs, Spice Cake designer paper, Vellum cs
Accessories:  Old Olive 5/8” Grosgrain ribbon, Decorative Label punch, Paper Snips, Adhesive Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Brown felt, Neutrals Brads, Corner Rounder punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack

Part 1 of a Fall Progressive Scrapbook Page

While cleaning my room, I ran across some project kits from past Stampin’ Up! regional events.  One of them was from a year or so ago and was to make a 8.5 x 11” scrapbook page.  I decided the colors would be perfect for our trip to the Pumpkin Patch this year and so I thought now was as good of a time as any to put it together.

Of course, I couldn’t do everything by the book, so I had to make some adjustments here and there (like the label under the picture and adding some extra cut outs.  But in the end I think it was a cute page!

But I don’t have many 8.5 x 11” scrapbooks (I mostly do 12×12) so I thought, I would turn this into a 12×12 page – which is where the progressive scrapbook page part comes in.  So, today I thought I would show you how you could make this into a great smaller page and then tomorrow, I’ll show you how I added this to a 12×12 base plus some embellishments to make it a cool 12×12 page!  Oh, and I had a second copy of this page kit, so I had to make a coordinating 12×12 page for the second page of my layout, so I’ll share that tomorrow too. 

So, question of the day:  What size scrapbooks/albums do you create for?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Pumpkin Picking Scrapbook Recipe:
Day of Gratitude
Ink:  Old Olive classic, Cajun Craze classic, Early Espresso marker, Cajun Craze marker
Paper: Old Olive cardstock, Cajun Craze cs, Early Espresso cs, Very Vanilla cs
Accessories:  Old Olive 5/8” Grosgrain ribbon, Decorative Label punch, Paper Snips, Adhesive Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Clean and Simple Fall Card

What do you do when you stamp an image for a card and you decide it isn’t quite right for what you were doing?  I often find myself saving the image because “it’s a perfectly good image that will be great on another project” aka I’m a pack rat!  But, here is an example when I took a bunch of scraps (the image, the ribbon, the embossed cardstock, and the brown cardstock base) and put them together into a new card that actually works!

I don’t think I would have come up with this layout on my own if I didn’t have the pieces lying around but now I’m so glad I did (plus I finally used up some of my scrap stash – yay!). So, back when I was stamping this image, I used the pine image from Lovely as a Tree and stamped the center tree with Always Artichoke ink, then before I cleaned my stamp, I stamped two more times (one on each side of the initial image) for the more faded images.  Other than that, it was just laying different pieces I had on hand and mounting it all on an Always Artichoke cardbase. 

This would be a super quick card you could make yourself for any occasion.  Just swap out the colors or image and it could be holiday, birthday, sympathy, anything!  Who knows, maybe you have some perfect scraps lying around waiting to be put together like this. 


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Thinking of You Tree Card Recipe:
Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Always Artichoke classic, Soft Suede classic
Paper: Always Artichoke cardstock, Soft Suede cs, Whisper White cs,Crumb Cake cs
Accessories:  So Saffron 5/8” Grosgrain ribbon, BigShot, Lattice embossing folder

A Holiday Card from Halloween Paper?

So, after making a couple cards recently using the Frightful Sight designer paper , I decided to challenge myself to make a card that had absolutely nothing to do with Halloween using this paper pack.  So, how about a holiday card?

The black paper with green dots is the backside of the crazy pattern that I call "eyes” and the big colored dots are the backside of the green spider pattern paper.  But when paired with different cardstock, stamps, and embellishments, you would never know they were in a Halloween set!  (If you are curious to see the spider side and the black paper in action on a Halloween card, check out my facebook page where I posted a card with them this year).

I paired the designer paper with a matting of Old Olive cardstock, and put all that on a base of Cherry Cobbler.  Add some seam binding ribbon and then my stamped sentiment.  Some of the fun things I did with this card is I distressed the edges of my Whisper White cardstock in the center of the card using my scissors and then sponged the edge of the smaller piece with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The ornaments were stamped after I had “stamped-off” twice (where I inked up the image and them stamped twice on scratch paper before stamping “for real” on my paper.  This gave me a light enough image that I could stamp over the ornaments with Basic Black ink and have it be readable.

So, what do you think?  Think it works?

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Halloween Pumpkin Card Recipe:
Tree Trimmings, Many Merry Messages
Ink:  Old Olive classic, Cherry Cobbler classic, Basic Black classic
Paper: Cherry Cobbler cardstock, Old Olive cs, Whisper White cs, Frightful Sight designer paper
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals