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HOPPY Easter Cards

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April 21, 2015 at 8:35 amCategory:CARDS

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I saw this cute little bunny all over Pinterest and knew that I just had to make them for my nieces & nephews for their Easter cards. I am so blessed to have three little nieces and three nephews. I made boy bunnies with blue bowties. The little ladies got girly bunnies with pink hair bows, of course! The kids loved them which made my heart sing!

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Getting Caught Up On Project Life

March 21, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Project Life 2014

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Ah, these beautiful Summer memories! These are fun pages of Reghan’s 9th Birthday celebration at Christmas Pines Campground. Mom has a campsite there so we spend a lot of family time relaxing  in the warm, Summer months. I love these pictures of all of us laughing, smiling and having fun!

 

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These are pages of a normal week in July. I have been trying to use things from my stash including my Project Life Core Kits. This kit is one that I got on a HUGE discount at Michael’s. I wasn’t sure of the color scheme when I started working on these pages. I am not usually one that gravitates to primary colors and struggled at first with the composition of this layout. Honestly, I think it’s the slim, artsy black borders on each card that brought the colors together.

 

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These pages are more my normal color scheme. They capture the day-to-day memories of the beginning of August and the fun things that Marty & I do around New York City. I had SO many pictures on these two pages that I had to add an additional space. I grabbed the “flip flap” page from Close To My Heart and begin adding space for more photos and journaling. It is fun to think outside the box when it comes to how to create space in Project Life-don’t be boxed in by the setup of the pages. There are so many neat ways to add more space! I have to admit that every time I look at the pages of my pups it seems that something is missing. I think I need to grab that little page and add some of my fun artsy borders around each picture with a black marker. The pups just seem to be floating around on the page-I think that’s what is bugging me. Other that that, I am happy with how these pages turned out.

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Summer Time Relaxation-Project Life Pages

March 19, 2015 at 8:55 amCategory:Project Life 2014

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As 2015 is flying by, I am still working on getting caught up on my 2014 album. I keep going back and forth in my head as to whether I should just jump into the new album or keep plowing through 2014. Then, I realize I have never been the person to worry about that when it comes to my crafting & art. So, instead I have been cranking out pictures and reliving the wonderful memories of last year. These dreamy pictures of the Summer make me long for warm weather and countless hours of relaxation. (and yes, being tan)

I have been digging into my stash BIG TIME and using lots of beautiful papers and gorgeous embellishments. I have to admit there are times that I rummage through my embellishment basket and think “huh, when did I get THAT”?! It is like shopping in a small scrapbook store when I go into that magical basket. I have been keeping a bunch of the same packs of rub ons, stickers,  and other pretties on my table where I work. This way I don’t get overwhelmed with pulling out new things which causes me to sometimes spend silly amounts of time just ooh-ing & ah-ing over what I find. Having these same packs of things at my fingertips has given me the chance to use them up. I get such a thrill out of throwing away packaging because I used up some pretty stickers, sequins or borders. I hear people say in their videos & on blogs that they “hoard” certain supplies. I am not that girl-I love cutting into papers & glueing things down!

So, enjoy your crafty goodies and GO MAKE SOME ART!

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Beautiful, Sunny Project Life + UStream Recordings

February 19, 2015 at 2:14 pmCategory:Project Life 2014 | USTREAM Classes

As I sit in my warm craft room and look outside, I am thinking about how FREEZING it is outside in the streets of Manhattan. Much different, of course, then the beautiful sunny days in the pictures in this week’s Project Life. It certainly gives me hope that gorgeous, carefree days are (hopefully) right around the corner.

It has been a little while since I worked on Project Life. I was doing so great when I first started because I had myself on a schedule of printing the pictures and working on the pages. But, life gets in the way and sometimes I like to venture into other things like art journaling and just watching TV.

I decided it would be fun to do a UStream Show and feature the new LET’S GET AWAY Project Life Card Collection from Stampin’ Up!. It has bright, happy colors and featured a travel theme. I love that Stampin’ Up! makes the cards so versatile even when there is a “theme”. In the case of this collection, one side (of most cards) has a travel theme but other side is something that can be used for everyday pictures.

 

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Here are a few cards from the beautiful Let’s Get Away Collection:

If you missed the LIVE Show, here are the recorded moments from last night.

Unfortunately, my camera turned off a few times so we managed to capture the crafting in three parts.


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Join me TONIGHT for a LIVE Project Life UStream Show!

February 18, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Project Life 2014 | USTREAM Classes

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I am so excited  for tonight’s Project Life UStream Show!

I hope you will join me at 7:00pm EST at the GOTHAM CITY STAMPER USTREAM CHANNEL

Sign up for my Stampin’ Up! Newsletter

February 14, 2015 at 4:14 pmCategory:Stampin' Up!

Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Please take a moment and go to my Stampin’ Up! site. I am starting over again and would love if you would sign up for my newsletter by clicking that link on the upper right of the site.

http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/gothamcitystampers/

Do you get in a trance, too?

February 11, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Project Life 2014 | Scrapbooking

If you are anything like me, you have a scrap room that could be mistaken for a mini Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. TONS of great stuff…yet, you drool over the newest & freshest products that come out in the scrapbooking market. I had the realization at the beginning of 2015 that I have drawers, baskets and closets of beautiful things to use in my scrapbooking, Project Life & art journaling. I mean, I knew I had all of those great things. I guess it hit me that I should be USING and enjoying those things that I bought over the years. I must have really liked (or loved) them when I bought them so it’s time to give the “stuff” life in my projects. The scary part is that I started scrapbooking in 1998 AND have some goodies that date back 10 years+. Some of those things may appear a little dated but there is a remedy for that. I have found that I can incorporate those older items and spice them up a little with some mixed media techniques. Honestly, a lot of those older items will look new and fresh again when they are combined with new things.

As I shuffle through those baskets in my scrap room, I get lost looking at the goodies in them. Sometimes I have a hard time picking out what to use because I enjoy looking at the stuff too much. I thought it would be fun to have my love pick out 10 random items from this wonderful basket of embellishments that lives in my room. He has much more success than I do reaching in and grabbing things because he doesn’t get in a trance because of the glitter and pretty colors! Each month, I will have him grab 10 new items for me to use on my projects. My hope it to do a video each month and share the “challenge goodies” with you.

Here is the video for February! I hope you enjoy it and take a few minutes to dig products out of your stash to use on your projects. Let’s make a dent in that ever-growing stash for 2015.

Goodies from Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration

February 10, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Project Life 2014 | Scrapbooking | Stampin' Up!

Here is a quick video sharing some of the really fun goodies from Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration. I picked up one stamp set that I am enjoying. My was really excited about the little set of Project Life cards. They are really cute and have useful designs to them. What I loved most about the set is that Rich Razzleberry is a featured color. It isn’t often that you see purple in a Project Life! (love love love)

 

Starting the Summer Project Life Layouts

February 9, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Project Life 2014 | Scrapbooking | Stampin' Up!

Ah, Summer! The relaxation, the time with family. The chance to go to Pennsylvania whenever I want. These pages are from the beginning of July. I headed to PA for about 6 days with my mom, sisters and “littles”. Mom and I spent time with my nieces & nephews at Christmas Pines Campground. (sounds like a dream right now) Most of the pictures from those 6 days are featured on other layouts-these are pretty much before & after the time with the kids.

It has been so long since I created these that I was trying to remember what I used for the cards. Looking closely, I used lots of paper scraps. I love how I can use little bits & pieces of paper (& embellishments) to really bring together my layouts. For a little while, I was really into making my own kits using my stash. I joined this great Facebook Group SCRAP STASH KIT CLUB which inspired me to create some kits instead of shopping for new things. To add to that, I vowed in 2015 to not buy new crafty stuff unless it is something that I just can’t live without for some reason. I told my hubby that I need to spend time using the things that I already have. I bought them because I LOVE the goodies, now they need life and need to get onto a project. Stay tuned as I use up my stash in 2015. Wait?! Use up? No way I can use it up but I can certainly make a dent in my stash.

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When Layouts Make Me SMILE!

February 8, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Project Life 2014 | Scrapbooking

I LOVE these pages! LOVE them. I don’t know if it’s the happy pictures in the warm weather, the peacefulness of the surroundings or the gorgeous colors & embellishments. Maybe it’s all of those things. You know that feeling when a layout or project just comes together? This is one of those moments.

Sometimes I think it is important to look at a project and see what it is that makes me smile. I know that I really took my time with layering and adding those little details that take a layout to the next “level”. I also make my layouts very picture heavy. I like to show off the beautiful memories and use the scrapbooking products to highlight those moments. What do you love about the projects that you create?

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