Friday, September 3, 2010

Single Page Layout: I Scream.... Ice Cream

Here is a cute page that I enjoyed making for the baby of our family.
I hand wrote the journaling on Crumb Cake Cardstock using an Early Espresso Stampin' Write marker.  I also used the embossing folders and the Big Shot for the strips behind the main photo in order to add texture and emphasis.  Stampin' Up! colors used:  Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake. 
Happy Scrapping,

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Baker Locke Wedding

I want to share with you the fabulous photos that I took at the Baker Locke wedding in June.  This couple was fabulous.  The best part of my job is making new friends.....

Tip of the day:  Tell the story with your photos. 
Thanks for letting me share these photos with you. 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Two-Page Layout: Play

It  feels good to get pages done, doesn't it?  Well here is a fun 2 page layout that I completed for my sons' scrapbooks.

I used the beautiful Blueberry Crisp Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!
 I love stamping my titles and making my own embellishments because it means that I can match the colors and theme exactly like I want to.  The journal block was printed on vellum just so I could still see the beautiful paper peaking through from behind.
Happy Scrapping!

Friday, August 27, 2010


Make sure to check out our new COLOR COACH by clicking HERE. This is a fabulous tool to add to your stamping supplies to make color coordination a snap.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I Make my own embellishments for cards and scrapbook pages

My life is full but I still have been enjoying making cards for frineds and looking longingly at those unfinished pages.  So to give you something interesting, here are some pics of previous projects that I have completed.
These two are embellishments for scrapbook layouts that I made but could easily turn into card focal pieces.  I used the new large scallop punch, item 118874, the 2 way bird punch and filigree brads.  And ALL of Stampin' Up!'s punches are now in the new style.
I love the Beautiful Wings Embosslit and use on anything I can.  I know this is showcasing a retired stamp set and retired ribbon...but that could easily be swapped out and VOILA!
This card showcases Sentimental Journey and Extreme Elements and sadly will be retiring on August 31, 2010.  I adore stamping my own paper which is what you see on the bashful blue (light blue) squares.  another retiring product is the beautiful Designer Series Paper sometimes called DSP that is in the mini catalog; it matches this set perfectly.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I love the new colors!!!

So July has arrived and with it a color renovation for Stampin' Up!  I just love the new color collections.  If you want to see them go here

I am really excited to be both a photographer and a SU demonstrator this weekend at a 24 hour scrap retreat.  It is called "Scrap Escape: Chocolate Indulgence."  Don't you just love the title?  
So I have been having fun with the new colors and punches so that I can share with the other ladies how to create your own embellishments.
Isn't this great?  I just love the Cogs Extra-Large Double Punch (118873, $17.95)  I mostly scrapbook for my boys so I will be using this punch alot. This was super easy to make....all except for tying the DMC floss.  I am somewhat challenged in the area of tying things in a pretty way and pretty much avoid doing it at demonstrations at all costs. 
Basic Instructions:
1.  Cut Early Espresso cardstock to 3 3/8" by 2 1/2"
2.  Cut the Cork sheet to 3 1/8" by 2 1/4"
3.  Stamp a few images from Extreme Elements in Early Espresso on the cork sheet
4.  Punch one large and two small cogs out of Cajun Craze 
5.  Very Carefully sponge the edges of the cog in Early Espresso.  I used the applicator from my Stampin' Pastels to make this easier.  I suppose you could use an eye shadow applicator too.
6.  Punch 1 3/4"  Circle from corrugated cardboard.  By the way, this corrugated cardboard is VERY expensive!  Just kidding, I just used a coffee cup sleeve from starbucks.  
7.  Sponge around the edges of the circle.  
8.  Place three brads in Early Espresso at the lower right corner. (I pierce a hole with a piercing tool in order to get the brad in; I stopped punching a hole because it leave too much wiggle room for the brad.)
9.  Use black floss to tie the smaller cogs to the larger cog.  
10.  Adhere all pieces together.  (I don't think I need to walk you through that part.) 
Stampin' Up! products that I used:  Cajun Craze and Early Espresso cardstock,  Cork sheets (119819, $9.95,) neutrals brads (119736,$6.95,) Extreme Elements stamp set (115181,$26.95,) 1 3/4" Circle Punch ( 119850, $16.95,) Early Espresso Classic Ink (119670, $5.95.)

For this one, I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138, $11.95) and the big shot.  I used the beautiful Filigree designer brads (112577, $5.95,)  Night of Navy Ribbon, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, and Cherry Cobbler Cardstock,  I also used Early Espresso and So Saffron classic inkpads. 

Well, it's late so that's all for now...
Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 28, 2010

For the Men in my Life

I have been trying to use retired sets and papers this month....still waiting for the release of the new catalog.  So I created a few cards for the men in my life with a retired Stampin' Up! set called Papa's Pocket and some old designer series paper.
I used another generic stamp that I had around on the first one but I am not really happy with the layout.

Here is my second attempt and I like this one enough to make a few extras to have around and I may even try to sell a few.

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Product or Ode to the UPS truck

Oh, UPS man. How your horn fills my heart with delight! Yes, I know your name, and I know the sound of the tires stopping at my house; but it's not really you I want to's those lovely brown packages you bring to me. (The ones with a bold black Stampin' Up! logo.)
Yesterday, my package from UPS arrived. It carried all kinds of beauties that won't be available to you until June (unless your a demonstrator).  Oh, and I guess I did buy a few ink refills for retiring colors but mostly my box was filled with the new colors and a few new stamp sets. I am eager to start some new projects- I just love the new colors, The Cherry Cobbler is just well, delicious.....BUT this week's personal challenge will be to use retiring product.  I have gotta make every scrap of paper and drop of ink stretch.
Happy Stamping,

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Scrapbooks, Cards, And Photography...Oh My!

I am working on scrapbooks for my two sons and will post pages and ideas here soon. 
I make cards any time I have an excuse and then even when I don't. 
I also love photography and sometimes get paid to take pictures.  But mostly I stay home with my boys and take care of them.
If you would like to see my photography go to  I live and work in Tucson.
I hope to be back soon with lots of inspiration!
Have a creative day!