Christmas in … April?

Quite a few years ago I stumbled across a community of the most wonderful people:  card makers, scrapbookers and all other types of paper crafters.  The community is Splitcoast Stampers and though I’ve taken a break, the site is still up and going strong.

I’ve joined in a swap “Crazy for Christmas” that celebrates all year long with image and dp swaps.  This past month was my first playing along but I look forward to many more.  Thanks for the fun kit Paola!

The thought of having a few cards done before the “I need to mail Christmas cards” panic sets in, isn’t a bad thing either.



Stamp:  Emerson Elf – Whipper Snapper Stamps
Sentiment stamp:  Stampendous
Paper:  Peace, Love, Joy – Creative Imaginations
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Color:  Prismacolor Premier Pencils
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Scrapbooking old pictures is so much fun.  This is a picture of my daughter – taken about 26 years ago.  I guess I’m a little behind on the scrapbooking thing 🙂

I’m having fun doing 12 x12 layouts for a single picture.  The possibilities are endless for layout and embellishing.  This is a simple page:  Glitz Design’s Pretty In Pink and Love You Madly for the background and embellishments.  Papertrey Ink and Gina K for the picture frame.

More pages to come.  Pages for both kids 12 x 12 albums and a few for the 8 x 8 albums.  I have endless paper and embellishments to use up and LOTS of photos.  It may never end.



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She’s Remarkable

A few weeks ago I spent a weekend sorting pictures.  I had them everywhere: boxed, albums, plastic storage containers.  I pulled everything out and sorted them by broad categories:  my daughter, my son, Christmas, family, the twins etc etc.

Of course, seeing them all made me realize that I had a lot of opportunity to do some catch up scrapbooking. I also realized that I had a lot of pages that were started but never finished.  The kids’ books are the old style Creative Memories which I discovered yesterday were discontinued in 2008 (yes, it’s been a while).  I’m on a quest for old style pages so I can at least get these books done before moving on to another style/brand.  Thank heavens for Ebay 🙂

Scrapbooking styles have certainly changed over the years  and I am thinking about reworking some of the older pages too.  I definitely  have more than enough to keep me busy for a decade or so 🙂

I have a few pages to share over the next week or so but this one is just so….  Amanda.



Album – Creative Memories
Paper –  My Minds Eye:  Stella & Rose, Gina K
Embellishments – My Minds Eye:  Stella & Rose
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Planner Fun

Planners are a fun way to combine a practical calendar with creativity.  I’ve been stamping in mine more and wanted to share some pages I’ve spruced up with Gerda Steiner’s Llama Tell You stamp set.

I’m a bit obsessed with the Gerda Steiner line lately.  There are so many cheeky images and they lend themselves to so many uses.


I used three elements from the set:  one of the llamas, the rolling armadillo and one of the cacti.  One thing I discovered:  my Happy Planner pages fit into my Misti.  It makes stamping images exactly where I want them so easy.


The sticker that I added just cracked me up consider it’s over the rolling armadillo.  He certainly is trying.


If you don’t stamp in your planner, give it a go.  It’s a fun way to personalize your pages and give you some coloring time that preserves your history.


Planner:  Happy Planner 360
Stamps:  Gerda Steiner Designs Llama Tell You
Ink:  Versafine, Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Color:  Primacolor Premier
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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #198

One of the things I am trying to do is play along with a some challenges. I’d some some MORE challenges but you have to do at least one in order to do more and well…

I checked with my fabulously crafty niece Sami, and she gave me a list of her favorites. I decided to play along with Atlantic Hearts sketch challenge this week.  Here is my version:


And here is the sketch:


It’s a pretty cool sketch and I had a little fun with it.  I have an idea for a scrapbook page based on this too.  Head on over to Atlantic Hearts and check out all the other creations.  I’m always so interested to see what other people do with the same sketch.  There is so much amazing talent out there.



Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  Unity Stamp
Embossing Powder:  Gina K
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx, Versafine Embossing
Color:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Prismacolor Premier Pencils, Wink of Stella
Die:  Elizabeth Crafts



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