Tuesday, January 15, 2019

changes

All good things must come to an end. As of last week, I will no longer be designing stamps for Papertrey Ink. It was my choice. It is time for the next thing that I am wanting from life. Sometimes things fit and click, and other times, well, they don't. Its okay. This has been weighing heavy on my heart for some time now. Last week my decision was made. I know that this is the right choice as my heart is happy. God has been speaking to me. My trust in Him and His plan for me needs to deepen and I need to have the quiet to hear. My heart is pulling me towards something new and the flutter of my heart and soul cannot be ignored any more.

Designing stamps and dies for Papertrey Ink was quite the learning curve. I barely scratched the surface of the learning I need, but the team was so kind and helpful. I will always appreciate and admire each of them greatly.

For over 10 years I have been working in the paper crafting industry. The opportunities I have been given are nothing short of amazing and I do not take any of them for granted! Every company I have had the privilege of working with and for has been filled with wonderful people. Creative people with a passion and incredible ideas. I have learned so much and they have helped make me the designer I am today. So I leave with gratitude. Tons of it.

I am not going anywhere. I will be now and forevermore in love with cards, card-making, card-mailing, and paper crafting. Right now, I have some lofty goals and plans. But I am not sure how to get there. Or even sure of the clear image of what my end-goal looks like. Right now, it's fuzzy, but the dream, the drive, and the passion is strong. Stronger than any feeling I have had in some time.

My stamps, dies, and stencils are still available for purchase. Grab them now via the link on the right hand side of my blog, while you have the chance. Especially as they will be collector's items for sure. Not even. Trying in my lame attempt to bring levity to the situation...

Thank you for always supporting me. Hanging with me. Following me on my crazy paths. Learning from whatever I happen to be exploring at the moment. Your sweet messages always mean so much to me. Not sure I could ever express my thanks enough.

Off to the next adventure.

Always and forever Sincerely Yours,



Friday, January 4, 2019

NEW Mini Evolution Advanced from We R Memory Keepers


ETA: Here is the shopping link http://gohsn.co/WeRMemoryKeepers

The 24 hour craft day on HSN is Tuesday!

The latest die cutting machine from We R Memory Keepers is arriving at HSN! Be sure and check your local listings for the times that this new machine will be available. Not only the machine, but also some really cute products that will be exclusive to HSN! I was excited to play with these new goodies and share them with you!
The Mini Evolution Advanced is the cutest little die cutting machine there ever was! This machine packs all the punch of a larger machine, but in a portable size. The size is really great for people who craft in a small space!
The machine comes with the plates you need for both die cutting and embossing. Simple and easy, the plates are labeled clearly, like all great tools from We R Memory Keepers!
This exclusive kit comes with a mini Precision Press Advanced. The stamps that  come with the kit are designed to line up perfectly inside the press. The base of the stamp is actually notched to line up with the pegs!
After being able to build up layers of stamped images, that are lined up perfectly, you can then use the combo die/embossing folders to take these images to a whole new level. I have never seen anything like this before and the idea is SO clever!
See the details? And the images can be bent to add even more dimension! Look at those hearts!! Be sure and check in with We R Memory Keepers and HSN this weekend on Instagram for more information and details. Happy Weekend! 

Sincerely Yours,

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers 2019- Mail It Monday


The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers is here! Whew! That's kind of a lot to say, but I truly hope that this calendar inspires you to not only create cards, but also to send them! This project has been quite a long time in the making, and I know that my fellow 
card-mailers will love it! 

One of the topics often discussed in our community over at Mail It Monday on Instagram, is that people are looking for more reasons to send cards, and for more people to send cards to. The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers will bring plenty of ideas your way, all year long!

By clicking the link above, you will be taken to a PDF file that you can download and print. The first link is to the cover page. Then, each month, I will be releasing another calendar. The calendar will be full of special days of the month, along with special weeks. Some might be silly, some serious, but all there to inspire your card-making and then card-mailing fun!

Click here: JANUARY for the downloadable PDF. Feel free to print it out. Also, feel free to share it with others!

In January there is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Pharmacist's Day, Cuddle Day, and so many more. Let these days help you discover people to whom you can mail cards. Or use the days to inspire you to create cards for another time. Or just use the days to make yourself laugh and bring a smile to your own day!

If you are new to Mail It Monday, first of all, welcome! Mail It Monday began with my need to remember to mail the cards I was making. Each Monday, using the hashtag #MailItMonday, we all encourage one another to send love, send cards. Join in our growing community by following along on Instagram. There is no charge, no fees, no commitment. Find other card-mailers like yourself to connect with. We share cards, card tips, products, card drives, and a ton of encouragement. People have connected, begun friendships, and even started card exchanges. I would LOVE to see you join in!

Sincerely Yours,

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Happy New Year - a look back at 2018


Its almost time to ring in a new year! Hard to believe that 2019 is here already! 

I thought it would be fun to look back on a few of my favorite projects for the year. Underneath each photo, I will share a link to the original post. So if you want to learn more, or are interested in the products used, you can find it quickly and easily.

This first card may possibly be my favorite of the year. Reason being is, I envisioned this card quite a long time ago. Then, I was able to bring it to life, not only by creating it, but also using products that I designed! Once again releasing products with Papertrey Ink has been quite surreal! Its a huge learning curve each and every time. I am grateful for the challenge. But most of all, I am beyond thrilled when I see someone else using my products. Its indescribable really. Thank you for wanting to use the products that start as a crazy idea in my head. It truly is sharing a piece of yourself with the world when you design products. Thank you for encouraging me with your purchases!

More craziness from inside my head. When I designed Color Block Stencils, I wanted the creation of a trendy, yet timeless, color blocked background to be simple. These stencils allow you to ink unique backgrounds easily, as they line up with the outside of a standard A2 card.

Bold Basics was a stamp set that I also designed to work with Color Block Stencils. How elegant is this card when paired with florals?! The color combinations are endless. From girly to a card for the guys, I am very proud of the stencils!

This Love Word die is another one of my designs, but this carries an even larger piece of me as that is my very own handlettering! I was writing the word for a lettering challenge and Jennifer McGuire saw it and said she NEEDED it as a die! After I picked myself up off the floor, of COURSE I made it into a die! :D 

While this word die was released for the wedding season, with Valentine's Day approaching, I will be taking it out again!! For a video tutorial on this die and all the creative ways you can use it click here: 10 Ways to Be Creative with Die Cut Words

This card is on the top of my favorites list for sure! Colored pencils combined with a beautiful stencil from Gina K Designs! Stencils are a personal favorite tool for me. So much so, that I created a video tutorial showing you: 

This card started my obsession with a fall color palette. It was inspired by a floral arrangement I saw at Michael's. Fresh and trendy, I continued to be head-over-heels for it for months! The gorgeous image from Gina K Designs didn't hurt things either. Also, pop over to the blog post and check out how an accident made a lovely accent on this card! 

My favorite fall color palette paired up with a Die Kit of the Month from Spellbinders on this card. Along with sneaking in my own Color Block Stencils. I still love gold...


More Spellbinders fun, along with Pebbles. Pebbles has this sweet aesthetic that always calls to me. I guess you could say it is my happy place for supplies! 


I had to share a layout for this year. I still love taking photos. So much. But, I often forget to share them. This layout was of a trip my husband and I took in February. My husband was a finalist for Engineer of the Year at his company. It was an impressive feat as there are over 6,000 engineers in his company! We were taken on an all-expenses paid trip to Palm Beach, Florida. However, our first trip alone in over 8 years was quickly ruined as we both came down with Influenza A. We spent the time in bed with Tylenol, in a stunning hotel, on the ocean. Glad I was able to capture a few lovely shots of the scenery before it all hit!
At least we were together...

Mail It Monday moved itself over to Instagram and the community has grown immensely! There are over 1400 card-mailers joining in each week! Encouraging one another to mail cards. We share card drives for those needing extra love. Friendships have been formed. Small groups of card exchanges have begun. Its been so wonderful to watch how it grows. We would love for you to join in as well! Find Mail It Monday on Instagram. And if you want to become involved, simply post with the hashtag #mailitmonday. Your post will remind people to send love, send cards.

Once again, I want to end this year full of thanks and gratitude. Thank you for continuing to visit me here and on Instagram and on YouTube. Thank you for the comments, emails, and messages. I love them all---from kind comments to questions! Thank you for purchasing items through my affiliate links.When you click, you sent a small amount of money back my way. Those purchases help pay for swim lessons, tuba lessons, bass guitar lessons, and more. Being able to help my family in this way means so very much to me! I would hug you, if I could! Thank you for continuing to love the paper crafting industry. For supporting all the small businesses run by moms like me. Thank you for buying my stamps and dies as well! Thank you friends, thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Hey, from the very tips of my toes!

Happiest of New Years to you and yours! May 2019 be full of more happiness than sadness, more love than loss, and more wonderful moments of life!

Sincerely Yours,
All supplies are linked in the original posts. Thank you!

Monday, December 17, 2018

kiss me at midnight - New Year's Eve treats

The tradition is to kiss the one you love at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. Well, when you have an almost 13 year-old who thinks kissing is about as gross as it gets, you find a way to get creative. He does love Hershey kisses, so stepping them up with a fun punch board from We R Memory Keepers worked to keep the tradition alive, without grossness. Ha!

(The blue-wrapped kisses are cookies & cream flavored. Yum.)

Using the Emoji Punch Board, I created these cute kissy faces for the bottom of the chocolate kisses. Punching these takes about 3 seconds and is made even speedier when you use the pre-cut paper pads that are also available!

Using the Word Punch Board, I also made a little card to put next to the bowl of treats. Its good to label what is happening. Keeps the fear away from middle-schoolers. Hopefully this handmade touch brings some memorable fun to the party. And not cooties. 

For more details, including instructions and tips, visit the We R Memory Keepers Blog.


Sincerely Yours,
Supplies listed with affiliate links. Thank you!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Papertrey Ink December Release - Now available!

The December release from Papertrey Ink is now available! What a lovely selection of products! Thanks for following along as I got to join in the team this month! Have fun shopping!

The new release. Affiliate links used. Thank you! :D

Friday, December 14, 2018

Papertrey Ink December Countdown Day 5

We have reached the final day of the countdown! Papertrey Ink's December release will be available on December 15 at 10 PM EST! I will be sure and have a post ready to remind you to shop. Not that you will need a reminder with all this cuteness! :D

Today I get to show off the most ridiculously cute stamp set with coordinating dies that you have ever seen! Its adorable. I want to hug this bear. Now! Super huge squishy hugs! Betsy Veldman has hit it out of the park again with this set, Bear Hugs! 

This bear has SO many little details to add, you will be amazed! You can stamp his body in many different ways-allowing you to be uber creative! The over-the-top part about this bear? He hugs things! From this heart, to flowers, to his very own little teddy bear! I can't even with the cuteness! The sentiments in the set are also fantastic and you will honestly find yourself grabbing for them on more than just cards with this bear. 

This bear needed a sweet place to land on this card and the new Shape Shifters : Oval 4 is perfection! I used the two outer images. The largest image is an oval outlined in hearts, where the hearts cut away. The middle oval is one that does not cut, but creates the arrows in the card stock. How is that for phenomenal detail?!?

Well, that is a wrap on the release. It has been so much fun playing along this month! Don't miss out on link to the rest of the team and their crazy talented projects, details on the products, and as always, a chance to win at the Papertrey Ink Blog!






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