Memories & More: Come Sail Away

Do you love the SAILING HOME BUNDLE on page 145 in the annual catalog?  If so, you'll want to add the COME SAIL AWAY MEMORIES & MORE CARD PACK (page 171).  In the pack you get 50 double sided cards in 2 sizes, single-sided laser-cut cards and 4 sticker sheets!  Great for your summer scrapbook or for making quick and easy cards!  (ps:  great guy stuff!)



Delightfully Detailed Suite

I think the Delightfully Detailed Specialty Designer Series Paper  is very special and you will too!  It can turn ordinary projects into beautiful, elegant works of art with little effort.  Have you seen the papers on page 189 of the catalog?  But beyond just the paper is the Delightfully Detailed Suite on page 38 & 39 in the catalog.  You have so many products included in the suite to create dozens of cards, tags or scrapbook pages.  Watch as Natalie gives you a tour of the suite.

You can pick up any of the products in the suite in my online store. 

Susan Elise

Memories and More Video

Below is a video from Stampin' Up! showcasing the Memories and More card packs.  There are so many products in the packs that you can really create some wonderful projects.  I love the card packs in general because of all the ingredients you have at your finger tips.  It makes it all so easy.... 

You can take a look at all our card packs in my online store.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

Susan Elise

Sale-A-Bration Day 4.

Another great FREE product from the SALE-A-BRATION  catalog is the
Memories & More Sweet Soiree card pack.  The pack contains 72 total double-sided cards in two sizes ~ 3" x 4" and 4" x 6".  You can find more about Stampin' Up!'s 'Memories & More' products on page 190 in the annual catalog.  They are super for scrapbooking, pocket pages and cards.  The card below is one I made, quickly, from the SAB card pack! 


Fast Flower Card

The center design is from the card pack.  So easy to just pop a pretty printed card on a base card, write a short note inside (or stamp Happy Birthday) and send it to a friend.  And, did I tell you that all the cards are double sided?  This kit makes creating fun and easy!




Project Life is available for order today!

Project Life is available TODAY to help you document life using photos and journaling in a quick, simple and fabulous way!  Stampin' Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins who created Project Life originally.  It's all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them!

Project Life live today!

Recipe swap album covers...

Our Recipe Swap was Sunday afternoon in the Cat/Art Studio ~ lots of fun and good food!  I thought you might like to see some of the album covers from the swap.  The album that we used is new in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog, details below ~


Album ~ Becky
Album cover by Becky Carpenter

Album ~ Marti
Album cover by Marti Jones




Album ~ Adrienne
MDS Album cover by Adrienne Allen

Thanks for stopping by ~ tomorrow I will show you some of our recipe pages!  If you have any questions ~ give me a call ~ 757-641-9354.



Concept Artist Fun.....

May Paper Pumpkin

When I was helping to design this kit I knew I wanted to make something that would be a fun and easy way to use Instagram photos.  (I absolutely love Instagram photos and I loved putting this little mini album together using my growing stash.) After I finished my cute little album, I started playing around with other ways to use this kit. Here is what I came up with!

These cards were super-simple to put together. I used the Woodgrain Background Stamp to add some texture to the Whisper White Cardstock, added a few ink splatters, then stamped the little arrow stamp. I didn’t want the “Love this” on the card, so when I stamped it I just used a piece of tape to cover the word on the ink pad, then pulled it off before I stamped it on the paper. You can also use a Stampin’ Write Marker to mask out an unwanted piece of the stamp. I love the Polaroid frames in this kit! They look so cute on these cards with a little washi tape on top and the punched out heart in the middle.  So simple and fun. 

I also thought it would be fun to do a little scrapbooking with this kit. I took my favorite photos from the month of February and put together a few pages to remember our February. I used My Digital Studio to add some journaling to the photos and the paper from the kit, but other than that, everything I used came from the kit. I love how it turned out!
The “Best year yet” card came in the mail for my birthday from Anthropologie. I love including things from my everyday life in my scrapbooking. I know I will be using the Love This arrow stamp a ton in other memory keeping projects I am working on.  It is just such a fun and versatile little stamp.

To get the printing on the cute paper that comes with the kit, I just ran it through the printer. I made the quoted tab in My Digital Studio. As you can see, I had a ton of fun adding the little tickets and words all over my pictures. I love how the kit comes with so many.

I hope you guys have as much fun playing with your Paper Pumpkin as I did!

Arika B.
Concept Artist

Documenting April + a few tips and tricks

It’s April! Things are starting to green up and bloom, we are spending more time outside playing . . . or at least we did last year. This year our April has been cold and snowy and I am still waiting for my tulips and the trees in my yard to bloom. Oh well. I so loved working on my pages for April. I say that every month, but it’s true. I love it! There is so much satisfaction in documenting these memories so I will never forget.  

I am getting a little more adventurous with my journaling. I really don’t like my handwriting but I decided to suppress my perfectionist instincts this month and just go for it. I am happy to say that it wasn’t as painful as I had feared. I actually like having some handwriting on my pages.  

This month I have put together some ideas and tricks to help get you started documenting your life.

  1. Fill a card with journaling. If there is a design on the card . . . just journal around it. Don’t want to fill up the whole card? Draw a frame around the card with a Stampin’ Write Marker.

2. Journal around an object. Here I used the uni-ball Signo Gel Pen to journal around the frame on this Happy Easter card. I love the white handwriting on the black card!

3. Don’t be afraid to add journaling to a card . . . even if it doesn’t look like it was made for journaling.

4. Add fun bold type over your photo using My Digital Studio. The font I used here is Abadi MT for “play” and Arial for the ampersand.

Add a frame of journaling around a photo.

6. Use the pattern on the Designer Series Paper for journaling.

Make the page protector work for you. Here I cut out the long horizontal photo strip on the page protector and just sewed the pieces I wanted to use back together.

Make a fun envelope to hold the journaling on subjects that are close to your heart.

Color on your washi tape. I love, love, love, washi tape. To add a different look to the gray-striped Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, I colored it with Melon Mambo and Lucky Limeade Stampin’ Write Markers.

Add a journaling card in an unexpected way. Originally this journaling card was 3" x 4" with lines on it for journaling. I love the hello sunshine sunburst, so I just cut off the bottom part and added the top part to my card. (I can use the bottom part later.)

Add a little dimension and flair. I made this little flair button by running the large Soda Pop Tops through the Big Shot. It is then the perfect size for a little saying punched out with the 1" Circle Punch.

I hope this helps to get you inspired to dive in and start recording the moments in your life.

Arika B.
Concept Artist