Wednesday, June 27, 2012

True Scrap 3 NOW AVAILABLE for INDIVIDUAL purchase!

I’ve got some great news to share - if you weren't able to take part in True Scrap 3 you can now purchase each class individually to create your own custom event! Purchase only the classes you want. Get immediate access to over 20 hours of video instruction. Watch from the comfort of your own home! And at $12.95 $9.99 each for a limited time, these are a STEAL!!! Click the banner below (or the one in the sidebar) to pick and choose classes from your favorite instructors.

The $9.99 is a special release price good through July 7, 2012. On July 8, these classes will return to the regular price of $12.95 each (still a great bargain!)

Jumpstart Your Art: Do you ever go into your creative space to make a layout and hear crickets in the background because you just don’t where to start? It feels like creative paralysis – the mojo has left the building. We’ve all been there! Gretchen’s got some fun projects, creative ideas, and tips to help get you back on track when you’re just not feeling it. She’ll provide plenty of examples to help you jumpstart your creativity and get back into the scrapbooking groove in no time.

To purchase my class or any of the awesome classes offered, just click on one of the banners or this link and you can take as few or as many as you want. Enjoy!

Kit N` Kaboodle: Gorgeous Kits From Your Stash

Today’s the day! My FREE scrapinar is tonight so if you haven’t already signed up, please so. The more the merrier! And if you can’t make it tonight – no worries. You’ll be able to catch it on replay but you have to pre-register. Sign up now!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

tomorrow is scrapinar day, shopping, and a layout

Are you all signed up for my free scrapinar, Kit N’ Kaboodle: Gorgeous Kits From Your Stash? Tomorrow is the big day!

If you cant make it tomorrow night that’s okay, you’ll just need to pre-register to make sure you can get the replay which will be made available for a short time. Sign up today!



I tend to go in spurts when shopping. I hadn’t really purchased anything in a while so on my latest shopping spree with Karen I picked up this new goodies. I am loving everything, especially the Paper Smooches stamps. I can’t wait to use them on some new projects… since I have lots to do before CHA, that works out. ;-)

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I’m still working on sharing all my layouts from LOAD. This one happens to be a favorite… my bigs. Just talking. Melts my heart! I can’t say enough good things about the LOAD challenge, the next time there is one, I’m definitely signing up.

Supplies: Straw cardstock (Bazzill), Tags (Dear Lizzy, American Crafts), It’s My Type alpha stamp (medium size, Ma Vinci), buttons, patterned paper (from my stash), black pen.

I have lots on my crafty agenda for today so I’d better get to it. Hope you have a great week!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Heroes Card Drive!!!!!

A post went up on the Lawnscaping blog that I wanted to share with everyone because it’s a cause near and dear to my heart. I have copy and pasted the following from the Lawnscaping blog and am sharing it with permission.

Hello there!  Welcome to the Heroes Card Drive!

This drive has been months in the making, and we are so excited to bring it to you at last, because it's a cause that's very near and dear to our hearts, and affects at least one of us here at Lawnscaping in a very personal way.

You may or may not be aware that our sweet Laurel's husband Christian has left just this week on deployment with the U.S. Navy. We wanted to do something similar to Operation Write Home, but specifically for the courageous men and women who work and serve along side Christian on his ship. Those who have each other's backs and are keeping each other safe while they are away from their families.

We would so love for you to get involved.

We are looking for quality, handmade cards FOR OUR TROOPS TO SEND to their loved ones. Out on the field, many of our soldiers do not have the opportunity to purchase a card to send for their child's birthday or simply to tell their significant other that they love them and are thinking about them. We want to provide them this service.

For the safety and to meet the desires of our troops, we have a few simple guidelines that we would ask you would adhere to:

  • NO STORE BOUGHT CARDS. Cards must be handmade. Use quality products that won't fall off in extreme temperatures. A good quality adhesive is a must. These cards have a long way to travel and once they arrive, they will likely be cherished and kept and perhaps even saved in scrapbooks or collections. Send your best, because our troops and their families deserve nothing less. Make sure that your card will stand the test of time. 
  • ABSOLUTELY NO GLITTER! This is a serious one. Glitter that has flaked off on a soldier's uniform can become a real threat to their lives, as it makes them visible to night-vision goggles. And as anyone who has ever worked with glitter knows, the stuff just gets everywhere. ;o) The last thing we would ever want to do is put one of these brave men and women in harm's way. Glitter glues that do not flake off such as stickles or glitter pens such as Sakura StarDust Jelly Rolls or Copic Atyou Spicas are acceptable.
  • KEEP IT RELATIVELY FLAT. Some dimension is okay, such as lifting images up with pop dots or adding twine or ribbon, but try to save the buttons and other large, bulky embellishments for other projects. We want to make sure these cards make it through the postal system and arrive at their intended destination in one piece.
  • LEAVE THE INSIDE BLANK. We don't want to use up any space that our heroes could potentially use to write their own personal message to their loved ones. In fact, if you use a dark cardstock for your card base that makes it difficult for someone to write legibly on, we ask that you would line the inside with a white or light colored cardstock so that the recipient has no trouble whatsoever discerning their soldier's words.
  • DO NOT SEAL THE ENVELOPE. We want the troops to be able to open it right up, personalize it and send it to their loved ones. For this purpose, please include one blank envelope with each card INSIDE the envelope you mail them in.

Send cards to:

Laurel Beard

P. O. Box 15198

Jacksonville, FL 32239

Card themes that the troops have expressed a desire to receive:

  • Birthday
  • Love
  • Thank You
  • Missing You
  • Thinking of You
  • Blank (no sentiment)

Undesired themes:

  • Wish You Were Here
  • Party Invitations
  • Baby/Bridal Announcement
  • To Mommy/Daddy
  • Retirement/other rare themes

We hope that you will all be excited as we are to help out with this incredibly worthy cause. We will begin collecting cards immediately  up through the end of July.

Thank you so much! We appreciate your generosity and can't wait to watch your beautiful cards start rolling in so we can ship them off to our well-deserving heroes!

Please spread the word about this drive. Post this link on all social networking devices. Grab the badge and post it on your blogs linking back to this post!!!! WE WOULD SO GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!!!!!!

~ From the Lawnscaping Blog

Thursday, June 21, 2012

may all your dreams come true card featuring Pop `n Cuts | tutorial

It’s tutorial time! I’ve got a new card to share featuring Karen Burniston’s Pop `n Cuts system from Sizzix and some super cute Lawn Fawn stamps called Critters Ever After.


For this card, I used the Sizzix Pop `n Cuts XL Die Set base tray, the Label Die insert, the Flagpole with Lantern & Sign Sizzlits set, and an On The Edge die.


To start, I created my card base by using just the Pop `n Cuts base tray without the insert. I laid the paper on top, sandwiched my cutting plates and ran it through my Big Shot machine. Once it was through, I just folded the paper in half. The base tray creates a standard A2 card with rounded corners once it’s folded.


Next I stamped the images I wanted to use for the outside and inside of my card, colored them with chalks, and cut them out.


To decorate the front, I used my On The Edge die and coordinating pattered paper to make a decorative border for my card front. I stamped a sentiment onto white cardstock, cut it out, and then glued it onto the front of my card as well as one of my previously stamped images.

Note: I used my scissors to trim my On The Edge border once glued down to my card front to match the rounded corners.


To create the banners for the front and inside of my card, I used my Flagpole with Lantern & Sign Sizzlits set and cut 7 flag pieces.


I added adhesive to the inside of the flags, folded them over a piece of embroidery floss and then glued them all down to the upper left portion of my card in a curve. I knotted then trimmed the ends of my embroidery floss and glued it down to the front of my card also.


For the inside, I inserted my Label die into the Pop `n Cut base tray making sure to line up the tick marks on the tray and insert (this makes sure the pop up portion of the card is centered). I laid my paper down and ran it through the machine then I folded the paper according to package directions, creating the inside piece for my card.


To create the decorative edges, I folded the inside piece in half and laid the ends on top of my On The Edge die that I wanted to use, then ran it through my Big Shot machine. I then adhered the inside piece to my card base.


To create a matching label to go over the Label portion that pops out, I cut a smaller piece of patterned paper to fit the area I needed. I laid it on top of my Pop `n Cut insert that was in my base tray and ran it through my machine again. To finish it off, I used scissors to snip the connected portions apart and glued it onto the label portion.

Note: Make sure to put the side of the paper you want to use down onto the die so when it’s all cut out and you glue it on, it matches perfectly.


For the poles, I used my Flagpole with Lantern & Sign Sizzlits set and cut two pieces out plus the rounded top portions. I added adhesive to the inside of the trifolds, added the top round portion to the center of that trifold, and then folded them together.


To add my poles to the inside of my card. I cut 1” off of the end of each one and used adhesive to secure them to the back of my Label cut out. I cut the 1” off to ensure that the tops of the poles would not poke out of the card when the card was closed.

Next I glued down my stamped image to the Label cut out. I also stamped a sentiment on white, cut it out, and glued it down right beneath that image.


My final step was to add the flag banners to the inside. I tied embroidery floss to one pole end and hung a flag temporarily on the floss in the center of the poles to help me decide on my placement. Once I decided on my placement, I tied the other end to the second pole using the hanging flag as a guide.

Once the embroidery floss was tied, I added adhesive to the flags and folded them over the floss to secure them.


As a finishing touch I added the frog to the lower right hand portion on the inside of the card. I then added a few little pearls into the frogs crown to give it just a bit more pop. I also went back and added two pearls to either side of the front sentiment.


I absolutely love how how this turned out… the effect of the hanging flags is so cool! I’m pretty excited that I finally got to use my Critters Ever After stamp set too, it’s so flippin’ cute!

As Hannibal from the A-Team would say (and I’m totally dating myself here), “I love it when a plan comes together.”


Other: embroidery floss, pearls.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Look for Pop `n Cuts at a retailor near you soon!