Friday, August 31, 2012

True Scrap 4: class descriptions & sneak peeks!

I’ve got fun news to share – the class descriptions and sneak peaks are up on the True Scrap 4 website! To view ALL 15 inspiration packed classes, the descriptions, and sneak peeks, head on over and check it out - look for “Instructors (class descriptions here)” - to see the sneak peeks. Don’t forget to sign up for the Early Bird Notification List so you don’t miss a thing!

My class for TS4 is called: Stretch Your Sketch! :-)


Class description:

Stretch Your Sketch: Take Creative Control of Your Scrapbook Sketches - It’s time to take creative control of those sketches and make them work for you. Join Gretchen Schmidt as she shows you how to adapt several sketches into different sizes of scrapbooking layouts, cards, and even a mini-album! Spend more time scrapbooking and less time trying to figure out what goes where. Learn how to make multiple layouts from one sketch like a pro and get those layouts done.


Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

welcome baby | card


Things are finally settling down and I carved out some time to make my younger brother and his wife a card congratulating them on their first child, a brand new baby boy. :-)

I used a Sizzix Flip-its die and some cute stamps from The Stamps of Life for my card. I decided I wanted a coordinating envelope so I stamped a row of duckies on the bottom of one and wa-la! everything is matchy matchy! 





The Flip-its are a one piece construction so when you pull the ends apart, it flips open. I stamped a simple rattle on the inside because I wanted to leave some space to write a personalized greeting.


  • Cut two Circle Flip-its cards, one out of white and one out of patterned paper. Cut the patterned paper card away from the circle along the fold line lines and then glue those two cut pieces down onto your white card front. Round corners of card.
  • Use the Circle Framelits to cut two circles that will fit onto the center of the Circle Flip-its front, one out of darker cardstock and one out of white. Glue down darker circle, stamp sentiment and image onto white and glue down that piece also.
  • Stamp an image on the top inside circle of your Circle Flip-its card and then tie a ribbon on the right hand side.
  • Lastly, stamp a row of images onto the bottom of hand portion of your envelope. ta-da! Your card and matching envelope are complete.

Stamps: onesie4baby, basic4abc (The Stamps of Life). Other: patterned paper – Planetarium (Super Stud, Bella Blvd); cardstock, ribbon.

Welcome to the world baby Brooks! :-)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

(not so) wordless Wednesday | new car and back to school

whew! Okay, now that I have a minute to breath… a new blog post!

Saturday was a pretty exciting day!


My husband and 17 year old son where out car shopping. My son had a goal: work, save money, buy a car. He finally saved enough money and on Saturday, he got his very first car (a 2006 Nissan Altima). We’re so proud of him! I don’t ever remember having that much money in my bank account when I was 17… impressive!

My first car did not look this nice. It was a piece of poo, rust colored, Toyota Tercel. I have to say, my 17 year old self is slightly jealous. ha.

Monday was the first day of school!


Summer is officially over! My oldest son is a senior this year and my younger son is a 5th grader. My daughter is now in her second week of college… she actually took a picture on her first day of school last week. I was so happy to see it! I meant to ask her to take one but things were hectic and I never did. She ended up doing it on her own! Maybe my habitual picture taking has rubbed off on her (one could only hope!)

True Scrap 4 class descriptions and sneak peeks are coming soon!


If you’re already signed up for the notification list, you might even get a little something today. If you’re not, then head on over and get your name on that list so you don’t miss a thing. ;-)

Happy Wednesday everyone!!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

coming soon: True Scrap 4


True Scrap 4, the coolest online virtual paper crafting event in the galaxy, is coming in October! The fun and shenanigans have already begun, and you won’t want to miss a thing. That’s why I suggest you get on the Early Bird Notification list. Just head over HERE and enter your email address… easy-peasy! You will also be able to check out a sneak peek video of the FANTASTIC True Scrap 4 instructors!

Sign up NOW to get on the early bird notification list, where you’ll receive:

  • Advance notice of all True Scrap announcements!
  • Special discounts, specials, and offers – including one as soon as you sign up!
  • Exclusive behind-the-scene info, blooper reels, goodies, and more!

I’m excited to announce that I will be teaching an all new class! I’ll be sharing sneaks peeks for my class for True Scrap 4 in the next month!

Sign up now so you won’t miss out!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

you’re a great friend | tutorial

Hi everyone! I’ve got a new tutorial to share with you today featuring Karen Burniston’s Thanks Pop `n Cuts (PNC) insert plus a few other Sizzix dies. I’m also using some awesome papers from Simple Stories, they are quickly becoming a new favorite for me.


Let’s make the card!


Cut your main card base out of patterned paper using the Sizzix Pop `n Cuts XL Die base tray. Fold your card in half and then round your top left and right corners. The lower corners are automatically cut thanks to the PNC base tray.


Use the Labels & Buttons die to cut a label shape out. Stamp your sentiment onto the label and ink the edges.


Outline your card with a black pen and assemble your card front. Layer two coordinating paper strips on the front of your card and then add your label onto the center of those strips. The front of your card is complete!


On to the inside! Add your PNC Thanks insert into your PNC base tray. Make sure your tick marks line up.


Cut your inside piece of patterned paper to 4” x 11” and lay it right side down onto your Thanks PNC insert, centering between the PNC main cut lines. Run your die and paper through your Big Shot machine. By trimming your paper to 4” wide, you will be creating a small border on the inside of your card when it is fully assembled.


Once your Thanks PNC piece is cut, fold according to package directions. You’re basically making four folds. One at the top shelf, one above the word (or image), one at the bottom of the word (or image), and then the final fold is at the base of the card where the card folds in half. easy-peasy! Once you can fold one Pop `n Cut, you can fold them all!


Fold your Thanks PNC piece of paper in half and lay it down onto the front of the Brackets On The Edge Die. You are cutting the edges on the opposite side of the fold. Secure it down with removable tape or a Post It Note (I used some Washi tape!). Run your die through your Big Shot to give your patterned paper ends a decorative edge.


Outline your Thanks PNC piece of paper with a black pen and glue it to the inside of your card base. Use the Thanks Sizzlits set to cut out “thanks” and glue the letters onto the front of your Thanks PNC piece. The insert die and Sizzlit set coordinate perfectly giving a nice border to the word thanks!


Use your PNC Base Tray to cut one star from the Movers & Shapers Star & Circle set.


To finish off the inside of your card, add a thin strip of coordinating patterned paper towards the bottom of the card and add the stars as shown in the example.

Other: Red cardstock (unknown)

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you liked the tutorial! :-)