Friday, November 30, 2012

Inspiration Blog Swap with Monica Bradford


Hello all! I’m Monica Bradford and my friend Gretchen, card maker extraordinaire, allowed me to take over her blog today with a guest post! A little blog swap amongst friends if you will. At the end of this post you’ll find a link to Gretchen’s blog entry on my blog.

The idea was to go through each other’s blog and find some inspiration. I didn’t have to go far, I found my inspiration in the first post I saw! Gretchen’s Wishing You Holiday Cheer card captured me immediately and I knew I wanted to use it to inspire my layout! I loved the combination of red and kraft, but it was the red stamping on the kraft that really got me inspired!


Here’s the funny thing about inspiration. I knew I wanted to use Gretchen’s design and color combo but I had no idea what story to scrap. Then Gretchen sent me her layout for my blog and told me that she had been inspired by one of my sports layouts but ended up making a snow layout. And I knew what I was going to scrap, my youngest son’s first soccer season. So I took Gretchen’s snow card and made a sports layout. Crack’s me up how we ended up flip-flopping!


I realize that red, green, white and kraft are often used on Christmas pages, but since my son’s team colors were red and white I knew I could make those colors work on my page. To keep this layout from looking Christmasy I used patterns with more energy like chevron and circles. I knew I wanted to replicate the red stamped sentiment on kraft cardstock. So, I decided it would be fun to take lots of sentiments and use them to create a patterned paper. I also loved the simple white border Gretchen used on her card, but because my border was stretching across two pages I felt it needed a bit of interest. To give it a bit of dimension I stamped a star all the way across. Using white ink on white cardstock gave the dimension I was looking for without adding to the already busy page. My favorite part of the whole process is having yet another sports layout DONE! Thanks Gretchen for the inspiration!


Want to see how I inspired Gretchen and read her blog entry? Head on over to and check it out!

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Want to know a little more about me? I am a work at home mom, of two wonderful boys, living in the Midwest. I spent 12 years as an elementary school teacher, teaching kindergarten and first grade, prior to staying home. Now I spend my days taking pictures, scrapping, and feeding my creative soul! I’ve taught for the popular True Scrap franchise as well as on my own website. You can see all my online classes here. I’m also on Ella Publishing’s Take Twelve Design Team. To keep up with all that is going on with me sign up for inspiration in your inbox (and receive a free PDF with 40 sources of inspiration you’ve never thought of), follow me on facebook, or twitter. I also post regular inspiration videos on my YouTube channel, not to mention a fun music video now and then! Can’t wait to see you around!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Your Stories, Your Life with Lain Ehmann


Lain has an incredible new class coming in December: Your Stories, Your Life. Want to become a better story teller? Then this is the class for you! In this five-day video class, you’ll learn how to share your stories in a meaning full way and capture the memories that matter the most.

You're Stories, Your Life includes:

  • Five Daily Videos
  • Five PDF’s
  • Access to exclusive Flickr group and message board
  • Eternal access to the replay and material

For more details, a video by Lain, and to sign up, check out the class description page. (This isn’t a free class, but it’ll be worth every penny!)

Happy memory keeping!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving recap and a birthday in the house

I always have such high hopes for blogging over the holidays, Thanksgiving was no different. My goal for last Thursday was to actually make an super cute turkey card that said (what else!), “happy Thanksgiving” on it. Since you see no turkey card before this post, I’m sure you can deduce that didn’t happen, lol!

Instead of writing blog entries to set or working on projects that I needed and more importantly – wanted – to make, I did something else. I just relaxed and enjoyed my family. Crazy right?


My daughter came home from college on the November 16th and from there my days were just full. I wanted to spend time with her and then the boys had a short week so things were just buy. A good busy. The kind of busy where the next thing you know it’s Thursday and you’re putting turkey in the oven and then the next thing you know, it’s Monday morning and you’re saying goodbye to that very same daughter that came to visit because it was time for her to go back to school.

Our week consisted of the Renaissance Festival, buying a new tree (we’d had the last one for 11 years!), ice skating, we went out to dinner, and did some normal errand running. We stayed up way to late and woke up way to early and just enjoyed our time. It was perfect!

A Birthday In The House


My youngest is 11 today! He is excited to take treats to school to his friends… so of course I had to get a picture. This past week he was pretty bummed his sister wouldn’t be here for his birthday however. To help remedy that, on Sunday we picked up a ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins to have an early mini celebration, so she could be here. Genius of a mother that I am forgot to take a picture of his cute little (and may I say delicious!) cake. He enjoyed it none the less!

And now? I’m catching up on projects, cleaning, and doing some shopping. I’m also getting ready for December Daily 2012! It starts on Saturday! Cannot wait! I’m also trying to ignore the fact that I think I might be getting sick. Never good. To much to do for that… because there is ever a good time?

Have a great week everyone!


Monday, November 19, 2012

wishing you holiday cheer card | tutorial & video

It’s tutorial time… and there is a video thrown in the mix too! With the holiday’s around the corner, I decided to go with a red and green theme in preparation for Christmas. Today I am creating a card using the Sizzix Ribbon Tree Pop `n Cut insert designed by Karen Burniston as well as the Sizzix Mittens and Snow Globe Framelits and Rubber Stamp Set by Stephanie Barnard.


Making the card


Add your Ribbon Tree PNC insert to your PNC Base Die, making sure your tick marks are lined up. Lay a piece of cardstock over your Base Die that is at least 4-1/4” x 11”, sandwich it up, and run everything through your machine. Your finished card will be 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”.


Remove extra “confetti” from your trees and fold your card in half. Your trees will be on the inside but ignore those for now. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 4-1/4” x 8” and fold in half. Adhere the paper to the outside of your card lining up the folds, making sure not to add any adhesive to the tree.


Lay your card on a flat surface and press your back seem down using your fingernail or a bone folder to make sure your card lays flat.

Video Demo | Assembling the Ribbon Tree Pop `n Cut Insert

Need a little more help on how to assemble your Ribbon Tree Insert? Check out the video below.

Easy peasy, right? You’ll be a PNC Ribbon Tree folding expert in no time!


Stamp and color the Christmas Tree from the Mittens and Snow Globe Framelits Stamp set. Lay the matching tree framelit over the tree, hold in place with a Post It Note, and run through your Big Shot machine.


Add a 4-1/4” x 1/2” strip of white cardstock underneath your patterned paper, overlapping slightly. Stamp sentiment underneath white strip. Place tree above white strip, tucking it underneath the strip just a bit and add Glitter Dots to the appropriate circle spots on the tree. Outline front with black pen and wrap twine around white cardstock.


The front of your card is complete. :-)


Moving on to the inside, use the two snowflake stamps that come with the Mittens and Snow Globe Framelits Stamp Set to randomly stamp snowflakes on the inside of your card. The snowflakes do come with matching framelits but in this case, I decided not to use them and just use the stamps.

Next, cut a tree out of green cardstock and a tree trunk out of brown cardstock using the Noel Sizzlits set. Glue down trunk and tree to the side of the PNC Ribbon Tree that will face out when the card is opened.


Add Glitter Dots randomly to your tree to add some decoration. To adhere the two trees together and make them pop-up, add one Glue Dot at the top inside of one tree. Bring the other tree up, match up the edges, and press together. For more hands on instruction, check out the video above.


Stamp two mittens from the Mittens and Snow Globe Framelits Stamp set and cut them out using the matching mitten framelits.


Use the “let it snow” sentiment from the framelits stamp set and stamp onto the inside of your card. Create a small hole in each mitten as shown, tie together with embroidery floss and glue down onto the lower right hand portion of your card.


The inside of your card is now complete. Red and green and very merry!

Other: Peapod (The Twinery), white embroidery floss, Glitter Dots (Elizabeth Craft Designs), green and brown cardstock (Bazzill), Dual Brush Markers – Secondary (Tombow), small hole punch.

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