11:33 am - Thu, Jul 3, 2014
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Yes, I’ve been majorly slacking.

I took a break for a bit while I got settled in to my apartment…but that was almost a year ago. I’ve been slowly getting back into crafting, though, and have some new things to share.

The biggest thing is that I decided to open an Etsy shop. Currently there are only three products available, but I wanted to get it up and running while I work on new projects. Here are some previews as to what you’ll see if you visit my shop:

I’m super excited about starting this and I hope I get successful with it! I had a lot of fun coming up with this different ideas, so I hope you all like them!

If you’re interested, here is the LINK to check it out. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

1:15 pm - Fri, May 30, 2014
It was my best friend’s birthday earlier this month and since it’s been awhile I decided to make a new card for her rather than go through my pre-made collection. 
A few months ago my mom sent me a whole bunch of new products so I figured it was time to test them out. I think I love the circle die cuts better than the punch, 1. because there are a bunch of different sizes and some that aren’t in a punch, and 2. sometimes I’m just so uncoordinated when it comes to the punch - I seem to always shake and move the paper out of position.
This was also my first time experimenting with the decorative tape and I can’t say I’m disappointed! This stuff is so much fun and it’s super easy to use. I can’t wait to get all the new colors from the new catalog!

It was my best friend’s birthday earlier this month and since it’s been awhile I decided to make a new card for her rather than go through my pre-made collection.

A few months ago my mom sent me a whole bunch of new products so I figured it was time to test them out. I think I love the circle die cuts better than the punch, 1. because there are a bunch of different sizes and some that aren’t in a punch, and 2. sometimes I’m just so uncoordinated when it comes to the punch - I seem to always shake and move the paper out of position.

This was also my first time experimenting with the decorative tape and I can’t say I’m disappointed! This stuff is so much fun and it’s super easy to use. I can’t wait to get all the new colors from the new catalog!

8:19 pm - Sat, Aug 24, 2013

See? I have been busy. Being home alone with no money to go out leaves lots of time for crafting. This was time consuming, but super super easy. It was inspired by this one.)

First, I went to the dollar store and picked up two pieces of foam poster board. I measured them to find they were 30” x 20” so I could make 5” squares of paper and have 6 squares across and 4 down. After cutting the squares I cut them in half diagonally. I arranged all the diagonals out on the floor into a pattern I liked before sticking them onto the board with double-stick tape. After all the pieces were secure I used a black Sharpie marker to color the edges of the board to give it a more finished edge. Voila! That’s all!

I used all different patterns of SU!’s designer paper (Sycamore Street, International Bazaar, Neutrals, and Bright), plain cardstock (So Saffron, Basic Black, and Lucky Limeade), and Silver Glimmer Paper.

8:00 pm
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I know, I know. It’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve updated. But, in that time I’ve moved halfway across the country and moved into an apartment by myself, so there’s been a lot going on! I’ve finally settled in for the most part and now I’m just adding some personal pieces to my new place. I bought a plain white lampshade from IKEA with the intent to decorate it to give it some pizzazz. It only took me a month, but it happened. 
It was easy as pie to make and super inexpensive, too (who doesn’t love that?). All I did was take a piece of Stampin’ Up!’s fat quarter fabric and glued it to the shade. 
(For more specific instructions: glued one edge of the fabric to the seam of the lampshade using SU!’s liquid glue and waited for it to dry. Then I pulled the fabric tight around the shade and glued the other edge down. I went around the top and bottom of the shade and glued those edges of fabric down. Now, the fat quarter isn’t quite long enough to cover the entire shade so I used a left over piece of fabric and created a large seam in the back.)
Of course, the lamp wouldn’t be complete without rhinestones! I actually didn’t use SU! rhinestones (even though you totally could), but I have SO MANY left over from when I had to decorate dance costumes so I used those because they are a little bit glitzier. 
Let me know if you need more instruction or pictures of certain steps!!

I know, I know. It’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve updated. But, in that time I’ve moved halfway across the country and moved into an apartment by myself, so there’s been a lot going on! I’ve finally settled in for the most part and now I’m just adding some personal pieces to my new place. I bought a plain white lampshade from IKEA with the intent to decorate it to give it some pizzazz. It only took me a month, but it happened.

It was easy as pie to make and super inexpensive, too (who doesn’t love that?). All I did was take a piece of Stampin’ Up!’s fat quarter fabric and glued it to the shade.

(For more specific instructions: glued one edge of the fabric to the seam of the lampshade using SU!’s liquid glue and waited for it to dry. Then I pulled the fabric tight around the shade and glued the other edge down. I went around the top and bottom of the shade and glued those edges of fabric down. Now, the fat quarter isn’t quite long enough to cover the entire shade so I used a left over piece of fabric and created a large seam in the back.)

Of course, the lamp wouldn’t be complete without rhinestones! I actually didn’t use SU! rhinestones (even though you totally could), but I have SO MANY left over from when I had to decorate dance costumes so I used those because they are a little bit glitzier.

Let me know if you need more instruction or pictures of certain steps!!

11:57 am - Mon, Mar 4, 2013
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I just made a new blog header using My Digital Studio 2! This one is “generic” spring so I can leave it up through the whole season. 
I actually really like how this one turned out - and it only took me one try! Usually I have to restart and come up with different ideas because I’m just not satisfied. What I really like about this one is that I was able to create a butterfly using a flower and window punch as opposed to the simple butterfly punch. I also like how the products are from two different kits - Lemonade Stand and Sycamore Street - but they still coordinate so well!
Head over to my blog here for more information about Stampin’ Up!

I just made a new blog header using My Digital Studio 2! This one is “generic” spring so I can leave it up through the whole season.

I actually really like how this one turned out - and it only took me one try! Usually I have to restart and come up with different ideas because I’m just not satisfied. What I really like about this one is that I was able to create a butterfly using a flower and window punch as opposed to the simple butterfly punch. I also like how the products are from two different kits - Lemonade Stand and Sycamore Street - but they still coordinate so well!

Head over to my blog here for more information about Stampin’ Up!

9:01 am - Mon, Feb 25, 2013
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It’s so difficult to come up with a completely original idea because chances are someone somewhere has done something similar or identical to your idea. That’s the case with this card. I found a picture of a card that I thought had a really interesting layout and I wanted to “copy” it.
The card had the same tag idea with the button/ribbon and pennant and banner hanging off. To change it up and make it my own, I added the strip of ribbon and the chevron embossed piece in the back. The three button brads I moved from the bottom of the tag to the side. I also rotated the card to be a short and wide card as opposed to a tall and narrow card. Of course, I also changed the colors, papers, and stamp sets from the original card.
Supplies used:
Whisper White cardstock
Summer Starfruit cardstock
Sycamore Street Designer Series*
Tangerine Tango ink pad
Sahara Sand ink pad
Itty Bitty Banners stamp set*
Stacks of Wishes stamp set**
Island Indigo 1/4” ribbon*
Pool Party baker’s twine
Pool Party 5/8” wide button*
Vintage Trinkets
Chevron embossing folder
Bitty Banners framelits
Sponge Daubers
Other tools: Big Shot, Paper Snips scissors, paper trimmer, glue stick, and Glue Dots
* A free item you can choose when you spend $50+ in regular catalog merchandise
** When you host a party, a free stamp set you can choose when your party sales reach $150+

It’s so difficult to come up with a completely original idea because chances are someone somewhere has done something similar or identical to your idea. That’s the case with this card. I found a picture of a card that I thought had a really interesting layout and I wanted to “copy” it.

The card had the same tag idea with the button/ribbon and pennant and banner hanging off. To change it up and make it my own, I added the strip of ribbon and the chevron embossed piece in the back. The three button brads I moved from the bottom of the tag to the side. I also rotated the card to be a short and wide card as opposed to a tall and narrow card. Of course, I also changed the colors, papers, and stamp sets from the original card.


Supplies used:

  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Summer Starfruit cardstock
  • Sycamore Street Designer Series*
  • Tangerine Tango ink pad
  • Sahara Sand ink pad
  • Itty Bitty Banners stamp set*
  • Stacks of Wishes stamp set**
  • Island Indigo 1/4” ribbon*
  • Pool Party baker’s twine
  • Pool Party 5/8” wide button*
  • Vintage Trinkets
  • Chevron embossing folder
  • Bitty Banners framelits
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Other tools: Big Shot, Paper Snips scissors, paper trimmer, glue stick, and Glue Dots


* A free item you can choose when you spend $50+ in regular catalog merchandise

** When you host a party, a free stamp set you can choose when your party sales reach $150+

9:57 am - Mon, Feb 18, 2013
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Interchangeable Felt Piece Phone Case

If you remember, for Christmas I made a bunch of felt phone cases for my friends. Well, my mom was a bit jealous so I made one for her birthday. This one is special because it has Velcro pieces that allow her to change up what her case looks like. The ruffle side is the “back” - I didn’t want it to be completely blank because that’s boring and my mom loves girly, ruffly things. (The grey part showing through is the soft, stretchy felt on the inside - I thought it was safer for the phone screen if it was scratchy felt.)

All interchangeable pieces (excluding the shamrock stem) and ruffles were made using the Big Shot and Stampin’ Up! die cuts and framelits. The flower button in the middle of the flower piece is also Stampin’ Up!.

7:54 am - Sun, Feb 17, 2013
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My mom’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to make a card that could be used for both (provided you change the saying). I’m still not sure how I feel about how this card turned out, but she said it’s beautiful so I’ll take that (she’s my mom, though, she has to say that). 
It was too plain without the “distressing” with the sponge and Crumb Cake ink pad so I added some of that around the edges first and then decided to add a bit on the card face itself. Then, everything else was just a bit too clean-cut so I attempted to fray the edges of the ribbon (it was a bit difficult since it was pretty secure with the tape strip).

My mom’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to make a card that could be used for both (provided you change the saying). I’m still not sure how I feel about how this card turned out, but she said it’s beautiful so I’ll take that (she’s my mom, though, she has to say that).

It was too plain without the “distressing” with the sponge and Crumb Cake ink pad so I added some of that around the edges first and then decided to add a bit on the card face itself. Then, everything else was just a bit too clean-cut so I attempted to fray the edges of the ribbon (it was a bit difficult since it was pretty secure with the tape strip).

11:27 am - Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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Crossword Birthday 
We have our group meeting today where every demonstrator in our stamp group gets together, discusses what’s new in the Stampin’ Up! world and shares new ideas. This meeting we’re also doing something a little different - instead of just making one new sample based on a certain technique, product, etc., we’re each making one card and bringing all the supplies with so that every member can make each others’ cards. 
For this one I used the Cross My Heart stamp set and used a black/grey/white color palette to mimic a newspaper. I also tried not to make it frilly (it was so difficult not to add ribbon or sparkle!) so that it could be used as a masculine card.

Crossword Birthday


We have our group meeting today where every demonstrator in our stamp group gets together, discusses what’s new in the Stampin’ Up! world and shares new ideas. This meeting we’re also doing something a little different - instead of just making one new sample based on a certain technique, product, etc., we’re each making one card and bringing all the supplies with so that every member can make each others’ cards.

For this one I used the Cross My Heart stamp set and used a black/grey/white color palette to mimic a newspaper. I also tried not to make it frilly (it was so difficult not to add ribbon or sparkle!) so that it could be used as a masculine card.

12:20 pm - Sat, Feb 9, 2013
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Hearts and Arrows
For Valentine’s Day this year I’m going to give these to my students at the dance studio. I love giving them something a little more personal than just a piece of candy, and I think making something by hand is a good way to do that.
These were actually pretty quick and easy to make (except those silly licorice wrappers - they kept getting bunched up and stuck in the slits in the paper). There was only one stamp and that was easily punched out. Both the largest and smallest hearts are punches so those took all of 2 seconds to do. The chevron arrows were the hardest (and by that I mean took 4 seconds instead of 2). I used the flag from the Hearts a Flutter framelit set and cut small pieces off the one edge. Then all I had to do was glue/glue dot everything together.

Hearts and Arrows


For Valentine’s Day this year I’m going to give these to my students at the dance studio. I love giving them something a little more personal than just a piece of candy, and I think making something by hand is a good way to do that.

These were actually pretty quick and easy to make (except those silly licorice wrappers - they kept getting bunched up and stuck in the slits in the paper). There was only one stamp and that was easily punched out. Both the largest and smallest hearts are punches so those took all of 2 seconds to do. The chevron arrows were the hardest (and by that I mean took 4 seconds instead of 2). I used the flag from the Hearts a Flutter framelit set and cut small pieces off the one edge. Then all I had to do was glue/glue dot everything together.

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