I <3 Fall Cards


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I love all things fall…the colors, leaves, weather, fashion, food and smells. As I mentioned before, I have recently discovered Lawn Fawn and I am loving the quality of stamps and style. I wanted to combine these two favs of mine and share the love. I previously posted a card from the Lawn Fawn Happy Feast collection. Here, I made some additional cards to send out this season.

Card #1

Lawn Fawn Happy Feast

Sizzix Flip-its #2 Stamps of Life Frame-lit
Bic Alcohol Markers
The Twinery Twine



Card #2

Lawn Fawn Happy Feast and Say Cheese

Bic Alcohol Markers
The Twinery Twine
Lawn Fawn Say Cheese Die
Simon Says Feather dies
Darice sequins


Card #3

Lawn Fawn Into the Woods

Lifestyle Crafts wonky circle nesting dies
Spellbinders scallop die
The Twinery twine
Bic Alcohol markers


Happy crafting…


Halloween Greetings


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Halloween is such a fun time…candy & dressing up! I’m not very much into the spooky stuff about Halloween…it’s just not my cup of tea. But, I adore the cutesy ghost, candy & colors. I made this little card for my nephew & niece that live quite a distance away. I miss seeing them dressed up and trick or treating. I wanted to send them a greeting to let them know I am thinking of them.


Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK – Card, SQUARE Flip-its #2 from Stamps of Life
Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Copic marker in Cool Grey
The Twinery twine in Lilac
Recollections from Michaels Paper & Stamps
American Crafts stickers
Kraft cardstock
Pop dots 3mm



Sending you all an enchanting Halloween…

— J

Lawn Fawn: Good Fortune

I have been loving browsing at all the blogs/pictures of Lawn Fawn Good Fortune stamp set. I drew several inspirations/ideas from various blogs and incorporated it to this card.

Lawn Fawn Stamps:
Good Fortune and die set
Chevron background

Card base
Memento ink in Tuxedo Black and Ladybug
Pop dots
Twinery twine in Maraschino
Copic markers: Skin tone Ciao collection & Cool Gray
Manga white paper 150lb.
Tim Holtz Distress ink in Tea Dye

I started by stamping my images on Manga paper that I picked up at Michaels. I was extremely pleased with the quality of the paper & how well it held up to the alcohol markers. There truly was no feathering or bleeding. Once I colored my images, I fussy cut the box & chop sticks & cut the other images with the die cut set. I love that the die leaves small white border. I then stamped my card with the Distress ink so the words are faint but apparent in the background. I also stamped the edge with the chevron border set. I allocated my cut images and raised the mid portion of the fortune saying with a pop dot to add an extra dimension. I finished by wrapping some twine & viola! It’s done!


Thankful Heart <3

Thanksgiving is absolutely one of my favorite holidays. As a kid I always looked forward to eating Thanksgiving dinner…mashed potatoes, turkey, pumpkin pie, etc. I still look forward to eating Thanksgiving dinner (who doesn’t?!), but I love Thanksgiving because it’s a holiday that is meant to share with your loved ones and reflect on the many things we need to be thankful for. There’s no gift shopping, the pressure of getting everyone on your list, gift wrapping, etc…it’s just a day to get together with family/loved ones and share in each other’s presence. I definitely want to start a tradition to acknowledge all those special people in my life that I am simply thankful for them being a part of my life. I have so many friends and family that live across the country and even though the miles separate us…they are such an integral component of me. So…here is a card I will be making for them 🙂

Tim Holtz Kraft Kore in orange
Craft stock paper
Twinery twine in Cantaloupe
Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black, London Fog, Tangelo & Lady Bug
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Inks in CT1, CT4, GB5, DG3, GG2, GG4
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK – Card, SQUARE Flip-its #2 from Stamps of Life

Lawn Fawn Happy Feast

I am in love with all things Lawn Fawn and this stamp set is no exception. I wanted to make a pattern-like paper from all these stamps so I stamped all the images with the London Fog ink to give it a light background effect.

Once I finished I cut it with the die cuts which made this card so easy to make. The die cuts give you the base and the each side of the card plus die cut templates for the middle section.

I colored my focal image and mounted it with foam squares to add dimension to my card. I grabbed a scrap piece of paper and stamped my saying…following with another saying for the flip side of the card. I then finished the card by tying a bit of twine & slightly distressing the edges.



I hope you enjoyed my card project…and more importantly I hope you have fabulous plans for this Thanksgiving. May you find millions of reasons to be thankful! — J

Scrapbook Layouts: Girl’s Paperie

I started to take some classes over at Studio Calico and thought I should share my experiences. I love taking classes, for one it forces me to scrapbook which is not a bad deal. Secondly, I learn new techniques or ideas that will help my scrap pages.

First class was the Letterpress Class which I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the new designer letterpress plates and the ideas of incorporating letterpress with all my scrap projects. Currently, I am taking the Cutting Edge class that is teaching techniques and different materials to use with the Silhouette. Truth be told, I have a Silhouette Cameo I bought a couple of years ago, but have not really used it! Mainly because I have been intimidated by the Silhouette Studio program. I will say that even though I am not SS savvy yet…I have been enjoying the classes. I have heard plenty of good reviews of the Kerri Bradford “Oh the Place You’ll Go” Silhouette class. I might consider this avenue in the future…I am a little spoiled since DH is Photo-shop savvy.

I have made several scrap layouts from the classes using the Girl’s Paperie “On Holiday” Collection

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Wooden Stamp Storage


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I absolutely love wooden stamps. Truth be told, my love for wooden stamps started with my Curious George Astronaut stamp in middle school. Unfortunately, I didn’t realized the importance of keeping my stamps clean especially after use with a metallic ink. Needless to say the rubber ate away. But alas, I continued to cherish wooden stamps. It’s the feeling and look of the wood and image that feel nostalgic. Like using a type writer. Over the years I have acquired a nice collection of wooden stamps; yet, I don’t have the storage space to shift through them seamlessly when I want to use them. Probably the main reason why I have double of some…EEK! I bought some Stampin Up clear plastic storage cases on eBay some time ago…but I felt the material was pretty flimsy and the lip on it does not create such a smooth one handed ease of opening.

One day at as I was sorting through my storage bins I found an extra 5×7 photo storage case. This storage bin is perfect for my wooden stamps! It’s slim enough to stack or put away in my scrapping drawers.

Hopefully this helps a fellow scrapbooker out there with my previous experience. What are some ways that you store your wooden stamps??



It’s Mario Time!


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I am so excited to finally share the Super Mario birthday party we threw for my son’s 4th birthday. It was a ton of work but super fun to make.

Paper: Core’dinations white premium cardstock.
Tools: Xyron 5″ create a sticker, cricut imagine, Mickey and Friends font cartridge, Jasmine cartridge, Disney Happily Ever After cartridge, pop dots, crop a dile big bite, hot glue gun.
Materials: Fibrecraft 12” 6mm Chenille Stems, Fibrecraft 2mm Foam Sheets, black cricut vinyl, pink silhouette vinyl, white vinyl, square vase, floral foam squares, wooden kakob skewers, foam visors, water bottles, mini gumball machines and a lot of printer ink.

Here’s what I put together:


I found these fabulous Mario images online. I downloaded all the characters I wanted to use and printed them on white cardstock. I used Core’dinations white premium cardstock from Joann’s. I wanted the centerpices to be double sided so I printed each image twice. I used the mirror setting on my printer to get the backside of the image. Once printed, I cut them out by hand (my hands were sore for a few hours after that!) I left a small white border around each image. There was no way I was going to be able to cut each image perfectly, without cutting into the image. I ran the mirrored image through the xyron, hot glued a wooden kabob skewer in the middle to hold the image up. Covered the skewer with a chenille stem, aligned both pieces of cardstock together and ta-da I had my very own Super Mario kabob lol.


For the base I used a small vase, floral foam square, and yellow tissue paper (all from the dollar store). I added a black vinyl question mark (Mickey and Friends font cartridge) to each side of the vase.


Mario Hat

I couldn’t find a Mario hat anywhere 😦 but I ran into these cool foam visors at Michaels. I used the cricut craft room to weld the M (Mickey and friends font cartridge) and the oval (Jasmine cartridge) together. Once cut I hot glued the M to the visor.


Mario water bottle

For the water bottles I used the same Mario hat logo. I used some white vinyl I already had in my stash.


The girls got a princess peach water bottle. Using the Disney Happily Ever After cartridge I cut this super cute crown with pink vinyl.


Mario gumball machine

Found these adorable gumball machines at the dollar store. I attached the characters at the top with pop dots. Added some curling ribbon and a little thank you card.


Phew! And that’s it. My son had a wonderful time and everyone enjoyed the Super Mario madness.



Oh and did I mention my husband and I decorated the cake. Our first time ever working with fondant. I think we did pretty good (for two beginners who didn’t have a clue what they were getting themselves into). That’s a story for another day ; ) have a good night!


Review: Journaling Pens


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I am a huge sucker for pens…I don’t know what it is but I would love school shopping as a kid for pens. Recently I have been frustrated with the quality of pens & considering the cost of them I decided to share my thoughts with my fellow scrapbookers 🙂

1. American Crafts:
A. Precision Pen-

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION-The variety of precision fine tips and popular colors of pigment ink make this the perfect pen for journaling or general purpose writing. Non bleeding and waterproof for a permanent and acid free finish.

The sizes vary from 03, 05, 08 & 10. I bought a good sized pack less than 2 years ago & the majority of the pens have dried up. I write a journaling card here & there but I have not used them extensively to have used up the ink & if I did that is a ridiculously small amount of ink. When they write they work great but…I would give these a 6 out of 10 in quality.

B. Galaxy Markers-

The opaque paint like inks in these markers create a hand painted look without the offensive odor of paint markers. They are non-toxic; acid free; non-bleeding and permanent on most porous surfaces. Write with no mess on both light and dark paper; foam; wood and other surfaces.

Ok…since day one of getting these markers I had to toss out a few from the pack because they were dried out already. Several were not pigmented enough. Very few actually provided the quality that the product description above stated & when I got one that worked it was fabulous. These come in Fine, Medium & Bold sizing.

C. Slick Writers

Quick dry ink and a durable acrylic tip make this the ideal marker for writing on any surface including both sides of photos, stickers, ribbon, vellum, metal, glass and transparencies. Photo safe, acid free, non toxic and waterproof ink goes on smoothly to leave an even coat of permanent, transparent color.

These worked great! You can write on stickers and they dry quickly much better than Sharpies on slick surfaces. Used them two weeks ago…went to use them today and the tip was crusted & the marker dried up. Total bummer! These come in Fine, Medium & Bold sizing.

2. Martha Stewart Crafts

0.5mm writing pens. Acid free. Archival quality.

Seriously these are so great! They are consistent in pigment, smooth. I just wish the pen tip would be offered in bigger sizing.

3. Zig Memory System

Zig offers the best range of fine line markers for scrapbooks. The acid-free, archival-quality, pure pigment colors stand the test of time, so that your precious memories can be preserved for future generations. The ink is lightfast, odorless, xylene free, fadeproof, and non-bleeding.

These come in a variety of sizing. The one pictured is dual ended (0.5 mm & 1.2 mm). I bought these eons ago when I first started scrapbooking about 12 years ago. Yes 12 years! They are still smooth, pigmented & definitely stand the test of time.

MY PICK: Zig & Martha Stewart

Please let me know what your thoughts are…I would love to read the opinion of others.


Easter + Peeps


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Happy Easter! I love Easter holiday…it’s such an awesome reminder of how blessed we are for the salvation and forgiveness we are granted by God through Jesus. It makes my heart feel so warm ❤

I made these special little treat bags for the many kiddos in my family with Peeps (I LOVE Peeps!). These bags were so quick and easy to do…approx time to complete 5 bags was about 20 mins. So if your in a time crunch (like I was) these are super easy peazy.

I used the Kiwi Lane tiny brackets template and traced one back to back. After cutting the traced piece, I scored it down the middle where both ends meet. On these particular pieces I cut out bunnies using the Quick Kutz Peek-a-boo bunny die. I then stamped it with the words "Rejoice".

I placed the peeps in cellophane bags and attached the bracket over the opening of the bag with staples. I attached one bracket at the end of a Peep lollipop.

I hope you are having a great Easter weekend!