Thursday, October 23, 2008

Changes Around the House

I have to admit after Stampin Up! introduced Décor Elements, I purchased the Live Every Moment phrase to put on my wall....and I have yet to do it! I wish I could share a photo with you, but I've been obsessive compulsive about putting it up. I think I want to put it over the mantle in the family room, or maybe in Sydney and Natalie's room...or maybe in the studio. Oh geeze, see what I mean!? Free Smiley Courtesy of

Have you seen
Décor Elements yet? They are pretty cool actually. They are self-adhesive vinyl art. The brochure has alphabet letters and LOTS of beautiful sentiments and other fun things you can inexpensively and easily apply to a wall or whatever you want! No messy painting to add a decorative border or a name, and you can remove and replace them on a whim...which means they are especially great for holiday decorating!

Something NEW and only available the rest of this month is the Spooky Spider. Have you seen it? Check out this flyer (CLICK HERE)! Isn't it cute!? I picked up a candy jar just like the one in the flyer at WalMart for about $7 and used the small spider instead of the large one. This was so simple and EASY to do!

There was what I call a WOW project at convention using the
Décor Elements. It was a beautiful shadow box using Season of Thanks. The original version had neutral paper in the background, and some simple Fall leaves behind the glass.

I made my version with a 12x16" rustic style shadow box. I found it at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, so it was only about 10 bucks! I adhered two patterned papers, some ribbon and extra goodies besides just Fall leaves, also from Hobby Lobby. I used
Season of Thanks (114883) in the small chocolate version, but it also comes in a bigger size and in two additional colors. The papers are from Bella Rose and Maine Blueberry with So Saffron Polytwill. For the Fall Foliage, I just cut off what I wanted, arranged them over the backboard and used my hot glue gun in a few key places before sealing it up.

HERE to download a copy of the Décor Elements brochure. It is also available on the right with numerous other mini catalogs.

As a demonstrator I'd love to give you a hostess party using the Décor Elements. Contact me if you'd like to earn FREE products! You can also order right from my website at To learn more about Décor Elements visit THIS PAGE!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

It's a Virtual Thing!

Have you heard about VSBN on Splitcoast? It stands for Virtual Scrapbooking Night.
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What can you expect to see during VSBN?
Lots of challenges, friends chatting and uploading pages to the SCS gallery. But the best part is seeing your pile of pictures getting smaller! ;)
This is the MVP challenge, Most Valuable Product! The challenge is to use something you've been hoarding on a layout...and use this sketch of course!
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The first thing I thought of was last years Halloween I love that stuff! I have THREE sheets of my favorite pattern and I only used a tiny bit to cover chipboard letters (another thing I tend to hoard) and two clear buttons! So I guess I'm still hoarding it! LOL!!!

Stampin' Up! products used:

Elegant Eggplant Craft ink
Upsy Daisy, Best Friends Alpha Lower
Paper: Halloween Night DSP (2007), Whisper White 12x12 card stock (I dredged ink across the edges since I didn't have any Elegant Eggplant paper), Old Olive card stock, Pale Plum card stock
Accessories: Accents & Elements - Sweet Nothings (I'll never use all this up!)
, Scallop Edge Punch, Clear Buttons, 2 Way Glue

Chipboard letters by K&Company

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sketch Time Again!

I had a sickly girl here at home with me today, and in between cuddling with books there were a few naps and I actually managed to scrap a little. This is the sketch I used, one of my own that I came up with over the Summer...hmmmm, no one was sick during the Summer!?

Stampin' Up! stamps: Best Yet, Best Friends Alpha Lower "}"
Paper: Windsor Knot Designer Series Paper (I'm really loving this stuff!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft pad and Marker
Accessories: Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Designer Label Punch

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Spooky Page

This is a SUPER simple layout I whipped up. I wanted to do a silhouette of a "haunted house" and I had these pictures from dressing up at school last year. The orange piece is a 6x6 sized up into this 12x12 layout.

Stampin' Up! products:

Stamps: Eat Drink & be Scary, Well Worn Alpha
Paper: YoYo Yellow, Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie (textured)
Ink: Basic Black (Classic), Elegant Eggplant (Craft)
Accessories: Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, Photo Corner punch, Tag punch (small and reg), craft knife, white gel pen

Thursday, October 9, 2008

FIVE For $5 Stamp a Stack

The Collection

My next workshop is a Stamp-a-Stack. I decided to make five card varieties, and here they are...

Card one:
Riding Hood Red,
Chocolate Chip, and
Whisper White card stock
Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper
Assorted circle punches, Gold pigment ink, VersaMarker, and gold embossing powder
Sentiment from "All Holidays"

Card two:

Baja Breeze, Whisper White, and
Not Quite Navy card stock
"Season of Joy" stamp set, Baja Breeze Classic ink, Not Quite Navy marker
Technique - I inked the whole stamp with Baja Breeze then darkened a few words with a marker

Card three:
"Whimsey" jumbo wheel
"Heard From the Heart" stamp set

Old Olive marker, Real Red Classic ink
Whisper White, Real Red, and Old Olive card stock

Card four:
"Season of Joy" stamp set
Old Olive Classic ink
Old Olive, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip card stock
Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper
Corner rounder, chocolate grosgrain ribbon

Card FIVE:

"Big on Christmas" stamp set
Sizzix Sizzlits "Snowflakes Set #2"
Riding Hood Red 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon
Stampin' Glitter "Dazzling Diamonds"
2 Way Glue, StazOn, Aquapainter
Black, Old Olive, and Lavender Lace markers
Riding Hood Red and Perfect Plum Classic ink
Confetti White, Riding Hood Red, and Perfect Plum card stock
Technique - Watercoloring and omitting with markers. I used a marker to ink up just the part of a stamp I wanted to create the snowflake background. This stamp is from "Season of Joy."

The workshop:
Saturday 10/11/08
9:00 am

or join me in November:
Saturday 11/15/08
2:00 pm

CLICK HERE for more details!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Birthday Benefits

Sally Saenz
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