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I wanted to try something new to help me use my dies and stamps more. So I decide to re-organize all my die cuts and stamp images into categories.

I purchased this rolodex from the dollar store for $4 and placed a small piece of paper in every page with stamped images on it, place into its category.

I store all my stamps in cd cases in my drawer beside me. Seen in pic above.

Again I don’t use my Slice die cutting machine as much as I wish I would, so I thought maybe if I put some of the die cuts into the rolodex under the categories to help me see and inspire me with ideas.

I store all of the steel cut dies on a foam board covered with magnetic sheets, I find this to be inspiring and have used them a lot more since being out in clear sight.

I have been using this system for a few months now and have found it be very helpful and inspiring. 

Hope you enjoyed…

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IMG_0158New die I purchased off Ebay and just received in the mail.  The next question was “what should I do with it?”  I decided I would make a Father’s Day card for my kids to give to my husband.

First off I used all scraps of cardstock from my stash, therefore not sure I will be able to credit all materials used.

Card Front –

I cut the die out of an ivory cardstock and then shaded with Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap. I then took the die thru the my We R  die cutter with the blue rubber mat and embossed the branches on the ivory colour cardstock.

Then I cut apart each branch and glue to the embossed cardstock.

IMG_0176 All branches glued.

After punching & die cutting I  have decided to go with the scalloped oval die and oval die (Spellbinders).  Using my Hampton Arts stamp positioner, I stamped the “Happy Father’s Day” on ivory cardstock  then pop it up on 3D adhesive.

Decision time,  which embellishment do I use, one of the birds or the owl?   I used the 2nd bird.

Inside card

Die cut from brown cardstock with “WE love you” and because I am using the negative of the die cut, I want to make sure the bits and pieces from the “o”, “e”, “y”, “o”.

Then stamped the corners with a small push pin stamp.

Envelope –

Because I made an off size card (5×5), I thought I would make an envelop for it.  Using my Martha Steward score board I created and decorated this envelope and added “DAD” to the on a scalloped oval.

Viola!  Turned out pretty good…I think!


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I know it has been awhile since I have posted, so many commitments with kids, parent and day to day living, just didn’t have time to post.  I am ready to go and in the next couple of posts I will show you what I have started, working on, and completed.

I have started learning and developing other activities as well, such as crocheting, sewing, embroidery and art journalling.  Here are a few things I have made.
ics of pillows (yellow, black, love, crochet.

pic of art journalling of house and trees.


watch for next post to find out what else i have been working on….

thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed!






June –  what a busy month for us.  It was all good!  Saw some friends I haven’t seen in awhile, school has come to an end for another month, we went to a Blue Jays game and the boys were in full swing with playing ball.20130904-183220.jpg

Look what my son brought home from school during the last week.   The smallest pencils ever, I just had to scrapbook these.  Too funny!



Here are some pictures of the Open House or our new Church.





At the Drive Inn


Where the church is to be built.




















I mostly did 8.5″ x 11″ layouts and enjoyed doing them.

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Here we are the beginning of May!

Just getting the hang of project life.  Sorry for my blurred pics and some missed journaling, here is what I have started out with….




Althought this took place the beginning of Spring 2012, this is the land where the new church will open up in May 2013.


Who doesn’t love going to the drive in?????  We watched,  Oz The Great and Powerful, Iron Man 3 and Identity Thief (we make it too because we were all too tired and wanted to go home.)


May 26 – Open House at our new church.   Although I really liked the character and beauty of our old church, the new church is beautiful and very modern.





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Here we are, I have officially started my version of Project Life.  What do I mean by that?  I never wanted to do PL because it really didn’t suit me and I don’t want  separate books for my regular scrapbooking and a PL book, so I combined the two.   Although I have had a few difficulties getting started and have found my layouts a little boring, as time goes on I will figure it out.  I am using 8 1/2 x 11 binders and page protectors from Martha Stewart, this size and this size and baseball card holders.



Thanks for looking,  I will update you as I create.




In my previous post I said I was going to show you a tutorial of  the Hinged Mini Book inspired by Heidi Swapp (My Craft Channel).  So here we go….

1- I started with a popcorn box. I cut the sides and top off the box and was left with the front, back and bottom still all together.20130611-200905.jpg

2 – Then I covered the entire box with pattern paper on both sides.





3 – then I punched the top of both sides with the binding punch (I have a system from Carla Craft), there are so many out there.  You can use whatever you have available to you or just use a regular hole punch and template.





4 – Arrange all of the pieces to your liking, I have mine cascading down by size mostly.  I also edged most of the pages with a border punch or used the design of the paper to create my edge.



5 – Coil the mini book together and start to embellish and add pictures.




Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial, it was a lot of work but it was so much fun!!!!

Thanks for looking,



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