Project Life Joy — FMS268

Here we are with our last sketch for 2016 at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our resident Massachusettsan (yes — that’s really a word — I looked it up), Jen Mitchell, is our hostess with the Christmas spirit.  Her gift — a fabulous sketch that is versatile enough to be used for any season or occasion.


While I had my Hello December 2016 Project Life collection out, I made another quick card (or 2 or 3).  I kinda felt like this was cheating for a sketch challenge because there is no actual stamping on this card, but time is at a premium this week, so anything quick and easy is good.

joy-for-plI added a piece of dsp from the Warmth & Cheer dsp stack and a bit of baker’s twine and silver metallic thread, as well as some staples.

I love making square cards, but never think to do them.  I’m so glad Jen made one for this sketch.

joy-for-pl-close-upQuick and easy, like this post.  🙂

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch and post it to the gallery. You have until January 2 to get it in, as we’re taking a little break for the holidays.  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to venture over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!
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Last Minute Christmas Cards — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you twice each month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

This is the current team’s last hop together, as our term has come to a close.  It has been a fun ride and I have loved getting to know these other ladies.  They are inspiring and they are amazingly talented, and I have been blessed getting to share this journey with them.

Our focus for this hop is on one of three different products.  Since I’m still focused on last minute Christmas cards, I am using the Hello December 2016 Project Life Card Collection to make cards rather than scrapbook pages.  And these are all super quick and easy!

hello-groupIn addition to the Project Life cards, I’ve also used the Fancy Frost dsp.  I love this paper — it dresses up simple cards so easily.

hello-trioI paired these little cards from the Hello December Accessory Pack with some of the Silver 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon and silver metallic thread.  The sentiment is from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and coordinating Christmas Greetings Thinlits dies.

hello-wreathThis card didn’t require any stamping at all.  Some staples and ribbon trim added some fun accents.

hello-deerI embossed the sentiment from Star of Light with silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  A bit of a silver Metallic Foil Doily and silver glitter ribbon peek out from underneath it.

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!


While this team won’t be hopping together anymore, there is a new team that’s coming around the corner.  There are some familiar faces and some faces you might not know yet, but they will all wow you with their creations in 2017.  Just in case you want to take a peak at the new team, here is a list of all of the new Artisans with links to their blogs.

Allison Okamitsu – Canada
Aurélie Fabre – France
Cathy Caines – Canada
Dani Dziama – United States
Holly Stene – United States
Jennifer Sootkoos – United States
Jessica Winter – Austria
Katy Harrison – United Kingdom
Kimberly Van Diepen – United States
Louise Sharp – Australia
Maike Ulbrich – Germany
Martha Inchley – Canada
Mercedes Weber – United States
Mindy Bingamon-Backes – United States
Miriam van Eyden – Netherlands
Paula Dobson – New Zealand
Rochelle Blok – Australia
Shannon Lane – Canada
Sylwia Schreck – Germany
Tanya Boser – United States

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Vacation Memories — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you twice each month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

For this blog hop, we are focusing our projects on scrapbooking in honor of International Scrapbooking Day on March 4.  I’m really glad we were given this theme for this hop because we went on a family vacation last August and I had the best intentions of making a scrapbook of our memories, and here it is March and I hadn’t even started.  Project Life to the rescue!

We journeyed 2700 miles round-trip to Washington, D.C. in a car with three kids last summer.  I have two teenagers and a preteen, so they were able to entertain themselves during the ride, and the scenery was new to us, having never been to this part of the country.  We did most of the typical Washington, D.C. things while we were there, and we had a great time together as a family.  It was a fun trip!

I chose the Let’s Get Away Project Life Card Collection and Accessory Pack for my album.  It is perfect to document a road trip.  I chose to use the 6″ x 8″ pocket pages because they are small enough to be able to get pages done fairly quickly and since this album will just be for this one trip, it didn’t need to be very big.  I’m still working on some of the pages and since there are 20 of us in this hop, I’ll show you my cover page and a couple of my other layouts.

DC Cover PageThis is the first page in the album.  I love traditional scrapbooking, but I don’t do it very often because it is time-consuming for me.  So for this vacation album, I decided to make the cover page a traditional scrapbook page — no pockets.  The rest of the pages use the Project Life Photo Pocket Pages so that I can make quick pages and get this album finished before we take another vacation.  🙂

I started with a 6″ x 8″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  I cut out part of a map of Washington, D.C. that we used on our trip and laid that down as dsp.  And then I layered little mementos from our trip over the map — ticket stubs, Metro card, etc… and secured some with washi tape from the Let’s Get Away Accessory Pack.

I stamped some little grunge-y elements from the Timeless textures stamp set onto a couple of the corners for some added fun elements.

DC Cover Page Close UpI made the title for the scrapbook with a 3″ x 4″ Grid Card and the alphabet stickers from the accessory pack.  The cute car sticker came from the pack too.  The date and row of dots were stamped with Memento Black ink and Crushed Curry ink using stamps from the Project Life Day to Day stamp set.  I laid one of the acetate photo filter frames from the accessory pack over the card and attached it with staples.  I love the fun and subtle touches of color it adds to the card.

DC Capitol PageThis is a typical spread in the album.  I sorted our photos by the days of our trip.  On the first day we went to the Capitol and some of the other places on Capitol Hill.  You can get a closer view by clicking directly on the picture.

I attached a couple of the mementos from the day on one of the Let’s Get Away cards and stamped some more of the Timeless Textures stamps directly on the card.  I usually use my own handwriting to journal on the cards, but because I wanted to fit a description of all of our day’s activities onto this one card, I printed it on my computer printer instead.  It is on a grid card, stamped with a Timeless Textures stamp as well.  This stamp set is a perfect accessory for this Project Life kit.

DC Monuments PageMore of the same here.  Just slide the pictures into the pockets, add a journaling card and done!  This spread is of our first night in D.C. — a walking/bus tour of many of the famous monuments after dark.

So do you use Project Life?  Or do you prefer tradtional scrapbooking?  I really love that I can use a mixture of both in the same album.

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!


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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Day to Day, Timeless Textures
Project Life Supplies:  Variety Pack 6″ x 8″ Photo Pocket Pages, 3″ x 4″ Grid Cards, Let’s Get Away Card Collection, Let’s Get Away Accessory Pack
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay, Memento Black


A Thanksgiving Snapshot — FMS162

It’s Wednesday, and it’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week we have the fabulously talented Kim Singdahlsen as our hostess, and look at what she has for us:

It’s a great sketch, I tell ya.  When I first saw it I thought of all of those cute Project Life cards in the Seasonal Snapshot collection.  I decided to make a Thanksgiving themed card before I run out of time.

A Seasonal Snapshot of FallI love how easy it is to make cards as well as scrapbook pages with these cards and embellishments.  I also used the Mingle All the Way stamp set for this card.

A Seasonal Snapshot of Fall Close UpWe hope you’ll be able to make your own card using this sketch.  We love to see what you make.  You can check out what the design team made using the sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Halloween Mashup

PL Happy Halloween MashupI love how the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot Card Collection makes it so easy to pull together a quick card.  I used three of the cards on this project, and added some die cuts from the Fall Fest stamp set and coordinating Fun Fall Framelits dies.

PL Happy Halloween Mashup Close UpThis was super quick and easy.  And it’s fun to mix and match these cards.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Birthdays Rock

I needed to make a birthday card and when I saw the challenge over at The Paper Players this week, I thought it would be fun to play along.

I thought the first column looked right up my alley — I needed a birthday card, I love yellow (and it’s a perfect happy color for birthdays), and I love patterned paper.

Yellow Birthday

I started by selecting a couple of Project Life cards from the Everyday Adventure pack (I love these things!).  I then cut the filmstrip using one of the On Film Framelits dies and stamped the big “@” with a stamp from #Hello.

yellow birthday close UpI added a few little embellishments and I was done.  Pretty easy!

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Amazing Birthday Meets Project Life

AB Card 5I love how the Project Life card kits are not only perfect for scrapbooking but also for card making.  I made this card for the convention display boards and used the Amazing Birthday stamp set on it as well.

AB Card 5 Close Up

I love the colors in this Everyday Adventures card kit and accessory pack.  And I love how this stamp set seems to match everything in them so well.  I just got my pre-order from the Holiday catalog and I ordered the new holiday-themed Project Life card collection, Seasonal Snapshot.  It covers all of the Fall and Christmas holidays, and I am in love with the colors and patterns in it.  I can’t wait to dig into it.

All of the convention display stampers are posting their projects to a special Pinterest board so you can see all of the display projects in one convenient place.  Just click on the button below to see it.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Scrapbooking the Traditional Way with Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

In addition to the three convention sets we were given to make display board samples, we were also given some Project Life goodies to use.  Today I want to show you how can use Project Life products to scrapbook in a traditional way.

AB Scrapbook

I used some items from the Everyday Adventure Accessory Pack and Card Collection.  The accessory pack includes the epoxy stickers, banner stickers, and washi tape as well as many more items which I didn’t use here.

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I also used some of the stamps from the Project Life Point & Click Stamp Set and some in-color sequins.  And I also added some crazy stitching with my sewing machine.

AB Scrapbook Close Up 4I used one of the stamps from Amazing Birthday for the title of the page.  Sometimes making a 12 x 12 page can be a little intimidating because you have so much space to fill.  But these little cards make it pretty easy.  They enable you to focus on one small space at a time, and everything coordinates.

So, what do you think?  Are you more of a traditional scrapbooker or do you like the new Project Life pocket-style of scrapbooking?  I like them both!

All of the convention display stampers are posting their projects to a special Pinterest board so you can see all of the display projects in one convenient place.  Just click on the button below to see it.

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Lot of Bright Thanks — FMS139

Happy Wednesday!  This is the last week of school here, and we can almost taste summer vacation.  Just a couple more days of those pesky finals for my high schooler and middle schooler, and a fun field day and end of the year party for my third grader.  Woohoo!  I love having the kids home for the summer!

Meanwhile, we have another great sketch for you this week over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Out hostess is the always clever and creative Rita Wright.  And she is giving us the opportunity to play with tags this week.  I don’t know about you, but I love making tags.

My daughter needed a card for a beloved principal who will be moving to lead another IB (International Baccalaureate) school in Nicaragua this summer.  She told me she wanted to write him a note, but didn’t know what to say because her heart was so full.  It made me think of a sentiment in the Lots of Thanks stamp set.

Say It AllHer favorite colors are yellow, orange and blue, so those are the colors I chose for the card. I stamped the sentiment on one of the Project Life Everyday Adventure cards.  I cut it down a tad to make it more tag-size.

I punched the little stars with one of the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack punches and added some rhinestones.  The dsp is from the Kaleidoscope dsp pack, which is retired now but I haven’t gotten my order of new stuff yet, so there you go.  I also used the fun Arrows Embossing folder.

Say It All Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and make your own card with the sketch this week.  Hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration from the other designers.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Project Life Graduation Card — FMS138

Wednesday is here again!  Boy, do they fly by!  You’re in for a treat this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  The super fabulous Jennifer Timko is our hostess this week and she has a versatile sketch for us.

When I first saw this sketch, I immediately thought of Project Life cards.  That could be because they were sitting on my desk at the time, but I think the rounded corners and the size of them are just perfect for this sketch.  I love how you can use them for more than just scrapbooking.

Project Life Graduation Card

I needed another graduation card, so I punched out some little banners with the Banner punch and added some number stickers that come with the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack.  They fit on these little banners perfectly.  I added some sequins to “tie” the banners together.

The “Yippee-Skippee” is from the Yippee-Skippee stamp set, and is really the only stamping on this card.  The colors are Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush, and Basic Black.

Project Life Graduation Card Close UpYou should jump on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration from the design team.  There is such a fabulous variety from the team this week, which shows just how versatile this sketch is and just how talented these ladies truly are.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!