Monthly Archives: April 2014

I Have A Secret to Share …..

I watch from afar with envy, and marvel at those that scrapbook and all the beautiful creations they make …. I have always wanted to scrapbook but never have ventured into that realm because honestly, it intimidates me 🙁 I know I should not feel like that … those that know me know that I have every conceivable tool (well almost!) but had not …..

UNTIL NOW! I am here to say ….. I LOVE PROJECT LIFE – and the partnership with Stampin’ Up! to provide exclusive designs and accessory packs for the Project Life System is so cool!

What is Project Life? An ultra cool, best of the best product, that makes scrapbooking fun, creative yet quick and easy too! It is a pocket scrapbooking system that allows someone who is wanting to document their life happenings easily – telling a story alongside pictures in a great “pocket” way! The originator of the pocket scrapbooking system, Becky Higgins, developed and marketed Project Life beginning in 2009. More on her story here ….

Stampin’ Up recently announced an exclusive partnership with Becky Higgins and Project Life, to offer exclusive designs, tools and accessories that all color coordinate and are ultra cool in so many ways! There also will be digital versions of everything that is released too!

So here’s the skinny on what I know so far …

  • Beginning May 1st, (with a FULL line of products available June 2nd) you will be able to order Project Life/Stampin’ Up! products from me!
  • Stampin’ Up! will offer exclusive designs, kits and collections that fit seamlessly into the Project Life scrapbooking system, and they will all coordinate with SU! colors and accessories. I will have a list of the products available May1st and will post there here on the website.
  • All the designs are exclusive and the card packets have no duplicates … they are all unique and double sided.
  • Stampin’ Up! collection has 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 cards (just like those offered by Becky Higgins) but ALSO will offer an exclusive 4 x 4 card.
  • The album pages offered by Stampin’ Up have 6 different layouts and some are unique in addition to those currently offered by Becky and Project Life
  • Our designs/cards come with square corners … allowing you the option of keeping them that way in your layouts or rounding the corners with a Project Life/Stampin’ Up! Corner rounder – giving you the maximum flexibility to create the way YOU want to create 🙂
  • Lots of “tools” of creativity will be offered alongside the kits, cards, pages, accessory packs and albums … stamp sets and frame lit collections that ALL coordinate …. I am SO excited!

IMG_4420AND it all comes packaged in a great box, giving you an automatic storage system to have everything you need at your fingertips!!

OK … I am sure you can tell by my excitement  that this is BIG and I am ready to help you discover everything there is to know about Project Life/Stampin’ Up!

So … as the story goes, I got all of my initial products  last Friday and broke them open at work on Saturday evening …. and in a matter of about 60 minutes, created these 4 pages with some pictures from a trip last fall to Napa Valley with some friends :)), some cards from the card kit (pictured above), the corner rounder, the journaling pens and my Stampin’ Trimmer! I loved the process and the end result! What do you think!


IMG_4436I will be sharing regular posts of pages I create with my Stampin’ Up/Project Life items and hope you will consider jumping into (or if you are already in this world of scrapbooking), creating pages with me using the super cool, Stampin’ Up! products that will be offered beginning May 1st!

More to come 🙂

Want to see the system, items and pages in person? You have a couple of opportunities …

I can arrange a time to come to you (and your group) or you can come to me, at my Stamping Studio in Northville, Michigan at a time that is best for you!

OR …

think about coming to my All-Occasion Card Class being offered in May on May 7th at either 10:30AM or 6:30PM in Northville, MI. All the details and RSVP HERE

Let me know what you think and if I can be of any assistance to you in your scrapbooking/Project Life Journey!

Happy stamping and scrapbooking!





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CAS 290 – Thinking of You

I do not often get the time to create a card from a sketch but plan on doing this ALL THE TIME, as soon as I am retired!! Just a little over 4 months and counting 🙂

I tend towards clean and simple stamping and the Clean & Simple Weekly Challenges are a perfect fit for me. Here’s this week’s sketch:


And my take on it!

CAS 290 - Thinking of You

I grabbed my Color Coach and used it to combine the colors and used the retiring Floral Fusion Sizzlits (just stocked up with a few more during FREE Shipping!) to create this Clean & Simple and QUICK card. I really love how it turned out. Would love to know what you think!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used:

FREE SHIPPING ends tonight … not too late to take advantage HERE
My next All-Occasion Card Class is scheduled for Wednesday, May 7th at 10:30AM or 6:30PM. Would love to see you there! RSVP HERE
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Hope you have a great weekend of crafting and stamping!

Girl … You are Fabulous!

I love it when a card comes together really quick with few supplies yet is really cute! Used a fun, new product – the Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags to make this card in minutes! No ink, just a few embellishments including the fun Essentials Wood Elements and Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape 🙂

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Will enjoy sending this card to my niece, Michele, who spent the day with me last week stamping …. I loved every minute of it and hope she did too!
Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 5.01.54 AMJust a little over 48 hours left for FREE Shipping! Take advantage of this fabulous offering and check out all of the recently announced retiring items HERE! Don’t forget about the Clearance Rack items too … you can see all the items HERE
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Just a quick reminder that I still have a few openings in my next All-Occasion Stamp Class in my Stamping Studio in Northville, MI on Wednesday, May 7th at either 10:30AM or 6:30PM. You can read more and RSVP HERE
Have a great evening;

Retiring Stamps and Accessories Lists NOW Available!

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It’s true ….. sniff, sniff …. it’s time to say goodbye to some fantastic products to make room for new ones in a couple of months! I have many on the list that I am SAD to see go :((

Here are the lists to look at and download – Click on the links:

Retiring Stamps

Retiring Accessories

All items are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST only … so get yours as soon as possible so that you won’t miss out!

Screen Shot 2014-04-18 at 11.08.31 AMThe GOOD NEWS is that you can get FREE SHIPPING between today, April 21 and Friday, April 25th to take advantage of the sale!


Call me (248.982.3009) or email ( with any questions of if I can personally help you out!

Mark your calendar for my next All-Occasion Card Class on Wednesday, May 7th at either 10:30AM or 6:30PM! Would love to see and stamp with you :)) For all the details and to RSVP, CLICK HERE

Have a great day!


Thank You for Caring SWAP

Just finished a great weekend training session with Lisa Pretto from Ink Big Academy in Tucson and had the opportunity to swap with about 30 other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from across the country. Here is a picture of the card front I shared.

Thanks for Caring SwapStampin’ Up! Supplies Used:

Can’t wait to share all my other swaps with you in class in May!

Interested in joining in on class on May 7th at either 10:30AM or 6:30PM? RSVP HERE to reserve your spot! Would love to see you.

Have a great evening;



Hello Spring!

Hello Spring! I am hoping it has finally arrived in Michigan 🙂 What a winter we have had ….. it is our last winter here in the great midwest …. off to Arizona later this Fall to retire in the sunshine!

I’ve had this stamp set for a couple of months and finally had an idea to use it to celebrate Spring.

Hello Spring MainWould love to know what you think!

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Want to come stamp with me? I’ve got an upcoming All-Occasion Stamp Class scheduled for Wednesday, May 7th at either 10:30AM or 6:30PM and you can RSVP HERE
Would love to have you join us for this fun, relaxing class! We will make 4 All-Occasion Cards with Envelopes included.
Hello Spring Open
Have a great day!

Happy Birthday to You!

Tried my hand at this popular technique … used Aquapainters and Ink from the Reinkers to create this design for a ‘guy’ birthday card.

Happy birthday to You Watercolor


I wasn’t crazy about the card at first but it has grown on me 🙂

Stampin’ Up Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Another Great year

Paper: Watercolor Paper, Basic Black, Whisper white, Coastal Cabana

Ink: Coastal Cabana Reinker, Daffodil Delight Reinker, Melon Mambo Reinker, Pistachio Pudding Reinker, Black Stazon

Tools: Aquapainters

Extras: Snail adhesive, Dimensionals

Have a great evening;


Trust your crazy ideas!

Yesterday my friend and Upline Julie (the whole reason I entered into the fabulous world of stamping!) and I were playing around with a new e-cutter and I jumped into MDS (My Digital Studio) to grab a stamp. When I saw this saying (love the font and what it says!) I knew I had to create a quick card for my son Kyle 🙂 This card was done in a matter of a few minutes (less than 5 …. other than gathering the supplies) and is off in the mail to him today!
Trust Your Crazy Ideas
Would love to know what you think!
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Have a great day!