Color Me Autumn – September class

morning routine – My Digital Studio to the rescue!

I read Sarah’s My Digital Studio blog post about creating a morning routine for her girls … and I was inspired. :)

Her idea is darling and funtional, but while we already have a chore chart and I didn’t want to overwhelm,I went with the uber-simple route.

I needed something quick … like, now :) … and I didn’t want to make this a big project.  Something quick and easy that I could do while the kids eat breakfast.

I pulled open My Digital Studio and found one of the pre-designed templates.  I shrunk down the image, added my own text, and TA DA!  Morning routine, simplified.

The part that actually took the longest was going through and figuring and assigning times to tasks.

A tip: Even though this is a template for a greeting card, I was able to save it as a PDF and print it as a full page just fine.

If you *don’t* have a copy of My Digital Studio (MDS), I highly suggest downloading the free trial to see what you can create with it!!

Wish us luck with our mornings this week! :)

Happy creating,

Laura

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January card club

Happy January!  I want to quickly show ya what we made in our card club this week.

(Speedy-version blogging — the 2 year old is almost done with lunch!:) )

The new small pack of paper in the occasions catalog is darling.  You can’t go wrong with these colors/prints. It’s called Fresh Prints dsp (designer series paper). (click any links to check details out in my online store.)

That stamp set is a newbie … a cute newbie.  The stamps and framelits can be purchased in a bundle to save some $, too — check it out here!

Have you ever tried a telescoping card? I know most people  in my club hadn’t, so we just had to play with these! I haven’t made a tutorial of my own (yet?), but they are everywhere! :) Seriously so easy and quick.  Just find a combination of coordinating shapes (in a variety of sizes) to piece together, and you are set.  I decided to use the floral frames framelits here and the 1-3/4″ circle punch.  That’s it!

All opened/unfolded. (Untwisted?) Love that flower?  Me too.  It’s from the regarding dahlias stamp set. The other 2 stamp sets we used there are perfect pennants and yippee skippee. :)

I loved a simple layout used by Julie Davison, so I changed it up a bit for our last card.  Simple is always a favorite!! :) We used the You’re Amazing stamp set and, again, my new favorite paper – Fresh Prints dsp.

Oh, and the banner pieces and coordinating punch?  Those are a teaser from SALE-A-BRATION!!  Our biggest sale of the year starts Jan 28th!  Both of these items (the banner stamp set of 10 and the punch) are just 2 of the items you can earn for free during Sale-a-bration.  !!!

Thanks for popping in!  I have a messy 2-year-old face to go clean! :) Go check out the rest of the BRAND new occasions catalog — HERE!

Laura

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Itty bitty file folder – Halloween style

Office supplies — I may be a bit obsessed with them.  I’m that girl that has to look the other way when the oh-so-cute calendars are on display at Target.  I want to buy them!  I have no need for them, but I want to buy them!  Must … plan … things!

So, of course, these make me a little giddy.


Itty bitty file folders!  Oh for heavens sakes. :)

Patty Bennett offers an awesome how-to video — click here to find that.

Then, of course, decorate as you please! :)   I left this one simple for a card club, but you can get as carried away as you please.  The Witches Brew designer paper speaks for itself on this one anyway, don’t you think? (click here to see the entire paper pack)

Enjoy the itty bitties!  Don’t forget to grab your own envelope punch board (shop online here!) if you don’t have it yet!!  This is just one of the many fun ideas with it.  Just today I made a few quick envelopes to mail out party invitations.  I was thrilled to have it as my fingertips!  So fast and easy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura :)

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Tag a bag!

I’m a huge fan of having a bunch of homemade tags all pre-made and waiting in their cuteness for the perfect occasion.

It’s like having a stash of cards ready at your fingertips — homemade, simple and cute!

This must be why the tag a bag kit spoke to me. :)   The pieces are pre-cut and ready, but with the freedom to embellish as much or as little as I want.  I love this option.

I only had a few minutes of nap time left today when I pulled out some crafty goodies, but in those few minutes I was able to whip up 3 little tags.

A few different occasions, all set and in my new stash.  Of course I was excited to have a place to PUT this stash!

The wood-mount clear boxes are my FAVORITE storage goody!  I used the half size for this.

I’ll be adding more tags from this kit soon!  It comes with oodles of goodies. An awesome gift idea, also.  (pre-made or just as the kid comes.)

Thanks for peeking in!

Laura :)

P.S. Other supplies I used for these tags were things I had nearby — including Hexagon punch, bitty butterfly punch, rhinestones, six-sided sampler stamps, another thank you stamps.  Click any of the links to check them out in my store.

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Witches Brew!

Very quick post tonight — the nice weather is calling to us! :)

I just wanted to share a quick Halloween card using the Witches Brew designer series paper and washi tape!  How cute are these products!

You can view any of these products in my online store HERE.

Thanks for peeking in!

Laura :)

Sweater weather??

Alright, it’s not *quite* sweater weather, but there was a little chill in the air this morning when I dropped my girl off at school.  Dun dun ddunnnnnn, it won’t be too long!  (I’m not in a big hurry — yay summer!)

I *did* use some cute designer paper today, though, called Sweater Weather.

Cutie cute!  Fall colors are so fun to play with!

The stamp set is Truly Grateful, also from our holiday catalog.  The background is made with this stamp set, also.

Happy stamping!! :)

Laura W.

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CASE = copy and share everything.  It’s a staple of my papercrafting life. :)

I was not blessed with a creative brain, so I am always grateful for the overabundance of ideas out there!

I was flipping through our annual catalog today and stopped on page 106. (If you don’t yet have a catalog to flip through, let me know!)

That notebook looked fun and quick!  I made some small changes of my own and made this card.

I used the Petite Pairs stamp set for the sentiment, and the labels collection framelits for the frame.

If you’re in a rut, you can always turn to the good ol’ catalog! :)

And *REMEMBER* — the Holiday catalog is now live (as of August 1st)!!  Check it all out online HERE, and let me know if you want a paper copy!  I’d love to get you one.

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

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Christmas in July!

Our holiday catalog goes live in just 2 days, so I couldn’t resist playing with a few of my new goodies!  Some are fresh freebies from Convention! :)

(I love freebies.  Yay!)

I took a few minutes last night to make something Christmas-y.

Then I took a picture of it in the dark. :)   This is what happens when you craft in a semi-dark room while a baby sleeps nearby.  Ha.

The new Christmas washi tape is so fun!!  You’re going to love the holiday goodies coming soon — you can see the whole catalog on August 1st.  Whee!  Peek back at my online store here to see it.

Laura

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My Paper Pumpkin!!

Every once in a while Stampin’ Up releases a product that makes me a little giddy. :)   (okay, often …)  THIS is one of those.  I LOVE love this concept and the way they’ve made it happen!

It’s darling, practical, and oh so FUN!

Paper Pumpkin!!

This is so fun.  I have a TON of customers that would love to do a monthly card club, but there is just no time to squeeze in 1 more evening commitment.  This is PERFECT.  Or I have friends that don’t want to buy the whole catalog (yet), just a little something to create here and there.  Ta da. :)   This is a monthly kit that comes to your door each month with all supplies to make a little project.  It’s all included (except adhesive), all you need to do is clear a spot and play.  SO FUN!!

There is a FAQ page on the website, and this is already LIVE so you can subscribe right now for your own kit.  They are sent out mid-month, each month.  (you can skip months, cancel anytime, or keep playing.)

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Check it out!  You sign up under a demonstrator when you enter your credit card info — let me know if you can’t find me on there and I’ll help ya out. :)

Have fun!

Laura Widdison