Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Deflecto Design Team 2016-2017

Last year I was on a great Design Team, Scrapmuch?, and it was a ton of fun!  At the end of my commitment, I was asked to stay.  However real life interrupted.  The holidays were coming, my daughter was going to give birth, and I was off to Minnesota for 2.5 weeks during the holidays to spend time with my daughter and her family.  I had menus to plan and holiday cards to craft in bulk.  I had gifts to buy and pack and gifts to order and ship.  I then returned home to a record breaking snow in Maryland of over 30".  Anyway, as Spring started breaking I was thought it might be time to try and get on a new design team.  While going through this search, I was also searching for a new job.  It sure is a ton of work to apply for these two things at the same time, run a home, work a full time job, and craft my heart out!  I did it though and in the end, when it rain it pours!  I got a new full time job and got accepted to a new design team within a week of each other.  Whew!  My life is in high gear again!  I am so looking forward to doing more blogging again and sharing all of my fun creations with people.  

I am now one of the newest members of the Deflecto Design Team for 2016-2017!!  Here is our promo photo:

Don't we look fabulous?!?  I think we will make a great team and I am so looking forward to working with these ladies and Deflecto.  If you would like to check us out on the Deflecto Blog, click HERE and please bookmark us to see all of our latest creations to inspire you.  You won't use it if you can't see it and I believe Deflecto is all about transparency!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Montana Traveler

I have been making this crazy fold out page thing with my Creative Memories Album because I had so many photos when my youngest grand daughter turned one.  The kids (the adult ones) did this whole photo shoot thing amid gorgeous scenery to include mountains and babbling brooks.  Needless to say, I had a ton of photos because I printed them all!  Which is actually an okay thing because to achieve my folding 12X12 pages I had to complete 10 layouts to assemble it and make it work.  (If you want to see what I am talking about and use Creative Memories albums, leave me a comment below and I will post about this really cool technique!)  So here is one of the five sets double sided layouts I did:

Don't these look fun?  My cardstock and scrapbook accent paper is by Recollections.  The cute border punching on both pages was using a Fiskars Border Punch.  (I am a Fiskateer and have the scissors to prove it, are you?!?)  My chipboard embellishments are by  3 Birds, the little butterflies are Little B, and the florals are K&Company (I think!).  My big butterfly was cut using a Cottage Cutz die and then I added some rhinestones from my stash.  The journaling spot was from Anna Griffin's Totally Tags (love them!) and I matted all my photos using Perfect Layers.  I cut my arrow from my Cricut Explore and I cut my banner embellishment from my WRMK Banner Punch Board.  And last, but surly not least, the glitter stripe on the second page was created putting down a line of 1/4" Scor Tape and removing the liner and sprinkling some gorgeous purple glitter on it and burnishing it down with my finger so I have some beautiful sparkle.  I sure so love everything that blings!  

I hope you enjoyed my layouts!  Please feel free to leave me a comment below. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Turning 1

My little grand daughter technically just turned three last week, however I just completed her first birthday scrapbook pages.  She is growing up so fast!  She had a great time at her party yesterday complete with a bouncy castle and birthday cake and blowing out candles.  I wish I did not live so far away so I could have been there.  Here are the two pages I did for a double page layout: 

The paper was American Crafts and Recollections.  I matted my photos using Perfect Layers and added ribbon from my stash.  The title is American Craft Thickers, the butterflies are cut from Cottage Cutz dies and Anna Griffin glitter paper, and the journaling spot is from Anna Griffin's Totally Tags.  All the other embellishments were put through my Minc machine.  

I hope you enjoyed my layout!  Please feel free to leave me a comment!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Deflecto Caddy Organizers

This past Saturday, I had a workshop with a lot of my crafty friends.  We had such a blast!  We had a wonderful lunch and we actually each had a glass of bubbly to say goodbye to a couple of ladies that have been coming for quite some time.  We also had giveaways!  Every time you completed a project, you got a ticket in a drawing for some fun crafty stuff.  Needless to say, we all crafted our little hearts out.  I also do a segment of "show and tell".  I show off new techniques and/or products when we meet.  Since we had to cancel last month, I actually had three products to show off and one technique to share.  One of the products I shared was my absolute favorite of the bunch and everyone loved it so much, I thought I would share.  

I have recently discovered Deflecto, and funny thing I am finding that they are not new, however maybe new to our industry.  Just this past Sunday, I opened a package of recently purchased magnetic vent covers to use to house my over sized Anna Griffin dies, and who were they made by?!?...................yep, Deflecto!  Here is the product everyone went nuts over, their Caddy Organizers.  Here are some pics:

This is two of them connected together:

Here are the medium and small one and as you can see, I still have room for more stuff:

Here is the large one with rulers, scissors, pens, etc... :

And lastly, this is both of my Caddys side by side and unhooked from each other:

So let me tell you just a bit more about these, now that you have seen the photos (and please refer back to them as needed!  You can literally hook and stack these Caddys to the ceiling because you can unhook them at any place or point to grab the Caddy you need.  The three containers actually "hook" into the base unit, and get this! can buy rails for them to mount on your walls and hang them up in your craft room.  See those square "divets" on the top of the cases?  That makes for easy stacking because you can also buy all three containers separately so if you like one particular size, Deflecto has you covered.  These would be great for all kinds of crafters from paper crafters to needle point.  Recently, I am all about clear storage and I have been making my craft room a bit more user friendly, because if you can see it you will use it!  In the last photo, do you spy those bins behind my Caddy Organizers?  Yep, another great product by Deflecto and for another post.

If you have any questions regarding this product, please post a comment!  Also, if you would like me to go into more detail, a comment!  I can sure take some more photos and share some more features about this product that was all the rage this Saturday!  

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Happy New Year 2013!

So I thought this was such a cute photo of my daughter and my grand daughter, it should be the last photo I scrap in 2013.  (I am now scrapping away in 2014, but as usual I am always very behind!)  

Aren't they just the cutest?!?  All the papers and embellishments (with a couple of noted exceptions) are from Hot Off The Press.  The glitter paper and Thickers are from American Crafts and the journaling spot is from Anna Griffin's Totally Tags (Holiday Edition).  

Please leave me a comment below!  The next time I post, I am going to tell you about some cool products I found by Deflecto.  I am really loving their items for crafters!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Simple Pleasures......................

Sometimes the simple things of life are just hanging around, looking out a window, reading a great book, or just hanging with your family.  Oliver has a lot of those moments and sometimes none of them at all, depending on his mood.  This is a layout featuring a few of his simple every day things:

He loves looking out the window to see all the birds and the wildlife doing what ever is going on that day.  And when he is just a house cat, he loves hanging around with all of us.  I often wonder what his day is like while we are at work.  I do ask, however the response is usually under interpretation. 

For this layout, the papers are Recollections and American Crafts.  The ribbon is American Crafts.  The journaling spot is from Project Life cut down a bit, inked, and corners rounded.  And those cute embellishments are something new I discovered in Michaels.  They are a thick kind of chipboard and kind of fake wood that are dimensional (as in thickness).  I ran both of those pieces (cat and butterfly) through my Xyron upside down and then added glitter.  My next plan is to add gilding flakes with my next use of these as I bought several sets with different themes.  I sure can't wait to play some more with these!

I hope you enjoyed my project!  Please leave me a comment!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Furry Friends

Oliver and Neil (the shepherd in the top left photo) have really taken to each other although Neil still growls at the cat when he has any kind of food and Oliver only just wants to sniff what Neil has.  On the flip side, Neil has no bones about nosing the cat out of the way to get at Oliver's food bowl.  I keep thinking one day, Oliver will smack him on the nose when Neil does!  Gus (the golden retriever in the bottom right photo) is just tolerant of Oliver.  If Oliver had come into our lives several years ago, Gus and he would have been the best of friends.  Old age is creeping up on my Gus and he is getting a bit persnickety in his old age.  They are the subject of this layout:

Since the photos where kind of neutral, I decided to do a black and white layout.  I love black and white layouts and cards.  They can really be so dramatic.  The white background paper is Bazzill Dotted Swiss.  The glitter dot paper is DCWV and the patterned paper is Anna Griffin.  The blue glitter mat paper is American Crafts, the bow is Anna Griffin, the journaling block is a Project Life card, and the bling is Recollections.  The title is from The Paper Studio alphas.

I hope you enjoyed my layout!  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. 


P.S. Today is my son Jonathan's 27th birthday, who is my youngest child.  I love you punky!  Happy Birthday baby!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Critter Christmas

This was a really fun layout to do and brought me to the end of 2013.  I am so happy that I am now doing scrapbook pages in 2014, but as always I am a couple of years behind.  I am trying to cut that down to just a year behind so I try and scrapbook every Saturday although sometimes I am making cards as well.

I am so sorry that this photo is not better.  I did not realize it was a bit on the blurry side and I already glued it down in my Creative Memories album.  All the "boys" had a great Christmas that year and we still had our Gus. The paper is My Minds Eye and Bazzill.  The journaling tag is from Anna Griffin's Totally Tags Christmas collection, the embellishments are Dazzles and the ribbon is from my stash.  I used a Martha Stewart borer punch on my border paper and Perfect Layers to mat my photos.  I hoped you enjoyed my layout!  Please leave me a comment!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Easter Birthday

I have a new crafty friend and she lives in my neighborhood!  This means I have someone close by to craft with.  She is a beginner card maker and I have been helping her along with her craft.  I consider myself a scrapbooker and an accidental card maker, so one day I am sure she will surpass what I have taught her and she will teach me a thing or two about making cards.  I just do it because I already have the supplies so why give Hallmark my money when I have already spent money on all these cool supplies?  Her birthday is on Easter this year and I could not decide on the type card I wanted to make for her.  Then I had an idea, make two cards!  This was a really great idea because it allowed me to do some different techniques and she will have two cards that she can study and try out something new when making her next card(s).  This is what I came up with:

The purple card is for Easter and I cut out all five of my Spellbinder Cross dies and layered them on top of one another with clear foam squares.  I also cut out some leaf dies and an Easter egg die.  I embossed the purple paper with one of my Anna Griffin folders and added some rhinestones to the corners after using a ticket punch to knock the corners out.  I used a tags and butterflies from Anna Griffin's Vibrant Vellum Embellishment kit.  It is hard to see, however the inside leaves and egg is glittered with some clear crystal Martha Stewart glitter.  For the birthday card I chose black and white to make it a bit elegant and used a pop of pink in the ribbon and pearls.   I love black and white scrapbook layouts and cards!  I did a lot of paper layering and used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder to do some embossing. The flourish die on the front is one of Anna Griffin's and the ribbon us from my stash.  The interior carries over the swiss dot folder and the ribbon and I added a pretty butterfly die.  I hope she will love these cards and I really can't wait to give them to her.  I hope you enjoyed my cards.  Thanks for stopping by and leave me a comment if you like.

Saturday, January 30, 2016


I sure can't believe not only is it 2016, but almost February!  Where does the time go?  And here I am, still scrapping in 2013.  Although to my credit, I am in November 2013 and I should be getting into 2014 very soon.  As hard as I try, I am almost always two years behind doing my layouts.  I guess as family events keep happening, we keep taking pictures and it never!  This is truly a good thing because I do love to scrapbook.  I thought I would share this layout with you of Oliver:

The cardstock is American Crafts, the patterned paper is punched using an Anna Griffin edge punch, the title is American Crafts Thickers, the tag is Anna Griffin's Totally Tags (I really wish I bought two sets of these because I use them all the time!), the cat embellishments were given to me by a friend (they were not in a package so I have no clue whose these are), and the butterfly is from Anna Griffin's Vibrant Vellum Embellishments.  

I love the bottom photo in this layout because it is of Oliver (on the right) playing with one of his five siblings.  I had such a great time playing with all the kittens that day.  Momma cat and daddy cat were very understanding and let us all play together.  Kitten antics are just the cutest!  

I hope you enjoyed my layout!  Please feel free to leave me a comment!

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