Project Life

Another DIY 10 minute card

Yes, this DIY will probably take you 5 minutes longer than Tuesdays--that's why I called it Another DIY 10 minute card!

This is another quick card created with the Project Life by Stampin'up! cards. These are those cards we use to create quick photo memory albums by slipping the cards and pictures into the pocketed pages. The nice thing about these cards is that you can select the card that matches the person or event that you are creating the card for.

Here's today's card. 

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DIY Project Life DIY 10 minute card

All of you who hate making bows (like the card on Tuesday) will love this one because there are no knots, no bows....just some of the cute pompom trim and all you do is glue it on--it just screams festive!

Also, today, we're using the Duo Celebration folder which DEBOSSES--this means the imprint goes into the paper instead of on top of the paper. And we use a stamp in the new Happy Celebrations stamp set to highlight the debossed image of "celebrate." See the white celebrate and over it is stamped the Flirty Flamingo background stamp--the debossed image stays white and it is highlighted in wonderful color!

The fun part of using the Project Life cards and being able to use select colors--this card can be great for guys or gals, righe? Just selcet the Garden Green ink and--pow! A great guy card!

I'm going to give you step by step directions followed by the supply list so you can order what you need by hitting the Shop Now button at the top of this page.

Don't forget
1. Use the host code ATDBYAPN for your online order this month and for each purchase of $50 (product) your name will be entered in a drawing for $50 Stampin'Up! gift certificate.
2. Sale-a-bration is on! For each $50 in product that you select a free item from the Sale-a-bration mini  catalog--stamps, designer paper, card tin, card kit and more!

Here's how to create this cute card:

1. Cut a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score at 5 1/2 on the long side (this is your cardbase)

2. Cut one of the Project Life cards at 3" on the 6" side which gives you a 3 X 4 card. Adhere this to the card front using multipurpose liquid glue leaving 1/8" border on both sides and the bottom.

3. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 2 1/4 X 4; using the Celebrate folder (Duo Celebration set of folders) deboss the white cardstock by running through the Big sure you can read the word when you place the cardstock in the folder--then you are sure it will read correctly after you deboss it with the Big Shot. (the sandwich is: Big Shot platform, cutting pad, folder with cardstock enclosed, 2nd cutting pad on top)

4. Using the background stamp (Happy Celebrations stamp set), stamp gently but firmly with Flirty Flamingo ink over the debossed word. Adhere this to the top of the card front with liquid glue leaving 1/8" border on both sides and the top.

5. Adhere 3 gold star Metallic enamel dots around the Celebrate

6. Cut a 4" piece of white pompom trim and adhere this with liquid glue where the card and the White cardstock meet.

Your card is completed! Let me see your creations with these Project Life cards.

Here's the supply list--use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies now

DIY 5 minute card

I'm always in a hurry so the DIY 5 Minute Card can be a lifesaver for me! Check it out!

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5 minute Project Life by Stampin'Up! birthday card

Now you may ask, where did you get that awesome designer series paper...and I'd's NOT designer series paper and, before you ask, it is also not a stamp!

It IS a Project Life by  Stampin'Up! card....those are the great card set that you can use to create some really pretty photo memory pages that are completed in no time by slipping these cards in those pocketed photo pages.  

The size of the cards are 4 x 6", 4 X 4", and 3 x 4." One of the best features of the Project Life by Stampin'Up!  card set is that you get 2 of each card--since I'm using half of a 4 X 6 card--I have enough of this one design to do 4 cards! You get 100 cards in the set--depending on your design you could get over 200 cards form a single set of cards.

I'll give you the directions followed by the supply list to order what you need to create this card.

And, don't forget, if you use this month's Host code ATDBYAPN when you place an online $50 (product, excluding shipping & tax) your name will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! Gift Certificate. (Your name will be entered for each $50 in product that you purchase.)

PLUS, Sale-a-bration is in effect, for  each $50 in product that you purchase, you also select a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration mini catalog--no shipping, no tax---completely free. 

Here are the directions:

1. Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock 4 1/4 X 11 and score the long side at 5 1/2 (this is your card base)

2. Cut the Project Life by Stampin'Up! card at 3" on the 6"side--this results in a 4 X 3 card. Adhere this with multipurpose liquid glue to the bottom of the card base front leaving 1/8" border on both sides and bottom.

3. Cut a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock 2 1/4 X 4; stamp Happy Birthday (Birthday Blast stamp set) in Archival Black ink (Item # 140931) in the middle of this piece. Using liquid glue adhere this above the PL card--leave 1/8" on both sides and the top of the cardbase. Add a small gold Metallic enamel dot over the dot above the 'i' in birthday.

4. Using an 18" piece of Mint Macaroon 3/8" ribbon around the card front where the Daffodil cardstock and the PL card meet---tie a bow.

Your card is completed? Isn't that an awesome card--and there were only 4 step with minimal supplies! With one set of Project Life by Stampin'Up! cards--you can create many cards in 5 minutes. Use this same design and just substitute your favorite card!

Here's the list of supplies--use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to place your order through my store:

Last DIY 5 minute card....maybe!!

Ok, I know this is the 4th card...but I had to show you what I did with the bitty cards in the accessory kit that complements the Project Life by Stampin' Up! Hello Lovely kit. The PL kits have cards and accessories you can use to decorate the pocketed pages to quickly create your memory albums. If you've been following the last 2 weeks you've seen several greeting cards created with these same PL I was checking out the accessory pack for the Hello Lovely kit and found these awesome 2 X 2 cards...I thought, ohhh yeah, I know what I can do with thees....check it out 7-22-16 PL card

And yes, it did only take my 5 minutes again--so little work and such an awesome result. As with all (or at least most) cards just substitute your greeting for whatever your need is at the time. In fact, sometimes I just create the card and leave the greeting until I need a card and stamp it then.

I'm going to give you the step by step directions and then give you the supply list for today's card so you can purchase your supplies to re-create this card.

1. Cut the card base from thick Whisper White cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2.

2. Cut Pool Party carstock at 4 1/8 X 4 1/8; adhere the three 2 X 2 PL cards (Hello Lovely Accessory Pack) using multipurpose liquid glue. Adhere this unit to the card front using liquid glue--see the picture for placement.

3. Punch a butterfly (using Elegant Butterfly punch) from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, pull the wings back and together and adhere the butterfly tummy to the area without a PL card using a glue dot. Adhere 3 small rhinestones around the butterfly.

4. Cut an 15" piece of Pool Party3/8" Stitched ribbon around the bottom of the card front and tie in a knot. You may want to secure the knot to the card with a glue dot.

Your card is completed! Send me a picture of your creation--I'd love to see what you are doing with these awesome cards!

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies:

Another DIY 5 minute card

Well, needless to say I just can't stop creating gorgeous cards with those Project Life by Stampin'Up! cards. Last week we talked about these awesome cards used to decorate the memory keeping system--those pocketed pages that you just slip in the pictures and use these cards to slip into adjacent pockets to create beautiful photo albums. We also created two really pretty greeting cards using the PL cards.

As I was leafing through the  PL cards I saw this card and had to see what I could do with it....what do you think? 7-19-16 PL card

I think it turned out great and, again, it only took 5 minutes! The cards in the Hello Lovely Project Life set (and there are 100 of them) can be used whole, cut down (get more than one greeting card from a single PL card) or you can use punches to punch out pieces. Some of the cards are stencils--this means all you need to do is use a pretty color underneath and, yep, another 5 minute card.

I'm going to give you the directions for today's card and following that I'll give you the list of supplies so you can purchase what you need to re-create this card.

1. Cut a card base from Early Expresso cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4.

2. Cut Whisper white cardstock 4 X 5 1/4, stamp Happy Birthday (Better Thoughts stamp set) in Always Artichoke Classic Ink in the bottom right side; run this through the Big Shot in the Brick Wall folder.

3. Adhere the Project Life card to the left side of the white cardstock using multipurpose liquid glue. Cut a 6" piece of Watermelon Wonder mini-striped ribbon, adhere around the right edge of the PL card using Tear & Tape--all of the ribbon should be on the PL card (you'll find the tape actually stiffens the ribbon a bit to make it easier to handle) Wrap the ends around to the back of the white cardstock. 

4. Adhere this unit to the card front using liquid glue.

5. Punch 2 butterflies from Watermelon Wonder cardstock (using the Bitty Butterfly punch), pull the wings back together and adhere to the card front using glue dots--see picture for placement.

6. Pull out the packet of sequins from the accessory pack --2 small and 1 large--adhere these with glue dots to the right side of the card--see placement in the picture.

Your card is completed! Isn't it awesome? After you create your card with the PL cards, email a picture to me so I can see what you did!

Here's the supply list for today's card. Use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies:

Another DIY 5 minute card

 Well, I had such fun with Tuesday's card that I just had to keep going...take a look at my new card: IMG_5489

Awesome, right? I used another card from the Project Life by Stampin'Up! Hello Lovely kit--this time I used a 4 X 3 card--I didn't do anything to the card except stamp "Hello" and I finished it in under 5 minutes. 

Here are the directions to complete the card and they are followed by the short supply list you can use to purchase your supplies:

1. Cut the card base 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2.

2.Cut a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock 3 1/8 X 4 1/8; cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock 3 3/8 X 4 3/8.

3. Take the card from the PL Hello Lovely kit and stamp "Hello"(Flourishing Phrases stamp set) in Archival Black. You can use any greeting that fits your occasion.

4. Adhere the Artichoke cardstock to the back of the card using multipurpose liquid glue; adhere the black cardstock to the back of the Artichoke. Now adhere this unit to the center of the card front.

Ladies and Gentlemen, your beautiful card is completed! Wouldn't it be fun to have a class where we completed a number of these card using the kit? If you'd enjoy completely a large number of these for your stash ---let me know and we can set up a class to do so. 

Don't live close to Forest Hill, Maryland--order a kit for completing the cards!

 Don't forget--during the month of July, when you spend $50 on product (at class or online) you receive a $5 coupon from Stampin'Up! via order your PL card set and the accessory kit right now plus cardstock and ink--and in August you can spend that $5 coupon!

Here's the supply list--use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies:

DIY 5 Minute Card - the Secret

Yes, REALLY! This means YOU can create this lovely card in 5 minutes--actually less but let's say you do it on Monday and you're not up to 100% speed for the week yet!

So isn't this a great card? Here's my secret--I used Project Life 7-12-16 Project Life DIY Card
remember that Project Life by Stampin'Up! is the memory keeping system that uses these awesome pocketed pages with the pre-printed cards you can slip in next to your pics and complete your album in no time. 

So today I saw the unopened box on my shelf and had to peek inside to see what was in's the PL Hello Lovely Card Collection and the accessory kit. The accessory pack comes with a small stamp set too! 7-12-16 Project Life Hello Lovely

Here's a pic of the large cards--you also get small and square can't really get a good look but you get the idea--there are 100 cards in the kit plus tons of goodies in the accessory pack--and it all fits in this wonderful divided box:

7-12-16 PL Large Cards

So here's how I created my 5 minute (but looks like a million bucks) card--see the supply list following the directions to purchase your supplies to create this little beauty:

1. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4 (cardbase)

2. Find the 4 X 6 PL card with the dogwood pattern and cut it to 5 1/5 X 2 (you will have enough from this one card to create 2 greeting cards plus a small piece to use as decoration for another card or tag. Adhere this to the bottom front of the card using multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Stamp the Thank You (substitute any greeting you need) (from One Big Meaning stamp set) in Expresso Classic Ink above the designer paper.

4. Cut a 6 1/2" piece of Delightful Dijon mini-striped ribbon and adhere to the top of the designer paper (card) using Tear & Tape (#138995)--the ribbon will wrap around the sides of the front.

5. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 4 X 5 1/4 and adhere this to the underside of the card front to hide the ribbon ends.

Now I thought I was finished but I was looking at the accessory pack and found these 2 wooden leaf stems that just matched the leaves in the designer card--so, take 2 of those and adhere them on either side of the greeting using liquid our card is completed! 7-12-16 Project Life Hello Lovely Card PLUS

Isn't it awesome? Try it, send me a pic of your creation!

 Here's the short supply list--order yours now using the Shop Now button at the top of the page:

Displaying your Memories

How do you display your memories?  Do you box them up and stuff them under the bed (when I went to college, that was my Dad's answer to every storage problem!)? Do you shoebox them and put them in a closet on the shelf?  Do you keep them on your smart phone? Do you keep them cached on your computer?

How's that working for you--do you enjoy looking through them with your family and friends? If you keep them on your smart phone--do you spend 10 minutes trying to find the picture you want to show them?  Do your kids know what their grands, aunts/uncles, cousins looked like when they were young? Do they know what you looked like when you were young?

Wouldn't it be nice to have some of those special memories in a nice orderly presentation that is in easy reach and available to share at just the right moment with your family and friends?

I can help you get there in a very short can ask a few of your friends to bring a handful of pictures, come to my studio and we'll experience the magic of getting those photos in a lovely arrangement, quickly, easily, and (this is best of all) inexpensively!

I have a method to keep you on track and not get bogged down in lots of details--this means that you will get those memories documented fast--it will make the activity so much fun--you'll want to share it with everyone you know--let me show you how  easy this method is.

Take a look at this page below--this was created in a matter of minutes--imagine getting an entire album completed in a few short hours....then you will have time to go out and create some more great memories!

Proj life Shawn & Tami & GG

But, you say, I love to do traditional scrapbooking too! No worries, you can always create a lovely intro page to a section of photos...for example, here's a traditional scrap page I just created--I can use this to begin a series of photos celebrating a family event....then follow with several pages containing tons of pictures like the one above...this is YOUR memory album, you can create it in any way that brings you pleasure.  

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I think you will find that this new method of displaying your memories will solve your problems of
*How to get started...where to begin
*What to do with all those pictures
*How to do it without spending hours and hours and (let's face it) days of work
*Keep in inexpensive so that you will still have dollars to spend on making new memories

Call me today 410 836 8016 or email me [email protected] and let's get started!

Stampin'Up! Project Life Adventure

Have stacks of pictures in your closet, stuffed under the bed, in huge containers in the basement? Yesterday we had an open memory-keeping day in my studio. Three ladies took the challenge (the 4th will be coming to the next 2 sessions) to bring pictures and actually start their memory keeping adventure.

Joining the fun was Julie Wernz, Diane Muhler, and Nancy Akehurst.  These ladies are planning to attend 3 monthly sessions to get their pictures into  awesome albums so they can be enjoyed. How many times do you go to the bedroom closet and drag down those boxes of pictures and look through them? If they were in albums in the family room--wouldn't you be more likely to share them with family and friends during their visits? (Who doesn't want to share their most precious moments with others?)

Julie unpacked her photos of her trip to California and the behind-the-scenes fun at the Rose parade. Julie managed to fill 7 pages---she said for her this was a miracle! She's coming back to the next two work sessions to keep her momentum going. Here's one of her pages (she's going to use her computer to write some journaling entries for it)


Diane was dreaming of her days on the beach and those wonderful meals at Secrets resorts...she and her neighbor are going to get together to keep getting their pictures into these quick albums on a regular basis. Coming to the 3 work sessions will help them keep compiling their pages. Here's one ofher pages:



Nancy was reminiscing about her wonderful pets and the mischief they got into in her craft areas. Nancy is planning to open up her large dining table and get more of her pictures into a format that can be enjoyed instead of sitting on a shelf.

The Project Life by Stampin'Up! is realy an awesome way to do your memory keeping in a quick and easy to use way--those cards in the kits are so easy to slip into the pockets along with the pictures--those pockets are built to handle your 4 X 6 and smaller cropped pictures....let me know if you'd like to get started on your pictures stash! Here are some products that will really boost your productivity and get those pictures into a "sharing" format!