More Swap Cards

September 19th, 2014 by craftdoc

Here are some more beautiful swap cards from our Stampin’ Up! Unite&Excite demonstrator event last week.

First the yummy treats:


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Swap Cards

September 18th, 2014 by craftdoc

Swapping cards is one of the fun ways to meet people at a Stampin’ Up! event.  Here are a few of the swaps I got at the Unite & Excite event I attended last week in Jefferson, OH.  We brought a carload of demonstrators from Erie, PA and had a blast.  Here is our group of presenters at the event.  I am 3rd from the left. #uniteexcite

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Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack

September 17th, 2014 by craftdoc

There are a few new items up on the Clearance Rack this morning, including the Vintage trinkets that we used to make this card.   There are tiny pins and brads that look like buttons (just $2.39). This is one of my favorite class cards from the past year using the Open Sea stamp set.   You can order here, please use host code TXMP9MV4.  #stampinup


Project Life Display Book

September 13th, 2014 by craftdoc

For my Project Life by Stampin’ Up! #PLxSU presentation at #uniteexcite I decided to make an album and have fun filling up pockets with photos and cards.  I made most of my cards using My Digital Studio and the Everyday Adventure digital download.  With the digital download, you get all the cards from the physical card collection, plus some of the elements to use as digital stamps.

Today’s Tips:

-It is so easy to add to, and rearrange with Project Life.  This album is worthy of sharing, even though it is still a work in progress.  I use post-it-notes for place keepers (see page 2).

-You can also use 6×8″ pocket page protectors in a 12×12″ album (see pages 5-8).

-I printed my Everyday Adventure digital cards on Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock with my laser printer.  Although any paper will do,  I like the brightness and weight of WW.

-I dragged 5 cards onto an 8-1/2 x 11 page in My Digital Studio, printed, then cut with the Labels and Framelits dies.  You don’t need to have My Digital Studio to use the digital downloads, but it has some nice features to edit your cards if desired.

-Peruse the pages to see tips.  I also have a Pinterest board for Project Life and a Project Life Erie Facebook page with more ideas and local gatherings.  I’d love to hear your ideas too, so please share!

-All Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products are available at my demonstrator website.

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Project Life Everyday Adventure

September 12th, 2014 by craftdoc

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!  A revolutionary way of memory keeping.  Photos and cards into pockets.  It worked!

I started out with just the basics:  a pile of photos and memorabilia, my 12 x12 album, pocket page protectors, card collection and journaling pens.

I organized the photos into groups for each page, picked the best pocket protector page  for the orientation (there are 6 options) and slipped them into pockets.  I added some journaling cards from my Everyday Adventure Card Collection.

That was sooo simple.

I used my Project Life journaling pens and my Project Life stamp sets to add in some titles and journaling.

I even got brave and rearranged some photos and pages (easy) and added embellishments from my Everyday Adventure Accessory Pack.

I then printed out some more photos and did pages from Labor Day weekend while it was fresh in my mind (and before I misplaced the tickets and maps from the weekend).

Today’s Tips:

- use Post-it-Notes to hold a spot for a misplaced photo or item (page1).

-use the Cards and Labels framelits to cut photos to fit the smaller pockets (4×4 and 3×4).

-Memorabilia – some will need to be cut down, some adhered to a card.  Or use a full 6×8 or 12×12 protector for larger items.

-Yes, the 6×8 pages will fit nicely in the 12×12 books for interest.

-Cut a 4×6 photo in half to fill 2 smaller pockets (page3).

-Cut a map with the Cards and Labels framelits to add to a pocket.

-The Labels framelits and the Word Bubbles framelits make nice title and journaling pieces.  Attach with SNAIL adhesive or some Washi tape.

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Project Life Stampin’ Up! Convention

September 11th, 2014 by craftdoc

I finished my #inspirecreateshare2014 pages just in time for my #uniteexcite presentation tomorrow.  I love the Project Life (#PLxSU) system of memory keeping.  It is so quick and easy.  Maybe I will finally be able to keep up with my photos and memorabilia!  See my Project Life Erie facebook page for more Project Life ideas and upcoming events.  Tomorrow, my 12 x 12 pages and Saturday I will post my display book.

Today’s Tips:

-I used the 6 x 8″ album for my Convention photos. These smaller books are great for trips,  special occasions or just everyday stuff.   I have photos from previous meetings that I can add in front.  It’s so easy to rearrange everything!

-Memorabilia that I slipped into pockets – nametag, meal ticket, candy wrappers, prize patrol wrist band.  You get one full 6×8 pocket in a package of protectors for something large.  Or just scan/photograph your memorabilia and shrink to a smaller size.

-Yesterday I showed how to rescale photos so you can get fill 2 smaller pockets from one 4×6 print.  I wish I had know that BEFORE I made this album.  I just trimmed some photos with my Card and Label Framelits to fit the 3×4 size.

-The last 2 pages were a convention mini – make&take using the Seasonal Snapshots Card Collection in the Holiday Catalog.

-I did a bit of stamping with the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! stamp sets.  I also used the Alphabet Rotary Stamp which is a fun way to add a title (page 1).

-All Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products can be ordered from my demonstrator website.


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How to resize photos for Project Life

September 10th, 2014 by craftdoc

In case you were wondering how I made the collage in yesterday’s post I will share some tips from my  Project Life by Stampin’ Up! #PLxSU presentation for the Unite and Excite event #uniteexcite this week.

Here’s a cute photo that I can print as 4×6″, all ready to cut into 3×4 pictures for the smallest size of Project Life Pockets.

Today’s Tips:

How to get two 3×4 photos from one 4×6 print.

Go to (it’s free)

  1. Choose the collage feature from the top panel.

(If photos need editing use the edit feature first.)

  1. Add 2 photos to the collage from computer file.
  2. Pick Layouts from left panel – Ducks in a row – 2.

(Rotate if needed).

  1. Change the pixels (under collage) to 1200×1800

Or 1800×1200 (enter) depending on orientation.

  1. Go to the pallet at left and change spacing to 0.
  2. Save, print at 4×6.
  3. If you want to add text, choose Edit (top), Text (left).

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How to Make a Free Card Rack

September 9th, 2014 by craftdoc

I’ve been working hard on my Project Life by Stampin’ Up! presentation for Friday, but want to share my other project for this week.   A facebook friend posted a photo of a few doors that she didn’t want.  I nabbed this one, probably an old closet door, to make a card rack.

Today’s Tips:

-I cleaned off the dirt and cobwebs.

-After sanding a few nicks and paint stains, I decided rather than restaining, to just sand a few more of the edges for a distressed look.  I love the old knob and hinges that add to the shabby chic look.

-I was going to buy some thin wood to line the back of the panels.  But I had some heavy chipboard (I believe it was backing from Stampin’ Up! specialty paper or maybe glimmer paper) already on hand.  So I trimmed the chipboard to fit and used my Stampin’ Up! mono multi adhesive glue to adhere the panels. Leaned against the wall, my free card rack is finished and I love it!

-There are some great new Weekly Deals at my Stampin’ Up! website.  September 10 is the last day to get Paper Pumpkin at half price (use Promo Code HALFOFF2).  Like my Facebook Page (link to your right) and Get Notifications to keep up on all my Stampin’ Up! news.

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Fall Feathers

September 5th, 2014 by craftdoc

Spoiler Alert – This is my swap card for the Unite & Excite Event in Jefferson Ohio next week and a September class card.  It’s a simple fall card with the Four Feathers stamp set and matching Feathers Framelit Dies.  And Stampin’ Up! has them bundled for 15% off in the Holiday Catalog!  The greeting is from Good Greetings stamp set that you can get FREE with a $300 or more order.  Contact me today for your host code if you want this cool set.

Today’s Tips:

-use the speckle stamp from Gorgeous Grunge to add some interest to the white space.  Or flick on some ink like the Aug 23rd post.

- I used glue dots to adhere the bit of burlap ribbon.



Seriously Amazing Paper Pumpkin

September 2nd, 2014 by craftdoc

The August Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up! was lots of fun.  I took it to my mom’s for a quick visit.

Today’s Tips:

- Cut the back off the cards – there are extra die cut panels, so you can get twice as many card fronts.

-I added some extra Whisper White envelopes and used the leftover circle piece as a stencil to sponge the ink

-Add some banners from coordinating cardstock scraps (Strawberry Slush, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey)

-Or use the backs of the small notecards to make banners pieces.

-The small cards will fit Project Life Pockets.

-Use the extra circle pieces to make a border.

-Add some stamps and stickers leftover from the July kit (last card).

-If you are a subscriber, you can purchase refill kits for only $7.95   !!!!!  The only thing you don’t get is the ink and stamps.

-Until September 10 you can subscribe for just $10 – includes shipping!!!  Use Promo Code HALFOFF2 at mypaperpumpkin

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