Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Stampin' Up Winter Frost Christmas Tags! Using Scraps for Tags!

One more day till Turkey Day!!!  Is everyone ready?  I'm not.  I don't have much to do, I am cheating this year.  Our family is headed to a friends' house for Thanksgiving.  I love this because I get out of making the WHOLE Thanksgiving dinner myself.  We each bring a dish to share.  My kids ask me to make my sweet potato casserole to share so I will be putting it together tonight.  Then I just have to pop it in the oven right before we are ready to leave!  EASY, stress-free Thanksgiving! I love it!!!
Today I am sharing some easy Christmas tags with you.  I am planning on selling this at a craft event so I bundled them up and added a bow.  
For the first tag, I used a Tim Holtz die that I had.  I liked the shape of the tag on this one and knew my Stampin' Up punches would work well with it.  
I used the Artisan Label Punch and the Label Love stamp set for the sentiment.  I love this new Artisan Label Punch! 
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Because these tags are part of a set, I kept the colors and papers similar so they match.  I love this tag.  It is my favorite!  You don't need special tag punches to make tags.  Look at your punches or framelits to make tags!  I used the Deco Label Framelits for this tag.  The Deco Label framelits are one of my favorite sets.  I love the shape and they fit LOTS of stamp sets!
I used the Naughty or Nice tag from the Very Merry Tag set.  Adorable! So simple but pretty!!
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Once again, keep in mind, tags are a great way to use up scraps!  The ribbon that I used is long retired.  I only had a little bit left.  Perfect!!!  Save those scraps of ribbon and turn them into something useful! 
For this tag, I used two sets of framelits: apothecary framelits and the chalk talk framelits.  This tag was very easily made using the individual stamp: Very Merry.  This stamp is on sale!!!  Perfect time to pick it up!!!
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This tag was the easiest.  I used one stamp set: Best of Snow.  I LOVE this stamp set!!!  Grab this stamp set while you can- the images are wonderful!!!  I used a Tim Holtz label die for this tag as well but you can easily make this one using a framelit as well!
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This is one of my favorite tags. I love the mini snowman in the Best of Snow stamp set.  So cute! 
Just with punches or framelits you can take your scraps and make great Christmas tags!!! 
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Thanks for stopping by!
What are your Thanksgiving plans?  Are you ready???
Michelle!!!
 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Tags 4 You Using Punches and Scraps!

I have been working on making Christmas tags for the last couple of days.  The great thing about tags are that you can use what you have on hand to make them!  A couple of punches or framelits and a cute stamp and you are good to go!!!


To make great tags, you don't need a tag die.  They are nice but what if you don't have one??  No problem.   I have the best time using my framelits or punches to make tags!  Mix and match shapes!
For these tags, I used some left over DSP from last year's Stampin' Up Holiday catalog.  This was a perfect use for it.  I also used the round tab punch to make the top part.  I love this punch.  This punch is retired now.  Good lesson to grab those punches when you can!  I used some twine that I had in my stash.  Tags are perfect ways to use up your stash and scraps!  Have you made any tags yet this season?
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Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dyslexia can rule your life.....if you let it.

As a mother of three boys, two which have a dyslexic diagnosis, I get frustrated with dyslexia.  After my first son was struggling in school, I had him tested.  Dyslexia showed its ugly face.  Actually, my older son was EXTRA lucky, he has TWO learning disabilities (what an overachiever!!!)  He also has Auditory Processing Disorder which is actually the part that tripped him up the most.  He did tons of work. He did fast forward and a year and half of tutoring to fill in those gaps that he hadn't processed correctly. 
Instead of letting this get him down, we chose to focus on what my son COULD do.  We chose to focus on his abilities instead of his disabilities.  I'm not going to lie, it was a rough ride between first and third grade.  But I also saw him blossom.  I saw him feel confident in what he COULD do!!!  We chose as parents to embrace our child as he was, get him all the help we could, and move forward.  Sometimes those were painfully small steps, and sometimes it was big giant celebrations!  I still remember the first time my son asked me to stop talking to him because he really wanted to finish reading his book!!!!!  I heard angels.....I'm pretty sure!!!  
When my oldest hit fourth grade, his teacher told me that she knew what he had, and obviously will always have, BUT....it no longer impacted him in the classroom.  That was a wonderful day.  It was my first conference at school that I walked out with my heart soaring!  
  My oldest son is now in seventh grade.   Is he cured?  Is he fixed?  No.  This is how he will always process information.  Is it better?  YES!!!!  Without a doubt!  But this is how his brain works.  Someone told me once, that kids with learning disabilities are like driving a car.  Some people take the direct road.  But kids with learning disabilities take the curvy path that is filled with hills and valleys.  Its not the wrong path, and some say it actually maybe more interesting!  They end up at the same spot...their journey is just more interesting! 
So why, after my second son's diagnosis am I once again, battling with the dyslexia monster?  Not my first rodeo, right???  Well, keep in mind, every child is different.  And as with every child, my sons dyslexia is different as well.  My middle son has the opposite form of dyslexia from my older son.  Is one easier than the other?  I wish the answer was yes.  But it isn't.  It is still your child, they are struggling, they are frustrated.  They may act out in school.  They may hate school, may seem unmotivated.  They may get in to trouble.  They may lack the ability or skill to advocate for themselves.  They may lack the ability to explain their actions.  They maybe two separate kids, the  aggravating kid at school and a wonderful version of themselves at home.  I once again have to remind myself that we have been on his horse before.  It is an old friend.  We know the ins and outs.  As parents, we have to be patient.  We have to let the tutoring work.  Take our time- slow steps make everything stick!!!  Small steps forward, sometimes painfully slow but progress is progress.   We have to advocate for our kids.  We have to keep trying.  Time and time again, we have to fight for our kids.  We have to keep trying, there is a light at the end of the tunnel!!!  It does work!!  It can be tamed.  It can be won. Dyslexia doesn't need to win or rule our lives.  It will always be a piece of us.  We always will have dyslexic kids.  But they are our kids.  We will continue to celebrate their spirit, their wonderful talents. 
Are my kids different?  Yes.  And I wouldn't have it any other way.  

Christmas Card Using the Stampin' Up Expressions Thinlets & Style of the Season Designer Series Paper

Today I wanted to share the other Make and Take that we made at the crafting retreat.  I really love this card for a couple of reasons. The expressions thinlets- MERRY- are wonderful!  I LOVE these!  When I first saw these in the catalog, and saw the wonder gold foil paper, I was in love!!!  I thought the gold foil would be flimsy but it isn't.  It is very sturdy like the Stampin' Up cardstock.  I am not sure if they are the same weight, but the gold foil paper is very easy to work with.  I did find it easier to remove my MERRY from the expressions thinlet by using a small piece of wax paper between the paper and the die.  This helped my paper come out easily.  

I also really like the way this card opens.  It opens from the bottom folding up to the top.  Not sure what this fold is called but I never make cards like this.  I will now add this fold into my card rotation.  I love it!  It is the simple things that excite me! 

Look how wonderful and delicate the MERRY is!!!  Beautiful!!!
So pretty and simple! 
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Stampin' Up Snow Day Fun Quick Snowman Card

I have to say that when I first say the Holiday mini, I passed over Snow Day stamp set.  Then I saw so many cute cards made with him and the wonderful curved sentiment in the set, I HAD to get it!  This card was a make and take from the crafting retreat.  This is a sweet little card!  

I love this little guy!  I have seen some adorable cards with his arms and facing upwards!  I need to try that next!  

This card is a mini card.  The front panel is actually only the labels collection framelits!  Kinda of a mini card!!!  I love this idea!!! 

I haven't stamped the inside of the card yet.  

Have a happy Friday! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle!!!
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

How to Use Stamps in Scrapbooking Part 2- Stamping Titles

This is part 2 of my blog series: Using Stamps in Scrapbooking.  This time I am focusing on using stamps for titles of your scrapbook layouts.  I don't make a title for every page I do, I would say that I make a title for about 75% of the scrapbook pages I do.  Some photos don't need a title, some are just a good picture that I want to scrap.  Some need a title to really set off the picture. 
The first example is using the an alphabet stamp to stamp out a title. 
For this layout I used some retire paper: Domestic Goddess.  I have to say that this really isn't my style but I was able to cover up some of the paper and was left with what I really liked on the paper, a really good compromise!!!  I used the ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers set to make the title for this page.  

Okay, quick side note...yes, I realize that I took a picture of the title so show the punch work....and I cropped my title in this picture to say POO....yes, the 5 year old in me giggled!!!  Anyways, I used the 7/8" scalloped circle punch and a 3/4" circle punch to punch out my letters and used dimensionals to pop them up.

To finish off this layout, I used up a card that I had left over from my October Afternoon kit which I journaled directly on it.

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For this layout, I used the My Friend stamp.  I did this layout at a retreat that the demo brought all her stamps for us to borrow and use.  I am so glad because this stamp has been on my wish list for awhile.  I love the Hello in this stamp set.  I had to use it!  I also love the delicate tear drops that I used for the background of the title.


 I finished off my title with some pearls.  I just think that is such a pretty Hello, I love the curls!!!

This is Stampin' Up DSP as well but it is long retired and I can't remember the name of it.  I don't get to use pink much so I had to dig it out for some pictures of Bella.

I used some pink washi tape I had over the Delicate Details Lace tape.   I also stamped the date with the Stampin' Up Rotary stamp.  (There is a GREAT new rotary stamp coming up in the Occasions catalog!  Can't wait to show it to you!!!)
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The next layout probably is the most simple using stamps for a title.  I was also using up some paper for this layout.   
 

I used some neutral candy dots with the title.  I love candy dots!!  

I have tons of these buttons left over from a clearance rack purchase.  This was a great way to use them up and pull the green from the Yodas...yes plural Yodas...into the layout. 

I love the chevron borders punch!!!
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This next layout was probably one of my favorites of the whole weekend to do.  I love the colors in this DSP, I Am Me.  They are bright and cheery without being overwhelming to me.  Great colors together!   

This is a great example of a phrase stamp that can make a fabulous title!!!!  Fabulous is what you are!  Perfect for this layout!  I cut out the title using the heart collection framelits.  I loved that it put the title in a heart with much love for my little boy!

I cut the stars out using some dies that I had out of silver glimmer paper.  
The phrases I cut using some word bubble framelits that I had.  I stamped these to describe Owen.  I had to customize one a bit and make it say Loves life instead of Love and life separately.  I really liked how this turned out.


I love that this picture of Owen snapped with my camera phone turned out so nice and I was able to make a layout really showing his personality!  That's what scrappin' is all about!!!


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I used the I am Me DSP again for this layout as well.  I really love the colors of this DSP.  I have almost used all of my pack up!!!



For this layout, I really wanted the title from the Really Good Greetings set say it all.  This was some great pictures of Jesse with our beloved Bella before she passed away.  I wanted to keep this layout simple and let the pictures shine.  

 
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Again, I used the I am me DSP.  Are you tired of it yet?  Me neither!!!!! 

This is one of my silly layouts.  I had these pictures that I took of Jesse  when we went out to eat one day.  He couldn't understand what was wrong with his outfit...yes, one sock is HIS and one is his 13 year old brother's sock that has size 101/2 MENS sized socks!!!  I love the picture of him holding the door open because you can really see how far up his leg the heal of the sock is!!!  So Jesse got his title of the page as Best Dressed.  The dressed part was spray inked on using some template alphabets that I had.  
The background was made using the Off the grid, Gorgeous Grunge and Clockworks stamp sets.  Henry was cut out using the Deco collection framelits.  Henry is a retired stamp...so cute!!
The Best of ribbon was cut out with the circle and scalloped punch and popped up with dimensionals.


To keep this simple, I journaled on my photo mat.  It doesn't stand out but has all the important information I wanted to remember.  I have found with three boys...always write the name of the person if nothing else.  Sure I remember exactly how this is now, but as I look through baby pictures of my sister and I, my mom has a hard time telling us apart in pictures.  


I used the artisan label punch to create my banner.  I love how it turned out. Not typically a banner punch but it looks great!

 
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So go dig in your stamp sets, find some stamps and start scrapbooking with them!  They can add so much to your layouts.  I love that I can use stamps over and over in scrapbooking!!!  I find that stamps are a great investment in my crafting!
 
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Thanks for stopping by for part 2!!!  Keep a look out for part 3 of Using Stamps in Scrapbooking next week!!
Michelle!!!
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