Night in Bethlehem Bible Journaling

I finally got a journaling bible! I am so excited to finally be able to create artwork right beside the word of God. I highly recommend the Blessed is She Journaling Bible for those looking for one.

So this morning I pulled out my daughter and I’s journaling bibles, and we each did an entry for The Epiphany.

I started by using gesso to prep the page. That keeps ink and such from bleeding through to the next page. Then I stamped the star and holy family from the Night in Bethlehem stamp set. I absolutely love this set, and was so happy to see it make the carry over list.

Next, I used gelatos for the light and sky around the star and the holy family. I used my finger to slightly blend them.

Finally, I used our awesome markers for the writing. They had no problem writing over the gesso. I used the duet banner punch to create a stencil for the banner I drew.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! supplies I used:


A Pumpkin Spiced Merry Cafe

I love fall, and for the past 13 years or so I have loved everything pumpkin spiced. So when I saw the new holiday catalog I flipped out about the Merry Cafe stamp set.  I could not wait to get my fingers on the stamps and Coffee Cup framelits. 

You may have also noticed the stunning Painted Autumn DSP. It worked so well to make the beautiful coffee cup we are always searching for. And, yes that is a new leaf punch!

1. Cut and score an Early Expresso card base.

2. Cut a 4 x 5.25 piece of peekaboo peach of cardstock, and adhere to the front of the card with snail.

3. Cut a 3 x 4.75 piece of painted autumn dsp, and adhere to peekaboo peach with snail.

4. Cut a 2.5 x 4 piece of very vanilla cardstock, and adhere on top of the dsp with snail.

5. Cut a coffee cup out of painted harvest dsp with the coffee cup framelits,

6. Cut a lid and sleeve out of another piece of dsp.

7. Stamp sentiment onto peekaboo peach, and use the framelits to cut another sleeve. Trim it down on all side with paper snips.

8. Adhere dsp sleeve onto cup with snail.  

10. Adhere lid and peekaboo peach sleeve with stampin’ dimensionals.

11. Punch out two leaves in lemon lime twist, peekaboo peach, and Cajun craze. 

12. Holding a set of three leaves together turn over, and put a bit of snail on the stems. Put a Stampin’ dimensional on the leaves. Repeat with other set.

13. Adhere leaves to the card.

14. Adhere coffee cup to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Sweet Home Christmas

I was able to make my Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini Catalog preorder this morning, and I am about to burst from excitement.  I absolutely love stamping for the holidays.  And, if you want to take advantage of the preorder fun then make sure to check out the suite Stampin’ Up is letting customers preorder during August!

Carols of Christmas
But, I have you covered with some Christmas cheer while we wait for my preorder to come rolling it.  And, all the items used are straight out of annual catalog so no waiting for you if you want to recreate this card. 


1. Cut and score a garden green card base.

2. Cut a 2.75 x 5.5 strip of Be Merry dsp (pick one with a white background), and adhere vertically to the card with snail.

3. Cut a 4.75 x 4.25 piece of whisper white cardstock.

4. Stamp the gingerbread house on the whisper white cardstock with cherry cobbler ink. Stamp door with early expresso.

5. Adhere the whisper white cardstock to a 4.25 x 4.75 piece of dsp with snail.

6. Adhere that to the cardbase with snail.

7. Cut a .75 x 2.5 and a .75 x 2 strips of dazzling diamond cardstock.

8. Stamp candies onto dazzling diamond cardstock.  

9. Adhere shorter strip onto the roof of the gingerbread house with Stampin’ dimensionals. Then adhere second strip so it slightly overlaps the first strip.

10. Adhere wreath with glue dots.


Love Today Planner Scrapbook

So if you doubted my love for our new planner kit, you won’t when you read the next sentence.  I bought two planner kits.  I know that’s a lot of planner, but I when I saw how adorable this planner was I decided to get one to use purely as a scrapbook.  For the next year, this planner will be my way of tracking the little moments in our family.

I bet you have literally hundreds (if not thousands) of pictures on your phone.  You take those pictures, because you want to document those little moments in your day with your loved ones.  But, do you ever print them?  And, if you have them printed do you ever write down the story?  I worry that we have an entire generation of children that may, at best, have a facebook wall or an instagram account to look back on from their childhood (and that is putting a lot of hope in technology).  

But, I also know that we are all busy, and the ideaof scrapbooking can be overwhelming.  You may think you need to spend a crazy amount of money and time to record your memories.  But, that is absolutely not true.

For the most part I am using five products to make my scrapbook: Love Today Planner kit, petal garden memories and more card pack, in color markers, snail, and the HP Sprocket printer.  And, if you wanted to you could use just the planner, your photos, and a pen!  

The sprocket is a hand sized printer that connects wirelessly to your phone, and prints 2×3 photos.  They are even sticky on the back so you can put them directly on the paper with no additional adhesive! It is so easy to use.  

The memory and more card packs are a great addition if you want something a little extra.  I like that I can fit one copy of each card and the stickers into the planner’s larger pocket.  That way all the supplies are portable. I used one of the cards as a photo layer on this page.

This whole page took maybe five minute to put together, and it sits right on my counter so I can easily print a picture and add it to the planner at any time.  No scrapbooking room needed.  And, someday my kids will be able to see the little moments and read the stories of their childhood.


Love Today Planner

I am absolutely head over heels in love with the new Stampin’ Up planner kit.  They put so much work into this kit, and you truly only need a pen and your kit to create something beautiful.  

Here is a quick picture of my monthly layout in progress.  It is super simple, because my June is very busy.  The three crowns are appointments for my daughter (my little princess), and the circle will be filled in with a different type of appointment.  All the stamps used are from the Tabs for Everything stamp set.  I used the Tranquil Teal Stampin write marker to write in my calander dates.  I like that it stands out, but is not as glaring as black may have been.  Finally, I used some washi tape to decorate the top of the calander page.

Here is weekly view this week:

Both pictures are the Thursday side of the week. One picture has the dashboard that comes with the planner and one without.  I used the remember and to do stamps from the tabs for everything stamp set.  

Did you notice the vertical columns?  I used washi tape to make the horizontal weekly view into a vertical view.  I will put appointments in the last column.  I find that the new in color markers go very well with the colors in this planner, and the fine tip end is great for writing in my planner.  


We Heart HostsĀ 

I heart my hostesses, and so does Stampin’ Up!.  They are adding an extra hostess benefit for you to host a workshop in June (already one of the best times to host a workshop because the new catalog just started). If you host a workshop with 350 dollars in sales you will get an extra 35 dollars in hostess benefits! That is an amazing special! And, it applies to all kind of orders so you can host a traditional workshop, I can throw a Facebook workshop (with a live demo) for you, you can simply collect catalog orders, or you can personally have a shopping spree (though we should talk about the benefits of being a demo if you want to go that route). Contact me to get your party scheduled during the month of June!
I hope you know how much I appreciate all my customers especially my hostesses. Here is a thank you card for all of you!

1. Cut and score an old olive cardbase.

2. Cut a 2.75 x 2.5 piece of whisper white cardstock.

3. Stamp the sentiment in melon mambo ink, and roll the edges of the sentiment in old olive ink. Stamp onto whisper white cardstock.

4. Mount the sentiment using snail to a 3x 2.75 piece of old olive cardstock.

5. Cut a 4×4 piece of whisper white cardstock.

6. Stamp floral squares in opposite corners using melon mambo ink.

7. Do the same thing with the heart and polka dot square using old olive ink.

8. Mount image to a 4.25 x 4.25 piece of melon mambo cardstock using snail.

9. Attach to cardbase using snail.

10. Use Stampin’ dimensionals to attach sentiment on top of the squares.


A Daisy Delight First Communion

Sorry I have been absent as of late.  Our family had a virus stick around for two weeks, and then it was a mad dash to get ready for my son’s first communion.  I had such a great time playing with some of the products from the new catalog as I decorated for his party.  

Aren’t those flowers cute!  I thought they were perfect for such an innocent occasion as a child’s first communion.  And, they were all stamped and punched with the new Daisy Delight Bundle.  I bought floral wire stems from the craft store, and bent one end of each into a little circle.  Then I punched two small circles, and used tear n tape to adhere on each side of the stem.  Finally, I stamped the daisies in daffodil delight, punched them out, and adhered them onto the top circle using tear n tape.

I made the favor boxes using the new wood crate framelits and wood texture designer series paper stack.  This crate is soooo easy to put together, and added great rustic charm to the party.  You cut out two crates, and adhere them together with tear n tape.  Seriously could not be easier! You are going to adore the wood paper as well.  It is so realistic!

And, finally a picture of the first communion boy.