The Essentials sale

In celebration of our roller date stamp appearing in "The Essentials" section as one of the "10 Most Wanted" items in the Fall issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today, we thought we would run a fun little sale in our shop. For the first time, we are offering Grab Bags, which have a retail value of over $60, for only $30! International orders are welcome, but MUST add the International $5 Shipping item to the cart.The sale in the shop will only run through Sunday, December 9th or until they sell out (whichever comes soonest). Each grab bag will contain one of these date stamps, a zipper pouch from Blue Q, and all kinds of other goodies. May just be the perfect gift for the paper lover on your list! We really appreciate your support!

A simple wedding card

Usually the day before leaving on a 6am flight, I come up with all kinds of ideas and find the uncontrollable urge to make something. This used to happen the night before, but apparently I have become a bit wiser with age, giving myself a few more hours to pull something together. I realized that I hadn't gotten Abby & Thomas a card yet, so I took out my Hey There stamp set, a blank card, a tag, washi tapes, some alphas from Typo, and whipped this up. As for the wedding - it was wonderful, except I hardly took any photos. The church ceremony was beautiful, and the reception was on a rooftop with a gorgeous view. It's always fun seeing friends from college. Especially your cool friend Thomas - the world traveler who always has insider information on all the best places to stay and ways to get upgraded- ready to settle down (a bit) and so happy. There's something so fun about going back to Atlanta when everyone can get together for such a special celebration. You may have already seen some of these on Instagram. And yes, Abby and Thomas are the friends who arrived to their wedding reception via helicopter. They are the coolest.

on the fly

Sometimes creating simply for the sake of it is just the therapy I need. While in Sao Paulo on the last day of teaching classes, I decided to play a bit with some scraps leftover from the kits. The attendees were given plenty of supplies, and I used a piece of white cardstock that I had demonstrated bubble mask misting on as a base. I drew on some masking tape using Chromatix to create my own version of washi tape, and then borrowed some washi tapes from Ana, who brought her Instax MINI 25. It was fun to create on the fly, use up scraps and test out my new Sweet Stamps. When I came home, I finished off the page with Kelly Purkey's October stamp, some stickers from [email protected]!, we were here stamp from life.love.paper,  and this awesome stamp set from scrapperin.This is also an attempt to put off creating for the holidays at the moment. Not that I don't want to be in the spirit, it just seems too early to me. What have you been making lately and are you as obsessed with stamps as I am right now?

spotted on Halloween

A layout by Deb Duty using Ready Set Go for the perfect Halloween layout.Hope it's a fun and safe day for all!

quick jaunt to Germany

A couple weekends ago, I taught at the Mega Event put on by Scrapbook Werkstatt. I had the pleasure of meeting Tina and Mireia at the first CHA I exhibited in with American Crafts. We had discussed a trip to have me teach in Germany then, and a little over a year later, it happened!Before my class on Saturday, Bill and Donna Downey took JC and me to explore Frankfurt. We were in search of modern/contemporary art and only 1 of the museums turned out to be open. We had some good laughs at the art we did see (and were perplexed by some), enjoyed hanging out with Donna and Bill, walked around a bit, had Starbucks and also lunch. The only thing I wish I had taken a photo of was the schnitzel we enjoyed al fresco in the main square. We used this daybook and these Journal thickers in the afternoon class along with Studio Calico Mister Huey's. Found some posts from others about the event here, here and here. Though it was quick, it was a really nice trip. Everyone was great to be around, and we hope to see a bit more of Germany (and eating more schnitzel) next time. Thanks so much Scrapbook Werkstatt and Steffi for sending over this group photo.And here is some exciting news from Studio Calico!To pre-order and for more info click on the photo or, go here.