SSINKCC27: Cherry Cobbler, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive


Today’s card is featured over at Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration and features a fun color challenge:

November color challenge

I adore these colors together. I decided to keep my card in the fall/Thanksgiving arena instead of Christmas. Although now I have a ton of Christmas designs using these colors floating around my head. I saw a few cute grid cards online and decided to make my own featuring some great DSP and stamped images. (Note: the purple vines from Into the Woods are technically Rich Razzleberry, but I love their slightly muted look in the card combination. I kept them there but made sure to add my Blackberry Bliss in card stock and stamped images.)


  • Stamps: For All Things; Thankful Forrest Friends
  • Inks: Cherry Cobbler; Blackberry Bliss; Old Olive
  • Cardstock: Into the Woods DSP; Merry Moments DSP; Cherry Cobbler; Blackberry Bliss; Old Olive; Whisper White
  • Accessories:
  • Tools: Squares Framelits


SSINKMC26: Thanksgiving Treat Box


Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a card using our Mystery Challenge Rules. What to do? This month I went with Burlap, Island Indigo, and Thanks.

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Instead of a card, I decided to make a little Thanksgiving treat box. Wouldn’t these look adorable as place settings for Thanksgiving dinner? I sponged on some ink to the bottom of the box to give the paper a little something extra. I then added the sentiment tag for a fun pop of color. I think the little wooden leaf really makes the box! And the burlap is a great texture instead of using regular ribbon.IMG_4523

  • Stamps: Petite Pairs
  • Inks: Tangelo Twist; Island Indigo
  • Cardstock: Into the Woods DSP; Island Indigo; Whisper White
  • Accessories: Into the Woods Elements
  • Tools: Baker’s Box Thinlits


30 Days of Gratitude: Days 5-10

For the first time, I’m participating in 30 Days of Gratitude.  I even joined a FB group with other listers. While many use mini albums to document, I created a simple insert to my regular PL pages. You can see my prep work in this post. Once the month started, I realized that I did’t really want the extra duty of picture taking, so I’m going strictly with journaling. I thought I would share my daily cards and a few extra decorative ones.

Day #5: All about sweater weather. It’s still warm here, but slightly cooler.  The mornings are cool enough to actually wear a sweater!


Day #6: I knew I wanted to incorporate some of my closest people as part of the month.  Today I am grateful for J.


Day #7: After thinking about J yesterday, I had to highlight being grateful for my littlest boy. After one miscarriage, we got lucky with this incredibly amazing little boy. Can’t wait to see what adventures await us during his second year of life.


Day #8: We make a library trip once a week for lots of great picture books and a few novels for me. Currently ours is 1 mile away, perfect for walking to and from.  And they have a great storytime on Tuesday mornings.  We’ll have to scout the library after we move. I’m sure Castro Valley has a great one.


Day #9: The first twin, if only because he pushed his way to the front.


Day #10: I’ve found a great group of friends through my parent’s group, the Mountain View Parents Association. We won’t be in MV for much longer, but I’ll definitely keep up the friendships I’ve made. Looking forward to our next event and especially mom’s night out next weekend.



For All Things Cards

Two pretty Thanksgiving themed cards for you today.

Card #1


I really wanted a Thanksgiving card, but no turkeys or pumpkins.  The Four Feathers stamp was a great substitute!

  • Stamps: Four Feathers; For All Things
  • Inks: Chocolate Chip; Baked Brown Sugar; Mossy Meadow; Real Rust (retired — I don’t have Cajun Craze, but this is close enough)
  • Cardstock: Kraft; Mossy Meadow; Very Vanilla; Color Me Autumn DSP
  • Accessories: Gold Metallic Buttons; Brown Twine (not SU)
  • Tools: Feathers Framelits

Card #2


I loved the patterned design of this specific sheet of DSP.  I wanted to play off of it, so I went to Pinterest.  And I found the perfect design concept to modify.

  • Stamps: For All Things
  • Inks: Mossy Meadow; Summer Starfruit (retired – I don’t have Crushed Curry, but this is close)
  • Cardstock: Crushed Curry; Very Vanilla; Color Me Autumn DSP
  • Accessories: Color Me Autumn Washi Tape
  • Tools: Circles Framelits


30 Days of Gratitude: Days 1-5

For the first time, I’m participating in 30 Days of Gratitude.  I even joined a FB group with other listers. While many use mini albums to document, I created a simple insert to my regular PL pages. You can see my prep work in this post. Once the month started, I realized that I did’t really want the extra duty of picture taking, so I’m going strictly with journaling. I thought I would share my daily cards and a few extra decorative ones.

Day #1: Today was all about coffee.  Arthur had a rough night and day of not sleeping. Coffee became my best friend. I added some nice navy alphas and cute brown flowers to complete the card.


Day #2: After another rough night, I did not want to cook.  Thankfully we have a great street of restaurants only two blocks away.  The journaling note and flair came from random PL supply stash. I finally found a use for this fork, knife, and spoon flair.


Day #3: Another rough night, but I needed to run a ton of errands with the baby this morning.  Thankfully there’s a great local coffee shop near my current house.


Day #4: It was Election Day!  Made me think about all the sacrifices of those who came before (especially people like Alice Paul) who helped make it possible for me to vote today.


Day #5


30 Days of Gratitude Prep

Randomly I decided that I wanted to participate in 30 Days of Gratitude in November. I have seen many great examples using mini albums or small notebooks.  I wanted to prep something ahead of time, but make it something I could incorporate into my usual scrapbooking.  After thinking about it some more, I decided to do two dedicated pages in my Project Life album.


I dug through my PL card stash and found a ton of fall themed/colored cards. I used a ton from WRMK’s Harvest collection. Once i chose some great cards, I used the stickers from SU’s Days of Gratitude kit to label my inserts. Even though the cards and stickers come from very different kits, the pages flow together nicely.


I have a few special cards thrown into the mix.  I used an overlay from the WRMK Harvest collection for one day.  I also pulled on the “Fall” PL swap cards I received last month.  I love the little felt pumpkin!

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Once November hits, I plan on grabbing the day’s card and doing a bit of journaling as to what I am grateful for that day.  I may add some more embellishments if time permits.  Or I may wait until the end of the month.  Either way, I will be sharing my completed pages at the end of November.



October Month of Cards Week 2 – Part 2

For October’s big crafting goal, I am attempting to make a different designed card everyday.  Instead of flooding everyone’s feed with tons of posts, I am just going to do a weekly wrap-up post with my cards.  Apparently this week was all about Halloween and Thanksgiving cards.  Next week I’m going to break out into non-holiday cards.

Day #8


I love the monochromatic look of this card.

  • Stamps: For All Things
  • Inks: Blackberry Bliss; Mossy Meadow; Really Rust (retired)
  • Cardstock: Kraft; Vanilla; Mossy Meadow
  • Accessories:
  • Tools:

Day #9


A fun pattern play card for fall.

  • Stamps: For All Things
  • Inks: Mossy Meadow
  • Cardstock: Mossy Meadow; Vanilla; Color Me Autumn DSP
  • Accessories:
  • Tools: Ovals Framelits

Day #10


I love the this simple card.  Not much to it, but very nice in person.

  • Stamps: For All Things
  • Inks: Hello Honey; Blackberry Bliss
  • Cardstock: Kraft; Vanilla
  • Accessories: Metallic Buttons; Brown twine (non-SU); Color Me Autumn washi tape
  • Tools:

Day #11


Another card using just stamping.  I love the layered effect!

  • Stamps: For All Things
  • Inks: Mossy Meadow; Hello Honey; Really Rust (retired); Close to Cocoa (retired)
  • Cardstock: Hello Honey; Vanilla
  • Accessories:
  • Tools:

Day #12


A repeat design from Day #9, but I liked it so much I wanted to make a variation.

  • Stamps: For All Things
  • Inks: Hello Honey; Mossy Meadow
  • Cardstock: Kraft; Vanilla; Color Me Autumn DSP
  • Accessories:
  • Tools:


Unite and Excite Swaps: Fall Themed

We had a great swap time at the Livermore Unite and Excite event on Sunday.  Here are some of the great fall themed swap cards I received:

Debbi S Green

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Linda RomerIMG_2002

Kristine CustinoIMG_2004

Blythe Klipple @ Stamping with BlytheIMG_2012

Lisa Ann Bernard @ Queen B CreationsIMG_2025


Thanksgiving Circles

Yet another simple design to help me finish my twelve sets of twelve cards.


My Interpretation: I decided against the flower and stuck with three simple circles, a sentiment, and a ribbon.  I started with just the circles and sentiment, but realized that the card was just too plain.  The ribbon goes a long way to adding to the card.  I didn’t take pictures of the others, but ended up running out of this green plaid ribbon and substituted orange and brown solid ribbon for the rest.


Tip: The orange circles looked too plain as just solid orange, so I made my own patterned paper.  I took SU’s Magnificent Maple stamp (sadly retired), and stamped all over a 8.5×11 sheet of pumpkin pie paper in pumpkin pie, wild wasabi, early espresso, and more mustard ink.  The overlapping leaves created a nice neutral pattern paper to then cut into circles.  It definitely adds a bit more homemade touch to card.  Plus, I now have some leftover homemade pattern paper to play with.

Supply List:

  • Stamps: Magnificent Maple (retired)
  • Inks: More Mustard (retired)
  • Cardstock: Fall themed scraps
  • Accessories: Ribbon scraps
  • Tools: 2″ Circle Punch



Archives: Project Life November and December

Originally published on December 16th, 2013

I’ve only been at this for a few weeks, but I’ve already learned so much about what to do and what not to do.  My main realization is that I need to make PL work for me and just me.  I’ve looked at so many different examples of styles and usage and they all look amazing.  But, I can’t get too wrapped up in copying some other’s design.  I need to make PL work just for me.  It comes down the fact that I like simplicity.  I don’t like a lot of clutter, a lot of layering, a lot of embellishment.  While it can be very pretty, that’s just not my style.  My simplistic uncluttered style is evident in my pages so far.  I like clean photos and relatively clean inserts.  Although I am experimenting with adding some washi tape accents in the coming weeks.

Secondly, I really loving taking a bit of time each Sunday or Monday to do my layouts.  I figure out what pictures I want, where to put them, and which inserts to use.  Then, I journal and put the inserts in the pages.  The photos will be printed later, but I’ve already got each spread 90% done by Monday night.  As an extra bonus, working on my pages is a nice break from mommy duties.  I can focus just on me for 30-60 minutes.

Thirdly, while I would love to have my pictures printed instantly, I have accepted the plan of printing monthly instead.  I just don’t know if home printing is worth the money and hassle at this point.  I save up my pictures until Walgreens or Snapfish or Shutterfly have a good deal and then print them.  So far, so good.

Fourth, I have added a ton of PL related products to my Amazon wishlist.  While I love everything I see, I have limited my list to my favorites.  I just need to remember to not get too stash buying happy that I over supply myself.

Fifth, taking pictures of my pages while in their plastic sleeves is tricky.  To get better pictures, I’ve resorted to taking the pieces out, laying them on the desk, and then photographing them…  Much better looking on the blog.

Finally, I joined a Studio Calico class starting in January for extra motivation and inspiration.  I’ve heard about so many people losing momentum at some point in the year.  I want to make it all the way.  And having a bit of extra help will certainly be a great idea.


Nov. 4 – 10

Highlights: This week was all about hanging out near the house…  As for the design, I stuck with my basic design of 4×6 prints and 3×4 inserts.  I added the day of the week stickers to my weekly highlights for the family album.  I’m trying to add more embellishments to my pages, but haven’t quite figured that out yet.





Nov. 11 – 17

Highlights: Arthur turned one month old this week.  I made sure to add the special 1 month inserts to his pages to highlight the occasion.  For the family album, I stuck more toward the pictures speaking for themselves.  A little bit of embellishment on these pages.





Nov. 18 – 24

Highlights: A couple of trips outdoors this week.  Arthur and I went to two new parks.  I love discovering new places around here…  The holes you see were pictures that somehow didn’t get printed by Walgreens.  I have about 10 different photos that didn’t print, but were clearly on my order.  I had to call, complain, and get them to reprint my photos.  I just haven’t stuck them back into the albums yet.  I added a few word stickers to the family album.  I don’t want to over embellish my pages.  I like the cleaner look.





Nov. 25 – Dec. 1

Highlights: Arthur and I started our weekly walks at Shoreline with the mom’s group.  Shoreline is a gorgeous park with gorgeous views.  We are really loving the walk, socializing with other moms and babies, and lunch at the cafe afterwards.  I caught some great Arthur expressions in this week’s photos.  For the family album, I started including my photo-a-day challenge photos.  When they don’t easily fit into the spreads, I have collecting them into their own inset page for the end of the month.

Extra bonus: I added in a Thanksgiving insert for Arthur’s photo shoot with the turkey hat.  I didn’t want to lose out on including other photos just to get these adorable ones in…  An insert seemed like the perfect way to go.  I plan on doing another insert for Christmas photos.



Dec. 2 – 8

Highlights: A pretty quiet week at home.  For my photo-a-day pics, I added each day’s theme on washi tape.  I love the look and it utilizes more of my craft stash.  The cut out heart was a random chip board piece that was lying around.  I love how it stands out against the dark background in that picture.  Plus, lots of regular day-by-day style journaling.


Dec. 9 – 15

Highlights: Arthur turned 2 months old this week!  I had to include his 2 month photo shoot pictures.  If you look closely, the monthly stats insert isn’t filled out.  I finished doing that yesterday.  I wanted to get his stats from the doctor’s appointment.  Since we didn’t do much this week, I condensed my day-by-day journaling inserts into one weekly highlights insert.  This allowed me to include more Arthur and photo-a-day pictures.