Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Card Share: This Life is Epic and First Class Pens GIVEAWAY WINNER


This is kind of a non-traditional birthday card with the mix of love-themed papers and heart frame, but I love how it came out. It's fun and colorful and cheerful, just how I like my cards and creations to be. :)

Now on to the winner of the First Class Pens giveaway, posted in conjunction with the Paper Issues crop...


The Purple Haze pen is gorgeous! In addition to my love of scrapbooking, I also love to write, and this lovely instrument is so inspiring!


Congratulations, Jenny! Please send your full name and mailing address to lswift1110 (at) frontier (dot) com by Monday, 4/6 and I will get your prize right out to you (or you can use the email button in the sidebar of my blog). :)

A big thank you to all who played along!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Card Share: Don't Quit Your Daydream


This card makes me think of spring. I think it's the soft floral mixed with the woodgrain paper. Once again I pulled out various Paper Issues Swag Bags. This card came together in no time, using three 3x4 papers and a few bits from my stash (new and old).

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Paper Issues: Eggs-cellent Add-ventures with 17turtles


A new linky party has started at Paper Issues. It's called Eggs-cellent Add-ventures, sponsored by 17turtles digital cut files by Juliana Michaels.

Not only is the theme about spring, Passover, Easter and egg hunts, it's also about math, adventures, die cuts, cut files and much more. I went with a school/math theme on my page, using die cuts along with a die cut title (and there's a round plus sign sticker tucked in there too).

Come play along for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to 17turtles. Juliana has also offered up a discount code for you to use in the 17turtles shop: PI17TURTLES25. It's good for 25% off any order placed through April 12.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Card Share: Sunny Side Up


If you are looking for the First Class Pens giveaway and coupon codes, please go here.

I'm on a bit of a card kick lately, partly because I'm having fun using my Paper Issues Swag Bags, but also because a certain young lady in this house doesn't like to have her picture taken as much as she used to, leaving me with fewer layouts to create. What's a girl to do? Make cards! At least I'll have plenty on hand, whatever the occasion. :)

I suppose I could dig through what my blogging friend, Lynn, refers to as her "way back box", but I haven't been motivated to do that. It means scrapping photos from long ago and documenting more of your family history. :)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Card Share: You Fill My Heart


If you are looking for the First Class Pens giveaway and coupon codes, please go here.

I know Valentine's Day has long past, but I couldn't resist making a love-themed card. The text paper is from Paper Issues February Swag Bag. I added in items from my stash and product I've gotten from the Paper Issues store. It will be fun to pull this out next year and decide who I'm going to give it to. :)

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Card Share: I Am Me (Simple Stories I Am) and a Giveaway (NOW CLOSED)


Hi everyone! This is a long post so bear with me because there's a "first class" giveaway at the end that will make it all worth it. :)

Paper Issues is having their very first online crop. There are 24 challenges. You have until March 29th to post your projects to the challenges you'd like to participate in. There are a ton of great sponsors and prizes, including two grand prizes — one is a 6-month Swag Bag subscription and the other is a Paper Issues tote bag made by Parker on the Porch and filled with Bella Blvd. product. There's also a challenge where you are playing to win a four-month term on the Paper Issues design team! Pretty cool, right?

My challenge is called Alphabet Soup. The prize is a $10 gift certificate to the Paper Issues storeAs an example, I created a card using Simple Stories gorgeous new I Am collection. Individual alpha stickers, dictionary vellum (plenty of alphas on that!), a typewriter and sentiment stickers are the perfect ingredients for Alphabet Soup. :)


Now it's your turn...Create a new, never-before-seen project (layout, card, tag or pocket page), using any product you'd like but you must use alphas in some manner on your project. Think individual stickers, word die cuts, subway art, fonts, and even typewriters. Have fun with it! Thinking outside of the box is always welcome!


You have until Sunday 3/29 to add your project to the Alphabet Soup challenge album (or corresponding album for any of the other challenges you'd like to participate in) in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} group to be eligible for the prizes.

As if there aren't plenty of prizes being given away already, I have a giveaway for you too, a "first class" giveaway in fact. As many of you know, my husband makes beautiful hand turned, hand crafted, one-of-a-kind writing instruments and bottle stoppers from a variety of materials. One randomly chosen winner (sorry, but this is for U.S. residents only) will have their choice of one of the two pens shown below (because what complements paper better than a beautiful writing instrument?) All you need to do is leave a comment saying which pen you'd choose if you won — the Trim Line Chrome Pen in Purple Haze Acrylic (left) or the Wall St. II Chrome Pen in Black Marbled Acrylic (right). You have until Sunday 3/29 at midnight EDT to leave a comment.



If you'd like to see more of Tom's work, please visit and "favorite" his Etsy shop, First Class Pens. You can use one of the following codes when you shop (good through 3/31):


CROP10 = 10% off any purchase over $20
CROPFREESHIP = Free shipping plus one (1) free pen refill

You can also "like" First Class Pens on Facebook to keep up on the most recent additions to the store. These items are special, timeless gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, holidays, and so much more! Plus, there's always the option of treating yourself. :)

I will announce the winner of the pen on my blog and in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} group on 4/1. Good luck and happy crafting!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Card Share: Happy Just Because (American Crafts DIY)


There's an American Crafts DIY collection feature on the Paper Issues blog today, put together by the ever-fabulous Sherri Funk. This card is my contribution. I love the textures in this collection, from the vellum, to the polka dot (!) burlap, to the sparkle of the gold heart.

If you're looking for some beautiful inspiration on how to use the products in the DIY collection, pop on over to the Paper Issues blog and have a look.

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