World Card Making Day - Hand over the Candy Corns!
October Designer Challenge - Clear Creations!

This & That. Odds & Ends. Stuff & Other Stuff.


It's been a busy week leading into a busy weekend. John and I celebrated our 18 year wedding anniversary on Monday. It was my idea to take the "Modern Family" photo above. We used the camera on a tripod with the self-timer. We had to get the angle on the wedding photo just right to avoid a glare on the glass, but this was actually the first one we took. Go us!

John took the day off so we could hang out, go to lunch, make CKU kits and go to our dentist appointments. I think the word you're searching for is romantic!

Today I'll hit the road for a four hour drive up to CKU Dallas/Ft. Worth. I'll be teaching the Journey Card Class for the final time. Here are the four cards we will make in class. If you're not coming to the event but are interested in making these cards, I'm including the shopping links for the dies used in each. 






The new Snippets collection has also arrived at, although there are a couple of dies missing (Multi-Tier insert, Trellis Sizzlits Strip and Gift Card holder) They do, however, have the other 11 dies including all three sets of Stitched Framelits. They filmed me at the CHA show showing how the Stitched Framelits work in conjunction with the Accordion Album and Frame & Label Bracket dies.Here is that video if you're interested:


I wish that "Video Karen" had given proper credit for the samples she showed in this video. (Shame on you, Video Karen!) The 2-page album that I show first was made by Fran Sabad. The Breckenridge album is mine. The 4-page red album with the amazing colored stamped images was made by Kelly Booth. The 2-pager with the Christmas lights was mine. The huge album showcasing the designers was a collaboration of Shelly Hickox, Helen Cryer, Fran Sabad, Kelly Booth, Gretchen Schmidt and Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here are shopping links for the Snippets dies plus the Accordion Album and Frame & Label Bracket dies (back in stock as of now - hurry!)

OK, a couple more random things before I hit the road.

Here is a photo of my first UStamp with Dawn & Friends project for Heating up the Holidays. The PDF tutorial and private video should be uploaded to the USwD&F website sometime today, so if you're registered for the event, you'll probably receive an e-mail when it's uploaded.


Final item - next Thursday is my Sizzix Blog Designer Challenge. We'll be making projects that incorporate clear materials to make items float. Here's a rather macabre example from my last blog post. (I really debated whether I should add the word "else" between nobody and gets, just to make it even more disturbing, but decided against it) You won't want to miss all the amazing creations by the ten designers who accepted the challenge plus I will add my own new project and video to the mix. All ten designers were provided a full set of Snippets dies, so I expect that we will see some great creations using the new dies.


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That's it for me for now. Time to pack the car and head north to CKU Dallas/Fort Worth