Halloween Happiness (latest TV segment, WitchFest, and scrapbooking)

All month, I've been in a witchy way. I'm sure this has everything to do with the fact that I blog for Gardner Village and right now is their popular WitchFest event. If you live in Utah and haven't had a chance to visit, you definitely need to give it a go. That atmosphere is magical and there is so much to do!

Photographing witches for a living?! Doesn't get much more fun than this!

Witch Crafts

With the witch in mind, I had fun creating witchy crafts for my October Studio 5 TV segment. (Watch segment here.)

This witch banner came together thanks to a triangle chipboard banner set I purchased from Target's one spot for $1. I simply turned the triangles upside down and witch hats were practically made.

We witch shoe a merry Christmas... errr, happy Halloween!

From pointed hats to striped stockings. If you know me, you know I LOVE bubblegum. So when I was thinking of ways to add a colorful stripe to this to this "sock," gumballs popped into my head.

Double BUBBLE toil and trouble!

This sentiment would work with a bubble bath gift as well. You know, in case you're seeking a sweets-free option. :)

For the shoes, I used this free download, created by Needful Things. Isn't it fun? You can save it as an image by right clicking and then size it up and down to fit the needs of your project before you print it.

Magazine Time

The Fall issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine is now available. In it, I shared this Halloween layout I made about last year's fun with my sweet Snow and little Dopey.

WitchFest at Gardner Village

In between all this crafting, we've had fun at Gardner Village this month. Thanks for joining us, Izzy and Ashley!

I hope you have the happiest of Halloweens, boo!


Create & Celebrate! It's World Card Making Day 2016! (giveaway)

Hello and happy World Card Making Day! A creative holiday near and dear to my heart. Did you know I was part of the team who actually MADE this day? Yup! You can make nationally recognized - or internationally, in this case - holidays! When I first started working for Paper Crafts magazine in 2006, we put this holiday in motion. It's SO AWESOME to see how much it's grown over the years!

The original purpose behind WCMD was to kick off the holiday card-making season. Those who make their holiday cards know this is a giant task. As fun as it is, it's one you want to start on early. The first Saturday in October, to be exact. ;)

And the first Saturday in October, it is! So I'm here with a holiday gift card-holding card idea. It's a companion card to the one I created for Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, where I now work as the editor-in-chief. You can see all of the BRILLIANT business going on there with a little click here. BUT, before you go, I hope you'll take a moment to check out this little number.

Do It To It: how to make this card

To create this card, I started with a gorgeous piece of patterned paper from My Mind's Eye's new Sugar Plum collection. LOVE! Here's how to turn the sheet into two cards:

1. Fold the pretty paper in half and remove an inch along the bottom using a trimmer.

2. Slice the folded sheet at a place that feels like a good cut-off point for creating two cards. Machine stitch (or glue with strong adhesive along the bottom ONLY) the one-inch strip to the back of the card to create a matchbook effect (a placethe front of the card can tuck into).

NOTE: For this card, I tucked a vellum treat bag between the card base and the strip before stitching to secure it in place.

3. Add a mellow pattern to the back, inside panel of the card, offering a place to add a sentiment or handwritten note.

4. Dress up a basic shipping tag with patterned paper and stitch a small strip of paper to the bottom to create a pocket that a gift card can be tucked behind.

We'll pretend this is a gift card to your very favorite shop instead of a poorly written note on the back of a business card. ;)

5. Pretend this is a gift card. ;) Add the card to the pocket on your tag and tuck it in the bitty bag.

6. Final step: Cut a small slit at the card's fold that you can then pull the twine of the tag through. This way, the card doubles as either a gift tag or a tree ornament. I just adore cards that can be used in various ways.

IDEA: Create this card, add an itunes card, and wrap up a cool set of headphones (if they even call them that anymore). Add this card as the tag on the gift for a little extra jam.

Card #2

To see how I created the second card in only 20 minutes, check out my specific post on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. There's a giveaway in it for ya. Woot!

WCMD Giveaway

Since World Card Making Day was originally thought up as a way to kick off the holiday card making season, how about I throw a giveaway into the mix? You know, in the spirit of the season and all? I'll select a winner to receive my 10 Festive Christmas Cards for the Busy Crafter class from Annie's Online Classes.

I'll also throw in a card stash goodie box, filled with fun things you can use to craft your own card cuties. I'm doing a major home purge at the moment, so the box promises to be full. I can't swear all items in it will be the latest releases or even holiday themed, but they'll be goodies. I can promise you that.

How to Enter

Simply leave a comment on this post or email me at meghoeppner @ gmail with WCMD16 in the subject line between now and next Saturday, Oct. 8. I'll randomly select a lucky lady or gent from the notes received.

Thanks for being a part of my World Card Making Day today. I actually made this card TODAY so I could create a card ON the actual holiday. It was an awesome way to celebrate. I hope you're having a great time, too.


Introducing: Planner Pointers, NEW Planner Products, and a $20 Taylored Expressions Giveaway! woot!

Let's cut to the chase, shall we? Get to the good stuff? Save the best for... first?! The fine folks at Taylored Expressions are celebrating the launch of their new Clearly Planned line of stamps, dies, planners, and accessories. WOOT! How exciting!

I used a Taylored Expressions bow die and their yummy felt to create my planner clip. The center is a sequin from Little Things from Lucy's Cards.

And they're generously offering you, my blog chums, a chance at $20 to spend in their shop! Interested? Go ahead. Take a peek. I'll wait...      Yeah, I thought so. ;) I mean look at how ca-utte this Sneak a Peek set is! Huzzah!

Do you see how the owl is peeking in from the side of my calendar? (I colored his belly with colored pencils.)

I had such fun stamping with this! As well as Time Will Tell...

And Chit Chat...

Isn't this new line divine? And there a bunch more where these came from. There is a stamp order in my future. If you can say the same, you'll want to enter the:

Taylored Expression $20 Shopping Spree Giveaway (open to all!)

To enter, please do any (or all) of the following:
1. Comment on this post. I always love a hello from you. Even if I have to bribe one out of you. ;) Please include an email with your comment if you choose option 1. Thanks!

2. Comment on my coordinating Instagram post (the one mentioning the giveaway, posted on 8/19).
3. Comment on my coordinating FaceBook post (the one mentioning the giveaway, posted on 8/19).
4. Shoot me a quick email at meghoeppner@gmail.com with "TE Planner Giveaway" in the subject line.

You have until Monday, August 22 to enter. Good luck!

Introducing: Planner Pointers

I've had this idea for a blog series rolling around the ol' noggin since before I launched my planner line in 2015. I guess I've just lacked the proper, ahem, planning to make it a reality. Until now! Once a month, I'm going to share a look inside my planner and a pointer (or pointers) of some sort. Tips and tricks I like to apply to my planner. With Taylored Expressions launching their awesome new Clearly Planned collection, it seems the prime time to get this party started.

August Planner Pointer #1: Include Photos

There are so many ways this can be done. I'll share several, I'm sure. But I'll focus on this cute framed approach today.

These bitty frames (opening measures 1 5/16" x 1 5/16" [bitty!]) were die cut using the new Taylored Expressions Little Bits Mini Frame 1 die, which is measured to fit in the Simple Stories A5 Carpe Diem calendar boxes perfectly!

My glittered frames were cut from adhesive-backed glitter paper by Cosmo Cricket. This approach is awesome, because the cuts are instantly stickers, so even if you don't use them right away, you can cut a bunch, stash 'em in your planner, and use 'em as needed. Nice!

If you don't have this die but want to give this look a try, you can try cutting a rectangle to the size of your space to fill and then punching a square opener from there. With this die only costing $6, I'm all for going the easy route, but I didn't want to exclude those who may not have access to a die cutting machine.

Photo Prep

These pics are bitty. To prepare them, I used the photo collage function in my Project Life App on my phone to create an August sampling of images. One thing I can't tell you is why it all looks evenly spaced in my app but always saves and prints as shown below (not even). If you have any advice in this department, I'm all ears (eyes?). Thanks!

I then printed and added the frames to a few, intentionally spacing them throughout the calendar spread (instead of framing several days in a row). I like the balance this offers.

Planner Pointer #2: Planner Stamping

Not gonna lie. The idea scared me a bit. I mean, there's no going back on a stamp. Well... that's sort of true. You can always cover the crap. But if you don't consider yourself a stamp champ, try this quick tip:

Cut a piece of cardstock to fit your planner space, stamp on it, and adhere it to your calendar. Do this a few times until you're more comfortable with your stamps, ink, and stamping in general. Or use cute sticky notes that you can then stick in, like the new Sticky Situation Taylored Expressions notes. There are currently four styles to choose from. I went with this cutie (#3)!

If you do stamp directly on your calendar and, boo!, an impression doesn't fully apply, try touching it up with a pen. That's what I did on my Aug. 21 hearts. Instant drop shadow (is that what that's called?)!

And with stamping, it's important to embrace imperfection. If they look too perfect, they lose their "stamped" charm. And that charm is a very on-trend look in planners.

Finally, if you're using a new ink or stamp in your planner for the first time, find a scrap to do a test stamp on first. IMPORTANT: The scrap should be planner paper (an old page, a page in the back, an area you know you'll cover anyway). Stamps stamp differently, depending on the surface. This includes different paper weights and finishes. That's what's going on below--test stamping in the back of my planner. Which lead me to realize I prefer the stamped off look for my numbers.

Stamping Off: Ink stamp, stamp on scrap, DO NOT re-ink, and stamp again on finished project. It creates a lighter look.

Why stamp?

So many reasons. My favorite: uniformity. My handwriting is all over the place. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I... don't! Stamps don't change games on you mid process. Look how many times I was able to fit in ONE bitty box without the box feeling cluttered or messy! There's no way it would look this uniform if I had scratched chicken all over it. ;)

Think Ink

The difference between a meh and oh yeah! with stamping often comes down to two things--the quality of the stamp (you typically get what you pay for) and the quality of your ink. I can't say enough good things about the Taylored Expressions ink The Oreo black hybrid ink I used stamped cleanly every time (unless I made a bonehead move beyond the ink's control--I mean, it's not superhero ink).

Yes, Taylored Expressions is kindly throwing $20 your way, but this is not why I say this about their ink. They did send me the stamps and ink to use, but the post is not financially sponsored in any way. I just dig this ink (and not just because it's named Oreo!) and am happy to share. Plus, they come in bitty pads that I'm able to easily pack and take with me when planning/stamping on the go. Get me a glass of milk, and this deal is sealed!

That's it for my first Planner Pointers post. What did you think? Helpful? Too long? Too detailed? Not detailed enough? Stick to one pointer each post? I'm all for suggestions. This is a brand new endeavor for me, and I want to make it a good one. To do that I'd love your help. I have so many ideas I'm excited to share, but I want to go about it the right way. Think a video would help? As much as I hate to admit this, I am a bit on the thinned-skin side, so if this is a big fat thumb's down for you all together, perhaps you spare me the comment. But constructive feedback is absolutely appreciated. Thanks, friends. And happy planning!!



Wanna Play Cards?

I got on a card kick last night. Well, that's not exactly true. I had a need for cards. Sadly, a need for support/sympathy cards. Several I know have suffered loss lately. Yet another reminder to hold those we love close and truly live and value our time.

Shaker Cards

supplies: PAPER: Echo Park Paper; VELLUM: Stampin' Up!; "Thinking of You" STRIP, VELLUM ACCENTS: Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper; WOOD HEARTS: ummmm... I think they're Freckled Fawn.

Throw kindness around like confetti.

This quote holds extra meaning for our family and reminds us of someone special we lost, so I put confetti pockets on several of my cards.

supplies: Exact same as previous card :) Except the pre-made heart in the circle, which is part of the confetti mix. It's from Simple Stories.

The confetti is a mixture of crepe paper scraps, foil bits, wood veneer pieces, and pre-made paper bits. 

supplies: Same as first card. Additions are: SEQUINS: Doodlebug; ROSE: Pink Paislee (I think); "I'll be there" STICKER: Simple Stories

I stitched vellum to my card fronts to hold the confetti bundles in place. This is a fairly quick way to create a card. And I love that stitching adds such reinforcement to my cards. I don't' feel like there's room for concern about the cards coming apart in the mail or anything. Phew!


supplies: PAPER: My Mind's Eye; VELLUM: Stampin' Up!; RUB-ONS: BoBunny; CORK HEART: Pink Paislee; ENAMEL HEART: My Mind's Eye

For my second set of cards, I used the foil rub-ons from BoBunny. I adore these, because the finish is such that it looks like the cards have been heat embossed, even though they have not. Hooray for shortcuts.

supplies: PAPER: Crate Paper; VELLUM: Stampin' Up!; RUB-ONS: BoBunny; HEART: Simple Stories

These particular rub-ons apply with little effort, too, which is so nice. You simply trim around the letter, peel away its backing, position it on the card, and rub. The letter then transfers to the paper. I wish rub-ons were more of a "thing" again. I always enjoy using them. Especially when they're as easy to use as these are.

A Few Extras

I need to mail nine cards today or tomorrow, so this isn't even all that I need, but sleep started to get the best of me around 3:00 AM, so I made a few more quickies and hit the hay.

supplies: PAPER: Crate Paper (black/white), Fancy Pants Designs (gold stripe); BUTTERFLY AND ROSE: Simple Stories; VELLUM SHAPES: Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper

supplies: PAPER: Fancy Pants Designs; ALPHA STICKERS: Elle's Studio (small gray), Fancy Pants Designs (floral); CORK HEART: Pink Paislee; VELLUM FLOWER: Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper; ENAMEL DOT: My Mind's Eye; ADHESIVE: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (red permanent runner)

A common theme throughout is that these designs are fairly simplistic. No fancy techniques or tools needed. They also require minimal products. A few sheets of paper and a few extra bits was all it took.

Life is short. Take time to hug those babies, hold someone special's hand, and eat that sweet treat you've had your eye on. (Orange rolls, here I come!) Call a friend. You know, actually dial a number and speak into a phone. (Say whaaaat!?) Tell your parents thank you. And, for pete's sake, exhale. I tell you this as a way of also reminding myself. It's too easy to get caught up in the crazy. Breathe. It will be okay. The crazy can wait. How about I leave you with a sweet pic of Lulu I just snapped? Because babies sure are a wonderful piece of it all, and I kind of adore this one. ;)

Thanks for your visit!

"Uh uh uh ohhhh!" Even though her throwing everything out of her crib and onto the floor was in no way an accident. But I sure do love the way she almost grunts uh-oh at such times. And the more recent development of throwing her hands over her mouth as she says it only adds to the cute. ----> Lulu, 11 months

Make it Monochrome (and my Mixbook winner!)

Ever since I first learned I was pregnant with Lulu back in Jan. 2015, I started dreaming up nursery ideas. I just LOVE children's room decor and making rooms for my own babes is extra special! Part of making Lulu's room meant upgrading Maggie from a nursery to a big-girl space. *sob Not one room to design, but two?!! What a dream!

Today on Studio 5, a local lifestyle program here in Utah, I shared the outcome of Maggie's new space. In researching ideas, I fell head over heels for the monochrome look--a Scandinavian trend that is all about embracing the black and white.

There is also strong Australian influence. What can I say? Those across the pond from us in the states sure are a stylish and inspiring bunch.

So, for nearly two years now, I've been working and planning and dreaming and designing. Little by little, Maggie's room is coming together.

Some of the common elements you'll find in #monochromekids rooms include:

1. Teepees

You know I love my We R Memory Keepers teepee kit. Click here to learn more about how my teepee came together and learn about this fab kit.

2. Lighting

This room foundation warms up the stark white/black combo. Everything from string lights and lamps to marquees and nightlights are making these spaces cozy and cute!


* lamp: Layers: Beautiful Bedding @ Gardner Village

* cloud marque light: Fromage La Rue (awesome Australian company!)

* star marquee: Heidi Swapp (battery operated--yay!)

* kitty nightlight: Target (sadly, kitty appears to be sold out, but they have a cute bear and bunny)

***Sad Kitty Update: We were getting kitty out of my car last night after the segment and she sadly fell to the ground and broke. :*( If you happen to come across this cutie in the stores, please let me know. XO

***Happy Bunny Nightlight Update: The bunny! If you've watched my TV segment, you know I had a serious DUH moment, forgetting this cute bunny's name. Well, I'm happy to report, his name is Miffy. And I have a serious crush on him. Hope you do now, too. It gets even better. You can buy the Miffy nightlight on Amazon. Here's a link. You're welcome! ;)

3. Wall Art

I made this dream catcher by inserting a doily into an embroider hoop. I then stitched the wood veneer heart to the center and strung the feathers. All supplies from Michaels (except the beads, which I had on hand).

I made this shield using stiff felt sheets and felt letter stickers, all purchased at Michaels. The "Dream" is a wood piece that I spray painted black. It, too, is from Michaels.

Wall art collages are a big deal in the monochrome rooms. The variety of wall hangings are interesting and exciting. You'll find framed pieces, as well as out-of-the-frame ideas, such as shields (the shape of my "dream big" hanging), dream catchers, and even eyelashes (to name a few--there are SO MANY awesome ideas!).

4. Shelving

Not just any shelving, shaped shelving! House shelves, hexagons, teepees, and more are bringing the walls to life. They act as shadow boxes and hold delightful monochrome knickknacks. *swoon


* house shelf: Target

* bunny shelf: Michaels--a wood box that I painted

5. Banners and "Drippings"

I love that Brooke Walker, the host of Studio 5, referred to these as "drippings." That's so accurate and happy. The garlands, banners, and buntings delightful drips in monochrome rooms. The pre-made options I shared on the show are from My Mind's Eye.

6. Decorative Extras

* So much more goes into monochrome room design. Cool seating, stunning bedding, darling critters, eye-catching rugs, and awesome toys are just a few of the decorative extras that make these spaces special.


* toy bags: Tellkiddo

* alphabet pillow: purchased at Craft Lake City last year

* blanket: Target

* black & white floor cushion: Land of Nod

* chair: Amazon




Here are just a few of the MANY ideas on Pinterest that have inspired me. A special thanks to these talented Instagrammers for allowing me to share their work on TV (and here on my blog). These are definitely accounts worth following!






You can watch my segment here and see more of Maggie's room transformation on my Instagram account, where I frequently post pics of my projects. Thanks so much for your interest and support!

Mixbook Winner

I was so thrilled to read your many emails and see the blog comments in response to the Mixbook giveaway I hosted as part of my last Studio 5 TV segment. I'm thrilled to be here now, announcing my winner. Congratulations to Brenda Quam. You're my winner! Woot! Keep your eye on your email for more info from me on claiming your $50 Mixbook credit. Happy mixing! <3


Simple Summer Scrapping 2016 (and a $50 Mixbook Photo Book Giveaway!)

Hello and happy summer! We're almost through June *sob, which means you already have summer memories made. But the summer holiday season is also in full swing, which usually = busy. What have you got cookin' for the 4th?

So, we appear to have a challenge on our hands--more memories being made but less time to document them. No problemo! Today on Studio 5, a local TV program, I'm sharing five simple memory-keeping ideas to try. Any one of them will get those beautiful memories captured in record time.

Simple Scrapbooking Tip #1: Group Effort

Hosting a summer party? Take some of the work off your plate by creating a group book that all can add to. Like a guest book, this is a simple way to capture your story and also brings in many viewpoints, which is extra special. After all, there's no reason you should do all the work, even if that work is fun work.

I create a birthday book for Maggie each year. We love having them to flip through. It's fun watching Maggie's friends growing up with her through the photos we include from year to year.

Basic Supplies

1. An Album
You don't need much to make a guest book for an upcoming event. Any basic album or notebook will do. For this project, I've used the Spiral Bound Mixed Media Journal by Prima Marketing, which has a mix of white pages, kraft pages (think brown paper sack), and photo sleeves. It also has pockets on the inside front and back covers, which I love.

2. Pictures
If you know anything about me, you know my Fuji Instax Share Printer is a MUST for just about any scrapbooked project, whether I'm scrapping in my album, my planner, or in a book like this one. Sometimes I reach for my Instax Mini camera. Other times, I go for the Instax Share Printer.

Maggie's friends party had a rainbow theme, so I ordered this awesome rainbow film for the occasion. With this fab portable printer, I was able to print photos for our guests to take home before the party was even over. Nice! And the duplicates went into Maggie's book.

3. Something to Write With
I like to have a fun assortment of pens on hand so guests can have fun coloring and putting their unique stamps on their notes.

4. Washi Tape
Both decorative and functional, this pretty tape is perfect for adhering the photos to the pages. Note: I also keep an adhesive runner on hand for this purpose, just as a little reinforcement.

5. Stickers and/or Accents
As an optional extra, have a few fun doodads on hand. I loved adding the newest goodies from Fancy Pants Designs to my book.

Simple Scrapbooking Tip #2: Minimalism

Embrace the trend! Right now, many scrapbookers are going for minimal designs. Rather than a bunch of layers, pages are flatter and dressed up with pre-made accents. This makes scrapbooking quick. Yay for efficient trends!

I created this layout for the summer 2016 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. (Download a free copy or order your issue here.) With only two sheets of paper and a few pre-made embellishments from Pink Paislee, I was able to easily dress up my photos.

Simple Scrapbooking Tip #3: Put it in a Pocket

This drop-and-go approach can't be beat. Simply use page protectors with designated pockets. fill those pockets photos, memorabilia, notes--anything that floats your creative boat.

Simple Scrapbooking Tip #4: Phone Booking (the layout edition)

Creating layouts right on your phone is easier than ever to do, and you don't even have to have a wifi connection to do it. With apps like Project Life, Rhonna Collage, and Pic Stitch, it's easy to make grid-style pages to then print (Persnickety Prints is a great option) and add to your album.

Sometimes I'll dress my printed pages up some post-print. I trimmed this example down and matted it on this cute paper from Fancy Pants Designs. I also added a bit of machine stitching to bring in more texture. The entire project probably took no more than 30 min. to complete. That has to be some kind of record for me. :) Here's the progression:

Simple Scrapbooking Tip #5: Phone Booking (the album edition)

Just as you can create single scrapbook pages on your phone, you can also create full (and gorgeous!) photo books. *Note: Wifi may be required.


For an effortless mini book option, consider Chatbooks, which create books directly from your Instagram account. I signed up once about a year ago (thanks for the lead, Nicole Larkin!) and have had books making my mailbox a little brighter ever since.


Mixbook = stylish! Their books are so well made and completely customizable. This means you aren't locked into specific page design or photo placement. You have the freedom to make the book all your own. Or not. It's all about doing what is more comfortable to you. And they're called MIXbook because you can create a book as a group, with contributors in unique locations each adding to the memories. Isn't that cool?

The new lay-flat design option is stunning! With it, you can seamlessly stretch a photo across two pages for real impact.


My friends at Mixbook want you to give it a try, so they've generously offered a coupon code, good for up to 50% off a book from now through July 7. Simply put in STUDIO50 at checkout to receive this screamin' deal. Thanks, Mixbook!


Now's your chance to order anything you want from Mixbook (up to $50) on the house! Simply leave me a comment here or email an entry to meghoeppner@gmail.com between now and July 7. From entires received, I'll randomly select a winner to try Mixbook for free! Sweet!

As Seen on TV

You can see all of my projects on Studio 5 today at 11:00 am (channel 5 in Utah), or you can watch the streaming version from anywhere in the world by clicking here. Once the segment is online, I'll be sure to include it here as well.

Enjoy making (and scrapping!) those wonderful summer memories!

Teepee Time with We R Memory Keepers (bonus project!)

One of the first things I did when I found out I was pregnant with both of my girls was start dreaming up ideas for their rooms. I LOVE decorating kid spaces (wouldn't that be a dream job?!) and couldn't wait to start personalizing special areas just for them. Of course, when I found out I was pregnant with Lulu, it meant twice the fun, as I was going to design her nursery AND update Maggie's nursery to a big girl room. So I set to pinning.

If you check my Pinterest Board - Maggie's Room Makeover ...

...you'll see much of two things monochrome (black and white) and teepees. For two years now, I've known I've wanted these two things to be focal points in her space. And I am thrilled that the addition of her new teepee makes the dream feel so complete. Isn't it an awesome feeling to finish a project?

Sources: Teepee, We R Memory Keepers; Large Frames and Rug, IKEA; Ceiling light, PB Teen; Star Marquee Light, Heidi Swapp; Cloud Marquee Light, Fromage la Rue; Quilt, Layers Beautiful Bedding; Blanket, Target; Floor Puff and Throw Pillow, Land of Nod; Chair, Amazon; Window Treatment, Z Gallary; Clock, Holly Brooke Jones.

Photos in Frames by (from left to right) Elisha Snow Photography and Maggie Holmes Design

I spent hours. And hours. AND hours on this teepee. But that's only because I couldn't stop myself. I would likely still be working on it if I didn't have a deadline to meet. But you certainly wouldn't HAVE to spend hours. The DIY Teepee Kit from We R Memory Keepers makes this project so easy, creative and fun!

The kit comes with foam stamps, decorative embellishments (banners, garlands, flags, beads, and more!), so you can simply add a few awesome handmade details and set it up, or you can completely customize. It's totally your call. I share 10 tips for customizing on We R's blog. Hop on over there for a look at how my teepee came together.

The look on Maggie's face when I called her up to see her birthday surprise! *love

But, before you go, here's a bonus project. It's a matching mini teepee for Maggie's little toys. She just LOVES to play with little characters and such, and she's always putting them under "tents" (tissues), so I knew I couldn't stop at a big tent for her when I could make a matching one for her friends.

To create this, I simply cut a triangle from a paper mache cone to make a door.

I then ironed on leftover fabric from her teepee project. But you could also decoupage paper or even just color the teepee with a marker.

Mags has already played and played with both teepees. Nice to know they pass the Kid Approval Test. ;)

This earned a high-five from MIss Mags. Excellent!

Oh, and Micks and Lulu approved, of course!

Thanks to We R for making me Super Mom today! This was a birthday surprise Maggie will remember forever.

And thank YOU for your interest. You'll find full details on my teepee here. If you end up posting one you've made, you'll have to let me know. I'd love to see how you make this cute kit your own!


Breast Cancer Campaign (Blogs for Boobies Auction)

"Breast cancer"--Two words that hit far too close to home for far too many. My mom is a breast cancer survivor, and witnessing her go through more than a year of care and treatments was one of the most difficult things I've experienced. I feel very blessed to be able to say "survivor" when telling her story. What I'd give to be able to say the same for a friend of mine. She lost her life to breast cancer earlier this year.

...She was a special person and is missed by many!

So when I was asked to participate in the Blogs 4 Boobies event with Skipping Stone Design again this year, I was happy to join in. I decided to make a card set that includes two cards, two envelopes, and a gift bag and tag.

I'm auctioning my cards off, which is kind of scary, but the goal is to bring in some money for the Susan G. Koman Foundation. 100% of the proceeds I raise will be donated! More on how to bid below.

How My Cards Came Together

To create the cards, I first painted the background using watercolor paint. I then added foil using the DecoFoil pen by Therm O web, which allowed me to hand-write "love" and the butterfly trail. Photographing foil is the pits. This is a shiny, pretty silver in real life. Wish it showed better. Sorry!

I used the Heartsong stamp set from Skipping Stones Design to stamp several butterflies.

I then cut out the butterflies and painted them a bit to better match my painted background.

I layered several butterflies together and sewed to create a popped up look. I purposefully left some of the thread to work as the antenna.

With a little wing fluffing, my cards were complete.

To top it all off, I made a little gift bag and thank-you tag to go with the set.

Free Stamps Included!

Here's a fun bonus! I'm going to include my stamp set with my cards. Yes, it was gently used to create these cards, but that's it. Otherwise, it's brand new (and so cute!). I thought it would be fun to give it to the winning bid so you can make more of this card style (if that's your kind of thang). But whether you win or not, you're going to want to do some shopping at Skipping Stones Designs. For every stamp set purchased between now and June 14, they're donating $2 to the Koman Foundation! Isn't that wonderful? You'll definitely want to check out their newest stamps, released today in honor of the celebration. They're amazing!

You'll definitely want to check out their newest stamps, released today in honor of the celebration. They're amazing! Here's a peek at one of the sets. So cute!

How to Bid on My Card Set (and stamp set)

I'd LOVE to send this set your way. If you feel so inclined to bid, this is a card auction (more on that below). I'll collect bids here. Skipping Stones Design is donating all money raised to the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

Hop On!

Here are the rest of the blogs participating in Part 1 of this fun hop today:

Connie Mercer

Ilina Crouse

Kelly Gettelfinger

Amy Sheffer

Deana Benson

Megan Hoeppner (so nice to have you here!)

Giovana Smith

Stephen Kropf

Jacquie Marie

Thanks, from my heart, for your support. Breast cancer, be gone!


TV Time: Paper Piecing

Here's a little behind-the-scenes look at how a Studio 5 TV segment comes together. I work primarily with Stephanie, who is one of the awesome producers over at the show. Sometimes segments come about my by pitching an idea. Other times, she sends suggestions my way. I like both approaches, but there's something extra fun about going with her ideas. Maybe it's the challenge of catching the vision of another. Maybe it's just that she has a cool eye for good ideas. Maybe I simply miss working in an office where I collaborate with others daily and love any chance I get to join forces. Whatever it may be, it's fun. And today's segment was one of those producer-provided times.

The idea: Paper Piecing

Yes, this look is back in the spotlight. It's certainly not a new concept, but there are ways to make it fresh and fun, which I talk about in detail on the show. Here are three of those approaches:

Piecing Play 1: Punched Shapes

Punching shapes and putting them together is a staple in the world of paper crafting. Here are a few ways you can breathe new life into this form of piecing.

1. Modern Motifs: Look for the icons and imagery that are currently on trend. I often look to children's clothing and decor for this task. That market is surprisingly trendy, and the motifs typically translate well to crafting. Especially piecing. And I'm often scrapbooking and crafting about children anyway, so it's an easy fit.

Some popular children's motifs at the moment: woodland creatures (bunnies, deer, foxes, owls, squirrels, and bears--oh my!), weather (clouds, lightening bolts, suns, rainbows, etc.), cats (YAY!), botanicals (flowers, cacti, succulents, palms, etc.), and superheros. Any of these would easily translate to pieced motifs.

2. Modern Patterns: To update your favorite piecing, look to modern prints and fresh paper patterns (foiled, geometrics, etc.)

3. Tone on Tone: Layer prints on themselves to give an unexpected look. The key is dimensional adhesive (foam squares, etc.), which offer some lift and make it easier to see the definition between the two items.


Piecing Play 2: Die Cut Shapes

Pre-made die cut shapes come in SO many shapes and sizes. They're awesome when it comes to piecing either or single motif or an entire scene.

I pieced a little scene at the bottom of this photo display. This entire look could easily translate to a scrapbook page, too. This is another reason piecing is a loved look in scrapbooking. It's relatively flat and will easily fit behind a page protector in an album. Nice!

I used the DIY Home set of die cut shapes from Pebbles to create this scene.

Piecing Play 3: Stamping

With the HUGE popularity of stamp/die combos, this look is all the rage. Stamp cute shapes and either hand cut or use a coordinating die to make the cutting quicker (depending on intricacy).

I used the Cupcake Collection stamp set from PaperTrey Ink to create this card.

Here are a couple more of my personal fav stamp/die combos.

* Bitty Butterflies from Papertrey Ink

* Happy Trails stamps and matching Lawn Cuts (dies)

Piecing Pieces

When it comes to piecing, you really only need three things: 1. paper (obviously), mirco-tipped scissors (great for bitty cuts), and dimensional adhesive (to offer some lift and depth).

What About You?

Have fun playing with your paper. If you share any combos online, I'd love it if you let me know (tag or leave a note here). I always enjoy seeing how ideas take new form. Which of these approaches is your favorite? Or maybe you have another much-loved piecing look? I'd love to learn about it!