Old is new again!


Many of you may remember that about 4 years ago my husband & I decided to tear out our basement to refinish it.  It was a big project and took a LOT longer to finish than we expected, which meant my scrap space was mostly packed up & what wasn’t was temporarily in my bedroom.

Finally a few months ago I got all my supplies unpacked and in my new space……here’s a snapshot of my space loaded up!


Digging into all the boxes unpacking my stash I was like a kid at Christmas discovering so many things I forgot about!  So now I’m having fun using up my old supplies……that are like new again!

The last couple projects I made were very girly, I think Lori thought I’d lost my mind since girly isn’t my normal style…so today I have a boy layout to share with all of you!

Masculine Layout

I’m sure many of you have some of the things I used on this layout in your own stash, the Prima wood clocks or zipper pulls, pull them out and put them to use!

Masculine Layout

Oh and rusty starts…….yes I LOVE anything rusty!  As you can see I layered, then layered some more giving the layout lots of dimension!


The gears were cut using a Memory Box die……this is one of my favorites, and yeah you’re asking how can I pick a favorite die from my substantial collection! Haha

Masculine layout

The letters I used for Sean’s name were little metal stencil letters that I’ve had forever.  They were shiney silver and that wasn’t going to work on my layout so I layered on Distress Embossing Powder, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain & Scattered Straw.  I really like the ‘rusty’ grungy look this gave to the letters, making them perfect for my layout!  If you look close inside the bottlecap you can see I used something new…….Finnabair Mini Art Stones!!  I don’t know if Lori has more in the store, I picked these up when I was out there for a day crop, but just ask her if you’re looking for them!

Now that I’ve used up some old stash I think I have earned a shopping trip, Lori has so many awesome goodies in the store!

Thank you once again for letting me come here and share some creativity with you!

Have a happy scrappy Sunday!

Posted under Creative Sighting

This post was written by Lisa on May 29, 2016

Congrats Grad!

Yup, it’s that time of year again…school is out already here, proms and graduation have already happened and kids are either sleeping late or getting up early for their summer jobs.  Up north, the kids still have just over a month till graduation so you’ve got some time yet to make your Congrats cards, and I’m here with an idea for you today!


My first criteria was I wanted to use my new MISTI tool!!  (Got it for my birthday after many less than subtle hints…)  And since I have several people to send graduation cards to this year, I needed a way to stream-line the process.  This is where the MISTI comes in handy!  First, let me just explain what the MISTI is.  It’s an acronym for Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented and I’m sorry, but I’m going to come right out and call LAME name!  But see, after they put so much effort into designing a truly incredible stamp tool, there was nothing left for coming up with a more intelligent name.  So MISTI it is.  Never mind.  Once you use it, you will forgive them ANYthing.  How it works, is like a book.  It has a front cover or door on one side, and on the opposite side is a foam pad, some super duper magnets and and some graph paper.  You stick your stamp(s) to the inside of the door, ink it up and stamp your paper that’s being held in place, immoveable, by the magnets.  And if your inking isn’t perfect, well tada, just ink it up again, and close the door again IN EXACTLY THE SAME SPOT!!  (Sorry, I yell when I get excited about something).  And if you need to make 10 cards exactly the same, well the MISTI is your best friend!  Youtube some MISTI videos and you’ll get a much better idea than I’ve been able to describe.  But the best news of all….Lori just listed the MISTI and accessories in the store!!  Now it can be your birthday too!!


Anyway, my grad cards.  I went through all my stamps.  I had tons that say all those nice congratulatory sentiments, but none with images like mortar boards or diplomas. Or panda bears in cap and gown.  How do I not have any stamps of graduating pandas??!


I should point out here, that this was my first time using the MISTI and I actually did one thing wrong.  I should have arranged the stamps in the bottom right corner of the door so that I could just lay my card stock neatly up against the ruler edges for perfect arrangement.  I got around that by penciling a line around the first card, and using that as a guide for the subsequent cards.  But really, there is a better way.  Next time.


I decided to combine a bunch of those sentiments to fill in a whole card front.  And I would stamp them on black card stock, heat emboss with white powder and then rub on some Stazon Opaque White ink for…..you guessed it…..a chalkboard full of congratulatory greetings!


After stamping and heat embossing all of the cards, I used a Tim Holtz ink dauber with the Stazon Opaque White Ink, rubbing it around each of the sentiments to look like a messy chalkboard does after long use.


Sorry, this has gotten long.  To quickly finish…I glued the black card stock to folded cards then die cut a variety of different sizes of red hearts.  I glued them in place, then either covered them fully, or “scribbled” a design on each heart with red Stickles.


Pretty simple in the end, but when you are making a bunch of the same card, quick and easy is the way to go!  And if you don’t have any graduates in your life this year, think how cute this card design would be, if you used a variety of “thank yous” and gave it to a teacher for a job well done!  I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration today and I really hope you’ll give the MISTI a try!!

Posted under Design Team Inspiration

This post was written by Norine on May 25, 2016

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