Random Bits | Project Life Update

Hey all!!  Happy Friday.

I have been on the go quite a bit lately, my free time is scarce.  I was thinking about the blog yesterday, and I thought I’m out enjoying life, so I can’t feel bad about not having anything new for you to see.  However, I miss sharing when I don’t blog. 

I did want to share  a couple things with you today tho.  Mostly about Project Life and then some other new goodies I have gotten lately.


I finally got the Project Life App on my iphone.  To be honest, I wasn’t really interested in it, but it was free on St. Patrick’s Day.  So I thought I would look into it. 

I have to say, it’s super easy and a lot of fun to do.    I could easily see myself using this each week and Bam!!  be done!!  Yet, part of me loves the actual stuff that I can play with and see and be more creative with.

Another part of me has guilt that I have this room full of stuff and I should use it. 


I did mess around and created this spread from last weekend.  This is what our weekends look like now – basketball.  Bleacher Butt.  However, we had some great friends visiting too and we enjoyed time with them.  The guys played some pool while we waited 2 hours for our meal. 

2 hours.  Really. 


The app also lets you create collages like this one.  I can see me doing more of these with the app and just printing them 4x6 for my book. 


Anyway – I looked into printing costs for this option, and on the app, it’s $1.99 for a 12x12 layout.  I looked around and saw that some ladies are using My Digital Studio from Stampin’ Up and getting them at cost.  They never did say what that price was.  Anyone know?

I do think that I will make a few layouts this way and get them all printed at once.  Shipping is $6.99 so I need to make it worth it.  Maybe save them up and wait for a free shipping offer? 



I also made a choice to try out the Gossamer Blue Life Pages Kits for awhile.  I know I had said that I wasn’t going to buy anything for PL, but I caved.  They are very pretty. 

I’ll try them a couple months and see what  I think. 

One problem I have found with kits, is simply that they tend to go pretty and coordinate, and it doesn’t always work with my photos.  We will see. 



This is the current state of my desk.  I set up shop to get caught up on PL and I’m not taking it down til I do.  I am going to finish up a bit tonight, and then I’ll be caught up. 

Honestly, the mess drives me batty. 



Also lately, I picked up the new Quick Stitch Kit from Papertrey Ink.  I have picked up all of their little stitching projects over the last couple years.  I was super happy to get some flower dies for it. 

I sat down and die cut a bunch of flowers from all my felts and then some other elements.  I’m hoping to take it with me this weekend to have something crafty to do while basketball is going on. 


So I have plenty to do – but no time to do it or share!! 

I think it will get better!! 

Gnome Pop Up Card


Hi there!! 

Last week, I posted a video and a simple card making a pop up card, based on a store bought card I’d seen. Well, the ideas were running wild in my head I had to get them out. 

You can see that post HERE. 

When I went to look for something to work with, I came across this Gnome set from the late There She Goes Stamp store.  Jessica was the master at creating scenes form her stamps. 

I’m sorry they are no longer available, but any Craft for Sale site may let you post in search of this set.



I started just by stamping a lot of the images and coloring them.  This has to be the best part of stamping for me.  Coloring.  I went a little wild in the end with my white gel pen to make some white dots as well. 

Aside from adding dimension with foam dots, I kept the front simple and scene like. 



Then, we you open it up there is a cute scene as well.  Because of that, I decided to stamp a couple images in a light kraft color. 


For the inside, I used a few more gnome images, as well as mushroom and flower images from the set to help create the scene.  I also die cut the fence and grass, and added those in as well. 



The pictures are not as great as in person, but this was a super fun card to make.  I stamped Happy Birthday, so now I wait for the right recipient!! 

Thank You | PTI Make It Monday

Hey there – my mojo has been on fire this week.  Sometimes I see things and do not get inspired.  This week, all of the challenges and ideas I have seen has really got me thinking!! 

However, this will be my last post for the week. 


This week’s Make It Monday video over at Papertrey Ink shared the idea to “Confetti Cluster Stamp” and create an image.  Well, I dug through all of my PTI stamps finding the small images.  That was interesting!! 


I thought about my design for a couple days.  I knew that I wanted to use this Thank You set, and hoped to create a circle around the larger sentiment part.  However, the swirls on the top and bottom would have made it too big.  So I chose the smaller sentiment, and then grabbed a heart image. ( I apologize, I cannot find the stamp set that I used on this card on PTI.  I do believe it was a one time thank you set that I got years ago!!)


The outcome was a very fun, one layer Thank You card.  The color scheme could be easily changed, as well as the sentiment. 

Very fun! 

Thanks for stopping by – enjoy your weekend everyone!!  (For the first time in awhile, it’s only a two day weekend for me!!  HA!!)

Vintage Vibe | Art Impressions Challenge

Ole Man Winter came back to Montana today.  BOO…  There is a dusting of snow.  However, we are supposed to be back in the 50s for the weekend tho.  I was really enjoying the high 60s weather!!


Ok, onto a card.


The challenge this time at Art Impressions Stamps is to make a vintage card.  They just released some fun vintage images, but I don’t have any yet.  I did have this TryFold set, Lakehouse.  This is just the front image from that set.  You can see a card I made with the whole set HERE. 


I had this idea in my head and I needed to get it down.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and then I used my distress inks to color it with a water color brush.  It took some trial and error to find colors that made it look black and white.  I wanted a bit of sepia too, but this was as close as I got.

I then ruffed up the edges and paired it with some steel grey cardstock and a piece of patterned paper from Simple Stories line.  Then I finished with these cute sprockets. 

This would be a fun manly card to give.  Maybe for my dad or grandpa for Father’s Day. 



Art Impressions Blog

Retro Rubber Challenge 10 | Emboss It!

HEY!  It’s Tuesday and time to play with a new challenge at Retro Rubber. 


This time our challenge is to bring out the Embossing Powder.  When I started stamping, this was probably one of the first huge “extras” that I was adding to cards.  It really was a fun way to make something really pop off your card. 

I then really forgot about it, until recently, when I invested in some more powders and dusted of the heat tool.  (Pun intended there!! HA!)


I couldn’t decide which way to go, and then I procrastinated too long.  I ended up stamping this tree from the old Stampin Up! set, Thoughts and Prayers. 

I embossed it in white and then sponged around the image with my ink.  I embossed the sentiment in black.  I kept the rest really simple as I do with all the Sympathy type cards I make.  I matted with some more cardstock and then I added to some matching cardstock for a base. 


Make sure you head over to the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog to play along with us!!


Thank you for visiting me!

Watch Me | Pop Up Cards

Hey there everyone!! 

I am on my way back to school after a fabulous three day weekend!!  More on the weekend later in the post, but I wanted to share a fun card idea and the card I made. Plus, I decided that I needed to video it for you all. 

I told you it would be the year of videos.  Smile 


So, at school, the “book man” comes over couple of months or so and I’ve always got to rush in and see what he ( I think it’s a she really) has.  And there are always a box of cards there, but I rarely even look at them.  However, this time I did and I was glad. 

They had these super cute pop up cards.  My friend Jane happened to be there and I said, we could make these.  She gave me a look and I said OK, I could make these. She isn’t into more than one fold on a card!!  (Stamp Club joke!) 

So, I wanted to give it a try! 



This is the front of the card, using some fun ledger paper and star dies. 


And here is the inside when the card is laying down flat.  You can see the “peaks” of the folds and that is where I attached the stars I die cut.  So they pop up when you open the card. 

Please watch the video and then down below, I’ve got all the scoring and cutting details. 

Or you can watch it on YouTube. 




  1. Trim 8.5” by 11” cardstock to 5.5” by 11”.  Trim off 5/8th” off one of the short sides. 
  2. Using score board, score at 4.25”, 5.25” and 6.25”. 
  3. Flip over and score at 4.75” and 5.75”.  Use score tool to fold on score lines making the cardstock fold back and forth. 
  4. Decorate the front of the card as you like. 
  5. Add die cuts, or image to the inside on the front side of the folds. 
  6. Tuck in an envelope and mail off to someone special!!






We got a long weekend because of state basketball tournaments.  However, we stayed home and enjoyed the beautiful weather.  Thursday, RC wrestled in Chinook and pinned all three kids!  So awesome!! 


Friday, we putted around the house with the windows open.  So nice to have some fresh air in the house. 

Saturday we bummed around again and then we went to town for the annual Wagon Train Feed.  Or Nut N Gut, due to the menu. Winking smile 



Saturday was also David’s 15th Birthday – and he was the lucky recipient of my fun card!!

Sunday was clean up for the feed and then family time for cake for David’s birthday. 


That’s all for now!!  Thanks for the visit!!  Stop back tomorrow for a new Retro Rubber Challenge!! 


Paper : Papertrey Ink - White, Various colors; Teresa Collins – ledger paper
Stamps: MFT Gift Card Greetings; Ink: Memento Pear Tart; Dies: MFT – Stars; Tools: Martha Stewart Score Board; ATG Gun; Mono Multi glue; foam dots.

Watch Me Video | Simple Easter Card

Easter Detail


Welcome back!  I recently got my order from Stampin’ Up! and this month, I picked up a new Easter set called For Peep’s Sake.  I thought it was a fun set to add to my inventory. 

I wanted to play along with Karen’s Sweet Sunday Sketch.  This is one of my favorite sketch sites.  I’ve always loved them and enjoyed playing with them, and now Karen has moved them to their own home.  Check out the new Sweet Sunday Sketch Blog.  To kick it off, they are letting you choose from any of the past sketches.  I just happened on Karen’s and so I copied her sketch.  I thought it would work perfect for the large sentiment image in this set. ( I just realized that I was calling it Sweet Sketch Sunday!  Oops)

Easter Card 

I created a video for this one, check it out below or over on YouTube


I started with the image and heat embossed it in black.  I love this look with a large focal sentiment like that.  I also wanted to emboss the chick or peep in Tempting Turquoise, well, because it’s cute!!  Ha! 


Make sure you also check out this week’s Retro Rubber challenge – HERE. 

Have a great day!!


Paper : Cream, vellum – Papertrey Ink; Turquoise, Gold – MFT; Fancy Pants Park Bench paper pad.
Stamps: For Peep’s Sake – Stampin’ Up!
Embossing Powder: Black – SS; Turquoise – Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Wonky Scallop Die – MFT; Circles – Nesties

Retro Rubber Challenge 9 | Tag, You're It!

I am back with my post for the latest challenge on the Retro Rubber Blog. 

The challenge is to create a tag or to use a tag on your card/project. 


I simply went with a tag.  These manila tags were on my desk, so I figured it was a sign right? 

I stamped the sentiment from an older SU set - Bring on the Cake.  I colored with Copics to get an ombre' effect.  I paired that with some fun paper and washi tape. 


I'm not always a fan of these hole protectors on the tags, so I dressed mine up.  I die cut a circle and scored it in half.  Then I added it with tape and punched a hole. 

I wanted to add a ribbon, but I lent my mom my whole ribbon basket.  It's taking her quite awhile to sort through the whole basket.  Hee Hee Hee. 


Make sure you swing by the Retro Rubber Challenge blog, and see what the Mod Squad has done with this challenge!! 

Saturday Share | Around Here

Hey there friends!! 

These last couple weeks have been busy at the Skiff House.  All good, but makes for one tired mamma.  All that was wearing on me this week.  I’m glad it’s Saturday!! 


Last weekend we went to RC’s first wrestling match.  He was pretty nervous and excited and worried.  Lots of emotion, so it was good to get that first one out of the way. 


We spent the night so that we could visit out niece and her family.  They came to our motel to swim.  Usually, McKinley is pretty reserved in the pool, but she wanted to be brave and help Harper.  They both did great! 

We got back to the room and laid down, all of us about to fall asleep.  I looked and it was only 9!!  We were wore out. 


The next day, we went to the Free Throw Contest that David has qualified for.  He won. 

Kind of a hollow victory.  He was the only one in his age group.  Again. 

I’m not sure why, but there were 9 kids from our town and only 5 from somewhere else.  Not much of a contest. 


Trying too look cool, but he wanted to smile. 

Crazy kid. 


McKinley celebrated her un-birthday at school since hers is in the summer. 

This is our kind of decorating!! 

Last night they had some wrestling matches at home and RC got a pin and a win by points.  Excited for him to feel that excitement!!  He was pretty proud. 

We also watched Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  It was pretty funny and just what we needed to end the night. 


We have some 4H stuff to do today, and I’m picking up my Bountiful Basket.  Then I hope to come home and spend some time in the craft room. 



Hope you have a great weekend!! Ellie says HI!