My friend Renae and I decided to experiment by making the same card twice--one with 12x12 paper and one using paper from a 6x6 paper pad--to see if there was a difference in how the card turns out. Here are the cards I made. I think for this set of cards I liked the way the 12x12 card looks: the yellow is more vibrant in the larger size.

I used the Crate Paper Storyteller line for these cards. The only thing not from this line are the letter stickers which are from Lily Bee. I also used a sketch from Mojo Monday to help get started.

Here is another sampler I made for my demonstration board. When I first saw the Konnichiwha line I fell in love. Guess I'm partial to anything even remotely Asian (you get that way after you adopt a cute little girl from Taiwan).

I thought the designs and writing on the papers were Chinese but when I got the line I figured out that it was Japanese. Still think the line is fabulous.

Guess I'd better get busy and actually use more of this line!!

I love that my little girl, Grace, loves to come down to mommy's room to be creative with me. This particular day she was busy coloring and suddenly stopped and wanted to make a card with me. She got up on my lap and we decided to make a card for her kindergarten teacher.

Grace helped me pick out the papers and decided what she wanted the card to say. (She says that recess is her favorite part of the day at school. Ha!) She put all the letter stickers in place and then we started working on the inside. As you can see below, she is an expert at drawing her favorite Star Wars characters.

I just enjoy spending time with her doing something creative!!

This is a card that I have had sitting on my desk for forever cause I couldn't figure out how to finish it. The card itself is from a Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) set, the flocked label from Making Memories and I had used a Stampin' Up sentiment stamp for the "for you". It wasn't until I added the white Basic Grey letter stickers and the little heart from KC&Co. that it turned from blah to perfectly cheery.  Turned out great.

You know how you have those projects that sit around because they seem to be missing something (maybe you don't but I have a good sized "finish me" pile that every once in a while I wade through and see if the creative spark speaks to me)--keep playing, keep experimenting. My husband likes to remind me that whoever gets one of my cards won't know how long I labored to get it just right or that they won't see how maybe design-wise the card isn't perfect. They will just love the finished project and the sentiment behind it.

After I finished this card I decided to give it to my mom, cause she's the best!! Love you mom!

I am working this week on a display board to take to crops and parties to show people the newest scrapbooking products that I am selling as a Memory Works consultant. Every day for the next week or two I will try to post a 8x8 sampler that I made to showcase the different manufacturers and supplies that Memory Works sells.

The idea for the display board came from the Memory Works consultant site but I quickly made it uniquely me. Since the fall/winter 2012 catalogs just came out I didn't have a ton of the newest stuff but I substituted some of the "older" stuff (which is just now coming out around my area) since I had plenty of that and will change out the newer stuff as I get it. After I post all my sampler pages I will post a photo of my finished display board.

This Take a Hike line from Simple Stories came out at a great time for me. My family spent weeks in Montana over the summer and this line, along with Summer Fresh (both from Simple Stories) will be used to make an album documenting our time there. More on that later...

I love the "under the stars" 4x6 cutout. We didn't go camping during our time in Montana so I didn't need to save it for our album but it made me laugh each time I saw it so I had to use it for the display board. I love the variety of alphabets that are included with this kit--woodgrain, bright orange, small brown and green. So much that you can do with these paper

Here's another card I made using a sketch, this time from Pals Paper Arts. As always my card doesn't exactly fit the sketch but that's OK since I just use the sketches to get the spark of creativity going. I used all Amy Tan stuff and love how it turned out. I inked the edges with hot pink Colorbox chalk ink. Here is the link to the sketch.