Friday, October 31, 2008


Happy Halloween!!! As a kid, I LOVED Halloween. I loved dressing up and trick or treating. I wore my mom out. LOL! This year, my little man, Cody, has gone to Arkansas with Dad to Rocktoberfest. It's a 4-wheel drive convention. They hooked the Jeep up to the truck and left at about 4 this morning...hence my EARLY post! LOL! I'm sad that he won't be here with us but I'm very glad that he is able to do these types of things with Dad. Cody loves anything to do with 4-wheeling...mud, climbing rocks...and it can be in/on anything with wheels. Brian has gone to visit his mom so it's just Seth and Shelby here with me all weekend.

So, my post title is "FREE-10". That is a coupon code. Gina K. Designs issued this code and it's good 'til midnight tonight for $10 off your order of $60 or more. Plus, you get FREE shipping on orders over $35 AND if you buy 3 stamp sets you get one FREE! Geez!!! Seriously, you can't beat that!

Carolyn King is a super talented stamper! She is also a designer for Gina K. Desings. She desinged a stamp set called "Whimsical Autumn." Carolyn lost her grandmother to Alzheimer's recently. In memory of her grandmother, Carolyn will donate 100% of her proceeds from sales of this stamp set to the Pennslyvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association...always!!! You can read more about her story and see some fabulous projects with the Whimsical Autumn set here.

So you see friends, it just doesn't get any better! You can get FREE shipping, a FREE stamp set, $10 off, PLUS you can help researchers continue their quest to find a cure! Hop on over to Gina K. Designs and get yours today...I already did (wink, wink)!

I hope everyone has a fabulous and safe Halloween! Check back this weekend for a tutorial on making 3-d pop up stars. I'll be using my Slice and my Scor-Pal so you won't want to miss it! As always, thanks for stoppin' by! Katie

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My Scrap Space

Hello there everyone! You know, I often wonder what everyone's scrap space is like. Do you have a dedicated room? A cubby in your kitchen? A corner somewhere? Well, my scrap space is kind of a hodgepodge of a space. I have a wall in my bedroom parallel to my bed.

Here's a peek:

I have a 4" table that stays put. Next to that I have converted our old changing table into a storage area. On the top I have my Cuttlebug (when not in use), my basket full of adhesive, and my tool tote. On the lower shelves I have my bins with embellishments in them, some papers, and such. My DH hung some shelves (just a 1x6 on 'L' brackets) over the chaning table. This is where I keep my paints, stickles, flock, and embellihsment jars full of bling, flowers and such. All my 12x12 paper hodlers are on the shelf in the top of my closet. Then, my storage totes and all my Quickutz are under my table. Oh yeah, I have stacking storage drawers inside my closet with all my stamps, inks, etc. in.

So, I'm curious. What does your space look like? Dawn is giving away some blog candy on her blog for those who are willing to take up the challenge of posting pics of their space. You can see it here.

Thanks for stopping by! Katie

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Scor-Pal Layout and subscriptions...

Okay, so as promised I have completed my layout I created with my Scor-Pal and my Slice. I actually created this layout for Scenic Route's monthly challenge. The challenge was to create a project using at least 2 of their product lines. I used 3!!

This is a very simple layout but I really wanted to showcase the photos and the meaning behind the layout. Cody has LOVED being out in the garage with Dad while he's been restoring his '59 Jeep Willy's Edition. Cody can spot a Jeep from a mile away!

Here's the layout:

I used the Scor-Pal to create the accordian background. I simply cut my paper to 10"x10" and scored the first side at the 1/2" mark then every 1" thereafter. I turned the paper over and scored at the 1" mark then every 1" thereafter (in between the previous scores). Then I folded the paper up, like a fan, and stretched it back out where I wanted it and adhered it. It's that simple! I think that it really adds LOTS of dimension to the layout...especially in person.

I used my Slice to cut the journaling block and the title. It's hard to see in the photo (look at the "Got") but I used a Glaze pen to randomly color in circles only on the red dot paper to give it a varnished look. Again, really cool in person.

Like I said before, it's really simple but I LOVE how it turned out. And I used ONLY cardstock/paper!

Now, you may have noticed but I added a Feedblitz subscription link to the side of my blog under my class schedule. I can see from my tracking that I have many of you who visit regularly...but few comment. So, to drive some subscriptions and some comments I'm going to give away some blog candy! I'm not revealing the prize yet but it'll be something good, I promise. All you have to do is 1.) sign up as a subscriber and 2.) comment on this post. It can be about anything. That's all you have to do to enter to win. I will randomly draw a name on Oct. 31st! That's right, on Halloween!

Oh, and if you're interested in playing along in the Scenic Route monthly challenges click here. And if you want to get yourself a Scor-Pal and/or a Slice you can go here.

Thanks for stoppin' by! Have a great week! Katie

Friday, October 24, 2008


And, yes I'm yelling! LOL! My Making Memories Slice Digital Design Cutter has finally arrived. It seems like it's been forever since it's release at CHA Winter 2008!!!

Okay, so my first impression. I think the packaging is cool! You can see everything that it comes with and you can actually see the machine itself. The design cards packaging has a flap on the front that you can open to see what designs it will cut. Now I obviously didn't buy this thing because of it's packaging, and I don't know anyone who would but let's face it, appearance matters. Right?

The instruction booklet sets everything in simple, easy to follow steps. It took me about 10 minutes to read over everything. I set up the machine and went to town. I, of course, ran some tests on scrap paper so I'd know what I was getting into. My thoughts? I LIKE! It's really a great little machine. You can pop the sd cards in and out with ease, scrolling between the screens is simple, and the screen shows you exactly where the machine will begin cutting.

In addition to the Slice, I also picked myself up a Scor-Pal! I've wanted one for a while and finally took the plunge. My dear friend, Laura, from Scrap-Mart has them on her website. So, when I was in Tahlequah earlier this week to teach my class, I met up with her and picked it up. I've also been playing with this and I'm impressed. I have TONS of ideas for it already. And this time, I'm sketching them and making notes...that way I won't forget. I'm sure some video tutorials will follow too so stay tuned.

P.S. I know that the Scor-Pal was designed with cardmakers in mind. I do make cards but not nearly as much as I scrapbook so my goal is to show you all what this wonderful little tool can do for you and your pages. I promise you'll like!

I'm almost finished with a project that will showcase the Scor-Pal and the Slice. I'll have it posted hopefully by Sunday night. And if anyone is wondering, my friend Laura also sells the Slice on her website.

Tata for now! Thanks for stopping by! Katie

Monday, October 20, 2008

Party Light Cube

Okay, so you've seen those outside party light cubes right? The ones you string up light Christmas lights? I think they are so cute! I used that same concept to creat this single light cube.

For the sides and the top I used 4" chipboard squares and covered them with patterned paper. To cut the circle centers out I used my Quickutz nesting circles die and ran it through my Cuttlebug. I backed each hole with transparency. The sides and top are simply hot glued together. You can use an anywhere hole punch to punch the holes in the top for the ribbon to pass through.
The light on the inside is simply one of those battery-powered tea lights. I adhered it to the top with velcro strips so that it can easily be turned on or off and also to allow access to change the battery.
I will be teaching this for my next Kids Camp project. I'm sure the girls will LOVE hanging one of these in their rooms.
Don't you think this would look cool with some rub-ons or stamped images on the transparency? If you try this be sure to leave me a comment so I can check yours out too!
Thanks for stoppin' by!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

What is your names hidden meaning?

I found the link to this on Jennie's blog. I was curious so I followed the link. Here's what it had to say about me!

What Katie Means

You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life.You are also a keeper of knowledge - meaning you don't spill secrets or spread gossip.People sometimes think you're snobby or aloof, but you're just too deep in thought to pay attention to them.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection. You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive. You have the classic “Type A” personality.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

I was kinda surprised at how "on" this analysis was. It does describe me well. If you're curious as to what your names hidden meaning is click here.

Check back soon because I have a cute project to share with you. It is actually already assembled but it is missing one key component that I have to pick up...hopefully tomorrow. It will be my next Kids Kamp project and kits will be available for purchase.

Til then, happy scrappin'! Katie

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Happy World Card Making Day

Hello friends and Happy World Card Making Day! We were hoping to be moving today but our closing date has been pushed. The only thing I have made so far today is a gift box. I have a friend who is celebrating her 3 anniversary next Friday with her boyfriend and she bought him a small gift. So, I made an explosion box to put it in. I will stuff it with the torn bag stuffing so when the lid of the box is removed the sides will collapse and the stuffing will flow out revealing the gift. As soon as I get the ribbon topper on I will post pics. But, I have more projects to work on and hopes of completing much more today.

How 'bout you? Have you been making cards or cropping today? If so I'd love to see it so leave me a comment with a link to your blog.

Also, there are lots of sites out there doing giveaways today too. My friend Rae completed the painstaking task of looking them all up for you and has them posted on her blog. Check it out at: She even has a giveaway herself. Stay tuned today because you never know when I might throw one out there too!


Friday, October 3, 2008

Teresa Collins Halloween Kit

I had so many ideas in mind for October's class at The Scrappin' Pad. Then, I got an email about this fabulous Teresa Collins class kit. Usually, when I teach I try to make sure that the class was designed by yours truly but this was too cute to pass up!

It has a total of 31 pages! Yeah, 31 pages! The book itself is 8x8 but all the pages inside vary in size. It is WAAAAYYYYY cute! I liked it so much that I decided to make this October's class. It is chock full of awesome paper, stickers and die cuts and pre-stamped images.

If you're in the area and are interested, the class is on Oct. 21st from 6 to 8? pm or until finished. The cost of the class is $35. If you're not in the area but would like a kit you can email me at There will be a $2.50 charge for S/H. The deadline for sign-up (for class or kit) is Friday Oct. 10 to ensure plenty of time for shipment. I will ship kits out by Monday Oct. 20.