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January Jumble

Here we are in the middle of January.  We finally have snow on the ground and let me tell you, I have been crafting up a storm for the last month or so.  Yes, i say the last month or so because I was lucky enough to craft the last half of December, through tht eholiday break, and into January.

Some of you might remember I was lucky enough to travel to Salt Lake City in November with 6-3,000 of my closest friends.  I say six, because there was a small contingent that traveled together.  I say 3,000, because there were about that many other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators attending the convention – from all over the WORLD!!!  It was amazing!

While there, I participated in a couple of swaps.  What are swaps?  That is where you make multiple copies of a card or scrapbook layouts and then ‘swap’ them with each other.  Wen you finish swapping, you have a wide variety of sample cards and pages to use as examples and inspiration.  Here is a sample of the swaps I received.  I participate in smaller swaps each month.  Stick around, you will probably see something you like!!

I am gearing up for spring classes.  Remember, I have card club on the third Thursday of every month.  And, I am available to teach private classes/workshops/Girls Nights Out b appointment.  Just let me know – vporta@swbell.net or 501.240.7581.

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Memories and More – here are the details

I just published the details for my Memories and More class I mentioned last month.  We will meet on four Sunday afternoons (1-4 PM).  The cost will be $100 (prepaid) which will cover four class sessions and a supply kit (total value $112).  This will give you the supplies and instructions to complete a 24-page 6×8 scrapbook.  If you are interested in a different size format, please let me know. We have options.

 

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Extravaganza 2017!!

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It’s Extravaganza time again.  This week (11/20-11/26) shop my Stampin’ Up! store for great deals, just in time for holiday shopping.  Here’s a preview of what’s hot today (Monday, 11-20-17).  Check my store each day this week for daily specials.  And, be sure to use the November-December 2017 workshop code (VDFH6P6T) if your order is less than $150.

 
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Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop

Lovely_Inside_and_Out_Real_Red_Night_of_Navy_Tempting_Turquoise_edited-1 - CopyWelcome to Dream In Color – part of the inaugural Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop.  You should have come here from Stesha Bloodhart  and when you finish here, you will go on to Kerstin Klar.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to participate in this inaugural blog hop.  It’s not just the first one for the Scrapbooking Global Group.  It is also MY first Blog Hop!  The best part of this hop is that it concentrates on scrapbooking pages.  That is my first love when it comes to paper-crafting.  In fact, this layout is reminiscent of my early days in stamping when I said, “Look.  I can make my own background paper.  I will save so much money!”  Fast forward about 20 years and that is not EXACTLY how things worked out.

On this layout, I created background paper using the Lovely Inside and Out Stampin’ Up! stamp set with Night of Navy, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise.  I used those same three colors to create the mats under the photos.  The title was created with the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies (138281) and embellished with the silver thread and silver Clear Faceted Gems (144142).

When all was said and done, I needed the page to fit into a 12×12 page protector.  So, I squared up the stamped paper and added a faux frame in silver card stock behind it.  Hope you enjoy!

Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Sharon Dalton
  2. Megan Lenske
  3. Peta Stephen
  4. Lisa Henderson
  5. Pam Poli
  6. Courtenay Heuston
  7. Jessica Brigden
  8. Karie Beglau
  9. Simone Meye
  10. Lisa Gibson
  11. Michelle Veller
  12. Cheryl Algie
  13. Beth Rush
  14. Josie Dean
  15. Kelly Leese
  16. Stesha Bloodhart
  17. Virginia Porta
  18. Kerstin Klar
  19. Joanne Hodge
  20. Christine Alward
  21. Monika Lenkeit Davis
  22. Jenny Hall
  23. Lou Kitzelman

 

 

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WHAT? It’s HOW many days until Christmas?

Yep – it’s that time of year and it’s beginning to look a lot like it, too.  What time, you ask?  Time to get serious about making all those hand-crafted gifts you swore in January that you would be making this year.   Let’s be honest, we all do it. Every. Year.  Well, let this be the year that you make good on those intentions. How can you do it?  Well, let me help.

HANDCRAFTED – Take this chance to create a personalized gift for that lucky recipient by customizing one of the great kits from Stampin’ Up! or one of the Memories and More scrapbook albums.  What a great gift to receive, a pre-made photo album waiting for me to drop in my photos from Instagram and FaceBook.  The possibilities are ENDLESS!!

KIT IT UP! – Another way to enjoy the great kits from Stampin’ Up! is to gift them.  Here’s what you do.  Order a kit for each of the friends on your list, and one for you.  Invite all of your friends over for a Girls Night Out.  At the end of the evening, you have given your Christmas gift to your friends, and you have had a great time together.  Time well spent laughing with friends and making memories is priceless.

PLAN AHEAD – The third and easiest way to infuse hand-crafted charm is to actually hand-craft part it.  Starting this early, you will be able to knock out hand-crafted Christmas cards and have plenty of time to spare.  And, as a bonus, if you send hand-made cards, you will get a pass on the declaration that ‘this Christmas was going to be 100% hand-crafted’.  At least you cards will be.

Be sure and check out the new Holiday Catalog (available here).  In there, you will find an awesome ‘watercolor’ Christmas card kit and other supplies to help you put a little jingle in your step.

And, just for the record, there are 146 days until Christmas on August 1.

Keep on Dreaming (in Color)!

Virginia