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.


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!!


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.


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)!



Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan


So, here we are two weeks until the first day of school.  I have to say, I am hating/dreading going back to school.  While I thrive on schedule, routine, and patterns I also miss the easy-going days of no homework and no stress.  To combat the stress and chaos of the coming year, I have really loved working with my new Love Today Planner Kit.  I know that everyone has a preference for planners and organization systems, please take a look at this and see if it will work for you.  It can be a planner or a memory keeping system.  The inserts for the Memories and More albums fit perfectly into the Love Today Planner binder.  So, that’s pretty diverse.

Enjoy this video from Stampin’ Up! about how to use the Love Today Planner.  You can start this with ANY month and there is a refill available for you to use next spring when it is time to update everything. Click here for the planner video.  Enjoy  this video and click here to shop in my on-line store.

Keep on Dreaming (in color) –




[Outside] My Comfort Zone

One of the best things about being a part of Stampin’ Up! and a member of the Paper Made Prettier and Spread Joy Teams is the support and encouragement to get outside your comfort zone.  Support comes in many ways – a smile, a pat on the back or simply a ‘good job’ or liking a post.  Encouragement also comes in many forms, but best of all, it comes with no pressure.

A fellow team member suggested to me recently, after completing a monthly swap, that I should put my name in the hat as a display board stamper for OnStage.  Me?  Seriously?  But the more I thought about it, the more I thought, why not?  This is simply one more way I am testing my boundaries and trying something new.    So, with that, I present my submission for the OnStage display board stampers.

Special Delivery

Although I love all paper crafting, my first love is creating scrapbooks.  My grandmother was a scrapbooker WAY before it was trendy or popular.  Because of her, our family history was painstakingly recorded from her days in high school at the turn of the century, through both World Wars, my grandfather’s lengthy railroad career, and the successes of her children and grandchildren.  It is an incredible treasure.

As a parent, I have recorded the highs and lows of our family, especially since the birth of our now 15-year old son.  Like many other family historians, I am not completely up to date.  This photo is from his 13th birthday party.  The Birthday Memories Suite is perfect no matter the age of the celebrant.

The colors are beautiful and work for any age birthday.  The polka dot paper is torn and the edges are rolled back a bit to emulate tearing the paper off a package.  And, in keeping with the package theme, I fussy cut packages from the coordinating DSP to provide a 3-D look to the page.  And I stamped on the banner being held by the fox. 0 The ‘package’ at the bottom left of the page contains the journaling for this page.

Paisley Power

I am constantly searching for card ideas and inspiration that are unusual, with different color and texture combinations, and different folding techniques.  I stumbled upon the inspiration for this card and immediately knew I had to make it.  I love that it allows more detail for the card front, while at the same time providing more than adequate space for writing a note or short letter.  With the new catalog items available, I was able to make it more current by including the gold flower made with the Daisy Punch.  When folded, this is the standard 5.5″ X 4.25″.

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Fall is in the Air

While we are looking at the fall colors, check out this 3-D item inspired by the catalog images for the Color Theory Suite.  I love making these little packages.  It pr3d pt 2-1ovides the perfect size for gifting treats to my friends and co-workers.  To make this box, I used Old Olive card stock, Colorful Seasons Stamps, and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.   This is a super fast and super easy bag you can make with the Gift Bag Punch Board.   This version of the gift bag was made using the small template, but it can be enlarged depending on the size of the available paper.

The bag is topped with one of the Pretty Labels Thinlits, linen thread and more die cuts from the Seasonal Layers dies.

This Little Piggy

I LOVE this set stamp set.  I fell in love with it at OnStage Local in Shreveport and could not wait to get one of my own. First, it is incredibly cute and second, being in Razorback country, this is going to get a LOT of use.  But, for now, I wanted to keep it rather simple.  I added a pennant from the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies.

card2-2I cut the pennant twice, once in Whisper White and once in Lemon Lime Twist.  I further trimmed the Lemon Lime Twist piece to fit perfectly on the piece of Whisper White, adding the perfect amount of dimension to this card.

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Kisses for You

My second 3-D item is a simple packaging technique for an up-cycled bottle.  You might recognize the shape.  3d part 1-1You can buy these beverages in four-packs at the grocery store.  If you saw my stash of recycled/upcycled bottles, you would know just how much I love this beverage!!  Not only do you get to recycle these awesome bottles but it provides a quick way to send a ‘happy’ to someone without breaking the bank on filling it, or wrapping it. The label is made from the Label Me Pretty stamp set and the Pretty Label Punch.   Want to know the best part about this?  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!!



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And, Last but not Least…….

This is the third and final card for the Display Board stampers evaluation.  While this card is a bit larger than the typical quarter-fold, it is simply a single piece of card-stock scored in half.  The balloons have been fussy-cut from the scrap paper, adhered with dimensionals, and embellished with a bit of Wink of Stella.

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I think this may be my favorite card of all the ones presented here.  But, with all of the cute DSP and stamp sets, I know there will be many more cards, scrapbook pages, and trinkets to come.

I hope you enjoyed this medley of new Stampin’ Up! products.  Please contact me if you want any more information regarding what you have seen here.

Keep on Dreaming in Color!


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Two for Tuesdays….

Wow! I am glad I missed yesterday’s posting so that I can include some AWESOME news about Stampin’ Up!   First, I want to thank everyone that has placed an order with me.  You guys are the best.  THANK YOU!

Now, here’s some really big, big news.  Stampin’ Up! is paying you to shop.  Yes, you heard me right.  For every $50 you spend during July, you will receive a $5 discount to use in August.  And if that’s not enough, let me tell you the big news if you are thinking about being a colorful dreamer (or happy shopper 🙂 ).  In July, if you decide to join my team, you will receive the same $125 worth of stamps and supplies for $99, but you will also receive the Carols of Christmas as a gift from SU to you.   It’s so much fun to get new stamps and supplies – but if you can get them at a discount AND before everyone else — that’s even better.

Now, to a recap of my weekend.  I had an extended workshop here to make 12 cards from the Eastern Palace bundle.  We had SO much fun just playing.  I may have been a “little ambitious” in what I had planned for the workshop.  Here are a couple of photos of works in progress and finished projects.  And, I promise, that’s ink on Sassy’s arm – it is NOT a bruise!

And, as promised last week, here’s a video for your entertainment and education. The Color Theory Suite is so cool. Great starter set – paper, dies, inks, and embellishments.