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My Carl Cutter Story . . .

If you've been in any of my workshops, you hear me talk about how much I love my Carl Cutter. My first good paper trimmer was a Carl Cutter. I purchased it about 15 years ago.


At the time, it was a bit pricey but I was going to use it for workshops and would be cutting several papers at once. Well, fast forward to a couple of weeks ago and . . .

After 15 years of every day use, the numbers and lines on the base were starting to wear off. I contacted the company, told them how old the paper trimmer was and that the numbers had worn off. Explained that I didn't expect them to do anything about it, but was wondering if they knew of anything I could use to re-number and re-line the base. 

I received an e-mail from the company: Did I know that the Carl Cutters have a limited lifetime warranty?  

No. If I did I forgot.

Send it in to us and we'll fix it for you.


A few days ago I received an update. The company apologized that the paper trimmer couldn't be fixed but . . . they were sending me a brand new one.


This just doesn't happen any more.

When was the last time you purchased something 15 years ago

and the company still stood by it's product.

Yesterday, I received my brand new Carl Cutter in the mail:

Carl Cutter

Isn't she a beauty!

And she was delivered with additional blades and an additional cutting mat.

Here's a link to the Carl Cutter website:


just in case you want your own Carl Cutter.

And just so you know, I wasn't paid to say this. I didn't get a replacement because I promised anything to the company. They didn't know I was going to post this. Their company motto is Carl, A Symbol of Quality. They surely live up to that.


You've asked and now I can deliver . . .

Many of you have seen my mini-books. Some I teach in stores. Many I'm not able to because of class time restraints.  Those types of minis are always interactive with popular items like flips, pockets, folds, waterfalls and inserts. 

Introducing Book #1: Fairies


I've found a way to bring new mini-book designs to you with a very reasonable price tag.

You may know Gina Hubbard, owner of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

We've partnered up to bring you some fascinating mini-books that are super interactive.

Book #1: Fairies is 8.5" tall X 6.75" wide with a 3.5" spine.

It has 6 pages, all interactive and all include a top pocket to add cardstock mats.

Use your own stash of paper and embellishments to decorate the cover and pages.


You may purchase these in one of two ways:

  • As a PDF pattern only
  • As a PDF pattern with pre-cut cardstock base pages and pre-cut pockets, flips and waterfalls. The pre-cut pages are available in black or kraft.

We're both so excited to be offering this to you.

PDF Pattern includes 25 pages of instructions with photos e-mailed directly to you:



Want to take a closer look at what I've done with Gina's design?  Take a look at this You Tube:


To purchase your very own pattern click this "buy it now" button:


PDF pattern (as described above) with pre-cut pages, pockets, flips and waterfalls.

Your choice of black or kraft cardstock pages:


These will ship priorty mail in a flat rate envelope.

Orders taken on a first available and will begin shipping Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Choose from black or kraft on the pull down menu below.





NOTE: This mini was decorated using 49&Market papers with some added vintage prints. Chipboard Laser Cuts available thru Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: butterflies; flowers; leaves; vines; swirls; borders.




Inspired by . . .

Have you ever bought anything, stored it and years later found it again? 


Silly question, huh!

That's just what happened with the stuff I purchased to do pocket letters.

Until this past weekend when I visited Vintage in KC, I forgot I had these supplies.

They had the cutest pocket letter pages.

It inspired me to create my own.

I'm submitting this to Stamping Ground's WOYWW,

because it is.

Details in a day or two.

A couple of things from Kansas City . . .

Had a great time with friends in Kansas City

at the

Scrapbook Expo.

It was a really good show but . . . I like Schaumburg better.

Just can't make it to Chi-town this year.

HC 1

Having said that, we still found plenty to purchase and came home loaded with new things.

(Note to Bill W: Hardly bought a thing. Really. Shopping was horrible.)

Heartfelt Creations always has great classes.

This is one we took. Love this idea!

Purchased the below card kit from Vintage in KC


The kit included 4 cards and 4 tags.

Everything pre-cut and written directions. Envelopes were included. A breeze to put together.

Kit cost was only$28.

As I said in a previous post, this is a not-to-be-missed store!

Christmas in July Tag Trades . . .

A small group of friends decided to do a Christmas in July tag trade.

It's happening this morning and I can't wait to see what everyone created.

Tag A

The idea was to create 3 tags per person.

I made 3 different designs for each person in the trade.

Tag b

The tag above uses a piece of wood from a friend's family farm.

This wood is part of the original homesteader house built in the late 1800 or early 1900's.

Tag c

Of course, we had this bright idea about 5 months ago.

I started my tags last week - ha!

Tag d

Angels are a must . . .

Tag e

You can always add your own flower bling with the help of

Art Glitter Glue. It dries perfectly clear and no sheen like some other adhesives.

Tag f

Every time a bell rings . . . 

Tag g

I'll share what my trade buddies have created soon.

Obsessed with Scraplings . . .

Scraplings are cards or tags that measure 1.5" x 4.5" - perfect for scraps of paper. I first saw these on some Eastern European blogs I follow and thought they were so adorable and a perfect way to use up bits of scrap paper.


I paired leftover Prima Marketing papers and flowers with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. We all have scraps so why not give it a try.


The above Scrapling uses Feathery Flourishes

and Wrought Iron Miniatures.

You can visit Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog post today 

for a step-by-step tutorial.


I love these Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts bees and honeycomb sets.

They come in 3 sizes.  I used the smallest size.


And back to the Flourishes for the last of the three Scraplings:


Thanks for checking out these mini creations.

Try your own Scraplings and let me know how you like making them,


trading them


using them as embellishments on cards or scrapbook pages.