Friday, June 26, 2020

Ladybug Happies!

"Lots and lots of ladybugs"  my favorite quote from Under the Tuscan Sun!  And I adore ladybugs!  They are just a little smile waiting to happen and these little "happies" are no exception!  

These are one of my many create and takes for my presentation in the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo @ Home Virtual Expo on Saturday @ 10:30am Pacific.  (Click here to find out all the details.)  I would love for you to join me!!  Each create and take will have a how to video in the description so that you can follow along and create with me.  Step-by-step.

The kit comes with pre-cut and pre-scored boxes, pre-stamped wings, the needed ribbons, Shaker disks and foam, loose sequins, brads, patterned paper, scallops, three treat tubes, detailed instructions and a color photo.  In addition, if you would like to create additional boxes, you will receive the Cricut Design Space file.  You will need to have CTMH's Artiste' and Stitched Together Cricut Collections to cut the file.  If you don't have these already, you can always purchase them using my Cricut affiliate and I will receive a small commission.

Box style one:  Treat tubes.  So cute right?  There is a treat tube filled with red and black jellybeans (not included) extended from the little box.  The tube supports the ladybug.  Here you can also see the wings in full flight!  The tag has a ric-rack hanger that is anchored to the tube to keep the ladybug in place.

Box style 2:  angled box

Box style three:  Rectangle Box.

The ladybug Thin Cut and stamp are available on my Close To My Heart website, however I am also offering them as a part of my Expo Participant specials.  You can access that link by clicking here.

B1703 Hello Ladybug

Z3710 Ladybug Thin Cut

Here is a step-by-step how-to video that teaches you how to create these sassy boxes!

Click here to order this adorable kit before it takes flight and retires!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Extended Story - Seas the Day

Story by Stacy is an exciting scrapbooking concept where we take a story and basically extend it beyond a 12" x 12" layout.  It can be extended in many different ways, with a variety of page types, shapes and sizes.  For this project, I chose to use the page types and sizes that are included in the Memory Protector combo set - a single 12" x 12" page, (I added a second one of these so I would have a left and right page), an 8 1/2" x 11" page back and front, a 6" x 6" page back and front, a 4" x 6" horizontal pages plus pocket page and a 3" x 4" horizontal pages plus pocket page.

As I explained this morning in my Facebook Live class in my VIP In All Sassiness Scrapbooking Group, I find such joy creating these extended story because I love to journal but also, I love creating them!  Little scraps and pieces here and there find a home on my layouts because there is so much more room to create.  

For me, I find that this concept works well when I have too many pictures, or story to tell, for a traditional 12" x 12" two page spread.  When I choose to use this concept, I choose a story that has a beginning and an end and yet has several stories within the greater story.  So for i.e. if you scroll down towards the bottom of this entry, you will see this project with my pictures--I chose to focus on my son's first time snorkeling.  I have pictures of him on the dock before we left, on the boat, of friends with us, and of him at the various stages of his adventure.  

If you have not tried an Extended Story project, I highly recommend it!  They are a lot of fun to create and even more rewarding to enjoy once they are completed.  

Here are close ups of the individual pages in this Extended Story:

Left page - with the story in between - right page:

8 1/2" x 11" page back and front:

6" page front and back:

4" x 6" and 3" x 4" horizontal pocket pages:

Supplies used:  (Z4092) Memory Protectors Combo Pack, (Z1984) Top Loading Memory Protectors, (X7255S) Seas the Day Paper Pack with Stickers, (Z3314) Black and White Dots, (X7255D) Seas the Day PML cards, (1385) White Daisy cs, (X5957) Sapphire cs, (X9013) Mix In Paper, (Z3231) 4" x 6" Flip Flaps, (Z3230) 3" x 4" Flip Flaps, (Z4079) Storyteller How To Book, (Z2060) Thin 3-d Foam tape, (Z3341) Thin 3-d Foam Dots, ((Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (Z341) Mini Glue Dots, (Z3340) Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen.  Current product may be purchased in my CTMH store at:

The pre-cut complete kit for this Extended Story is available in limited supply in my In All Sassiness Designs shop.

***my personal pictures of this project will be posted soon.***

Friday, April 17, 2020

Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Shaker Layout

Can you feel the love tonight?  I love how this layout came together!  It is filled with bright, vibrant colors and a blend of black glitter paper!  In addition, it incorporates shaker images, fun accents and adorable sequin-bling.  Originally designed for my own photos of The Festival of the Lion King show at Disney, I wanted paper and accents that worked well with the coloring of the show lights etc.  But as I worked with the papers and supplies that I chose to include, I kept thinking this would be great for so many different themes!  Family.  Childhood. Celebrations.  It really is a great overall theme that can be tailored to fit your pictures.

To see a larger view of the layout, simply click on the layout and it will open in a new, larger, window.
Here are some close up pictures of the various elements in the layout:

Glitter photo corners

Shaker Card element - lower right corner

title details

upper left shaker element detail

The layout complete with my personal photographs - Flip Flaps closed.

Flip Flaps open.

For those who would like to re-create this using their own supplies, here are the supplies that I used:   (Z2060) Thin 3-d Foam tape, (Z3341) Thin 3-d Foam Dots, ((Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (Z341) Mini Glue Dots, (Z3340) Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen. (Z3236) Black Glitter Paper, (X7242E) I (heart) Us PML cards.  (retired) I (heart) us Paper Pack. I (Heart) us Sequins.  The current products are available on my CTMH website at:

If you would like one of my layout kits, that is pre-cut for you, they are available in my In All Sassiness Designs Shop at:

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Oh, Happy Day!

Oh, Happy Day is right!  I am so happy to be sharing this layout with you tonight!  This layout came about as an idea to create something special for all of my scrapbookers that had attended my recent Shamrock Crop - the weekend before all of this craziness reached us here in Virginia.  Our crop was fabulous, yet it was overshadowed by this virus and I knew that many of my attendees were now at home and in the scrappin' mood - as self therapy and to comply with the social distancing.  I wanted to design a layout that they could create at home with the supplies I had already "gifted" them at our event and with me only needing to add a few pieces that could easily, and cost effectively be shipped to them.  At the same time, I have been teaching my clients new, and creative, ways to use our shaker card elements so I wanted to incorporate them into this layout.  So, below is what I came up with!

The layout features the Sapphire, Wisteria and Julep shades found in the Every Little Thing paper collection.  I was able to incorporate two shaker elements both used in different ways and to add some sparkle with the Stickles!  

To see a larger view of the layout, click on the photograph and it will open in a larger window.

Shaker card element one - the butterfly is adhered with Thin 3-d foam tape and the stickers are flat.  The sequins are adhered with Mini Glue Dots underneath the acetate and rim.

Shaker card element two - a "traditional" shaker card but adhered to the layout verses a card.  

Flower details - popped up with Thin 3-d Foam Tape, detailed with Diamond Stickles and Loose Sequins cascading and flourishing around the flowers.  Stickles are dotted inside of the sequins.

Title detail - popped up on Thin 3-D Foam tape and detailed with Diamond Stickles.

Not great at tracing circles for stencils to cut your photos?  No worries, for the smaller photos, I used the Shaker Card dies to cut my photos - the rim for the full circles and the inside of the stitched rim for the smaller matted photos.  Super easy, quick and fun!  That only left the large photo to trace and trim.

For my own personal layout, I used pictures of Abby with Belle during our trip to Disneyworld.  I loved these pictures with this paper collection because several of the pictures have light green and purple undertones in them - created from the dimmed lights.  As there was only one little bit of yellow in the layout - found in one of the flowers - I opted to color a few of the small daisy type flowers with my waterbrush and Canary ink for a soft subtle look and to carry the yellow from the dresses through.

Close up of larger triple matted photo.

Close up of small circle photos.

Supplies used:  (Z2060) Thin 3-d Foam tape, (Z3341) Thin 3-d Foam Dots, ((Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (Z341) Mini Glue Dots, (Z3340) Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen. (X7248S) Every Little Thing Paper Pack, (1385) White Daisy cs, (X6029) Julep cs, (X6032) Wisteria cs,  (Z4309) Thin Cuts - Shaker Window and Confetti, (Z4310) Shaker Card Foam and Acetate, (Z3566) Julep Loose Sequins, (Z3563) Diamond Stickles.  These items can be purchased by clicking here for my CTMH website:

Signature Class kits of this layout are available in my In All Sassiness Designs shop!  You can purchase one of these, and other layout kits designed by myself, by clicking:

Hugs, Tonya

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Did you ever see an elephant fly?

Why yes, I have seen an elephant fly!  At the Dumbo ride at Disneyworld.  This layout was designed just for that for my family, but I have included an alternate title of "zip-a-dee-doo-dah" for those who have other "magical" plans for this layout!

The layout has a balanced mixture of bold Disney colors, Minnie's signature polka dots, and black glitter for pizzaz!  Partner that with with the intricate scalloped borders and fun patterned circles and it is magic in the making.  Of course, the layout doesn't have to be for your Disney photos - there are many other possibilities by just changing the title.

I love how the large patterned circle compliments the little circles and polka dots throughout the layout!

Here is the layout with my photographs and memories on it.

Above flip flap

This is underneath the 4" x 6" flip flap that is on the upper photograph on the right page.

lower photograph

Supplies used:  (Z4181) Thin Cuts - Stitched Circles, (X6047) Black cs, (1385) White Daisy cs, (Z3236) Black Glitter Paper, (Z3231) 4" x 6" Flip Flaps, (Z3314) Black and White Dots.  (retired) Magical paper, Cranberry cs, Black Fundamentals Accents, Thin Cuts - Scalloped Borders.  Current supplies may be ordered on my website at:

This kit is now available in my In All Sassiness Designs Shop.  You may purchase it by clicking here.


Monday, March 23, 2020

Sweet unicorn tags.

Looking for a rainy day, or virus-demanded stay-at-home project?  This little tag won both my daughter's and my hearts at hello!  What a fun project to create and to gift to friends, or even as random acts of kindness right?  

First, and foremost, I didn't design this project myself.  Close To My Heart designed this tag, and it was featured in our current Idea Book.  I simply took their design, determined how to re-create it, tweaked it to fit my needs and then made it happen.  

I loved the colors that CTMH used, however the "unicorn suckers" that I found were different shades which meant I needed to tweak the cardstock colors of my tag to coordinate with my suckers. For the bright set, I chose to use: Pixie, Green Apple, Bluebird, and Gypsy (now retired but the closest shade of purple that I could find).  For ink colors, I used Pixie (pink) and the Intense Black.  And for the primary set I chose:  Candy Apple, Nectarine, Canary, Clover, Bluebird, and again that Gypsy with an ink color of Candy Apple.

How to create the bright tag:
1.  Cut 1/4" x 12" strips of chosen cardstock.  Adhere these to a piece of 2 3/4" x 12" White Daisy cardstock with a flat adhesive - alternating the light and dark sides of the cardstock for more color variation.  I used the CTMH Adhesive Runner and it worked perfectly.  Once adhered down, use the largest oval in the Oval Thin Cuts to cut the oval multi-color pieces.  You should be able to get 6 from this strip.  Set aside.

2.  Using the stitched Oval Thin Cut and White Daisy cs, cut desired number of ovals with the largest stitched oval.  Stamp the unicorn horn, ears, and eye lashes onto this oval with Intense Black Exclusive Ink.  Set aside to dry for a few minutes.
3.  With the Cricut, cut the White Daisy and Pixie tags from Design Space.
4.  Stamp the unicorn sentiment onto the bottom of the White Daisy tag with Pixie Exclusive Ink.
5.  Center, and adhere, the White Daisy tag into the Pixie tag.
6.  Center, and adhere, the Unicorn oval inside the multi-strip oval with Thin Foam Tape.
7.  Center, and adhere, the combined multi-color oval to the White Daisy with Thin Foam Tape.
8. Using a waterbrush, add a little bit of Pixie ink to the inside of both of the unicorn's ears.  Allow to dry a few minutes.  Then, go over the watercolored pink with the Bashful Shimmer Brush.
9.  Using the Gold Shimmer Brush, brush the inside of the unicorn's horn.  Repeat for a darker gold.
10.  Thread a piece of ribbon through the tag's hole and tie a bow to the front of the tag.
11.  Attach tag to a sucker and you are good to go!

Note: For the primary tag, just switch out the colors!

Supplies used:  (Z3316) Gold Shimmer Brush, (retired) Bashful Shimmer Brush, (Z2844) Pixie Exclusive Ink, (Z4189) Intense Black Exclusive Ink, (Z3224) Small Waterbrush, (1385) White Daisy cs, (X5984) Pixie cs, (X6031) Green Apple cs, (retired) Gypsy cs, (X6037) Bluebird cs, (X6038) Candy Apple cs, (Z6509) Candy Apple Exclusive Ink Pad, (X6040) Clover cs, (X5982) Canary cs, (X6043) Nectarine cs,  (retired) Thin Cuts - Basic Ovals (could use a Cricut cut for this), (Z4187) Thin Cuts - Stitched Oval, (Z3706) Unicorn Dreams Stamp and Thin Cut, (Z2060) Thin Foam Tape, (Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (retired) ribbon.  All current supplies may be purchased in my CTMH shop at:

Cricut Design Space file:  If you have CTMH's Art Philosophy, here is the file I used to create the tags.  If you do not have Art Philosophy, and would like to purchase it, you can use my affiliate link and shop by using this link.

For those who prefer pre-cut, and pre-stamped tags ready-to-create, they are also available in my shop at:

Monday, March 16, 2020

Scrappin' with my Gnomies!

This past weekend I held my annual Shamrock Crop which is the highlight of my business year.  This event is my happy place.  It is where I can pamper my clients, who over the years have become dear friends and family and I strive to do that with every little detail.

So how ironic that I chose to theme this year's crop around CTMH's Every Little Thing paper suite?  Each year, I create a layout that I give to the attendees in a kit form, that they can then create to celebrate their memories from our time shared together.

This year's layout is by far my favorite as it truly celebrates our friendships -- because after all, these people are my "gnomies".

This is the full spread of the layout that I created.  To see a larger image of the layout, simply click on the layout and it will pop up in a new window.

This is what is found underneath the 4" x 4" flip flap on the right page: for my attendees, this was their table tag with their name on it.  For my kit version it will just say "pinch proof". 

The little gnomes have so much detail in them!  They completely win your heart over!  Here are close ups of them so you can see for yourself.

Title details:  Each letter is popped up with Thin 3-d foam tape.  The title is anchored on either side by gold shamrocks, also popped up with Thin 3-d foam tape and a embellishment in the center of each shamrock.

These are the details of the upper left corner of the left page.  Sweet and simple yet quite impactful.

Banner details:  each of the little banners are flagged and there is a mix of stitched, and non-stitched elements and shapes in between.  Most of the banners are popped up with Thin 3-d foam tape.  Glitter Gems are used in the long banner and around the outside of the right edge for additional, and subtle, bling power.

Supplies used:  Supplies used: (Z2060) Thin 3-d Foam tape, (Z3341) Thin 3-d Foam Dots, ((Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (Z341) Mini Glue Dots, (Z3340) Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen. (X7248S) Every Little Thing Paper Pack, (X9011) Mix-In Paper Pack, (Z3365) Gold Foil Paper, (Z3507) Julep Glitter Gems, (Z3506) Julep Glitter Paper, (X6047) Black cs, (X6040) Evergreen cs, (X6029) Julep cs, (X5949) Almond cs, (1385) White Daisy cs, (Z3609) Julep Shimmer Trim, (Z3235) 4” x 4” Flip Flaps, (Z3230) 3” x 4” Flip Flaps. All of the current items may be purchased on my Close To My Heart website at:

This kit is now available to non-shamrockers! It includes a pre-cut variation of the title - "hangin' in case you want to use the layout for something other than "scrappin".   You can purchase it in my In All Sassiness Designs shop for $25.  You will receive all of the pre-cut pieces, detailed instructions, a full pack of Julep Glitter gems, and several color photos to help you in the creating process.