CASEing – the art of plagiarism

The OED defines plagiarism as “The action or practice of taking someone else’s work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one’s own”.  I don’t do this but when it comes to card making, there is a different credo at work.  Scrappers and card makers CASE each other, we Copy And Share Everything.  This is how we get away with “taking someone else’s work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one’s own”.  Hey, why reinvent the wheel??

Fortunately for me, I have terrific ladies in my upline and sidelines who are very creative and are happy to share their work.  My friend Marnie created a great card using a star punch so I stole her idea.

Marnie would be shocked to hear that I had to use different punches than her as I DO NOT have the ones she used for the background – at least, not yet!  I just waiting for Mr. Brown to show up next week with some new goodies for me on his truck.

“Art is either plagiarism or revolution. ”
Paul Gauguin


Hallowe’en Treats

I love, love, love Hallowe’en.  The kids look so darned cute in their costumes and get so excited about begging door-to-door!    Ever since S started preschool, I’ve been trying different ways to package treats for classmates.  Now that all three girls will be sharing, I set up my trusty assembly line in the basement and mass-produced over 90 little bags.  Yeah, I know that was overkill but I’m always paranoid that I won’t send enough.  Last year, H didn’t get one and was in tears that she had to give all of them away!

So, I pulled out my Big Shot, loaded up the Top Note die with a bunch of retired cardstock and got to work.  Then I pulled out an embossing folder and back into the Big Shot the Top Notes went.  Once I scored them and folded them over, I stamped the girls’ names on most of them and attached a cute little stamped pumpkin (from a retired set).  I put two pieces of candy in the Summer Reading Club medal bags that I’ve been collecting and stapled the decorated Top Note to the bag.

So what am I going to do with the other dozen that aren’t heading to a classroom?  Well, for you VPLers, I’m pulling an Eric Smith!  If you’ve read to the end of the post and come down to see my display table during lunch at the Staff Conference, let me know and I’ll give you a little treat!

Like what you see?  Let me know!


I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween. 

Author Unknown


A pretty easy gift!

In our family, there are so many nieces and nephews that we aunts and uncles take turns buying gifts for the kids.  One of my sister’s created a spreadsheet to keep track.  Not too surprisingly, some kids are harder to buy for than others.  This year I totally lucked out as the two girls I had to buy for are just turning two and I’m very experienced at buying for little girls.

Last year was super easy too – at least for one gift.  One of my nieces is a very artistic girl who loves to dabble in all types of arts and crafts.  Oh yes, this aunty is very happy to feed T’s addiction to paper crafting supplies.  Here’s how to make a preteen crafter happy.

Get a shoebox, make it pretty and stuff it full of crafting supplies.

Pretty, isn’t it?  She was so thrilled that so ran upstairs and made me a Thank You card right away using her new supplies.

Like what you see?  Let me know!


A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.

Enjoy the trip.

~Author Unknown