Happy 1 Year Anniversary

Hello all!!

Today is a special day for me and Drew. We are celebrating 1 year of marriage. It has been an amazing and crazy year full of lots of adventures. I wanted to share with you all a fun re-cap of the year. I hope you enjoy

We got married in my hometown in TN and we were so blessed that so many people joined us from all over the world and country. The day after the wedding we spent it with family since so many came from our of town (and Germany) and we wanted to spend some time with them. We spent 6 days in Mexico and it was wonderful. We basically laid around all day and I took a ton of naps. It was wonderful.

We attended more weddings and celebrated more people and their magical day. This was definitely the year of weddings for us.

We traveled to a lot of new places and enjoyed each and every stop. We went to Philly for SWE conference:

And traveled to Amsterdam for the Onstage conference where I was able to meet and talk to our Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara!!!! She is one of the sweetest people ever. If anything you should want to join Stampin’ Up! just to get to meet her. I also got to meet Brandy who is an amazing trainer at the home office. Again year made by meeting them.

We had so many other great adventures like visiting my family and friends in Germany, whitewater rafting down the Ocoee river, dinners in DC because we could, and even seeing a presidential inauguration (also this should be on everyone’s bucket list. Such a cool experience) 


Life is what you make of it. We had our up hills and sorrow filled times too. We have cried from saying good bye to my Opa, we have rejoiced in seeing a baptism of a “niece” of mine, and we continue to learn every day what it means to love each other unconditionally. I am lucky to have found the one that makes me feel complete.

Wishing you all a joyous day while we celebrate ours.

Christina and Drew

You are Puuurrrfect

I am so excited for this blog hop and this card! I absolutely love the new cat punch for a few reasons but mainly because it reminds me of my fur babies. This weekend is a super special weekend for me because Drew and I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary. This card will go to my husband and I feel is perfect for the way that we are because it highlights our two babies. The funny thing is that we find our cats like this a lot sitting behind one another looking at something.

I absolutely love the new Festive Phrases stamp set because there is a stamp set for each season and you can use it year round.

If you are loving the projects you are seeing and you need to get a hold of catalog please email me at info@ papergears.com and I will pop one in the mail for you.

I also want to remind you that I do have a Holiday catalog share happening and to sign up for it quick. more info can be found here

Have a wonderful weekend!



Global Design Project 072: Valentines

Can you believe that this lovely holiday is next week?? I sat down this weekend to create all these beautiful cards to send out to my favorite girlfriends to just let them know that I am thinking on them on Valentines day. This is also one of my favorite holidays.. not because I love getting things from my husband (but I also love that) but because it just seems so happy. It is a time to share love with everyone and I am totally digging the pink and red every where.

So this card was created by CASING the Global Design Project 072:

So here are my creations. I made 12 cards that are all unique but have the same throughout them:

Valentines stack

I also had to learn to perfect my bow making skills. Even being in a sorority for a few years I was never really great at making bows but I think that these turned out pretty well.

Below I did a close up of both my Hello Love and Happy Valentines Day cards

Simple Valentines Card

Hello Love Valentines


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XO, Christina

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Valentines Day Countdown

Can you believe we are almost into February? We are also really close to Valentines day which is one of my favorite holidays! So I wanted to do something special for my awesome husband so I created this fun count down using just a few products! I filled each box with different candies that he loves.

All valentines boxes


Here is a close up with just 2 of the boxes

Valentines Box

You still have time to get all the supplies and if nothing else you can make some really amazing gifts for Valentines day for kids, classrooms, or just everyone.

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Global Design Project 068

This post and card was inspired by the Global Design Project sketch 068 which is below

Also if you would like to check out all the other cards created from this challenge you can visit their website: http://www.global-design-project.com/



I really loved the colors of this card and the balloons but I have done so many things lately with balloons and thought maybe I should try and make up a couple of Valentines cards. So the card below is what I came up with.



The inspiration that I took was the pink and blue color scheme and the balloons rising up on the card. I am also really loving the shaker cards at the moment and realized that using the gold glitter gives my card a nice pop. Also the glitter is contained which is an added bonus. You can actually pull out the little love not too!

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Happy 1 month to my Husband

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Wow I can not believe it has already been 1 month since our wedding. So crazy to think!! So this may sound crazy but I wanted to do something small to celebrate this occasion because, well he is just amazing and I know I should tell him that every day and there are lots of blogs out there that give you the secret sauce but life sometimes just gets in the way. I wanted something simple so I racked my brain and came up with a few solutions but then I remembered I have Project Life and it is built on simplicity. I decided to use the Hello Lovely card back and the coordinating stamps (that come with it).I flipped through all the beautiful cards and found the ones that spoke to me (pictured below). Then I used what was written on for inspiration. I also used the neutral envelope paper (retired now) but would recommend using the 2016-2018 in color envelope paper or just plain whisper white card stock. The great thing is if you act now (before Oct. 5) you can get the in color envelope paper and the envelope punch board at a discount!!!


These cards gave me the great inspiration to get to writing and it was just perfect for our 1 month and to reflect everything that happened in September.


I decorated the outside of the envelopes with the cute stamps that come with this Project Life cards! Throughout the day Drew can open up a different envelope and see what I have written him.


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Quick Lots of Love

So I am getting married in a couple of weeks now and while Drew was at his bachelor party and I was grocery shopping I came across a Godiva Chocolate area in our local grocery store. I just discovered this grocery store so I hadn’t had a ton of time yet to explore it but I am so glad I did now. Drew loves Godiva and I thought this would be a sweet little treat for him. Of course I wanted it to be cutely wrapped so this is what I did. I used up some scrap sheets of paper that I had left over from all the wedding invites and used the amazing Bloomin’ Heart Thinlet to cut out the heart. This took me no time to put together but he was so excited to see it when he got home.

Life is really made up of the little things and little moments and I am so glad I came up with this idea for him.  This would be a sweet way to give any friend a small gift or just to wrap it up neatly.

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Have a great Tuesday!

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