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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


A few pictures from my first Open House this morning:

Several displays of cards, paper pumpkin, customer favors, window box thinlit.

Retired stamps and accessories that customers could purchase or get 2 free with their $50 order today.

Display board of cards using some new products.  These are cards I have made at different meetings in the last month.

And now just a cute "This Little Piggy" card I made as a swap:
The piggy on the front is stamped on watercolor paper and then colored with ink and the Aqua Painter.  The inside uses just part of the Crate Die and the little piggy once again stamped on watercolor paper with pink and Sahara Sand ink and the Aqua Painter.

Monday, July 17, 2017


This week I will be holding my new Annual Catalog Open House on Tuesday and Thursday.  Each person attending will receive this cute little treat as a gift for attending.

I used the Crate Die and some of the items from the July Paper Pumpkin Box for a creation "out of the box".  It is filled with chocolate, of course.

Here are the 2 projects that are designed for this month's creations. . . . . .
. . . . a cute little gift bag and a stamped card.  BUT, remember that you do not have to create what is suggested.  You can use your supplies to make whatever suits your fancy.  The crate above shows you something different. 
I still have lot of supplies left and will be using them for more bags or cards or creative inventions.  So much to do and so little time.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Here is another card from Set Sampler Day.  Love this little easel card using the Daisy Delight Stamp Set, matching punch, and coordinating Delightful Daisy DSP.  The stamp set and punch are a Bundle with a 10% savings (pg 127).

Directions for the card:
Cut your base card at 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 and score the 8 1/2 length in half at 4 1/4.
On the top piece of the scored card, cut out a piece on each side measuring 1 x 4 1/4.
Score the top flap that is left after cutting in half, which is 2 1/8.
Place a piece of card stock at the bottom of the card to "catch" the center section to make an easel.

Here is what the card looks like with the cut-out sections and the fold in the top flap:
My Bundle comes this week.  Can't wait!  If you haven't ordered yours yet, it is once again on backorder.  Be patient - it will be available again soon.  So VERY popular!
Have fun creating one of these yourself.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Even though I am in the Poconos and not at the beach, I sure will be lounging and there is a lake so maybe we will get to the beach after all.  This card is one we made at Set Sampler Day with the Proverbial Stampers.  Love this little beach chair.

This card uses the two-step chair from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and a piece of DSP from the Color Theory Paper Stack.
To make the background, ink your block directly onto the ink pad and then go over the block with your Aqua Painter.

Monday, July 10, 2017


We are off to the Poconos for 5 days with 5 other couples.  These are the little pillow treats I made for everyone.  One piece of chocolate for each night.  Hope they enjoy!

I used the new Crate Die and filled the bags with a Dove & peanut butter chocolate, a Lindstrom chocolate, a small Peppermint Pattie, a mini Heath Bar, and a candy cane mint.
Of course I made one for hubby and me also.  Too good to pass up!

Friday, July 7, 2017


Today's card is another one we made at our Proverbial Stampers Set Sampler Day.  We made so many great cards using new products.
The original card, I believe, was created by BJ Peters.

This card uses the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and the new Daisy Punch which can be purchased at Bundle Savings of 10% off (pg 127).
The DSP is Fresh Florals (pg 187)
The flower is stamped and punched twice and layered on top of each other with a Dimensional between the layers.  The center is one of the new Clear Faceted Gems (pg 197).

When you open the card, it looks like this:
Your card is cut 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 1 1/4, 4, and 6 3/4.
Panel pieces are 4 x 1, 4 x 2 1/2, 4 x 2 1/2, 4 x 4.

Have fun making one of your own.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Hope everyone had a good 4th celebration.
I am getting ready for my new catalog Open House.  I originally had it scheduled for this week, but too many people are caught up in holiday happenings so I have changed it.  Details are as follows:

New Catalog Open House.
Tuesday, July 18th 10:00-1:00  OR  Thursday, July 20th 4:00-7:00
Join me for stamping fun, refreshments and your very own catalog.
Purchase $50 of product and choose any 2 retired products from my stash for free.
If you do not order anything new, you will still have an opportunity to purchase the retired items at a "very good price".
Stampin' Up special for the month of July - get a $5 coupon for each $50 of product ordered.  Coupons redeemable in the month of August.
If you are not a customer and just want to come and stamp, please feel free to do so for $3.00 a card.

Here are the 4 cards you will be able to make at the Open House:

Please RSVP by July 15th.  Hope to see you one of the two days.  "Be there or be square."

Monday, July 3, 2017


Today's post is in celebration of the 4th of July holiday tomorrow.  I was not creating a card for myself so I visited Pinterest and found so many cute cards.  I am showcasing 2 this morning:

This card was created by Sandy Hancock and uses the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits in a very cute way. The blue scribbles have a piece of blue card stock behind them to give it a solid look.  The number is from the Large Number Framelits.  I believe the star might be a retired punch.

The second card. . .

. . . is created by Holly Smith using the Eastern Palace products.  The more I see of this Bundle and the additional products, the more I want to create with it.  This is so cute. The Bundle and other co-ordinating products can be found on page 19 of the new catalog.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday celebration.  Glad to be an American and so proud of all those who work to keep us free and safe.

Friday, June 30, 2017


Sorry I missed the Wednesday post, but I was not feeling well and spent the whole day sleeping and chilling.  Feeling much better today.

Today's post is an easy fun fold that can be used for many things.

First cut your card stock at 7 1/8 x 8.  Then follow the directions for cutting and folding by looking at the diagram below:
In case it is hard to read, you are cutting out a piece on each side that measures 2 x 4 3/4.
Then you fold down and crease the top of the card at 2 3/8. 
The side flaps then fold in.
The front is decorated with the new Happy Birthday Thinlit, cut out in both Black and Berry Burst and glued together just off-side so that you have a two layer look.
The words are then glued onto one of the circles from the Layering Circle Framelits and the whole thing is popped up with Dimensionals.
The DSP is from the Fresh Floral Pack (pg 187). 
I LOVE this new thinlit, don't you?!
Now I need to find someone special to send this to.

Monday, June 26, 2017


Today's post is a simple little card that we made at our Proverbial Stampers Group Meeting.  It's very quick and easy, but is so cute.  I love black and white.

This card uses black cardstock for the base with a layer of Whisper White.  The Pick a Pattern Washi Tape was used as a background with a small piece of Foil Frenzy DSP.
The Label Me Pretty Stamp Set (pg 27) and the Pretty Label Punch was used for the message.
The new Black Shimmer Ribbon and the Metallic Enamel Dots (LOVE these) were used as embellishments.
What a simple card to put together for any occasion.

Friday, June 23, 2017


First of all, Happy official summer to everyone!  The only thing I don't like about the first day of summer is knowing that now the days will get shorter and darkness will come earlier, bit by bit.

As promised, today's post is a card using the wood crate as an inside pop-up card.

The outside of the card uses the Seaside Embossing Folder and the HAPPY from the Celebration Duo Emb Folder.  First you stamp the HAPPY from the Happy Celebrations Stamp Set (pg 34) and then line up the Emb Folder to emboss over top of the word.  The present is from the Santa's Sleigh Stamp Set (pg 119).

Now here is the fun part - the inside:

I made the wood crate out of one of the Wood Texture DSP papers.  When you cut it out (2 times) you do not need to cut out the bottom of the crate.  Glue it together as you would if you were making the whole crate.  Then just glue the left side and the back of the crate, lay it in the fold of the card, close the card, rub , and your crate will be adhered to the inside.
Cut out several inside straight pieces with 1/4" fold on each end and attach to the inside of the crate.  Use these to adhere whatever you want to appear in the inside of your crate.  I cut out the Fox from the Birthday Memories DSP (pg 69), made a few more gifts like the front of the card and punched out a few balloons, then stamped them with images from the Playful Backgrounds Stamp Set (pg 150).
This is so cute, and once again, the possibilities are endless.
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


For today's post I will be sharing a few crate projects using the Wood Crate Framelits Die.

This is the basic crate.  We made the little note card holder at On Stage in April.
The second one uses one of the Dies from the Lovely Laurel Thinlits with a little Copper Ribbon.
the one in front uses Soft Sky card stock instead of the DSP.  I cut out the two pieces of crate first and then stamped on the with the Woodgrain Background Stamp.  Using card stock makes the crate a little more sturdy, depending on what you might want to put in it.

I LOVE the This Little Piggy Stamp Set and thought of this cute little guy right away when I saw the Crate Die.  I used Watercolor Paper stamped with Archival Ink so that it was a little easier to color him in with my ink pad and an Aqua Painter.  It says "hogs and kisses" so I filled the crate with Hershey Kisses. 
For the second project, I just turned the crate upside down after making and created a little trunk where the kitty and the flowers could sit.  The kitty, basket and flowers are from the Sitting Here Stamp Set.

I found a video here to show you how to put the crate together and also give you a couple more ideas.

Come back on Friday to see a card using the crate as an inside pop-up card.

Monday, June 19, 2017


So sorry I have been absent for a while.  Just too much going on, I guess.

This week I would like to focus on some projects using the products in the Wood Textures Suite found on pg 159 of the catalog.  Here are the items included in the suite:

Click here to watch a Stampin' Up video that showcases the products.
If you order the Bundle you save 10%.  Included in the Bundle are the Framelits and the Stamp Set.  The Framelits make the little crate and also cut out the rooster, tag, star, moon and heart.  The circle can be punched with the Circle Punch or a circle from the Circle Framelits.  The Wood Textures 6 x 6 DSP is not included, but you are going to want to get that also.  The paper is really cool, double sided, and can be used for lots of projects.

Today I am posting several cards that use the items in the Suite.

I LOVE the little kitty card!  It was CASED with a few changes from a Pinterest post.  The kitties are from the Pretty Kitty Stamp Set on pg 49.  They had to be fussy cut, but I think it was worth it!
The second card uses Copper Foil Paper and the flowers are embossed with Copper Powder.  The little ribbon is Copper Trim Ribbon.
The third card was inspired by a barn door shower curtain I saw when I was surfing the web.
There are so many possibilities with all of these products.
Come back Wednesday to see a few crates that I made using the Die.

Monday, June 5, 2017


Good morning!
We had a wonderful stamp meeting and stamp fest on Sat.  Instead of jumping into posts with the crate this week, I am going to share some things from the Sat event.  I'll get back to the crate posts next week.
One of the awesome things in the catalog is the Color Theory on page 146 and 147 of the new catalog.  Here is a display board showcasing the items you can purchase from the suite.  The board was created by the talented Debbie Paisie.

This suite is so awesome and there are so many things you can create with these products.  Not all of them are even shown on this board.  Page 146 has even more.  I love that you can create for different seasons with one set.  The color theory Memories and More Card Pack has beautiful and fun DSP and stickers for your cards or scrapbooking.

Here is a card for summer.  I LOVE this Adirondack chair.
I'm not sure who created this card.  It was on the display board as one of the swaps. 
Come back on Wed or visit Pinterest to see so many more ideas for the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set.

Friday, June 2, 2017


Whoop!  Whoop!  The new catalog is now live and there are SO many great new stamps sets and accessories.
One you may have seen is a sneak peak set we got at On Stage in April.  It is "This Little Piggy" and it is adorable.  I can't say I'm into pigs but Charlotte's Web is my favorite children's story and so, when I saw this, it reminded me so much of Wilbur.  I will be making some cards with that theme in the future.  For now, here is the card I created for our team's Virtual Swap, which was to create anything using a new product.  I'm showing the outside and inside.

Stamping this little piggy works best if stamped with Black Archival Ink onto Watercolor Paper.  That way you can use your blender pen to color him in.  On the inside I, obviously, didn't have watercolor paper, but it still seemed to work pretty well.  To get the spots, I just dipped my Blender Pen into the lid of the Sahara Sand Ink Pad and made random splotches.  And don't forget those really cute Enamel Dots, which are back again!

Come back next week to see posts using the new Crate Die and matching stamp set.  I am demoing at stamp fest so I have several samples.  Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Today I am sharing 4 graduation cards for 4 young people in my church.  All 4 children graduated and their parents had a "It Takes a Village" party to celebrate their successes.

This card is for the son who graduated from the University of Florida.  Their colors are blue and orange.  The numbers are not Stampin' Up.  There is Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper behind the message, on the smallest star, and the numbers.  It is hard to see that in the picture.

This card is for the son who graduated from Chick Fil-A managerial school.  I love these little Enamel Shape Dots!  They will be back again in the new catalog. 

This one is for their only daughter who graduated from high school.  The school colors are blue and white, but one year the graduating class takes on the colors of blue and white and on the alternate year, it is red and white.  I wasn't sure which one she was, so the card is red, white, and blue.

The last card is for the son who graduated from Liberty University.  Their colors are red, white and blue.

Congratulations to all those young and old who are graduating and on to bigger and better things.



Monday, May 29, 2017


It is Memorial Day and, as we celebrate or go to a big sale, let us remember the reason for this day.  There are so many who have given the ultimate sacrifice for us and our country.  And there are so many more who have given some of their minds and their bodies in the battles to keep us free.  To all of those men and women we owe a big THANK YOU.  Today's card is an old post, but it is representative of the significance of this day.

We have not and will not forget you!

Friday, May 26, 2017


I so wanted to share the 4 graduation cards I made yesterday, but forgot to take pictures.  Maybe I can get the recipients to send me pics.  Stay tuned.  So. . . instead . . .

I am totally stealing someone's project today for my post.  I want to try one of these, but haven't had time this week.  This is a card that a friend of mine tried after she saw this card and video.  So cute.

2017 VIDEO TUTORIAL Tuppence Coloured: Tuxedo Card:
This card was created by Karen Howell and the directions are HERE on Pinterest.  Can't wait to try one of my own.  So many possibilities!    

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Sorry I missed Monday.  I had a root canal Monday morning.  And, although it went very well, I came home and crashed.  Did nothing all day except nap and watch t.v.  That hardly EVER happens, so I guess I needed the rest.

Today's card is saved from my friend and fellow demonstrator, Sondra Jumper.  I just loved it, so I wanted you all to see it.

What a great card to give to your favorite "sportster" at the end of the school year - or maybe save it until the end of summer baseball season.

This card uses the Custom Tees Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog, #142916, and is on sale for $19.50.  The T-shirt builder Framelits, #142754, are also on sale for $15.  Get them ordered before they are gone.  There are also some other fun options in the set, for boys or girls.  As of yesterday, Stampin' Up is no longer making stamp sets that are retiring, so if you like this one, order ASAP.
Thanks, Sondra!

Friday, May 19, 2017


Today I am going to share a cute little kitty cat treat.  I made these for the first graders who I help with kid writing one day a week.  I love getting back in the classroom without the responsibilities! Tuesday was my last day with them for the year so I brought something to remember me by.
Here is a pic of all 25 and then I will give you easy, detailed directions.

The note on the base says, "Have a "purr" fect summer.

These were inspired and taken from the KT Hom Designs blog.

2 x 7 1/2 sheet of Tip Taupe card stock
Punch each end with the Triple Banner Punch to create the ears.
With long edge along the top of your Simply Scored Tool, score at 3" and 4".
Run a strip of Fast Fuse between the two score lines and place your Rolos or Hershey Kisses on the Fast Fuse.
Put a Mini Glue Dot on the inside of each ear and bring the two ear ends up together to meet.  This will close your kitty cat.

The eyes and noses are created with the 1/2" Circle Punch.  I put a white dot on each eye using the White Gel Pen (no longer sold) and black dots on the nose with a thin black Sharpie.
I punched a heart nose out of the pink Sale-a-bration Glimmer Paper using an old mini heart punch.
Linen Thread was used for the whiskers.

These were really so simple; so if you know a cat lover, try one yourself.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Today's post is a card I saw on Pinterest.  It was created by Heidi Baks.  It uses the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set and Botanical Builder Framelits, which are retiring.  This is such a fun set.  If you don't have it, you might want to put it on your list.

I love this card and wanted to share it with you.  Thanks, Heidi!  It is beautiful.

Reminder that today is the last day for early bird registration for our New Catalog Stamp Fest on June 3 from 1-4 pm.  Early bird pays $30, after that it is $40.  7 fun projects, demonstrations, snack, door prizes, new catalog for those attending, and one larger prize of new catalog products.  Bring your own adhesive and a snack for an extra door prize ticket.  Bring a friend to enjoy the fun with you.  If you would like to attend and get in on the early bird registration, contact me and you can pay through PayPal.  It's a ton of fun!

Monday, May 15, 2017


I should have posted this card on Friday to wish all those mothers and those who are like mothers to all of us, a Happy Mother's Day.  I hope you were able to spend time with loved ones and remember those mothers who meant so much to us in our lives but are no longer with us.  I also think of those women who never got to be mothers due to an infant's death, or those mothers who have lost a child.  This is an especially hard holiday for those.  Prayers for all of them.

This card uses the Big on Birthdays Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog for the flower image and the letters from the Brushwork Alphabet for the message, found in the annual Catalog.
It also uses a strip of paper from the Succulent Garden DSP, Sugarplum card stock, and ribbon.
Both of these stamp sets will actually be returning in the new catalog.

Friday, May 12, 2017


The last stamp camp card this week uses a different fun fold called a Corner Pop-Up Fold.

I saw this card fold on Pinterest posted by Dawn Griffith.  I won't re-invent the wheel by showing you how to do it.  Here is the link to watch her video.  The only thing I would change/suggest from her video is that you cut your slit before you try to crease your corner fold.  It is a little easier if you do that first.  This card is really quite easy and I love how it stands up for display.  You can do a lot more on the inside of the card if you want - there are so many possibilities.  Thanks, Dawn!  I saw one on Pinterest also that made the one section of the bottom flap open so that you could slide a gift card or coupon in it.  Great idea!

Products used:
Circle of Spring Stamp Set (R)
Wonderful Wreath Framelits (R)
(The Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set that goes with these Framelits is also Retiring)
Mint Macaron CS and Marker (R)
Tip Top Taupe CS and Marker (R)
Succulent Garden DSP (R)
2 1/2" Circle Punch (Old)
Message (Old)
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (NR)
Calypso Coral Ink and Marker (NR)
Sweet Sugarplum Marker (NR)
Copper Embossing Powder (NR)

I hope you will try one of these cards.  Easy and fun to do.  Have a great weekend and a Happy Mother's Day if you are celebrating with your mom or your children.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Another stamp camp card today, using a lot of Retiring Products.

Products used:
From Land to Sea Stamp Set (R)
Moroccan Series DSP (R)
Thick Baker's Twine (R)
Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set (R)
Whisper White CS (Not Retiring)
Dapper Denim CS (Not Retiring)
Sahara Sand Ink (Not Retiring)
Dapper Denim Ink (Not Retiring)
Early Espresso Ink (Not Retiring)
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (Not Retiring)
Seaside Embossing Folder (Not Retiring)
Brad (Old)

I hate to see this set go.  I love this little turtle, but that doesn't mean I have to let it go.  I can keep it in my "stash". 
The only thing discontinued from this list is the Moroccan Series DSP.

Monday, May 8, 2017


I apologize for being absent last week.  The week was just a little crazy and before I knew it, it was already over.  Speaking of crazy, today's post uses the Crazy About You Stamp Set and matching Flower Medallion Punch.

I will be highlighting cards this week that we are making at stamp camp.  All of them will include many items that are on the Retirement List so that you can see a few ideas for those never-to-be-seen again items you might want.

Products used:
Crazy About You Stamp Set: flower, words & leaves (R)
Flower Medallion Punch (R)
Watermelon Wonder Ink Pad (R)
Mint Macaron Ink Pad (R)
Tip Tap Taupe Ink Pad (R)
Cucumber Crush Card stock (R)
Gold Wink of Stella (R)
Affectionately Yours DSP (R)
Night of Navy Ink Pad (Not Retiring)
Dots from Timeless Textures Stamp Set (Not Retiring)
Daffodil Delight Card stock (Not Retiring)
Clear Wink of Stella (Not Retiring)
Gold Faceted Gems (New Product).

You still have time to order some of these products.  All stamp sets will be orderable until May 31.
As I write this the items that are now gone are the Watermelon Wonder Pad and Ink and the Affectionately Yours DSP.  Everything else is showing up as still in stock.
Maybe you still have some of these discontinued items.  If so, you now have another idea on how to use them.  If there is something that you want that is still available, don't wait to place your order!
The May Hostess Code is listed at the top of page in the right hand panel.
Go to my website listed at the top of the page to place your order or click on Shop Now.

Friday, April 28, 2017


Today's post is a cute and easy little folded Ghiradelli Candy holder.  I made this as a little thank you for the physical therapist who has helped me with my shoulder.  Wednesday was my last day for PT and now I will do my exercises at home.

Here is the finished project and then I will show you the steps to create one yourself.

These are the pieces you will need and the measurements:
  • 1 piece of cardstock at 8 5/8 x 2 5/8 - score at 2 7/8, 3 5/8, 6 1/2, 7 1/4.  Use your Corner Rounder Punch to round the corners of the short end.
  • 2 pieces of cardstock at 3 x 2 7/8, scored every half inch with the 3" side at the top of your Score Pal.  Fold on the score lines like a fan, back and forth, with the first fold being a mountain fold.  Go over creases with your bone folder.
  • 2 pieces of DSP - 1 at 2 5/8 x 2 3/8, the other at 1 1/8 x 2 3/8.  Round two corners of the small DSP piece.

After folding your two smaller card stock pieces, attach them to the edges of the middle section of your large piece with Tombow. The accordion piece "flap" should be heading to the inside of the holder. 

Now put Tombow on the top accordion fold and bring the front of the holder around to attach to the accordion pieces.  I put glue on both at the same time because it is hard to get back in to glue one once you have already glued down the other side.

Put a Velcro dot on the lid and holder to keep closed.  Add two Ghiradelli candies.
This holder was actually made to hold tea bags, but this candy is also a perfect fit.
I got this idea from Carol Barr who got it from Liebe Grube Isabella.  At least I think that is her name.  I went to her blog and it is in German, I believe, so I'm not sure if I got the name right or not.  But thank you to her for this cute idea.

Here is a side view of the holder: