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Friday, September 22, 2017


Today's boxes have a Christmas theme.

The box at the top I won at our meeting.  The deer box uses a window sheet and framelits to cut the hole - also the new LOVELY Champagne Foil Paper.  On the box on the right, I used Embossing Paste and colored it with red ink.  Then I just added some embellishment and the cute little mini bow from the Holiday catalog.  They are a good deal and so cute - come in red, green and white.  You have to have these!  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Here are three more mini pizza box ideas.

These boxes are the perfect size for little notecards, using our mini envelopes.  The ones on the left using DSP and the Daisy stamp set.  The one on the right contains cards left over from the Soft Sayings Card Kit.  Now, who will I be giving these to?

See you Friday for some Christmas boxes.

Monday, September 18, 2017


I am pre-posting this week's posts because I am now at the beach.  Yippee!  Hoping that Hurricane Jose stays out to sea.

For our team meetings I did a presentation on the mini pizza boxes in the Holiday Catalog.  So that is what I will share this week.  Here are the first 3, centering around special days.  Yes, you can cut the box with a thinlit and run it through the Big Shot.

I love how these turned out.
Come back Wed to see a few more.

Friday, September 15, 2017


Just a quick share this morning as I rush out the door for a full day.  I am sharing several bridge fold cards made by Sondra Jumper at our Sept stamp fest.  She also made several others that were beautiful.

If you look up bridge fold on Pinterest you can find several demonstrations of how to do this.  I haven't done one yet myself, but it is on my to-do list.  Here is one tutorial that is quick and easy by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek.  Thanks, Lyssa.

Come back next week.  I will be at the beach, but have three posts that will share samples of the mini pizza boxes I decorated as a demonstration for our Joyful Heart Stampers' meeting.  So much fun.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Back again today.  The card I am sharing today is one made by Tiffany who demonstrated at our stamp fest.  Stampin' Up has brought back the Glossy Card Stock and I am so glad. There are so many things you can do with glossy.  Here is one of her samples.

This is called the Faux Woodgrain technique.  This is really very simple to do.  Just open your ink pad and make sure the lid is clicked into place so it doesn't slide around.  Then take your pad and simply slide it down your glossy paper with a direct to paper approach.  Then go back and use just the edges of the ink pad to slide some "lines" or "grain" onto the paper.  You can use one color or multiple colors together for a different look.  Let your paper dry for a few minutes before adding more layers.
I will definitely be trying to make some of these.  I love that we can bring back some old techniques.
See you again Friday for my regular Friday post.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


So sorry I missed Monday.  Not sure where it went.  I am posting a picture today of a card we made at our Joyful Heart Stampers stamp fest.  It is SO pretty and yet so simple.  Isn't that sometimes the case?!  I think this might be one of our Christmas stamp-a-stack cards.

This picture does not do this card justice, because it uses the beautiful Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape from the Holiday Catalog that is shiny and sparkly and WOW! The message is heat embossed with gold to add another layer of bling.  I LOVE this card.

Come back tomorrow for another card post since I forgot to blog on Monday.

Friday, September 8, 2017


I have been working on some simple cards for a new venture.  On Monday I will be having a card class at a local retirement community.  The people there are not all OLD so I think it is something they will enjoy doing.  Here are the cards we will be making.  I'll let you know how it goes.  The cards use some retired DSP and Washi Tapae.

Both of these cards with their messages, make me think of all the people in Houston and those in the path of Hurricane Irma.  Prayers surely go out to them for safety.  My prayer is that God will turn this storm out to see.  We need a miracle!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


This morning I am sharing the Embossing Paste display board that I shared at our Saturday Stamp Fest.  I have showed you several of these cards, but put a few new ones on the board.  Once you get started playing with the paste it is hard to stop and there are more and more ways to use it displayed on Pinterest.

I am hoping that you can click on this picture to make it larger so you can see the description by each card.  I also shared the two cards I had posted here on the blog a couple of days ago.  Try your hand at using the paste and see what you can come up with.  Have fun!
Click on the Shop Now button to order yours and any other products you might want now that the Holiday Catalog is out.  Hostess Code is at top of the side bar.
If you have any questions about the embossing techniques shown here, feel free to contact me.

Monday, September 4, 2017


First of all, Happy Labor Day.  Thanks to all of those who still work outside the home to make our lives easier.  Hopefully, you are off today.

First thing I want to announce is a new promotion called Merry Patterns.

I LOVE this, don't you?!
Host a $300 party anytime from Sept 1 through Oct 31 and receive a specially designed Christmas stamp set for FREE along with your other hostess benefits. And HERE is a video from Stampin' Up to show you the fun stamp set and some ways to use it.  Contact me to host a party, then call your friends to do some fun stamping.

Now to share a project.  We had so much fun at our meeting and Holiday Stamp Fest on Saturday.  There were great demos of new products and wonderful make n' take cards created by members of our team.  Here is one that uses one of my favorite new sets, Painted Harvest, created by Ellen Adams.

Friday, September 1, 2017


I have been working on a couple more embossing paste samples for our Joyful Heart's Stampers meeting and stamp fest on Saturday.  Here is what I came up with:

Here is how to create this look:
  • Create a mask by cutting out a shape using your Big Shot and a piece of regular copy paper.  You can use any shape or size you want.  For mine I used the largest square in the Layering Squares Framelits. It should be the same size as the card stock piece you want to use embossing paste on.  Here, this one is 4 x 5 1/4.        
  • Next, lay your piece of card stock underneath the mask and adhere with Washi Tape so they don't move.
  • Lay your stencil on top of the whole thing.  Center it or make it random, whatever look you are going for.  On one of the cards I laid the pattern straight across and for the other one I angled it.
    Then just apply your embossing paste in the normal way.  My paste was first colored with Chocolate Chip ink.

    Today is the big reveal for the Holiday Catalog.  It goes live and you will love it!  Click on the link to the right to see it if you don't have one yet.  I will be glad to see you get one if you contact me.  
    Have a great weekend.  Looking forward to our stamp fest where we will see all kinds of new products and get to make some fun cards.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Had a crazy day - left the house at 8:30 am and returned at 8:30 pm!  Needless to say there was no stamping in my craft room today.  So I am borrowing a card picture of one of the cards we all will be making at stamp fest this weekend.  Thanks to Debi Calendrelle for creating this beautiful card.

I LOVE this!  Uses the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits, coming out in the new Holiday Catalog, which goes live in 2 days!

Monday, August 28, 2017


The Color Challenge for the Proverbial Stampers Team this month was to use Berry Burst, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight.  Here is the card I came up with.

This was a very simple card using the Daisy Punch and matching stamp set and the new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  The message is from Colorful Seasons.  Because it is a photopolymer stamp, you can bend it slightly when you place it on the block.  That way it fit perfectly in the Double Banner Punch.  Such a cool trick!  At first, I had trouble getting it to stick to the block, but I wiped the block and the stamp off with an alcohol wipe and let them dry.  It really helped.  Try this trick if you are having trouble getting stamps adhere to your blocks.

Friday, August 25, 2017


Today's card has a very easy fold or you to use with any DSP.

I used some of last year's retiring colors for this card - a piece of DSP, Tip Top Taupe card stock and ink and Mint Macaron card stock and ink.
The flower is made with the Eastern Beauty Thinlits and is made with Calypso Coral and Flirty Flamingo card stock.  The message and leaves are from the upcoming Painted Harvest Stamp Set.  The leaves are punched out with the new Leaves Punch (LOVE it!).
The DSP is cut at 4 x 51/4.  Find the center of the long side of the DSP and make a small pencil mark.  Then cut straight in from that mark for about 1 3/4".  Then score at an angle from the end of the cut to the corners.  Fold and adhere with a little adhesive.
This card will be going to a friend who is now under the care of Hospice. He has brought joy and smiles to many in his life.  Praying for him and his wife in the days ahead.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


As I said on Monday, I am working on an auction item for a Junior Diabetes event.  I shared the tin of cards on Monday. Today I will share the little Bath & Body Hand Sanitizer holder I made.

This little holder is a little different from some because the size of the soap dispenser has changed.  I saw several videos that showed how to make these.  I chose the video by Charlene Becker to follow and HERE is the link for you to follow to make one yourself.  It is very easy and the possibilities for embellishing are endless.  I just chose something simple, using some retired DSP and ribbon.  I think this is something I will be making for little Christmas gifts because I love these little bottles.  Try one and let me know what you think.  Have fun!

Monday, August 21, 2017


Here is another tin of cards I worked on over the weekend to put in an auction for the Junior Diabetes Foundation which is having a local event in October to raise money.  I used a tin of card kit from last year that I had not yet put together.  Love these tins!  Wish Stampin' Up would bring them back as an orderable item.  I filled it with 25 cards - those that were in the kit to put together and some extras from my stash of cards.

I used the Large Letter Framelits, Butterfly Framelits, Flourish Thinlits, Flirty Flamingo card stock, and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
I added a few other items to the auction to go with it - two cornstalk treat holders from a past Paper Pumpkin Kit, a small Bath & Body hand sanitizer in a holder, and a coupon for a free class.
Hope some worthy  buyer will enjoy the items.  

Friday, August 18, 2017


Each year I am blessed to travel to the beach in the fall with several retired teacher friends.  Several years ago I volunteered to do a craft project and now it has become a tradition. So I had an idea for what I wanted to do and today I worked on the project.  Here is what everyone will be making:

Supplies used for this project:
DSP from the retired Serene Silhouettes Pack for the background and for the dress
Beautiful You Stamp Set - girl and message
High Tide Stamp Set for birds
Wood Texture DSP for chair
Seasonal Layers Thinlits for chair
Black and Soft Suede Ink
Wink of Stella on "pool" around girl's foot and on birds (hard to see in the pic)

This was really pretty easy to do once I got my thoughts together.  I hope everyone will like it.
To make the dress you stamp the girl image on the DSP and then fussy cut around the part you need.  Then just glue it on top of the stamped image you have on the background DSP.  This is a fun way to give color to an image.

Don't forget that today is the last day for early bird registration for the Holiday Stamp Fest on Sept 2.  Register by today and pay $30 instead of $40. Visit my facebook page for all the details - such a fun event!   

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Today's post is one of the cards we will be making at stamp camp this week.  It uses the Tranquil Tulips Hostess Set.

Supplies for this card in addition to the stamp set:
Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Gray inks and card stock
Layered Leaves Embossing Folder
Message from a retired set
For the two-step stamping, I stamped off the Flirty Flamingo ink for part of the tulips.


I also want to let you know about the Paper Pumpkin Promotion that is now going on.  Click HERE for a video from Stampin' Up to tell you all about it.

Here are some of the details you might be asking about:
Here’s the scoop….these make a great gift…and just try it for a month! You have nothing to lose and there is no obligation to continue.
Until September 10, first time Paper Pumpkin subscribers enjoy 50% OFF their first (September) kit!
If you subscribe before September 10, Stampin’ Up! will deliver September’s Paper Pumpkin kit straight to your door, complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects—all for 50% off!
Fine print of the promotion:
  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • You must subscribe by Saturday, September 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • 50% Discount applied to September’s kit ONLY.   After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 (which includes shipping).
  • Enter the promo code,HALFOFF0917 upon checkout.
  • Unless you cancel, your membership will continue at full price after your first kit. Try your kit out at the 50% off price….and if you find out that it is not for you…no worries, just cancel it by Oct 10th! It is that easy!
  • You never know what will be in the kit, which is one of the fun things I like about this "surprise" kit.  There is a always something fun for fall, so I know you won't be disappointed.
  • If you like the kit and want to try it for a few more months, you can then order a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription that will save you some money, or you can continue to receive one each month until you cancel.
  • Click on the Paper Pumpkin icon on the side of the blog to visit the site and place your order  Contact me if you have any questions.  
  • There is also a perk in this for me.  If I get 2 or 3 new subscribers, I get a bonus myself.  Just thought I would throw that in for a little added incentive.
One more thing before I go - the Clearance Rack has been updated so check it out and see what fun things you might want.  Remember you can click on the link at the top of the blog to place an order from my website and use the August Hostess Code that is listed on the site and at the top right of this blog.  Have fun looking and shopping.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Working on stamp camp cards for this week.  I love this Birthday Delivery Stamp Set, matching Thinlits and DSP so here are a couple of easy cards we will be making. The ribbon is from my retired stash.

These are so easy because you don't have to cut out the images - you can use the dies.  Just place the die on the image that you want on the DSP, run it through the Big Shot and WOW - you have your cut image.  You can die cut all the cute animals, the balloons, the little flowers, party hat, poodle, banner, chef, and cake.  Check out the stamp set and DSP on pg 69 and the Thinlits on pg 213. All of the stamp images that are colored in gray on pg 69 have matching thinlits.
All of the colors are so fun and the images are so cute - no need to use them just for kids - anyone would love them!
Check out Pinterest for SO many cute ideas.

Friday, August 11, 2017


Still playing with Embossing Paste, today using embossing powder also.

I used Copper Embossing Powder to color the Embossing Paste this time.
First go over your piece of card stock with your Embossing Buddy.
Apply your Embossing Paste to your piece of card stock where you want it.
Dump the Embossing Powder onto the Embossing Paste, tap off the excess, and then heat.
When you heat it, it will get bubbly and have  kind of a rough look.
The only real difference from using just plain embossing powder is the look.  When you use plain embossing powder your image is pretty smooth.  Try it and see what you think.
I used Wink of Stella on the dragonfly and also the Enamel Shapes.  I love these little embellishments.  They are not a perfect match to the Emerald Envy card stock but it is close enough.  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Missed Monday, but I'm back.  Today's post is the card I created for our Proverbial Stampers August sketch challenge.
Here is the sketch template:
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And here is the card I created:

I  put some Wink of Stella on the HAPPY letters and also on the raised waves in the water.  It is hard to see here.  Once again, I was playing with the Embossing Paste.  I completely covered the water piece (white) with Embossing Paste and then put it in the Seaside Embossing Folder.  I pulled it out of the folder and dried it with the Heat Gun. Then I brayered over it with Dapper Denim Ink.
Just remember to clean your folder and your utensils right away with water before the paste dries.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Today is the final post this week using Embossing Paste.  Here is the card and then I will give you step by step directions.

Here is how I got to this point:
  • First I cut a stencil out of Thick White Cardstock using the large butterfly from the Butterfly Thinlits.  I laid it down on the black piece of card stock and used three colors of paste to colors the sections I wanted.  In the paste I mixed Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Tangerine Tango.  This is what my stencil looked like after I pulled it off of the black piece.

  • I then dumped Dazzling Diamonds Glitter onto the black piece so that it would stick to the colored paste and heated it. I tapped off the excess and even used a soft bristle brush to brush off any excess.

  • To get the message to match, I put Crushed Curry Embossing Paste right onto my stamp.  You need to make sure you have some excess around the edges of the stamp so that your message will actually show up.  I just stamped the stamp directly onto the card stock , added my Dazzling Diamonds as I did for the butterfly, and heated it.

  • I wanted to have the whole butterfly on the paper so I cut another butterfly out of black card stock.  I laid it on top of the Embossing Paste image and glued it down with Tombow.

I added one of the new jewels to the center and mounted the black piece onto a base of Tangerine Tango.  I was thinking about going around the outside edge of the butterfly with a white gel pen, but not sure if I will do that or not.  I could also go over the black butterfly image with the Wink of Stella to make it pop a little.
I think it turned out nicely, but it does look better in real life.
This was a little labor intensive, but is certainly worth it for a special occasion or for a special person.  Try your hand at using any die for this technique and see what you get.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


I'm still playing with my Embossing Paste and here is another card I created:

To get this look, you first sponge colors onto your white piece of cardstock.  On this card I used Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, and Night of Navy.
Then lay your stencil down and apply the Paste as usual.  When dry, the Paste takes on a little bit of the colors underneath - kind of like the color is coming through the Paste.
The stamp set is Sharing Sweet Thoughts, which is the Ronald McDonald set this year. It matches the Dies in the Jar of Love set.
The Pool Party Ribbon is retired, but I now you can find a different ribbon.  We have some great ribbons to choose from this year.
Come back on Friday.  I am going to try something different with the Paste and you will be the first to know if it works.

Monday, July 31, 2017


This week I will be showing you some cards/projects using the new Embossing Paste.  I just got mine and have seen several videos with different techniques.  Here is my first attempt:

I wanted to try something I hadn't seen on a video and so this is what I did.  First I mixed a couple of drops of Crumb Cake Ink into my paste. I thought I would be able to make it a little marble to get a two-tone look, but the ink mixed in pretty smoothly.  So I first used the Crumb Cake paste and spread it onto the brick stencil.  I heated it with a heat gun so it would dry quickly.  Notice that it is pretty random - not all bricks are filled in and the whole piece of card stock is not covered.  That is the look I wanted.  Then I laid the stencil down in the same position and went over it with a little bit of plain white paste. I think the result turned out just fine.

I used the sand, water, and birds from High Tide and the message from Colorful Seasons.  The background piece behind the window was made with an Aqua Painter dipped into the ink in the lid of the ink pad.  There is Wink of Stella on the water but it is hard to see here.
Here is a Stampin' Up video to show you the basics on using your Embossing Paste.

I can't wait to try some different techniques and pass on the results to you.  See you on Wednesday.

P.S.  Don't forget today is the last day to place an order and receive your $5 off coupon for an order in August.  Also, the special with all the percs to become a new demonstrator ends today.  

Friday, July 28, 2017


A little late - I was away yesterday and today.
BUT - wait till you see the new Holiday Catalog, which goes live Sept 1.
Of course, as a demonstrator, I get to preview it, beginning today.
Oh my goodness!  I can't figure out what I WON'T buy.  There are so many awesome new products.  I know I always say that, but it is so true.

Here is the front of the Holiday Catalog and a card made by Su Mohr using the new Carols of Christmas Stamp set and Thinlits, which I can also order NOW because I am a demonstrator.  What perks!

As always, there are endless possibilities.  
You can get in on all these perks by becoming a demonstrator also.  Through the end of July, take advantage of the New Demonstrator Special:
Join for $99 dollars and get $125 dollars of products that you get to choose.  You also will receive this Carols of Christmas Stamp Set for FREE.  You ALSO receive a  FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for them and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder.
How can you pass that up?  If you have ever thought of doing this fun job, now is the time to try it out.  No obligation, plus you always get your 20% discount on your own orders.  
I would love to have you join my team.  Contact me if you would like to talk.  I'm here for you!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Working on my July Sketch Challenge card for the Proverbial Stampers.  Here is the template and the card I came up with.

For this card the Stamps Sets I used are the Daisy Delight and the Marble Background.  The flower is stamped with Calypso Coral on Calypso Coral card stock. The little green flowers at the bottom are stamped with Pear Pizazz.  The message is from Flourishing Phrases on pg 24. The ribbon is the new Shimmer Ribbon.

I will be getting ready to see some videos Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of some of the new products in the Holiday Catalog on our Stampin' Up site.  This is for demonstrators only - one of the percs for being a demonstrator - getting to see things early!

Speaking of that - now is an awesome time to join Stampin' Up as a demonstrator. 
Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! 

Along with the regular $99 purchase of a Kit (where you choose the products you want valued at $125), new recruits will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for them and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US/$68 CAN! And to give your recruits a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US/$26 CAN)!
How can you say NO to that?? There is no obligation to remain a demonstrator if you do not wish to., but why would you want to quit?  Let me know if you would be interested.  I would LOVE to have you join our team!

Monday, July 24, 2017


Here is a cute little card using the At Home Bundle found on pg 54 of the Annual Catalog.

This door is so cute and can be used for so many ideas.  This card uses Dapper Denim, Lemon-Lime Twist and Whisper White card stock. It also uses the Wood Textures DSP Pack and the Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Linen Thread and Stamp and Write Markers.

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.