24 Hour Sale!!!

Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza starts today with a 24 hour sale on specific stamp sets.  Check out my online store for sale details, as items are only available while supplies last.  Click HERE for a PDF of the sale items. Additionally, the sale continues this week through the 26th with items 40%, 30% to 20%, and 10% off.  There are also Clearance Items on sale!!! Finally, there will be another… Read More »

Wonderful Life

Hello!  I have a fun and festive Christmas card to share today, featuring the Wonderful Life stamp set.  This is one of my favorite holiday stamp sets, because it’s so cute!!!  It reminds me of packing up the car to visit grandparents on Christmas day. But this stamp set works great for WAY more than just the holidays!  There are all sorts of embellishments for the car, so you can create… Read More »

New Stamparatus & Upcoming Deals

Stampin’ Up! has an exciting new product coming out called the Stamparatus, and I KNOW you are going to be dying to get your hands on one. Click on the short video below to preview this amazing new product and see what it can do: The ordering for this product will be a little different.  Starting tomorrow November 16, 2017 at 2:00 MT, you can go to my online store,… Read More »

Just Add Color With Blends!

The new Stampin’ Blends markers are so fun to use!!!  But be warned, they are seriously addicting!  Once I got mine, I immediately started looking over all my stamp sets to figure out which ones I could color.  Then I remembered!!!  I had the Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper!  This paper is PERFECT for coloring with the new markers.  And what’s even better is that the paper comes… Read More »

Snowflake Watercolor #GDP112

This week, the Global Design Project challenge is to CASE (copy and share everything) one of the designers, Connie Collins.  Connie is one of my all-time favorite Artisan Designers.  I’ve followed her blog for years.  She is amazingly artistic … simply one-of-a-kind.  Every single one of her projects is meticulously perfect and detailed.  She’s just awe inspiring. The card she designed includes beautiful watercoloring and Fall colors.  See below for… Read More »

Favorite Sympathy Card

In the past month, I’ve had to make a few sympathy cards for some good friends.  While it’s a sad occasion, I think making handmade cards and writing heartfelt notes inside really help friends know how much you care and wish you could help ease their pain. One of my favorite Sympathy cards was one I made using past Paper Pumpkin stamps from August and September 2017.  You can see the original… Read More »

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween everyone!!!  Hope you have a fun, spooky day! My little kiddies are all grown up and off on their own.  But, I still have wonderful memories of many, many costumes and fun Halloweens.  Plus, I like to let them know I’m thinking of them.  So, I made care packages to mail off and surprise them.  Bahahaaaa! OK, so I need to start off by qualifying that I did not… Read More »

October Paper Pumpkin

This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit is called “Pining for Plaid.”  It’s the first in a series of two coordinated, back-to-back kits created for the holidays, and boy is it cute! If you’ve never heard of Paper Pumpkin, click here to learn about this great subscription service.  It’s only $20 a month.  Click here to subscribe before November 10th and receive the next monthly kit. The October Paper Pumpkin kit includes… Read More »

Blends With Mixed Drinks

Yesterday was my nephew’s 24th birthday!  He’s such a great kid!!!  (I still think of him as a kid.)  He moved to Florida about a year ago, has a great job with Northrop as an engineer, and just bought his first house.  Wow!!!  Talk about a success story.  We’re all so proud of him. Last summer, I made a card with the Mixed Drinks stamp set that my sister really… Read More »

Half Full & Stampin’ Blends

I just love the Half Full stamp set.  I love the sayings, the fonts, and the stamps as well.  Plus, it’s a PERFECT stamp set for playing with the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers!!! These markers are currently only available to demonstrators for a short time, so we can practice using them, perfect our techniques, and get ready to teach classes.  But, they will be available to the public later… Read More »

Last Day — A Season of Style

Today is the last day to subscribe for the October Paper Pumpkin kit so you can receive back-to-back coordinating kits for October and November!  You don’t want to miss this.  Subscribe or re-activate your membership today!!! The Paper Pumpkin team at Stampin’ Up! has created a simple and fun holiday crafting experience that I know you’re going to love.  It’s the perfect way to streamline Christmas prep.  Welcome to a Season of… Read More »

At Home With You

Hello!  Hope you’re having a great Sunday.  I know I am!!! On Friday afternoon, I got a Stampin’ Up! shipment containing ALL the new Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers!!!  (Demonstrators have a few weeks in early October when we can pre-order these fantastic, new markers that will soon be available to the public.)  I was so excited to play with them this weekend.  Unfortunately, duty called and I had lots of… Read More »

November 2018 Desktop Calendar

Today, I’m sharing my November 2018 desktop calendar.  I think this is my favorite one to date!!!  It features one of my favorite stamp sets, Painted Harvest, and one of my favorite techniques — stamping and spritzing.  This messy and sort of “uncontrolled” watercoloring technique really appeals to me. I think you’ll be amazed at how easy this page was to create.  I simply cut the largest square Stitched Shape… Read More »

October 2018 Desktop Calendar

For my October 2018 desktop calendar, I used the Pick A Pumpkin bundle from the Holiday catalog.  I particularly love the detailed pumpkin outline die cut and swirls.  They’re so pretty!  I also adore the various pumpkins and leaf shapes.  You can use this bundle to make cutesy projects with Jack-O-Lanterns, or more elegant projects like this one. I used colors from a recent Global Design Project color challenge, including Tangerine Tango,… Read More »

September 2018 Desktop Calendars

Last weekend, I finished three more months of my 2018 desktop calendars!!!  I’m so excited because I’m almost finished for the year, only one more month to go.  So that means that this week, I’ll post three different installments on my blog for the September, October, and November 2018 pages. If you’re new to my blog, I’ve been working on these 4″ x 6″ desktop calendars all year.  I try… Read More »

Wonderful Life — #GDP106

Can you believe it?  Two posts in one day!!!  I had a super busy week at work, so I didn’t have time during lunch to work on my blog.  So, you get a two-fer today.  Yay! This week, there is a sketch challenge at the Global Design Project.  It’s a nice simple sketch that allows a lot of creativity to use different stamps, papers, and techniques.  Click on the sketch… Read More »

September Paper Pumpkin

The September Paper Pumpkin kit is called Layered Leaves, and it includes loads of Fall-themed supplies (way more than you need) to make 8 pillow boxes and 8 note cards.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but both the pillow boxes and card bases are embossed with beautiful, subtle swirls, and the envelopes and die-cut leaves are printed with gorgeous watercolor prints.  This is by far one of my… Read More »

Stampin’ Up! October Promotions

Stampin’ Up! has a bunch of great promotions coming up in the month of October, so get ready to save time and money and to craft to your heart’s content! World Card Making Day Stampin’ Up! didn’t come up with World Card Making Day, but it sure is thrilled that it’s a thing!  It’s a day dedicated to doing what you love most—making handmade cards!  It celebrates the creativity and… Read More »

Layered Leaves — #GDP105

This week at the Global Design Project, they have a fabulous color challenge, including Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, and Lemon Lime Twist!  I absolutely love this combination and it’s perfect for Fall cards!!!  To see the challenge, and all the gorgeous cards created by the Design Team and participants, click HERE. I had a super busy weekend, including wine tasting with my dear friends visiting from Virginia and then a… Read More »

Bigfoot???

Last weekend, my daughter’s boyfriend had knee surgery for the second time in less than a year!  Poor kid.  He had only been at Redlands University for football training for a little over a week, when he tore his meniscus again!  I felt so BAD for him, because he was SO EXCITED to play football. The good news is that all went well, and according to him, he should be… Read More »