Cake Soiree

Hello Friends!!!  I know I haven’t posted for a while.  About a week ago, I drove to my mom’s house for a much needed visit after the holidays.  We had so much fun visiting, hiking, playing cards, crafting, and even going to a local violin concert.  But then I got back, and it’s been pretty hectic ever since.  Lots to do with year-end. I have a few projects to share from my visit,… Read More »

#TGIFC142 Sketch Challenge

It’s Friday and that means time for a new TGIF Challenge!  This time, we have a sketch challenge.  The template is clean and simple, so there’s lots of possibilities for interpretation.  You could add your favorite stamps, coloring technique, designer paper, and/or embellishments.  Just have fun!!!  Click on the template below to go to the TGIF Challenges website and see all the designers’ projects for this week. For my project,… Read More »

“Painting” with Stamps

I am crazy about the new Waterfront stamp set!  I knew immediately that it was going to be one of my all-time favorites, but now that I’ve used it a few times, I’m realizing it’s even better than expected.  I particularly love the watercolor style of the stamps and the individual brush stroke stamps that I can use to “paint” a picture. What’s even better is sharing ideas with other… Read More »

Occasions & Sale-A-Bration

The new Occasions catalog goes live today!!!  It’s also the start of Sale-A-Bration, Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year!  Wahoo!!! You are going to LOVE all the new products!  Click on the Catalogs Tab on my blog to download PDFs or contact me to get your copy. Occasions: The Occasions catalog focuses on birthdays, Valentines, Easter, graduations, and springtime celebrations.  It’s got everything your need to look forward to… Read More »

December Paper Pumpkin

December’s Paper Pumpkin kit is called Flora And Flutter, and I have to admit that I was super excited when I opened the box!  The cards are really different from any of the past kits, and I LOVE the color combinations.  (I love to be inspired by color combinations I never would have thought of myself!) The kit includes supplies to make 8 cards total, 4 each in two designs.  See… Read More »

Celebrate 2018 — #GDP119

Happy New Year!  Well, almost… I was playing with my new Brusho Crystal Colours again today and thought it would be fun to experiment a little.  So, I tried using Brusho on top of Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP.)  I figured I might be able to create a background that looked like fireworks, and it worked!!! I created this card as part of the Global Design Project… Read More »

#TGIFC140 December Designer’s Delight

I have a super exciting announcement!  I was asked to join the TGIF Challenges Design Team!!!  I was so flattered, because this team is made up of AMAZING designers, including many past and present Artisan designers.  They post challenges every week that are so inspirational.   I think you will love following along and hopefully, participating!!!  So click on TGIF Challenges to see the projects from this week and follow the… Read More »

News – Stamparatus & 2018 Changes

The deadline for pre-ordering the Stamparatus is December 30, 2017.  I wanted to remind everyone just in case you wanted to reserve yours.  Otherwise, this great new tool will not be available to order until the new Annual Catalog comes out in June 2018. To pre-order, go to my Online Store.  Click on the link to reserve your Stamparatus and follow the instructions. Changes in 2018: I have some exciting changes… Read More »

Sneak Preview – Bubble Over

This weekend, I made cards for my three nephews for Christmas.  They range in age from 20 to 30 and all live out of town.  So every year I send them money (which is what they want), but I try to design an extra special card so they know how much we love them. This year, I decided to try out a new bundle from the upcoming Occasions catalog, the… Read More »

Christmas Gold

Today, I have a quick idea for a small holiday gift.  This is a bag I used for a door prize at my Stamp Workshop last week.  It’s easy to put together, but looks like you put in a lot of effort.  (Gotta love that!!!) To start out, I stamped the greeting from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set with Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White paper and quickly embossed it in clear,… Read More »

Wrapping Up – Desktop Calendars

Does anyone else feel like December is going by on fast-forward speed???  Man, I need a pause button!  I got so behind on my Christmas cards this year … I stayed up way past midnight almost every night last week to finish them up, and FINALLY mailed them on Friday!  Whew!!!  Mark that off the list. Afterwards, I spent the weekend wrapping and finishing up gifts including my 2018 desktop… Read More »

Free Shipping on Monday!!!

Stampin’ Up! is offering Free Shipping on all orders Monday, December 11 from 12:00 AM, December 11 to 11:59 PM (MT)!!! It’s the perfect time to shop for those last minute gifts and/or fill your holiday wish list!!!

Just Breathe

It’s finals time for my daughter and her boyfriend in college!!!  That can be such a stressful time of year, especially with the holidays looming.  I know they’ll both do great, but I also know they both love getting little surprises to lift their spirits. This past weekend, I worked on putting together some “finals” care packages with fun treats to let them know we’re thinking of them and wishing… Read More »

TGIF Color Challenge #tgifc136

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I look at all my stamps and feel overwhelmed, I don’t know where to start.  I was feeling like that last Saturday; I wanted to design Christmas cards and needed some serious inspiration.  To help, I started looking at websites with challenges.  Challenges help me think outside the box and be more creative.  So, I thought I’d try the TGIF Color Challenge for this… Read More »

Stamparatus New Reservation Window

The first Stamparatus reservation window reached its maximum number of reservations in just 15 minutes!  But don’t dispare!!!  A second reservation window will remain open from December 5–30.  During this second reservation period, Stampin’ Up! will take as many orders as it receives (yay!) and will not close the window until December 30.  So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open! To reserve… Read More »

Home For Christmas #GDP115

This week, the Global Design Project group is having a theme challenge!  The challenge is to share the joy of Christmas.  Yay!!!  I love Christmas!  I love the wonderful feeling of friends and family as well as spirit of love and giving.  To see all the beautiful projects created by the design team, click HERE. Since this was such as open challenge … I mean ANY Christmas project would qualify… Read More »

November 2017 Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  The November kit is called Back In Plaid and it includes supplies to make 10 darling holiday gift bags.  They are the perfect size for small treats or gift certificates.  I love the plaid cuffs, and the stamps and supplies coordinate with the October kit, so you can mix and match supplies, or use the card from October to go with the gift bag from November.… Read More »

December 2018 Desktop Calendar

I frequently work on projects and photograph them on the weekends.  Then, during my lunches at work, I write them up on my blog.  Well last week, I had every intention of writing up this article.  In fact, I had just started on Wednesday, when my daughter surprised me.  She had left school at 3:30 AM to drive home and beat the traffic, and she was so excited to be… Read More »

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 »