Free Shipping April 6 to 10!

I just wanted to let you know that Stampin’ Up! will be having FREE SHIPPING next week from Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 10th.  This is a great opportunity to save at least 10% on your order.  The free shipping is available on online orders, as well as workshops and customer orders you place with me.  So be sure to take advantage of this great offer. This offer is… Read More »

Technique Thursday – Paper Piercing

Today, I decided to make a special card for my hubby for Easter.  He’s a C.P.A. and he’s been working SO HARD lately.  I wanted to let him know how much a appreciate him and all he does.  I thought the Lovely, Amazing You photopolymer stamp set would be perfect, because it has this great saying “love you more than chocolate.”  When I say that to someone, it means A… Read More »

Weekly News / Last Day For Sale-A-Bration!

Hi Friends!  It’s the last day of Sale-A-Bration today … the last day that you can earn a free product each time you spend $50.  Don’t let this great opportunity pass by.  There are so many fantastic Sale-A-Bration products that you can earn this year, including the items in the original Sale-A-Bration flyer (except Blendabilities which have been discontinued), the supplemental flyer, and additional products.  So, be sure to check… Read More »

MDS Monday – Using Freeform!

MDS Back Up: Before I get to my MDS Monday page for this week, I wanted to let you know that I added MDS Backup Instructions to the MDS Videos / How To Tab on the MDS Monday blog to explain how to back up your My Digital Studio software, updates, downloads, and projects.  This is extremely important information, because after May 31, you will no longer have the ability… Read More »

March Paper Pumpkin

The March Paper Pumpkin kit is here, and it’s such a cute one!!!  This is definitely one of my favorites, because it features sewing on the greeting.  I’ve loved sewing since I was a little girl, so this brings back fond memories of special times with my mom.  I think she first taught me to sew when I was about 5 years old, and her love of sewing definitely rubbed… Read More »

Life’s Little Twists

Normally, I would have a Technique Thursday post today.  If fact, I had planned to come up with several alternative ideas for this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit today.  However, life handed me a little twist this week.  My daughter has been feeling ill since last weekend.  It started right before the end of our vacation in Mammoth visiting with my mom.  She just wasn’t feeling like her perky self.  Monday,… Read More »

Weekly News / Sale-A-Bration

Hope you’re starting your week off right.  It’s Tuesday, so that means new Weekly Deals and Sale-A-Bration inspiration.  I also have some news about the new Stamps In the Mail round that will be starting up next month.  So, let’s get right to it.  Here are the new weekly deals, including several of my favorite and most used items…the Petite Petals Punch and Gold Fancy Designer Vellum Foil.  I also… Read More »

MDS Monday – Crazy Cousins

Happy Monday!  Before I get to the MDS Monday sketch for this week, I just wanted to say a few words about last week’s announcement from Stampin’ Up! to stop supporting the My Digital Studio software effective May 31, 2015.  It goes without saying that all the designers at MDS Monday are extremely sad about this decision.  We obviously love the program and adore using it.  We are still in… Read More »

Love You More Than Chocolate

When I first saw the “love you more than chocolate” stamp in the Lovely Amazing You photopolymer stamp set, I knew I had to get it!  It made me smile, and the greeting means A LOT coming from me, because I adore chocolate.  (The only way it could mean more would be if it said “love you more than ice cream!!!”)  I also really love the cute little envelope and… Read More »

Technique Thursday – Berry Basket

Today is Technique Thursday.  Each Thursday, I provide step by step instructions to teach techniques so you can re-create my projects.  I try to cover a variety of techniques, including stamping, embossing, die cutting, gifting, and digital designing. Today, I’m teaching how to assemble this darling berry basket created from the Berry Basket BigZ L Die.  This basket is perfect for Easter or special gifts.  I just love it, and… Read More »

Weekly News / Sale-A-Bration

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!  It’s Tuesday, and that means new Weekly Deals, Stampin’ Up! news, and Sale-A-Bration inspiration.  Weekly Deals: Here are the new weekly deals, including some great textured impression folders. My Digital Studio News Stampin’ Up! announced this morning that it is discontinuing My Digital Studio (MDS). This just breaks my heart!  Last year it announced it would not be putting much effort into the program.  This was… Read More »

MDS Monday – My Sweet Boy

For MDS Monday this week, Anita is the hostess and she designed a simple sketch with a challenge to add something “Spring-like” to the page.  In particular, she wanted us to add something to our page that grows, such as a plant or flower. I didn’t have any recent pictures that met this challenge, so I went back to old pictures, and I’m talking REALLY old pictures!!!  To be honest,… Read More »

New March Desktop Calendar

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend so far! I have a new installment to my MDS Online Class.  You can view all the monthly lessons by selecting the MDS Online Class tab on my blog, as well as access links to the written instructions and videos.  Each month, I design a desktop calendar for the following year, so the new class includes a March 2016 calendar page featuring the Butterfly Basics… Read More »

Thinlit Embossing

I have a fun technique to show you today — embossing with a thinlit die!  Did you happen to notice the beautiful card on the top of page 27 of the Occasions Catalog?  When I first got the catalog, I looked and looked at that card, wondering how they did that.  I didn’t know you could emboss with a thinlit die!  Well, I recently read how to do it, so… Read More »

Weekly News / New Sale-a-Bration

Happy Tuesday!  This week, there are new Weekly Deals, a new photopolymer stamp set, news about Blendabilities Markers and more Sale-a-Bration inspiration.  Whew!  I better get started:) The Weekly Deals feature lots of Spring related products, including the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack and Wildflower Meadow stamp set and coordinating embossing folder. Do you like creating humorous cards now and then?  Well, then you’ll love the new Just Kidding… Read More »

MDS Monday 104 – Never Forget

This week, Jeanna is the hostess at MDS Monday, and I love the layout she selected!  She copied it from the Sale-a-Bration catalog on page 5.  It’s a clean, colorful design that works great with lots of embellishments and focuses on one picture. When I saw Jeanna’s sketch, I knew I had the perfect photo and subject for it!  Shannon recently attended the Nuvo dance convention and competition.  It was… Read More »

Lotus Blossom Thank You

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!  I have a quick card to inspire you today.  I recently re-discovered Shimmery White card stock.  This paper is really beautiful; it has a slight shimmer to it, but it’s also a nice sturdy weight.  You can watercolor on it, but unlike watercolor paper with its uneven surface, Shimmery White paper also stamps really well.  I used it this month for all of my… Read More »

Technique Thursday – Spring Gift Wrapping

Spring is in the air (at least here in California!)  There are gorgeous pink plum trees blossoming all over town!  I just love this time of year!!!  It makes me so happy. For Technique Thursday this week, I have some gift wrapping inspiration for you using the Build a Bouquet BigZ L die and coordinating photopolymer stamp set.  These two products are awesome, because they allow you to create several… Read More »

Good News & Bad News

I have good news and bad news today.  I hate to have to report any bad news, (considering that I’m a “glass half full” kind of a gal), but sometimes it’s necessary.  Anyway, now that I’ve really got your attention, let me clarify. Bad News: I read this update on the Demonstrator Website over the weekend: “Stampin’ Up! is experiencing a quality issue with its Blendabilities product line. Except for… Read More »

MDS Monday 103 – Be Yourself

For MDS Monday this week, Yapha is the hostess and she has a sketch with lots of squares.  This is a nice, simple sketch that you can easily adapt to work with most photos.  I had some great photos of Shannon from a recent dance competition that I wanted to use. The only problem I had was when I added the top photo, my daughter was so small that you… Read More »