Surprise!

A week from today, my daughter will be taking college finals for her first semester at LMU (Loyola Marymount University.)  She seems to be taking it all in stride so far, but I thought it would be really fun to surprise her with a box of goodies to raise her spirits.  So, of course I HAD to make a card to send in the box! I looked at my stash… Read More »

Petite Cafe Gift Bags

I love creating pretty gift bags, especially during the holidays. Stampin’ Up!’s Petite Cafe Gift Bags are perfect for the job.  Simply fill them up, add some pretty papers and embellishments, and voila, you have a gorgeous gift with very little effort! On this bag, I used the This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper for the stitched label and banner.  You can find this paper in the Annual Catalog.  It’s lightweight and… Read More »

24 Hours Sale!

Today is the last day of Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza!  There is a 24 hour flash sale.  Click on the photo below for a link to my online store to see the sale items. Also, remember that if you order $50 during Online Extravaganza, I’ll send you a thank you card and gift to show my appreciation. I’ve been hard at work all weekend preparing for my upcoming Stamp Club.… Read More »

November Paper Pumpkin!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you have a wonderful day spent with loved ones:) It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  This month’s kit is called Wonderful Winterland and it came it a special edition blue holiday box.  It includes supplies to make 8 4-1/4″ x 3″ cards.  The kit includes two Stampin’ Spot ink pads in Dapper Denim and Pear Pizzazz, a 9 piece photopolymer stamp set, 8 Dapper Denim envelopes, 8 Whisper… Read More »

Online Extravaganza!

Today is the start of Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza! The promotion runs from November 21-28, 2016, with two 24-hour sales, including one today!  Discounts and bundles are available on all types of orders, and there is no minimum dollar amount to qualify.  Some bundles have been created exclusively for Online Extravaganza and will not be available after the promotion ends.  Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.  Discounts… Read More »

Get Better Soon!

Last week, my daughter’s boyfriend had knee surgery:(  Poor guy!  He hurt it playing football for Delta College. Shannon is currently in Southern California attending Loyola Marymont University, so she couldn’t be with him and was feeling really bad.  She wanted to do something special to make him feel better.  So, we talked … she knew she couldn’t take off school to travel home, so she decided to buy his Christmas… Read More »

November Desktop Calendars

Today, I have the latest installment of my 2017 desktop calendars to share with you.  I’m getting so close to finishing that it’s super exciting.  I’ve been working on these all year, and I only have one more month to go! In case you’ve missed earlier posts, these calendars measure 4″ x 6″ and fit in a standard frame.  I’ve been making eight sets so I can give them away as… Read More »

Fall Anniversary

Last week was our 26th wedding anniversary!  When I think back on the day we were married, it was a crisp Fall day in Yosemite National Park.  The scenery was gorgeous, and it was especially beautiful because of the Fall colors. For my husband’s card this year, I decided to re-create that memory using the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  This is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets.  I used it… Read More »

Festive Boxes

It may be only November, but I’m already looking forward to Christmas! I love Christmas and especially wrapping beautiful presents to go under the tree and give to friends.  Stampin’ Up! makes it so simple!!!  The whole Candy Cane Lane suite of products coordinate together, including stamps, designer papers, and gorgeous ribbon and twine. I used the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and the Gift Box Punch Board to… Read More »

Greetings From Santa

Want a quick and easy idea for a Christmas card?  Then, I’ve got the perfect card to share today. My card features the Greetings From Santa stamp set.  This stamp set is made to coordinate with the Detailed Santa Thinlits Die, but you can also use it by itself.  It’s super cute with lots of great greetings, as well as background stamps, and this darling little reindeer. To create my card,… Read More »

October Desktop Calendar

Happy Halloween!!! Today, I have another edition of my 2017 desktop calendars to share.  I’ve been making these calendar pages all year.  Only two months to go!!!  My plan is to complete them soon so I can give them away as Christmas gifts to my friends and family. For the October calendar, I used the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set and coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  I love this little… Read More »

How Do You Find The Words?

Last week, we received some devastating news.  It’s hard to even type this.  Our dear friends lost their son, who was only 36 years old.  These are friends we’ve know for over 30 years, in fact one was a groomsman in our wedding.  They are the nicest, most wonderful people, and it’s just heart wrenching to think about what they are going through.  Honestly, I have a hard time thinking… Read More »

Trick or Treat!

It’s almost Halloween! My kids may be off at college, but they are still kids at heart.  So, I decided to make them both treat bags and sent them off in the mail last week as a surprise.  Both of them are deep into the first semester/quarter of their respective colleges.  And, this is about the time when the thrill of being away at college wears off, and the hard work really… Read More »

October Paper Pumpkin

My October Paper Pumpkin Kit arrived this week!  OHHH and it’s such a pretty one!!! This month’s kit is called Season of Gratitude, and it includes supplies to make eight Fall Themed cards.  What’s even better is that all the cards are shaker cards!!!  I love shaker cards! Here’s a picture of all the supplies from this month’s kit.  It includes 8 Crumb Cake card bases, 8 printed envelopes (so,… Read More »

Watercolor Lifting

Do you ever check out the videos on Stampin’ Up!’s You Tube Channel?  They have some really amazing ideas!!!  I highly recommend subscribing. If you’re ever feeling like you need a little inspiration, go check it out, and soon you’ll be bursting with ideas. Lately, I found a really cool new technique this way.  It’s called Watercolor Lifting and I’ve attached the Stampin’ Up! You Tube Video below to explain… Read More »

Candy Cane Christmas

I love Christmas so much!  I especially love making handmade cards for all my friends and family.  I start really early so I don’t get stressed.  I make a few here and a few there, and usually by the time December rolls around, I have most of them made.  Then, I pick my favorites, make some duplicates and voila, done! That means I’m already starting to design Christmas cards for my… Read More »

September Desktop Calendars

I finished my September 2017 Desktop Calendars!!!!  I had every intention of completing them last month; in fact, I printed the calendar sheets, cut them out, and even had the basic idea designed in my head, but then the month got away from me… Well, moving on.  For this edition, I used the Falling Flowers stamp set and May Flowers Framelits Dies.  I know you might be saying, flowers again???  But,… Read More »

Jar with Gel!

The Jar of Love stamp set is one of my favorites!  And what’s even better is that you can buy the coordinating Everyday Jar Framelits Dies to cut out a lot of the intricate pieces.  (They also come in a bundle for 10% off!) These were some of the first items I purchased when the new annual catalog came out in June, and I realized that I really needed to go back… Read More »

Fall Colors

The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack makes gorgeous backgrounds for cards!!!  This paper makes it easy to slap together a card in no time.  (Although, it may LOOK like you spent lots.)  The stack includes 12 double sides designs (4 each) and measures 6″ by 6″ which is perfect for card making. I used the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating framelits for this card.  I just found out… Read More »

September Paper Pumpkin!

It’s already October!!!!  Oh my gosh, where did September go? I got my September Paper Pumpkin kit a little over a week ago, but unfortunately I received it the night before I left to drive down to Southern California for a long weekend to visit my daughter at Loyola Marymont University.  She just started in August, and we were missing each other!!!  We had an amazing, fun filled weekend that included… Read More »