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 »

Tin of Tags!

The Tin of Tags Project Kit on page 33 of the Holiday Catalog is AMAZING!!!  It includes supplies to make 30 Christmas tags.  I don’t know about you, but this kit is right up my alley, because I love to make all my tags ahead of time.  That way, in the frenzy of Christmas gift wrapping, I can just grab one and keep wrapping. This project kit coordinates with the Tin of… Read More »

Cookie Cutter Halloween

I had Stamp Club last week.  It’s always so much fun to get together with the gals and make projects.  For this club, I focused three of the four projects on the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and coordinating stamp sets, including the Cookie Cutter Halloween.  I adore this cute little scarecrow guy!!! This is actually the door prize that I gave out at the workshop.  Each time we meet, I… Read More »

August Desktop Calendar

I made a promise to have two more installments of my 2017 desktop calendars this month, and I haven’t forgotten!!!  I may just make it my the skin of my teeth, but I’m really going to try. I designed the August 2017 calendar using the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and coordinating Flourish Thinlits Dies.  (You can purchase them both in a bundle for 10% off!)  The stamp set is huge… Read More »

Touch of Textures Embossing

The Touches of Texture stamp set is REALLY AWESOME.  It’s one of those stamp sets that you look at, and the more you think about it, the more ways you realize you can use it.  It’s not only got pretty floral stamps, but lots and lots of fun background stamps such as the splatter on my card below. This is another card that I completed as part of Kimberly Van… Read More »

Shadow Stamping Technique

I have a fun technique to share with you today!  It’s called shadow stamping. This is the first time I’ve tried this technique, and I have to admit that it was much easier than I anticipated.  In order to do it, you need to choose a solid stamp such as the leaves on my background from the Botanical Blooms stamp set. I created this card for #3 of Kimberly Van… Read More »

Birthday Share

I was so lucky this year to receive SO MANY beautiful handmade cards that I wanted to share them with you.  I didn’t ask for permission, so hopefully my friends and family will be pleasantly surprised.  Personally, I think a handmade card is one of the best gifts a person can receive.  It’s the ultimate act of kindness … as it takes time, thought, and love to create. This first card… Read More »

Special Offers/Special Birthday

It’s week two of Stampin’ Up!’s September Special Offers!  Selected items are 25% off!!!  Get them while you can.  Also, be sure to check back on September 15th for more special offers. Here are links to my online store for each item.  (The reduced price will appear at checkout.) Sprinkles Punch $18.00 Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies $27.00 Very Vanilla 1/2″ (1.3 Cm) Lace Trim $7.00 Gold Binder Clips $7.00 Fabulous… Read More »

Christmas Pines Color Challenge

Happy Labor Day, and Happy Birthday to me!  Yes, it’s my birthday today and so you guessed it, I’m spending the day doing what I love, stamping!!! I’m so lucky because I signed up to be a demonstrator under Kimberly Van Diepen.  She has a huge group of demonstrators, and she’s great at encouraging all of us to share ideas and inspire each other.  I’ve always thought that I’m more… Read More »

Elegant Falling Flowers

Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope you’re enjoying your long weekend and spending some free time stamping.  Here’s a little inspiration for your weekend.  This comes from a talented member of the Stampin’ By the Sea Team, Debbie Keane.  I love everything about Debbie’s card, including the soft colors and simple clean lines. Debbie and I are part of a group that has agreed to allow members to share each other’s projects… Read More »

Weekly News

Exciting news!  From September 1 to 21, Stampin’ Up! will be offering weekly specials for 25% on selected products! For a list of the products available the first week, click HERE. Can you take more good news?  Of course you can!  The Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits are still available.  Originally, they were suppose to only be available until August 31 or while supplies last.  Well, they are still… Read More »