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 »

August Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  Yippee!!!  I’m always so excited to open my box and see what’s inside.  I had looked at a sneak peek of the stamp set for this month, and knew I loved it, so I was super excited to see what else was included in the kit. For those of you who don’t know, Paper Pumpkin is a subscription service that provides a fun little “craft in… Read More »

Weekly News

For any of you who earned bonus days coupons during July, I wanted to remind you to be sure to redeem them before August 31!  The coupons will expire after that date, so don’t let them go to waste. Also, the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies are only available to purchase during the month of August.  This is an AMAZING stamp set!!!!  Be sure to buy yours before the 31st!… Read More »

New Holiday Catalog Coming!

The Holiday Catalog is coming!!! This new catalog is loaded with great new products that I know you are going to love.  This is one of the best holiday catalogs I’ve seen in years!!! I mailed catalogs to all my existing customers, and products will be available to order on September 1, 2016.  If you’re interested in hosting a party and gettine an early start on the holidays, contact me… Read More »

July Desktop Calendar

I’m on a roll this week trying to catch up with my 2017 desktop calendars! Today, I have the July calendar featuring the Swirly Bird stamp set.  There are so many things you can do with this stamp set, including creating these fun two-step stamping kites.  I thought it would be fun to go real traditional with this calendar page — red, white, and blue and good old American kite… Read More »

June Desktop Calendar

For my June 2017 desktop calendar, I used the amazing Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating Thoughtful Branches Thinlits Dies.  These two items are available this month only, and boy do I love them!  The stamp set is super versatile with lots of different trees and beautiful fonts.  It was a perfect choice for my calendars. I cut out the tree from watercolor paper and then watercolored it with Cucumber Crush… Read More »

Where Has The Time Gone?

Where has the time gone?  It was early summer that I promised to catch up on my monthly desktop calendar project, when all of a sudden I realized it’s mid-August and I never designed the May 2017 calendar, let alone June, July, and August!!!! Well, better late than never I say.  Last weekend, I had a Saturday free and I spent the WHOLE day designing and creating three months of… Read More »

Shaker Balloon

One of my co-workers is a new grandpa.  He was so excited to tell me the news and show me pictures of his sweet granddaughter. I tried to think of something different for his card … not too girly.  I ended up using some pink, (I mean it IS a girl), but I also tried to tone it down with bears and a Tip Top Taupe background. My favorite part of this card is… Read More »

Paper Pumpkin Preview

I have an unexpected treat for you!  Last Thursday on Stampin’ Up!’s Facebook page, it announced that it would show a sneak peek of part of the August Paper Pumpkin kit.  Stampin’ Up! asked customers to vote for which part it should reveal: the stamp set, the color scheme, the embellishments, or nothing (to keep it a surprise).  The response was incredible!  It got over 800 responses and the answer was clear: the stamp… Read More »

Gorgeous Serene Scenery

The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack is one of my favorite products.  The papers are unique and gorgeous, and they make incredible backgrounds for cards.  On top of that, you can purchase the whole stack of 48 sheets (4 each of 12 double-sided 6″ x 6″ designs) for only $10. I used one of those gorgeous papers for the background of this card.  I have to admit that I saw… Read More »

Flourishing Phases Gift Bag

Today is the last day for the Bonus Days promotion!  Purchase $50 in products and earn a $5 coupon to spend in August.  (That’s 10% off!!!)  When you participate, be sure to save your coupon code in a safe place, because it cannot be re-generated.  Shop and enjoy!!! I was working on projects for my Stamp Club this weekend, cutting materials and getting all prepared.  Here’s a look at my… Read More »

July Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  I got my sweet little red box in the mail this week.  It’s always a surprise to see what’s inside.  I never know what the contents will be, and that’s half the fun.  This month, the Paper Pumpkin kit is called What A Gem, and it included supplies to make small gift or treat boxes. Here’s a picture of the contents.  It included die cuts to make 4… Read More »

Exclusive Thoughtful Branches!

Stampin’ Up! is offering Bonus Days during July.  Buy products in July and earn coupons to spend in August!!!  There’s no limit to the number of coupons you can earn or spend, so enjoy! Then, just in time to use your coupons, Stampin’ Up! has an exclusive new bundle that’s available August 2 called Thoughtful Branches!  You’re going to love this bundle.  The stamps and fonts are gorgeous and the… Read More »

Watercolor Falling Flowers

One of my very favorite products from the Annual Catalog is the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack.  It’s got gorgeous background papers, including the beautiful wood background paper that I’m featuring on my card today.  There are four sheets of this paper in the stack, and I’m hording them for very special cards. And this card is very, very special.  It’s for a dear friend of mine who’s father… Read More »