Picture Perfect

The Picture Perfect stamp set is SUPER pretty.  It has three images that all involve multiple step stamping.  The different stamps work together to create realistic, “picture perfect” results.  I was fascinated by this set when I first saw it.  Then, I saw so many gorgeous cards created with it that I had to give it a try myself. To start out, I searched the internet for photos of hummingbirds… Read More »

Weekly News

Each Tuesday, I write a newsletter to let you know about the latest deals at Stampin’ Up and upcoming events. Paper Pumpkin: The April 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit is going to be a special one!  Subscribers will not only receive the monthly kit, including a new photopolymer stamp set, but they’ll also receive an extra Free stamp set called All About Everything!  This is a one time event to celebrate… Read More »

April Desktop Calendars

Before I start today, I want to say thank you to all my email subscribers for hanging in there.  Unbeknownst to me, my email update service stopped working sometime in March.  If it wasn’t for a dear friend telling me that she was no longer receiving Swimming In Stamps emails, I never would have known.  So I had to scramble over the weekend to find a new service and get… Read More »

March Desktop Calendars

This post has been updated, as it originally had some errors: I’m back for a new installment of 2017 Desktop Calendars. While I’ve been trying to create one of these a month, I fell slightly behind in March, but I’ll try to make up for it by posting the April 2017 calendar design soon:) If you’d like to follow along with me, I’ll be creating one of these calendars a… Read More »

Last Day of Sale-A-Bration!

Today is the last day of Sale-A-Bration!  It’s the last day to earn a free Sale-A-Bration product each time you spend $50.  (For a list of the remaining Sale-A-Bration products you can earn, see the bottom of this post.) I thought I’d made one last Sale-A-Bration card.  My card today features the Pedal Pusher stamp set, Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack, and Metallics Glitter Tape, some of my absolute favorites.… Read More »

Weekly Deals / Little Packages

There’s only three more days left of Sale-A-Bration!  Be sure to take advantage of these last few days to earn a free product with each $50 purchase. Today for inspiration, I made a box for my daughter for her upcoming 18th birthday.  You know the saying, “Good things come in little packages,” well this box is little (only 2-1/2″ cubed) and she’s going to be getting something really good inside:)… Read More »

Sale-A-Bration Countdown!

It’s the final countdown!  There’s only four days left of Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year.  It’s all over on March 31, 2016.  Only four more days to earn free products when you make a qualifying purchase of $50, and there are so many great products to choose from!  I’ll be featuring them this week before they’re gone for good. My card today features three Sale-A-Bration products:  1) the… Read More »

Paper Pumpkin Easter

Recently, Stampin’ Up! featured an adorable Easter card on it’s Home Page created by one of the Artisan Design Team members, Cindy Schuster, where she created “eggs” using the Balloon Bouquet punch.  Cindy came up with the idea of trimming off the bottom of the balloon punch to change it into an egg shape.  What a totally brilliant idea!!!  I decided that I wanted to try making an Easter card… Read More »

Pocketful of Cheer

Today, I have a card to share that you can make with the contents of the March Paper Pumpkin Kit, and a few extra supplies.  This is the type of project that I provide in the monthly tutorials I share with all my Paper Pumpkin subscribers.  You can receive those tutorials for FREE around the 1st of the month following the release of each monthly kit, if you sign up… Read More »

Weekly News / Paper Pumpkin

I got my March Paper Pumpkin Kit this weekend.  While I haven’t had much time to play with it, I did take a peek at the contents and make some of the standard projects.  I love getting my Paper Pumpkin box each month.  It’s always a surprise, so it’s like getting a little gift in the mail (a gift to myself!) This month, the box included this fun little message. … Read More »

Grunge Scrapbook Page

Today, I have a scrapbook page to share that I created with My Memories Suite software.  I’m continuing to work on Shannon’s school scrapbook.  Obviously, I’m going out of order since these are recent photos.  (I tend to do that a lot.)  But, I figure as long as I get something done, I’m working in the right direction.  I like to complete pages as inspiration hits me. My friend Beth… Read More »

School Days Scrapbook

My daughter Shannon is graduating from High School this year.  It’s such an exciting time of her life.  It’s also a time for me to reflect on her childhood, which has gone by WAY too fast. When my kids were in pre-school, I started (and vowed to finish) school scrapbooks for each of them.  Each grade follows the following format:  A title page with their official school picture, filler pages… Read More »

Botanical Easter Basket

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  I should have made a St. Patrick’s Day project!!!  Oh well, missed the boat there.  I have to admit that I don’t do that much celebrating for St. Patty’s Day.  I mostly just dress up in green and hide a few chocolate shamrocks and gold coins for the kids.  Now that one kid is away at college and the other one is so busy I hardly… Read More »

Weekly Deals

This week, Stampin’ Up! has some great new Weekly Deals for 25% off.  They include the awesome Festive Flower Builder Punch that you can use to create beautiful decorative flowers.  This punch coordinates with the Friends & Flowers stamp set that is on page 46 of the Occasions Catalog.  I also love the Fringe Scissors.  Use them to add a fun, unique 3-D element to your handmade cards.  Finally, Gold… Read More »

Butterfly Silhouettes

Do you ever just peruse Pinterest for inspiration and ideas?  I seem to be doing it a lot lately.  It’s a little addictive.  It fascinates me to see the clever ideas that others come up with. The other day, I pinned a gorgeous butterfly card that I wanted to try my hand at recreating (and of course give my own little touch.)  My mom happened to be visiting, so we… Read More »

Beautiful Ride Tie Dye

I feel like I’ve stepped back into the 60s!!!  Think tie die shirts, Beatles (the band and the car), peace and groovy love … man. Seriously, I was looking at Pinterest the other day and saw a card with a tie die background that totally inspired me.  It’s such a perfect background to go with the Beautiful Ride stamp set!  I just had to play around and figure out how… Read More »

Flowering Fields Custom Box

Have you ever wanted to make a custom gift box?  I’ve got some simple instructions to share today that only require a Stampin’ Trimmer (or Scoring Board) and a 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper.  After you’ve created your custom box, you can decorate to your heart’s content. I made this little gift box out of a sheet of Kraft Cardstock.  I wanted to wrap a door prize for my… Read More »

Weekly News

It’s a new week and I have lots of fun things to share with you today.  First off, I have a sneak peak of the amazing tutorials that I sent off to all my Paper Pumpkin subscribers last week.  This month’s document included 11 individual tutorials for alternative projects to make with the February Paper Pumpkin Kit.  One of the projects did not require any additional supplies.  The exclusive projects… Read More »

Senior Dedication Page

My baby girl is graduating from high school this year!!!  Oh my goodness, it’s hard to believe how quickly the time has gone by.  It seems like yesterday that I was taking her to her first day of Kindergarten. The yearbook staff at her school is hard at work.  One of the things they include each year are senior dedications.  This is a section of the yearbook where parents write… Read More »

Glitter Tape!!!

Have you seen the new Sale-A-Bration Glitter Tape?  It’s AWESOME!!!! You can select this tape for free when you place an order for $50 before March 31, 2016.  The Glitter Tape comes with three separate rolls — gold, silver and clear.  But the best thing is that you can color the clear tape, and it comes out GORGEOUS!!!!  Can you tell that I’m excited?  I got this tape at least… Read More »