Valentine Class – make your own cards & treats!

By | January 17, 2017

I’m sure you’ve seen the Valentine candy, decorations and card displays in the stores already.  I think they even went up on Dec. 26!!!  Why buy them when you can make your own special gifts of love.  I am hosting a Valentine Cards & Treats class on Thursday, January 26 at 10 am and Friday, January 27 at 10 am and 7 pm.  I promise you’ll have a wonderful time making these Valentines for your spouse, partner, kids, grandparent, neighbor, or whoever you want to share a handmade card and/or treat with.  You will make one of each card below and 2 treats for $25 with the option of making more treats for an additional $1 each.  Bring your own adhesive.

These are all my designs using the stamp sets Sealed with Love, Lift Me Up and Yummy in My Tummy.Snip20170117_17Snip20170117_18Snip20170117_19a little ode to Andy WarholSnip20170117_21choose your own background paper and sentimentsSnip20170117_20You choose your own tag to make


Be sure to RSVP to a fun day!

By | January 12, 2017

There’s so much excitement online about the new 2017 Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs.  What could be better?  Seeing all the new products in person.  I have many of the new products for you to see and play with.  Be sure to RSVP for my upcoming Catalog & Sale-a-Bration Launch Party on Saturday, January 21 to save your spot!  Each order enters your name into a gift certificate drawing (all January orders qualify).Snip20170112_8


Sale-a-Bration & the 2017 Occasions Catalog is HERE

By | January 5, 2017

Despite the rough start of unexpected technical difficulties with the Stampin’ Up! system, Sale-a-bration and the 2017 Occasions Catalog have officially launched!  There are so many incredible new products in both these catalogs. Be sure to get your pen and sticky notes ready because your need-to-have list is going to be super long.

snip20161205_6Click here to see 2017 Occasions Catalog online.snip20170105_13Click here to see Sale-a-bration catalog online.

What exactly is Sale-a-Bration?

Sale-A-Bration is the much anticipated 3-month opportunity of earning free products.  During Sale-a-Bration, you have not just one but THREE ways to earn free products!

  1. SHOP- For every $50 you spend (before shipping & tax), you can choose an item of your choice from the Sale-a-Bration catalog (even more items will be available on Feb. 21).
  2. JOIN – Now is the perfect time to join Stampin’ Up!  During Sale-a-Bration, your Starter Kit* will be extra special because you can choose ANY additional two stamp sets (that’s an added value of up to $104).  Since your wish list is going to be extra long, this is the best deal for you!
  3. HOST – Parties are the best and now they are even better!  Host a qualifying party** during Sale-a-Bration and earn an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards.  You can even use your Stampin’ Rewards towards your Starter Kit (that’s like a double bonus).

*A “Starter Kit” is your choice of any products in either/both the Annual catalog and Occasions catalog valued up to $125 – you pay only $99 and receive free shipping (and some extra stuff like a free Paper Pumpkin kit and catalogs to hand out to friends).  This is the BEST DEAL around.  By joining my team (aka purchasing a Starter Kit), you can take some of my classes at a discount, attend monthly creative meetings & events and be a part our Wicked Stampahs Facebook group.  There is no time contract and no commitment.  If you decide to purchase the Starter Kit one day and then decide never to order again, that’s okay (but very sad).  There is absolutely no risk involved in purchasing a Starter Kit.

**A qualifying party (to receive the extra $25) is $250.  This means a party of $250 in sales would earn you, as the hostess, $50 of free products.

Did you know you can take advantage of all three ways of Sale-a-Bration yourself!?!

Join Stampin’ Up! and get all the incredible savings and free products, then purchase some products receiving free Sale-a-Bration catalog items (with every $50 you purchase) at the party YOU are the hostess of (earning extra Stampin’ Rewards).  It’s a triple win!!!

Be a Stampin’ Up! hobbyist (you would fit in with 90% of all demonstrators) to get a discount each time you order, OR turn your hobby into something more by creating a business that works for you.  My team of Wicked Stampahs has, invites and supports every type of stamper.



January hostess code F73RVP9P

Each January order will be entered to win a gift certificate from me to celebrate my 10 years of being part of the Stampin’ Up! family.

Be sure to come back here often and check out my Facebook page during Sale-a-Bration for samples and videos using all the new products.

Your invitation to my Exclusive Sale-a-Bration Celebration Awaits!

I am hosting a special party and I want you to come.  You will be spoiled and pampered at this “Sale-a-Bration Celebration Party”.  The only way to receive an invitation is to:

  1.  Join my team (details of joining are above)
  2. Host a party or private class (6-10 people)
  3. Spend $150 in products between now and March 31.

This party will be held in either April or May (exact date to be determined soon).  If you qualify to come but can’t attend, don’t worry – I’ll spoil you too.


2017 Class & Events Schedule is Published!!!

By | January 2, 2017

I’ve kept some things the same and added some new ones.  Hope you like the 2017 lineup!  Looking forward to a very creative year with you.


>Catalog Kickoff Party!!!  Saturday, January 21, come anytime between 10 – 1pm, RSVP required, free event. Play with the new Catalog products and enjoy all the Sale-a-bration benefits.  Bring some friends to see how much happiness rubber stamps can make you.
>Valentine Cards & Treats, Thursday, January 26 at 10 am and Friday, January 27 at 10 am and 7 pm, $25, RSVP by noon Wed 1/25.
>Two Card Technique Tuesday, Tuesday, January 31 at 6:30 pm, $10, RSVP by noon Mon. 1/30.


>Norwell Council on Aging Valentine Class, Thursday, February 2 at 10 am.
>Watercoloring Class, Thursday, February 9 at 10 am and Friday, February 10 at 10 am and 7 pm, $45, RSVP by Friday, Feb. 3 (firm).  Fee includes: own set of new SU Watercolor Pencils, one Aqua Painter, one Blender Pen, case, technique page & cards.  (Bring your own SU watercolor pencils, aqua painter, blender pen and class fee is $20).
>Two Card Technique Tuesday, Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 pm, $10, RSVP by noon Mon. 2/20.


>Birthday Cards & Tags, Thursday, March 2 at 10 am and Friday, March 3 at 10 am and 7 pm, $25, RSVP by noon Wed 3/1.
>Quick & Easy (but beautiful) Cards, Saturday March 11.  You choose to come at 9:30 or noon.  $25 for 6 cards.  You choose your own sentiments: happy birthday, thank you, congrats to you or hello to you.  RSVP by noon Friday 3/10.
>Two Card Technique Tuesday, Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 pm, $10, RSVP by noon Mon. 3/13.
>Open Studio, Saturday, March 25.  Come anytime between 9 am – 4 pm, $5.  Bring your own projects to work on and use my stamps, inks, punches and Big Shot.  Card stock available for 40 cents a sheet.  RSVP by Friday 3/24.


>Easter Cards & Treats, Thursday, April 6 at 10 am and Friday, April 7 at 10 am and 7 pm, $25.  RSVP by noon Wed 4/5.
>Two Card Technique Tuesday, Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 pm, $10, RSVP by noon Mon. 4/17.
>Dragonfly Dreams Class, Thursday, April 27 at 10 am and Friday, April 28 at 10 am and 7 pm.  RSVP by noon Wed 4/26.  This class will feature the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.
Don’t forget to plan your own party or private class – contact me today to reserve your spot.  My house or yours. 
**You will need to bring your own adhesive to all classes.  I have new adhesive products for you to purchase at class if needed.  I will send a list of what you will need to bring with my confirmation email prior to class.
Cancellation policy:  If you need to cancel with less than 48 hours until card-class time, you will still need to pay the class fee.  However, I will complete the cards for you.  Once the project kits are ordered, there is no cancellation refund.  If you can’t make the class, we can figure out a time to get together or I can do the stamping for you and you can complete at home.

Celebrate My 10 Year Anniversary with Me!

By | January 2, 2017

I’m so very happy I joined Stampin’ Up! 10 years ago (during the incredible Sale-a-Bration). It’s such a big and important part of my life: creatively, socially and as an income. I’m so grateful for all the friends I have made locally and from around the world. All because I took a chance on this creative opportunity. I’m looking forward to the next 10 years!!! Care to join me?  Sale-A-Bration begins in just two days and is the best time of year to join.ten


Christmas Cards Mailed to Me!

By | December 29, 2016

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy New Year to you all!  My family and I had a wonderful Christmas that actually lasted 3 days.  I have been enjoying sleeping in each morning during this holiday break, but am secretly looking forward to our routine beginning again on Tuesday.  It’s been a little stressful around here getting the college applications completed.  My stamping studio was turned into a dining room and I need to switch it back to my creative spot.

I wanted to share with you all the Christmas and Holiday cards that I received from so many of you.  Thank you!!!  I love to receive happy mail, especially mail crafted by you.img_3370made by Mary C.fullsizerender-12 made by Valerie B.fullsizerender-4made by Mimi C.fullsizerender-8made by Michele W.fullsizerender-11made by Ellen C.fullsizerender-7 made by Michelle C.img_3376made by Tracy B.fullsizerender-5made by Jennifer C.fullsizerender-3 made by Kathie D.fullsizerender-13made by Susan S.fullsizerender-2made by Nancy G.fullsizerender-14 made by Adie. F.H.fullsizerender-10made by Deb. G.fullsizerender-6made by Carol M.fullsizerender made by Carol D.fullsizerender-15 made by Jocelyn D.fullsizerender-9 made by Marie E.img_3387made by Leslie G.



The Gift that Keeps on Giving

By | December 13, 2016

A Paper Pumpkin prepaid subscription is the perfect gift for all your crafty friends! Choose from 1, 3, 6, or 12 months and a fully designed project kit will arrive each month at their door with stamps, ink, and paper so they can skip to the fun part of crafting. Purchase a prepaid subscription today!  Purchase here.  I love receiving my Paper Pumpkin kits each month, delivered right to my mailbox.




Online Extravaganza!!!!

By | November 20, 2016

In just a few hours, Online Extravaganza begins.  A whole week of special savings from both the annual and holiday catalogs.  So many sale items, they take up 4 pages!  Click HERE to see the whole listing.  Extra special Flash sales are on Monday, Nov. 21 and Monday, Nov. 28.

As a thank you for shopping with me, I am sending everyone who places an order a sweet treat in the mail.  Hostess code is M6SSWRCQ.

So what are you waiting for?  Happy Extravaganza Shopping!snip20161117_93


Classes & Open Studios

By | November 10, 2016
Did you know that there are only 6 full weeks left until Christmas and Hanukah?  Yikes!!!!  I’ve looked at my calendar to see if I could fit in a little more for you to get your projects done, make cards & tags.  I’m still available for private classes & hostess parties, just contact me to schedule a date.
Christmas Cards (photos below) – Friday, November 18 at 10 am and 7 pm
You choose to make 6 cards for $23 or 12 cards for $33 (you bring your own adhesive).  RSVP by noon Wednesday, Nov. 16.
New date  – Open Studio – Saturday, November 19 anytime between 10 am – 5 pm, $5 fee RSVPs by day before. Bring your own projects, Paper Pumpkin kits, and use my stamp sets, inks, punches, Big Shot and supplies.  Paper available for 40 cents/sheet. **Pre-order any of the project kits from the catalog and use my stamp sets & inks to put together.
Open Studio – Tuesday, November 29 anytime between 9 am – 2 pm, $5 fee by day before. Same description as above.
New class – Stitched With Cheer Christmas Cards – Wednesday, December 7 at 7pm and Thursday, December 8 at 10 am.  $33 includes everything you need to make 18 cards (this is a project kit from the Holiday catalog).  You can always finish at home.  RSVPs firm by Nov. 29 so I can order the kits.
Holiday Gift Tags (good for both Christmas & Hanukah), Friday, December 9 at 10 am and 7 pm.  $30 includes all supplies (including adhesive) to make 30 tags and red keepsake tin. RSVP firm by Nov 29 so I can order the kits.
Open Studio – Tuesday, December 13 anytime between 9 am – 2 pm by day before, $5 fee. Same description as above.

Cancellation policy:  If you need to cancel with less than 48 hours until card-class time, you will still need to pay the class fee.  However, I will complete the cards for you.  Once the project kits are ordered, there is no cancellation refund.  If you can’t make the class, we can figure out a time to get together or I can do the stamping for you and you can complete at home.snip20161110_73img_3172img_3174These cards are made with the stamp sets that are 25% off during the month of November.  To see all of the sale stamp sets, click HERE.  We will also be using the new coordinating Stitched Shapes Framelits that I am loving.

Stitched with Cheer Card Kit Class (18 cards)

snip20161107_57Tin of Tags Project Kit – 30 tags (Dec. 9 class)snip20161110_74Be sure to RSVP to secure a spot in class!


Last Chance for Special Edition Holiday Box

By | November 9, 2016
Tomorrow, November 10 at midnight is the deadline to subscribe or re-subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and receive the Special Edition – Holiday Box.  The inside is a secret – but I’m told if you like the outside, you’ll LOVE the inside!  I can’t wait to receive mine.
Paper Pumpkin delivers a paper crafting project (cards, gift wrapping & home decor) each month with all the supplies you need right to your mailbox, all for only $19.95/month (shipping is even included).  No need to go to the big box craft store to shop a la carte for your paper, ink, stamps, envelopes & embellishments.  Paper Pumpkin has got you covered.  They do the design work, the cutting & prepping.  All you need to do is follow the directions (included or on YouTube) and assemble, or create your own project with the included supplies.
Don’t delay, you are going to want this box!snip20161104_40

To subscribe, click on this link:  Sign me up for Paper Pumpkin!  If you ever lose this link, you can also go to and just be sure to choose me as your demonstrator.
Each month is $19.95 (which includes shipping).  You will receive all supplies: stamps, inks, paper, necessities & directions to make the project in the box.  There is no time contract and can cancel at any time (but I don’t think you’ll want to).

A Closer Look at the Stitching

By | November 6, 2016

I just got back this afternoon from Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage event in New Jersey and I am full of energy and ideas to share with you, but those will have to wait just a little bit (need to get all my thoughts and ideas together).  Today, I wanted to show you the detail in the Stitched Framelits that arrived while I was away.  I just ran one square, circle & oval through the Big Shot to give you a close up look.  The whole set of Framelits comes with 4 squares, 4 circles & 4 ovals and they are different sizes than the Layering Squares, Circle & Oval sets so they can all work together.  Isn’t that wonderful?snip20161106_41Order yours today:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies


Stitched Details

By | November 2, 2016

Stampin’ Up! just released an amazing new product, the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  These framelits may look like a normal circle, square or oval, but the detail on the edge looks just like stitching – without using your sewing machine.  Instant detail!  These Framelits dies are available now and then will be available in the 2017/18 Annual Catalog – so they are here to stay.  To make using these dies that much easier, Stampin’ Up! is offering coordinating stamp sets at a 25% discount – for the month of November only.  Be sure to get these great sets on sale along with your Framelits.snip20161031_21snip20161031_22If you have a few minutes, take a moment to watch Brandi from the Stampin’ Up! home office to see these Framelits in action.  You are sure to fall in love!



This is Why I Love What I Do

By | October 29, 2016

I’m just like you.  I love to receive happy mail and today I just opened one.  There’s nothing like receiving a handmade card and kind words.  It’s just pure joy.  I don’t think she’ll mind me sharing.snip20161029_15snip20161029_14snip20161029_16Does this card not exude pure happiness and joy???  Would you like to be this happy too?  It’s contagious and it’s awesome.  Let me share the world of rubber stamping with you and you too will fall in love.  Join me at a class or host your own party, just like Jocelyn did.  You will be happy and your recipients will be happy, just like I am today.  Thank you Jocelyn.



By | October 22, 2016

Yesterday I hosted my Halloween Cards & Treats class and it was spook-tacular!  Any goblin, zombie or ghost would love to receive these cute cards & treats.  We used two fabulous Halloween stamp sets:  Jar of Haunts and Cookie Cutter Halloween.  img_2837img_2839img_2838img_2840Hope you weren’t too scared!!!  Happy Halloween!


Eagle Scout Project Fundraiser

By | October 13, 2016

My son Troy is working on his Eagle Scout Project and is in need of a little more fundraising (his project is listed below).  I thought I would help him out in a way that I know how.  I will donate my proceeds to his project from any orders placed between now and November 11.  Last Fall I did this to help out my daughter’s softball team (update: their fields are currently being redone with new fencing, backstops and dugouts – they are very excited).

Here are some shopping ideas:

> Start your Christmas Shopping – the Watercolor Wishes & Oh Happy Day all inclusive card kits would make a great gift for anyone you love.
> Have you had your eye on the Big Shot?
> Need to stock up on your adhesives?
> Don’t forget to check out the Clearance Rack Deals.

Anyone who places an order during this fundraiser time will receive two cards from me (that you can re-use) as a thank you.  You can shop here at my website: by clicking Shop, or click on one of the product links above and it will bring your right to my shopping page.

Thank you!

Hostess code:  RUFBBGG3

Troy’s Eagle Scout project is building a wooden pavilion to be used as an outdoor classroom at his former elementary school.  He has raised $4000 for this ambitious project and needs $800 more to fund the roof.  He and his team have worked very hard and the school is thrilled to have such a great structure to use for decades to come. This is what is built so far:

img_2771This is what it will look like: snip20161013_8

Thank you again for placing any orders and helping him out.  It’s a win/win,you get amazing Stampin’ Up! products and he earns money towards the roof.


It’s Official, I’m on YouTube!

By | October 8, 2016

I have been working hard all week to get some videos made and post them to YouTube – all an incredibly big learning process.  My videos are not perfect, but they do teach and reflect who I am.  “Perfection is the enemy of progress”.  So, without further adieu, I ask you to subscribe to my new YouTube channel to supplement what I do here on the website – inspire, create and share.  I also added a menu bar that links you to the channel.  Enjoy!

Be sure to leave comments and suggestions for future videos.

To visit & subscribe:


Stamping your own background paper

By | October 4, 2016

I often get asked how I stamp my own background paper to look like it was pre-printed.  It’s really quite easy so I thought I would share the technique with you with my first ever video!!!  Watch here and then come back to see the photographs of the cards and the supplies I used.

What did you think?  A few blunders, but that’s life.  I hope you saw how easy it is to stamp in a diagonal to make a nice background.  Below are the cards I demonstrated and what I used for each one.


Stamp Set:  All Wrapped Up #141960

Ink:  Night of Navy

Paper – Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes, 3 1/2″ x 7/8″ strip from Affectionately Yours and 2 1/2″ x 1″ strip of Watermelon Wonder

Watermelon striped Washi tape fromAffectionately Yours Washi Tape

Gold Metallic Thread


Stamp Set:  Candy Cane Christmas

Ink: Cucumber Crush, Real Red

Paper: Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes, 2″ x 4 1/2″ strip of Cucumber Crush & Real Red

Cucumber Crush 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon, Layering Circle Frameits (& Big Shot), Triple Banner Punch


Stamp Set:  Better Together

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry & Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes, Bermuda Bay &  1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Vellum

Sequin Trim: Bermuda Bay, Gold & Silver


Happy Birthday! GDP#054

By | September 21, 2016

Do you ever forget to send birthday cards in time for the actual birthday??  Still send them!  I’ve had a few people on my “birthday mailing list” that have been on my list a little too long and now will receive a “happy belated birthday” card.  The reason is my own doing.  These lovely people visit my website, Facebook page and attend my card classes, so I wanted to mail them a card they’ve never seen before.  I finally sat myself down yesterday to create a new, unseen card just for them.  (So, if you are reading this Jan, Ellen, Kathie, Marlene & Barbara, you may want to stop here because your card is “in the mail” – really, it’s in the mailbox right now).

I decided to pair my creation with the Global Design Project Sketch Challenge #054.  This is the sketch I based my card:snip20160921_17And here is my card and interpretation of the sketch challenge:snip20160921_11You can see that I interpreted the sketch rather than copy it.  I used my favorite Balloon Celebration stamp set and coordinating Balloon Bouquet punch.  It’s actually quite a simple design, but sometimes a little restraint goes a long way.  I’m still working on my photographing skills and the shine & glitter may be a little hard to see.snip20160921_15Each balloon has either shine or glitter.  One balloon is punched from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, one punched from Silver Foil Sheets and the Sweet Sugarplum balloon is embossed with silver embossing powder.  The string is made from the Silver ribbon of the 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack.  I cut the edge of the ribbon and separated the strands:snip20160921_22I’m really pleased with how the card turned out.  Here’s a peek at the inside with a wish from the Better Together stamp set:snip20160921_16So, the lesson for today is, send your cards no matter how late they may be!  I am sure they will be enjoyed just as much (or maybe even a little more) than on their actual birthday.


Oh Baby!

By | September 10, 2016

I went to a baby shower today and haven’t been to one in a long time.  Who doesn’t love babies??  The powdery smell, cute gurgling noises, soft skin, pudgy cheeks, oh my!  This shower was for a baby boy and had a travel theme.  The invitation was super cute and looked just like an airplane ticket/boarding pass. I decided to wrap my gift to make it look like luggage (I got wind that there would be a luggage area a.k.a. gift area).  I don’t always have the extra time to wrap a gift with the love & care it deserves, but was very happy I did for this one because I am so pleased with the results.snip20160910_1I found everything I needed (except the blue wrapping paper) to create my suitcase from around the house.  This is really a Nike shoebox in disguise.  snip20160910_2The baby’s last name will be Hood, which fit perfectly in this label slot I took off an old card storage box.  I used the new Brushwork Alphabet photopolymer stamp set to create the name tag.  The “luggage tag” was made with the new Dapper Denim printed DSP from the In Color DSP Stacks.  The “enjoy the little things” is from a retired stamp set, but stamped in Cherry Cobbler.  The handle is made with a double layer of Kraft cardstock and retired chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon (the suit case is also outlined in retired Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon).snip20160910_4This adorable baby card was made with the amazing Baby Bear stamp set – the bear is triple stamped and looks like a photograph.  It’s a little hard to see in this photograph, but I embossed the white background with the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder.  As a retired knitter, I am so happy to have this texture.  Here’s a tip using that folder – only use one standard cutting pad because the folder is extra thick.   The dark blue is the Dapper Denim and coordinates with the luggage tag from the box.   The card, luggage and gift inside were a big hit with the mom-to-be.