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.


Seats still available for Sunday’s Bingo!

By | September 6, 2016

I have a few seats left for Sunday’s Bingo game.  Are you feeling lucky?  Do you want to win some new Holiday catalog Stampin’ Up! product prizes?  Make two beautiful cards?  Hang out with awesome women?  Let me know you want to join us for Sunday’s Bingo at 3pm.  Don’t worry, the Patriots kickoff isn’t until 8:30 later in the night.  Here are the two cards you will make (sentiments changeable):Snip20160906_35




The Holiday Catalog is Live TODAY!!!

By | September 1, 2016

Grab a cup of cocoa and a gingerbread cookie (alright, maybe a cup of tea and an english muffin) and spend some time looking through this amazing Holiday catalog.

Snip20160901_21Click HERE to see all 55 pages of the Holiday catalog.

Stampin’ Up! really outdoes itself with each new publication and this one is truly spectacular.  I can’t decide which is my favorite, but certainly the Candy Lane Suite is right on top of my list.  You will find new products to make anything Halloween, Fall/Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  You may want to have a pad of paper and pen next to you while leafing through.Snip20160901_23

To make September 1st even better, today begins the first week of three with it’s Special Offers announcement.  Stampin’ Up! will be offering select, new products at 25% off each week.  All you need to do to go shopping is click the “Shop” tab at the top of this website.Snip20160831_19


Give the gift of Fresh Fruit

By | August 19, 2016

I’m not a fan of eating strawberries, peaches or pears (I’m a citrus girl), but I am absolutely in love with the Fresh Fruit set from Stampin’ Up!’s annual catalog.  I first saw the set in Utah when I was at Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage event and knew I wanted to do a summer class with it.  I decided to craft this class around making a boxed set.  Snip20160813_30

You will make two cards each of strawberries, peaches & pears, and package them in a coordinating box (I learned how to construct this box in Utah too.  Anyone who joins Stampin’ Up! can attend these events.  If you are interested, I’m happy to chat with you about it and answer any questions you may have).  Snip20160813_26

You choose your own sentiments.  I decided to stamp a thank you and happy birthday for each piece of fruit.  Be sure to notice the “delicious” looking Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  It’s scrumptious.Snip20160813_27 Snip20160813_28 Snip20160813_29This class will be offered next Thursday at 9:30 am and 7 pm.  Be sure to RSVP to reserve your spot.  Class is $25.  Snip20160819_2Fresh Fruit photopolymer stamp set #141770, $27Snip20160819_3Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper #141660, $11


Christmas in August

By | August 13, 2016

Every December I hear from those who took my Christmas card classes in the summer and they all say the same thing “I LOVE having my cards all done”.  I’ve also heard that a few of them address their envelopes at the same time they make their cards – talk about efficiency!  If you would like to be one of those who have their Christmas cards done (or at least some of them done), join us at next week’s Christmas in August class.  Class is on:  Friday, August 19 at either 10 am or 7 pm.  You choose to make 6 cards for $23 or 12 cards for $33.  Please RSVP by noon on Wednesday, Aug. 17.Snip20160811_22


Snip20160811_24You can choose to use “merry”, “jolly” or “peace” on this card.


One Day Left!!!

By | August 9, 2016

One day left to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and receive the following stamp set – one you will use over and over.  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit delivered right to your mailbox.  Inside each box, you’ll find all the stamps, ink and paper you need to make a fun, paper crafting project.  Everything is precut and ready to go.  I LOVE receiving my box every month!!!

Whether you’re a stamping pro or a newbie, Paper Pumpkin makes it easy to relax and enjoy your favorite hobby – creating.  Just imagine having the time to be “that person” who makes all the cute things and makes it look easy!

You can receive Paper Pumpkin two ways:

Monthly subscription – pay as you go for just $19.95/month (shipping included)
Prepaid subscription – pay ahead or give as a gift.  Shipping is included in prices:
                                    3-month $59
                                    6-month $114 (saves $1/month)
                                    12-month $215 (saves $2/month)Snip20160803_12

Thoughtful Branches

By | July 25, 2016

The more I use this exclusive Thoughtful Branches set (that will be available for purchase in August), the more I love it.  There are so many possibilities with each of the stamps!  Definitely a four season stamp set and I can’t get enough of the hydrangea flower combinations.  Be sure to do a “Thoughtful Branches Stampin’ Up!” search on Pinterest, you’ll find some beauties.

Here are the three cards we are going to make at my upcoming August 4 Thoughtful Branches class (10 am & 7 pm):Snip20160725_19This card I copied exactly from a Stampin’ Up! design.  I just loved the way they used a tree stamp as the polka-dot background with the middle vellum layer.  A double stamp for the tree to get a leaf shadow, the 3 dimensional “thank you” banner and of course the bluebirds.Snip20160725_20This card is my own design.  I love blue hydrangeas (and have several bushes in my yard).  I find in September, some of the under blooms turn a little green and even a little purple.  I tried putting a layer of Sweet Sugarplum behind the blue blooms as well, but it was too much and I liked the green best (Pear Pizzazz in case you were wondering).  The base card is Tip Top Taupe with the same color ink and the Hardwood background stamp.  “Your in my thoughts” comes with the set and is embossed in the new copper embossing powder.  The blue flower is Marina Mist and the stem is Garden Green.Snip20160725_21I saw this design on Pinterest and put my own color spin on it.  The flowers kind of remind me of both lilacs and hyacinths – but really, the stamp was designed to be stamped on a tree base as leaves.  There are clever stampers out there (and I’m so grateful for them)!  I used the butterfly embossing folder as a background and chose to stamp my blooms in Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo.

Such a versatile set!  I didn’t even showcase all of the tree combinations you can do.  I plan on using this set for my Christmas in August class too.

This set, Framelits and Bundle will be available August 2-31Snip20160725_23Thoughtful Branches photopolymer stamp set $27 


Beautiful Branches Framelits $27 or 

Thoughtful Branches Bundle (set & Framelits) $52

There are only a few days left for Bonus Days!!!  This is Stampin’ Up!’s first offering of coupons.  For every $50 you spend in product, you will receive a $5 coupon to be used in August.  The great news is, you can use your coupon on Thoughtful Branches!!! (or anything else).  Be sure to click on Shop on my menu bar to start your shopping and earn your coupons.  There are no limits to how many you can earn.Social2_BonusDays_demo_July0716_US


Christmas in July Class

By | July 18, 2016
My most popular classes last summer were Christmas card classes.  Sound strange?  If you think about it, there’s no pressure to rush around and get everything done on your checklist. You get to enjoy the process of creativity and look forward to December knowing that your beautiful cards are already done.  It’s quite a festive class even in the summer.  I hope you can join us!
Christmas in July card class this Friday, July 22 at 10 am and 7 pm.
$23 for 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) or $33 for 12 cards (4 each of 3 designs)
RSVP by noon Wednesday, July 20

Don’t forget to RSVP

By | July 11, 2016
My Catalog Launch Party & BOGO Sale is this Friday & Saturday.  An event you do not want to miss!  Drop in anytime between 5 – 8pm on Friday, July 15 or 9 – 1pm on Saturday, July 16. I will send you my address with your RSVP.  The event is free (encourage a friend to come too!).  Just click here to RSVP:
What You Will Do:
    – Make 3 cards using new stamp sets & products
    – See new products and samples on display
    – Receive your own bookmark with the new In Colors
    – Pick up your copy of the new Catalog
    – Sign up for Classes & Paper Share
    – BOGO Sale (buy old and get new for free)
BOGO Sale:  I’ll have all my past retired supplies (stamps, inks, papers, tools) and craft supplies on sale for you to purchase.  Buy these old items and then get new catalog products (for the same amount) for free*.
RSVP’s required.
Fine print:  BOGO orders must be placed that day at my sale.  You pay tax and shipping. You are welcome to order more new items than your BOGO amount and just pay the difference.  All orders will be delivered to me and we can make arrangements for your product pickup.
Bonus Days:  with each $50 of products purchased, you will receive a $5 Bonus Days coupon towards an August order.   That’s great timing, thanks Stampin’ Up!New Catalog Kickoff &-2

Bonus Days

By | July 7, 2016

I’m so excited about Bonus Days! This is the first time Stampin’ Up! has offered coupons to customers! All you need to do for your $5 coupon is spend $50 in July. Stampin’ Up! will email you a coupon for every $50 you spend, and you can use coupons on anything you want in August! It begins today and last through July 31. Shop at my online store here:



Global Design Project #042

By | June 29, 2016

A happy hello to everyone!  I’ve been away from my stamp studio for the last few weeks due to my husband’s surgery, but I am back and ready to get creative.  These Global Design Project challenges are a great way to get my fingers back in the ink.  This week’s challenge is a Sketch Challenge:Snip20160629_2No one has to follow the sketch exactly, just use it as a reference with a similar layout.  Here is my creation:Snip20160629_1I fell in love with this camera image from the hostess set Pun Intended at OnStage.  It’s such a classic camera and can be used in so many ways – even if the young ones don’t know what a camera is!  Of course, the puns included make it fun to use too.  It’s hard to see, but on the inside of the card says “snappy birthday”.

I am in love with the new Flirty Flamingo color and think it pairs so well with black and smoky slate.  A classic combination to go with a classic camera.  Of course, I had to shine it up a bit with the silver glimmer paper flash & stars.

Here are the dimensions of the card:

Base Smoky Slate: 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″

Front Black: 4″ x 2 1/2″

Black Strip: 1 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″

Flirty Flamingo Stripe Strip: 1″ x 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″

Tip:  When adhering the Z strip, adhere it to the back panel first, fold the card closed and then adhere to the front.  I found it easier to line up and reduce any chance of buckling, making it nice to fold and lay flat.

At OnStage, Dawn Griffith did a presentation on different style Z fold cards and the stamp set One Wild Ride she got to design for reaching one million dollars in sales (how awesome is that – both designing your own stamp set AND reaching one million dollars).  Here’s a photo of the card she made:Snip20160629_4There’s actually quite a lot of versatility with this Z fold design.  I can’t wait to try out some of the new images and papers from the new catalog.  I’m thinking it would make a great Christmas card (stay tuned).

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my challenge submission.  Be sure to check out everyone else’s too at

Updated: July 4

Whoo Hoo!  I received a Special Mention for this submission!  You can see the winners HERE and all the submissions HERE (just scroll to the bottom of the post).  I happened to case the bee hive card of one the winners for my Mother’s Birthday card too (not knowing she was going to be a winner).Snip20160704_1


Inspiration can come from anywhere

By | June 9, 2016

On Fridays, I watch my niece after school  We call these Fiona Fridays and it’s such a delight to have a cute and energetic playmate.  Last week I picked her up from school and noticed she had on a fun shirt that reminded me of a butterfly die I have.  I asked her if I could take her photograph because I could turn her shirt into a card.Snip20160609_1Isn’t she cute?  She’s 7 in this photo, but turned 8 two days later.  I decided to turn my butterfly card idea into her birthday card.  Snip20160609_2I used permanent markers to color directly on my window sheets and then cut them out using my Circles Collection Framelits (these have been replaced by the Layering Circle Framelits Dies and mine just arrived last night).  Tip: punches do not punch a clean edge on window sheets so you need to use a Big Shot.  I used my paper-piercing tool to pierce a hole at the top of the circle and tied a knot with a piece of white bakers twine to copy the sewn on look (I really used a glue dot to stick the circle on the card).  I cut the Pumpkin Pie butterfly with my Butterflies Thinlits die.Snip20160609_3I think the card resembles her shirt really well.  When she opened her card she was all excited remembering me taking her picture.  I put that picture inside her card too so that everyone else could be in on our secret.  Keep your eyes open because inspiration is everywhere.


Loving Love & Affection

By | June 6, 2016

I must be in the challenge mode this week because I am entering another one.  The Global Design Project was created 39 weeks ago by a team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all around the globe.  They team up and create challenges for fellow demonstrators – which really is a great exercise for those crafty brain muscles.  Each week is a different challenge that may focus on a color combination, technique, sketch or theme.  I have been watching them since the beginning telling myself that I want to participate.  Finally, I did it and I hope to continue in more of them, more often.
Snip20160606_5Here is my design #GDP039:Snip20160606_4I followed the layout of a card in the Watercolor Wishes All-Inclusive Card Kit.  Can you find it?Snip20160606_3I used my Aqua Painter to create the Night of Navy stripes in the background and embossed the flowers from the Love & Affection stamp set in the new Copper Embossing Powder.  I cut out the flowers the old fashioned way – with my paper snips (no Big Shot die for this set) and added just a touch of the coordinating Affectionately Yours Washi tape.  (By the way, all the watercoloring is done for you in the Watercolor Wishes card kit – all you have to do is stamp your greeting and assemble).

Thanks for looking!