Card number 3 for my December Hostess Clubs…

Hello!  As promised I want to share my last card for the December Hostess Clubs.  Here we go:

Yes another Christmas card!  We have sooooo many beautiful Christmas stamp sets and designer papers that there is an endless supply of beautiful cards!  This one uses our beautiful foil snowflakes, which are on the Stampin’ Up! retirement list!

Yes, today our retirement list came out and I wanted to share that with you.

Hit the red button on the right hand side and check out what leaving us and which items are on sale!  A couple of things to keep in mind; 1.  Stamp sets that are retiring are guaranteed to be available until December 20th; 2.  all other items such as framelits, thinlits, designer paper, ribbon etc are available until gone.

Give me a call or email if you have any questions.  I would be very happy to get an order set for you and will include some of my original designed cards as my thank you gift!

Happy Stamping!

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Yes, even dinosaurs celebrate Christmas!

My challenge put to me by one of my Hostess Club members was to create a little boys Christmas card.  I don’t know why, but, the first stamp set that came to my mind was No Bones about It, which is on page 109 of the Annual catalog.

Not to keep you waiting, here is what I came up with:

Our little dinosaur dressed up a bit with a few black rhinestones.  The Santa hat was a bit big so I had it popped up on a dimensional so it would come to the front of the scene.  I used designer paper from three different collections.  The stripe is from the Annual catalog, Be Merry, the trees are from the Holiday catalog, Merry Little Christmas and the bow and wreath are from the Holiday catalog, Christmas Around the World.  The bonus with the wreath and bow is that there are thinlits to cut our these items!

To me the trees looked a little rustic and since the dinosaur was going to be in black I wanted to bring in a background with a small black print.

So, do you think I hit the mark or not?  Would you give this to a little person in your life?

I so love that stripe from the Be Merry designer paper!  I used it in another card we will be making with my Hostess Club.:

My Hostess Club member also requested a “girl” Christmas card.  This card is what I designed to fit that bill.  To my delight it also let me use our Blends markers.  (I just can’t get enough time in with those!!)

Tomorrow I will show you the last card designed for my December Hostess Club members!

Happy Stamping!


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Shelter from the Storm…..

We have a wonderful stamp set that you may have forgotten about.  It’s called Weather Together and you can check it out on page 93 of the Annual catalog.  I decided to use it so that my stampers could practice using the Blends on something other than a flower!

I came up with this little card using watercolor paper for the background because you know I always LOVE using my handy dandy aqua painter!

The base of the card is rich razzleberry layered with night of navy.  The verse which I do love is “Sometimes we all need shelter from the storm”.  The inside verse is “we’ll weather this together”.  Isn’t that a wonderful message?

I picked rich razzleberry and night of navy because those are some of the beautiful colors we have with our new Blends alcohol markers.  If you have not heard about them you are totally missing the boat!!  We have been using them in my classes quite a bit since they came out.

Here’s a video about our new Blends:


Happy Stamping!

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Whoo hoo Sassy Saturday is here along with my Giftables class!

Busy day ahead!  Amy P, one of my downline and I are running our Sassy Saturday class followed up with my Giftables class.  Instead of power shopping we are doing power stamping!

I do have a little tip for you today regarding stamping on designer paper.  I decided to do a Christmas card using one of the designer papers from the Painted Harvest DSP as seen on page 49 of the Holiday catalog.

My goal was to make a winter scene with evergreens and the light pole from the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set on page 29 of the Holiday catalog.  Here is what happened:I stamped the trees in tranquil tide and then stamped the light post with memento black ink.  The light post just sort of got lost or faded into the background.  A light bulb went on and I decided to try this little fix:

See how the light post came back to the front of the picture?  My not so secret trick was to go over the light post with versa mark and use clear embossing powder.  Ta Da!  Check out the difference between the two pictures.  Now here is the finished card:

I added a little glow to the lamp, some sparkly snow and the Merry Christmas banner and came up with a dusky snowy Christmas greeting card.

What do you think of using designer paper with a green hue to it to create the card above?  Repurposing any of our designer papers into a card that it may not have been designed for is a personal stamping challenge to you!  Go forth and stamp!!

Happy Stamping!

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Happy Black Friday!

Good day and good luck to those of you who are brave enough to head out for those deals at all the stores today.  I prefer to shop on line and stay close to home!  Another perfect day to stamp of course!

Yesterday I showed you four of the cards for this months Product Class featuring the Cheer to the Year suite.  Today I have the last card designed for this class.

If you have checked out this beautiful designer paper you know that it is a specialty paper with gold, copper and silver foil designs.  I decided to pull out an old technique with this paper.  Because it has foil on it you can use our brayer and do the emboss resist technique!  Let me show you then I’ll chat more:

The designer paper under the foil snowflake was orignally white with gold foil.  I brayered it with night of navy and came up with this rich background.  So, what do you think of it?  Have you tried the emboss resist technique lately?

If you are shopping today, enjoy!  If you are stamping like I am, have fun being creative and try the emboss resist technique!

Happy Stamping!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Good morning!  Wishing you all a day filled with gratitude, laughter and good times with family and friends!  We are truly blessed here in the United States and today is set aside to contemplate on that thought.

Peter and I will celebrate with our oldest son Carl and his wife Christine and Christine’s Mom and Dad.  We will be surrounded by our sweet grandchildren, so that always means lots of hugs and smiles all around.  This year we are so happy that my sister Jewell and my niece Tatiana will also be joining us!

My youngest son, Travis is celebrating with Tami and her family north of here.  While we will miss them both, I am torn by wanting them here and having to share them!  I’m thankful that they live very close and we get to visit with them often.

So, hope you all are with your loved ones and enjoying the feast of your choice!

I am in my happy place, stamping and doing laundry!  Yes, laundry on Thanksgiving! Some things are never completely done, right stampers?  Doing the laundry gives me the time to stamp inbetween each load! Laundry doesn’t end and the inspiration to stamp doesn’t either!

So, here are the cards I have been working on.  They are for my product class this coming Wednesday.  I am featuring the stamp set Cheers to the Year on page 37 of the Holiday catalog.  That whole suite is just beautiful, which makes it so easy to design cards.

This card I paired up our copper foil paper, dsp from the Year of Cheer selection and a silver foil snowflake.  All on a tranquil tide card base.

One of the bonuses in this set is that it can be used for a wedding or anniversary card as seen above.  How perfect for a winter celebration!

This beautiful gold foil paper is perfect to pair up with real red.  I adore this beautiful ribbon that above is lined with gold, but, is also avalable lined with silver.

This card celebrates the new year.  I do know some people who don’t send out Christmas cards, but, send out New Years cards instead.  This suite has some foil washi that adds so much to this card design.

Well, time to switch laundry and then design the last card for this class.

Enjoy your time with family and friends.  Remember that tomorrow is not guaranteed, tell them you love them today!

Happy Stamping!

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Good Day!

I wanted to share with you a few pictures from our visit to Salt Lake City.  I was so happy to be joined by some of my Downline, Amy S, D’Anne T., and Joan W., and my Upline, Sarah S.

Here’s Amy and D’Anne after receiving their Prize Patrol stamp set!

These signs were right outside of the Salt Palace.  Couldn’t resist getting some pictures!  Here’s Sarah and Joan.

We had breakfast at one of our favorite places, the Blue Lemon!

Just a quick note:  I changed the date of my Giftables class! I will be having it on  Saturday, November 25th at 9am.  It will run along with our Sassy Saturday class!  Here are some of the items we will make for $25.00:

Let me know if you want to attend!

Happy Stamping!

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Stamparatus in action…..

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Oh me oh my, I don’t even know where to start!!

I have been to Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up!’s On Stage Live.  We had a fabulous time and couldn’t wait to get back to share with you all!!

First, I must tell you about a mind blowing new tool that Stampin’ Up! has come out with!!  Our Stamparatus is over the top and a must have for every stamper!!  Here’s what I am talking about:

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

I need product details!

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD
    November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
    December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
    January 15–30, 2018 Approx. April 15, 2018

    So, today at 3:00p.m. you NEED to go to WWW.STAMPINUP.COM, and go to the Stamparatus page and hit the RESERVE link which will guide you through the reservation process. (You need to have a customer account with Stampin’ Up!’s online store).  Have your credit card information.  Please note that you will NOT be billed for it until it ships.

  • After your Stamparatus is available to ship you will receive an email asking you to finalize payment and close your order.  Please have me listed as your Demonstrator.

Get ready to create multiple projects in minutes with an accuracy and consistency that makes stamping easier than ever before!!

Call or email me if you have any questions!

Happy Stamping!!

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This Saturday is what we call Sassy Saturday!

The last Saturday of the month I pair up with one of my downline, Amy P. and we hold a dual class.  You can take both of our classes at the same time or take only Amy’s class or only mine.  Our Saturday class is full of fun and generally lots of laughter.

I have designed a little of everything for this month’s class.  Christmas, Thanksgiving, fall and birthday cards are all included in this month’s cards.

Here’s one of the Christmas cards.  Too bad you can’t really see all the glimmer and glamor on this card.  I was requested to make a card with this stamp set that is in our Annual catalog, Star of Light, on page 122.

My upline, Sarah S. sent me the sweet bundle seen on page 51 of the Holiday catalog, Pick a Pumpkin, to celebrate my 10 year anniversary with Stampin’ UP!.  Actually it is one of the set I did not have! I have had so much fun playing with this set I thought I didn’t need!!

On this card I paired it up with the wreath from a Christmas set.  Feeling of Christmas on page 16 of the Holiday catalog.  When I stamped with leaf image I did not ink up the bow.  Then I stamped if upside down so that the pumpkins would cover up the bow that showed.

More to come!!

Happy Stamping!

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Here’s the third set of woodgrain pieced cards.

With the left over pieces from the woodgrain designer paper and the solid early espresso cardstock I came up with this final set of four:

Here are all the left over pieces from the woodgrain designer paper.  I literally used every little bit of that paper.  I didn’t show you, but, I even placed little 1/4 and 1/2 pieces left over in the inside of the cards.  For those of you who don’t take classes here, I have layers inside of my cards as well as on the outside.  That way the card feels balanced and in my mind anyway, completed.

It’s hard to tell on the photo, but, the above cardstock color is soft sky.  I love browns and grays with blue tones.

So, what do you think of my pieced cards?  What to try making them either here or at home?  Let me know and I can hook you up with the products you’ll need.  This combination of products could keep you busy all winter!

Happy Stamping!!

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How much fun can you have with four 6×6 pieces of designer paper?

WOW!!  Let me show you!!  I created 12 beautiful cards designed around the build a quilt die and four pieces of the wood grain designer paper.

I must tell you about what inspired me to create these cards.  I have a table that my Papaw had purchased from a man for my mother many years ago.  I was blessed enough to receive that table, (along with my Mom’s catherdal quilt), when my Mom passed away.  As soon as I saw the quilt builder dies and that beautiful 6×6 woodgrain paper, I knew what I had to do!!  Put them together!

Here are a few:

I have a close up on the top, but, you can see using the different card stock with the wood grains you get an interesting look.  Very simple and oh so cool!  I cut a piece of cardstock 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 and put our adhesive sheet on it, so once you lay down the cutout frame, you just lay the pieces in and whala!  A beautiful set of cards are made.

That’s the first set of four, here’s the second set:

Again just using the pieces left over from the first group of cards you can put them together as you wish.

I’m thinking of having a class to make these fabulous cards.  Let me know if you would be interested in attending.

The third set of cards will be on tomorrow’s blog!

Happy  Stamping!

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Stampin’ Blends = The most exciting product addition this year!!

I can not wait to share this fabulous new product with you!! A group of demonstrators were here testing them out and even stampers that are not fond of coloring were excited about using our new Blends!!

Watch the video below and get ready for the November 1st launch!!

Stampin’ Blends will be available November 1st!!!

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Cool, crisp mornings call for a cup of hot coffee…..

We have just the thing for that!  With two different coffee stamp sets with matching dies, Stampin’ Up! gives us the perfect solution for your coffee loving friends.

In the Annual catalog you can check out the Coffee  stamp set.  It dos come as a bundle with matching framelits dies for only $45.75.  That page also features the fabulous designer paper call Coffee Break.  (Which is included in the designer paper special, purchase 3 of the selected styles and get one FREE.)

The above card uses the dies and the stamps from the Holiday catalog, on page 46, the Merry Cafe stamp set.  This set covers coffee lovers, fall, Halloween and Christmas themes.  It also has verses for tea and apple cider if coffee is not your thing!

This card shows some of the Coffee Break designer paper.

This was one of the cards we stamped at Camp  Stamp-In-Oga this past weekend.  Wouldn’t this put a smile on someone’s face?  Tuck in a gift card for a little coffee and your gift giving is complete!

Happy Stamping!


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Merry Patterns – a Hostess special through October 31st!

This is a fabulous Hostess offer through October 31st!  Host a $300 party and receive it for FREE!  Watch the video and see how much fun this stamp set is.  From classic Christmas cards to whimsical cards!

Here is a card I made for my Sassy Saturday class for tomorrow:

It’s so simple, but I’m lovin’ this stamp set because it’s so very easy to use.  It’s a photopolymer set, which makes it a piece of cake to line up the images.  The Candles are four separate stamps!  All lines up perfectly in a snap!  This is a great set to have in your Christmas arsenal!

Happy Stamping!

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Only two days left in September!! Time is on the fast track!

I can’t believe that September is here and almost gone!  September 30th marks the end on our Stampin’ Up! calendar year.   I am trying to reach a sales goal by midnight tomorrow, September 30th!  (I am late for just about everything, including this notice!)

If you would like to place an order from me prior to midnight tomorrow, please send me an email at  You will receive FREE shipping and a special gift if the order is shipped directly to me!  (US sales only.)  Then you can pick it up or I can deliver it.

We have sooo many great new products to go along with our items in the annual catalog!  Hard to choose what to play with.  I have simplified by choices by having an assistant, Lisa, who picks out the stamp sets for me to design from for my classes!  I never know what she will pick out, but, she always has a reason for each one choosen.  I love designing and sitting in my little corner with everything at my fingertips!  My ultimate getaway!

Here are some of the cards that we will be making tomorrow at our Sassy Saturday class:

A perfectly sweet fall card!  This stamp set can be seen on page 22 of the annual catalog.  It’s called Grown with Love.  The great thing about it is that it has coordinating dies also!  You can save 10% by purchasing it as a bundle!  Yeah, stamping and saving $$, what a deal!!

This card puts together items from the Holiday catalog and the annual catalog!  The houses in the background are cut from the Just Add Color Speciality Designer Series Paper, (page 189 of the annual catalog).  The car with all it’s messaging is from the Holiday catalog, page 46, called Wonderful Life.  This is one of those stamp sets that you may not pay much attention to at first glance, but, read on!  This stamp set covers weddings, Christmas, and has some cute fall images.  Check it out!  It’s a 19 piece photopolymer set for only $17!

This card features the stamp set You’ve Got This, from the annual catalog, page 101.  I paired it up with the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper on page 188.  This paper is so beautiful with it’s vibrant colors and the watercolor patterns.  This was the perfect pairing to use my aqua painter to color that big beautiful flower with coordinating colors of berry burst and emerald envy.

Well that’s all for today!   If you want to help me reach my sales goal for this year, please feel free to do so!  You will receive FREE shipping and a gift with your order when it’s shipped to me.

Happy Stamping!

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Class schedules are updated!


I wanted to write a quick note to let you know that my class schedules are updated through December.  I have some special classes for the holidays in there for you also!  Please RSVP to save your place for special classes as they tend to fill up fast!

Hope to be stamping and creating with you soon!

Happy Stamping,


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Just breathe……good advise!

Everyone’s life is full of stress at one time or another, don’t you agree.  I personally like the dull periods of time where I am far removed from any drama!

When I saw the stamp set Colorful Seasons I was immediately drawn to the verse:  just breathe!  I received a swap that used that verse and wanted to make that card my own.  So, as with yesterday’s card, I added mulitple layers, a little bling and some sparkle from “Stella”.

So simple, but elegant, right?  Pacific point pairs up nicely with crumb cake.  I used markers to color in the leaves and flowers and painted on a little “Stella” for some shimmer.  This card gets right to the point, simplify and breathe.  Tomorrow’s another day!

Happy Stamping!

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Still feeling like fall here…

While  I was in Thailand, Stampin’ Up! treated us to some make and takes with some new product from the Holiday catalog.  Because of my schedule there I was not able to make them, but, thanks to my fabulous upline, Sarah S., I have the samples!  (She made me a set while I was out exploring!)

This is a dressed up version of a card from that make and take.  I can’t hardly do a card without layering up, so that’s what I did!  I added a layer of crushed curry behind the beautiful painted harvest designer paper.  I also stamped the verse in early espresso, they had it in crushed curry.

What do you think:

This dsp is just too pretty to cover up too much!!

Happy Stamping!

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Ahhhh, fall is in the air!

Fall is my favorite time of year!  I noticed that the leaves are already turning when Peter and I went out for a little drive yesterday.  The cool crisp air in the morning is fabulous!

I was asked to make a birthday card for a class and I decided to pair up a beautiful fall designer paper from the Painted Autumn series, (page 49 of the the Holiday catalog), and a woodgrain pattern from the Wood Textures stack, (Annual catalog, page 187).

My go to color for fall is cajun craze.  I like to pair it up with wild wasabi.  Here is what I came up with:

Everything always looks better in person!  I love using the happy birthday die.  On this card I cut it out twice, one in early espresso and one in wild wasabi.  I used our adhesive sheets so that I could easily put them together with a shadow effect and on the card front without any messy glue marks.  (Sometimes I tend to over do the glue!)

Happy Stamping!

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