Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Weekly Deals!

Two posts in one day!  I'm on a roll!  Not really, I just forgot to share this week's Weekly Deals with you in my first post.  I still have holiday brain going on.  That and my hubby will finally be home 1 week from today!  I can barely stand it, I'm so excited.

Here are this week's weekly deals.  Be sure to stop by my store to get yours while they last!

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Mini Treat Bags Make Great Gift Card Holders

This year I got all my nephews gift cards for Christmas.  They are at that age where all they want is video games so this was the best option for me.  I decided to pull out my trustee Mini Treat Bag thinlet and get to work!  I used the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper Stack for all the bags.  One piece of paper was the perfect size for one bag!  I then created an insert for the mini treat bag and punched a slot for the ribbon in the top with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.  I did have to pull out retired ribbon as all of my current ribbon is gone and I am forcing myself to use up all of my retired product before I buy any new ribbon (okay, okay, maybe I won't wait that long)!  I used Mini Glue Dots to adhere the gift card to the insert.  The Among the Branches stamp set was perfect for these gift card holders.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Weekly Deals and Holiday Schedule

Below are this week's Weekly Deals!  Be sure to get in on these steals before they're gone! 
My Holiday Schedule is has been very hectic and will continue to be until the end of January.  I typically host Christmas at my home since mine is the largest in the family and also centrally located.  This year is no exception.  However, my house is a complete wreck!  My daughter moved home from college, as she will be taking the spring semester off to have her first baby and my first grandbaby!  Yay!  After that, she will be transferring to a school that is only 20 minutes from home rather than 3-1/2 hours so that this Nana can help out with childcare while she finishes her degree!  That being said, I have boxes EVERYWHERE!  I will be spending the next 2 days cleaning and sorting so as to be ready for all of my family on Christmas morning.
Then in the first week of January, my honey will be returning home for a nearly 3 week vacation ... he is currently overseas with his job and has been gone since the end of June.  I cannot wait to see his gorgeous face coming off the airplane!  We will be taking a cruise with our children, my parents and some close friends of ours.  Super excited about that as well. 
I will continue to post Weekly Deals (with the exception of January 12 as I will be on the ocean) and will sporadically post projects during the next 4-5 weeks while I spend time with my family.  I have been working on some projects, just haven't made the time to photograph and post them, but I promise I will do my best to get a few up, especially those last few projects from the Holiday catalog before it ends on January 4. 
In closing, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season!  Enjoy your time with your families! 

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

November Customer Appreciation Card

If you've followed my blog, you know that I like to send my customers an appreciation card each month.  Last month I began including a PDF with instructions to recreate the card.  My customers (who I really consider friends) love it and I'm so glad! 
I'm not always the most creative on my own, but I get inspiration from other crafters' blogs, YouTube, Pinterest and all sorts of other places.  This month's card is a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) from Dawn Griffith's video.  She's an absolutely amazing paper crafter!  I just love everything she does!  
I'm SUPER late getting my November Customer Appreciation Card out this month.  I always shoot for the 5th of the month, but this month has been extremely crazy and I just haven't been on the ball.  But, here it is!  Enjoy!


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Goodies!

I just got my preorder of Occasions and Sale-a-Bration goodies.  I know I'm a little late, but I had to hold off with Christmas right around the corner.  This has been a very crazy month for me already.  My son gets out for the winter break on Friday at 2:30 and you can bet your bottom dollar I will be upstairs in my craft room digging in to all this lusciousness!!!  I'll be sure to share ASAP!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Weekly Deals and Year End Sale

Hi Friends!  I just wanted to update you on this week's Weekly Deals and remind you of the ultra fabulous Year End Sale!  Be sure to head on over to my online store to grab your goodies while they're available!  If you order $150.00 or more in product (before tax and shipping) then you qualify for Stampin' Rewards!  If you'd like to place a smaller order, please use Hostess Code CW6M4RWB.  All orders will receive a small thank you from me! 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Year-End Sale

The Year-End Sale is here!

 It's the end of the year, so Stampin' Up! is cleaning our inventory and making room for new products--and we're offering you some great savings while we do it! We're adding more products to our clearance rack and discounting select items from the holiday catalog. (Products on the Holiday Retiring List are now discounted up to 40 percent.) During the Year-End Sale, you can find ALL discounted products in one location in the online store: under the Year-End Sale category. So don't fret if you don't see the category "Clearance Rack" on the online store right now--it has been integrated into the Year-End Sale.

  • Promotion Dates: December 10, 2015-January 4, 2016.        
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Sale items.
  • Items offered during the Year-End Sale are while supplies last.
  • Year-End Sale orders are eligible for Stampin' Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Following the Year-End Sale, some remaining items may stay in the Clearance Rack. Other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Peaceful Pines for the Holidays

I participate in a monthly card swap with some fabulous ladies.  This card was my swap for October ... I know, I know.  I'm pretty late in sharing!  The good news is that the stamp set and matching framelit are being carried over into the Occasions Catalog which begins January 5, 2016.  And if you before January 5, you can purchase the stamp set and framelits in a bundle and save 15%!!!  I love the festive feel of this card.


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Friday, December 4, 2015

October Customer Thank You

Each month I make a little thank you card for my customers.  I am a little late in posting October's, although they did go out in the mail on time!  I also include a PDF with instructions and supplies needed to recreate the card.  I was really happy with this card.  Once again I featured the Acorny Thank You stamp set.  Love this little gem!

Thanks for stopping by!
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Let's try this again!

Once again, life has gotten in the way of my creative time.  It's been quite a while since I last posted.  I have several projects to share over the next several days and I've been working on updating my blog pages to have current contact/ordering information.  My contact page and order page are now good to go.  If you'd like to join me on this Stampin' Up! demonstrator journey, you will still need to contact me directly as that page is not updated yet. 
This was a fun card to make!  It was for a monthly swap that I participate in.  I love how the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with some ink swiped over the top adds so much to this card.  I'm really sad to see it retire.  The Acorny Thank You stamp set was NOT on my list of favorites when I first saw the Occasions Catalog.  However, it quickly rose to the top!  It is just so stinkin' cute! 

I hope you enjoyed my card today.  The supplies needed to recreate this card are below.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pinterest Inspiration

My nephew (who is also an avid baseball player) turned 9 on Sunday.  I knew I wanted to make him a baseball themed card, so off to Pinterest I went!  When I saw THIS card I knew I'd found the card to case.  I contacted my SIL to find out what his team colors were and used those as my palette.  I started with a Night of Navy card base and a Whisper White canvas.  I have to admit -- I am a paper hoarder!  I have got the paper stacks going back several years in every color family and I have sworn to myself that I will NOT order any more color family paper stacks (except new In Colors) until I've exhausted my stockpile.  However, even though the designs on my DSP have retired, the colors have not and you can still get the Designer Series Paper Stacks in all color families (and I've linked those for you below). 

I used the Red Glimmer Paper with the Stars Framelits to create the outlined stars and the Night of Navy card stock to create the solid star.  I then ran the Night of Navy star through my Big Shot with the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I punched the "baseball" with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch and drew the stitching on with my Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, which I then popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.  The Night of Navy strip was punched with the star from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  The sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set.  I sure hope he loves his card as much as I loved making it for him! 
Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Snow Place Triple Tier Slider Card

Sorry I've been absent for so long!  Who knew being a baseball mom was so time consuming?  My son recently playing with a travel baseball team, which entails a minimum of 4 days of baseball per week with a minimum of 30 minutes travel time, each way, each day!  That, combined with all of my regular "mom" duties as well as work, make for a very busy schedule and very little time in the craft room.  Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way!
On to today's card.  I am absolutely in love with the Snow Place stamp set!  The little snowmen and the penguin are so stinkin' adorable!  And the sentiments are equally as cute.  I saw THIS video tutorial for creating this fun moving card over on YouTube and knew right away I had to try it.  And what better stamp set to use than Snow Place?  I am so super excited by the way this card turned out, especially because it's my very own design and not cased from anyone :)

This was such a fun card to create.  I created the little snow banks under the snowmen with my Soft Sky Stampin' Write Marker.  I think it adds a nice touch! 

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Work of Art Thank You

This is the card I am mailing to anyone who places an order with me this month.  I saw it here.  Dawn always makes the CUTEST cards!  I do not have the stamp sets she used, but immediately knew I would use Work of Art and Another Thank You to recreate her card.  I also wanted to showcase one of the new 2015-2016 In Colors.  I chose Mint Macaron.  I think it is just as cute using these stamp sets! 

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Stamp Out Breast Cancer With Paper Pumpkin!!!

To show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we're going PINK . . . or at least our October boxes are! And because we know our subscribers want to share the love too, we will be making a donation on your behalf to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  Stampin' Up! will donate
  • $1 for every active Paper Pumpkin subscriber.
  • Plus, an additional $1 for every new subscriber.
Together, we will make a difference!
Here's how you can help: 
  1. Subscribe! If you're new to Paper Pumpkin, click here to get started. Your first kit will arrive in a limited-edition pink box that you'll want to hold onto forever-and we'll donate $2 because you're new!
  2. Stay active if you're a subscriber so we can donate $1 for you. Only those who receive the October shipment will be counted for the donation.

Remember, those who get the October kit will not only be donating to a good cause, but they will also get a one-time only, pretty pink Paper Pumpkin box! No one will want to miss it. Promise.  If this sounds as amazing to you as it does to me, don't wait, sign up HERE before October 10th!

More About BCRF

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world's most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $550 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis, making it one of the largest non-governmental funders of breast cancer research in the world. This year BCRF has invested $58.6 million in research, to support over 235 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents, including $11.6 million to the international Evelyn H. Lauder Founder's Fund focused on metastasis. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation's most fiscally responsible nonprofits. BCRF is the only breast cancer organization with an "A+" from CharityWatch, and has been awarded Charity Navigator's highest rating of four stars 13 times since 2002. For more information, please visit:

Additional Details: 

  • New subscribers are those who signed up between September 11 and October 10, 2015 and have not been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber at any time in the past.  Sign up HERE!
  • All funds will be donated in US dollars.
  • Mini spoiler alert! The October project inside the pink box is just as awesome as always, but we should probably let you know that it is not a pink project. That's all we're saying. ;)
  • Funds will be donated based on number of subscribers instead of boxes shipped. But, if you want more than one pink box, you can always increase your subscription quantity by logging into your account at PaperPumpkin.com before October 10.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Mojo Monday 400 with Watercolor Wings

I am so enjoying being back in my craft room!  I wish I had more time to go in and create (and you may find some gaps between posts), but between work and my son's travel baseball schedule, my life is crazy!  I wouldn't have it any other way, though! 

I'm sure you don't want to hear about my crazy life, though.  After all, you came here to see something crafty and creative :) 

Today's card features the Mojo Monday 400 sketch and Watercolor Wings stamp set.  I absolutely LOVE this stamp set!  It has so many possibilities. 

This card just makes me happy!  Because the Designer Series Paper has a vanilla background, I sponged the Tea Lace Paper Doily with Crumb Cake ink to soften the starkness of the white doily.  I think it helped. 

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Updates Coming

I am in the process of updating my blog with current information.  Since I was out of the Stampin' Up! game for awhile, many of my links on my sidebar are no longer active.  Please bear with me over the next several days while I get everything current.  Thank you all very much!

Mojo Monday 413

I've finally been able to play in my stamp room and the best place to start when you've been lacking in the mojo department is a sketch.  My go to sketches are always from Mojo Monday!  Here I use Mojo 413 to get my juices flowing.

I love this layout!  I made a Tall & Skinny card like the sketch (3.5" x 5.5"), but it could easily be converted to a standard card!  And as always, I had to add a little finishing touch to the inside.  


This was a fun sketch to work with and very easy for me.  They aren't always!  
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

My Paper Pumpkin Sale Ending Soon!

If you have never tried My Paper Pumpkin, NOW is the perfect time!  But you only have until September 10 to sign up at Half Off your first two months!  What a great deal! 

What is My Paper Pumpkin you ask?  It's a magical treat you receive direct to your mailbox each month with fabulous projects!  Here are the details:

  • Each month you will receive a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • Your Paper Pumpkin kit will ship on or around the 15th of the month. 
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on September 10, your kit will ship around September 15. If you sign up on September 11, your kit will ship around the October 15 - AND you'll miss out on this fabulous sale!)
  • After your first two months at half off, your Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.  

Aren't these just gorgeous!  I just loved the August kit and cannot wait until I receive September's!  I hope you'll join me on this amazing Paper Pumpkin journey.  If you'd like to receive your My Paper Pumpkin kit each month (with no long-term commitment), just click HERE. 

Hope to see you crafting and creating with My Paper Pumpkin soon!

Friday, August 21, 2015


I participated in a one-to-one State swap with one of the ladies at VC Rocks and I wanted to stick with a Texas Theme since I'm from -- you guessed it -- TEXAS!  I saw almost this identical card on Pinterest, which led me to  this blog post by Mary Bush.  I tweaked my version of her card just a little and the little 3D gifts I stayed with the same theme.  Unfortunately, I had to use some retired product to keep within the theme I wanted, but I'm okay with that! 

The little note key ring is made with index cards and the miniature coffee cup, which was all the rage last year, was purchased from webrestaurantstore.com. 

To get the look on the embossed section of the card and the front of the key ring I took Crumb Cake Classic Ink directly to my embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot.

Bootiful Occasions Stamp Set - RETIRED
Very Vanilla Cardstock - Item No. 101650
Crumb Cake Cardstock - Item No. 120953
Soft Suede Cardstock - Item No. 115318
Early Espresso Cardstock - Item No. 119686
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad - Item No. 126975
Stampin' Write Markers (2014-2016 set - Tangelo Twist) - Item No. 133654
Background Designer Series Paper Stack 2014-2016 In Colors - RETIRED
Woodgrain Embossing Folder - Item No. 127821
Stars Framelits - Item No. 133723
All Ribbon and Brads - RETIRED

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Life's Little (BIG) Moments!

Hi Friends!  I just wanted to post a quick note to let you all know that I am moving my daughter into her college dorm this weekend.  I do have a post scheduled while I'm gone and will be back week after next with some new projects.  This mama needs some time to adjust :)  Thanks for your patience!

Watercolor Wings

I absolutely love this new stamp set from the 2015-2016 Idea Book and Catalog.  It is simply gorgeous and the color combinations are endless.  This is what people are calling the corner flip or corner fold card.  I watched a video on YouTube to learn how and it's super easy to do (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFtaS2ZL5F8).  I really, really like how it turned out.  I did add a border on one and not the other.  I know my favorite.  What's yours? 

Watercolor Wings Stamp Set - Item No. 139424
Butterflies Thinlets - Item No. 137360
Watermelon Wonder Cardstock - Item No. 138334
Night of Navy Cardstock - Item No. 100867
Whisper White Cardstock - Item No. 100730
Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad - Item No. 138323
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad - Item No. 131172
Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad - Item No. 126963
Rhinestones Basic Jewels - Item No. 119246
Candy Dots Regals - Item No. 130932
Banner Triple Punch - Item No. 138292

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sprinkles of Life - Mojo Monday 399

While I haven't been posting in a long time, I have been stamping and participating in swaps.  This swap utilized the Mojo Monday Sketch 399 as my inspiration.  I wanted to showcase the new 2015-2017 In Colors and the fun Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set Sprinkles of Life.  For every Sprinkles of Life set purchased, Stampin' Up! will donate $3.00 to RMHC!!!  This set is super cute and so versatile!  And the icing on the cake is that there is a coordinating punch! 

Any time I use a colored card base, I like to place a white panel on the inside for a message from the giver and I always want it to coordinate with the card front.  While this is not my favorite card ever, I'm okay with it and I think it's cute.

Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set - Item No. 1339971
Tree Builder Punch - Item No. 138295
Tip Top Taupe Cardstock - Item No. 138336
Whisper White Cardstock - Item No. 100730
Mint Macaron Cardstock - Item No. 138337
Delightful Dijon Cardstock - Item No. 138338
Watermelon Wonder Cardstock - Item No. 138334
Delightful Dijon 1" Dotted Lace Trim - Item No. 138426
Rhinestone Basic Jewels - Item No. 119246
Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss Powder - Item No. 101930

Friday, August 14, 2015

Long Time Gone!

Hard to believe it's been nearly 3 years since I've posted.  A lot has been going on in my life.  Job changes, kids growing up - my first born leaves for college in 6 days, leaving Stampin' Up! for awhile and rejoining.  That's how life goes, though, isn't it! 

Today, I am going to share a card that I made for a swap over at VC Rocks.  I saw the card online somewhere, but cannot for the life of me find it again, so if this is your creation, thank you!

Flower Patch Stamp Set - Item No. 134207
Flower Fair Framelits - Item No. 133731
Hello Honey Cardstock - Item No. 133643
Whisper White Cardstock - Item No. 100730
Hello Honey Classic Stampin' Pad - Item No. 133643
Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad - Item No. 126985
Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin' Pad - Item No. 126969
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad - Item No. 126953
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad - Item No. 126959
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad - Item No. 126982
Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad - Item No. 126986
Banner Triple Punch - Item No. 138292
Rhinestone Basic Jewels - Item No. 199246
Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder - Item No. 133739

I hope to be back soon with more stamping fun!