Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Harvest of Thanks - Maple Leaf Card

Here is a simple and clean thank you card I created using the Harvest of Thanks Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog.  This stamp set coordinates with Apothecary, Deco Labels Collection, and Bitty Banners Framelits Dies.  LOVE IT!!!

I LOVE the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper too - so perfect for any fall projects and more!

Supply List
Stamps - Harvest of Thanks
Paper - Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather DSP
Ink - Early Espresso
Tools and Accessories - Scallop Edge Border Punch, Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Buttons
Big Shot - Apothecary Framelits, Autumn Accents Bigz, Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Thank you for stopping by today.  I will share one of the projects we made at my Big Shot class last night using the Harvest of Thanks Stamp Set.  So stay tuned.....

Monday, August 26, 2013

Festive Flurry Merry Card

Happy Monday!!  Here is the second project we did at my Card Club workshops this month featuring the Festive Flurry Stamp Set.  This card has Smoky Slate and Coastal Cabana combination which is my new favorite color combo. 

The dark blue Island Indigo really stands out on this card.  I LOVE the new Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It's so beautiful!

How about the new Expressions Thinlits Dies?  I used the new Silver Foil Paper to die cut the "Merry" on my Big Shot.  LOVE IT!!!

Supply List
Stamps - Festive Flurry, Christmas Messages
Paper - Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Winter Frost DSP
Ink - Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Metallic Silver Encore
Tools and Accessories - 1/8" Silver Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones
Big Shot - Festive Flurry Framelits, Pretty Print Embossing Folder

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day!!!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Snow Day Gift Card Holder

Happy Friday!  Here is the last Make & Take project we did at my Holiday Open House.  Isn't it SO CUTE???

It's a very simple and easy Gift Card Holder and you can make it for any occasion. 

Here is the cutting/scoring guide for the base:

Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
  1. Cut to 4-1/4" x 9-5/8".
  2. Score at 3-1/4" and 6-1/2".
  3. You will need to trim the right side (shorter side) so that you can fold at the 6-1/2" and place a gift card inside.  To do this, measure 1" from the bottom right corner on the right side.  Trim off from the point to the 6-1/2" score line on top diagonally .  After adhering a piece of patterned paper onto the middle section of your base (see above), use some Sticky Strip or Liquid Glue to adhere the bottom and 1" section to the patterned paper section so that your gift card won't slide through.  If you like to emboss the right side panel like mine, emboss your card stock on your Big Shot before adhering it to the middle section.
Season of Style DSP - 3" x 4" (2 pieces)

We also decorated an envelope with the new Envelope Liner Die (medium size).  Stampin' Up!'s new Note Card Envelopes are perfect for this. 

Supply List
Stamps - Snow Day, Tags 4 You (bundle with Label Bracket Punch and SAVE 15%)
Paper -  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White, Season of Style DSP, Red Glimmer
Ink - Whisper White Craft, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Tools and Accessories - Label Bracket Punch, Owl Punch (heart), 1/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon, Crumb Cake Note Card Envelopes (131528), Crop-a-Dile
Big Shot - Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Envelope Liner Dies, Pretty Print Embossing Folder (132175)

Don't you LOVE the Snow Day Stamp Set???  Check out my Snow Day Christmas Kit to Go.  If you are local and would like to attend my class on Sunday, August 25th, there is 1 spot left.  Please contact me if you are interested. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Festive Flurry Christmas Card

Isn't it so gorgeous????  I have been having a lot of fun creating beautiful projects with the new Festive Flurry Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog.  This snowflake stamp set has been really popular among my customers already. 

This card was actually one of my Make and Takes at my Holiday Open House.  I think what makes this card so elegant is the color combination - Midnight Muse and the new Silver Metallic Encore Ink.  LOVE it!!!

Here is the cutting/scoring guide for the card base:

Whisper White card stock - 4" x 10 1/2", scored at 5 1/4'
Midnight Muse card stock (Back Panel) - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Supply List
Stamps - Festive Flurry, Greetings of the Season
Paper - Whisper White, Midnight Muse
Ink - Midnight Muse, Silver Metallic Encore
Tools and Accessories - Midnight Muse Ribbon, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones
Big Shot - Festive Flurry Framelits Dies, Circle Collection Framelits (130911)

Festive Flurry Stamp Set and Festive Flurry Framelits Dies
Wood-Mount #133284  $54.95
Clear-Mount #133285  $46.95

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day!!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Santa Party Favor and Open House Favorites

This is my favorite Make & Take project from my Open House - Santa Party Favor!!!  He is so CUTE!!!  When designing the base of this party favor, I came across our new Gift Bow Bigz L Die in the Holiday Catalog (see page 37).  I LOVE to find ways to use a die for something totally different from its designs so I gave it a try.  It was super easy to get it done by trimming off the ends and folding it in half.  Plus some punches to create his face and hat. 

I created a box to hold a Hersey Nugget inside.  I cut a piece of Real Red Card Stock to 2-1/2" x 2" and scored at 1/2" on all four sides.  Then make a 1/2" slit at both score lines on the longer side to form into a box and secure with Liquid Glue.  Apply some Liquid Glue or Sticky Strip on the outside of the longer side and adhere to your base. 

Supply List
Stamps - Oh, Goodie! (Holiday Catalog)
Paper - Real Red, Blushing Bride, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Real Red
Punches - Christmas Ornament (face), Owl Builder (circles for eyes and nose), 1-3/4" Scallop Circle (beard), Word Window & 7/8" Scallop Circle (hat)
Big Shot - Gift Bow Bigz L Die (129977)

My Open House Favorites

I promised with the guests to share the recipes for my Cookies and Cream Cheesecake and Beet Salad.  I have to thank my dear friend Whitley for sharing her Beet Salad recipe which is always the BIG HIT at my events.  Enjoy!!!

Mini Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes

42 Oreo cookies – 30 left whole, and 12 chopped coarsely
2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature and lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Line 30 standard muffin tins with paper liners.  Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each liner.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth. Gradually add the sugar and beat until combined.  Add vanilla.

Drizzle in eggs, a little at a time, beating and scraping down the sides as needed.  Beat in sour cream and salt.

Fold in the Oreo pieces by hand.  Divide batter evenly among cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top.

Bake, rotating pan halfway through, about 22 minutes or until filling is set.  Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Refrigerate at least 4 hours, or up to overnight, and remove from tins just before serving.  Garnish with fresh raspberries. 

Recipe yields 30 mini cheesecakes

Whitley's Beet Salad

In a pretty clear bowl layer:

2 cups Three Bean Salad (drained)
1 bunch Scallions (chopped)
2 cups Can Beets (chopped)
1 cup or so Mayonnaise
4 Hardboiled Eggs (chopped)

Garnish with parsley or onion stem.  Chill overnight so pink is absorbed into eggs. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day!!! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Very Merry Tags - Christmas Treat Bag

Here is one of the Make & Take projects from my Holiday Catalog Open House.  My guests had a choice of either Halloween or Christmas.  For this Christmas Treat Bag we used the Very Merry Tags Stamp Set which coordinates with Artisan Label, Extra-Large Oval, Mosaic, Petite Curly Label, 1-3/4" Circle and 7/8" Scallop Circle Punches. 

Very Merry Tags Stamp Set
Holiday Catalog (page 33)
#130393 (wood-mount) $24.95
#130402 (clear-mount) $17.95

Here is the Halloween Treat Bag featuring the Halloween Bash Stamp Set.  This stamp set coordinates with the Decorative Label, Large Oval, Ticket Duo Builder Punches and the Labels Collection Framelits Dies. 
Halloween Bash Stamp Set
Holiday Catalog (page 21)
#130577 (wood-mount) $20.95
#130580 (clear-mount) $15.95


This cute petite lunch bag was transformed from a "flat" gift bag (#131370, page 158 in the Annual Book). 

Here is the video for you to see how we made the bag.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day!!!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Snow Day Christmas Class & Kit to Go

I'm excited to announce my new class projects and Kit to Go options featuring the Snow Day Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog.  The class will be held at my stamping studio on Sunday, August 25th.  If you are not able to attend the class, I am offering this class as a "Kit to Go" option as well. 

Class Projects
  • 2 Christmas Cards (2 designs, one not shown above)
  • 1 Gift Card Holder
  • 4 Gift Tags
  • 2 Gift Boxes (Decorative Window Gift Boxes #132146)

Class Options
Each Class Option includes the Snow Day (clear-mount) Stamp Set.  If you already have this stamp set, you can substitute an item of like value. 

Attending the class on August 25th (Sunday, 1 pm - 4:30 pm) - Please sign up by August 18th so that I can order your stamp set in advance.  Please bring your Whisper White Craft ink pad to the class. 

  1. $35 per person
  2. $42 per person (Whisper White Craft Ink Pad* included) *$8.95 value
Kit to Go Options - Please note your materials will come pre-cut but not stamped.  You will receive the class instructions in pdf format via email. 

     3.  Local Pick-Up  $35
     4.  Local Pick-Up  $42 (including Whisper White Craft Ink Pad)
     5.  Priority Shipping   $41
     6.  Priority Shipping   $48 (including Whisper White Craft Ink Pad)

Featured Products:
Snow Day Stamp Set, Wishing You Stamp Set, Season of Style DSP, 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon, Pretty Print Embossing Folder, Gold Metallic Encore Pad, Expressions Thinlits Dies, Decorative Window Gift Boxes, Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Envelope Liners Framelits Dies, Gift Bow Bigz Die

To Register - Please contact me at  I will send you a confirmation via email and a paypal invoice for your payment.  Your Kit-to-Go materials and stamp set will be shipped to you at the end of the month if registered by August 18th.

Thank you for stopping by.  Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.  Have a wonderful day!!!


Single Stamps - New Holiday Collection

Hi Stampers!  Stampin' Up! has just released a new assortment of single stamps - Holiday Collection!!!  I am really excited about these new stamps.  Hope you are too!

Click HERE to view the flyer
Limited Time Only - available now through January 31, 2014

A new, holiday-themed collection of single stamps is now available! The holidays will be here before you know it, and these holiday-themed single stamps may be just what the budget-conscious stamper needs. There are eight different stamps to choose from, six of which coordinate with Framelits dies or punches.

Thank you to everyone who came to my Holiday Catalog Open House last weekend.  I hope you enjoyed your time crafting with your friends there and got some ideas for your holiday projects.  I will post the Make & Take projects, recipes, etc. here on my blog soon, so come back to check them out.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Gorgeous Grunge - Shelli's Card

Isn't this so gorgeous?  When I saw Shelli's demonstration at Convention last month, I immediately fell in love with it.  Who'd come up with such a stunning card using the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set?  It's SO SHELLI!!!

I added a piece of Very Vanilla card stock to the inside of  my card and stamped some flowers which coordinate with the Pansy Punch from the card front. 

This card has so much in detail so I've decided to demo at my Card Club workshops this month.  If you are local and wish to attend one of my Club workshops as a guest, please contact me at  The class fee is FREE with an order of $15 (before shipping and tax) or pay $15 for the projects.  Space is limited.  Here is the schedule for the month of August:

  • Monday Card Club - August 12th (10 am - 12:30 pm)
  • Tuesday Card Club - August 20th (6:30 - 9:00 pm)
  • Wednesday Card Club - August 21st (10 am - 12:30 pm)
Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set
#130517  $17.95 (clear-mount)
#130514  $24.95 (wood-mount)

Supply List
Stamps - Gorgeous Grunge, A Dozen Thoughts, Flower Shop
Paper - Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana, Modern Medley DSP
Ink - Basic Black, VersaMark, Gold Metallic Encore (132141)
Tools and Accessories - Gold Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Linen Thread, Paper-Piercing Tool/Mat, Epic Day This and That Washi Tape, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Pansy Punch

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day!!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

2013 Holiday Catalog Product Shares

I'm excited to announce my Holiday Catalog Product Shares to you today!  I know it gets overwhelming when a new catalog is introduced and many of you are trying to figure out how you can possibly afford it ALL, right?  Well, I've got a solution for you!!! 

Holiday DSP Share  $8.50
Includes 26 - 6" x 6" sheets DSP from the following:
Sweater Weather DSP (page 18)
Witches' Brew DSP (page 21)
Season of Style DSP (page 23)
Winter Frost Specialty DSP (page 29)
Gold Foil Paper (page 28)
Silver Foil Paper (page 28)
Ribbon & Embellishment Share $10.00
Includes the following:
1 yard of 1-1/4" Burlap (page 18)
2 yards of Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Edge Grosgrain (page 22)
2 yards of Silver 1/8" (page 28)
2 of Old Olive Metal Clips (page 22)
2 of Frosted Finishes (page 28)
DSP Stack (4-1/2" x 6-1/2")
2 sheets of Season of Style (page 22)
2 sheets of Winter Frost (page 29)
Designer Tags
4 tags of Pretty Presents (2 each of 2 sizes in 2 designs, page 36)

Please contact me at to place your order.  No shipping charges on local pickup orders.  Shipping will be added for non-local orders in the exact amount.  For non-local orders, I will send you a confirmation via email and you will receive a paypal invoice from me for your payment.

Click Here to view other Product Shares I am currently offering.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day!!!


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Halloween Bash Treat Bag

Isn't it so cute???  Here is one of the Make and Take projects for my Holiday Catalog Open House.  I transferred a flat "Tag a Bag Gift Bag" (see page 158 in the Annual Book) into a petite lunch bag which I learned how to do at Convention last month.  It's so easy and you can make a bunch of this in a short time!!

I LOVE this new Witches' Brew Washi Tape!!!  It's so cute and super fun - you can dress up any project in no time!!! 

Hope you can make it to my Holiday Open House this Sunday, Aug. 11th from 10 am to 5 pm.  It will be a lot of FUN!!!  Please RSVP by Saturday, Aug. 10th so that I can prepare a kit for your Make and Take projects. 

Click HERE to learn more about my Holiday Catalog Open House

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Best of Halloween! & Free Stamp Set of the Month Winner

Happy August!  Here is the latest addition to Stampin' Up!'s "Best of" stamp set - Halloween!!!  For the August Best of 25 Years stamp set they have pulled together some of their favorite Halloween stamps from the past quarter century. These spooky stamps are timeless and will keep you howling with glee for many years to come!

Best of Halloween
#134381 $14.95

Click HERE to view the August Best of Halloween flyer.

Click HERE to view the entire collection of Best of Stamp Sets.

Bonus Offer
As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, Stampin' Up! is including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.

FREE Stamp Set of the Month Winner - July 2013

Thank you to everyone who placed a Stampin' Up! order with me in July. I drew one winner from all of the online and email orders and the lucky stamper is ....Glenda F. from Surprise, AZ to receive the  Morning Meadow Stamp Set.  Congratulations, Glenda!!!

Perfectly You Hostess Stamp Set
2013 Holiday Catalog

It's a new month and time for a new stamp set giveaway!  This month's stamp set is Perfectly You Stamp Set from the Holiday catalog.  Please click HERE to learn more about my Free Stamp Set of the Month offer.  It could be YOU next!!!

Thank you for stopping by today.  Don't forget to RSVP for my Holiday Catalog Open House!!!  It will be a lot of fun.  Have a wonderful day!