Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter - Window Box Style


Today I have two projects I designed using the Window Box thinlits. We made the card last month in club. The basket is part of a die cut from the Window Box thinlints, basically half of the hexagon. The handle was cut using the Stitched Shapes framelits. The grass was cut using the retiring Fringe Scissors. The eggs were cut using a die from the retiring Pyramid Pals thinlits. 

Happy Easter is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and is punched out with the Duet Banner punch. These two items are available in a bundle, which gives 10% savings over buying the items separately, but only until the catalog ends. Then the items will only be available to purchase separately.

Here is a basket I made with the Window Box thinlits. In addition to half of the hexagon, I also left on some of the flaps and extra parts. I used part of two die cuts which are cut down and then folded into the basket shape. The handle is just a 1/2 inch strip of cardstock. The grass in the basket was made with the retiring Fringe Scissors. This is a prototype I made about a month ago (hence the retired color cardstock). Originally I had planned to add a tag and maybe soem flowers ont he front, but I think it looks cute like this, too.

The Window Box framelits are currently available in a bundle with the Window Shopping stamp set. The framelits will still be available in the new catalog, but they'll no longer be available as a bundle.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Pyramind Pals Carrot

Here's a cute little carrot made using the Pyramid Pals Framelits. The lines are from a stamp in the Playful Pals set. The carrot top is a 3/4" strip of cardstock cut with the fringe scissors and then rolled up. All three of these great items are on the Retiring List, so if you don't have them, be sure to get them before they are gone.

 I didn't put adhesive on two flaps so that the box can be opened. You can see where the stem is inserted in the top. I just used my paper piercing tool to make a hole and then gently widened it until the stem could be eased into it.

I got this cute idea from Nicole Tugrul, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Soon To Be Gone...

Here are a couple of cards that highlight some of the retiring items:

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) already retired last year, but you could use one of this year's pretty DSPs. Maybe the retiring Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper which is only $6.60 at 40% off.

The fancy flower border on both cards and the flower and leaves in the bottom card are cut with the Botanical Builder Framelits (50% off, only $16.50). Both the Elegent Butterfly punch and the Bitty Butterfly punch are retiring. Basic Pearls (sold out) and Basic Rhinestones (50% off, $2.50) are on the retiring list, as is the Project Life Corner punch (used on the sentiment and its mat). I believe the embossing folder used on the small butterfly in the top card is also retiring.

The stamp set the sentiment came from has currently slipped my mind. I feel like it's there, but just out of reach. I tried to do some Internet searching, but no luck. Can you name the set? If so, please leave a comment to let me know.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Retiring List

The retiring list has been announced. Stamps are guaranteed available through May 22. Other items on the list are while supplies last so don't wait to order what you want. They all retire May 31 and will no longer be available after that. Some items are discounted up to 50% off!

You can see the retiring list in pdf form here.

Or, go to the Online Store and check out the items there.

Some of the bundles are on this list because bundle pricing will no longer be available, but the items that make up the bundle are not retiring.

There are some real surprises on this list. What items surprised you or will you miss the most?

I was surprised by Botanical Blooms and the coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits - but they are discounted, so that's good for anyone who hasn't already gotten them. I also hate seeing so many dies and embossing folders go, as well as the two butterfly punches. Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies and Party With Cake stamps will also be missed. And those are just off the top of my head.

Remember to leave your comment on this post about which item(s) you're going to miss most.

Everyone who comments will get an entry in the prize drawing that will happen 4/30. If you get this post by email, you have to go to the actual blog post to leave the comment. You can also comment on my facebook page for another entry.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

More Hey Chick Cards

Here are a couple more cards using the set Hey Chick, which I got for free as part of Sale-a-Bration (SAB) when I made a $50 purchase. Ends 3/31.

I used the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on both cards so the background looked like chicken wire. On the top card, I sponged lightly over the raised parts of the embossed image. Cardstock colors: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, and Whisper White. I used the Memento Ink pad and Tangerine Tango Classic stamp pad and Stampin' Write marker.

 Cardstock colors: Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White. I used the Memento Ink pad and Island Indigo Classic stamp pad. The chicken was colored using the Aqua Pen with some Island Indigo and Tangerine Tango ink.

If you want to get this cute set for FREE, make a $50 purchase by 3/31. You can shop online at my online store. If your order is not $150, please use hostess code C929U36A. You'll get a free gift from me if you do. If it is $150 or over, collect the hostess benefits for yourself.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hey Chick

This chicken makes me laugh -- which I'm pretty sure is a common reaction. This is one of the cards from my March class. The stamps are from the set, Hey Chick, which you can get for free with a $50 purchase. Hurry though, because Sale-a-Bration (SAB) ends 3/31. I picked the Designer Series Paper because it reminds me of chicken wire.

 Oops! Looks like I need to make a little correction on the inside. Do you see the error? I missed one of the egg legs when I was coloring. Easy enough to fix. I'm just glad I noticed it before I sent it to a friend.

Stamps: Hey Chick
Ink: Island Indigo, Memento Black Ink
Stampin' Write Markers: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper (DSP): Moroccan
Check back tomorrow for more cards using this cute set. 

Leave a comment on any post on my blog or facebook page or share a facebook post and get entered in a drawing for blog candy. Each comment or share earns one entry.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bring on Spring - March NC SU Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the March NC Demos Blog Hop. It's been a while since I've been able to participate, but I'm glad to be back. This month's theme is Bring On Spring. I hope you are enjoying this month's posts and getting lots ideas for your own fabulous spring projects.

This is one of the projects from my March class. We had a great group here Saturday morning and I'll be doing it again Tuesday evening. If you live in the Raleigh/Garner/Fuquay-Varina/Clayton area, contact me if you'd like to come make this and two other fun cards.

 As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I periodically get a magazine called Stampin' Success, which is full of great ideas and information. This card was CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from a card in that magazine. Ironically, the article was on CASE-ing. I didn't copy the card exactly, but it is similar.

If you would like to enjoy the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, including getting Stampin' Success, contact me for more details. It's a great way to save on your crafting supplies, makes a little extra cash, or earn some serious money, depending how much effort you want to put into it. I'd love to have you on my team! And, during Sale-a-Bration, choose 2 free sets as part of your starter kit! Ends 3/31.

Here's the inside of the card. I think carrying a little bit of the design to the inside of the card adds a little something extra.  The leaves look tucked behind the flower petals because I used the masking technique (stamped and cut out petals and layered them over the already stamped petals on the card so when I stamped the leaves they didn't stamp where the cut petals were; then I removed the cut petals).



Stamps: Bunch of Blossoms
Ink: Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock:Pool Party, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper (DSP):  In Color DSP Stack
Punch: Blossom Builder
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones, Whisper White Baker's Twine (retired, but now available as Thick Baker's Twine).

I hope you enjoyed today's project. While it's fun to come up with your own designs, sometimes it's good to CASE -- maybe the ideas just aren't flowing, maybe you need a quick idea, or maybe you just like something you see. You can copy the design exactly or use it as a starting point and change it up to make it your own.

As you travel through the rest of the blog hop, you'll find lots of ideas worth CASE-ing. We share our ideas to inspire others so it's nice to get feedback. Please leave comments as you cycle through. Leave a comment on any post on my blog or facebook page and be entered into a drawing for blog candy. Drawing will be held 4/30.

Next Blog

Thanks for stopping by today. You'll head on to Lisa Tedder's blog next. I've included the list of all blog hop participants below.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Taco 'bout awesome! New SAB choices!

Sale-a-Bration (SAB) is winding down. Only 10 days left to get a FREE item with each $50 purchase, $25 bonus hostess merchandise with qualifying party or order, or 2 FREE stamp sets by joining Stampin' Up!

And, just in case you've already got all of the exclusive SAB items or you're looking for some more options, Stampin' Up! has added some catalog items as SAB choices. You must use the special item numbers below to get them for free.
Item Number     Product               
147361                2016-2018 In Color 8-1/2” x 11” Cardstock
147365Party Animal Designer Series Paper
147363Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
147364Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper
147362Party Animal Designer Washi Tape
147360Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
147356Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

I'm pretty happy because some of these items are on my wish list.

Here's a card made with one of the original 2017 SAB offerings, Tasty Trucks. I just love the tacos and the saying, "Let's taco 'bout how awesome you are!" There are also stamps to make this an ice cream truck or a cupcake truck. Cute! Cute! Cute!


Head on over to my Online Store to place your order so you can get your free SAB item. Double up on the freebies -- use hostess code WR2CRBRR and get a free gift from me.

Monday, March 13, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Projects

Here are a couple of St. Patrick's Day projects for your enjoyment.
For the card, I used the Blossom Builder punch to make the 4 leaf clover. The vein down the center was added using my bone folder and the stem was cut freehand. I built it on a layer of Whisper White cardstock that was layered on Emerald Envy. I rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Punch and stamped Lucky You from the And Many More Set.

I put the clover tag on a layer of Emerald Envy striped DSP from the  2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack which was put on a Whisper White base. Then I added some Gold Sequins. Think of them as gold pieces that fell out of the leprechaun's pot.

And Many More is (sadly) retired. It's a great set with some versatile sentiments. If you missed it the first time around, I have a set available for purchase. Contact me if you're interested.

For the second project, I added a banner of the striped DSP behind the clover tag and added it to a test tube from the Something Good To Eat Paper Pumpkin kit. This was such a great kit and if you didn't get it when it originally shipped, the full kit and refill packs are still available. Fill with some green or white candy or another treat of your choice.

If you want any of the supplies used on today's projects, or any other Stampin' Up! supplies, please head over to my Online Store to place an order (just click the Shop Now button once you're there). Use hostess code 97JUXMPA before Friday afternoon and receive a free gift from me. Remember that during Sale-a-Bration (SAB), you also get a free item with each $50 purchase (ends 3/31). You can see the choices here and a few newer offerings here. There are some wonderful options that you're really going to want once you see them.

As I mentioned, the test tube is from a Paper Pumpkin kit. During SAB, Paper Pumpkin is also on sale. 3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859)
$59$55 USD. Get a discount on 3-month prepaid subscriptions and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Win-win!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Lift Me Up

Here's another card we'll be making at the upcoming Thinking of You and Sympathy Stamp-a-Stack. There are two sessions - Saturday, 3/11 at 10:00am and Tuesday, 3/14 at 6:30pm. Let me know if you'd like to come.


This layout would lend itself to several occasions. Just switch out the sentiment with any of the options that come with the set (shown below).


Stamps: Lift Me Up
Ink: Dapper Denim, Soft Suede
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper:  Moroccan
Big Shot: Up & Away Thinlits

Sunday, March 5, 2017

High Tide Sympathy Card

This is one of the cards we'll be making at the upcoming Thinking of You and Sympathy Stamp-a-Stack. I've added a second session on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30pm. The other is Saturday, March 11 at 10:00am. You can see all the details here.

This is kind of a non-traditional card using High Tide. I chose to make a beach scene without the lighthouse. I think the lighthouse is great, but wanted to show you that this set isn't limited to that.


Because the sentiment is from the must have set Teeny Tiny Wishes, you can select a different stamp from this set and change the type of card - birthday, thinking of you, thank you...anything that's in the set will fit.

Stamps: High Tide, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Pool Party, So Saffron, Soft Suede
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White

By the way, I'm sure you know this, but the card actually is cut straight with the top layer straight, too. It just the photography that's off. That's pretty much the case with any card on this blog that looks a little off kilter. Sorry about that. Obviously I shouldn't quit my day job to be a photographer!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Thinking of You and Sympathy Stamp-a-Stack

We had so much fun at the last Stamp-a-Stack that I'm doing it again! The neat thing about this class is that a couple of my customers helped shape the class. They suggested what type of class they were interested in and helped with some creative advice. Thanks Corothy and Lynne for your input!

Seems I often need a Thinking of You or Sympathy card and don't have one on hand. And when they are needed, I don't always have time to sit down and stamp. Do you ever feel that way? Well, come to this Stamp-a-Stack and build a supply so you'll be ready. Make 3 each of 4 designs. 12 cards total!

Thinking of You and Sympathy

Make 3 each of 4 designs. 12 cards total! Includes envelopes.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Cost: $25

($2.00 credit if you use your own adhesive)

No additional purchase is necessary, but just in case you want to take the fun home with you I'll have current and retired items available for sale.

Lots of samples to spark your creativity. Get your own Occasions catalog to take home with you. Socialize and have fun!

Class size is limited, so contact me today to reserve your spot. Hope you can make it!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Jar of Love Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day!

We made this card in Stamp Club. The jar and stamped hearts are from the wonderful set Jar of Love and cut out with the Big Shot and Everyday Jars Framelits. The Love is stamped with Smoky Slate and embossed with clear embossing powder so it's raised a little like the words on canning jars. The big hearts are from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits.

 Sorry about the washed out color. It's really much more vibrant in person and the DSP actually looks Real Red and the same color the whole way across. I have a hard time getting good shots at night but I wanted to get this posted on the actual holiday.

Inside the card says, "You fill me with happiness," which is in the Jar of Love set. The happy Valentine's day is from the retired set Good Greetings.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Birthday Card Stamp-a-Stack

Birthday Card

Make 3 each of 4 designs. 12 cards total! Includes envelopes.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Cost: $25

($2.00 credit if you use your own adhesive.)

No additional purchase is necessary, but just in case you want to take the fun home with you or are in a crunch to complete your Valentine's, I'll have current and retired birthday and Valentine related items available for sale.

See samples made with items from the new Occasions catalog, free Sale-a-Bration items, and the annual catalog. Get your own Occasions catalog to take home with you. Socialize and have fun!

In other words, you don't want to miss this one. Class size is limited, so contact me today to reserve your spot. Hope you can make it!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

**Note: some or all of these cards have been CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from ideas I found on Pinterest. I am pointing this out because I don't want to take credit for someone else's ideas. When I post the cards individually, I'll go back and find the original designer(s) so I can give proper credit. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

NC SU Demos Blog Hop - Happy Holidays

Welcome to this month's NC SU Demo's Happy Holidays blog hop. Follow through each blog to see lots of great holiday ideas using some favorite Stampin' Up! supplies.

Remember the Online Extravaganza sale ends tomorrow, 11/28. In addition to the items that have been available all week, there is also a 24 hour flash sale. Some items are only available while supplies last. Shop at and use hostess code XAYDQMKW to get a thank you gift from me.

For this Happy Holidays blog hop I chose Christmas from the many upcoming holidays.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Big Shot: Festive Embossing Folder (Online Extravaganza deal), Stitched Shapes Framelits
Punch:  Festive Flower Builder Punch (Online Extravaganza deal)
Embellishment: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine


Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  Candy Cane Lane
Big Shot: Merry Tags Framelits
Tool: Gift Box Punch Board
Embellishment: Gold Baker's Twine

The Baker's Twine used on these projects both come in the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack in the Holiday catalog.

Now that you've seen my projects, it's time to move on to the next blog in the hop. Click on the icon below to see what Pam Staples has created.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Great Gift Ideas

Today is Small Business Saturday and as an independent demonstrator, my business of one counts as small. This weekend is typically the one where most Christmas presents are bought, so I thought I'd share some ideas with you. Order at  As always, use the current hostess code (in right sidebar) to get a free thank you gift from me.

Of course you can make someone a nice assortment of cards. Hand crafted cards are an always appreciated, always useful gift.

Stampin' Up! offers a large assortment of kits. The following two kits have everything needed to create 20 cards. Both come in a cute box that can be easily wrapped or decorated.

Watercolor Wishes Card Kit: $35.00, item number 140406


The giftable Watercolor Wishes Card Kit includes pre-printed cards for the perfect artistic look without the mess. Includes supplies for 20 unique cards in 3 sizes and an exclusive stamp set. Make one when you need it, or make them all and use them later. Makes 20 unique cards.

Kit Includes:
* 20 cards total
* Folded card sizes: 4″ x 4″, 3-1/2″ x 5″, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
* 12-piece photopolymer stamp set
* 20 card bases
* Die-cut accents
* Cardstock flag stickers
* Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin’ Spots
*Washi tape
* Giftable Kraft box
* 50 sequins
* Wood die cuts
* Stampin’ Dimensionals
*Acrylic stamp block

Oh Happy Day Card Kit: $35.00, item number 142725


Stamp and stick—that’s all it takes to create stack of all-occasion cards. Make one card when you need it, or make them all and use them later.

Kit includes:
* Set of 13 photopolymer stamps
* 20 card bases and coordinating envelopes
* Giftable kraft box
* Die-cut glittered chipboard shapes
* Embossed sheets
* Printed die-cut images
* Die-cut gold foil sheet
* Die-cut white sheets
* Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot
* Printed color doilies
* Baker’s Twine
* Glittered dots
* Stampin’ Dimensionals
* Acrylic stamp block

Another good idea - Project Life Memory Keeping and Scrapbooking

NOTE: Project Life Hello December 2016 card collection and accessory pack are on sale through 11/28 (while supplies last) as part of the Online Extravaganza. They are a great way to document your holiday season.

Project Life items make it super quick and easy to create a beautiful, personal album. Make a memorable gift for someone by completing the album or give the supplies so your recipient can assemble it.

12 x 12″ Black Faux Leather Album, $30.00, item number #135292
12 pages, $7.00, item number #135295

Slip your photos and pre-designed cards into the pockets to personalize your album. Use the cards for photo mats or to add hand-written memories and notes.
* 100 cards in 3 sizes: 4″ x 6″, 4″ x 4″, 3″ x 4″

All Year Long: $16.00, item number 141670
Good Vibes Project Life Card Collection 
Good Vibes: $16.00, item number 141666
Hello Baby Boy: $16.00 item number #138457
Hello Baby Girl: $16.00 #138504
Moments Like These: $16.00 #138454

An album, set of pages, and a card collection comes to $53.00 and makes a perfect gift for lots of people - nieces and nephews, new parents, kids, grand kids, or even yourself. You can step it up with accessory packs.

Use the Gift Bag Punch Board and Gift Box Punch Board to make lovely packaging for your gifts and gift cards.

If you want more information about any of these gift ideas or other suggestions, please contact me. I'd love to discuss how you can share the gift of creativity this holiday season.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sheltering Tree, Fall Version

Here's a simple, one layer card using Sheltering Tree. This set is fun to use because by changing the color of the leaves - or leaving them off - you can make a card for any season. Check out Winter and Spring cards here.

This Clean and Simple (CAS) card is perfect for when you need nice card in a hurry.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cookie Cutter Projects

Here are a few of the projects we'll make at Saturday's Cookie Cutter Stamp Camp.

Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas
Big Shot: Banner Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits
Assorted Inks and Markers
Metallic Thread Combo Pack
Baker's Twine Trio Pack

 As mentioned in a previous post, these clips are not my original idea, but I just love them. Use them as bookmarks, to mark a note in a tablet, or to decorate a gift bag. How would you use these clips? Leave a comment with your idea.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Cookie Cutter Igloo Card

The little Cookie Cutter characters are so cute! And the Eskimo is no exception. I saw several variations of the igloo idea online and this is my take on it. I think I need to order the Softly Falling embossing folder though, because that would look really cute as a background.



Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas, Thoughtful Branches
Card Stock: Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Smoky Slate to sponge igloo and snow; assorted neutrals to water color Eskimo
Big Shot: Brick Wall embossing folder
Punch: Cookie Cutter

This is one of the cards we'll be making in the Cookie Cutter Stamp Camp on 10/8. There's still time to sign up. I'm placing an order bright and early Saturday morning, 10/1. Let me know if you'd like to order any of the items used to make this card or any other great Stampin' Up! products.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

NC SU Demos Halloween/Fall Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's NC SU Demo's blog hop. The theme is Halloween and Fall. I'm glad to be back participating after a 3 month hiatus. Follow through the links to see lots of great ideas using some favorite Stampin' Up! supplies.

I have several projects for you today. I designed them all for the Cookie Cutter Stamp Camp I'm offering on October 8th. We'll also make some Christmas projects that day, but since they don't fit the theme of the blog hop, you'll have to come back another day to see those.

First up is a little Halloween treat. All of today's projects use the Cookie Cutter Halloween set and Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. Colors: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, and Whisper White.

I used the same vampire and a couple of his buddies to make this card. I don't send a lot of Halloween cards, but thought this 3.5 x 5 note card would be fun to send to a friend during October. The label is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. You could easily switch it out for the Happy Halloween stamp from that set if you want a Halloween card. The striped DSP is from the retired Regals DSP Stack but you could easily substitute the diagonal stripes or even polka dots from the current patterns.

I used my aqua painter to add a little color to the characters - very light Crumb Cake on the mummy since his white bandages have colored with age, Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant on the vampire, and a little Smoky Slate on the skeleton.

I found little 3x5 notepads in the office supply store and just had to do something with them. Here's what I came up with. I like to keep notepads somewhat simple because I don't want pieces falling off as I carry them around in my purse. NOTES was stamped with the Labeler alphabet set.

Here's a side view. You can see the notepad under the cover I made.

I've seen these cute little Cookie Cutter clips all over the place and had to make some. They are CASEd, but I've seen them so many places I don't even know who to credit with the original idea. Here are just a couple of the ones I made.

And the last project for today is a Fall card featuring that adorable scarecrow. The background was embossed using the Big Shot and Fiesta embossing folder.

I hope you've gotten some good ideas using this cute set and punch. Contact me if you'd like to come to the class on the 8th and make these projects (and more) for yourself. My downline is invited to come for free, so if you sign up under me, you can do so, too. There are lots of benefits to being a demonstrator. I'd love to talk about them with you.

Next up in the blog hop is Elaine Brown-Pelletier. Click the icon below to follow through to her blog. Or, click on any of the names below to see any of the blogs you may have missed.


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