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.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September Club

My loyal blog followers - thank you so much for sticking with me as I had some family medical issues to deal with. I know I didn't give you a lot of info, but that's because it's not my information to share. But I'm thankful to say that things have turned around and are looking up. Hopefully I'll have more time to stamp and to post now. I've really missed stamping and being creative! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the NC Demos Halloween/Fall Blog Hop. There should be lots of great ideas to spark your creativity.

Today was the first of two September club meetings. Saturday is always a little smaller,  but because of vacations, our group was smaller than usual. We still had a great time. If you'd like to have fun stamping, socializing, and being creative, contact me for details on how you can join us.

Here's one of the three Christmas cards we made. Hope you enjoy it. I'll share the other two in later posts.


Stamps: Jar of Love, Always an Adventure
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler
Big Shot: Everyday Jars Framelits, Pine Bough Embossing Folder
Other: Brights Enamel Shapes, Wink of Stella (on branches)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Halloween or Fall Card

Good news! The Thoughtful Branches bundle is still available! But only while supplies last. So don't delay, get yours today!

We made this card in stamp club last month. I CASEd it from Kim Jolley after I saw her card on Pinterest. Speaking of stamp club - a new round starts this month. Let me know if you'd like to join. You can see the other cards we made using this bundle here.

The pumpkin is made using the same die cut that made the flower on the card I showed you previously. It can also be the leaves on the top of a tree. The background is embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder and then lightly sponged to highlight the trees. Although I added Happy Halloween, it could easily be a Fall card, as well - or birthday, thanks, or other occasion for that matter. Just change the words on the banner.

Some people preferred the pumpkin with the vine but not the leaves:

Here's the inside. Makes me want to run and jump into a big pile of leaves.

Stamps - Thoughtful Branches, And Many More, Timeless Textures (the little dots)
Cardstock - Soft Suede, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green
Ink - Soft Suede, Garden Green,  assorted Fall Colors
Big Shot - Woodgrain embossing folder, Beautiful Branches thinlits

Monday, September 12, 2016

Special Offers - through Sept 14

Current Hostess Code is WEDPS62W.

New Clearance Items being added Tuesday, September 13th. Items available while supplies last.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Special Offers from Stampin' Up!

Special Offers from Stampin' Up! through September 21. Each Thursday there will be a new set of deals. Here are the items for week 1.These prices are available through September 7, 2016.

Order special offers online using hostess code  WEDPS62W (unless your order is over $150 - then collect the hostess benefits for yourself). Be sure to allow contact so I can send you a thank you. Or, contact me to be part of a group order.

Also, new Paper Pumpkin subscribers pay for the first month and get the second free!


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - Trees

Good News! Today was supposed to be the last day to get the Thoughtful Branches bundle, but since Stampin' Up! still has some, they are making them available while supplies last. Don't delay because once they are gone, they're gone for good. Order online using hostess code  WEDPS62W (unless your order is over $150 - then collect the hostess benefits for yourself). Be sure to allow contact so I can send you a thank you. Or, contact me to be part of a group order.

Here's another card we made at the August club. All the stamps are from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Isn't the grass cool? I can see that being used a lot! And the trees would be great for Christmas cards.

I just put a single tree on the inside. It's lighter, like the middle tree on the front of the card. That look is achieved by stamping off. For the front, I stamped the first tree and then without re-inking stamped the second to get a lighter image. For the inside, I stamped the first tree on scrap paper since there isn't a darker one. I did the same thing with the grass - stamped twice without re-inking - so the grass is different colors.

Colors: Old Olive, Soft Suede, and Whisper White

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Flower

Here's one of the cards we made in this month's club. We used the Thoughtful Branches bundle which is only available for a limited time.

Isn't this flower so pretty? And the stem and leaves have a lot of potential. Have you ever made a punch art flower and wished you had a stem? This would work wonderfully.

 This is such a nice saying - I hope you feel appreciated...because you are.

And here's the inside:
The inside flower is the stamp I die cut for the front of the card. For the inside I stamped it and then stamped again without re-inking to get a lighter set of petals.

Colors: Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum, and Whisper White

Friday, August 5, 2016

Inspiration From Stampin' Up!

Hi friends. Sorry I have gone so long without posting. Unfortunately, the same stuff I mentioned in my last couple of posts is still going on and is taking a lot of my time. Since I haven't had time to do a lot of stamping, I'm sharing some more content from Stampin' Up!

In my last post I shared a Stampin' Up! video featuring some great new sets in the Annual Catalog. It was over a month and a half ago, so I understand if you forgot it - but if you did or if you missed it, be sure to check it out here.  Today I'm sharing some projects, all from the SU! site, that use those sets:

Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set

Sweet Cupcake Photopolymer Bundle

As a reminder, here are the sets again. They can be ordered through my Online Store. If your order isn't part of a party (if it is, use that hostess code) or over $150 (because then you'll get the Stampin' Rewards), please use hostess code CCG46BCH and receive a thank you gift from me.

Pun Intended Hostess 141804   
Baby Bear Photopolymer 141859
This set is available on it's own
or as part of a bundle:
Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set   141498

Sweet Cupcake Photopolymer Bundle
 Sweet Cupcake Bundle  142232 
Stamps plus
Cupcake Cutouts Framelits

Labeler Photopolymer 141936

All images and designs in this post are copyright [1988-2016] Stampin' Up!


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