A Popular Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly Dreams.0817Hello!  I hope your day is going well.  In the last few weeks I’ve had 3 stamping parties for people (woo hoo!) and 2 classes here in my home.  All this since I’ve returned from Thailand.  Needless to say things have been a bit busy around here.

This cute little dragonfly card was one of the favorites at the stamping parties.  This card gives newcomers to stamping a chance to play with the Big Shot quite a bit.  They got to use an embossing folder as well as framelits.  They also got to see that a little glitter goes a long way.  We colored the wings of the dragonfly with the Wink of Stella Glitter Pen for the perfect finishing touch.

I really enjoyed these parties and I hope to do more in the future.  It’s a fun way to meet new people.  I love seeing how excited people get when they make their first card.  Do you remember when you made your first card?  I’m trying to remember making mine but I’m pretty sure it was almost 30 years ago!  I actually found a receipt from my very first Stampin’ Up! order and it was from shortly after my oldest son was born.  Yikes!  I really have been doing this for a long time!  I do love it though!  🙂

Well, I’m off to plan for future events and maybe do a little cleaning and organizing!  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Confetti Celebration

Confetti Celebration.0817Let’s celebrate!  What are we celebrating?  Anything and everything!  This is the perfect card for any celebration!  With the little “It’s your day” on their it looks more like a birthday card but it could be your day because you got a promotion, or a new haircut, maybe you beat cancer today….Let’s just celebrate for the heck of it!  We made it another day!  🙂

This is actually an older stamp set but as I was flipping through the catalog looking for samples this sample caught my eye.  Yes.  I pretty much copied this card straight out of the catalog but I’m pretty sure that’s why Stampin’ Up! put all of those great samples in the catalog!  Ha!

I had everything on hand to make this card except of course the Starburst Punch.  Luckily I just had to place an order to get it.  🙂

We are making this card in my Card Buffet classes this week.  It’s easy enough that you can make a bunch of them and it also has a masculine vibe to it.  Don’t you love the Silver Mini Sequin Trim?  It’s a bit more versatile than the trim we had in the last catalog with regular size sequins.  I can’t wait to try out the black Mini Sequin Trim on a Halloween card!  Fun!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Basket of Wishes: Strawberries!

YuBasket of Wishes.0517m!  I LOVE strawberries!  My choice for a birthday cake would be angelfood cake with strawberries….unless I could have cheesecake.  Cheesecake always wins hands down!  🙂

Strawberries are so good this time of year so I thought I should (finally) post this card.  Yes, I said finally….we made it in class back in May!  Yikes!  Yep.  I’m a little behind with my blog posts.

All that aside this is a nice summery card on a not so nice summer day.  Cooler temperatures (yeah!) and rain are in our forecast for the day.  I’m going to run some errands and get ready for two classes and a stamping party.  I guess I have to fit cleaning my house in there sometime too.  Oh, well.

When die cutting stamped images it’s usually best to stamp the images and then die cut them but in this case I die cut the Stitched Shapes Circle first and then stamped.  This way I could make sure everything fit into the circle.  I used Shimmery White cardstock so I could watercolor the image.  If you didn’t know, watercoloring on Stampin’ Up!’s regular Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock doesn’t work very well because the paper pills and it’s not thick enough.  Shimmery White cardstock gives your card a little sparkle too.  🙂

Well, it’s time to get the show on the road and get busy.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Label Me Pretty

Label Me Pretty.0617Happy Friday!  This lovely little thank you card has gotten good use.  I used it in my last Card Buffet Class way back in June and I also used it in both workshop/parties I held last week.

This is a fairly easy card to make yet you get to play with the Big Shot and punches.

Isn’t this a great color combination?  Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide.  Both of these are new In-Colors for 2017-2019.  They are probably my favorite new In-Colors although I can’t seem to get enough of that Lemon-Lime Twist!  It’s so bright and fun!  Which new In-Colors do you like the best?  Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know.

Of course the Label Me Pretty stamp set COORDINATES perfectly with the new Pretty Label Punch!  Who doesn’t love COORDINATION?!  It’s great when Stampin’ Up! makes my life as a crafter easy!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Carols of Christmas!

Carols of Christmas.0817Yes.  I know it’s only August but Stampin’ Up! is offering a wonderful holiday stamp set and framelit bundle early just for you!  You’re going to love the new Carols of Christmas Bundle and it will give you a chance to get a head start on those holiday cards!

This is an easy card that I’ve designed for my Card Buffet class next month.  Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake.  Isn’t that a nice color combination?  You can’t tell from the picture but I used Wink of Stella on the words to give the card a little sparkle.

I didn’t use any of the coordinating framelits on this card but stay tuned as I plan on playing with this bundle later today.

So you can purchase the stamp set, the framelits or the whole bundle during the month of August.  Remember that you save 10% if you buy the bundle!  Don’t forget to use your Bonus Coupons that you earned last month!

Item Description USD CAD
146036 Carols of Christmas Bundle (wood-mount) $52.00 $69.25
146037 Carols of Christmas Bundle (clear-mount) $45.00 $59.25
146038 Lot Cantiques de Noël Bundle (French; clear-mount) $45.00 $59.25
144674 Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies $30.00 $40.00
144801 Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (wood-mount) $28.00 $37.00
144804 Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (clear-mount) $20.00 $26.00
145028 Cantiques de Noël Stamp Set (French; clear-mount) $20.00 $26.00

Here is a video that Stampin’ Up! has made that shows this fun bundle.  Check it out and order your bundle today!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

I LOVE Flamingos!

Enough is enough!  I’ve been home for two weeks and it’s time to get the show on the road!  It’s time to start posting to my blog again!  Sheesh!

The first week I was back I was trying to recover from jetlag (boy does that wipe you out!) and plan for a couple of stamping parties as well as my August card buffet.  Both parties went well and I’m excited for the next one coming up.  This past week was spent doing the stamping parties and designing for my upcoming August Card Buffet Class.

Fabulous Flamingo.0617But you don’t care about all that!  You want to see some fun cards!  Today’s card features the flamingo!  There is something about flamingos that I absolutely LOVE!  It could be because they are PINK!  🙂

This meant the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set was one of the first ones that I had to have from Stampin’ Up!’s new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!  I designed this card for a swap I participated in and we also made it at my last class.

The body of the flamingo is a 3 stamp process and the legs are another 2 step process.  One of my favorite parts of this card is how the water turned out.  I stamped all of the images on Shimmery White card stock.  The water stamp is just the line image you see but then I took my Aqua Painter and “smeared” the line image a bit.  It really looks nice.  I waited for the water to dry before stamping the grass images so that they wouldn’t smear.

Not only do I like flamingos but I like whales too.  Of course, now that I’ve been to Thailand elephants rate right up there too.  What are some of your favorite animals?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Back From Thailand!

Thank You!  I have returned from my AMAZING trip to Thailand thanks to all of you and to Stampin’ Up!.  It was definitely a trip of a lifetime.  Here are just a few of my favorite pictures.  They are in no particular order but they’ll give you of feel for all of the things we experienced.  z2OntJ122-dMqsfGGVzlR4axN7snKhao-LFABLvdbbwpX92IBEnjoy!

This first picture is of the tour group we were with the first couple of days we were in Thailand.  We all got to know each other pretty well and we hung out with most of them the rest of time we were in Thailand.   Meeting them all was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

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This was from our first day in the mountains near Chiang Mai.





The resort was absolutely gorgeous! If you didn’t have a view of the beach you had view of the beautiful lagoon.



One of the many temples we toured.  This one was a newer one up in the Chiang Mai area called Wat Rong Khun.




We spent a couple of days touring beaches and different places on the water.  These rocky little islands were everywhere.  It was amazing.

I have to thank you all again for helping me earn this trip.  I am truly grateful to all of you.  Hugs to all!  Thanks!


24 Hour Paper Pumpkin Sale!

PP_OneDayDeal_Sharable_USOh, my gosh!  You are really going to want to take advantage of this 24 hour deal!  Sign up for Paper Pumpkin before 11:59 pm today (6/30) and get the first month of your Paper Pumpkin subscription for ONLY $5!  Woo Hoo!

I love the Paper Pumpkin kits and the last few month’s kit’s have been AMAZING!

It’s so much fun to receive the Paper Pumpkin box in the mail each month and find out what the project is!  These kits are all-inclusive.  Everything you need to make your project is included in the box!  Stamps, inks, papers, and accessories!  You may have to add a little of your own adhesive but that’s it!

Give it a try!  Head on over to the Paper Pumpkin website right now and sign up!  Don’t forget to use the promo code ONEDAY0717.  This special is only for first time subscribers.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Coffee Anyone?

Coffee Cafe.0617I don’t drink coffee.  I never have and I probably never will but I love Stampin’ Up!’s  new Coffee Café bundle!

“Thanks a Latte”.  How cute is that?

An adorable stamp set. COORDINATING framelits and COORDINGATING Designer Series Paper.  It doesn’t get much better than that!  Not only is the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper coffee themed but one of the papers has little take-out coffee cups on it and there’s a framelit in the Coffee Cups Framelit set that cuts it out!  Oh, my!  That is COORDINATION at it’s finest!  🙂

Oh, don’t forget the ribbons that match the paper too!  I LOVE COORDINATION!  Check out page 31 in the new Annual Catalog to see all these products that….COORDINATE!  🙂

Don’t you love this color combination?  Soft Sky, Whisper White and Early Espresso?  I usually pair earth tones together but this combination is gorgeous.  I think I’m going to have to start stepping out of my color coordination box and try new combinations.  What about you?  Do you stick with the same old color combinations?  Let’s work on color together….

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Coming Soon….Christmas in July

Stamp Camp0617Saturday was our Sassy Stampers and Friends Summer Stamp Camp and it was a success!  You can’t go wrong when all the comments you get are “I love coming to Stamp Camp!” and “I love all of the projects!”.  It makes all the hard work worth while.

I love these gals!  They are a fun bunch to work with.  Four of them are on my team and four of them make up the “Friends” part of Sassy Stampers and Friends.  I am so blessed to have met and to know these wonderful women.  I wouldn’t have know any of them if it wasn’t for Stampin’ Up!.

Guess what?  Stampin’ Up! has a FABULOUS promotion starting in July that you will want to take advantage of…Christmas in July!  If you have ever considered signing up as a demonstrator, whether to earn some extra money for your family (or yourself!) or even just for the discount on the amazing Stampin’ Up! products, this promotion is for YOU!

Oh, my gosh!  This deal is amazing!

When you sign up to be a demonstrator the cost is $99.  For that $99 you usually get to choose $125 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise.  During the month of July, not only do you get to choose your $125 in products, you will also receive a FREE “Essentials Pack” AND a FREE stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog called Carols of Christmas.  Oh, my!  So much free stuff!  The Essentials Pack contains 2- Clear “D” Blocks, a package of Grid Paper, a pair of Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive and a Bone Folder,  WOW!  That’s over $72 of additional FREE stuff!

Seriously!  July is the perfect time to become a demonstrator and join my team of Sassy Stampers and friends.  Want to give it a try?  Just go to my website and sign up on July 1st.  This promotion runs for the entire month of July.

Let’s get “SASSY”!  Join my team in July! (Who doesn’t want a discount on Stampin’ Up!’s amazing products?!)  For more information on what being a demonstrator entails contact me today!  I love you to get “Sassy” with us!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Happiest of Days

Happiest of Days.0617It’s always someone’s birthday, right?  Yesterday was my nephew’s birthday and today it’s my crazy friend Amy’s birthday.  Happy Birthday to all!

The Happiest of Birthday’s stamp set was one of the first stamp sets in the new catalog to catch my eye.  (page 70)  It has a couple of fun images of a cake and gifts but it also has some sweet floral and sentiment images.  I’m going to be using this stamp set for my swaps for Stampin’ Up!’s Thailand Incentive Trip.  I have the card designed and will share it with you soon.  I just need to start working on all the cards for the swap!  I guess I’ll get to that after I’m organized for tomorrow’s classes!

Yes, I’m starting to go a little crazy.  I’m trying to plan classes, make swaps AND get ready for my trip to Thailand!  Yikes!  It’ll all get done though. No worries!  🙂

This is one of the cards we’ll be making at classes tomorrow.  I tell you….you can never have enough birthday cards!  I used the fun cake image that I mentioned above as well as the equally fun Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  You really must check it out.  So many fun patterns and colors!

Don’t you just love the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding?!  It’s so soft and FUN!  The Crinkled Seam Binding also comes in Berry Burst, Emerald Envy and Peekaboo Peach and I have them all!  I told you that the ribbons are the first things I purchase from a new catalog!

This was a fun card to make and pretty easy too.  I hope you like it.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Happy Birthday Thinlit

Happy Birthday Thinlits.0517Hello!  Happy Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year!  I should probably have some kind of Summer Solstice card for you today but instead I have another birthday card.

This was the most popular card at my recent Card Buffet Class.  I had about 13 people attend this class and between them they made 33 of these cards.  That’s a lot!

This Happy Birthday Thinlit is quite popular and I’ve seen so many great ideas using it.  One fun idea is to die cut multiple images and then layer them on top of each other.  It’s quite a stunning look.  I just used a single layer on my card.

The die cut image is large enough that you can easily use your Fine-Tip Glue Pen on it or even your Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I chose to use the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets with the die cut on mine.  These new adhesive sheets work perfectly for die cutting.

I first cut a piece of card stock large enough to fit my Happy Birthday Thinlit.  Then I cut a piece of the adhesive sheet the same size, removed the backing and stuck it to the card stock.  I next ran the card stock through the Big Shot with the Happy Birthday Thinlit, removed the backing from the adhesive sheet and then stuck it to my designer paper.  SO easy!  No fuss.  No mess!  🙂

I’m anxious to get this Thinlit out again and try that layering techinique.  What about you?

Big on Birthdays

Big on Birthdays.0517Happy Monday!  This card is in honor of my sisters who celebrated their birthday on Friday.  (Yes…they’re twins)  I wasn’t able to celebrate with them as they both live in the Minnesota Homeland.  I’m sure I’ll see them some time this summer though.

Here’s a picture of the three of us at my son’s wedding a few years ago.  Sisters.1.1013As you can see, my sisters don’t really look anything alike.  Happy Birthday Lori & Linda!

This gorgeous card was made using the Big on Birthdays stamp set.  It’s new to the annual catalog but it made it’s debut in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  Simple, yet elegant.  I love the flower spray and it looks perfect when colored with the new In-Colors Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide.

I did have a little trouble getting the large sentiment to stamp cleanly but then I just used my trusty Basic Black Marker to touch things up.  It worked like a charm!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

I’m Going to Thailand!

Incentive.1It’s getting closer a more real.  My husband and I are heading to Thailand for the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip.  Woo Hoo!  I’ve been stressing about what to pack but yesterday I received our little travel wallet from Stampin’ Up! and it was so much fun!

Did you notice the fun ribbon it’s wrapped with?  That’s the Peekaboo Peach 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon from the new catalog.  It also comes in Berry Burst (my new favorite color!), Emerald Envy and Night of Navy.  I can’t wait to use some of this ribbon on my projects!

Incentive.2Here’s the wallet opened up.  In the plastic part at the top is a pin that says “My first incentive trip”.  Yes.  I’m a rookie.

I think my favorite part of the whole wallet are the luggage tags!  They are absolutely adorable!  Colorful little elephants.  I can’t wait to use them on my luggage!

We leave in 3 weeks, on the 4th of Incentive.3July, YIKES!  It’s coming up fast.  Things are coming together but I still have to figure out what to bring and pack!

A big THANK YOU to all of you wonderful customers and downline who helped make this trip a reality for me!  You’re the best!

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!

You Gotta Love It!

Eastern Medallions.0517I’m going to be honest with you.  The thought of the new In-Color Lemon Lime Twist really didn’t do anything for me….at all!  It brought back night mares of the old In-Color Kiwi Kiss….Yuk!

HOWEVER!  You gotta love it!  Lemon Lime Twist is my second favorite In-Color after Berry Burst and right up there in my top 10 current colors.  It’s really fun! It’s the perfect accent color.  Check out this card!  Lemon Lime Twist coordinates perfectly with dark colors like Basic Black.  I love it!

This card just makes me say “Wow!”.  I used the Eastern Beauty stamp set and the COORDINATING Eastern Medallion Thinlits.  I just die cut the large medallion.  Then I stamped the flower medallion twice, die cut them and made a double flower.  I popped the flower on with a couple of dimensionals, added the gorgeous ribbon and I was done!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: Soft Sayings All Inclusive Card Kit

softsayingsNot only is it still Video Week but it’s also Simple Saturday!  What can be more simple than an all-inclusive kit?!  Yes!  The Soft Sayings Kit is all-inclusive and comes with EVERYTHING (except adhesive) that you will need to make the 20 projects!  Even the clear block for the photopolymer stamps!

I brought this kit with me last month on my trip to the cabin.  No…I didn’t attempt to put it together in the car but I did put it together one afternoon in the cabin.  The directions were clear and easy to follow.  If you look at the picture closely you can see that you get to make three different sizes of cards.

The little stamp set that comes with the kit has some great sentiments that fit perfectly on the different card sizes.  There’s also a couple of leaves and flowers.

One of the great things about this kit is that you can purchase a refill!  The refill comes with everything the kit contains except the stamp set, clear block, ink spot and the box.

Check out the video below and see how easy it is to make these cards!  Oh…did I mention what a great gift this would make?!!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: You Move Me Bundle

you move me bundleYou will definitely have to check out todays video!  The You Move Me Bundle is amazing.  I’ve actually never seen anything like it.  The picture to the left here doesn’t do the bundle justice.  Watch the video!

Why do you need to watch the video?  The butterfly actually will look like it’s fluttering it’s wings if you pull the white card stock with the stamped image up out of the pocket.  This is one of those things you have to see to believe.  Check it out!  These products are pretty fun.

If you like versatility in your projects you’ll get it with this bundle.  There are plenty of other images and framelits besides the ones that show motion.  You can see the stamp set and framelits as well as more details about the bundle in my online store.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: Memories & More

Hello!  Today’s video is going to give you a peek at a whole new line of products for Stampin’ Up!.  You may find them vaguely familiar as it’s Stampin’ Up!’s own pocket scrapbooking line.  The great thing about Memories & More is the “More” part.  This line of products includes the album, pages and pens.  It also includes the different themed card packs with coordinating stickers and overlays.  You’re thinking “how is this different than Project Life? which Stampin’ Up! used to carry.  Well…..let me tell you…..the card packs coordinate perfectly with other Stampin’ Up! products!  Stamp sets, designer paper, colors!  Woo Hoo!  COORDINATION!

Check out the two videos below that will acquaint you with the Memories & More

product line.  I think you’re going to love it!


Video Week: Love Today Planner Kit

planner2Oh my!  This planner is beautiful!  I put mine together yesterday and can’t wait to begin to use it!

There are pages, stickers, pockets, photo protector pages and sticky notes.  You will be amazed at how fabulous this planner is!

You have to check out the video below because these photos don’t do it justice!

The month pages don’t have dates on them so you can start using the planner whenever you want.  The months have a planner1month-at-a-glance page as well as weekly pages.

Not only will this planner be great for your own use but it will also make a fabulous gift!  I’m actually contemplating giving them to my sisters for their birthday in a few weeks.

I know you’re going to love it.  Don’t take my word for it though.  Watch the video and see just how fabulous this planner is….did I mention one of the best parts?  You can buy a refill for it!  The refill comes with everything you find in the original planner kit except the 3-ring binder cover.  How great is that?!

You can find out more details about the planner and purchase it in my online store.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: Embossing Paste

Welcome to the second installment in Video Week.  Today I want to share with you a product that I had never heard of before I saw the new Annual Catalog:  Embossing Paste.  I know, some of you are asking “have you been living under a rock?”.  I guess this isn’t a new craft product but it’s new to me.

Embossing Paste is pretty cool.  I haven’t actually played with it yet but I’m anxious to give it a try.  It looks like so much fun and it really looks easy to use.  Check out the video below and let me know if this is a product that you might like to try.

You can purchase decorative masks to use with the Embossing Paste but I’m also wondering if you could kind of create your own masks with punches and thinlits.  Hmmm….I’m definitely going to give it a try.  I’ll let you know how things turn out.

Another fun thing you can do with Embossing Paste is actually color it with Stampin’ Up! reinkers.  Did you catch that in the video?  Too fun!

I might have to go grab my Embossing Paste and give it a try!  If you want to purchase your own Embossing Paste you can do it right in my online store.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!