Pick a Pumpkin: I am Blessed

Pick a Pumpkin.1017It’s November and Thanksgiving is coming up fast.  It’s a time to reflect on all of the things we are thankful for in our lives.

I love the saying on this card:  Thankful, Grateful, Blessed.  This is how I feel about my life.  I am truly blessed.  This saying is from an older (ok…maybe just from last year…) stamp set called Paisleys and Posies.  I’m not really a paisley person but I knew I had to have the stamp set just because of this saying (and because there was coordinating designer paper…ha!).

The stamped images and the die cut images are all from the new (yes, the current Holiday Catalog) Pick a Pumpkin Bundle. The stamp set is nice because the pumpkins can be used on a fall card like this or for Halloween with the little jack-o-latern faces.  My favorite die cut image is the pumpkin outline shown on this card with the little leaves and vines.  This is the perfect fall bundle.

So today I am especially feeling Thankful, Grateful and Blessed.  Tomorrow I get to head to Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up!’s On Stage Convention.  Woo Hoo!  I get to hang out for the weekend with my stamping friends from here in Colorado but I’m also going to get to see my new friends from Thailand again.  I’m actually rooming with one of them.  Fun times.  Be sure to follow me on Facebook!

It’s time to finish packing and cleaning up the house before I leave town!  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happiest of Days.0917Happy Birthday to my Mom!  She turns a young 81 years old today!  I’ so proud of myself because I actually remembered to send a card!  Ha!

I love this card because it’s so unique.  The front is unique because the card base is only half on the front section and your focal point covers up what’s inside but you still can tell that there’s something coming behind it.

Happiest of Days.1.0917Then the whole card opens again!  It was really fun to make.  It’s a little above and beyond what I usually make for swap cards but since it was for the Incentive Trip to Thailand and all the really successful demonstrators were going to be there I wanted to make something that really said WOW!

I used the Happiest of Days stamp set which is one I fell in love with when the catalog first came out.  I also used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set for some of the sentiments.  It was a pretty fun card to make.


Happiest of Days.0917.bI was working on these swap cards earlier this summer during one of my classes and everyone loved it which is why I had to come up with my specialty card class.  The card isn’t too difficult to make but takes a bit to line everything up, stamp everything and color the different things.  It would have been a little too time consuming for a regular class.

If you’d like to find out exactly how I made this card you can find written instructions with photos and dimensions here.  I hope you have fun with it!  Let me know if you like this card….leave a comment!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Stampin’ Blends are Here!

10.17.17_STAMPINBLENDS_SHAREABLE1_DEMO_NAStampin’ Up!’s new alcohol markers are here and you’re going to LOVE them!  They are so fun and easy to work with!

Here’s a little commercial giving you an idea about what they are:

They really are nice to work with.  The more you layer the color on, the more intense the color gets.  Here’s a link to a flyer that shows what colors are available now.  The come packaged individually which is really nice.  You can get the color/colors you want.  Did you notice in the flyer that Stampin’ Up! has come out with a card kit and stamp set just for the Stampin’ Blends?  I actually made some of mine cards last night while waiting for my little Trick-or-Treaters.

Let me know in the comments or in an email if you have any questions about Stampin’ Blends.  I think you’re going to like them as much as I do!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Fun Halloween Card

Well, hello again!  Yes, things have been crazy around here but I’m hoping that I’m gaining ground.  You know how it goes.  Just when you think you can start playing catch-up something else comes up that has to get done right there and then.  Oh, well…that’s life.  Right?  🙂

Tena.Camp.1017Last week my group of Sassy Stampers & Friends held a stamp camp and it was a success.  We had 29 attendees and I’m pretty sure they all had a wonderful time.  They loved the cards we designed for them.  Today I’m sharing Tena’s card as it’s an adorable Halloween card.

Who doesn’t love a shaker card?!  Tena used the fun Creep It Real stamp set which you can find in the very back of the Holiday Catalog.  It has some fun images in it including a big open vampire mouth with the words “Brush Your Fangs” on the inside of the mouth.  Too cute!

The “Have a Haunted Halloween” is actually from another Halloween set in the Holiday Catalog called “Graveyard Gate”.  This set has coordinating framelits that make a fun wrought iron gate.

Halloween kind of snuck up on me somehow.  I haven’t even got my decorations out of the attic yet and I’m not sure I will.  Terrible, terrible.  I have some really cute things.  I think I’m going to get my Thanksgiving things out on November 1st so I don’t forget.  I guess it will help that I host Thanksgiving dinner so I’ll need to decorate for that.  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Halloween Treat Tube

Cat Punch.1Halloween is coming up fast!  Are you ready?  This year I’m not going to buy my candy until the 30th or 31st.  I have absolutely no will power.  I did buy a few Halloween candies though so I could fill these adorable treat tubes!  Don’t you love them?

These treat tube holders are SO easy to make!  Just start with a piece of 3″ x 6″ cardstock.  Score the long side at 2 5/8″, Cat Punch.23″ and 3 5/8″.  Crease well along all scored lines.  Fold cardstock in half along the 3″ score mark.  Now, about an inch in from each edge snip from the fold up to the other score marks.  You should now have three sections.  Tuck the center section in and slip in your filled treat tube!  Decorate however you’d like.

I used the Spooky Cat stamp set to decorate my treat holder along with the COORDINATING Cat Punch.  The two pieces of cardstock that go on the inside and the front measure 2 1/8″ x 2 3/4″.  The piece of designer paper (from the Spooky Night package) measures 2″ x 2 5/8″.   What a simple and fun item to give away to your friends or your favorite trick-or-treaters!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Painted Harvest Sunflowers

Painted Harvest.0917Stampin’ Up!’s Painted Harvest stamp set is perfect for fall or actually, any time at all.  I love the sunflower!  I’m pretty sure this stamp set is one of the most popular in the Holiday Catalog.

This was an easy card that we made at my last Card Buffet.  You just need to stamp the sunflower multiple times on the small piece of cardstock and layer it on Early Espresso cardstock before layering it on your card.  I stamped the leaves separately, punched them out with the new Leaf Punch and then adhered them to the card front after tucking them under the sunflower piece.  You could also just stamp the leaves on the card front before adhering the sunflower piece.

The leaves and the flowers all are made with two step stamping which means you use two stamps to complete the image.  This gives the image dimension and depth.

Guess what?  There is a package of Designer Paper that COORDINATES with this stamp set called Painted Harvest.  It’s gorgeous and even better it’s included in this month’s Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Paper sale!  I hope that little tidbit made your day.  🙂

Don’t miss out on these fabulous fall items.  Order yours today!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

One More Day

WCMD_Shareable-Social_NAThere’s only one more day to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s World Card Making Sale!  Have you made your purchases yet?  You can 15% off Notecards & Envelopes as well as 12 different stamp sets.  Check them out here.

Did you know that these stamp sets COORDINATE with the designer papers that are included in the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale going on for the entire month of October?  You know how much I like coordination!  🙂

Be sure to check out the sale and get that order placed before the end of the day on Tuesday October 10th.  You can order right from my online store.  Please use Hostess Code RGZ94REW if you do.  You can also contact me directly to place your order.

PaperPumpkin.coordinateTuesday October 10th is also the last day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin to get your October kit.  You are going to want to get both the October and November kits because they will coordinate together!  These kits will contain cards as well as gift-giving projects.  Simply go to the Paper Pumpkin website and start (or re-start) your subscription.  The recent kits have been amazing and I know you’ll love them.  Give them a try!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Another Trip Finished

20170928_184609 (2)We just returned from another trip to the family cabin in Canada.  Son #1 and his wife hadn’t been there yet this year and this past week was the only time we could fit it in before the weather got too cold.  It was a great week as the leaf colors really came out while we were there.  We had a couple nice days and caught enough fish for a good meal but most of the days were cool and rainy.  More time for games, puzzles and books though.  🙂


IMG959312001 (2)I did catch a really nice walleye while we were fishing.  This one was too big to keep but it sure was fun to catch!  In Canada, you can only keep walleye that are “in the slot”.  You don’t want to keep fish that are too small and the big ones like I caught here are usually female so you want to leave them to lay their eggs so you can catch even more fish!  🙂



20170929_185936 (2)My husband did have a little mishap with a ladder while we were at the cabin so we had to make an emergency run back across the border for some stitches.  Luckily it wasn’t anything too serious.  This sunset picture is from our trip back across the lake when we returned.


20171002_191826 (2)We love it up there.  The only downside is that it’s a bit far from Colorado.  The cabin is just north of International Falls, MN.  It’s a long 2 day drive to go directly from the cabin to Denver.  A lot of the time we stop in Minneapolis/St. Paul to visit family which breaks up the trip nicely.



On the way back to Colorado this trip we stopped at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.  My daughter-in-law had never been 20171005_101923 (2)there.  It’s definitely something everyone should see sometime in their life if possible.  We toured the little museum there and found out some interesting facts about the construction of the monument.



Well, now I’m home for about a month before I head out to Salt IMG959535 (2)Lake City for Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage event.  I’m really looking forward to that as I’ll get to hang out with my friends and meet up with my new friends that I met in Thailand.  Until then it’s back to work and sharing my love of stamping with you.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!


My September 2017 Paper Pumpkin

SeptPP.0917Are you subscribed to Paper Pumpkin?  You should be!  These kits keep getting better and better.  I LOVE the kit I received earlier this month!  It definitely says Fall.  Fall colors.  Fall leaves.  It’s gorgeous.

Here you can see the projects as I made them according to the provided directions.  So cute!  What you can’t see from the picture is that both the pillow box and the little card are embossed with a swirly wind-like pattern.  After I made these two projects I decided that I really didn’t need pillow boxes or 3″ x 3″ note cards so I tried to figure out how I could make them into regular size cards.

SeptPPalt.0917This is what I came up with.  Didn’t they turn out nice?   I kept the leaves and tag portions as is from the kit since they were so cut.  For the card on the left I cut apart the pillow box and used it as the background for the leaves and just added a border of Whisper White and adhered it to a Cajun Craze card.

For the card on the right I cut apart the 3″ x 3″ card AND the coordinating envelope using both of them as layers for my leaves.  Again I just added a border of Whisper White and adhered everything to a Cajun Craze card.

I’m really looking forward to next month’s kit….actually I’m looking forward to the kits for both October and November.  Why you ask?  Well…Stampin’ Up! has shared with us that these are going to coordinating kits!  Yep.  You heard me correctly.  They are going to be coordinating.  There will cards as well as gift giving items for the upcoming holidays.  I can’t wait to check it out!  If you want to receive your coordinating kits be sure to sign up for Paper Pumpkin prior to October 10th.   For more information about Paper Pumpkin simply go to the Paper Pumpkin website and list me as your demonstrator.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

The Clearance Rack and the Candle Border Punch

Candle Border Punch.0217Do you like a good deal?  Have you checked out Stampin’ Up!’s Clearance Rack?  They’ve added some new items!  One of the items on the Clearance  Rack is the Candle Border Punch.

This is a great punch for birthday cards.  Check out this fun card made with the Candle Border Punch.  Wouldn’t you love to receive it on your birthday?  🙂

There are punches, framelits, ink pads, ribbons….you’ll find tons of stuff on the Clearance Rack.  Be sure to check it out!

If you’re wondering what the fun sentiment is from it’s from the Better Together stamp set.  You can find this stamp on page 51 of the annual catalog or check it out here.  I like this stamp set because you get a sentiment for the front of the card, a coordinating sentiment for the inside of the card AND a small image that coordinates with both sentiments.  How great is that?!

The sentiment on the inside of this card is “Wishing you happiness on your special day” and the coordinating image is a party hat.  Be sure to check it out.  It’s a versatile stamp set.

Now head on over to the Clearance Rack and get some great deals while they’re still available!  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

An Easy Pick a Pumpkin

Pick a Pumpkin.0917My Halloween and Fall Card Buffet is coming up next week so I needed to design some easier cards.  Today’s card is what I came up with for the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set.

There are two pumpkin stamp sets in the new Holiday Catalog and it was a tough decision on which one to choose.  The Gourd Goodness has more life-like images and a couple of sentiments in it but the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set has COORDINATING framelits and you know how much I like COORDINATION!  🙂

What I like about this card is that it can you used for many different types of occasions since it doesn’t have a sentiment on it.  It can be a birthday card, a thank you note or even a thinking of you card.

I stamped the large pumpkin directly on the small piece of cardstock and the other two were stamped on scrap paper and die cut.  I stamped each pumpkin in the Tangerine Tango ink and before I stamped the image I colored the stem of the pumpkin on the stamp with an Old Olive marker.  This is so much easier than trying to color the whole are of the pumpkin with a Tangerine Tango marker and then just the stem with the Old Olive marker.

These pumpkins are making me want to put on jeans and a sweatshirt but unfortunately the thermometer isn’t cooperating.  We’re still getting 80+ degrees each day here in Denver!  It looks like that might finally start changing by the end of next week.  I can’t wait!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Season

Merry Cafe.0917Are you a pumpkin spice latte fan?  Do you anxiously await fall just so you can drink your pumpkin spice latte at your favorite coffee chain?  Well, check out today’s card!

If you’re a coffee fan you’ve probably checked out Stampin’ Up!’s Coffee Cafe stamp set in the annual catalog.  It has fun coffee images with COORDINATING framlits!  So fun!

But have you checked out the brand new Merry Cafe stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s all new Holiday Catalog?  It’s so stickin’ cute, especially the sentiments!  I’m not a coffee drinker but the sentiment on this card, “Hello Fall! It’s pumpkin spice latte season” is one of my favorites.  There are also sentiments for Halloween, Christmas and even New Years!

The Coffee Cups Framelits set that coordinate with the Coffee Cafe stamp set also coordinate with the Merry Cafe stamp set!  How great is that?!  I can’t wait to create some more cards with these fun products!  Have you ordered yours yet?  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Definitely Dahlia for Fall

Definitely Dahlia.0717The mornings are definitely cooler and I think fall is really on it’s way.  Here is a fun and easy fall type card that I made for some parties I had at the end of July and August.  It was a big hit.  I also used it for my Card Buffet class.

Peekaboo Peach and Early Espresso are the colors used on this card.  Don’t you love the Crinkled Seam Binding?  The great thing about this card is that you can use it for almost any occasion.  You just need to change the sentiment.

It’s a little hard to see from the picture but the dahlia is mounted on a piece of Early Espresso card stock before it’s mounted on the card.  Also, I’ve embossed the Early Espresso background piece with my new favorite Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.

This Layered Leaves embossing folder is actually a 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder which means that if you spritz the paper with water then run it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder you will get an almost 3-dimensional look to your paper.  It’s really pretty cool.  A lot of times I don’t bother with the 3D look and you still get a nice impression.

One thing to remember when using these 3D Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folders is that your Big Shot “sandwich” will be a little different.  These embossing folders are quite thick so you only need to use one standard cutting pad in your “sandwich” and you want it to be on top of your embossing folder.  Your “sandwich” won’t go through the Big Shot if you try to use two cutting pads.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

2017 Holiday Catalog Tic Tac Toe

I love to play games.  Card games, word games, board games….ask me to play a game with you and I’m pretty sure my answer will be yes.  So when I saw that Patty Bennett was offering a Tic Tac Toe game for her customers to win prizes I wanted to play too.

Holiday Bingo CollageWell, I’m not going to play….you are!  Do you like to win prizes?  Do you like to play games?  Do you like Stampin’ Up! products?  Then my 2017 Holiday Catalog Tic Tac Toe game is for you!

You can check out all of the details here but basically you can win a package of the fun new Foil Snowflakes by getting 3 in a row on your Tic Tac Toe card!  There is also a grand prize if you fill in the entire card!

Get that order together, place it here and start playing Tic Tac Toe!  Be sure to contact me if you have any questions.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Half Full

HalfFull1.0817In my last post I introduced you to the new 2017 Holiday Catalog and shared one of my favorite suites with you.  It got me thinking as to my favorite stamp sets.  One of the very first stamp sets that I absolutely had to have was the Half Full stamp set.  It’s so fun and of course, I love wine.  🙂

The Half Full stamp set is one of the stamp sets that was inspired by one of Stampin’ Up!’s million dollar sales achievers.  Yes, you read that correctly…million dollar sales achievers.  It’s crazy but to date there are actually 17 of these achievers!  Wow!  These are people who have achieved $1,000,000 in sales during their careers.  Can I just say WOW again?  Anyway, this stamp set was inspired by Linda Bauwin and I love it!

I designed this birthday card for my sisters.  Yes, they both got the same card but they loved it.  One of my sisters actually wants me to make some for her.  🙂

HalfFull2.0817I’ve started to do more on the inside of my cards.  The inside needs to be decorated as should the envelope if possible, right?

One of my favorite parts of the card, which you can’t really see from the picture is that the wine in the glass as well as the bunch of grapes are shiny to help them stand out as the focal point.  How did I do that you asked?  No….I didn’t emboss them.  I “colored” them with my Fine-Tip Glue Pen!

I call it “coloring” only because you go over the entire image with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen as if you were coloring.  It really makes a difference on the card and makes the image pop.  I designed a Christmas card using this stamp set and technique for I swap I’m participating in.  I’ll be sure to share that with you soon.

Cheers to all of those Million Dollar Achievers and cheers to you!  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

The 2017 Holiday Catalog is Live!

20170614_holiday17-cover_en-usOh my!  That’s about all I can say.  Stampin’ Up!’s new Holiday Catalog is fabulous!  There are so many new and wonderful products.  I know you’re going to LOVE them!

If you don’t have the catalog in your little hands yet you can view it here online.  If you’d like to have your very own hard copy though please contact me and I will be happy to mail one to you.  You can email me here.

There are so many fabulous products that it’s hard to decide which one is my favorite.  Stampin’ Up! has divided the Holiday Catalog into suites which makes it easy to coordinate products.  One of my favorite suites in this new catalog is the Year of Cheer Suite.  It’s all about metallics.  From the new Champagne Foil Sheets to the Foil Snowflakes, I’m in love.  You can find these gorgeous products on page 37 of the new Holiday Catalog.

Holiday17_p36-35 (2)I haven’t had a chance to play with these gorgeous new products yet but here is a picture from the catalog with some samples made using these fun new products.  I know you’re going to want to get your hands on them!

Watch the video below to see how well these products coordinate together.  Be sure to add these products to your wish list or order them here right now!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Fall Into Savings!

Shareables-2_PP_Sept_Promo_Aug0817I’m telling you…..Paper Pumpkin just keeps getting better and better!  These all-inclusive kits are fun and easy to make.  I know you’d love them if you gave them a try.

Guess what….now is the perfect time to give them a try!  First time subscribers will  get half off of the price of their first kit if they sign up before September 10th!  Woo Hoo!

aug17ppSeriously….give it a try.  I’m anxiously awaiting the August kit.  It should ship within the next couple of days.  Most of the time what’s inside of these kits is a big surprise but sometimes Paper Pumpkin will give us a hint on their Facebook Page.   The picture at the left is the hint they gave us for this month. Here is what they said: “You don’t want to miss out on finding how these elements work with the rest of August’s coral-hued kit! Think warm CARDS and gifting!”.  Oooo…so much fun!

For more information or to renew or sign up for your Paper Pumpkin subscription just go to www.paperpumpkin.com and please list me, Cindy Russell from Highlands Ranch CO, as your demonstrator.  Give it a try.  I think you’ll like it!

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!