Happy Anniversary!

Today is my 10 year anniversary with Stampin’ Up!  I can’t believe it has been 10 years since I bought my starter kit.  I have met tons of dear friends from all over the world!  Not one time did I ever think why did I do this.  Most of the time I think why didn’t I do it sooner!  I had been stamping about 10 years before i ever considered joining.

I decided to go back through my photos and see if I could find something I made when I first started.  I found a photo from a Hands-On class in April 2006.  We made these little candles and a matching card.  It used the Lovely as a Tree stamp set and guess what it is still in our catalog today!


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So what are you waiting for?  Are you ready to get your very own Stampin’ Up! Starter kit?  Right now is an awesome deal – much better than when I did it 10 years ago.  The kit is only $99 with Free shipping.  And you get to choose (YES YOU CHOOSE) $155 worth of Stampin’ Up! product – anything you want.  Get the Big Shot and some dies!  Plus you will get a past Paper Pumpkin kit as a little bonus – that’s another $20 value.

Here is an idea of what you could get in your Starter Kit – click on the link to see the PDF.


Flex Starter Kit flyer

If you are ready to join – visit my website visit my website – and click on JOIN the FUN!

The last 10 years have been a fun ride and I wouldn’t change it for anything.  I’m ready for the next 10 years.  Thank You Stampin’ Up!




Stamp, Scrap & Create Spring 2016 Retreat

Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat

spring retreat

March 18-20, 2016

Crafting Retreat

Are you ready to get away from it all?  Leave behind the family, the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning and come join us for a fun Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  Come party with us at Monika’s House March 18-20, 2016.

Arrive on Friday afternoon – come set up your craft space, bring an appetizer to share with everyone on Friday evening for our dinner.  We will have games and prizes on Friday night.  Make & Takes will be scheduled for Friday night and Saturday.  All meals included on Saturday.  Finish up on Sunday and pack up and head back home in the early afternoon.  We have Make & Take projects planned as part of the retreat – and everyone will receive a Goody Bag with supplies and extras.  And little surprises throughout the weekend!

Bring whatever creative projects you would like to work on.  You will have table space set up for the whole weekend – so bring your scrap-booking, card making, Project Life, laptop for My Digital Studio, Paper Pumpkin kits, jewelry making, knitting – the choice is yours.

I have some space in my house if you want to spend the night here instead of going home or there is a hotel one exit south just a few minutes away.  I will have three Queen beds upstairs, some sofa space,  or we can put an air mattress on the floor.   Or stay as late as you want in the evening – go sleep at home and come back in the morning!

I will send out a schedule and list of what you need to bring at the beginning of March.  This time we are offering EARLY BIRD PRICING – paid in full by Fab. 15th – $75.

Regular pricing – due by March 1st – $90.

All fees non-refundable after March 1st. I will be ordering supplies and prizes March 2nd.

Spots are LIMITED – I am only opening this event up to 12 people!  So reserve your spot today!

CLICK HERE to get the registration form.

I (Monika) hope to see you there! 

Grateful for You Class – live & in the mail

My February Hands-on class is going to feature the Grateful Bunch Bundle from the Occasions Catalog.  I’ll be holding a live class here at my house on February 12th – come for the morning class at 10:00 AM or the evening class at 7:00 PM.  Plus I’ll be offering this as a CLASS BY MAIL option.  Payments will be due by February 12th, then I’ll order everything, receive the orders, prepare your packets and mail them back out to you.


Techniques in this class include using the Sponge Dauber and Paper Piercing.

So here are the options for you:

Attend Live class at my house – details and RSVP information can be found on my website


CLASS IN THE MAIL OPTION – Payments due by Feb. 12, 2016.

Each option has a Buy Now button that will take you to Paypal.

Option A: $45 includes Grateful Bunch Bundle (stamp set and punch), class materials to complete all 5 project, Priority Flat rate shipping.


Option B: $65 includes Grateful Bunch Bundle (stamp set and punch), Stamp & Pierce Mat, Piercing Tool, Updated Essentials Piercing Templates, class materials, to complete all 5 projects, Priority Flat rate shipping PLUS one free Sale-A-Bration item – (suggested item is Perfect Pairings stamp set).  Include your Sale-a-Bration choice.


The Class in the Mail options do not include ink, adhesive, sponge dauber or the little vase for the photo holder.


Thanks from SU

I received this sweet card as a Thank you from Andrea at Stampin’ Up! for being a presenter at the Tampa OnStage event in November.


It’s a sweet note card that uses the Helping Me Grow stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.

I love the little notch in the edge – use a small circle punch – that holds the Baker’s Twine.  Thank you Stampin’ Up! for giving me the opportunity!



Flowering Fields Sale-A-Bration set

I love this Flowering Fields Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  You can earn it for free right now during the promotion.  Mix and match the little flowers.  I used it to create a card for a swap I participated in.  I used for my team meeting swap this weekend and also for a mail-in swap that I participated in a few weeks ago.


For this card I stamped the flowers in Memento Black ink and then colored them with my Stampin’ Write Markers.  I did some faux stitching with my Project Life Journaling Pen.

Here is a full supply list for you – order $50 worth of products from this list and select the stamp set for FREE!

Product List


Links by TheseAreMyStamps.com

Thanks for stopping by today.


Sky is the Limit

The Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration promotion has started and something a little different this year is there are a few items in the back of the brochure that are only available for a limited time!  Two stamp sets and a paper pack that will be available as a free choice through Feb. 15th.  These are on pages 16-19 in the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  They are the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper, Hello stamp set and Sky is the Limit stamp set.  Today I’m going to share a few cards I’ve made with Sky is the Limit.


Choose $50 in product (before shipping and tax) and you can select this stamp set for free.  The supplies used for this card would get you to that limit.

Product List



Links by TheseAreMyStamps.com

Here are a couple of other card ideas using this stamp set – it works as a Valentine, for birthdays, for graduations and congratulations on a new job or opportunity.  It’s a nice masculine set.


For the birthday card I added the Sweet Lil’ Things washi tape, the small star punch, and the circle framelits.  Colors are Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey and Pool Party.


On the congratulation card – I made this one for Tyler when he graduated college in December – I added Linen Thread and the Circle Framelits.  Colors are Soft Suede with the Very Vanilla.

Be sure to order now while you can get this set before its gone.  Just click on one of the products up above and it will take you to my online store.


Thanks for visiting today.


Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die

I wanted to show you an idea with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die.  At the OnStage Local event in November the Make&Take that I showed was how to cut the new heart thinlit from Designer Series paper.  So everyone had the opportunity to cut one out and then to stamp on it with the coordinating stamp set.   We were able to use the Precision Base Plate and the new Big Shot Die brush.  Our Make&Takes this time were just elements and not full cards or projects.  I turned the heart into a full card and it ended up looking like this:

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Here are some tips for you when using this new die – it is the most intricate and detailed thinlit that Stampin’ Up! has released so far and in order to have it come out nice you want to follow these tips.

  • You have to use the Precision Base Plate to get a clean cut instead of your bottom cutting pad
  • Pass the die through the Big Shot back and forth 2 times
  • While in the past SU has not recommend this when cutting something thin like Designer Paper or Vellum use the Magnetic Platform on the bottom of your sandwich instead of the Multi-purpose Platform.  Just be careful that you don’t pinch your fingers!
  • Use the Big Shot Die brush and pad to remove all the pieces.

Here is a video from Stampin’ Up! –

Another tip I have for you is with the stamping.  If you look at the stamp set the little flowers have tabs on them to help you line them up for two step stamping.  What I decided to do was to create a template to help with stamping on the cut heart each time.  I marked on a cut heart where the tabs from the stamps should be in order to line it up.  Create your own template so you can use it as a guide each time you stamp.

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The little flower dies also match up to the die cut heart.  Notice there are 2 larger and 3 small flowers – use the cut or stamped flowers in those spaces.  If you look carefully there are also cut out flowers within the heart that you can layer a cut flower underneath.  There are 2 large ones and 2 small ones.  I need to take a picture of that – apparently I don’t have one.

This bundle doesn’t have to be just for Valentine’s day either.  Here I took the same layout for the card I made above and created a birthday and Mother’s Day card with this collection of products.

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These were some of my displays at the OnStage event.  The birthday card uses the little flower dies and the other card uses the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.

Thanks for stopping by today.