The New Classroom is Ready

I think its been well over a year since we decided to turn the old office in our house into a Stamping Classroom.  It’s a slow process when you do it yourself and your husband has a full time job, wants to play golf every weekend, and decides to redo the basement and get a hip replacement too.  But now finally it is done!

I tried to find a photo when we still had furniture and stuff in there but didn’t come across one yet.  Maybe I’ll find it another time.  But to give you an idea this was the room before – just empty.


It was the old office and had a big desk in it at one point.  When I worked full time I used that as my home office on the days I stayed home. The built in cabinets were a project that Greg and his dad did when we first moved into the house (over 20 years ago).  It was Greg’s first real building project.  His dad taught him well.


The cabinets came down and we found this smiley face behind them – and a lot of holes in the wall.  We totally forgot the smiley was back there.  Our boys were very little when those were put up.  Greg painted that and they all “helped” build the room.


Everything is down.  Now it took some time to patch up all the holes, paint all the walls and the ceiling, remove the carpet, add the tile floor, fix all the trim, etc.

And this is what it turned into….


The walls are painted So Saffron.  We added a tile floor in a herring bone pattern.  The white tables and chairs are from Ikea and so are the gray carts and the white dresser.  The revolving bookcase is from Pottery Barn.


Here I have the room set up for my Stamper’s Club.  They were the first ones to see and use the room.  Each cart has catalogs, order forms, and pens in the bottom.  Some tools in the center – cleaner, pop up trashcan, stamping pad, I also added bins with clear blocks.  The top has the supplies for the project at that table.


This past weekend I had my team meeting in here.  We talked business and then stamped.  A few of the girls stayed for a few hours in the afternoon and we worked on some kits and paper pumpkin boxes.  Aspen likes to be right in the middle of everything.

My class schedule is on my website – CLICK HERE.  I hope you will join me sometime in my new classroom!

Thanks for visiting.




Watercolor Words

This stamp set is not a new one – it was actually in the catalog last year, but I never bought it.  Often when I saw cards that I liked they had these nice big words on them and I’d look through the catalog to see where they came from – it was this stamp set – Watercolor Words.  I’d add it to my list but it would get bumped for something else.  Then I’d be working on something and wish that I had it.  Well I finally corrected that problem and ordered it!  Now look at this sweet card that I made with it…


I used one of our brand new in-colors – Peekaboo Peach.  I paired it with Chocolate Chip and Old Olive – some old favorites.  It makes a pretty color combination.

The Washi Tape is from the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape Bundle and then I added one of the little Enamel Shapes to the center of the flower – so cute!

In case you wondered about the flower stem – I drew it with the Stampin’ Write Marker.  I kept looking for a stem in the stamp set but there isn’t one.  It’s easy enough just to make a long swoosh with the fat end of the marker to create the stem.

Don’t forget about Bonus Days going on right now – here is a suggestion for a $50 order for you –

  • Watercolor Words – $26
  • 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes – $9
  • Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape – $8
  • Old Olive Baker’s Twine – $3
  • and ink pad or pack of card stock


Thanks for stopping by today!



Pop of Pink Class


Join me  for a special Stamping Class on Friday, July 22nd and help me raise money for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.  I’ll be walking 30 miles in 2 days on October 15 & 16th.  My mother-in-law and sister-in-law have both battled breast cancer and I have several friends in the battle right now.
I’ll be doing several things to raise money over the next few months.  Here is the first one –
Pop of Pink Class.

Class fee is $15 – ($10 of your class fee will be donated to my walker fund).
If you can not attend the class you can purchase the set of completed cards for $15.

Order PINK items during the month of July, August, and September and I will donate 25% of the product price to my walker fund.  That includes items in the following colors – Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, and Rose Red.  Items in the Pop of Pink Product Suite.

Donate directly on my 2day walk website – CLICK HERE.

Please bring your own adhesive to class (or plan to purchase some from my Adhesive Store).

The class will be held twice – at 10 AM and at 7 PM.  Please RSVP on my website – EVENTS SCHEDULE.


Wish List

Have you seen the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog?  It’s been out now for just over a month.  And it has SO many great new stamps, dies and accessories in it!  My Wish List has been long and it has been rewritten many times and broken down into smaller pieces.  I tend to be a list person so I make lots of lists for lots of different things.  I know my club members also have lists of what they plan to order each month or maybe even one long list.  In June for our Club meeting I created a project for them that I thought they would like.  It’s a Wish List notepad.


It’s not that big – the notepad inside is plenty big to keep a list of each month.  And I added a pocket where you could add a business card – like mine and keep track of purchases for the Frequent Stamper’s Credit.  If you have one of my cards – take a peek at the back – you may have missed it.  And right now with the Bonus Days going on you could keep a list of your codes in there too.  Here is what the inside looks like.


Products that I used include: Labeler Alphabet Stamp set, Basic Black card stock, Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack, Gold Foil Sheets, Sweet & Sassy Framelits, Big Shot, Very Vanilla Card Stock, Basic Black Card Stock, Gold Thread, Tear & Tape, 1-3/4″ circle punch.

Don’t miss the Bonus Days going on in July – for every $50 you spend between July 7 and July 31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 2 – 21.  It’s a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favorite products now or later in August with your coupons!  You need an email address to participate in this promotion.  And it’s strongly recommended that you save both the email containing the Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place.  Lost codes can not be recovered and I won’t have access to them.


Thanks for visiting today!


Red, White & Blue

Something that is going to be really fun this year is making shaker cards.  You know the ones that have a window and behind it there are sequins, or punched shapes that move around.  Stampin’ Up! finally added Foam Adhesive Strips to our product line and they are PERFECT for shaker cards.

Here is one that I made in Red, White and Blue – just in time for the 4th of July holiday coming up here in the USA.


Dapper Denim, Real Red, Whisper White and a pinch of glittery silver make this a fun card.

I used the new Confetti Celebrations stamp set and the Sprinkles punch.  I punched sprinkles out of the Denim, the Red and Silver Glimmer paper.  I also used the new Thick Whisper White Baker’s Twine.  It’s a fun shaker card for any patriotic or July celebration.

I’m going to cut out a silver 50 to add for a 50th birthday card that I need this month.

Let’s Celebrate!


Affectionately Yours Suite

I have started doing anything with Christmas yet.  I know some people are.  Question 7 on the scavenger hunt was about the Christmas section.  I didn’t have anything to share with you yet – so I’m going to come back to that a bit later.

For now on to question 8 – The Affectionately Yours Suite includes a new “metal” accent – what is it?  The answer is Copper.

There is brand new Embossing Powder and Metallic Thread both in Copper.  You’ll also find copper in the Affectionately yours Specialty Designer Series paper.  And in the Designer Washi tape.  Are you ready for the copper trend?

I made this card using the suite but I didn’t actually use any of the copper.  I did use the Love & Affection stamp set and the Designer Paper.


There is also some new Thick Bakers Twine that comes in the Cucumber Crush color that is in this suite.  I didn’t want it so thick so I took and separated it into the three main strands and then used one of those on my card.

I used the Lots of Labels Framelits for my focal point.  I cut two labels the same size and glued them together opposite of each other to make a fun new shape.  I want to try that again on another card because I like how it turned out.

A quick card that was part of my Card Maker’s class this month.  And I’ll have it available for next month too if you missed class in June be sure to catch it in July.

Thanks for visiting.



Bundles -Ready to Pop

Throughout the catalog you will find Bundle & Save boxes that have a stamp set and coordinating tool available to purchase at a discount.  There are a whole bunch of them in the catalog.  Be sure to look for the box that says Bundle & Save.  It will save you 10% off when you purchase the coordinating items as a bundle instead of purchasing them separately.

Question 6 on my scavenger hunt – asked which one was your favorite?  Are you kidding – I don’t think I can pick just one.  Perhaps I should have asked which ONES are your favorites.  I mean really what was I thinking.

One of my favorites is the Ready to Pop Bundle!  It’s a really adorable little popcorn box that you make using the Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies and it has the coordinating Ready to Pop Stamp set.  I used these to make little treats for my New Catalog Kickoff Party earlier this month.


I used the Dapper Denim In-Color and paired it with the Kraft card stock and burlap ribbon – I filled it with popcorn in our new cello bags.  These are so cute and they are pretty small – not so big that you need a ton of candy or filler.  So it makes a perfect size for party favors.  The boxes are easy to assemble and the thinlits dies has a lot of other pieces for decorating the box.

Some of my other bundle favorites include – Best Birds, Foxy Friends, Jar of Love, and Sunshine Sayings!  I can’t wait to get busy playing with more of these.

I’m so glad you joined me today.  Let me know which bundles you love.