Notes for everyone

At the end of April I held a Sale-a-Bration Celebration event for my customers and my downline.  It was an event that they had to qualify to attend – they were able to see some sneak peeks of new products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Everyone made a few projects, had some snacks, we played Bingo for fun prizes and I made everyone a little gift.  I made them a little note holder.


I used the thick card board pieces that come in some of our designer series paper packs and cut the card board into 5″ x 3″ pieces.  Then I cut pieces of Designer Paper to cover one side of the card board.  Each notebook has a front and a back.  I cut regular printer paper to put on the inside.  I used my old crop-a-dile to punch a hole through the cardboard and paper and added a ring to hold it all together.

To decorate the front I cut letters using the Large Letters Framelits – NOTE – from coordinating card stock.  I used the Blossom Builder punch to punch a little flower and glued it on the O and added a pearl to the center.  I tied some matching ribbon on the ring.  A cute and useful little gift for everyone.

I made all different ones using up lots of my paper that I had left.  I let everyone that came to the event pick one out as they arrived.  Those that were unable to attend – you have a packet coming in the mail – they went out today.  They should all have plenty of space to write down what they want from the new catalog.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Popcorn Munchies

I recently had a retreat for my Stamper’s Club.  A weekend getaway at a cabin in the north Georgia mountains.  It is fun to spend time with our girlfriends – we can be there for each other, get away from what is going on at home and be creative at the same time.  One of my favorite things is to make them little gifts that I can surprise them with throughout the weekend.  I do this at all my retreat type events and its so fun.  In fact in June I’m hosting a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Getaway weekend – so if you are close to or willing to travel to the North Georgia area for a weekend getaway let me know and I’ll get you the information.

Today I want to share the Popcorn Munchie treats I made for everyone.  Well I didn’t make the popcorn – another friend of mine did that – she actually does this as her full time business and has a popcorn stand in the Atlanta area.  I was able to get some bags of caramel corn from her and used them at my retreat.


It’s fun to take a store bought treat and give it a makeover with our Stampin’ Up! supplies.  For these popcorn bags I used the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (its retiring) and pulled out the Real Red Striped paper and cut and scored some strips the width of my bags to make a topper.

I used the Ready To Pop stamp set and the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies to decorate my topper. I used Whisper White and Real Red card stock and some Real Red ink for the labels.  I decided to add some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (it’s retiring) tied around and in a bow to finish it off.  It was fairly quick – i used my stapler to staple the striped paper to the top of the bag and then covered that with my label.

By the way the Ready to Pop Bundle – which includes the stamp set and the Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies is on the retiring list – it will save you 10% if you order now instead of later.  They will both be in the new catalog but not as a bundle.

Did you know that?  When Stampin’ Up! releases a new bundle it will be available for a limited time – the length of the catalog it was released in.  Then if the items are still available after that they are no longer offered as a bundle.  The catalogs are filled with bundles so be sure to look for those and save!

Thanks for popping in today!  Ha Ha – get it?  I’m really not funny at all – so when I think of something funny I have to point it out!  And if you tell me a joke and I look at you funny it’s not you or your joke – it’s usually me – I normally just don’t get it – my family teases me about that all the time.

See ya!



Total cuteness

These cards are so totally cute!  They use the Bella & Friends stamp set with the new Watercolor Pencils.


I just love how they turned out.  I stamped the images in black archival ink on a Shimmery White scalloped circle – cut out with the Layering Circle framelits dies.  Then used the watercolor pencils to color and blended them with an Aqua-painter.

The banner is from the Tasty Treats designer paper – it’s on the retired list and on sale. The little heart is punched from the Owl Builder punch – it’s also on the retired list – so hurry and get it before it sells out.  I love the little heart with that saying.

TIP: here is a little tip for you if some how you get a tiny smudge on your card – use the little heart to cover it.

Some Whisper White Baker’s Twine is tied around the top to finish it off.

Be sure to check out my calendar of events on my website and if you live local to me I hope you will come to a class.  You can make this card in my Card Maker’s Class this Friday.


  • May 26 – Card Maker’s Class
  • May 31 – Paper Pumpkin Craft Night
  • May 31 – Ribbon Share for the new catalog
  • June 2/3 – Stamper’s Club
  • June 17 – New Catalog Kickoff & BOGO sale


Thanks for visiting today!







Graduation Season is here

Graduation Season is here

Graduation season is here are you ready with your Graduation cards.  My two oldest are done with school and graduations and my youngest still has another year of college – so in my mind I wasn’t thinking that I needed any graduation cards this year.  But I was wrong!  I actually needed a whole stack – I still had extended family and friends with kids graduating from both High School and College.  I created this card and was really pleased with how it turned out.  I decided to stick with a black/white/gold theme since I had various schools and both boys and girls – this theme would work for them all.


I used several retiring products on this card – probably things you already have on hand.  And then snuck in a little sneak peek on the envelope – that’s a new stamp set coming out June 1st!

Here is a list of the products I used and the retiring items are marked with (R):

  • Thick Whisper White card stock
  • Basic Black card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Whisper White Medium envelope
  • 1″ circle punch
  • Banner Triple punch
  • Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper (R)
  • Gold Sequin Trim (R)
  • Mini Paper Clips Combo Pack (R)
  • B.Y.O.P. stamp set (R)
  • Basic Black ink
  • Happy Birthday Gorgeous (coming June 1)

A tip on making this card – punch the various patterns into 1″ circles and randomly attach to the Whisper White layer – letting the circles hang over the edges in places.  Trim off the over hang and uses those pieces to fill in gaps along the edge.

I used just the black & white side of this paper but you could mix in the pink sides too.

Have fun – or use this idea with a different paper – bright colors perhaps and make a birthday card, or soft colors and make a baby card.  An easy and versatile design.

Have a great day!





Eastern Palace Suite – Early Release

Eastern Palace Suite – Early Release

As we get closer to the end of the 2016-2017 Annual catalog and the 2017 Occasions catalog the anticipation of new products is making everyone very excited.  Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators have a perk of being able to see and order select products early.  Those of us that went to the OnStage event in April were able to order a selection of items in April and now all demos can order from a larger selection in May.  But guess what there are a few items that customers can get this month too!  It’s the Eastern Palace Suite – and there are two special bundles available that include brand new products, new In-Colors and Free products!

I’ve been playing with this bundle and have discovered that it is going to be a very versatile set with a ton of possibilities!  The combination of the stamps and the thinlit dies will create so many different designs.  I want to sit down and see just how many combinations I can create with the dies alone.  That will be another post.  For today I want to show you that the stamp set images and the Designer Paper work so well together.  You can stamp the images on the paper in the colors that you want and change/enhance the look of it.

Here I took the Designer Paper (left photo) and stamped on it with two of the images in the stamp set and two of our new In-Colors – Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide.  The star image in the large spaces and the little diamond in the small spaces.

I used the stamp piece to create this triangle box project.


I used the Eastern Palace Thinlit dies to create the Dapper Denim flower.  You can fill this box with treats to give to someone special.  Use ribbon to tie it shut – no adhesive needed.  Here is a diagram of the box – which is basically just a card with some extra score lines.



Here are some more cards created with this bundle

eastern palace


And here you can see the two bundle options:

eastern palace bundles


Thanks for stopping by today!


A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop

Did you receive your April Paper Pumpkin kit?


It’s full of product and Sara created some fun watercolor cards for everyone to make following the directions in the kit and her video. But for today’s post I’m joining in with a group of talented demonstrators who have created some other ideas using items from this kit.  One of the wonderful things about the Paper Pumpkin community are all the different ideas that everyone comes up with.   So join us today as we bring you some more ideas for this month’s A Sara Thing Paper Pumpkin kit.


If you aren’t a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can sign up HERE. Sign up by May 10 to receive the May kit.

I made two different cards.  For this first card I wanted to try doing something “different” with the acrylic flowers.  I used a piece of watercolor paper (you can use a piece from the kit) and a spritzer filled with some water and Rich Razzleberry reinker.  I took some paper towels and placed the watercolor paper down and placed the flowers on top (I put the glittery side face down).  Then spritzed over the top.


Then carefully remove the flowers.  Since they are acrylic just wipe them off to clean them.


My first photo I spritzed a lot and decided it was too much so this second one was a little bit less.  Once it dried I used the watercolor pencil from my kit and added some color to each flower.


Then use the paint brush dipped in some water to smooth it out throughout the petals.  Repeat for each flower.


I added some Basic Black Baker’s Twine around this piece before adding it to the front of my card.  You can use the base from the kit or create your own.  And be sure to add a Whisper White liner on the inside of the card.  The greeting is stamped on a Whisper White banner piece. And finish with one of the acrylic flowers.


I hope you like this different twist on how to use those flowers.

I made another quick card with some additional supplies using the technique from the kit – I just create a rainbow on my watercolor piece using the watercolor pencils, the paint brush and water.


The card base is Rich Razzleberry.  I also used the Owl Builder punch to punch out some tiny hearts which I colored with the watercolor pencil and blended with the brush.  Finish with some stamping.  Sweet and easy.

If you live local to me join me for some stamping this week – Wednesday 4/26 – Paper Pumpkin Craft night and Friday 4/28 – Card Makers Class.  You can find details and RSVP on my website HERE.

Be sure to hop along and see the rest of the ideas. Next up is my friend Sue Plote – check out her creative ideas.

And here is the full list of blog hoppers:

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY: To be entered into a drawing for a FREE “A Sara Thing” Paper Pumpkin Kit, you must leave a comment on EVERY blog. Drawing closes on Saturday, April 29th at 9 PM EST. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Thanks for visiting.








Autism Awareness Blog Hop


I’m participating today in a Blog Hop for Autism Awareness.  Our challenge is to create a card using the Autism colors of Red, Blue and Yellow.  Every person participating in this blog hop will be sharing with you a project as well as a fact about Autism.  And if you are able please donate to the “Stamped with Love Team” to raise money for the Autism Speaks organization.  Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public.

You can donate at the link here.

Autism Fact: As early as infancy, a baby can begin to show the three hallmark features of autism: communication challenges, impaired social interactions, and repetitive behavior.

Now on to my project.  I used a brand new stamp set that will be coming out in the 2017-2018 Annual catalog that starts on June 1st.  It is called Ribbon of Courage.


I stamped the floral ribbon in Basic Black ink and then colored it in with my Stampin’ Write Markers.  I used Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point and Marina Mist.

The back ground is made from the Stitched Shapes Framelits – I cut squares in each of the colors and cut them to fit together and create the background on my card.

The words are from the Me = Grateful stamp set which is on the retiring list.


Be sure to hop along to the rest of the members of the Autism Awareness Blog Hop, see their creations and learn more facts about Autism.

Blog Hop #3 April 22nd 7am EST

1- Kimberly Van Diepen

2- Kylie Bertucci

3- Lee Conrey

4- Rachel Bronson Yukanin

5- Heather Wright Porto

6- Susan Best

7- Louise Sharp

8- Candy Rattray

9- Maureen Rauchfuss

10- Tammy Fite

11- Billie Moan

12- Monika Davis

 Thanks for stopping by and learning about Autism.