A Season of Style


Something exciting is coming soon – two perfectly coordinated crafting kits filled with projects for your holiday card making and gifting needs.  Fun, easy and ready for you to get creative!

You must subscribe by October 10th to receive the October Kit and by November 10th to receive the November Kit.


I have a couple of cards that I made using the August Paper Pumpkin Kit – Giftable Greetings.  For these I’ve used the stamp set and the ink that came in the monthly kit and then added some card stock that I had already on hand.

The Thinking of You card also has some Pearls and Very Vanilla Baker’s Twine added to it. The Sympathy card has an added strip of Designer Series Paper that’s been stapled on.

I just received my September kit and plan to play with it this weekend to create an alternate idea for this month’s A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop happening on the 28th.  So be sure to stop in an see all the ideas that our group has.

See you soon!



Fall Colors

There are many colors in the Stampin’ Up! color families that can be considered fall colors.  Even though I usually say that my favorite time of the year is spring; I think my favorite colors of the year are the fall colors.  I love all the earthy natural colors that are considered the colors of fall.

The card I have today actually came from a project that a demonstrator friend, Erica Cerwin, created.  She made these cute fall boxes filled with some type of candy.  She always finds the neatest stuff.  I loved the project but was working on card ideas for my stamp club and decided to take what she did on the box and turn it into a card.  If you follow Erica you will see that this looks familiar.


These are the colors that I used – Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Garden Green, Soft Suede.


The stamp set is called Pick a Pumpkin and the coordinating Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies.  You can get them as a bundle. The dies also match the pumpkins on one of the Spooky Night Designer Series paper patterns.  The stamp set has no words with it so I used the set Banners For You and the Bunch of Banners Framelits to add a greeting to my card.

I’m not sure if you can see the large scallop in the Soft Suede – it’s part of the background and that die is in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits die set.  I love the big scallop edge.

Enjoy your week!


Enjoy these puppy treats

Last weekend we went up to visit my son Ryan at school in Indiana.  We stayed over night at his girlfriends parents house.  I made a gift basket for them – I brought them a variety of things from Georgia.  And I also made a sweet little treat for the dog!  An 8 month old puppy.


I had a clear box from an earlier catalog – I believe they were 3×3 clear boxes.  I filled the box with milkbones.  Currently we have Tiny treat boxes that are clear – you could use those for cat treats or mini bones – or use the Acetate Boxes in the Holiday catalog and fill one of those with milk bones.

I used the Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon to tie around the box and added a tag.  The tag is Basic Gray card stock cut with the Layering Squares – one of the scallop squares.  And a piece of Watercolor Paper.  Stamp the dog from Bella & Friends and watercolor.  Here is a picture of Cooper – isn’t he cute!  He even looks like the little dog on the tag.  And that’s Emily – Ryan’s girlfriend.





Merry Little Labels

Today’s card is actually a third card using the same “layout” for the design.  I shared a Halloween, a fall card and now a winter card.


It’s the same basic layout but this time the background is embossed and I didn’t layer the strip of Designer Paper.  There are several new products from the Holiday Catalog on this card.

  • Merry Little Labels stamp set
  • Everyday Label Punch
  • Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper
  • Foil Snowflakes

You can purchase the stamp set and punch as a bundle and save 10%.  The Foil snowflakes come in a package with both Gold and Silver and the backing is paper that you could actually color with ink – using markers or a brayer if you want a snowflake in another color.  This card used just 1/2 of the snowflake but there is actually less than that showing on this one.

The Embossing folder is Softly Falling and the ribbon is Whisper White 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon – both of those are in the Annual Catalog.  I used the Archival Basic Black ink to stamp the image – I find that it has the best crisp black image.  One note of advice – don’t accidentally use the Memento Ink refill on your Archival Black pad.  You won’t be happy – ask me how I know.

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Hello Fall!

Are you ready for fall?  It sure does feel like it’s coming.  What’s left of Hurricane Irma just passed through and here where I live it was a very cool and very rainy windy day. I had to pull out some fall clothes because I was cold.  So I know it’s coming.  We didn’t have any issues from the storm here at my house.  We are thankful for that.  And thankful that our family is all safe as well.

For today I have a fun fall card to share with you.  It uses the Merry Cafe stamp set from the Holiday catalog.  And while I’m not a coffee drinker I do really love this stamp set – it’s for so much more than coffee and coordinates with the Coffee Cafe bundle in the annual catalog.


I paired it with the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.

Did you notice that it’s actually the same basic layout as the Spooky Cat card I just shared.  This is an easy layout to use for a variety of cards.  And since it uses a 2″ x 4″ strip of the Designer Series paper it makes it easy to do a stack of cards.  The little squares in this print remind me of some paper we had years ago that I really loved.

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Spooky Cat Double Z Fold

Have you heard of a Double Z Fold card?  It’s a fun fold card idea and when it’s open the card easily stands on its own.  You could create all kind of fun scenes with this style of card.  I decided to try this fun card with the Spooky Cat bundle.  We made this in my September Stamper’s Club.


This is the card closed up.  And remember when I told you about the Cat punch and using it to punch out the paper cats – well that is what I did for this black cat – she is just punched from the paper.  Plus there is Designer paper on the front panels of both Z pieces.  Here is a look at the card opened up.


You basically take a normal sized card – this one is 4-1/4″ wide by 11″ long – Score in the middle like normal – that is 5-1/2 on this card.  And then take the front piece and score it in half again – 2-3/4″ on this card.  That makes your first Z.

Then to make the second Z – so that its a Double Z fold card – I used a strip that was 1-1/2″ side and 11″ long.  Do the same thing – score in half at 5-1/2 and then score the back panel at 2-3/4.  Fold it in the opposite direction.


I added Very Vanilla panels to the other end of the Z folds – 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece on the main back – stamped with the little rat in the corner.  I also added the black starburst punch.  Then on the strip the pieces are 2-1/2″ x 1-1/4″.  On one I stamped the Happy Halloween and the little striped image.  On the other I stamped the potion bottles.  Plus a scrap of Very Vanilla for the Owl.  Now one of the fun things about this stamp set is the two-step stamping!  You have the outlines for the potion bottles – those are in black.  Then each bottle has an image to stamp the inside potion and bubbles.  I used 3 colors – Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Smoky Slate for mine.  And went over them with the Aqua Painter and a little bit more ink to give them a real smoky look.

There are more 2-step images in the set – the Owl – there is a stamp for the talons and beak.  And then another for the eyes and rings around the eyes – that one also included words that fit on the belly.  But I decided to cut my stamp apart so I had the option to use separately.  For this particular card I just used a marker for the eye balls because I didn’t want the rings to be black.


The witches hat in the set is also 2-step with a second image for the buckle on the hat.

Happy OWL oween!

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In This We Make a Difference


I’m not sure about everyone else but watching what these Hurricane’s are doing right now brings me to tears at times.  Since the devastation of Harvey started Stampin’ Up! demonstrators have been coming up with ideas on how to help each other and those around us.  For many years I’ve been part of a group called Sudden Response and when a fellow demonstrator suffers a business loss due to things like fires and flooding, and other natural disasters this group tries to help them reboot their Stampin’ Up! business by offering supplies.  We are set up to help those that need it as soon as they are able to accept products – I’ve been keeping tabs on the group so that I can help fellow demonstrators directly through them.  For some demonstrators this is their family income – they really do survive on this.  Now Irma is knocking at the door and hitting much closer to home.  We have friends in family in Florida and I live here in Georgia.  Where I am we shouldn’t get much more than extra rain and wind.  We already have a family friend that’s evacuated and at my mother-in-laws house around the corner from us.  I’ve been in touch with other family members who so far are staying put.  But our house is here if they need it.

So here is a message from Stampin’ Up! –

“Along with many of you, we are watching with concern as stories unfold about the devastation left behind in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. Though no one knows how many lives have been affected, Harvey is said to be one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, and the damage caused by massive flooding will be felt for years to come.

With you, we’re also trying to stay informed on the progress of Hurricane Irma; as we write this, Irma has not yet made landfall but is currently classified as a catastrophic Category 5 storm. It will almost certainly leave as much destruction in its wake as Hurricane Harvey and will affect the lives of tens of thousands of people.

As a Stampin’ Up! family, we invite you to help us give to those who are now (or will soon be) trying to rebuild their lives. From now until the end of October, Stampin’ Up! will match donations made to the American Red Cross, dollar-for-dollar, for up to $50,000. Please click here to donate.

If you’re a Stampin’ Up! customer and would like to help, reach out to your demonstrator and see if they are holding any fundraising events you can be a part of, or click here to donate to the American Red Cross.

Together, we can do incredible things! We hope you’ll join us . . . because we truly can make a difference.”

For the rest of September and the month of October I’ll use the sales from all the cards on my card rack to help purchase new products for those demos affected and seeking help in our group.  And for any orders placed in my ONLINE Store I’ll make a donation to the link above so that Stampin’ Up! can match the amount.  SHOP NOW.

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