New In_Colors versus Color Families

Today I have a video for you!  Yes I really do.  Hopefully you like it.  I talk pretty softly and slowly so I hope not to bore you.  I think it’s a cute project and it will show you how the new 2017-2019 In-Colors compare to the colors in our existing color families.  It’s always good to see them against things you already have.


This was one of the projects my Stamper’s Club made this month.  It’s a set of note cards and a tin to hold them all.  It would be a nice little gift or use them yourself.  Here is the video for you.

The stamp set is the Wood Words set which also has a coordinating set of framelits that on this project I only used for the little tag on the tin.  They probably would have been cute stamping the images and cutting them out with the coordinating shaped dies.  But that’s not what I did here – I just used the Stitched Shapes framelits and cut lots and lots of little squares.

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If you are local to me you can pick yours up in my classroom during class, stop by, or at my Catalog Kickoff Party & BOGO Sale on Saturday, June 17 – visit my calendar HERE.

Thanks for visiting 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!



2017 Desktop Calendar

Every year I create a desktop calendar for my KSU ladies and my Stamper’s Club to create.  It’s a seasonal calendar usually with 4 panels one for each set of three months.  A small visual to place on a desk at work or home so you can see days.  I’m not sure how many years its been but I use My Digital Studio to create the calendar part so maybe I started when that came out.  Even though we don’t sell the software anymore I still have it on my old computer and open that open whenever I want to use it.  So I pulled it out and created my 2017 calendar panels.  The calendar is put together with a little stand so it will stay up on the desk.  Here are some photo’s of the 2017 calendar.  Here it is standing up.


And the first panel is Jan – Mar 2017.  I used the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper and Bold Butterfly Framelits to decorate this panel.  Colors are Sweet Sugarplum and Soft Sky.


The second panel is Apr – June 2017.  I used the Fruit Stand Designer Paper and Birds & Blooms Thinlits dies.  Colors are Watermelon Wonder and Daffodil Delight.


Then you flip it and the third panel is July – Sep 2017.  I used the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Paper and Frozen Treats Framelits dies. Colors are Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Watermelon Wonder.


The fourth panel is Oct – Dec 2017.  I used the Moroccan Designer Series Paper and Flourish Thinlits dies.  Colors are Delightful Dijon and Emerald Envy.


The designer paper piece from each layer is attached to the Early Espresso base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  That is so you can slide the little stand in underneath to hold the calendar up.  Here is a photo of that.


I hope you like this little project and that everyone that got to make one will enjoy throughout the whole year!


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.




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!


Stamper’s Club Retreat

I tried something brand new this year – held a Stamper’s Club Retreat at a cabin in the Mountains.  My Stamper’s Club has been active for many years and we have talked about a retreat in the past and this year it finally happened!!

We had so much fun spending the weekend together crafting.  We stayed at a cabin called Sweetbriar Ridge Retreat.  It is set up for 8 people to craft away the weekend.  We even decided to have all our food catered.  It was delicious and so easy.  Everything was there ready for us – we didn’t have to plan the meals, go shopping, haul it up there, or prepare it.  Just pull it out and put it in the oven or on the table!


Everyone brought their own things to work on – Project Life, Paper Pumpkin, card making, scrapbooking, project kits, whatever they wanted.  I brought the supplies for the projects for our club meeting while we were there.  And I brought everyone little “pillow” gifts.  Plus we played games and had prizes for everyone too!  Everyone loved it so much we are booked for next year to do it all again!.

Here are the little gifts I gave everyone.


A little welcome flower on everyone’s table.  I used the All About Everything stamp set that was a freebie in one of our Paper Pumpkin kits.


A little bag that had a notepad inside.  The stamp set is the You’re So Sweet stamp set that coordinates with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  Although I didn’t use the thinlits for this project but the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift bags.


We were there on Mother’s Day. And I gave everyone this sweet little paper purse filled with chocolate truffles.  I even had my mom with me for the weekend so we got to spend time together.  The flower and punch were from the old catalog  – Bloom for You and the Fun Flower Punch.  The purses were made from a 12×12 piece of designer paper.


Everyone with their make&take projects – we made a set of cards and a wood stamp case as a holder for them.


We missed a couple of the girls that couldn’t join us but I’m hoping everything can come next time.

Thanks for visiting today.


Stampers Club

Fun times were had at the first Stamper’s Club Retreat in May.  I rented us a cabin in the mountains and we went up for the weekend.  We stamped, we laughed, we ate, we played games and we enjoyed our time together.  I’m already making plans for another retreat for next year!  If you are local to me you may want to join.  Our June meeting is on the 3rd/4th.  And it’s also the start of the new catalog!!  Here is more information:

Would you like FREE stamps and accessories?  Would you like to get together for a girls night/morning of stamping fun? Do you need a time out of the house?  Would you like to try Stampin’ Up! Products before you buy them?  Is your wish list a mile long?  Would you like to learn new ideas, tips and tricks to make your projects “WOW”? 

 You should join my…

Stamper’s Club!

Here’s how it works:  You sign up to participate in a Stamper’s Club. The club participants get together once a month.  Each member joins for a minimum of 10 months.  Each participant agrees to spend at least $30 at each of the meetings (plus shipping and tax).  Remember, to qualify for Stampin’ Rewards a Stampin’ Up! workshop has to have $150 or more in sales.  The larger the group the more rewards the hostess will earn!  Club members will take turns acting as the hostess each month.  That way every club member receives FREE STAMPIN’ REWARDS SHOPPING DOLLARS and EXCLUSIVE “HOSTESS ONLY” STAMP SETS.   Hostess months will be assigned randomly.

At each meeting, you will make three or more stamping projects – usually 2 cards and a 3D project.  These get-togethers will provide you with new designs, ideas, and patterns for you to take home and try out yourself.   All meetings will be held at my home (so no need to clean yours).  The schedule is noted on our closed Facebook group – Monika’s Stampers Club.  Each month there will be a Friday night and a Saturday morning meeting time to choose from. Keep in mind that it is okay if you cannot attend every club meeting. (you will still receive your project supplies).  Simply contact me and place your $30 minimum order before the day of that meeting.  If you are unable to attend the meeting and do not provide your order by the meeting date, I will place a pre-determined default order on your behalf.  As a hostess you may also collect orders from friends and family to increase your sales and the free merchandise you earn or schedule an additional workshop in your home before our meeting.   All orders will be delivered to my home and I will post of the Facebook group when the orders arrive.

I will provide a snack and everyone needs to provide their own drink.   Each member should bring their own adhesive and scissors (basic tools).  In some instances, I may need to collect a small supply fee to cover the cost of additional supplies to make some WOW projects – I will try to let you know that in advance as well.   If you have a request for a special project, technique or to learn more about how to use a certain product I will do my best to include that in one of our meetings.  Friends who are interested in coming to check things out one month are welcome, however, they will have to book in advance due to space limits.  Please contact me at least 1 week in advance with the names of any guests who may be coming.  Guests may either place the minimum $30 order or pay a $15 class fee + any additional supply costs that the members have.

So in a nutshell – here’s what you get when you join the Stamper’s Club:


  • The Stampin’ Up! Catalog (200+ pages of stamping ideas) and all Seasonal Catalogs and supplements.
  • FREE STAMPIN’ REWARDS SHOPPING DOLLARS (minimum $25) to spend during your hostess month & your choice of EXCLUSIVE HOSTESS ONLY” STAMP SETS, based on the total sales of your workshop, the chance to earn ½ price items
  • Free Monthly Stamper’s Club class, including hands-on projects each month and a snack
  • Build your supplies over time and “try before you buy” at the meeting
  • Time off from your busy schedule: Friendships & idea-sharing with other stamper’s in a relaxed environment and lots of fun
  • I’ve also added a Weekend Retreat at a cabin in the mountains with surprises for all members – dates, cost and the details will be posted several months in advance.


Contact me if you are interested.