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Extravaganza 2017!!


It’s Extravaganza time again.  This week (11/20-11/26) shop my Stampin’ Up! store for great deals, just in time for holiday shopping.  Here’s a preview of what’s hot today (Monday, 11-20-17).  Check my store each day this week for daily specials.  And, be sure to use the November-December 2017 workshop code (VDFH6P6T) if your order is less than $150.

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WHAT? It’s HOW many days until Christmas?

Yep – it’s that time of year and it’s beginning to look a lot like it, too.  What time, you ask?  Time to get serious about making all those hand-crafted gifts you swore in January that you would be making this year.   Let’s be honest, we all do it. Every. Year.  Well, let this be the year that you make good on those intentions. How can you do it?  Well, let me help.

HANDCRAFTED – Take this chance to create a personalized gift for that lucky recipient by customizing one of the great kits from Stampin’ Up! or one of the Memories and More scrapbook albums.  What a great gift to receive, a pre-made photo album waiting for me to drop in my photos from Instagram and FaceBook.  The possibilities are ENDLESS!!

KIT IT UP! – Another way to enjoy the great kits from Stampin’ Up! is to gift them.  Here’s what you do.  Order a kit for each of the friends on your list, and one for you.  Invite all of your friends over for a Girls Night Out.  At the end of the evening, you have given your Christmas gift to your friends, and you have had a great time together.  Time well spent laughing with friends and making memories is priceless.

PLAN AHEAD – The third and easiest way to infuse hand-crafted charm is to actually hand-craft part it.  Starting this early, you will be able to knock out hand-crafted Christmas cards and have plenty of time to spare.  And, as a bonus, if you send hand-made cards, you will get a pass on the declaration that ‘this Christmas was going to be 100% hand-crafted’.  At least you cards will be.

Be sure and check out the new Holiday Catalog (available here).  In there, you will find an awesome ‘watercolor’ Christmas card kit and other supplies to help you put a little jingle in your step.

And, just for the record, there are 146 days until Christmas on August 1.

Keep on Dreaming (in Color)!


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Monday Funday

Good Morning, or afternoon, or evening, depending on when you see this.  I am starting a new series of videos highlighting new products in the 2017-2018 catalog, showcasing some tried and true techniques, sharing some videos by other demonstrators, and possibly even a video of my own.

The first video in this series highlights the Color Theory Suite in the new catalog.  If you are new to stamping or paper crafting, this is a great initial investment.  There are papers, stamps, thinlets, Memories and More cards and embellishments for all of our seasons.

A link to the video is here:


July 20 – Don’t forget the Monthly Card Club.  RSVP here here or on my Facebook page.

July 22 – Extended Workshop (1-5 PM) Planner Love. RSVP here here or on my Facebook page.

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5-4-3-2-1……Lift Off!


What am I counting down?  Why am I counting down?  The NEW CATALOG will be live on June 1.  There are hard copies floating around my group of customers, but if you don’t have one yet, you can see it on-line on June 1 by clicking on this link , or pick up one at my Catalog Launch on June 3 (1-4 PM) at my house.  We will make three projects using the new catalog products.  The cost is $10 (or free with a minimum purchase).  Also, you will be able to shop my BOGO (buy one – get one) sale of retiring Stampin’ Up! products, pre-made cards, and other stamping supplies. What you spend at the BOGO sale will earn you a gift certificate for products you can order.  It’s a win-win!!

Call, text, or email me to let me know you are coming (RSVP not  necessary – but I want to be sure I have enough supplies prepared for you).


On Thursday, June 15, come to my monthly Card Class (6:30 – 8:30).  We will make six cards (two of three designs) for $15 (or free with a minimum purchase). If you bring a friend (adult, new to my classes) you and your friend will each receive five gorgeous handmade cards.  RSVP is due via text, email, or calling 24 hours prior to the class.


On Saturday, June 24, I will host an extended workshop featuring the Eastern Palace Suite.   RSVPs and prepayment are due by June 14 so that I can pre-order all of the supplies for this class. The cost for the Extended Workshop is $50.  You will make 12 greeting cards, matching envelopes, and a storage box.  And you will have stamps and paper left to create more cards on your own.  The following video shows a sneak peek of the stamp set., thin-lets, and the new 2017-2019 In Colors.    We will be using these colors and a couple more summery combinations.  As always, there will be a prize patrol.  Increase your chances of winning by bringing a friend with you.

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SU OnStage Shreveport

Wow!  What a great weekend I just spent with my fellow Stampin’ Up Demonstators in Shreveport, Louisiana getting a sneak peek to the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  There were excellent presentations, inspiring stories about demonstrators difference, and ingenious projects explained.   I can’t wait to share with you all of these fun cards, 3-D projects, and even scrapbook pages.

The first thing we are going to work on is the Eastern Palace Suite.   It is a beautiful collection of teals, greens, burgundy, and a gold accent.   It is just breathtaking.   The whole suite includes detailed Thinlit Dies, Tassles, 12×12 designer series paper, and, of course, Stamps.

This photo is a card my friend Elizabeth made from this suite.   Aren’t these colors “to die for”?  I will have card Class on May 27 at 6:30.  The class fee is $15 (or free with a minimum purchase).   RSVP at this link:

Eastern Palace Suite
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New – From Stampin’ Up! Thoughtful Branches and a Holiday Sneak Peek

This is a new, exclusive stamp and die bundle that you will LOVE!  I ordered this last week and I can’t wait for it to arrive.  In the meantime, I have to browse ideas and samples online.  Let me tell you something – They are gorgeous! You will not want to miss the opportunity to get your hands on this. 


While you are browsing and adding to your wish list, be sure to save some space for the awesomeness that is our Holiday Catalog.  I had the chance to preview the catalog last week.  Take a peek at these images of projects that you, YES YOU, can make with items from the Holiday catalog. 


Call me if you are interested in learning more about stamping, card making, or memory keeping.   I would love to help you!!!


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Momma said there’d be days like this….

We have a ‘rule’ at our house that goes something like this…..don’t start anything after 9:00 PM.  That means we don’t start cooking, watching a movie, or balancing the checkbook after that time.  Well, I violated that rule last week as I was excited to get into my craft space and create some cards. (Love how Stampin’ Up makes you think that way.). 
I had worked the previous evening on using some of my old non-SU paper to make some cards.  Let me tell you, there are not enough words to describe the difference in great paper (SU) and not so great paper – but I’ll try all the same:
    • Great paper doesn’t tear after it has been scored
    • Great paper doesn’t allow the inks to bleed, giving a messy result
    • Great paper allows beautiful ink  colors to retain their integrity
    So, with that being said, your paper quality makes all the difference in the finished product.

    Once I learned my lesson about paper quality, it was on to creating more cards.   I love the Swirly Bird Stamps and Thinlit Bundle.  It is going to be so much fun creating with these.

    My next project was with the Sunshine Sayings Stamp set.  So clean, so simple, so elegant.  I combined it with another set for a thankful sentiment.  I tied around the sentiment, some bakers twine from my stash.  Loved it so much that I made a second one.   But, that’s when the troubles began.  
    Links to order these stamps are at the bottom of this post.  Please click through to order from my website.  
    As you can see, with my excitement, some things were misplaced.  Typically, you can correct those mistakes if you find them as soon as you make them.  But, I  didn’t notice it until the next morning.  So, one of my lucky friends will be getting this ‘special’ card.  Wonder who it will be?

    Until next time….happy crafting!  😄   Next Up – Two card kits.  I will time myself making these and let you know the results.  Should be fun!!

    P.S. – I’m working on my formatting skills.   Hope to be better soon.  

    Swirly Bird Photopolymer Bundle   Swirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp Set   Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies
    Swirly Bird Bundle                            Swirly Bird Stamps                   Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies

    Sunshine Sayings Clear-Mount Stamp Set
    Sunshine Sayings

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    The Big Reveal…

    I finally remembered to add this photo to my blog   It is my first SU swap.   There were some exquisite samples in the Paper Made Prettier swap this month.  My work is cut out for me – that’s for sure.  
    How many people can say they had fun at a training session?  I did on Saturday at our team training event.   Kay, Elizabeth, Patience, and Cindy did an awesome job with everything.  Thanks!!
    After I finished my swap cards, I made a few more while I had the ink and stamps out. These two feature the Watercolor Words Stamp Set.  So much fun!!

    I’m looking forward to the next installment.  Who knows what I’ll be sharing then?

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    Day One…….

    While this is not my first blog post, it is the first since I joined Stampin’ Up. I am excited to be back in the world of paper crafting.  This is something I do to relax and unwind.  I also get to document my family history and make some really cute gift and ‘thinking of you’ items for friends.

    I am participating in my first SU Demonstrator Swap next weekend.   This is not my usual color palette but I was lucky enough to use inks borrowed from Elizabeth.

    I won’t show my cards yet but I will share photos of the work in progress and some of the materials and supplies used.  Here goes:


    Cut pieces of Whisper White Cardstock into rectangles measuring 4″ X 5.25″.  This is one-fourth of an 8.5 X 11 sheet of cardstock trimmed by 1/4 inch on both the long and short sides.    I created the background by applying the three inks (lightest to darkest) using the mini ink blending tool.  With the tool, blend the inks together at the borders to allow for a seamless transition.  In this sample, I started in the lower right corner with Wisteria Wonder, used Sweet Sugarplum in the center and Perfect Plum in the upper left corner.  After making the initial application, take the applicators and blend the colors along the transition area.   

    Next, spritz water from the small spray bottle.  Allow the ink to lift slightly.  Blot with a paper towel to remove the ink.  If desired, remove the pump from the bottle and use the end to flock water drops onto the paper and blot again.  Your paper should look like the photo to the left. 

    Card Front Elements

    While the background papers are drying, let’s work on the paper used to make the die cuts on the card. Again, since I have not stocked my supply closet yet with SU products, I am using alternate methods to create colored paper.  To that end, mist a sheet of Whisper White cardstock.  Blot the Wisteria Wonder onto the craft mat.  Spritz it with water to create a watercolor type liquid.  Using the water brush, apply the Wisteria Wonder ink to the dampened card stock to create a very lightly colored cardstock. 

    After this dries, cut each piece into something small enough to fit through the Big Shot (or Cuttlebug).  I cut my sheets in half to make them easier to use.  Using the Thinlits, cut one flower and four ‘congrats’.  I cut one of the colored cardstock and three of white cardstock.


    By now, your card background should be dry.  It’s time to assemble your card front.  Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen apply glue to the back of the flower and place it to the top of the card front at a slight angle.  Meanwhile, using the fine tip glue pin again, glue the white ‘congrats’ in a stack and then attach the colored one on the top of the stack (to mimic a chipboard element).   That is placed at the bottom of the card and will look like this.


    Now, we are almost finished.  After placing the ‘congrats’ on the card, stamp ‘so happy for you’ just above it to the left.  This sentiment is from the Sunshine Saying set.  For this color combination, I used Tuxedo Memento Ink. 
     Finishing Touches
    To add a little bling to this card, I added some tiny rhinestones along the stem near the flower.  It added just a little dazzle to this card. 
    The final card is a top fold card. I made the base from Black Cardstock.  The card front is applied directly to the card base.  On the inside of the card, add a 4 X 5.25 piece of Whisper White cardstock to complete the card. 
    And, there you have it.  A super easy, simple card that looks pretty impressive.