Wednesday, December 30, 2009


What is 4-4-40?
A quick way to expand your stamping supplies, while reaping the benefits of being a hostess all while getting together once a month with stamping friends.

I have had a couple of people who have been interested in joining a monthly club, but couldn't commit to 6 months. So I came up with a shorter version.

Who: 4 Enthusiastic Stampers
When: 4 months; Jan, Feb, Mar, and April
Where: typically I can set these up at my church
What: spend $40 each month and be hostess one time
Why: because you need a night out!

The timing of this couldn't be better.
Sale-a-bration will be during Jan, Feb and March and I am confident there will be some special for April too. So if everyone just spends the $40, the total is $160 which entitles you to a free hostess set and $15 in free merchandise. If most take advantage of Sale-a-bration and spend $50, your total could increase to $200 which gives you $20 free merchandise.

The new Occasions mini catalog will also be available Jan 5th through April 30.
There are some exciting new things in this one!!
A new punch design
Clear mount stamps!
It is 43 pages of Stampin' Up! at their finest.

The hostess will serve a snack and I will prepare 2-3 stamping items to make.
This club will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, so contact me ASAP to reserve your spot.

Have great day and stay warm!

Christmas crafting

I got them to sit still for a minute Christmas morning for a quick picture.
Here are the teacher gifts Josh brought to school. Candy canes are one of his favorites. He was so proud of his gifts.
One item Dad got in his stocking was a bag of M&Ms which, when left unattended, Josh ate half.
When questioned....he simply threw his hands up, as if caught, admitting
It was hysterical!! He may look like Dad, but loves his chocolate like Mama.
These are some of Bethany's creations. She made several at my holiday workshop, but needed a few more. I think she had fun handing them out at school.
I left Ben and Bethany to work on their gift bags alone while I went to a Christmas Party with my stamping friends. They were asleep when I got home and had all their treat bags ready on the kitchen table. I was so proud of what they had created...more impressed that they did it together and lived to hand them out!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Get 'em before they're gone!

Hi everyone!
I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Christmas.
There are some exciting things coming up with Stampin' Up!
Sale-a-bration will start on Jan 5th along with the Occasions Mini catalog.

With the new coming in somethings have to go like the Holiday Mini, so if there is something you were hoping to order from that, you need to order before Jan 4th.
Also, some stamp sets from the dormant list will be retiring:
Item Number Stamp Set
113407 Back Woods
114492 Beautiful Baby
114486 Birthday Wish
113200 Branch Out
114496 Celebrations
113732 Central Park
113206 Classic Sketches
113226 Classy & Fabulous
114498 Flowers in Silhouette
113405 Font of You
113216 For the Bride
114494 Forever
109425 Friend by Definition
114488 Fun Flowers
113716 Garden Greetings
114490 Glad Friends
111580 Grand Soiree
113242 Hit the Road
113710 Lexicon of Leaves
113236 Man's Best Friend
114423 Ocean Commotion
113728 Playful Petals
109276 Polka Dot
111544 Putt Putt
113240 Quilt Quips
113754 Really Retro
113403 Sip by Sip
113726 Sweet Stems
113250 That's Funny
113688 Wonderful Watercolors
114028 Para la novia
114032 Acuarelas Maravillosas
Let me know if there is a 'must have' on your list!
Stay warm!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Workshop

Holiday Workshop
Dec 17, 2009
Trinity Lutheran Church
Open House style
Make a variety of projects
Prices vary per project
Please bring your own adhesive
Double stick tape will be available for purchase
Snacks and beverage provided
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Tags

Here are some fun and festive tags we will be making on Thursday!
The cost for the tags will be 25 for $5.00.
The little punched ones are unlimited with the $5 purchase.
These tags and the poinsettia ones in the top picture are made with the Big Shot Die, Two Tags.
This die just happens to be on sale this week for a holiday special from Stampin' Up!
The wrap tag works great for little treats like the candy cane I put in mine.
These punched tags are so sweet and could be used in scrapbook pages.
These punched reindeer are Bethany's creation and will be available
for kids and adults to make. Bethany will be with me helping that night.
She loves using my punches to make fun creations.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Treat Boxes and Bags

Here are some of the projects we will be making at my Holiday Workshop
this Thursday, Dec 17th at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisbon.
It will run from 6pm-9:30 with snacks and beverage provided.
I have a variety of projects prepared and many can be made in bulk.
These would make great teacher and coworker gifts.
If you are unable to attend Thursday, but are interested in making
some, please email me and I can make up 'to go kits'.
These treat boxes are assembled fast and are fun to decorate.
Use the ideas from my boxes or come up with your own.
The cost of these treat boxes is $2.00 each, or 6 for $10.
Two cello bags are included, sorry the candy is not!

These treat bags are even easier to assemble and decorate.
They cost $1.50 each or 9 for $12.00.
They also come with a cello bag.
If you are interested in 'to go kits', please let me know ASAP
so I have time to get it ready and to you.
I hope to have some tags ready to post in a bit.
Stay warm!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Pop-up Christmas Tree!

I absolutely love this card!!
It uses the fabulous Pop Up Christmas Tree Die
using the Big Shot (which I absolutely love too)
The front uses a simple, but elegant set, Tree Trimmings.
The Pop up Tree is decorated with decorations using
a little Sizzlets die.
The Tree is put together with a few little folds as you layer
on the branches. The only tape is when you adhere it
to the card. If folds up so nice and neat!
It is awesome!
You will definitely want to come to my
Holiday workshop and make some of you own.
The workshop will be Thursday, Dec 17th.
Time and details to follow.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Here is an item we will be making at my upcoming Holiday workshop.
I have coffee beans in this one, but you could use hot cocoa mix,
tea bags, candies....the list is endless!!!
This is using a retired set which I can't remember off hand.
I used the Big Shot and the Movers and Shapers die to make the cut out,
a few score lines and viola a cute, personable, little goodie bag.
More examples to come....keep watching!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Quilt Cards

Here are some cards I made using the 1 1/4 square punch. I taped all of these square pieces onto white cardstock and then ran it through the Big Shot using the Top Not die. I also ran it through again using a texture plate to give it a quilted look.
The inside is using the stamp set Puns from the Past and Sizzlit Die Buttons. They are so cute and a great way to use 'scrap' paper.

I love sunrises in the fall. This is in my front yard.
There will be more to come on a Holiday workshop coming up.
Have a great day,

Sunday, November 29, 2009

You're not too late!

Hi there,
Just a quick note to let you know that I haven't put in my Extravaganza Sale order yet and will do so Monday night. So please refer to my last post for the link to the Sale and my e-mail. Be sure to check out the clearance section too. The corduroy buttons and 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon are definitely on my list. The clearance section has some cute Christmas decorations I think I will get for my kids.
Hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving weekend.
Have a great week!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Online Extravaganza

30%, 40% and 50% oh my!!

Stampin' Up! is starting the shopping frenzy early. Click Here
on the customer page to see all the details. If you find a 'must have', please email me by the 28th to get in on my first order. The sale goes until the 30th, but I don't think I want to wait that long.

The only offer that is limited in number is the Ultimate Stampers Starter bundle. The rest of the items will be honored even if they go on back order. There are some great deals, so check it out!

Please email your orders to me at

Sorry, you will have to cut and paste that email.
I have my personal computer guru working on making it a link,
but it is not available at this time.
(I am pretty impressed that I made that 'Here' turn color)

Happy deserve it!

Paul here,
I fixed the email link, you know what they say:
" If women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy...."

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Home for Christmas, part 2

Here are another 3 cards made with the Home for Christmas set. The designer paper used is the Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper which coordinates with Real Red and Soft Suede. This paper pack has 2 flocked designs and 2 double sided sheets which have a metallic shine to them.
It is found in the Holiday Mini catalog.

I added a little red to the main image which was quick and effective.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Stay tuned for a Thanksgiving special starting Monday!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Home for Christmas

Here are a few cards I made with the Home for Christmas stamp set. It has two sayings and one large image, so it makes quick cards. If you like to color...go for it; otherwise, it looks nice without any coloring.

Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mission Market

Hello everyone. I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I have been stamping like crazy the last few days, well actually weeks, getting ready for an event tomorrow. It is the 2nd annual Mission Market fundraiser at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisbon. It runs 12-4pm, with soup and sandwich available and 12 vendors! So if you are in the neighborhood...stop by and see some of the cards I have been working on.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Delightful Decorations

Here are 3 cards using the stamp set Delightful Decorations and designer series paper Holiday Lounge. These are not the traditional Christmas colors, but I think the Ruby Red and Taken with Teal make a 'delightful' color combination.
The Ornament Punch that coordinates with this set makes for easy and quick cards.
Just a little Joshy!
Have a great Friday the 13th!

Monday, November 9, 2009

More Holy Family

These cards were made with the set Holy Family which makes such elegant and simple cards.
These cards use Regal Rose, Bravo Burgundy and Naturals Ivory card stock.
These both use gold brads to hold down the vellum which I stamped the image on.
The stars are stamped with So Saffron, cut out and popped up with a dimensional.
This is the beautiful saying for the inside.
I hope you had a great day!

Saturday, November 7, 2009


I was all ready to post another Christmas card, but realized my computer guy, AKA my hubby, took the little doo-hickey that I put my camera card into with him to Michigan!! Sorry....I will post on Sunday night when he returns.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

So, you wanna host a party....

Now is a great time to host a Stampin' Up! party. Now until Nov 30, host a workshop totaling $250 or more and choose any 1 item from the 2009 Holiday Mini for $10. This includes any new items and items referred to from the Idea Book and Catalog such as the Christmas Jingle Simple Scrappin kit.
If your party reaches $400, you can also choose to order the new Digital Studio at 50% off; sale price $39.97, retail $79.95.

Sorry I missed 'stamp til you cramp' last night, but when I got home Paul was cooking supper and cleaning!! He had Ben and Bethany both cleaning and he was too. I decided to join in the fun. Woohoo, clean clothes for everyone!!
I missed visiting with you, but my house needed me.

This card uses a favorite stamp set of mine, Season of Friendship.
It is nice because it works year round.
Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Holy Family Stamp Set

Here are 2 cards I made with the new set Holy Family from the Holiday mini catalog. It has 3 stamps, the Holy Family, a star, and the words inside. The set is $16.95 and would make beautiful Christmas cards that are easy to reproduce. The cardstock used is Bashful Blue, Night of Navy and Naturals Ivory which gave it a nice soft look. The second card uses the Big Shot and Top Note die. I also stamped the image on velum and attached using gold brads. I have other ideas using this stamp set to follow another day. Hope you all have a great Nov 1st!

Ok, this is not the holy family, but we did have fun trick or treating last night

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Moonlight Madness

I have been busy getting ready for an open house in Lisbon this Friday. It will be held in Kirsten's Studio of Dance at 412 Main along with other independent consultants from a variety of businesses. It only goes from 7-9pm, so be sure to get downtown for a fun night.

I will have lots of samples of Christmas cards. Here are a couple...

Both cards are using the new sets Four the Holidays and Delightful Decorations along with the matching ornament punch. I used my Big Shot to make the raised impression with the textured impressions folder, Petals-A-Plenty. The sparkle on the blue card is using a sponge dauber and shimmer paint, which is also new in the 'Holiday Mini Catalog'. The top card uses Whisper White and Real Red cardstock with the bottom card using Sahara Sand and Bashful Blue.

Hope you like them and hope to see you this Friday, 7-9pm!
Have a great day,

The last Deal of the Week

Week 4 Deals of the Week



Special Price


Princess Party Kit



Pirate Party Kit


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Deal of the Week 3

Here is the next Deal of the Week

Week 3 Deals of the Week



Special Price


Basic Jumbo grommets



Mini Library clips



Circle Designer brads



1/2" Library clips


Let me know if you are interested in any of these accessories!

Have a great day!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lovely as a Tree

With this strange weather, I haven't seen many pretty fall trees, so I thought I would make some.

Just a little Joshy to brighten your day.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Club Cards

Here is the latest club cards we made. This stamp set is Inspired by Nature colored in using markers. The colors are Summer Sun, Garden Green and Chocolate that reminds me I made chocolate chip muffins for breakfast and they were yummy!! We used Crystal Effects on the brown centers of the flowers and sprinkled clear Micro Beads on it to make it a little bumpy and shinny.

This card was inspired by the pretty snowflakes that fell earlier in the week, not this half a foot of slush and muck we just got hammered with. This card is made with the Big Shot and the Movers and Shapers Curly Label Die. It cuts and scores the card leaving the curly label wherever you position the magnetic die. The stamps are from the Hostess level 2 set Christmas Punch and works wonderfully with the punches. We added a little Dazzling Diamonds for some sparkle. The card stock is Sahara Sand and Bashful Blue with Night of Navy ink.

Have a great day!