Wow – get a FREE Big Shot or up to $100 in FREE products!!

You can choose the FREE Big Shot, or up to $100 in free product – over an above your starter kit! It’s the perfect opportunity for a hobby stamper who loves our products,  to test drive Stampin’ Up! products and benefits, through March 31, 2012.  There’s NO obligation to purchase or sell anything further.

Click the link below to join my team! As a bonus for joining my team in October, you can choose another $25 in free products (this is my personal special, not a Stampin’ Up! special).  Call or email me to discuss this exciting opportunity!


New Product Alert…and a new Stampin’ Up! Special…

A new month brings two new promotions!

First of all, check out this adorable cookie press!

I have seen the cookies made with this in person (demonstrators have the opportunity to pre-order new items – another perk of being a demonstrator!). They are large, and gorgeous!

The other exciting special features our Simply Sent kits. If you are not familiar with these kits, you should  be! Great for the beginning stamper, or crafter on-the-go! Each kit comes with everything you need to create 8 gorgeous cards. They are pre-cut, pre-punched – all you do is stamp a sentiment and assemble! Could not be more simple! This month, buy two kits – get a coordinating 2-stamp set FREE (a $9-10 value!)


Call me – or order online today! This is a great deal!

Vintage Halloween…

Love the set Greeting Card Kids! It just says “vintage”…and that’s the treatment this card got.


This card started with the Halloween image from Greeting Card Kids. I stamped it in Black Staz-On onto our awesome watercolor paper (item 122959). I then colored it with Stampin’ Up! Write Markers (I used Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron, Old Olive, Basic Black, and Daffodil Delight). I then aged it by sponging Early Espresso on the edges and surface (my FAVORITE color to age cards). I also “doodled” some grass under the pumpkin, so it doesn’t appear she’s floating. 🙂

Then the building began! The middle layer is made of Chocolate Chip and Wild Wasabi. I used the distressing tool on the edges of both, before sponging with more Early Espresso. The paper layer is from the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper pack (item 124003). I aged it, using our new Simply Scored Scoring Tool (item 122334 – a MUST have!). I folded the score lines back and forth a little, to distress the paper and make the lines a little more pronounced, before sponging. The corners were punched with the Ticket Corner punch and the card stock layers were dressed with some Antique Brads.

The card base is Crumb Cake. I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool again, this time to give the base a ‘frame’. This was then sponged with more Early Espresso.

The sentiment is from the Hostess set “Tagtastic”. Each sentiment is designed to coordinate with one of our punches! I thought the “Just for You” really had that vintage look I was going for, especially when stamped in Wild Wasabi onto Very Vanilla. I used the Extra Large Oval punch to cut out the sentiment, then aged with with more Early Espresso. This was mounted onto a piece of Crumb Cake card stock, punched with the Decorative Label punch (and sponged, of course!)

So, a lot of steps to this one. However, with all the great tools we have – like the scoring tool and the punches – it made this card quicker to put together!



Stamps: Greeting Card Kids, Tagtastic (Hostess)
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, SU! Watercolor Paper
DSP: Spice Cake (Holiday Mini)
Ink: Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Black Staz-On
Markers: Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron
Punches: Decorative Label, Extra Large Oval, Ticket Corner
Big Shot: Circles #2
Tools: Simply Scored Scoring Tool
Accessories: Antique Brads, Dimensionals

Christmas Window…

Yes – I did it! A Christmas card… (sigh) But with all the new goodies in the Holiday Mini Catalog, I just couldn’t help myself! 🙂

This one uses several new goodies from the Holiday Mini. First of all, the little window that says “Merry Christmas” uses our new Shaker Frames (item 124155, $4.95). These are great! You get 36 frames (they come nested) that will work with all sizes of our circle punches! I uses the 1″ circle punch for the window and the 1 1/4″ circle for the Crumb Cake layer. They have handy adhesive, so you don’t get any “spills”.

Inside the window are our new Mica Flakes (item 124115, $3.50). These come in a huge jar. They are chunky and very sparkly! The mica mimics the look of snow…great for all those winter scenes. And for the price, an outstanding value!

The third feature from the mini catalog is the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper (item 124002, $10.95). This paper pack has a wonderful, down-home feel. It reminds me of sitting by the fire, sipping hot chocolate with my family. Just warm and rustic.

The base of this card is Cherry Cobbler. The frame is done with Garden Green. For the Crumb Cake layer, I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (item 120175, $7.95). Then, I used a sponge with some Whisper White craft ink to lightly highlight the texture.  I think it works well with the rustic feel of this card. Crumb Cake seam binding (item 122332, $6.95) and a few vintage brads finish up the look!



Stamps: Petite Pairs  – Item 122495 (wood), 122497 (clear)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White (craft)
DSP: Frostwood Lodge
Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Punches: 1″ circle, 1 1/4″ circle
Big Shot: Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder
Accessories: Shaker Frames, Crumb Cake seam binding, window sheet, Mica Flakes, Vintage Brads, dimensionals

Sweet Treats….

For an upcoming Stamp Camp, we are making these adorable matchboxes, filled with decorated Hershey Nuggets.

This sweet box is made using the Matchbox Bigz Die for the Big Shot. Super easy to make, thanks to this easy die. It’s decorated with images from the Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set (see yesterday’s post for more of these cute images!)

The “Boo!” is also from Spooky Bingo Bits and was punched out using the new 1 inch square punch and layered on Basic Black that was punched with the Postage Stamp  punch. I love how these punches look together!

Some Natural Hemp twine completes the look and gives it a fall feel.

Inside the box, the Hershey’s Nuggets are decorated with the It’s a Wrap Holidays set. These are perfect for any holiday. If you have this set, and the It’s a Wrap Occasions set, you are ready for any celebration! The stamps fit onto a standard Avery address label perfectly, but I didn’t tell you that. (Note: Hershey’s does not allow the labels to be stuck directly to their product.)



Stamps: Spooky Bingo Bits (wood: 123944, clear: 123946), It’s a Wrap Holidays (wood: 122770, clear: 122772)
Card Stock: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Punches: 1″ square punch, Postage Stamp punch
Big Shot: Matchbox Bigz XL Die (item 114890)
Accessories: Natural Hemp Twine, Hershey’s Nuggets (not sold by Stampin’ Up!)

 Spooky Bingo Bits (wood: 123944, clear: 123946)


For an upcoming Stamp Camp, some Halloween fun!

This card uses the super-versatile Spooky Bingo Bits set. I know this set was created with Bingo in mind, but the little stamps make for a FANTASTIC, versatile set. A MUST-HAVE for Halloween. While I love Halloween, I don’t invest much in sets for it, since it’s not a huge card-making holiday for me. However, I love using these little images to embellish my treat bags! They also make for a sweet seasonal card!!

Watch for upcoming projects featuring this set. For the price, it provides a LOT of bang for the buck! $27.95 (for clear-mount) for 25 adorable images is a bargain!! You can also find a similar set of “Bingo bits” for Christmas. I have both and LOVE them!!


Stamps: Spooky Bingo Bits (123944 , wood; 123946, clear)
Card Stock: Basic Grey, Whisper White, Basic Black
DSP: Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, ticket corner punch, 1 inch circle punch, 1 1/4″ circle punch, Scallop Border punch, dimensionals

Spicy Thanks…

Have I mentioned how much I love the new Holiday Mini Catalog? I’ve been so busy playing with all the new “stuff”, I haven’t posted!


This card features the yummy new Spice Cake Designer Series paper. I’m not one to normally get really excited about DSP. In fact, I make a lot of cards that don’t use any of it. However, this paper is gorgeous! It features one of my favorite IN Colors ever – Pool Party! Along with More Mustard and Soft Suede. What’s funny is that my normal “go-to colors”  do not include More Mustard or Soft Suede – but I LOVE them with this paper! This paper is definitely not just for fall! The patterns are lovely and make for beautiful cards, any time of the year.

Want to make this card? Attend one of my September stamp camps where this will be one of the projects! Email me for details.



Stamps: Petite Pairs, Lovely As a Tree (leaf stamp)
Designer Series Paper: Spice Cake
Card Stock: Soft Suede, More Mustard, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso, Pool Party (sponging)
Accesssories: Very Vanilla grosgrain
Punches: Lace Ribbon Border Punch, 1 in. square punch, 1 1/4 in square punch,dimensionals