Monday, March 31, 2014

Last day for SAB

Today is the last day of Sale-a-Bration.  That went by so quick!  If you would like to place a last minute order to get some of those goodies before they are gone forever, click here
It's also the last day to get an extra $30 in your Starter Kit if you want to join my team!  That's right, get $150 worth of product of YOUR CHOICE for only $99!  Click "Join My Team" at the top of the page to read more and join my amazing team of Paper Peeps!
This year's choices were phenomenal and I certainly hope you were able to take advantage of some of the free goodies!  It was a crazy busy month for me, and I know April will be just as busy!  Lots of exciting things as a demonstrator happening next month, so stay tuned for lots of announcements and if you want to get in on the fun with me, JOIN MY TEAM! 
Thank you everyone for making this an awesome Sale-a-Bration!!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

March 31st is the last day!

Tomorrow marks the last day for a lot of promotions!  The biggest is of course Sale-a-Bration!  If you haven't had a chance to earn your free SAB items for each $50 you spend, be sure to head on over to my online store and take advantage of the goodies!  Click here

Tomorrow also marks the last day that you can get a set of 2012-2014 In Color Markers for FREE when you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin!  Not only will you get those free markers, but you will also get a FREE size D Clear Block in your Welcome Kit!  So be sure to join my Paper Pumpkin Posse!  Click the image for more information or to join!
March 31st is also the last day to order any of the Best of Series stamp sets offered during 2013.  One was released each month.  Click here to see all the sets that were offered, and remember if you collect 6 stickers you can turn them in for a FREE Stamp Set!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Pickett Fence Fun

If you haven't seen the new Hardwood Stamp in the 2014 Occasions Catalog, you are going to fall in love!  Such a simple idea, a wood background, but it add so much character to so many different projects.  If you are a blog follower, you have seen me use it many times, but not like this!  I created this super cute little fence by stamping in Soft Suede ink onto Crumb Cake Card Stock and then cutting strips of paper following the "planks" of wood lines.  Once I had my strips cut I just trimmed the tops to look like a picket fence.  I sponged around the edges lightly with Soft Suede ink to give the planks a little more depth and then used SNAIL adhesive to adhere them to the card.  I popped up the two horizontal planks with dimensionals for a 2D kind of feel.  The sun is a 1 3/4" circle punch in Daffodil Delight, also sponged for dimension.  The clouds are actually from the Cupcake Builder punch!  They are the 'frosting' part of the cupcakes!  I sponged them very lightly with Pool Party ink.  Happy Easter is from the Delightful Dozen stamp set and stamped in Pool Party ink on Soft Sky Card Stock.  I really love this card and hope you do too! 

Supply List:
Soft Sky Card Stock
Crumb Cake Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Daffodil Delight Card Stock
Pool Party Classic Ink
Soft Suede Classic Ink
Daffodil Delight Classic Ink
1 3/4" Circle Punch
Cupcake Builder Punch
Delightful Dozen Stamp Set
Hardwood Stamp Set
SNAIL Adhesive
Paper Trimmer

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mommy's Stamp Room

Many of you know I recently did a serious over haul of my Stamp Room.  Although the photos below are relatively plain and undecorated, they were the photos I took after moving my 'important stuff' back into my space.  It shows the functionality of my space and how I use it.  Decorating in my future!
This is my business side of life desk.  I do my computer work, orders, phone calls, ect. from this desk.  I have a white board calendar on the wall that has all of my Stampin' Up! events, classes and other important dates to remember that month.

This is my actual 'stamping desk'.  It stands like an island in the room so that I can easily get around it and have access to all of my tools and other goodies.  Believe it or not it's 2 bookcases from IKEA with a table top attached to the top.  It's the perfect height of 36" so I can stand and stamp comfortably.  
The two units on either side of the fireplace contain all sorts of goodies!  My ink pads and such are on top of the unit on the right and my clear blocks, adhesives and envelopes.  The center of the island has a basket that contains my every day tools and such.  My paper snips, ribbon scissors, paper piercer, ect. are all in that basket for easy access.

Under the shelf on the wall is a cube unit that contains all of my catalogs, flyers, order forms, magazines, things of that nature.  They are easy for me to grab in this location and it helps me keep track of what I need to order when my catalog stash is getting low.  The shelf above this cube unit has cards I have received from customers and other demonstrators.  I love to get them and they are proudly displayed in my Stamp Room.
This is one side of the Island Book Shelf Unit my husband built.  The 2 baskets on top contain my scraps....not very organized I might add...oops.  The 12X12 boxes contain DSP organized by "Current Mini Catalog", "Current Annual Catalog" and "Specialty Papers".  This system works really well for me.  Below that is a shoebox of cards I can quickly grab from when needed.  They are organized by occasion.  My ribbon hoard is in the containers next to that.  Still working on getting a ribbon shelf up.  Below are just more cards waiting for a home : )
The other side of the unit has all of my "tool" and such.  The basket holds all of my embossing folders, framelits, and Bigz Dies.  My Stampin' Trimmer sits next to that.  My Big Shot and Simply Scored Tool live on the shelf below that.  At the very bottom is my CARL cutter.  Oh how I love that paper cutter...amazing...

So that's the basics of my new Stampin' Space.  I hope you enjoyed the photos!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The beauty of simple

As a demonstrator, I absolutely POUR over catalogs from Stampin' Up!  I inspect each and every page over and over again, looking for little bits I may have missed the last 15 times I looked at the shame!  I know I'm not alone.  I have fellow demo friends and customers who do the same thing.  I just adore the product, so gushing over it comes naturally.  I must admit though, sometimes I get wrapped up in the "new" catalog or special that is being offered at the time and the Annual Catalog just put under the pile.  So I try to make it a point when I place orders to look through that Annual Catalog and search again for something I may have missed.  Regarding Dahlias is one of those sets I looked over a hundred times...and for whatever reason it never made it to any of my orders...until now.  I'm so glad I chose to add this beautiful set to my last order.  Talk about a great starter stamp set.  It has this beautiful big dahlia stamp along with several sentiments.  It's a go to for me now when I need to create something special!  I love how it can create a beautiful, yet simple card in just a matter of minutes!  Want to get your own so you can start creating beautiful cards like this?  Click here
Supply List:
Elegant Eggplant Card Stock
Crushed Curry Card Stock
Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon
Whisper White Card Stock
Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink
Crushed Curry Classic Ink
Stampin' Dimensionals
SNAIL adhesive

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sale-a-Bration is almost over!

If you haven't already taken advantage of the FREE gifts SAB has to offer, now is the time!  March 31st, 2014 is the last day you can get a FREE SAB item for every $50 you spend. 
If you are a Stampin' veteran, you probably don't need any help spending $50 and know exactly which choice to get....but for those who may be new to stamping and don't know where to start, I have the answer!  Stampin' Up! made it very easy for us this year by suggesting bundles at the front of the SAB brochure.  Each Bundle represents items that coordinate and will have you ready to create for around $50 which of course means you can then choose a FREE SAB Item! 
Here are some of the bundles.  There are more variations of those below, like clear mount and wood mount, color choices, ect.  But hopefully, this will give you an idea of the possibilities!  Click on the photo to see more information about that bundle and photos of what you can create with them! :
Yay for Cards Bundle
Party, Party, Party Bundle
On the Go Bundle
Birthday Bash Bundle (Clear Mount)
All Wrapped Up Bundle (wood mount)
Digital Bundle
The best part of these bundles is they will qualify you to then choose a FREE SAB item!!!  To see all of your choices and the SAB brochure, click here

Monday, March 24, 2014

Simple Easter Basket

If you have been a follower for a while you probably know I love anything "easy."  The easier the better!  I love the fact that this cute little basket can be done with a 6" X 6" piece of card stock or Designer Series Paper.  That means you can get 4 of these cuties out of a 12" X 12" piece of paper. 
Cut your paper to size and score it at 2" and 4", rotate it 90 degrees and score again at 2" and 4". 
Cut up on the score lines on opposing sides and then use the corner rounder punch to snip the corners of the 2 outer flaps.  This just gives the basket a rounded appearance at the top.  It's a totally optional step.  Use your bone folder to crease along all the score lines and bring the sides together in front of the middle section.  Place your handle end, a 1" X 8 1/2" strip of paper, in between the layers. 
Using your paper piercing tool pierce through all 4 layers and affix with a brad to hold them together.  You could certainly use adhesive for this step as well.
 Of course there has to be some stamping!  So I used the cute little "Happy Easter" Egg from the Eggstra Spectacular set in the Occasions Catalog.  Too stinkin' cute when you add some Candy Dots for decoration!  You can see the video below!  Enjoy!

Supply List:
Watercolor Wonder DSP
Whisper White Card Stock
Simply Scored Scoring Tool
Bone Folder
Paper Piercing Tool
1/8" Mini Brads
Extra Large Oval Punch
Island Indigo Classic Ink
Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set
Subtles Collection Candy Dots
Paper Snips


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Punches pack a punch

Pardon the pun!  Punches pack a punch!  Funny stuff!  Okay, onward...I'm always looking for different ways to use up small pieces of my designer series paper.  No one likes to waste paper right!? Well punches are like the miracle tool for just that!  By grabbing some scraps of DSP and my circle punches I whipped out this card in about 3 minutes flat!  Quick and Cute!  The sentiment comes from a super cute little gem of a set in the Occasions Catalog, Hip Notes.  Add a candy dot and viola! 
Super cute and done in a flash!
Supply List:
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock
Retro Fresh DSP
Hip Notes Stamp Set
Regals Candy Dots (Crushed Curry)
2 1/2" Circle Punch
1 3/4" Circle Punch
1" Circle Punch
3/4" Circle Punch
Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Chalkboard Technique

Techniques are always so much fun, but some of them can be ohhhh so tricky...not this one!  The Chalkboard technique is a nice and easy way to create something a little different without a lot of fuss!  I created this card for those who have decided to join my team during Sale-a-Bration.  If you are interested in joining my team visit my "Join My Team" link at the top of the page for more info!
SAB is coming to a close in just a little over a week, so now is the time to get your order in to get those free goodies!  Both the DSP and the Banner Punch are free choices from the SAB brochure!
The secret to the "chalkboard" look is actually an Embossing Buddy!  When you drag it across and tap it onto the paper it leaves this fine powder that looks like a chalkboard that has been erased.  It is such an easy way to create a fun feel to a card.  I love this stamp set.  It is a Demonstrator Only set (so now is a great time to join so you can get it!) and it's also photopolymer which is way fun!  If you have never tried photopolymer before, you will love it!  They are so incredibly sticky!  You will never fight to get your stamps to stay on your blocks when you are using photopolymer! 
Check out the video for all the details on this super cute card and join my team and I will send you one along with all your other goodies!
Supply List:
Sahara Sand Card Stock
Basic Black Card Stock
SAB Designer Series Paper
Banner Punch
Best Decision Ever
Linen Thread
Whisper White Craft Ink
SNAIL Adhesive

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March Paper Pumpkin

March Paper Pumpkin is fabulous!  I love the die cut wooden elements and the colors for these cards.  We got a total of 8 cards with envelopes including liners.  2 Stampin' spots, 2 Photopolymer stamps and those super little glitter accents.  What a great kit!  Easy to put together and sure to impress anyone you send it to!  Not signed up for Paper Pumpkin?  Want to learn more?  Visit

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hip Hip Horray!

I'm so happy to say that my stamp room renovation is almost complete!  Waiting for one more piece of furniture and then it will be done!  Wahoo!!  In celebration of such wonderful news, I decided to break out some SAB items and create a happy little card using a color I think sometimes we are afraid of.  Basic Black is our go to for sentiment stamps, outline image stamps, watercolor image stamps, maybe even a background behind other papers.  Yet, we seem so afraid to break it out as the "main" color!  Black can help you in lots of ways, first of all it makes color 'pop'.  These cute little banners are so much more vibrant against black card stock versus just plain white.  Of course you wouldn't be able to stamp on it with most colors, but with the help of my Whisper White Craft Ink Pad I stamped my "Hip Hip Horray" without  a problem!  You could of course also use the White StazOn pad as well.  With some Pool Party Candy dots at the top this card is finished in style.  I hope you will break out your Basic Black Card Stock and create something 'on the edge'!
Supply List:
Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock
Basic Black Card Stock
Hip Notes Stamp Set
Whisper White Craft Ink
Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (SAB item)
Banner Punch (SAB item)
Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB item)
Subtles Collection Candy Dots

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Braided Easter

I absolutely adore the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack!  It's one of the FREE Sale-a-Bration choices in this year.  It comes with a sheet of die cut, self adhesive cork embellishments and 3 spools of Baker's Twine.  I also used the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, another SAB choice!  This cute little bunny from the Eggstra Spectacular set is just too cute! 

I decided to braid the twine together for old times sake, it reminds me of my childhood.  I can remember making friendship bracelets by the hundreds! I finished off that cute little bun-bun's tail with a Pool Party Candy Dot.  A super easy and super cute card for Easter!
Supply List:
Whisper White Card Stock
Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock
Eggstra Spectacular Stamp
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (SAB choice)
Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (SAB choice)
Subtles Collection Candy Dots
Basic Grey Classic Ink

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Simple SAB Birthday

 I was finally able to stamp tonight!  I was so stinkin' excited!  This was one of the creations I cam up with.  It shows off some of the gorgeous SAB DSP and uses two new stamp sets in the Occasions Catalog.  It's a super simple layout, but packs a punch!  I love taking small elements and making them a 'big deal'.  I only put one petite petal flower on here to showcase not only that stamp and punch, but the cute little candy dot in the center that matches the DSP perfectly!  Layer behind your DSP with a coordinating color to make your paper pop and you've got a simple, yet beautiful creation!  I hope you enjoy!

Supply List:
Whisper White Card Stock
Basic Black Card Stock
SAB Designer Series Paper
Petite Petals Bundle
Hip Notes Stamp Set
SAB Baker's Twine
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Pool Party Classic Ink
Neutrals Candy Dots - Basic Black

Almost done!

I apologize for the terrible photography on this card!  As you know my studio is being OVERHAULED so crafting has been a bit....well....difficult!  The good news is the floors and walls are done!  So now the fun part starts!  The furniture and organizing!  I can't wait to share pictures of this remodel with you all.  I'm very excited to have a more functional space to craft and create!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bare with me

If you are a fan of my Facebook page you probably already know that my crafting space is currently being renovated.  Very exciting, but also challenging!  I haven't been able to create in several days and it will probably be at least 2 more, so as you can imagine I'm missing my stamps!  So I thought since I don't have any projects to share with you, I would share the next best thing...the opportunity to do something you love while getting a discount!
Who doesn't love a great deal?!  I know you have reservations, and you might be scared to join...but I'm here to tell you that I did too, and I'm just fine!  Better than fine actually!  I originally signed up just to get a discount on my own product and to take advantage of the awesome Starter kit deal.  Needless to say, shortly after receiving my kit I chose to make this a business.  Not for the money I might make, but for the people who came into my lives.  New customers, other demonstrators on my team, friends I have made along the way...that's why I do this.  I have made so many friends because of Stampin' Up!  As a Stay at home mom I have a tendency to be surrounded by 'children chatter' most of the day, so an adult conversation is always welcomed.  And when it's about something you love, like Stampin' Up, well that's just a no brainer!
I hope you will take the time to click on the "Join my Team" link at the top of the page to read more about this awesome opportunity, and of course please feel free to contact me with any questions!
I hope you will join my team!!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Natural Butterfly

It's no secret that I love butterflies...but then again what woman doesn't?  The represent something so beautiful and natural.  The Hardwood Stamp and Burlap Ribbon seems to be the perfect compliment to this beautiful butterfly.  I decided to stamp the butterfly with the Papillion Potpourri stamp with Soft Suede ink on Soft Sky Card Stock.  The "Sending many Thanks" is from Petite Pairs and also stamped in Soft Suede.  I used a doily behind the burlap to add a feminine touch that hopefully anyone could appreciate.  I hope you enjoy this card and it inspires you to create something today!
Supply List:
Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Soft Suede Classic Ink
Soft Sky Card Stock
Burlap Ribbon
Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Papillion Potpourri Stamp Set
Elegant Butterfly Punch
2 1/2" Circle Punch

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Simple Stamping

Sometimes we get wrapped up in fancy techniques and layers, but sometimes simple stamping is the best.  It helps you appreciate each of the images and embellishments individually.  This card took me less than 5 minutes to put together but it's absolutely adorable!  It gives you a chance to appreciate the quality of the ribbon, the sweet little flowers and notice the candy dot that marks the middle of one of the flowers.  Sure, fancy stamping is fun...but simple stamping is too.
Supply List:
Smoky Slate Card Stock#131202
Coastal Cabana Card Stock#131297
Whisper White Card Stock#100730
Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon#131152
A Dozen Thoughts WM#131056 CM#131059
Petite Petals WM#133152 CM#133155
Coastal Cabana Classic Ink#131175
Calypso Coral Classic Ink#126983
Subtles Candy Dots #130933

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sweet Treats Bunny

Since I have had children, Easter time is so much fun!  All the cute little things you can make and decorate with, it's just a blast!  This cute little punch art bunny is made using the Circle Treat Cups in the Annual Catalog.  They are so affordable and can be used from anything from candy to confetti.  For our Easter Bunny I have used M&M's.  As with most punch art critters, you will need several punches to create this cute little dude, so here's the low down:
2 Large Ovals
2 Word Windows
2 - 1 3/4" Circle
2 - 3/4" Circle
3 - 3/8" Circle (2 Whisper White, 1 Blushing Bride)
2 Create a Cupcake circles in Basic Black
Using the 5th circle framelit (from the smallest) cut out two circles, one with a 1 3/4" circle punch in the center to fit over the treat cup.
Assembly of this bunny is pretty simple.  I used SNAIL adhesive for most of it, but used Stampin' Dimensionals for the cheeks.  You can watch the video below for detailed instructions:
Supply List:
Circle Framelits #130911
1 3/4" Circle Punch#119850
3/4" Circle Punch#119873
Cupcake Builder Punch #121807
Word Window Punch#119857
3/8" Circle Punch (Itty Bitty Punch Pack)#118309
Stamping Sponges#101610
Whisper White Card Stock# 100730
Blushing Bride Card Stock#131198
Blushing Bride Classic Ink#131172
Basic Black Card Stock#121045
Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker#100082
Circle Treat Cups#116802
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439

What does the fox say?? I will admit, I've never actually heard the song before, but I still think this sweet little fox is cute!  I'm a huge fan of blender pens, they are my go to 'coloring' tool!  This fox was easy to color with the use of them!  Add a little Gorgeous Grunge and Retro Fresh Banners and this card was done in a snap and super cute to boot!  I love the open space on the card, proof that not every piece of cardstock has to be stamped!
I popped the banners up on dimensionals to add to the interest of the card.

I used Naturals White Card Stock to stamp and color the fox.  It's thicker than our traditional Whisper White, so it holds up better to being watercolored.  Or in my case, blender-penned!