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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines - Floral fun!

Good morning, hoppers!  Okay, so maybe you haven't hopped just yet, but if you click on one of the links below, you can be sure to hop through our gang and see all kinds of different projects from our inspiration photo/colors...Here's what we have for you this week...

Beautiful, right?  Looks like a fiesta in the garden, doesn't it?  So, I just had to do a floral card for you...
check it out!

Join me for the party in my garden!  This is the first time using this new stamp set for me, and I had such fun, that I decided to share this card with my Midweek Mingle class...  I wanted them to see how easy it is to really "make" your own designer paper.  I also wanted to show them how to adjust framelits to fit their needs - so I did that here!  But I didn't want the fun to end just yet, so I added a gift tag to the mix...  Here it is!

I cut the cutest part of the tag off in this photo (sorry, as my son says, I have "mad knot untying skills", but not so much on the photography)... in any case, the top of this tag is the bomb!  I used one of the flower framelits from our catalog to cut just the top of the tag to be adorable!  You'll have to trust me on this one! (Or you could come to one of my fun classes and learn how to do this yourself!! - but register early, these Wednesday morning classes fill up fast!

Okay - so now it really IS time for you to hop along...  you can hop forward to Helen, or you can hop backwards to Robbie... either way you will be happy to see the whole gang!!  I have been crafting up a storm... just not blogging up a storm... I will try to get some pictures up soon for you!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

ICS Blog hop - Introducing 2016-2018 In colors

Hello everyone - thanks for stopping by!  I have been out of this hop for a very long time, and I have missed this gang so much!  You are probably hopping over from Darla's website - I do love that girl, and boy can she create!  I hope I can show you a little inspiration love from the new In Color collection.

Personally, I am a fan of green and blue together, and this new in color combo - Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim are no exception! Also, since my life has been such a whirlwind lately, I thought a good old spinner card was in order!

Here is what I have for you tonight:

Much as my teenager (help me) believes...  yes, my world really does revolve around "u"...

It's always a bit tricky to catch in a photo, but after coloring the world here with my Emerald Envy and
Dapper Denim markers, I then colored over the ocean area with my Wink of Stella pen!

I hope you enjoyed my card for you tonight -  I will probably have a video for you soon on this technique, but in the meantime, I have recently added a fun gel card tutorial on my YouTube channel - you should come check it out!
Here are the materials I used to make this card:

Thanks for stopping by - be sure to continue the hop over to see what Deb has for you tonight by clicking on the Next button below!  And don't forget to pin these cards on your Pinterest boards - I am sure you will want to play with some of these designs!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Late in the day - but MOVIE MONDAY

Yay~  it may be late in the day, but it is still MONDAY!!  I taped this video a while ago, just didn't have time to let you know a little about it!  We made this card recently in a Stamp a Stack, and its simplicity and fabulocity (I know that is not REALLY a word, but I do have a stamp with that, and it really should be...), was very popular!!  This is a hostess set, meaning, you can only order it with "hostess rewards"...  if you have an order yourself for over $150, or if you would like to host an event with me - even a Facebook or virtual event, then you can even get this set for FREE~~  Check out this video!

Thanks for your patience!!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Movie Monday - Hydrangea Punch art card!

Hello!  Monday again!  I was away last week - visiting family in the great state of Texas, but I am back now and ready to craft!  I hardly did any stamping while I was away, and can't wait to get started.  I did manage to sneak time to send in a HUGE order from the new catalog, which should arrive TOMORROW (I love ya, tomorrow), so I should be creating all kinds of new stuff!!  But for today...yep!  Movie Monday.  I had many comments and questions about my hydrangea card posted here a few weeks ago, so I put together a video tutorial for you!  Hope you love it!

Grab your coffee and let's get started!!  If you receive this update in your email inbox, you will probably need to click on the title above to get you to YouTube to be able to watch it!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Yay!  I couldn't sleep last night.  I have to tell you that, because I thought it was so silly - but I couldn't sleep, because I knew that the new catalog would be up and running this morning!  There are so many things in there that I just LOVE, and I have been tweaking my order for the last month to get it ready (Stampin' Up! demonstrators get to see the catalogs a month early - and even order some of the stuff!!).  As ready as I thought I was with my order, last night at midnight I pulled it up and played with it some more!!  No, sadly, I did NOT get everything I want from this beauty - trying to pace myself - but I did get a bunch of fabulous items to play with... new colors, new paper, new stamps...

I probably won't sleep for a month now - the first week I will be anticipating that fun Brown truck (bless UPS), then I will be too excited to sleep with all of the creations dancing in my head!!

Would you like your very own copy??  Click here to email me, you can click HERE to see it online!!

Here are some of my favs!!

I have to run and make room in my craft room now!  Gonna be a BIG sale!  watch for details!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Movie Monday - Alternate Paper Pumpkin Projects!

Good morning and happy Monday...  How can it be happy, you ask??  Well, the new catalog comes out in a mere two days (see the countdown calendar on the right side of my blog page??)!  I am so excited for some of the new products to be available...  I have been attempting to cull my wish list, but it has been a challenge!

But on to Movie Monday!  Today I have a treat for you - a double feature!  The first video here is the May version of the Paper Pumpkin kits - cool, right?  Stampin' Up! makes a video each month to show us how to put our kits together!

The second video here is a lesson on how to make the two alternate projects I made this month with my Paper Pumpkin kit! I changed up some of the colors, but I did use the parts, so that counts, right?  Check out this video and please let me know what you think!  If you choose to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, selecting me as your demonstrator (and you can do that HERE), then each month I will mail you the parts you would need to make the alternate projects!  How cool is that!!?  Okay - off I go!  Grab a double-shot of coffee today for the double-header!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines -Lucky Leftovers!

Good morning!  Wednesday again, and time to HOP!!  Woohoo!  We are a happy circle, so if you just hop along you will be fine!  Robbie was the beginning, but if you started here, just hop forward to the name at the bottom of the post to do the whole circle!  Today I really wanted to make something using the brand new things from the new catalog- opening for orders on June 1!!  As demonstrators, we have the opportunity to get preview items to order so that we can start playing with them and making things to inspire you!

Here are today's inspiration photos and colors.

I wanted to use the new items, so here is what I did!!
I made this one first...

Here is a close up - I stamped with the new Swirly Bird stamp set, then used the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies to cut out some swirls to glue on top of the stamps... good news is... They Come In a BUNDLE, so you will be able to save 10% when you order them together! The sentiment on this set is from the new Love & Affection set!
Then, I had the larger outer swirl cut out of the Rose Red paper, and didn't need it for the first card, so I stamped a second card for it...  The splatter stamp is also in Swirly Bird!!  The sentiment is from the new Thoughtful Banners stamp set, and that bundles with the new Duet Banner Punch - and YES!!  They are also a bundle!!

 Here's the happy pair together!  Wouldn't this be great to tie together with ribbon and give to a friend?  Love it!
Now hop on to Helen and see what wonderful thing she has for you today!  Have a wonderful Mid-Week!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Movie Monday (Only on Tuesday) - Grunge and Botanicals!

Hello everyone!  I am sorry that I am a day late for you!  I set up my Movie Monday to publish on Monday, and I did it wrong - no surprise there, so you get a surprise video!!

Today's video shows you how to make a quick and artsy card using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, as well as the Botanicals...  I LOVE both of these sets, and know that you will too!  Most of what I use in this video is not retiring, although the colors are leaving us (booo!  I love Mossy Meadow!)... So if you love this card "as is", you need to quickly hop over to my store and get yourself some of these colors (paper, ink pads, and DON'T FORGET THE INK REFILLS - once they are gone, you will not be able to re-ink your pads!!) before they are gone for good!

Here's today's video (If you receive this blog post via email, you may need to click on the title of the post so that it sends you to the blog to be able to watch it)... Grab your coffee and let's get going!

I was obviously over-caffeinated when making this video, but you'll get the idea!  A bit nutty.

And here are the fabulous supplies I used in the making of this card:

See you very soon (like tomorrow with my blog hop card!!).  Have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines - Baby Dots!

Good morning!  Today is a happy Wednesday - it's gonna be a CRAZY day, but always exciting!  I am headed to Arizona from Chicago tonight (and I heard the TSA lines at the Chicago airport is making national news....) to watch my niece graduate from High School...  Amazing how time flies!  Why, I remember when she was just a baby... wait, baby... that's right... I was about to show you a hop card today!  Here were the inspiration photos and colors:
I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do here when I first saw the photo, but it definitely looks like a party of some kind... So, I did what I do when I am not sure what to make... I pull a sheet of each of the colors and see what speaks to me when I have them all together!  Today they reminded me of babies - not sure why!
Here is what I did for you:
I punched colored dots out of each of the colors, and glued them to the white cardstock.  I then embossed the white panel so that it would look like the dots were quilted right into the card.  I added a little pink ribbon that I then ruched and stuck down with tear and tape.  I also used this miracle tape for the sequin trim - you NEVER want to try to use liquid glue to stick down the sequins - it gets everywhere!! (ask me how I know!).  Be sure to hop forward to Helen and see what she has for you today!  Thanks for stopping by!
Here is what I used in this project:

Monday, May 16, 2016

Birthday Bash! And One Day Sale on EVERYTHING!!

Good morning!  Today is awesome!  I have to tell you ~ It's my Birthday, gonna party like it's my birthday!!  I love birthdays - I get up early and stay up until midnight so that I don't miss a minute!  Crazy, right?  I can't help it!  I get my very favorite cake from the world's best bakery (besides what my daughter Sarah makes for me, of course), which is their Carrot Cake.  It is capitalized because it really deserves that much respect and reverence.

So, a few exciting things - First of all, for 24 hours - from 12:01a.m. until 11:59p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, I am giving everyone who places an order through me 20% off of EVERYTHING!!  You can do this in one of two different ways...

 1) In order to get the 20% off, you must order online HERE and use Hostess code: 7UZVGJ7H

in which case I will Paypal you the 20% back (or send you a check if you don't use PayPal), as soon as I receive a confirmation of your order, 

OR,  2) If you are local, you can email me HERE and let me know what you want, and I will order it for you!  You are still responsible for your sales tax and shipping - can't control that!  I hope you will take advantage of my calorie/sugar high and do some serious shopping!  This includes all catalog merchandise that is currently available, to include regular priced items, retiring items, and even clearance rack stuff!  YAY!  Get shopping NOW!! 

Also, I hosted a Birthday Bash class, where we all had cake, punch, and of course, stamped!  It really had a party feel to it, and everyone went home with treats and goody bags!  (You have to love goody bags!).  We only made birthday cards at this event - and we made 12, so that everyone should be more stocked up...  I also gave a few pointers on what my PLAN is to get them into the mail on time!!  Be sure to stop back on Thursday for all of the photos and the scoop!

Movie Monday - Craft Hack on Tying Flat Knots!

Good morning and welcome to Movie Monday!  I wanted to give you a quick tip today, and they you should go out and enjoy some of this fabulous sunshine (you can craft when the sun sets!!)!  As always, I really appreciate you, and love that you are enjoying my videos!  Please be sure to subscribe to my video channel so that you never miss a single show!! 

Here are the items I used in this card:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines- Flowers in Blue

good morning, and welcome!  You may be popping over from Robbie - so glad to see you!  Today, in our weekly challenge, we had a great image that I must have been very excited about, because I used the colors and picture last week when I made my card... Then I realized that I had made the wrong week!!  So here is what we have:

And here is what I made for you:
Here is a close up of my "hydrangea" so you can see the color difference, and the the details with the colored pearls... wanna know how to get colored pearls??  Buy our normal ones and color with a Sharpie - Yep!  It is really that easy!!  And, if you get your Sharpie packs at Costco, you get just about every color, so this one was REALLY close to Mint Macaron!!

I managed to use every color in the challenge this week, but if I were to make this again, (and I just might), then I think I would add one more hydrangea and ink the edges in Wisteria Wonder!!  Then it would look like the ones that bloom in front of my house in the summer!  Details below on what I used to make this card!

Was it worth the wait?  I hope so!  Now please hop on to Helen and see what she has made this week for you!  Pop back by tomorrow to see what we have been doing in classes this week!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Movie Monday - Sneak Preview!! Spoiler Alert!!

Good morning!  Another weekend, and I am exhausted!  Mother's day is big around here!  As my Mother's Day gift each year, I ask that my family help me clean out the garage...  Things get out of place over the long winter, and this is a great summer kick off... by making it my gift, I don't catch too much flak for it, AND, since my kids work hard to help me, they have a bit more "skin in the game" so to speak, and so they are more likely to keep it cleaner longer.  Works for me!

Today's Movie Monday is my sneak peek of what came in my Pre-order box.  That is right!  When you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you get to order selected items from the new catalog early.  This gives us an opportunity to make samples and prepare exciting new classes for you for when the catalog period opens for you - our customers!  You don't have to teach in order to be a demo, however... you don't have to sell anything can just be your own customer!  There is no "start up cost"... You pick $125 worth of merchandise that you want (this can be current merchandise, clearance rack items, or, at this time of year, you can also pick from the brand new preorder items (if you are interested I can meet with you and share my catalog so you can see the cool stuff!) - I digressed... you pick $125 worth of merchandise, and you pay only $99 plus tax...You don't even pay for shipping on this first order...  After that, it is up to you - you can either continue to be my customer, and I will place orders for you, or you can place your own orders through yourself, and then you'd get 20% off!  Wanna hear more?  Click HERE or you can email me HERE!

In the meantime, grab your coffee and check out this video about all of the new stuff coming in this new catalog!

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