Monday, September 30, 2013

12 Weeks of Christmas coming soon....

Starting this week I will be posting projects for my  "12 Weeks of Christmas" program.  Each week I will feature a new Christmas Project for you to enjoy.  However, I will not be posting details or measurements on my blog.  Instead I have put together a special file with instructions and color photos for each of the 12 projects.  This file will be exclusive to my blog subscribers only.  Subscribers will receive a special e-mail with a copy of the 12 Weeks of Christmas PDF file.  It's a special thank you.

Subscribe to my blog today and get daily updates and receive your copy of the "12 Weeks of Christmas".

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Simply Sketched Card Kit To Go Available

Simply Sketched Technique Card Kit - Painter's Tape Technique
  • Card kit includes everything you need to make these 4 cards
  • Includes all pre-stamped and pre-cut pieces
  • Envelopes are included 
  • Die cut pieces and embossed layers included
  • Painter's Tape and Adhesive not included
  • You have 3 choices:  cards with greetings as shown, cards with only Birthday greeting or cards with no greeting.
  • $22.00 includes shipping and pay pal fees.  Click on "Buy Now" button to order.  (only shipping within the U.S.)
  • Details can be found under the "Card Kits To Go" tab.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder Storage

I first saw this idea to store embossing folders on Pinterest.  I didn't have the template, but then I realized I could use one of the templates from one of my classes.  I made one of these a few months back to store cards.  I altered the template a little to make the box more sturdy to hold the embossing folders.  It works great.  I love this paper, I have accents of this paper all over my craft room...  this fits right in.  You can follow me on Pinterest and see what other goodies I have pinned.

I will have the tutorial for this up on my blog soon...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tutorials For Sale

NEW Tutorials available for purchase.  Tutorials contain step-by-step instructions and color photos.  Tutorials will be e-mailed to you as an Adobe PDF File.  Go to the "Tutorials 4 Sale" tab for more details.

Greeting Card Box
T-Light Holder

Monday, September 23, 2013

Painter's Tape Technique..

This was my first try at the "Painter's Tape Technique".  I made these cards for a demonstrators meeting we had on Friday.  Well now I am officially obsessed with this technique.  It is so simple and the color combinations are endless!!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stampin' Up! Holiday Plate Decorations...

A few years ago I introduced these "Plate Decorations" as one of my class projects.  It was at least 4 years ago when we made this and every month at my class we would make a different circle to represent an upcoming holiday.  I look back at these and I still enjoy them and display them in my craft room.  I may need to bring this project back next year.  Enjoy and hope this inspires you!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Updated Stamping Classes

Monthly Stamping Classes (6:30-9:00pm)

Friday, October 11

Friday, November 1

Stamp-A-Stack Classes (6:30 - 8:00pm)

Friday, September 27

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


I created this card as one of the projects for my September Stamping Class.   The card came out so cute and I love the color combo of Soft Suede and Pool Party so much that it inspired me to make a candle using the same DSP, colors and stamp set.  I display it proudly in my craft room...  It's great when an idea just comes to you.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Stampin' Up! Class Projects - September

These are the projects from my September stamping class.  I especially love the way the BOO Banner turned out...  I was inspired by one of the demo's who made one like this at the Fall Fest event.

BOO BANNER:  Stampin' Up! Top Note Die Cut, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie card stock, Retired Bat Punch, Witches' Brew DSP, Web and Pokka Dots Embossing Folders.


GRATITUDE CARD:  Stampin' Up! Day of Gratitude stamp set, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla card stock, So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake classic ink.

LEAF FOR YOU CARD:  Stampin' Up! Elements of Style and Falling Leaves stamp sets, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla card stock, Soft Suede, Pool Party classic ink, Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon, Postage Stamp punch.


FLORETS BIRTHDAY CARD:  Stampin' Up! Fabulous Florets and Whimsical Words stamp sets, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, White and Old Olive card stock, Rich Razzleberry classic ink.

HALLOWEEN NUGGET BOX:  Stampin' Up! Wicked Cool and It’s a Wrap Holiday stamp sets, Matchbox Die Cut, web embossing folder, Witches Brew DSP, 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon, Pear Pizazz and Basic Black classic ink.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Preparing for my Stampin' Up! Class

I always get asked about how I prep for my classes.  This is a picture of my craft room as I get ready for the girls to arrive.  As you can see they each have a basket in front of their setting.  Everyone gets a basket with a different project and everything you need to make that project is in the basket... stamps, ribbon, card stock, ink pads, etc.  Then when they are done with one basket, I rotate and give them a new one.  This keeps the class moving and no one has to wait for supplies.

These are the baskets with some of tonight's projects.  This basket holds a "BOO" Halloween banner for decoration.  I will post pictures of the class projects later.

This basket has one of the Fall cards we are making tonight.

I like to give everyone that comes to my class a little treat.  You can see the gifts are all ready for them at their place settings.  This month I made cute little candle T-light flowers.


You must have chocolate at a stamping class... it's a must!  Some of the projects tonight are Halloween themed so I had a last minute brainstorm to make Tombstones to go on the tables as centerpieces.  I put one at each end and filled them with candy.

NEW Clearance Products...

Stampin' Up! just restocked the Clearance Rack with many more RETIRED items. Don't miss out on fabulous deals on punches, dies, card stock, stamps, ink pads, embellishments, etc.   Products are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Order on-line now while your favorites are still in stock.

click to see NEW CLEARANCE RACK Products

click to see ALL CLEARANCE RACK Products

Friday, September 13, 2013

Organizing Tips.. Stampin' Up! Cardstock

This is how I keep my 8 1/2 x 11 Stampin' Up! Cardstock organized.  I bought this paper rack from a local craft store that was going out of business.  I've had it for over 10 years and I love it... I like that it's compact and stores my cardstock vertically.  I stack the cardstock according to the Stampin' Up! color families.  You can see the little strips I have with the colors and names.  I created the strips in MDS and laminated.


I know that most crafters are challenged on how to store their paper scraps. I like to put my scraps in a hanging pendaflex file.  I have a hanging file for each color and I just put the scraps in their folder.  It makes it easy to check for scraps when I need a particular color.  I do not keep the really small pieces, it's not worth it because they get damaged and wrinkled.  I also put these in the color families in the same order.  I bought this crate at Staples.

I like to have White cardstock as my first file since I use so much white for my cards and projects.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

More From Fall Fest Event

I'm so happy to share more great samples from my Fall Fest Stamping Event.  These Inkredible girls are so talented!!  I LOVE these bows!  These amazing Angels and Bows were made by Annette Stewart using the Stampin' Up! Gift Bow Bigz L Die Cut (129977).  Click here to view in my Stampin' Up! Website

Every table at Fall Fest was decorated with its own unique banner.  They were all different and beautiful.  They were held together with a mason jar at each end.  Very cute and clever idea!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Big Shot Magnetic Platform is here...

I'm so excited that the the Big Shot Magnetic Platform will be available for purchase again starting Thursday, September 12.  This is such a great tool that makes using your framelits so easy and so precise.  It's a must have!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Class Sneak Peak..

More sneak peaks at what I'm planning for my class projects this Friday...

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Fall Fest Stampin' Up! Event

Yesterday we had our 2013 Fall Fest event.  This is an event that is open to all the demonstrators in my Stampin' Up! group.  It was so much fun and so inspiring.  We had a WOW Swap, regular card swaps, make and takes, tons of displays, door prizes and lots of brainstorming on ideas and best practices.

This is my WOW swap - a T-light Box using Stampin' Up! White Frost Specialty DSP.  The sold cardstock used was either Bermuda Bay or Island Indigo. 


For the meeting swap I made a Sunburst card using Stampin' Up! Modern Medley 12x12 DSP.

These are some of the other WOW Swaps from my friend Laura Davis and Lilly Ruiz.  Laura made this awesome origami box using Stampin' Up! Modern Medley DSP.  And Lilly made this gorgeous ornament using Stampin' Up! White Frost Specialty DSP.