Monthly Archives: September 2014

Hamburger Box Die & Daily Deals

Every week, Stampin’ Up! offers several products on sale, and I LOVE that the Hamburger Box die is on sale this week – regularly $42.95, this week for $32.21!!!  Here are some ideas using it.  See that big box in the front?  I used a folded-over piece of cardstock in the die to make the box super-sized!  I will be making a video showing how next week, so be sure to order your die this week while it is on sale!

Hamburger Boxes

Here is everything on sale this week:

Weekly Deals - Sept 23-30

To order these or anything else, just head on over to my Stampin’ Up! store.




12 Weeks of Christmas!!

bigstock-Christmas-Smiling-4037116There is just one week until I begin my annual 12 Weeks of Christmas program!  Each week, starting October 1st, you will receive, as my gift to you, a FREE holiday project idea that you can make. You will get a photo of the finished project, a list of product used to make it, as well as instructions for assembly if needed.  Some will be cards, some will be holiday gifts, some will be wrapping ideas.  This is totally free as a holiday gift to you and a thank you for being on my mailing list.  But you MUST be on my mailing list.  If you are not on my mailing list by October 1st, you will not receive all 12 weeks of the program.  To sign up for my mailing list, just enter your name and e-mail address in the boxes to the right and click the Submit button.  Easy!

The RV Crafting Studio Revealed

As I explained in previous posts, I converted the bunkhouse of my new fifth wheel RV into a crafting space.  I officially moved into the RV (I call it my tiny house) about a week ago, and have pretty much organized the space for working.  Someday I will tidy up more and take more pictures, but I thought you might like to see how you can organize your crafting, stamping, and even sewing supplies in a very small space.  Here is the view from the door.  To the left is a set of 4 Elfa drawer units with one solid top.  The top is about 3-feet square and I can even craft standing up there.

Studio - Office

Office space.  There is less space on this side than the other and so far the only desk “chair” that will fit is the bar stool, but it works OK and I am reminded by my back to take frequent breaks!  I have everything an office needs: a computer, big monitor, printer, file cabinet, and even an e-cutter!

Studio - Office desk

The other side of the studio is for crafting.  There are organizers for stamp pads and punches, and even a setup for taking videos.  My original chair didn’t fit well in the space, but found a bungee chair at the Container Store that I like and it fits much better.

Studio - Crafting desk

Elfa drawers hold lots of supplies: tools, papers, ribbon, and much much more.  I’m still trying to get those organized but will share more later.  I like that the drawers have labels but the space is so tight that I can’t see them very well, so I will have to come up with a better labeling system.

Studio - Elfa1 Studio - Elfa2

And what kind of stamper would I be if I didn’t have the perfect place to store my stamps?  This DVD media shelf holds well over 100 stamp sets in a very small space.

Studio - stamps

So, what do you think so far?

Getting Organized

When I started this journey, I sold, gave away, and tossed lots and lots of things that I didn’t think I would have room for in the new RV.  I might have been a bit quick on some of it, though, so now I recently found myself shopping again!

Instead of using the Color Caddy (104335) sold by Stampin’ Up!, I knew that I wanted my ink pads to be against the wall and I found a wonderful website that has lots of storage options.  What I love most about is that all the products are designed and built by an engineer and they are extremely well made.  I ordered the 48-count Combo Ink Pad, Re-Inker, and Marker organizer, a Punch organizer that will hold more than 40 lock-down punches, and a Blendabilities organizer.  Once I get them, I will give them a coat of black paint and place them on the right and left sides of my crafting desk.  I will share photos with you!  In the meantime, this is what I ordered:

StampNStorage order

If you get yourself one of these punch organizers, you will be interested in this week’s Stampin’ Up! Deals – There are 3 punches on sale this week!!  Check it out at my Stampin’ Up! store!

Weekly Deals Sept 9-15

Almost moved in!

RV Doc5

After making my craft studio mods and spending hours thinning out my belongings, I am almost ready to move in full-time!  The RV had to go into the shop this week to fix some little problems but it came home last night and I am about ready to actually sleep there!  And craft there, too!  Most of my supplies are already over there and my fingers are getting itchy to do some stamping!

Clay Ornaments

Don’t you love making your own Christmas ornaments?  They can be used to decorate a tree, of course, but you can also use them to decorate packages.  Imagine a loaf of your special cranberry bread, wrapped in a ribbon with a cute ornament hanging off it?  Whether you live in an RV full-time, a house, or an apartment, I bet you still like to give gifts at the holidays!

Simply Pressed Clay Ornament

Every week, on Tuesday, Stampin’ Up! puts some items on special, just for a week, and this week, one of those items is our Simply Pressed Clay!!

Check out how easy is is to make this ornament:

Here are the items mentioned in the video.  You may already have something else that will work for you, but if you don’t, just click the item number below for more details.  Also be sure to check out the Weekly Deals – you can also get some flower & button molds to use your clay in, as well as some re-inkers if you want to tint your clay beforehand – all  on sale!

Silicone Craft Sheet (127853)
Simply Pressed Clay (130865)
Brayer (102395)
Embossing Buddy (103083)
Paper Snips (103579)
Linen Thread (104199)
Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon (135840)
Basic Pearls (119247)
Simply Scored Stylus (125624)
Cookie Cutter

Let me know if you need any help.  Hey, I just had an idea – wouldn’t it be fun to have a class and make these?  Email me if you think so, too!


Frightful Spider!

I got one of the Frightful Wreath kits from our new Holiday catalog and started putting it together last night.  I’m not finished with the wreath yet, but I had to share with you the beautiful beaded spider that I made!


Just about everything to  make the wreath, including the spider is included in the kit.  You only need to add supplies that you probably have around the house: scissors, hot glue gun, etc.

And look!  Stampin’ Up! created a video walking you through the steps!

To order your Frightful Wreath (135866), click HERE.