Monthly Archives: January 2015

Let’s Dry Emboss!

If you like the look of dry embossing, this week’s deals are for you!  Our Texture Boutique machine and 6 of our popular Embossing Folders are on sale this week!

Check them out:

Weekly Deals - Jan 27

The Texture Boutique machine will meet all your dry embossing needs and doesn’t take up hardly any room at all!!  And the price can’t be beat!

If I were at home this week, I would do a video to show you how easy it is, but I am at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference right now,  I promise, though, to make a video when I get home!!

To order these (as well as other amazing products), head over to my Stampin’ Up! Store.

Paper Pumpkin – Filled with Love

I got my January Paper Pumpkin kit last week and put it together today – so much fun!!  All the pieces were die-cut; I just stamped the hearts, filled the bags with some conversation hearts that I picked up at Walmart, and assembled.  Now I have 24 treats to share with friends (some who I haven’t met yet!).  If you want one and if you are in San Antonio, come to my February class and I’ll give you one!  If you want to know more about My Paper Pumpkin, click HERE.

Filled with Love

See how easy it is to make these:

Painted Petals Designer Paper

I LOVE the new Painted Petals Designer Series Paper and I even showed you a project a week or so ago where I put one whole sheet in a purchased frame.

Yesterday, my friend Patty Bennett showed how to use that same full sheet to make 6 cards.  Why didn’t I think of that??  So I very quickly made 6 beautiful thank you cards!

Painted Petals Cards1

If you wanted, you could “gussy” them up with the butterfly die-cut, too.

Painted Petals Cards2

Either way, they are all gorgeous and I like that they are flat so that they don’t require extra postage.  To make, cut 3/4″ off the top and bottom edges of the 12×12 paper, cut the remainder into 2 strips, each 5-1/4″ x 12″, and cut each strip into 3 4″ x 5-1/4″ pieces.  Layer onto folded 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ cardstock bases.  You could even wrap up the 6 cards with envelopes to make a thoughful gift!

Here are some of the supplies I used – let me know if you have any questions!


I Like Your Face

Every month, I like to send a hand-stamped card to the top 20 in sales for my Stampin’ Up! group.  I’m a little behind because I hadn’t done the top 20 in December yet, so yesterday I took care of that!  I made this card and loved it, but I didn’t have enough of the Coastal Cabana card stock to make 20:

I Like Your Face - Coastal Cabana

So I used a different accent color (Calypso Coral) and made some from that color:

I Like Your Face - Calypso Coral

Both cards used the same neutral card base (Sahara Sand) and the same Designer Paper, but by changing the color of the Blendabilities and cardstock mats, they look so different!

My favorite part, though, is that the Designer Paper and ribbons can be had for FREE during our Sale-A-Bration!   In fact, some of the Blendabilities can also be free (one free product with each $50 purchase).

Here are some of the supplies I used:

Stock up on Baker’s Twine

Even when space is at a premium, you still have room for a few packs of colorful Baker’s Twine, right?  You can use it in in cardmaking, paper crafting, string art, and so many more ways!  Don’t believe me?  Check out all the projects on Pinterest using Baker’s Twine!  And it is a bonus when it is on sale!  This week, Stampin’ Up! has 8 Weekly Deals and 3 of them are Baker’s Twine ($2.21 down from $2.95).  Check them out!  Click on the picture to go directly to my Stampin’ Up! store.

Weekly Deals - Jan 20

Quick & Easy Thank You Cards

On my to-do list this weekend was to make some thank you cards.  I like to send a thank you card to everyone that orders, especially online orders and my stash was getting low.  So, I was trying to decide what to make when I had a brilliant idea – use a card kit!  So I grabbed my Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit and whipped up these cards in no time at all!

Thank You Cards

This kit has all the supplies needed to make 20 cards: card bases, envelopes, stickers, Stampin’ Dimensionals, twine, mini paperclips, stamp set and clear block, and even a mini ink pad!!   Click on the link below to order your’s!


Stamping Event – FUN!

Yesterday, I attended an all-day stamping event that was put on by some members of my team.  Yesterday, I showed you the swap card that made and today I want to share the swaps I traded for as well as the projects we made and the demonstration projects.

When we arrived, we were given a huge bag of supplies that we used to create 12 projects.  And we had lots of paper, ribbon, etc, leftover to take home.  Even the HEB bag that our supplies were in was cute!

Projects and Gifts

It looks like everyone was having a great time:


Here are some of the demonstration displays around the room:

PL5 Valentines2 Butterflies2 Birthdays3

And the swap cards that I traded for:


I wish I had taken more pictures – of the people, the projects, the food…. I was just so busy creating these amazing projects and visiting with my stamping friends, that I totally flaked out!!

If this looks like something that you might enjoy doing, let me know!



I’m Off to Stamp!


I’m off to a full day of stamping and hanging out with my demonstrator friends!  Swapping is optional and I wasn’t going to do it but at the last minute (translation: late yesterday), I decided it is more fun to be swapping than not swapping.  So I made 20 – how cute!  I’ll share more tomorrow about the day, but in the meantime, here are some of the supplies I used for these cards.  You can shop for these any so much more at my Stampin’ Up! store.


January Virtual Stamp Club

Finally got the videos made for my January Virtual Stamp Club.  These are the projects I planned:

Birthday Ballloon - Celebrate Wood You Be Mine Valentine Treats

If you are a member of my Virtual Club, when you place your order this month, you will get lifetime access to a secret webpage that includes the photograph, list of supplies used, and a video of me making each project.  If you are not a Virtual Club member yet, check out the details HERE and let me know if you have any questions.  Placing a small order each month allows you to build your stamping supplies collection slowly.

Butterfly Basics

Yesterday, I shared a project using the new Butterfly thinlit die and today I wanted to share 2 cards that my friend and teammate, Lori, made using the thinlit AND the coordinating stamp set.  First, who wouldn’t LOVE to get this card?  The stamp set is available as wood-mount, clear-mount, or photopolymer.

Butterfly Basics - Sending Wishes


Pretty as a Picture

Stampin’ Up!’s Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (137784) is so pretty that it is shown in the catalog framed.

Framed Art

Well, I figured, why not take it a step further and decorate a painter’s tray-style frame?

Flower Picture

I added some die-cut butterflies from our new Butterflies Thinlits Dies (137360).  It took me a few tries to figure out the correct “sandwich” in my Big Shot.  I finally ended up with the Magnetic platform, shim, cutting pad, cardstock, 2 layers of waxed paper, and another cutting pad.  Then I ran it through the Big Shot 3 times.  The cardstock popped right out and I could shake out most of the little spaces, using a paper-piercing tool to push the rest out.  The waxed paper came off pretty easily, too.  I like this method better the dryer sheet method some people are using.  (plus I had waxed paper handy and I didn’t have any non-scented dryer sheets).


Exciting Day – New Mattress!

Most RVs come with a so-so mattress.

Original Mattress

Well, I decided that I have spent way too many hours on a so-so mattress and I deserve an amazing mattress!  So this week, I went and bought one!

New Mattress

I didn’t think that I would like a memory foam because I heard that they hold in heat and I like to sleep on the cool side.  And I learned that an air-based mattress (e.g., Sleep Number) wouldn’t work for me because I am a single on a queen mattress and they are divided down the middle.  So I went with conventional: a Simmons Beautyrest Recharge – a coiled mattress, but with mine, the coils are wrapped separately.  It also has gel to keep it cool.  And extra firm, please!  Can’t wait to get to try it out!

Made up Bed