Saturday, December 8, 2018


Stampin' Up!'s brand new Occasions catalog products and the Sale-a-Bration promotion are just around the corner, and it's always such an exciting time!  I preordered a few things two days ago and expedited the order . . . just in case it decides to snow this weekend.  So far, the only new stamp set that I've worked with is the Sweetest Thing.  I think I know how it got its name because it (and the coordinating dies) are SUUHHHWWWEEEEEEEET!!!  You don't have to take my word for it, though.  Feast your eyes upon my first two cards with this bundle:

You'll be seeing more of this one from me, I'm sure.  It's just too fun.  See those cute white candies on the left side of card #1?  The dies cut and emboss in a single pass through the Big Shot.  If you're wondering why I colored the gummy bears on card #2 with three shades of brown, it's because they aren't gummy bears to me . . . they're Teddy Grahams.

It's not too late to ask Santa for some stampin' dollars for Christmas because you're going to want the Sweetest Thing bundle (and lots of other goodies) when January rolls around.  ;-)


Does it sometimes (or often) seem that you get excited about a product, purchase it, and then hide it in a drawer, basket, cabinet, etc.?  The last time I re-arranged my desk drawers, my box of Brusho Crystal Colour got pushed to the back where I couldn't see it.  That's not good!  When I needed to make some thank you cards recently, I was quite excited to spy those magical crystals and put them to use!  Oh so fun and oh so easy!

The same colors of crystals were used on these cards, and I love that none of them are identical.  I just sprinkled the crystals on the watercolor paper and then spritzed with water.  

After the paper dried, my Stamparatus® was quite handy for stamping the dragonfly image on the watercolor paper since I needed to re-ink and stamp the dragonfly at least three times to get a nice crisp image.  Because watercolor paper is often thick with a roughish texture, it's a good idea to plan to stamp your image(s) more than once.

On two of the cards, the sentiment has been stamped onto Vellum cardstock using Pacific Point water-based dye ink and Whisper White pigment ink. The stamped sentiments were cut with the Pretty Label punch.

Other Stampin' Up! products used to create these cards include:
Tin Type embossing folder
Dragonfly Dreams stamp set
Beautiful Bouquet stamp set
Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine
Silver & Pool Party Baker's Twine
Thick Whisper White Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock

If I can help you find any of these products in my online store, let me know.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2018


Since I shared my non-Stampin' Up! Christmas centerpiece in the previous post, I thought I'd share this little dilly that I whipped up on Sunday.  Notice his sparkly Swarovski crystals?  They look so nice in real life, and I wonder why I often forget to bring them out and use them.  I thought this was going to be a non-Stampin' Up! post, but I just remembered that the pretty snowflakes were cut with my Big Shot and three of the Snowfall Thinlits dies.  YES!  Thinlits dies can cut felt like butter.  I cry for you if you didn't purchase the Snowfall Thinlits while they were available last month because there are at least 10 different gorgeous snowflakes in that set, some leafy elements, a delicate flurry flourish, etc.  Anyway . . . check out this guy:

Most of the time when I visit my parents on Sunday, daddy watches the race while my mother and I help my sister with whatever she needs for her classroom.  It seems that our needle and thread projects get put on hold while school is in session, so you might imagine my surprise when my sister told me on Saturday to bring my wool and thread this past weekend.  Hmmm . . . I didn't have anything in particular ready to work on, so I just took some felt (not even wool) and all of my thread.  I really love my wool, but it was just easier to take lots of colors of felt in one small container without having to stir through all of my wool.  I even found a glittery white felt for the flurries and the snowy ground.  And so, by the end of the day, this snappy little flurry catcher was born.  He is actually Tammy Tutterow's Snow Many Buttons design but, since I didn't follow her pattern exactly or use any buttons, I personally refer to this piece as Catching Flurries.

Yes, I know that my snowman is missing a mouth, and my plan was to not give him one because I'm not that skilled at making same-size French knots.  I might re-consider, though.  Probably not.  

What shall I do with him?  I still need to trim the felt, but this piece will end up being approximately 6" x 7".  Shall I turn it into a large ornament to hang on the tree?  A small wall-hanging?  Attach it to a small decorative sled (if I can find one)?  Suggestions welcome!


Last year, I created (what I think) is a lovely decoration in my living room using a rustic metal tray and some mini pillows made by my sweet mother.  You can see that post HERE.  As my mind started thinking about Christmas, my plan was to take the remaining pillow covers that my mother had made and decorate them using Chalk Couture transfers and ink.  And then I remembered my little stash of cotton/muslin sacks that wouldn't require any sewing!  I present to you . . . the Christmas centerpiece for my coffee table:

I love it!  Know what else I love?  The fact that I could just as easily hang those sacks as ornaments on my tree (when I find a place to put it, that is).

I won't link all of the Chalk Couture products that I used because a couple of them are retired, but I'll list them:
Days Until Christmas (transfer)
Mini Holiday Icons (transfer)
Peace Joy Believe (transfer)
Mistletoe (transfer)
Snowflakes (transfer)
Happy Camper Add-On Winter (transfer)
Wise Men (transfer
Azure Chalkology Paste
Candy Apple Couture Ink
Shimmer Gold Couture Ink
Shimmer Silver Couture Ink
Eucalyptus Couture Ink
Morning Sky Chalkology Paste
Garden Herb Chalkology Paste

Note:  You'll notice that I used a combination of Couture Ink and Chalkology Paste.  Typically, you would prefer ink on fabric; however, since I do not plan to launder the sacks, it's all okay.  ;-)

Friday, November 23, 2018


Nearly EVERY product in Stampin' Up!'s current 2018-2019 catalog will be on sale (10% off) at some point from today through the 28th.  The Online Extravaganza is divided into three categories as follows:

Paper & Embellishments:  Nov 23-24
Stamps & Kits:  Nov 25-26
Tools & Ink:  Nov 27-28

Ready to shop?  Click HERE and then select the "Online Extravaganza" link in the left sidebar.  Don't forget to enter the current Hostess Code (if your order is under $150).  The current Hostess Code is:
E B K M 7 N Y Q

Thank you so much!!!  Happy shopping!

Sunday, November 18, 2018


I've been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber since the beginning, and the kit that I most look forward to each year is the one for November.  It NEVER disappoints!  My kit showed up in the mailbox yesterday, and today I have TEN Christmas cards ready to go!  And not just ten cards . . . they're ten really nice cards!  Just look at them:

They have tactile dimension, sparkly bling, and gorgeous Cherry Cobbler braided linen ribbon.  Of course, those festive plaids are very eye-catching and trendy.  The kit even included 10 quality envelopes, which just happen to be lined with a coordinating plaid design.

I can't decide if the photo is a bit blurry or if my eyes are having an off day, so I apologize if the photo isn't good.  Trust me, the cards are great and were quite fun to make!

Are you ready to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin?  Just CLICK HERE to get a fun project kit in your mailbox each month.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


My parents have a very handsome photo of my daddy in his Army uniform that I would love to share today, but he has said (more than once) that I don't have permission to post it.  Soooooooo . . . if you don't mind using your imagination . . . picture a young and slim Elvis with blonde hair and blue eyes wearing an Army uniform.  Isn't he handsome???

Upon being invited to speak to my sister's First Grade class about his service time in the military, daddy started gathering some things to show the class.  When my mother told me about some of the things, I begged her to tell him to not put those items away because I was pretty sure I've never seen them.  Daddy speaks with pride about his Army days, and I am proud of his service.  That's why I decided to send him this card for Veteran's Day:

Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include:
Stamp Sets:  Work of Art, Godspeed (retired), Wonderful Words (retired)
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Vellum
Ink:  Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, VersaMark
Sizzix:  Sparkle embossing folder
Accessories:  Gold embossing powder, Heat Tool, Sequins, Twine

Celebrate Veterans Today!!!

Friday, October 26, 2018


When I first saw Stampin' Up!'s Snowflake Showcase products, I told myself that I would not get any of them.  I had already purchased (what seems like) the entire Holiday catalog and, besides . . . we don't get nearly enough much snow in North Carolina.

But then . . . darn it all . . . I began to see so many gorgeous creations.

And today I could hardly get anything done because I kept watching for the UPS guy to bring my snowflakes!  I'm pretty sure I was one of his last stops, but at least those beauties arrived.

I don't know how others feel about so much black on a Christmas card, but I just knew (in my mind) that the Black Foil was going to look really nice with the snowflakes.  For this first creation using my new Snowfall Thinlits and the Snow is Glistening stamp set, I incorporated the following Stampin' Up! products:
Cardstock:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Specialty:  Sparkle Glimmer Paper, Black Foil Sheets, Champagne Foil Sheets, Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper
Ink:  VersaMark
Sizzix:  Tufted embossing folder
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals, 1" Circle punch, 1-1/4" Circle punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Whisper White organza ribbon, Silver & White twine, Heat Tool, Black embossing powder

If you're a Demonstrator who hasn't yet preordered any of the Snowflake Showcase products, I know that I shouldn't pass judgment but . . . what are you waiting for???  If you're a customer, set a reminder NOW so you won't forget to place your order on November 1st.  The Snowflake Showcase products will be available ONLY during the month of November and ONLY while supplies last.  Of course, I would really appreciate it if you place your order with me.

This (kinda small and hard to see) is the SNOWFLAKE SHOWCASE that will be available to order on November 1st:

Thursday, October 18, 2018


I was flattered the other night when my mother said that our cousin had called to request that I make a special card for her to give to her Pastor.  I didn't know about Pastor Appreciation Day but, after looking online, I learned that it was this past Sunday, October 14th.  I also learned that some celebrate Pastor Appreciation all during the month of October, so maybe this card won't be a late one after all.  Since time was of the essence, I was in a bit of a rush to get creative.  I couldn't think of any stamps in my room that were religious (other than Christmas or Easter) and, truth be told, I just didn't have available space on my countertop to break out one of the electronic cutters to cut a cross or something else religious that I still had no idea how I would use.  Soooooo . . . I decided to make a sweet card with a Fall theme.  Not just any card.  This would be one of my favorites . . . a Surprise Diorama card . . . with a floating die-cut leaf.

Now I ask you . . . how FUN would it be to receive this card?  Yes, I know that the photo isn't great, and it may be difficult to see that sparkly die-cut leaf that I cut from Stampin' Up!'s Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper.  That glimmer paper is so gorgeous, and it cuts like a dream.  When I first cut the two leaves (the solid one from Mint Macaron cardstock and the glimmery detailed leaf on top), I didn't think about sandwiching the oh, so thin fishing line between the two cuts, so I ended up cutting another detailed glimmery leaf to hide the attachment of the fishing line on the back of the leaf.  This also gave more weight/stability to the floating leaf.  The "Blessings" fabric ribbon is something that I found in my stash, and I adhered that small cut to a torn piece of Vellum cardstock so it wouldn't get lost on that (retired) Petals & Paisleys designer paper.  On the opposite panel, you'll notice that it doesn't look very well attached.  I had planned to leave it removeable so it would be easy for my cousin to write a note/sign the card, but I later decided to go ahead and adhere that layer since the card opens and lays almost flat.

The front of the card is a low-key "looks-nice-but-wait-until-you-see-the-inside" with a Vellum leafy stem (Mayflowers Framelits), glimmery leaf (Seasonal Layers Thinlits), Linen Thread, and "grateful" die-cut sentiment (Seasonal Frame Thinlits, retired).  You'll notice that the front of the card isn't as wide as the inside diorama panel, but it worked out beautifully that when the card is closed, you only see the pretty designer paper along the right edge and none of the oval-shaped window (Stitched Shapes Framelits) on that panel.  Stroke of luck for me but, if you make one of these cards, make sure that the window will be covered by the card front.  ;-)  My card base was 5.5" x 12", and I scored it at 3.5", 7.25", 7.75", and 11.5".

The card lays nearly flat (depending on the bulk of embellishments) for mailing.  In the above photo, you can see that as the card opens, the back panel pops up to reveal the fun 3D diorama design.

I'm ready to make more of these fun cards but . . . first . . . I need to walk this one to the mailbox.

Saturday, October 13, 2018


There's no time like the present to start playing catch-up on sharing photos of my class swaps.  I hate it when I get behind, but I just kept procrastinating taking photos of these lovely cards.  Why?  Because I would need to take two photos of each card, which meant double the amount of time to edit.  I know, I know . . . what a lame excuse!  So instead of taking the photos right away and gettin' the job done, I had these lovelies neatly stacked in front of my keyboard.  For two months.  

Our swap theme for August was the oh, so fun Vertical Stretch card, and I think my stampin' friends did a fantastic job!  And here they are [cue the drum roll]:

Aren't the swaps great?  The Vertical Stretch card is truly a fun one--and very easy to make!