Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Blog Candy Giveaway!

Hey friends!  I'm full of Christmas spirit today and feel like sharing!  I have this awesome Lucky Stars embossing folder to give away!

How can you win it?  It's easy!  Just enter your email address in the "Subscribe via Email" box you see on the right.  Don't worry - I won't spam you!  (You will get an email whenever I post a new blog post, so you'll never miss an update.)  Then leave me a comment below with your favorite Holiday song.  That's it!  You have until Friday, December 11th at noon (CST) to enter.

Good luck and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Beautiful Baptism Card

It seems like FOREVER since I've last embossed something.  This beautiful baptism card was the perfect project to add a little metallic elegance to using my heat tool!

This card is for a little girl named Rose, so I thought it only fitting that I add some roses to it.  These roses are from a ribbon that is retired, but I had a few left.  They were originally vanilla, but I spritzed them using rubbing alcohol, a bit of Blushing Bride reinker, and a Stampin' Spritzer.  I love how they turned out!

The stamp set I used is called Crosses of Hope and is now retired.  I just love this set so much that I hate to give it up!

Stampin' Supplies Used:

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Advent Calendar

I spent Black Friday crafting with my mom and sister, followed by wine tasting at a local winery. Mom and I made coconut lavendar sugar scrub and my sister and I also made these adorable Advent calendars.  (I saw the idea on Janet Wakeland's Facebook page.) 

The original project used the Oh, What Fun Tags project kit.  That was our original plan as well, but I forgot to order an extra kit, so we ended up recreating the tags from scratch.  Since Stampin' Up!'s products coordinate so well, it was a breeze!

Inside each of my packages is a different flavor of tea.  I though it would be the perfect way to relax each evening during this busy, busy time of year.

Stampin' Supplies used:

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Oh, What Fun Tag Class - Also Available by Mail!

Join me for a fun class to make these gorgeous gift tags, just in time for your holiday gift wrapping!  If you are unable to attend, I am offering this class by mail, and I am also offering a special 20% discount for anyone who purchases the kit and stamp set together by December 14th!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Baby Gift Box

We're having a baby shower at work today for one of my coworkers.  He and his wife just welcomed a new little girl into the world a couple of weeks ago.  I got to be in charge of the gift wrapping!  (If you're wondering what is inside the box, it's a handmade rosary personalized with her name, and a matching bracelet.)

A few of the products used in this project are retired, but some of them are still available on the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack.  The Extra Large Gift Boxes are just $1.59 for a pack of three, and the Lullaby DSP is on sale for $4.39!  You could definitely substitute any Designer Series Paper or stamp set to create your own adorable gift box.  Good options would be the Sweet Li'l Things DSP and the Sweet Li'l One stamp set.  

Stampin' Supplies Used:

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Monday, October 19, 2015

15% Off Stamp Sale October 19-23!

I can't believe it!  Stampin' Up! has all stamps on sale for 15% off for just a few days. This rarely happens, so check it out and get your stamps ordered!

  • Dates: October 19-23, 2015
  • Host stamp sets, rotary stamps, and supply list stamp sets are not eligible for the 15 percent promotional discount on stamps.
  • Bundles are not eligible for this promotional discount, but they will retain their current 15 percent Bundle & Save discount. The stamp set from the bundle may still be purchased ala carte with the 15 percent promotional discount.
  • Stamps purchased using a 50 percent Stampin' Rewards discount will not be available for this 15 percent promotional discount. Stamps purchased using Stampin' Rewards discounts will still be 50 percent off retail value of the stamp set.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
  • There is no limit to how many discounted stamp sets can be placed on an order.
  • There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion.
  • Order Deadlines:
  • Phone: October 23, 2015 by 6:50 PM (MT).
  • Online: October 23, 2015 by 11:55 PM (MT).

Friday, October 9, 2015

Extra Stampin' Rewards October 9 - November 9!

Now through November 9th, earn an extra 3% in Stampin' Rewards when you host a $300 party!  Don't want to host?  Take a few orders from your friends and combine them to equal $300.  It's easy peasy and so worth it!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Nutty Notecards Class - Now Available by Mail!

Want to make these adorable note cards with envelopes and a matching gift box?  Join me on October 19th for this fun class!

I will also be offering this class by mail for those of you who aren't local!  Registration deadline is October 9th for both options.  Both options include the following Stampin' Up! products for you to keep:
  • Acorny Thank You Stamp Set
  • Acorn Punch
  • Into the Woods Designer Series Paper

Register today!  (Please specify the comments whether you will be attending at my studio or would like the class by mail.)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

To You & Yours Christmas Shaker Cards Class

Put an end to generic holiday cards! Shake up your holiday season with handmade Christmas cards!

Join me for an evening out creating handmade Christmas shaker cards. Supplies are included in the class fee, and each class attendee will get to make 18 cards.
Spread the holiday joy and invite your friends to join us. Space is limited so make sure to reserve your spot today. Click here to register: 

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Don't miss out!

If this date doesn't work, no worries! Let me know what days are available on your calendar, and we can book a class with your friends and family on a day that works for you. Contact me today to book your own shaker card class.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NEW! - Classes at Rock Creek Cottage

I am now offering monthly classes at Rock Creek Cottage in Caryville, Wisconsin!  Join me for my first one on Friday, October 2, 2015.  We will be making this adorable witch hat!

Interested?  Register now!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Holiday Catalog ordering starts TODAY! Earn a FREE class!

It's finally here!  Today is the day that everyone can order from the new Holiday Catalog!

Place your order with me this week and you will earn yourself a free Coffee & Cards class for every $50 spent!  Don't forget to check out the Weekly Deals for great savings on amazing items!

Now that you've seen the Holiday catalog, and you want it ALL, consider purchasing the Starter Kit!  It's the best deal that Stampin' Up! offers!  It's completely customizable (anything you want in the catalog!).  Plus, you are getting $25 in free items, free shipping, and a discount on all future orders!  Read all the details here and contact me if you have any questions.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, Fall!

Although it's still August, we've been having cooler weather here in Wisconsin.  It's really got me feeling in the fall mood, as you can tell by this card!  I really love summer, but fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year.  There's nothing better than cool nights with bonfires, sweatshirts, and the changing leaves!  Speaking of leaves, the Vintage Leaves stamp set is one of my new favorites!  It has a matching set of Framelits, so I can see myself using it for so many projects - cards, scrapbook pages, and gift packaging!

Do you spy a new embossing folder?  It's one of the amazing new products available in the Holiday catalog that starts September 1st.  If you haven't gotten your copy yet, message me and I will get one to you!

Stampin' Supplies Used:

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Witching Dècor Class

It's hard to believe that summer is quickly coming to a close and soon it will be of the best times of year.  I just love the cool nights, the changing of the leaves, and of course, my favorite holiday - Halloween!  I'm really excited to share this new kit with you in preparation for Halloween.  I hope you can join me for my newest class where we are going to create this beautiful witch hat!

Witching Dècor Class
Monday, September 21st, 2015
6 pm

Please register by September 12, 2015.  You can now register directly from my website using the button below!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Giveaway and 50% Off Deal!

If you haven't tried Paper Pumpkin yet, now is the perfect time!  Use the code HALFOFF to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included). Offer is valid for new subscribers only.  

Guess what else?  I'm giving away two of these past Paper Pumpkin kits on my Facebook page!  Click here to find out how you can win!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Watercolor Wishes - 20 Amazing Cards in 60 minutes!

I get asked a lot where I come up with my creative ideas.  The honest truth is, I lay awake in bed many nights with a million ideas running through my mind.  Last night was one of those nights.  It's hard to sleep when you just want to make pretty things!  To cure my creative itch, I turned to my Watercolor Wishes card kit that Mr. Brown just delivered.  I'm telling you, this kit is amazing!  The cards are super cute and it comes with everything you need, including the stamp set, ink spots and even a clear block.  The best part, though, is that I literally made all 20 cards (with envelopes) in only one hour!

This is one of my display boards (well, actually, they are old crib springs) in my craft studio.  I'm updating the display samples and I thought these looked perfect!  Want to see close-ups of the finished product?  Take a look at these photos:

Aren't they pretty?  I followed the examples in the enclosed instructions exactly, but one of the things I love about Stampin' Up!'s kits is that you can mix and match and customize and make these however you want.  I would love to see what you come up with!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Heartfelt Sympathy Card

As a stamper, one of the most difficult things for me is having to make a sympathy card at the last minute.  I also go through a lot more sympathy cards than many other occasions, so it seems like I'm always out of them when I need them.  How many of you can relate?

Today's card is one that I made for a friend who lost a family member this week.  This stamp set was instantly one of my favorites in the new catalog.  I just love how the sentiments are so beautiful, and how they are just begging to be heat embossed.

I hope I've inspired you to create something beautiful today!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Free Envelope Punch Board Tutorial

Hi stampers!

Today I'd like to share one of the projects that we did at my recent Envelope Punch Board class.  I got this awesome idea from Laura Haffke.

You will need:

  • Envelope Punch Board
  • Stampin' Trimmer
  • 1 piece of Designer Series Paper cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • 1 piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Scalloped Circle Punch, Petite Pennant Builder Punch
  • Stampin' Dimensionals



Score the long side of the piece of Whisper White cardstock at 1 1/2".  Fold and apply glue to small flap.  Adhere Designer Series Paper on top, keeping Whisper White cardstock in position shown below.  (Only the top 1 1/2" will be adhered, but all edges of both sheets will line up, as a regular card does).


Line up the long side of your card to the 1" mark on your Envelope Punch Board.  Punch (press hard, as you are going through 2 layers of paper).

 Flip paper over and rotate 90 degrees.  Line up paper at 1" mark and punch again.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 with opposite side of paper to create the 2nd ear.

Use corner rounder tool to round bottom edges of card.

Use circle punches to create owl's eyes, the Petite Pennant Builder Punch to create beak (trim off the top to make it shorter) and the Scalloped Circle Punch (cut in half) for the wings.  (Tip: Use just a small strip of glue to adhere wing edges and you will have a gift card holder!)

Interested in more ideas for the Envelope Punch Board?  Purchase one from my online store and I will send you three FREE PDF tutorials!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Curvy Keepsake Coffee Mug Card

A few weeks ago I offered a Curvy Keepsake and Berry Basket class featuring the Curvy Keepsake Thinlits die and the Berry Basket die.  We made the cutest projects!  Today I'd like to share one of them with you.

This card used the Curvy Keepsake die to make the adorable coffee cup.  Want to make it for yourself?  Simply use the die to cut out the box, and then use your Stampin' Trimmer or paper snips to cut along the lines shown in the diagram below (I borrowed this diagram from Vicky Hayes' blog, which you can see here).

 Super easy, huh?  I'd love for you to give it a try!