Monthly Archive: March 2014

Happy Birthday!

Today is my birthday and when I walked downstairs this morning I was surprised by these beauties on the dining room table!


I’ve never been to Hawaii but feel for sure that if I were to go this is a glimpse of what I would see.  My hubby sure knows how to keep a secret because he had to have these hidden somewhere overnight!  Did I mention that I am blessed with an awesome husband?  He is my high school sweetheart and we were married when I was a mere nineteen years old!  Going on 33 years later I tell everyone it was the best dumb decision I every made – lol!  We are best friends that have grown up together and I thank God every day for Bruce.

Yesterday I created this card that I “cased” from Kristin.  I wanted to include it in today’s post because the colors and the floral design certainly coordinate with my real deal flowers – lol!

Sketch-2--2In honor of my birthday I would be happy to send a full color PDF with directions to make this card to anyone who leaves a comment on today’s post (non-scam only).

Wishing you all a happy day!


You Make Me Happy!

Sketch-2-4This has been one of those days – a day full of spinning my wheels and nothing seems to get accomplished.  Ever have one of those?  I did happen to finish this card for a bi-monthly sketch challenge I participate in.  The challenge called for a scalloped edge so I used the 3/4-inch circle punch and created the scallop by cutting 5 of the circles in half.

I also used a scrap of Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper and a stamp from the See Ya Later stamp set.  These are items available for FREE during Sale-a-Bration which ends on March 31.  If you want to stick your toe in and try Stampin’ Up! or add to your stash of paper crafting supplies now is the time to do it.  For more information click here.


Sale-a-Bration Ends on March 31!

Can you believe we only have 7 more days to take advantage of the Sale-a-Bration Sales Event?  Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products for every $50 you spend.  For all the details click here – Don’t miss out!

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New Weekly Deals Start Today!  March 25 – 31 Only!

Weekly Deals March 25

Glimmer Paper, Core’dinations 12 x 12 Cardstock and more!  Check out the latest batch of Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals in my on-line store.

 FREE Markers with My Paper Pumpkin until March 31!

New subscribers to My Paper Pumpkin receive a FREE set of In-Color Markers – but hurry this promotion ends March 31!  See more information here.

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Clearance Rack – Up to 80% Off While Supplies Last!

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See All Stampin’ Up! Product Arrivals in One Spot!

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FREE Markers with My Paper Pumpkin Subscription

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In my last blog post I shared the arrival of My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit in a video – see it here.  I had so much fun creating the cards below with my Welcome Kit!  All the supplies were included to create four awesome cards including envelopes – just added adhesive.

This card is copied from the design that came with the kit except for the Basic Rhinestone that I added to cover a little “oops”!


My Paper Pumpkin Kits are versatile. Stick with the plan or add some bits and pieces from your stash and create something totally different like I did with these cards.




The Details:  NEW Paper Pumpkin subscribers who sign up at My Paper Pumpkin between January 11 and March 31, 2014, will receive a FREE set of 2012-2014 In Color Stamplin’ Write Markers – a $14.95 value.

  • This special offer is only valid for new subscribers
  • Customers must sign up at My Paper Pumpkin
  • The markers will be sent with the subscriber’s Welcome Kit.  No coupon code is required.  Anyone who signs up for a Paper Pumpkin membership during the promotion dates will get a set of 2012-2014 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers.

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DON’T MISS OUT!  Only 14 days left to take advantage of some BIG specials with Stampin’ Up!

Free Markers with My Paper Pumpkin Subscription Ends March 31

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Earn a FREE Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration exclusive product for every $50 you spend during Sale-A-Bration.  ENDS MARCH 31.  Get information here.

New Weekly Deals Start Today!  March 18 – 24 Only!

Weekly Deals 3-18-14Check out the latest batch of Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals in my on-line store.

Clearance Rack up to 80% Off While Supplies Last!

Clearance Rack BlitzSave up to 80% while supplies last.  Check it out here.

Seasonal Style Class!

Class kits for the March Seasonal Style Classes are assembled and ready to go!  I look forward to class day every month.  It’s a time to get together, relax and get our “craft” on.  Some of us are seasoned paper crafters and some of us are just beginners but we all have a great time.  There’s a lot of chatting, some snacking and a whole lot of stamping!

We meet every month to create 3 to 4 trendy projects.  All tools and consumable supplies are provided to recreate class samples.  Couldn’t be any easier – just show up and escape with some craft therapy for a few hours!  If you live in the Kansas City area and want to join us next month email me for more information:

Here’s a sneak peak at what we’ll be creating.


Fancy Foil


Yesterday I participated in a challenge to create a card based on a sketch and this little beauty is what I came up with!  I’ve been hanging on to the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum and Gold Foil Sheets from the Occasions Catalog trying to come up with a “worthy” project.  I went all out and used the Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape and the gold Mini Metallic Clothespins.  This card has “bling” written all over it!

Do you hoard paper that you don’t end up using because a project worthy of it’s loveliness never comes along?  I do it all the time so I appreciated the challenge to step out of my comfort zone and use these fancy papers.


Stamp Set: Too Kind 130447 (W), 130450 (C)

Ink:  Jet Black StazOn Ink 101406

Paper:  Whisper White 100730, Fancy Foil Designer Vellum Gold 133363, Foil Sheets Gold 132622,

Accessories:  Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape 133000, Mini Metallic Clothespins 133320, Linen Thread 104199, Labels Collection Framelits 125598

Spring is on it’s Way!

It was 75 degrees here yesterday and although the temp dropped drastically and we had a little sleet last night the warm weather and sunshine just renewed my hope that Spring is coming!

Easter is about a month away and I’m getting anxious to pull out all my bunny decor and put away the snowmen!  I’m also thinking about Easter cards.  I didn’t send out a lot of Christmas cards (shame on me) but just might be able to pull off touching base with family and friends with an Easter card.

This card I created would be a sinch to mass produce.  I used Pool Party card stock for the base layered with Whisper White card stock.  The stamp sets are Too Kind and Delightful Dozen and the ink used was Pool Party, Pacific Point and Old Olive.  I was able to easily line up the floral stamp images using my Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Sometimes the simple, clean cards are my favorites.  If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you!

Happy Easter

Paper:  Pool Party 122924, Whisper White 100730

Stamp Sets:  Too Kind 130447 (W) 130450 (C), Delightful Dozen 128547 (W) 122652 (C)

Ink:  Pool Party 126982, Pacific Point 126951, Old Olive 126953

Accessories:  Stamp-a-ma-jig 101049

You Make Me Happy!

You Make Me Happy 4

I’m sharing a card I made today for someone special (shhhh, don’t tell her until I get it in the mail).  I made it using the See Ya Later stamp set featured on page 16 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

The base of the card is made with an 11 x 4-1/4 inch piece of Crisp Cantaloupe card stock that I scored at 2-3/4 and 5-1/2 then folded. I adhered a 2-1/2 x 4 inch piece of Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper to the front of the card.

I stamped the greeting with Island Indigo ink on to Whisper White card stock and then cut it out using the Labels Collection Framelits and my Big Shot.  I stamped the greeting again with Crisp Cantaloupe ink and cut out the “Happy” with snips making a banner and attaching it to the label with Dimensionals.  I attached the label to another label cut from Daffodil Delight card stock.

I tied a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine that I colored with a Crisp Cantaloupe Stampin’ Write marker around the card front making a bow.  Finally I attached the layered labels onto the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamps:  See Ya Later 133533 (W) 133536 (C)

Ink:  Island Indigo 126986, Crisp Cantaloupe 131176

Cardstock:  Crisp Cantaloupe 131298, Daffodil Delight 119683, Whisper White 100730, Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper 132994

Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits 125598, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine 113439, Whisper White Baker’s Twine 124262, Stampin Dimensionals 104430, Stampin’ Write Markers 131260

‘m sharing with you one of my swap cards for Leadership.

I made it using the Perfect Pennants stamp set featured on page 27 of the Occasions Catalog.

The base of the card measures 11 x 4-1/4 and I scored it at 2-3/4 and 5-1/2 to form the card base.

I stamped the greeting with Real Red Ink  and stamped it on a piece of  Whisper White card stock and then cut it out with the Label Collection Framelits.  I stamped the image again with Coastal  Cabana and I cut the “a” out with the 1/2 Circle Punch. I added it with a Stampin Dimensional.

Here’s a video on how to make the Perfect Pennants Card.

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Oscar or Felix?


Planning for the March Seasonal Style Class and this is my work space!  I am a hot mess when I create. No matter how organized I try to be this is what I end up with.  Notice the TV remote right smack in the middle?  I like a little noise while I’m working and this is the time to catch up on my shows – the DVR is smokin’ today!  How about you?  Are you an Oscar or a Felix while you craft?

You’re Too Kind

I created this 3×3 card and slipped it in February’s Seasonal Style Class packets to show my thanks and appreciation to all the gals who attended.  I used the Too Kind stamp set with Crisp Cantaloupe card stock and Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper.  The cute little bow was made using Whisper White Baker’s Twine that I “painted” with a Crisp Cantaloupe Stampin’ Write marker.

You're Too Kind


Stamps:  Too Kind #130447 (W) #130450 (C)

Ink:  StazOn Jet Black #101406

Paper:  Crisp Cantaloupe #13128, Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper #133521 (Free with $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase)

Accessories:  1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch #119854, Whisper White Baker’s Twine #124262, Stampin’ Write Markers #131260

My Digital Studio to the Rescue!

Yesterday my inbox held a message telling me that my cloud is almost full.  What’s up with that?  Could be that I’ve been using my phone for photo storage since 2010!  Guess it’s time to get my digital house in order. I tend to be a bit obsessive when it comes to organization so after I’ve researched my options adnauseam I’ll let you know what I come up with.  If you have a system that works I would love to hear about it so please leave a comment below.

In the mean time I decided to get some of those photos off the phone and onto the page.  I created the two pages below using Stampin’ Up’s My Digital Studio.  I used one of the designer templates in the software, rearranged a few things and added my photos to make this two page spread.


Cruise Page-001 Cruise Page-002

The MDS design software and digital downloads create just about anything you can dream up including photo book pages, cards, invites and home decor. Stampin’ Up! offers a free 30 day trial that you can download and start creating immediately.  Get all the info here.


My Digital Studio Free Trial #130910

My Digital Studio CD #130647

My Digital Studio Digital Download #130646