Monthly Archive: September 2014

Frightful Wreath and DYI Wreath Stand




Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit

We’re entering that Bootiful time of the year when I like to pull out my Halloween decorations.  This wreath was assembled in about 30 minutes using Stampin’ Up!’s Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit and the coordinating stamp set Frightful Wreath.  I love the bling of the beaded spider – so cute!  The 17″ wreath is perfect for hanging on a door, window or a mirror but I wanted to place it on my entry table and after seeing this pin on Pinterest I decided to get my power tool self on and assemble my own wreath stand.

The materials for the wreath stand are simple and inexpensive.  I found everything I needed at Hobby Lobby or in our garage and probably invested less than $5 .  Here are the materials needed:



5/8″ Dowel Rod

5″ x 5″ Wooden Base

1″ Wooden Doohickey for the top of the stand

Extra-Strength Adhesive

Small Flat Head Screw (not shown)

Small Cup Hook (not shown)

Flat Black Spray Paint (not shown)



First I cut the dowel rod 20-inches long using a small saw.  Then I drilled a hole in the base to place the dowel rod. ( I would recommend a drill bit the same size as your dowel but since we didn’t have a 5/8″ bit mine was slightly larger than the rod.)   Next I  placed the adhesive into the drilled hole and set the dowel into it.  The topper doohickey was glued on at this time as well.  After letting the adhesive dry overnight, to give the stand a little more stability, I decided to drill a flat head screw through the bottom of the base.  If your drill bit is the same diameter as your dowel this step is probably not necessary.  After spray painting the stand flat black and letting it dry completely  I added a small cup hook to hang the wreath on.


Without counting drying time it probably took me about an hour to assemble the wreath stand.  I’m really happy with the results and it was so easy to make I’m thinking maybe a gold one for Christmas decorating is in order!

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September My Paper Pumpkin, Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack

September My Paper Pumpkin

I know I say this every month, but this month’s My Paper Pumpkin Kit is AWESOME!  It’s always a great day when that little orange box is waiting for me in the mailbox!  Although we previewed the September kit at Convention this year I still had a lot of fun tearing open the box when it arrived!


Here are my completed treat bags.  Aren’t they adorable?  I’m one of those moms who still loves to surprise her adult children with Halloween treats so I will probably  fill these with some candy and slip in a gift card.



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This quick video from Stampin’ Up! demonstrates how to assemble the treat bags.  Hope I can produce such quality video when I grow up – lol!!!

 Weekly Deals September 23 thru September 29

Weekly Deals

To find out more information or to purchase any item on the Weekly Deal list click on the item below:

Grateful Card




Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back so it must be that time of year again!  Don’t you love the colors of Fall?  I’m drawn to the full, rich autumnal yellows, reds and oranges.  I created this card with that in mind using the deep brown of Early Espresso as a base and layering with some of the new In-Colors; Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Mossy Meadow.  The stamp set I used was Gratitude for Days from the Holiday Catalog.  Here’s a video tutorial for the card:

Weekly Deals – September 16 thru September 22

Love the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals the last few weeks!   I’ve added several punches to my collection already and will be ordering the Sweetheart Punch this week for sure.  For more information about each Weekly Deal product click on the product image below.


• Gold 1/8″ Ribbon $3.71
• Happy Hour $22.46
• Label Card Thinlits Die $24.71
• Sweetheart Punch $11.96
• Tangerine Tango Baker’s Twine $2.21
• Essentials Wooden Elements $3.71
• Write Stuff II Digital Kit – Digital Download $5.97
• Yippee-Skippee! Wood-mount Stamp Set $14.21

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Memory Keeping with Stampin’ Up!


I would like to introduce you to the newest member of our family . . . (drum roll). . .  Ladies and Gentlemen please meet my newest grandson, Riley!


Isn’t he about the cutest little thing you every did see!  I am now the proud Grandma to two adorable boys and it is the best ever!  Here’s my other little favorite guy, Sam.


Love these two!  Each visit with these precious boys along with their parents is sweet and leaves fond memories.  Of course we take tons of photos when we’re together but those photos rarely get printed and into an album to enjoy.

In comes Jenny!  Jenny is a new gal to my Stampin’ Style classes who wanted to make traditional scrapbook pages instead of cards.  I had so much fun making these samples for her to create!  The process has helped me to determine (again!) to record our family memories.  I’ve already uploaded and ordered photos from Riley’s first day in the world to put on these pages – perfect timing.  Thanks Jenny!

Scrapbook-Page(Thanks to fellow Demonstrator Kay Kalthoff for her layout that I borrowed and made my own.)


Another, quicker memory keeping method which I will probably turn to for help in catching up on those piles of photos, is Project Life by Stampin’ Up!  I started an album when Project Life by Stampin’ Up! debuted this Spring.  See that blog post HERE.  I’m working with the Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection right now but can’t wait to start using the Seasonal Snapshot Card Collection for the holidays.  And, shhh, don’t tell anyone, but there is a certain daughter and daughter-in-law who will be receiving the Little Moments Project Life Card Collection and Playground Project Life Card Collection for Christmas!

Here’s a video showing just how quick and easy Project Life by Stampin’ Up! is to use.  The video showcases the Love Story Project Life Card Collection and Accessory Pack.  Gotta Love It!!!!

Goodbye Summer, Hello Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!



We just celebrated Labor Day which to some is the official end of Summer.  No better way to get over the end-of-summer blues than to start planning for the next season!  Although it was EXTREMELY hot here in Kansas City this weekend, I started pulling out all my fun Fall decorations and putting them out.  That process got me motivated to do a bit of freshening up and deep cleaning.  No more worrying about the “pop in” because, for today at least,  my house is guest ready!

Another reason to smile about the loss of Summer?  The 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog went live on August 28th!  It is chock full of great stuff to make your holiday gatherings, greetings and decorating awesome!  Follow the link in the side bar of this post to view a full-color PDF copy of the catalog.  If you would like to get your hands on a paper copy I would be happy to send you one.  Just email your request to me:



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