Monday, March 19, 2018

It's Officially Spring... Tomorrow!

Hey there, stamping enthusiasts!

Happy Monday!  May the week ahead be a great one as we celebrate the official arrival of the Spring Equinox... tomorrow, March 20th.  

In honor of Spring's arrival, I've got a special card for you, which would be perfect to send to anyone who is D.O.N.E. with winter!
Unfortunately, I don't think spring-like weather is on our horizon, though, as it is supposed to be quite cold and rainy here this week.  But we'll take the rain, as it is desperately needed.

I don't use Wisteria Wonder card stock or ink very much, but I thought it was the perfect color for this card that features the Lots of Lavender stamp set, which is one of the free Sale-a-bration sets you can choose with a $50 purchase.

I used the beautiful Layered Leaves embossing folder (143704, $9.00, p. 211 of the annual catalog) to emboss the front panel of the card.  The lavender bouquet is stamped on a Whisper White panel that I cut out with the Lots of Labels Framelits (138281, $27.00. p. 214).  I stamped the outline image with Basic Gray Archival Ink, then filled in the color with Wisteria Wonder and Lemon Lime Twist ink pads.  I colored the bow with a Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write marker.

The saying "hello spring" is from the Hello Easter stamp set on page 39 of the Occasions catalog.  I stamped it in Basic Gray Archival ink and used the Duet Banner Punch (141483, $18.00, p. 206)  to punch it out.  

I'm sorry to say that the ribbon I used is now discontinued, but some of the Metallic Edge Ribbon in white (144213, $7.00, p. 199) would look beautiful as well. 

Don't forget to add some color and fun to the inside of the card as well.  It makes a nice surprise when the card is opened!

For those of you who may be wondering.... our daughter has had her second surgery and is now at a rehab center in Sacramento where she will be working to gain mobility.  She can now get out of bed on her own... a big milestone!  Next she'll need to learn how to hop on one leg while holding on to a walker.  She'll also be using crutches. She cannot put weight on her injured leg for 8 weeks... ugh!

Have a great week everyone!  And if you should be lucky enough to see the sun... enjoy every minute of it!
Hugs to all,

Monday, March 12, 2018

The cards we'd rather not make...

Hello stamping friends!

March is flying by and Sale-a-bration will soon be over!  Now's the time to stock up on card stock, ribbon, DSP, and other consumable supplies like adhesives.  Get a freebie for purchasing things you'll need in the months ahead.  The March Host Code is 2X9DKBDC.
If you use this code when placing an online order of $50 or more (before tax and shipping)  not only will you get a free Sale-a-bration item, but you'll also get a refund check from me for 17% off your merchandise total, in celebration of my 17th anniversary as a Stampin'Up! demonstrator.

Today I've got a sympathy card for you.  These are the cards we are never excited about making, and yet sympathy cards are probably the most important cards we send.  They convey our love and care to grieving people, and that matters.

This is a gatefold card which opens in the center.  It is held closed with a band that wraps around the card.  To open the card, just slide off the band.

We made this card at a recent class that I teach for an organization I'm a member of.  Since I'm not allowed to sell product at these classes, I often use discontinued products.  Everything I used for this card is current, except for the stamp set.  The stamp set is called So Sorry.  I'm sorry I don't know the year of the catalog it was in.  I'm pretty sure there are some of these sets for sale on ebay, should you want to purchase one.  

The DSP panels on the front of the card are from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper at the top of page 188 of the annual catalog.  The card stock base of the card is Peekaboo Peach  The ink colors are Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, and Basic Black.  I used the Layering Circles Framelit Dies (top of page 214) to cut the Whisper White circle and the scalloped circle mat for the sentiment.  Be sure to use a strong adhesive such as Tear & Tape (p. 202) to hold the band and sentiment together.  You wouldn't want the band to fall apart as it is being slid off the card.

Hope all is well with all of you!  Things are crazy here, as our daughter broke her leg and is in the hospital.  One surgery has been completed, but in about a week she'll have a second surgery to put her leg and knee back together again with metal plates and screws.
Meanwhile, Oma and Opa are caring for the girls (ages 4 and 6) so their dad can go to work.  It's quite a challenge, to say the least.

May the week ahead be a good one for you!
Hugs to all,

Monday, March 5, 2018

Spring is Just Around the Corner!

Hey there, stampers!

It is almost spring... just 14 more days after today and it will arrive.
Are you ready?  We've had some nice rain the last several days, but today is bright and sunny.  The daffodils have long since bloomed, the almond orchards have popped with white blossoms and the flowering plums are covered in pink, so it seems like spring has sprung here, but probably not in the colder Northwest where many of you live.  If you are still having cold rainy days, hang on because spring and warmer temperatures are on their way!

Here's my "Ode to Spring" in card form.  This is one of the projects we made at a recent event and I think it would be perfect for a spring birthday...

The top photo shows the card closed and the bottom one shows the card opened.  This is a very fun and easy type of card to make... a Z-fold card.  

You start with half of an  8 1/2 by 11 piece of card stock (cut it at 5 1/2).  Score it at 2  1/8 and 4 1/4.  The focal panel that you stamp on is 3 inches by 4 inches and the colored mat behind it is 3 1/4 by 4 1/4.

The skinny panel under the stamped panel (it is yellow in this example) measures 1 7/8 by 5 1/4.

The inside panel is 3 inches by 4 inches.  

Now that we have the measurement out of the way, here are the details on the supplies I used:

Stamp set, including the sentiment, Paint Play, p. 161 of the annual catalog
Card base, Powder Pink card stock
Contrasting skinny panel, So Saffron card stock, embossed with the new Petal Pair embossing folder on page 23 of the Occasions catalog.
Mat for stamped panel, Flirty Flamingo
Ink colors:  Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron, Soft Suede, and Old Olive
Ribbon, Powder Pink 1/2 inch Finely Woven Ribbon (bottom of page 198 in the annual catalog)
Scalloped Oval, Layering Oval Dies, top of page 214 in the annual catalog.
Punched piece for sentiment is the Pretty Label Punch on page 207 of the annual catalog.

I'm hoping that you'll get out some stamps, ink, and paper and make a few bright and springy birthday cards for those upcoming March, April, and May birthdays.  And even if the weather isn't spring-like, a card like this can bring a breath of springtime to a winter-weary soul.  

Make the week ahead a good one by setting aside some time to be creative.  You'll be happier if you take a "time-out" to play!

Don't forget my March Special.... 17% off your online order of $50 or more when using this Host Code 2X9DKBDC.

Hugs to all,

Monday, February 26, 2018

Bubbling Over

Hey there stampers!

Happy Monday and welcome to a new post.  Hope you all had a fun and/or productive weekend. Sometimes it is good to dig in and get tasks done!  I don't know about you, but I don't like things hanging over my head.  I would just rather jump in and get things done and that's exactly what I did this weekend.  Now I can say that my business taxes are finished!  Yay!  It is such a feeling of accomplishment to have tackled that task and to have it done!

Today I have a bright and fun card for you that just says "summer" to me.  I apologize for the way it looks a little washed out, thanks to the flash on my camera.  I really need to take a photography class or something.  In reality, the card is quite a bit more vivid.  Take a look.

This set is perfect for "guy" cards, especially if the guy in question enjoys a beer every now and then.  Of course this card features a soda bottle, as I've never seen beer in that particular shade of green, have you? So if you use the soda bottle option, then this make a great set for teens as well. You can see the Bubble Over stamp set on page 32 of the Occasions catalog and the matching framelits are also on the same page.  

What makes this set even more fun is that there is matching Designer Series Paper that you can earn for FREE with a $50 purchase.  Check page 13 of the Sale-a-bration brochure to see this bright paper.  There's not a flower in sight... just bubbles, dots, stripes, bottles, and other patterns that are not the least bit feminine.
I know we all struggle sometimes with cards for men and cards for teenagers, so this set might work when you need such a card.

Make the week ahead a great one!  February will be over before you know it!  The February Host Code is H4E4W9HY.  Of course it goes without saying that I would love for you to place an order.
I appreciate you, my wonderful customers more than you know!  

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hey, Friend!

Hello out there! 

When you look out your window, do you see snow this morning?  If so, lucky you!  It can be a pajama day for you!  I'm thinking that for my retired friends and those who don't work outside their homes, every day can be a pajama day, but not every day is filled with the beauty of SNOW!  So enjoy every minute of the day if you are lucky enough to be surrounded by snow.

Here in Woodland, California it is sunny, with an expected high of 54.  We are excited to see that there is rain in the forecast for Thursday and Friday.  We are desperate for rain!

I've got a fun card for you today, using one of my favorite In-Colors.... Berry Burst.  Have a look and then I'll tell you more about it...

The base of the card is Whisper White card stock, with an added panel of Berry Burst card stock on top of it.  I embossed the Berry Burst panel with the beautiful Layered Leaves embossing folder.  It is one of the Dynamic Textured Impressions folders, which means it is thicker and more detailed than the regular embossing folders.
(#143704, $9.00, p. 211)

The stamp set is Orange Blossom, (#143765, $17.00, p. 175).  This is one of those sets you might overlook, but if you are paying attention, you can see that it is an extremely versatile set because it has both images and sentiments.   In my opinion, this is the best kind of set there is!

The ink colors are Berry Burst, Basic Black, and Lemon Lime Twist.  The ribbon is the 1/4 inch Ombre ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist (#144234, $7.00, p. 198) and the circles were cut with the Layering Circles Framelits, (#141705, $35.00, p. 214).  While you might be thinking that $35 is a lot to pay for the circle dies, they are much cheaper than purchasing punches.  You get 16 different circle dies, some smooth and some are scalloped around the edge.  Most of the punches are $15-$18 so at that rate, 16 circle punches would cost between $240 and $288 and you'd need a lot of space to store them.

Tomorrow is a big milestone for me in my Stampin'Up! journey... my 17th anniversary as a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator.  I have an awesome special I'm offering... $17 extra dollars to anyone who holds a party-in-a-box, submits a "catalog party, " or an order of $150 or more.  I'm still hoping that someone will take me up on this very generous offer.  Being a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator has been a great blessing in my life.  I've earned some amazing trips and been places I wouldn't have been able to visit on my own.  So I'm very grateful to all of you, my wonderful customers. Thank you for 17 years of fun and friendship!

May the week ahead be filled with good things!
Hugs to all,

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sneak Peek of a New Sale-a-bration Bundle!!!

Good news, Stampers!

The new Sale-a-bration items are almost here!  They can be added to your order of $50 or $100 beginning on Friday, February 16th and they'll be available until the end of Sale-a-bration on March 31st.

I was able to pre-order the very beautiful Blossoming Basket Bundle, which is free with a $100 purchase.  In this bundle you get the Blossoming Basket stamp set and a Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder in a basket weave pattern.  The Dynamic Textured Impressions folders are thicker and produce a more deeply embossed pattern than the regular embossing folders.  When using this type of folder, you use the regular embossing platform for the Big Shot, but you only use one clear plate, not two.  

Here is the card I made using the new stamp set and embossing folder...

As usual, my photograph doesn't do the actual card justice.  There's a bit too much light reflecting off the card.  In real life, the colors are more vibrant.  I used a brayer to add Sahara Sand ink right onto the inside of the embossing folder before sending it through the Big Shot.  It's an easy technique, but looks so amazing.  People will ask, "How did you do that?"

I used my new Blends alcohol markers to color the basket and flowers and it didn't take long at all.  The color flows on quickly and smoothly and the results look professional.  Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can.  My coloring skills are not up to snuff but these markers make it so very easy!  The best thing is, you can buy the markers individually, so you can get just the colors you want.  Check out the full offering of Blends markers on page 51 of the Occasions catalog.  There is a light and a dark shade of each color, with a total of 11 colors available. For this card I used the light shade of Old Olive and both the light and dark shades of Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight.  Add one or two of these markers to your next order and give them a try.  I think you'll love them as much as I do. And at $4.50 each, they won't break the bank.  Note:  You must use Memento ink when coloring with the Blends alcohol markers.  Otherwise, the ink will run.   

Got your Valentines done?  There's still time to make a few for your nearest and dearest friends and relatives.  And as the song says, "What the world needs now, is love, sweet love.  It's the only thing that there's just too little of."  This is more true now than ever, so do your part to spread some love around and make this world a better, happier, more loving place.  

Don't forget the February Host code  H4E4W9HY.  Please use this code when placing your online orders of any amount.  If your order is $50 or more, you will get your name added to my 50-50 board, and also have your name entered into the February Host Code Drawing which will take place on Feb. 28th.  Plus you'll get to pick a FREE Sale-a-bration item from the Sale-a-bration brochure.  When placing an online order of $150 or more, do not use the host code.  Then you will receive host benefits on your order.

Make the week ahead a good one!  To make a good week even better, take a little time to be creative with stamps, ink, and paper.  
Love what you do, share what you love!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Love at First Sight

Hello and happy Monday!

Do you ever see a stamp set and just instantly know that you've got to have it?  It happens to me more than I'd like to admit!  When I was at the OnStage event in Salt Lake City last November and the new Occasions catalog was unveiled, the minute I saw the Petal Palette stamp set, I knew I just had to have it. 

Here are the reasons why this is my favorite stamp set and coordinating product suite (Petal Passion Suite) in the Occasions catalog:

1.  I love the images and the way they look softly sketched.  There are no hard, crisp lines anywhere... just soft-looking leaves and flowers.

2.  There's a bird!  And what a sweet little bird he is!  I'm not sure what kind of bird this is supposed to be, but I think it's fun to color him any colors you like.  He's an imaginary bird, so color him blue or purple or yellow or maybe a little of each.

3.  There are some great sayings in this set...for example "I just love you." and "Life is so much better with you in it."

4.  Did I mention the amazing font?  I love the way the font mixes a curvy upper- and lower-case script with very simple upper-case printing.  Take a look on page 23 of your Occasions catalog and you'll see what I mean.  

5.  The coordinating Designer Paper is done in black and very sophisticated and so fun to color!  

6.  There's a coordinating set of Thinlets to make cutting out the images as simple as pie.  (Don't know where that expression came from... in my book there's nothing simple about making a pie, but I digress).

7.  The Petal Pair embossing folders are amazing!  You get two skinny embossing folders, perfect for adding texture to your Petal Palette cards.

OK... after all that I guess it's time to show you a card I made with this great set...

I used a piece of Whisper White card stock for the base.  Next I cut a panel of Pool Party card stock and a smaller panel of the Petal Passion DSP. After adhering them together,  I wrapped the two panels with two pieces of Baker's Twine... one of Basic Black and two of Pool Party before adhering the two panels to the card base.  I cut a circle of Whisper White card stock using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and adhered it over the Baker's Twine with a couple of Dimensionals.  Then I stamped the flowers in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, cut them out with the matching framelit, and colored them with my Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers.  I used both the light and dark shades of Pool Party and the light shade of Old Olive.  To finish, I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Start to finish, you can make this card in under 10 minutes.  Note that there are no lumps or bumps of any kind on this card, making it perfect to slide into an envelope and mail with assurance that it will arrive intact, something you cannot be sure of if you are adding embellishments such as pearls, rhinestones, or even a ribbon bow.  It is best to use a bubble mailer if your card has elaborate embellishments.

You and your friends could make this pretty card at your Stampin' Party-in-a-Box.  I'll send you everything you need, except for the blocks and stamp pads.  Just let me know you'd like to host and we can put our heads together and decide what kinds of cards you'd like to make.  Please email me at  I'd be happy to help you order the supplies to make today's card and I'm just an email away!

May the week ahead be a happy one and remember, stamping is cheaper than therapy, and a whole LOT more fun!  So, in case of emergency, get out some stamps, ink, and paper and stamp the winter "blahs" away.

Before I go, the February Host Code is H4E4W9HY   Use this code when placing an online order of less than $150.  You will then be entered to win a host stamp set of your choice at the end of the month. Don't forget that Sale-a-bration is in full swing and that NEW products are coming! 

Blessings to all,