Monday, June 8, 2015

Weekly Deals!

Today is the LAST DAY to take advantage of these great deals! Please let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance planning an order.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm off to make some wonderful manly products to sell at my very first vendor fair!

Have a creative day!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

A Little Break...

I've taken a little break this week to spend some extra time with my children. I took my daughter shopping for a new dress & this was her first time actually trying clothes on in the fitting room! She had soo much fun, I'm sure she's looking forward to the next time we get to do this!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you had a great week...I know I did!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

May Mixer Projects!

Tomorrow, my favorite Scentsy consultant & I are having a May Mixer event! We will mix margaritas & mix scents together to make new scents & we will mix stamping with something other than paper!
I can't wait to show all the ladies how to make these awesome projects! If you're in Central Florida & want to come by on Sunday, the event starts at noon...just let me know to expect you!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!
P.S. If you are unable to attend the event, you can purchase these items in my Etsy store later in a few days!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


The very first time I saw the new Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog, I knew I had to try something different than what was 'expected' with this awesome set!
Then my Upline posted a pic of an upside-down ice cream cone...asking if anyone had tried it yet, I knew what I was going to do!
This design went through many changes in my head before I even started working on it...& then a few more changes once I had the supplies in front of me!
The 'Seriously' stamp is one of my favorites from my many Paper Pumpkin kits!
I LOVE my exclusive stamps that come in my kit every month...even if they are a surprise!
If you don't know about Paper Pumpkin Monthly Kits, they're ON SALE right now too! Enter SAVE50 in the Promo space when you subscribe & you will get your first 2 months at 50% off! (Offer expires June 10, 2015)
These colors are way more amazing in person! I used 2 of the New In Colors that are coming soon...Mint Macaron & Watermelon Wonder, along with a classic - Chocolate Chip!
(I'm sorry my pictures are soo dark...I really need to work on a better set-up for my photos.)
Having a baby in the NICU & almost needing to use the services that the Ronald McDonald House Charities offer, I always support them when I can! Stampin' Up! gives $3 of each Sprinkles of Life stamp set purchased directly to RMHC!
Bonus: you get an awesome stamp set too create beautiful this with!
(Here's my little man last year when he was just 1 day old!
He's almost 14 months old now!!)
If you need a supply list for this project, just let me know!
(I will try to get it up soon, but I'm too excited to do that right now...I just wanna share this card!)
Please remember to use Hostess Code BVWMRZKC when you place your order.
The New In Colors, Sprinkles of Life and the coordinating punch are only available to Demonstrators right now, but I'd love to have you Join My Team & get yours in your Starter Kit! (Contact me if you have any questions!)
Thanks for stopping by & checking out my project today!
Comments, feedback & suggestions are always welcome in the comments!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Rainy Day Friends With Flair!

 Happy Friends with Flair Friday!
Just a little 6x8 canvas that I did last night...
...with 3D acrylic rain drops! 
...& I painted the stamped image after I heat embossed it!  
But her hair is by far my favorite part...a copper Sharpie!!!!! 
Hope you enjoyed this project! Please ask any questions you may have!!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Graduation Challenge! #TGIFC03

 Just a quick Graduation card for the #TGIFC03 Challenge this week!
I had no one to send Graduation cards to this year, so I hadn't made any in a while... I wanted to do something classic this design was born!
(I love it soo much that I may make a few for my first vendor event in June...even though most graduations will be past by then...maybe someone will want one for next year or someone they forgot to send a card to!?!)
I used a Gold Glimmer Brad, but I dipped it in Versamark ink, embossed it with gold embossing powder & then dipped it in the gold glitter while it was still warm!
Gotta love the SHIMMER!!!!!
I also hand-made the tassel with white Baker's Twine. Very difficult to do with such a teeny tiny tassel, but soooooo worth the work! (I will find an easier way to make these if I decide to do more than just a handful of them...) 
 This close-up is just to show the glitter (top stripe) vs the glimmer paper (bottom stripe & stars). I did burnish the glitter into some Sookwang tape...I think that helps it look a little nicer & it doesn't get caught on everything & fall off as easily.
Supply list is below. Be sure to ask if you have any questions!
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Also, don't forget that there are new Weekly Deals that started yesterday!
Hostess Code is BVWMRZKC!
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I hope everyone had a creative Hump Day! I know I did...I can't wait to share what else I've been working on today!!!
Thanks for stopping by! Visit again soon!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Feature!

Happy Monday everyone! 
With Memorial Day quickly approaching, I wanted to share a few cards I made recently using the For Your Country stamp set. I'm soo glad this set has made it into the new annual catalog! (If you haven't gotten on my list for your very own copy, let me know!)

I have plenty more ideas for this stamp set...hopefully I can get some more done soon & I will share them when I do! Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy these cards! 
If you are local & would like to come make some of these for yourself, you can join me at any of my Open Studio events or for the Patriotic Class on June 2nd. You can find all the details HERE! Please RSVP & let me know what you're interested in making so that I am ready for you!
(Supply lists are below each design or you can buy them pre-made on my Etsy store too!)
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(If you're looking for the pre-made cards in my Etsy store or class information on my calendar & you're not seeing them, drop me a line & let me know!)
Thank you all for stopping by today! Please leave me a little note to let me know how you like the cards or anything you would like to see on my blog!
Make it a creative week!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A New Challenge!!!!! #TGIFC02 this was totally LAST MINUTE! I came across this blog the other day & thought about entering their challenge this week...then I got busy & never made it back to work on a project. Tonight I sat down & thought I would whip something up, so I pulled up the site to double check the requirements...only to find out that submission ends TONIGHT! Oh no! I hadn't even started yet!

Could I get something done?!? Would it be worth posting if I threw it together too quickly?!? Was I setting myself up for disappointment?!? No, no & NO!!!
Of course I could do this! I work well under pressure & I LOVE a CHALLENGE!
Here is the sketch:
With it being the last day to enter, there were 45 entries ahead of mine...all of them gorgeous!
(Remind me again how I was going to make something original after looking at all this great inspiration?!?)
So...I did what I do best! I took the sketch, flipped it around & got to work!
Here is what I created:

I stamped the cup on Canvas Creations paper with Early Espresso ink.
& tied a knot after using a tag topped punch to make the decorative edge & hole.  
 I LOVE the way this turned out!
This coffee cup from Perfect Blend (Item #131392) is retiring. I'm sad to see it go! (If you would like to have it in your collection, be sure to order it before May 26th! You can order HERE & please use Hostess Code BVWMRZKC if you do!)
If you need a list of additional supplies I used, please let me know. I will try to update this post with a complete list as soon as I can.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy this card & come back to visit again soon!
P.S. It's taken me longer to get the photos uploaded into this post than it did to create the card, take the photos AND put the watermark on

My Very First...

 Fire Brigade was the very first stamp set that I ordered from Stampin' Up!...all the way back in 2004! I knew I would use this set...eventually...with all the firemen in my family. It just took me a long time to actually USE it! But now that I have used it a few times, I love it even more!
Today was my brother's 30th birthday! This is the card I sent him.
I can't believe he's 30!
I also made this card & a set of 10 thank you cards without the black 'buffing' for a friends' son's 5th birthday on Saturday where we got to tour the local fire station & climb on a fire truck!
I love giving thank you cards to the parents of children who have invited us to their parties! The kids don't appreciate them as much, but the parents need a gift too! If I can help them spread some cheer to those that came to their child's party, then I'm doing my job as a crafter who firmly believes in the written word...especially HAND written!
Send those cards...brighten someone's day!
(You know how it feels to get a piece of mail that's not a bill...share that with someone!)
Happy 30th Birthday, 'Little' Brother! I love you & miss you!
P.S. Thanks for stopping by! It's also my Mom's birthday today...maybe I'll share her card later this week. ;)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 April!

I LOVE having children that are old enough now to get invited to birthday parties! But more than the parties themselves, I love the challenge of coming up with amazing Thank You cards to give as a gift! I usually try to do something for the theme of the party...because I've always enjoyed coordinating things...& I am usually extremely happy with my finished project & that makes me want to make more of them! While I do take orders for more if they are needed & I always offer my services for invitations or other events...I find that I don't always get to make as many projects for people as I would like to...
Maybe you'll be my next custom order?!?
I made these gorgeous Frozen Thank You Cards for a young princess's 4th birthday!
& now YOU can own them too!
Check out my Etsy Store for more details!
Also available as invitations, birthday cards or blank note cards too!
I always prefer the challenge of custom orders!!!
Please don't hesitate to contact me with an idea you would like to see!
There's never an obligation to get a quote on your ideas...usually with lots of options!!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope to hear from you with some challenges soon!
This is my daughter, the birthday girl & one other friend saying goodbye to Elsa at the end of the party!

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Friday Project...

With the Retired List out & the anticipation of NEW STAMPS & ACCESSORIES on the horizon, I can't help but be sad that certain sets are going away...

Bootiful Occasions, for example! I LOVE this stamp set!
It's such a fun set...with witty sayings!
Here is a quick card I made recently with the rain boot... 

Hope you have enjoyed this little project! 
Happy Friday & I hope you have a creative weekend! 
P.S. If you would like a supply list for this card, please leave me a comment! Thanks!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Retired List, Weekly Deals & New Clearance Rack Items...Oh My!

Soo...the Retired List started yesterday...have YOU looked at all the deals yet?!?
If not, you can see them HERE!
Please remember to use Hostess Code BTCPHV2D when you check out! It's worth it to make sure you enter this code..."Why?", you may ask?!? The Hostess Code is how I track who order's each's how I put names into a hat & have someone drawn to win a's how I choose to randomly send a small's how I replenish my supplies to make prizes & freebies a possibility! It's WORTH IT!!! YOU could be a recipient! The more often you order, the more chances you have!
ORDER NOW & use the Hostess Code! 


New Weekly Deals also started yesterday!
Can you say BUSY DAY?!?
Soo busy in fact that the website was down more often than it was
Here are the Weekly Deals...
& don't forget that Hostess Code!
Speaking of Great Deals...
The Clearance Rack was updated this morning!!!
Go NOW & check it out!!!

Thanks for stopping by! If there is anything I can help you with, please let me know!
(If you are having issues with the website, don't hesitate to contact me with your order & let me deal with the internet!)

Happy shopping! Grab those deals!!

Monday, April 20, 2015


Don't say I didn't WARN you!!!
Tomorrow is a BIG DAY!!!
The LAST CHANCE lists will be posted!
These gorgeous colors will be WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
If years past are any indication, there is a very high likelihood that these colors will SELL OUT QUICKLY!
So...DON'T WAIT! Order today!!!
ANYTHING with these colors in it will be retired...including Card Stock, Ink & Ink Refills...Ribbon, DSP Stack, etc!
The ENTIRE list will post tomorrow, BUT...these items will be on it!
Order them NOW!
Use Hostess Code BTCPHV2D & any order over $25 before Friday will receive a set of 5 hand-stamped cards...complete & ready for you to send & brighten someone's day!
This is an exciting time of year with Stampin' Up! Gotta make room for all the NEW great products that I know we will see soon!
(Wanna get a Sneak Peek?!? Join My Team TODAY!) 
Thanks for stopping by & happy shopping!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Berry Basket from Monday's Class

On Wednesday I shared the card & mini gift cards we made in class on Monday. I told you that we also made a Berry Basket for those 3x3 cards to sit in & that I would share it with you...well, your wait is over! HERE IT IS!!!
You can see the supply list at the bottom of this post. Keep in mind that the Butterfly Basics Bundle has been SOLD OUT for a while & is expected to arrive again soon...however, it may sell out again! If you'd like to be on my waiting list for it, please contact me ASAP! 
Also note that I removed the sliver thread from the Baker's Twine! 
If you need info on the cards for this project, please see Wednesday's post HERE!
Thank you for stopping by! Have a creative weekend!
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Tools & Adhesive
Big Shot

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tuesday Updates

New Weekly Deals started yesterday! There are some awesome products on sale! I LOVE my Handheld Stapler...didn't know I 'needed' another stapler until it arrived & I used it!
Don't forget to check yesterday's post for some projects using the Mother's Love stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by today! Please let me know if you have any questions & check back later this week for more fun projects!

Woman's Day Gift Class

This past Monday, I held a Woman's Day Gift Class...this was to give participants the option to make this adorable set for their Mother, someone 'like' a Mother to them or another woman in their lives that they just wanted to give this sweet gift to!
Here is what we made:

We also used the Envelope Punch Board to make envelopes for the 3x3 note cards & the Berry Basket Die to make a cute little basket for the cards to sit in!
I'll post pics of those later this week...keep an eye out!
The supply list is below & includes the Envelope Punch Board for the envelopes! The Supply list for the Berry Basket will be posted with that pic in a few days.
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a creative day!
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Monday, April 13, 2015

My New Favorite Big Shot Die!!!

The new Berry Basket Die is soo cute! Not only is it extremely versatile, it's fun to assemble too! 

Join me to learn how to make these baskets & see samples of lots of ways to use them! Class will be Tuesday, May 5th at 6 p.m. in Winter Haven, FL. 

I will also be taking orders for completed baskets starting today! Prices will start at $2 for a basic plain basket & go up depending on how much decorating you want & if you want anything in them or not. The one shown below would be $4...flower colors can be changed, button sizes & styles may vary. You can e-mail me at with order requests to get a quote.
Or you can make these yourself...just use Hostess Code BTCPHV2D when you purchase the items in the supply list below! Contact me if you have any questions! (If you don't own the Big Shot Machine, you'll want to add that to your order as well...but let me know before you order it!)
Thank you for stopping by to take a look today! You can RSVP for the class on my website,
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy, Happy Day!

I totally thought I scheduled this post for Wednesday...& now it's the LAST DAY of these Weekly Deals! SOOOOO sorry, but there's still time to get them! New Weekly Deals start tomorrow & hopefully I'll remember to schedule the post this

This week's updates include some great deals, more FREE Sale-a-bration items! Hostess Code is still EP2M2AJU. Use this code when you order to be entered into my monthly drawing for a free gift! 

There are also some additional items available for your FREE item during Sale-a-bration! There are a limited quantity, so order now & choose yours before they're gone! 

Here's a great pic of what we got in our Paper Pumpkin Kit this month! If you're not getting these exclusive stamps & awesome projects, why not? 

You can read more about the promotions & specials I'm running right now with Paper Pumpkin here:Paper Pumpkin Promotion!

If you have any questions, please let me know! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy 5 Years...

Today I am celebrating my 5 year anniversary with my amazing husband, Sean. I can't even begin to express my gratitude for everything he does for our children & myself. I never imagined my life the way it is now...full of love, 2 beautiful children & the ability to stay home with them while I work on things that I enjoy! He has made my dreams come true in soo many ways.

Here is the card I gave him today, enjoy!

& Happy Friday the 13th...our lucky number!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Promotion!

Here are all the details on a Paper Pumpkin Promotion that you don't want to miss!
If you don't know about Paper Pumpkin yet, you can get all the details here.
You can also check out Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin Board on Pinterest!!
You will find great ideas for your kits...especially if you are not completely sold on the project idea that the kit is intended for!
If you'd like to follow me on Pinterest, go HERE!
(I don't Pin as often as I should...someone bug me to Pin more stuff!!!)
Stampin' Up! is running a contest right now & I'd LOVE your help!
If I win, YOU win too!!!
ALL of our Pre-Paid Paper Pumpkin Kits include the following:
  • a great kit delivered to your door every month
  • exclusive stamps for your project are included
  • your 1st month's kit will also have your clear block included
  • ink spots & directions are also included
  • the kits are a surprise, the suspense is always FUN!
I'm gonna start with the Subscription that I feel is the best value for most people!
The Serious Crafter Pack!
With the purchase a 6-month Pre-Paid Paper Pumpkin Subscription for only $113.70 + tax YOU get:
  • to SAVE $1 per month on the regular subscription price = savings of $12!
  • during Sale-a-bration you get to pick 2 FREE SAB items
  • use Hostess Code EP2M2AJU to be entered into this month's drawing
Purchase your 6-month Pre-Paid Paper Pumpkin Subscription during this Promotion & you will also receive a FREE Paper Pumpkin Past Kit!!!!!
You can use this kit yourself or you can pass it on to a friend & have them come craft with you!
There are 6 past kits to choose from for your FREE one...but they could run out at any time, so don't wait!!! Order your subscription NOW to get all these great benefits!
Heck...bump your order up to a $150 order (before tax & shipping) & you will also get:
  • an additional Sale-a-bration item for FREE
  • $25 in FREE products of your choice out of all the current available products
Remember, Sale-a-bration ENDS March 31st! Sale-a-bration items may run out before then...
don't wait...ORDER NOW!
There are also 1, 3 & 12-month Pre-Paid Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions available!!!!
Read below for the details on what is included in each of those purchases.
Die-Hard Crafter Pack!!!
12-month Pre-Paid Paper Pumpkin Subscription = $215.40
  • all the great benefits on the 1st list
  • a savings of $2/month = $24 total...that's more than 1 month FREE!
  • 4...yes FOUR...FREE Sale-a-bration items
  • $30 in FREE products of your choice
  • Bump your order to $250 for an additional SAB item & $10 more in FREE products          (FIVE Sale-a-bration items AND $40 in FREE products!)
A Little Taste of Pumpkin Kit!
3-month Pre-Paid Paper Pumpkin Subscription = Regular price $59.85
  • all the great benefits on the 1st list
  • SALE price of $54.85! = $5 off!
  • 1 FREE item from Sale-a-bration
The Special Treat Kit!
1-month Pre-Paid Paper Pumpkin Subscription = $19.95
  • all the great benefits on the 1st list
  • these make a great gift for any friend or relative
  • a FUN way to try out our Paper Pumpkin kits
  • an awesome Mommy & Me project kit for a special treat!
I know this is a LOT of information! If you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to ASK ME!
I have been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber myself since the beginning of the program...2 YEARS this month! If you tried it before & were unhappy with the kits, I would ask that you try it again...even if just for a 1-month Pre-Paid Subscription! The projects & quality of these kits as increased tremendously in the time this program has been around!
If I make it to my goal of selling 25 months of Pre-Paid Subscriptions, everyone who orders at least 1 month from me will get a special gift too!
This is a card from the last kit that I worked on...just a few days ago! These little shaker cards were soooo much fun! Can't wait to send them to a few lucky people & see how they like them too!
Remember to use Hostess Code EP2M2AJU to be entered into the monthly drawing as well!

Thanks a bunch for checking out this post & thank you even more if you decide to help me reach my goals with this contest!!

Have a great day! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Lemonade, Anyone? Tuesday Tutorial!

Spring is coming & summer will be here before we know it!
Are you ready for that sweet summertime lemonade?!?
I know I am!
In the mean time, I had to share this tutorial for a great way to make 8 great cards to welcome summer! Send these to your 8 best friends & keep in touch during the summer when everyone gets busy!! 
First, take a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 Whisper White Cardstock & stamp with one of your favorite stamps all over it! I choose the lemon stamp from the Sale-a-bration promotion that is going on until March 31st. (You can get the set that this lemon is in for FREE when you purchase $50* in other products! Ask me if you need more information. Supply list is at the bottom.)
Then I colored my lemons with the Daffodil Delight & Old Olive Blendabilities Markers!
(These markers were discontinued today due to quality issues, however I can show you some alternate ways to color your lemons...or any other image you desire!)
 Now that our Blendabilities Markers are no longer availaibe, I will be holding a class to show you a few coloring techniques you can do with our other great products! If you want to get into this class before it's full, RSVP now!
Here's what my fully colored sheet of lemons looked like!  
Cut your 8 1/2 x 11 paper in half. You will have 2 sheets that are 8 1/2 x 5 1/2. 
Cut those 2 sheets in half, making 4 sheets that are 4 1/2 x 5 1/2. 
Cut those 4 sheets in half to make 8 pieces that are 2 3/4 x 4 1/2. 
Here are my 8 pieces!

Decide on a layout...I matted my lemons on a piece of 3 x 4 3/4 Rich Razzleberry Cardstock with a 2 x 4 1/4 strip of Old Olive Cardstock punched with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch behind it. Wrap some Daffodil Delight Seam Binding around & tie it in a knot through the hole...& pop up on Stampin' Dimensionals! The card base is Coastal Cabana Cardstock stamped with the 'love life' greeting from the same stamp set.
I added 3 Rhinestones in the corner & then decided to make them even better & colored them with the Old Olive Blendabilites Markers!!!
(Have a told you how much I LOVED MY BLENDABILITIES?!? Out of all of my packs, I only had 1 bad marker...& I have every color. But I do understand & appreciate Stampin' Up! making the 'hard choice' to discontinue this product line & look for a more reliable source for a similar product in the future!)
I certainly hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you did, please leave me a comment. If you didn't, please also comment & let me know what I could do better!! ;)
If you have any questions about this project, just ask!!!
Thanks for stopping by & you can see all the supplies used in the list below.
(If you're going to order, please use Hostess Code EP2M2AJU!)
Product List
Card Stock
Ribbon & Trim