Saturday, August 18, 2018


So today's stamp set is quickly becoming one of my favorites-Sea of Textures! If you follow me you know I'm from Cape Cod. I am all about anything ocean, sea, nautical, etc! So when one of these stamp sets come out I get all giddy! lol And this one lives up to the hype! You can find everything in this post in our amazing Annual Catalog!

I needed a card for a neighbor who was in the hospital. She's a neighbor from where I grew up-on the Cape! So this stamp set seemed like the natural choice!!

I absolutely LOVE how this came out! The background is from 
Tranquil Textures DSP pack. This paper is part of the same suite as 
Sea of Textures, but it's super versatile!!!! I thought this one was kind of like bubbles!!! lol

When you use the Under the Sea Framelits with the stamp set it's a win-win combo! I love these sand dollars!

It's finished off with some Crumb Cake Twine from the 
Nature's Twine Combo Pack!  The greeting is from the new 
Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set! I love having the versatility of those little words!!! So many to choose from!

If you like the Sea of Textures/Under the Sea Framelits combo, you can save 10% on the bundle!! You can order it HERE!!!

Be sure to use the Hostess Code UKXWUT4B at the payment section of the order!!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Just a sweet thinking of you kind of card for a special friend who unexpectedly lost her brother to the horrible cancer disease.  I would rather send her something that doesn't say "sympathy". She's not that kinda gal!

This Sitting Here stamp set has always been an enigma to me. I love it, but was never really comfortable how to use it! She is a cat lover & has one of her own, so I wanted to feature the cat sitting serenely on the bench.  I think I like the white space here. I don't like to leave too much, but I think it works here.

I pulled out a couple of our recently retired colors for this one-Wisteria Wonder & Perfect Plum.  We have some beautiful new purples in our new color collections, but I am slowly building up my supply of new colors. Haven't gotten to the purples yet!

I used the Stampin' Blends to color all the details here. Talk about amazing! I love them! Otherwise, all the images come from the Sitting Here stamp set.

All materials can be ordered HERE! Or you can click the Order button on the Home page of this blog!

Be sure to use the Hostess Code UKXWUT4B when ordering.  

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


So life has quieted down a bit & I can finally get back to my crafting!  Oh how I've missed it! I pulled out some of my newbies from the new Annual Catalog! I needed a few cards! lol

Today I'm going to share with you a super fun little stamp set called 
Little Elephant!!! Here's the first card! (2nd is further down!)

So this set is really designed for a fun baby card! It has the adorable matching Elephant Builder Punch-which punches out a small and a large elephant & their little ears!

This is a cute baby card for a boy or a girl! I always try to go neutral unless I know-and even then...! lol

The background is from the amazing Tranquil Textures DSP! Wow is that paper beautiful & versatile!  That really cool ribbon is the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon. That's fun!  I also used some white Baker's Twine, and cut the squares out with the Stitched Framelits!

Now as you probably know, the stamp sets aren't not exclusive to one subject or another! Here I used it as a congratulations card! I'm sending it to a family member who just bought her first home! Not sure what an elephant has to do with a new home but it's super cute! lol

The background here is from the Tropical Escape 6x6 DSP Pack!  Just threw in a little Bakers Twine & some Stampin' Markers to color the balloons & it's an adorable card!!!!

So just a fun share of one of the new stamp set bundles from the 
Annual Catalog! Buy both the stamp set & the bundle & you save 10%!  You can find them HERE!!!! Be sure to use the Hostess Code UKXWUT4B when ordering!

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, August 12, 2018


I've been playing with my In-Colors! It's been rainy so needed some "bright" in my life! So thought I would pull out one of my all-time favorite stamp sets Vertical Greetings and "light up my life"!

Now this embossing is A-MAZ-ING!! It's called the Tufted Dynamic embossing folder! Wow is it cool! Reminds me of the old headboards on the beds with the leather look! Or a chair! lol I didn't add anything to it except the Wink of Stella for the "button" areas. Can ya see it? I wanted the embossing to stand on it's own-and I think it does!

I've combined colors from both sets of In-Colors: Lemon Lime Twist from the 17-19 set & Pineapple Punch and Grapefruit Grove from the 18-20 set! I used Granny Apple Green for the stems & sentiment as I wanted a bit of a "pop". 

The ribbon is the Grosgrain in Grapefruit Grove & Pineapple Punch, and the stamp was colored with the Stampin' Markers!

So just a simple, fun card! Hope you enjoyed! All supplies can be ordered HERE!

Placing an order? Be sure to use Hostess Code UKXWUT4B  when checking out!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


This month's Paper Pumpkin kit Picnic Paradise is soooooo cute!!! Very timely too-makes great teacher gift for back to school-just saying!!!
It makes a ton of fun items!!!

So here we will give you some ideas on alternative uses for the materials in the kit! There are so many fun materials in this kit!!! I know you'll find some amazing ideas!!!

Here's mine:

So I made a simple little card to go with the gift set! 

Whenever I "alter" the  kits for these hops I like to try to stick to using only the materials in the kits, keeping it very CAS (Clean And Simple)! I have some beginners using these kits, & I want them to feel comfortable also! 
Clearly we have a ton of other products that you can use, but a lot of people are exclusive with the kits! Plus, those little red boxes are perfect to take on a vacation or business trip for some "quiet" time! I know I always have one with me. I throw in the block & some scissors & maybe a piece or 2 of card stock & I'm ready to craft anywhere! Card making is my "therapy", so after a busy day I love to settle down with a Paper Pumpkin kit!

All I added to this card that's not included in the kit is some                           Soft Suede card stock & one of our Note Cards & Envelopes.

Just for comparison sake, here is what the kit is designed to look like:

There are some adorable little note cards to fit into the cute little basket! The plaid paper is included-as is everything else you see here!!! Ink, adhesive, papers, baker's twine, etc., etc., etc.!!!

So just a simple little card to give with the cute basket of cards as a nice gift!
Next hop over to Sharon's blog & I know you'll see some really amazing alternative uses for the Picnic Paradise Paper Pumpkin kit! Just click on her name or the "Next" icon below!

If you're new to Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin & don't yet have a demonstrator I'd love to be yours!! Why not take advantage of this amazing deal!!!! Contact me for info!!! Or click on the picture to subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


This month on the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop we have a color challenge!!! We could use only the 3 colors below (with a spattering of black or white!). This was a real challenge for me! These colors are beautiful together, but I wouldn't have chosen them to use together. Plus, I haven't stocked up on embellishments in all the new colors yet!!  I always enjoy a challenge though! And I like this one!!!

Here is the color challenge:

Here is my card:

I am on a kick with this particular "fancy fold" cards lately! I think they add just a little extra fun!! I was randomly going through my stamps & decided to use the Dragonfly Dreams! It's such a pretty stamp set-especially when you can combine it with the Dragonfly Detail Thinlet Dies!! 

The embossing on the front is the beautiful Layered Leaves. I thought it would be appropriate that the dragonfly needs leaves to land on! lol  That dragonfly was cut first with the solid Blackberry Bliss, then the detailed over piece was cut from the Vellum Card stock & colored on the back with the                 Stampin' Markers! I just finished it off with some Basic Rhinestone Jewels!  I even added some fun to the inside! I love how the big dragonfly is "peeking" over the top!

This 3-fold card is kind of fun! In fact, you get 2 cards from 1 sheet of card stock! Just like when making regular cards!!  You can use them either portrait or landscape orientation Here is the other one I did.

I kept with the same color scheme.  The little kangaroo from the             Animal Outing stamp set set was colored with the Blackberry Bliss ink pad & the Aqua Painter, but the color didn't carry over like I'd hoped. It's a bit pink! I actually double checked the ink pad to be sure it was the correct color! lol But still a cute card!  Simple cards but cute to give to a friend!

So now hop over to Ginger's blog & enjoy her creation! Click on her name or the icon below!!! Then keep going! Lots to see using these 3 cool colors-all returning In-Colors I might add!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, July 7, 2018


Time for this month's Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!!! A little different on the scheduling this month because of Wednesday being the 4th, but  no less fun here!!!

This month we are featuring our amazing Designer Series Paper (DSP) because Stampin' Up! is giving us an amazing deal-Buy 3 packs get 1 FREE!!!! Yup! FREE!!!! Our new designs in the new catalog are so amazing!!!!!! 

Check this one out:

And the inside of the card:

Now this cheery card was created for a co-worker who was moving on to a new job! I will miss her a ton, but she is off to bigger & better things!  I thought it was kind of a different way to say goodbye!!!!

The DSP used is the beautiful Garden Impressions 6x6 DSP Pack!!! Oh the colors here!!!!! The flowers are so bright & beautiful! But I wanted to feature the back of the pages. We always go for those beautiful prints, but the more subtle reverse sides are so useful for backgrounds, etc! Perfect for this card! To take advantage of this AMAZING DEAL, simply click HERE!!!!

The stamp is of course the adorable Lemon Zest cut out with the 
Lemon Builder Punch. At first I was like "eh" with this set, but now I'm totally in love!!! So many fun uses!!!!!!

The little "dots" or background on the Whisper White is from the 
Birthday Backgrounds stamp set! Again, not every set needs to be used for the occasion its named for!!!

Colors here are Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Soft Sea Foam and Shaded Spruce!

Hope you enjoyed & are now motivated to check out the amazing DSP special this month!!!  For more inspiration, hop to Deb's blog & keep going until you get back here!!! Click on her name or the icon below!!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


Welcome to our brand new In-Colors in our Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!!! Our new Annual Catalog has just launched, and it brings some pretty amazing things! I look forward each year to a new batch of In-Colors, and this year's definitely don't disappoint!!!! So vibrant & brilliant! I can't wait to really explore these new colors along with all the other new goodies in this super, amazing catalog!!!

So here are the new '18-'19 In-Colors:

And here is my card this month:

Now I always love to follow a "clean & simple" line with my cards. I love all the fanciness hat everyone else does, but when I do it, it looks like my craft studio just spewed all over the the card! lol I can't seem to make it work! So I stick to the CAS!

This one I actually went old school with the Stampin' Markers to do the coloring of the flowers! This little stamp set Accented Blooms is so versatile!! You can add any sentiment from any stamp set that fits in the               Tailored Tag Punch!!! It's a nice combo to work with. 

I actually cut out the flower image here because I wanted to In-Colors in the background, but it also looks great just stamped on the card base-works great for a 1-layer card!!!

Anyway, I use the amazing Basket Weave embossing folder whenever I can! lol I just love it! Such a fun image!! And the 1/8" In-Color Grosgrain Ribbon works on just about anything! I wish it came in every color not just the 

Hard to tell in the pic but I added a bit of Wink of Stella to give the flowers a bit of "bling"! I'm all about the bling!

So now hop on to Debbi's blog & enjoy her In-Color creation-then keep going for some amazing inspiration!!! Simply click on her name or the icon below!  There are some talented crafters on this hop, so you don't want to miss a single one!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!!!

Saturday, May 5, 2018


Hello Hoppers! This month on the Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop we are featuring probably my favorite Paper Pumpkin kit yet!!!!!!  You Are My Anchor is right in my wheelhouse!!! It makes an adorable little set of cards as is, but so many options for coolness also! See, I am from Cape Cod! So anything nautical or ocean is my happy place!!! I love this set!!!!

So here's what I did:

This is a card to give with one of these amazing little gift sets that is made with the kit:

I tried to use mostly pieces from the kit to showcase how you really don't need a ton of other stuff to make these kits so versatile! Here I just used a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock for the card base!!! That's pretty much it! Oh and a small piece of Island Indigo to make the lighthouse "pop"!!!  Super simple, but makes a great card to give with the little card set!!!!

I even decorated the inside:

Hope you enjoyed & are getting some alternative ideas to your April Paper Pumpkin kit!!!! I can't say enough how much I love this kit!!!  So now hop over to Tricia's blog & see how she altered the materials to make something awesome!!! Then keep going!!!! Just click on her name or the little pumpkin below!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


I can't believe it's May already!!!! Our Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop this month is about masculine cards!!! We usually try to post a month ahead to give you time to plan-this time for Father's Day! Perfect time to focus on masculine cards!!! 

Here's my masculine card:

So this was a super fun one to do!!!!  I'm actually so excited because everything on this card will continue over into the brand new Annual Catalog which will go live in June!!!!  Every year we wait anxiously for all the new amazingness, but also with fingers crossed that our faves will make the cut!! Mine did with this card!!!

The background DSP is the Wood Textures DSP Stack. It's rare that DSP sticks around, but seriously, how could they not with this pack!!!

The stamp set is Mixed Drinks!!! It fits just so many different purposes!!! And what guy wouldn't want a nice cold beer!!! lol 

The sentiment is cut from the Happy Birthday Thinlets! I simply cut twice-once with the Whisper White & once with the Pacific Point! I think it looks cool!!!!

The 2 little screws are simply circles punched from the Silver Foil Sheets with a score mark down the middle! And the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter works great as the foam!!!  Finish it off with some Burlap Ribbon!!

So a super fun card!  Can't wait to see the other masculine cards in this hop!!!! Be sure you keep going to Audra's blog! Simply click her name or the icon below & you'll get there!!!! Then keep going! Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment!!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


So this month on our Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop we are celebrating "girls" with "It's a Girlie Thing"!!  Mother's Day is really right around the corner-although here in New England it feels like Christmas is coming! Nasty winter weather continues.  So I'm happy to share this card with ya to help me think "spring"!!!

First, here's my card this month:

So this was created with the oh-so-beautiful Hanging Garden stamp set!!! I so love it!!!! I've already used it so many times!!!! But I thought this one was a pretty "girlie" kinda card! 

This black-line stamp set is perfect to feature our amazing new Blendabilities found for the first time in our Spring Occasions Catalog!! Unfortunately, they are all on backorder right now, but they will surely become available soon as they will be available in the brand new Annual Catalog beginning June 1!!!! As a demonstrator, I get a sneak peek at the new catty at our On Stage conference this coming Saturday! So excited!

Anyway, the Blendabilities are the perfect blending/coloring tools! Brush on one end, fine tip on the other! They come in 2-color pairings-1 light & 1 dark!!! So pretty!!! Oh, and did I say super easy to use?!  Just stamp the image with the Memento Ink stamp pad & color away!!!!  

This simple card uses only the stamp set, card stock, the Triple Banner Punch, and some Flirty Flamingo Ribbon!!!  There's also a hint of 
Wink of Stella to give it a bit of bling, but it never seems to show up in photos!!!

Now hop on over to Megan's blog & enjoy her creation-then keep going for some more beauties! Just click on her name or the icon below!  Thanks for joining us this month!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity! The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use this 
March Paper Pumpkin kit: May Good Things Grow.

First, here's my project:

With many of my MPP projects, I like to make little boxes or frames or fun 
things like that. But this kit is so pretty & lends to cards so well that I just 
decided to "step it up" a bit!

So it's a "modified" version of the eclipse cards that are so popular right now! 
But it's not exactly that! I just cut out some of the flowers & raised them up for dimension.

The card is actually part of one of the envelopes! I just thought it was so 
pretty! I used some Fresh Fig & Flirty Flamingo card stock to make the
card base, but otherwise everything is from the kit! Our special treat this 
month to celebrate 5 
years of My Paper Pumpkin are these really cool wooden embellishments!!! 
Luv luv luv!!! I used my marker to color this one!

Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great
time to join 
in the fun. New subscribers receive 50% off their first 2 months with the 
Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin promotion which ends May 10th.  
Contact your demonstrator to get started or CLICK HERE* to subscribe. 
New subscribers use promo code: SAVEFIFTY0418.
Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of 
Paper Pumpkin, 
now hop over to Anastasia's blog to see her fun creation. 
Simply click on her 
name here or the cute pumpkin icon below!!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Hello Stampers!!! It's the first Wednesday of the month so that means it's time for 
Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!!!

This month's theme is The Sale-A-Bration Continues!

We are showcasing Sale-a-Bration stamp sets AND having a color challenge as well!!!!  And it WAS a challenge!!! lol We could use ONLY the colors on the chart! Not even white was allowed!

So first, here's my card this month:

Here are the colors for the challenge:

We could use any or all of the colors in this picture-but ONLY these colors!!!

The stamp set choice was easy-it's called Happy Wishes-and is found in the SAB catalog!!! Yours FREE with a $100 purchase! 

So let's talk about the rest of the card now! The colors I chose to use are 
Crumb Cake & Dapper Denim!   The background DSP is from the beautiful Color Theory DSP Stack.   Now yes, the color in that background is Whisper White, but I solved that with my "magic" Stampin' Sponge! Simply sponged the entire sheet with Crumb Cake ink & viola!!! No more Whisper White!!!

Other items used are the 1 1/8" and 1 3/8 Scallop Punches, 
Glitter Enamel Dots, Petite Pair Embossing Folder-all found in the 
Spring Occasions Catalog!!! And also some Linen Threat
Stampin' Sponge from the Annual Catalog!!!

So now go check out the other beauties for some amazing ideas & inspiration for all your new Sale-a-Bration goodies!! Hop on over to Nichole's blog & see what she's got for ya!!! Click her name or the link below!!! Please feel free to leave comments as you go!!!

Oh,  and be sure to check my site! There are some new SAB items to choose from!!!  Let me show you how you can earn some!!!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Happy New Year!! Welcome to our monthly 
Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!!!
This month we are welcoming in our new Sale-a-Bration Catalog (and the new amazing Occasions Catalog)!!!

We are treating you to creations made with
 Sale-a-Bration items that you can get for FREE with your $50 purchase! We will give you great ideas on how you can make that happen!!!

Here's my card:

The Sale-a-Bration item in this project is the AMAZING 
Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes!!! I wish SU would make the colored cards/envelope combos all the time!  These pair perfectly with all the 
Tutti-Frutti items in the new Occasions Catalog!!!

The stamp set is brand new! It is Sweet Little Something! I love how it gives you a "realistic" look! I will say, however, pull out the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get this right!

The DSP is the Tutti-Frutti 6x6 DSP! And those Tutti-frutti sequins are now self adhesive!!! Wonderful!!!!!

So here's the math: stamp set ($21) + DSP ($10) + Sequins ($7) + Tutti Frutti Washi Tape ($8) + Wink of Stella (hard to see but used on the bunny for accents) ($8) = $54  Cards & Envelopes = FREE!!!!!!
And there will be plenty of left overs to make a gajillion cards and projects!!!!!

Other items used are Whisper White Cardstock, Garden Green Cardstock, Stamp-a-ma-jig, adhesives, inks.

Now hop over to Janey's blog & see what she has in store for you! Either click on her name or the icon below! Then keep  hopping! Lots of great ideas!!!!

If you need a catalog, just let me know. All items can be accessed online HERE!!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Welcome to December's Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop! We are hoping to get you all in the Christmas spirit this month! Feel free to hop through to find some great ideas for all your Christmas greetings!!! I know I love to get  homemade cards! It's like a little gift from the heart!

So here's my card:

I am trying my very first Facebook Live card class in a week or so, and I have been working on some pretty but simple cards that can be done in a short time! The class features the Season Like Christmas stamp set, so I thought this would be perfect for this hop! I really like this stamp set! I can see lots of uses for it even after Christmas!!!

The beautiful DSP is Be Merry!  This very simple yet effective card also features the beautiful 1/8" Gold Glimmer Ribbon & a cute star cut from the 
Gold Glimmer Paper.  The focus of this class is the 2-step stamping so I didn't want to muddy the waters with too many details!

So now hop on over to Megan's blog! You can get there by clicking on her name or on the icon below.  And then keep going to get some great ideas! 

I am also happy to welcome my good friend Jenilee Pauls to our blog hop! She's sure to add a nice touch!!!

Happy stampin'!!!