Monday, December 31, 2012


It's almost here!!!! The Spring Mini Catalog will go live on 
Wednesday, January 3!!! 

So many fun items that make you think of the warmth of spring!!!! There are new framelits, stamp sets, embossing folders, fun tools, more Core'dinations paper, and soooo much more!!!! I can't wait to share it with all with you!!!

I recently participated in a swap for the new catalog items! A bunch of us demonstrators get together & share a creation with specific guidelines. These were to use new catalog items. 
Now I haven't received the other swaps yet, but here's mine:

Now if you know me well, you know I'm a "beachy" kinda gal!!! After all, I'm from Cape Cod!!!! I grew up at the ocean! So whenever I see nautical or ocean stuff, I just gotta have it!!! More summery than springy I know, but still love it!!!

This is from a lovely stamp set called By The Tide. It's hard to tell, but on the left, there is a beautiful image of some sort of sea plant/weed. It is stamped & embossed in Pool Party embossing powder!!! That's right, Pool Party!!!!! That seems to be a color theme in the Spring Mini! The red is Rose Red.  

So this is just a sneak peek! There are so many more fun stamp sets!!! So if you keep watching, you'll find lots more!!! 

You can still order from the Holiday Mini! Just be sure to do it soon!!!!! Time is almost up!!!! While I will totally miss some of the Holiday Mini items, I am totally ready for spring!!! Bring it on!!!!

Also, don't forget the Clearance Rack Blitz!!! So much cool stuff has been added!!!! Only while supplies last!!!! 

Be sure to check back for a listing of spring classes!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012


Wow, it's already Christmas Eve!!! Where did the season go! I hope you had time to enjoy it! It should be a season filled with laughter, friends, family, joy.  Mine has been busy, but I'm glad I took the time to just relax a bit. Tonite is our beautiful midnight mass. Such a beautiful way to remember what the season is really about. 

On the 11th Day of Stampin' Treats, Joni showed to me...

...little ornament tags for the last minute gifts!!! This is once again some great retired DSP from last year's Holiday Mini Catalog, cut with the Holiday Ornament Framelits!  The stamp on the front is from the Holiday Ornaments stamp set, also from the Holiday Mini! I hope you got yours!!! Time is running out!!! 

So here's the inside...

You can just see the edge of the round circle punch out where you can write your To/From!  Tape it on & you're ready to go!!!!!

So in your last minute prep for the big day tomorrow, take time to remember the "Reason for the Season", & be sure to get to sleep before Santa comes & brings you your Stampin' Up! treats for Christmas!!!!

Merry Stampin'!!


Sunday, December 23, 2012


On the 10th Day of Stampin' Treats, Joni showed to me...

...a sneak peak at my goodies from the new Spring Mini Catalog preorder!!!!

Now you may have already received your new catalog. If you have, I'm sure you're drooling over it like I have been!!! But if you haven't received yours yet, let me know!!! I'll be sure to get you one!

We aren't supposed to show you the actual products from the catalog until it goes live on January 3, so I didn't give you too much eye candy here! After Christmas, I'll show you some really cool items made with this stuff tho! We CAN show you creations before January 3!!! lol

You will love the new stamp sets, Big Shot accessories, DSP, and all the other new cool items!!! There's a particular new accessory for the Simply Scored that I can't show you, but it's really cool!!! Can't wait to try it!!!!!
  (Oh, and to further get you excited, there are a few items from Sale-a-Bration in that box also!!! Yup! It's almost that time again too!!! Begins January 22!!!)

So today is a great day to dream about those new Stampin' Up! sugarplums that are dancing in your head!!! Soon they'll be sitting under the tree!!! Everyone who ordered from their wishlist-your orders are all delivered!!!

Merry Stampin'!!!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012


On the 9th Day of Stampin' Treats, Joni showed to me...

...a cute card made with Button Buddies-one of my favorite little cutie sets!  

Ok, I will admit to "contraband" (aka non-Stampin' Up!) material on this card!!!! That ric-rac is from my sewing supplies!!! The "Season's Greeting" stamp is one I've had around from an old stamp set.  But the little guys look so cute here!!!

Now this is a 6"x6" card. I love the look of these. It's a much larger palate to show your work. Problem is, they are expensive to mail!!! Yup, extra postage required!!! Ugh!!! So this size card is for "giving" not sending!!! lol

Ok, so it's getting soooo close!!! Only 3 days left!!!!! Get your final wrapping done. Don't eat the rum balls just yet! They need another day to season!!! lol I personally will be cleaning like crazy!!!! We have a busy Christmas holiday at my house!!!

See you tomorrow!!!

Merry Stampin'!!!

Friday, December 21, 2012


On the 8th Day of Stampin' Treats, Joni showed to me....

...some fun stocking stuffer Post-It Note Pads!!!!  You will probably notice more retired paper from last year's Holiday Mini Catalog! Well, this is a perfect way to use it up!!! Just because it's retired doesn't meant it shouldn't be used!!!

 I love these! All you do is cut a strip of paper 3-1/2"x7-1/2", and score at 3-1/2" & 4". Fold up, decorate, and attach the Post-It pad inside! I do that last, and simply run some Snail along the bottom of the pad! 

Here's another shot...

Cute huh? So easy!!! These are great for the office, or students, or teachers.  I give them to family members also! Then they never have an excuse to say they forgot something!!! lol

So with only 4 day until Christmas, today is a great day to sit back & enjoy your Christmas tree with a loved one. Pretty soon it will get crazy. We never take the time to just enjoy the season! This is that perfect day.

Here's what I'm going to just sit and enjoy tonite:

Merry Stampin'!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012


On the 7th Day of Stampin' Treats, Joni showed to me...

 ...some beautiful tags inspired by an amazing Stampin' Up! demonstrator-although I'm sorry to say that I can't remember her name!!! If you're out there, please let me know who you are!!!!

These are perfect for all your gifts! They are simply cardstock (in this case, Lucky Limeade & Cherry Cobbler) cut out with the Holiday Ornament Framelits. And of course, there are scraps of  DSP from the Festival of Prints DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog! Boy, I got a lot of use out of that little paper pack!!!! Add a punch or 2 & some Glass Stampin' Glitter & these make wonderful little tags!! All packaged up for gift giving!!!

Here are the 2 packs...

So easy but such a cute set of tags!!! They sure don't use much material either! I'd like a gift with these tags!!!!

So today is a perfect day to plan the Christmas menu!!! Maybe you're having a special dinner, or a brunch. Or maybe you're visiting friends. Get that grocery list together & get shopping before the craziness begins over the weekend!!!!

Merry Stampin'!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


On the 6th Day of Stampin' Treats, Joni showed to me... it's not a gift-but it looks like one!! It's a card with an adorable handmade bow made from our DSP!!!! So easy to do & such a WOW!!!! Only drawback is it won't fit in an envelope! So why not design a "box-type" envelope to put it in!!!

Again, using up my DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog for the background! It's from the Festival of Prints pack! I love the "little" size of this pack-4-1/2"x6-1/2". Minimal waste when making cards, and appropriately-sized prints for cards.  Also would make great mats for scrapbooking as all our DSP is acid & lignin-free!

Here's a closeup of the bow...

The bow is made from the Marina Mist DSP from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack.  A little "blue" for Christmas!!! The bow is very simple!! Just uses strips of paper!! 
I'd be happy to do a class for you & your friends demonstrating  how to make these bows! They can be large or small-full or thin!!! Your choice!!!  

And of course, rounding out the card are the sentiments stamped using Tiny Tags stamp set & punched out with the Jewelry Tag Punch!

Today is a perfect day to finish wrapping up those gifts!!! After all, we are only 6 days away from Christmas!!!!!

Merry Stampin'!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


On the 5th Day of Stampin' Treats, Joni showed to me...

..another card made from left over scraps from Holiday Mini Catalog Festival of Prints DSP!!!

This is a very fun technique!!! After the holidays I'll work on some videos for you. Maybe I'll show you this one! It's a great way to use up your scraps!!! I love the "patchwork" quilt affect!!!

The stamp set is Seasonal Sayings, also from the Holiday Mini Catalog!  Wasn't sure I liked this particular image, but for some things it's really nice! It seems to work best when it's the focus of the card. Kind of busy for a card with lots going on! Plus, it's a large stamp!

Here's a close up of the patterning...

Cool, huh? Really, not tough at all!!!

Today is a perfect day to get your final order together from the Holiday Mini Catalog!!! While lots of the Christmas product won't be used for another year, there are a lot of great items that "probably" won't be carried over to the Spring Catalog (spoiler!!! like, oh, maybe, the Core'dinations Papers, or Brushed Bronze Designer buttons, or the Tulle Ribbon, or the Googlies eyes, etc. etc. etc!!!!)  Go get that order together!!! 

Remember, if you place a $150 order, you get the hostess benefits which includes a minimum of $25 in FREE product!!! Your choice!!!

See you tomorrow!!! We will be half way there!!!!

Merry Stampin'!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012


On the Fourth Day of Stampin' Treats, Joni showed to me...

...a card made from left over scraps of DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog!!!  

Ok, so I had all these strips leftover from all my Christmas classes & projects this year. Not sure why I thought to save them, but so glad I did!! 

Notice which stamp set I used here?? That's right-NONE!!!! I sure could have used one to add a sentiment if I wanted, but I really liked it just as it is!!!!

I so love that Champagne Glitter Paper!!! I sure hope that gets continued over into the big catalog next year!!!! Most people think of it as kind of "fall", but I really like it for the holidays! I also think it goes beautifully with reds for Valentines Day!!!! (Hint:only a short while left to get it! The Holiday Mini Catalog retires soon!!!)

So today is the perfect day to go dig through some of your scraps & make a cute card or tag for Christmas!!! Don't use them all tho! Tomorrow I'm going to show you another card made with scraps! It looks completely different though!!!

Hope you like!!!

Merry Stampin'!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012


On the Third Day of Stampin Treats, Joni showed to me...

...some easy tags for Christmas gift giving!!!! 
These little 2"x2" tags use the Ornaments Framelits & some beautiful retired DSP from last year's Holiday Mini Catalog! 

Can you tell that they open up like little cards? Maybe this view shows that better!

Oh, that's also a retired embossing folder from last year's catalog! Why I ask you??? I really can't ever see a reason to retire the embossing folders!!! They are so pretty!! This one is really nice!! Not sure what they were thinking there, but it is what it is!!! 

So on this 10th day before Christmas, go get some of you retired product & make some easy tags for your wrapping! Perfect way to use up some of that beautiful old DSP from catalogs previous!!!  It's also a perfect day to wrap a gift or two!!!

Merry Stampin'!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012


On the Second Day of Stampin' Treats, Joni showed to me....

..a CAS (clean and simple!), In-Color Christmas card made with a non-traditional "Christmas" stamp!!!

 I used the Daydream Medallion stamp set that we received at convention! I thought it was kinda of "wreathy"!!! lol  I wanted something very simple.  

I also used sort of non-traditional Christmas colors! Ok, so Gumball Green could be considered fairly Christmasy, but not typically Primrose Petal! It's a bit "pinky" for traditional Christmas, but it works here on the ribbon!!  

Here's a close up of the wreath!

I thought the Pearl Basic Jewels added a touch of elegance to the card! They kind of look like the rhinestones here, but trust me, they're pearls!! lol

I also am so enjoying the Shimmer White Paper!!! It doesn't show up in these photos, but there's a very subtle "shimmer" to it! Very pretty for Christmas cards or anything winter. I bet it would be beautiful for weddings also!!!!

Today is the perfect day to try a CAS card for Christmas! Come on, you know you have a stamp set that would work!!!

So enjoy day 2!!! See you tomorrow!!!

Merry Stampin'!

Friday, December 14, 2012


Well, I know technically the "12 Days of Christmas" begin on Dec. 25th, but my 12 Days of Stampin' Treats begins today!!!  

For the next 12 days, I will present to you a stamped Christmas card or Christmas project!  
Maybe you can use the ideas for inspiration! Maybe you just enjoy seeing the Christmas designs! Maybe it's helping you get into the Christmas spirit!!! 

Whatever your fancy, just enjoy this special season of light and love. we go!!!

 On the First Day of Stampin' Treats, Joni showed to me.....

...a Christmas card using the versatile stamp set Easy Events!!! This little Christmas stamp is so cute & easy! The Garden Green & Riding Hood Red go great together-altho they do appear a bit darker here than in person!!! 
Hope Santa brings me that new camera for Christmas!! ;)

Here's a close up of the stamped image! Just a dab of Crystal Effects really add a ton to this image!!!

So CASE if you will! It's all good!! My Christmas gift to you!

With only 11 days left until Christmas, today is the perfect day to address & mail out all those beautiful cards you've designed!!!

Be sure to check back for the next 11 days!!! I hope you enjoy my Christmas blog gift to you!!!

Merry Stampin'!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Welcome to another week's blog hop!!! You're probably visiting here from Helen's blog, Blue Dahlia Designs! I love what she did with the colors this week!!!

So our challenge colors this week were Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red, Perfect Plum   OR   Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight. I so love the second color choice, and definitely plan to make something with those colors!!! But AFTER Christmas!!! 

I'm finally totally in the throws of Christmas! Got the card done-if only I could get the shopping done!!! lol 
So anyway, I decided to try a non-traditional Christmas card with these colors! 

So here it is!!!

I have a new favorite cardstock-the Shimmery White!! Wow is that a pretty cardstock!!! I love the "shimmer" in it! I used it for the background of this card! I only wish it came more pieces in a pack like the Whisper White!!! 

So anyway, I "stamped" the 3 blocks for the background using our clear blocks! You just ink the heck out of them & stamp away!! 

 I tried to "glitter" up the larger ornament. It actually is quite sparkly in person! You can kinda see it here!!!

What embossing powder is that you ask??? Well, it's an "embossing powder cocktail"!!! I mixed the Pewter Emboss powder with the Irradescant Ice Emboss Powder! You get both sparkle & shine!!!!

It's a different card, but I like the way it turned out! I wouldn't mind getting that card for Christmas!!!

So now go hop over to Liz's blog Lizzy Stamps & see what fun stuff she came up with!!! She has "spring fever" with such a beautiful card! I know you'll love it!!!

Be sure to stop back this week-or better yet, subscribe!!! Starting on Friday the 14th, I will be posting my "12 Days of Christmas Stampin' Treats"!!! Tune in to see what each day brings! I promise there won't be any maids-a-milking or swans-a-swimming!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Having fun at the Charlton PTO Vendors Fair at the Heritage School in Charlton MA!! Come on down & see the great vendors here!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Hello everyone! Well, for this week's Coloring Down the Lines challenge, I decided to "double dip" & use the Mojo Monday Design Challenge for inspiration!!!

So our colors this week were Island Indigo, Baja Breeze & Rich Razzleberry OR Island Indigo, More Mustard & Lucky Limeade!!! I chose the latter. No reason! I just laid out the colors & they reminded me of the Orchard Harvest DSP from the Holiday Mini!!!

So maybe you're heading here from Helen's blog! I love the details she uses on her creations!!! So pretty!!! Be sure to leave her a little note & let her know what you love about her entry this week!!!

So here's what I came up with!!! What dya think?

No Christmas this week!!! The sketch had hearts!!! 
I could've used the other colors & created a "hearty" Christmas card, but just figured I needed a break from all the Christmas frenzy!!! lol 

This has a bit of the "fall" feel!!! But it's not a fall card! Like the contrast with the hearts!!!

 I really like these colors together! I added the Cajun Craze not only to match the paper, but also to make the card "pop"! It was kind of plain with just the 3 colors!!! 

I also had the advice of Sheila & Dawn who were over to "play" the other night!! They helped with their positive comments!!!

Very little stampin' on this card! Only the sentiment!!! I used the versatile Word Play stamp set for this one.

So here's the Mojo Monday sketch this week!!!  This was my inspiration for the card design!!!

It's a great way to get design ideas when you're "stuck"!!! I was a little stuck this week with these colors-because I keep thinking Christmas!!! This really helped to give me a kick-start!!!!

So hopefully now you're heading on over to Sandy's blog to see what she came up with!!! I'm on my way over there now!!! Be sure to let her know how much you love her work!!! I plan to!!! She's amazing!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


So you've been watching my blog & Facebook page & really really really want to make those ornaments!! Weren't able to get to the class, huh? No worries!!!
For a limited time only, Stampin' Up! is offering a kit so you can make your own ornament!!!!!

The Ornamental Elegance Kit (132832) is $14.95 and includes:
  • Die-Cut Cardstock Elements
  • Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon
  • Natural Linen Thread
  • Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons 
  • Large Pearl Basic Jewels
Only while supplies last!!!!! Don't miss out on this fun Christmas kit!!! Why not order a couple so you can make one with the kids!!!!  Enjoy!!

Contact me now or order online 24/7!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!