Monday, November 20, 2017

A test tube treat!

With Thanksgiving approaching- I thought today would be a great day to share this cute treat!

Here is another project from my Holiday Extravaganza last month.  I made these fun fall Test Tube Treat & had a basket full of them to give to everyone as they walked out the door.  

I used the Year of Cheer Specialty DSP!  Isn't it so pretty!!
I used the Give THANKS words from the 'Labels of Love' stamp set.  

stamp set: 'Labels of Love'
card stock:  Whisper White, Champagne Foil
designer paper:  Year of Cheer Specialty
ink:  Soft Suede
other:  1/2" Circle Punch, Scoring Tool, Test Tube, 1" circle punch, Everyday Label Punch, 1/4" Copper Trim, Dimensionals, Glue Dot
Yesterday was a great day of stamping!!  I enjoyed visiting, stamping & sharing with everyone joining us.  Julia & Pam were great hostesses. 

This morning Deke is off early to chore & head to the office for his weekly board meeting.  I'm off to go get the boys, take the twins to pre-school & spend my day Trey.  We have lots of errands to run & I have a chiro appointment too.  

Tonight our whole family is all coming for supper!  

Gotta run......
I hope you have a MARVELOUS Monday!!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gold Gift Bag

I used the Cable Knit Embossing folder & embossed this Gold Striped Treat Bag!

Check out the tag......I used a Foil Snowflake with a tag from the Everyday Label Punch & coordinating 'Merry Little Labels' stamp set, which I heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder

I added a Gold Binder Clip to hold it shut.  

This was one of my Holiday Extravaganza projects.  

stamp set:  'Merry Little Labels'
card stock:  Whisper White
ink:  Versamark
other:  Big Shot, Standard Platform, Cable Knit Embossing Folder, Gold Binder Clip, Foil Snowflake, Everyday Label Punch, Gold 1/8" Ribbon, Mini Gold Sequins, 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Gold Embossing Powder
I had a great day of stamping yesterday with everyone.  They got LOTS of Christmas cards made!

Last night we took the Seeley family out for supper to celebrate Manda's birthday.  It was fun to spend time with their whole family together!  

This morning I'm off early, heading to Hiawatha for my Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack classes there.  I have one in the morning & one in the afternoon!  Julia & Pam are my hostesses this month.  We have a great group joining us.

Gotta run....
I hope you have a SUPER Sunday!!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

More 'Carols of Christmas'

This is another waterwash done on this card using the 'Carols of Christmas' stamp set.

I used the Card Front Builder Thinlits to cut out these little poinsettia's too.

stamp set:  'Carols of Christmas'
card stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Shimmery White
designer paper:  Be Merry DSP
ink:  Versamark Pad, Cherry Cobbler
other:  Banner Triple Punch Punch, Pearls, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Card Front Builder Thinlits, Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Aqua Painter, mini dimensionals, Glue Dots

Wow- I have a full weekend of stamping!!!  This morning I'm gearing up for everyone to get here that is joining me to make Christmas cards for the day!  I'm off to put on my pot of Cheesy Potato Soup, set up tables/chairs & get out all of their kits.

Tonight we will be celebrating Manda's birthday with supper together.

Gotta run....
I hope you have a SENSATIONAL Saturday!!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 17, 2017

More 'Christmas Cardols'

Here is a pretty z fold card!  I heat embossed the words onto Night of Navy card stock.  And check out the Gold Glitter tree!
Clean, simple & elegant- this describes this card to me.  

stamp set:  'Carols of Christmas'
card stock:  Night of Navy, Gold Foil, Whisper White, Gold Glitter
ink:  Versamark Pad
other:  Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Card Front Builder Thinlits, Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Dimensionals

Wow- today is Manda's birthday!  I can't believe that our baby is 31 today.  I made a cute birthday card for her using a new upcoming Occasions Catalog stamp set that I got as a Prize Patrol at On Stage last week.  I'll get a photo taken of it & share in sometime soon.
This morning I'm off to take the twins to school & spend my day with Trey.  Tonight I'll be cutting card stock & getting ready for my Christmas Stamp-a-Stacks.
I hope you have a FABULOUS Friday!!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

'Carols of Christmas'

It is a clean & simple Christmas card.  If you look closely at the banner- I stamped snowflakes on it in the Island Indigo & Whisper White ink pads.  

These are very non traditional Christmas colors.  

It was fun & easy to the a water/ink wash over the embossed words.  
stamp set:  'Carols of Christmas' & 'Cheers to the Years'
card stock:  Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Whisper White
ink:  Versa Mark Pad, Island Indigo, White Craft pad
other:  Big Shot, Card Front Builder Thinlits, Banner Triple Punch, Rhinestones, White Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Island Indigo 1/4" Ombre Ribbon, Aqua Painter
Yesterday day was a busy day with kids.  And my dear friends Dawn & Lynda came to visit.  It was great to see them!  

Last night I burnt the midnight oil cutting card stock!

This morning I'm off early to pick up all of the kids.  I'll spend my day with the 3 little ones.  Tonight I'll be cutting card stock!  

I hope you have a very special Thursday!!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

'Hug A Mug'

Years ago when I started stamping I made a cute little mug out of card stock.  It was similar to this one & I remember how cute I thought it was.  

So awhile ago my stamping demonstrator friend- Kim Vogel shared a mug she had made.  Thus, here is my version that I created for my team members that went to On Stage with me last week as a roomie gift! I quickly made these mugs- literally minutes before I walked out the door to go to the hotel, so I don't even have one for myself. 
I added some hot chocolate inside of them!  And I then added this cute tag too.  I thought they could remove the tag & even put it on a card.  

I thought that this 'Hug A Mug' stamp set coordinated perfectly with it.  
The mug is made using the envelope punch board.  

I will try to find time to make one for myself sometime soon & take photos of the steps, along with the measurements & post them for you.  
stamp set: 'Hug A Mug'
card stock:  Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Whisper White
designer paper:  Quilted Christmas
ink:  Chocolate Chip, Real Red
other:  Envelope Punch Board, Scoring Tool, Rhinestones, Tear & Tape, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Red Tinsel ribbon, paper snips
I had a busy day with the kids yesterday!!  I worked on bookwork & catching up on things last night when they went home.

This morning we are up early to chore & get kids.  Deke has another meeting this morning to go to.  This afternoon my friends- Lynda & Dawn are coming to visit me!  I am excited to get to see them & am looking forward to their visit.  Hopefully the kids will take a nap while they are here so that we can visit & maybe do a little stamping together too!

Tonight when the kids go home I will be cutting card stock!  I have lots of Christmas cards to get cut for my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack classes that I have coming up this weekend.

Gotta run.....
I hope you have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!!
Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017


WOO HOO!!  Stampin' Up! has a new product coming our way!!  I am super EXCITED about it!  Oh my gosh.......why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and re-stamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 US
You can RESERVE yours beginning November 16th, 2017!
November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018 Approx. April 15, 2018
 You can click on this link to watch a youtube video about it!
Here are some questions & answers about the Stamparatus Launch that you might have:
Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; in this case, you will click the RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page which will take you to the reservation page. For step-by-step instructions, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers. 

Q: What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?
A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on the online store.

Q: Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship?
A: We will place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during any given reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.

Q: Will the available-to-ship dates be the same for all markets?
A: Yes.

Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: No. However, a credit card is required to reserve the product.

Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?
A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment and close your order, the system will charge your credit card.

Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?
A: No. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.

Q: Will I be able to update my address and credit card information when I open my shopping bag to complete my order?
A: Yes.

Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?
A: You can cancel your reservation at any time. To cancel, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers PDF.

Q: Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalog?
A: Yes. Once the annual catalog ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on the number of tools you can order.

Q: Once the Stamparatus has been added to my shopping cart, how long will it stay there?
A: Indefinitely. As with all products, it will be subject to temporary interruptions in availability
depending on demand.

Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I participate in all three reservation periods?
A: Yes.

Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window?
A: For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.

'Snowflake Sentiments'

Here is a pretty snowflake card using the 'Snowflake Sentiments' stamp set.

Check out the pretty circle snowflake- I used the coordinating Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies for it.
stamp set:  'Snowflake Sentiments'
card stock:  Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Silver Foil
designer paper:  Year of Cheer Specialty DSP
ink:  Basic Gray
other:  Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies, Paper Snips (to flag the banner), 1 1/2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Rhinestones
Yesterday was a long day since we started out on the farm so early with the piggies.  But wow- it was great to see all of my kids today!!  Grandma sure missed them!  School was delayed to the bad fog, so our day was different than normal.  

When the kids went home last night I worked on farm bookwork, then stamping bookwork & piles of mail that came when I was gone. Deke had a meeting, so I was home alone for the evening.

This morning we are up early to head out again.  Deke is off to chore & then head to a meeting again.  I'm off to go take the twins to school & spend my day with the 3 littler ones.  Tonight when they go home I hope to get caught up on my laundry & stamp a bit.  

I hope you have a TERRIFIC Tuesday!!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 13, 2017

'Flourishing Phrases'- drape fold card

Here is another card I made using the same exact supplies as I did in the card that I posted yesterday.  I just used a different stamp set on the top part of it!

I think it turned out really pretty too!

stamp set:  'Flourishing Phrases'
card stock:  Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
designer paper:  Bundle of Love
ink:  Black Memento Ink
Blends:  Light & Dark Old Olive, Light Pink Pirouette
other:  Bow Builder Punch, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (circle for the center of the bow), Basic Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Tear & Tape
We made it home safely from Utah last night.  And thankfully for once, we didn't have any glitches with anything going wrong with our flights!

It is great to be home!!  And back to reality & work!  I had a wonderful time with my friends & learning so much from our classes.  But I'm happy to be back home with my family, as I missed them all.   And I can't wait to see everyone. 

Deke & I are up early this morning at 4 a.m. to sort & load hogs.  Deke will finish choring, come in to shower &then head to the courthouse for his weekly board meeting.   I'll come in to shower & then head to town to get the twins ready, take them to school, pick up the other kids & spend my day with the 3 littler ones (Trey, Masen & Ainslee) here.  The 3 bigger ones will ride the bus out here after school.

Tonight when the kids go home I'll work on unpacking, doing laundry, catching up on emails & the piles of mail & orders that came while I was gone.

I hope you have a MARVELOUS Monday!!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

'Remarkable You'- with the Drape Fold

I made a bunch of cards for one of my On Stage Swaps.  

Check out my piles here for bows I made.....
And here are all of the pleated drape fold pieces I did!
I colored this flower using my Light Pink Pirouette & Light Old Olive Stampin' Blends!  

This is a cool stamp set that has been in the annual catalog for a couple of years & I had never used it!  All of the flowers in this stamp set will be perfect to color with the new Stampin' Blends!
stamp set:  'Remarkable You'
card stock:  Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
designer paper:  Bundle of Love
ink:  Black Memento Ink
Blends:  Light Old Olive, Light Pink Pirouette
other:  Bow Builder Punch, Gold Sequins, Fine Tip Glue, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Tear & Tape

Lynda, Lorraine, Cindy & I had a great time together at On Stage the past 4 days in Utah.  We are headed home today!  I am looking forward to seeing Deke tonight & all of my family tomorrow morning!! 

I hope you have a SUPER Sunday!!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

'Snowflake Sentiments'- faux shaving cream technique

I love this stamp set!!  I love this color combination together & I love how this card turned out!  It is a totally Susie card.  

I did the faux shaving cream technique on the top 1/2 of this card.  Check it out!
How did I do that? 
  • I used the Marbled Background stamp
  • inked it all in Pool Party
  • then used a sponge & Island Indigo ink & made some swirling motions directly onto the Marbled Background stamp.
stamp sets:  'Snowflake Sentiments' & Marbled Background
card stock:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White
ink:  Pool Party, Island Indigo
other:  1 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Pool Party 3/8" Shimmery Ribbon, Clear Faceted Gems, Dimensionals, Glue Dot, Big Shot, Standard Platform, Softly Falling Embossing Folder
We had a full day of stamping presentations & make & takes yesterday!!

This morning we are headed out back early again to our final day of On Stage events.  I have a leaders event this afternoon & then we have our event ends.  Tonight we hope to go to one of our favorite places for supper- The Melt Pot.  And then we'll be packing & getting ready to come home.  

I hope you have a SENSATIONAL Saturday!!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 10, 2017

'Season Like Christmas'

Oh Christmas Tree......this is a pretty tree!!!  It is made using the set- 'Season Like Christmas'!  

Check out the designer paper.  It is from the Christmas Around the World. 
stamp set: 'Season Like Christmas'
card stock:  Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White
designer paper:  Christmas Around the World
ink:  Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
other:  Quilted Christmas 1/4"Ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dots
We are having fun in Salt Lake City!  Yesterday's On Stage presentations were great!  

Last night I had a Leaders supper that I got to attend & it was great to get to see so many of my friends from all over!  We had a great entertainer/comedian that sang & presented for us. 

This morning we are up early & headed back to the Convention Center for a full day of presentations & classes.

I hope you have a FABULOUS Friday!!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A sparkly star!

Here is a sparkly star Christmas card.  I used the 'Add A Little Glitz' stamp set from the Holiday Catalog.
stamp set:  'Add A Little Glitz'
card stock:  Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer, Gold Foil
designer paper:  Year of Cheer Speciality DSP
ink:  Versamark pad
other:  1 3/4" Circle Punch, 2" Circle Punch, Year of Cheer Washi Tape, Embossing Buddy, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (for tiny stars)
We made it to Utah!  We are looking forward to our On Stag;e Stampin' Up! Event today.  And excited to see all of the new things Stampin' Up! has in store for us!

I hope you have a great Thursday!!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A fall 'Painted Harvest'

This is a pretty fall card using the 'Painted Harvest' stamp set.  My inspiration for this card came from my dear stampin' friend- LeeAnn Greff.  We share & stamp together alot from afar thanks to texting & emails. 

I used the colors- Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze & Soft Suede.  They are oh so pretty together!!

Check out how I did the scalloped layer behind the 2" Circle punch.  This is something that I discovered a few years ago & shared on one of my swaps on a SU! trip.  I have done this layering before on a few other cards over the years posted on my blog, that I've done at stamp classes too.  I love that is gives a different look. 

How did I do it?
  •  2x 2 3/4" piece of card stock stock.
  • Punch both ends with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
  • There will be the little notches from the Tag Topper, but the circle will cover it up!
I did a quick search on my blog & found a few.......You can see some of my other cards that I layered this way by clicking on the links below-
stamp set:  'Painted Harvest'
card stock:  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Whisper White
ink:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze
other:  Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Banner Triple Punch, 2" Circle Punch, Jute Twine, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Last night was a busy night trying to get alot done before I head out.  

This morning I'm off to take the boys to school & spend part of my day with Trey.  (Sarah's grandma is coming to stay with their kids the rest of this week since I'll be gone.)  Deke is off early to chore & then he is headed to Mt. Pleasant for a meeting.  When he gets home from there I'm headed to the airport & he'll keep Trey the rest of the afternoon.  They'll be outside working- picking our corn!   

I plan to post on my blog each day while I'm in Salt Lake City, Utah, as long as all goes ok & we have internet in the hotel.  

I'm so looking forward to seeing many of my demonstrator friends from afar.  And I'm excited about spending time with my team- Lynda, Cindy & Lorraine- who are going with me!! We are meeting each other at the airport & spending the next 5 days/nights together.  
I can't wait to see what fun new things Stampin' Up! has in store to share with us.  I'll be excited to get home & share with all of you in the coming months.

I've gotta run......
I hope you have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A 'Seasonal Chums' snowman!

Oh.....those of you that know me & have stamped with me for year, know that I LOVE snowmen!!!  This is cute little snowman that is from the 'Seasonal Chums' stamp set in the Holiday Catalog on page 47.  It comes with framelits in a bundle too!  And it is actually a tag bundle!  I just cut off his back & didn't use it on this card, but it is very cute & cool too, so be sure you check it out!

This is another one of the many cards that we did at my Holiday Extravaganza.  I love how the big snowflake embossing folder just went perfect with this.  And the little white cut out snowflake is also one of the framelits in the Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies!  

When I add snow to a card, I often just cut a strip of card stock & rip it......and that is exactly what I did here for the snow.  I did add the Wink of Stella over the top of it to add some additional dimension & glimmer! 
The words- Seasonal Greetings that I used here comes from the 'Cheers to the Year' stamp set on page 37 of the Holiday Catalog.

I colored this cute little snowman with my Marvelous Markers!  

Oh & check out the Clear Faceted Gem in the center of the little snowflake to add some more bling!

stamp set:  'Seasonal Chums' & 'Cheers to the Year' 
card stock:  Thick Whisper White, Marina Mist, Whisper White
ink:  Archival Basic Black
markers:  Many Marvelous Markers
other:  Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies, Standard Platform, Winter Wonderland Embossing Folder (big snowflake), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Clear Faceted Gems, Wink of Stella

Yesterday was a busy day with all 6 kids.  It is fun to get them all together & I love spending time with them.  We are blessed they are all so close by.  My friend Jenny- sent home an air hockey table game & some magnetic builders & a couple of board games with me when I saw her on Sunday.  Thus- she was a God Sent & helped to keep the boys occupied with some fun new things to do!  It was just too cold to go outside to play.  So we tried to keep busy!  We did lots of coloring, cutting & crafting too. 

Brayden did go out & help Papa patch some of the curtains on the finisher for about an hour.  He had fun!  And Papa said he was great help too!  Thankfully they were on the side where the wind wasn't blowing & it was too cold for them. 

When the kids all went home last night I entered orders, connected with hostesses & did some farm bookwork.  Deke had a meeting to go to with our engineer, so I was home alone. 

This morning I'm off to get the boys to school & spend my day with Trey, Masen & Ainslee.  We have some errands to run this morning if all goes as I have planned.

Tonight when the kids go home I'll be burning the midnight oil stamping!  And packing!!  Tomorrow I'm headed to Salt Lake, Utah to attend our Stampin' Up! On Stage event.  I have 3 of my team going with me- Lynda, Cindy & Lorraine.  I know we are all excited to see what fun new things Stampin' Up! has in store for us. 

Gotta run.....
I hope you have a TERRIFIC Tuesday!
Happy Stamping!