Thursday, November 29, 2012

Floral Arrangement

Happy Thursday!!!
Several years ago I used to own my own dried floral business.  I would spend hours and hours at home creating floral arrangements to sell at local craft fairs and specialty shops.  Then for one reason or another I stopped.  Not really because I didn't enjoy what I was creating but mostly because there wasn't a huge market for dried floral arrangements anymore.  I never realized how much I missed it until the past few days.

While doing my typical daily blog surfing I came across a blog called
I usually blog surf for inspiration.  I normally find tons of ideas and am completely in awe of how people think of such magnificent things to create.  Then I go to my craft space and try to create something just as brilliant.  Well let's just say that doesn't happen very often and it certainly didn't happen yesterday.  But I did create another beautiful floral arrangement from a tutorial I purchased on the blog.  I didn't have all of the same tools that were used in this tutorial so I just substituted what I had on hand.

At first, I thought I was going to like the floral arrangement with the candy canes better.  But I think this one is my favorite so far!  I love the see through vase with paper curls!  Too much fun!
So now, I can still create floral arrangements but now only with paper!  Two of my favorite things to do all combined into one!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WOW Wednesday!

Good Morning friends!
I hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far!  If not- just remember it's over in a few days!
The project I'm sharing with you today was made from a tutorial written by Leigha Rock.  I came across it while I was blog surfing on Monday.  I knew I just HAD to make one!  Pretty much everything is made from card stock.  It is very time consuming but well worth it!  I didn't take the time to line up the candy canes as I was in a hurry to finish.  The next one I make I will definitely make sure to line them up!

Don't you think it's beautiful?

I plan on making another variety today.  I will share the pictures of it as soon as I get it completed!  As I you can see- it is a lot of work but so worth it!
Happy Wednesday and have a great day!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Perfectly Preserved Treat Jar

Good Morning!
I hope everyone survived the madness of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday!  Did anyone get a fantastic deal on anything?  There sure seemed to be a ton of bargains out there!  I know I keep saying this but I can't believe that it's already the official start of the Holiday season.  Each year it seems to come sooner and sooner.  In no way am I prepared for this!  I don't even have my Christmas decorations out yet.  I feel so behind!

I have a little jar of cuteness to share with you today.  I didn't create the idea but I did alter it as I don't have the Large Oval Punch.  The original idea comes from Kay Kalthoff.  As you can see in my picture below- I used the smallest heart from the Hearts Collection Framelit Dies to cut out my viewing window.  I can't wait to make a bunch more of these for Valentine's Day.  They are super cute and way too easy to make!
I hope you enjoy!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012


******BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL!!!!! *******
Good afternoon shoppers!!!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family!  As you all know- tomorrow is THE biggest shopping day of the year!  Almost every retailer has fabulous sales and deals for this day only.  So  for TOMORROW ONLY- you will get an extra 20% off EVERYTHING you buy from me!  YES, sale items from the Online Extravaganza ARE included!!!  You MUST call (734) 497-8521 or email me: to take advantage of this offer.  The reason being is that if you order your items online- I will NOT have any way to deduct your extra discount.  Your items will still be sent directly to you!  This sale runs from Midnight 11/22 through 11:59PM on 11/23.  It is perfectly OK to call me at 11:59pm  on 11/23 to place your order as I will be up!  So don't delay!  My Black Friday special is an excellent way for you to get a few Christmas presents for yourself or for that special stamper in your life!

Thanks for checking in and have a safe and happy Black Friday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good Morning!
I don't have anything new to share today but I wanted to stop in and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope that you all have a day filled with much love, happiness, and lots of delicious food!  Today- I am thankful for everything!  Friends, family, a warm home, lots of food, etc...  I have everything I need and I hope you do as well!
Enjoy your day!!!

I will be back THIS AFTERNOON with a Black Friday sale of my own!  Check back!  It's a good one!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Busy, busy, busy!

Good Morning!
Today's post will be short and sweet as I have a TON of things to do before Thanksgiving tomorrow.  Cleaning, grocery shopping, baking- just to name a few!  How about you?  Are you all ready for the big day?  I personally cannot believe that tomorrow is already Thanksgiving.  It seems like just last week we were trick or treating!   Where does the time go?

I was toying around with a few ideas last night when I came up with these:

So simple to make!  I think I like the blue one the best!  Love the Snow Festival DSP!  It's definitely one of my favorites to use this holiday season.  Here are a few more pictures of them:

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kisses Tree

Good Morning stampers!
I have the a super cute (and super easy to create) project to share with you all today!  It was designed by Brenda Quintana ( and is WAY cute!  Brenda has also put together a fabulous tutorial for everyone to use.  So be sure to visit her site and make your own Hershey Kisses Christmas Tree!

 I think these would make the perfect little gift to give teachers, school bus drivers, postal carrier, etc this holiday season!  Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all have a great day!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 19, 2012

New Product!

Good Morning!
Today I have a new product to share with you!  It's called "Talking Tag".

You're probably wondering what the "Talking Tag" is.  Here is a little more information on that:

With Talking Tag, you can send a gift that is uniquely you. Talking Tag is a message label you can attach to cards, invitations, gifts . . . anything! Personalize birthday cards, Christmas gifts or even record quick instructions for a project. Now your pictures really can say a thousand words!
How to Buy Talking Tags:
Buy 'em by the sheet! You get 10 tags for just $7.95 (item 129723).

How to record a voice message:
  1. Download the FREE TalkingTagT App on you smartphone from, iTunes® or Google PlayT.
  2. Adhere the message tag to your card or gift.
  3. Open TalkingTagT App and scan the code.
  4. Record your message (recording starts immediately, so make sure you're ready!)
You will have the opportunity to listen, re-record, cancel, or confirm your message after you've completed recording it. Each label allows up to 60 seconds of a greeting, song, or product message.
To play the message, recipients will need to download the app and scan the code.  Messages are saved for two years, so they can listen to it over and over.

What an AWESOME way to add a little something extra to your homemade gifts!  I just ordered some today and I can't wait to play with them when they arrive!  TOO much fun!

Remember- The Online Extravaganza is currently taking place and so is a bonus offer from me!  Take advantage today!
Details on my promotion are below:

*****For placing a minimum of $50 order during the sale- email me ( and I will send you your choice of a Classic Ink Pad completely free! Place a $100 order and receive a pack of Card Stock in your choice of color!  An order of $150 will get you both an ink pad and pack of card stock or designer series paper of your choice (as well as an extra $25 in free merchandise for Hostess Benefits)! You will need to email me what your color choice is as this special is from me and not Stampin' Up!  My promotion will run for the duration of the Online Extravaganza Sale.  *****

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Just a quick reminder...

Hello everyone!  This is just a quick reminder that tonight at midnight MST- the Online Extravaganza sale begins.  The items listed below are on sale for TOMORROW ONLY!!!  Don't miss your opportunity to get the 3 products listed below at a fabulous price!
Monday, November 19, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)
Retail Price
Sale Price
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Big Shot Doctor's Bag

All items listed in this PDF (CLICK HERE TO VIEW SALE ITEMS)  are also on sale.  Take advantage while you can! 
You can email me, call me or place an order ONLINE through my website.  To shop online- please click the link on the right side bar that says "Shop With Me".

*****For placing a minimum of $50 order during the sale- email me ( and I will send you your choice of a Classic Ink Pad completely free! Place a $100 order and receive a pack of Card Stock in your choice of color!  An order of $150 will get you both an ink pad and pack of card stock or designer series paper of your choice (as well as an extra $25 in free merchandise for Hostess Benefits)! You will need to email me what your color choice is as this special is from me and not Stampin' Up!  My promotion will run for the duration of the Online Extravaganza Sale.  *****

As always- if you have any questions please feel free to call or email!
Have a great evening!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

For the birds...

Good Evening!
This post is WAY later than I had hoped.  Unfortunately I sat a a car dealership today for almost 5 hours.  It was probably the most boring thing I've ever done.  So needless to say- I didn't get any stampin' done today.
I do have a cute card to share!  I think I've mentioned before that when I saw the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog- I didn't really "notice" the For the Birds stamp set.  Not because it wasn't cute (because it is) but it just wasn't one of those sets that "jumped" out at me.  I bought it anyway (as I had seen a card that someone else had created and I immediately fell in love).   This is what I made:

Nothing too fancy but it's still cute!

Holiday Extravaganza!!!

Good Morning!
I wanted to tell you all about an upcoming sale that Stampin' Up! is offering.  The deals are GREAT!!!
All sale items are listed in the link above.  These sales are all for a LIMITED TIME ONLY!!!  Don't miss your opportunity to get the products you love most at a huge discount!
Call me at (734) 497-8521, email me at or visit my online store starting November 19.  The sale runs through November 28th however some products are limited time only!

I will be back this afternoon with some projects to share!  I have been MIA the last few days as I've been super busy trying to find a new car.  
Thanks for checking in and have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Calling anyone who loves to create!

Good Afternoon!
I want to take the time and let you all know how much I appreciate YOU.  I am very thankful to have blog readers, people who come to my workshops/classes, people who order from my website, as well people who take advantage of the Stampin' Up! Opportunity.
I have had a few people ask me some questions about becoming a demonstrator.  What are the selling requirements?  How much is the starter kit?  What comes in the kit? I will answer those questions now.

I'd like to start off first by saying that the starter kit is $99 + tax.  Shipping is included.  YOU get to select any $125 worth of products that you would like.  There are no "set" items other than the business supplies that come with your kit.  If you want $125 worth of card stock- then you can choose that.  If you want 3 stamp sets, 2 ink pads, some ribbon and some card stock- as long as it equals $125 then that is perfect!  ANY combination of products valued at  no more than $125 is fine.  There are selling requirements ($300 every quarter) HOWEVER if for some reason you do not meet the $300 minimum- that is NO PROBLEM.  You would just deactivate and no longer be a demo.  There is NO pressure from anyone ever.  There is no catch.  It is what it is.  Currently, if you sign up as a new demonstrator between 11/1-12/16 you will also receive a complete color family of ink pads.  That's 10 ink pads completely FREE.  With the ink pad addition- the total value of your kit is approximately $175 in product.  Definitely a fantastic deal.  Especially with the Holidays right around the corner.  This is the perfect opportunity to sign up and get a lot of product for little money.  If you have any other questions or would like to discuss the opportunity further please don't hesitate to call me at (734) 497-8521 or email me at

I will do my best to help you in any way I can.  If you're placing a large order- this is definitely the deal for you!  Click the link on the right hand sidebar to join my team now!

Monday, November 12, 2012


Good Morning!
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Stampin' Up! Regional in Lansing Michigan.  What an amazing day!  It was my very first Stampin' Up! event and I must say WOW!  I had so much fun!  I got to meet a LOT of other stampers, stamp some super cute make and takes, take pictures of the swap boards, get inspiration, swap cards, meet people from the home office, AND make a ton of new friends!  As I mentioned before- I was able to take a LOT of pictures!  Some I can share with you and some I cannot (due to Stampin' Up! compliance).  All in all it was a fantastic day!  (Even though I did get pulled over for speeding on the way to Lansing.  It's a LONG story but I didn't get a ticket!)
Here are some of the pictures I took of the Swap boards:

Can you find my card in the picture below?

If I met you at Regionals- could you please drop me an email? Just click the EMAIL ME button on the sidebar.  I'd like to stay in touch.  I lost my email sheet somewhere along the way!  Terri and Erin from Marysville, OH- THANKS for those wonderfully addicting cinnamon almonds!  Heather and Kristy- it was nice to meet you!  I hope you both had a safe trip back to Canada!
Thanks for checking in today!

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Good Morning!
Today I am in Lansing for the Stampin' Up! Regional.  It is my very first Stampin' Up! function so I am VERY excited!  Unfortunately I had to go alone but that's ok.  I KNOW I'll meet lots of new friends!

A few days ago I shared my Christmas Card Swap that I made.  It was simple yet pretty.   I also made a card to share for the Stampin' Up card bin.  For this card- I wanted to do something that was different than any card I've ever made.  This is what I came up with:

What do you think?  I love it!  I'm sad to give it away!  I shall definitely have to make more!

I hope you have a great weekend and I'll be back with lots to share from Regionals!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Snowmen Tea Lights

OMG!!!  Aren't these absolutely adorable?  I made these using the mini tutorial from my fabulous upline Becky Roberts.  Here is a link to her tutorial: 

I can't believe how stinkin' cute they are!  The sweater trim is absolutely PERFECT for them!  In Becky's tutorial- she used the Large Oval Punch to make the brim of the hat.  I don't have the  Large Oval Punch so I just used the Extra Large Oval Punch and trimmed the sides of the brim down until they looked good.  So- if you don't have all the supplies she lists- you can always try to work with what you do have.

Thanks for checking in and have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Good Morning!
Who says doilies are JUST for decorating plates?  Not me!  I used the Stampin' Up! Paper Doily Sizzlet Die to create these pretty little Christmas trees.  Wouldn't these be pretty sitting on the fireplace mantel?
I wanted to add a little something extra to these so I spritzed them with Champagne Glimmer Mist.  Unfortunately it doesn't show up in the picture but the trees really glisten.  For the tree trunk on the left- I wrapped the dowel with Linen Thread.  The tree trunk on the right- I used the Satin Stitched Ribbon in Gumball Green.
I'm still a little undecided if I should add a star or another embellishment to the top of the trees.  What do you think?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Swap cards for Regionals

Good Morning!
I've been busy the past few days creating swap cards for the Stampin' Up! Regional in Lansing this coming weekend.  I wasn't actually sure what card to create, so I went with one that was simple yet beautiful.  It was also pretty easy to make in mass quantity so that was a big help.  I actually shared the card a few days ago but here it is again:

Unfortunately the picture isn't that great but at least you can see what it looks like!  I hope everyone I'm swapping with at the Regional will like it!
Have a great day!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Good Morning!
I have been having issues with Blogger not wanting to post pictures.  It's definitely frustrating but at least today it seems to be working.  (knock on wood)  I wanted to share the Christmas Tree card with the deer a few days ago but couldn't get it to post.  So here it is:

It is cute but I think I like the one with the penguin best.  

The card I have to share today was super easy to create.  It's very plain and simple but it's pretty at the same time.  

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Saturday, November 3, 2012


WOW it sure is cold in Michigan today!  Gives me good reason to stay indoors and stamp all day!  Today I have a card CASE to share with you.  Unfortunately I can't remember where I originally saw it or who the original creator was.  That makes me sad!  I ALWAYS give credit when I CASE.  So- if this was  your original creation I thank you very much because I truly love it.  It's a beautiful card made from a stamp set that isn't even Christmas!

What do you think?

Card Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Gumball Green, Real Red, Whisper White
Stamp Set:  Daydream Medallions
Inks:  Gumball Green, Real Red
Embellishments:  Real Red Taffeta Ribbon

Thanks for checking in and have a great weekend!
****EDITED TO ADD ORIGINAL DESIGNER:  Thanks to Margaret Raburn for her original design!!!  I absolutely loved this card and had to make it once I saw it!  Thanks so much for sharing!!  *****

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful Thursday!

Good Morning!
I hope everyone survived Trick or Treating last night.  It's hard to believe that it's come and gone already this year.  I can't believe how quickly he holiday season is  approaching and I am no where near ready for it to be here!
Today is a crazy busy day for me.  I have to take my car to the shop to be serviced, take the kids to and from school, grocery shop and run a ton of other errands.  Hopefully I don't get stuck at the dealership all day!
The first project I have to share with you is the treats I made for Halloween.  I used the Fancy Favor Box Die and the Toxic Treats stamp set.  What a FUN set!  I filled them with lots of chocolate and my favorite- DOTS!
I hope my trick or treater's enjoyed them!

The next card I have to share is a Thanksgiving card that I made from the Wonderfall stamp set that is in the Holiday Catalog.  I'm not sure why I waited to long to buy this set but it has quickly become one of my favorites!  I love all the different leaves.  Very pretty!!!  

Thanks for checking in and I hope you all have a wonderful day!