Thursday, January 31, 2013

FREE tutorial!

Good morning!
I have an important message to share with you today!  I have set up a newsletter!  As an added bonus for signing up for my newsletter, you will receive a FREE tutorial to make a super cute Love Notes Gift Box.  The gift box tutorial also has instructions on how to make 4 coordinating cards.  These little cards are the perfect size to leave on a pillow, put in a lunch box or leave on the bathroom mirror!

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Thanks for checking in and have a fabulous day!

Hand Stitched Hearts

Good morning stampers!
A few nights ago I was trying to brainstorm for ideas.  Unfortunately I kept coming up blank.  I decided to go to bed instead.  Then BAM! Right in the middle of the night an idea popped into my head!  Luckily I had a pen and some paper on my night stand or the idea would've been lost!

Here is what I came up with:

It's not overly fancy but it sure is cute!  It was very easy to create as well. I can't wait to send it off to a special someone!
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Retro Sketches #47

Good morning stampers!
Today I have a Valentine's Day card to share!  It was created using a sketch that I found at Retro Sketches a week or so ago.  I absolutely love this layout!  It makes for a card that is both simple and sophisticated all at the same time.

What do you think?  Do you like the layout?  
Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Patterned Occasions gift

Good Morning!
Since it's Sale-a-Bration I wanted to share a few of the items that you can choose from for making a $50 purchase.  I created gift set that consists of 5- 3"x 3" cards and matching gift box.  The DSP on the box and on the cards is called Sycamore Street.  It's a beautiful array of fun and colorful pages.

The next item is a stamp set called Patterned Occasions.  I wasn't sure if I liked this set at first but let me tell you- it has won my heart!  What cute and precious cards can be created using this set!

The third item that you can earn from Sale-a-Bration is the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button set.  I didn't use any of the buttons on my cards but I used the ribbon! The ribbon comes in Pool Party, Island Indigo and Tangerine Tango.  You get all 3 spools of ribbon as well as 36 buttons (12 ea. of 3 different colors Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango and Pool Party).

The last picture I have to share is a close-up of the box.  The flower on the box is made from the new Creped Filter Paper that is available in the new Spring Catalog.  The "Just Because" sentiment is from the Sale-a-Bration set called Vintage Verses.

Orders can be placed online through my website, via email or phone.  Let me know if you have any questions!!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Hearts a Flutter

Good Morning!
I saw this card on the Stampin' Up! Valentine's board on Pinterest so I thought I would case it.  It was originally designed by Allison Ohran.  I love the layout.  It's simple yet beautiful!  I used the Honeycomb Embossing folder, Hearts a Flutter stamp set, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Lovely Little Labels stamp set and the Little Labels Punch Pack.

Remember that it's Sale-a-Bration so you will earn a FREE product with every $50 purchase!  Have a great day!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Oh, Hello

One of my favorite new sets in the Spring catalog is called Oh, Hello. I love the chevron oval, the rose and the sentiments. There are so many possibilities that can be made- cards, scrapbook pages, 3D projects and the list goes on! Below is a card that I CASED from my fellow Inking Everything team member Penny Smiley. I love the layout and the colors. It's the perfect Thank You card. Thanks Penny!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Get Well

Good morning!
Since the flu season is in full swing and many are sick- I thought I'd share a get well wishes card. I've been on a bit of a Valentine's Day kick lately so I thought it would be a nice change.

To make this card, I used all new product!  (with the exception of the card stock).  The DSP is from the Tea for Two pack.  The Oval Framelits were used to create the nesting ovals.  I used the rose stamp from the Oh, Hello stamp set (greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes).  Last but certainly not least is the 5/8" Flower Trim ribbon.  On this card- I cut 3 roses from the ribbon and dyed them with a mixture of 70% rubbing alcohol and 5-6 drops of Island Indigo reinker.  I found it easiest to make the dye mixture into an empty Stampin' Spritz bottle.  The roses took less than 5 minutes to completely dry and they are pretty!  

Do you have any cards, 3D projects or techniques that you would like to see on my blog?  Leave me a comment or send me an email!  
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Ok!  So it's not Monday but I did make a card using the Mojo Monday 277 sketch challenge.  I really liked the sketch this week.  It's a versatile layout which can be used for many different cards.  I'm thinking it's the perfect layout for a birthday card or a wedding card.  I chose to make mine a Valentine.

What do you think?  Do you use sketch challenges to help you come up with ideas for your cards?

Remember- it's Sale-A-Bration and YOU get the rewards!  Have questions?  I have answers!  Call or email!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


That's right ladies and gentlemen!  It's that time of the year again!  This year is Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary and there are a LOT of fabulous deals!  From today Jan. 22nd through March 22nd- for every $50 you spend- you can choose any one item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!  Spend $150 and receive 3 Sale-A-Bration items, a package of Silver Glimmer paper AND receive hostess benefits!  When you host a $400 workshop- you will receive 8 Sale-A-Bration items, hostess benefits and a special hostess bundle which contains the Madison Avenue Stamp set (clear or wood mount), Sycamore Street DSP, and the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button pack.  Now is a great time to host a workshop or private class!  Please call or email for my available dates!

Thinking about becoming a demonstrator?  Everyone who joins Stampin' Up! joins for a different reason.  Some want the 20% discount and the ability to preorder new merchandise, others want to make a make it a business, and some even just want to get the starter kit because it's a GREAT deal!  Whatever YOUR reason is- now is the time!  The starter kit is only $99 AND because it's Sale-A-Bration you get to choose $158.50 in merchandise for your kit!  The products that come in your starter kit are completely up to you!  You get to choose what you want!  There is also no shipping charge on the kit!  If you're interested in becoming a demo for any reason let me know!!!  I will answer any questions and address any concerns you may have!  I would love to have you on my team!

Click the links below the Brochure/Catalog pictures to access the contents.  Have a great day!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Raccoon Valentine Treat box CASE

OMG! I have the cutest Valentine's Day treat box to share with you today. (I'm caseing the idea from Kimberly) It's a paper piecing made by using several punches and dies. Normally I'm not a huge fan of paper piecing as my projects don't usually come out like I want them to. Today must have been my lucky day! Isn't he just the sweetest?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Spring Bouquet

Good Afternoon!
Since I've finally had a few moments to catch up I started working on another floral arrangement.  This one is more of a spring/summer bouquet.  It's created from another tutorial from Leigha Rock (  I love this arrangement simply because it's soft and beautiful.  The roses and other flowers are very life-like.  Yes, these bouquet's are easy to make!  I know that they look difficult but I promise that they are not!  If I can do it- so can you!

I also have a question to ask today.  I'm originally from the Whitesville, NY area and lately I've been noticing that there are several visitors each day from the Coudersport, PA/Elmira, NY/Woodhull, NY/Wellsville, NY area.  Would anyone be interested in a class?  I'd be happy to come in and visit my parents AND teach a Stampin' Up! Class.  I just wanted to see if there was an interest before I commit to doing so.  I'd love to hear what you have to say!  Please either comment here on my blog or send me an email (  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter- what kind of class, best time for you, etc...
Happy Saturday and thanks for checking in!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A quick update...

I wanted to stop by and let you all know that yes- I'm around and making beautiful things to share with you.  I have been in Buffalo the past week helping my in-laws.  My father in law took a nasty tumble down a flight of stairs last Friday night and had to spend a few days in the hospital.  He is pretty beat up and has 17 staples in his head but fortunately he will be fine.  On Tuesday my mother in law had to have knee surgery and since my father in law was in the hospital- my husband and I went in to help them out for a few days until they could take care of themselves.  Thankfully my in-laws are recovering nicely and we could finally come home.  It has been a long week.  I will have some things to share with you tomorrow afternoon.  My daughter is having her wisdom teeth removed tomorrow morning so I will be at her surgery in the morning.  I sincerely hope things slow down as I don't know how much more I can take.  I miss stamping and my work is really piling up!
I hope you all have a fabulous evening and I will see you all back here tomorrow!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Newsflash and a promotion!

Good Afternoon!
I just wanted to share some exciting news with you all today!  Stampin' Up! is now offering a monthly subscription called "Paper Pumpkin".  What exactly is Paper Pumpkin?  Here are the details!

I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone can enjoy!

Here are a few more details:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!)
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.

Interested in signing up?  Visit today!  

As a special promotion from Dani's Thoughtful Corner- if you sign up by 1/31/2013 (and list me as your Demonstrator) I will send you a FREE roll of SNAIL adheisive which you can use to complete your projects!  Just send me an email at and let me know that you've joined. I will verify with my report and send your adhesive out to you so you will have it in time to use with your new kit!  If you have any questions- please call (734) 497-8521 or email me.
Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Double die cutting

Good morning!
The card I'm sharing today is a card that features the double die cutting technique. Penny Smiley posted the tutorial on her blog yesterday. Check it out! Super easy and very cute!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Valentine's Day Mailbox

Good Morning!
Today I'm sharing another one of Erica Cerwin's creations. It's an absolutely adorable Valentine's Day Mailbox. I LOVE it! such a clever idea! Stay tuned as I will be offering a Valentine's Day class which will feature some of the projects I've shared this past week.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Today I have a cute little Valentines Day gift to share. These would be perfect to make and send in for school class parties.
When I first saw the design (created by Erica Cerwin) I knew I had to make some!

The packaging itself reminds me of a perfume sample (which for those who know me- know that I LOVE "little" things) so a mini bottle of bubbles is perfect!!! When the card is opened up you can see the bubbles and the sentiment.

These can also be decorated for different themes. I think they would be super cute for Birthday parties as well!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Heart shaped box

Good morning!
Now that things have finally settled down a bit- I've had time to play with my new goodies a lot more. Thankfully!

The item I'm sharing today is an absolutely adorable heart shaped box. It opens to reveal a small gift. In this particular box, I put in a hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works. Even though the box is fairly small- there's plenty of room for a small candy treat. Unfortunately I wasn't the clever one who designed this. All the credit goes to Erica Cerwin. Isn't it absolutely adorable?

Monday, January 7, 2013

Patterned Occasions

Good morning! Today I have a thank you card to share. All of the products used (with the exception of the card stock and ink) is from the 2013 Sale-a-bration catalog. I love the bright colors of the Sycamore Street DSP and the super cute stamp set called Patterned Occasions. Too cute!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Creative Crew Gallery

Here it is!  The moment we've all been waiting for!  The Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew Gallery is now live!  Creative Crew Gallery January 2013

The January Challenges were Back to Basics!  Here is the information on the challenges that I copied from SCS:
This month's challenge is brought to you by Jana, aka - indyemmert 

2013 is Stampin' Up's 25th anniversary! That got me thinking about what made me fall in love with Stampin' Up back at the beginning, and the answer is the basics: stamps, ink and paper.

(with apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein, LOL)
"Let's start at the beginning,
A very good place to start.
When you read, you begin with A-B-C.
When you stamp, you begin with S-I-P."

This month, let's remind ourselves and our customers why we love Stampin' Up by focusing on S-I-P: stamps, ink and paper.

CCREW0113DF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM -- DSP/Color Focus: We have an embarrassment of riches in the Occasions catalog and Sale-a-bration catalog. Choose YOUR favorite DSP from either catalog, and convince the rest of us to love it too!

CCREW0113CF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM -- Do you remember what it's like to be a beginning stamper and wondering how in the world to create a card with just the basics? Create a card using just stamps, inks and paper that will win over beginner and advanced stampers alike!

CCREW0113HF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM -- Holiday focus: Since it's Stampin' Up's 25th anniversary, make an anniversary card using the attached sketch.

CCREW0113SF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM -- Scrapbook focus: Create a scrapbook page about your stamping. What inspires you? What does your stamping space look like?

Happy stamping!

January 2013 Crew Gallery
Attached Thumbnails
What are you waiting for?  Come play with us!  

These are my submissions:

 I hope you enjoy!

Happy New Year!

It's that time of year again!  Another year is over and a new one has just begun.  I swear the older I get the faster time goes.  I haven't made any New Year's Resolutions yet and I'm not really sure that I will.  How about you?

Last night I was busy creating my submissions for the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew.  I don't like to wait till the last minute to get stuff done but this time I didn't have a choice.  My preorder was delayed not once but twice due to weather.  I will be posting again this afternoon once the Creative Crew Gallery goes live over at SCS.  

Until then- here is a card that I created at about 2am.  I'm not really much of a late night stamper so you can tell that I was a little sleepy.  (that would explain the extra red lines).  I must admit that normally I would not share a card that isn't perfect (or very close to it) but yes, even I make mistakes while creating!  

Happy New Year!