September 29, 2014

Festival of Trees Class

We had so much fun at the Envelope Punch Board Class, the group asked for another and decided on using the Festival of Trees Bundle for our next class.

Join the fun on Thursday, October 16th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm as we create several cards and projects using this fabulous bundle. I'll have many additional ideas created with this bundle, so feel free to bring your camera for photos.

Class cost is $35 and includes the Festival of Trees bundle and all of the supplies to make the projects for the night. Reservations and payment must be made by October 4th so materials can be ordered for the class. Class size is limited so make your reservation and payment early!

September 28, 2014

World Card Making Day

Join me in celebrating
World Card Making Day!
Saturday, October 4th
9:00 am – 10:30 am
5625 Hilldale Drive, Slinger, WI
* FREE, no obligation event
* Make a card to take home with you
* 15 minute project, stop in when you can!
* Enjoy refreshments and fun
* Bring a friend
* Take advantage of the Stampin’ Up! Specials for WCMD

* View lots of samples and ideas

September 23, 2014

Weekly Deals

Paper piercing is a technique that can add a big POP to any project. Take advantage of this week's deals to scoop up one or all of the piercing packs. With the holidays fast approaching, Pinterest is loaded with ideas on how to use the Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die for great holiday gift giving ideas which is on sale this week! Click here to shop my 24/7 online store and feel free to call me with any questions.

Eclectic Paper-Piercing Pack by Stampin' Up!
Price$7.95 $5.96
Faces I Love Swatchbook Template -- Digital Download
Price$12.95 $7.77
Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
Price$7.95 $5.96
Gold Glitz Dazzling Details by Stampin' Up!
Price$2.50 $1.88
Hamburger Box Bigz Xl Die by Stampin' Up!
Price$42.95 $32.21
Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack
Price$7.95 $5.96
Ovals Collection Framelits Die
Price$26.95 $20.21
Party Pennants Bigz L Die by Stampin' Up!
Price$32.95 $24.71

September 22, 2014

PPA Challenge

This week's PPA challenge sketch is a keeper! Keep this one handy for when you need a quick card and have a mind block; it comes together so easily.

I know fall is here, but flowers are wonderful in any season - aren't they? For this sketch I pulled out my All Abloom DSP paper stack. I layered it onto a piece of Pistachio Pudding and broke out an old stand by - the retired Daisy #2 die for my embellishment. I used a spot of Daffodil Delight in center of the flower to mimic the flower in the DSP and added a brad for a bit of bling. You could add a sentiment for any occasion or leave it just as is.

Quick and easy to put together with a result I would enjoy receiving in the mail! I challenge you to give this sketch a try!

Until next time, take gentle care,

September 19, 2014

A New Twist on Paper Pumpkins!


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I’m a big Paper Pumpkin fan—you know—Stampin’ Up!’s papercrafting fairy godmother who brings you a kit of awesomeness every month?
But if you’d like to whip up an actual paper pumpkin—here you go! This fun project is a snap to make using the Big Shot, the Circles Collection Framelits Die, and our funMotley Monsters Designer Series Paper.
Cut approximately twelve circles and make a paper pom pom (—but before you start gluing the circles together, cut the bottoms off to allow the paper pumpkin to stand upright.
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Cut a rectangular piece of scrap Kraft Cardstock to create a stem and add a tag made using the Ghoulish Greetings Stamp Set.
That’s it! Make a bunch of these to decorate your house for Halloween—or give them away as gifts!

September 17, 2014

FREE Stamp Set!

I'm always on the lookout for a versatile sentiment stamp set and certainly found one in Good Greetings. This set will take you from Halloween to Valentine's Day with the perfect words to complete your project.

How do I order this set, you ask? It is available FREE with a personal order or combined workshop order of $300 or more.

Give me a call to schedule a time to get together with your friends. I'll share ideas on how to use this stamp set and other great Stampin' Up! products.

In addition to evenings and weekends, I am currently available on week day mornings and afternoons. So, gather a few friends, put on the pot of coffee and let's stamp!

September 16, 2014

September 13, 2014

New twist on DSP for the PPA Challenge

Greetings all!

The weather here is Wisconsin is screaming fall. I actually broke down yesterday and turned on the furnace as is was approaching mid to low 60s - in the house!! Ready or not, here it comes!

I did lunch and a movie with a friend yesterday. We saw "The 100 Foot Journey". It is about a restaurant owning Indian family. I have a good friend who is from India whose cooking is divine. I left the theater craving some of my favorites that she prepares. She's coming to my envelope punch board class this Thursday and knowing her kind, generous, caring spirit, she'll bring treats - yum! I'd recommend the movie and dinner afterwards at a local Indian restaurant!

Back to stamping. With fall, which is my favorite season, comes the beautiful, rich colors of the harvest, the autumn leaves and this week's PPA challenge. Just realized, curry is a spice used in many Indian dishes - this was destiny!

As I looked at this palette, I thought about my DSP stash - hmm, nothing that speaks to this color combo. I wanted something a bit different than just stamping my own DSP. My eyes kept going to the Back to Black DSP, hmmm and BINGO!

Using the 'dot' stamp from the Kinda Eclectic set, I stamped a piece of Back to Black DSP with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke. I had to go back with the colors twice because I was seeing too much white for my liking. The sentiment is from Merry Everything stamped with a graduated trio of colors Note Tag punch and then cropped with the coordinating punch, then layered on top of the Decorative Label punch and popped up on dimensionals. 

I used a bit of retired Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon to complete the look.

Hope you enjoyed the tip on another way to use your Back to Black DSP. 

Until next time, take gentle care,

September 10, 2014

Pal's Blog Hop - Holiday Catalog


Welcome to the September Pals Blog Hop. 

This month we are showing off our favorite new products from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from stop #3 Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan  on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

The 2014 Holiday catalog is so packed full of amazing products and ideas, it was hard to choose just one, so I went with a 3D theme to showcase a number of new products.

Frightfully good treats

The Under the Tree Specialty DSP isn't just for under the tree! The heavy duty paper will hold lots of yummy Halloween treats in this sturdy star bag. The Merry Everything bundle includes images for each upcoming holiday and the coordinating punch to make your holiday treat packages come together quickly. 

Are the stars out tonight?

This beautiful heat embossed star box was stamped using
the Bright and Beautiful stamp set. It was perfectly trimmed with
the Stars Framelits. This would be a perfect decoration on any
holiday mantle. The project is finished with Brushed Gold CS
and Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon. Click here to view a video tutorial by Stampin' Up!

A Tower of DSP!

One of the darlings of the holiday catalog and a perfect match for the Under the Tree DSP is the Gift Box Punch Board. The board makes 15 different sized boxes to fill with gifts, treats or pile them high, as I have done and wrap them with the sensational Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Ribbon for use in your home decor.

I hope my projects inspire you to break out your sticky strip
and start creating in 3D. 'Tis the season!

The next stop is #5 Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper  on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.


The amazing crafter line up!
  1. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  2. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  4. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping - you are here
  5. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  6. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  7. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Katy McGloin at Just fun Stamping
  10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  11. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  12. Shannon Jaramillo at
  13. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  17. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  18. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  19. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  20. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  21. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  22. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  23. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  24. Rae Harper-Burnet at
  25. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  28. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  29. September Gray at
  30. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  31. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  34. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  35. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery

September 9, 2014

FREE stamps, NEW stamps and Weekly Deals

FREE stamp set through October 31st.

This versatile stamp set can be yours for FREE. Contact me to book a class for your friends!

Weekly Deals

Click on the photo to go to my 24/7 online store.

A wonderful NEW photopolymer stamp set

You're Wonderful Photopolymer Stamp Set 
Item # 139158 Price: $23.95

Thanks for stopping

September 4, 2014

Envelope Punch Board Gift Card Tutorial

It's time again for another PPA challenge! This week is a color challenge using two of the rich and beautiful In-Colors for 2014-2016, Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss. This color combo was so easy to work with.

I have an Envelope Punch Board class coming up on September 18th and this gift card holder is one of the projects we'll be making. After seeing samples for the class, I had a few people ask me for a tutorial, so I put one together. This is a fun and easy project with endless possibilities! 


To get a copy of the tutorial, leave a comment below and send your email address to; I'll send you the pdf asap! I should have been checking photos as I went; I apologize as some of them are not real crisp, so if you have any questions, send an email or leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Hope you enjoyed the project and today's challenge! Be sure to stop back next week for the Pal's Blog Hop featuring products from the holiday catalog!

Until then, take gentle care,

Paper: Crumb Cake, Hello Honey, Whisper White, Moonlight DSP
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Stamp Sets: Amazing Birthday, Happy Hour
Accessories: Envelope Punch Board, Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Hello Honey 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, 1 1/4" punch, 1 3/8" punch

To purchase any of these items, click here to go to my 24/7 online store.

September 1, 2014

Paper Pumpkin September Sneak Peak - 50% Off!

Until September 10th!

Become a Paper Pumpkin subscriber by September 10th and your first 2 months will be half off with the promo code HALFOFF2. This is a perfect time to join and you can cancel your subscription at any time.

What's in store for September? Check it out! A kit that includes all supplies to make eight burlap goodie bags.

To join, click here. I would appreciate your choosing Sue Becker, Slinger, WI as your demonstrator. Thanks so much!