October 28, 2014

Weekly Deals and Weekend Update

Hi all,

We arrived home from our Louisiana weekend around 1 yesterday afternoon. I was up at 4 to pack up and head to the airport. We had a wonderful weekend. The wedding was beautiful, the bride - stunning.

My nephew has had his share of challenges over the past couple years and it makes an aunt's heart smile to see him happy.

On Sunday, we met up with the newlyweds in New Orleans; they were in town to attend the Saints/Packer game. We took to Bourbon Street along with many other crazy football fans. I can't remember laughing so hard and having that much fun in a long time. Unfortunately, our Packers didn't fare well, but we still back 'em! You will note that the Louisiana born and bred bride is a Saints fan - we don't hold that against her! What a great weekend!

Now, on to important stamping stuff! It's Tuesday and time for new deals for the week.

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

Thanks for stopping and have a great day!

October 26, 2014

A forest!

Hi All!

Today's card features a forest designed by Deb Valder. If you've ever walked through a forest you most often see trees of varied sizes. I say most often because adjacent to our northern Wisconsin property located in the heart of the Nicolet National Forest is a section of federal land that years back was clear cut, then planted with red and white pines that were all of about 6" high. Now, you can barely walk through the area it is so thick and the trees are fairly uniform in size. Again, I digress....

So, the talented Ms Valder has created a tutorial that shows you how to use your tree punch to create trees of many sizes. In following this tutorial, I learned this is a card that cannot be easily mass produced, but it sure packs a punch.

The sentiment is from the Good Greetings stamp set that can be yours for FREE. Click here to find out how.

Enjoy and until next time, take gentle care,

October 25, 2014

Happy Wedding Day!

This post was written prior to my leaving Wisconsin. Today is the day my sweet nephew Andy and his beautiful Megan are to be married. My 87 year old mom wasn't able to travel to Louisiana for the big event, but the 4 sibs are together with much to celebrate. I wanted to share the card I made for the newly weds. I altered the measurements on this card to make it bigger than the standard size.

I'm working on improving my photo editing skills. I tried to capture the sparkle created with embossing powder. I'm happy with card and hope Megan and Andy like it too.

I created an envelope using the envelope punch board and embossed sparkly butterflies on the front of it. I'm certain they won't get another one like it!

Hope your day is going well. Until next time, take gentle care!

October 24, 2014

A Top Note-ch Tree!

Hi All!

Today's Festival of Trees sample features the good old stand by Top Note die and was designed by my upline, Mary Fish. Mary is known for her clean and simple cards and this one certainly makes a statement!

It had been awhile since I pulled out this die; there are oh so many wonderful possibilities with this little guy. The shortened card front allows the design from the Trim the Tree DSP paper stack to shine and the brushed gold paper provides the sparkle.

Enjoy and until next time, take gentle care,

To purchase any of the following items, simply click on the photo.

October 22, 2014

Festival of Trees II

Hi all,

This morning I'm putting the last items into our luggage and before I pick up my son, Michael from school, I need to get on line to register for an upcoming Stampin' Up! event. For those of you who are long time SU! customers, you know that January means Sale-a-bration! This a great event that allows you to choose free items for each $50 purchase. December 3rd SU! is holding a Sale-a-bration catalog kick off event that will be broadcast LIVE at movie theaters in designated cities throughout the nation. The Wisconsin event will be held in Kenosha. I attended the holiday catalog kick off and it was a great event. I'm looking forward to getting a sneak preview of the new catty. Anyway, I digress - I do this when I'm excited and I'm excited for my trip and also excited to showcase another of the projects we created at the Festival of Trees class.

The first card we made had a very elegant look, click here for photo. Today's card was designed by Sandy Dixon and features the Under the Tree Specialty DSP and a homespun look.

This card came together quite easily. Be sure to save the punched out tree for another of your projects. The patterned DSP made aligning a straight tree a breeze! Much easier than using fishing line to tie the tree to the drapery rods like we did at times when I was a kid! 

Want to create this look? Shop my 24/7 online store by clicking here.

I will be holding Stamping 101 classes in mid-November. If you're interested in stamping, but have never tried it or are new to the craft, I'll be explaining the basic tools and techniques you'll need to get started. You'll go home with lots of information and of course a couple projects that you will create! Stay tuned for more details.

Thanks so much for stopping. If you like what you see, leave a comment; I love hearing from you.

Until next time, take gentle care,

To purchase any of the items used in this project, simply click on the photo below.

October 21, 2014

NEW! 2014 Holiday Supplement

The NEW! 2014 Holiday Supplement catalog is now available for your shopping pleasure! Click on the photo to go to the online version of the catalog. 

If you're looking for great ideas for holiday creativity, you've come to the right spot. The catalog cover features one of 26 stars available for you to create with our Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit. Look interesting? View the videos below for more details!

Stampin' Up! has even created some alternate ways to use this kit.

This kit is only available while supplies last, so don't delay and order yours today!

Happy shopping!

Until next time, take gentle care,

Weekly Deals

Hi all!

It's Tuesday and time for this week's deals. Click on the photo to shop and save!

October 20, 2014

I'm back with Festival of Trees

Hi all,

I've been getting ready for a trip to Louisiana for a family wedding. We fly out of Milwaukee Wednesday afternoon and will arrive in New Orleans around 7:30. I'm travelling with my two sisters, two brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law (mother of the groom, my brother is driving down from WI), my niece and my son. We're spending a couple nights in New Orleans and then heading north to Covington for the big event. I'm looking forward to weather in the 70s, great Cajun food, a beignet or two at Cafe du Monde and a fabulous time at the wedding! I have to put a few finishing touches on my card and will post a photo of it before I seal it in the envelope. I'm so looking forward to the get away!

Last Thursday I held a Festival of Trees class. Because everyone purchased the stamp set, I set out baby wipes for stamp cleaning. I think everyone left with great projects, big smiles and inky fingers! We made two cards and one 3D project. I had a dozen samples that included cards and tags, so everyone was able to go home with lots of ideas on how to use their new stamp set and punch. So, for the next week or so, my posts will be all about Festival of Trees. To own your own bundle to create the projects you'll be seeing, click here to purchase it on my 24/7 online store. Here is the first of the projects we made.

The biggest challenge on this card was tying the tiny bow! I got lots of practice and saved my guests some frustration. I cased this from Georgeann Manning. The greeting is from the Wondrous Wreath set. If you have any questions on how to create this card leave a comment and I'll follow up with you as soon as possible. I won't be taking my computer with me on this trip and will only have my phone. I don't do well keying on the tiny keypad - the fingernails get in the way...

Be sure to stop back to check out other Festival of Trees projects!

Until next time, take gentle care,

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Brushed Gold
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Festival of Trees, Wondrous Wreath
Accessories: Large Polka Dot EB, 1/8" Gold ribbon, Tree punch, Dimensionals, Pearls, Crystal Effects, 1/8" Hole Punch.

October 15, 2014


At this harvest time of year, many of us take moments in our day to be grateful for the many blessings in our lives. As I watch the rain fall this morning, I have many gifts for which to be thankful.Those thoughts are what inspired today's card. 

I made use of the rich in-colors, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Blackberry Bliss. The Seasonally Scattered sentiment was heat embossed and I used the embossed resist technique with the Work of Art stamp on Crumb Cake CS. The image was framed in Early Espresso. Recognize the panels?? They come from the Trim the Tree DSP pack - it's not just for Christmas! The Hello Honey card base was stamped in Versamark with leaves from a vintage set I have. A quick and easy card to create.

Don't forget to check out the deals for this week. Click on the photo to go to my 24/7 online store.
Thanks for stopping. Until next time, take gentle care,

October 11, 2014

Happy Birthday with Apothecary Art

Today my sweet niece-to-be is celebrating her birthday. Megan and my nephew Andy will be married on October 25th and I'm counting down the days to the big event, but for today, we have Megan to celebrate!

I CASEd this card from Pinterest and love the bright, fresh look of it.

I cut a piece of vintage DSP, to add to my 10.5 x 5.25 piece of Daffodil Delight CS and used Whisper White for the bottom of the card. Using the Tuxedo Black Memento ink, I stamped the image and colored it with the amazing Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Blendabilities. The image itself was fussy cut. I then cropped a piece of Daffodil Delight using the labels framelits, stamped and trimmed the greeting and popped that up with Dimensionals, added a double bow using the Daffodil Delight seam binding ribbon and tah-dah, a smile ready for giving!

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

Thanks for stopping and until next time, take gentle care,

October 8, 2014

Halloween and Harvest Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating an early Halloween and Harvest season. This month we are sharing Halloween and fall projects using our wonderful Stampin’ Up! supplies.
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Beth McCullough's stop #4, Stamping Mom 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.
There is something for every occasion in the What's Your Type stamp set. Holidays, home decor, backgrounds, modern and retro looks can be created easily and quickly with this versatile stamp set. Don't let it scare you!

Tangelo Twist and Basic Black were my spooky colors of choice in this card. I started by randomly stamping my background pattern. Aligning the polymer stamps was a snap. I added a bit of Tangelo Twist ribbon and tore the edges of the basic black mat to give it a bit of texture.

There is still time to order this set and stamp your stack of Halloween cards. Click on the product names or here to shop my 24/7 online store.

The next stop is to see what Lynn Kolcun from Stamping with Avery's Owlery has created for you at stop # 6 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

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  1. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  2. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  3. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping  -  You are here!
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  7. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  8. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  11. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  12. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  13. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  14. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  15. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  16. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  17. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  18. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  19. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Amy Whelan at Amys Inklings
  22. Jane Knudsen at www.seejanestamp.com
  23. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  24. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  25. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  26. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  27. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  28. September Gray at septembergray.com
  29. Sherrie Gross at Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sherrie
  30. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  31. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  32. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com