December 12, 2015

Secret Santa

This is my first Christmas with my employer and one of the traditions is having a secret Santa. As a papercrafting junkie, I LOVE creating fun daily treats. Early on, I was trying to figure out a way to stump my person. My coworkers know of my love for papercrafting and me being Santa wouldn't be secret for long! When one colleague told me she hoped I had her name for secret Santa, I had a thought.

If I can't keep my Santa identity a surprise, I can at least surprise some other folks. There are 21 people participating. I decided to make multiples of most of my projects, give one to my person and choose 2-4 others to receive the treat as well. Between now and Christmas, I'll share some of my projects with you. 

I was so surprised to see that the Square Pillow Box die is retiring. I thought for sure this would be a keeper. The box in the photo is made using the Holiday Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. This is beautiful paper. 

Products I used for embellishing include the Tree punch, oval framelits, silver foil sheet, rhinestones, 1/8" striped ribbon from the Holiday catalog and 1/8" Silver ribbon.

There are two Ghiradelli chocolates inside the box - yum! I sure hope the treat is enjoyed!

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Stop back for more photos of my Secret Santa projects. What kind of treat would you like to receive in a secret Santa package? Please share in the comment section. I love to hear from you.

Until next time, take gentle care,

December 11, 2015

Count Down to Christmas

A quick post to share a project I made years ago when my son's fingers easily slipped into the openings. Oh my, how time flies. So much time goes in to projects like these, but they do make memories that last a life time.

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Until next time, take gentle care,

December 10, 2015

SALE! While Supplies Last!

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While you're shopping, don't forget this week's deals:

*    If you own and love the Big Shot, don't miss this opportunity to save on the Precision Base Plate. This is a must have tool for your intricate dies. I didn't think there would be much of a difference using this plate, but I was wrong! It's a great addition to your tool kit. Psst! Santa...hint, hint!

*    Iced Rhinestones? Bring 'em on! Think Valentine bling!

Be sure to stock up and save!

So you may be wondering what I've been up to. I survived hosting my first Thanksgiving holiday. My younger sister has hosted in the past, but this year she and her family vacated, so it was my turn. The best part, in my opinion is having the leftovers!

My spare time then turned to my annual holiday card order. This is the 9th year I've been making the cards for my friend's business. I send him 4 samples, his team chooses the card and I go to work. Here is this year's selection:

I made and delivered 200 of them. I always enjoy hearing the comments from his customers.

The technique:

*  Crumb Cake cardstock run through the Woodlands embossing folder. The folder was so popular, SU! ran out of them and had to stop taking orders. The good news is this folder will return in the new 2016 catalog in spring!

*  Using a brayer and white craft ink, ink the raised trees. You are going to get white ink in the debossed areas, not to worry, it's just snow being blown about!

*  The "snow" is a 4" x 2 3/4"  of Whisper White torn down the middle making "snow" for two cards.

*  The cardinal if from the Festival of Trees stamp set. The greeting is retired and the silver cord is from the holiday catalog.

Once I got rolling on these, it really didn't take all too long to create the pieces. As I was assembling the card I kept looking at the card front stack thinking - that doesn't look like I'm going to have enough. Yeesh, I had only cut on package of card stock - back to the cutting table to cut the 2nd package and break out the brayer and ink!

I hate to admit it, but with this order and several other small ones that I made, I still need to make mine! That's what this weekend is for! Do you make and send cardsow many do you make? Are they all the same design or do you create a variety? Be sure to share in the comment section!

Until next time, take gentle care.

November 25, 2015

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November 23, 2015

Online Extravaganza Begins!


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November 21, 2015

Save Up To 50%! Starts Monday!

STARTS MONDAY November 23 Save up to 50 percent on select products during the Stampin’ Up! week-long Online Extravaganza!  To make it even better, there will be flash sales that last 24 hours onNovember 23 and November 30, the first and last days of the Online Extravaganza.
But, remember:  Online Extravaganza savings are only while supplies last, so get them while you can!  SALE ENDS NOV. 30.  


  • Past Paper Pumpkin kits and kit refills in Online Extravaganza are available for purchase by subscribers and non-subscribers.
  • You must use bundle item codes provided for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will not be applied if individual component item numbers are entered separately. Bundles featured in Online Extravaganza will exist only during Online Extravaganza.
  • There is no minimum purchase necessary for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will range from 20 to 50 percent.
  • Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.  Don’t forget to check the holiday catalog retiring products list15% off bundlesweekly deals and clearance!

November 16, 2015

Onstage Local

Hi all,

What a fun day I had yesterday. Because Stampin' Up! is now a global company, the way in which the demonstrator gatherings are being held has changed. Yesterday, demonstrators throughout the world got together for learning, stamping, friendship and seeing the new product catalogs that will be available 1/1. The main gathering was held in Brussels, Belgium, but I was fortunate because one of the six US gatherings was held in Milwaukee. I was very surprised to learn that the Milwaukee gathering had the most attendees!

The day was great in that I also make a new SU! friend. Through the magic of our Pals Facebook group, I met Natalie Bush from Shell Lake, WI and invited her to spend the weekend with me. We had a great weekend getting to know each other. At the event, I was also able to meet a fellow Pals Bobbi Lang Lewis from Michigan and Marines Hesslau from Illinois. We partnered with Lisa Pretto's InkBig group for a card swap and had a wonderful time! I brought home 3 new stamp sets and a package of DSP, 4 make 'n takes, several Stampin' Up! logo items, the Watercolor Wishes card kit from the very generous Lisa  Pretto and lots of great memories.

My one adventure of the day was getting locked into a bathroom stall! After struggling for about 2 minutes on my own, I asked for help. I think there were 5 women on the other side of door pulling and tugging - talk about an embarrassing moment! About five minutes later, someone grabbed the bottom of the door and voila, it popped right open. I profusely thanked my rescuers and headed back to my table, I overheard stampers informing others to stay away from that stall! Never a dull moment!!!

After enjoying breakfast with Natalie that consisted of french toast from my homemade cinnamon bread - yum, Natalie left for home and I headed to my craft table

I have two birthdays this week for special guys in my life. I CASEd this card from Pinterest and just love it! I know the leaves are off the trees, but until the snow is piled outside, I will continue to use this great stamp set!
I don't have the corrugated paper, so scored a piece of crumb cake at 1/8" intervals prior to cutting it with the framelit. I do love all of the texture in this card, don't you? Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

As soon as I'm able, I'll share projects with the newest SU! products - you're going to love them!

Thanks for stopping, have a great week!


October 19, 2015

It's Here! 15% off ALL Stamp Sets!

Woo Hoo! It's here! A great stamp sale to kick off your fall stamping season! From today through October 23rd, all stamp sets will be 15% off the regular price. Rotary stamps, host sets, clearance stamps and bundles are excluded.

Do you have a birthday coming up? Do you know someone who never knows what to give you? Give them a "subtle" hint and steer them to my website with a wish list. This is also a great option for folks who like to get their Christmas shopping completed early. If you're anything like me, you'll forget all about this and will be totally suprised when you open your gift! There's just too much going on in life to retain everything:)

Exactly what will you save? This chart will give you an idea!

To shop, click here. As you start your order, when asked if you have a host code, enter the following: YW4S6PGB

If your order is larger than $150, don't use the host code and redeem the stampin rewards for more great Stampin' Up! products.

If you have any questions, I'm here to assist. Have fun shopping and happy stamping!


October 18, 2015

15% Savings on ALL Stamp Sets


That’s right, 15% off all stamp sets Oct. 19th – Oct. 23rd!
*This sale includes all regular priced stamp sets.
Rotary stamps, Hostess sets, clearance stamps and bundles are excluded.

If you would like to order, please use Hostess Code: 


If you are placing an order over $150, don’t use the Hostess Code, and just redeem your free hostess product yourself! 
If you are considering joining my team, you can use the 15% discount on stamps in your Starter Kit! For only $99 you choose $125 worth of products! FREE SHIPPING!
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October 14, 2015

Contain yourself!

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for October where we are celebrating an early Fall season by sharing Halloween and Autumn projects using our wonderful Stampin’ Up! supplies.  We hope you enjoy our creations!
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Pam Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose, number 4 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 the projects.
With all of the fabulous Stampin' Up! dies that are available, it has been very difficult for me to "contain" myself! I chose to feature the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits along with the Happy Haunting DSP. You can certainly scare up some compliments when handing these treat filled containers off to family, friends and special trick-or-treaters!

I am especially loving the sparkling witches hat made with the 2 1/2" circle punch, the word window punch and the Tree Punch. For the hat on the mini treat bag, I used glue dots to adhere a small clothespin inside the hat for easy access to the treats!
For the pumpkin's hat, I bent the spider web in half and snipped a very narrow bit from the center so, when opened, the slit would fit over the curvy keepsake handle. I used Tombow glue to adhere the hat to the web so both pieces can be removed as one unit. It's hard to tell from the photo, but I used bits of the black glimmer paper to make the pumpkin's face.

What has been your favorite SU! container to create and give? Leave a comment below; I love to hear your ideas!
The next stop is Karen Hallam at Karen's Stampin' Habit, number 6 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!