Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oh, So Eclectic

Hi Stampers,

I have two grown sons who live on opposite ends of the country from their dear old mom, so I send a lot of cards to them.  Today I'm sharing one that I created using something totally new to me - embossing paste!

I've had the embossing paste & tools in my craft room for a few weeks now...I have to admit that I was feeling a little intimidated about using them.  I shouldn't have's so easy!  And I love the results.  The diamond pattern on the background of this card is one of 4 designs you get in the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

The stamps and die-cuts are from the Oh So Eclectic Bundle.  The colors are Early Espresso (card base), Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, & Whisper White.  The sentiment on the banner is stamped in Versamark & heat embossed using White Stampin' Emboss Powder.  All of the die-cut pieces are adhered with Multipurpose Liquid Glue except for the largest Pool Party flower, which is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Three little sprigs of foliage cut from Gold Glimmer Paper make this card sparkle!  I don't usually make floral card designs for the men in my life, but I think these colors make this card work for the guys or gals!

I did some stamping on the inside but left space to write a mushy little love note from mom.  :)

I'm sending a book along with the card, so I made a matching bookmark.  "Love You" is part of the Bloomin' Love stamp set.  The bookmark is made from Thick Whisper White so it's nice & sturdy, and punched with the Tag Topper Punch.  The ribbon is Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon.

I love the watercolor look in the Oh So Eclectic stamp set.  I'll be using this bundle a lot - there are so many different ways to combine the stamps & die-cuts!

Product List
Click the Shop Now button to visit my online store or click any of the photos in the product list to go directly to that item.

Don't forget to redeem your Bonus Days coupons this month!  If you need a demonstrator, I'm here to help you with all your stamping needs.

Don't miss this great deal - expires September 10!

Thanks for visiting today,


Monday, August 14, 2017

Holiday Ribbon Shares

Hi Stampers,

Stampin' Up offers so many beautiful ribbons and I wish I could buy all of them!  Sadly, it's just not possible on a budget.  I'm betting that some of you feel the same way, so I'm offering 2 ribbon shares this month.

#144213 - 3/8" Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon

Here's what you get:

#1 Fall Ribbon Share

2 yards 5/8" Burlap Ribbon #141487
2 yards Fresh Fig 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon #144132
* 2 yards Black Vintage Crochet Trim #144259
2 yards Black Mini Sequin Trim #144259
5 yards Crushed Curry Solid Bakers Twine #144354

All for $11.00 plus $2.00 shipping (free local pickup)
#2 Christmas Ribbon Share

* 2 yards 1/4" Quilted Christmas Ribbon #144621
* 2 yards 1/8" Real Red Solid Ribbon #144631
2 yards 3/8" Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon #144146
2 yards 3/8" Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon #144213
2 yards 1/8" Old Olive Sheer Ribbon #144171

All for $9.00 plus $2.00 shipping (free local pickup)

* These are brand-new ribbons from the 2017 Holiday Catalog

How it Works:

1.  You email me at to tell me which shares you would like to purchase.  Be sure to provide your mailing address, or specify local pickup.

2.  When your share is filled (5 people), I send out invoices through PayPal.

3.  When all payments have been received, I submit the orders.

4.  When the order is received, I cut & repackage the ribbons (wrapped neatly on a spool and sealed in plastic).

5.  I mail them via USPS first class in a padded envelope or notify you of the pickup date.

August 30 is the last day to join in these ribbon shares - please order early!

Have a great day,

Friday, August 11, 2017

Avoiding Crafting Frustration

Hi Stampers,

FRUSTRATION.  It's the only way to describe that feeling when you've spent 20 minutes searching everywhere for that teeny-tiny die that you swore you wouldn't misplace again.  I've done it over and was gone for a week was never seen again.  There's nothing more frustrating than time spent searching for something when all you want to do is craft.

I'm determined not to let it happen again and here's the solution I came up with:  MAGNETS.  Yup. It's that simple.  Mechanics have known this trick for years!  All you need is a large magnet next to the Big Shot to keep those small dies corralled.

 This is a magnetic parts holder designed for mechanics to keep track of nuts & bolts. Genius!!

Found at Harbor Freight Tools for $2.99!

When I'm finished with them, my dies live on a magnet sheet.  Look under the labels on the left side of my blog for "Die Storage" to read more about this.

I hope this simple tip can save you frustration too!

Thanks for visiting today and happy stamping,


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

More Carols of Christmas Inspiration & a Sweet Treat!

Hi Stampers,

This is one of the cards we made last week at my all-Christmas stamping class.

I love using striped designer paper, it's so striking as a background.  This one is from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  The colors are Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White & Old Olive.

Our class was at 10:00 in the morning and stamping is hard work, so I made some of my favorite muffins to keep everyone's strength up :)  Here's the recipe for my Cappuccino Muffins with Espresso Cream Cheese Spread:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon & salt.  In another bowl, stir milk & coffee granules until the coffee is dissolved.  Add butter, egg & vanilla; mix well.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full.  Bake at 375℉ for 17-20 minutes or until muffins test done.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.  

Espresso Cream Cheese Spread:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all together until creamy.  Cover & refrigerate until serving.  Makes about one cup.

"Deck the Halls" is stamped in Versamark ink & embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.  The gold sequins are a 4" piece of sequin trim folded in half and attached to the back of the die-cut oval using a glue dot.  

A drop of Multipurpose Liquid Glue and a dash of gold Stampin' Glitter adds sparkle to the center of the poinsettias, which are attached using one of the new Mini-Dimensionals.  They are the perfect size for attaching small pieces like this.  I'm so impressed with them that I'm sending out a free sample as a thank you to everyone who orders from me in August!

Shop with me this month and I'll mail you a free sample of the new Stampin' Up Mini-Dimensionals #144108!   Be sure to provide your contact information so I can send your Dimensionals.  Please use host code DTTNPQEH for orders under $150.

Product List
Thanks for visiting today!

Happy Stampin' & Bakin'!