Simply Thankful …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hard to believe we are mid-week already! But that means we are closer to the weekend. It is so beautiful this time of year … the leaves are just starting to turn. I hope nature takes it’s time this fall so we can all enjoy the splendor.

Today’s card is a refection of this time of year … the beautiful fall colors, and a time to give thanks for all we have in our lives.


I did the “Reverse Masking” technique for this card. I cut out my leaf image using the “Leaflets Framelits” Dies to create my mask and placed it onto my Very Vanilla cardstock.

I then sponged Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze into the leaf image. When I got the color consistency I wanted … I simply lifted off the mask and revealed the beautiful leaf! I love the dimension that this technique gives.

With our new HOSTESS stamp set “Six Sayings” …. I stamped the Thankful greeting onto my card in Cajun Craze (I think I need to re-ink my pad!) However, I loved the way it turned out. What a beautiful font!! You can find this Hostess stamp set in the back of the Holiday Catalog.

Grab a few friends and do a book or on-line show so you can get this set for yourself (Contact me at for more details.

I matted my card front with Cajun Craze and then popped it up onto more Very Vanilla.


I took a left over piece of bakers twine from my September Paper Pumpkin kit and added the cute little bow to the leaf. I gave it added a bit more texture to the card.

A simple but stunning card. I’ve always loved this technique! Hope you enjoyed the card share today.

I am “Thankful” you stopped by to visit with me …

Have a beautiful day ~




Weekly Deals …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m here with the latest installment of Stampin’ Up! Weekly deals …



We hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Deals!

127012G Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies Item # 127012
Regular Price: $27.00
Discounted Price: $20.25
Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine Item # 134586
Regular Price: $3.00
Discounted Price: $2.25
Handpicked Framelits Dies Item # 137361
Regular Price: $25.00
Discounted Price: $18.75
Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 137364
Regular Price: $7.50
Discounted Price: $5.63
Hearts Border Punch Item # 133784
Regular Price: $16.00
Discounted Price: $12.00
Gift Box Punch Board Item # 135863
Regular Price: $20.00
Discounted Price: $15.00
Envelope Punch Board Item # 133774
Regular Price: $20.00
Discounted Price: $15.00

Let me know if you need any help with ordering or have a question about one of the products… I’m here to help.

Thanks much for checking it out.

Have a great day!



Happy Scenes …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I’d like to share with you a post from the Stampin’ Up! Get Inspired blog. When their concept artists or staff writers share awesome cards & projects … I just have to share with you. So please note that the following information is from that blog post …

Window cards are trendy, they’re so much fun to make—and we have everything you need to create one yourself using products from our brand new holiday catalog!



The Happy Scenes Stamp Set (item # 139821) includes 16 photopolymer stamps with autumn/winter landscape images and sayings that are perfect for end-of-the-year holidays. Stamp a little landscape and enclose it in a window frame—which you can make using the Big Shot and our Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies (item # 139666). Instant cuteness! (I borrowed this card idea from p. 11 of the holiday catalog.)


For the Halloween card I included the cat from the Festive Fireplace Stamp Set (item # 139754). He just seemed to fit!

And here’s some great news: when you purchase the Happy Scenes Stamp Set + Hearth and Home Thinlits as a bundle (item # 140853), you save fifteen percent!

Cindy B.

Sr. Staff Writer

Thank you Cindy for sharing your talents …

and Thank You so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I did!

I will be back tomorrow with a new set of Weekly Deals!

Have a wonderful week ~




Simply Sunday in Olive …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I think you will “fall” for today’s Simply Sunday card … I won’t need many words to describe this card and you won’t need much to make it!


I began with the beautiful Old Olive plaid pattern of designer paper found in the Farmers Market package and used the Very Vanilla as my base and front of the card.

I cut out the “maple” leaf from the “Leaflets” Framelits Dies from a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I then cut out the “grateful” from the “Seasonal Frame” Thinlits Dies out of Old Olive.

The Vanilla was popped up over the designer paper to create a beautiful dimensional look and the greeting was adhered directly to the vanilla with the Multipurpose liquid glue. Simple.


I know I talked this past week about “less is more” and this is just another card to explain my statement.

Thank you for joining me this Sunday ~

I wish you a beautiful day.




Sweet, Sweet Candy …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Weekend to you! Many of you know besides being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, a blogger, Mom of 3, grandma of 11 and great-grandma of one … I also manage the candy store in my hometown.

So, what do you think I thought of when I say that little candy stamp in this months Paper Pumpkin kit?

Yep … a sweet but simple card featuring the candy! I used it to create the background …


I wanted plenty of color so I chose the Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cucumber, Watermelon Wonder and Wisteria Wonder and stamped that little candy stamp all over!

Then I chose the “You’re So Sweet” as my greeting and stamped it in Watermelon… that is when I decided to create a banner to highlight the greeting. For a bit more pop of color I added the Daffodil Delight and Crisp Cucumber behind it. (Subliminal message: Green and Gold)

The entire card front was matted with the Watermelon Wonder to make the greeting stand out and then that was layered onto the Whisper White background.


Cute & fun card for any occasion … birthday, sweet sixteen or just because!

Thank you for joining me today ~

I hope your day is filled with fun and lots of color!




Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to take you to a “spooky” place … the dark side! I showed my Stampin’ Technique club this month a neat way of sponging a background on a colored piece of cardstock …

We began with the So Saffron cardstock and started sponging with the Crushed Curry. I like the way the Curry bring depth to the yellow tones. Next we blending in Tangerine Tango and finally blended our edge in Cajun Craze. It creates a bit of a haunting effect … don’t you think?


Now that I had my background complete I wanted to add something new … I’ve been dying to get my hands on the “Sleigh Ride” Edgelits Dies (but why wait till Christmas!)

I used the “trees” die and added it to my background … yes, I liked the look. Hmmm … what next, the Spider Web Doily of course! Yes … I liked that too!

Yes, it’s a bit on the dark side, but I figured even Halloween likes to shine, so I matted my background with the silver glimmer paper and added my “Spooky” greeting also from the silver greeting. You can find “spooky” in with the Seasonal Frame thinlits dies.


It’s a bit unique yes, but I liked the way the glimmer paper lighted it all up. A little Hocus Pocus I would say!

Thank you so much for “dropping” in.

I hope you have a fabulous Friday!




Truly Grateful for Autumn …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yesterday marked the first day of autumn … my favorite season. I love the colors, the warm days and cool night, sweaters, caramel apples and the smell of the leaves. Yup, I love it all.

Today I promised an alternative idea for your Paper Pumpkin kit. Just a little reminder of the stamp set that comes with the kit …


I had so many ideas popping into my head with this stamp set. I will share one today, another at a later date, but the rest are reserved for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers … their treat for choosing me as their Paper Pumpkin demonstrator.

You may join my Paper Pumpkin Pals … HERE. Plus, you’ll be helping out Breast Cancer and the same time you treat yourself to Paper Pumpkin.

In honor of the season, I chose the leaves and did the Rock -n- Roll technique – that is why some are two different colors …


The Rock-n-Roll technique is very simple … Ink up your image in the lighter of the two colors, and then simply roll the very edges of the image into the darker color ink. Since these were so very small, I just kind of tapped the very edge onto the ink pad instead of “rolling” the image around.

I thought of adding a texture to the background but I really loved the simplicity of this card … it speaks volumes. Sometimes less is more.


Hope you enjoyed today’s alternative project … stop back tomorrow, I have some more “spooky” for you! My sister teases me that not everyone loves Halloween as much as I do .. I know, some of you like it more!! lol

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me, see you tomorrow!