A Holiday Welcome …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am back from our Annual Holiday Stampin’ Retreat. Today I have a quick post for you to share how we welcome our stampin’ guests to the Holiday Retreat!

Each of our guests has a “Name Tag” on their door that not only designates their room, but greets them as they come in. These would also make cute little place markers for a holiday dinner table.

I used the “Father Christmas” stamp set from the Holiday Catalog. The stamp set already includes the frame that I used and also has a beautiful holly branch and Santa’s bag, so it will be very versatile in your cardmaking and / or scrapbooking.


To add a pop of color to our tag, I grabbed my “Holly Berry Happiness” bundle and stamped some holly leaves and punched them out. I’ve used this stamp set many times already … the greetings and verses are awesome!

The cute little houses were made from “Sweet Home” Bundle … I’ve seen the cutest houses made from this bundle that I just had to share with our guests.  These little houses (and we had different styles & colors) adorned the mantle in the dining room. We wanted the retreat to feel warm and inviting as they entered.

The fun part was that each guest got to pick out their favorite at the end of our retreat stay and take one home with them. It’s a token of our appreciation for being our guest and a little reminder of the fun we had this weekend and that Eileen and I are honored to share the “Holiday Retreat” home with such marvelous women.


I’ll be sharing more about our retreat along with some photos of the awesome cards, both from the retreat and the swap cards! Let me say … these ladies are “very” talented!

Thanks for stopping by today, and please join me tomorrow to see a little more about our retreat.

Have a great day ~




Our 2016 Holiday Retreat …

Hello Ladies ~

I am off to our annual Holiday Retreat were I host an awesome group of stampers. We stay in a 1930 English Tudor home were they enjoy cozy lodging, beautiful grounds on Green Lake, and all their meals – everything is included in the price of course.


Also included in their price are all the stamping projects they get to do! It’s a wonderful weekend away, and I can’t wait for our guests to arrive this afternoon.

I’ll be back on Sunday to share more with you.

Thanks for stopping by.


Throwback Thursday: Fall Fun

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I love fall,  it is my favorite season and hosts my second favorite holiday … Halloween. I love the crisp air, the smell and the beautiful colors, not to mention the visits to the pumpkin farms!

Today I’m sharing two scrapbook pages that I did years ago, but the layouts used make them timeless.

The first is a visit to the pumpkin farm with 2 of my granddaughters. A simple layout but it works beautifully as it really makes the pictures “pop” … and isn’t that was scrapbooking is all about – the pictures!


I still laugh when I look at this page. We told Cassie should could have any pumpkin she wanted as long as she could pick it up! Well let me tell you… that young girl had a lot of determination, you can see her struggle, but she got them and was so proud.

The second is another layout of us at the pumpkin farm … this time I used a split photo technique. I always wanted to do that and it really looks cool.


These pages are really making me long for the days of pumpkin farms … time to pick up my great grandson and continue the traditions!

Hope you enjoyed the layouts, and that it inspires you to pull out your photos and do a bit of scrapbooking.

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me.

Have a wonderful day ~


A Watercoloring Technique ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share with you a quick video from Stampin’ Up! demonstrating a fun watercoloring technique.  If you were in one of my Technique Clubs … you have already done this fun technique!

Here are some samples of the cards that I have made using this technique …




Love this card, one of my favorites … You don’t have to be extravagant to make a beautiful card. Sometimes simple is better.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post. I’ll be back tomorrow with a “Throwback Thursday” project …

Have an awesome day!




Look what came in the mail …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Want to make amazing projects without the prep work? Meet Paper Pumpkin—a crafting subscription kit by Stampin’ Up! Because sometimes the best way to get creative is INSIDE the box. Every month, you’ll receive all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to make a fun, papercrafting project. Everything is precut and ready to go. Skip to the fun with us—sign up CLICK HERE

Check out the video…

Throwing kindness around like confetti is more fun when the confetti is in a shaker card! The Season of Gratitude kit includes eight cards, three sizes of sequins in four colors, die-cut leaves, and a crackled background stamp. With all the heartfelt sentiments in the stamp set, you’ll soon be “throwing gratitude around like falling leaves.”

You will also be a member of my Paper Pumpkin Pals where we share additional ways to use your Paper Pumpkin. Join the fun and Sign up CLICK HERE

Thanks for checking this out with me.

Have a great day~


Hello December? Why yes, check it out …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you the perfect way to preserve all your Holiday memories … with the Project Life: Hello December 2016 products. A few basic products are all you need, so you can spend more time living and less on memory keeping! Watch and see how easy it is!

Donna Griffith from Stampin’ Up!’s training team shares some tips for creating with the Hello December 2016 Project Life Card Collection and Accessory Pack.


Here you can see the album all decked out and ready for your photos …

Let me know if you have any questions about our Project Life Memory keeping / scrapbooking system. You will fall in love with these easy card and accessory collections, and they work well when you need a card in a moments notice as well.

Thank you for stopping in today…

Hope yours is a good one!







Simply Sunday: Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a quick -n- easy Christmas card for you. I know many of you have very busy lives but still like the “hand made” touch at Christmas so here is one solution for your cards …

Let’s begin with our Designer Series paper: This Christmas Specialty Designer Series paper, you will find this paper in our annual catalog on pg.172.  Once we chose the design we want, the next step is our card base … today I chose Cherry Cobbler.


While your picking out your paper products, grab your “Vellum Cardstock” because that is what we’ve stamped our greeting on. The greeting is from our “Wonderful Year” stamp set found on page 28 of the Holiday catalog. I used StazOn ink because it works best on this application.

I attached my vellum with the glue dots and then hide them by placing a rhinestone over the top. I colored my rhinestones with a Sharpie™ marker.

Yup … it’s that quick -n- easy. Let me know if  you have any questions about today’s card, or other cards you have viewed this week.

Thanks for stopping by today, and enjoy your Sunday.

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