The Gift of Stamping

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a special project to share with you … a Gift Card Enclosure (or envelope!)  I love to create special enclosures when someone wants to give the gift of stamping by purchasing a Gift Certificate from me.

Yesterday it was one of my stampin’ friends’ birthday, and her husband (a very smart man) wanted to get her a gift certificate, so here is what I came up with for Dawn …

The front flap was created by coloring the Springtime Foil Specialty paper with the Stampin’ Blends. The greeting was cut with the Oval Thinlits dies and the Enamel Glitter dots were added for dimension and a touch of sparkle. The pretty pink ribbon just slides on and off to keep the cover closed.

The envelope was created with a piece of 8-1/2″ x 11″ Early Espresso and a couple of score lines!  The inner piece was cut to add a greeting and room for a signature.  Gently tucked inside is the Gift Certificate.

I can create a special card enclosure for your stampin’ friend, wife, Mom, daughter … sister, you name it! And for any occasion!! I do not charge for the card envelope …. just the cost of the Gift Certificate.

I’d be happy to help you with sharing the gift of stamping with the creative person in your life.

A Happy Birthday to Dawn … and I thank you all for stopping by today.

Enjoy your day ~


And the Winner Is ………

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a quick post … I want to announce the WINNER of my little contest yesterday.  All you had to do to enter was check out the videos and then tell me which one you liked best! Easy … peasy!

Well usually I do a Two for Tuesday post today … but today I’m going for 3!  I had 3 people comment on my game yesterday, so I’ve decided all who played should win!!

  • CINDY PLZAK: I like the Cake Soiree set. It is a beautiful set and can be used for birthdays, weddings, and other events but I don’t like that it only comes in rubber stamps. It’s harder to layer or restamp.
  • BONNIE KRONER: I like the “Let the good times roll bundle” Takes me back to when life was care free, and takes me forward to the fun you can have in the summer with my kids!
  • NANCY LEACH: I like TWO sets! I like the bubble over stamp set because, as you know, this house is “made” with Coca-Cola!
    But I also like the roller coaster set! It really looks so fun, but I am just not sure how often I’d use it…but it will be the one I regret not getting!


Each participant will receive a “Hand Stamped” card from one of my classes and a package of the NEW Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals!!

They are so stickin’ cute … and they are REALLY handy to have around! I use them as much as I use the regular size! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Thanks for playing along yesterday.

Thanks for stopping by today …

Have a good day 🙂

So it’s Monday, Let’s Have Some Fun!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Let’s have some fun today!! Monday’s get a bad wrap because most of us have to return back to work after having a day or two off for the weekend.

So, here’s what we’re going to do… I’m going to share 3 video’s with you today of bundles that I “did not” get out of the Occasions Catalog, all you have to do, is comment below on *Which one do you like best out of the three and *Why you like it!!

Then I will use a random pick to choose the Winner!!  The winner will receive a Hand Stamped Card from me, and a prize that will be mailed directly to you!!

Here we go!  The first bundle is the “Cake Soirée Bundle” …


Our second bundle is the “Bubble Over Bundle” …


And, last but not least is the “Let the Good Times Roll Bundle”

Any of these bundles would be great for making cards, scrapbook pages and 3-D projects for any party!!

For your chance to WIN a Prize along with a hand-stamped card from me, just comment below on *Which one do you like best out of the three and *Why you like it!!

Thanks for stopping by, and have some FUN on a Monday, and take a chance to win a prize.

Happy Day!!

Here’s the product bundles again, just click on the image for more information …



Simply Sunday: Go for the Gold… Rose Gold!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Well, the Olympics are coming to an end tonight but striving for Gold will not stop there for some of the athletes … they will start working all over again.  I don’t know if it’s the Olympic year or what, but foils – Gold, Silver, & Bronze are Hot, Hot, Hot right now!

We’ve got you covered in the Annual catalog in Gold, Silver and Bronze …. but did you see the NEW Sale-a-bration Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper? WOW … it is stunning! And … there’s the new Rose Gold!!

I am so excited about this beautiful paper that it is just one of the Gifts that my Hostesses’ are receiving for hosting a stampin’ party!! I also have a couple of cute surprises that are tucked into our new Silver Mini Gabel Boxes (pg.13 / Occasions Catalog) that is decorated with one of the patterns from the Sale-a-bration Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper.

I still have 2 more sets of Hostess Gifts if you would like to host a Stampin’ Party! Have a girls night out (they are so needed!!) and have some fun stampin’ with your friends. They can get FREE Sale-a-bration items and you will receive additional Hostess Benefits with a qualifying party.

Here is just one of the Make -n- Takes we made at Kathie’s party. Playing with the new Sale-a-bration Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper was a must, and they loved it …

This pattern has silver and gold foils so we made those “pop” by matting it on a black card base and a black focal point cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelit dies.

The greeting comes from the “Flourishing Phrases” stamp set and a banner created using the Triple Banner Punch. A touch of gold (leaf die cut) was added to draw your eye in and tie in the gold from the designer paper.

Oh yes … this shot shows the beauty of the foils. This card is simply classy and oh so timeless! Plus, it can be used for any occasion. I love it, and it was a big hit at Kathie’s party.

I will design a special one just for your group as well. My stampin’ parties are tailored to my hostesses and what they like 🙂

I thank you for checking out my blog today, and I hope you think about having a stampin’ party! It’s a great night (or afternoon) out.

Have a simply awesome Sunday!

Stamping Supply List ….


Thank You Friend … Brayer Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am back today to share another alternative project. from this months Paper Pumpkin kit. This one is so cute and just resonates SPRING! I’m going to start by sharing “HOW” I did the brayering on this card …

First, let’s begin with the Silicone Craft Sheet. Because the Die Cut Greetings already have adhesive, we want to make sure we’re not “sticking to everything” … so our Silicone mat solves that problem!!

I pulled the greeting from the die cut sheet and placed it onto my Silicone Craft Sheet (127853) Don’t forget to add the small pieces from your “a” and “o” to complete your word.

Now we are ready to prepare our sponge brayer. Roll it over the ink pad several times and then do a practice brayer on the side.  You will see that you DO NOT have to have your brayer covered with so much ink that you don’t see any white!  You’d be surprised how much ink is actually on the brayer 🙂

You are now ready to begin brayering your die cut greeting! I began using the brayer at full width to get the words fully covered with ink. I also brought it back & forth from top to bottom to get some color across the majority of the greeting.

Now you can see by the photo that I am brayering on the edge of the brayer. This gives me a more defined area to brayer … I want my center with a deep rich color so my cardstock underneath just POPS!! Then just let it dry before you begin assembly of your card!



My next step was to arrange my flowers onto my greeting … I put dimensionals on the back of the greeting so it did not stick to the card front … I’m just placing it on the front so we can stamp onto the card.

I lifted the lower flower arrangement off and “popped” it up to add dimension to the card. The greeting is also popped up as is the entire card front!! There is a lot of dimension going on here! lol

This picture shows all the different layers of this card … so pretty.  I also wanted to bring in a little something for the “empty” spaces on my card … not that every inch has to be backed full but adding the Glitter Enamel Dots just allows your eye to flow around the card and brings in the touch of pink to tie this card all together.  Besides … I love them ❤ lol

Thank you for stopping back and sharing part of your day with me!

I wish you a beautiful day. It’s a balmy 40 degree’s here in Wisconsin … and we will take that in February 🙂

Don’t forget that next months Paper Pumpkin kit includes a FREE Gift as Stampin’ Up! celebrates the 5 year Anniversary with Paper Pumpkin!!

Choose a subscription today …. Earn FREE Sale-a-bration items too for each $50 purchase!!



Celebrate Your Awesomeness!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am excited to share not one but two really cute cards!! Since I missed you yesterday I thought I should share two cards with you 🙂

I hope you had a chance to view the Paper Pumpkin video that I posted … it’s a good kit! Did you know that if you purchase Paper Pumpkin by March 10th, you’ll get the kit that includes a FREE Gift, and will be invited to a Paper Pumpkin celebration at my home!!

If that’s not all … Once you’re a subscriber, you can purchase any past kits that are available … Like this months kit!  So let’s get to the cards!

I love to share alternative projects …

I used ONLY items found in the kit for this card 🙂 The celebrate comes from the negative that is used for the original card. I sponged it (Ombre style: Darker on top to Lighter on the bottom) to give my card a bolder visual impact.  (They are all ready sticky, so no worries on how to adhere them!)

I added the flowers next (also sticky) and then I stamped my secondary greeting from the Ink Spot and Stamp Set that is included in the kit! The entire greeting was popped up. This picture will show the layering better …

What a cute card to send to a special friend … Celebrate your awesomeness! It could be used simply for a birthday or to celebrate a new job or an achievement in their life ❤

My next card was created using the “Basket Weave” embossing folder that is part of a special Sale-A-Bration bundle that you can earn for FREE with a qualifying purchase. I love this folder and it goes so well with this kit!!

I love to rich color of the Early Espresso teamed with the colors from the Paper Pumpkin kit this month. The “friend” piece is actually the negative (open) and I placed a piece of cardstock behind it.

Once I embossed the card front with the “Basket Weave” embossing folder, I wrapped it in the Linen Thread (that was included in the kit).

Then … I stamped the greeting “hello sweet” above the friend, added the cute “sticky die cut flowers” and then popped it up onto the card front and added a cute little bow. Even the little pearls come with this kit!

This angle shows the basket weave a little better! I love the simplicity of this card, yet the texture and dimension really brings it to the next level.  It’s so cute!!

Thanks for joining me today ~

I hope you keep stopping back as I have so much more to share with you!! Not just the Paper Pumpkin but the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs as well.

Have an awesome day! It’s Friday 🙂

Don’t forget that next months Paper Pumpkin kit includes a FREE Gift as Stampin’ Up! celebrates the 5 year Anniversary with Paper Pumpkin!!

Choose a subscription today …. Earn FREE Sale-a-bration items too for each $50 purchase!!



Spring is in the Air …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a fun video to share with you .  Paper Pumpkin’s February 2018 kit will have you wishing for spring flowers a little early this year!

Remember …

Happy birthday to us! March 2018 is Paper Pumpkin’s 5th anniversary and Stampin’ Up! is kicking it off with a truly exciting campaign. Not only are we celebrating five years of creating and sharing together, but we also want to say thank you to all of our customers and demonstrators who have helped us reach this great milestone. And what better way to do that than with a March kit which includes a fantastic, FREE gift and a specially designed, one-of-a-kind box? This kit is gorgeous, collectible, and is almost sure to go down in Paper Pumpkin history as an all-time customer favorite!

Promotion Details

  • The free gift complements the kit but is not needed to complete the kit.
  • The free gift is exclusive to the March Paper Pumpkin kit and cannot be found anywhere else.
  • The free gift is a crafting product with a wide range of use that can be used on a variety of papercrafting projects.
  • The free gift holds an approximate retail value of $6-$8 US when compared to similar products offered by Stampin’ Up!.
  • Subscribe between February 11–March 10 at 11:50 PM (MT).

Five years of meeting you at your mail box. Creating & sharing millions of projects together. Inspiring countless smiles and glad hearts. We are celebrating our 5th anniversary and it’s all thanks to you! Thank you for all you have done to inspire smiles and glad hearts using Paper Pumpkin. Share your favorite Paper Pumpkin story on social media using #paperpumpkin5. And don’t forget to be subscribed by March 10 to receive your free gift and special 5th anniversary box!

Thanks for stopping by today to. Let me know if you have any questions about Paper Pumpkin.

NOW is a great time to try it out … purchase the 3-month subscription and get Sale-a-bration benefits and the March kit with it’s FREE Gift!

Have a great day …

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