Guest Stamper: OnStage Swap

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

As promised, I’m going to share one of my swap cards from our April 2019 OnStage event … this card was created with the “Best Catch” bundle which can be found on page 44 of the Occasions Catalog.  Now, even if this stamp set does not retire from the catalog, it will no longer be bundled, so if you want to save 10% … you will want to order it before the new catalog is released.

Although there was no “official” name on the back of my swap, but inside the card, there was and email so the creator of this card is Rhonda Syverson!!  I only took a few cards with me to this event, mostly to share with my table mates but I had two left over … so, today and tomorrow you will see those swaps (and I love them both).

Don’t you love how Rhonda did her background? It appears as she inked her folder and then ran it through the BigShot to give it that fun background.  She also did some amazing coloring on her fish … I love this stamp set and have not used it yet so I really wanted to make sure I got one of Rhonda’s card.

Join me again tomorrow to see another swap … totally different than Rhonda’s card today, but both share forms of coloring.

Thanks for joining me today.




New Catalog Sneak Peek: Follow Your Art

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have another sneak peek inside the new Annual catalog for you. I’m going to be sharing one of the Make & Takes that we made at our OnStage event that I attended.  It comes from the new “Follow Your Art” product suite which is perfect for all of my crafting friends ….

Our card highlights some of the items in the Follow Your Art suite … you can see the stamped images; rolls of ribbon, greeting and the button background. you’ll also notice the cute designer series paper.

This product suite is more than just the stamp set and dies bundle which we are used to (which is still an option to purchase and save 10%) but now, with one item number …. you can purchase the entire suite which includes that stamp set, dies, designer paper, embossing folder, embellishment kit, washi tape and more!!  I can’t wait for you to get your catalogs!!

So no matter what your crafting pleasure is, this suite will have something fun for you to enjoy!  Did you notice the little Stampin’ Up! boxes … they are so cute, and what a clever way to give a gift of crafting than in that box.

Make sure to stop back all week, and bring your friends … I will be posting some swap cards, cards designed with the new IN-COLORS and more!

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me today, I’ll see you tomorrow.

Simply Sunday ~ A Little Hello

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a cute card that may bring the feel of a warm sunny day … what the heck, they were threatening snow yesterday!!  Ha, Ha … left my shovels out, just in case!  My card share today features the beautiful Lillypad Lake bundle, and I wanted to create that “lake” feel … I hope it takes you to the warmth and wonder of the lake.

I started with the worn wood look with one of the designer papers from the Wood Textures DSP.  I cut out my background in Whisper White with the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies … it will create the focal point, and was sponged with Balmy Blue.  The sun was cut from the dies included in the bundle.

Our bird was stamped and then cut again with the coordinating dies.  the water is also a die that we cut in Balmy Blue … before we attached it we covered that entire area on the sponged white with our Snail adhesive.  The bottom 1/3 of the piece was coated with the Snail, then we laid the die cut (which I’m using as waves/water) onto the piece … then we dipped it into the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and WOW!!  We just pushed the glitter down onto the Snail to hold it better … It looks so cool.

I finished off my card with “a little hello” and some pearls which I colored with the Soft Suede stamping blends … it really looked nautical!  Most of the time when I make “glitter designer paper” … I use the Adhesive sheets, but this was such a small area and the Snail worked perfectly for this quick technique!!  Easy and looks great, you can’t get simpler than that.

Thank you for joining me at the lake today, I hope you enjoyed our little journey into nature.

Have a wonderful day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN SUPPLY LIST … if you enjoyed the card I shared with you today and would like to purchase any of the supplies, they are listed below for you.  You may pick on any of the images to view …



Join us for a Facebook Live event …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Everyone has loved the April 2019 Paper Pumpkin Sentimental Rose kit! Stampin’ Up! has just shared some alternative project ideas and I have them to share with you. The versatility of this kit and variety of projects will make you swoon.

Stampin’ Up! also wants to introduce Vanessa Herrema, who designed the kit. She is truly a wonderful artist and will share her thoughts and insights about creating this kit.  They are doing this doing a Facebook Live … how fun is that!!  I have the link and you can see Vanessa on TUE, APR 30 AT 5 PM MDT (That is 4 pm Central Time… us!)

And, it is possible that we’ll have some fun surprises as we go along. Who knows, we may even give a few more hints about the Hugs from Shelli kit coming in May.

Plan to join us for this event, you definitely don’t want to miss out… I’ll be there!  And I’ll be back tomorrow with a super cute card and a quick -n- easy technique that you’re going to love!!

Thanks for stopping by ~

Mother’s Day Rose …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

First, let me say Thank You for all the Congratulations on the Baby, that sweet little boy generated more buzz than most of my cards!! lol  But that is truly what life is all about (and who we make our cards for) is our family and friends. ❤

Today I’d like to share with you a Mother’s Day card I created using the items in the April 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I love these kits, first, because they come in my mailbox (better than bills – lol), they are easy to use, they introduce us to new products, like this months Destinktive stamps, and because everything coordinates with our current product line so it’s a breeze to make alternative projects from the kits if we choose!

Distinktive stamps are the latest innovation here at Stampin’ Up!, and the Paper Pumpkin team loves them so much that we decided to give you two of these very special stamps in our April kit. Distinktive stamps give you photorealistic-style images in one stamp, and as you can see, the result is stunning.

Everything you see on my card was included in the kit except the Wink of Stella.  The card base, the colored background, and the rose are all pre-done for you.  There is a beautiful rose in the stamp set included in the kit (that is another thing I like about Paper Pumpkin – an exclusive stamp set each month that you can keep using once your consumables in the kit are all gone)  I just used the greeting today.

So the only stamping I did was my greeting, everything else was ready for me to assemble the card… and a little hint of Stella on the rose and gently over Mother.

Someone asked me why the little Angel was in my photo’s … she was a gift I bought my sister Eileen while she was battling her cancer, and Eileen was the wind beneath my wings as my stamping side kick … we did it all together. ❤  Now her and Mom are together along with my other sister Ruthie, and they all watch us.

I have to chuckle … Eileen is the one who got us in to Genealogy, and now she knows all the answers the rest of us are still looking for!

 I hope you enjoyed todays card, I may share more with this gorgeous stamp set, but I just got my pre-order from the new catalog and I can’t wait to share some of this with you!!

Have a warm and wonderful day ~


It’s A Boy!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yesterday evening while I was cutting my cardstock for my upcoming retreat, I got the phone call … My granddaughter was going to the hospital to have her baby!! So excited, it wasn’t long before then second call to say he has arrived.

Meet Khari  … 7-lbs 2 oz and 18 inches …

I even got to feed him already!! So needless to say … I did not finish my card so I’ll be back tomorrow to share it with you then.  Sometimes life just happens when it’s ready!

Thanks for checking back with me.

Have a wonderful day.

Sentimental Rose …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share with you a video showcasing the Sentimental Rose kit. The Sentimental Rose kit makes 9 cards and envelopes and includes 1 acetate box. Watch the video to get started making these distinctly beautiful cards—which are perfect for springtime stamping.

Distinktive stamps are the latest innovation here at Stampin’ Up!, and the Paper Pumpkin team loves them so much that we decided to give you two of these very special stamps in our April kit. Distinktive stamps give you photorealistic-style images in one stamp, and as you can see, the result is stunning.

Next month we have an exclusive kit designed by our Co-Founder Shelli Gardner… Order by May 10th if you’d like to join our Paper Pumpkin Party!! Options for ordering are below.

Thank you for joining me today … stop back tomorrow as I will be sharing some alternative to this kit. Plus, keep an eye out for a sneak peek product!!

Till then, have a wonderful day, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

We have several options for purchasing Paper Pumpkin, try one and take it out for a test drive …


Sun is Shining & Everything is Rosy

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you had a beautiful Easter!

The sun is shining, and the new Everything Is Rosy Product Medley is here! I have 3 cute projects to share with you today featuring this amazing kit.  For a limited time, this exclusive collection of cute, coordinating products will be available—while supplies last. Check out each item included in this petal-packed product medley.

Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
Printed die cuts—2 sheets
Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

Purchase the kit through me before May 1st and I will host a special class showing you some wonderful things you can create with your new product medley.

Class will be held: Tuesday, May 21st if it fills I’ll open second date: Thursday, May 23rd
Classes are limited to 6 / And begin at 6 pm. Your kit will be here, just bring your adhesive
Snacks & water will also be provided to make this a fun, relaxing and creative evening.

You’ll go home with 5 beautiful projects and the rest of your kit! The inspiration from our class will make you want to use up the rest of your kit!! The project you see below are not the ones you will be making in my class … so here’s even more ideas!!

I love the fonts in this stamp set … so pretty.  And with embellishments in the kit, you can create this card in just minutes!

Love this card … a little stamping and some of the die cut embellishments from the kit will allow you to make many, many beautiful cards.

One last little project … A hand crafted gift bag! So simple to make …

The Rose Gold veining in the designer paper is stunning and gives this little gift box a very elegant look.

Thank  you so much for stopping by today, have a beautiful day!!

Let me know if you have any questions on this product medley.

Hugs from Shelli …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

This May, you’re in for a treat. Paper Pumpkin has teamed up with Shelli Gardner, Stampin’ Up!’s board chair and cofounder, to deliver you a very special Paper Pumpkin kit. It’s exclusive, collectible, and one of a kind. Die-hard Paper Pumpkin and Stampin’ Up! fans won’t want to miss this special edition.

The look and feel of this kit is all Shelli. It’s elegant, feminine, and so full of springtime details that you’ll probably just want to take a walk, breathe in the fresh air, and then go home and stamp every card in the kit. And the box it comes in? We predict that you’ll be keeping it . . . like . . . forever. Wait and see.

Thanks for dropping in today, I’ll be back tomorrow with my Simply Sunday series.

Till then … Have a wonderful day.

To get your “Hugs from Shelli” Paper Pumpkin Kit, choose from any of these options ~

Perennial Essence Suite

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share with you another peak into the new catalog. Oh … the new catalog! Coming to a mailbox near you, or join me at an upcoming event and pick one up, either way … they should be here in 4 – 6 weeks.

So as we turn the pages of this catalog, you will find the beautiful Perennial Essence Product Suite.  Stampin’ Up! did something new this year … instead of writing in “all” the items in the suite that you felll in love with, you can now just write in a single number and get it all.  Plus, the bundle numbers are still available or purchase your items separately.

I’m going to share three cards today, we will start with the basic of the three …

The beautiful Floral Essence stamp set is laced with pretty flowers and wonderful greetings, and coordinates with the Perennial Flower punch.  I hope you also noticed the stunning designer paper; Perennial Essence with it’s Hand-painted impressionistic imagery.

Our second image as the first has stamped onto the Perennial Essence Vellum cardstock and punched out to create these lovely flowers which adorn the hand stamped images on the whisper white.

Here we added another flower and the bakers twine. This one (above) is the Make -n- Take that we did at our OnStage event.  Now if you really want to see how you can jazz it up … just look at this!

On our final card we used the beautiful vellum instead of the cardstock, it gives you a warmer tone to the card.  All three are beautiful … what level of stamping do you do?  Beginner, casual or an avid stamper … have to have it all!  Yup, that would be me! That’s why I became a demonstrator, wanted the discount.  Stayed because of all the wonderful relationships I have built

I hope you enjoyed the cards today, more for you tomorrow.

Have yourself a fabulous Friday!


Everything is Rosy …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you a special product suite that was introduced to us (demonstrators) at the OnStage event I just attended, but before I do that, I want to say “Thanks” to all my stampin’ friends for your patience and support that you have shown while I was going through the loss of my sister Eileen.  Now, she would be the first one to tell me it’s time to get movin’ … so I’m doing some catch up work and I’m starting with my rewards program!!  I am excited to say that there are over 20 of my stampin’ friends that will be receiving a certificate for collecting 10 rewards points (some of you are very close)!! You are awesome!!

We have also gained 8 new Rewards Members in the past 6 months so I’d like to welcome you to our Stampin’ Escape community! You may not know this but for each $50 you spend with me, I mark you down on my rewards sheet … and when you collect 10 points, I’ll send you a certificate to claim a FREE Stamp Set of your choice. I also have a stampin’ friend in Lexington, KY … I’m already collecting points for you, and if you ever want to switch from No Contact to Customer … I’d be happy to send you the catalogs and your rewards card when filled.

A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who support me and my stamping business. It is truly appreciated … I am humbled and grateful to have you as part of my community … “my tribe”… my friends.

I am really excited to share this new “Product Medley” with you.  It’s called the “Everything is Rosy” Product Medley.  A Product Medley includes almost “everything” you need to create beautiful projects, I have a list of everything that is included below.  Now … we can’t order this until May 1st, but if you Pre-Order this kit with me, I am inviting you to attend a FREE “Everything is Rosy” class!!  Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and watch the video … and then I’ll tell you more!


What do you think? Awesome right? Did you catch that in the video … 48 sheets of designer paper!! We hope you’re ready for a ray of sunshine in your life, because the Everything Is Rosy Product Medley is here! This exclusive, limited-time collection of coordinating, petal-packed products has everything you need to let your creativity bloom.  Fans of “Rose Gold” are going to fall in love with this kit!!

Here is an entire list of what is included in the Everything Is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:

Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
Printed die cuts—2 sheets
Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

As stated in the video, is does not come with the cardstock or adhesive … but you have that.  However, the reason I want to invite you over is so I can show you 5 beautiful projects you can create with you kits!!  Bring your kits and your adhesive and I’ll bring the cardstock and the designs.

Pre-Order your kit through me (RSVP + PAY) before May 1st:

Cost $85 (You pay tax / I’ll pay your shipping … $8.00 Savings)

You will receive your kit at class time along with the additional cardstock to make 5 stunning projects (designed by me)

Class will be held: Tuesday, May 21st if it fills I’ll open second date: Thursday, May 23rd

Classes are limited to 6 / And begin at 6 pm.  Your kit will be here, just bring your adhesive

Snacks & water will also be provided to make this a fun, relaxing and creative evening. You’ll go home with 5 beautiful projects and you’ll be able to create so much more with your kit! Join me! RSVP Today.

Several recent products have far exceeded ordered quantities, and have run out quickly so this is why I’m setting up the class opportunity right away, so we can get our order in “right away” … All payments must be recieved before May 1st. You don’t want to miss out on this exclusive Product Medley, or my FREE Class.

If you cannot make my class, you live too far away … order the kit from me on-line and I will send you a PDF of our cards with instructions and a little gift because you will not be able to attend. This is such an amazing product medley, I just want to share it with everyone!

Thanks everyone for hanging out with me today … tomorrow I will be sharing “MORE” from our OnStage event.

Have a wonderful day.



OnStage 2019 Insights and Sneak Peeks …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am back today with some more fun from our OnStage event and more sneak peeks! I hope you got your “Retirement Lists” downloaded from my blog yesterday, let me know if you have any questions … I just want to remind you that some items to very fast, and when they are gone, they are gone.

OK … On to the FUN!!! On Monday I shared some insight into our leaders event “CenterStage” so today I want to share with you the main event that I get to share with my team!  Since I registered the day before, I got the chance to set up our table while my team registered …

Stampin’ Up! already had some “fun” on our tables, clip boards with some fun games to play and a box full of goodies for our Make -n- Takes!  You will notice a few extra goodied that I set up for my team (and the ladies that were at the same table… I brought treats for all).

The treats that I brought also had a message for my team: The chocolate “Stars” represent their dreams and goals, the “carrots” represent the incentives available while working towards your goals, the chocolate “coins” represent the rewards received when they achieve their goals … the “Star” lollipop represents our team “The Star’s by Design” and the mints are because I think my team members are worth a “mint”!  The chocolate pretzels? Well those are just a treat … because they are worth it!!

Let me introduce you to the Star’s team members who were able to join me … We missed the rest of our team who could not make this event (but there will be another in November … and we’d like you to join us too!)

From Left to Right: Becky, me, Kathy and Connie

At OnStage we get a bag (you can see it on the table… a NEW In-Color) filled with goodie; a stamp set, pens, a journal, a punch, some file folders and more … awesome stuff for our business/hobby.  During the day we watch great demonstrations by our fellow demonstrators highlighting new products AND we get to play with some of the new stuff ourselves with Make -n- Takes.

Here is Connie and one of our table mates, Jane …

Well now … I can’t tease you with pictures of us doing Make -n- Takes and not show you at least one of the cards we made.  This one is from the new “Bird Ballad” product suite. A suite is a grouping of products that coordinate and will take the guess work out of what you need to create projects with the core stamp set.

This product suite brings nature to your doorstep with these sweet birds, and the designer paper has a soft watercolor effect. Here is our Make -n- Take …

The birds on the branch is too cute and reminds me of a bunch of friends gathering, my coloring could be improved but I was quite happy that I actually did my Make -n- Takes this time. My favorite … the soft blue background and the hand colored birds and blossoms on the designer paper is so pretty.

I will be back tomorrow with more sneak peeks and samples. Let me just say, this catalog does not disappoint! See you tomorrow.

Thanks so much for joining me today.


Retiring Lists ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I decided to put a temporary hold on our OnStage antics because the Retirement List came out yesterday, however there seems to be a bit of confusion because they are listed many stamp sets not because the actual set is leaving but the “wood” and “clear” mounts are being discontinued for the new Cling Mount.

It’s that time of year when we have to say goodbye to some products, but we can help them go out with a bang! These products may be leaving our store, but make sure they aren’t out of your life! Whether it’s a die or a bundle that you’ve been waiting to buy, now’s the perfect time to add it to your collection.

Edited Occasions Catalog Retiring List

Edited Annual Catalog Retirement List

Please remember that a retiring “bundle” does not necessarily mean the stamp set or dies are retiring … Bundles do not carry over, so if you want to save the 10%, you would need to purchase it before June 3rd (or while supplies last).

If you have any questions, please contact me below or through email:  I would be happy to help you make the best decision for you.

All week long I will be sharing highlights and sneak peeks from the upcoming catalog… I will see you there!

Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me, I love the visits!




Home Again and with Sneak Peaks!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

First let me say “Welcome” to my new blog followers and “Thank You” for the On-line Orders and to my avid readers for hanging in while I was gone to our Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  We left a beautiful day and drove into snow … and came home from a beautiful day and drove back into snow!!

You know what … it didn’t matter because we came home with the new catalog in hand, and a lot of ideas! I will be sending out catalogs to you as soon as they allow us … mid-May!

My activities started Friday night where Stampin’ Up! hosts a nice dinner and training event for their Leaders…

This little photo op was taken outside of the hall … Do you notice the beautiful flowers on the board. Uh ha … those little beauties are a sneak peak into the new stamp sets you’ll find in the upcoming catalog!  If you like Magnolia’s you will fall in love with this product suite… more to come!

Our dinner tables were adorned with the beautiful bouquets of flowers and we were treated to an amazing buffet.  Jamician Jerk Chicken, another on I don’t remember and a beautifully prepared steak. Food was great and the desserts… should have taken a picture! lol

When we get there, we stop by the booth to pick up our bags filled with goodies…

Love the bag! And tucked inside were a bounty of goodies and these were just a few! A brand new stamp set … that coordinates with our current Daisy stamp set, how sweet is that, and some file folders that showcase another new product suite! I’ll be sharing more about that tomorrow!

As a CenterStage achiever … we also got a special gift, a leather clutch which I forgot to take a picture of, but let me say that it is full and I am already using it!! And that is how we ended our evening. It was great to see old friends, make some new ones and enjoy a wonderful evening with stamping sisters and the Stampin’ Up! staff.

Before I go today, I want to share one more sneak peek… I know this one is going to thrill one of my stamping friends because she loves peacocks! This product suite is AMAZING!!! The designer paper and new foils in some of the new colors… WOW.

From the papers to the embellishments, these rich and beautiful colors are definitely going to be on your wish list… The ribbon is a two-tone and the Rhinestones are fabulous! I can’t wait to get my hands on them!!! I would love to send you a wish list and a catalog when they are released … just make sure that you are on my customer list (requires a purchase) and I’ll get one in your hands … FREE of course!!

By the way … I would love to have you join me at any of these fabulous Stampin’ Up! events, and proud to have you on my team! Let’s chat!!  I’ll be back tomorrow to share more of the new catalog and my team tomorrow.

Thank you so much for checking back in with me today, it’s great to be back.

Have an awesome day.



On the Road Again … Lillypad Lake

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m hitting the road and heading to OnStage – April 2019!! I’m so excited, especially after that nasty attack of snow we just had!! YIKES.  It’s pretty much gone around my area and my thoughts are for warmer days and sunny skies.  Today’s card will take you there … Lillypad Lake.  To me, there is nothing like sitting by the water at watching the sparkles as the sun dances across the water. On a boat wouldn’t be bad either!!

I began by sponging a little Balmy Blue onto the front of the card. We then stamped the water with Bermuda Bay … adding a little of the Balmy Blue into the water!  Using a clean sponge … dab a little Crumb Cake near the bottom to create your sand.  Now you have your sky, sand and water. Nice.

Next we stamped the sail boats, colored with the Night of Navy and Real Red Markers, and then they were die cut with the coordinating Lakeside Framelits Dies.  You can bundle these to save 10% on your purchase.  We finished off our day at the beach with the adirondack chair from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and my friend … Wink of Stella.  Stella gives us that sparkle that dances across the water … oh, I can’t wait for summer!! lol

Thank you for joining me today on my road trip to warmer days.

Come back and visit tomorrow, till then, enjoy your day.

If you liked what you saw today, you can purchase any of the items I used to create my card from my on-line store… just click any of the items and It will take you there. Thanks!