Eastern Palace Suite: A Note for You

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Back today to share another card using the new “Eastern Palace Suite”.  This is also one of the cards we did in our May Stamp Club.  At retreat the ladies told me that they saw cards that were created with the Eastern Palace Dies that looked like a flower, so here is my version of the “flower” card …

I teamed the new In-Color “Lemon-Lime” with Early Espresso … it is so bold and fun, the flower look was perfect for this combination.  The background was stamped to give it a little dimension and I thought the design matched the little designs in the Designer Series paper.

The little leaf was cut from a piece of scrap left from cutting out the flower center. I used the Stitched framelits dies for the center.

We have less than one week to purchase the “Eastern Palace Bundle” … but this is some of the most fun I’ve had with a stamp set in a long time!

Here are the Eastern Palace Suite “Sneak Peek” bundles …

You can click on either of the bundles above to view the contents of each bundle. I love that you will get 3 of the 5 new In-colors!! Oh yes, and the free stuff. Please let me know if you have any questions on this product suite, or the bundles.

Don’t forget … we also have less than a week to take advantage of the retiring items (some up to 50% off) Once they are gone, they are gone, so don’t miss out. Contact me with any questions.

Hope you have wonderful plans with friends and family this holiday weekend, and take a moment to remember those who have paid the ultimate price in the fight to keep our country free.

God Bless ~



Below you will find links to all the RETIRING PRODUCTS … just click on the picture.


2017 Annual Spring Stampin’ Retreat: Welcome

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I thought you might enjoy a closer look at our annual stampin’ retreats. Each year I host 2 retreats, one in the spring and one in the fall.

Our retreats were created with our stampin’ friends in mind … A true retreat, a fun and relaxing get-a-way! The lodging, food for the entire stay, and all the projects are included in your price.

The cards/ projects are all cut and ready for you … except for a few minor exceptions where we are teaching a new fold or technique.

So sit back and join me as I take you through some of our retreat. All this week I will be sharing pics of the retreat and some of the awesome swap cards that our guests made!!

This is just a shot of the decorations / welcome on the fireplace mantle …

Each of the boxes were hand made by me and the help of my granddaughter Katara. We used the Window Box Thinlits Dies along with the Tasty Treats Designer Series paper. These cute little boxes decorate the dining room until it is time to go home … then each guest gets to take one home!

On Friday night after a dinner of soups and salad … we gathered to stamp.  We tried out a new stamping area this spring and it is bigger than our last and much brighter as it has windows surrounding us on three sides! It didn’t take us long to get comfortable in here. (Wish I would have taken some extra photos … next time!)

Our cards and project were centered around the Window Shopping Bundle which features the Window Box Thinlits dies we used for the mantle gifts. This session showed them different ways to use the die pieces to create cards!

Here is a “close up” picture of our project …

We used the “Blushing Bride” glimmer paper along with the doilies (sold out) and the Falling in Love embellishments.

It was a fun evening of stamping. When the guests retired for the evening, they found a “pillow gift” containing a package of the Blushing Bride glimmer paper, the Falling in Love embellishments and the Enamel Shapes (you’ll see why tomorrow!)

Hope you enjoyed our Friday evening as much as we did.  It is a pleasure to stamp with such a wonderful group of ladies.

Thanks for stopping by today …

I hope yours is a good one!

Today’s List of Stampin’ Supplies …


Dragonfly Best …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m here to share with you my “alternative” project to the April Paper Pumpkin kit! Hope you all got your kit by now, because the card was created around the “FREE GIFT” that was included in this special kit… the Watercolor Pencils!!

With just a few strokes of the Watercolor Pencils in 3 of the 4 colors included in the kit, you can create a beautiful watercolor background.  They even included the paintbrush! Sweet 🙂  The watercolor paper was also included and cut to size!! All I did was mount it onto a piece of Melon Mambo and then onto the card base (also included).

I set that aside to dry and then cut my dragonfly from the “Detailed Dragonfly Framelits” from a piece of Basic Black cardstock in my scrap folder. Once the watercoloring was dry, I mounted my flower (pretty little embellishment included in the kit) added the dragonfly and stamped the greeting… Also included in the kit!!

So I didn’t have to add much to my card … just 2 pieces of cardstock to create this beautiful card. And at this time of year, I think it’s nice to give a little “Thank You” for all the hard work that some of our teachers do all year long.

Hope you enjoyed, and I hope you have a beautiful day.

Thank you for stopping back to see my “alternative” project from the April Paper Pumpkin kit!


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Time for Easter Crafting

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

While I’m away I’m going to share another fantastic post from our “Get Inspired” blog. This post is from Martha Inchley – 2017 Artisan Design Team member. Her projects are just out of this world cute … You must see!

BY: Martha Inchley / 2017 Artisan Design Team

I’m really excited that Easter is in April this year. Why? Because it means more time for Easter crafting!

I don’t know why, but I absolutely love Easter (even more than Christmas)! Maybe it’s because my birthday is in the spring, or it could be the craftiness of egg painting—or it might even be the challenge of finding every last hidden egg. I don’t know. But either way, it’s fun, colorful, and makes me happy.

Before Valentine’s Day was even over, I had a ton of ideas for the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle (item 144731). The Basket Bunch Stamp Set (item 143186) is absolutely adorable and it just screams “Design a scene with me!” It really does! So I couldn’t resist and decided to make little Easter egg dioramas.


Now, before you get too excited, I have to say: I used fake eggs. They don’t break (they actually bounce, if you really want to know), you can cut into them with scissors, and oh yeah, there is no messy center to deal with. So it was the obvious choice. They’re called DIY Easter Eggs and you can find them pretty much anywhere Easter stuff is being sold.

To begin, I drew a “window opening” on my egg, poked a hole with my Paper Piercing Tool (item 126189), and cut it out using my Paper Snips (item 103579). To color my egg shells, I simply used the ink pad of choice and a Sponge Dauber (item 133773) to rub it on the outside. I let them dry overnight.

Now, you’re probably thinking that designing inside an egg is pretty tedious and if I had to guess, I would agree. You see, I didn’t design or assemble my little scenes inside the egg. I designed everything on a cardstock circle, punched using the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch (item 119861). Once my design was complete, I placed the scenery (bottom first) into the egg and turned it.



I love all the different images in the Basket Bunch Stamp Set and the coordinating Basket Builder Framelits Dies (item 143228)—which make it quick and easy to cut them out. The possibilities are endless with this bundle. You can have a bunny in his carrot garden, a basket of flowers, or even little chickadees hanging out at the farm.





To finish off my little egg dioramas I added the Whisper White Mini Pompom Trim (item 141486) to the opening. This trim is absolutely perfect to complete the look.

Thank you for joining me today and Happy Easter crafting!

Martha Inchley
2017 Artisan Design Team

Now do you see why I had to share Martha’s post … These are just the cutest little hand-crafted Easter Eggs I’ve seen. I’d like to thank Martha for sharing these little treasures with us.

Thanks for stopping by today~

Easter Treats for Some Bunny ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sometimes things are too good to pass up, like a fine glass of wine or decadent chocolates! Today I have such a blog post to share with you. This is not me … this is from our Stampin’ Up! “Get Inspired Blog” and the talented Paula Dobson from our 2017 Artisan Design Team!

Here is Paula’s post and beautiful creations …

With Easter only a couple of short weeks away, I’ve decided to make a cute Easter project for my daughter using the Basket Bunch Stamp Set (item 143186). I travel two-and-a-half hours once a month to stay with her while I teach classes, so it will be hand-delivered just in time for Easter!


One of my passions (besides stamping, of course) is coloring—and this super-cute stamp set is full of line art images to satisfy that need. I stamped a heap of Easter egg images and the cute little bunny rabbit on Shimmery White Cardstock (item 101910) in Basic Black Archival ink (item 140931). Shimmery White Cardstock is perfect for coloring, particularly if you want to watercolor your images without the texture of Watercolor Paper (item 122959), as it can stand up to a fair amount of moisture without pilling.

I used the Watercolor Pencils (item 141709) to color my images and then blended the colors using a Blender Pen (item 102845) to create the shade and fade on each image. I die cut all the images with my Big Shot (item 143263) and Magnetic Platform (item 130658) using the coordinating Basket Builder Framelits Dies (item 143228). P.S. Stampin’ Up! bundled together the stamps and dies as the Basket Bunch Bundle (item 144731), saving you 10% on your purchase of these great products! (I love a bargain!)


I added a strip of Designer Series Paper from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper (141648). I love the stark contrast of the black and white zig zag design against all the white. I added color to my background using Sponge Daubers (item 133773), Sahara Sand ink (item 126976), and Soft Sky ink (item 131181). I popped the die cut Easter images up with Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430), and the whole piece was finished with the gorgeous Gold 1/8″ Ribbon (item 134583). I love to carry themes to the inside of my cards, as well.


No Easter card is complete without chocolate to go with it and I wanted to create my own packaging to tie the whole gift together. I don’t often make 3D items and it can be a bit of a trial for me! I found these cute little chocolate bunnies and wanted to make a simple crate to put them in, using a Window Sheet (item 142314) sleeve to slide over the top so you can still see the bunnies.


I designed a template for my crate and used the Stampin’ Trimmer (126889) to cut and score my Sahara Sand Cardstock (item 121043) card. I stamped the card in Sahara Sand ink using the Hardwood Stamp (item 133032) to get a woodgrain effect for the crate.

Then I discovered a wee bit of a problem—my crate template was too big to go through the Big Shot no matter which way I turned it! I fixed that by folding one side of the crate and used that edge as a guide for my square Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372) so I didn’t cut too low on the front of the crate.

I used the same design elements from the card to decorate the box sleeve, adding just a few strands of Melon Mambo Thick Baker’s Twine (item 141689) as well. Then I used the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies (item 138282) to die cut the tag topper. Here are a few photos of the process I have described in this post (which I hope you’ll find helpful)!


So if YOU are looking for a fun way to create an Easter treat for somebunny sweet—try the Basket Bunch Stamp Set and coordinating accessories! It has everything you need.

Paula Dobson
2017 Artisan Design Team

So … what do you think? Did you not fall in love with this bundle and the cute projects that Paula Dobson created!! I also grateful that she shared her “how to’s” with us. That simple sponging technique that creates the barrier between sky and ground add so much dimension to the the card.

Thank you for checking out my blog today, and I’m happy you got to see Paula’s beautiful projects.

Have a Happy Day!




Simply Sunday: You’re Sweet

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope your Sunday is treating you well. Sunday’s are usually more on the relaxing side for me, but not today … had to go into work to make sure things are done for both stores before going on vacation as I head for Shreveport to the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event.

Today’s card however is truly in line with our Simply Sunday! A fun and cute card that has color and texture and just looks yummy! And it’s easy to make 🙂

I’m using the “Cool Treats” stamp set from the Cool Treat bundle, and the coordinating “Tasty Treats” Specialty Designer Series paper. You can see by the angle that the treats are embossed, that gives you the raised feel and the glossy finish.

The inside is decorated with a strip of the the specialty paper … just for the fun of it!

I heat embossed the cone that I cut out so it had the same gloss as the specialty paper. The greeting was done in Watermelon Wonder and I used the coordinating mat and cardstock to compliment the project.

A quick and easy that card that is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Thanks for spending some of your Sunday with me!

Have a great day, and I wish a sweet week ahead for you ~





Day at the Beach …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Before I begin today, I’d like to send out a big …


to all of you that participated in my March Madness: Sale-a-bration Celebration.  You’ve got some great stampin’ supplies, fun Sale-a-bration stamp sets, and 10 great cards with instructions!  I was busy working on those last night! Keep an eye on your mailbox within the next couple weeks for your cards and instructions!

I’m also in the process of packing and getting ready for another Stampin’ Up! OnStage event. This is where demonstrators gather for some training, stampin’ and a whole lot of fun. I’m actually going with my daughter Sarah this Wednesday … and we’ll be headed to the Shreveport, LA event.  They are being held all over the world!

This is from our November 2016 OnStage where we got a sneak peak of the new Occasions catalog (actually we got to take it home!) the one you have now.  This time we’ll get our hands on the New “ANNUAL” catalog!! I am so excited!! I need to chill a bit … I don’t want any speeding tickets on our Road Trip to fun!

I thought it would be fun to highlight and share with you some of the fabulous stamp sets in our Occasions catalog. Today we’re going to pull out the flip flops and get ready for a “Day on the Beach”.

Here are the images we saw at our OnStage …

Choose the look you want to create with our Watercolor Pencils.  The “Hello Friend” card uses the pencils with the Aqua Painter; the “Hoping” card uses them with the Blender Pens; the “Brighten” card uses only the pencils.


Thanks much for stopping by today.

Hoping your day is a warm & sunny one!