Guest Stamper: Kathie D.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a beautiful card to share with you that was made by Kathie Demmon at our 2019 Holiday Stamping Retreat for our Attendee Swap.  It was one of my favorites because of it’s uniqueness; you see, Kathie used the Layering Circle Dies to create a wreath … how stunning is this card!

In Silver, Gold and White Glimmer paper this card is absolutely stunning.  The circles in silver and gold create the focal point and draws your eye right in. It is accented with silver and glimmer foliage and snowflakes from the Seasonal Layers dies.

The Merry Christmas comes from the Half Full stamp set (Retired) and cut with our Layering Oval dies.  A few dots on the background using her Chalk pen and a couple of Rhinestones and the card is complete…  Completely stunning!

Thank you so much for stopping in to visit my blog today. I hope you enjoyed Kathie’s card as much as I did. I will get a better photo and share it with you tomorrow along with another beautiful card.

Look forward to seeing you again tomorrow ~

Have a good day!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays card, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you

Simply Sunday: God’s Peace

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am so happy that you’ve hung out and waited for me to post today … I thank you!  I have 2 beautiful cards to share with you today.  I did have my cards already for you but I went down to the Milwaukee Airport yesterday to welcome home our Veterans from the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight Alpha.  What an amazing experience … it was an honor and a privilege to welcome these brave men and women home.   My brother-in-law Arthur Schroeder (Eileen’s husband) and my friend Don Theis were both on the Alpha flight.

A picture they called the 3 Arts … far right is my brother-in-law Art Schroeder and on the left is his son, also Art Schroeder … and in the center a fellow “Art” who served in Korea. They are all standing in front of the US Marine Corps War Memorial near Arlington.

And my friend Don … we used to work together and have not seen each other in years, except for Facebook.

It was amazing to welcome these two soldiers home, and all of the others on Alpha and Bravo flights who served our country. God Bless all the men and women who risked their lives so we can live free.

Today’s cards were both created with the God’s Peace stamp set. No die-cutting today, just simple stamping … Stamps, Ink, Paper and a little embellishment. The first is one that we created in our November Stamp Club …

We used the Stamparatus so our placement didn’t overlap or wasn’t crooked… perfection, every time! We stamped the verse first in Smoky Slate and then the image using the Black Momento ink pad. Once stamped we used the Light and Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends for our flames with a touch of Calypso Coral.

We used the Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends for our poinsettia and ribbon, and Light Old Olive for our greens.  I choose the Light Old Olive because of the thick dark lines of the foliage … I thought that was dark enough.

After we were done coloring we used the Shimmery Crystal Effect … put a few dots on the foliage and then sprinkled it with the Ice Stampin’ Glitter.  Have you ever gone into a store around Christmas and just marveled at the sparkly floral arrangement? That is the effect I was going for.  We also added the Shimmery Crystal Effects on the center of the poinsettia and my flames.  I added some Wink of Stella around my flame … very pretty.

As one of the ladies was coloring, I noticed that she had not done her poinsettia yet and how pretty is was just white, so I told them I was going to do a card in blue and white, and here is the result …

I followed pretty much the same steps as I did on the first card, however I left the poinsettia white and added the Ice Stampin’ Glitter to that too.  I prefer the Wink of Stella around the flame over the Crystal Effects … personal choice. What do you think?

To complete my cards … I added the Rhinestones. The Cherry Cobbler from the Holiday Rhinestones and the Basic Rhinestones colored with the Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends coordinating with my cardstock.

I really love the way both of these cards turned out… and again, thank you for hanging out and checking back to see my post today.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays card, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you

Merry Christmas / Guest Stamper: Sandy B.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a beautiful card created by one of my Holiday Stamping Retreat guests for the attendee swap.  Let me say … there was some real talent on that swap board, these girls can stamp! My special guest today is Sandy Becker and her card featuring the Perfectly Plaid Bundle …

Sandy pulled in the holiday colors; Shaded Spruce and Cherry Cobbler from the Wrapped in Plaid designer paper … those two colors really bring the rich color of the holidays to life.  The Cherry Cobbler was embossed with the Hammered Metal embossing folder which gives a lovely texture to the card.

The pretty little tree Sandy made was created with 3 separate punched trees … one I believe had to be punched the reverse way (other side of the designer paper) so all the tree edges would line up.  She then adorned them with the gold pearls which really makes the tree so festive!

The tree was mounted on the piece of Whisper White Cardstock which was cut from the Stitched Nested Labels Dies and then stamped in Cherry Cobbler with the sweet Merry Christmas stamp that is included in the stamp set from our bundle.

I am so glad that I don’t have to vote for the attendee swap … so, so many good ones each and every retreat! I will share more of the swap cards in upcoming posts.

Thank you so much for hanging out with me today, I’ll see you tomorrow!

Enjoy the day … it’s supposed to warm up to 37º!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays card, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you


Guest Stamper: Cindy C. / Trio of Trees

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you enjoying the Perfectly Plaid Bundle? I’ve been sharing several cards showcasing this bundle and today I have another!! It was stamped by one of my retreat attendees, Cindy C.  for the Attendee Swap.

The Wrapped in Plaid Suite gives you a coordinating selection of products with one simple purchase. It includes the stamp set and punch bundle at 10% off, plus more amazing items such as the Wrapped in Plaid 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Series Paper, the Shaded Spruce/Gold Striped Ribbon and the Jingle Bells which Cindy used on her card.

Cindy punched a trio of trees and layered them onto a Whisper White circle, cut from the Stitched Shapes Thinlits Dies.  Also from the Stitched Shapes dies, Cindy cut out an oval for her greeting.  The greeting was mounted above the Shaded Spruce with Gold Ribbon.

Cindy completed her card with a cute little “Jingle Bell” tied up sweetly with some bakers twin.

I hope you got as much pleasure from this card as I did, it’s so cute! I thank you for stopping back by my blog today.

Have a warm and wonderful day, I will be back tomorrow with another sample from this amazing product suite.

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products I used in my cards, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you


Holiday “Smiles & Love” Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Did you ever have one of those days when you knew excactly how you wanted to make your card … Blackberry Bliss and Silver embossed with the Stylish Scrool embossing folder! Is that what came out of my stamping studio??? NOPE!! lol

But what I did create … I fell in love with! Still using the Perfectly Plaid bundle, I kept the Blackberry Bliss as my base, I added a Whisper White front that I embossed with the Subtle embossing folder, I like that “subtle” touch of texture it adds to the card.

Next I punched out two trees out of the Blackberry Bliss cardstock and tucked them into the lower right-hand corner of my card.  I wanted a different layout for this card (I usually tuck my greetings in the center or the bottom right-hand corner) but I wanted more than just stamping … So, I stamped my “Smiles & Love” greeting from the Greatest Part Of Christmas Host Cling Stamp and cut it our from the Stitched Rectangle dies and added a Blackberry Bliss mat also cut from the Stitched Rectangle dies.

I popped that up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals and new it was time for my “tree” … I stamped the plaid tree and punched it out. This would be the focal point of my trio of trees, and I popped it up with dimensionals as well to bring it up to the greeting.  To top it off and add a little bling, I added the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels on the top of the tree and on each side of my greeting!

The tree stamp is one of the “distinktive” stamps so you have to be sure that your ink pad is not too juicy!  You just need a think layer of ink to really turn it into the perfect tree.

Thank you so very much for stopping by today … tomorrow I will be sharing “Attendee Swap” cards.

Stay warm and have a wonderful day … It’s only 18° here now with a high of 25°!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products I used in my cards, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you


Christmas Wrapped in Love & Joy Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you got a chance to check out my “sweet” Christmas card from the Cup of Christmas bundle that I shared yesterday.  Today I have one of the cards that I created for our Saturday morning stamping session at our Annual Holiday Retreat.

The Wrapped in Plaid Designer paper I’ve been using so far is part of the Wrapped in Plaid Suite… remember seeing the gold boxes on the mantle? I’ll have more information about those in a couple of days …

The Wrapped in Plaid Suite Bundle gives you a coordinating selection of products with one simple purchase. It includes the stamp set and tool bundle at 10% off plus one each of the other items listed…

The Wrapped in Plaid Suite Bundle includes
* Perfectly Plaid Photopolymer Stamp Set (10% off)
* Pine Tree Punch (10% off)
* Wrapped in Plaid 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Series Paper
* Shaded Spruce/Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Striped Ribbon
* Jingle Bells
* Gold Mini Pizza Boxes

Our group of stampers gathered in the morning to kick off our “Perfectly Plaid” session. The Perfectly Plaid Bundle includes the Perfectly Plaid Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Pine Tree Punch.

I started with a Cherry Cobbler base, one of the coordinating colors in the Wrapped in Plaid designer paper. I wanted this card to have a more rustic feel so I used a Crumb Cake front embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  I then layered a strip of the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer paper with a Whisper White mat.

The tree was punched out using the Pine Tree punch and was mounted onto a piece of Vellum Cardstock that was cut with the layering circles dies. I could not resist decorating my tree, so I punch out a Shaded Spruce “heart” from the Every Season Punch Pack and then tied a cute little bow out of the Whisper White Bakers Twine.

The greeting was added onto a white banner tying all the white together on my card … and to add the final touches, I added 3 Holiday Rhinestones in the Cherry Cobbler color.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card showcasing the versitile Wrapped in Plaid Suite/Perfectly Plaid Bundle.

Thanks for spending part of your day with me ~

Wishing your day is a good one!

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST: If you liked the products I used in my cards, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you


Holiday Stamping Retreat / Cup of Christmas

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I would like to invite you into our Friday Night stamping session at our Annual Holiday Stamping Retreat. I host two retreats each year … a spring (All Occasions) and a fall (Holiday) where I invite all my active customers to join me and their fellow stampers for a weekend getaway. Everything is prepared for you so you do not have to drag your entire craft room with you!

As our guests arrive in the stamping room, it is filled with Holiday cheer, Christmas music and a snack table (of course) ….

Each attendee stamping spot includes a bag filled with all their projects, packed up by stamp session so they can find their projects easily and no little pieces are lost.  This year they each received one of the new Stampin’ Up! boxes filled with stampin’ dimensionals and the embellishments they need for their cards /projects.  The boxes are different at each retreat so they never go home with the same hand-crafted item…

Our Friday Night Stamp Session highlighted the Cup Of Christmas Bundle and the Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series paper pack.  It’s easy to spread tidings of comfort and joy and a cup of cheer to all your friends and family this season when using this bundle. The Cup of Christmas Stamp Set is excellent for cards and tags.

The Cup of Christmas Bundle includes the Cup of Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Cup of Cheer Dies. This is a Reversibles* stamp set; it includes specialized photopolymer stamps that allow you to stamp with both sides of the stamp for greater versatility. *Patent pending.

Our guests got to see how this amazing stamp set performs … knowing you can now stamp a cup for your “left-handed” friends! So the card on the right was designed to show you “how” you can reverse your stamp and have the handle on the right or left side of your cup. Brilliant!

I always design a special card or two for my stamping sessions and for our Cup of Cheer bundle, I highlighted the candy cane dies and teamed it up with the stunning Wrapped in Plaid designer paper … they also used the “Step Card Fold” for this card …

I thought this pattern from the Wrapped in Plaid designer paper went perfectly with my candy canes and the gold foil behind them really shows them off!  Really does make for a “Sweet Christmas” … doesn’t it.

The group loved the cards, and it’s having such an amazing group to stamp with that makes our stamping sessions so much fun at our retreats. We all learn so much from one another as they share their stamping tips throughout the sessions too.

Thanks for joining me today …

I will be back tomorrow with some more samples from our Holiday retreat!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

If you liked the products I used in my cards, I have links for you below.  Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website.  Thank you




Wrap Me in Plaid this Christmas!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a cute little card that I created out of some of the scraps I have left over from cutting my retreat cards / projects.  One of the suites we will be using at the Holiday Stamping Retreat is the Wrapped in Plaid product suite, so on today’s card I grabbed the Tree punch and that awesome Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series paper.

I needed a base for my card so what is quicker than the using the Gold Edged-Foil and Envelopes … and the gold trim is already on there to enhance the gold strips in the Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series paper so it’s the perfect choice.  Once the Wrapped in Plaid Designer paper was attached, I die cut a circle and punched the tree into it.

Can I give you a tip? … Punch the tree first and then die cut the circle around the tree … MUCH easier (just saying). lol

I wanted to carry out the gold into the greeting so I found a scrap piece of gold foil, then stamped on a piece of Vellum Cardstock.  I used Shady Spruce ink and the beautiful “Hostess” stamp set … Greatest Part of Christmas.  I really love this beautiful set of words and verses.  It is a Hostess set so you will need to make a purchase to qualify for rewards or host a stampin’ show.  We could do one, in home, my home, on-line or a book party.

This quick -n- cute card will share your feelings of “thinking of them” at Christmas time.  Hope you enjoyed the card.

Thank you and have a wonderful day ~

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST …  I have shared the link that includes the entire product suite and each item individually. Thank you!


Simply Sunday: Winter Woods

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today is the third card share in my trilogy of quick -n- easy cards.  What can be simpler than a kit with precut supplies and all the embellishments you need at your fingertips … we call it Paper Pumpkin!  Our October kit; Winter Woods will add  a beautiful, handmade touch to your Christmas card giving.

All 10 cards in this kit feature a nature-themed, watercolor scene evoking a crisp, cold winter afternoon. Just add trees, birds, snowflakes, and a stamped sentiment. Your touch will bring this wintry scene to life. And it’s so easy! Watch the video for tips …

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, try one of our subscriptions and give it a try.  One of the perks for being subscriber is the ability to order past kits … so if you subscribe now for the November kit, you will be able to get any past kits that are available.

Thank you for hanging out with me the past few days. I hope you enjoyed the quick -n- easy cards I shared with you.

Have a simply superb Sunday!

Paper Pumpkin Suggested Pre-Pay kits …


To Santa Christmas Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

So happy the weekend is here and hope you have something fun planned! I am continuing on my upcoming stamping retreat but I also have several classes in the works! One of which ties in with todays Super Simple Christmas card …

I used The Night Before Christmas Memories & More Cards & Envelopes that made cardmaking easier than ever! Adhere cards from the Night before Christmas Memories & More Card Pack to these card bases, and you have instant cards! The only work I did was to pick out which card I wanted and to pop up the card with the use of the dimensionals.

Not sure if there is an easier way to make your Christmas cards and for those of us who get busy with everything else … I will be hosting a Night Before Christmas Class in early December!  This will be a pre-paid class were all your supplies will be ready for you … they have to be … we’re making 20 cards!! Remember, quick -n- easy … you’ll love this class as you go home with 20 card patterns to recreate because you’ll be going home with the extra cards & envelopes to make even more cards. Watch for the announcement … coming soon.

Thanks much for stopping back to check out todays cards. I’ll see you back here tomorrow for another quick -n- easy showcase of Christmas Cards.

Have some fun today!



Christmastime Simplicity in Gold …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

If your overwhelmed with all that’s going on in life, but love to make your own Christmas cards, I have some great suggestions for you.  Over the next few days, I will be sharing different quick -n- easy ideas so you can hand craft Christmas cards without any stress.

Todays card is easy to make if you have an die cutting / embossing machine … and I believe most of my stampin’ friends do.  We will be using the Seasonal Wreath 3D embossing folder! To make this super simple … we are using the Gold Foil Edged Cards and Envelopes.  There are 20 Whisper White card and envelopes trimmed with gold foil.  These are your regular A2 sized cards so no extra postage will be required!

I slid the pre-scored card into the folder and centered the wreath and then ran it through my machine.  It just fits inside the gold foil edges but looks so elegant!  The next thing we need to do is add a greeting … now, you could stamp a greeting in the center and heat emboss it in gold, but as you can see … I used a die cut greeting.  My greeting comes from the Jolly Seasons set of dies which comes from the Holly Jolly Christmas Bundle in the Night Before Christmas Product suite.

If you the “Merry Christmas” dies from last years catalog, you could use those for your greeting, or you could get the “Word Wishes” dies found on page 197 of the annual catalog.  This set of dies includes 12 dies and highlights 9 holidays!

You could jazz this up by sponging a little gold on the embossed wreath, or color it!  I am sharing quick -n- easy and sometimes, as I’ve said before, less can be more. Enjoy the beautiful simplicity of the card and get your holiday cards done this year.  I will be back with more simply creative ideas for you.

Thank you for joining me today, see you tomorrow!

Have a beautiful day ~

Today’s Stamping Supply List …


Itty Bitty Christmas bundle …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

For the past few days I have been sharing cards I created with the Itty Bitty Christmas bundle. It is amazing how different each card turned out … I wanted to show the different elements of the stamp set and dies to demonstrate how versatile this bundle is.

The first card is bursting with holiday flair and is decked out in gold.  The floral pattern really highlights the greeting and ties in the gold throughout the card so nicely. The Shades Spruce and Cherry Cobbler look so regal together and are compliments of the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer paper.

My second card is so different from the first in that we have created our own “Shimmer” paper by spritzing the beautiful Seaside Spray from our 2019 – 2021 In Color collection.  For a little more sparkle, the snowflakes are cut from the Sparkle Shimmer Paper! But wait … there is one more layer of sparkle when I added the Rhinestones to the snowflakes.

My last card of the three is just simply elegant and done with White and Silver … and yes, graced with a touch of glitter. Instead of die cutting the image and adhering it to the base as I did in the first card, I actually cut it out of the front and used it to impose a second layer to the card… stunning.

If you didn’t know these 3 cards were from the same stamp set/dies … you might not know that they were!  Stop back tomorrow and I will show you how these holiday cards will be turned into everyday cards!!

Thanks for checking in with me today … meet you back here tomorrow.

Have some fun today!

Celebrate the Season in White …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am thrilled to share the last of the Itty Bitty Christmas card samples (well … at least for now) It is very simple to create but oh so beautiful. I began with Whisper White, a half sheet for my base and then a 3-7/8″ x 5-3/8″.  I ran this piece through the my die cut machine using the delicate foliage die.

The die cut piece of foliage will go back into the cut / negative space of our cardstock but popped up slightly to expose the cardstock below it.  This is the lovely Silver Foil sheets cut into a 4″ x 5-1/2″ piece which creates a elegant look to the card.

After I cut out the foliage image, I embossed the negative piece using the Subtle folder … this just gives the card a little texture.  I used the Smoky Slate ink to stamp my image directly onto my embosses sheet … and it worked nicely.  If you are afraid to do this, just stamp the greeting before you emboss it.

At this point is when I began to assemble the card … the only thing I used to help pop up the foliage was the mini glue dots.  After I took pictures for the blog of my cards, I decided to add the dazzling new Ice Stamping Glitter. Because the die is so delicate, it gives the foliage a subtle icy look. It is so pretty … wish the camera could see what our eyes can.

If you decide to make your Christmas cards this year, remember … simple can be stunning!  For those of you who like a little more, go right ahead, there are plenty of ways you could embellish this card.  Your cards should always be a reflection of you even when you case (copy and share everything).

Thank you so very much for hanging out with me today! I’d love to hear what you think the cards from Itty Bitty Christmas that I shared with you.

Enjoy this beautiful day ~



Christmas Snowflakes …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am back today with another beautiful card from the Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle … this card is done in the gorgeous Seaside Spray from our 2019 – 2021 In Color collection. This soft hue in blue tone is perfect for a snowflake card.  We added some shimmer to the cardstock by spritzing it with a combination of rubbing alcohol and our Shimmer Paint.

The snowflakes were cut from the Christmas Layers dies which are teamed with Itty Bitty Christmas for the bundle.  Purchasing these as a bundle will save you 10% … it’s like FREE Shipping! A good deal, either way.  I used the Sparkle Shimmer Paper for my snowflakes … however, I consider this “glitter” paper. We made the “Shimmer” paper by spritzing on our Shimmer paint mixture.  You can see it much better in this photo ….

Our snowflakes are attached with the Multi-purpose glue … it the tip is too large for you, put some on a piece of scrap paper and use a tooth pick to apply.  This was a tip given to me by one of my club members.   Our greeting, from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set and the Seaside Spray mat were both punched using our circle punches.  The greeting and the entire front were popped up with the help of our trusty Stampin’ Dimensionals!!

Our club members adorned their cards with Rhinestones…. they loved it because they could use as many as they wanted on their cards!!  What girl doesn’t like a little bit of bling anyway.  I just love stamping with my club members, many are like part of my family now … we share so much together!

I have one more card for you tomorrow using the Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle. I love how totally different the first two have been.  I hope you are enjoying the samples. If you would like to order any of the supplies used to make this card, you can contact me directly or use the images below to start your shopping.

Thank you so very much for stopping by …

Have a wonderful day!

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST … Click on any item for more information or to begin shopping.  Thank you!


Simply Sunday: Itty Bitty Christmas

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you are enjoying your weekend, it’s a bit chilly here … I don’t think any of us are used to that!!  I think it’s the perfect weather to stamp!! Today I have a simply but pretty card I’d like to share. I have used the Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle.  I think it’s one of those “overlooked” bundles in the catalog … I love it! So many greetings and some amazing die cuts.  Let me show you …

Just starting to create my Christmas showcase of cards and I started began with the Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle and paired it with the Wrapped In Plaid Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I also used the Gold Foil paper to pull out the gold from the designer paper.

The Gold Foil was cut 4-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ which makes it large enough to place the die onto it and cut out your design … your plaid paper will cover it nicely.  You get the beautiful gold trim around your designer paper and your design cut out.

I used Whisper White cardstock for my inside and for the greeting which is stamped in the Shaded Spruce ink, then punched it out using the Pretty Label Punch.  To highlight the red in the Wrapped In Plaid Specialty Designer Series Paper … I added the Red Rhinestones.  A few Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the greeting and then the designer piece and our card is complete.

This card would look pretty without our die cuts for those of you who are new to stamping and may not have a die cutting machine yet, but the sure do add a nice touch!

I hope you enjoyed todays card … I will be sharing more of the Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle the next few days.

Thank you for taking the time to visit with me today. I hope you have a warm and peaceful day.