Rooted In Nature meets Brusho

Rooted In Nature meets Brusho

Woah!   Where is the summer going???    I saw a post yesterday that August is like the Sunday night —You know that life is about to get back to business….Let’s savor it while we can!

I want to share with you today a card made with Brusho with a direct to stamp technique.   I sprinkled Brusho directly onto the stamp (from Rooted in Nature) and then spritzed the stamp with water.   Here is the outcome.   Every time you do this, your image will be unique.    Tip:  Use Shimmery White CS.   It can handle the wet stamp better than regular white cardstock.


The other images (Sun and land) come from the Waterfront Stamp Set.   Rooted in Nature and Waterfront work so well together!!   And just in case you are on the fence about that Waterfront set–Don’t be!  It is $17!!!!   AND SO versatile!    It can take you from a summery tropical card to a wintery holiday card….Now that IS versatile!

Can you see that subtle background?   Yup!  SUBTLE—It is the well named new embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! It adds a little something when you don’t want to take away from your main (or in this case, MAINE—-haha!) image.   It sort of looks like linen to me.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or need any supplies!


Breaking News: Free Ink Pads!

Breaking News:  Free Ink Pads!

Stampin’ Up! revamped their color families with the brand new catalog in June.    I am in love with them.   I especially love the new Bright colors they have added.   I have heard from my customers that while they love them, they are planning on adding them to their collection a few at a time.   Wise decision.

BETTER decision, though, is to get them FREEEEEE!

During the month of July, you will get your choice of a color family of new ink pads for FREE when you get the ultimate starter kit!!

What is that kit, you ask?    Well–it is $125 worth of any products you want from the catalog for $99—PLUS a free family of new ink pads!  oh–and FREE shipping!

So to get this deal, you sign up with Stampin’ Up! on my website.

WOAH!–I didn’t say I wanted to demonstrate!   I hear you and understand.   You don’t have to if you don’t want to.   You can just keep all the goodies for yourself and continue to get a discount (20%) for as long as you stay active.   If you are done, it is THAT simple:  you are done!    No strings.

So why wouldn’t you do this?  Good question.


Click on this link below to check out your choices of color families:


I am happy to answer any questions you might have and I promise you , no obligation.   I just love these new colors and want you to get your hands on them…especially those brights!

Contact me or visit my website.


Springtime Impressions SIMPLE card!

Springtime Impressions SIMPLE card!

I can’t believe it has been a month since I have blogged. So sorry!
I have been busy finishing up the year at school, celebrating birthdays, taking a quick jaunt away and–PLAYING WITH NEW STAMP STUFF!!

Our new Stampin’ Up! catalog launched on June 1st. I am loving it. While I was able to preorder some goodies as a demonstrator, I had to wait to get my hands on everything. I have so many new fun things to play with and hopefully to share with you.

Today, I am sharing a video of a SIMPLE card made using the new Springtime Impressions Thinlits.
(**Sidenote: Do you know the difference between a Thinlit and a Framelit? A Thinlit stands alone. A Framelit was designed to cut out a stamped image. You are welcome!)

So–what do you think? SO easy! SO striking!
Check out the bundle here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Last Call!

Last Call!

This is the last call for tomorrow’s Catalog Kick Off and BOGO sale! I have been busy setting up displays with samples of new stamps, colors, paper and products.

In addition, I will have my previously loved products for sale BOGO style (Buy One and Get a NEW One (from the new catalog) free! Good deal that you don’t want to miss out on.

The Kick Off is 10 am- 1 pm.

If you haven’t yet responded, please RSVP here so that I have enough supplies.

Catalog Kick Off! BOGO Sale!


If you are local, I hope you can make it to my Catalog Kick Off /BOGO sale this coming Saturday, June 2nd from 10 am-1 pm.


Yup!  This is what my catalog looks like!  SO many things on my wish list.  This catalog is FULL of fresh new colors, stamps and accessories!!!    I will have products for you to see, a bunch of samples out for you to check out, make and takes to “make and take”, treats, and class sign ups.

BUT–that is NOT all!   My BOGO sale is back!   For every dollar you spend on my previously loved items, you will get the same in credit for items in the new catalog.  (Shipping in tax to be applied to the new items only.

This is a bargain for you and one you don’t want to miss out on.  If you are local and able to make it, I just ask that you RSVP so that I will have enough materials ready for you.




Pink Lemons are REAL!

Pink Lemons are REAL!

Hey–Did you have a good summer? I mean, the summer that was 2 days long last week? Well, welcome back to spring!

Check out this “summer” card I made during the summer that was last week:savingPNG.PNG-5

Did you know there is really something known as a Pink Lemon?  I always thought I was being funny when I said,  “Pink lemonade comes from pink lemons!”.   Truth it–it DOES!   (Probably not, actually!   My Pink Lemonade comes from Stop & Shop–but it COULD come from Pink Lemons. )  Check them out here.

You are probably wondering what the Calypso Coral drink is.   NOT grapefruit….Or it would be stamped with Grapefruit Grove (coming to your stamp room in June, 2018!).  It is Peach Sangria.   (I made that up but it could be!!)

In any case, this is a perfectly easy summer card that uses exactly 1 stamp set, A Good Day!

145873GAND –Good news!  It has matching punches!!!     I used the 1″ circle punch and the new scallop punch!

Thanks for stopping by.   Let me know if you have any questions.   Stop by my store for any supplies you might need.




In The Trees

In The Trees

So much happening at Stampin’ Up!

Today is the first day that you can order the Share What You Love bundles! These bundles are made up of great new products in the 2018-19 Annual catalog that will go live on June 1st—but you can get your hands on some of these great products even sooner! Take a look at this video below to see what you can get:

But I also want to let you know that there are some FINE stamp sets that are retiring soon….and I don’t want you to miss out.

One of the most overlooked stamp sets in the Occasions catalog is In the Trees.   I know–you missed it, right?   Well I am here to show you how fun this set is and how for $16, you can’t go wrong.


I have made a little video to show you just how quickly this card comes together.   Enjoy:

(I am not kidding when I tell you my sister’s family would camp like that. Who needs a tent when you have a couple trees and some hammocks?!)

In any case, if you are interested in anything you saw here today or have any questions at all, head over to my website where you can order or contact me for more information.

Let me know if you are a one or a two hammock family!!

Thanks for stopping by.


Berry Bowl Basics

Berry Bowl Basics

In my last blog post, I was telling you all about the fantastic little Fruit Basket bundle.

A-Door-A-Ble!!!!   As I mentioned here, the punches are the best!   They are “easy to use and hard to lose!!” Well, I am not done telling you about it yet!

Here is another card I made with this little bundle:


I know!!   Adorable little strawberries!!!   So here are some things that might help you to recreate this card:

I added just a little swish of Smokey Slate (using Aquapainter and ink) to anchor the bowl.  And–are you sitting down?–I fussy cut (!) the bowl.   Honestly, it wasn’t bad.  (I NEVER fussy cut so that should be a gauge for you to know that it really isn’t awful OR time consuming!).

Now,–the difficult part of sets like this where you need to “contain” something  (like fruit in a bowl) is making sure the said item (in this case, strawberries) are actually contained.  There are different ways of doing this.  This is how I did it:  I punched out all of my strawberries and made sure they fit IN the bowl.   (“Masking” is also an option but, frankly, if you have a punch, this is easier!).   I wanted dimension so that it really looked like a bowl FULL of strawberries, so this is how I accomplished that:


(I know–it is a weird angle!)  I actually worked from the bowl backwards, adhering three strawberries right against the bowl –sticking out in different directions .  Then I added dimensionals  BEHIND that layer and stuck more punched strawberries to that.   And there you go!


One final strawberry on the outside of the bowl and done!!—And, the good folks at Stampin’ Up! made sure that our Mini Dimensionals fit perfectly on the backside of the strawberries!  (and citrus, and pears, and pineapples!)

Did I mention this bundle is retiring???  I am in love with how fun this bundle is to use.   It is perfect for so many fun summertime cards….but it won’t be for sale in the summer.   So you best get it now!

Thanks for stopping by.   Let me know if you have any questions.


Easy to Use! Hard to Lose!


Today is the Boston Marathon.   It is nasty out!  Rainy, windy, and cold.   I have never run a marathon (true story) and I know that “watching weather” and “running weather” are not often the same thing.   However, I can’t imagine this weather today is ideal for anyone!

That said, “nasty weather” is sort of ideal for crafters!   For some reason, I am most happy crafting on lousy days.   So if you are like minded, here is some inspiration for you:


I know you know that that the Retiring List of items from the Occasions and Annual Catalog came out last week.   If you don’t know, now you know (click here).   On this list is this fantastic little bundle.


My clubs this month will be using this set so I have had the chance to lots of creating using this bundle.   I LOVE this bundle.   First of all, it comes with PUNCHES—-“LAAAAAAAAAA” (the sound of craft angels singing!).  LOVE punches–easy to use and hard to lose! (That should be the tag line for punches!!  You are welcome, Tag Line Maker Uppers!)   AND–the punches (4 in total) are called Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack–You had me at “Itty Bitty”!!   SO cute!!!

Check out this video here:

I chose to punch out the pineapples but could have just stamped them on the cardstock and left them flat. I wanted dimension here though. Check this out:

Look at those adorable pineapples!!!   Get this—the new(ish) Mini Dimensionals fit on these pineapples -and strawberries, pears, and citrus slices-PERFECTLY!  Well done, Punch Designers!

There will be more posts coming with this little bundle. I don’t want anyone to miss out on getting it so act quickly.  The stamp set is available until May 25th but if these cute punches sell out, you are out of luck…..and you DON’T want to fussy cut tiny fruit…..Let’s face it: you don’t want to fussy cut ANYTHING–or is that just me?!

In any case, get yourself over to my website and order this bundle asap.
(If you order from my site using this code(9ARBTWBN) you will receive a set of handmade cards from me. Club members, please use the code provided in your emails.)

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or need any supplies.

Now go have a marathon crafting day!