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!

Color Revamp and what to do when your favorite retires!

Color Revamp and what to do when your favorite retires!


Wow!  Wow! WOW!!!!

I have seen the future (catalog) and it is good!!!   I was at the Stampin’ Up! Onstage this weekend in Hartford, CT where the new annual catalog was unveiled.  The catalog will go live on June 1st.   I don’t want to tease you but it is GOOD!!   Probably the biggest news of the day was the Color Revamp.   Stampin’ Up! promised us years ago to stay current with color trends and as such, they would revise colors every few years.   This is the year!   They are adding some stunning and fun colors that will make creating that much better.   But to make room for the new, they are retiring some colors who have had their day in the sun but it is time to head off to Ink Pad Retirement Land.

We have all had that friend who was ready to retire but we weren’t ready for them to go. Well–I am here to tell you–to warn you, really–that if you have a friend retiring, you have to act quickly!   You MUST go to my website   immediately and order the ink REFILL and Paper Packs of your favorites.  They WILL sell out!   If  you are not a club member of mine, please use the hostess code:  9ARBTWBN.

All online orders using this code will receive a package of 5 hand stamped cards from me.  (If you are a club member, check your email for the hostess code that applies to your club).

Colors are not the only things retiring!   To see the list of everything retiring , check it out here Please note that stamp sets will be available until May 25th but everything else is “as supplies last” (read:   Git it ordered NOW!).


Donut Despair

Donut Despair

Mother Nature is at it again!  Spring began yesterday and we here in New England are waiting for our 4th Nor’Easter in 3 weeks.   SOOOOOO done with this!   But apparently it is not done with us!

Ah well…

Donut Despair!   Haha!IMG_7697

I made this card a few weeks ago.   I was going for the look of a box of donuts….Sort of like the Krispy Kreme ones that you can see into and anticipate the treats inside!.


This is the inside of the card:


There are several reasons I love this card.

A.   The theme is “Celebrate the Good Stuff”!   Good stuff CAN be birthdays but is not limited to that.  There is “Good Stuff” every day.   Celebrate it! (Greeting can be found in this great stamp set  here.)

b.   Even those of you who might not like donuts, certainly like the IDEA of donuts.   Donuts=Happy!  ‘Specially these!  These are the no calorie kind found in the Picture Perfect Party Paper.  This is an actual photograph of some delicious looking donuts!

C.   You donut  have to write much at all on the inside of this card (See what I did there?!)  ….because there is no room– it is full of donuts.

One more fun thing about this card is that the rectangle cut out on the front of the card is from the Barn Door Framelits!  It is actually the door cut out.  Who knew?!


*I decided to put the “frame” of the cut out on an angle but if you are not an angle type, no worries.   You can just as easily put that straight.

*You need to emboss the greeting on the velum paper.   I used Espresso ink and clear embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by.   Let me know if I can help you out with any supplies you might need!

Check out my website here.



Pi Day Card!!

Pi Day Card!!

First of all, if you live in NE, congrats for surviving one more Nor’easter.   I have some inside info that tells me there MIGHT be 2 more coming before the end of the month.  Let’s put that right out of our minds and talk about good stuff:  CARDS!!

Today is National Pi Day.   It is a real thing.  Math Geeks Unite!   Actually, I am not a math geek….or even a math fan!  But I do like me some pie!

I have a nephew who LOVES pie.   He doesn’t like pie—He LOOOOOOOOVES Pie!  If pie is being served, he needs an entire one–not a piece!

Well, yesterday, during the storm (we shoveled a total of 6(!) times! #lastfamilyinnewenglandwithoutasnowblower  ), I realized that TODAY is Pi Day (3.14!).   I know this thought came to me about 2 weeks too late for you to take advantage of this info but I thought I would make a video for you today.   It is never too late to know some tricks for making a Pi(e) card!


(I apologize that my camera view wasn’t ideal.   I will do better next time.)

The video really explains the card but I wanted to give you this tip:  Spritz your cardstock before embossing!  This is not new news.   Stampin’ Up! recommended this to us when they first released Dynamic Embossing Folders.   But I am sometimes a lazy crafter and didn’t really see the need for it.   But let me tell you , after my research–I am a changed crafter!!   I will forever more spritz my cardstock.   Check out this difference:


Thanks for stopping by. I hope your day includes pie!
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